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Here in Delaware storms hit us all the time. Places flood, and sometimes wildfires happen. If a disaster strikes, you need to be prepared. Below, we have listed all the things you will need in your emergency preparedness kit. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at the office (302) 644 - 1015


At least a 5-day supply of Food and Water



  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day

  • Food: foods that are easily made, and won’t spoil like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk.

  • Manual Can Opener

  • Basic Utensils to prepare and serve meals


Health Supplies



  • 5-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum

  • Syringes, a walking cane, hearing aids with extra batteries, Band-Aids, gauze, Neosporin, etc...
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You may have just moved into your new neighborhood, you may have been there for years and have a flurry of new neighbors moving in. While the best way to meet your neighbors may just be to knock on their doors and say hi, the direct approach is not for everyone.



If you have no idea how to introduce yourself to the new people, here are 5 ways to do so!







1. Don’t Shy Away from Common Places



Most neighborhoods have common places where events happen regularly, or where residents can relax. In my neighborhood it is the pool and clubhouse. Spend more time in the common areas of your neighborhood and you will start to see the same faces.







2. Take a Walk



Walk your dog or your friends dog. Take ...

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Lending restrictions are finally easing. More 20- and 30-somethings are making the leap to buying a home. More people are selling their existing homes and building brand new stick built homes. Yet closing costs will inevitably take a large bite out of your wallet at settlement, anywhere from a few to several thousand dollars.





Here are 5 important things to know about finalizing your mortgage deal:





1. Closing Costs & Down-payments are 2 Different Things



A down payment is an amount of money that you hand over to your mortgage company to secure the loan. 20% is generally the standard for home buying. This is paid when you sign off on the loan paperwork, but it is not considered a closing cos...

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When building your new custom home, you may have an idea of what you want your front and back yards to look. From beautiful flower beds to water fountains and ponds, you have many options to choose from. Here are 5 ways to make sure your yard is the yard you want!








1. Backyard Sanctuary



The key feature with this one is water. You have the options of a fountain, a small pond, or a hot tub. It could be as simple as a terra cotta pot with a recirculating pump from the hardware store. The other important thing with a sanctuary is a comfortable place to sit and relax.







2. Match Landscape to Homes Style



You always want to make sure that your landscaping fits with the style of your home. If you own...

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At Toback Builders, we understand that your fur-children are an important part of your life. Every animal deserves the same luxuries that we do, so we have compiled a list of things you can add to your new stick built custom home!








1. Stain Resistant Carpeting



If you should choose to put wall-to-wall carpeting in your new custom home, you may want to heavily consider stain resistant as the way to go. There are several options to choose from, and they are all wonderful on your feet, and your fur-pals paws.





2. Pet Door



It is not always a good idea to leave your pet outside for long periods of time. You can choose to install a small, medium or large pet door to your ...

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It is that wonderful time of the year when homeowners are spending more time outside with their family and friends. Swimming, grilling, and entertaining on their patios. Due to a large shift in the millennial generation now becoming homeowners, outdoor living is in high demand. The following design trends are going to be huge this year, and are easy to incorporate into your Toback Home.








Classic Outdoor Spaces



With all of the new technology and trends, one thing doesn’t change – the demand for a large, comfortable patio or deck. A place for relaxing and family get togethers. These areas are necessary in any household with a habit of throwing many small barbeques. These sp...

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Installing a kitchen outside can enhance your backyard and make it one that you will want to spend 95% of your time in. Here in the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware, being outdoors is one of our favorite pastimes in the summer! Whether you are enjoying a family get together, or cooking regular dinner for your immediate family, something about being outside is satisfying. It is even more satisfying when you have a wonderful place to escape to.





One of the most important things to remember when installing an outdoor kitchen is best use of space. What do you want to do with this space? How do you want it to feel? How often will the space be used? Where should the most important thing...

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Gardens and gardeners come in all shapes, sizes and needs. We are short and tall & right or left handed. Each garden is different. They can be large vegetable gardens, or a small flower bed. But one thing it all has in common is that we want are garden tools to last, and to work as hard as we do.







Garden tools come in all shapes and sizes, and the uses vary depending on the person and type of garden. A simple hand hoe may be the favorite tool for the veggie gardener planting seeds, or someone weeding their flower bed. Below, you will find the 5 tools we recommend any gardener to have under their belt.









1) Garden Rake
This useful garden tool can be used for a lot of different t...

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A mudroom can be an essential part of your home. A mudroom is an area that is built into some homes to act as a barrier between the outside and the inside. They are especially useful in areas that have a lot of mud and rain in the spring, and snow and mud in the winter. This type of small specialized room is a useful addition, as it helps keep the rest of the home free and clear of dirt debris. It also constitutes as a clear boundary between the inside and outside, which can be a useful reminder for animals and energetic members of the household. In this room of the home, you will find easily cleaned floors (usually tile, concrete or linoleum). In extreme cases, you can install a drain in t...

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It is almost summer time here in Lewes Delaware! Time for sunshine, green leaves, fishing trips, boating, and trips to the beach. But the warm season also offers the perfect chance to get work done around the home. Whether it is a new build, renovation, or something you just bought, we suggest taking care of the summer maintenance before summer actually hits. So, below are 7 Ways to get your home in order before summer hits.







1) Clean your Dryer Vent



Without some maintenance, your dryer could cause a house fire. The US Fire Administration reports that nearly 16,000 dryer fires happen every year. This happens mostly because the dryer vents get clogged with lint and dust. This can ...

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