When determining the neighborhood you would like to live in, you should consider its location approximate to your job as well as schools, public transportation, shopping, museums, theaters and other attractions that might interest you. Drive around the neighborhood and talk to residents. Can you picture yourself happily living here? Most importantly, choose a community where you feel comfortable.
Once you have narrowed your search to a particular area, contact the local chamber of commerce for promotional literature about the community. We also suggest visiting the local library as it is a wonderful source for information on local events.
It is best to evaluate each house based on what it has to offer. There are many things to look for when walking through a home, including the following:
Once you weed out the homes that do not interest you, consider the details of the ones you like, including the amount of work that needs to be done if you purchase the home. On average, homebuyers walk through fifteen houses before selecting one.
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Imagine never running out of hot water. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take a shower with an unlimited supply of hot water without the possibility of it turning cold at any minute. Using a tankless water heater is the only way that this can this be achieved. Also called “on demand” or “instantaneous” water heaters, tankless water heaters only heat water when needed and thus do not have a tank that runs out of water (as is the case with conventional water heaters). Consumers across the country are realizing that tankless water heaters not only provide continuous on-demand hot water, but also a substantial cost and space savings.
Homeowners who like to relax by slipping into a warm luxurious bubble bath often find themselves sitting in tepid water. Instead of slipping into a tub for a hot soak, they sit shivering. In order to prevent this, one would have to constantly checking the temperature to make sure the hot water supply doesn’t run out before the tub is full.
The problem is that conventional hot water tanks often fail to have enough hot-water capacity to fill 60- or 80-gallon bathtub. However, through the wonders of modern technology, a solution to the problem does exist. Tankless water heaters are designed to provide an endless supply of hot water, allowing homeowners to fill the tub to the brim at anytime. Unlike conventional storage-tank water heaters, tankless versions heat water only as it is used. When a hot water tap is opened, sensors in the heater kick-on to activate the heating elements, which then allow the heater to deliver a constant supply of hot water.
There are many benefits to owning a tankless water heater, including the amount of energy that is saved. A conventional water heater uses up to 20 percent or more of a household’s annual energy cost. It also loses from 10 to 20 percent of the annual water heating cost because of the heated water just sitting in the tank. This water is constantly being heated and therefore using energy for water not in use. On the other hand, a tankless heater uses energy only to heat the water when a faucet or appliance is turned on. When not in use, the water heater is off. Many tankless water heaters will save a household anywhere from 25 to 45 percent in energy expenditures. Tankless water heaters save space with no need for a bulky tank and can be installed virtually anywhere in the house. Equipment life may be longer than tank-type heaters because they are less subject to corrosion. The expected life of a tankless water heater is 20 years, compared with 10 to 15 years for conventional water heaters.
Tankless water heaters have an electric, gas, or propane heating device that is activated by the flow of water. Once activated, the heater provides a constant supply of hot water. The maximum flow rate at a desired temperature will be determined by the capacity of the heater. Gas tankless water heaters typically have larger capacities than electric tankless water heaters. In most cases, electric tankless water heaters will cost more to operate than gas tankless water heaters. Though tankless water heaters can operate on electricity, gas-powered heaters tend to deliver hot water at higher rates and are recommended for houses with more than two bathrooms.
Tankless water heaters range in type and price from a small under-sink unit to a gas-fired unit that delivers 5 gallons per minute. Typically, the more hot water the unit produces, the more it will cost.
New construction is the ideal time to install a tankless water heater in order to maximize the benefits and minimize costs. Heaters can be centrally located in the house in order to minimize hot water runs. Additionally, electric wiring and/or venting is installed easily during construction rather than being retrofitted.
When transitioning from the use of conventional water heaters to tankless systems in your existing home, it is recommended as with any major retrofit to choose your contractor wisely. Make sure that they specialize in tankless water heaters so you get a high quality installation from someone who understands what has to be done.
Tankless water heaters have improved environmental performance over conventional water heaters due to their decreased energy consumption. Other environmental benefits reside in the decreased material use resulting in less manufacturing, lower transportation and storage requirements, and less landfill volume. The outlet temperature can be set lower than tank systems; the potential for scalding accidents is reduced. Tankless hot water heaters save energy and thus money. Using energy efficiently and conscientiously reduces pollution, global warming, and waste. Better use of energy can mean saving money.
Tankless systems are a win-win not only for your wallet but for the environment. For more information on this and other remodeling and energy saving topics, visit our Knowledge Base or contact the Arizona Key Team.
Skylights allow up to 30 percent more natural light to permeate a dark space without sacrificing privacy. Skylights in Arizona allows for little or no need for artificial light, skylights allow for less energy consumption during both the winter and summer months. Skylights will decrease your overall energy costs saving you money in the long run. So not only do they look beautiful, they are functional too.
Modern installation methods have reduced risk of leakage and therefore made skylights increasingly popular in the last decade. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, so it is easy to find one that is right for your home remodeling project. Skylights should cover a minimum of ten percent of the total square footage of the room. You can cluster smaller skylights together for maximum effect or just use one large skylight.
The most influential motivation behind this trend toward more light-filled, open homes is most likely the psychological and physiological benefits. It enhances moods, improves our health and can boost energy up to 24 percent, according to scientific experts. A home with maximum daylight is the perfect retreat in this stress-filled world.
You should investigate the current interest rates and maximum loan amount that you would be able to afford in order to establish the price range of houses to consider. Lenders calculate your debt-to-income ratio, which is a comparison of your expenses to your gross (pre-tax) income. Monthly mortgage payments should total no more than a certain percentage of your gross income, while the mortgage payment, combined with other long-term debts (such as car payments) should not exceed a certain percentage of your gross income. The lender will also take into consideration your credit history and cash available for a down payment when determining your maximum loan amount.
Once you have started your Arizona home search and determined the price range of homes to look at, next you should consider your needs. Think about where you would like to live and how much space you would like to have. We suggest driving through neighborhoods you are considering to get an idea of what you want. When deciding on possible locations, think about distance to your job, schools, family, etc. It's best to make a list of your priorities, such as location, size, and amenities. Determine the minimum requirements that the house must have for you to consider it as well as a wish list of perks you would like it to have.
For more details on this process we can sit down with you and discuss the home buying process as well as help you get in touch with a lender to go over the loan specifics. Contact the Arizona Key Team at 480.202.6846 or through our website to start the process.