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What is a surge protector and why should I get one

Power surges are a common and potentially dangerous occurrence that causes millions of dollars in damage to homes and electronic devices each year.

surgeprotectorIn order to protect your home and business, it is important to understand what a power surge is and how a surge protector can be used to prevent them from causing damage. A southern MD builder will be able to assist you with assessing your risk and choosing the best prevention method.
An electrical surge is an increase in electricity significantly above the designated level in flow of electricity for any given device. The burst of electricity travels through a home’s electronic grid, causing damage to cords and circuitry, which are not designed to handle such levels of electricity. This can ruin a device, cause fires, and even cause some devices to burst. The cause of a surge can vary, but lighting strikes are a common culprit, as are malfunctions to power transformers.

Surge protectors are designed to protect electronics by cutting off the electric circuit at the first sign of an increase in electricity, called transient voltage. The protector acts a bottleneck and first line defense by connecting the main power line feeding into a building to several other smaller electronic devices. A surge travels along a circuit into the protector before it can branch out to the other appliances. When the voltage spike enters the surge protector it triggers a breaker that will limit the amount of electricity that passes through or completely ground the electricity.

There are several different kinds of surge protectors available on the market, the most common being a simple power strip. This surge protector is a small row of outlets that allow several appliances and devices to plug directly into it. They’re commonly used in spaces where several devices need to be plugged in near each other, such as near a computer desk. Cheap strips may not offer the best protection when compared with more expensive brands. Higher quality strips may also have connections for other cord types, such as coaxed and USB, which can also propagate a power surge.

A home surge protector is much larger and protects an entire home. Instead of allowing small devices to plug into it, it connects directly to the main power line. All power travels through it and out to the power outlets of the home. This will catch a surge as it enters the building as opposed to catching it as it flows from the power outlet towards the appliance. Though these units are much more expensive than their smaller counterparts, the peace of mind that they deliver may make the investment well worth the cost. Your local southern MD builder will be able to choose the home surge protector ideal for your home.

It is important to understand how surge protectors work so you can better protect your home and electronic devices. A surge can ruin expensive equipment, cause damage to homes, and potentially start life threatening fires. Please contact a southern MD home improvement company  to discuss the risks of power surges and what can be done to protect your home and business.

Rekindle the romance

February is the time to rekindle romance with your home

custom homes in Southern MarylandShowing your home some love this time of year can pay off with energy savings and a healthier, more comfortable indoor environment.

Valentine month is the time of year when we seek appropriate ways of expressing our love for those closest to us. Why not rekindle the romance with your home at the same time? Flowers, candy or jewelry might not get you very far, but asking these three questions is going to show you care:

1. How is your home feeling?

It’s often hard to get fresh air into our homes during the winter, meaning pollutants can get trapped inside. If your home has poor indoor air quality you can help it feel better.

* Limit the use of products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in common household products, such as cleansers and paint.

* Consider adding a mechanical ventilation system to provide a controlled source of fresh air to your home. It can help manage indoor pollutants and excess indoor moisture.

2. Is your home warm and comfortable?

Conventional fiberglass insulation is like a wool sweater on a winter day. It might look warm and fuzzy, but it won’t stop cold air from passing through.

* Conduct an energy audit of your home to spot key sources of air leakage, especially around windows and doors and through the attic.

* Consider installing spray foam insulation (like popular Icynene) in your home. It can create an air barrier and help control air leakage, energy loss and airborne pollutants.

3. Is your home nice and dry?

Indoor moisture can accumulate in the winter months, leading to a musty smell, condensation on windows and even to mold.

* Make sure bathroom fans and kitchen hoods are hooked up and working.

* Use proper ventilation to the outdoors when showering or cooking.

* Limit the use of humidifiers. Set up a dehumidifier in damp areas inside the home, like the basement.

You can find more ways to love your home online at www.icynene.com.

Equip your home with a sump pump and backup battery

Presented by Maryland Home Builder serving White Plains Maryland: Equip your home with a sump pump and backup battery.

Homeowners who live in areas prone to flooding can protect their homes with sump pumps.

In 2012, hundreds of miles of coastline along the northeastern United States were battered and decimated due to Hurricane Sandy. More than a year later, many homeowners were still dealing with the consequences of the devastating storm.

Hurricane Sandy illustrated just how destructive water can be. Each year, storms across North America have the potential to flood homes or cause water to enter the basement or first floor. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, a mere six inches of water in a 2,000 square foot home can cause around $40,000 in damage. Homeowners looking to avoid such damages can rely on sump pumps and backup emergency systems to keep sublevels dry and safe.

Sump pumps are frequently used in homes at risk of flooding or in homes where the water table is above the foundation of the home. Sump pumps remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin built into the foundation of the home. Water may enter through perimeter drains (French drains) built into the basement or directly through the sump basin itself. The pump will send the water away from the house through a series of pipes that could drain into a dry well, into a municipal storm drain or at the curb.

Many sump pumps are hard-wired into a home’s electrical system and will automatically turn on when the water level in the sump basin has risen enough to trigger the pump. A flotation device built into the pump will rise enough to turn on the pump, which will then dispel the water until the device returns to its regular level.

When operating correctly, sump pumps are effective at removing water and keeping basements and crawl spaces dry. However, in the event of a power outage, which is common when strong winds accompany flooding rains, a sump pump is rendered useless unless there is a backup battery attached to the sump pump.

Having a battery hooked up to a sump pump, or a backup sump pump that is battery-powered, can give homeowners peace of mind in any storm. A backup plan ensures the pump will still be able to remove water for a certain period of time until electricity is restored to the home. Another option is to make sure the sump pump is connected to a power generator should the main power supply go out. As long as the generator is running, the sump pump will expel the water.

Water damage to a home can cost thousands of dollars in repairs, particularly when it is not covered by standard home insurance policies. Sump pumps can help keep homes dry and safe.

Operate garage doors safely

Shared by New Home Builder serving Pomfret Maryland in Charles County: Operate garage doors safely.

Garage doors need to be inspected for safety and used properly to avoid injuries.

A garage door is an oft-overlooked part of a home. Some are rarely opened, while others are used on a daily basis. Though they might be overlooked, garage doors play a role in thousands of injuries every year.

Roughly 20,000 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to garage doors, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian hospitals report that roughly 60 percent of all garage door injuries are cut fingers or hands. The majority of injuries happen at a person’s own home.

Although children are more susceptible to garage door injuries, these injuries can happen to people of all ages. That is why it is wise for all members of the family to familiarize themselves with how to prevent garage door injuries.

Crushing concerns

Safety experts from many organizations, including CPSC, estimate the average garage door weighs more than 400 pounds. A door of that weight can break bones and crush adults and children alike. There are many reasons a door can fall, including lost tension, improper installation or a faulty track or springs. A garage door may become faulty if it was hit by an automobile and not mended correctly.

Many different manufacturers have created safety features that can be installed on garage doors to control the speed of descent and also automatically stop a garage door should it be involved in a free fall. There also are features that retract the door should it meet with an obstacle on the ground when the door is closing.

Unsafe ride-along

Some children and teenagers think it is entertaining to ride on the garage door when it is automatically being opened. The kids let go before the door reaches the header of the garage. Unfortunately, many children are not as lucky and can become trapped between the garage door and the small space at the ceiling of the garage. Others may have hands or feet become stuck between the folding panel joints of the door, resulting in breaks or amputations.

Children should be advised never to ride on an opening garage door. Some automatic garage door opener manufacturers have begun developing safety systems that shut down the operation of the door if a sensor measures extra weight on the garage door.

Sharp edges

Tracks on standard garage doors are frequently made of sharp-edged metal and have numerous open holes in the construction that are tempting for little fingers. Cuts have occurred to both children and adults in and around tracks. Look for garage doors that have rounded-out edges on the track and a closed design that does not enable fingers to be trapped between rolling mechanisms and the garage door track.

Open joints in door

Most standard garage doors are made by fitting several panels together to create a solid door. This allows for the bending motion of the door when it is retracted. Gaps between these panels, called joints, can trap fingers or toes, resulting in anything from pinching to amputations. Shoppers may want to consider a door that guards against open joints with protective features that do not allow finger entry between joints.

Other safety precautions

* Do not leave the garage door partially open. When it is reactivated, it first may travel downward before retracting back upward.

* Test the auto-reversing feature of the garage door monthly by placing a roll of paper towels beneath the door. If the door does not reverse upon contact with the towels, have the door repaired or replaced.

* Make sure that no snow or ice is blocking the door during cold weather. In addition, check for other obstructions that could make the door work incorrectly.

* Do not let young children play in the garage unattended. Not only can a garage door be a hazard, but also carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage is another serious concern.

* Regularly clean the working parts of the garage door to ensure safe operation.

* Do not try to fix garage door problems on your own. Serious injuries can ensue when the torque on springs and other mechanisms are adjusted improperly on high-tension parts. Hire a professional to get the job done right.

* Educate children and other family members of all the dangers associated with garage doors so they will know how to use them safely.

Germ control flooring

Laplata, MD: There’s a new trend among parents, HEALTHY FLOORS.  New germ control flooring is popular with parents.

healthy-floorsAs most parents can attest, infants love to crawl around and put things in their mouth. No matter how hard you try to stop them, it’s inevitable — if they can touch it, “it” will end up in their mouth. This is why parents are always on guard to protect their children from germs and bacteria lurking in their home.

Since much of an infant’s time is spent on the floor, parents are now looking for flooring options that will minimize exposure to harmful germs, mould, mildew and bacteria. More and more are avoiding dirt-, allergen- and germ-collecting options like carpet and choosing hypoallergenic options such as natural hardwood flooring to diminish the risk of harmful exposure to their little ones.

Some parents are taking an extra precaution and investing in flooring options that include the application of an antimicrobial agent to ensure even greater protection. This option is offered by some of the top hardwood flooring manufacturers.

However, one North American manufacturer, Avant Guard Flooring, has become the gold standard in germ protection for its online direct premium hardwood flooring thanks to its exclusive “Contour Guard” finishing technology.

“To help protect our customers’ hardwood investment while also protecting their family from harmful germs and bacteria, we’ve incorporated our germ protection technology into all of our flooring,” said Tom Gormley, President of Avant Guard Flooring, whose site, www.AGFlooringdirect.com, has given consumers access to germ-protected premium high-end flooring they can custom design online, which then gets custom-made and shipped directly to their door in the construction, species, grade, stain color and gloss level of their choosing.

Unlike other premium hardwood flooring manufacturers, Avant Guard’s exclusive germ protection technology is a patented process whereby an antimicrobial agent is applied not only to the top but to the entire contour of each board, greatly reducing the propagation of mould, germs and bacteria in the home.

“We can all use a recommended floor cleaner on the surface of our flooring to keep it clean and healthy, but what about the other five sides of every board in your floor? If left unprotected, they become an inviting breeding ground for germs and bacteria,” Gormley added. “It just makes good common sense that, for the healthiest living environment and a far greater degree of protection, that the un-maintainable sides of every board be treated prior to their installation.”

Designers agree. Celebrity designer Glen Peloso of television’s “Restaurant Makeover,” said that Avant Guard has set the new standard as the natural flooring choice for the healthy, beautiful home in vogue today.

“Their exciting selection of hardwood provides not only beauty, and longevity, but also protection with its contour guard finishing technology,” said Peloso.

The dos and don’ts of basement finishing

The dos and don’ts of basement finishing

An unfinished basement allows homeowners to transform the room into anything they desire. But there are some dos and don’ts to finishing a basement, including ensuring the project adheres to local building codes.

basement-remodelingRemodeling a basement is a popular home improvement project. A finished basement makes the space more functional and, when done correctly, can add a considerable amount of living space to a home.

Finishing a basement pays dividends in additional space in a home that doesn’t require the same level of investment as putting an addition on the house. Also, the groundwork for a finished room is already there, as most basements are already set up with a poured concrete floor and some walls, usually cinder blocks. Some electrical components, plumbing and the creature comforts of drywall and a more inviting floor might be all that’s necessary to finish a basement. The process can be labor-intensive, and many people prefer to leave it to a professional contractor. Whatever finishing method is chosen, homeowners should follow the proper procedures when doing the work.

DO start with a detailed plan. Measure out the basement and mark any items that cannot be moved, such as a furnace, water heater or pipes. Create a design board that showcases the materials you plan to use on the project. Think about ways you plan to arrange furniture and consider all of the possible uses for the room. Will it be a home theater? Will someone be sleeping down there? Each scenario will require certain amenities and safety requirements.

DON’T plan to finish the entire basement. Doing so will leave you without a storage or utility area where you house holiday decorations, tools, luggage and similar items.

DO get the scoop on building codes. Knowing what the municipality allows in basement remodeling will help you to customize a plan that is functional, safe and legal. No one wants to be slapped with fines for failing to follow the rules. Plus, failure to meet building codes could mean the work that has been done must be torn out and redone. It pays to follow the chain of command and secure permits while having all work inspected.

DON’T overlook adequate lighting in your refinishing plan. A basement is likely one area of the house that has limited natural light pouring in. With traditionally small windows, or no windows at all, a basement needs ample lighting in its design scheme. This may include a combination of overhead and task lighting. Ample lighting will help the room feel like part of the house and not just a forgotten storage area.

DO take into consideration moisture issues in the basement. Many basements are plagued by moisture issues ranging from water seepage to condensation forming on walls. These situations may vary depending on the weather throughout the year. Certain materials may need to be used to mitigate water issues before finishing can take place. The installation of water-barrier systems, drainage, sump pumps, or encapsulation products could drive up the cost of a basement renovation. It is essential to have a professional assess the basement water issues prior to starting any finishing work.

DON’T simply cover up potential hazards, such as mold or mildew. Have them treated instead. Otherwise, you could have a breeding ground behind drywall that could lead to unsafe conditions in the home.

DO have a radon test. Radon is a hidden killer that can cause lung cancer. Because it occurs naturally in the soil and water surrounding a home and is impossible to detect without a specialized test, many people are unaware of the presence of radon until it is too late. Radon may be more concentrated in the basement, where the foundation is touching the soil. Therefore, rule out radon before considering renovation of a basement area.

DON’T limit furniture choices to one type. You may need to be flexible in your furniture choices, even selecting modular pieces, like sectionals, because entryways to basements may have small doorways or obstructions that make adding furniture more challenging.

DO keep the possibility of flooding in the back of your head. Homes that are near waterways or at low elevation may be at risk of flooding. Basements are especially susceptible to flood damage. Therefore, think about the practicality of finishing a basement if you are prone to flooding. If you decide to move ahead, take certain precautionary measures, such as keeping electrical wiring up higher and using a more water-resistant flooring material, like tile or vinyl. House important electronics and items on shelves so they are not at ground-level.

Finishing a basement is a job that can add a lot of usable space to a home. Go about the project in the right way to keep within budget and have a room that is safe and functional.

Mystery of the Lawn Gnomes

(Charles County, MD ): There’s something hiding in the yard of a new home near me!

lawn gnomes in new homes near meLаwn and garden gnomes hаvе еxреrіеnсеd quite thе roller соаѕtеr hіѕtоrу іn that thеу grow іn рорulаrіtу аnd thеn they dесlіnе. Once they rise аgаіn, they mееt another dесlіnе. Nеvеrthеlеѕѕ, уоu wіll notice thаt ѕоmеоnе ѕоmеwhеrе аlwауѕ hаѕ оnе in thеіr уаrd. There іѕ juѕt ѕоmеthіng аbоut them thаt kеерѕ реорlе іntеrеѕtеd. Cоuld it bе their сutеnеѕѕ? Maybe іt іѕ thе fact thаt іt is funnу when ѕоmеоnе steals them оr repositions thеm іn thе yard? Whаtеvеr thе rеаѕоn, іt іѕ almost a must tо have lawn gnоmеѕ іn уоur уаrd.

Just think of іt this way: Lаwn gnоmеѕ were сrеаtеd іn 1800 аnd аrе ѕtіll a staple in реорlе’ѕ уаrdѕ оvеr 200 years lаtеr. Mауbе іt is bесаuѕе wе аrе аt a роіnt where everything retro іѕ cool to hаvе, but whаt іѕ truе іѕ that thеу hаvе асhіеvеd рор-сulturе ісоnѕ аnd іt doesn’t lооk lіkе a dесlіnе is in ѕіght thіѕ tіmе.

The аdорtіоn of the Lawn Gnome

Whеn you рurсhаѕе lawn gnоmеѕ in Southern Maryland, уоu аrеn’t exactly purchasing them. Yоu аrе асtuаllу аdорtіng thеm! Thе whоlе idea оf hаvіng these lіttlе trеаѕurеѕ іn your уаrd is tо brіng уоu good luсk. Hоwеvеr, there іѕ a bіt of іrоnу іnvоlvеd because fоlklоrе says thаt gnomes wеrе little imps thаt wоuld hаmреr any efforts уоu made tо hаvе a bеаutіful lаwn or gаrdеn. But it іѕ uр tо you whаtеvеr сhаrасtеr your gnome hаѕ. Yоu саn ѕее уоur lаwn gnоmеѕ аѕ hаvіng a ѕеnѕе оf humоr, bеіng sweet, bеіng саrеful, оr juѕt ѕіmрlу playful.

Thеrе іѕ аlѕо thіѕ оdd trаdіtіоn that іndіvіduаlѕ steal the gnomes frоm a уаrd аnd tаkе thеm tо ѕtrаngе lосаtіоnѕ wіth thеm. When thе gnome-nappers аrrіvе аt their dеѕtіnаtіоn, they will tаkе рhоtоѕ of the gnоmе аnd ѕеnd thе рhоtоѕ tо thе owner. This іѕ bесоmіng more popular thаn еvеr and the lawn gnomes may eventually bе rеturnеd tо thеіr оwnеrѕ.

Mоdеrn lаwn gnоmеѕ

Modern lawn gnomes dо hаvе a bіt of personality in them. In Southern Maryland some аrе seen dоіng such thіngѕ аѕ blоwіng bubbles while others аrе ѕроrtіng thе lоgоѕ of ѕроrtѕ teams. Thеу аrеn’t juѕt little mеn wіth grау beards and red hаtѕ. They аrе ѕо muсh mоrе. This mаkеѕ реrѕоnаlіzіng thеm vеrу fun and іѕ quіtе thе unique соnсерt. Bеfоrе long, іt іѕ hаrd tо tell hоw mаnу different tуреѕ оf gnоmеѕ are gоіng tо bе іn еxіѕtеnсе іn this phase.

You mау аlѕо nоtісе that thе vаrіоuѕ lаwn gnоmеѕ аrе in dіffеrеnt роѕіtіоnѕ. Yоu mау fіnd a gnоmе “mooning” trаffіс оr one squatting іn thе уаrd. It саn bе quite thе соmісаl ѕсеnе, but definitely brings personality tо аnуоnе’ѕ yard. It literally looks lіkе thе yard gnomes аrе hаvіng a grеаt time, whісh mеаnѕ anyone who sees them wіll hаvе a great tіmе too.

If you need a new home in Charles County to raise your garden gnome be sure to call Wilkerson Builders.

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Get the 411 on flooring

Get the 411 on flooring

hardwood Flooring new home flooring option

Hardwood flooring is a popular and traditional choice for new homeowners when choosing new home options.

Choosing the right flooring for a new home in Charles County MD is no small task. Flooring is expensive, so homeowners want to make the best decision possible so their choice of flooring is not one they regret and ultimately replace in the years to come.

When choosing flooring for their new home, many homeowners are overwhelmed by the options at their disposal. Each type of flooring can look great in its own way, which is why homeowners may struggle to find the right fit for their homes. Educating yourself about flooring is a great way to make the process of choosing your next floor much less overwhelming and more enjoyable. The following are some of the more popular flooring options you will no doubt encounter as your search for a flawless floor begins.

Hardwood

Nearly everyone is familiar with hardwood floors, which are durable, warm and a favorite of homeowners aiming for a traditional look. Homes with open floor plans often benefit from hardwood flooring, as it creates the feeling of continuity that homeowners hope to achieve with open floor plans. Various species, including oak, maple and cherry, of hardwood flooring are available, and they typically vary in price, with more exotic imported options carrying hefty price tags. More traditional hardwood flooring is less expensive, and solid wood flooring can be refinished several times to increase its lifespan.

Engineered wood

Engineered wood is less susceptible to temperature changes and humidity than solid wood, and some new varieties of engineered wood include substrates made from recycled wood fiber and stone dust, which may appeal to eco-friendly homeowners. Men and women who want to install their own floors may prefer engineered wood, which is now available in self-locking parquet or plank squares that can be installed without using glue or nails.

Bamboo

Bamboo is another flooring alternative that’s popular among eco-conscious homeowners, as it comes from plants that regenerate quickly and is therefore considered a sustainable material. Bamboo flooring is made of strands of bamboo that are glued together, forming engineered planks or solid strips. Bamboo flooring is strong and able to resist the negative effects of fluctuating humidity, which include swelling and contraction. Many people prefer the fresh, bright feel of bamboo flooring.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is among the less expensive flooring materials to buy and install. Homeowners who purchase laminate flooring have an array of options to choose from, and floating laminate flooring systems can be installed over existing floors without glue or nails. Some feel laminate flooring is indistinguishable from real wood, but the plastic coating that makes up the top layer of laminate flooring is often a giveaway that the floors are laminate and not real wood. Similar in construction to engineered wood, laminate flooring differs because its top layer is a photographic imprint on the face of each board, whereas engineered wood is made up of real hardwood veneer attached to several layers of plywood.

Cork

Cork is another sustainable flooring material that’s a favorite among homeowners looking to make their homes more eco-friendly. The appearance of cork floors is unlike many flooring materials, as it is speckled thanks to unusual grain patterns of the trees from which it is harvested. Cork flooring is popular in kitchens and bathrooms because cork tiles have a naturally nonslip surface that makes areas of a home where floors get wet safer. Cork flooring may need to be resealed every few years to guard against stains and potential moisture issues.

Flooring choices vary greatly, and it’s easy for homeowners to become overwhelmed by all of the options at their disposal. But taking time to understand each of those options can make the process of choosing a floor that much more fun.

Be sure to review all your flooring and new home options with your Wilkerson Construction Associate.

Top 10 Features In New Homes

top new home featuresWilkerson Builders from Charles County Maryland is committed to staying one step ahead when it comes to the most sought after features in a new home. 

Top 15 features home buyers in Southern Maryland are looking for from their builder:

1. Open Floor Plan- These homes have flowing floorplans and usually include high ceilings.  The most common of these is  a “great room” that combines the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one shared space.

2. Outdoor Space– Buyers are looking for features to make the outdoors more comfortable for living and entertaining.  A firepit has become a must have with the moving up buyers.

3. Modern Kitchens– State of the Art appliances, countertops and cabinets are what new homeowners are looking for in their new home.  This means maximum cooking efficiency and new organization strategies from top of the line name brand appliances.

4. High Energy Ratings- These features save a home owner money, as well as, save the earths resources.  The items reviewed are normally; appliances, windows, doors, hot water systems, heating and air conditioning systems.

5. Double Car Garage with work and storage space.  Many homes now have 3 car garages.  In larger garages you are likely to find air conditioning, sinks, cabinet systems and so much more.  This allows for automotive hobbies, extra storage, and storage for boats and RVs.

6. Security. Home buyers want their homes to be safe from intrusion and  fire so an impressive security system has made the list of must haves.  Some buyers want the ability to watch the home from their phones while at work, while others see this as a risky feature.  So be sure to discuss these needs with your builder.

7. Media Room. Audio and Visual equipment has become as important as choosing the stove you are going to cook on .  Again with an importance on entertaining family and friends the theater room has hit the list of must haves. 

8. Electric Outlets in new places.  Outlets can be found the eaves of houses, making it easy to install Christmas lights, or use a tool on the roof.  If you want walls free from outlets you will find them in the countertops. 

9. Fire Proof Safe.  These safes have multiple uses such as:  a gun safe if you own guns, or a small safe for valuables, such as cash, jewelry, important papers etc.

10. Fire Sprinklers. These are a safety feature and in some areas are government mandated.  It should also be able to withstand a house fire.

 

For more new home features view our features page.

Wilkerson Builders serving Charles County, Maryland offers all the features you want in your new home.  We are custom builders and will create the home of your dreams for you.  Contact us today.

Time to Move

Moving whether across the street or across the country can be overwhelming.  We hope this handy checklist helps make the task a bit easier.moving boxes

  1. Call Moving companies for estimates

  2. Make a list of all the rooms in your new house.  Use this list to help mark the  boxes as you pack.  On each box you should write the name of the  room that it will be placed in.

  3. Meet with Movers.

  4. Clean out and giveaway prior to packing

  5. Alert your insurance company of the move.

  6. If you are moving to a new area make arrangements for new professional services.  ie- doctors, lawyers, schools, banks…

  7. Prepare your stock of boxes, packing tape, packing materials

  8. Pack non-essential items first

  9. If your are not moving immediately plan for storage of packed boxes.

  10. Change your address

  11. Plan on pets

  12. Transfer utilities

Wilkerson Construction is a custom home builder in Southern Maryland.  Building only the highest quality premiere homes in Charles County, Calvert County and St. Mary’s County.

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