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.

5 Tips for Cleaning Up and Organizing After the Holidays

The holidays bring us happy memories, parties, festive decor and gifts from those we love. After the busyness of the season dies down, many realize that the new holiday decor items and gifts they have acquired do not have a place. Some of these new items are large, bulky and take up a lot of space. Or you might have some newly acquired belongings you are struggling to find a place for. No matter how big or small your home is, finding a spot for things is all about organization and innovation. Here are a few tips for bringing order and peace to the clutter piling up after the holidays.

1- De-clutter

You might have heard the saying “get one, toss two.” It’s easy to become overwhelmed by a lot of stuff if you save everything you ever get. One easy way to keep the clutter at a minimum is to adopt this principle. Look around your home and find things you have not used in the last 6-12 months. Do you really need that item? If the answer is no, donate it to Goodwill or simply throw it away. There is freedom and liberation when you declutter. If there are holiday items you dislike or never use, it’s time to get rid of them.

2- Basket and box like items

It is really hard to find anything when there is no order. Storing similar items together is a great way to organize. For instance, box all the Christmas tree ornaments, outdoor holiday lights and Christmas living room decor in their own separate bins. Better yet, label these bins so you can find them easier next year! An expert tip: Try this same organizing tactic all over your home and you will find it can make life easier.

3- Add shelving

With all these bins helping you stay organized, finding a place for these containers is the next step. Putting shelving in your basement or garage is a better idea than in prime storage areas like frequently used closets. If the ceiling in your garage is tall enough, adding a ceiling shelf in the garage is a great place to store the bins for your holiday decor. It keeps them out of the way until you need them next year. You can build your own or purchase a ceiling shelf kit. Ceiling shelves are also a great place for oversized yard decorations like inflatables or reindeers.

4- Take notes for next year

Inventory what you have as you pack it away so you don’t accidentally buy a duplicate item. It’s easy to forget what you have since you only see it once a year. If you like sending Christmas cards, save all the cards you received in a container with the corresponding addresses attached to make sending cards next year that much easier.

5- Organize wrapping supplies

This one is very important as the rolls of wrapping paper, gift bags and bows can grow each year. Find long, narrow wrapping paper containers to keep the paper safe and nice. Another container for bows, gift bags and ribbon is a great idea too.

A fresh start for the year

Start off the new year with an organized home, because it is proven that the more order your life has, the happier you will be. If you’ve had enough and it’s time to upgrade to a bigger home, Hayden Homes is there for you. Whether it’s your first home or you are ready to buy your dream home, our team is happy to help you find the right floor plan for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about purchasing your new home in the new year.

Ready your Home for Winter Weather

Are you ready for winter?

Winterize your Home
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Extreme cold weather can be hard on you and your home. Hayden Homes would like to remind you to follow these steps to minimize some of winter’s biggest threats to your home when freezing  weather, snow and ice hit your area.

Reduce the risk of pipes from freezing:
◦Close or cover foundation vents under house
◦Disconnect and drain garden hoses
◦Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers
◦Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrap
◦Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them
◦Open cabinet doors under sinks
◦Allow hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath faucets to slowly drip

Furnace:
◦Set your thermostat to a constant temperature and avoid turning the heat down
◦Replace furnace filters

Reduce the risk of ice dams:  Ice dams occur when water builds up behind a blockage office
◦Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris
◦Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn’t melt and refreeze on the roof’s edge

With these simple tips you can protect your family and your investment from a cold weather disaster.

From our home to yours we wish you peace, prosperity, health & great happiness this joyous holiday season and during the year ahead!

Home Organizing: Tips for a Great School Year

It is Back-to-School week around the Northwest, and families are working overtime to stay organized. While it may be impossible to avoid the mayhem of that first week back, you can prepare your home for the rhythm of the school year with these four tips from the Hayden Homes team:

Entry way

Tools like the Family Bulletin Board are essential to keeping schedules aligned. We suggest one that is both large and easily updated, providing information for a full month. Color-coding is encouraged.

Garage

Busy lives require lots of stuff; coral it with a bank of Personal Lockers along one wall of your garage. From dirty football cleats to the class ferret, this is a perfect warehouse for all those things you need, yet would rather not invite into your home.

Living Room

Many of Hayden Homes come with an optional built-in Homework Desk, but any desk will do. Simply designate a level space for homework that faces away from the television and other distractions with a good-quality overhead light and a comfortable upright chair to foster concentration.

Kitchen

Win the war of after school snacking by purchasing two baskets – one for the fridge and one for the pantry – wherein you can place after-school snacks for kids of all ages. Children will enjoy feeling self-sufficient, the kitchen will remain relatively clean, and little appetites will remain unspoiled until dinner.