Fun Fall Activities in South Jersey

Pumpkin patch

 

Autumn in South Jersey is jam-packed with fun things for families to do. From pumpkin and apple picking, to hay mazes and corn-based entertainment, to Oktoberfest to Halloween, there are a million ways to fill the fall days. Here are some of our favorites…

Fall Festivals – You name it, you’ll find a festival for it. Music, arts & crafts, beers, local foods, Halloween, harvest. Here are a few of our faves:

Highlights include a car show, petting zoo, food trucks, craft vendors, beer gardens, rock wall, live music. 

Highlights include hundreds of craft and art vendors, scarecrow making, carriage rides, live music. 

Wineries / Vineyards – It’s party time at the vineyards, too!

Cape May Court House – Natali Vineyards

Wine tastings, local vendors, live “jazz-blues”, the annual grape stomping contest.

Tastings, tours, sangria, wine slushies. Local food and crafts. Bring your own food for a picnic in the vines or order from our menu. Live entertainment.

 

Fall Fun on the Farm – It’s no secret that South Jersey has tons of family farms… and fall is a glorious time to visit. These are just a few of the farms with fun fall festivities.

Highlights: Wagon rides, pumpkin patch, pedal cart racetrack and kids’ corn maze.

Highlights: Hayrides, a corn maze, petting zoo and pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Highlights: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pick-your-own pumpkins, corn maze.

Highlights: Hayrides, pumpkin picking, bonfires, face painting, goat and alpaca farm

Highlights: Hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkin, pumpkin painting, treasure hunt and hay-bale maze

Highlights: Hayrides through the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins

Highlights: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, rubber duck races, corn cob blaster

Highlights: Pumpkin patches, corn maze, campfire hayrides

 

Halloween – Halloween festivities are as unique as pumpkins!

Wear your witch’s hat and enter the hat contest. Stop in the shops with your hat and see what deals await you! 

Highlights include pumpkin painting and games, crafters and food vendors, the haunted house at the Corson Gandy Barn, and a hayride through the farm. Please bring a non-perishable food item. 

 

Check Out Our Stunning NEW Floor Plans!

 

For three generations, Schaeffer Family Homes has been providing families in New Jersey with living spaces that create lifelong happiness. Our floor plans are designed to fit the needs of your family, so that you’re always comfortable in your brand new home.

If you’re ready to purchase your very first home, or you’re looking to “right size” to your next one, Schaeffer Family Homes is ready to partner with you. We’re excited to say that we now have two gorgeous new floor plans that are available for Summer Delivery in our Villas at Cornerstone community.

 

Introducing the Anson: 2 Story / 1,176 Sq. Ft. / 4 BR, 3 BA/ 2 Car Garage

Anson

 

The brand new Anson floor plan is the ideal living space for families of all sizes. This home includes 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Enter the home off the charming front porch to a spacious living room. Immediately to the other side is the kitchen and dining area which allows the family to be together during football games or holiday dinners. Towards the back of the home is a bedroom, full bath, and first-floor laundry.

On the second floor, there are 2 comfortable bedrooms, a stunning master suite with a master bathroom, a third full bathroom, and a flexible loft that can be turned into another bedroom! A basement foundation is also included for additional storage space.

 

Introducing the Evansville: Single Level Living / 1,640 Sq. Ft. / 3BR, 2BA/ 2 Car Garage

 

 

The brand new ranch-style Evansville floor plan is single level living at its best. Enjoy a master bedroom retreat on one side of the home which includes a walk-in closet and private master bathroom. On the other side of the home, there are two more spacious bedrooms, ample closet space, and another full bath so either your children or guests can be comfortable at all times.

The Evansville boasts an open floor plan as the heart of the home. The spacious kitchen is wide open to the dining room and living room making gatherings and hosting a breeze. Our favorite part of this home is the charming foyer that leads to a front porch, where you can sip your morning coffee, catch up with friends, and unwind at the end of the day. This home also includes a basement foundation!

Both of these new floorplans are located in our Villas at Cornerstone community in Carneys Point and we estimate about two months until completion. Schedule your appointment today to tour these beatuiful quick move in homes! Call 856-208-5118 to learn more or visit www.schaefferhomes.com

 

What You Can Do About Rising Home Prices

Living Room

 

Did you know that rising lumber costs have “increased the price of a single-family home by over $7,000?” With homebuilding prices continuing to rise, where does this leave you, the potential homebuyer? You want to take the best deal, but you may not feel a real sense of urgency.

This is where Schaeffer Family Homes comes in. Our team wants you to know about these impending price increases so that you can make a smart decision today to positively impact your future. Our gorgeous floor plans are ideal living spaces for families of all sizes, and are priced extremely well — but costs will inevitably rise in the future.

If you come by today to lock in your price, you’ll have your dream home for none other than your dream price.

In today’s housing market, your best bet is taking the leap when the best opportunity presents itself, and Schaeffer Family Homes has that opportunity ready for you. Today’s the day to lock in your price and make your greatest choice yet.

Schaeffer Family Homes is dedicated to creating stunning, spacious homes with top-notch materials and features that reflect your lifestyle. Not to mention, our team is always ready to go the extra mile to make the entire journey as smooth and worry-free as possible. That being said, we’re on hand at all times to walk you through questions or concerns.

To learn more about how the Schaeffer Family Homes difference can impact your life, please visit our website, or call us at 856-208-5118. We look forward to making your dream home a reality!

9 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

New Home Living Room

We never thought it would be here, but Spring is finally in full bloom and all of us at Schaeffer Family Homes in New Jersey are so excited because of all the fun ways to enjoy the season inside and outside your home! We’re more than ready to hang up our coats and make the most of spring! Here are a few design and decor tips to welcome spring into your home, so you can enjoy the season to the fullest.

  1. Bring plants and flowers into your home. Whether they’re in vases, hanging planters, or sprawled on the mantle, more greenery and color will brighten anyBUDy’s day!
  2. Designate a weekend to some Spring cleaning to bring in the new season and send out those winter woes! Nothing feels more refreshing than an organized home, so grab the vacuum and cleaning supplies and go room by room to tackle the dust and dirt that’s been building up all winter.
  3. Give your closet a makeover by switching into the clothes you’ve been waiting to wear all winter! Likewise, collect all those heavy boots and coats and put them into storage.
  4. Let the light in! Nothing feels more like spring than fresh air and natural light, so part those curtains and open up those large windows! Spring is in the air and you should have it circulating through your house.
  5. Pastels and shades of white are back on trend. Replace your pillows, curtains, and accessories to add pops of spring colors. Fun accent pieces with lots of color and even fun patterns are the perfect way to brighten up any room. With our homes, you definitely have enough room to utilize all of the trending spring colors!
  6. Lemonade, strawberry shortcake, lavender sorbet… the options are endless when it comes to cooking creatively with spring ingredients. Keep your kitchen stocked with fruits and seasonal veggies!
  7. Speaking of lavender, spring scented candles are back in stock and ready to be lit! Filling your home with all the calming and enjoyable scents of the season are the perfect way to wind down after a busy day.
  8. Getting the outside of your home ready for spring is just as important as the inside. Decorate your entryway with blossoming wreaths and potted flowers to properly welcome your guests and create an inviting new look for the season!
  9. But don’t just plant a new bed of flowers – switch out your actual bed as well! Exchange the flannel sheets and heavy comforters for lighter sheets and duvets. It’ll be easy to catch some ZZZ’s in the right linens.

 

Spring is the perfect time to have fun with your home decor. Use these helpful tips to enjoy all the feelings of the season inside and outside your home!

Building Strong for Generations

The Schaeffer family has been committed to providing quality-built, affordably priced new homes in South Jersey for over 60 years. Starting with Thomas Schaeffer Sr., continuing through Thomas “Tim” Schaeffer Jr., and now guided by Jason Schaeffer, this dedicated clan has made homebuilding a true family affair.

While Tim worked with his father, polishing his craft and building custom homes in southern New Jersey, Tim’s son, Jason, has taken his years of experience and is shifting the company’s focus to “on your lot” building in South Jersey and at the Shore.

Various members of the Schaeffer family are involved with the company – that’s what makes us different! When you build a home with us, you work with everyone in the family (In case you’re wondering, Jason’s sons are already part of the company… he named the newest floor plans after them!).

Letting our family build for your family is a smart decision. We’ll build your home just like we build our own!

Call Schaeffer Family Homes when you’re ready to build the home of your dreams. We’ll build what you want, where you want.

The Villas at Cornerstone is Almost Sold Out!

Phoenix A

Schaeffer Family Homes is thrilled to announce that our single family home community in Carneys Point, NJ, has just 5 homesites remaining! Hurry in now to take advantage of our “Homesite of the Month” Bundled Package – worth $22,500!  

Our home at 12 Granite Lane will include an exclusive Bundled Package with $7,500 toward closing costs, waived homesite premium, 12”x 12” tile in full baths, a raised height vanity with granite countertop and double bowl sink in the master bath. This also includes our Bronze Package which features granite countertops, 42” cabinets with crown molding, four recessed lights, stainless steel appliances (gas range, dishwasher and microwave) in the kitchen, and hardwood flooring in the foyer, first floor hallway, kitchen and nook.

We also have a free finished basement incentive. Buyers must use Oak Mortgage to take advantage of this incredible offer. It’s not available with all models, so check with the Community Manager for more details.

Contact Lorraine Marek, New Homes Sales Specialist, at (856) 376-0919 or Lorraine@Schaefferhomes.com today for more details or to schedule your appointment.

Exciting Updates Happening in our Build On Your Lot Program!

We have some great things happening at Schaeffer Family Homes – especially in our Build On Your Lot program.

We recently hired Josh Adams to handle land acquisitions and to assist our customers with finding a lot. He has an exclusive database of lots that you won’t find on the MLS or real estate websites. If you are still searching for a lot, set up a meeting with Josh! He will be able to help you find something in the location you want.

In financing news, we have a partnership with a local bank, offering “Construction to Perm” financing with only 3.5% down, and also a VA Financing Program. Who says you need to put a lot of money down to build your new dream home? Here at Schaeffer Family Homes, our goal is to make building a new home easy and enjoyable!

If you already own a lot, we’d love for you to consider Schaeffer Family Homes as your builder. Give us a call and we’ll discuss where you are in the building process, and how we can help you build the home of your dreams on the lot you love.

New Year’s Resolution: Cooking healthier in your new Schaeffer home!

Jaxon Kitchen

We’re serious about promoting a healthy, active lifestyle at our Four Seasons in Cumberland community. From pickleball and tennis to weight-training and swimming, we know our 55-plus homeowners are happier and healthier when they are moving. Cooking for yourself is another way to create a healthier lifestyle. You can control the ingredients, portions and preparation methods when you make your meals at home.

Here are 10 ways you can be a healthier and happier cook in your Schaeffer kitchen:

  1. Be mindful. Make conscious food choices. Pay attention to what – and how – you’re eating. Prepare your food. Taste it. Savor it. Enjoy it.

 

  1. Become an educated eater. Make an effort to learn how to cook and eat healthy. Brush up on healthy foods and recipes. Learn how to plan and create your own healthy meals.

 

  1. Eat more fruits and veggies.Aim for 4 to 13 servings a day, in a range of colors. Add them to soups, stews, omelets, pasta, rice, sauces, etc.

 

  1. Eat less meat. And when you do eat meat, make sure it’s lean. Eat small servings, and make sure the majority of your plate is veggies and whole grains.

 

  1. Keep it simple. Delicious, healthy meals don’t require you to be a world-class chef. Choose good quality ingredients and keep your cooking techniques simple.

 

  1. Learn various cooking techniques. Experiment with stir-fry. Roast vegetables on a sheet pan. Try packets made from parchment or aluminum foil. Even if you’re having salmon every day, you can prepare it differently each time!

 

  1. Make it easier whenever you can.Buy bagged and shredded cabbage and carrots, and pre-chopped greens. Use frozen bags of vegetables (peas, corn, pearl onions) in soups and stews. Keep canned beans on hand to throw into dishes.

 

  1. Make your kitchen fun and functional.Organize your pantry and cabinets so you can find things easily. Keep fresh fruits and veggies on the counter where they’re accessible. Play music when you’re cooking. Clean up when you’re done.

 

  1. Plan meals ahead of time.Wash, cut and peel fruits and veggies for snacks and meals. Batch cook grains, like rice and quinoa. Portion out snacks like nuts and berries. These shortcuts help make sure you eat healthier.

 

  1. Focus on flavor. It’s easier to eat healthy if food tastes good. Flavor your foods with fresh herbs, unique spices or even citrus. Add vegetable or chicken stock to grain dishes. Make your own vinaigrettes for salads, grains or veggie dishes.

 

With tips like these, you’re sure to master healthier living in your home at Four Seasons in Cumberland!

The Schaeffer Family is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit SchaefferFamilyHomes.com or cal 856-208-5118 for more information.

Is Your Holiday Party Plan Ready to Go?

Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday party season is in full force! Before you stress out, here are a few tips for getting ready for the next round of festivities.

What are you hosting next? A cocktail party? A cozy holiday meal for immediate family? An open house for hordes of people? Preparing for each will involve different necessities and organization, so figure that out before anything else.

Take stock of your supplies. Once you know what kind of event you’ll be preparing for, make a list of what you have or have to get. Do you have enough stemware? Do you need more plates/cups? Does the bar need to be replenished? Get decorations and supplies that match your party style or theme. Festive drink garnishes for a fancy cocktail party, fun photo booth props or s’mores bar ingredients for family parties, etc.

Organize and take inventory. As you sort through various platters, bowls, pitchers, vases and other pieces, take note of what is missing or broken. Also, pay attention to pieces lurking in the back of the cabinet. When was the last time you used them? Consider donating anything you haven’t used recently.

Clean everything. Give the kitchen a good scrubbing. Launder tablecloths, napkins and other linens. Better yet, drop them off at the dry cleaner.

Sort out the pantry, fridge & freezer. Clean out the refrigerator and pantry. If you find canned or boxed food that hasn’t expired and won’t be used in the next few weeks, donate it to a food drive or pantry.

Restock. Think about what you’ll be cooking or baking for the holidays. Get your herbs, spices and staples organized, and make a list of things you need to replenish.

Check cookware and kitchen tools. While you’re planning your party menu, figure out what pots, pans and cooking tools you will need. If you need to pick up an extra cookie sheet, put it on the list.

Go shopping. In addition to cookware and kitchen staples, look for basic white dishes, wineglasses and nice flatware.

Prep for overnight guests. Clean up the guest room, wash the bedding and towels.

The next round of holiday festivities will be even better than the last with these helpful tips to prepare! So get your game plan ready, and start enjoying the holidays with your loved ones!

The Schaeffer Family is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information. 

Interested in building on your own lot? Check out Schaeffer Family Homes!

Everyone has a different idea for where they want their dream home to be. For some, living in a new community is the aspiration. But for others, a spot far from town – or a lot right in the middle of town – may be more attractive. The Build On Your Lot program from Schaeffer Family Homes is an exciting alternative to our communities. It offers the option of building a high quality Schaeffer home on a homesite that you may already own or one that we can help you acquire.

If you have a homesite, we can help determine if it is suitable for building. Schaeffer Family Homes provides a homesite inspection for all of our customers. During a due diligence contingency period, we will go out to your homesite and identify which items will need to be addressed in order to build your new home. We will also talk to the local municipalities and zoning offices to find out what permits and tests they require. We recommend that a soil test, seasonal high water table test and topographical grading plan be performed to get things started.

If you don’t own any land, we have relationships with many landowners and can provide you with a list of available homesites. Or we can provide you with names of several real estate professionals that specialize in land acquisition.

When you are ready to build, Schaeffer Family Homes has more than 20 home designs to choose from, priced from the low $100s to the upper $300s and beyond. We offer many home styles, such as ranch style, 1st floor masters and traditional 2-story homes. And there are a variety of structural changes available depending on which floorplan you choose. If you are looking for something unique or custom, please let us know so we can review the customization choices open to you. If you have your own plan, we will be more than happy to review it.

Your final price may vary depending on which of our included feature packages you choose. The starting price for each floorplan is based on the Legacy Features Package. Upgraded selections are part of the Signature Features Package. Upon request, we will provide you with a cost estimate based on the features that you wish to have in your new home. Our goal is to work within your budget and build the home of your dreams!

Our Build On Your Lot program is available in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey. If you are interested, call 856-208-5118 or fill out the request more information form on our website, and we will schedule a free consultation meeting with a New Home Specialist. If you do not own land yet, we recommend speaking with us before you buy your land so that we can assist you.

We look forward to meeting with you to build the home of your dreams on the land that you love!

               

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/