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.
You bought beautiful land in the 1970-1990’s and put a nice
Manufactured Home on the property. You love the location, neighbors,
outbuildings and gardens, but the house is dated and needs some
repairs. You can keep the things you love about the property by
remodeling the existing home, or removing and replacing it. Some
Anyone that has ever started a
remodel, has found that it is NEVER simple! There are always surprises:
dry rot, bug/critter infestations, mold, foundation and roof problems.
What starts as a simple kitchen counter remodel, changes into striping
everything to the studs and replacing floor joists and decking. Then
“If the kitchen is new, we had better do the bathrooms at the same
time”. Repeat for both baths. Now the rest of the house is shabby, more
updates. Besides the mess and inconvenience, the stress of choosing
from zillions of cabinets, counters, flooring, knobs, lights, paints
etc. can be overwhelming. Is it time to re-do the roof as well?
Cha-ching! Want more energy efficient windows? Count on
$10,000-$15,000+ for that cost alone. Need better insulation? The
exterior walls are only 4”. Every stud needs to be added onto to hold
R-21 insulation, and installing insulation is a hot, itchy, messy job!
This can turn into a $70,000 major headache very quickly! Now for the
worst news: When you are finished, you still have a 1970’s “trailer” on
the county records. The home is already 30-40 years old. You have
just invested months of time, money and work, and you will never get
your investment back.
DeTray’s Has a Better Option
Let us remove the existing home, and replace it with a beautiful, new Skyline or Kit West home from DeTray’s Custom Housing. Your needs are different now. We can design a home exactly the way you want it, stretching/flipping floor plans, moving walls, adding windows. Our homes have energy efficient insulation, windows, pecs piping, safe wiring, new appliances, new wood cabinets, lots of drawers, granite or quartz counter tops, big closets, updated tubs, showers, sinks and lots of flooring options. Your electric bill will go down and you don’t have to worry about major repairs. We do all the work. You just move in and live happily ever after. Come see me so I can answer all your questions.
Each year at the Puyallup RV Home with Featured Manufactured Housing, DeTray’s Custom Housing premieres a new manufactured home. This year’s home is SWEET!
This amazing home is now available to view at our Showplace in Puyallup. It truly is a must-see with all of the space and amenities:
1,728 SF · Three bedrooms · 4:12 Roof Pitch · 2×6 Exterior walls · 30 LB Roof load · Larger Windows · Energy Star Insulation / NEEM program · Fireplace with mantel and hearth · Solid surface counters with granite island · Living room and family room · Command Center Kitchen Island, featuring seating for 10
Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for financing! Before you make any big purchases, move money around, or make any big-time life changes, consult your loan officer. They will be able to tell you how your decision will impact your home loan.
With that, here are the seven PREVENTABLE mistakes when getting financing for your home.
1. Don’t change jobs, quit your job, or change the way you are paid! Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. If possible, you’ll want to avoid changing from salary to commission or becoming self-employed during this time as well. Getting a raise, well, that is always acceptable. 2. Don’t deposit cash into your bank accounts. Lenders need to source your money and cash is not really traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer. 3. Don’t make any large purchases like a new car or new furniture for your new home. New debt comes with it, including new monthly obligations. New obligations create new qualifications. People with new debt have higher debt to income ratios… higher ratios make for riskier loans… and sometimes qualified borrowers no longer qualify. 4. Don’t co-sign other loans for anyone. When you co-sign, you are obligated. As we mentioned, with that obligation comes higher ratios as well. Even if you’re not the person making the payments, the payment will count against you. 5. Don’t change bank accounts. Remember, lenders need to source and track assets. That task is significantly easier when there is consistency among your accounts. Before you even transfer money between accounts, talk to your loan officer. 6. Don’t apply for new credit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new credit card or a new car. When your credit report is run by organizations in multiple financial channels (mortgage, credit card, auto, etc.), your FICO score will be affected. Lower credit scores can determine your interest rate and your eligibility for approval. 7. Don’t close any credit accounts. Many clients have believed that having less available credit makes them less risky and more likely to be approved. A major component of your score is your length and depth of credit history (as opposed to just your payment history) and your total usage of credit as a percentage of available credit. Closing accounts has a negative impact on both those determinants of your score. Finally, any impact on assets or credit should be reviewed and executed in a way that ensures your loan will be funded. Fully disclose your plans with your loan officer before making any financial decisions during the process, they will be happy to guide you. For more information on financing, visit our preferred lender, 1st Security Bank HERE.
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.
For over twenty years, I have stopped almost every day at
Starbucks. I don’t want to calculate how much I have given to this company over
the years, but it’s my one vice and I will continue to do it.
When I started visiting my favorite coffee shop, the cost of
my “Quad Venti Non-fat Vanilla Latte” was $3.00. Today, while I order a
different drink now, in a smaller cup, it’s $5.25. I think back to when I was a
kid growing up in Sumner, I would swing by a local restaurant in the morning
and get a to-go cup of coffee for less than a dollar.
Why am I sharing with you the price of coffee and what appears to be a severe caffeine addiction?
Prices on just about everything are going up, every day. In
fact, I have never experienced a price decrease at my favorite coffee stand.
Just like Starbucks, the prices of homes are going up too,
at times, several times a year. That’s why if you’re ready to make a decision, now is the time.
Last month a couple visited our sales center in Puyallup and mentioned to me that they had been in a year before and the home they wanted was $8,000 more than the last time they were in. I shared with them that the same home would be another $4,000 in the next twelve months. I said to them, “If you’re ready now, you should place your order.” They did and we helped them save thousands of dollars.
We would love to continue our conversations and see where we
might be able to assist in your process and help you make the best decision
possible for you. Feel free to call us at 253.840.6773 and let’s schedule a
time to continue our discussions or have me answer any questions that you might
We are here and ready to serve you however we can, making sure your experience in purchasing a new home is a memorable one.
You have decided to go camping this weekend, and when you’re looking for good spots for your weekend getaway, because it’s July, there are none. The RV sits in the driveway for another week. Personally, I love RV’s and camping, but I don’t enjoy fighting other people for great spots, having desirable dates that I can’t go because I tried to book too late, or looking at my RV in the driveway 50 weeks out of the year.
RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT
The average cost of an RV in the United States is around $100,000. What if I told you that you could have a great outdoors experience that fits your recreational lifestyle for around the same investment, and it comes with two great benefits. 1) A return on your investment 2) None of the hassle I outlined above.
The alternative investment is a custom manufactured home from DeTray’s Custom Housing. You read that right. A custom manufactured home.
This retreat provides you a guaranteed place to recreate or simply relax when ever you want to, without fighting for good dates like the 4th of July, Mother’s Day weekend, St. Patrick’s Day or the random Saturday in June or August when you can’t find good camping locations.
It also appreciates in value, but that’s not the return on investment I am talking about.
Airbnb OR VRBO
I am a huge fan of both of these sites, and have used them quite a bit. You control the calendar, so you can block out the dates you want in advance, and have access to your prime location, whenever you want, while generating a return on your investment.
We live in the most beautiful part of the country, and a properly placed manufactured home will be highly sought after, providing you an excellent opportunity for an additional income.
You will benefit from the marketing on these platforms, and a turn key operation from start to finish. Alone, Airbnb operates in 191 countries and both services have great reputations for both service and execution.
GUARANTEED TIME WHEN YOU WANT IT
The great news is you won’t be fighting with others for campsites, or other desirable locations when you simply want to pick up and want to go. If you decide on a Thursday that you want to visit your retreat, you can block out that date and go. The years of having to budget for gas on your vacations are over, and you won’t have to watch your investment depreciate in your driveway for years.
This year, DeTray’s will be showcasing your future vacation home at the Seattle RV Show. If you’re looking for more of a traditional design, the Craftsman style blends well with whatever look and feel is right for you. The design is timeless and features 9? high flat ceilings throughout. At 798 square feet it is the perfect vacation home for weekend getaways, longer vacations or simply spending one night. The open concept layout allows for great family time together in a wonderful setting, and can be close to your preferred recreational activities. See more information on the Craftsman Cottage.
Disclaimer: Craftsman exteriors are available in 14’9? floor widths only. Exterior depiction are artist renderings only. Due to window sizes, room dimensions, and other optional features, actual exterior design is always floor plan specific.
Come See Us
It’s not easy to adequately describe the benefits in a single posting, so I am encouraging you to come visit us at the Seattle RV Show, February 7-10 at the CenturyLink Field Event center. You can get your tickets by visiting seattlervshow.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
During this busy holiday season of family, friends, and endless hours of house cleaning, I wanted to remind you that at DeTray’s Custom Housing, we put the “home” in “Home for the for the Holidays”. Welcoming family over for the holidays is one of the most important parts of the year and having a home to welcome them is one of the most important accomplishments of our lives.
The importance of having a home that you can be proud of can’t be overstated and at DeTray’s Custom Housing, we’ve spent the last half century of doing business, focused not only on the home, but also the homeowner. Whether it’s your dream home or a Christmas wish granted, no two homes are the same and certainly no two homeowners are the same. We treat each customer as an individual with their own unique vision and help guide them through the entire process. Imagine a home full of family and friends.
Usually, everyone’s favorite gathering place is the kitchen. Now imagine the kitchen of your dreams, in the home of your dreams, while having the holiday of your dreams. During this time of year, we see a lot of homes being built with special focus on the kitchen. There are kitchen packages available with Lazy Susans, Spice Racks, Cookie Sheet Storage, and Roll Out Trash Cans built-in to the solid wood cabinets. Also available is a stunning Frigidaire 21’ Frost Free Refrigerator with Icemaker and double ovens for all those Christmas cookies!
Another great feature is the wood/gas burning fireplace to hang your stockings on. We welcome you to come tour our model homes and turn your holiday wishes into reality.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!
Everyone needs a place to live. The options are to rent or own.
When you rent, it is easy to relocate, and someone else is responsible for upkeep. However, it can be difficult to get out of a lease. There may be neighbors above, below and beside you. You may not be able to have pets. Parking can be limited. You can’t paint or decorate your way. The Landlord could sell the property, or move in and evict you. You are paying the mortgage for someone else. Rent increases every year. Your payments will go up, up, up. At the end of 1, 3, 5, 10 years, you have nothing but a stack of receipts, and the rent will be much higher than it is now.
At first, renting or owning have similar costs each month. While rents go up each year, a Fixed Rate Mortgage will have the same principle and interest payment for 30 years! While your income increases, your housing costs will be a smaller and smaller portion of your expenses.
Each monthly payment acts as a kind of forced savings. As you pay down principle, your equity (the amount of your home you actually own) grows.
In addition, history shows that overall, homes become more valuable. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, home values have surpassed their pre-recession peaks by 16%. The overall trend is that home values and equity have gone up and will likely continue to do so. Think of what your parents paid for their home, and what it would be worth today!
It’s smart to build equity and financial stability while you enjoy your home. The equity in your home can eventually become liquid cash that you can access, either by selling your home, or borrowing against it. When you own a home, it is more than just a place to live; it’s also a financial asset. What is the leading wealth producer for average Americans? Home Ownership!
At DeTray’s Custom Housing, we design and build homes that are exactly suited to each family’s needs and desires. We can put together the whole package: land or community, development, and house. We have 8 furnished model homes to tour. You can have the joy and satisfaction of home ownership. Let DeTray’s staff show you how. Call, or come see us today.