Halloween is an exciting time of year for everyone to enjoy! Whether you’re young or old, getting dressed up for trick-or-treating and costume parties is always a blast, and there are endless fall activities for people of all ages. At Schaeffer Family Homes, our favorite way to get in the Halloween spirit is by decorating our homes with spooky spiderwebs, ghastly ghouls and all things haunted! Here’s everything you need to know for making your home the most “wicked” trick-or-treating stop on the block:
Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without spiderwebs! Head over to the nearest dollar store or craft shop and grab a bunch of fake cobwebs. Not only are fake cobwebs quick and easy-to-use, but they can be utilized in so many different places! Our favorite spots to place our cobwebs are throughout walkway bushes and along the plants and decorations that sit on our doorsteps.
When decorating for fall and Halloween, we recommend sticking with a color scheme in each room to maintain a cohesive, yet festive feel. Choose a few colors that complement each other (for example: black, orange and white) and decorate within that color palette for each area. Mantels and fireplaces are a great space for fashioning a colorful Halloween-themed centerpiece at the heart of your home (along with a few cobwebs, perhaps?).
Mums are fall’s favorite flower, so swing by your local garden shop and stock up on this seasonal staple! Plant your mums in a decorative Halloween pot to liven up your front yard or doorstep. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids (or you’re just feeling extra festive), you can buy some plain flower pots or tins for your mums and paint them as ghosts, pumpkins, black cats and more!
Window space is very important when it comes to decorating for all holidays. Adorn your windows with creepy carve-outs, funky orange lights or fake cobwebs to take your space from homey to haunted.
Whether your yard is big or small, you should utilize its space! Use outdoor decorations and mysterious lighting to create spooky scenes. Maybe you’ll arrange a few witches around a smokey cauldron or display a headless horseman who’s ready to ride! Don’t be afraid to get creative and creepy with different ideas to make your home the most wicked on the block!
We love decking out our banisters for the holidays! At the craft store, you can buy all sorts of garland, lights and string to wrap around your banister’s handrails. If you want to keep your banister decorated through Thanksgiving, you can easily adorn it with garland made of fake fall leaves that make a lasting impression. Or, if you’re interested in taking the wicked route, you can use black garland and orange lights for an eerie atmosphere that’s perfect for Halloween.
Front doors aren’t just for wreaths! You can “mummify” your front door with white strips of paper and large googly eyes, or even turn it into a furry monster with fuzzy faux fur and fake teeth! There are endless ways to make your entryway spicy and spooky with wrapping paper or colored painters tape and more. Front doors and patios also offer a great opportunity to create a theme for your haunted home (for example: “The Morgue,” “The Witches Coven,” “The Potions Cellar,” and more!)
Real or fake, pumpkins are a necessity when it comes to Halloween. Festoon your doorstep with pumpkins galore! Whether you paint them, carve them, or leave them as-is, pumpkins are vital for getting in the Halloween spirit. Scatter pumpkins of all different shapes, sizes and colors in and around your home to complete your haunted house creation!
Whether you decide to use one, none or ALL of our decorating tips this Halloween, we know your Schaeffer Family Home will look as wicked as ever! Tag us in your decorating photos on Facebook or Instagram @SchaefferFamilyHomes and show us what you’ve got! From everyone at Schaeffer Family Homes, we hope you enjoy a thrilling, chilling and safe Halloween!
Schaeffer Family Homes is so excited to announce that our new community in Berlin Borough is officially open! This new community, “Carriage Mews,” will feature 16 beautiful homesites located next to our existing Carriage Stop and Lonaconing communities. Design your dream home in the heart of Berlin Borough, which is just a short drive away from Philadelphia and our amazing South Jersey shore points. Living in Berlin Borough offers our customers the best of both worlds – a quiet and charming neighborhood atmosphere that is still convenient to great shopping, tons of local restaurants, and train stations like Patco and New Jersey Transit!
The building process at Carriage Mews with Schaeffer Family Homes is sure to be an exciting one! With prices starting in the $350s, you have the opportunity to choose your homesite and design your favorite floorplan with many different options that will make this home your own. Every home at Carriage Mews includes an unfinished basement and luxury choices like 42” cabinets and HD laminate counter-tops in the kitchen, ceramic tile in the master and hall baths, and more!
Families with children will love the fact that Berlin Borough’s K-8 public school, Berlin Community School, is just a short walk away from their doorstep through the neighborhood. Berlin Borough’s public high school students will attend Eastern High School in Voorhees, NJ.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an amazing community and build your brand-new home at Carriage Mews in Berlin Borough! We’re officially taking homesite reservations and signing contracts for our customers! Call us at 856-208-5118 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule an appointment or learn more about building your dream home at Carriage Mews!
Fall is an exciting time of year – the leaves start changing colors, the weather cools down and there are endless exciting fall events to attend with family and friends! Throw on your fall jacket and take advantage of these fabulous and fun events coming up this September and October!
Time: 11am – 7pm
Location: Freedom Park – 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055
Experiencing Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is on many people’s bucket lists, and fortunately, the next best thing is only a short drive away in Medford, NJ on Saturday, September 21st! Take a trip over to Freedom Park for Medford’s biggest party of the year – complete with three stages of live music, a massive beer tent featuring local and national craft beers, German food and food trucks, kids’ activities, a traditional stein holding contest and more! There will also be local vendors and crafters selling clothing, decorations and more! The best part? Admission and parking are FREE!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/403516393626810/
The Evesham Harvest Fest is one of the most popular fall festivals in South Jersey! With over 90 local crafters and artists, local food vendors, live music, games and more, we’re sure you won’t want to miss stopping by this event on Saturday, September 28th!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2581825611835966/
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Location: Camden County Technical Schools, 343 Berlin Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, New Jersey 08081
Check out the first annual Food Truck and Fall Craft Festival on Saturday, October 5th in Sicklerville! This festival will feature local food trucks and craft vendors, live entertainment, scarecrow-making, raffle baskets, pumpkin painting and more! Pumpkins and mums will also be sold, with proceeds benefitting the FFA Chapter at Camden County Technical Schools. To make things even better – admission is FREE!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/394254404730853/
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Station Ave, Haddon Heights, NJ, 08035
One of the best parts about fall is visiting local festivals for family fun and entertainment! The Haddon Heights Fall Festival will feature local entertainment, a “Kids Zone” with all proceeds going to support community projects, as well as three blocks of vendors including artists, businesses promoting their services, crafters offering a wide variety of handmade items, food vendors, municipal services and non-profits! Spend the day with friends and family by supporting local “mom-and-pop shops” and participating in exciting fall activities!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/905879106433827/
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Mainstage Center for the Arts, 27 S Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ 08012
There’s nothing better than enjoying a gorgeous fall day outdoors. Stop by the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 6th for some cider doughnuts, live music and entertainment, fun games, shopping and, of course, PUMPKINS! Partake in fun fall activities like pumpkin painting, hayrides, amusement rides, scarecrow making, bounce houses, pumpkin carving contests, face painting and more!
Visit www.mainstage.org for more information!
Time: 3pm – 9pm
Location: JJ Bootleggers, 35 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Living in South Jersey means being close to one of the greatest cities in the world – Philadelphia! This 21+ event may not be great for kids, but it’s the perfect fall activity for adults looking for something new and exciting! This event features five Philly bars and restaurants, premium hard ciders and 3,000 (yes – 3,000!) custom doughnuts! What could be better than enjoying a crisp hard cider and delicious doughnuts at the same time?
For more information or to get tickets, visit: https://phillyciderdoughnut.eventbrite.com
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Cooper River Park, 5300 North Park Drive, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08109
If you love eating Italian food (and really, who doesn’t?), then the Italian American Festival at Cooper River is where you want to be on Saturday, October 12th! The Italian American Festival will be an amazing event filled with Italian traditions, delicious food, kids activities, live entertainment, Italian-made automobiles, local wine and a beer garden! This event, hosted by the New Jersey Sons of Italy, is great for friends and even the whole family to get outside and enjoy some incredible eats!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/537775980084269/
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Mainstreet in Woodbury, NJ
Halloween is right around the corner, and that means costumes, candy and ghost stories! Try something new and exciting this Halloween and take a guided spooky walking ghost tour through Historic Woodbury, New Jersey! This event is family-friendly but may not be appropriate for young children.
For tickets and more information, visit: http://mainstreetwoodbury.org/ghost-tours-2019/?fbclid=IwAR3uuchnsEVyz8USzwF2SW9VcWCOHxspy5wESnU17__s-O9N386Ig_0aqd0
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: 2400 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, NJ 08043
Get the family together for some fall fun on Saturday, October 26th in Voorhees for the Halloween & Fall Festival! Parking and admission are FREE! This event will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, live music, a costume parade, local food trucks and MORE! The Sustainable Voorhees Greenfair will also be offering fun activities like making re-usable tote bags and crafting bird feeders out of paper towel rolls!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/712119892561606/
Second Annual Port Richmond Fall Festival – Saturday, October 26th
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Location: Friends of Campbell Square, Belgrade St & East Allegheny Ave (Port Richmond), Philadelphia, PA
Head across the bridge to Philadelphia for Port Richmond’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival in Campbell Square Park! Along with fun activities like costume contests, there will be Trick of Treating for the kids, live entertainment, local food trucks and beer for the adults!
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2286795341398149/
When you’re not busy snuggling up in your Schaeffer Family Home this fall, we hope you get a chance to attend some of these amazing events the South Jersey and Philadelphia area has to offer! We hope to see you there!
Summer is winding down, and before we know it, we’ll be sporting cozy sweaters, drinking cider and picking pumpkins! Even though Fall is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy! Summertime in South Jersey is all about going down the shore and soaking up the sun – but we think it’s time to shake it up with something new! Check out our end-of-summer bucket list for some fresh and fun ideas to end your summer with a bang:
Stroll through the beautiful 42-acre sculpture-filled park, museum and arboretum! This trip is great for the entire family, and after you’re done exploring the park, you can grab lunch at the top-rated Rat’s Restaurant or one of the cafes on-site. (You can also set up your own picnic, grab a refreshment or ice cream at The Gazebo!)
Experience what life was like in New Jersey during the 1800s at the Historic Cold Spring Village “living history museum” in Cape May. Stop in at the Cold Spring Brewery or take a class in pottery, blacksmithing or tinsmithing during your adventures at the village. Immerse yourself in history and experience the “home-spun” era up-close and personally while shopping, eating and learning new things!
Not only is visiting the Cape May County Zoo fun for all ages, but it’s also free! Spend some time outdoors while observing amazing animals like lions, otters, monkeys and more. You can even conquer their “aerial adventure,” an experience filled with rope swings, zip lines and other fun obstacles at the zoo’s Tree-To-Tree Adventure Park!
Make your way to Mullica Hill on any Thursday, Friday or Saturday to enjoy fresh baked treats and delicious homemade meals at the Amish Farmer’s Market. Spend some time exploring unique shops, which offer everything from holiday decorations and creative gifts to handmade soaps and essential oils.
Travel back in time for an exhilarating Medieval experience! Chow down on a delicious four-course meal while cheering on your favorite knight and their horse to win the jousting and swordsmanship competitions.
Animal lovers will go crazy for the chance to see wolves and wolfdogs up close at Howling Woods Farms. The farm is open to visitors by appointment only (to make an appointment, visit their website here: Howling Woods Farms), and is a unique opportunity to learn all about wolves and see a pack in real life!
Take a break from your hectic lifestyle to enjoy a peaceful day in nature. Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge offers hiking trails with stunning views of the lake. On the property, there are Bald Eagles, Great-horned Owls, raccoons, deer and other adorable animal residents that are unable to return to the wild due to injury. The Nature Center offers fun events and educational programs for all ages, as well!
Hop on board the world’s tallest and second-fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, play carnival games and have a ball at Six Flags Great Adventure. You can even check out the Safari at Six Flags, featuring real, wild animals from six different continents! We promise there’s something fun for everyone at Six Flags, even if you don’t like rollercoasters!
Whether you decide to end the summer exploring some of these great places or relaxing at your Schaeffer Home down the shore, we hope it’s filled with fun times and great memories! Soak up the sun and enjoy everything New Jersey has to offer during this beautiful summer season!
When it comes to selling your old home, there’s nothing like a first impression — which means your exterior should be in its been shape ever. When potential homeowners come to visit, it’s important they experience that “special feeling” from the get-go… a beautiful, clean, and depersonalized space can make the magic happen.
From your lawn to your flowers to your gutters, there are so many easy ways to make your outdoor space as appealing as your home’s interior. If you’re unsure where to start, don’t worry! When you work with Schaeffer Family Homes, we’re right behind you to ensure that you stage your home effectively, and feel confident and secure with every decision.
Are you ready to beautify your old home’s exterior so you can settle into your new Schaeffer home? We’re ready too! Take a look at a few of our favorite tips to enhance your curb appeal, win homeowners over, and sell your old home faster than ever:
Lawn: This may go without saying, but caring for your lawn should be one of your biggest (and first) priorities. From mowing the grass to raking leaves to pulling weeds, “grooming” this part of your yard ensures a clean, dignified aura that potential homeowners can feel immediately. The grass is greenest in your own front yard!
Real Estate Signage: There’s almost nothing more noticeable than that “For Sale” sign in your front yard. Of course, potential homeowners are going to see this sign and make instinctive judgments about how both you and your realtor view your home, so make sure the sign is appealing, clean, and represents you well!
Flowers: What says springtime better than vibrant, colorful flowers? Adding pops of color to your exterior, whether on your porch, on the sides of your walkway, or around your mailbox, creates a sense of warmth and liveliness. In the spring, flowers like yellow daffodils, pink peonies, and white tulips bloom beautifully.
Driveway: After years of use, your driveway naturally loses its original spark… The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get it into tip-top shape — pressure washing your driveway will make it look as good as new without breaking your wallet. When homeowners walk up to your home, they’ll get squeaky clean vibes!
Mailbox: Your mailbox may be one of your favorite staples, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use a little work. Touch up the post with a fresh coat of paint (you could even repaint your front door with a matching color). All in all, make sure that it looks clean and fresh, and if it’s too worn down, there’s no harm in getting rid of it.
Roof and Gutters: As much as it may feel like a chore, cleaning your roof and gutters will make a world of difference to someone who’s seeing your home for the first time. This means clearing out any branches and debris, reattaching loose gutters, and even replacing the roof if it’s completely necessary.
Photography: Today, about 88 percent of homebuyers start their process online, which means aesthetically pleasing photography puts you at an advantage. Once you’
ve spruced up your outdoor space, enlist the help of a skilled photographer to snap some “glamour shots” that will entice homeowners to come see the real thing!
At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team ensures that your road to move-in day is just as smooth and enjoyable as you deserve. When you stage your home the right way, potential homeowners will be able to envision making it their own — which puts you one step further to settling into your brand new Schaeffer home!
Step outside and take a breath of fresh, clean air — spring has arrived! What better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than by freshening up your Schaeffer Family home? From your window sills to your pillows, small changes can make a big difference in the overall feel of your living space.
When it comes to welcoming a new season around your home, all of us at Schaeffer Family Homes can’t help but feel the festive spirit. This season, make some easy adjustments to your beautiful home to start out the best time of the year right. Here are a few of our favorite tips for spring cleaning in 2019:
There’s nothing as sweet as springtime scents and a little bit of sunshine! This season, make sure your Schaeffer Family home feels just as fresh as it does outside with a little bit of cleaning. We can’t wait to see how you spruce up your home! From all of us at Schaeffer Family Homes, have a happy and refreshing spring.
Moving into a brand new Schaeffer Family home that’s built just for you is one of the most exciting times of your life. But
Effective staging isn’t just for show — in fact, staging your home the right way will ensure that you maximize its sales price. Take a look at a few of our favorite tips and tricks when it comes to the art of staging:
Declutter: First and foremost, it’s crucial to go through every single room in the home to clean up the “clutter zones,” or areas rife with old keepsakes. Either pack or discard of everything to make the space feel open and inviting.
Decide on Furniture: When it comes to the furniture in your home, it’s essential to make a final decision on what should stay and what should go. Always make sure to keep color, style, and function in mind to make the most confident and informed choice, and really see your home through a buyer’s eyes.
Accessorize: Decorate with accessories to make your home look its absolute best both in person and in pictures. The vast majority of potential buyers see your home in photos online before they see it in person, so everything you do in your home should be about that crucial first impression.
Stand Out: Make your home appear unique with just a few fun touch-ups. Change the color of your front door to something like red or robin’s egg to stand apart in a neighborhood or hang multiple mirrors on the walls to create a wide open feel.
Keep it Simple: Last but not least, make sure that your home doesn’t appear too personalized, so a buyer can envision making it their very own.
Because a buyer’s first impression could make or break a decision, it’s important to stage your home the right way. When you understand where the eye goes first, as well as what’s pleasant and positive, and what needs a change, you can make the best adjustments to not only impress buyers, but win them over.
When you’re ready to start your new adventure in a Schaeffer Family home in New Jersey, our whole team is right behind you. With the right staging technique, you’ll be well on your way to your dream lifestyle in no time. We can’t wait to work with you to get you moved into a Schaeffer Family Homes community!
Everyone loves to visit model homes, getting to experience a perfectly designed home that you can only dream of! (Who hasn’t envisioned having a luxurious spa bathroom?) While living in a professionally decorated home may not be in your budget, you can use some designer “tricks of the trade” to create memorable spaces for yourself and your family.
To begin with:
Regardless of its design, your home should reflect you! Especially in the “personal” spaces like the bedrooms. Next to the family room, the master suite is probably the most common family hub. Kids, pets, laundry, toys, stacks of books, art projects… everything winds up here at some point. Yet this space should be your oasis, a sanctuary that is beautiful and practical. Here are some tips for creating an enticing master suite.
At Schaeffer Family Homes, we design our master suites to be spacious and comfortable – the perfect base for you to create a space that’s all your own. Learn more at SchaefferHomes.com or call us at 856-208-5118.
A stunning 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom open floor plan, The Winston embodies Schaeffer Family Homes promise of comfort and warmth for families of all sizes. Built with the highest quality and greatest care, this home is a place that tells the unique story of your family.
When you open the door to The Winston, you’re greeted by a two-story foyer and spectacular turned staircase that glows with natural light from a vast window. Marvel at the beauty of high, vaulted ceilings and enough room for all of the furniture and decor pieces you’ve ever wanted.
You’ll feel the charm of this gorgeous home throughout each room, including a first-floor study, a large living and dining room, and a spacious kitchen that leads to a comfortable family room complete with a rear staircase. Share holiday meals, host friends, and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life.
In your large master suite, relax in pure luxury with a private bathroom that offers an incredible soaking tub and separate stall shower. The master also includes a large walk in closet. The ideal place to start your mornings and end your days, your master suite caters to all of your leisure needs.
Beyond the master suite, you will find 3 additional bedrooms that are spacious in size along with another full bath. At over 3,000 sq. ft., The Winston includes plenty of space and can be personalized to be the home of your dreams. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the Winston model. Choose from 3 alternate exterior choices including one that has a front porch that is perfect for morning cups of coffee. If more space is required ask about adding a sunroom off the kitchen or expanding the dining room.
If you’re looking for a warm and welcoming place that reflects your style and ensures comfort day in and day out, The Winston is the home for you. And of course, you can rest assured that our team at Schaeffer Family Homes provides the most rewarding and smooth building process, so the moment youstep into your new home feels as sweet as can be.
For more information on The Winston, please visit our page, or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to work with you!
When it comes to interior design, a single trend can be the talk of the town for years and then essentially fall off the planet. Remember avocado-colored furniture and wallpaper borders? Yeah, we don’t want to either… But in 2018, we’re seeing a major comeback happen; you won’t believe the trends that are heating up again with the help of a little modern flare!
In your spacious and comfortable Schaeffer home, your interior design makes you feel just as good as the high-quality structure and building materials that we provide you with. Draw some inspiration from these timeless trends and get ready to give your home a makeover that you’ll love for good!
You may know all about the “millennial pink” craze that has taken the nation by feminine storm, but did you know that good old fashioned blue and white is making its way back into homes? This classic color scheme gives off a peaceful, somewhat nautical vibe, and is being revamped with modern patterns and textures in living rooms. Once popular in the 90’s, these colors are happy to be making their way in 2018!
If we’re playing music from the 60’s and 70’s on our iPhones, then why can’t design trends from this time make their way back into our modern lives? Believe it or not, Macrame is all the rage — again! Macrame is beautiful, knotted rope that’s designed in creative ways to make hanging planters, wall hangings, and more. Take a trip back to yesteryear and find a spot on your wall for an ode to the best decades of all!
Bathroom and Kitchen
If it’s hard to believe that brass is back in style, we don’t blame you! This staple of the 1980’s was in such abundance that homeowners eventually wanted to be as far from it as possible. But now, brass doesn’t signify something common — it’s now a sign of luxury. It’s softer, less harsh and shiny, and inexplicably trendy. Try brass fixtures and accents in your bathroom and kitchen for a sleek, sophisticated look.
Although it seems as though all white or all dark, minimal and modern kitchens are the chic way to go, it’s good to know that kitchen colors are coming back! Just like the 50’s and 60’s, cabinets are sporting colors again, this time with fashionable hu
es like classy navy and elegant hunter green. Get ready for the heat of the kitchen as the greatest room in the house is ready to pop again!
You’ve probably thought long and hard about how you want your Schaeffer bedroom to look. If you’re a sucker for light, pretty colors but you’ve been swayed by the ultra-modern color trends of today, we have good news for you: pastels are back! Yes, you heard that right. Light pinks, greens, blues, and oranges are back in style, only this time, they’re understated and calm, giving your space a relaxed, modern vibe that doesn’t feel retro.
“Contemporary wallpaper” may seem like two contradictory terms, but believe it or not, this widely used trend of the past is now coming back into the spotlight! Decorative wallpaper can now be used not just to give color to your walls, but to show your creativity and unique eye for design. Since monotone colors has been in for so long, vibrant modern prints truly highlight your originality. We’re excited about it!
Interior design is a great way to show off your singular style. Just like the physical components of your home, the way it looks and feels on the inside plays a part in how you feel everyday. We love that while some design trends are fun to look back on, others are simply timeless.
When it comes to the inside of your home, get inspired by the design ideas with true staying power — they may make your home as home-y as can be! For more information on our homes and communities in New Jersey, please visit our website, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to working with you!
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/