Thursday, June 13, 2013
With the summer temperatures rising, so does the need for more energy for your home. Make sure your home is running at the highest efficiency possible by following these simple tips. They can help lower your energy bills and leave you cool and comfortable all summer long!
1. Keep the blinds closed during the day. By keeping your blinds closed during the hottest part of the day, you’ll block heat from seeping into your home. For added insulation from the heat, use heavy drapes or curtains to block out the sun’s rays.
2. Adjust your thermostat to run at least two degrees warmer than you normally would. Consider using a programmable thermostat so that your air conditioner isn’t working hard to cool your home while no one is there to enjoy it. According to Kentucky Utilities, a programmable thermostat can save up to 12% on your home energy costs. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
3. Use ceiling fans to cool your home. Even when your air conditioner is running, turn your ceiling fans on so you can spread the cooled air more effectively throughout your home without having to adjust the thermostat. According to energy.gov, if you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort level.
4. Consider planting shade trees or shrubs in areas of your yard that receive full sun during the day. Not only will you save on energy costs, but you’ll give your home more curb appeal! An air conditioning unit that operates in the shade uses less energy than one operating in the sun, however when planting, make sure to keep limbs far enough away from the unit so that they don’t block airflow.
5. On really warm days, avoid using your oven. Stick to using a crockpot, the microwave, or grilling out. Heating your oven up daily adds more heat to your interiors and therefore requires your air conditioning cooling system to work harder and longer. If you need to do laundry, wait until the sun has gone down so that you aren’t heating your home more than necessary.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Here at Ball Homes, we recognize the importance of the trust a homebuyer places in us as their chosen homebuilder. Few decisions in life are more important than determining the company who will build your home--the safe haven for your family for years to come. Because you’ve entrusted us with the construction of your home, we strive to maintain that same homeowner confidence throughout the entire homebuilding process.
We value our customers by being sensitive to their needs and providing a quality product that represents a good value. At our core, we are dedicated to making customer service and homeowner satisfaction our main goal. This is only possible by receiving input from our customers. After the closing of a home, we send out Customer Satisfaction Surveys to each of our homeowners. We value the comments, suggestions, and remarks that people give us. By getting customer feedback, we can gather information about the practices that are working, the procedures we can improve upon, and the home options people are looking towards.
Out of the responses we received from the Customer Service surveys in Q1 of 2013, 98% of homeowners say they would recommend Ball Homes to other home buyers. For us, these results not only mean that our homeowners love the quality of their Ball home, but that they also put their stamp of approval on our product and are willing to tell others about it. Essentially, these people have become part of our sales team by telling others that building with Ball Homes is the right choice. Our customers are our biggest marketing tool and these results demonstrate our dedication to providing the highest level of customer satisfaction.
We want to thank all of our homeowners. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We genuinely believe that the greatest compliment you can give us, as a home builder, is a referral. If you have any questions about the home building process, please contact a Ball Homes Specialist today!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ball Homes knows that your time is very valuable. While you may not be able to wait to move into a new home, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality construction that comes with owning a Ball Home. For those looking for something quicker than a traditional built-to-suit home, but still wanting the advantages of a newly built home, a Quick Move home is the answer. Quick Move homes are available to be moved into in 60 days or less and offer all of the advantages of new construction: full warranties, contemporary designs, great locations, and a brand new home with neutral decor. The only thing that is not included is the waiting time that comes with a build-to-suit construction timeline.
One Quick Move home that is available in the Lexington area is located at 649 Cielo Vista Road in our Villas at Masterson subdivision. This Preston floor plan offers great square footage values and a very livable design.
The first floor includes a combined living and formal dining room, defined from the foyer by a cased opening. Laminate flooring flows throughout the entryway, living and formal dining room, and the kitchen and breakfast area.
The kitchen offers both breakfast bar dining and a spacious breakfast area, and is open to the generously sized family room with a wood-burning fireplace.
The master suite is upstairs, and includes a roomy bath with a tiled shower, garden tub, and a spacious walk-in closet.
A loft area upstairs is perfect for a playroom, casual TV room, study, or home office.
For more information on this home or any of our other Quick Move homes, contact a Ball Homes Specialist today!
Monday, September 24, 2012
A cold front has moved into the area, just in time for the beginning of Fall. We’re just two days into the new season and already we’re starting to see the leaves fall and the temperatures drop. Kick off this new season by taking the time now to prepare your home for the cooler temperatures ahead. Taking the time to complete these tasks now will ensure that you and your home will have an easy transition into the coming months.
1. Inspect the roof, gutters and drainpipes. You may want to hold off until later in the fall (when most leaves have dropped) before cleaning the gutters, but doing a visual inspection now is a good idea. If any branches and leaves fell during summer storms, remove them so they don't cause blockages during autumn rains. Inspecting your roof now will leave ample time to have repairs or a replacement made before winter.
2. Have your chimney cleaned before you light the first fire. Check your fireplace for residual soot, blockage, or creosote. Schedule to have a professional come out and clean your fireplace before you strike up a match. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, move your firewood to a covered area for easy access. Make sure you inspect for insects before moving the wood, otherwise you’ll run the risk of bringing them into your home.
3. Tidy up the porch. Falling leaves means lots of yard debris to pick up. Sweep away any dead leaves or branches to create a warm and inviting area to welcome your guests to your home. Add some brightly colored flowers, like mums, to planters by the front stoop, or hang a seasonal wreath on your door.
4. Prepare your doorways with rugs and mud trays for dirty shoes. When the wet weather strikes, make sure your flooring is protected by large rugs and boot trays by entrances. Add a basket or small bins for papers and cold-weather accessories to help keep entrances organized and clutter-free.
5. Clean, repair, and put away all lawn furniture and equipment. Close down and drain all lawn fountains, sprinklers and hoses before the freezing weather hits. Clean and put away all lawn care tools. After the last use of the year, prep your lawn mower for the winter.
Do you have any other tips to prepare your house for colder weather?
Monday, September 10, 2012
Ball Homes is constantly updating and improving our inventory of floor plans to accommodate today’s homebuyers. We’ve made changes to our popular McCormick floor plan by accommodating larger living spaces and storage options. The total square footage of this floor plan is over 2700 square feet.
In the kitchen, we've created a more open and inviting space by framing the island by posts instead of a pass through into the living room. This small change allows the kitchen to be more accessible to the living room. We’ve also created a larger breakfast area by adding a bay area overlooking the back yard.
In the upstairs of the home, we’ve moved the location of the utility room to be centrally located between all the bedrooms. By changing this location, a wonderful “nook” area has been added to the fourth bedroom for a study space, a play area, or other hideaway. In the Master bedroom, we’ve changed the location of the commode closet, allowing for more space in the vanity area. This means that the Master bath vanity is now 7 feet long—talk about maximum storage capacity!
Ball Homes strives to provide floor plans that cater to today’s homebuyers. For questions on this or any other floor plan, contact us today! A model home of this fantastic floor plan is currently under construction in Richmond.