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Santaquin-dwellers unite! One of our newest neighborhoods is Sunset Trails, located in beautiful Santaquin UT. A little off the beaten path, but still close to everything you need, why did we choose Santaquin as the site for our newest community? Find out five reasons we love this little town.
1. Small Town Feel
We can’t help but fall in love with the small town feel that Santaquin offers. While the city boasts almost 10,000 residents, you’d never know it by driving down sleepy Main Street or visiting one of the city’s clean, quiet parks.
2. The Rodeo
Santaquin’s annual Orchard Days brings visitors from far and wide, especially when it comes to the yearly rodeo. Voted as one of the best in the state, we have to admit that Santaquin knows how to put on a rodeo… and a summer party!
Where other towns offer partial views, the beauty of Santaquin is the 360-degree views of the mountains. Nestled just by Mt. Nebo, you can’t help but feel surrounded by nature, even in the newer developments. Orchards, parks and mountains – check!
Community programs, events and celebrations make this town one to watch, especially for young families. In fact, the community made headlines this year for banding together and helping to rebuild a veteran’s damaged roof. Who wouldn’t love that kind of community spirit?
5. The Temple
One of the newer features of Santaquin’s best view lots (and those in Sunset Trails)? The new Payson Temple. While technically in Payson, we love that you can see the temple from almost anywhere in Santaquin.
Curious about Santaquin? Come visit our model home, located in our new neighborhood and see for yourself why we love this little big town.
Homeowners are what makes our business go ’round, so it’s not surprising that when working with new clients, we often hear the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to their past experiences with construction companies. And we’re convinced that much of homeowner-builder conflict could be solved with a little extra attention to communication.
When one or both parties are frustrated, it shows through in the quality of their interactions. Unfortunately, poor communication can result in a less-than-ideal relationship and not being able to verbalize exactly what you want. Start here to make sure you’re properly communicating with your home builder – and we’ll make sure to do the same.
1. Decide on a Method
Are you the kind of person who likes to talk face-to-face? Or are you more of an emailer? Before your project starts, decide on a method of communication between you and your builder. Be clear about how you’d like to talk and how often you’ll meet to make sure you get the chance to communicate in the way you feel most comfortable.
2. Get Status Updates
We think that one of the most common complaints in new home construction is simply not communicating enough. We all have a lot invested in a project, so it can be frustrated if you don’t know what’s going on. Schedule regular status updates according to your comfort level: A weekly email or bi-weekly in-person meeting can help you stay an active participant in the project.
3. Speak Up!
Don’t make the mistake of staying quiet on issues that are important to you. If you really hate the paint color that was originally chosen, say something. We’d much rather get it right the first time than to have a homeowner who was less than thrilled at the end of the project. So, speak up: Ask tons of questions and tell us what you’re thinking to create the best possible partnership and ultimately, end product.
We strive to make every step of the new construction process simple, streamlined and stress-free for our homeowners — but we also want them to have fun! Check out these sweet words that some homeowners had for our interior designer:
Thank you for all of the time you spent with us. It was such a pleasurable experience planning and picking out all of the items for our new house.
It was great spending time with you and you never made us feel like we were difficult even though we may have been.
The ‘T’ Family
We have to admit: We love hearing that our homeowners are “enjoying” the journey to their new home. Thanks for the kind words — they’re what makes us want to be the best builder possible.
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One of the most exciting parts of the building process is getting to pick out the stuff that makes your home uniquely yours. You know: It’s the cabinet and tile combo you loved in the design center or the fixtures you have to have in your bathroom. But when you’re choosing your finishes, remember that upgrades can definitely make your house more tailored to your needs and increase your resale value.
Whether you have some credits to spend or you’re willing to invest a little more into your home, here are your best bets for upgrades in your home.
Not only are cabinets one of the more difficult components in your home to change, they can really increase your home value. Upgrading to something you truly love can also make the most-used room in your home even more livable for your family’s unique needs. Pick something that you know you’ll love forever.
If you’re totally in love with the wood flooring, go ahead and have it installed. Another big renovation for the future, it’s best to get what you want now. What’s more, flooring is one of those home component that makes a big difference in your satisfaction later: If you totally hate carpet, going for the hardwood will make you much happier in the long run.
Don’t scrimp on the fixtures around your home. Doorknobs and faucets may seem like a tiny thing, but when they’re in use constantly, little things can drive you insane. Instead, go for the fixtures that are both functional and beautiful.
Once you’ve chosen your home features (both standard and upgraded), treat yourself to just one big splurge. Whether it’s the huge range you’ll use to make your famous omelet, or a gorgeous feature fireplace for family gatherings, one splurge can go a long way in leaving your personal signature on your new home. Enjoy!
At Arive, we try to make the construction process as painless as possible by taking care of all of the heavy lifting. Still, despite our best efforts, building a new home can be stressful. From picking out finishes to getting your old home sold, we totally understand if the process makes you want to tear your hair out. Here are some tips to stay sane.
Check Your Expectations
Talk to your agent about a realistic building timeline. You should have a general idea of a move-in date, but remember that things out of the builder’s control can push that date back. While you should expect excellence from your builder, make sure you’re being realistic.
It’s a common complaint for buyers to feel overwhelmed during the design process. We have an interior designer on-hand to make things easier, but you might still get stressed when choosing tile, paint and flooring. That’s where defining your priorities can really help: Create a list of your top 5 to 10 design must-haves and you won’t feel so overwhelmed.
Talk it Out
Communication is key when you’re building a new home. Talking with your builder, discussing things with your spouse and communicating with your designer will all help reduce your stress level. When you realize how much help and support you have on board, you’re bound to relax.
While building can be stressful, we promise that you won’t want to miss a moment. Because you’re not only building a new home, but a foundation for your family. Take pictures, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.
It’s the age-old question: Should you buy an existing home or go for something new? You’ve probably even heard some of the same old arguments, like how new homes have less maintenance. But building new isn’t just about cutting down on repair and renovation costs. In fact, you might be missing some of the secret benefits you score by going with new construction. Check ’em out here:
1. Building a New Community
New homes are often built in new communities, right? Well, it makes for the perfect opportunity for your family to help establish a new neighborhood. Block parties, play groups and BBQs? It’s all you. There’s something to be said for the experience of establishing yourself (and your family) in a brand-new community.
2. Tax Benefits
Ask your accountant about some of the tax benefits of buying a new home versus purchasing an older one. There are tax breaks available for greener appliances, loan interest and more, so building a new home might actually reduce stress come tax time.
3. Energy Efficiency
Speaking of greener appliances, there’s one area where new construction has existing homes beat: Energy efficiency. Everything from new insulation to windows means your new home costs less to run when compared to an older, less-efficient home.
The truth is that we simply don’t live and entertain the way we used to. While older homes often have fewer, smaller rooms, our new open floor plans mean plenty of room for entertaining and living with your family. There’s definitely something to be said for a more modern home that matches your more modern lifestyle.
So, if you’re still on the fence on your home purchase – old or new? – keep in mind that not all of the pros and cons are so easy to see. Instead, it’s the smaller, more hidden benefits that could be the factors that sway you to make a decision.