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UPDATE: A Message Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  |  March 31, 2020

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and well. Like so many companies across the country, Gulick Group is carefully monitoring developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19) with a focus on the wellness of our customers, guests, employees, and contractors as Virginia moves through the stages of its recovery plan. We have […]

Navigating a New Home Build – Enjoy Your New Home

  |  April 20, 2022

A Year of Living Thoughtfully You’re finally moved in and ready to make the house your own with décor and personal touches. While you want to tackle some projects while they’re top of mind and you have the momentum, in some cases it’s smart to get to know your house, see how it “lives” for […]

Fencing Part One: Planning and Function

  |  April 05, 2022

Fences can serve a lot of practical purposes, while complementing your home and landscaping. Here are some key considerations for picking the right fencing for your needs. Practical Planning Before you consider style, placement, and height, check out county or city zoning requirements. If your lot is on a corner, there may be greater restrictions […]

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Navigating a New Home Build – Warranty

  |  February 15, 2022

As you settle into your new home, it’s important to understand what potential issues are—and aren’t—covered by the builder’s warranty and manufacturer warranties, and how to approach warranty claims. A builder’s warranty may be issued and backed by your builder, or a builder may purchase a warranty from a third-party, independent company. It’s important not […]

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Building Logistics Challenges

  |  February 14, 2022

Oxford Languages defines “logistics” as “the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.” That, in a nutshell, is the world of residential construction. With spring comes heightened demand for buying new homes and completing renovations for resale or to meet a family’s evolving needs. Meeting this seasonal consumer demand requires […]

The Demise of Individual Mailboxes

  |  February 01, 2022

It’s hardly news that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been struggling financially for quite a while. In 2012, USPS began tackling one of its most expensive operations, residential delivery, by making “cluster boxes” the default delivery option for new residential developments. It’s now aggressively enforcing that policy, meaning that builders must install cluster mailboxes […]

Moving In!

Navigating a New Home Build – Moving In

  |  January 17, 2022

Move-in is an exciting (and often stressful!) process. After all the long months of planning, building, and waiting, getting into your new home can be life changing. As with every other phase of a new home build, being thoughtful and prepared helps prevent short-term frustration and set you up to get optimal and more immediate […]

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2022 Colors of the Year

  |  January 01, 2022

“We need a moment of peace!” That seems to be the consensus among many color experts and other trend prognosticators, who have almost universally chosen nature-inspired hues for 2022 that are soft, warm, often green, and intended to provide a relaxing, comfortable, Zen ambience. Below are the picks to date: AkzoNobel (a paint and coatings […]

Walkthrough and Settlement

Navigating a New Home Build – Walkthrough and Settlement

  |  December 20, 2021

With the build complete, there are two important processes to complete before moving in: a final walkthrough with your builder and settlement. The final walkthrough provides two opportunities for buyers: a tour and visual inspection to identify any cosmetic issues in the home, and a chance to familiarize themselves with their new home and review […]

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Navigating a New Home Build – Building Your Home

  |    |  November 28, 2021

Your house plans are final; selections are made; materials, systems, and appliances are on order; you have a permit and crews are scheduled. This is the most exciting stage for many home buyers, as their home moves from plan to reality. Building Roles It’s helpful to understand who’s responsible for different aspects of the build, […]

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2021 Recap

  |  November 10, 2021

From a housing perspective, we continued to live in interesting times throughout 2021. In spite of (and in part due to) the pandemic, home sales were strong throughout the year. There was a normal seasonal slowdown in fall, but activity quickly resumed. Supply issues also continued throughout the year, and in many cases worsened later […]