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What Is A Turnkey Package?

Building a home is full of decisions. When it comes down to your dream quartz countertops or your partner's dream butcher block island, though we'll do our best to help, we aren't always able to make the decision easier...That's why we try to simplify the process where we can, like in our pricing.
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Tips To Spruce Up Your Yard For Spring

Now that winter is finally done, it’s time to get back outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures and the sound of the chirping birds. But first, you need to clean up the mess left behind from all the harsh conditions that come with winter. Not only will it improve the curb appeal of your home, it can give you and your family something to do together and can also be a form of exercise. It also can increase the value of your property and the number of potential buyers. The main goal though is to get your yard looking nice and fresh by the time summer comes so that you and your family can enjoy it. 

So, get your gloves on, put your earbuds in, and get to work! To make it a little easier for you we’ve come up with some tips to help you get started:

1. Clean it up
You know how you do a “Spring cleaning” inside your home? Well, it’s just as important to do it outside as well. Weeding out your gardens will not only help your plants grow better but it will also make your home stand-out. Rake up any dead leaves and twigs and cut down any branches that may have broken off to prevent them from falling and possibly causing damage. Prune bushes and shrubs to make them more shapely and to encourage new growth. Use your hose and spray down your patio furniture, decking, walkways, and siding to really make your home shine.

Check out these tips on pruning trees and shrubs



2. Re-seed bare patches
Give your lawn a new life by re-seeding any bare or dead patches that didn’t make it through the winter months. Start off by loosening the ground with a rake to remove any debris, this will help the new seed to penetrate properly. Then spread a mixture of seed and compost or fertilizer to give it a boost and be sure to keep it watered as needed. This will help bring your lawn back up to par and lusciously green. 

3. Fix fences
Do a walk-about along your property and check to make sure your fences and/or any other structures you might own haven’t been damaged. Fix or replace any broken materials and give it a fresh coat of paint or stain to give it a newer look. Same goes for your decking. Staining it won’t only improve its appearance, it can also improve the longevity of your deck by protecting the wood. 



4. Re-mulch your gardens
A quick and easy way to spruce up your landscape and your gardens is to add a fresh layer of mulch. It will help make your yard pop and helps your flowerbeds fight off pesky weeds. Apply a 2 – to – 3-inch layer around the base of plants, shrubs, and trees to give your yard a fresh new look. You can also add a bit of fertilizer in the mixture to help increase the growth of your plants.

5. Get planting
Shrubs and trees aren’t the only way you can add life to your landscape. Add some color by planting flowers such as geraniums, petunias, and pansies, which are all very easy to maintain. Plant them in pots and scatter them around your decks or plant a few in your flower beds. Try to pick colors that enhance your home's features and style. This will help make your house POP from the street and stand out from others in your neighborhood. 



6. Add furniture
Adding some patio furniture can help make your home look more inviting and can create cozy little nooks for you and your family to enjoy. A pair of chairs to share your morning coffee, a table and chairs to host your guests on a summers evening, or lanterns strewn around your property will visually impact the look of your property and make your guest feel more welcoming. Also, potential buyers will better be able to picture themselves relaxing on the deck if it’s nicely furnished and has a welcoming impression.

7. Lighting
By adding lighting to your landscape you can set moods, add drama and enhance your home’s architectural features. Pot lights around the perimeter of your roof, stake lighting along pathways, spotlights shining on certain features are easy ways you can bring your landscaping to life and you can enjoy the space longer without being in the dark.



8. Freshen up the driveway
Don’t forget to give your driveway some love! If your driveway is paved use a push broom to clear off rocks, dirt, and debris left behind from your vehicle’s tires and give it a good wash using a garden hose or a pressure washer if you have one. Consider re-sealing the driveway to really make it look fresh and new.

Check out this “how to” for tips on re-sealing your driveway

9. Clean your windows
Dirty windows not only affect the view from inside out but also can make a difference in how the home looks from the street. Also, cleaning around all of the trim and sills where dirt and debris can gather can help with the longevity and operation of the windows. 

Now that we’ve given you some ideas we hope it inspires you and your family to get started on the perfect oasis to hang out in during the summer months (or to help you get your home sold faster and for more money). And don’t stop there! These are just a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless, and it doesn’t have to be a lot of work… some say gardening can even be relaxing. So, get outside and get moving because the sooner you get it done the longer you can enjoy it.
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Getting To Know Modular Homes


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First Time Home Owners: Maintenance Guide

Purchasing your first home can be an exciting time in your life, it can also be overwhelming getting used to a mortgage payment along with all the other bills it takes to keep a house running. Not to mention all the maintenance that comes with owning a home, but don't panic! Here is an easy guide of what to check when owning your first home.

Check your Furnace and HVAC Filters: Who knows what kind of dirt and germs the previous owners left behind, this should be one of the first things you check on when moving into your new home, if the filters are clogged it stops the system from running smoothly, and in the end can cost you more money. This should be done every year around the same time.

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Financing a New Build While Owning a Home


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Winterizing My Home?!

Winterizing your home can help lower the cost of your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home and its components, and make your property safer for you and your family. Your home is one of your biggest investments and by maintaining it regularly you can ensure that you get to enjoy it for years to come.

Here are 5 things all homeowners should do to get their home ready for winter.

1. Trim nearby trees

Trimming down any branches that are around your windows, roof, and driveway is a great thing to do before the snow and ice come and weigh them down, it could cause potential damage to your windows roof, or make it harder to get in and out of your driveway.

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Should it Stay or Should it Go?

It seems to be a bi-annual event to downsize or purge your belongings, there is the spring cleaning bug, and another one in the fall, as the holidays are creeping up you have to make space for all the family and friends that will be dropping by expectedly or not so expectedly. It's easy to get carried away and end up getting rid of things that later you'll go looking for until you remember you tossed it in your frenzy of de-cluttering. Here are some things to keep in mind, and keep in the house before you start chucking the old furniture out the windows.

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Building Peace of Mind: Our Site Manager!

One of the great things about Stone’s Prestige Homes is that we offer complete turn-key packages, and because we are able to offer this, we are able to provide our home owners with peace of mind.  By peace of mind, we mean that we will minimize the stress and worry for our clients as much as possible.  There are many key things that play a part in giving peace of mind, one of which is our site manager.
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Cleaning Your Heat Pump

I recently bought my first home and property, a minihome on 3 acres in rural Nova Scotia. One of the things I loved about the minihome when house-hunting was the ease and efficiency of a heat pump, which was only three years old. Now that we've been in the minihome for a few months, including one of the hottest Nova Scotian summers in history, we truly know the heat pump's worth! 

But my son and I have both been feeling a bit 'stuffed up' since moving in, and I noticed our sinus issues were worse on mornings when we had the heat pump running all night to stay cool. I started looking into how often heat pumps should be cleaned and found that if you aren't cleaning your unit once a year, you may be giving black mold and bacteria the perfect place to grow!

I reached out to an expert: Tommy Campbell Gallant owns and runs Breathe Easy, a mini-split heat pump cleaning and disinfection company located in Pictou County but servicing all of Nova Scotia. 

Tommy runs a one-man business. Back in January, he noticed there weren't any professional services fully dedicated to disinfecting heat pumps, and with a BSc in Toxicology and over 5 years experience in the HVAC industry, he was uniquely qualified.

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To Paint Or Not To Paint The Kitchen Cupboards?

Gutting and renovating a kitchen can cost a pretty penny.  Sometimes you’re ready for a change but maybe your budget isn’t ready yet. So, what do you do?  Suck it up or buy yourself some time?  I vote buy yourself some time by painting your cabinets.
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From the Ground Up: Foundations

So you've decided to build a new house from Stone's Prestige Homes, congratulations!!  You may have already started thinking about the perfect floor plan, paint colours, cabinets and light fixtures... but one of the first big decisions you will be faced with is perhaps a little less glamorous.
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Cabinetry Hardware

Whether you're designing a new home or you're looking to spruce up the look of your kitchen, cabinetry hardware is a small detail that can pack a big design punch. With all of the options available on the market, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. We've put together some helpful tips when selecting your new hardware. 

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Maintaining Your Home: HRV

As with any big purchase, you know that maintenance is essential if you want that item to last for an extended period of time.  Just like your car, you want to ensure all aspects of your new home are maintained and cared for properly and in a timely manner.  By doing so you are securing a quality home that will last you a lifetime.
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Welcome to the Maritime

Never has so much fun been had while selecting the finishes inside and out for a Display Home.  And do you know why?  It’s because we let you, the followers of Stone’s Prestige Homes, weigh in and make the selections for us!  This truly is YOUR home!  And The Maritime couldn’t be a better name for it, right?

Over the course of a couple months, you were given choices for the new display home and now it’s time for you to see the finished product!  Are you ready for the tour?

Let’s start with this great colour combination on the exterior.  The upgraded deep blue siding paired with the splashy yellow door is a great way to make the right first impression.  And the style of the front door is just so fabulous!

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Questions For Your Builder, Part One

Building a home can be a stressful experience, but not if you choose the right builder. On the first of a series of videos, we're going to arm you with the right questions to ask when determining who you want to build your home. These questions are applicable whether you choose to build a modular home or a stick-built home.
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Helpful Hints with Hugh: FAQs

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In our previous blog, we explored the wonderful world of mortgages and the importance of the pre-approval. As like most of us, obtaining a mortgage is either a brand new experience, or one that you haven’t had to re-visit in quite some time. There are a lot of questions that are associated with the whole process that I’m sure you have, but are not sure what to ask, or maybe don’t have the time to ask them. So let’s take a few minutes now, as part 2 of our “Helpful Hints with Hugh” and explore some of the frequently asked questions of a mortgage specialist.
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Choosing Upgrades on a Budget


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Versatility in Design


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Understanding Your Home Warranty


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Design Trends


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5 Upgrades Under $500

 

It can be hard to know where to invest your money during the design process with so many options to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of 5 upgraded features that come in under $500 as a helpful guide to getting the most ‘bang for your buck’! 

 

1) Boston Headers

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Packing It Up

Last post we talked about how to stage your home for selling and assuming those tricks worked, now it’s time to pack!  Where do you even start? How do you figure out what to take and what to sell?

I was helping someone unpack recently and I asked for her tips on moving.  And her reply was, “Start 3 years in advance!”  It’s easy to see the reasoning behind that when you are staring at 5, 10, 30 years worth of living that needs to be sorted out and packed up.  It can be so overwhelming.  If you’re planning on purging while you pack, then you need the time to go through everything well in advance of the moving trucks showing up.  And no one else can really do the purging for you.

So, here are a few tips to get you started!

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Beginning 'The Process'

We get a lot of calls and messages from people who are interested in the homes we post and interested in the idea of building, but are really just not sure where to start.

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Staging To Sell

If you’re trying to sell your home, sometimes it can be an overwhelming project to prepare your home.  And it can be hard to see the forest for the trees when it comes to your own house.  How your home appears to potential buyers can really make a big difference in whether or not it sells.  Today we’re going to talk about a few things you can do to make your home more appealing to the buyers out there.


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I'll Know It When I See It

How often do you say those words when you are looking for something for your home?  Something needs to grab your attention and ‘speak’ to you and that’s when you know it’s the right choice.  We can be talking about anything from tile to sofas to a throw for the foot of the bed.  When it comes to dressing your home, it is so personal and almost instinctual.  Yes, good design plays a part in it but there’s so much more to it.

I’m sure if we looked into it, there would be visual clues that people give without knowing it that would indicate to watchers that they are drawn to something in a store.  Maybe they reach out to touch it, maybe they linger longer in front of it and maybe, and I’ve seen it, they jump up and down in excitement that they found it.   

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What Makes For A Comfy Bed?

Our bedrooms need to be comfortable and relaxing.  Do you know why? Because we spend a third of our life in bed.  So, let me ask you – do you want to spend that time in a place that you dislike and that doesn’t draw you in or do you want to spend that time in a place that is inviting and helps you shed the worries of the day to day life?
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