How to: Sell Your Home During the Winter

If you’re planning on building a new home with Arive, your first step will be prepping your old place for a sale. And unfortunately, if you’re trying to sell during the cold and dark winter months, you might find that your property doesn’t always look its best. But don’t worry! With a few extra steps for staging during winter, you can still make sure your existing home shines through for the perfect buyer.

Step One: Create a “Drop Zone”

When prospective buyers come to your home, they’ll probably have puffy jackets and snow-covered boots. Highlight your home’s storage features and convenience by creating a “drop zone” near the front door with shoe racks and hooks for coats. That way, buyers can come in and stay awhile without tracking snow around your home.

Step Two: Light a Fire

If you have a fireplace, use it! There’s nothing quite as inviting as a warm fire in a home, and showing off your fireplace will be a major selling feature for buyers. If you have a gas fireplace, you can instruct your real estate agent on how to turn it on and off. If your fireplace is a wood-burning model, you may want to stick around to tend the fire or ensure that your agent can put it out when he or she leaves.

Step Three: Keep Decor Conservative

Leaving up your seasonal decor? It’s no big deal. Just follow a few guidelines for your holiday cheer: Make sure that it’s on the conservative side (think a wreath and some candles, not a huge tree or kitschy decorations) and remove some of the furniture in decorated rooms. Holiday decor can make rooms look cluttered, so you might have to store a few side tables to ensure your home looks its best.

Step Four: Pay Attention to Windows

The colder winter months also mean shorter days, so there’s a good chance buyers will be seeing your home in the dark. Dirty, smudged windows definitely show up in interior lighting, so make sure they sparkle before showing your home. You should also open all blinds and shutters to let as much light in as possible and show off your home’s natural lighting.

Step Five: Bake or Leave a Treat

Visitors are coming in from the cold, so baking a treat in the oven (or just warming up some cookies) can have a double effect. Your agent can serve them up as a treat with hot cocoa for cold fingers, but they’ll also give your home a warm and inviting aroma – perfect for a winter showing.

7 Signs You’re Ready to Build a Home

We’re closing in on a new year, and call us biased, but we think homeownership is a great goal for 2015. If you have a new home on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’ll need to choose between purchasing an existing home from a seller, or building a new home from the ground up. Stuck on the decision? Here are some signs that you might be the “building” type.

1. You Have Realistic Expectations 

Building your own home means getting exactly what you want – that is, as long as you don’t want Buckingham Palace on a suburban budget. The best owner-builders are the ones that have realistic expectations and already know what type of home design, finishes and location they can afford.

2. You Prefer New

Some people just prefer to buy new stuff; whether it’s cars, houses or other goods. Those people understand the value of being the first owner and getting what they want from day one. If that sounds like you, you might have a hard time being satisfied with a previously-owned home.

3. You Hate Surprises

That’s the thing about buying a previously owned home: You don’t have a lot of guarantees. Finding out that a 20-year-old bathroom harbors mold or the basement has insects that the home inspector missed can be some seriously unwelcome surprises. Building your home means zero surprises and knowing exactly what you’re getting.

4. You’ve Done the Math

You don’t need to have a perfect budget laid out for building, but taking a page from your 11th grade notebook and running some numbers can be enlightening. When you realize that homeownership can actually be less expensive than renting, or that a new home can be built for the same price as a pre-owned home, the choice becomes a lot easier.

5. Your Pinterest Board has Been Perfected

Hey, anyone who sees your Pinterest board knows that you’ve been planning your dream house for all of 2014. Why not spend 2015 making it a reality?

6. You Love the Idea of a New Neighborhood

Moving into an established neighborhood can be a little daunting, especially if you’re the new kid on the block. By choosing a young or new neighborhood from the start, you get to create your own sense of community with homeowners like yourself. Block party, anyone?

7. You Have a Builder in Mind

The last sign that you’re ready to make the leap to building your home is having a builder in mind. The builder you choose will definitely affect your overall experience, so do your research, ask around and trust your gut. And if you don’t already have a builder in mind, might we suggest one?

The decision to build a home shouldn’t be taken lightly, but let’s  face it: You’ve been thinking about it for months. Why not make 2015 the year where you turn those napkin sketches, Pinterest boards and “one day”s into a reality and you could be celebrating the New Year in a new home.

Happy Holidays from Arive!

Christmas is fast approaching, and we’d be amiss if we didn’t take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to making Arive Homes the fastest growing builder in Utah County during 2014. From homeowners to subcontractors, real estate pros to community leaders, we’ve build lasting relationships and can’t wait to see what’s in store.

We’ve been able to enjoy a Christmas party with friends, as well as hold an Arive Homes Subcontractor Appreciation event at the movies this past week, so it’s been the perfect time to reflect and celebrate with those who made 2014 possible.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

The Arive Team

5 Ways to Use Your Loft Space

Did you know that several of our home plans include a loft space? For a growing family, the loft makes up priceless space that you – even if you don’t it need yet – can grow into over time. Don’t forget that a loft space is also an awesome design feature that’ll pump up the value of your home. Like the idea of a loft but not sure what to do with it? Think about some of these ways to make the most of your bonus space.

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1. A Play Room

This one’s kind of a no brainer: If you have kids, a loft makes a great designated play and toy area. Hey, you don’t want those toys dragged all around the house, right? Having an open, airy and organized play room means your kids actually want to be there. And, since the loft is on the second floor, the toy mess is out of sight and out of mind (especially when you have visitors).

2. A Gaming Space

Have some game-obsessed teens (or a game-obsessed husband?) A loft is the perfect spot to hook up gaming systems, set out comfy seating and let your gamer play without being disturbed – and where your dinner isn’t interrupted by the sounds of digital explosions.

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3. Home Gym

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get into better shape, your loft can be the perfect home gym space. Not some dark basement, outfitting your loft with a few key pieces of gym equipment (think an elliptical machine and some free weights) means you’ll have everything you need without having to head to your local fitness center.

4. Craft Area

Are you crazy for crafting? You know how your supplies can slowly start taking over your house: A few glue guns here and some scrapbooking paper there. By setting your loft up as a craft area, you can add tons of storage space, along with work surfaces that keep your supplies all in one place.

5. Home Theater

The high ceilings and bonus space of a loft make it the perfect place for you to watch your favorite family flicks. You don’t need a huge in-home theater: Just a room where your equipment and tons of seating makes it the ideal gathering place for watching movies with your friends and family. Genius!

What would you use your loft space for?

An Arive Homes Christmas List

We were so glad to meet and visit with many of you at the open house on Saturday. Thanks for coming to see our new model home in Muhlestein Meadows! And for those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some things you might want to put on your Christmas list this year:

Start with a comfortable, family-oriented great room; complete with roaring fireplace, tons of seating space and of course, everyone gathering for the holidays.

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You might want to add a spacious, open-concept kitchen to your list, too. After all, it’s where your family will congregate, especially with treats coming out of the oven.

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Don’t forget to ask Santa for a chic new master bedroom, complete with master bath. What better way to dream of sugar plums than in a serene room like this?

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You’ll have to stay tuned for a full virtual tour or come out to the model home to see this beautiful abode in person for all the details. Even if a new home is just on your wish list this year, we’d love to make that wish list come true for you and your family.

4 Holiday Decor Trends to Dress Your Nest

It’s December, which means the holiday season is officially upon us. And while your neighbors might have spruced up their homes days ago, we totally understand if you’re still dragging your feet on decorating the tree just yet.

If inspiration is your issue, why not dress your nest with one of these 2014 decor trends? Simple, sweet and even better, they should be easy to take down when Dec. 31st rolls around. Happy decorating!

Marquee Vintage

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Marquee letters are hot this year, and you can snag them at a variety of price points. Grab a few to spell out a cheery word and brighten up your home.

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DIY with the Sweetest Occasion

Are you a hardcore DIYer? Then you’ll love the trend of bringing the outside in this year: Branches, pine cones and just about anything else can be wrapped in twine or dipped in glitter for (cheap) holiday flair.

Rustic Glam

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Who knew that rustic decor could be so chic? This year, it’s all about making rustic items glamorous, courtesy of luxe metallics and glitter.

Candy Coated

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If you’re a kid at heart, you might be more inclined to decorate with everyone’s favorite: Candy! Swap out silver and gold for red, pink and green. The best part? Your decorations are totally edible.