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How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner

Categories: Tips | Posted: November 19, 2014 | Comments Off on How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner

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Whether you are hosting for a family of five or fifteen in your cozy home, throwing a Thanksgiving party can be extremely intimidating. No need to quit the idea of entertaining cold turkey. If you follow these four C’s of Thanksgiving, you will be sure to have a warm and welcome home for all to enjoy.

Cleaning – Making sure your entire house is spick and span before your guests arrive can be a challenge, especially if you have little ones running around. Focusing on cleaning your home one room at a time can relieve the overwhelming stress of fall-cleaning. Make it simple, start near your front door and work your way back. Another way to get things done efficiently is to vacuum and dust while your turkey is cooking in the oven!  A watched turkey never cooks!

Creating – Fall decorations and centerpieces for your family table are a great way to set a fun and festive atmosphere.  If you’re no Martha Stewart, don’t worry, holiday decorating is now easier and more affordable than ever with an abundance of DIY crafts all over the internet.

Cooking – From stuffing the perfect turkey to mashing the perfect sweet potatoes, cooking the most delectable Thanksgiving dinner is a tall order and can take hours of preparation. More importantly, it can also be a time for experimenting with new recipes and showing off your inner top chef! Whether you are making a traditional turkey or a veggie tofurkey, be thankful for all that you have on your table to eat.

Caring – The most important thing about Thanksgiving is not whether your house is clean or your turkey is basted to perfection, but rather that your friends and family are around to celebrate with you. Giving thanks together is the ultimate gift, but topping that off with a beautifully decorated table with gourds and gobbles of food is just the cherry on top of your apple pie.

Be thankful for all that you have and all that you are able to give this Thanksgiving. The rest will fall right into place!

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

Is your home ready for the winter?

Categories: Tips, Uncategorized | Posted: November 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Is your home ready for the winter?

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As colder weather sets in, you can take a few key steps to ensure your home serves you well through the coming months.  Please take time to check these items in and around your home and attend to any that need maintenance.

1) HVAC System

Heating

  • Call an HVAC Professional to inspect your furnace.
  • Change the furnace filter
  • Make sure heating vents have no obstacles in front of them so air flows freely
  • If your ductwork has dampers that control the airflow to each room, make sure you adjust them so the rooms that you will be using the most during the winter months are comfortable
  • If you have a humidifier make sure you change the setting for winter and have it serviced.
  • If you have a programmable thermostat make sure you have it set for your current schedule as it may have changed from last year

Cooling

  • Clean condensing unit of debris
  • Cover outside unit with breathable cover.  This will prolong the life of the unit.

2) Fireplace

Gas Fireplace

  • If you have turned gas off for the summer months, make sure you turn the gas back on and start the pilot
  • It is also a good time to clean the glass so you have a clear view of the fire for your enjoyment

3) Check the exterior, doors and windows

Roof

  • Check roof for missing or damaged shingles
  • Check flashing around chimney and other roof projections
  • Make sure gutters and down spouts are clean

Doors and windows

  • Check for window and door leakage and replace old weather stripping where necessary
  • If you have storm doors, switch out the screens for glass replacements

4) Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Replace batteries and test the units
  • Buy a fire extinguisher or replace if it is over 10 years old

5) Plumbing

  • For outside hose bibs, turn off water supply from inside and drain
  • Disconnect all garden hoses and drain the hose
  • If you go on vacation, leave your heat on and set it no lower than 55 degrees
  • Test sump pump for proper operation

Sprinkler System

  • Winterize no later than the end of November

 6) Service weather specific equipment

  • Drain gas from lawn mower or stabilize the gas
  • Service and tune up snow blower
  • Check shovels to make sure they are in good shape
  • Purchase ice melt. Do not use salt as it may damage concrete and plant material.

7) Lawn and yard

  • Rake lawn and fertilize lawn for winter
  • Trim trees and seasonal vegetation
  • Store lawn furniture

 

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

 

Giving Back This Holiday Season

Categories: News | Posted: November 12, 2014 | Comments Off on Giving Back This Holiday Season

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Anne Frank once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving”.

With the holiday season approaching, it is no surprise that giving back is on our minds. While we’re consumed with how to give thanks to those we know and love, we sometimes overlook the concept of giving back to strangers.  There are actually many ways to give back your time, talents and treasures this holiday season. Choosing just one to do with your family can make a world of difference.

Soup Kitchen – Whether you are donating your own canned food or signing up to help serve a dinner, your local soup kitchen could always use assistance around the holidays!

Toy Drive – Donating to a toy drive, usually in the local school district or outside of toy stores, guarantees that children less fortunate will be able to open gifts this holiday season. Have your kids choose a toy they’d enjoy and share with them the importance of giving to other children in need.

Coat Drive – We all have massive coats overtaking our closets and now is the perfect time to clean them out and donate them to the homeless to make sure they keep warm in the winter.

Gift Exchange – Rather than asking Santa for something on your list this Christmas, consider asking for donations to an organization you’re passionate about instead.

Volunteering and giving back during the holiday season is not only easy but is also a lot of fun. While you are donating your time or your treasures, what you are receiving is more meaningful than any gift.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com

It’s Time to Buy The Home of Your Dreams!

Categories: News | Posted: November 6, 2014 | Comments Off on It’s Time to Buy The Home of Your Dreams!

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Now that the economic uncertainties of the last few years seem to be lifting, many Americans are thinking about buying a home. Today’s buyers are benefiting from both historically low interest rates and innovative home designs.

Economically, there’s never been a better time to buy a home. Pending home sales and contract signings are steady, while mortgage rates have fallen to a 16-month low! The rate on the average 30-year fixed-rate loan fell to 3.92% last week, from 3.97% the week before. Rates stood as high as 4.72% at the beginning of the year.

Design-wise, new homes have never been so smart and sophisticated! Kettler Forlines Homes, like many home builders, has developed great new homes that reflect the new face of home buying.  With today’s technology, energy-efficient designs, and low maintenance materials, new homes are considerably less expensive to “operate and maintain” than homes of the past and offer convenience of living and a good long term investment to today’s new home buyer.

If you’re sitting on the fence, don’t wait too long.  Now really is a great time to buy a new home at Kettler Forlines Homes.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com