It’s that time of year again, or as we Texans like to say … “Texas is just starting to pre-heat.”
Home maintenance is a year-round chore. But summertime tends to demand extra care.
The following is a list of suggestions for your home maintenance, in preparation of summer that I live by and encourage my clients to as well.
There are so many great and affordable options for pest control both in and outside of the home. It’s always a good idea to do research on options that are compatible with indoor air, children and pets. Summer heat brings all manner of pests out. Beat the attack of ants, mosquitos, water bugs and spiders. Follow whatever schedule your preferred pest control recommends (some systems require up to three visits before you see results or improvement).
If you have a pool, this is the time to get it ready for those 90+ degree days. Check surface areas for any necessary repairs, clean, fill, filter and make sure you have all your pool maintenance chemicals and cleaning supplies on hand.
Texas heat can kill grass faster than you can blink. Summer is a great time to check your sprinkler system (or invest in an option to water your lawn) to keep the lawn green and healthy. Many sprinkler systems run on timers, so double check those settings. The most beneficial times to water your lawn are early morning and late in the evening when the ground has a chance to soak up the moisture before dealing with the heat.
Mold and mildew are real enemies in the south, especially with all the humidity. Power wash the exterior of your home with a mildew remover compatible with your siding. Perform an inspection for any damage that could have been hiding under gunk and build-up.
Replace Damaged Screens
Those flying insects are relentless, and you never know when you may need to crack a window open. Replace any damaged or torn screens around your home. They help out more than you know.
Despite the heat, summer is a wonderful time to get outside and explore. Consider creating shade around your yard, especially in areas where children and pets may play. There are lots of creative and affordable options to make your outdoor space more comfortable.
Give Your Lawn Mower A Tune-Up
If you maintain your own lawn, consider the last time you gave your lawn mower a tune-up. Lawn care equipment requires the same amount of maintenance and TLC as anything else.
Clean Your Grill
I know this is a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget the amount of cleaning a grill requires post-winter hiatus. That semi-annual scrub down before summer cook-offs can be a chore. For propane and gas grills, it is always a good idea to perform an inspection. Especially if they have been sitting for any length of time.
Energy Efficiency Check-Up
Most of us have invested in energy efficient homes and appliances. Texas summers will put these items to the ultimate test. Keep an eye on your electric bill and consumption. Pay special attention to the rating of any energy-efficient items and make sure there is not a decline in their performance.
Appliance Cleaning & Maintenance
Most appliances have filters that require routine cleaning and inspection. These include your dishwasher, washing machine and certain refrigerators. With all the extra use by kids and guests, your appliances deserve a little extra attention and TLC this time of year.
Check On Your Home’s Emergency Supplies
This suggestion stems from the fact that Texas summers are often accompanied by hurricanes, storms and occasional rolling black-outs. In the summer it is prudent to make sure that you have a handy container of flashlights, batteries, power banks, cash and other home essential like dry goods, water, etc. on hand and ready. Better safe than sorry is the Texas way.
Below are market statistics for the month of May for Prosper, Celina and Frisco. As you’ll see from the stats below, the market is shifting in the North Dallas area. We have more listings coming to market which is increasing the market’s inventory. This added inventory is beginning to temper the escalation of prices we’ve seen in the past twelve plus months. This is welcome news for buyers who have been watching prices go up and up. Analysts are not projecting prices to fall in the area, but we may have seen the last of crazy prices increases month after month.
Celina is truly a city on the rise.
Did you know that when it’s fully built out, Celina will have 350,000 residents. That’s pretty incredible to think about when you consider it has around 37,000 today.
I love all of the new developments coming to Celina, the Square downtown and the quality of their school system.
Celina has been ranked the #1 fastest growing city in North Texas for three years in a row by the Dallas Business Journal. This ranking really comes as no surprise when you learn about all of the great things they have going on.
Learn about Celina’s welcoming atmosphere and thriving economy from my friends at Check Out DFW:
Celina has a population of 37,000 (and is steadily growing). Most residents are young families, with the median age being around 36. Celina’s median household income is $98,277, with an average home value of $465,000.
Economic development is a strong focus in the community. The majority of residents are community-minded and committed to shopping locally while supporting their neighbors. With this healthy cultivation of growth, the town is shaping out to become an ideal place for small-town businesses to thrive.
Situated along the coveted Collin County Corridor, Celina’s maximum projected buildout population is approximately 350,000.
A Gigabit City
Gigabit cities are places that offer ultra-high-speed broadband that is available citywide at speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps) or faster. This makes it easier for residents to access the Internet and allows businesses and schools to thrive and expand.
Celina received its official designation as a Gigabit City from the Office of Governor Greg Abott in 2020.
Despite the projections of growth and amazing accessibility to technology, Celina is committed to its roots and maintaining a strong community spirit. The town regularly hosts community events, including its series of annual events to keep up the fun and outreach building.
These annual events include Friday Night Farmer’s Markets, Movies on The Square, Parkfest, CajunFest, their 4th of July Celebration, Trick-or-Treat on the Square, and Christmas on The Square. You can read more about these events on the city’s economic development Facebook page.
Celina School district
For several years in a row, the two school districts serving Celina students — the Celina and Prosper Independent School Districts — have received A ratings from the Texas Education Agency.
Between these two independent school districts there are six elementary schools: Boyer, Bryant, O’Dell, Johnson, Light Farms and Lykins. Four middle schools: Celina Junior High, Reynolds Middle, Rogers Middle, and Rushing Middle, and two high schools: Celina High and Prosper High.
They are all ideally situated within close proximity to Celina’s expanding neighborhoods. Read more about Celina ISD here.
In 1997, the City of Celina was designated as an official Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Square remains the heartbeat of this special place.
They say you can tell a lot about a city’s health from its downtown. Celina’s historic downtown area is thriving with opportunity and offers dining, shopping, professional services, city offices, and green space within walking distance of the town’s pavilion.
Checkout DFW has covered some of the amazing businesses along The Square which attract locals and visitors alike. Dining options include Lucy’s on The Square, Toasted Walnut Table and Market, Tender Smokehouse, and Celina Star Café. Shopping options include Willow house Boutique, Annie Jack, Grace Bridge Resale, and Hey Sugar, candy store to name a few.
There is no shortage of inspiration along the streets of Celina’s downtown Square. This is where the town’s heritage lives on and where the community gathers, works, and plays.
For more information on Celina or other cities in the Dallas Metroplex, contact Matt Braun at [email protected]
One of my favorite subdivisions in the DFW area has to be Star Trail in Prosper. The homes are beautiful, the location can’t be beat and students go to the acclaimed Prosper ISD.
Prosper is a community on the rise, with lots of new retail and development coming to this North Dallas community this year. Being in Star Trail puts you near all of this action, in a neighborhood that residents tell me over and over again that they absolutely love.
My friends at Check Out DFW have put together a really nice guide that gives you everything you need to know about this great community:
About the subdivision: It is ideally located on the Dallas North Tollway in Prosper, with fabulous amenities and Prosper ISD schools. Star Trail is all about getting you to what you want, fast. Conveniently located just north of US 380 on the Dallas North Tollway, Star Trail’s prime location offers you the ability to commute with ease to all areas of the DFW metroplex.
Just three miles from Star Trail is The Gates of Prosper, a major regional shopping area developed by Blue Star Land with a Walmart Supercenter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Texas Roadhouse, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine and many other popular restaurants, shops, and services.
The builders: American Legend Homes, Britton Homes, Coventry Homes, Highland Homes and Toll Brothers all build in this community.
Range: New construction builds in the subdivision range from the low $500,000s up to $1 million and above.
Amenities: Star Trail has a focus on natural landscapes, with serene lakes and beautiful fountains to greet you upon arrival. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking throughout the community. Follow the winding, tree-lined entrance to find the community center and amenity area. This five-acre haven is reserved exclusively for Star Trail residents and includes:
- A community clubhouse with party rooms
- Extensive outdoor lounge areas with fireplace and big screen TV
- Three resort-style pools: a stunning pool, leisure pool and children’s pool
- Two party pavilions complete with grills and outdoor dining tables
- One-acre children’s playground with covered picnic pavilion
- Two lighted tennis courts
Schools: Star Trail is positioned in the heart of the highly-acclaimed Prosper ISD, and a site has been reserved within the community for a future elementary school. One of the top districts in the area and among the top 20 districts in the state of Texas, Prosper ISD upholds its exemplary status by maintaining low student/teacher ratios and offering the latest technology to students, generating a sense of community pride.
Here are the schools that students go to:
Rushing Middle School
Prosper High School
Opening Fall 2022: Joyce Hall Elementary:
In August of 2022, Prosper ISD’s 15th elementary school will open in the Star Trail subdivision on the west side of the district. The campus, in alignment with most other Prosper ISD elementary campuses, will have a core capacity of 900. The campus will be named Joyce Hall Elementary School. Ms. Hall served the district in multiple roles, including serving as the district’s first Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
HOA: Dues are $100 per month, billed quarterly at $300 per quarter.
For more information on Star Trail or other subdivisions in the area, please contact Matt Braun at Merit Homes 214-903-6727.
There are many reasons why homebuyers love new construction. They get to move into a brand-new house that has the latest and greatest finishes and will likely have little maintenance in the near future. While the process may seem straightforward, there are lots of things that buyers need to be aware of. Having a real estate agent in your corner can help you avoid the many headaches associated with going the new construction route.
Selecting the Right Builder
Most agents are very familiar with the various builders in their area. They understand which builders have the best price points, who specialize in certain styles of homes (production, semi-custom, custom, etc.), what materials a builder uses, and whether the builder has a reputation for having good or bad quality or is responsive to service requests after-closing.
By sitting down with an agent and explaining your goals and requirements, they can save you a lot of time by immediately narrowing down the list of builders who are best suited for your project.
Selecting the Right Community, Floor Plan, and Lot
Agents help guide buyers through the selection process to ensure that the floor plan, community, and lot aligns with the buyer’s individual needs. There are some floor plans and communities that may be hard to resell. An agent will be able to point out these potential challenges. An agent can also help identify poor lot orientations or difficult soil conditions.
When you visit a builder to tour a model home, you will likely be presented with a model that has all of the optional features and upgrades. This is intentional as the builder’s number one priority is to sell each house for the highest possible price. Not every upgrade adds significant value to the property. A real estate agent can help their clients pick the best options to maximize their investment. An agent also knows which options are highly marked-up in order to assist with negotiating a better deal.
Having an Advocate in Your Corner
The on-site agent at the model home may look and sound like someone who is there to help you. However, this representative works for the builder and is there to represent their employer’s best interests. Agents are licensed professionals bound by law and professional ethics, while the builder’s sales representatives are not constrained by those requirements. A good quality agent will be able to see through what is truth and what is a sales pitch.
Once you have reached a decision on which builder to use and which model you would like, it’s time for the real work to begin. Now it’s time for your real estate agent to negotiate with the builder and lock down the purchase of your new property!