10 Ways to Bring Even More Happiness Into Your Home

“Home.” A small word that means a great many things. It’s a peaceful refuge, a place to crash after a long day. It’s where you and your loved ones live. It’s a sense of security, comfort and most importantly happiness.

Here are some ways to bring more happiness into your home.

  1. Cultivate family time. Invest your time in having positive family experiences at home, by playing games, reading books and watching movies.
  2. Cut your clutter. Clutter is excessive stimuli, telling your brain that things still need to be done. Increase your happiness by de-cluttering.
  3. Surround yourself with happy memories. Display things that make you think of good times. Photos of your family, photos or souvenirs from a favorite vacation, your child’s artwork, or photos of your beloved pet(s). Instant bliss.
  4. Treat yourself. Keep dark chocolate around. It’s an immediate mood booster – and it’s full of anti-oxidants.
  5. Vanilla. Chocolate’s flip side is apparently a great mood elevator, too. So go ahead and light up a vanilla scented candle after a long day — it’ll help you chill out. 
  6. Get good sleep. People who sleep well feel better – and happier. Keep your bedroom as a restful place, dark and cool and neat.
  7. Don’t forget to say hello, and goodbye, and I love you. Everyone is busy, but it doesn’t take long to acknowledge that someone has come home or is going out. Tell someone you missed them or love them.
  8. Go green. Studies show that people who garden or take care of houseplants have lower stress levels. Growing plants – indoors or out – gives you an immediate connection to the world.
  9. Furry friends. This one’s a no-brainer. Research has found that pets provide meaningful support for owners, helping them with social isolation and ultimately improving their lives. In other words, having a pet makes us happy!
  10. Create an outdoor oasis. Whether it’s a comfy chair by the pool or a hammock slung between two trees, give yourself a place to look up at the sky and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

To discover all of American West’s new home communities and home designs, visit www.americanwesthomes.com/

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December 19th, 2016 Miscellaneous Tags: , , 0 Comment

Helpful Home Maintenance Tips

The best way to sustain the quality of your home is by performing certain maintenance items that help with the upkeep of your home. Here are a few tips:

Examine the Roof. Visually inspect for any damage and trim any tress if necessary. Replace any broken tiles. Inspect mastic at all roof penetration and reseal if necessary. Check all roofing vents for bird nests. Remember, you can hire a licensed roofing contractor to perform an annual roof inspection. 

Trim the Yard. Your yard may not be where you spend most of your time, but it’s the first thing people see when they visit your home. Trees and shrubbery should be trimmed and neat. Make sure trees are trimmed away from windows and the stucco of your home.

Test Smoke Alarms. Check your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries regularly to make sure everything is up to date and functioning properly.  It’s too easy to forget about this very important safety feature of your home, so make it a habit.

Replace Filters. Your air filters should be changed out every month. There are filters that you can buy that allow you to go every 3 months. This is an important habit to remember as it can help prolong the life of your HVAC. If you have trouble remembering, set a reminder on your phone calendar.

Wipe Down Surfaces After Use. Whether you’re cooking, putting on makeup, getting ready for bed or whatever it may be, do a quick sweep of the countertop to prevent grime and dirt from accumulating and ruining your surfaces. 

Test Your Toilets and Faucets. Pay attention to whether or not the water is constantly running in your toilets. If you have bathrooms that are not used in your home on a regular basis, make sure to flush those toilets periodically – it is not good to let the water in the toilet bowl evaporate. Pay attention to the plumbing under your facets and make sure everything is working properly. If there are faucets that are not used on a regular basis, make sure to run water through them to keep the faucet working properly. 

By assimilating a few of these helpful home maintenance tips into a regular schedule, you can make sure more of your time and money is spent enjoying your wonderful home and not having to worry about bigger things possibly happening.

Home for the Holidays

We love the holiday season as it’s the time of year when most of us get an opportunity to gather around our home with our family and friends and celebrate the traditions of the season. This is one of the many reasons why we love to be able to help families get into a new American West home over the holidays. Your home may not be the gathering place this year but we can assure you with a new American West home, everyone will be celebrating at your home next year.  

And to say thank you for choosing us to the builder of your new home, we are including some great home custom features for FREE in your new American West home. All you need to do is purchase by the end of the year.  

It’s time to start making new holiday memories in your new American West home.  

Visit or call any of our 11 communities for more information. Sales offices are open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com for information on all our communities.

 

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2016 Best of Las Vegas

We are so proud of our 18,000 homeowners and to have been voted this exciting Best of Las Vegas recognition.

The Best of Las Vegas is a yearly contest that is conducted by the Las Vegas Review Journal. It is the city’s longest running reader’s choice award. This was the first year that they added a Best Homebuilder category.

American West has been building in Las Vegas since 1984 and we love this city as much as our homeowners do. It is where we all live, work and play. It is a true honor to be recognized by the people who mean the most to us, our homeowners and the residents of Las Vegas.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We will forever be Las Vegas’ Number One Homebuilder.  We look forward to our 18,000 homeowners continuing to grow.

 

 

6 Reasons Why American West is Different

At American West, we strive to build beautiful homes that our homeowners will enjoy for many years to come. To us, that means providing incomparable quality and value that you’ll never want to leave. We are dedicated to what makes us different from other homebuilders, and this difference is seen in every home we build.

1. America’s Most Included Homes
American West is known for building America’s Most Included Homes, meaning that the features included in our new homes are considered extras or upgrades for most other builders. We believe you deserve these luxury features, not as an option, but as a standard.

2. Locally-Owned
We don’t just build here, we live and work here too! American West is committed to Las Vegas, and we’re here to stay. Just like his employees, company founder, Larry Canarelli, is committed to this incredible city, having raised his own family here. We know the local area better than any anyone else, which helps us build you the right home, in the right location.

3. A Builder You Can Trust
With over 200 national and local awards, including the industry’s most coveted ACE (Award for Construction Excellence) honor TWICE, you can rest assured that you are getting the very best when you choose an American West home. We pride ourselves on the numerous referrals and repeat homebuyers that work with us. Our heart and soul is put into each community and home we build, and the difference is evident in every single detail, no matter how small.

4. Your Home, Your Way, Not Ours
Your new home is where you will live and not where we will live. Unlike other builders, we let YOU select your home, on the homesite YOU want. We go above and beyond, so you have the ability to choose the unique design features of your home. From the exterior style, color and landscaping of your home to interior automation options like sound, security and home theatres, the possibilities for your dream home are endless.

5. The Homebuilding Experience
A huge factor in our reputation as one of the most successful homebuilders in the nation is our excellent customer care. For us, it’s not only about the end result, but the entire home building experience. Not many other builders can say they have community models for every floor plan we sell. We provide our buyers with all the resources and guidance they need to make the best decisions for their new home, and we’re with you every step of the way.

6. Cutting-Edge Design and Quality
Our commitment to superior quality is shown through the beauty and splendor of every home we build. As new design trends develop and homeowner needs change, we’re devoted to providing the latest cutting-edge designs and superior craftsmanship at a value that’s unmatched by other builders. The architectural beauty of an American West home will leave you awestruck, while the structural quality allows you to enjoy your home for years to come.

If you’re looking to build your dream home in Las Vegas, there’s only one builder to call. Let American West work with you to create the luxury home your family wants with all the customized features they need. Contact us today for more information.

13 Steps for Child-Proofing Your Home

Each year, children are injured by hazards in and around the home. The good news is that the risk of injury can be reduced or prevented with caution and the use of child-safety devices.

In General

1. Never leave a baby alone for even a minute unless he is in a crib or playpen

2.  Be extra alert in the kitchen and bathroom, which are prime accident spots.

3.  Remember that a small child doesn’t see things the same way you do. Take a crawling tour of your home, and note what’s on the floor – dog bowls, electrical cords, dust bunnies, etc.

In The Kitchen

4.  Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers. Place anything you know to be dangerous out of reach of children or locked up

5.  Use the stove’s back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children

6.  Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.

Around The House

7.  Use safety gates to help prevent falls down stairs and keep children from entering rooms with possible dangers. Look for gates that children cannot dislodge easily. For the top of stairs, only use gates that screw to the wall

8.  Doorknob covers and door locks also help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas that are off limits. Be sure the doorknob cover is sturdy, and allows a door to be opened quickly by an adult in case of emergency

9.  Outlet covers help prevent electrical shock and possible electrocution. Be sure outlet protectors cannot be easily removed by children and are large enough so that children cannot choke on them

10.  Window blinds that have an inner cord (for raising the slats of the blinds) can be pulled by a child and form a potentially deadly loop. Replace these types of blinds immediately.

11.  Use window guards and safety netting to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings. Make sure they are secure and properly installed and maintained. If you have window guards, at least one window in each room must be easily accessed for escape in a fire

12.  Injuries can occur when children climb onto, fall against, or pull themselves up on bookcases, dressers, shelves, desks, chests and ranges. Anchor furniture, TVs and ranges to the floor or attach them to a wall. For added security, free-standing ranges and stoves should be installed with anti-tip brackets

13.  Install a barrier that completely surrounds the pool or spa. It must include a 4-foot tall fence with self-closing, self-latching gates. If the house serves as a side of the barrier, doors heading to the pool should have an alarm, or the pool should have a power safety cover.

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2016 Best of Las Vegas

American West has been building locally in Las Vegas since 1984. We build quality homes at an affordable price. We pride ourselves on our ability to cater of all the needs and desires of our buyers when creating the home of their dreams. We would appreciate you taking a moment and vote for us for the 2016 Best of Las Vegas for the Best Homebuilder.

Vote Here https://goo.gl/4Jx0O1

 

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Number One in New Home Sales in Las Vegas

The Las Vegas city wide numbers are in and according to the Home Builders Research, Inc. weekly report, American West is Number One in Las Vegas new home sales.

“The end of the year has always been good for us in regards to new homes sales,” said Larry Canarelli, American West Company Founder. “At a time when other builders tend to slow down, our numbers always stay steady and increase at this time of year.”

With a variety of new home designs ranging from 1,552 to 5,487 square feet, there is something for everyone. Our award winning home designs offer the best in quality, comfort, space and flexibility. In addition, the features included in your new American West home are considered options or upgrades for most other builders. It’s why we are known as America’s Most Included Homes. We believe our homebuyers deserve these features in your home – no upgrades required.

For more information on our new homes and communities, visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com

American West Homes is a contestant in the 2016 Best of Las Vegas Homebuilder category. To vote for us, visit our website.

 

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A Few Tips for House Hunting in Las Vegas

Looking for a new home? Relocating to Las Vegas? American West Homes has the perfect new home for you. With 10 new home communities and a variety of new home designs that range from 1,552 to 5,487 square feet, there is no need to look any further.

We want to try and help you with your new home search. Here are a few insider tips to help with the new home search.

  1. American West is the only builder in town that has a dedicated New Home Finding Center and a New Home Finding Specialist that is familiar with every new home design and new home community that American West builds in Las Vegas. His job is to help make your new home search easy.
  2. It is important to make sure you have all of your financial ducks in a row. American West works closely with our group of Preferred Lenders to help make this easier on our homebuyers. Our Preferred Lenders are geniuses when it comes to getting people approved!
  3. Las Vegas is booming! Home prices are stable and affordable, and demand for new construction is heating up. We’re experts on the local housing market. We have been building in Las Vegas since 1984 and have over 200 local and national building awards for our homes and communities.
  4. There’s so much more to Las Vegas than The Strip. This is an amazing city that caters to people who love the outdoors, family activities, good eating and incredible shopping. With recreation areas like Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston, you are never far from activities like hiking, biking, running, boating and skiing. Our neighborhoods are minutes from recreation of all kinds.
  5. Las Vegas is home to a versatile climate and for this reason American West’s new homes are energy efficient and are built for the climate where our homeowners live.
  6. Technology is your friend. Visit our website at www.AmericanWestHomes.com and discover information on all our new homes and communities. Our website features interactive floorplans, videos, beautiful photography and virtual tours.
  7. Unlike most builders, American West wants our homeowners to be able to personally experience the homes that we build. For this reason, each of new home communities have 4+ models that you can tour through. There is a remarkable difference to our homes and you can experience this first hand. Each of our sales office are open daily from 10am to 6pm.

We look forward to you further exploring American West’s new homes and communities and look forward to seeing you soon at one of our new home communities!

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Coming Soon New Silverado Ranch Community

American West is thrilled to announce a new upcoming community to the southeast part of the Las Vegas Valley in Silverado Ranch. Silverado Summit is the newest addition to the repertoire of American West communities in this incredible location.

“Once again, we are adding new, innovative floor plans that offer affordable luxury and unmatched versatility,” said Larry Canarelli, Company Founder of American West. “And once again, you will find our fine quality craftsmanship in every detail. Silverado Summit represents an incredible variety of new home designs.”

Offering one-, two- and three-story new homes ranging from a spacious and comfortable 1,552 square feet to an incredible 3,990 square feet, Silverado Summit is located in one of the valley’s most-desirable areas. Silverado Ranch is home to award-winning home designs, state-of-the-art schools, neighborhood park, popular dining options and shopping centers featuring the valley’s most popular retailers.

“Silverado Ranch combines everything a home buyer could want or need in a beautiful, convenient and well-planned community,” said Canarelli. “And with easy access to the 215 Beltway and Interstate 15, residents are minutes from any attraction in the valley.”

Homes in Silverado Summit have three to five bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchens, game rooms, first floor master suites, deluxe spa showers and optional second master suites, depending on the floor plan and options chosen.

“All of our home designs offer extraordinary versatility. It’s something you need to see to believe,” said Canarelli. “As a builder, we understand that the kitchen is the heart of the home and where families spend most of their time. Our gourmet kitchens feature oversized dining islands to accommodate growing families. The open kitchen designs that flow into the family rooms allow you to prepare your meals while still entertaining guest.”

In addition to versatility, American West offers homeowners energy-efficient designs and uses energy saving materials and products in all their homes. American West’s energy-saving features come standard and include: 14-SEER natural gas heat and electric central air-conditioning; energy-efficient radiant-heat barrier roof sheathing; protective house wrap that shields your home against air and moisture infiltration; vinyl-framed dual-paned low-e windows and sliding glass doors; quick-recovery natural gas water heater; and Moen® water-conserving faucets and showerheads.

For more information on Silverado Summit and to be added to the guest list for our grand opening, please call (702) 308-1746.

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