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Winterize Your Lawnmower

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: November 17, 2014

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The snowflakes have already started flying and it’s time to rotate from the lawnmower to the snow blower. Here are five things you should pay attention to before you store the mower for the next five months.

  1. Fuel. If possible, empty fuel from mower. This might be more difficult with a rider, so one option is to add a fuel stabilizer then top off the tank so there is no room for condensation.
  2. Battery. Most mowers do not have a charging system capable of fully recharging a low battery, so keep it fully charged, or at least periodically recharge it.
  3. Oil. Depending on how much you used your mower, at least check the oil and fill to “full” mark. If you can’t recall when you last changed the oil, change it now and replace any filters.
  4. Deck. Ideally, you would clean clippings from the deck after every mow. But if you have not done this all season, the clippings are probably heavily packed. Scrape them off by hand with a plastic putty knife. Remove blades and get them sharpened.
  5. Tires. Check the pressure and inflate if necessary. Inevitably, there will be some loss of tire pressure over the winter, so it won’t hurt to overinflate by a couple pounds.

Not enough room in your garage for all your yard tools and toys? Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes is proud to build energy efficient homes from 13 flexible and timeless home designs with 2-car, 3-car, 4-car, even 5-car garages, and over 1,000,000 different finish options. Visit the new model today to discover why at William Ryan Homes “We Make it Easy” to build your new home. Right now, sign a contract by December 1 and receive a free upgrade to granite countertops for the kitchen.*

 *Granite countertop replaces laminate countertop in kitchen only. Free upgrade includes granite for any added island, morning room or chef kitchen structural option as well.

A Guide to Getting Your First Mortgage

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: November 12, 2014

William Ryan Homes is different than most home builders in that a buyer doesn’t need a construction loan. With steady income, good credit and some savings, you’re likely able to quickly secure mortgage preapproval, making you closer than you think to building your dream home!

First time buyer? Take a look at this great article that we found to learn helpful tips on qualifying for your first mortgage.

A Guide to Getting Your First Mortgage

 


Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes is proud to build energy efficient homes from 13 flexible and timeless home designs with over 1,000,000 different finish options. Visit the new model today to discover why at William Ryan Homes “We Make it Easy” to build your new home. Right now, sign a contract by December 1 and receive a free upgrade to granite countertops for the kitchen.*

 

*Granite countertop replaces laminate countertop in kitchen only. Free upgrade includes granite for any added island, morning room or chef kitchen structural option as well.

Building Homes for Heroes!

Categories: New Homes Tampa | Posted: November 11, 2014

William Ryan Homes and Building Homes for Heroes are at it again!

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William Ryan Homes Tampa is pleased to share that we are partnering, once again, with the Building Homes for Heroes organization to build a mortgage-free home for a true American Hero, Army Corporal Jesse Murphree and his family! On October 9, 2014, with local media present, we held a groundbreaking event in our Lago Del Rey community in Land O’ Lakes, FL to mark the start of building our beautiful Jensen floor plan home for this family!

In December of 2007, Army Corporal Jesse Murphree was serving near Ali Abad, Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in rolled over a Russian anti-tank mine that exploded. He was thrown down the side of a mountain in the middle of enemy territory, while the two sides engaged in a firefight. Unconscious, he was later pulled to safety by members of his unit and was transported back to base by Medevac. He had to be resuscitated twice during the flight. When he awoke on New Year’s Day he was in the U.S at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He suffered several injuries, including the loss of both of his legs above the knee, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage and PTSD. He has had to endure multiple surgeries since then. Through all of this he continues to face life head-on and with a positive attitude. After his return to the U.S. he reunited with his sweetheart Ashlee, they have since married and now have a precious two-year-old son, Brody.

Our first collaboration with Building Homes for Heroes was in 2011; we partnered to build a home in the New Tampa community of Grand Hampton for another amazing American hero, Joel Tavera. You can read more about Joel’s story by clicking here.

Building Homes for Heroes plans to build 50 homes for our American heroes in 2015! This is only the beginning for us as well; we plan on partnering with them to honor our heroes for many years to come! Follow our blog to see future posts about this family’s home as it progresses.

 

Lets Redesign the Bedroom!

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: November 7, 2014

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Gone are the days of a big bedroom investment, complete with “his and hers” nightstands, giant armoire, mule chest and headboard in matching style and detail. Here are five hot design trends that in will make your bedroom style sizzle.

  1. Out with the Matchy-Matchy; in with coordinated furniture. Much like a living room, select furniture for your bedroom that coordinates, but doesn’t necessarily match exactly. Mix textures and colors and sizes for great affect.
  2. Out with perfectly painted; in with rustic naturals. Organic materials such as wood provide a cozy and chic, rustic feel. Layer the textures: think weathered barn-wood siding headboard with silky sheets and wool pillows.
  3. Out with coordinated bedding; in with neutral, warm colors. It might be easy and cost affective to pick up that “bed-in-a-bag” but luxurious bedding is where the bedroom splurge should be spent. Go for a layered look warm, neutral colors. Top with woven blankets and lush pillows in accent colors to give a little pop of color.
  4. Out with boring lighting; in with modern, statement lighting. Forget basic dome and can lights. Instead, consider creative overhead lighting with chandeliers, hanging fixtures and ceiling lights. Don’t think of it as just a statement piece. The right lighting can help you set the tone of a your bedroom by accenting all the fabrics, textures and colors.
  5. Out with just being a place to sleep; in with sitting rooms. Whether it comes in the form of a reading nook nestled between windows or a simple seating area in the corner, a multipurpose bedroom is a must. Have a small space? Decorate with multipurpose furniture with hidden storage or pullout trays.

 

Not crazy about today’s room trends? That’s ok! Ultimately, your master bedroom should reflect your tastes and styles. Building with William Ryan Homes will make it easy to get that master bedroom retreat of your dreams with 13 flexible and timeless home designs and over 1,000,000 different finish options. Visit our model today to discover why at William Ryan Homes “We Make it Easy” to build your new home. Right now, sign a contract by December 1 and receive a free upgrade to granite countertops for the kitchen.*

 

*Granite countertop replaces laminate countertop in kitchen only. Free upgrade includes granite for any added island, morning room or chef kitchen structural option as well.

Fall Maintenance Tips for Outside Your Home

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: November 4, 2014

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Here are five simple exterior tasks that will help you enjoy more lazy, fall days.

  1. Store tools and equipment that were left outside during summer such as play equipment, lawn mowers, barbeques, gardening tools and hoses. If practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
  2. Check gutters and roof for excessive leaves and debris. Make sure gutters are clear and downspout extensions are in place and not damaged.
  3. Rake leaves into piles and scoop them into yard waste bags. Check with your city about regulations for burning leaves.
  4. Empty out unused fuel from any gas-powered equipment stored in the garage. Store gasoline in tanks out of children’s reach, but accessible for your snow blower or emergency generator.
  5. Check batteries in garage door remote and key pad. Replace any burnt out exterior lights.

Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes is proud to build energy efficient homes from 13 flexible and timeless home designs with over 1,000,000 different finish options. Visit the new model today to discover why at William Ryan Homes “We Make it Easy” to build your new home. Right now, sign a contract by December 1 and receive a free upgrade to granite countertops for the kitchen.*

 

*Granite countertop replaces laminate countertop in kitchen only. Free upgrade includes granite for any added island, morning room or chef kitchen structural option as well.

Happy Halloween from Your Friends at William Ryan Homes

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: October 31, 2014

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If viewing your neighbor’s digs while out trick-or-treating has gotten you in the mood for a change, stop by our model in West Prairie Village. A Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes is proud to build energy efficient homes from 13 flexible and timeless home designs with over 1,000,000 different finish options. Right now, sign a contract by December 1 and receive a free upgrade to granite countertops the kitchen.*

*Granite countertop replaces laminate countertop in kitchen only. Free upgrade includes granite for any added island, morning room or chef kitchen structural option as well.

New Home, New Neighborhood, Same Great City

Categories: Uncategorized, Why Buy New | Posted: October 30, 2014

New Home, New Neighborhood, Same Great City

Whether you love your area or are ready for a change – the bottom line is you want a new home.  But it’s not just the home you’re investing in, it’s also the location.  We know that location can be just as important as a perfect floor plan, that’s why we pick the most desirable locations and communities where you can build your new home.

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About our Chicago Communities

With 13 available communities in the Chicago-Land area, we offer a variety of options where you can find your perfect location.  All of our communities are carefully selected to provide you with the most desirable amenities, including great school districts, walking and biking paths, nature trails and forest preserves, Metra train access and much more!

About our Madison Communities

Our 4 open communities in Madison offer convenient locations for easy commutes, access to restaurants, shops and recreation, as well as a quiet a peaceful environment.  Our best of both worlds communities are worth checking out.

About our Tampa Communities

With 12 communities and growing, you know you are sure to find your perfect Tampa neighborhood.  All of our communities are unique, and some even offer a community clubhouse with many lifestyle comforts.  And all of our communities are positioned to allow an easy commute as well as provide you with that back to nature feel.

About our Milwaukee Communities

Our 5 Milwaukee communities provide you with the perfect suburban setting.  Their incredible school districts, commuter friendly locations and proximity to amazing shops restaurants and recreation, provide you with everything you want in your new neighborhood.

About our Phoenix Communities

2 communities and growing, our Phoenix locations include a beautiful view of the White Tank Mountains, proximity to one of the most famous golf courses in the country and excellent school districts.

 

Location! Location! Location!  Contact us for more information

Fall Maintenance Tips for Inside Your Home

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: October 28, 2014

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Sitting in front of the fireplace, cozy under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate sounds much better then winterizing your home. However, some simple home maintenance tasks and following routine care can make a big difference in the longevity of your home, as well as save on costly repairs. Here are five simple interior tasks that will help you enjoy more lazy, fall days.

  1. Check your heating system, including filters, pilot lights and burners. If your home is equipped with high and low return air registers, close the high registers for optimal heating. Check the thermostat batteries; replace if necessary. Ensure thermostat setting is positioned at “warm.”
  2. Check your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your batteries are fresh. Replace old units every three to five years.
  3. Clean lint from clothes dryer exhaust pipe.
  4. Vacuum and clean dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns. Dust build up is a major cause of indoor pollutants and can increase the aggravation of allergies and cold-weather illnesses in a closed home.
  5. Check weather stripping on doors and caulk on windows. If you can see daylight through the frames, there are cracks that need repair.

 

Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes is proud to build energy efficient homes from 13 flexible and timeless home designs with over 1,000,000 different finish options. Visit the new model today to discover why at William Ryan Homes “We Make it Easy” to build your new home. Sign a contract before November 1 and receive a set of free lockers for your mudroom!

Trick or Treat!

Categories: New Homes Madison | Posted: October 24, 2014

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Halloween is a night both kids and adults alike look forward to. But as a homeowner, if you are expecting trick-or-treaters, here are a few tips to make sure ghosts and goblins can easily navigate the path to your front door.

  1. Light the way. Make sure the path to your house is bright. While it might seem more appropriate to turn down the lights for spooky affect, a lit house is much safer and more inviting. Opt for colored light bulbs in existing exterior lights or install temporary options along the path.
  2. Tripping hazards. Wearing big brother’s costume that is two sizes too big and masks make it hard to see and inevitably there will be a mad dash in excitement toward your front door. Prior to night fall, inspect your yard, driveway, sidewalk and front porch for tripping hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete, missing pavers or door mats. Also, if you have gone the extra step to decorate your yard for the occasion, make sure electrical wires are secure and obstacles are well lit.
  3. Flame resistant décor. Holiday decorations are often flammable and consist of materials such as paper, hay or dried cornstalks. Whether by vandals or by accident, remove the potential for fire by keeping decorations away from candles and opting for LED tea lights instead of open flames in your jack-o-lanterns.
  4. Keep Fido confined. The same costume designed to scare others might be equally frightening to your pup. It is a good idea to keep your dog comfortable and in a secure place so that he is not stressed with all the pirates and superheroes running amuck!

 

Trick-or-treat with Madison home builder, William Ryan Homes. Stop in at our new model in West Prairie Village during Sun Prairie’s Halloween Business Spooktacular (Thursday, October 30, 1pm-5pm.). Sign a contract before November 1 and receive a set of free lockers for your mudroom!

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop Below 4%

Categories: Why Buy New | Posted: October 23, 2014

This month, 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropped to 3.97%, the lowest since June 2013.

Now buyers can lock in the lowest rates of 2014!  

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Mortgage rates, which loosely follow U.S. bond yields, have moved lower this month amid volatility in the U.S. stock market as well as weakness in financial markets overseas and global growth concerns.  – CNBC

With 30-year fixed mortgage rates dropping to the high 3% range, an average home-buyer with a $400,000 loan can expect to save about $150 a month and up to $1800 a year.  The savings may not be over-the-top, but these rates seem to have increased the sense of urgency for home buyers. And the decline in mortgage rates is predicted to encourage more home sales this fall.

Check out today’s mortgage rates.

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