How To Make Your New House Feel Like “Home”

Moving is stressful, whether it’s around the corner or across the country. Getting settled in and making your new house feel like home is always a priority. No matter how quickly you start the process, though, it takes a while for the new space to feel like it’s yours. Here are some tips for making things feel like “home” a little more quickly.

Sort out the closets and dressers first. Not being able to find your fleecy PJs or a favorite sweater, much less underwear, socks and shoes, will only make things rougher in the morning.

Stick to your routines. Especially if you have kids. If possible, set things up like they were in your old house – coat and/or key hooks, the cereal station, laundry baskets. Keep to bedtimes, and any other routines – like Sunday pancakes or nightly walks.

Make it smell like home. Scent is our strongest sense. It immediately transports us – and can be instantly comforting. So, if your old house smelled like bread, start baking! Or if you have a favorite scented candle, light it up. At the very least, buy some fresh cut flowers. Never underestimate the effect of freesia, lavender or lilies.

Make it sound like home. Your favorite tunes wafting through your new halls will also help make the space feel more familiar. And putting area rugs down on the floor will help kill the hollowness you might be experiencing. Open the windows so you can hear the sounds of your new neighborhood.

Fix up the kid’ rooms before you do the rest of the house. They’re going to be feeling out of sorts, so letting them unpack and set up their rooms will make them feel happier and more secure. Plus, you’ll have a safe place for them to hang while you’re trying to sort everything else out.

Don’t forget the outside! It may seem nuts when you have a million other things to do, but you’ll see. Hang a wreath on the door, plant some flowers in a pot on the porch, set up the patio furniture. You’ll feel more welcome when you come home, and your neighbors will see that you care about your home’s “face”.

 

 

 

Putting one of our stars in the spotlight… Meet David Meeks!

American West’s dynamic team is why we have been able to hold the reputation for not only the Best Built Homes in American but also Southern Nevada’s Number One Homebuilder since 1984. Each and every member of our team plays a crucial part to our commitment to excellence.

One of these incredible team members is New Home Sales Consultant, David Meeks. He uses his years of experience to help put homebuyers at ease while they find their dream homes.

David has worked for American West since 2007, and has been the recipient of the Dream Maker Award for sales, as well as the American West Ambassador Award twice in recognition of his work ethic, attitude, and representation of American West. This award is unique because it is not given to recognize sales. Rather it is given to someone who is a true ambassador for American West.

As David says, “I love helping people. I try to be a real person rather than a sales person, looking at the process from their point of view. I try to give them good information so they can make a decision, and show them the benefits of buying an American West home.

“My favorite part of my job as a sales consultant is giving people their house keys. Buyers are so happy when they get their keys… they cry because they are so happy!

“I love working at American West. It is a fantastic, family-owned company that really cares about its buyers and its employees. We’re building so much more than just quality homes here.”

On his days off, David spends his time with his wife and family. He also loves music, and play guitar in a band. (FYI… David’s co-workers say that while he won’t brag about his talents, they will! And they say he’s a very talented musician!)

When asked what his greatest achievement is to date, he replied, “Meeting my wife – and marrying her!”

You can meet David at our Jones Crossing neighborhood located in Coronado Ranch. He would love to help make your dream of a new home come true.

 

How Do You Become America’s #1 Homebuilder?

Since the day this company was founded, American West Homes has been committed to excellence. It’s a simple philosophy, but one that has allowed American West to become one of the most successful, privately owned homebuilders in the nation.

American West originated with Larry Canarelli, a man who has devoted himself to building new homes with the highest standards and integrity for the families of Las Vegas. Home by home, he built our reputation as “The Best Built Homes in America.” He puts his heart and soul into every home we build.

Since starting American West in 1984, Larry has pledged our commitment to great design, quality construction, superior craftsmanship, excellent customer care, exceptional locations and community involvement. Many companies build homes, but few are as committed to improving the quality of life for the people who live in them as we are. We design and construct homes and neighborhoods that exceed expectations for every aspect of living – comfort, lifestyle, convenience, quality and innovation.

Over 18,000 of our homeowners have experienced the American West Difference for themselves. This “difference” – cutting edge design and quality, unmatched value, the best locations, well-planned communities and the newest amenities – it is what sets American West apart from other homebuilders.

In recognition for this level of dedication, American West has received over 200 national and local awards for design and construction excellence, and is the only builder in the nation to have been awarded the industry’s most coveted ACE AWARD (Award for Construction Excellence) honor twice.

So, the answer to the question “How do you become America’s #1 homebuilder?” is… You need to have an unequaled commitment to total excellence; a leader with a vision and a dedicated team that is devoted to the city where we all live and to each and every one of our homeowners; and a dedication to giving our homebuyers the best value, locations, and features. As the American West family continues to grow, we look forward to continuing to make new home dreams come true for Las Vegas families!

 

Company founder Larry Canarelli with Malcolm Compton, American West’s Director of Architecture.

Tips for Making Your Move a Little Easier

Moving can be a monumental task, but some forethought and organization leading up to moving day can help make it less stressful.

  1. Purge closets. Clean out drawers and cupboards. Get rid of stuff that you don’t want or need to move.
  2. Notify schools and medical practices that you are moving; arrange for records to be transferred if necessary.
  3. Cancel subscriptions; complete change of address forms; notify employers and insurance providers of new address, etc.
  4. Hire professional movers. Enjoy having someone experienced handle delicate or heavy items, pack them properly and transport them safely.
  5. Alert utility companies to disconnect services the day after you move.
  6. Arrange for transportation for dogs, cats, birds, etc.
  7. Keep kids’ favorite items close by. Pack them in an easily accessible place. Though you may be tempted to get rid of a ratty blanket or stuffed animal, don’t do it now.
  8. On Moving Day, dress for comfort. Pockets are good for keeping small, valuable items safe. If your ID/wallet is in your pocket, you know where it is at all times. If you have heavy boots, wear them. Remember to leave a sweatshirt or jacket unpacked. After a long day, being cold is the last thing you want.
  9. When the moving truck arrives at the new house, station the children in their new rooms (so they are out of the way), unless they are big enough to actually help. Tell them not to unpack anything until the furniture is in their room and they have a place to put their clothes.
  10. Pack an overnight bag with changes of clothing (include sleepwear and underwear), and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant), plus towels and washcloths for cleaning up.
  11. Stock up on fruit, nuts, and granola bars since they require no refrigeration, no preparation, and no utensils. Don’t forget bottled water, juices, tea bags.
  12. Make sure you have essential paper supplies. You do not want to be digging through boxes looking for toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues.

 

 

January 27th, 2017 Miscellaneous Tags: , 0 Comment

American West Starts 2017 Being Number 1 In Sales

The New Year started off with a bang for Las Vegas in regards to new home sales. According to Home Builders Research, Inc. Las Vegas homebuilders reported 196 net new home contracts for the week ending January 8, 2017. This reported number is a 38% increase from the first week of January 2016 which bodes extremely well for Las Vegas new home sales.

American West Homes led the way with 39 new home contracts. The other top selling builders in Las Vegas were DR Horton with 37 sales, Lennar Homes with 20 sales, and KB Homes with 18 sales. American West’s new home contract numbers are the highest a homebuilder has reported in Las Vegas since September 11, 2016.

“This is a fantastic start to 2017,” said Larry Canarelli, President of American West Homebuilding Group. “With 10 current communities and 3 more coming on board in 2017, we anticipate 2017 being a great year for American West. With over 18,000 homeowners, we look forward to that number continuing to grow in the upcoming year. “

American West’s new home designs range from 1.552 to 4,770 square feet. For more information, visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com

 

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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.

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