Quick Halloween Decorations

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Is your front porch lacking in the Halloween department? It’s easy to lose track of time to decorate for the holiday, but you don’t want your house looking unattractive to trick-or-treaters, right? After all, the more trick-or-treaters you have, the less candy you’ll be left with (oh, darn) when the night is over—so recruit the kids and try some of these fun Halloween decorating ideas from HGTV. Cat Pumpkins This one is super easy. Grab some medium sized pumpkins, black paint, a white Sharpie, craft foam and a hot glue gun. Paint the pumpkins black, cut out black ears, pink nose and white whiskers out of foam, and glue them on. Spooky.

Winter Garage Checklist

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It’s so easy to let your garage get out of control. After all, you went through the whole thing during spring cleaning (right?), so why tackle it again before next spring? Here’s just a few things we recommend taking care of now. Store summer vehicles like sports cars, ATVs, and motorcycles (even the kid’s mini RVs – don’t you wish you had one when you were little? Anyway…). Now is also a great time to have them serviced—then they’ll be ready for you to take them out on the road when the weather is nice again.

Media Room Must-Haves

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It’s the room in your house for relaxing, dishing up some popcorn and watching movies. Some may call it a man cave, others: a family room. No matter what you call it, every home needs a comfy media room. So get ready to design… here are some tips to make your perfect media room. For basement entertaining, consider light-colored flooring like laminate wood or vinyl. This will help brighten up the space void of natural light, and make the room look larger. For a more masculine look, paint the walls a dark blue, grey, green or even red.

Henrietta Highlights

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Considering moving to Henrietta? Home to every major retail store and restaurant you could possibly need, Henrietta is also home to fabulous schools, churches, community centers and more. If you build with Faber in our growing Berkshire Park development, here’s a quick list of some nearby amenities.

Saving for a Downpayment

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Saving for a down payment takes major commitment. It can be difficult to find ways in your current budget to make cuts, but with a little bit of discipline and the support of your spouse and family, you can get it done. Here are ten tips we collected from our experts here at Faber Homes: If it’s just you, or you and your spouse, consider moving in with family for a couple years. Not a fan of living with your in-laws? Find a less expensive, one bedroom apartment. You’ll give up a bit of space, but smaller apartments are generally less expensive.

Counter Top Materials

Choosing the right counter top material for your kitchen or bathroom is an important decision. After all, it’s where you clean up and prepare food, and also has an effect on your home’s value. Granite. Granite countertops are among the most elegant materials available. They’re also among the most expensive. But if you are up for it, the natural stone has outstanding strength and other beautiful qualities. Granite is highly resistant to scratches and heat, making it an asset to cooking. One downside to granite is that it must be sealed because it is a porous stone and absorbs fluid. If not sealed, it can harbor bacteria. This only needs to be done every 10 to 15 years, however. Granite can run between $100 and $225 per square foot.

Crowdfunded Down Payments?

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Crowdfunding has become a popular way to quickly raise funds for…anything. Some people have set up accounts to raise funds for weddings, vacations, new business ventures and even schooling. Would you entertain the idea of setting up a crowdfunding account to raise money for a down payment on your home? If so, here are some of the top crowdfunding websites you might consider: Indiegogo. As one of the first crowdfunding websites in the industry, Indiegogo approves donation-based fundraising for pretty much any task, project or idea. Friends and family (or strangers) can donate using PayPal or credit cards either online or via the Indiegogo mobile application.

Crowdfunded Down Payments?

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Crowdfunding has become a popular way to quickly raise funds for…anything. Some people have set up accounts to raise funds for weddings, vacations, new business ventures and even schooling. Would you entertain the idea of setting up a crowdfunding account to raise money for a down payment on your home? If so, here are some of the top crowdfunding websites you might consider: Indiegogo. As one of the first crowdfunding websites in the industry, Indiegogo approves donation-based fundraising for pretty much any task, project or idea. Friends and family (or strangers) can donate using PayPal or credit cards either online or via the Indiegogo mobile application.

Party-Ready Kitchens

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It’s where you cook meals and gather with family and friends. Especially in open-concept layouts like those you’ll find in every Faber home, kitchens can be designed with entertainment in mind. So where do you start when designing the space? Islands and peninsulas not only create approachable areas for gathering, they also provide additional counter space and storage space. Toss a few bar stools on one side and you have a space perfect for simultaneous food prep and conversation. This allows you the space to cook and clean up while still entertaining your guests.

Mortgage Mistakes

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Securing a mortgage can be a bumpy road. Not every borrower’s path is the same, but generally speaking, there are a few key mistakes made by homeowners that can be avoided. Here are five of the most common mistakes: Not checking credit reports. Waiting until you apply for a mortgage to check your credit can be a deal breaker. Credit report errors happen all the time, but you do have the ability to correct errors and increase your score, which will help you secure a lower, more favorable interest rate.

Garage Cleanup

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They tend to become a catch-all in our homes for our miscellaneous items. No, not the basement, we’re talking about the garage. Does your garage need an overhaul? Here are some tips to help you reclaim your garage space and restore functionality. 1. Set aside time. It’s hard to find time for daunting tasks (especially those that likely contain dirt and bugs). If you can find a weekend to dedicate to the task, you’ll thank yourself in the weeks and months to come. Aim for a dry weekend and allow yourself the garage space and driveway to sort all of your items.

Quick Mortgage Tips

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Getting a mortgage used to be a much simpler task, but now the lender must do more due diligence before approving a borrower than in the past. It’s not impossible to be approved, but there are certain things mortgage shoppers can do to expedite the process. First and foremost, it’s important to get a copy of your credit report. Fully digest its contents and flag any discrepancies. If you’re positive you paid off that debt or late charge, dispute negative marks as soon as possible. Generally speaking, it is always a good idea to pay off debts and loans prior to applying for a mortgage, but if you just can’t swing it, keeping your debt to credit ratio under 20% will go a long way.

Your Outdoor Space

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School is out, sun is out – it is summer time and the cooler is stocked and the grill is always hot. Is your outdoor living space ready to entertain? Whether you have a deck or a patio, or just a fabulous green backyard space, there are a ton of ways to decorate and accessorize. Here are a couple ideas to get you started:

Wasting Water

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We use water to brush our teeth, wash our dishes, clean clothes, and so much more. Especially during warmer months when we run sprinklers and bring our muddy dogs inside for a bath, keeping water consumption under control can be a challenge. Did you know the average family member uses 100 gallons of water daily? Ouch. Try some of these tips to limit unnecessary water waste. Watering your lawn. Probably one of the largest water waste perpetrators, watering your lawn can account for hundreds of gallons of water each hour the sprinklers are running. Try watering your lawn before the sun rises and after the sun sets. This way, you’ll saturate your lawn quicker and reduce evaporation.

Keeping Deer Away

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If you live anywhere near wooded areas, chances are you’ve seen deer out and about – no matter the season. They’re an annoyance in the winter when they run across the road in front of your car, and they’re a menace in the spring and summer when you’re trying to landscape your property. Before you invest hours of effort into your outdoor abode, there are a few precautions you can take to keep Bambi and his friends away. Did you know deer can’t stand the smell of humans? We’re not sure why, but we do know that if you sprinkle bits of your hair around your favorite plants, it will help to deter the deer. So the next time you get a trim, bring a bag with you. Deer are also not fans of the taste (or smell) of soap, so take a grater out to your plants and bring a couple bars of Dove out with you.

Tips for a Green Lawn

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Our lawns are more than just decorative pieces to our home. They play host to yard games, picnics, parties, and barbecues for much of the year. The trouble is: how can you grow a lush, green lawn efficiently. A good first step is to assess the pH level of your land’s soil and know the quantity and availability of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. This will help you pick the right seed blend and understand what types of treatment your lawn will need to grow to its fullest potential.

Cost Efficient Landscaping

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Landscaping is a daunting task. You know you want flowers, perhaps some shrubs, and maybe even a spot for a garden. But how expensive is it to get the job done? Obviously, it depends on the project, but there are steps you can take to minimize your trips to the store, and maximize your budget. First, it’s important to start with a plan. Sketch out your landscape design on engineering paper and know exactly what you need and where you’re going to put each item.

Plants to Stay Away From

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It’s almost that time of year for gardeners! If you’re new to horticulture, we thought we’d share this list of plants you should stay away from if children or pets frequent your yard. Rhododendron. Yes, the beautiful purple/pink flowering plant also known as both West Virginia and Washington’s state flower. Swallowing any part of this plant will cause you to drool, cause your eyes to water, and if that doesn’t get you feeling yucky enough, you’ll soon start to vomit. Stay away from this plant if you can.

Designing the Perfect Bathroom

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When you build a new home, you start completely from scratch. With Faber Homes, you even have the ability to change our floor plans based on your needs. Not a fan of sharing a sink? Make it two. Don’t like to reach down to your counters? We can raise your cabinets and countertops. You can even upgrade windows to add more natural light to your bathroom space. But what are some of the other aesthetics you should take into consideration when you schedule your preconstruction meeting and design meeting at our Claridge Decorating Centre? Functionality. Ultimately, you need a functional floor plan depending on how many people will use the bathroom, and how often those using it will do so simultaneously. Also keep in mind, by International Residential Code, toilets must be at least 15 inches from any other bath fixture, wall or other obstacle. Always try to leave 24 inches of clear floor space in front of the shower, to ensure you have enough room to enter and exit safely. For roomier floor plans, you can always opt for taller toilets, wider doorways or even curbless showers.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen

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You’ve been pinning ideas to your Pinterest boards for what seems like years, and you’re finally ready to put your dream kitchen together. You might know what color cabinets you want, but do you know what style? Will your ideal floor match those cabinets, and how can you select the right countertop to pull it all together? Here’s a few things to consider when you start building your culinary space – it is, after all, where you spend most of your day!