Spring IS Here!

We might have thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic this time of year, but no hurricanes… so, instead we’ll give some tips on home maintenance for Spring.

Before the April Showers, warmer weather and bugs come out, there are a few easy things you should do for your modular home to keep it energy efficient and and looking its best. As a modular home builder, we have some helpful tips to help keep your home in shape, here are our suggestions below:

  • The last thing you want to happen is to finally crank on the A/C next month – when that first surprisingly warm weekend hits – only to find nothing come on and it’ll be a week before you can get a repairman to the house. Get your air conditioner checked out by a qualified HVAC contractor now to make sure that the system is running efficiently. Before the contractor comes out, you can do a little maintenance on your own by suctioning out any debris from your condensation line with a wet vac.
  • Your water heater is another major appliance that you don’t want to go out on you – if your unit is more than five years old, check the bottom for any leaking or rusting, and if you find any, you’ll likely need to replace the unit soon.
  • Inspect your roof for damage (or have a contractor do so, if your roof is older, and possibly in need of repair) and clean the leaves and other debris out of your gutters. Be sure your gutters are still securely attached and run the hose through them to check them for leaks. If you have sprung a leak, use caulking to seal it.
  • Inspect the foundation around your modular home and in your basement for cracks or imperfections.
  • Fill any depressions in your yard with compacted soil to prevent standing water and puddles, which can become a breeding ground for pesky mosquitoes.
  • Check window sills, door sills and thresholds and fill cracks, replace weather stripping, caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary.
  • Patch or replace window and door screens; a hole the size of a dime is big enough for bugs to get in!
  • Check your wood patio deck for stains or warping and reseal if necessary. Check for splintering or rotting wood, rusting nails or loose nails. Also check your railings and stairs to be sure that they are still secure.

Pride in ownership and quality home care and maintenance are things we take very seriously at Homes by Vanderbuilt. For over 30 years, we’ve been building superior-quality new homes in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. To learn more about our modular homes, please visit: Homes by Vanderbuilt

Toddler Survives Tornado

Did a 20-month-old New Pekin, Indiana, girl survive a horrific ten mile ‘ride’ in a tornado that swept through the New Pekin area Friday, March 2, 2012? A tornado that took the lives of her entire family?

According to news reports Angel Babcock and her family were inside their mobile home when the tornado struck. During the tornado Angel and her family were ‘violently thrown across a ten mile distance from each other” with Angel, who is in critical condition at the Children’s hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, the sole survivor.

ABC 7 News:

“Four of the five family members were killed when a tornado violently threw them from their modular home Friday in New Pekin, Indiana. 21-year-old Joseph Babcock, 20-year-old Moriah Brough and two of their three children died. They are 2-year-old Jayden Babcock and 1-month-old Kendall Babcock. 20-month-old Angel Babcock is the lone survivor.”


“Kendall was a month and a half old. And she was found in her car seat upside down. Jayden was 2 years old and he was found under the rubble,” said Sherry Young. Young is Justin’s mother and had also known Joseph.

“Joseph was found on the opposite side of the road from his house. Moriah was found underneath a tree,” said Young. “Angel was found out in the middle of the field all alone. She’s 20-months-old,” said Young.

The field Angel was found in is 10 miles away from where the rest of the family was found. Angel is in critical condition.”