Soft morning light and the savory smell of fried plantains fill the air. Across the Kitchen island, an open-concept, spacious floor plan unites the dining and living rooms. Sunday brunch in Hillsborough’s Corbinton Commons neighborhood is a weekly tradition for Isabel “Izzy” Piñeiro, 75, and Efrain “Frank” Piñeiro, 78.
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Time has passed and things have changed: your children are now independent and forming families and the big house you got years ago starts to look a little too big just for you. Furthermore, being in your golden years does not mean you are just sitting doing nothing....
Reclaim free time by getting a Low-Maintenance Home
Have you ever woken up feeling like visiting your friends or taking up a hobby and suddenly remembering the never-ending list of house chores you still have to finish? Before, when you were younger, it was less of a problem and maybe you had the help of your children, but as years pass, the extra hands are not there anymore and these duties take more and more hours of your day.
You might think of changing to a low-maintenance home, but the idea of paying extra each month makes you hesitate. Nevertheless, the amount of time you will need to invest (along with the other costs of maintaining the home by yourself) end up making a low-maintenance home a much more attractive idea than you ever imagined.
Putting a price on your minutes
Money comes and goes, but time never returns. To begin with, those precious hours you spend checking off the checklist of chores are not coming back. A good example is the maintenance of your yard, which needs attention at least weekly: you need to fertilize it 4 times a year, the grass needs to be cut and you have to constantly look up for pests and weeds. How much time does that take from your week? And we haven’t even mentioned the housework yet!
Furthermore, having to do these chores also means that leaving for a business trip or vacation becomes a worry. Somebody needs to watch the garden during spring or shovel the snow on the entrance during winter. Leaving these tasks undone can result in damage to your landscape and even to your property.
Finally yet importantly, obtaining the tools necessary to maintain your home exterior can be both expensive and time-consuming. This means that you need to keep wood planks, gardening tools, fertilizer, and much more in stock or buy them when needed. All of this makes the idea of a “lock and leave” lifestyle even more attractive.
A small price to pay for more free time
In a low-maintenance home community, the exterior maintenance checklist will be managed by professionals on a regular basis. This means they can complete the task and meet your standards in less time while you enjoy your well-deserved free time.
Maybe you would like to hang out with new friends or reconnect with old ones; you could use your time to pursue your hobbies or volunteer for a cause you consider important; perhaps there is a skill you always wanted to develop or some class you always wanted to attend but you never had the time. In a low-maintenance community designed for a lock and leave lifestyle, you will have time for those things and more, and even enjoy the company of the active adult community you live in.
While you’re thinking about your next home, take a look at the new maintenance-free homes of Corbinton communities we’re building here in North Carolina.
At Blue Heel Development’s communities, located in North Carolina, specialists will take care of your:
Exterior home maintenance
- Power washing
- Painting/staining of doors/garages
- Termite-pest control
Each duplex home also includes:
- Exterior insurance policy on all duplex homes
- Stormwater control (including routine inspections by a third party and/or licensed engineer)
- Transferable home warranty providing premier protection plan:
- First-year workmanship warranty through the builder, including: lot grading/drainage, roofing, siding/caulking, masonry/concrete, fireplaces, windows/doors, interior walls/trim, flooring, carpentry, cabinets/countertops, cooling/heating, plumbing, electrical, water infiltration.
- Second-year plumbing and electrical warranty through the builder, including: lack of water supply, pipe leaks, clogged drains, ductwork, wiring fails,
- Ten-year structural warranty through Quality Builders Warranty Company, including: columns, bearing walls/partitions, floor systems, roof framing members/systems, foundation systems/footings, load-bearing beams, girders, lintels,
While you’re thinking about the possibilities of a low maintenance, come check out the Corbinton communities we’re building here in North Carolina. Blue Heel Development’s team members will meet with you to help you write your next story! Please check out our beautiful new home plans here or contact us to schedule a meeting!