8 Tips to Help Prepare Your New Home for Winter

8-Tips-to-Help-Prepare-Your-Home-For-WinterCaring for your home – especially a brand new home that you hope to keep in tip-top shape for years to come – is important. In the Northwest, where winters can be harsh, knowing and performing some basic winter maintenance musts is critical to the health of your home. Fortunately, winter maintenance is pretty straightforward. Here are 8 tips to help prepare your new home for winter, to ensure you are keeping your dream home looking great.

Outdoor Maintenance Takes Priority

Maintenance for the outdoor area of your new home should take priority. Some outdoor tasks that absolutely need to be completed include:

1.  Blow out your sprinkler lines, which will keep them from freezing when temperatures drop;

2. Clean up and cover outdoor appliances and tools, such as hoses (which should be stored and drained);

3. Remove leaves from gutters and drains – if leaves are left in gutters and drains over the winter, they can lead to clogs and other damage;

4. Keep an eye out for snow and ice buildup on your roof and around your home – any unusual buildup or runoff should be dealt with swiftly.

Of course, before the snow comes, you should also make sure you have a sturdy snow shovel ready to go. Removing snow promptly as it accumulates will reduce the work, help your home’s foundation stay dry, and keep your family and guests safe.
Prepping the Inside of Your Home
While it’s easy to focus on what’s happening outside when winter is approaching, remember that the inside of your home requires some annual TLC too. To keep the inside of your home in great condition, be sure to:
5. Leave your heat on when you’re out of town to prevent freezing of pipes. Our recommendation is to keep your heat at a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit, while you are away. On especially cold nights, some homeowners will open up cabinets around water pipes to help prevent them from freezing when they are out of town.

6. Ensure your water heater and HVAC system are in good working order (fortunately, if you’ve purchased a new home, this shouldn’t be an issue for years to come)

7. Check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and change them if needed; and

8. Commit to changing air filters at least once every three months, and more if you have pets or anyone in the home with allergies.

Remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to contact a local professional for maintenance and repairs.
Keep Your New Home Looking Great
Your new home will serve you well for years to come if you do your part too – which includes preparing your home for the coldest months of the year. For how-to videos and your seasonal maintenance checklist,  visit our home maintenance page here.
If you are growing tired of all of the ongoing maintenance energy and repairs you’re having to do on your older home, we can help. Hayden Homes has beautiful new homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and we can assist you whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading homes. Call us today to learn more.

Backyard Ideas for Your New Home

Part of the excitement of buying a brand new home is deciding how you want to decorate both inside and out. If you’ve recently purchased a new home and have big plans for your backyard but aren’t sure where to start, here are some great backyard ideas for your new home.

Outdoor Dining SpaceOutdoor Dining

If you love to eat outdoors, and let’s be honest who doesn’t, you may want to focus your backyard on an outdoor dining set up. This can be created with the installation of an outdoor patio or deck and a nice outdoor dining set. In addition to the basic table and chairs, the right lighting can add a magical ambiance. Outdoor dining arrangements are often nicely accompanied by pergolas and honeysuckles, which can provide shade on hotter days. If you don’t have an outdoor grill yet, consider buying one that you can grill and smoke meats and/or vegetables on. There are a lot of wonderful food smoking recipes that you and your guests will love.

Create an Outdoor Living SpaceOutdoor Living Space

If you just can’t get enough of the outdoors, investing in an outdoor living arrangement may really hit the spot. An outdoor living arrangement will include an outdoor dining set and may also expand to include outdoor chairs and recliners or benches, a built-in firepit, and perhaps even a full outdoor kitchen. Hot tubs are another favorite addition if you can afford one. You can look for deals on outdoor furniture when sets go on clearance at the end of the summer. Whether you are eating in your backyard, playing card or yard games, or just want a cozy corner to read a good book, you can find a lot of creative outdoor living ideas on Pinterest or by doing a simple Google search.

Create an outdoor space for peace and serenityPeace and Serenity

Some people want their backyard to offer peace, serenity, and a chance to reconnect with nature more than anything else. In order to achieve this, it can be nice to incorporate two of the most natural elements: fire and water. To do so, consider the installation of a gas or wood burning fire pit and a water feature, such as a small pond or fountain. Enjoying the sound of trickling water doesn’t have to come at a high cost. Plenty of shade and greenery is necessary to achieve the feeling of being in nature, too. Bird feeders and bird baths can be a nice touch as well.

Lush Gardens for your backyardLush Gardens

You may be excited about your new yard because it offers you the chance to grow all of your favorite fruits, veggies, and other plants. Gardens are not only a wonderful way to connect with the earth and potentially grow food for your family, but also a visually appealing addition to a yard, too. You may opt for a large plot that allows you to grow a wide variety of veggies, a smaller plot in a corner for a salsa garden, or even a series of designated garden boxes throughout the yard – one for tomatoes, one for herbs, one for peas and beans, etc. Whatever you do, allow plenty of space for your plants to grow as they will need as much sunlight and oxygen as possible to thrive.

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Low-Maintenance Perennials for the Pacific Northwest

Now that you’ve moved into your brand new home, you’re likely focused on tips and strategies for keeping your dream home – and your yard – looking as wonderful as possible. With great weather up ahead as the days become warming and longer, now’s the time to start thinking about low-maintenance flowers that can add color and beauty to your Pacific Northwest home. For low-maintenance gardening that will continue to bloom year-after-year, we come up with this list of some of the best (low-maintenance) perennial, flowers, that are perfect for homeowners in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Pink Primrose for Pacific Northwest HomePrimroses

Best for homes that get a lot of sun and soil that will drain completely, primroses are easy to care for, and will keep coming back without replanting every year – a homeowner’s dream! These are one of the earliest flowers to bloom each season, making them especially eye-catching.

Cardinal Flower for PNW homeCardinal Flowers

Cardinal flowers, also called cardinal wildflowers, are some of the most beautiful flowers to keep in your yard. These flowers are a shocking red color that catches the eye and draws attention from passersby, and are one of a hummingbird’s favorite. These flowers like morning sun and afternoon shade, and moist soil (perfect in Washington and Oregon). A great plus of these low-maintenance flowers, is that they will self-sow if left unclipped, meaning that you can count on them reblooming for years to come. Don’t want them to drop seeds? Clip out the flower stems when they’re done blooming.

Dahlia Flowers for Easy to Maintain PNW homeDahlia

The name of this flower alone may be enough to persuade you to plant it; when you find out that there are thousands of dahlia varieties, you’ll be convinced. These flowers can get up to six feet tall, and are available in multiple colors. They’ll start blooming about eight weeks after planting (or around mid-July if you already have them in your yard). Grown primarily for cut flowers in bouquets, you can leave your dahlias in the ground, or cut them and bring them inside for a way to spruce up your new home.

Shasta Daisy for Low Maintenance YardShasta Daisy

The Shasta daisy is a simple and sweet flower that is easy to grow and nice to look at. These flowers will bloom in the summertime, and can provide year-round green foliage depending on your location. To keep these flowers happy, plant in an area where the soil drains completely and the flowers will be partially shaded; full sun can be too harsh for Shasta daisies. One of the best things about these flowers is that once they’re in the ground, care is minimal. You can cut foliage back after blooming (usually around September) to keep the plant healthy and ready to flower again the following year.

A Beautiful, Easy to Maintain, Yard Can Make a Big DifferenceA Beautiful, Easy to Maintain, Yard Can Make a Big Difference

When you have a beautiful yard, your new home will feel that much more inviting, and the outdoors will be more enjoyable to spend time in. For these and other great home maintenance tips, check out our home maintenance tips/tricks page HERE. To learn more about our new homes for sale in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, get in touch with us today. Whether you’re buying your first home or looking to upgrade to a new home in the Northwest, we have the properties of your dreams.

Pacific Northwest Landscape Ideas, Low Maintenance and Budget-Friendly

If you own a brand new home in the Northwest, now’s the time to start getting your new home’s landscape in order. That means starting up your watering system, fertilizing and getting an early start on weed control. Thankfully, the weather is finally warm enough to enjoy being outside, and to not have to worry about winter frosts that may kill flowers and buds that are planted (knock on wood). That being said, here are a number of low maintenance, and budget-friendly landscape ideas that you can try this spring!

Low Maintenance Landscape IdeaBudget-Friendly, Landscape Idea #1 – Plant Some Vegetables

Planting a vegetable garden is one of the best ways to make use of your yard, and can even end up saving you money (fewer trips to the supermarket). There are a lot of different stylistic options for planting a vegetable garden – square-foot gardening is often touted as one of the most effective ways of maximizing vegetable production and minimizing costs. In addition to being relatively inexpensive and providing your family with vegetables throughout the season, veggie gardens also look great! Want to try something smaller but equally as spectacular? Consider creating an outdoor herb or salsa garden.

Add Light and Warmth to your LandscapingLow Maintenance, Landscape Idea #2 – Add Light and Warmth

Another landscape idea for your Northwest home, is that you can use to make your back or front yard look great is to add some lighting. From solar lamps to big bulbs, outdoor LED lighting is one of the easiest ways to add ambiance and warmth. You can even consider adding an outdoor fireplace, many of which can be purchased for under $200.

Create and Outdoor Living Space - Landscape IdeaLow Maintenance, Landscape Idea #3 – Create an Outdoor Living Space

When the weather is nice, there is nothing more pleasant than spending a few hours outdoors with family or friends, perhaps for a game of Scrabble, a barbeque, or just to have a nice conversation or read a book. Which means that you need to create a great outdoor living space, which will not only contribute to your comfort, but also add to the overall look and feel of your yard. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on brand new patio furniture, consider repurposing older furniture with outdoor fabrics, this is not only a budget-friendly landscape idea, but can be a great conversation starter with friends and family.

Plant Wild Flowers Landscape-IdeaBudget-Friendly, Landscape Idea #4 – Go Wild

You can reinvent parts of your yard without spending hundreds of dollars or spending a lot of time. Just let things go wild! We’re not talking about letting your landscape become overgrown and out of control, but rather throwing wildflower seeds in un-planted garden beds, a ditch, or other areas of your yard that could use some color. Wildflowers are easy to grow and require little maintenance, which is perfect for those with busy lives that are looking for an easier, more low maintenance option for the landscaping in your new home.

Spring has Sprung. It’s Time to Spruce Up the Landscaping in Your Yard

Are you living in a new home in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho that doesn’t yet have a finished landscape? You can use the landscaping ideas above to inexpensively transform your yard into a place that attracts positive attention and is a joy to spend time in. To learn more about our new homes for sale in the Northwest, reach out to us today!

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

Buying a new home is exciting, in part because a new home often means a lot less time and money will be spent on home maintenance in comparison to an older home. But whether you’re in a brand new, never been lived in before, home or one that has been around for a while, all homes need at least a little TLC during the springtime. So here are 10 home maintenance tips to keep in mind as the weather warms in the northwest.

Examine Windows and Doors 1. Examine Windows and Doors

Winter can be harsh on windows and doors, so during your spring maintenance, give them a good look-over. Do you notice that weatherstripping should be replaced? How does the silicone look? Do you notice any condensation between glass panes? When you catch things like this early on, it can save you headaches down the road.

Clean-your-gutters2. Clean Your Gutters

Gutters can get clogged during the wintertime, as debris, including leaves, sticks and dirt, are often common. Because gutters are responsible for directing water away from your roof and home, it’s important that they’re clean. Gutters slope ever so gradually, so it doesn’t take much debris to dam up flows.

See-how-your-roof-held-up3. See How Your Roof Held Up

If you are living in a new home, you probably won’t have to worry about your roof this year. If your home is dated, however, make sure you assess your roof once the weather starts to warm. Missing shingles should be fixed immediately. After a good rainstorm, take a moment to visually inspect your attic spaces for any leaks. Oftentimes, a leak will drip onto insulation creating a small cater so that’s something to watch for.

Spring-Tips-for-taking-Care-of-Your-New-Home4. Prep the Flower Beds and Lawn

Before Mother’s Day hits, consider preparing your garden beds by turning the soil, applying a compost if necessary, and getting any new weeds pulled.

Check-your-AC-unit5. Determine Whether You’ll Need to Service Your A/C

Before it gets too hot, make sure you service your A/C unit – the last thing you want to do is wait until the heat of summer to learn your A/C isn’t cooling your home properly, or at all!

6. Give the Exterior a Wash

Grime, dirt, bird poop and more can show up on a home’s exterior over the winter, which can both detract from its aesthetic appeal and be damaging to its surface. The best thing to do is to invest the time in cleaning it. You can use a mild soap and extendable brush to do so. Rinse with a garden hose afterward.

organized-garage7. Organize Your Garage

Spring maintenance means spring cleaning, which includes your garage. Take a few hours to throw out things that you no longer need, organize, lock up any hazardous materials, and put things into labeled bins. You’ll be glad you did!

Spring-Cleaning-Photo8. Do a Deep Clean

Spring’s also the time to give the inside of your home a good scrub down, including areas of the home that may not see as much affection throughout the year (like the inside of your oven, window seals or your baseboards). Turn on some music and have some fun while you’re at it!

Check-your-smoke-alarm9. Check Smoke Alarms

Don’t delay on checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re in working order. Do this even if you have done it in the last six months; there is never any harm in double-checking when it comes to keeping you and your family safe.

Check your furnace filter10. Replace Your Furnace Filter

Finally, your furnace puts in a lot of hard hours during the winter. Take care of it in return by replacing your furnace filter on a regular basis. This is an easy DIY-project and one that will promote longevity in your central heating/cooling unit.

Remember, the newer your home, the easier spring maintenance will be. If you’re thinking about buying a home in the Northwest, we have brand new homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho you’ll be sure to love. For other great tips to care for your home, check out our home maintenance resource here!

Hose Bib Winterization

Our Team of Customer Care Experts have an important tip to share with you to help prevent any water damage that could occur by not caring for your hose bibs during the cold winter months.

The Key to Avoiding Serious Water Damage

Water damage to your home and belongings is preventable. You should always drain your outside hose bibs during the winter months; or, you are at risk of water freezing in the pipes, breaking inside your walls. Once damaged, when an exterior hose bib faucet is turned on, it will push water through and past any broken frozen sections, causing flooding in your home. Simple maintenance can save you the hassle, time & cost of water damage.

HOSE BIB WINTERIZATION

Remember to take the following steps during cold weather months:

1. Disconnect garden hoses from the exterior hose bib faucets – this will keep water from getting trapped in the line and allow the anti-siphon to drain the line.

2. Protect your exterior faucets during freezing temperatures – hose bib covers can be found in most hardware or home improvement stores and are very inexpensive and easy to install.

How to Blow Out Your Sprinkler System

It’s that time of the year, when the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. With that, we wanted to give you a quick and easy guide on how to blow out your sprinkler system in order to prepare your landscaping for winter! Watch this quick video on the basics of how to prepare your landscaping and get your home ready for the cold weather that is just around the corner.

 

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 the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

Preparing Your Landscape for Winter

YoPrepipng-your-landscape-for-winter-photou’ve worked hard to get your yard, garden, and other aspects of your new home’s landscape looking great. You want to make sure that’s not all lost as soon as freezing temperatures hit! As temperatures continue to cool, now’s the perfect time to start preparing your landscape for winter in the Northwest. Here are some things to do to help you get ready for the colder season.

Continue to Cut the Grass
Did you know that your grass, despite cool temperatures, will keep growing until the ground freezes? Did you also know that the longer the grass is when snow hits, the greater the risk of fungus damage? Keeping your grass short by cutting it once every one-to-two weeks is ideal.

Prepipng-your-landscape-for-winter-Perennial-flowersManage Your Perennials
Before you cut back any plants, you should make sure to look up the specific plant type and instructions for care. That being said, the majority of perennials should be cut back to near soil level using sharp pruners.

Take Care of Fall Leaves
Fall leaves may be beautiful to look at, but any yard owner knows what a pain they can be to manage – it’s as though they never stop coming! Most homeowners choose to remove leaves via raking (or other leaf-removal methods) as this tends to be the option with the least ongoing work (once they’re gone, they’re gone!). Other homeowners may choose to mulch their leaves, although this must be done carefully, as a layer of leaves that is too thick prevents mulching. Mulching also requires raking up the leaves, chopping them, and reapplying them in an even level.

Create a Nice CompostPrepipng-your-landscape-for-winter Taking care of Fall Leaves
Have any dead plants or unused vegetables in your garden? Use them to create an organic compost that will nourish the soil and help your plants to come up strong again in the spring. A good compost pile will prevent against weeds and kill unwanted bacteria and pathogens that harm plants.

Protect Your Trees and Shrubs
Most trees and shrubs will do okay without a lot of winter preparation, but sometimes, steps should be taken to help them make it through the coldest months of the year. These include:

  • Keep watering trees through late fall if rain levels are low or the fall has been dry, which will help to prevent winter die-back;
  • Remove fallen leaves surrounding the trees so that fungal issues aren’t a problem;
  • Prune dead branches;
  • Wrap the lower section of young trees that have not developed; and
  • Be careful when applying any chemicals throughout the winter, such as ice melt, near trees. Chemicals can harm trees and soil.

Don’t Forget about Winter Landscaping!
Finally, remember to remove any garden hoses from outdoor spigots and cover them with insulating foam. This will help prevent frozen/burst pipes later on. Failing to take fall lawn care and winter lawn care steps could mean a big headache come springtime. As temperatures cool, now’s the time to get to work. You’ll be glad you did!

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 for a new home builder in Boise, new home builder in Nampa, New home builder in Meridian, New home builder Eagle, new home builder Star, to purchase a new home in Caldwell, or new homes in Kuna!

Spring Home Exterior Care and Prevention

Doug-Zeigler-Customer-Service-Manager-Hayden-HomesjpgWhen you are a homeowner, taking care of your home inside and out is important. While most homeowners tend to focus a majority of their time and attention on inside upkeep, exterior care and prevention is equally, if not more, important, and applies to both older and newer homes. Here are some helpful tips from our Inland Northwest Customer Service Department at Hayden Homes!

Check for Exterior Damage

If you’re like most people, and it’s been awhile since you visually inspected the exterior of your home, start by checking for any damage to your roof, gutters, siding, and more. Checking for things like missing shingles, warped and weathered siding, and loose or leaky gutters is a good place to start. If you have an older home, damage is more common, especially in homes that are 20+ years old.

Areas on the outside of your home to inspect include:

  • Windows and doors
  • Sidewalks and driveway
  • Roof and overhangs
  • Garage doors
  • Gutters and drains
  • Irrigation systems
  • Decks and porches
  • Siding
  • Foundation

If you do notice any damage on the exterior of your home, you should take action to repair or correct it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse things can get, and the more costly a repair may be down the road. For example, if you catch your siding starting to show early signs of water damage due to worn paint, a simple caulk/repaint job may do. However, if your wood siding warps beyond repair, you may need to pay the expense of replacing the siding.

Whether you decide to tackle the repair yourself, or hire a local contractor, it’s important that the job is done well, and that it will last. You may need to refer to local codes and regulations before undertaking a project, as well as checking whether your repair will be covered by insurance, keeping in mind that a bad repair job may decrease the value of your home.

Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance

If you don’t notice any damage, then preventative maintenance to reduce the risk of exterior damage in the future is important. The old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here. This might include simple procedures such as:

  • Replacing weather stripping on windows and doors
  • De-junking the gutters
  • Cleaning siding
  • Adjusting sprinklers
  • Caulking/Repainting
  • Checking outside faucets
  • Cleaning the chimney
  • Trimming tree overgrowth
  • Checking foundation vents

Exterior of a New Home

If you do not perform regular home maintenance, the materials that make up the exterior of your house are more likely to experience significant wear and tear faster than they would otherwise. This can lead to early deterioration, and a greater need for more significant and costly repairs at an earlier date. In severe cases, the cost of repairs can exceed the value of your home, resulting in a huge financial loss.

Old Homes vs. New Homes – What You Need to Know

As mentioned earlier, the amount of exterior maintenance and repairs that you will need to perform for an older home are significant when compared to a new home. While the exterior of a new home should be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis, maintenance is much less intensive. For this reason, many people choose to purchase new homes so they do not have to deal with the constant repairs that older homes can require.

Think about it. Why spend your time caulking and repairing siding and shingles when you could be planting flowers and hosting get-togethers? New homes are built with the best materials on the market today, and in many cases come with guarantees, giving you the peace of mind that they’ll last for years to come.

Explore our website to learn about our home locations and exciting new home models, and come see our new homes today!

About Hayden Homes
For nearly 30 years, since it was established in Redmond, Oregon, in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 12,000 new homes in over 300 new home communities, across more than 50 cities, spanning Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest, privately held new homebuilder in the Pacific Northwest.

Hallmarked by a commitment to build high-quality, value-driven new homes, Hayden Homes supports local communities by employing local contractors and vendors and contributing annually to philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build. Since 1989, Hayden Homes has contributed more than $9 million to charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies include – Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in a new home community in the Inland Northwest, including new homes in Spokane, new homes in Spokane Valley, new homes in Coeur d’Alene, new homes in Airway Heights, new homes in Pullman, new homes in Cheney, new homes in Rathdrum, or new homes in Post Falls. Contact us today.

Spring Tips and Ideas for Your New Home

At Hayden Homes, we believe that in order for you to have a high-performing home, you need to maintain it. Spring-Tips-for-taking-Care-of-Your-New-HomeTo help you keep things in tip-top shape, here are some tips that our Central Oregon Customer Service Manager, recommends for new homeowners.

Clean Your Gutters

Gutter cleaning is a must. The easiest way to avoid major gutter problems and draining blockages is to clean out the gutters on a regular basis. Usually, you can do this by simply scraping out the gutters with your hands and a pair of gloves, or using a leaf blower to rid the gutters of debris. For more intense buildup, you may need to use a water hose or pressure washer. This should be done at least twice a year – once in early spring, in preparation for “April showers” and once in late fall, in preparation for winter. While working on your gutters, you may need to fasten them back up if they have become a little wobbly due to the weight of standing water, ice or debris. Gutters that aren’t properly fastened can sag and prevent proper drainage.

Remove Styrofoam Vent Block

The Styrofoam vent block helps to protect crawl spaces during the freezing winter months. In the pacific northwest, this is necessary for maintaining desired temperatures within your home (and lowering heating costs) and preventing pipes from freezing in extreme conditions. In the summertime, you should remove vent covers to allow air to move underneath your floor and help keep things cool. The added ventilation will also help keep your crawl space dry, which is especially important for new homes in the coastal regions of Oregon and Washington.

Service Your Air Conditioner

Even though your home is new, it is advised that you have an air conditioner professional tune up and service your heating and cooling system each year. Regular inspections and maintenance on your home A/C can help keep things like the condenser, coils, fan and other parts working well, saving you money and preventing the need for more serious repairs down the line.

Get Your Grass Growing

Spring is the time to get your grass growing, which starts with fertilization. While chemical fertilizers are popular, consider organic lawn care as an equally efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly way of getting things green. You can purchase organic fertilizers at most major stores, or even consider making your own! Spring is also the time to aerate your lawn – a service that you can hire a company for, or perform yourself using a few basic tools.

Check Your Sprinklers

Each spring, you should check your sprinkler system and make any necessary adjustments for the summer season. Keeping your lawn healthy does require some diligence, especially in drier climates like western Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Washington, which is why you should continue inspecting and adjusting your sprinklers every month to ensure optimal performance. The first time you turn on your sprinklers in the spring, however, is the most important. If you blew out your sprinklers in the fall, then you shouldn’t encounter any issues in the spring. But, you’ll want to check your lawn for pooling water, muddy areas near sprinkler heads or areas where the grass doesn’t appear wet at all. Any of these could indicate a problem with a sprinkler head or a leak in the system.

Drain Your Water Heater

It is recommended that you drain your water heater once per year. The reason for draining your water heater annually, is to make sure that sediments and minerals are removed, which can build up over time and cause long-term problems. Draining is a very easy thing to do, involving turning off the water heater, letting the water cool, and attaching a hose to the drain valve. Make sure you read your water heater’s instructions or contact a professional before draining.

In addition to these new home maintenance tips, do not forget about inside spring cleaning, too! Spring is a great time to get rid of things you no longer use or need and get organized!

About Hayden Homes
For nearly 30 years, since it was established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 12,000 new homes in over 300 new home communities, across more than 50 cities, spanning Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately held new homebuilder in the Pacific Northwest.

Hallmarked by a commitment to build high-quality, value-driven new homes throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Hayden Homes supports local communities by employing local contractors and vendors and contributing annually to philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build. Since 1989, Hayden Homes has contributed more than $9 million to charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies – Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes – Provide an unapparelled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in Bend, Oregon, Redmond, Oregon, or Sisters, Oregon.