Happy Homeowners: The Gluckson Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Gluckson Family, who built their new home in Charlotte, NC. Read below to hear about Gluckson’s homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Robert & Ann Gluckson: Well, this is our first home from M/I Homes and we looked around at several builders all over the Charlotte area, and the thing that impressed me the most is how tight the house is. The Energy Star ratings are very important to us, trying to save money and the reduced rate from Duke Energy and electric and utilities are very reasonable. The house stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer the energy ratings are some of the most important issues. Also the sales person Jay, was excellent at explaining how everything worked throughout our experience. Since we were in Florida for a lot of the process it was a huge help.

M/I: Are you happy with how your home turned out?

AG: Yes, we love how our home turned out even though we didn’t build it. It was an inventory home and we fell in love with the floor plan. The layout of the house is exactly what we were looking for. The master bedroom on the ground floor was a must for us, and the upstairs is there so we can use it if we want. We have our grandchildren come often so they have their space upstairs and we have ours downstairs too. But if we want to use the upstairs we can turn the rooms into anything we want, there’s so much open space.

M/I: What is the name of your floor plan and what features of your home do you especially love?

AG: The Hathaway with the open, its wide open flow. I think my kitchen is my favorite, it’s very easy to entertain, the island is tremendous and you can put all of your food out. I can even cook and still feel like I am with my company because of the open feeling from the kitchen to the family room. I like the brightness of the house too with all of the natural lighting. Bob’s favorite spot is right here in the family room with the fireplace, it’s very comfortable and very homey. He’s used to living in condo so it’s a lot more spacious. We also have construction all around us and this house stays clean, very little dust surprisingly even when we open the doors nothing comes in. And we do entertain a lot with the grandchildren and family, it’s easy to maintain by yourself and to us that’s very important.

M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes? Did you get to pick out your homesite and the floor plan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?

AG: We are more than happy even though we didn’t get to build our home and found this beautiful inventory. Jay did a great job at picking everything out, it’s like he knew everything we liked and what would be perfect for us. We obviously like neutral colors we love the white cabinets. When he sent us pics we knew we loved it. Especially the shower we love the stone and how it’s a walk in shower, but if we want to use the tub we still have that.

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M/I: Did you enjoy your home building process?

AG: We enjoyed the process so much, things always come up when buying a home but we actually didn’t have any issues. We did use the mortgage company and they were very responsive, literally in ten minutes they would call back or email back immediately. If I had issues they made it smooth, it was a very smooth process. The closing went beautifully. Alan, the division Vice President, was even at our closing which is something that’s very rare so it made the process more personal. They did everything they promised. This isn’t out first run around with a new home, so we know things aren’t perfect, but everything they promised they fulfilled. Jamie Chapman, our Construction Manager, still stops by to see how we are doing or if we need anything, which we love. He came by last week just to say hey, he has been so helpful with everything.

M/I: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

AG: I loved the flow of the home and the floor plan, it was a pie shape lot. We didn’t have a house in back of us. I’ve always wanted to have a front porch and back covered and we got a bonus of the extra porch in the back. That’s what I have always wanted and I got it, we couldn’t be happier. As soon as you walk in to the house it’s very open. It’s not like walking into the house with walls secluding the rooms. We also have the skylights upstairs, it has so much beautiful and natural light.

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

AG: The trails are fabulous, we have such a good time. As they complete the different sections, we use them. How they hook into each other is great. The community center and activity coordinators are phenomenal too, there’s always something going on. The pool area is amazing, our kids come to visit and think the community center is a country club. The kids love to come for a week in the summer and call it camp MillBridge. We love how there are so many different events, it’s great and a lot of fun for us and the family. They made Christmas like a winter wonderland when they lit up the lumineers, it was beautiful.

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M/I: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

AG: Buy an M/I home! You’ll be satisfied with your decision, if you want to do something, they aren’t a track builder. They give you options, almost like a custom builder. You will get whatever you want or anything you are looking for. M/I Homes was the only builder we looked at who offered lawn care, which was a plus for us. They stand by everything they said they do, which is so important when you are buying a home.

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home so far?

AG: Definitely spending the holidays with the family. Everyone came and we took the grandchildren walking throughout the trails for 3 hours. They had a blast, not one of them complained. We stopped at the clubhouse and they got hot chocolate and we continued walking through the trails on the bridge, it was great.

M/I: Anything else you would like to share with us about your M/I home buying experience?

AG: The New Home Consultants will work with you. Jay listened to what we wanted and found our perfect home. What’s really nice is this is our fourth home that we have lived in and you never speak to the executives and everyone was a part of it, it felt personal. Alan Beulah was here and will listen to your feedback. They want to know what the people’s needs are to make sure their homeowners are happy. They’ll even admit if they make mistakes but then make sure to fix it. Buy an M/I Home!

Happy Homeowners: The Landrio Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Landrio Family, who built their new home in Charlotte, NC.  Read below to hear about Landrio’s homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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M/I Homes:  Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?
Jessica Landrio:  This is our first M/I home.  We had built previously with another builder and we knew we wanted to build again. We had looked at a large number of builders, but the floorplans and our neighborhood (Blume) are what sold us.

M/I: Are you happy with how your home turned out?
JL: Yes, very happy!

M/I: What is the name of your floorplan and what features of your home do you especially love?
JL: Our floorplan is called the Wilson.  We especially love the open concept of the first floor and love having the loft and bonus room upstairs because it gives a separate place for kids and adults.   We both have our own spaces to play!  I also really love the tandem third car garage. image4

M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?  Did you get to pick out your homesite and the floorplan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?
JL:  We came out and met Steve, the New Home Consultant in the community.  We decided to walk the Wilson floorplan, but we weren’t 100% sold on it yet.  Once we saw our lot, we told him we would give him the deposit today!  We have a big pond in the back, and we got to pick out the Wilson model floorplans, which we knew was just perfect for us.

M/I: Do you have any fun memories from the buying / building process?
JL: I was super pregnant and couldn’t wait to move from the house we were in.  We would come almost every day to see the progress!  It was fun to be able to the home go from street rock, to a structure, and to imagine the kids rooms!  It was so fun planning everything out.

M/I: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?
JL: The yard with the pond and the kitchen!  I couldn’t wait to have our family over. We put a spare bedroom downstairs so we were excited to have family come stay with us.  We just knew that we would be much more comfortable in this house!

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?
JL: I love the location!  It’s convenient to the highways and both of our work offices.  We also love our neighbors.   It’s a very family friendly neighborhood and we have become very close with them.

M/I: Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?
JL: Be really smart with which floor plan you pick.  Make sure to think about the functionality of the home for your lifestyle, not just the beauty of the floor plan.  Our floorplan was the perfect fit for us because it’s functional and works with us and our kids.  It’s definitely beautiful and we love how it looks, but it’s functional first!

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?
JL: Thanksgiving!  We had family from Florida, Virginia, and New York all visiting.

M/I: What is your favorite space in your new home?
JL: I love the openness of the kitchen to the living room- I can be cooking , we can be eating, or the kids can be playing,  and we can still be in the kitchen. I love that we can all be together.

M/I: Anything else you think we should know about your experience or your home

JL: Most builders if we had any issues it would be hard to get them fixed or take forever because most of the builders are going to take your money and forget about you.  However, after we closed with M/I Homes the Customer Service has still been outstanding.  Joy comes whenever we need something.  They’ve gone above and beyond to make sure we are happy.

*Jessica and Joshua Landrio are happy homeowners in our Charlotte, NC market.  They have a family of four with a little girl and boy!  Jessica is a production scheduler and Joshua owns a waterproofing company.

Happy Homeowners: The Powers Family

This new “Happy Homeowners Interview” features The Powers Family, who recently built their new home in Sarasota.  Read below to hear about Powers homebuilding journey with M/I Homes!

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M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Cindy Powers: This is my first M/I Home and there were several reasons for the choice. I first looked at a M/I Home in another neighborhood when I wasn’t quite ready to buy, but wanted to start looking around. Patrick was wonderful and treated me like a serious buyer and I immediately fell in love with everything about the home. Fast forward to a year later when I was ready and of course I went back. That neighborhood was full so I went to check out the new one they were working on and I’m SO glad I did! I worked with Patrick again and he was just as great the second time around.

M/I:  Are you happy with how your home turned out?

CP: Absolutely! The details really make all of the difference. My boss has a contractor’s license (not practicing) and came for a walk through before I signed the contract. I just knew he was going to be nit-picky but he just kept saying how well-built it was and how much he liked it.

M/I:  What is the name of your floorplan and what features of your home do you especially love?

CP:  My floorplan is the Andover II. I love how spacious it is–especially the layout from the kitchen to the living room. I also love the two huge closets in my bedroom and the spacious shower.

M/I:  Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes?  Did you get to pick out your homesite and the floorplan you wanted to build, or had the home already been started?

CP:  My home was pretty much finished the first time that I saw it, but I wouldn’t change a thing! The features and colors are just perfect. I even love the color of the outside!

M/I:  Do you have any fun memories from the buying / building process?

CP:  The whole process went super fast and I’m glad for that! It almost felt like a dream from when I wandered in to take a look to waking up every morning in my new home.

M/I:  Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

CP:  Yes, the quality. It is so much nicer than anything else that I had looked at in the area. M/I Homes made it easy to become a reality.

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

CP:  I really like the layout of the neighborhood and the fact that the beautiful pool just happens to be right in my backyard! The community is great—I love to walk and I am walking distance from several shops and restaurants. The interstate access is super convenient as well.

M/I:  Anything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

CP:  I would highly recommend M/I Homes due to their customer service as well as the fact that they handle everything for you! I didn’t have to search out a separate mortgage lender or closer; they even recommended a homeowner’s insurance agent that was just as wonderful. She already knew what they needed and took care of it all. The whole process was extremely smooth.

M/I:  What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?

CP:  My favorite memory has been decorating the new space. It’s fun to bring the beautiful space to life.

M/I:  What is your favorite space in your new home?  Do you have any pictures of that space you would like to share?

CP:  I love how bright and airy the whole home is and I especially love the window in the bonus room, which is perfect for a reading nook. I don’t have pictures of that space yet because I am searching out the perfect comfy seating for that area.  When I find it I will most likely never leave!

M/I:  What was something that surprised you the most with building / moving into a new home?

CP:  I wouldn’t say it surprised me, but I love the fact that each and every thing is being used by me for the first time! Everything is so clean and shiny.

M/I:  Any additional items / stories you would like to share about your new home?

CP:  I just want to reiterate the customer service aspect. Patrick, our New Home Consultant, worked hard for me and was a joy to work with. When I did my walk-through with Al he was meticulous and thorough. From the beginning through move-in, everything went so smoothly.  Thank you M/I Homes!

 

** The Powers moved to Florida from Virginia in 2013 to enjoy the warm weather. Cindy works for an airport engineering firm in Lakewood Ranch and her favorite part of her job is flying to meetings in her boss’s Cessna. Her daughter is finishing up her junior year at the University of Central Florida with a 3.9 grade point average and is active in her sorority, Delta Zeta.  They enjoy visiting Universal Studios, watching movies, and going to the beach.

Happy Homeowners: The Van Dusen Family

Our newest “Happy Homeowners” blog brings us to Scott and Donna Van Dusen, who recently built their new home in Tampa. Scott and Donna began their journey by choosing their lot and plan, and have shared with us their experience of the whole building process and living in their new M/I home.

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M/I Homes: Is this your first M/I Home and what convinced you to choose M/I Homes over another builder?

Scott and DonnaThis is our first M/I home.  When we moved to Tampa, FL, we knew we had certain things we were looking for in the home we plan to retire in.  Our list wasn’t extensive, but we knew the specifics we had as requirements for our home.  With all of the builders we visited and all of the floorplans we looked at, M/I Homes was the only one that didn’t require any compromise with our needs and wants.  Right down to the lot we chose.

M/I: Are you happy about how your home turned out?

S/D: Yes!!!  Our home is everything we dreamed of.  After 6 months of living in our home, we both look around in disbelief that it is really ours. M/I was able to make this our dream home.

M/I: What is your floorplan called and what features of your home do you especially love?

S/D: The Artilla.  The kitchen is everything we wanted, and the addition of the Butler’s Pantry was a really nice touch.  For me, the shower room was a big seller, and for my wife the bathtub.  The beautiful bay window in the breakfast nook overlooking our lake is picturesque.  I could list every item in our home and tell you it is something we especially love.

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M/I: Overall, how was your experience with M/I Homes. Did you pick your lot and floor plan to build the home, or was the home already started for you?

S/D: We had a fantastic experience with M/I Homes, and the experience started with Vicki.  She helped us picture every part of our home, right down to the view from the previously mentioned bay window. She helped us visualize what our home would become. Everything from the view to the endless possibilities we could have in our home. Vicki helped us not only detail all of the things we desired, but helped us discover some of the extras we now can’t live without.  Although she hoped we would buy one of the inventory homes, she led us to the perfect lot, and guided us through the design process, listening to all of the things we knew we wanted in our dream home.

M/I: Do you have any fun memories from building process?

S/D: Coming to the lot every weekend to see the progress of the week. Seeing all of our plans coming together, and imagining what would be when it was complete.  Of course, stopping by to see Vicki was fun as well.  Many laughs and long chats.

M/I: Was there something about your home that made you immediately know you wanted to move in?

S/D: The Artilla met all of our requirements in a home.  Not a single compromise, which was a first in our search.  The things swaying us the most was the lake front lot, the beautiful bay window in the breakfast nook overlooking the lake, and the shower in the Master Bathroom.

M/I: What do you like about your neighborhood / community?

S/D: Our home is in Estates at South Cove, a small gated community with just 47 homes and no CDD. All very important things we liked about our neighborhood.

M/IAnything you would recommend to someone looking for a new home?

S/D: Look at several builders, and make sure M/I is one of the builders you look at.  In our experience, no other builder compared.

M/I: What is your favorite memory in your new home thus far?

S/D: Our favorite memory was sharing the excitement of moving in with our parents.  All of their help with the move, and their love of our new home was a special memory for us.  They were so proud and happy for us and the home we chose.

M/I: What is your favorite space in your new home?  Do you have any pictures of that space that you would like to share?

S/D: Our favorite space is the lanai and the pool.  We watch all of the wildlife on the lake, cool off in the pool, and watch beautiful sunsets.

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M/I: What was something that surprised you the most with building a new home?

S/D: We were most surprised by how involved we could be with the construction and how reactive Vicki and our Construction Superintendent, Charlie, were to our ideas.  They were happy to work with us to make these details part of the build.  They made some great suggestions too, making our home even more fantastic.

M/I: Any suggestions you would give for someone building a new home with M/I Homes?

S/D: Make a list of everything you want and expect in your home.  For us, M/I offered the only floorplan with no compromises.  If your list is anything like ours and our neighbors’, chances are M/I will have everything you want in a home.

M/I: Anything else you would like to add?

S/D: We thank Vicki, Charlie, and M/I Homes with heartfelt sincerity.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  This has been a great experience building our dream home, and we now have some great new friends.

** Scott and Donna live in the Tampa area. They love to take in their pool and to watch the beautiful sunsets from the backyard of their new M/I home.

How to Stay Organized When Downsizing Your Home for Retirement

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We all know that moving is tough. Not only do you have to sort, pack and haul your items to their new destinations, but you have to let go of objects that hold sentimental value.

Staying organized through this process can seem close to impossible, but the key to a smooth transition into retirement is preparation.

Give Yourself Enough Time

Downsizing does not happen overnight. You will need plenty of time to sort, pack, and move your belongings. If you wait until the last minute, you are more likely to throw everything in boxes and have a huge mess to sort out in your new home.

Write a list of everything you cannot live without—all the things you really need, everything you love, and things that are irreplaceable. The list will help you stay organized and on track.

Enlist Help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. That could be physical help with moving boxes or emotional help with making the hard decisions. Sharing memories with your loved ones can make sorting and organizing less overwhelming.

Do you have so many belongings that you don’t know where to begin? Time to bring in the experts. Senior move managers are specially trained to help older adults through the process of downsizing. These professionals can help you develop your move plan, organize and sort your belongings, arrange the removal of unwanted items, and even unpack and set up your new home.

Measure Your New Space

Before you start to move, measure your new home. See exactly how much space you have to work with. Will your current furniture fit, or will you need to buy something new?

You have the opportunity to start fresh. Make organization a priority before you even move. Resist the urge to fill every corner with furniture—it will only create more places for clutter to pile up. Invest in organizational shelving and make sure everything has a place.

Divide into Piles

Go through each room of the house and methodically sort your items. Make large piles of items you don’t want to keep and then subdivide these into giveaway, throwaway, and sell piles.

Sorting can be the most difficult part of downsizing. It forces us to confront our own bad spending habits. Be realistic when deciding what you need. Those pants you bought five years ago with the price tag still on? The designer rug rolled up in the corner that you got on discount? What about the bread maker you got for Christmas one year? If you haven’t used these items yet, chances are you never will.

Don’t Forget Sentimental Value

You may not use it regularly, but does it bring you joy to own? Does it have a history that you can’t bear to part with? While you need to be strict with yourself when downsizing, you shouldn’t forget about sentimental value.  Don’t throw away anything you would regret later.

Create a separate pile for sentimental items and don’t let it get too big. Set the pile aside for a while, return to it later, and ask yourself again if you truly need it. To create lasting memories, you can always take a picture and then pass the item along to someone else.

Label Your Boxes

After you’ve given or thrown away what you’ve decided not to keep, you are left with what you want to bring. Do not try to fill all the empty space in your new home. Leave some room for future purchases—and to breathe.

With less stuff, it should be easier to sort your belongings and put them into labeled boxes. Try sorting by location—when you unpack, you can bring the boxes labeled ‘kitchen supplies’ right to where they need to be.

Keep Essentials Close

When moving, the last thing you want to discover is your medications got lost in the shuffle or that your favorite pillow got sorted into the donate pile.

Pack a bag of essentials like toiletries, reading glasses, medications, pajamas, and a change of clothing. Keep it separate from your moving boxes where you can easily get to it. You don’t want to be running to the store the first night in your new home because you can’t find anything you need.

Live with Less Stress

Downsizing into a new home can be a breath of fresh air. After all of the hard work, you can settle into your new place with just what you need, and no more.

Downsizing means less stuff to unpack when you arrive and less to clean once you get settled. It is easier to stay organized when you have designed your new home to be organized from the start. Be free from clutter and live your golden retirement years with ease.

 

**Tracy Layden is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Tracy leads the marketing efforts at Alert-1, a personal safety technology and consulting firm dedicated to helping seniors live safely and independently. Tracy holds a degree in mathematics from Scripps College and is an accomplished ballroom dancer and equestrian.

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