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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 7:48 am

You’ve signed the contract, selected your cabinets, appliances and flooring, and waited patiently for your new home to be built. Finally, the moment you’ve been anticipating — the walk-through — arrives.

The walk-through is an opportunity for you and your builder to examine your new home together. You may spend the time agreeing on items in need of correction or adjustment, learning how your new home works and what you must do to keep it maintained and asking questions about anything you don’t understand.

In order to help you get the most of your new-home walk-through, here are a few things to keep in mind:

• Keep a checklist. The walk-through is when you and your construction manager will inspect surfaces such as walls, floors, windows, appliances and countertops to make sure there are no scratches, chips or other forms of noticeable damage. Check the paint, drywall, bathtubs, showers and tile work. Also, walk around the outside of the house to examine the exterior. If the landscaping is already in place, check to make sure the plants are healthy and that the slope of your yard will allow water to drain away from your home.

• Take lots of notes. The walk-through is where you will receive a stack of documents that include manufacturers’ instruction for the heating and cooling systems, plumbing, cable, water heater, kitchen appliances and other features in the home. You may also receive a demonstration on how to operate all of these systems. It’s a lot of information to take in all at once, especially since much of it is conveyed verbally. Instead of relying on memory, many people find it helpful to take notes.

• Don’t rush. Everybody’s busy these days, but don’t allow yourself to rush through the walk-through. Be thorough and observant, and try to avoid distractions (you may want to have your kids stay with a babysitter). Ask questions. Consider this a formal introduction to your new home — and afford it the time it deserves. Both you and your builder will be glad you did.

• Andy Warren is president of Maracay Homes, the Arizona subsidiary of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. He serves on the board of directors for the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona and Greater Phoenix Leadership; as well as the board of directors and as an Executive Committee member with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

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Keystone Montessori

[David Jolkovski/AFN]
Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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