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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.

All homes built through Schaeffer Family Homes are built under a reputation backed up in writing. Come experience the different with Schaeffer.

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.

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.

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.

Why Choose Us to Build Your Dream Home

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we work hard to be your preferred builder of new homes in Berlin Borough NJ. New homes in South Jersey? Berlin Borough community is sold out and we only have 1 other turnkey homesite in Berlin Borough outside of that community. We pride ourselves on quality craftsmanship and great customer service.

So what does all this mean for you?

First of all, we use top quality building materials to create a home that will last for generations. Every home we build has state-of-the-art features to keep you comfortable and secure, as well as saving you money on utility bills. Your home will have a GMX Waterproofed foundation, PEX Manifold Manabloc plumbing system for faster and more efficient water use, tankless Energy Star hot water heaters and super-efficient HVAC systems.

Our homes are Energy Star Certified. All mechanical systems, lighting and appliances meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines to make your home efficient to operate and pleasant to live in.

Each home plan we offer can be customized inside and out. Interior options range from fireplaces and bay windows to alternate room layouts and extensions.

To put the final touches on your home, you can choose any design selection we offer, from paint colors to flooring materials to lighting fixtures. You aren’t limited to pre-packaged color schemes or materials.

If you choose to build through our “Build On Your Lot” program, we guide you through the process from start to finish. We’ll assist you in finding a suitable homesite if you don’t already own one. From there we handle the homesite inspection and improvements and obtain the necessary permits before construction begins.

Once your home is underway, we manage the process step by step, keeping you informed and involved along the way. Just like you, we look forward to the day we can hand you the keys to your brand new dream home!

Build On Your Lot is available in the New Jersey counties of Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Burlington. We can also build your dream home on one of our turnkey homesites in South Jersey.

We’re a family-owned home builder that offers you a personalized buying experience. Our team will walk with you through the entire process to make sure the home you purchase fulfills all your expectations. We care about your wants and needs!

When you build with us, you get a high-quality brand new home at an affordable price. Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 to become another satisfied owner.

Mortgage Rates Drop Again

Now is the perfect time to shop for new homes in NJ. Mortgage rates have dropped to a new all-time low. Your dream home will be more affordable than ever with today’s great deals.

Rates on 30-year mortgages are averaging around 3%, with some dipping below that mark. Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages are even lower, averaging 2.72% in early August.

Mortgage rates fluctuate day to day, but overall are hovering at historic lows. People with high credit scores and substantial down payments can qualify for the best rates.

Are you in the market for a new home this year? Our “Build On Your Lot” program enables you to build any of our floorplans throughout the South Jersey area, whether you own a homesite or not. We have an in-house Land Acquisition Specialist that can assist you in finding a piece of land to build on from Cape May County up to Burlington County.

We offer a wide variety of floorplans for you to choose from to build your dream home. All of our floorplans feature different exterior elevation options and structural options for you to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to pick out every interior and exterior design selection to personalize your home to be your own.

The Phoenix floor plan is a split-level starting with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in a 1,948 square foot design. Three exterior elevations are available in combinations of siding, brick and stone. Each elevation of this two-story plan has a covered front porch and front gables that create great curb appeal.

Inside, the Phoenix is designed for today’s casual family living. The spacious foyer is flanked by a dining room on one side and the powder room and laundry room on the other. The entrance hall leads straight to the family room, which is open to the breakfast nook and kitchen. A private owner’s suite is on a separate level from the main living areas and upper bedrooms. Alternate layouts and options for customization are available.

Let us help you find a homesite in Camden County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Atlantic County or Gloucester County. We have homesites available ranging from half an acre to just over five acres. If you dream of living at the beach, we can build your new home at the Jersey Shore in Atlantic County or Cape May County.

Live chat with our New Home Specialist Krista, call 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes to schedule a virtual appointment or in-person visit to our model home and design Center in Cherry Hill NJ.

               

We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy-efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/

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