Spring Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Season

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:

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  1. Welcome Home: Spruce up your outdoor welcome mat by hosing it down and letting it air-dry. Another effective way of stopping dirt in its tracks (no pun intended) is to use a mat on the inside of your door as well. If you already have one, vacuum both sides of it to really get the dirt out for a new season of visitors.
  2. Bubble Fun: Did you know that one of your favorite beverages is also one of the best cleaning agents for your refrigerator? After you’ve thrown out food you don’t want or use, give your appliance a deep clean with a mixture of salt and soda water. The “abrasive texture of the salt” mixes with the bubbles to really scrub grime away.
  3. Dust It Off: Even the most simple of tasks can make a big impact. Dusting off the surfaces of your home, from your coffee table to your kitchen counters to your window sills, can give your entire home a clean aura and feel. With a cloth or store-bought duster, get around places like coffee maker nooks, pictures frames, and vases.
  4. #trashtag: Believe it not, your trash can needs some cleaning love too… Although this might not sound like the most fun chore, you’ll be singing its praises once your trash can is as good as new. Completely empty your kitchen trash can, spray it with a disinfectant, scrub it with a toilet brush, and voila! The smells are long gone.
  5. Bedding Beauty: The place you go to for ultimate relaxation, your bed is one of the most special parts of your home. Refresh this space by switching out thicker, winter sheets and pillow cases for spring ones. Not to mention, a new look — like a light-colored duvet or spring-themed pillows — creates an entirely fresh vibe.
  6. Flower Power: The most prominent sign of spring, fresh flowers make this season so lovable. Whether in your master bedroom, guest bathroom, living room, or kitchen, sweet-smelling flowers like lilacs, tulips, and daffodils make your home feel fresh, light, and beautiful… And most of all, as happy as can be.
  7. Gut Your Garage: It’s easy to let the things in your garage pile up, but it’s difficult to clean it all up… With the official start of spring around the corner, make it a point to tackle the garage! After sorting items into piles (keep, donate, sell, recycle), do a little dusting, sweeping, and wiping down, and it’ll be as good as new in no time.

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.

The top 5 benefits of owning a Schaeffer home vs renting

Selling people on the idea of homeownership isn’t usually too hard. After all, it’s the quintessential American dream. From the sense of security to the sense of community, not to mention the financial benefits, the advantages of owning a home – especially a Schaeffer home – are clear. Our homes combine unmatched value, prime locations, sought-after neighborhoods, and great quality to create the best new homes in South Jersey.

Still on the fence? Totally understandable. Deciding to buy a home is among the biggest financial decisions that many people make. The advisability of buying versus renting depends on many things – location, financial stability, future plans and lifestyle preferences.

Here are a few reasons to consider buying a Schaeffer home instead of renting:

  1. A better home. As the rental market heats up, it’s harder to find a good quality rental. If you want the best home, in the best location, a Schaeffer home is your answer! Every one of our homes is quality built, Energy Star rated, and affordably priced.  
  2. New is all you. You have a limited ability to personalize your space as a renter. But as the owner of a Schaeffer home, you can have things just as you want. And we can’t wait to help you personalize the home of your dreams. Wait until you see our state-of-the-art Design Center!
  3. No landlord. As a renter, your monthly payments only benefit your landlord. But mortgage payments made by you build equity for you. Plus, a renter is always at the mercy of the landlord. As a homeowner, the power is in your hands.
  4. Financial predictability. Renting is inherently unstable. Rates can – and will – increase, often based on the whims of the landlord. With a fixed-rate mortgage, your payments are fixed for the life of the loan, a clear advantage over rental market fluctuations.
  5. Tax benefits & savings. When you own a home, part of your mortgage payment goes towards the principal repayment, helping you to build equity. And you’ll enjoy tax deductions on interest payments and property taxes.  

Consider the true cost of renting, putting your money into something you don’t actually own. Instead, turn that rent payment into a down payment on a Schaeffer home of your own. Call or visit us now and start investing in your future today!

Featured Team Member: Meet Gail!

“I would give Gail Hopkins a shout out. She is their warranty representative. If I had any issues, she rectified them very efficiently. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her in that regard.” – Michelle M.

When you’re looking for the right building team, you need people who aren’t only great at what they do, but also love what they do. At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team loves nothing more than helping homeowners like you find and settle into your dream home in the absolute best neighborhood of South Jersey. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to our incredible Construction Administrator, Gail Hopkins!

There’s so much to love about Gail, but it’s her passion for others and what she does that has made such a positive impact on both our team and our homeowners. With over 20 years of experience working in the new home building industry, Gail has brought an invaluable amount of expertise, dedication, and customer care to her role since she joined our team in 2014, and it shows throughout her work day in and day out.

When it comes to the future of Schaeffer Family Homes, Gail says she’s most excited about the chance to build quality homes that are made to last. In her role, she especially loves the opportunity to assist homeowners with building and caring for their dream homes. It’s no surprise that Gail’s family values extend far beyond her work in the office — when she’s not working with us, she’s spending time with her family and 2-year-old grandson.

We’re so happy and proud to have you on our team, Gail! Thank you for all of the positivity you bring to those around you. For more information on our homes and communities throughout South Jersey, please visit our website or give us a call at 856-208-5118. Gail can’t wait to work with you to help bring your dream home to life!

Builder Spotlight: Meet Jason!

Schaeffer FamilyThere are few things more special than sharing the feeling of home with your family. Between milestones and everyday moments, your home is the safest and most comforting place in the world. Only someone who lives and breathes the value of family knows how to build the homes that families deserve, and we’re proud to say that at Schaeffer Family Homes, that someone is none other than our wonderful leader, Jason Schaeffer.

When he first stepped into his role, the first thing that Jason did was incorporate the word “family” into the company name. “We are truly a family company. My mother still works for the company, as do my brother and wife. We have many employees who have been with us for decades and all of our employees are treated as family.” Best of all, when you buy a home with us, you become a lasting part of this Schaeffer family.

Before purchasing the family business from his mother and father in 2006, Jason worked in construction as a service and warranty manager, a sales manager, and eventually an operations manager for many years, in which he oversaw about 1,000 homes being built. Everything he’s learned about the industry through his past experiences have helped to shape his role today, and we’re grateful for the chance to learn from him every day!

Since the very beginning, Jason has put a significant emphasis on exceptional customer service. The happiness of his homeowners is his number one priority, which all starts with a rewarding building experience. Because GuildQuality provides Schaeffer Family Homes with real market research from homeowners, Jason pays special attention to what you say, so he can ensure that the work he does significantly enhances your life.

Having grown up in Berlin Borough, Jason has always been close to where our headquarters and design center are today. After spending time traveling and working after college, Jason settled into the new home industry and has been here ever since. Jason married his high school sweetheart, moved to beautiful Haddonfield, and lives there now with his wife and three sons.

It’s no surprise that Jason’s love of family and community doesn’t stop when he’s not in the office. In fact, his favorite thing to do in his free time is to enjoy moments with his family, whether that’s going on trips, relaxing at home, or attending his children’s sporting or music events. He also pursues aviation — did you know that Jason is a private pilot? If he weren’t the owner of Schaeffer Family Homes, he’d be flying planes!

When it comes to the heart and soul of your home, there are no better hands to be in than Jason’s. With an unmatched eye for aesthetics, design, and function (fun fact: Jason was given a scholarship to attend the Accademia di Bella Arti in Florence and was a professional sculptor after college), and an immense amount of love and care for his work and his homeowners, Jason is the co-pilot you want on your homebuilding journey.

All of us at Schaeffer Family Homes would love to thank Jason for being the greatest leader and inspiration of all. Our work is a fulfilling adventure each and every day, due in large part to the man that helps to make the magic happen. For more information on our homes and communities throughout South Jersey, please visit our website or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

Featured Floor Plan: The Bolero

Spacious, charming, and filled with natural light, The Bolero is a warm and welcoming floor plan that’s easy to call home. With 4 comfortable bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2,334 square feet of beautiful open space, Schaeffer Family Homes created this home for families like our own.Bolero Kitchen

Step inside and immediately feel the magic — high ceilings, a grand staircase, and a contemporary, expertly-designed layout greet you with open arms. With soft light coming in from large windows, you can’t help but love the luxurious and cozy aura that embraces you.

The charm of this home is easy to sense throughout each room, including large living, dining, and family rooms, and a gorgeous kitchen with a center island and warm nook to enjoy meals in the mornings. There’s no better place than this open and airy home to share the most special moments of your life!

Envision yourself relaxing morning and night in your elegant master suite, where a private, spa-like bathroom with a glass stall shower offers luxury whenever you want it. Not to mention, a roomy walk-in closet ensures that everything you need is right at your fingertips with the easiest access. An oasis built for leisure, your master suite is the bedroom that was always meant for you. Beyond the master suite, you’ll find three bedrooms and a quaint hall bathroom that ensure endless comfort for your family and guests.

Bolero Living Room

As functional and spacious as it is warm and comforting, The Bolero is where you want to spend your days. The greatest memories of your life are waiting to be made here! As promised, when you work with a team like Schaeffer Family Homes, you understand what it means to be a #1 priority. We provide the smoothest building process, so the moment you step into your new home is as sweet as can be.

For more information on The Bolero give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to work with you!

Featured Spotlight on Our Design Center

There is so much to consider when buying a new home. Once you’ve selected your new home builder (Schaeffer Family Homes, of course!), you still have to choose a community, a model, and a home site. And that’s just the beginning!

The next part, though, is really fun! At our state-of-the-art, 2,000 sq. ft. Design Center, virtually all of the components that make up a home are on display, from light fixtures to roofing samples, faucets to countertops. Every selection, choice, and upgrade is here for you to see, the way it would really look in your new home. This is a “one stop shop”, designed to make the new home selection process as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Not only do you get to take advantage of our award winning Design Center, but you’ll also enjoy the services of our professional design consultant, Christie Redner, who will expertly guide you through personalizing youDesign Center Photosr new home!

She’ll help you answer such questions as: What kind of front door do you want? Do you want a bull-nose landing on your staircase? What color marble should the family room fireplace surround be? Which mantle do you want for the fireplace? What about a home automation system that can provide security, temperature, and lighting control?

At Schaeffer Homes, we never want you to settle. We give you plenty of choices, so you can create the home that’s right for your family – the home you’ve always dreamed of! Learn more here!

Schaeffer Family Homes Featured Employee: Meet Christie!

At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team knows that a home isn’t just a living space — it’s a place where families grow together. Between all of those special milestones and everyday moments, a home is where we make our lifelong memories.

Featured Employee Christie Schaeffer Homes

From start to finish, our dedicated Schaeffer family ensures an easy, smooth, and rewarding experience for everyone we work with. When we build your home, we build a living space that we’d want for ourselves, and no one understands these family values better than Christie Redner, our very own Director of Sales and Design Center Manager.

Just a week after graduating from Penn State, Christie began her career in new home sales, and has since changed the lives of families for 12 years and running. The incredible impact that Christie has made on Schaeffer Family Homes for the past 7 ½ years is felt by all!

Everyone who meets Christie can instantly sense how bright, kind, and genuine she is, so it’s no wonder that she’s the perfect person to assist customers on the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. With a family of her own, Christie knows how important it is to treat homeowners with respect and care throughout every step of this exciting process.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to show someone that their dream home can become a reality,” Christie says. The many “thank you” emails and cards that she receives after move-in day is just a testament to

 the wonderful work that she does day in and day out. We can’t say enough about Christie, but many happy homeowners reflect our thoughts exactly with their rave reviews…

“Christie is the best! I don’t know how we could have gotten through the process without her.”

 “Christie Redner… She’s amazing to work with and will keep you focused.” “Christie went above and beyond! I’m not completely sure how she put up with all of the questions we had.”

Featured Employee Christie Schaeffer Family Homes

Outside of the office, Christie loves traveling, going to the beach, walking her dog, and spending time with her daughter, Willow, and husband, Dan in their warm and comfortable Schaeffer home. Yes, Christie was once a customer of ours! She chose to build a home on her own land, so she knows exactly what a Schaeffer homeowner goes through in the building process. This is one of the many reasons that the service she provides to our customers is top of the line, and why spending time with her is so much fun.

All of us at Schaeffer Family Homes want to thank Christie for the positivity she brings to our office and our homeowners every day! We can’t wait for you to see what a joy she is to work with. For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 856-208-5118.

Final Chance to Live at Four Seasons in Millville!

Schaeffer Homes’ last new construction home in Four Seasons at Millville is ready and waiting for you! Don’t miss the opportunity to live in a carefree, active adult 55-plus community, complete with tons of resort-style amenities — and the benefits of a 5-year tax abatement!  

Located at 16 Torresdale Street, the ranch-style Jaxon I model is 1,380 square feet. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 1-car garage. The large great room/dining room has a vaulted ceiling, and is completely open to the spacious kitchen with a large center island. The kitchen includes upgraded 42” white cabinets and recessed lighting throughout. Enjoy a sliding glass door off the back of the home and beautiful upgraded flooring!

16 Torresdale Schaeffer HomesThe master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and a private bath with walk-in shower and dual vanity. This home is Energy Star certified and backed by numerous new home warranties, and is priced at $214,900.

Best of all, when you sign a contract between now and October 29th, you get to choose an exclusive bonus package from our Get Off the Fence Sales Event! With credit toward features like appliances, lighting, a patio, interior design, and more, you can make your Jaxon home as cozy as possible.

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When you join the tight knit community at Four Seasons, you’ll enjoy the numerous amenities the community has to offer, including the outdoor pool, tennis courts, pickleball, bocce ball, the 7,500 square foot clubhouse with fitness center, billiards room, game room, and catering kitchen. Plus, there are tons of organized activities — something for everyone.

You’ll love the low-maintenance lifestyle, too. All you need to do is take your trash to the curb. Someone else will take care of all lawn maintenance and snow removal.

Do not miss this opportunity to own a Schaeffer home. The Jaxon is located at 16 Torresdale Street, Millville, NJ 08332. Contact Gabrielle at 856-208-5118 or gabrielle@schaefferhomes.com for more details.

Featured Floor Plan: The Winston

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.

Winston Kitchen

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.

Winston Entrance

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!

Design Trends Making a Comeback

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!

 

Living Room

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!

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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!

 

Bedroom

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/

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