Friday, April 25, 2014
As warmer weather starts to become more frequent, so does the sniffling and sneezing of allergy sufferers. It's hard to enjoy the perks of Spring when your eyes are watering and your head feels like a stretched balloon. While you can't stop the grass from growing, you can stop allergens from sneaking into your home. If allergies have arrived at your doorstep, here are 7 tips from BrightNest to keep your symptoms at bay.
1. Wash Your Bedding
Millions of dust mites and dead skin cells call your mattress home. Make sure you give them the boot by washing your bedding and your pillows at least once a week in hot water. For tips on how to clean your pillows, click here.
Spring is a wonderful time to de-clutter the house. Remove the items that tend to collect dust, like junk mail, magazines and knick-knacks.
3. Clean Your Curtains
Refresh your curtains by vaccuuming them with the hose attachment and handwashing them in cold water. Heavy curtains can trap dust, dirt and allergens.
4. Avoid Feather Dusters
Use a damp microfiber cloth to trap dust, instead of a feather duster, which tends to spread dust around instead of removing it.
5. Keep Shoes Near The Door
The bottom of your shoes are a host to all kinds of dirt, allergens, and bacteria. Clear a space next to your exterior doors for people to leave their shoes. You can even use a basket or plastic bin to keep everything contained.
6. Vaccuum With A HEPA filter
Destroy dust mites by vaccuuming with a high-efficiency vaccuum at least once a week. Vaccuums with HEPA filters can trap very fine dust particles, which means you can get them out of your home.
7. Check Your Humidity Levels
Humidity levels above 55% can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can trigger allergy symptoms. Measure the humidity levels in your home to see if they're at a normal level. If not, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
If you can't wait to move into a custom built Ball home, we have a variety of Quick Move homes that are under construction and nearing completion. Browse our full selection of Quick Move homes for sale in Central Kentucky, Louisville and Knoxville.
Each of our Quick Move Homes for sale come with the Ball Homes 2-10 Warranty Program, and are complete with the latest design features and upgrades.
Currently, we have over 40 homes available in Central Kentucky ready to be completed in 60 days or less. Choose from a variety of floor plans, including the Livingston floor plan in Glasford or the Arlington II Expanded plan in Greendale Reserve.
In Louisville, choose from 9 different homes ready purchase, including the Manhattan Expanded plan in Primrose Meadows or the popular Cavanaugh II plan in Arlington Meadows Section 3.
Knoxville has 6 homes available for purchase, like the Jackson II plan in Greenbrook Unit 5 and the Baldwin Expanded plan in Hampson Place.
For more information on any Ball Homes Quick Move Homes for sale, contact a Ball Homes Specialist today.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Buying a new home can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time navigating the home market! Not only is it one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make, but it’s also the place where you’ll live, raise your family, and become part of a community. Here are a few things you really need to know before you buy your first home.
Know Where You Want To Be
The first rule of real estate is location, location, location. Decide on the right location before you decide on the right home. Ball Homes builds communities in some of the most popular locations in Central Kentucky, Louisville and Knoxville. Find the right location that's perfect for you and your family.
Know the Real Cost of Homeownership
The price of owning a home is more than just the purchase price. On top of your mortgage payment, you’ll be paying monthly utility costs, insurance, taxes, HOA fees and other routine maintenance expenses. Plus, once you are in your new home, you’ll need extra money to decorate and make it your own. Make sure you budget enough money for the full range of expenses you’ll have when you own a home.
Know What You Can Afford
Going along with #2, getting pre-approved before you start shopping will help you avoid falling in love with a house that you can’t afford. Speak with a trusted mortgage professional to discuss your options and lay out a price range that works within your budget.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing the most popular features in new single-family homes for 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features were more likely to be included in new homes this year. Builders are including features that are practical and functional for the daily lives of today’s home buyers.
The top features included in this year’s new construction homes are:
- walk-in closets in the Master bedroom
Builders also list features such as granite countertops, a double sink and a central island as winning elements in new-home kitchens, and a linen closet and a private toilet in the bathroom. Additional features likely to be included throughout the home include first-floor ceilings at least nine-feet high, a front porch, outdoor lighting and a patio.
Because new construction homes can be personally designed to suit the needs of homeowners, it gives them more flexibility to create a space that’s perfect for their family. That’s why now is a great time to invest in your future and build the home of your dreams! Contact a Ball Homes Specialist for more information!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Spring is here and so are plenty of events in Knoxville!
Dogwood Trails and Gardens at the 2014 Dogwood Arts Festival, April 9th-27th, various venues
The Dogwood Trails showcase over 60 miles of breathtaking landscaping, rainbow-hued flowers, and blossoming trees. The scenery is available for touring and photography, compliments of the homeowners via walking, running, or biking. There is a bus tour of Sequoyah Hills and Farragut on April 25th-27th, or you can join the Bike and Bloom tour on April 26th-27th for 7-9 mile bike ride throughout the trails (pre-registration required). For a list of the various trails, visit their website.
Farragut Book Fest for Children, Saturday, April 12th, 10:00am-2:00pm, Founders Park at Campbell Station
This event will feature storytellers, book signings by local authors, art activities, face painting, music, giveaways and refreshments. For more information and a list of scheduled authors, visit their website.
Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival, Saturday, April 12th, 11:00am-9:00pm, Gay St and Market Square
Knoxville’s Rossini Festival is now in its 13th year and is fun for the entire family! Join thousands of people downtown and watch local and regional multi-cultural music and dance performances on 5 outdoor stages featuring over 800 entertainers, hand-crafted works, food, beverages, and a YMCA FunZone with interactive activities and arts engagements for kids.
Market Square Art Fair, Friday, April 25th-11:00am-9:00pm, Saturday, April 26th-10:00am-9:00pm, Sunday, April 27th-11:00am-5:00pm
More than 70 local and regional juried artists will be exhibiting and selling their original work at the 2014 Market Square Art Fair. Products in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and wood will be available for purchase. In addition to the artist areas in Market Square and Krutch Park extension, there will be cooking demonstrations, festive food creations, and delicious wine and beer pairings at the Culinary Arts Stage as well as live performances on the Market Square stage, the Union Avenue pop-up stage, and the Children’s stage. Blooming Boulevard returns to Market Square Art Fair providing unique colorful Flower Markets filled with live blooming plants, herbs, flowers, and trees. Join in the fun for a spring celebration of our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty in the heart of downtown Knoxville!
4th Annual Farragut Art in the Park, Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27th- 9:00am-4:00pm, various Farragut parks
This year’s event will feature two days of painting and photography at various parks, greenways and other scenic locations throughout Farragut. The public is invited to observe as participants paint and photograph their subjects both days. On Saturday the 26th from 1:00-3:00pm at Campbell Station Park, NeighborMaker events and First Baptist Concord will be sponsoring Kid’s Art in the Park, where youth can enjoy hands-on art projects designed to embrace the surrounding nature and spirit of the event. The Amazing Jolie, a silks acrobat, is returning to perform 20 feet above the park during the kids’ activities. For more information, visit their website.
Outdoor Knoxfest, Saturday, April 26th-8:00am-4:00pm, Sunday, April 27th-9:00am-3:00pm
Outdoor KnoxFest is two full days of Urban Adventure for everyone from outdoor enthusiast to those who simply love to get out and play. Adventurers can experience Knoxville from a bicycle seat, stand up paddle board, canoe, trail, climbing wall, slack line and more. Various clinics, classes, and events will be held throughout the day. For more information, visit their website. Photo Source