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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Right Now!


New home buyers very often say, “Wished we moved sooner”.

What are you waiting for?  People start looking for a new home mainly because they are unhappy with their current property.  The home hasn’t changed drastically over the years but the way we live in them and who lives in them does.  A home does not meet our needs forever.  Neighborhoods change and sometimes are no longer familiar to us.

Making a move can seem like it will take more time and effort than what it’s worth.  But that is usually not the case at all.  Moving to a new and more accommodating home can add years to your well-being.

Here are twelve reasons to move Right Now!

  1. Spring is almost here and people are ready to buy your current home.
  2. Interest rates are still outrageously low for buyers looking at your home.
  3. It is an excellent time to buy and get a great price on a new or resale home.
  4. Reducing monthly housing costs would give you more money for other enjoyable purchases.
  5. Right-sizing your home will give you more time to do what you want.
  6. A home in a private community will make leaving and traveling easier.
  7. A new modern master bathroom with double sinks, a walk-in shower and linen storage would be a refreshing change from your outdated bath.
  8. An open floor plan would add fun to entertaining family and friends.
  9. You can still enjoy gardening; just not have all the grass to mow or leaves to rake.
  10. Why clean rooms that you never use?
  11. You’re ready to meet new friends and neighbors.
  12. A change now makes sense and will be good for you.

What got you thinking it is time to move in the first place?  Be honest with yourself (and your significant other) on what you want to do with the rest of your life.  Then find the best home that you can enjoy and more importantly that will fulfill your dreams.

We’re here to help.  Right Now!

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®

800-458-6832

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Permanent Foundations Best for Manufactured Homes

All homes need a firm foundation.  When you start building from the ground up, it is essential that the foundation used will support the house indefinitely.

Since the mid 1980’s Jensen communities has utilized monolithic concrete slabs (or a full perimeter concrete foundation in some of our newest communities) as a “best practice”.  People moving to a retirement community (or just a smaller home) do not need a basement and to save on costs, the concrete slab is the best suited for the task of supporting today’s modern (and solidly built) manufactured home for years to come.


A concrete slab will not allow variations under the home’s concrete piers and practically eliminate re-leveling.  It also creates a better base on which to install the perimeter skirting (especially the bottom track) as well as making it easier to landscape against (and not pile top soil or mulch against the skirting).  The slab allows plumbers, electricians and HVAC professionals to complete their work above ground level.
There are several things you should look for in a correctly built concrete slab used for a manufactured home foundation.  Jensen’s starts with setting the grade for the site to ensure that water will run away from the home.  Then, crushed gravel and stone are laid on undisturbed soil and compacted before the slab is formed.  In some soil conditions and climates, extra footings are dug under the home’s pier system or around the outer edge to make the slab even stronger.  The bulk of the slab is about 6” thick and poured with fiberglass or wire mesh for extra strength. To see a video of the Concrete slab, Click Here.  The slab is made 4” to 6” wider than the actual home to provide a “reveal” and ledge to install either vinyl or brick skirting to dress up the underside of the home.

Home tie-downs are anchored directly into the slab and then steel straps are run to the I-Beam frame of the home securing it according to the manufacturer’s installation manual.  Using a full concrete slab also allows the home’s electrical service to be directly mounted on an exterior wall saving costs and extra equipment resulting in a much neater look to the yard.  Setting a proper grade and landscaping up to the slab prevents water from getting under the home.


We take pride in what is under our homes because we know it is important to you and your home’s longevity.  Ask your sales representative to show you the quality of a Jensen foundation.
Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

How to Overcome the Stuff in Your Current Home

January is the month that we make or break our New Year resolutions.  If you have lived in your home for more than a few years like many of our customers, overcoming the objects we have accumulated can be a daunting task.

The tactics professional organizer Barbara Reich uses to begin and complete a purging are highlighted in an AARP article by Jancee Dunn which can be found at http://www.aarp.org/home-family/your-home/info-2014/declutter-tips-for-home.html.

Whether you are just looking to make your house more attractive, get rid of “stuff” or preparing your home for sale, this is a great article to get you started.
Reich’s “Rules of Organizing”:

·         Stick to Routines
·         Do the Most Distasteful Task First
·         Store Like with Like
·         Make a Decision and Act on it
·         Get it Off the Floor
All are essentials for living a more organized life and staying decluttered.

With organizing to clean out and/or stage a house for the market it is usually necessary to reduce the volume of stuff we own including clothes, books, collectables, furniture, cookware and other personal belongings.  Reich’s advice on “How To Get Rid Of Absolutely Everything (in five easy steps)” are equally helpful:
  • Gift it
  • Sell it
  • Donate it
  • Liquidate it
  • Trash it
To get started read the details in this article.  Facing the inevitable tasks of rightsizing our lives is a must when it is time to sell and better our lifestyle.  The help of a professional organizer and/or house stager can be well worth the time and investment to get your home sold in the shortest time at the best possible price!

Kris Jensen III
Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Jensen Website launched in November!


Over the years we have been complimented on the information and ease of using our website.  We spend a lot of time with the experts at the Worx Group in Prospect CT.   We rely on their expertise to maintain a site that will benefit our customers looking for an affordable place they can call home in a Jensen community.
In November, Jensencommunities.com 2.0 will be launched. We are very excited with the upcoming changes!  In creating the new site, we adhered to the following beliefs:

  • Jensen’s Website should provide the information customers want to have and not just what we want to say.
  • Ease of use is a top priority including simple navigation around and into the site.
  • Customers should decide where they want to start and how far they want to drill down.
  • A website should conveniently provide several ways to find information as well as the ability to easily contact Jensen people.
  • Opportunities to share information with family and friends.
  • Photos need to bring communities and homes to life.

On the new Jensen’s website you will therefore find:

  • Quick and easy community or sales information.
  • Help if you are unsure where to begin.
  • On-going Open House dates and times.
  • Directions to Open Houses, Homes for Sale and Community Offices.
  • The highlights that make each Jensen Community a great place to live.
  • Numbers to call and Information Request Forms whenever you want more information.
  • More photos of Homes for Sale, Jensen lifestyle in well-manicured communities and surrounding areas.
  • Phone numbers for communities and home information, as well as our Corporate Office.

Thank you for following our Blog and we look forward to hearing from you on our new Jensen Website.

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

Friday, August 22, 2014

Good Bye Summer…Hello Fall!


The end of summer is here and I look back on the great time had with my fellow residents.  There were so many events that we never had “nothing to do”!   There were events that made us all feel like kids again such as ice cream socials, pool parties & parades.  It’s events like these that make me realize how much fun we have and reminds me why I chose to move to a Jensen community.
Heading into the fall I look forward to all the colorful foliage and great weather.  We start to plan for the holidays and all the get togethers.  I am looking forward to spending time with my family, but also all the end of summer picnic, Oktoberfest, Foliage Trip, and Thanksgiving at the Clubhouse with our friends that are planned for the upcoming months. 

We are thankful for another great summer and here is to a beautiful fall!

Until Next Time,
Get In On It

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Enjoying the Good Life!


One of the things I love about my home at Jensen communities is the fact that I have all the benefits of homeownership with a reduced amount of responsibility which frees me up to do other things I enjoy.  I recently was reminded of this fact when I invited some of my friends over for a summer BBQ.
 
I’m finding it’s the simple things in life that brings me most fun and cooking on my grill, outdoors, with friends is one of them!  Before moving to my home at Jensen’s I lived for a while in a condominium.  I remember one of the things I did not like most was the fact I had no private backyard and as such, I could not own and use an outdoor grill.  As a result of no grill there were no backyard get-togethers and consequently, less fun.
 
But now I have it all!  My backyard is large enough and private enough to enjoy friends with a summer BBQ, yet small enough so that I can easily maintain it.  In fact, Jensen’s really does all the heavy lifting by maintaining all my shrubs and trees on the property.  I still enjoy my flower beds and a few vegetable plants (which I could not have at my condo).  In some Jensen communities, even the grass cutting is included, but I find that the small amount of cutting only takes minutes and is good exercise.  I couldn’t be happier with my investment because it is the perfect blend of homeownership and low maintenance—a blend that is at a level I can handle for years to come!
 
I hope to get in a few more BBQ’s and outdoor events prior to fall—at my home and in my yard!  Here’s to flyin free in the summertime!
 

--Flyin Free

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Are You Looking for a Smaller Home?


While many are looking to downsize from a larger home, it is usually more about right sizing the number of rooms with appropriate square footage practical for you.  A well planned and efficient home will give you the realistic luxury that you need within your budget.  It will cost you less and have a positive impact on the environment.
Here are several questions to consider:

  • What frustrates you about your current home?
  • What has you thinking it might be time to make a move in the first place?
  • What will you be happy to leave behind when you move to your new home?
  • If you have $35,000 to spend on your current home, where would you spend it?
  • Where would you want to relax in your new home?
  • How will you entertain in your new home?
  • Will it be a full time or part-time place to enjoy a new environment?
  • Do you expect to have overnight guests or want to encourage them to stay in a nearby hotel?
  • Will you need an office, hobby or spare room to suit your interests?
  • What are some “must haves” in your new home list?
We appreciate customer input and would like your advice.  Please respond or comment with three things you would not want in a new home and three you would like in a smaller, more realistic and efficient home.

We look forward to your ideas!  Thank you for your help.

Kris Jensen III

Get in on the Good Life!®
800-458-6832

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