Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll make, so it’s only natural you’ll want to protect your investment and ensure your home retains the best quality possible. However, just like any other investment, we understand that sometimes things can go wrong. But there’s no need to panic, that’s what warranties are for!
Warranties may seem a little complicated, but it’s much simpler than you think! Here are 5 tips to familiarize yourself with the warranties included with your Home Creations home:
1. Understand Your RWC Manual
After you sign the contract for your new Home Creations home, you’ll receive your Residential Warranty Company (RWC) Manual. This is your guide for everything regarding your warranties, so be sure to keep this manual in a safe place and refer to it when you have questions. We highly encourage you to read your manual carefully!
2. Learn About Your RWC Coverage
Your RWC Coverage begins after your limited 1-year builder’s coverage provided by Home Creations expires. This 10-year structural warranty is outlined in detail in your RWC Manual, so make sure it’s still tucked away in a safe place! Once your builder’s coverage expires, all warranty claims should be directed to the RWC so they can assist you in the best way possible. The RWC can be contacted at 1-800-247-1812. And remember, your carpet and appliances have their own 1-year manufacturer’s warranties so be sure to know how to contact the manufacturers should any problems arise.
3. It’s ALL In Writing
Can’t remember everything that was explained to you about the warranties for your home? Don’t worry; when it comes to warranty, it’s all in writing! Nothing can be verbally promised if it isn’t written in text! Details regarding your home’s warranty coverage can be found in your RWC Warranty Manual or you can reach out to our Warranty Department for help clarifying anything you need help with!
4. Don’t Sign Paperwork Unless ALL Work Has Been Completed
Understanding your warranties for after you move into your home is crucial, but it’s also extremely important to ensure your home is in good and acceptable condition before you move in! As you walk through your home during your Home Owner Orientation, be sure to pay close attention and request anything not completed according to standards set forth by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) be added to your punch list. Do not sign any further warranty paperwork until the work has been completed to your satisfaction! Some items cease to be covered by warranty once your paperwork has been signed and you have moved into your home!
5. Learn How To Upkeep Your New Home
Just like a new vehicle, a new home requires proper upkeep in order to preserve its lasting quality. Taking the time to understand the best practices for maintaining your home will not only help protect the quality of your home, but also help prevent issues from arising that aren’t covered by your warranties.
Fall Break is almost here, which means you may be looking for some fun activities for you and your family to enjoy (and also to thwart those pesky, seemingly inevitable, “I’m bored!” complaints). Luckily, Home Creations communities happen to be in close proximity to some pretty awesome Fall Break hotspots around the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas!
Check out a few of these fun activities you and your family can enjoy this Fall Break!
Pumpkinville, October 9- 31
Nothing says “fall” quite like thousands of decorated pumpkins, gourds and, of course, a few dozen scarecrows. Head down to the Myriad Botanical Gardens this Fall Break to tour the beautiful (and always awesome) Pumpkinville! You can even schedule your visit around some of the Special Events!
Orr Family Farm, October 1-31
Would the fall season really be complete without a trip to the Orr Family Farm? Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, kettle corn, fireworks… if Orr Family Farm doesn’t scream “FALL!” then we don’t know what does!
Fall Break Camps at Moore Community Center, October 15-17
Why not let your child sharpen their athletic skills or satisfy their curiosity this Fall Break at one of the Moore Fall Break Camps? But be quick! There are only limited spots available so be sure to register your kids before October 10th! Click the links below to learn more about each awesome camp!
Fall Break Extreme Animal Camp
Fall Break Mad Scientist Camp
Fall Break Basketball Camp
Fall Break Archery Camp
Movie at the Coop, October 16
Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Enjoy a fun movie with the family in some wonderful fall weather this Fall Break at the 3rd Annual Movie at the Coop! Don’t forget the popcorn!
Mid-America Street Fest, October 17
There’s plenty of fun and excitement to be had at the 2nd Annual Mid-America Street Fest! With events, games and food all around, we’re sure it’ll be hard to stay away from this all-day festival!
Pops Arcadia 2015 Corn Maze, October 1-31
Boredom won’t stand a chance at the Arcadia Corn Maze! Enjoy bounce houses, food, fishing, pumpkin patches and much more!
An ‘Artful’ Pumpkin Patch, October 17
Enjoy the unique Pumpkin Patch of hundreds of beautiful glass-blown pumpkins in all colors and sizes from the Tulsa Glassblowing School! But there’s more! Crafts, games and much more will help complete your experience at the ‘Artful’ Pumpkin Patch!
Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross, October 1-30
There are plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy during the Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross! Pumpkin patches, petting zoos, mazes, scarecrow making and much, much more will keep your fall spirits lifted this Fall Break!
Home Creations’ newest Edmond community, Castleberry, is now available! Its central location, highly rated schools and building opportunities make this community a great place to live and raise a family.
Castleberry is located north of Danforth and W. Pennsylvania Ave., just south of our existing La Sonata community. This community is only a short drive from downtown Edmond, where you will find popular local restaurants and coffee shops such as Café Evoke and Boulevard Steakhouse. For fashionistas and shopping enthusiasts, Quail Springs Mall, one of Oklahoma City’s largest shopping malls, is only an eight-minute drive away. Quail Springs offers stores such as Von Maur, Dillard’s, and Macy’s and hosts the 24-screen AMC Quail Springs movie theater. As for grocery shopping, Crest Foods, Inc. is less than four miles away from the community. Crest offers local and national products to choose from at “rock bottom” prices.
Castleberry is located in the Deer Creek School District. This district consistently receives high rankings in the Oklahoma State Department of Education reports year after year. As a whole, Deer Creek Public Schools rank higher than almost every other district in the state. Children living in Castleberry attend the following schools:
- Grove Valley Elementary (Kindergarten – 4th grades)
- Deer Creek Intermediate School (5th– 6th grades)
- Deer Creek Middle School (7th – 8th grades)
- Deer Creek High School (9th – 12th grades)
Castleberry is also within a 15-minute drive of the University of Central Oklahoma.
Your family can select from a variety of floor plans from our exquisite Wellington Elite Collection. These floorplans range from 1,700 to 2,241 square feet and offer a wide variety of room sizes, features and more. Whether you’re looking for an open concept living room and kitchen, or connected “Jack-and-Jill” bedrooms – this collection provides many options.
Contact our New Home Consultant for Castleberry, Kurt McGraw today to learn more – 405-514-8641
Moving can be a hassle, especially when you have to juggle kids, school changes and general packing. When you are moving into your new Home Creations home before the new school year starts, you have to make sure everything is in order for a smooth experience. Here are several moving tips to help you get started.
1. Know when to throw away or give away
It’s time for a little cleaning! If you have way too many things to pack and you’re not sure if you need it all in your new home, it’s time to get rid of unwanted items. You can get rid of your items in a variety of ways such as having a garage sale, donate to charity or selling on Craigslist/eBay. You can even donate your unwanted canned food items to your local food pantry. If you haven’t used or thought about an item for over a year, it’s time to let it go!
2. Make sure you have the right supplies
It’s important to recognize that not all packing containers are equal. Some protect your valuables better than others. Assess your belongings and make sure you get a container that will protect it the best. These general items will help you with any move:
- Foam peanuts
- Scissors/sharp knife
- Markers and labels for identifying objects
- Tissue/Newspaper/Corrugated paper rolls
- Packing tape
- Packing boxes that are discarded by your local store
3. Safely pack your fragile items
When you start unpacking in your new home, you don’t want to be surprised by broken valuables. Check out this graphic for advice on how to properly pack your items:
4. Transplant your plants safely
Many people don’t think about their plants during the move. Whether you are moving locally, or across the country, you need to make sure your plants don’t die on the way to their final destination. Living in Oklahoma, we can have extreme temperatures, especially in the summer months. Most moving companies will not move your plants since there is a lack of air in their vans, which means you will need to take on this feat yourself. You can wrap your large plants with tissue paper or an old blanket to prevent branches from breaking. With smaller plants, you can place each plant snuggly at the bottom of box using pack paper. Make sure to punch holes in the box for proper air flow and clearly mark the lids to help keep upright at all times.
5. Moving the big things
Make sure you have a professional or someone knowledgeable disconnect your major appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers. If you are moving a freezer or refrigerator, you should remove all food, defrost, clean and dry the appliance.
Make sure to have the little pieces (wires, screws, remote controls, etc.) that go with your bigger items stored in a plastic bag and packed in a designated parts box. It’s also a good idea to take a picture, or draw a diagram that make hooking up your electronics in your home easier.
6. Think about your pets
It’s important to make sure your pets are happy and safe during your move. Remember, they have feelings of anxiety too, especially when they are taken out of their comfort zone. They need a little time to get used to their new surroundings and you can help by placing your pet in a secure and quiet space to calm their nerves. Surround them with their favorite toys and objects to entertain them throughout the day. Make sure your dog’s collar reflects your new address and phone number, just in case your pet gets out during the chaos and starts to wander. Once in your new home, let them wander around, with your supervision, to get used to their new digs.
7. Stretch your budget
Keeping your move within your budget is important. Especially when you are thinking about your kids and things you may need to buy for your new home. If you are planning on selling your unwanted items through a garage sale or a website like Craigslist, it can be a way to make money in the process. If you are giving to charity, make sure you obtain a receipt for a tax reduction.
8. Prepare your kids for the move
When you have kids, you need to make sure they are completely comfortable with the new house and the neighborhood. Scope out the neighborhood beforehand, surveying the parks, schools and community organizations that will be available to your family once you move. All Home Creations communities offer great schools and amenities for your family. Before school starts, it would be a good idea to map out their route to the building and even get familiar with the teachers. You can get your kids excited for the move by allowing them to take part in mapping out the plan for their new room. Including them in small projects like these will boost their expectations and get them to become creatively involved, making your moving process smoother.
9. Label Correctly
Many people rush to pack and mislabel their boxes. If you do this, it will make your unpacking process a headache and can even create problems such as broken or lost items. If you have antiques or collectables that need to be handled with care, label them as fragile, do not pack or load these boxes first or last. Be sure not to bury them by loading them first or leave them unsecure by loading them last. Make sure similar items are packed together and specifically labeled on the outside of the box.
10. Hire Professionals
If your budget allows and you hire a moving professional, find out if they offer full value protection of your belongings. If so, the moving company will assume liability and you will be properly compensated for any repairs or replacement of your belongings. Moving companies can help make your experience less of a headache by providing the proper supplies, helping you pack and safely transporting your valuables. Some even provide pre-move counseling, where they will sit down with you to provide you the best tips for your upcoming move.
Home Creations has brand new move-in ready homes available now, and it’s not too late to move before the school year begins!
Oklahoma has some of the best Independence Day celebrations. All across the state, almost every town and city hosts a 4th of July parade, festival and fireworks show. We put together this map to help you find a celebration to join for Independence Day 2015.
Click the small white icon on the top left to view the legend. The map is categorized by events and fireworks displays. You can also click an icon to get more information on the events.
For more information about these events, visit TravelOK.com
Moore Public Schools
Families living in Palermo Place will be sending their children to Briarwood Elementary, Brink Junior High and Southmoore High School. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education A-F report cards, Southmoore High School has received an “A“ letter grade for its high scores in English and Algebra. Brink Junior High also tops the rankings with an A+ ranking, one of the highest in the district.
Not only is the neighborhood within 7 minutes of I-35, but homeowners can find more than 10 restaurants, Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby and Best Buy all nearby.
The community is also right across the road from Orr Family Farm, Oklahoma City’s only family-owned amusement park. Depending on the time of year, visitors can find amusement rides, a petting zoo, “zombie paintball”, shopping, a corn maze and many other activities for the whole family. They’re especially busy in the fall when their famous pumpkin patch and hayrides open.
Built-In Tornado Shelters
As Home Creations continues to build new communities, we want to meet the needs of our homeowners. Storm Safe Shelters are a must-have in all new homes in Palermo Place. Storm Safe has been installing storm shelters in Oklahoma since 1987, and we have trusted them as our preferred storm shelter vendor since 2012.
The storm shelters installed in this community will be 3’x7’, 6-8 person shelters installed in the garage floor. Each of these shelters comes with a sliding front door and a secondary escape option through the back half of the top door. The shelter features a carpeted bench and carpeted floors as well as removable carpeted stairs. Storm Safe Shelters carry a lifetime warranty, unusual for many other storm shelter providers. Storm Safe Shelter’s paint coating is unique because it is rubberized, which prevents cracks and chips that could lead to future rusting and leaking. Every shelter is registered with the state, so in case of disaster, your family will be sought out immediately.
Chris Shaw, Builder’s Representative for Storm Safe Shelters recommended the following tips for keeping your shelter as comfortable as possible:
- Air out the shelter occasionally throughout the summer to prevent sweat on the walls (this can lead to leaks). Also use Damprid to keep the shelter free of humidity.
- Keep a battery powered fan, radio and battery powered lights in the shelter. You don’t want anything that is powered by a plug because electricity is not guaranteed in a storm.
- Place a mat over the shelter when not in use to prevent dust and bugs from getting inside.
- Shaw recommends having the shelter installed where you can park your shortest car over it and still get inside. Having a car over the shelter during a storm can protect the door from falling debris.
ASG Security System
All Home Creations homes come standard with security systems provided by TnT Security Services (now acquired by ASG). Homeowners also have the option to add a tornado alert to their system that is connected to the National Weather Service. Unlike a weather radio, the ASG Connect feature only alerts homeowners if there is a tornado warning.
David Eggleston from TnT has actually experienced the benefit of having the weather function activated on his security system. During this past season’s tornadoes, Eggleston was notified of the tornado warning by his alarm system 2-3 minutes before the city sirens went off. This allowed him and his family to take shelter more quickly than if they just depended on the sirens.
ASG Connect also has other alter systems that can connect to your mobile phone. After the storms, Eggleston’s system altered him when their power came back on so they could return home. The system also monitors smoke detectors and will alert the fire department even when you are not home.
There are homes in Palermo Place available for viewing, and most lots are available for new builds immediately! Call our New Home Consultant Bea Mitchell to learn more information: 405-417-5265
In May 2015, Builder magazine released the 2014 Top 100 Builders list. Home Creations moved up 3 positions from last year’s list and is now #69 of 100 top builders in America. Home Creations is also the largest locally owned and operated home builder on the list, as well as the only Oklahoma-owned builder in the Top 100.
These rankings are based on annual closing numbers of builders all over the United States. Home Creations closed 526 homes in 2014 and had revenue of $90 million. Ranking on this list is a great honor for a locally owned and operated company.
Since 1981, Home Creations has dedicated their energy to creating affordable, energy efficient, structurally sound homes in the state of Oklahoma. As of May 2015, Home Creations has 32 communities in Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, Edmond, Yukon, Newcastle, Claremore, Glenpool, Jenks, Bixby, Collinsville, Piedmont and Chickasha.
Owner of Home Creations, Jalal Farzaneh, believes that Home Creations will continue to be one of the largest home builders in Oklahoma because “we reinvest back in our business and in Oklahoma.”
In 2014, they made additions to three existing communities: Farmington in Newcastle, The Sycamores in Yukon, and Turtlewood in Midwest City. They also broke ground in three new communities: Sleepy Hollow in Chickasha, Castleberry in Edmond, and Palermo Place in South Oklahoma City.
Home Creations caters to the demands of Oklahoma homeowners by building in prime locations with the desirable school systems. Each of their homes also come standard with granite kitchen countertops, tiled floors in kitchen, main entrance and utility room. Home Creations also takes pride in their tornado features installed in every home including anchor bolts and tornado straps. Home Creations uses Energy Star qualified windows, as well as many other energy efficient features.
To view available homes, visit the Home Creations website.