Custom or Production – Which home builder is right for you?

Why Buy New

As you plan your new home, one of the first questions to consider is whether working with a smaller, custom home builder or a higher-volume home builder in Dayton (also referred to as a production builder) is the best choice for you.

Both types of builders are excellent options and each can deliver a great new home for you. Much of the decision will rest in how many choices you wish to make – as well as how much design input you’d like to have, in partnership with your builder, during your home’s construction process.

At its core, the difference between a production builder and a custom builder is simple:

A production builder simultaneously builds multiple homes based on a library of home plans. Each home is customized in several key respects. Families personalize their home by selecting products in many categories (such as appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring) from a menu of options offered by the builder.

A custom builder typically creates a one-of-a-kind home that offers an even greater range of design choices that’s often built on a single lot. Buyers who wish to select most details of their new home often decide to work with a custom builder.

This difference in approach between custom and production builders will help determine what product and design choices you’ll make and also shape how you and your builder will work together.

In some parts of the country, particularly in southern or western states, the production model of construction accounts for most new homes built. In other areas, such as the Northeast for example, custom homes comprise a much larger share of new homes. That being said, both types are available throughout the Dayton area. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from each:

Production Builders

There are two main types of production builders: locally based/regional firms and national companies.

Locally owned production builders construct homes in multiple new home communities in a specific city or region. National builders construct hundreds or even thousands of homes per year, often in large master-planned communities, in many states and cities across the country. While the scale is different, the basic process that local, regional and national production builders use is similar.

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), most production-based home builders:

  • Offer home and land as a package
  • Offer a range of house plans to choose from
  • Allow buyers to select their favorite style/design from a menu in several product categories
  • Build homes priced for first-time, move-up and luxury buyers

A production builder can usually deliver the same size home for less money than a custom builder. The reasons lie in volume purchasing power when buying building materials and land and a higher volume, often systematized approach to construction.

Buying the right type of land is a big part of a production builder’s strategy. Many larger builders construct homes in large, master-planned communities. A production builder’s scale and access to a large number of lots (building sites) in such communities also allows the construction process to be fine-tuned for great efficiency.

Higher volume builders can also pass on cost savings by purchasing building materials in bulk. Just as large airlines can lock in low fuel prices by ordering in volume, production builders can use their size to order materials for hundreds of homes at a time, often at lower prices.

In addition to using scale to generate cost savings, production builders are highly focused on quality. The top companies deliver carefully designed, highly engineered, solidly built homes whose components and systems are designed and optimized to work together. With up-to-date, appropriately sized heating and cooling systems, such new homes are much more energy-efficient and comfortable than older homes.

An advantage of large new home communities is that the developer will often give careful thought to protecting open spaces. The developer may also provide an enticing array of community amenities – such as a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, hiking trails, sports fields and more.

The community developer also works closely with each builder to insure an attractive mix of homes. In addition to mixing models or floorplans from several builders, each home plan typically offers multiple elevations to vary the look of the front of each home. By changing the placement of windows, gables, and the size and shape of the front porch, a single floorplan can be built in several different looks.

To add further design appeal, each elevation can usually be constructed with a differing type and color of exterior. A given model home can be built with various in brick, siding, stone or stucco and varying shades of color to offer pleasing diversity and individuality.

As a buyer working with a production home builder, you’ll typically start by selecting a lot for your home and your favorite floor plan from the builder’s library of plans. The next step is to select an elevation. Many production builders also offer the opportunity to specify the use of a bonus room; based on your needs, a bonus room can be built as an extra bedroom, a study or even a media room.

Next, you and the builder will work together – often in a Design Center – to further personalize your new home by selecting design options.

While the process varies from one builder to another, you’ll typically select your favorite style (such as contemporary or traditional) and your favorite colors and finishes for key products in your home such as appliances, cabinets, countertops and carpet and flooring. In most cases, you’ll also select bath and kitchen faucets and sinks and fixtures as well as lighting fixtures for your home.

Buyers who select a production builder typically cannot change the basic structure – the floor plan, layout of rooms and square footage – but each model has a wide array of attractive options to choose from to personalize your home in many respects. In addition, many builders offer a series of “good, better and best” options at corresponding price points to help simplify your product choices.

Production builders work hard to make building a new home fun and exciting. In addition to model homes where you can experience the look and feel of the various rooms and options, most larger home builders also have a well-defined set of steps to help guide you through during the steps to buy, design and build your new home.

Custom Builders

If you have your eyes on a particular piece of land, want to build in an established neighborhood, already have a set of floorplans, or want to be heavily involved in each step of your home’s design, then consider a custom home.

As the name implies, the process of building a custom home is less scripted than a production home, because there are no pre-defined choices or menus to choose from. With custom homes:

  • The home can be built on land you own or land that you acquire.
  • You can supply a floorplan or commission a set of home plans to be drawn from scratch.
  • You can work with a separate architect and builder – or with a design-build company that manages both the architectural design and the construction process.
  • You’ll be more involved in the process and have the opportunity to make many decisions.
  • You can pick from nearly any product in a category – within your budget, of course – rather than selecting from a defined menu of choices.

Expect to pay more for a custom home than a production model of similar size and floor plan; after all, the typical custom builder doesn’t enjoy the economies of scale and labor efficiencies that a production builder does. Of course, the actual price will depend on a number of variables – the most obvious being the size of the home, the intricacy of its design, the building products and materials you select, and the land you purchase.

While many people associate custom homes with large and expensive homes, a custom home can range from a simple ranch-style home to a more elaborate and multi-story floor plan designed around your lifestyle.

Since most custom builders create homes in a variety of architectural styles and price ranges, a great place to start when selecting a custom builder is to ask to see photos of the past homes they’ve built. Many custom builders maintain strong relationships with past home buyers, so you may also be able to work with a custom builder to set up an appointment to visit a home they’ve previously built.

Once you select a custom builder, you can supply your own floorplan or work with an architect to design a home from scratch. Be prepared to select custom woodwork and to select nearly any type of appliance, flooring and cabinet. As a custom home buyer you can select most details of your home. You can work closely with the architect and builder to site your home and to design a floorplan that works around existing trees on your land and that places your windows to take advantage of the best views.

The good news? When building a new home, your choices are nearly unlimited; the main restrictions are your budget and any building code or zoning limitations. If you find that freedom to create a home from a blank sheet of paper to be exciting, then building a custom home is likely for you.

The key to working with a custom builder is to establish a realistic budget and to stick to it, even when you’re enticed by a lovely but higher-cost option. While most buyers realize that additional customization will increase the home’s price, unexpected land-related costs can take you by surprise, so it pays to do your homework.

At one end of the scale, you may hold the deed to a flat suburban lot with in-ground utilities already available at the curb. Such a finished lot is ready to build on.

On the other hand, you may be considering wooded, rural or steep hillside property. While such land is no doubt scenic, the upfront costs of preparing previously undeveloped rural land for construction is typically a significant additional cost in addition to the purchase price of the land. Site prep – building a driveway, bringing in water, electric and sewage lines, and excavating the foundation – can be quite expensive. Your builder and architect can help you estimate those costs, too.

Even if you’re building on already developed land, you and your architect and builder need to carefully research zoning or deed restrictions. For example, you may be required to site your home on particular part of the lot and to keep all structures a certain distance from the property line – leaving insufficient room for that three-car garage you want. To avoid surprises, have an attorney clarify all restrictions and get estimates on site work (either via the builder or on your own) before completing a land purchase.

Because the process of building a custom home is, not surprisingly, truly customized, you’ll typically spends a lot more time designing and constructing your new home than you would if you work with a production builder.

During each stage of design, you’ll have a very wide range of choices to make your home truly unique. Given the many choices involved, it’s not unusual for custom home buyers to experience a few more emotional ups and downs than a production home buyer may experience in their new home journey. That said, knowing what to expect at each stage – and especially what choices you’ll make and when – can make your custom home process smooth and result in the home you’ve always dreamed about.

Equipped with the information above, you’re ready to decide if a production or custom builder is your best bet. Or, you can select a semi-custom production home builder like Peebles Homes, a locally owned Dayton new home builder, who will customize our thoughtfully designed home plans to meet your needs and lifestyle!

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.

Fall Maintenace For Your New Home

You can feel the evening nip in the air. The days are getting shorter, evenings cooler, and leaves are starting to turn to their brilliant fall colors. As our thoughts turn to Halloween fun and Thanksgiving festivities, so should our plans for preparing our new home Dayton for the upcoming winter months.

At Peebles Homes of Dayton, we love our Realtor partners and are excited to share their annual fall maintenance checklist courtesy of HouseLogic by REALTORS® plus a few of our own!

  1.  Clean and stow your mower
  2.  Empty the gas from lawn tools
  3.  Service your snow blower
  4.  Remove garden hoses from faucets
  5.  Drain and blow out your sprinkler system
  6.  Seal air leaks with color matched or clear exterior caulk
  7.  Remove debris from gutters – don’t forget the gutter spouts
  8.  Safely check your roof for damaged shingles, black algae stains, and vent flashing
  9.  Have your furnace serviced so you’re ready for the first cold night
  10.  Purchase a supply of appropriately sized furnace filters and plan to change on a monthly basis
  11.  Check your smoke detectors and replace batteries
  12.  Check and replace your fire extinguishers
  13.  Trim plants and trees and remove leaves and debris from your yard and around your home
  14.  Cut your grass shorter
  15.  Aerate your lawn
  16.  Apply a winter weed and feed to your lawn
  17.  Apply a water sealant (we like Thompson’s Water Seal) to your patio, porch and driveway to prevent concrete spalling
  18.  Move any paint you’ve been storing in your garage to the interior of you home to prevent freezing
  19.  Clean and store lawn furniture in preparation for next spring
  20.  Prepare a winter driving kit and store it in your car
  21.  Drain and winterize your outdoor fountains
  22.  Plant trees, shrubs, and bulbs before winter sets in
  23.  Empty flower pots and store for next summer
  24.  Have your gas fireplace cleaned and serviced for cozy fall evenings
  25.  Pick up a supply of fresh wood for fall firepits with roasted marshmallows and hot apple cider

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.

PREP YOUR HOME FOR FALL SELLING SEASON

Whether you’re selling your home on your own, or listing it with a Realtor, experts suggest preparing your home in advance to take advantage of the fall selling season. Dayton new home builder and Dayton Home Builders Association Past President, John Peebles, suggests this simple list to help get the most for your home by creating a space that shows people the home and not the stuff.

Declutter – Too much stuff makes your home and rooms look small. Whether it’s too much furniture, pieces that are too large, or just too much stuff, edit the items in your home by making 3 categories – keep it, toss it, donate it. If you’re not quite ready to rid yourself of clutter, rent a storage space and store the excess pieces and collectibles until you move into your new home. Don’t forget refrigerator art, cabinets, closets, drawers, pantries, the basement and the garage. Your goal is to make the space look and feel large and well organized.

Depersonalize – Remove family photos and personal items. Remove personal artwork and political and religious elements that could be seen as controversial. If you’ve removed items from walls, don’t forget to remove nails, patch holes, and apply touch up paint. Remember, you want guests to see the house as their own.

Clean it – Visitors will look everywhere – cabinets, drawers, refrigerator, dishwasher, closets… Give your home a great spring cleaning inside and out. From windows and baseboards to ceiling fans and tops of cabinets, you want your home to look and smell clean. Don’t forget the garage and the basement.

Keep it neutral – New paint in a neutral color will do wonders for the interior and exterior of your home. Remove busy wallpaper and trendy paint colors like last year’s chili pepper red from your master bathroom. John suggests neutral interior shades like Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe, Agreeable Gray, or Alabaster.

Curb appeal – You’ve heard it before; you never get a second chance at a good first impression. Curb appeal matters and entices guests to stop. Trim bushes and trees, apply fresh mulch, remove and replace dead grass and bushes, wash windows, remove cobwebs, sweep steps, walks, and porches. Take a close look at your home from the street. Do you need a new mailbox? Do the exterior lights need to be updated? Are the house numbers in disrepair?

Freshen up – We’ve all seen the fix and flip shows on HGTV! Freshen your rooms with new pillows, new bed linens, and neutral, fluffy towels. Clean your carpets and replace worn carpeting with a more neutral color and style. Remove small area rugs that create a tripping hazard. Check your larger area rugs to make sure they are sized correctly for your spaces.

Keep it bright – Let the sun shine in! You’re competing with the new home around the corner. New homes in Southern Indiana feature large windows and bright spaces. Move dated and dusty window treatments. Dust the shades and open them up. Replace light bulbs with new bulbs of the same wattage and style. Turn the lights on in all the rooms and on all the tables.

No pets allowed – It goes without saying that we all love our pets but the person visiting your home may not. Remove all signs of pets, from hair to toys to litter boxes. And, never have your pet at home during a showing.

Flexibility – We are a society that loves convenience and instant gratification. Once a buyer sees your home online, they will want to see it in person. The key to a successful sale is to make sure the house is available to see when the buyer is available. Remember, the sooner your house sells, the sooner your life will be your own!

Work with pros – At Peebles Homes we pride ourselves on working with the best in our industry. Whether it’s hiring a great photographer to capture the essence of our move-in ready homes in Dayton or relying on our Dayton Realtor partners, we believe that hiring a pro will help you sell your home faster and ultimately save you time, energy, and money.

Fall selling season is here and you’ve seen the reports on the lack of good, clean resale homes is at an all time low. If you’re ready to make your move into a new home in Dayton, consider Peebles Homes where you’ll find new homes in Washington Township with easy access to top golf, exceptional recreation, excellent shopping, and convenience to commuting via I-75.

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.

 

DATE THE RATE AND MARRY THE HOME

If you’re thinking about selling your home right now, chances are it’s because something in your life has changed. And, while things like mortgage rates are a key part of your decision on what you’ll buy next, it’s important to not lose sight of the reason you want to make a change in the first place.

It’s true mortgage rates have climbed from the record lows we saw in recent years, and that has an impact on affordability. With rates where they are right now, some homeowners are deciding they’ll wait to sell because they don’t want to move and have a higher mortgage rate on their next home. As Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at Realtor.com, explains:

“. . . homeowners who locked in a 30-year fixed rate in the 2-3% range don’t necessarily want to give that up in exchange for a rate in the 6-7% range.”

But your lifestyle and your changing needs should matter more and it’s important to remember that while you’re marrying your new home in Dayton,  you only need to date your interest rate until a time and rate present themselves for refinance opportunity.

What’s motivating your reason to sell today? Chances are it’s more important than keeping your current mortgage rate!

As Ali Wolf, Chief Economist at Zonda, has said,  “First-time and move-up buyers are both active . . . the latter driven by life changes. Divorce, marriage, new higher paid job, and existing homes unsuitable all referenced.”

Relocation
Some of the things that can motivate a move to a new area include changing jobs, a desire to be closer to friends and loved ones, wanting to live in a dream location, or just looking for a change in scenery.

For example, if you live in suburbia and just landed your dream job in NYC, you may be thinking about selling your current home and moving to the city for work.

Rightsizing
Many homeowners decide to sell to move into a larger home. This is especially common when there’s a need for more room to entertain, a home office or gym, or additional bedrooms to accommodate a growing number of loved ones.

For example, if you’re living in a condo and decide it’s time to seek out a home with more space, or if your household is growing, it may be time to find a home that better fits those needs.

With inflation driving up everyday expenses, homeowners may also decide to sell to reduce maintenance and costs. Or, they may sell because someone’s moved out of the home recently and there’s now more space than needed. It could also be that they’ve recently retired or are ready for a change.

For example, you’ve just kicked off your retirement and you want to move to somewhere you can enjoy your free time with less house to maintain. Your new lifestyle may be better suited for a more thoughtfully designed home in a low maintenance neighborhood.

Change in Relationship Status
Divorce, separation, or marriage are other common reasons individuals sell to buy different homes.

For example, if you’ve recently separated, it may be difficult to still live under one roof. Selling and downsizing may be better options.

Health Concerns
If a homeowner faces mobility challenges or health issues that require specific living arrangements or modifications, they might sell their current home to find one that works better for them.

For example, you may be looking to sell your home and use the proceeds to help pay for a unit in an assisted-living facility.

With higher mortgage rates, there are some affordability challenges right now – but your needs and your lifestyle matter too. As a recent article from Bankrate says:

“Deciding whether it’s the right time to sell your home is a very personal decision. There are numerous important questions to consider, both financial and lifestyle-based, before putting your home on the market. . . . Your future plans and goals should be a significant part of the equation . . .”

Better Schools
What worked for you when the kids were toddlers may no longer make sense now that the kids are looking at entering school. Or perhaps you’re looking for a school district with more specialized offerings for older students. In this case, a new home neighborhood may offer better educational opportunities than your existing rental home, etc.

Bottom Line
If you’re ready to sell your house so you can make a move, connect with a well respected home builder, an experienced mortgage lender, and a real estate professional who will be by your side to help you navigate the process and find a home that can deliver on what you’re looking for.

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.

Excerpts from Keeping Current Matters, a real estate information service.

 

RELOCATING TO DAYTON WITH KIDS AND PETS

Moving is challenging on a good day but when you throw in kids and pets, it’s downright overwhelming! With a little planning and the tips from the housing experts at HGTV you’ll have everyone running in the sprinkler and playing in the backyard before you know it!

CREATE GREAT EXPECTATIONS: HGTV suggests having the kids create a Pinterest page just for the move. They can include things like new paint colors for their room, room decorating ideas, and fun things to do in their new community. Be sure to check out the local schools and recreational opportunities for team sports and more. For the pets, be prepared in your new home with pheromone scent diffusers that you can plug in at the new location. PetComfortZone.com recommends Feliway for cats and DAP for dogs. These diffusers will emit a calming animal pheromone to help your furry one feel more secure in their surroundings.

PACK TO UNPACK: Have every family member pack their essentials box, this goes for pets as well. The essentials boxes will travel with you and should have everything needed for the first night and the next morning. For the two-legged family members, you’ll want to remember to include snacks and drinks, pillows, favorite toy or book, and morning necessities like coffeemaker, coffee, etc. For the fur babies, don’t forget the leash, bed, loved toy, treats and food, litter and box, and their bowls for food and water. The goal is to make moving into your home more fun and more comfortable for the family.

CHECK OUT THE NEW DIGS WITH THE ENTIRE PACK: If you live close by to your new home, take the entire pack to check out the new digs. If you’re building a new home in the greater Dayton area, you can obviously take the kids and the dogs to the job site as long as you follow your home builder’s rules for visiting a construction site. Make the move more fun by taking a walk around the new neighborhood and checking out local attractions including parks, dog parks, and schools. If you are moving with a kitty, pet experts recommend bringing over the litter box and a used shirt or cushion a few days earlier so your new home will have familiar smells. Just remember that you may want to limit your pet’s access to your home for a few days and particularly while moving in.

UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS: We all know to update addresses for the utility companies for transferring power, but don’t forget to update your mailing address for reoccurring bills. Moving is stressful for your pets. In the event your pet gets scared of just wonders off, be sure to have your contact information updated on microchips and physical tags. If your pet isn’t microchipped, consider having this done (before moving) with your new contact information. Microchipping can be done at your local vet or shelter.

GIVE’EM A BREAK: Give the littles (we’re including your pets) a break from the stress by sending them off to a day camp or grandma’s for a one to two-day vacation to help shield them from moving chaos.

Click here for more tips and tools for improving your move to your new home in Dayton, Ohio.

Are you ready to sell your existing home and rightsize into a new home in Washington Township? Locally owned Peebles, Homes has new homesites with low maintenance main level living homes that offer easy access to those commuting to Dayton, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Cincinnati.

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.

CHOOSE YOUR HOME AND YOUR DAYTON HOME BUILDER WISELY

Purchasing a brand new home in Dayton should be an exciting adventure but can also be overwhelming with the vast number of home builders jockeying for your business, the many building locations to choose from, and the nearly limitless number of home options and possibilities available! As a locally owned home builder, Peebles Homes is an active member of Home Builders  Association of Dayton and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

In addition to the typical questions of “How much does it cost?,” and “When can we move in?,” NAHB suggest you ask your home builder the following questions:

Will the builder give you references of recent home buyers?
Does the builder have a financing plan established or relationship with an established lender?
Are there options in the floor plan — for example, can a basement or deck be added?
Can a room such as the basement be left unfinished?
How much “customizing” can be done versus standard features?
Can appliances be up- or down-graded?
Are there any additional fees relating to the home or development?
Will there be a home owners’ association? If so, what will the dues cost and what do they cover?
Does the builder offer a warranty program?
Does the price include landscaping? What if the plants die within a year?
Are there any restrictive covenants?
What are the estimated taxes on the property?
How is the school system rated?
Are day care and grocery stores convenient located to the neighborhood?
What about emergency facilities — police, fire department and hospitals?
Are there any major development plans for the area in the next five years?

Purchasing a new home from an award-winning Dayton home builder is a fun experience. Offering maintenance free homes in our popoular Washington Township location, Downing Farm, with numerous main level living home plans to choose from or on your own land in the greater Dayton area, there’s never been a better time to start fresh and just buy a new Peebles Home!

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.

Planning The Perfect Valentine’s Day At Home

No matter how long you’ve been a couple, Valentine’s Day and its high expectations advertising can put stress on your relationship.  But with a little creativity and some planning, Valentine’s Day can be an intimate at home date night or a fun way to spend time with friends and family! From great DIY decorations to beat the winter doldrums or the perfect way to say “I love you” with a delish meal or dessert, Peebles Homes, a greater Dayton New Home Builder believes there’s no better place to say “Be Mine” than from the comfort of your new home in the Miami Valley. 

Skip the winter chill and stay home with Netflix and some homemade popcornDon’t forget to sprinkle in some cinnamon Imperial Valentine’s Day Hearts for a pop of red and a little spice!

Whip up a pot of fondue that’s perfect for 2 or more.

Dish up some red and white tortilla chips and plan a taco bar with all the fixings. This budget friendly meal is one the kids or your friends are sure to love.

Have an indoor picnic on your favorite red and white plaid blanket in front of the fireplace.

Light the firepit and have some S’more fun.

Plan a game night with red and white tasty treats.

Put on your red shoes and dance! Turn those hardwood or luxury vinyl plank floors into the perfect place to take a virtual learn to dance lesson.

Make crafts and have a bedroom decorating contest between the kids.

Get dressed up and prepare a romantic dinner together.

Create a spa experience for your someone special.

Looking for more ideas, check out our Pinterest Page to see our design and marketing department’s favorite ideas for lovely treats and festive decor to beat the blahs.  And if you’re like many of us who have decided to stay home because it’s a school or work night or you’ve waited too late to make a reservation and don’t want to eat dinner at your favorite restaurant at 9 p.m., Peebles Homes and Woman’s Day have the perfect ideas for the best Valentine’s Day recipes that are sure to please the ones you love! From easy to make pepperoni pizza dip to Boston cream cupcakes, click here for a little February inspiration to warm your family’s hearts and bellies!

Are you still searching for your new home in Dayton?  Locally owned Peebles Homes builds on your land in Warren, Greene, and Montgomery Counties and has a number of move-in ready homes in the greater Dayton Area including Beavercreek and Washington Township.  These energy efficient homes offer easy access to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the greater Dayton area and offer a stellar education in some of the area’s  finest schools.

Cheers To Clutter Free In 2023

Whether you’re rightsizing into a new home in Dayton or just trying to simplify your life for the new year, figuring out how to declutter your home is a big job. According to TheSpruce.com guest Home Organization Blogger, Elizabeth Larkin, the best way to start decluttering when you’re overwhelmed is to do it in stages. Make a “declutter your home checklist” to prioritize clutter areas. Focus on one room, or even one zone within a room (e.g., kitchen cabinets), at a time. And complete each job fully before moving on to the next space.

Before you start to declutter your home, have containers (we recommend laundry baskets) defined for the following purposes to sort items:

  • Put away: Items that have crept out of their designated storage spaces
  • Fix/mend: Items that need something before they’re put away, such as a shirt with a missing button
  • Recycle: Items that can be recycled
  • Trash: Items to throw away in the household trash
  • Donate: Unwanted items that are still in good condition and can be donated to a charitable organization or another person. If you plan to give away certain items to friends and family, it can be helpful to start bins for each person to fill as you declutter.
  • Consign: Remember that items in good condition can be donated or sold. Besides a donation bin, you also might want to start a collection of items to sell in a garage sale or take to a local consignment store.

Creating a Decluttering Timeline
If you don’t have a lot of stuff, it might be possible to declutter your house in one day or on a weekend. Or you might want to create a longer timeline to declutter your house in 30 days, for example. You can also plan a decluttering schedule just for the weekends you have in a month if you wish.

Keep your goals realistic and attainable, so you can declutter your home without feeling overwhelmed. Break down the spaces you need to declutter, estimating how long each will take. And then organize that into your overall timeline. Give yourself some buffer time in case something doesn’t go according to plan.

What you should not do when decluttering is pull out all of your stuff without a plan for how you’re going to sort it. If you do that, you’ll likely just waste time wading through all of your disorganized items. In addition, it’s often best to clean first before you declutter, so your everyday items are tidy and out of the way.

Consider starting in a room or space with only a small amount of clutter. That way, you can get it done quickly and feel like you’re making progress on your overall decluttering timeline, which should in turn motivate you to keep going.

The Bathroom
Start with your medicine cabinet. Take everything out, and discard outdated medications, makeup, and skincare products. Put everything you’re keeping immediately back into the cabinet, storing the items you use most often at eye level.

Next, move onto any cabinet drawers. Remove everything, and do a quick evaluation of what you’re keeping and what you’re tossing. Put the items you’re going to keep back into their drawers, with the items you use most often in the top drawers.

Now, do the same routine with your shower/tub. Finally, pull everything out from below your bathroom sink, and declutter the items there.

Lastly, everything that did not have a home can be quickly sorted into the five bins you have staged for the purpose.

The Bedroom
First, make your bed. It’s hard to feel any progress decluttering a bedroom while an unmade bed stares you in the face.

Start with your nightstands. Remove anything on them that doesn’t belong there, and put it in your put-away bin. This may include books you’ve already finished reading, pens and paper, and mail. Throw out or recycle anything that you no longer use, such as empty tissue boxes, pens that have gone dry, or chargers that no longer work.

Do the same with the tops of your dressers, chests, and/or bureaus. Pay careful attention to any clothing that is strewn about. Anything that needs folding or hanging goes into the put-away bin. If you’re afraid it may wrinkle further, you can lay clothes on your bed.

Go through each bureau, drawer by drawer. Take everything out. Pull out anything that is no longer worn, and put it in your donation bin. Fold and store the clothing you’re keeping.

If you keep a desk or vanity table in your bedroom, tackle that next. Resist the urge to shove things back into drawers; instead, put them in your put-away bin. Toss or recycle any garbage or anything you haven’t used in more than six months.

Return items to their proper places. Fold or hang and store any clothing. If you’re now eyeing your closet, we’ll tackle that next.

Closet and Clothing
OK, deep breath. It’s time to declutter your closet. The easiest way to tackle a closet is to first declutter your clothing by type. That means start with shoes, then boots, then dresses, then denim, etc.

It’s much easier to decide to toss or keep a pair of jeans if you’re looking at your entire jeans collection at once. So start pulling out different types of clothing, and decide what you’ll toss and keep.

Once you’ve gone through each type of clothing, you will have four piles to deal with:

  • Put away anything that was simply in the wrong spot. Example: If you had a pair of socks in your closet, put them in your dresser.
  • Put any dirty laundry into the hamper, or bring it to the laundry room.
  • Anything that needs to be repaired should go to the tailor or dry cleaner.
  • To get rid of clothes, take them to a donation center or consignment store.

The Entryway, Mudroom, and Foyer
You may not have a traditional mudroom or foyer, but you definitely have an entryway. No matter how small it is, the best way to make an entryway most functional is to declutter it regularly.

Start with any desk, console, or side tables you have in your entry. Go through each drawer, removing the contents, and make a quick decision to toss or keep each item. Go over the tops of each desk or console as well. Do you have a space for your keys and other important items? Make sure everything is accessible and not too crowded. This will make it easier to leave the house with what you need each morning.

The hall closet should be decluttered like any other closet: Start with shoes and boots, then jackets, followed by accessories.

The entry is another area that picks up a lot of clutter from other rooms. Spend time putting away things from other rooms that have made their way to the entry.

The Kitchen
Keeping your kitchen clutter-free can be a challenge because so many different activities occur there—cooking, eating, and socializing. As a result, the kitchen has many different types of items stored in it. You can choose to declutter your kitchen by focusing on one category of item at a time (cutting boards, glassware, utensils, or bakeware, for example) or going by zone through each part of the kitchen.

The first step is to completely empty each space, assess each item, and put everything back where it belongs. Start with your powerhouse storage spaces first, such as the pantry and upper cabinets. Then move onto the lower cabinets, drawers, and the space under the kitchen sink.

Finally, concentrate on your countertops. Move as many items as possible off of the countertops and into storage spaces. Keep only what you use every single day on the countertops.

Finally, take your put-away bin, and return anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen to its rightful storage space elsewhere in the house.

The Living Room
The living room is one of the hardest rooms in your home to keep neat on a daily basis. That’s because it gets a lot of use, and living rooms don’t usually offer a lot of storage features. You may have some bookcases and a TV console, but they don’t hide much. The key is to:

  • Decide on permanent storage spaces for commonly used items, such as remote controls, magazines, and books.
  • Declutter this space regularly.

Start with bookcases, console, and side tables. Then move on to your coffee table and entertainment center. Empty them, assess the items they store, and then return them to their proper storage spaces. Put books away; reduce paper clutter, such as mail; return remote controls to their proper places; fold blankets; etc.

Move on to electronics. Remove everything that is not connected to your television or home theater system. Are you using it? Does it work? Store items such as chargers and gaming equipment where you use them.

Finally, tackle the toys. Assess every toy for wear and tear. Does it still function? Do your kids still play with it? Recycle or store each toy.

Grab your put-away bin, and return everything that belongs in another room to its proper storage space.

Where to Dispose of Clutter
For the items you aren’t keeping when you declutter your home, you have some options regarding how to dispose of them. This is where it can be extremely helpful if you’ve already sorted appropriate items into  consign, recycle, trash, and donate bins.

Make sure you are aware of your local recycling guidelines, as certain items, such as electronics, often can’t go in the regular recycling. Keep a separate bin for those items to bring them to an appropriate recycling center. Moreover, if you know you’ll be undertaking a major decluttering project, you might want to rent a dumpster in advance for unusable items that must be thrown away.

For more of Elizabeth’s helpful tips for how you can be clutter free in 2023, visit TheSpruce.com.

Are you still searching for your new home in Dayton?  Locally owned Peebles Homes builds on your land in Warren, Greene, and Montgomery Counties and has a number of move-in ready homes in the greater Dayton Area including Beavercreek and Washington Township.  These energy efficient homes offer easy access to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the greater Dayton area and offer a stellar education in some of the area’s  finest schools.

Planning For A Successful School Year From Your New Home

As we all know, moving to a new neighborhood with children is challenging and helping the kids adjust to a new school is a sure bet to making the move less overwhelming for the entire family. With summer winding down and a new school year just weeks away, we’ve compiled a quick list of ideas to help make for a smoother transition.

HAVE A GREAT ATTITUDE: Remember that our kids pick up on our feelings. The better our attitude towards change, the better theirs will be.

HAND OVER SOME CONTROL: We all know that change is hard, but when we have no control of change, it can make the situation even more stressful. Look for opportunities that you can allow your children to make decisions on. From back to schools supplies to what to wear on the first day of school to planning the weekly menu for school lunches or afternoon snacks, they’ll feel better if they have a little control.

SHOP EARLY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO BUILD EXCITEMENT: There’s nothing like a little retail therapy to boost the spirits and build excitement. Take advantage of local back-to-school sales and any tax-free holidays that may be available in your local area.

HOST A MEET AND GREAT FOR NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS: Sure you’re still settling in, but look for an chance to host a neighborhood ice cream social with an easy to organize sundae bar in your garage or backyard. Nothing helps kids make new friends like bonding over a few gooey toppings and some fun take away ice cream favors!

PLAN A SNEAK PEEK: To help kids adapt to a new school, go for a visit before their first day. Walk around the building and the grounds, meet the principal and their new teacher, scope our their locker, and get a feel for where places like the cafeteria and gym are. The first few days will still be a bit overwhelming for them, but at least the basics won’t be so daunting.

CREATE A ROUTINE: From setting up a best practices schedule at home, to helping the kids know their way around school, to knowing where to catch the bus, practice makes perfect and creates better confidence as the first day approaches.

GET INVOLVED: Let the kids see you at school. From volunteering in the classroom to joining the PTA, there are plenty of opportunities for you to observe your little one in action and them to see your bright smiling face from across the room!

TALK TO SCHOOL STAFF: Make sure school staff (teachers, after school providers, etc.) understand your child’s unique circumstances so they can provide a supportive and encouraging hand in back-to-school success.

SIGN UP FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Help your kids make new friends and get acquainted with the neighborhood by introducing them to extracurricular activities in your local area.

HAVE PLENTY OF QUALITY TIME IN YOUR NEW HOME: Looking for ideas on how to plan better quality time in your new home? Our staff’s favorite ideas include hosting afternoon homework sessions with award winning after school snacks and planning morning and afternoon dog walks to and from the school bus stop with your child’s furry best friend.

SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS: Be patient with your child’s transition. Even extroverted kids may not adjust to a new school right away, and setting expectations about when or how they should be adapting isn’t going to do them any favors. Instead, always be there to lend an ear when needed, and understand that getting settled takes time.

Are you still searching for your new home in Dayton?  Locally owned Peebles Homes builds on your land in Warren, Greene, and Montgomery Counties and has a number of move-in ready homes in the greater Dayton Area including Beavercreek and Washington Township.  These energy efficient homes offer easy access to Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the greater Dayton area and offer a stellar education in some of the area’s  finest schools.

Minimize Your Home Maintenance Time

With longer days and warmer months upon us, most of our thoughts have turn to backyard barbeques, vacations, and summer activities. To maximize your fun in the sun time, take a peek at this AHS.com checklist to minimize your home maintenance time.

If you haven’t already, make sure to walk around your new home in Dayton to inspect for and cut back any over grown vegetation from your home’s exterior and fences.

Inspect decks, patios, and porches. Repair any loose railing or boards. Apply a water sealant to wood decks to protect them from summer rain and sun damage.

Check your home’s exterior siding and apply caulk and paint where needed.

Check your home’s brick tuckpointing and inspect your foundation for cracks or leaks. Foundation cracks can create an entry point for groundwater and insects. Repair as needed.

Have a qualified air condition professional service your A/C unit to avoid any unwanted disruptions in service when hot weather really sets in.

Remember to change your HVAC filters on a monthly basis for optimal performance of your A/C unit.

Choose a cooler day and inspect your roof for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles.

Check your fence. Repair or replace any missing or damaged boards. Stain and seal as needed.

Clean, inspect and repair outdoor furniture and play equipment.

Clean out gutters and downspouts to avoid damage during summer thunderstorms.

Are you ready to sell your existing home and rightsize into a new home in Beavercreek or maintenance free home in Washington Township? This list is an excellent starting place to help you prepare your home for summer selling season. And to assist you in your rightsizing home needs, locally owned Peebles Homes has a number of move-in ready homes in the greater Dayton area.

About Peebles Homes: Locally owned Peebles Homes is a third-generation new home builder offering energy efficient new homes in the Dayton area for over 80 years. Offering new homes in some of the finest communities, Peebles Homes is an active member of the Dayton HBA. Second generation homebuilder Tom Peebles served as President of the HBA in 1995 and was picked by his peers as the 1994 Builder of the Year based on a record of leadership and accomplishment. In 2009, Tom was awarded the prestigious Robert E. McDaniel-Karl Zengel Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership accomplishments over a career. Third generation homebuilder, John Peebles, is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and a Certified Green Professional by the National Association of Home Builders. John has served on the Board of the Home Builders Association since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. John was also named the 2018 Builder Member of the Year for contributions to the industry and the community.

Peebles Homes.  Your Home. Your Way.