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Tips on Choosing the Right Upgrades in the Kitchen Design Process

Schaeffer Family Homes, a home builder in NJ building quality, affordable new homes for over three generations wants to personalize your next home. Part of your home buyer journey includes this personalization by designing the home you want. Whether you are building a new home in May Landing, NJ or on your own lot, you will be able to visit our design center and select the colors and finishes you want for your new home. Our design center offers a selection of the best materials, colors, and more that will fit the home you are designing.

Sometimes a design process can feel both exciting and overwhelming, with the kitchen being one area where a home buyer will focus a lot of their attention. So to help guide you in the right direction during the selection process for your new kitchen, here are a few quick tips.

Countertops

Countertops are one of the most impactful selections that you can make in the kitchen. But before you jump one way or another, consider a few things first to help guide you toward the right material.

Cabinets

Every home, even a home in Mays Landing, NJ, can never have enough storage- especially when it comes to the kitchen. If you have the option to expand the size or amount of cabinets, then make the investment.

If you have several nice items to display, then be sure to add a glass front door to 1 or 2 of the cabinets. You can even add some lighting to help those pieces shine inside the cabinet. Consider upgrading to the next level of cabinet because it isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about durability. Upgraded cabinets can withstand wear and tear better, and include solid drawers that are designed to endure heavy usage over time.

Flooring

Consider again the amount of wear and tear that your kitchen will receive. There will be things that will fall or be accidentally dropped on the floor – from food to utensils. You also might be standing a lot in one area. Chairs and tables might be moved around a lot. So, select a floor that takes those things into consideration, flows well into the rest of your home and can endure how you foresee that space getting used the most in your new home in Mays Landing, NJ.

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For homes in May Landing, NJ, now is one of the best times to buy!  Schaeffer Family Homes is offering a Luxury Cabinet Coupon. This coupon is valid for a Cabinet Upgrade in a home that is purchased on Halbert Avenue by August 13!

Learn more about our design process, the options available and this great Luxury Cabinet Coupon on our website. Contact Schaeffer today by calling (856) 208-5118 to explore what is possible and begin your new home journey!

Answer These questions For Summer Garden Success

The arrival of summer is here! Summer living at a home in Mays Landing, NJ stirs thoughts of long sunny days, beaches and pools, baseball games, gardening and barbecues, outdoor dining, and spending time with neighbors, family and friends. As we step outside this summer it will be even more special because of the ending to a long pandemic, so let’s make the most of this time spent outdoors.

If you are new to the area, or have recently moved into a new home, then perhaps you are looking to make the most of your outdoor living by adding or maintaining a garden area. We have some tips for your garden success.

Asses your lawn and garden area.

Take a few minutes to walk around, step back and view your landscape from different angles. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there spaces that need attention? Is anything overgrown?
  • Are there gaps or locations where you want to add vegetation?
  • Do you need to add or fix any landscape barriers?
  • Have you added a garden?
  • Will you need to mulch?
  • Is your landscape minimal and new, and therefore awaiting your personal touch?

From here, create a list of your garden objectives or goals to tackle this summer after assessing your landscape and property needs.

Consider your gardening resources.

Once you have a list of what you want to accomplish, you need to determine how you can achieve your goal(s).  By answering these questions below, it will help address the outdoor area(s) where you need assistance.

  • Do you currently have or need a lawncare service to mow and prune?
  • Do you need or have a service to fertilize your lawn and treat for weeds?
  • Do you have a service to fertilize and asses the health of your trees and shrubs?
  • Do you own the equipment needed for your project?
  • Do you need to look at renting tools or contracting labor for small projects?

While a service provider might seem costly, consider and compare the details of what they provide. For example, if it is a lawncare service, do you own the type of equipment that can quickly mow, trim and edge your property? Will you have the time and resources required to perform regular maintenance of both the lawn and the equipment? When you consider all of the costs to own and maintain the equipment, the time required for consistent results, and the amount of work involved, then you might rethink the cost benefit for that lawncare service.

Get your hands dirty.

If you prefer not to hire an outside service, then you are probably someone who enjoys working in the yard. As a do-it-yourselfer, first research the type of lawn and know the different trees and shrubs you have. From that research, you can learn what and when are the recommended times to fertilize, prune, edge and cut.  For example, many trees and shrubs require pruning in the late Spring. Some flowering shrubs such as roses, need to be pruned or deadheaded after each blooming period.

Remember that there are specialty fertilizers available for plants such as flowing shrubs, vegetables, and evergreens. Even if you don’t use an outside service, regular fertilizing is still needed to help these plants look and remain healthy. In addition, certain times of the year will bring out harmful insects and pests. Be sure to monitor your plants year-round, and plan to treat pests accordingly.

If you have a vegetable garden, consider adding some fencing to prevent native animals from eating the fruits of your labor. Watch the weather and have a plan to provide consistent irrigation or watering for those plants. Water is also essential for everything in your yard, and vegetation can be severely impacted by droughts long after the season has passed. Also, avoid summer lawn stress and adhere to the different mowing heights required for different types of grasses.

Whatever the direction you go, we hope that your long-anticipated summer barbecues, backyard bistros, and neighborhood/family get togethers are a success and your gardens are in full bloom.

If you are looking for a new home that will have a garden to call your own, then explore the options for to-be-built new homes in Mays Landing, NJ by Schaeffer Homes, a three-generation home builder. Schaeffer Homes is known for their quality- built, affordable new homes in Southern New Jersey.

The spectacular community of Halbert Avenue is ready for you to begin your home buyer journey. Start planning your new home now to move in by summer 2022. Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes.com to learn more about the Halbert Avenue community of homes in Mays Landing NJ.

Floor Plan Profile: Phoenix

As a preferred home builder in NJ, Schaeffer Family Homes takes pride in offering some of the best home designs on the market today. Our designs are attractive, energy-efficient and flexible for a range of household sizes and lifestyles.

A great example is our Phoenix floor plan. This modern split-level home has numerous options for customizing the look and layout, as well as a wide selection of interior finishes and details. Its most unique feature is the placement of the owner’s suite on its own level. This ensures the feeling of retreat and privacy that homeowners want in a main bedroom.

The Phoenix is 1,948 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Choose from several exterior designs with combinations of siding, brick or stone Craftsman details.

Inside, the main level contains the kitchen, dining nook and family room with vaulted ceiling. The lower level is ideal for a game room, man cave or workout room. It has sliding glass doors to the outside. The owner’s suite is on the second level and has a bath with dual sink vanity and spacious tiled shower. Upstairs on the top level, you’ll find two bedrooms, a full bath and a balcony overlooking the family room.

We can build the Phoenix for you in the south Jersey counties of Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and parts of Burlington. We can build on a lot you already own or we can help you find a lot in those areas or in one of our new home communities. We can even build your dream house at the shore!

No matter where you build, you’re guaranteed to get the high quality and dedication that we offer all our customers. The Schaeffer family has been living and building new homes in the South Jersey area for three generations. We work with you to customize your home and choose your favorite finishes and details in our Design Center. When you build with us, you’ll end up with a home that you and your family will love for years to come.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to get started planning your new Phoenix home with your preferred home builder in NJ.

6 Things to Do Before Your Design Studio Appointment

One of the highlights of planning a new home with a home builder in NJ is your design studio appointment. This is where you get a hands-on look at the selections they offer for the details of your new home, such as kitchen cabinets, countertops, lighting fixtures, flooring and more.

The design studio appointment is exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. Here are 6 things to do before the appointment so you can be ready to enjoy the process to the fullest:

  1. Create a written priority list. Which items do you absolutely want to have in your home, and which can you let go if need be?
  2. Determine your budget ahead of time. Refer to your priority list when deciding which items fit the budget. It’s easier to make compromises on finishes or details that aren’t a high priority for you.
  3. Collect inspirational ideas and photos. Use Pinterest or clip pictures from magazines. Either way, organize your images into separate sections for each part of the house, such as “Exterior,” “Owner’s bath” or “Kitchen.”
  4. To take it a step further, you can make a digital or real-life mood board for each room. If you make a mood board on a piece of foam core or sturdy cardboard, you can include fabric swatches and paint samples.
  5. Browse your builder’s online design studio page if they have one. We have a short video on our design center page to give you an idea of what to expect when you come to your appointment.
  6. Learn what the standard features are for the home you’re building. We have an Included Features sheet that shows what’s available at each design level.

 

Bonus hint: During your appointment, ask to take photos of your selections as you make them. This will help you remember what you chose and make it easier to decorate your finished home.

We can build your new home on your lot in South Jersey, or help you find a suitable property for your dream home. Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to schedule your free consultation and start planning your new home with a home builder in NJ.

Build On Your Lot in 2021

Make 2021 your year to build on your lot in NJ. Get a fresh start in a brand new home customized just for you!

We can build your new home on a lot you already own, or we can help you find land to build on. If you already own a piece of land, we’ll inspect it to be sure it’s suitable for building one of our available plans. We’ll also let you know what steps you need to take to prepare for building on the property. If you haven’t purchased the land yet, we suggest that you meet with us first so we can guide you in choosing the most appropriate lot for your needs.

Build On Your Lot is available in the counties of Atlantic, parts of Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem in southern New Jersey.

When you build your new home with us, you’ll have more than 20 15 home plans to choose from in a variety of styles and price points. We offer both one and two-story homes, with owner’s suites on the first or second floor. We can build each home on a slab, poured concrete crawl space or full basement foundation. Our floor plans are customizable as well. If you already have a home plan, we’ll look at it and determine whether we can build it for you.

After your home plan is finalized, you’ll meet with one of our Design Center Specialists, Ashley or Christie, at our Design Center in Cherry Hill. There you’ll choose your home’s colors, flooring, kitchen countertops and cabinets, lighting fixtures and more.

Our Legacy Package is included in every home, and we also offer our ever-popular Signature Package as a luxury choice. The Signature package is a luxury selection that includes a full basement, stained oak handrails and balusters on staircases, premium hardwood floors in the foyer, 5 ¼ inch baseboard, 42” kitchen wall cabinets with crown molding, ceramic tile floors in owner’s bath and hall bath and other upgraded luxury features.

Get started today to build your customized brand new home in 2021. Call Schaeffer Family Homes at 856-208-5118 to schedule a free consultation for the new home you want to build on your lot in NJ.

Cash in on a Hot Market by Selling Your Home Now

Now is a great time to cash in on the hot market for homes in NJ. If you’re thinking of selling your existing home, there’s no need to wait until spring. Buyers are ready now and the demand is high.

Thanks to a combination of factors including historic low interest rates, there aren’t enough houses on the market to satisfy buyer demand. Sellers can ask for higher prices than in previous years and homes are selling faster.

How can you make the most of this seller’s market?

  • Ask for your top price. Don’t give in to lowball offers or accept the first offer too soon. Allow time for other offers from additional buyers. Plan a strategy with your real estate agent for managing multiple offers.
  • Prepare your current home for a quick turnover. At the very least, give it a deep cleaning and freshen the paint. Maximize curb appeal by cleaning up the yard and home exterior. If your home has flex spaces that can be used as a home office or distance-learning space, highlight those features, along with any outdoor living areas.

Selling your existing home now can put you in a great position to build your dream home in 2021. Building a new home allows you to create the home you love in a location that you want.

We can help you do that with our Build On Your Lot program. We can build on a homesite you already own or help you find a piece of land to build in these Southern New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem.

You can choose from more than 15 home designs ranging from 1,034 to 4,308 square feet. We offer one and two story homes and can build on poured concrete crawl space or basement foundations. We’ll work with you to help you select the right plans for your homesite and lifestyle. Through our “Build On Your Lot” program, our floorplans start from the upper $100,000’s to upper $300,000s.

We offer many options for customizing these plans. We may also build your custom home from plans that you already have.

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista, call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to learn more about our Build On Your Lot program for new homes in NJ.

5 Easy Décor Ideas to Dress Your Home for Fall

Fall is here, and the cooler weather inspires many of us to give your new Schaeffer Home a cozy feel with seasonal décor. Use these ideas to give your new home a fresh fall vibe:

  1. Layer warm blankets and throws on the beds and sofas. Choose rich fall colors and patterns like plaid or autumn leaf prints for visual interest. Chunky textures like cable-knit afghans and plush velvets will help keep you warm on chilly evenings.
  2. Dress up your front entrance with fall flowers such as chrysanthemums. Plant them in the ground or in pots. Choose colors to coordinate with your home.
  3. Make table centerpieces or mantel decorations with fall leaves, small gourds or apples.
  4. Cover bare floors with thick shag area rugs or faux sheepskins. They feel great underfoot and add to the cozy feel of a room.
  5. Hang a traditional fall wreath on the front door or above mantel. It’s an easy way to bring an unmistakable note of autumn to your home.

You’ll love to decorate your brand new Schaeffer home in every season. Our homes are designed to look great while serving your needs for convenient everyday living. Energy-efficient construction makes Schaeffer homes warm and cozy in cooler weather. Family room fireplaces are the ideal focal point for relaxation in the evening.

Schaeffer Family Homes can build a new home for you on your lot in South Jersey or on one of our available homesites. You can choose from more than 20 home designs, each of which can be customized to suit your needs. Plans range from 1,034-3,408 square feet, with homes starting in the low $100,000’s. We have one and two story plans with owner’s suites on the first or second floor.

If you don’t have your own homesite, we can assist you in finding a piece of land to build your brand-new Schaeffer Home. Or, if you already have your own homesite, we can help you determine the best home plan for your property and guide you through the development process.

Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to learn more about our The Berlin Borough community (Carraige Mews) is sold out. Maybe say: Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes.com to learn more about building your new home in South Jersey.

               

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