Category Archives: How-To


New to the Area? Community Info!

If you’re relocating to Hernando, MS from out of state, let us start by welcoming you to the area! Hernando, MS is a wonderful place to live, and I’m sure you’re going to be very well pleased with all it has to offer. It can, however, take some time to find your way around if you’re not familiar with the city. We want to make the transition as simple as possible for you! Below we’ve provided a list of some of the main businesses and places you may need to connect with:

Hernando City Hall

475 West Commerce St.

(662) 429-9092

Hernando Main St. Chamber of Commerce

421 West Commerce St.

(662) 429-9055

Desoto County Courthouse

2535 Hwy 51 South

(662) 469-8000

Desoto County Admin Building

365 Losher St.

(662) 469-8180

Desoto County Health Department

3212 Hwy 51 South

(662) 429-9814

U.S. Post Office

12 West Commerce St.

(662) 429-2481

Hernando Elementary School

455 Riley St.

(662) 429-4160

Hernando Hills Elementary School

570 McIngvale Rd.

(662) 429-9117

Oak Grove Central Elementary School

893 Oak Grove Rd.

(662) 429-4180

Hernando Middle School

700 Dilworth Ln.

(662) 429-4154

Hernando High School

805 Dilworth Ln.

(662) 429-4170

Hernando Head Start Center

1290 West Oak Grove Rd.

(662) 429-1517

Desoto County Driver’s License Station

159 License Dr.

Nesbit, MS 38651

(662) 429-5584

Hernando Police Department

2601 Elm St.

(662) 429-9096

Hernando Fire Department

(Station 1)

475 West Commerce St.

(662) 429-9094

In the era of smartphones and computers, this list may mean little to the vast majority, but sometimes it’s nice to just have a central place to go and find community information (especially if you know very little about the city you just moved to). For those familiar with the area, feel free to post anything I may have overlooked in the comments section on Facebook or share this list with someone you think may be able to make good use of it.

If you are new to the area, don’t forget to check out our website at We have been building homes in Desoto County for nearly twenty years. If you decide to build or buy a new home, we would love to work with you!


Buying a New Home When You Have One to Sell!

How do you buy a new home when you have a home you need to sell first? There’s a lot to take into account, but there are a few tips we have to offer to help make the process simpler. When you’re ready to make the big move, consider the following:


  1. Hire a real estate agent. Many people attempt to sell their homes on their own in an effort to save money in the end. Real estate agents, however, are far more familiar with the market than the average person. They understand what homes in the area are selling for, and what features people are looking for in a home. They are also more fluent in making sure all the necessary paperwork is completed in time for a smooth closing. Without a good agent, you could possibly lose a home you are looking to buy because the contract expires due to unresolved issues or unsigned paperwork!
  2. Price your home to sell! Discuss the market with your agent. Don’t undercut yourself, but don’t be unreasonable either. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and ask yourself if you would be willing to pay the asking price for your home. Sometimes getting a little less than what you’re wanting is worth it to get into the home of your dreams in the end!
  3. Be ready to show. First impression is everything! While your home is on the market, try to keep it in “showroom” condition. Of course this isn’t always easy with work, family, and children, but going the extra mile to make sure every looker gets a good “first take” may pay off in the end.
  4. Start looking. Buying a new home while you still have one to sell is a scary situation to be in. On one hand, if you sell your home before you have found one to buy, you may find yourself scrambling to find a place to live or settling for something your not completely satisfied with. On the other, if you put a contract on a home you really want and must buy it or lose it before you have the opportunity to sell your current home, you may find yourself paying two mortgages. Talk with your agent about how long homes in the area have been on the market. After getting an idea of what to expect as far as selling is concerned, find a home that is under construction and will take approximately that amount of time to complete. Speak with the builder about a presale, or you could also put a contingency on a home that is already completed.

For more information on buying and selling your home, visit our website at and contact us! We look forward to hearing from you!


Getting Started!

Sometimes the hardest part of building a new home is knowing where to start! There’s so many decisions to make and so much information to sort through. How are you supposed to know what comes first? Gustafson Properties tries to make homebuilding as simple as possible for our customers! We guide you through each phase of the process and try to make the experience as stress free as possible! If you’re looking to build a custom home, here are a few tips on where to start:


  1. Find a lender that you are comfortable dealing with. Before you start looking to build, you will want to make sure you prequalify.
  2. Select a floor plan. Carefully review several plans and try to decide which one best suits you and your lifestyle. Consider bedroom locations, kitchen layouts, etc. If you find a set of plans that you are happy with but wish to alter slightly, make notes of those alterations so that we can give you the most accurate pricing possible when providing an estimate.
  3. Select a lot. The location of your home is as important as the home itself. Consider property values in the area, school districts, etc.
  4. Obtain as much information on the lot as possible (especially if it’s in the county). Is it in a flood zone? Does it pass the soil perk test? Allow your builder to examine the lot before any purchase is made.
  5. Once you are content with a set of plans and a lot, make the purchase! We can guide you through this process as well!
  6. At this point, we are ready to begin the initial steps of construction. We will set up an appointment, discuss any final questions or concerns, and sign all necessary paperwork!

We hope this information will help you get started, and we look forward to hearing from you! Gustafson Properties has been building quality homes in north Mississippi for nearly twenty years! We would love to build yours! Visit us online at and contact us for more information!