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New Homeowner Checklist: 5 Things to Do To Prepare Your Newly-Built Home This Spring

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The change in seasons is a busy time for homeowners. For those with newly-built traditional or prefab homes, the spring chore checklist includes landscaping, gardening, and preparing for the highs and lows of the summer weather to come. Here’s how you can make it a summer to remember by preparing your newly built property this spring!

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1. Check the Foundation

With summer comes rain, especially in parts of Ontario’s cottage country. While this won’t put a damper on your summer fun (board games are even more fun in a brand-new house), it can put pressure on your new home’s foundation.

If the home builder poured it before or during the winter, inspect the foundation for cracks or other visible damage. You can then use a garden hose to check that the ground slopes away from the house so water will not pool near the foundation. Test your rain gutters as well to ensure the downspout is moving water in the right direction.

2. Plant Something Beautiful

Your new property is a canvas just waiting to be filled with colour. Find out the last frost date in your neck of the woods (it comes around May 11th here in Wingham) and start planting spring annuals. Don’t forget to pay a visit to your local garden centre — if you’re new in town, it can be a fantastic place to meet your neighbours.

Filling fresh garden beds with a few of your favourite plants can go a long way to making your newly-built property feel like home. Plus, it will create a colourful backdrop for your first summer barbeque!

3. Work the Lawn

The process of building a home can really do a number on the grass. Some homeowners move into a property with no lawn at all! Although fall is ordinarily the ideal time to plant grass seed, you can also begin after the snow has melted in the spring.

Along with seeding areas that are bare, you can also undertake the usual tasks of spring lawn maintenance: aerating, removing debris, mulching trees and garden beds, and fertilizing.

4. Set Up Your Cooling System

If you haven’t yet installed an air conditioner, now is the time to do it! Come summer, everyone and their neighbour will be waiting in line for a house call from the local service company. But spring is a relative dry spell, meaning you can have the system installed on your time.

Be sure to check for rebates on equipment in your province. Sometimes, utility companies offer discounts as well, so it is worth calling your new provider to inquire.

5. Prepare for Summer Fun

The best part of a new home is sharing it with the people you love. Make your first summer there a memorable one! Spring is the season to start preparing your property for summer barbeques and patio parties.

You may not be able to accomplish everything you envision for your home in one year, so focus on whichever part matters most to you: a deck, a privacy fence, a pool, a patio, or whatever will make your newly-built prefab home complete.

The passion and attention to detail that the Royal Homes team has is incredible. Their pre-fab homes and cottages and have never been anything short of stunning and top quality. I would recommend this company in an instant, without a shadow of a doubt.Jessica
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    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

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    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

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    Can I really customize my prefab home?

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    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.