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Apr 26

Smart Strategies for Getting Your Home Summer-Ready

Now that summer is almost here, it’s time to give your home a mini-makeover so that you can enjoy the season to the fullest. Following are three preparation strategies to help you get your home Summer-ready. 

Let the Sun Shine in

Summer’s all about sun, so make sure your home interior gets plenty of it by thoroughly washing your windows both inside and outside. Once your window glass is glistening, dress your windows up with treatments using airy summer fabrics in this year’s fruit-based color palette. Think lemon parfaits, peach sorbets, ripe red apples, and blueberry popsicles. For a classic look that brings the season front and center into any home, frame clean windows with your favorite summer curtains made from cotton. To complement your shiny windows with their colorful accents, consider matching slipcovers, throw pillows, and lightweight blankets to balance out the look. Don’t forget to repair any torn or worn screens during this time so that you can enjoy the feel of a summer breeze in your home interior without the threat of unwanted visitors such as spiders and insects. 

Is Your Refrigerator Running?

If you’re like most people, your refrigerator is going to be the most popular appliance in the house this summer. Before you fill it with cool summer beverages and crisp salads and other easy summer fare, make sure your fridge is equipped to do the job. Most refrigerator malfunctions occur because the condenser coils clog with dust and debris, so take the time to carefully vacuum yours. Just unplug the appliance, locate the coils, and use the nozzle attachments of your household vacuum cleaner to get them debris-free. The coils are generally located in one of the bottom corners on the back side of the appliance, but if you have difficulty finding yours, your owner’s manual will be able to tell you exactly where to look. After this is done, clean your refrigerator thoroughly, and get rid of anything you think you won’t use to make room for warm-weather goodies. 

Get Your AC Primed and Ready

Start the summer season with an air conditioning system that’s ready for lots of action by having it professionally serviced before the warm days begin. Few things put a damper on summer fun faster than an AC malfunction on a hot day, and you may wait longer and pay more for service if this happens in your home. Most air conditioners work extra hard during the first major heat wave of the summer, and this can cause breakdowns in units that aren’t quite up to the challenge. Your technician can circumvent potential problems before they happen as well as perform maintenance tasks such as changing filters that will keep your AC running as it should. 

Apr 20

Builder: In With the New

Trumark Homes President comments on the latest trends in home building.

Apr 17

8 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Home

Our home is our source for protection, comfort and supply. To honor this source, we celebrate Earth Day and acknowledge our part in all of the inner workings of the planet, our greater home.

What Can You Do at Home to Honor Earth Day?

When asking yourself, “What is my part?” the letter “R” can be a helpful reminder. “Reduce, reuse, and recycle” has become associated with environmental efforts, but you can also include realize, replace, renew, ride and realistic.

1.  Reduce

You can reduce waste in many ways:

  • Purchase products in bulk, reducing plastic packaging
  • Buy well-made products, reducing landfill waste
  • Turn off lights and fans in empty rooms
  • Utilize electronic billing offered by many businesses and banks
  • Remove your information from any mailing lists you do not want
  • Avoid disposable items, which quickly fill landfills because they must be replaced continuously

2. Reuse

Reuse items for different functions:

  • Use an empty coffee can to store beans or spare change
  • Utilize re-sealable containers instead of plastic or foil
  • Purchase cloth bags and return them to your car when you unpack groceries
  • Use coffee cups rather than paper cups
  • Use the plastic bags you already have until they fall apart unless your grocery store offers a place to recycle them
  • Fix broken household items, toys, or furniture, if possible, rather than buying a “new and improved” brand

3. Recycle/Redistribute

Recycling and redistributing goods can have a profound positive impact on the Earth:

  • Look for the recycle triangle made from arrows
  • Educate yourself on what can be recycled in your local community, and if something can’t be recycled, find out where the nearest recycling plant is (e.g., a neighboring community might recycle something yours doesn’t)
  • Purchase items created from recycled materials
  • Thoroughly rinse food out of recyclable materials
  • Donate old clothes, toys, or appliances
  • Keep the hand-me-downs circulating by passing along your child’s outgrown clothes to cousins, nieces or nephews

4. Realize

As in any change process, the first step is to realize. Get honest with yourself about where you overlook simple steps that can amount to a large impact on our planet.

5. Replace

Millions of trees are cut down every day around the world. Vegetation is lost and wildlife are pushed from their homes, leading to car wrecks when motorists collide with animals, namely deer. You can help replace the lost foliage:

  • Plant your own trees and/or small plants in your yard
  • Support organizations that protect/replace trees
  • Contact your local representative to build awareness or request action
  • Gently encourage friends, family or neighbors to get involved

6. Renew and Reconnect

With the rise in pollution affecting air quality, you can renew your home and reconnect with nature:

  • Nurture a few house plants for added oxygen and a calming effect
  • Surround your windows with greenery and open them on pretty days
  • Take a walk in the woods, in the peaceful solitude of nature

7. Ride

To help curb the effects of fossil fuels on the environment, you can invest in a bicycle and ride rather than drive, or simply walk rather than bicycle.

8. Realistic

The last piece of advice, and perhaps the most important, is to be patient with yourself and be realistic. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself to help heal our world. Make a plan and do what you can. And know that you do make a difference.

Apr 12

5 Family-Friendly Activities in Chino Hills

What’s all the fuss about Chino Hills, you might ask? Aside from the upcoming grand opening for our new community, Bristol, Chino Hills has a wide variety of family friendly activities to offer. Whether you’re interested in giving your children a great place to play, or introducing kids to new creatures, you’ll find something for the entire family within Chino Hills. We’ve rounded up a few activities you might want to try out.

1. Chino Hills State Park

Living in Chino Hills grants easy access to Chino Hills State Park, a premium location for experiencing the great outdoors. It also provides a quick escape from the pressures of city life. Visitors to the park can camp, walk, hike or even take a horseback ride. There are over 60 miles of trails that provide for near-endless opportunities for communing with nature. Facilities include a historic barn, water spigots, restrooms, a picnic area and an equestrian staging area. Day use of the park is $5.00, while overnight camping will cost $15.00.

2. Pump It Up of Chino

Pump It Up is a nationwide venue of inflatable indoor playgrounds. Does that sound like something your children might appreciate? With a plethora of inflatable toys to jump around on and play inside, your kids will enjoy a fun, memorable experience. Pump It Up specializes in hosting birthday parties; however, they also have open jump time throughout the week for drop-in adventures.

3. The Shoppes at Chino Hills

If you’re in need of a shopping spree, look no further than The Shoppes at Chino Hills. It is by far the premier destination for dining and shopping in the area. There are more than 70 restaurants and shops available for you to peruse. The Promenade area features a world-class water fountain along with free Wi-Fi for patrons.

4. Golf Courses

There are four golf courses located within Chino Hills, including two public golf courses and two private golf courses. Los Serranos Golf and Country Club along with Green River Golf Course are open to the public. Meanwhile, Western Hills Golf and Country Club and Vellano Golf Country Club are both private, requiring membership to use the courses. The weather in Chino Hills, California makes playing golf a year-round activity. The green grass and warm sun will treat you to a fun-filled day outdoors.

5. The Nook

With the tagline of ‘Fun in Every Corner,’ you can be sure that kids ranging from 0 to 6 years old will enjoy The Nook. It’s the only specially designed venue for that age group, and they have invested heavily in holding up their promise. They have foam pits, ball pits, playgrounds and even musical instruments! If you have a baby or toddler that needs a place to play, look no further.

Are you ready to make Chino Hills your home? We thought so! Come to our Bristol Grand Opening on April 22 to learn more. We’ll be having a contest where three lucky winners will receive a gift card, up to $300 to the Shoppes at Chino Hills, so be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram for more details, coming soon!

Apr 06

Builder: Home Builders are Willing to Try New Products

Richard Douglass, Southern California division president for Trumark Homes, speaks to the company’s innovation in using new technologies and products in the industry and how they choose them.