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!

Tips For Staging Your Home to Sell

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.

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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!

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!

The Featured Floorplan of the Month – The Lancaster

Schaeffer Homes is thrilled to introduce you to The Lancaster. One of our most popular floor plans, it has 2,600+ square feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 2-car garage. This cozy plan is ideal for growing families. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be instantly welcomed. From the soaring two-story foyer to the formal living and dining rooms, this center hall colonial-style home just feels like home.  

Just down the main hall, the spacious family room and adjacent kitchen form the heart of this home. The kitchen has a center island, abundant cabinet and counter space, and a sunny nook that’s ideal for weekend breakfast with the family and homework headquarters. The family room has choices for a fireplace, and a 4-foot extension, while the kitchen may feature a bay window or french doors out to the back of the home.

Upstairs, you’ll love the large, spectacular master suite filled with natural light, two walk-in closets, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, garden tub and large vanity. Down the hall are three more spacious bedrooms, a full hall bath, and large landing which is open to the foyer below.

The Lancaster can also be customized with an optional sunroom with a cathedral ceiling and skylights, a bay window in the living room, and more. We offer a variety of architectural styles and exterior finishes, so your Lancaster won’t look like anyone else’s either! Lancaster Floorplan

Every last detail of this home reflects the Schaeffer Homes commitment to superior craftsmanship, innovative design, and unparalleled quality. We know that this is an exciting journey, and we want every step of it to feel rewarding and memorable. Visit schaefferhomes.com for more information or call 856-208-5118 to begin building your very own Lancaster Model!

Two Brand New Homes in Haddonfield!

When you’re ready to settle into a forever home with your family, move-in day can seem like a world away. But at Schaeffer Family Homes, your greatest adventure can start as soon as possible — our 2 brand new move-in ready homes in beautiful Haddonfield are eager to welcome you with open arms!

Located at 211 E Cottage Ave and 213 E Cottage Ave, these innovative, energy-efficient homes are just as comfortable as they are luxurious. Nestled into remarkable Haddonfield, these 2 cozy homes offer everything you’ve always wanted for your family.

Filled with open, airy space, the highest-quality features and finishes, and an abundance of natural light, you’ll feel right at home the moment you open the front door. Most importantly, these charming and stylish homes pair modern design with timeless comfort to create a historic cottage feel.

New Home Schaeffer Family HomesWith 5 luxurious bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and 3,136 square feet of wide open and flexible space, your family and friends will always feel as comfortable as can be. Head into your one-of-a-kind kitchen, where an oversized island, quartz countertops, stacked cabinetry, and contemporary appliances await. Make your way into the large great room (with a built-in fireplace!) and envision all of the memories that you and your family will make there. Not to mention, a spacious, formal dining room is ready for all of your meals and milestones.

Upstairs in your master bedroom, enjoy a spa-like walk-in shower, separate water closet, 2 walk-in closets, and so much more. Your laundry room is located on the upper level, so you’ll never have to walk up and down stairs to do laundry ever again. One of the best parts? 213 comes with a 22kw Generac Generator and 5 year warranty, so no need to worry about any power outages!

New Homes in Haddonfield

Best of all, the days of dark and dreary basements are gone. Both of these homes include a finished, walk-out basement with large windows, open space, a full bathroom with a shower, a guest bedroom with a closet, and a sliding glass door that takes you to your gorgeous backyard. Turn this space into the area of your dreams, whether it’s a media room, children’s playroom, wine tasting sanctuary, or more — there’s no limit to your wants and needs!

Not only will you have the home of your dreams, but these homes are in the location you adore! Historic Haddonfield offers a variety of shopping and great restaurants on nearby Kings Highway. The town includes an award-winning school district and is an easy commute to Philadelphia by car or the nearby speedline.

For more information on our newest homes in beautiful Haddonfield, please visit our website or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

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!

Holiday Happenings in South Jersey

The fire’s crackling, the lights are twinkling, and Sinatra’s playing throughout your home — there’s no better place to be during the holidays than South Jersey! At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe in the spirit of the season, and build all of our homes in towns that value the magic of wintertime too.

This holiday, venture outside for family-friendly events and activities that’ll make this year the most memorable of all! From tree lightings to Santa visits, there’s never a shortage of holiday happiness here. Check out our top picks for things to do before you head into 2019:

Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration: Did you know that the holidays are even more magical underwater? Up until December 30th, the whole family can enjoy Christmas Underwater, a stunning display which includes the world’s tallest underw

 

ater Christmas tree, “el-fish helpers,” a visit from Scuba Santa, and so much more! A beloved NJ staple, the aquarium will also release indoor flurries, and allow children to drop off letters for Santa in a special underwater mailbox.

Santa’s Snack and Swim at Sahara Sam’s Oasis: We can’t enjoy our beautiful beaches just yet, but we can still get in the water… Every Saturday and Sunday from now until December 23rd, Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park will host Breakfast with Santa, where children can enjoy a delicious buffet of breakfast favorites and splash around with their favorite holiday saint! This unbelievable indoor water park has rides and attractions for all ages, so everyone can enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure.

Christmas Fantasy Lights Parade Storybook Land: You’ve never seen Christmas quite like this before… With over one million lights lit up in the park, you and your family will always remember this remarkable holiday e

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vent. At the spectacular Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township, Santa will appear outside of his home (until December 23) to wave his magic wand and let the festivities commence. From there, everyone can enjoy rides, attractions, and tasty treats at the snack bars!

Holidays at Johnson’s Corner Farm: There’s nothing quite like wintertime activities with your loved ones. At Medford’s own Johnson’s Corner Farm, families can spend a peaceful and relaxing evening doing what they love best around the holidays. With light show hayrides, sparkling lights, cookie decorating, open fire s’mores, and of course, all of the Christmas trees you could ever pick from, this beautifully-decorated holiday oasis will become a tradition for your family for years to come.

Jingle: A Magical Holiday Spectacular: No celebration in New Jersey would be complete without a little Atlantic City flair… Up until December 21, the whole family can enjoy the stunning spectacle of Jingle: A Magical Holiday Spectacular. Performed in the Tropicana’s showroom, you’ll be surrounded by dazzling dancers, singers, ballerinas, AC favorites, aerial artistry, and of course, breathtaking choreography and costume design. Filled with energy and joy, you won’t want to miss this seasonal show.

Grab your scarf, gloves, and holiday spirit, and head outside of your Schaeffer Family home for some festive fun with your family. We can’t wait for you to experience the magic in South Jersey! From our family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.

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!

               

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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