As chilly weather approaches, it is important to take some simple measures to protect your home through the winter months. Winterizing is generally a task that can be done inexpensively, but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is and could also end up saving you money on energy bills. In fact, many effective house weatherproofing jobs are something that homeowners can complete without any professional help!
Easy Home Weatherproofing
Some small weatherproofing jobs require little to no “handiness”, but can make a real difference once cold weather hits your area. By doing these things before the temperatures drop or the snow falls, you’ll be saving yourself some hassle (and possibly some money, too!): • Clean gutters and downspouts in mid-fall and double-check them before winter. • Replace the filter in your furnace. • Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather. • Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water. • Buy a snow shovel and other winter supplies before the messy weather hits. • Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case. • Test your heating system, so that you know it will work properly when you need it. • Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.
Happy Holiday Season from all of us at DeTray’s Custom Housing!
Manufactured homes like ours, are built using the same high-quality
materials as stick-built homes. Their manufacturing process is also
highly regulated by the federal government, meaning the home you buy is
held to the highest standards of quality during its design
They are built entirely inside “home building
facilities” that are climate controlled to avoid weather delays and
typically offer many customizable options such as many choices of
flooring, cabinetry and exterior finish, just to name a few. Each home
is internally inspected multiple times throughout various phases of
construction to confirm proper construction and quality.
home is placed on the post & pier foundation, perimeter material
such as concrete blocks, or concrete skirting will be added to finish
the home to code. Manufactured homes can also have a garage added just
like a site-built home. Manufactured homes can be finance similar to
site built, offering VA / FHA, or Conventional land-home, and Chattel
type mortgages. The flexibility for you is unsurpassed. We will put you
in touch with the largest manufactured home lender in the state. You can
apply on line, or directly in our office.
You can choose from
hundreds of designs, and you can also create your own manufactured home
design by customizing any of our floor plans. A custom-built
manufactured home begins with your ideas and how you want your home to
be built, inside and out.
One advantage of the home built in a
controlled factory environment, is every part of the home – from the
front door to the bathroom sink – is protected from weather-related
damage, vandalism and other hazards.
Our technicians, craftsmen
and assemblers are well trained and professionally supervised, resulting
in an excellence of build. Finally, all of our manufactured homes and
modular homes undergo more than 35 quality inspections throughout the
construction process to ensure they meet our high standards and meet
Provides Many Other Advantages
in vaulted ceilings? We offer them. Modern kitchens with stainless
steel appliances and perhaps spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets?
Those, too. Like site-built homes, our manufactured homes and modular
homes offer plenty of floor plans and amenities. You can also find
stylish features such as tray ceilings, recessed lighting, custom
cabinet applications, large family rooms with entertainment centers and
Manufactured homes must be durable enough to withstand
transportation. They are built using jigs and other machinery that help
increase the quality of the home. Lag bolts, for example, are better
compared to nails or reinforcement straps, which on-site builders use.
homes cost a lot less compared to stick-built homes of the same style
and size. Since manufactured homes are built in a controlled
environment, they are easier for workers to complete on time.
a manufactured home can also mean choosing a larger home because they
come with more square-footage for the same price compared to smaller,
traditional homes. If your budget is limited, purchasing a manufactured
home can be a comfortable alternative to renting, and at a competitive
When it comes to stick-built homes, there are so many
opportunities for delays. The materials – usually sourced from different
parts of the country – can be delayed if suppliers are unable to
distribute materials to the builder at the right time. However, because
manufactured homes are built directly by the manufacturers, materials
are readily available and in abundance to get the job done fast. If you
have a time constraint in transitioning to a new home, a manufactured
home will save you a lot of time. When placed on an engineered
foundation, financed similarly to stick built homes, the value is
unsurpassed. Remember, you ordered a home, customized to your standards,
with the features, options, and your colors. It is a very enjoyable
experience knowing you did it “your way”, and received the highest
quality home available for you and your family. Congratulations, we hope
to see you soon to guide you through every step of this project.
With the first day of spring arriving tomorrow, March 20th, it’s time to look forward to enjoying the amazing beauty that is the Pacific Northwest. It’s also a good time to do a little spring cleaning and home maintenance.
We’ll leave the spring cleaning checklist to you, though here’s a list that might help with taking care of the home itself.
Clear any debris inside the gutters.
Look to make sure that the gutters are still flush to the fascia and that the down spouts are still straight and drain away from the home.
Some manufactured homes have a vent along the marriage line roof where the two sections come together. Look for loose shingles or debris that might have blown in.
Look for missing shingles or shingles that have popped up.
Check the chimney for signs of damage.
Examine any decks, stairs, or landings for damaged or splintered wood.
Check caulking at windows and doorways, and trim. Rework as necessary.
Remove any debris that may have piled up near or around the home.
Check the hose bibs, though it might not be time to take those insulating covers off just yet.
Check your multi use fire extinguisher to make sure it’s full and in a good location.
Clean out the clothes dryer exhaust vent.
Check and replace any burnt out light bulbs. Consider changing to LED lighting for cost savings, and change the batteries in your smoke / carbon monoxide detectors.
Clean / Replace the Air Handler (Furnace) filter.
Inspect your exterior heat pump or AC for debris both inside and outside.