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Our Latest Move-In Ready Homes

Categories: Buying a New Home, Uncategorized | Posted: May 8, 2018


McGuinn move-in ready homes

We’re in a season that sparks a flurry of activity. Spring cleaning has us purging closets and the garage, scrubbing spaces that have been ignored, and throwing windows open to welcome the fresh South Carolina air. While you’re in the “out with the old” mindset, why not think about moving to a new home? McGuinn Homes currently has new construction homes in communities throughout the Columbia area. Check out our latest move-in ready homes to see if you can move out with the old and in with the new—and get ready to close in just 30 to 60 days!

Centennial at Lake Carolina is located in Columbia Northeast, ideal for people who want to enjoy the good life of lakefront activities, local golf courses and country clubs, and a wonderful sense of community.

  • 935 Layton Way can be your new address in just 30 days. This single-story Woodland design features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, and open concept in 1,700 square feet. $249,900.
  • 932 Layton Way provides 1,506 square feet of smartly designed interior living space, with our 3-bedroom Calhoun floor plan, which includes an open floor plan, spacious owner’s suite, and 2-car garage. $224,900.

Crystal Cove in Irmo is within walking distance of Lake Murray, 15 minutes from Downtown Columbia, and close to the award-winning Lexington Richland 5 School District—the ideal location for a McGuinn Homes community.

  • 100 Crystal Manor Drive presents a stunning Cleveland floor plan with 3,547 square feet that includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a gourmet center kitchen with butler’s pantry, loft, and a first-floor owner’s suite. $389,900.
  • 106 Crystal Manor Drive offers our distinctive 3,060-square-foot Wilshire design, with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and the first-floor owner’s suite includes soaking tub, walk-in shower, and a closet that’s large enough to be another room! Ready to go now, for $328,900.

Forty Love in Chapin is one of the most prestigious communities in this highly desirable suburb. From country clubs and championship golf courses to outstanding schools, the Lake Murray/Chapin area offers significant lifestyle benefits.

  • 334 Forty Love Point is a two-story, 3,618 square-foot home that reflects our Cleveland floor plan. This estate home is designed with an exciting combination of open spaces in your main living area with 5 bedrooms (and 4 baths) designed for privacy and solitude. You could be living here by summer, just in time for all of the lakefront fun. $389,900.
  • 342 Forty Love Point is designed for comfortable living in style. With 3,343 square feet, this Aiken floor plan features 4 bedrooms—including a first-floor owner’s suite— and 3.5 baths, along with a grand open concept that beautifully combines your chef’s kitchen, family room, and dining nook. $368,590.

Hampton Forest is our townhome community near Downtown Columbia, close to all the urban activities you enjoy. We currently have two townhomes in our popular Maybank floor plan: 855 Forest Park Road and 857 Forest Park Road. Each beautiful new townhome is 1,200 square feet, with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and priced at $125,900—for as little as $657 per month!

McGuinn Homes currently has new construction homes—both single-family homes and townhomes—available at our other communities: High Knoll Point and Panorama Point in Gilbert; Cumberland Place, Pleasant Springs, and Summerlake in Lexington; and Burnside Farms and Woodlake in Columbia.  

Turn your spring cleaning into a bigger purpose—preparing to move to a new home. Contact McGuinn Homes to learn about the many choices we offer.

Creating an Easy Space for Outdoor Hosting

Categories: Homeowner tips | Posted: April 24, 2018

hosting guests outside

Look out your window to your backyard. Can you envision the fun you’re going to have there now that the beautiful South Carolina spring is here? Or are you just seeing a lot of work to do? Creating an easy space for outdoor hosting expands your living space and broadens your opportunities for family fun. McGuinn Homes has a lot of experience building new homes and communities throughout the Columbia area, and we’re happy to share some tips for converting your backyard into an exterior “room.”


Create a Floor Plan

Just like the interior of your home, your outdoor living space should be mapped out, creating zones for various activities. Consider it the ultimate in the open floor plan!

Your patio, of course, provides the foundation, but it doesn’t have to end there. If you have a small patio, don’t feel limited by this space. Your lawn is your carpet and by defining spaces here, just as you did in the open concept in your main living area, you bring order, function, and design to your outdoor living space.


Design Your Outdoor Kitchen

Consider where you will put your outdoor kitchen, making sure it’s convenient to the back door. Even if your outdoor kitchen is fully equipped with cooking, refrigeration, and storage, you’ll likely go back and forth as you prepare and serve meals outside.

Your outdoor kitchen could be as simple as a grill or a larger space that’s as well-equipped as the kitchen inside your home. Incorporate a pizza oven, warming drawer, refrigerator, ice machine, sink, bar, island, and more. Add a durable countertop, like granite or quartz, and weather-proof cabinets. The more functions you add to your outdoor kitchen, the more time you can spend enjoying the activity outside.


Place a Pergola

Nothing defines an outdoor living space like a pergola. This structure of open beams creates boundaries and can be as large or cozy as you want. It’s ideal for a conversation area or space for your outdoor kitchen and dining. You can add a canopy for some protection from the elements. Finish it with lighting and décor to create a pergola as a truly inviting space for outdoor hosting.


Add Fire and Water

Whether you want to add warmth or the relaxing sensation of flowing water, consider adding a fire and water feature to your backyard living area. A fire pit with seating is a welcome place on a cool night. Or add a wood-burning fireplace to your patio and outdoor kitchen area. The water feature could be a fountain or cascading waterfall in your yard, accented with garden plants. You might want to add a koi pond for a tranquil accent.

Make these water and fire features as large or small as you’d like, as accents or focal points in your outdoor living space.


Please, Fence Me In

The family pets enjoy a free run outside, which is made safer when you have a fence. Fencing in your yard is also a smart idea for protecting your children and enhancing your privacy. You have a wide range of fence styles, so you can choose the one that blends well with the architecture of your home.


Your backyard can be a valuable part of your home if you invest in creating welcome spaces there. But if your yard and your home simply aren’t presenting the right fit for you and your family, look at McGuinn Homes. We build energy-efficient, single-family homes in communities with resort-style amenities in the most desirable neighborhoods around Columbia. Whether you’re considering a ranch-style home or two stories, we offer a broad variety of floor plans. Talk to us about personalizing a new home design for you, and let’s explore the choices in our communities or building on your land.

Grab a First Look at Our New Floor Plans

Categories: Buying a New Home | Posted: April 18, 2018

new floor plans south carolina

Anyone who lives in the Columbia, South Carolina, area knows the many benefits of making your home here. McGuinn Homes has been building energy-efficient homes and communities around Columbia for more than 30 years. We’ve seen the growth—and been part of it by providing quality homes and neighborhoods to people relocating to Columbia. Our communities offer a variety of choices, like lakeside living, cozy villas or executive homes, and resort-style amenities so you can feel like you’re on vacation all year ‘round. We’ve recently expanded our portfolio of new home designs, so grab a first look at our new floor plans now available in various McGuinn Homes communities.

We created the Maybank townhome to provide homeowners with the spaciousness of a single-family home and the low maintenance of a condo. This affordable, 1,200 square-foot floor plan combines the ease of an open floor plan on the main floor, with two, comfortably sized bedrooms on the second. The architecture reflects the popular Craftsman style, with eye-catching details that boost the curb appeal.

maybank floor plan south carolina

We’ve also added the Aiken to other McGuinn Homes’ communities, Forty Love (in Chapin) and Harbour Watch (Leesville). The Aiken presents 2,917 square feet of living space and eye-catching curb appeal. The flexible floor plan can incorporate three to five bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. No matter which option you choose, the interior layout features an open concept, ample storage space, and a flex room.

The Cleveland floor plan is now available in Panorama Point (Lexington), Forty Love, and Spence Plantation (Lexington). This spacious luxury home boasts more than 3,100 square feet, with options for four or five bedrooms. The design offers a first-floor owner’s suite, flex room, and formal dining room, in addition to the expansive open floor plan.

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The portfolio of floor plans for Harbour Watch has expanded, too. In addition to the Aiken, Harbour Watch homebuyers can now choose the Sharpton, Windstone, and Wilshire.

The Sharpton reflects the “right-size” lifestyle, blending style and luxury with the smart use of space. The 2,342 square-foot ranch is designed with three or four bedrooms, up to 3.5 baths, and a large kitchen in the open living area.

We added the Windstone to Harbour Watch because it’s the perfect complement to this community. The three-bedroom ranch offers a variety of options to personalize it for your needs and style preferences, like adding a second-floor bonus suite, enlarging the first-floor owner’s suite, or expanding the two-car garage.

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The two-story Wilshire at Harbour Watch makes a distinctive first impression that carries on from the façade through the interior. McGuinn Homes has included either 4 or 5 bedrooms (your choice) and 3.5 baths in 2,835 square feet, as well as a first-floor office and second-floor loft.

When you’re looking for an energy-efficient, thoughtfully designed, and meticulously built new home in and around Columbia, South Carolina, talk to us at McGuinn Homes. In addition to these communities, we’re a custom home builder and will build on your lot. As you can see, we continue to expand the opportunities for quality living in a beautiful region. 

What You Need to Know About Financing a New Home

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying | Posted: April 10, 2018

It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Buying a new home is exciting, but at McGuinn Homes, we find that homebuyers have as many questions about the mortgage process as they do about home building. To make it easier on you, here’s what you need to know about financing a new home.

The first step is to secure pre-approval from a mortgage lender. Once you know how much of a mortgage you are pre-qualified to obtain, you can shop for a new home with confidence. A pre-approval can be done easily over the phone with a qualified lender. You’ll need to provide some basic information, including your annual income, proof of employment, bank statements, and your two most recent tax returns. The lender will check your credit report as well. Your credit score will not only make the difference in your loan approval but also the interest rate. A higher credit rating often earns a lower mortgage rate.

While you’re talking with the lender, discuss the different mortgage programs available. McGuinn Homes rely on the mortgage experts at Southern First. The Southern First team will give you in-depth insight into the mortgage process and programs, so you can choose the one that best suits your financial situation. Finding the right loan can actually save you thousands of dollars, so it’s essential to invest some time in understanding your options.

One of the benefits of working with a builder’s preferred lender is their familiarity with the construction process and how it impacts the financing. A skilled lender ensures that your closing documents are in order and ready so that your closing happens on time.

Once you’ve chosen your homesite and floor plan, we’ll finalize all the details and determine the purchase price. Then you provide a deposit and apply for the mortgage you’ll need. The pre-approval is a pre-qualifying step, not an actual mortgage application review. You might need to submit additional financial information and documentation for the underwriters. A good mortgage professional will guide you through the process, answer your questions, and keep you updated. That’s another reason McGuinn Homes recommends Southern First. Our customers have been so happy with the assistance and communication they’ve received from these mortgage professionals.

A few weeks before the scheduled closing on your new home, your lender will give you a detailed list of the funds you’ll need to bring to closing. These fees vary, depending on the property you’re buying, where it’s located, and the lender and services. For example, your closing costs might include the fee for home inspection, survey, appraisal, attorney, title search, and transfer taxes.

Closing typically takes an hour or two. You’ll sign the documents, receive the keys to your new home, and start your new life as a homeowner.

If that journey brings you to South Carolina, check out McGuinn Homes’ energy-efficient new home communities throughout the Columbia region. As a custom home builder, we’ll also build on your lot, handling every detail, including permitting and site preparation. For an enjoyable home buying experience, talk to McGuinn Homes.

Exploring our Popular Columbia Communities

Categories: Columbia | Posted: April 4, 2018

McGuinn Homes builds energy-efficient new home communities throughout the Columbia, South Carolina, region—a beautiful place to live! We understand that people want a stylish home with lasting value, but they also look for the right neighborhood. The location, the community design and amenities, and the people who live there contribute to the caliber of the community. If this is what you have in mind, then exploring our popular Columbia communities—Woodlake and Centennial at Lake Carolina— is the place to start.

Woodlake is tucked into a peaceful section of northeast Columbia, South Carolina, with easy access to major roads that connect you with a broad array of dining, shopping, attractions, and services. As you drive through Woodlake, you’ll see the mature landscaping that adds natural beauty and privacy to the homes. You’ll enjoy a variety of community amenities. The swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground encourage recreation and promote the friendships within the neighborhood. The pond adds a scenic backdrop to the area.

The single-family homes that McGuinn Homes builds at Woodlake provide inviting curb appeal and a distinctive look from one home to the next. The floor plans range from 2,355 to 3,022 square feet of indoor living space, and your choice of single-level or two-story homes. New home designs, like the Windstone, present classic exterior lines, with the contemporary style of an open layout that offers flexibility to design it your way. The two-story, four-bedroom Wilshire floor plan is an exceptional family home, with 3.5 baths, an expansive open concept, a second-floor loft, and a luxurious owner’s suite with a walk-in closet that’s large enough to be a room on its own. The Wilshire also features an office by the foyer, away from the activity in the hub of the home.

Centennial at Lake Carolina offers the scenic serenity of lakeside living where recreation is plentiful year ‘round. With close proximity to the 200-acre Lake Carolina, this McGuinn Homes’ new home community features a selection of right-sized homes that utilize smart design to make the most of every square foot as well as McGuinn Homes’ exceptional energy-efficient features. These ranch-style homes reflect attention to detail, inside and out. The Woodland floor plan, for example, creates a stunning, 1,700-square-foot home with nine-foot ceilings that complement that open concept and taller windows that stream sunlight into the home. The community amenities offer a swimming pool, park, and miles of lighted walking trails. A new YMCA is located adjacent to the neighborhood, for even more recreational opportunities, and some of the most sought-after golf courses and country clubs are located minutes from the community. The combination of desirable location, quality design and construction, energy-efficiency, and community amenities enhance the value of buying a home at Centennial at Lake Carolina.

When you want to look closer at our Columbia new home communities, talk to McGuinn Homes.

Spring Gardening Tips to Get Your Yard Ready

Categories: Columbia | Posted: March 28, 2018

Another winter is behind us. It’s time to get outside and enjoy this South Carolina spring weather. Spring is a great time to look at opportunities like McGuinn Homes’ communities and custom homes built on your lot throughout the Columbia, South Carolina area.

Spend a little time preparing for the gardening season. McGuinn Homes offers these spring gardening tips to get your yard ready!


Start with a Good Clean-Up

Even if you raked out your beds and dead-headed your plants, you still have some spring cleaning to do. Pick up any dead foliage, pine needles and cones, and debris that found its way onto your lawn, around your shrubs, and in your gardens. Pressure wash your outdoor living area, walkways, driveway, and other surfaces.


Provide Good Drainage

Never attempt to work with your soil when it’s very damp. Cultivating wet dirt will destroy the soil’s structure and lead to a hardened result when It does dry. If you are anxious about getting started, raise the garden beds to provide the necessary drainage.


Know Your Hardiness Zone

Depending on where you live in South Carolina, you could be in a hardiness zone 7a, 7b, 8a, or 8b. Your zone will determine which plants will thrive in your climate. Click here to make sure you know yours.


Ease Your Seedlings

If you’re planning to start plants from seed, don’t rush into transplanting the seedlings into your garden when they start to sprout. Gradually expose them to the sunny conditions for a few hours. Increase the exposure daily before planting them in the garden.


Clean Your Tools

Give all of your gardening tools a good scrub to make sure you don’t unknowingly transmit unwanted fungus, bugs, or other things that could have collected on your tools over the winter. Also, check your hose for leaks and repair or replace it.


Fertilize Your Lawn

The best time to fertilize your lawn is early spring and late fall. Also get a head-start on fending off crabgrass, weeds, and pests with a pre-emergent herbicide.


Amend Your Soil

After you’ve raked out your garden beds, add a fresh layer or nutrient-rich soil. Rake it to mix the new soil with the existing soil.


Prune Carefully

Many of your trees and shrubs are beginning to grow again after a dormant winter. Remove the dead branches that might encourage infestation. Prune back the limbs until you see a hint of green. That’s where the healthy growth will begin.


Plant Container Gardens and Hanging Baskets

Give your yard a splash of color by creating these portable gardens. Find interesting pots, baskets, and containers to add character. Fill them with spring-blooming annuals, like petunias, pansies, impatiens, dianthus, and alyssum. Brighten up your entry and add colorful container gardens and hanging baskets wherever you want, the perfect pick-me-up for spring.


Spring is also a great time to think about buying a new home. We also have energy-efficient new homes available right now. Talk to us when you’re ready to change your life and your home.

Spring Into Action: Places and Things You Don’t Want to Miss Around Lake Murray

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 22, 2018

A great place to visit, and you really ought to live here!

McGuinn Homes builds homes and communities throughout this area:

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove in Irmo, is situated within walking distance of the lake, as well as in an award-winning school district. The single-family homes offer spacious living with luxury appointments at affordable prices. We have a variety of available quick move-in homes so you could be spending this spring in your new Crystal Cove home!



Pintail Point

Pintail Point in Leesville, sits on Lake Murray, and gives you vacation-style living year ‘round. This private community features large, wooded lots and the amenities include a marina with boat slips, lakefront clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and nature trails. The floor plans range from 2,829 to 3,618 square feet, and are priced from the mid-$300,000s.



Spence Plantation

Spence Plantation is a McGuinn Homes gated community on Lake Murray in Lexington, South Carolina. Spence Plantation presents the ultimate in luxury living with homes that range from 2,450 square feet to 6,400, with up to six bedrooms. Residents enjoy a private dock and ramp.



The end of winter is finally visible. Spring fever is hitting in full force. Are you ready to get outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine? If you live in the Columbia, South Carolina region, McGuinn Homes has some ideas for places and things you don’t want to miss around Lake Murray. So, spring into action and let’s go!

First things first. Head to the lake, of course. You’ll discover 55,000 acres of opportunities for fun. Fishing (bass, catfish, bream, and crappie), sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boarding (wakeboarding, paddleboarding, kneeboarding), jet skiing, swimming, and even scuba diving are popular water sports at the lake. You can also sit back and enjoy a lakeside picnic, hike the nature trails, go cycling or birdwatching somewhere along the 600 miles of shoreline.

Combine a beautiful view of the lake at the Dreher Shoals Dam Walk. It’s a 1.7-mile pathway where you can walk, jog, or ride your bike.

You can also venture our and explore some of the 60 islands on Lake Murray—including Bomb Island, where people still find remnants of ammunition when the island was used for target practice during World War II.

For family-friendly activities, you’ll never run out of ideas around Columbia and Lake Murray. Frankie’s Fun Park and Plex HiWire Family Fun & Sports Center can keep kids of all ages happily occupied.

For food and fun, there’s nothing like a festival, and the Lake Murray/Columbia region has plenty. The Irmo Cherry Blossom Festival, South Carolina Taco Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia Food and Wine Festival, Columbia Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, and Artista Vista are just some of the events happening here this spring.

Spring is here. How do you plan to spend these exhilarating post-winter months? With the freshness of renewed spirit in the air, isn’t it time to consider moving to a new home? Talk to us at McGuinn Homes to experience the quality of life at Lake Murray from one of our new home communities.


Forty Love Point and Hampton Forest: McGuinn Homes Communities Offer More Than a Home

Categories: Buying a New Home | Posted: March 19, 2018

Have you started looking for a new home, only to discover that what you really want is a better lifestyle? You hear about the importance of location, but that’s a broad topic. The right location is a combination of convenience to the places that are important to you, as well as feeling at home in your neighborhood. McGuinn Homes develops communities that offer more than a home. We provide our families with an environment that has been thoughtfully planned for every detail. Forty Love Point and Hampton Forest are good examples of how McGuinn Homes sees your future.

Forty Love Point is located on Lake Murray, in Chapin, South Carolina. Living here is like a year ‘round vacation. Lake Murray is appealing for boaters, and our homeowners can purchase boat storage here. Lake life presents you with so many recreational opportunities, too, like fishing, swimming, picnics, and catching the sun setting over the water’s horizon. Forty Point Love features a clubhouse, tennis courts, and playground. The students in your household will receive an exceptional education, as Chapin’s schools have earned high grades from, and the average school test scores are 58% higher than the national average!

The homes at Forty Love Point present stunning curb appeal and McGuinn Homes offers you many ways to customize your new home’s design, inside and out. Our floor plans range from 2,320 to 4,128 square feet of indoor living space. These two-story home plans feature an open concept that adds to the expansive interiors. With up to five bedrooms and 4.5 baths, you’ll have plenty of room to enjoy your lakeside lifestyle. If you want to move now, we have a variety of move-in ready homes in Forty Love Point.


In beautiful Columbia, South Carolina McGuinn Homes is developing Hampton Forest, a townhome community that combines our stylish Maybank design with maintenance-free, luxury living in the heart of the city’s most desirable section. Starting at just $125,900, these 1,200 square-foot home feature two bedrooms and 2.5 baths, plus a two-car garage. The master suite opens to a second-story terrace, where you can enjoy the view of the scenic neighborhood. We currently have homes available in Hampton Forest, so you can move in quickly.

McGuinn Homes enhances the community living experience with a swimming pool and cabana that features an outdoor fireplace, ideal for bringing friends together. The clubhouse includes a 16-seat home theater with surround sound, exclusively for residents and their guests.

From your home at Hampton Forest, you’re just minutes from I-77, Downtown Columbia, and a wealth of dining, shopping, and entertainment venues, from city chic to cozy country.

McGuinn Homes builds custom homes and new home communities throughout the Columbia, South Carolina, region—and we’re still growing, with more communities coming soon! If you have your eye on rewarding yourself with a better and more energy-efficient place to call “home,” please contact us.

Moving Tips: A Checklist For a Smooth Move

Categories: Buying a New Home, Home Buying, Homeowner tips | Posted: March 1, 2018

Moving Tips

Are you just in the planning stages of choosing a new home? If your move might bring you to the Columbia, South Carolina, area, McGuinn Homes would like to show you our new home communities, move-in ready homes, and floor plans. We will also build on your lot. With so many ways to help you find your new home, talk to us first!

You’re getting ready to move to a new home. Whether you’re moving close by or far away, to a larger or smaller home, the process of getting your precious belongings from here to there requires planning and organization. Follow these moving tips and use them as a checklist for a smooth move.

Ruthlessly purge

As soon as you know a move is in your future, start reducing your load. Empty your closets and cabinets to see what is lurking in there—unused, unnecessary, expired, and otherwise ignored. Sort out your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t wear or use. Donate or discard it. Remember, you pay your movers by the weight of the load so having them transport more than you need or want will cost you.

Gather packing supplies

Collect boxes, plastic containers, packing tape, and wrapping material. You can often find used moving boxes on sites like Craigslist and Facebook—a great way to reuse and recycle! Ask friends who work in companies that might have empty cartons. Order rolls of bubble wrap and stock up on packing tape (buy more than you estimate because you’ll use it). As you’re purging your household, pack up anything that isn’t currently an essential part of your daily life, so you’ll have less to do when the moving date gets closer.

Choose a mover and reserve the date

Moving companies are busier at certain times of the year, so if you’re planning to move in spring or summer, book a mover as soon as you know your schedule. Be sure to ask these questions before you choose a moving company:

  • Will you come to my home and do an on-site inspection before giving me an estimate?
    • If the answer is “no”, choose someone else. No one can offer an accurate estimate without looking at your belongings.
  • Do you have a license number from the U.S. Department of Transportation?
    • Another deal-breaker! Check here to confirm it.
  • Will you include in writing a “not-to-exceed” price?
    • Without this threshold, you’re liable for more costs than you anticipate.
  • Can you guarantee pick-up and delivery on the dates I’ve specified?
    • A reputable moving company follows a process that ensures you won’t be left waiting on either end. Be sure to get any guarantees in writing.
  • How much of a deposit do you require?
    • More than 20% is unreasonable.
  • Do you require cash payment or could I pay by credit card or check?
    • Never pay in cash!
  • Are you currently a member in good standing of the state’s moving association?
    • This group holds members to high standards.
  • Will your moving trucks be clearly marked with your company’s identification?
    • You’d be surprised what some companies consider acceptable. Don’t let anyone transport your valuable belongings when in an unidentifiable vehicle.

Reduce your shopping for household items

As your moving day gets closer, your goal is to have less food and supplies to be packed. Use up the perishables and avoid the temptation of sales. Make a list of supplies you’ll need when you arrive at your new home so you don’t need to transport them.

Organize your personal records

Gather your important documents for home, school, medical, insurance, pets, prescriptions, and other valuable records. Carry them with you or have them sent to the appropriate resource (e.g., your new doctor or veterinarian, your child’s school).

Contact the utility companies

Alert your current providers (electric, water, cable, phone companies) that you will terminate service and give them the date. Advise the utility companies for your new home when you will require service to begin.

Plan your travel

If you’re driving, have your car serviced to avoid any problems during the trip. For air travel, make arrangements as soon as you know your travel dates. If you’re also transporting pets, check the airline’s restrictions. Certain breeds (e.g., bulldogs, pugs) cannot be flown on commercial airlines because of the risk to the animal.

Change your address

It’s easy to change your address online. Visit Allow at least a few days for the request to be initiated.

Pack by priority and value

Organize containers with items you’ll need immediately on your arrival, like a change of clothes, prescriptions, medical equipment, and personal care in a suitcase. Bring a box of bedding and towels, and pet supplies (dishes and food). You should also label moving boxes according to priority so that the movers know which ones you want unloaded first. Anything of high value should be carefully packed. Bring smaller items, like jewelry, with you on your trip. Do not identify the contents of a box by its specific contents if you have valuables inside. Instead, mark the box with the room location and add an asterisk or number so you know what’s packed inside.

Confirm with the mover

Call the mover a week in advance of the scheduled moving date to confirm the schedule.

Create pet-friendly space in your home

Categories: Buying a New Home, Homeowner tips | Posted: February 21, 2018

Pet-Friendly Space

We love our pets and want to return their unconditional love with pet-friendly spaces in the home. If you’re looking for a new home in the Columbia, South Carolina, region, talk to us at McGuinn Homes. We have experience in accommodating special features—including pet-friendly ones—in our floor plans. We’ll build on your lot or you can browse our new home communities We currently offer a selection of move-in ready homes ready right now.

Anyone who has ever shared their life and their home with a pet knows that this companion is really a family member—and deserves to be treated like one. While you probably resist setting a place at the dinner table or opening up the pantry for free exploration by a hungry critter, you can create pet-friendly space in your home (assuming they don’t need to be caged).

Pet Cubbies

Dogs and cats like their privacy when it’s time for one of the many naps that fill their days and nights. The family dog might like your company at night, but often looks for other places for daytime breaks. A dog bed placed out of the way of foot traffic is a good solution.If you want something that fits into your décor, encase the pet bed in a wooden frame or box, maybe adding your pet’s name or a design that complements your décor.

Cubbies are great for smaller dogs and cats. Repurpose a drawer or crate by adding a bed, fluffy blanket, or pillow. Convert the bottom shelf of an end table or nightstand to welcome a little snooze from your furry friend.

Cat Shelves

Cats generally fall into one of two categories: bush dweller or percher. The bush dweller likes to hide under things, while the percher prefers to observe from above. If your feline likes the aerial view, consider installing cat shelves that are deep and sturdy enough to support a leaping, sprawling cat. Windows are a preferred spot, so expanding the sill with a shelf will allow your cat to bask in the sun, give the death stare to birds and squirrels in their view, and possibly stay off your good furniture.

Pet Feeding Station

When house-hunting, a true pet lover instantly identifies where the feeding dishes will be placed. It needs to be easily accessible but out of the way of passersby. Pamper your pet with a feeding station that incorporates the dishes with storage. For large dogs, elevate the dishes so they don’t have to bend as low for their food and water. Cut holes in the top of a nightstand or small chest to hold the dishes and use the bottom drawer to store the food. For smaller animals, pull out the bottom drawer for the dishes and stash the food in the upper drawer. If you’re building a new home, talk to your builder about incorporating the pet feeding station into the floor plan.

Dog Grooming Tub or Shower

Homeowners with dogs are more frequently incorporating a designated grooming area in their new homes. The laundry room is an ideal space for installing a tub or shower with a pull-down faucet. Add tile to the enclosure so the area is more attractive. A nearby or overhead shelf, cabinet or cubby allows for storing the pet shampoo, towels, and other products you’ll need.


Every cat lover struggles with finding the ideal location for the litterbox. You don’t want it in an obvious location and the good news is you’re your cat wants a private spot, too. You can tuck a litterbox under the utility sink in the laundry room or a vanity in the bathroom. You can buy a litterbox enclosure that looks like a piece of furniture, or build one yourself. As long as it’s easy to get to and filled with clean litter, your cat has no preference about the décor or design.

Pet Door

If you have a cat or dog that is allowed outdoors unsupervised, a pet door frees you up from monitoring the entry (and potentially cleaning up an “accident”). A doggie door requires cutting a hold in your existing door, and it’s hinged so the pup or cat can enter or exit from either side. Some doors are designed to blend in with your door, for a subtler look.

Pet Gate

Inside your home, keep the family pet out of the forbidden zones with a gate. There are many decorative designs—from plastic and wood to metal, fabric, and wrought iron—so you can incorporate this boundary without interrupting the flow of your interior design.


The safest way to protect your pet and your family outdoors is to fence in your yard. Be sure that the fence you choose is tall enough to keep your pets on your side. Picket fences, while attractive, can be dangerous to small children as well as allowing unwanted animals into your yard. Your dog or cat is curious, so any opening in a fence is an invitation to peek or poke through!