It’s not too early to start prepping for Thanksgiving!

You look forward to Thanksgiving each November. Whoever hosts always seems to pull it off
without a hitch. Now, you are all settled in your brand new Schaeffer home, and you’ve volunteered
to host this year. And the magnitude of the task has hit you. Don’t sweat it. You can do it – and make
it look effortless – thanks to your state-of-the-art kitchen and party-friendly open floor plan!
Invite early. The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to plan early. Once you commit to hosting, the
first thing you need to do is invite every single person you want to come. Even the last minute types
are likely to make Thanksgiving plans early in November, so start putting feelers out there ASAP. In
the meantime, start thinking about where you’re going to put everybody. (Flexible, open floorplans
make this part soooo much easier!)

Be organized. Planning and organizing is imperative. It’s the only way to make sure you don’t find
yourself with missing ingredients, a house that’s a mess, and hours of cooking still to be done when
your guests arrive. Start by making lists of everything you need to do, a schedule for the weeks
leading up to dinner, and shopping lists before you head to the store for ingredients and supplies.
Bonus! Lists let you see everything you need, and let you check things off. (Checking things off is a
really good feeling!)

Plan your menu. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and you need a game plan. The first
step? Figure out what’s on the menu. Chances are your guests will want to bring things… you just
have to tell them what you need. Once you have the menu set, start shopping for non-perishables
(e.g. baking ingredients, bread cubes, herbs & spices), and make a corner of your pantry
“Thanksgiving Central”. Having everything in one place will help you keep track.
Cook in advance. Don’t stress out by trying to cook everything on Thanksgiving Day. Create a
timeline, and figure out what can be made ahead of time. Casseroles can be premade. Vegetables
can be chopped and ready to steam. Some things can’t be cooked early, like the turkey, but almost
everything else in the meal can be prepped and ready to just pop on the stove top or into the oven.
Let’s put that brand new kitchen to work!

Set up in advance. Establish your dining space (formal dining room, flex space, even the family room). Figure out if you’re having a sit-down meal or a buffet-style repast. Then, as long as you don’t have to worry about pets or small children upsetting things, set everything up days before the event. That way you won’t be scrambling to find the serving dishes that are somewhere in the basement; cleaning the dust off the extra wine glasses that are on that high shelf in the kitchen, and counting the flatware only to discover
you don’t have enough right before the first
guest rings the bell.

Offer snacks before dinner. Tasty appetizers benefit the cook as much as the guests. Bowls of nuts, some crackers and cheese, and trays of crudité or hot apps scattered throughout the family room, living room or basement rec room will keep them busy munching while you finish up! Keep the kids entertained. For children, it seems like Thanksgiving dinner takes foreveeeer to
land on the table. Keep ‘em occupied with games out in the yard, movies up in the loft or craft projects in the rec room.

Above all, relax and enjoy. Let your guests marvel at the spaciousness of your new Schaeffer home,
while you perform culinary magic in your new kitchen! Learn more about our holiday-friendly
homes at Schaeffer Homes.

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.

Schaeffer new home incentive

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.

Get Off the Fence Sales Event

Get Off The Fence

 

Summer has already made the leap into fall — are you ready to get off the fence, too? As bright colors and sweet autumn scents settle into South Jersey, picture yourself sharing a holiday meal with your family in a brand new home. There’s never been a better time to fall in love with a Schaeffer home!

At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe that the home buying journey should be as easy and rewarding as possible. That’s why from September 29th through October 29th, we’re offering exclusive bonus packages to make your home even cozier.

The rule is simple: sign a contract by October 29th, and then choose your exclusive bonus package:*

 

GET SHOPPING

Buy your appliances, light fixtures, and outdoor furniture with a $5,000 Home Depot Gift Card.

GET CLOSING

You’re that much closer to Moving Day with $5,000 towards closing costs.

GET SPRITZED

Say goodbye to dragging the hose around the yard with a $5,000 credit toward a sprinkler system.

GET GRILLING

It’s instant outdoor festivities with $5,000 toward a 12×24 concrete patio PLUS a propane grill.

GET PEACE & QUIET

You’ll love your neighbors even more with a $5,000 credit toward a white vinyl privacy fence.

GET PRETTY

A perfectly appointed home is all yours with a $5,000 credit toward work with our interior designer.

 

Whether you’ve always wanted privacy, impeccable interior design, or the best appliances out there, we have a bonus package that’ll make pumpkin-spice season sweeter than ever. The joy and spirit of the fall and winter holidays are present in a Schaeffer home year-round… feel the love!

Make sure to grab your favorite package before someone else does. The perfect home for you is waiting with open arms! Please visit our website, or contact us at 856-208-5118 with any questions.

*Must sign a non-contingent contract by 10/29/18 including initial deposit. Incentives are offered on a first come first serve basis. Only one incentive is available in each category. Each incentive has a non-cash value not to exceed $5,000. Must use Builder’s Preferred Lender. See Sales Representative 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!

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

 

Sizing Matters: Choosing The Right Size Home for Your Family

Deciding to build a new home is exciting, but it also requires a lot of planning. At Schaeffer Family Homes, we think that choosing the right floor plan is a vital first step. From the size and shape, to where the rooms are located in relation to each other, every part of the home can affect your experience, so knowing what you want is crucial. We have some tips for choosing the right size home for your family.

1. Figure out what size home will best suit your needs.

Choosing a floor plan should start with how large a home you need to fit your lifestyle. How many bedrooms and bathrooms? How many garage bays? Are you downsizing? How much square footage do you really need?

2. Choose a floor plan based on your lifestyle.  

Every family has their own style, so choosing a floor plan that meets your needs is essential. Do you work from home and need an office? Are you a movie buff who wants a media room? Do the kids need a rec room? Think about what you need to be comfortable.

3. Trust your instincts on what “feels” right when choosing a floor plan

All of us know when a space feels comfortable. Take these instincts into consideration when looking at different floor plans. A family with younger children may feel that the master suite needs to be closer to the other bedrooms. But an older couple might prefer for the master suite to be downstairs, separate from the other bedrooms.

4. Be honest about your needs and lifestyle.

Lifestyles and family needs differ depending on what stage of life you are in. Features that young couples look for in a home are different from what a single person or a retired couple might find important. Before choosing a home design, ask yourself:

  • Do you plan to start a family? How many children? Is there room in your plan for growth? 
  • Will you need guest rooms for overnight visitors?
  • What about additional living space for visiting parents or grandchildren? 
  • Are you approaching your retirement years? Would you prefer a plan with single level living?
  • How do you entertain? Do you host formal events or relaxed get-togethers? 

5. Don’t forget other space considerations.

Would you prefer the laundry room to be downstairs or upstairs? Do you have hobbies or special interests that require dedicated rooms to enjoy them? Are you a “pack-rat” who needs lots of attic or storage space to store your treasures? 

               

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/