Top 8 Upgrades that Payoff at Resale

Top 8 Upgrades that Payoff at ResaleHome renovations are becoming more commonplace, thanks to the popularity of home improvement properties on HGTV, DIY Network, or Houzz. Renovations can range from months-long transformations to simple updates that can be made over the weekend. However, not all upgrades are created equally, especially when you consider resale value. Here are the top 8 upgrades that won’t cost a lot of money but will reap top benefits when it’s time to sell your home.

Upgrade the garage door

It’s not the most exciting upgrade but replacing your garage door with an upgraded model practically pays for itself, recouping about 97.5% (98.3%) of costs. Choose a garage door made from durable materials like steel, wood composites, and aluminum.

Add stone veneer siding

Adding manufactured stone veneer to your home will seriously upgrade your home’s exterior, helping you to recoup about 94.9% of the costs. Not only does stone veneer look better, but it can also improve your home’s chances of withstanding harsh weather conditions!

Minor kitchen or bathroom remodel

Kitchens and bathrooms remain king when it comes to homebuyers. Upgrading them is usually a sure bet if you want to increase your home’s value. But be smart with your upgrades. Instead of investing in a major renovation, keep it simple by replacing cabinet doors, hardware, and fixtures in the kitchen and updating fixtures, tile, toilet, counters, and lighting in the bathroom. Minor kitchen renovations can recoup about 80.5% of your costs and minor bathroom renovations can recoup about 67.2% of costs.

Deck addition

Outdoor living areas have grown in popularity over the years. Tap into that by adding a new deck or patio. Wood is always a great way to go, typically recouping about 75.6. Alternately, a composite deck or patio will yield an average return of 69.1%.  A 16×20 ft sized deck is the recommended size, however you’ll want to make sure it’s the right size for your home and yard. Be sure to include railings and steps.

Siding replacement

Old and damaged siding is an eyesore. If you’re not a fan of stone veneer, new vinyl siding is a good alternative, allowing homeowners to recoup about 75.6% of costs. Updating the siding will make your home look newer. Be sure to update the trim as well.

Replace existing windows

Replacing your existing windows with Energy Star-rated windows will appeal to energy-conscious homebuyers, since they can lower a home’s energy bill by 7 to 15%. By installing at least 10 vinyl replacement windows, homeowners can get a 73.4% return on value when they sell.

Update the front door

Replacing an existing door with a steel one can reap about 74.9% at resale. Steel doors make a home safer and add curb appeal. Add to the visual appeal by choosing a door with decorative options like glass paneling.

Install smart technology

Smart home technology has becoming popular with younger generations, especially the Millennial generation, who is now the largest buying generation. While not all smart home upgrades are made equally, here are some of the most popular smart technologies that will appeal to this buyer group:

  • Smart lighting
  • Climate control with smart thermostats
  • Smart home security systems and door locks
  • Smart garage door opener
  • Smart appliances
  • Built-in speakers with app control

Move into Your Dream Home

By investing in a few strategic home improvements, you’ll be able to get the most bang for your buck when it’s time to sell. We hope you’ll consider Hayden Homes when you’re ready to buy your next home. We make homebuying simple by offering a wide variety of beautiful and smartly-designed new homes to fit every life stage. To learn more about our new homes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, visit us online today!

4 Ways to Personalize Your New Hayden Home

After searching high and low, you’ve finally found your dream home. Now that it’s yours, it’s natural to want to put your personal touch on your new place. One of the best things about a new construction home is that it’s a blank slate for you to personalize as you see fit. Here are some quick and easy ways to make your new house feel more like home.

Hang family photos and display collections

One of the fastest ways to make a home feel like yours is putting up some family photos and displaying your collections. There’s nothing more personal than that! Surrounding your home with items that carry a special significance is a surefire way to make your new house feel more like yours.

Paint a wall (or more)

Most homes are painted in neutral tones so make your mark by painting the walls. You can go simple by brightening a door or window frame with a bold accent color or go big by painting an entire room or two.

Customize smaller details

You’re going to be in your new home for years to come so don’t feel compelled to immediately make all the changes. Instead, think small by swapping out smaller features like hardware and drawer pulls, window treatments, or light fixtures. These small updates can make a big statement.

Landscape the yard

Depending on the season you move in, updating the landscape is a great option for putting your personal stamp on a new property. Plant some flowers and shrubs, add large potted plants, and even some patio furniture like a seating option or a fire pit. These small additions will make your home more inviting.

Enjoy Your New Home!

We hope that you enjoy your new Hayden home for future generations. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We’d love the opportunity to help you purchase your dream home. Contact us today to learn more!

Tips for Designing a Hip and Creative Kid’s Room

Tips for Designing a Hip and Creative Kid's RoomDecorating your child’s bedroom poses an interesting challenge: not only do you want to create a space that reflects your kid’s personality, you also don’t want to redecorate every few years whenever their interests (inevitably) change.

The trick to designing a hip and creative kid’s room is balancing the functional aspects with the design motifs that make a room feel fresh. Since your child’s bedroom serves multiple purposes; not only is it where they sleep or relax, it’s also where they can play, study, or just hang out, you’ll need to keep all that in mind when decorating.

Use these tips to create a bedroom your kid is sure to love and will happily grow with them.

Plan the space

Before you begin, talk with your kids about how they use their rooms. Remember, their bedrooms are more than just places to sleep: it’s also where they hang out with friends, relax on their own, play or study. You’ll want to create zones in the room to accommodate each way they use their rooms. Toddlers and younger kids will need lots of floor space to play while teens will need space to hang out with their friends.

Keep the overall design simple

It’s easy to get excited about creating a room that perfectly encapsulate your child’s interests but kids are also notoriously fickle, trading interests as quickly as they outgrow their clothes. Instead of creating an overly themed room complete with kid-sized furniture, keep the design simple by using accessories to tie in your kids’ interests and purchasing furniture and accent pieces that can be used by someone of any age. This will save you from having to purchase new furniture as your kid grows.

Use versatile pieces

When designing a nursery, instead of purchasing single-purpose furniture like a changing table, opt for a dresser or chest of drawers that can double as a changing table and then reverted to its original purpose once the diaper stage is behind you. Likewise, opt for cribs that convert to different bed types or select a bed with built-in storage space for additional storage options.

Define each space

Now that you know how your kid will use their rooms, define each zone with appropriate furniture or accessories. Encourage studying or creative play with a desk or table and chairs; set up a reading space with bean bags, a hanging chair, or papasan chair; or create a bright area with your child’s toys for playtime.

Get funky with accessories

As mentioned before, having fun with accessories is the best way to introduce a trend or express your child’s interests since they’re relatively easy to replace since they’re relatively inexpensive. Soft furnishings like rugs, curtains, and bedding are fantastic ways to introduce patterns, colors, and textures. Wall stickers are also a great way to add some fun to their room; bonus points: they’re easily removed as their interests change!

Let your kids have a say

Don’t forget to get input from your kid! This is their room and they should be allowed to choose some of the furniture, accessories, and colors. Be sure to explain that while you still hold parental veto rights (this will save you from having to paint the walls black), your child can select some items for their room.

One of the best things about owning your home is the freedom you have to decorate as you please. You can create the bedroom of your kid’s dreams and help their transition into a new home. If you’re ready to say hello to a new home in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and all throughout the Northwest, contact us today to find the home that’s right for you.

Warm & Cozy Fall Essentials for Your New Home

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are already starting to change colors. As the weather cools, now’s the time to start thinking about warm and cozy fall essentials that will not only provide a little comfort during the cooler weather, but can also contribute to the perfect home ambiance. Here are some of our favorite home additions.
Warm & Cozy Fall Essentials for Your New Home
Setting the Tone in Your Sitting Area
Conversation is important, and when the weather is cool out, there is nothing better than cozying up in an oversized chair or on a nice couch and chatting with loved ones. Make sure your home has a great conversation area. If you have a fireplace in your home, a conversation area near your fireplace is an added bonus!
If you already have a great sitting area, add a bookcase and fill it with your favorite reads. This ensures your room doubles as both a cozy conversation spot and a nice area to get some solo time. You can also stack the bookcase with puzzles or games to encourage social activities!
The Right Lighting for Fall Home
The Right Lighting
In the fall, the right lighting can do wonders in terms of warming your home and creating the right mood. This is especially true during the winter months in the Northwest when we have shorter days. Does your dining room fixture not put out enough light? Upgrade to something with bigger sized light bulbs and that can make a drastic difference during evening hours. Also, try soft mood lamps, candles, or even an artificial flickering light that resembles the light given off by a flame.
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Blankets and Blankets and More Blankets
Invest in some blankets and throws that are soft, warm, and of a warmer color tone (think deep reds, browns, grays, blacks, burnt oranges and yellows, and warmer shades of white). Blankets can be thrown over armchairs and couch arms, or be rolled into fashionable buckets that add a little extra decorating flair. These will also come in handy for those spooky halloween movies everyone loves.
Add Some Fall Specific Elements
Consider Adding Some Fall-Specific Elements
One way to make your home feel warmer and to embrace the change of seasons and the fall holidays that are to come is to add some fall-specific elements. Some of our favorites are:
  • Decorating with different squashes or gourds;
  • Wreaths outfitted with fall plants and colors, including leaves, berries, and even nuts;
  • Pressing leaves between two pieces of glass and framing them;
  • Using twigs and branches as decorative additions to a vase of fall flowers.
Fall Decorating Tips for your new home
Turn Your Dining Area Into a Place People Want to Be
Dining rooms and dining tables often get a bad rap for being uncomfortable and boring. But if you plan on hosting any holidays meals this season, or having guests over for dining otherwise, there are a few things that you can do to really warm up the room and improve people’s comfort. Start by making those straight-backed, hard surfaced dining room chairs more physically comfortable to sit in by adding cushions to them. This will encourage your guests to spend more time at the table, and can add some fall festive flair with the right colors and pattern.
Then, focus on lighting; harsh lighting isn’t welcoming, and can really ruin the mood during the fall. But the issue may not be with the lighting so much as the wall colors. Consider painting a single wall a warmer color and that can make a big difference in the overall feel of the room.
Finally, decorate your table. Use a patterned table runner to draw attention, and place candles, different pumpkins and squashes, decorative skulls, or/and a vase with flowers in the center to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
Enjoy Your New Home!
At Hayden Homes, we hope that you’re enjoying your new home this fall season. If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are ready to meet with you! We work with those at every stage in the home-buying process, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

Top Home Designs and Features for Millennials in 2018

Millennials are changing how home designers and builders approach the design and construction process. Millennials are unique in their values and goals, and, as such, want homes that reflect that. This means that McMansions that require a lot of maintenance and aren’t energy efficient, or homes with a maze of small rooms instead of natural light and open spaces, are a thing of the past. Instead, Millennials are looking for something fresh, modern, and as one-of-a-kind as they are. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve found to be the top home designs and features that Millennials want in 2018.

Top Home Designs and Features for Millennials in 2018Eco-Conscious Designs, Features, and Materials

One thing that most everyone can get behind is the desire to be more environmentally conscious. Things like energy-efficient windows, lighting and appliances are a must, and many Millennials are also in love with features like reclaimed wood, local stones, and other recycled materials that add a touch of nature. Millennials also rely heavily on modern technology so having electric outlets in convenient locations is a must.

Low Maintenance in your New HomeLow-Maintenance and Great Home Warranties

Many millennials, prefer to spend their time on their passions and aren’t looking to take on a home project that may detract from that. There are too many things to experience and places to go to be tied down to a house that’s going to require work one weekend after the next. As such, newer homes are a great fit, as are today’s home warranties. At Hayden Homes, we offer one of the most comprehensive new home warranties in the northwest. This one-year home warranty program provides 12 months of coverage on our work, and ensures that if any problems arise, our customer care team will be there to help.

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While Millennials may not care about having a huge dining room or basement, they do want plenty of open space and light, large master bedrooms, and additional areas that can be used as an office. Further, with a large portion of Millennials households being dual-income families, a two car garage is a must (both partners need a vehicle of their own to get to work in the morning). Luckily all Hayden Homes come standard with a two-car garage!

Another interesting trend amongst Millennials is the ability and desire to work from home. Which means that home offices need to be comfortable, spacious, and conducive to productivity. High ceilings, expansive windows, and simple yet clean features all contribute to this. Check out a list of our home plans that offer a Den standard or as an option HERE.

What do you want in your new home?What Else Do You Want in Your New Home?

Home builders in the northwest are doing more to create homes that are specifically designed for Millennials. If you’re a Millennial who’s considering buying your first home in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho, what features does your dream home include?

At Hayden Homes, we have gorgeous homes available that are perfect for people of all generations, Millennials included. To see our new homes for sale today, contact us directly. We will work with you to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

Decorating Your New Home to Reflect the Fall Season

Fall Centerpiece Ideas As the days become shorter and the nights become cooler, there is no doubt fall is upon us. However, the change of temperatures doesn’t have to be a drag – fall is full of enjoyable things, such as the back-to-school season, Halloween, changing leaves, and it’s a great excuse to cozy up with a good book in your favorite nook in your brand new home by Hayden Homes. As you settle into fall, here are a few fall decorating tips to ensure that your home reflects the season.

Fall-Inspired Centerpieces

Whether you’re looking for a great centerpiece for the table within your new Hayden Homes’ kitchen, or you want an eye-popping piece to place on an entryway or coffee table, creating a fall-inspired centerpiece is easy to do and will certainly draw positive attention. As recommended, on our Fall Decorating Ideas Pinterest page, start by securing a round or oval shaped container that is long and shallow. Fill the bottom of the container with soil, and plant a mix of succulents, leaving plenty of room in between succulents. Then, in unfilled spaces, add an array of fall-focused veggies, like eggplants, mini-pumpkins, zucchini, and radishes. You can top it off with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Easy Fall Door Decorations

The front door is the entryway to your home, and is also the first thing to draw attention when looking at your home from the outside. As such, focusing on the front door and the surrounding area/porch is a great place to start when it comes to fall decorations. And even better, decorating the front door and front porch is easy! In fact, you can really spruce things up and get in the fall spirit simply by adding an array of different colored and different sized pumpkins, gourds, planted fall flowers (think dark oranges and reds), bales of hay, and a pretty fall door wreath.

Wreaths are fun because you can use a wide range of different materials to create a wreath that is fall-themed. Try involving the kids by going on a fallen fall leaf hunt, and then gluing leaves together around a wreath. Or, scrounge up pinecones, pumpkins, corn husks, or even cranberries to create a unique fall wreath idea.

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Another great way that you can get the kids involved and add a little flair to your new home is to create DIY framed leaves. For this project, you’ll need some beautiful leaves that are in good condition. You can also use flowers or other fall plants. Then, press your leaves or other plants in between the pages of some heavy books, being sure to put parchment paper in the books first – leaves should be flattened after about 30-45 minutes. You will then put these in a frame of your choice (glass looks great!) and hang around the home as desired.

What other ideas do you have for decorating your home? Don’t forget about decorating your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and other living areas, too! And if you need help looking for a new home for sale in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and all throughout the Northwest, don’t hesitate to reach out to Hayden Homes today for help.

Landscape Lighting for Your New Home

As the days become shorter and the nights longer, landscape lighting can be the perfect way to add a soft brightness to your yard that makes coming home a more pleasant experience. If you’re the owner of a new Hayden Home–or a soon-to-be new homeowner–consider these benefits of landscape lighting for your new home, and how to choose the right landscape lighting for you.

Benefits of Landscape Lighting 

  • Improved Appearance. One of the best reasons to make any addition to a new home is that doing so improves the appearance of the new home or its surrounding yard. With the right positioning, landscape lighting can highlight your home’s best features, even when the sun has gone down.
  • Energy Efficiency. Another great benefit to landscape lighting is that today, the majority of landscape lights that are purchased are very energy efficient, with many models being solar powered. This means that you can enjoy the benefit of yard lighting without having to worry about electrical wiring, additional energy costs, or your carbon footprint.
  • Functional Light. Lighting for your yard does more than just make your home and the surrounding yard look great; it can also be very functional, too. Whether you want to illuminate a path for walking or provide an extra source of light for any outdoor events you host on a deck or patio, light is a necessity when it’s dark outside and you want to use your yard.
  • Home Security. Landscape lighting may actually improve the security of your home, helping to keep it safe by warding off potential thieves. Well-lit properties may serve as a deterrent to criminals, as those who are breaking and entering tend to prefer to do so on properties with poor lighting so that they will remain unseen.
  • Artistic overtones. The right landscape lighting can be used in a very decorative and artistic manner to create a desired effect for your new home. The Landscaping Network refers to this as “painting with light,” speaking to the numerous techniques and fixtures that can be combined together to create breathtaking nighttime scenes.

How to Choose the Right Landscape Lighting for Your New Home

If you love the look and the many benefits that landscape lighting provides, it’s time to get started on landscape lighting installation! But with so many options to choose from, how does one choose the best for their new Hayden Homes’ abode?
One option is to hire a professional landscaper who can make recommendations, and handle installations, of landscape lighting. While this is a great choice for the homeowner who truly wants a yard that will shine, it can be pricey.

If you’re going to take the DIY approach, here are some things to think about:

  • Do you want traditional low voltage landscape lights, or are you going to go with solar lights?
  • If you choose traditional lights, do you have the infrastructure in place (i.e. outdoor lighting sources/outlets) already?
  • What will the subject of your lighting be? What are you trying to highlight?
  • Do you want flood lights, path lights, or spotlights, or a combination of all three?
  • Will you do halogen bulbs, fluorescent, or LED landscape lighting?
  • What effects are you hoping to create with your lighting?
  • Will you be installing the lights yourself, or hiring someone to do it?

You should also give some thought to which part of your yard you want to target. Some new homeowners want patio lights, knowing that they’ll be spending a lot of time outside eating, relaxing, or hosting guests. Others focus on garden lighting and yard lights. Some people want landscape lighting solely for the purpose of enhancing security, and aren’t concerned about aesthetics. Of course, all exterior lighting can be beautiful, inviting, and give a home a lot of curb appeal when done right. The most important thing is knowing what you want to achieve with your lighting.

Are You Ready to Add Landscape Lighting to Your New Home?
One of the most enjoyable parts of buying a new home is thinking of all of the new home projects that you will take on that will transform a new property into a place that truly feels like your own. With winter right around the corner, investing in landscape lighting in the fall is a good time to get started.

Backyard Ideas and Outdoor Living Spaces for Your New Home

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The excitement of moving into your new dream home doesn’t stop with the home itself; a yard and backyard offer numerous opportunities for improving a home’s value, entertainment options, and aesthetic appeal. If you are the proud new owner of a new home by Hayden Homes, here are some great backyard add-on ideas–

Fire Pit

Do you love camping with the family, all sitting around the fire pit telling stories, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying the heat offered on a chilly night outdoors? If so, you don’t have to escape to the mountains for the experience – you can add a fire pit right to your own backyard! A fire pit is not only a great way to encourage people to gather around and

connect, but also acts as a unique decorative piece, and allows you to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the season!

Storage Shed

For all of your garden tools and outdoor entertainment needs, investing in a storage shed is recommended. A storage shed can be used to store your wheelbarrow, shovels, garden furniture, lawnmower, and more, and is a convenient way to ensure that everything is kept in tip-top condition and protected from the elements like UV Outdoor-Entertainment-Centerrays, rain and snow.

Sprinkler System

If you have planted grass or plants in your backyard– as have most Hayden Homes’ homeowners –installing a sprinkler system is one of the most effective ways to ensure that things stay green year- round. One piece of advice: if you aren’t experienced and knowledgeable in sprinkler installation yourself, contact a professional. Trying to install a sprinkler system is a skill-intensive task, and one that should be left to the experts especially if you have below average water pressure and want to be certain you have sufficient water coverage.

Garden

Is there anything better than vegetables from your own garden? Whether you love to cook, or just want to improve your health or your carbon footprint, creating a garden in your own backyard is a smart choice. Not only is a garden great for providing yummy veggies that are good for you, but gardening can be a fun family project that gets even the youngest of children involved. A garden is also useful and pretty to look at, adding beauty to your yard that you can be proud of. In addition, learning to grow and store crops is an important survival skill your family should know.

Deck or Patio

One of the best ways to add value to your home is to build a deck or patio in your backyard. However, more than just adding value (which may help you sell your home inLarge back yard with grass. the future), a deck or patio provides you with instant gratification, allowing you to take advantage of the outdoors in a manner that is comfortable. Whether you use your patio for entertaining, for family barbeques, or just for soaking up a few rays of sunshine while you read the paper, few things beat the ability to sit outdoors in comfort and style.

A Child’s Playset or Playhouse

If you have little ones, adding a playset or playhouse to the backyard may provide hours of entertainment, exploration, and adventure. Have you been looking for a fun, do-it-yourself project? Constructing your own playhouse can give you and the kids something to do together, may be a less expensive option than buying a pre-constructed version, and can be a very rewarding project to complete.

Gazebo

What’s more romantic than a gazebo? More than beautiful and unique alone, though, gazebos provide shelter from bad weather, can double as a play area for little ones, act as the perfect setting for any events you may host over the years, can increase your property value, and add a little backyard privacy.

Backyard Sanctuary

A backyard sanctuary is essentially a part of the backyard that can be used for peace and quiet, meditation or relaxation. This could be a meditation or Zen garden, or something with a water feature, such as a bubbling fountain or brook, or a built-in pond. Like many other backyard add-ons, backyard sanctuaries can improve a home’s value and a yard’s aesthetic appeal, but also provide you with a quiet place of your own to gather your thoughts.

An Outdoor Kitchen

If you love to entertain, and if you love–or would love–to entertain outside, a full outdoor kitchen is a must. An outdoor kitchen is an ideal addition for those who really want to add some oomph to the backyard, and should include a full outdoor sink, grill, and bar.

Turn Your Backyard Dreams Into Reality

Backyard add-ons are a great way to improve your family’s comfort, and even potentially increase your home’s worth. For more backyard add-on ideas, or to find the perfect new home for you in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, contact Hayden Homes today.

About Hayden Homes

Hayden Homes provides high-quality, value-driven homes throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 work-force families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home in Boise, Idaho.

New Arrival on the Way? Tips for Baby-proofing Your Home

If you are about to welcome a new baby into your home, you’ve probably done your fair share of reading on sleep schedules, breastfeeding, New Arrival on the way, tips for baby-proofing your new hometeething, when to expect what, and more. Have you thought about baby-proofing your home? Little ones love to explore and need a safe environment. So here are some tips to help you prepare for your precious little one’s arrival.

Secure Furniture that Could Topple

One of the biggest risks to little ones is furniture that has the potential to topple. As your baby learns to crawl, they will no doubt reach for just about anything that they can for support. TV stands, ironing boards, and bookshelves are some of the many items that your baby may try to grab onto. If these items aren’t sturdy and stable, they may be at risk of toppling. You can use furniture straps to make sure that everything is in place, and pay attention to how things are stacked.

Use Outlet Plugs

Children love to poke and pry around, and unfortunately, this sense of curiosity can sometimes be dangerous. Use outlet plugs for outlets that are close to ground level to prevent babies from sticking their fingers or objects into them, which could lead to shock and injuries.

Falling Hazards

WebMD reminds parents that babies learn to roll over, pull themselves up, and move around faster than expected. As your baby becomes more mobile, watch out for fall hazards. If a baby is not strapped into their highchair or shopping cart, for example, and tries to stand, they may topple out. Or, a child that is atop a table for a changing could roll off. Remember to always keep an eye on your child when they are above ground, and use precautions to prevent falls, such as staying nearby at all times and avoiding distractions such as cell phones.

Limit Access to Stairs, Low Cupboards, Pinch Points

As your child learns about their world, they will use their hands and body to explore anything in their immediate surroundings. Most of the time, this is good, but it does have the potential to be dangerous. Limiting access to stairs, cupboards, pinch points by using baby gates and child safety cabinet and door locks can be a good idea.

Toilet Safety

It sounds gross, but small children are absolutely fascinated by toilets – not to mention toilet paper! If they’re able to pull themselves up, they may very well be tempted to splish and splash in the potty, exposing them to germs or other hazards. The best way to prevent this is to know where your little one is at all times, or get in the habit of closing the bathroom door when not in use. There are even toilet locks you can use if it becomes a recurring problem.

Choose the Right Home for You at Any stage in Life

Anyone who has raised kids knows that kids need (safe) space. If you are looking to expand, you may need more space. At Hayden Homes, we offer a variety of modern, spacious new home plans to choose from. Contact us today and come tour one of our model homes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to find out what’s right for you.

Indoor Plants to Spruce up Your Home

Open space with house plantsWhile growing plants in your yard is great, allowing for greenery, shade, beautiful flowers, and yummy vegetables and herbs, not all plants can grow year-round in the northwest. What’s more, having plants inside your house has multiple benefits as well, including reducing the levels of certain pollutants and reducing stress levels.

If you love the idea of plants inside your home as a new home buyer, here is a list of some great houseplants that are both pretty to look at and easy to grow.

Succulents

There are dozens of different types of succulents, the vast majority of which are easy to keep indoors (and keep alive) because they don’t require much. Succulents are best grown in an area with sunlight, so consider keeping yours near the window. Some of the top succulents that can spruce up your home include:

  • Agave;
  • Aloe;
  • Crassula;
  • Echeveria; and
  • Sedum.

Pothos

One of the easiest plants to grow indoors is pothos, as it does well at room temperature and can thrive in different lighting situations. The Pothos plant has some other cool benefits too, such as the fact that it has an ability to purify and strip toxins from the air.

Spider Plant inside the homeSpider Plants

Just like pothos, spider plants can do well in a variety of different lighting conditions. It is important to make sure indoor temperatures stay above 60 degrees Fahrenheit in order to keep this plant alive – other than that, they don’t require a lot of care. Spider plants have an interesting look, and work as an instant decorating piece.

Philodendron

Philodendrons are standard indoor house plants, thriving year-round without too much effort. If you want to move this plant outdoors when the weather isn’t too cold, philodendrons don’t get too stressed moving in and out. Sunlight for these plants should be bright, but indirect, and the plant only needs to be watered every few days or so (once the top layer of soil dries out, water again). These plants resemble pothos plants in both color and care.

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All of the plant types listed above are leafy, but not flowery. If you want a flowering plant to add a little color to your home, consider the African violet. African violets bloom in deep purple, white, pink, and lavender, and bloom year-round. These plants like low, filtered sunlight and warmth. Water every few days, allowing the top layer of soil to dry before re-watering.

Peace Lily

Another flowering plant that is quite elegant is the peace lily. The flower is very low-maintenance, thriving in low-light and cooler temperatures (perfect for the northwest). This type of flower is one of the easiest to grow indoors throughout the year.

Add a Little Green to Your Life when Building Your Dream Home

Plants in the home are not only decorative, but they also provide a sense of calm and tranquility. If you’re thinking about adding plants to your new Hayden Home in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho, be sure to consider the ones above.