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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Stay Connected With Your Neighbors


Kimberley Development’s Featured App Week

NEXTDOOR

WHAT IT IS: A free, private social network for your neighborhood. Only people who live inside the designated neighborhood boundary lines will be able to join. WHY IT’S AWESOME:
  • Quickly get the word out about break-ins
  • Get a recommendation for a trustworthy babysitter
  • Ask for help finding a lost dog
  • Organize a neighborhood watch

  • Plan a block party or neighborhood garage sale
  • Borrow tools to build a tree house
  • Find referrals for home maintenance issues
  • Finally be able to remember your neighbors’ names
GETTING STARTED:

1. Go to nextdoor.com to check if your neighborhood has already been started.

2. If not, create a profile for your subdivision by outlining the boundaries.

3. Notify your neighbors using Nextdoor’s various methods they provide.

TIP: When you create a neighborhood, Nextdoor requires a minimum of 50 houses inside the defined boundary area. If you live in development with fewer, click the “contact support” button, and they will give you directions on how to create a community with less. Kimberley Development’s Featured App Week NEXTDOOR WHAT IT IS: A free, private social network for your neighborhood. Only people who…

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist


Spring is officially here! Take advantage of the moderate temperatures to get a head start on your spring home maintenance checklist. Use our list to get started!

Exterior


Roof

The easiest way to check your roof is to use binoculars. Keep an eye out for loose or missing shingles. Check for leaks and make sure vents are clear. Clean accumulated debris out of gutters and check alignment. Make sure flashing around roof stacks, vents, and angled areas/corners are in proper place and that there are no leaks in surrounding areas.

Chimney

Look for any deteriorating stone, bricks, or mortar. Clear out any nests or accumulated debris and clean.

Walls

Check for deteriorating stone, bricks, or mortar. Check siding and stucco for damage or rot; put a fresh coat of paint on areas with any fading or flakes.

Foundation

Search your foundation top to bottom for any cracks. Hire a professional who can perform an epoxy injection system, which chemically bonds cracks and holds up better than chalking.

Windows

Ensure that your windows have a tight seal to keep your home cool and dry in the upcoming months. Check that any chalking or weather stripping you may have previously applied is still intact. Put window screens back in windows and check for tears. The same goes for door screens, if applicable. Replace damaged screens, if necessary, before the bugs come out. Spring clean the inside and outside of your windows with either store bought or homemade window cleaner. Never use a high-pressure washer, which can crack the chalking around the window.

Lawn

Rake any debris, leave, or branches that you may have missed in the fall to ensure your grass doesn’t die. Now is also the time to prevent weeds from germinating. Consider using a herbicide, as fertilizers are better suited for fall. Make sure your outdoor water system is in working order for the spring and summer months. As soon as the ground is thawed, start to prepare for planting.

Deck

Sweep and remove any debris that has accumulated between the boards. Routinely doing this will extend the life of your deck, whether it’s made of wood or composite. If the finish on your wood deck is faded, now is the perfect time to clean, stain, and reseal it. The same goes for any wood fencing or pergolas.

Grills

If your grill has been sitting idle all winter perform a maintenance check. Check for any clogs in the burner jets, and make sure the gas hose and other connections are secure. You will also want to check the propane tank.


Interior


Air Conditioning

Just like you ready your furnace in the fall, now is the time to make sure your air conditioner is working for the warm months to come. Change your filter and vacuum any dust that’s settled on the unit and connections; over time it can impact the effectiveness.

Plumbing

Flush out hot water in the water heater to remove accumulated sediment.

Tile

Look for loose tile or missing grout in tiled areas such as a kitchen backsplash, bathroom, laundry room, etc. Re-caulk if necessary.

HVAC System

Check your furnace by looking for proper flame color; look for scaling on heat exchanger and any rust. Note odd sounds or smells and check the condition of venting. Clear any accumulated debris.

Attics

Check for any signs of critters and insects, as well as leaks or insulation issues.

Basement

The basement is prone to dampness and insects and should be routinely inspected. Any dampness suggests higher than normal humidity, lack of ventilation, and a need for a dehumidifier. Spring is officially here! Take advantage of the moderate temperatures to get a head start on your spring home maintenance…
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Kimberley attention to detail, quality of materials & construction, and responsiveness to customer concerns is excellent

Building with Kimberley Development was a great experience from start to finish. We had an outstanding building supervisor who worked with us every step of the way. The Kimberley attention to detail, quality of materials & construction, and responsiveness to customer concerns is excellent. We recently moved into our villa and couldn’t be happier with it. We definitely recommend Kimberley Development for a great building experience!

Conrad Jungmann | Waukee

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