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Home Maintenance: Just the Basics You Need to Know

The best thing about buying a new home in Kyle’s Crosswinds Community is that everything works and runs smoothly. You don’t have to wonder if the house started having problems under a previous owner. It’s a clean slate.

The joy of homeownership also requires doing basic home maintenance tasks. Spending a few minutes doing these tasks and learning the basics will stave off bigger, more expensive problems in the long-run. It also extends the life of your home and keeps utility bills as low as possible.

Here are the most important basics to know that will help your new home last for decades to come.

Electricity

The first thing to find is your circuit-breaker box and switches. It’s typically in the garage. Check the switches to see if they have labels showing you which controls what part of the house. If there are no labels, ask your home builder.

Knowing where the breaker box is and which switch to … well … switch comes in handy when the power goes out in one area of your home. It’s actually a good thing the power went off because something tripped the switch. The power turning off is a safety measure to prevent potential problems. Most of the time, flipping the switch fixes the problem.

You may notice outlets in the kitchen and bathroom that features red and black buttons. The black button is a test button. It deactivates the outlet. The red is the reset button.

Say you’re using the hairdryer and it suddenly stops working. You won’t need to go to the circuit-breaker box to fix this. Just press the red (reset) button and the hairdryer should work again.

Water

Just like you want to know the location of your circuit-breaker box and switches, you also want to locate your water valves in case you ever have to shut off the water. Typically, you can find valves under the sink or behind appliances. Or follow the hose to the valve.

This one tip will save you loads of money and headaches. When you spot a leak or a flood, turn the valve to the right (clockwise) to shut it off. The sooner you do it, the less water will get out and do damage.

After shutting off the water, drain the residual water where the valve feeds. Go about doing the repairs. As soon as you finish and verify everything works, turn the valve to the left (counter-clockwise) to restore the water supply. Open the faucet associated with the valve to let out any air.

Air

For new homes in Kyle, you’ll want to replace the air filter more frequently in the beginning. Things like drywall dust take time to settle. Right after moving in, change the filters every two weeks for a few months. Then, you can switch to replacing the filters every three months.

It makes a huge difference in the utility bill. The more filled the filter is, the harder your air conditioning unit will work and drive up the cost.

Toilets

You don’t need to have every tool under the sun as soon as you move into your new home. It’s fine to keep adding to your collection over time.

These are the first tools you want to have on hand:

  • Plunger
  • Auger
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves

It’s not a matter if, but a matter of when a clogged toilet will happen. And the plunger will do the trick most of the time. Sometimes the situation requires something stronger and that’s where the auger will come to the rescue.

Before you plunge, evaluate the water to determine its chances of overflowing. If it looks likely, turn off the valve near the toilet. Grab the plunger for this. Remove half of the water from the toilet, make a tight seal with the plunger, and plunge several times. If the water goes down, give it one more plunge. Turn on the valve and flush the toilet.

Still backed up? Time to bring in the auger. Insert it into the toilet and slowly crank it to the right (clockwise) until it’s tight. Turn the crank in reverse (counter-clockwise) for a little bit and then crank forward as far as you can. All good? Now, crank in reverse while pulling backward. This should solve the problem. Test it by flushing the toilet several times.

Bonus Home Maintenance Tip

Nowadays, you can download most manuals from the internet. This is the time to look up all your appliances and pick up the manuals for each. Store them together in a folder on your hard drive.

You may have some print manuals. Store them in one place where you know you will find them. These manuals prove useful when you run into a problem or need to replace a part. They let you know exactly what part you need to order.

If you encounter a problem not covered here, just do a search for home maintenance solutions and videos. You’ll find a how-to video for almost everything. Also, open your phone’s app store and search for home maintenance apps. Many nifty checklists and references are available to help you with home maintenance.

Now that you know where everything is located and bought the tools, treat yourself! Or maybe you’re thinking about looking at new homes in Kyle? Come explore the Crosswinds Community with its diversity of amenities.

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Homebuilder Highlight: Gehan Homes

As you search for new homes in Kyle, you may want to explore the master-planned Crosswinds community located right off I-35 between Austin and San Marcos. Just 20 miles from Austin, residents appreciate its big-city resources and entertainment with all the joys of small-town living. Known as the Pie Capital of Texas, Kyle offers a slice of heaven literally and figuratively.

In planning the community, Crosswinds looked at many Kyle builders to select the right ones to bring the vision for this community to life. One of those is Gehan Homes, which Builder Magazine has ranked as the 14th largest private homebuilder in the U.S. For more than 25 years, Gehan has welcomed families to their new homes.

About Gehan Homes

Gehan Homes builds most of its homes in Texas. They know the locales well and design homes made to withstand Texas weather and optimize them for the different types of Texas soil.

Everything the Texas homebuilder does revolves around these four cornerstones:

  • Highest quality
  • Exceptional design
  • Personalization
  • Superior buying and customer experience

You can find them in Crosswinds at 231 Tailwind Drive Kyle, TX 78640. (The community is East of I-35 off of Windy Hill Road and Crosswinds Pkwy.) Their homes range from three to four bedrooms with two to three baths. Homes start in the $260s and range from 1,850 to 3,050 sq. ft. Explore Gehan floor plans in Crosswinds.

Gehan Home Achievements

The Kyle homebuilder has received the 2017 Texas Association of Builders STAR Award for Builder of the Year along with more than 20 STAR awards. TAB created the awards program to spotlight the exceptional work of home builders, architects, designers, remodelers, and other industry leaders.

Gehan Homes has also won several Houzz awards including one for customer service and another for product design. They’ve received many more awards. While they take pride in their awards, nothing is more valuable to them than their customer relationships.

BUILDER Online has recognized Gehan Homes as one of the “Top 25 Builders Killing It Via Social Media.” So, check them out on your favorite social network. It’s a great way to get to know them better.

The Crosswinds community features a pool, pavilion, parks, playgrounds, and trails. For more information about Gehan Homes, please call 512-965-9977 or email reicher@gehanhomes.com.

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Best Public Parks in Kyle, TX

With summer in full throttle, it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather! Be sure to visit the public parks in Kyle to soak up the sun. Whether you’re spending time with family, playing with your dog, or taking time for yourself, we have the perfect Kyle park for you. Check out our guide and find your new favorite park near Crosswinds!

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  1. Steeplechase Dog Park

Does your furry friend need to socialize? Or perhaps you’re looking to socialize with animal lovers like yourself! Steeplechase Dog Park has you and your dog covered. Located near the intersection of Lehman Road and Hailey Drive, this public park in Kyle includes separate sections for large and small dogs. Don’t worry about putting on and taking off your dog’s leash, there’s a transition zone between the leashed and unleashed areas of the park. Water fountains and shaded areas are also available!

  1. Gregg-Clarke Park

Gregg-Clarke Park is a multi-use park that provides the Kyle community a great spot to host recreational and special events. Anchored by the Kyle Pool, the park includes softball and football fields, tennis and basketball courts and covered playscapes. In addition to the wide-open spaces, the walking trails are great for a morning stroll. Check out the Parks and Rec calendar of events to see all of the planned family events at this park. The ‘Movies in the Park’ summer series is sure to be a hit!

  1. Lake Kyle Park

Looking for things to do in Kyle? Lake Kyle Park is your place. If you want to get out on the water, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing and swimming are all available here! With four different nature trails, we promise you will find your favorite path. Keep an eye out for birds, fish, turtles, beavers and more at the wildlife viewing area. Lake Kyle Park also includes picnic tables, playgrounds and a pavilion.

  1. Steeplechase Park

Family fun can be found at Steeplechase Park. Baseball and football fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a disc golf course are great for a little family competition. The 31-acre park also includes open spaces with trails and playscapes. Plum Creek runs through the heart of this Kyle park, providing the most picturesque views. What more could you ask for?

We hope one of these public parks in Kyle takes care of what you’re looking for! If you are interested in learning more about Kyle, TX and our master-planned community contact Crosswinds today. You can also connect with our master-planned community on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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3 Secrets for a Successful Texas Spring Garden

What better way to welcome spring than by getting outside and planting a garden in the backyard of your new home in Kyle? To help cultivate your Texas spring garden, our master-planned community put together some gardening tips and a planting guide for you to use.

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1. Prune Your Spring Garden

If any of your existing shrubs require pruning, a helpful trick is to wait until the flowers fade to take out your trimmers. This will ensure that your plants and trees bloom nicely in the coming year. Additionally, if you notice any of the flowers in your garden are dying, cut them back. The act of “deadheading” your flowers reduces pest and disease problems and encourages your plants to bloom. Lastly, be sure to clean up your spring garden by removing any fallen leaves from last season, as well as any debris or muck.

2. Mulch Matters

The absolute best way to save yourself time and energy when it comes to your Texas spring garden is to spread mulch! We recommend laying down 2-3 inches of mulch in your garden. This gardening tip will help prevent the growth of most weeds and will keep the soil moist during the hot Texas summer. For added nutrients, you can add clay or sand to your mulch.

3. A Helpful Planting Guide

During spring, you can plant cool-season varieties of vegetables, as they’ll survive any frosty weather that might occur. These vegetables include cauliflower, peas, broccoli, lettuce and radishes. Warm-season varieties, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and okra, should be planted when the soil consistently reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Test the soil temperature by walking across the soil barefoot. If the soil is still too cold, but you want to get a head start on planting your warm-season vegetables, start by planting them in pots indoors. When the weather warms up, you can begin to acclimate the vegetables to the outdoors by transporting them outside.

Add life to your new home in Kyle with beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables! As the weather gets warmer, you can use our gardening tips to help you plant and nurture a Texas spring garden. Looking for a new home where you can plant a spring garden? Contact Crosswinds today to learn more about available homes. You can also connect with our master-planned community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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5 Projects You Can Complete Today to Declutter Your Home

With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get a jump start on your spring cleaning. One of the easiest ways to organize your space is to declutter your home. Simple decluttering projects involve tidying up specific “problem areas” such as the fridge or the bathroom. Today, our master-planned community is bringing you five of our favorite fast and easy decluttering tips!

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1. Clean the Fridge Door

The first decluttering tip involves tackling the condiment section of your refrigerator. First, open up your fridge. Next, take out all the condiments and put them on your counter. Start checking expiration dates and throwing away anything that is past its prime or that you’re never going to use. Before returning the remaining bottles to the fridge, wipe down the bottoms and sides of the jars with a damp sponge.

2. Designate a Pen Cup

We’re all guilty of having pens and pencils thrown aimlessly around our home. Go around and gather all of the excess pens and pencils and put them in one designated area, whether it be a cup in your home office or a drawer in your kitchen. Before placing them in their new home, double check that the pens have ink and the pencils have lead. Toss out any that don’t work!

3. Declutter the Shower

It’s easy to get distracted at the store by the latest-and-greatest bath products. We get lured by premises like ‘sleek shine’ and ‘smoother, younger skin.’ As we buy more and more products, they start to take up valuable real estate in the shower. Recycle the empty bottles and give away products you didn’t like. Only keep your favorite products that you use every day!

4. Tidy Up the Laundry Room

We’ve tackled the kitchen, we’ve organized the bathroom and now it’s time to declutter the laundry room. Check for any empty containers of detergent, bleach or fabric softener and throw them away. Gather any oddball socks or articles of clothing that you find and put random items pulled from pockets back where they belong.

5. Recycle Your Magazines

It’s easy to let magazines and catalogs pile up on your coffee table. Recycle old issues and keep only current ones that you still want to read. If you find an article in an old issue that you really enjoy, that doesn’t mean you have to keep the whole magazine – cut the section out, set it aside and recycle the rest of the issue.

There are so many simple ways you can go through and declutter your home. Most of these decluttering projects can be completed in less than 20 minutes, and they can make your home feel brand new! If you’re looking for a home that is actually brand new, look no further than our master-planned community.  Crosswinds’ new homes in Kyle are perfect for the family and come clutter-free! Contacts us today to find your dream home.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Public Parks in Kyle

It may not feel like it right now, but Spring is just a few short months away and with that comes longer days and warmer weather. Make plans to visit some of the public parks in Kyle and enjoy the changing seasons. Have a fun family day in the great outdoors at one of our favorite local parks. Here is a complete breakdown of parks near our master-planned community.

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1. Lake Kyle Park

Located at 700 Lehman Road, Lake Kyle Park is just five miles from our master-planned community. It has everything you could want from a park, including community events! Grab your friends and family, blankets and snacks and catch a kid-friendly movie at the park. Movies in the Park begin 30 minutes after sunset and the event is free to the public.

2. Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park

Visit Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, packed full of fascinating city history, to enjoy an afternoon picnic or local event. Established in the early 1900’s when Kyle’s Historic City Hall was built, this park includes benches, a gazebo and the information marquee. Many community events take place at City Square Park, like Kyle Market Days, Santa’s Arrival and Lion’s Club Fajita Fiesta.

3. Gregg-Clarke Park

Anchored by the Kyle Pool, Gregg-Clarke Park serves as a recreational activity and local event hub in the city of Kyle. Amenities available at this park include well-lit basketball and tennis courts, a covered pavilion, covered playscapes, walking trails and open green spaces. From soccer, tennis and kickball to kite flying and swimming, this park is sure to offer something for everyone.

4. Steeplechase Park

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life? Stop by peaceful Steeplechase Park and unwind with a light jog or brisk walk along picturesque Plum Creek. Sitting on 31 beautiful acres, the park also offers visitors playscapes, recreation fields and a championship disc golf course. The expansive park can be accessed easily from the north and south of Plum Creek.

5. Steeplechase Dog Park

Is your furry friend itching to get out of the house and run around? Regardless of size, the newest public park in Kyle, Steeplechase Dog Park, can accommodate your mutts. Included are fenced in large and small dog sections, as well as an enclosed transition zone between the leashed and off-leash areas of the park. Don’t worry about bringing water for your pup because the park includes drinking fountains and plenty of shade.

6. Waterleaf Park

Now if you’re looking for a park that will allow you to truly get lost in the beauty of nature, Waterleaf Park is the one visit! Seventy of the parks ninety-two acres are untouched and remain in their natural state. Whether you want to hike, bike, or just explore, you’ll surely love this great park.

These public parks in Kyle are the perfect places to take the family for a fun-filled day. If you’d like to learn more about Kyle, Texas and our master-planned community, contact Crosswinds today. In the meantime, connecting with Crosswinds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about things to do in Kyle.

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Kyle, TX Housing Market – What to Expect in 2019

If you’ve been looking at new homes in Kyle and have been waiting for the right time to buy, then you’ll certainly want to know what’s to be expected for the Kyle, TX housing market, as well as the housing market in general, for 2019.

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More Homebuying Competition with Continued Population Growth

As more and more people move to the Kyle area, the homebuying market is becoming more and more competitive. With the rise in potential homebuyers, and not a proportionate increase in available homes, you can expect to see housing prices increase. You may also have to do a bit of negotiating and counter offering if you find your must-have home because there will likely be others wanting it as well.

Homes Will Spend Less Time on the Market

With the increase in competition, that also means that available homes are expected to spend much less time on the market. So, if you find a home at Crosswinds that you love, you’ll want to come to our master-planned community and jump on it before someone else does!

Mortgage Interest Rates are Likely Going to Increase

Aside from the Kyle, TX housing market, one thing you can expect to see for the general housing market in 2019 is a hike in mortgage interest rates. While interest rates may not increase at the very start of the new year, it’s best to keep your eye on the market and be ready to act as soon as possible to avoid the expected 5% mortgage interest rate coming in 2019.

While the Kyle, TX housing market is expected to go through some changes in 2019, it’s important to note that these types of changes in the market have been going in this same direction for the past several years. So, don’t let any of that deter you from buying a new home in Kyle in 2019. Come by Crosswinds and take a tour of our master-planned community in Kyle. We’d love to show you around and help you find the perfect home from one of our homebuilders. In the meantime, get to know us by connecting with Crosswinds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Find New Homes in Kyle at Crosswinds this December

Have you been looking at new homes in Kyle, Texas but still haven’t found what it is you are looking for? Take a look at the new, move-in-ready homes at Crosswinds in Kyle, Texas this December. One of this months’ featured homes may be the perfect new home in Kyle for you!

Pacesetter Homes

The exceptional craftsmanship and floorplans by Pacesetter Homes offer the perfect fit for your family. As of December 13, your new home in Kyle could be one of the 11 stunning homes that are move-in ready in Crosswinds.

416 Nautical Loop
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  • Available Now
  • The Faber II Floorplan
  • 2,327 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • $298,580

Highland Homes

Highland Homes, another homebuilder our master-planned community is lucky to have, builds on both our 50’s and 60’s lots. As of December 13, Highland Homes has 4 homes that are move-in ready.

263 Windswept Way
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  • Available now
  • The Southport Floorplan
  • 2,373 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • $297,489

Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes only has a few lots available at Crosswinds. On top of gorgeous floorplans, they offer the M.Connected Home Automation Suite in every new Crosswinds home they build. There are still 3 homes available as of December 13. Act quickly before they are gone!

762 Nautical Loop
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  • Available Now
  • The Palermo Floorplan
  • 2,452 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • $269,990

Interested in December’s homes of the month? Visit us in Kyle at Crosswinds! For more information about all things Crosswinds, contact us today. You can also visit our inventory page to see what other wonderful new homes in Kyle we have available here at Crosswinds.

Crosswinds is a master-planned community in Kyle, Texas located just 20 miles south of Austin right off I-35 that offers homes from the $200s.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Kyle, Texas

It’s November, and that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. With so much to do and prepare for when it comes to  Thanksgiving in Kyle, Texas, your friends at Crosswinds decided to put together a list of the top five things to do to celebrate the holiday this year.

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Cook for the Family at your New Home in Kyle

One of the oldest and most standard of Thanksgiving traditions is cooking and eating a meal with loved ones.  What better excuse is there to invite your friends and family over to enjoy food, drinks and good company with you at home in Crossroads’ master-planned community?

Go Out to Eat

If you don’t feel like hosting a large get-together, you can always organize an evening out at a restaurant. Several options in and around Kyle stay open on turkey day, many with special menus crafted especially for the Holiday. Skip the long day cooking and all the cleanup and enjoy time with those you love.

Go see a movie at EVO Entertainment

Another tradition observed by several families is going out to see a movie together before or after having Thanksgiving dinner. There is no better place to watch movies this Thanksgiving in Kyle than EVO Entertainment. With movies, bowling, an arcade and restaurant on top of the concession stand, EVO 11 in Kyle is the place to spend your Thanksgiving this year.

Football and Turkey

If it’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., it also means its time for some football. Yet another beloved tradition, especially in Texas, Thanksgiving brings a lineup of three NFL games that last all day long. Set up camp in your favorite seat, sit back and watch every game unfold while spending time with those you love most, even if they root for the wrong team.

Make DIY decorations for dinner

Like to overachieve? If cooking dinner and cleaning up are not enough for the go-getter in you, then try making your own fall decorations for the big meal. There are lots of fun ways to personalize your home in Kyle this Thanksgiving. Try this collection of fun and original DIY projects to make your home feel amazingly Autumn.

Contact Crosswinds today to stay up-to-date on other things to do for Thanksgiving in Kyle and for more information on things happening in our master-planned community. You can also connect with Crosswinds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Discover New Kyle Homes at Crosswinds this November

Have you been looking at new Kyle homes but you still haven’t found the right one? Come take a look at the new move-in-ready homes in our master-planned community in Kyle, Texas this November. The beautiful designs by our award-winning homebuilders offer your family diverse options to fit your every home needs. This month, we have a few homes to highlight that may be the perfect new home in Kyle for you!

Pacesetter Homes

 The exceptional craftsmanship and floorplans by Pacesetter Homes offer the perfect fit for your family. As of November 8th, your new home in Kyle could be one of the nine stunning homes that are move-in ready at our master-planned community.

498 Nautical Loop

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  • Available Now
  • The Palermo Floorplan
  • 1,378 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $245,783

Highland Homes

Our skilled homebuilder, Highland Homes, builds on both our 50’s and 60’s lots. As of November 8th, Highland Homes has eight new Kyle homes that are move-in ready.  

128 Headwind Way

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  • Available now
  • The Glenhurst Floorplan
  • 1,849 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $277,866

Meritage Homes

With only a few homes left in Crosswinds, Meritage Homes offers the M.Connected Home Automation Suite in every new Crosswinds home they build. There are still three new Kyle, Texas homes available as of November 8th. Act quickly before they are gone!

818 Nautical Loop

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  • Available Now
  • The Hudson Floorplan
  • 2,160 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • $259,990

Interested in our homes of the month? Come visit us in Kyle at Crosswinds! For more information about all things Crosswinds, contact us today. You can also visit our inventory page to see what other wonderful new Kyle homes we have available here at Crosswinds.

Crosswinds is a master-planned community in Kyle, Texas located just 20 miles south of Austin right off I35 that offers homes from the $200s.