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!

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

Christmas Village

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 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!

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. 

 

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!

Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own

Once you and your family have settled into your gorgeous new Schaeffer home, the rest of your life can begin! We’re more than excited for you to experience the most rewarding journey yet, and to feel comfortable everyday in your home.

Throughout the entire homebuilding process, we do all of the heavy lifting for you. You never have to stress over the details or feel overwhelmed by any step. Once you’re moved in, however, it’s always a good idea to have a few trusted tools in your back pocket.

 

 

Check out our list of the best tools to keep in your home:

 

Screwdriver Set

A complete set comes with a variety of head sizes to get into all kinds of spaces. When you’re completing basic projects like tightening cabinet hardware, this set will be your best friend.

 

Hammer

Make sure that the head of your hammer is smooth to avoid damage to any surface that you’re working on. Get one with a grip that feels the most comfortable to you!

 

Cordless Drill

There are many things you can do with a sturdy cordless drill, including creating holes in wood without splits. With a full charge, you can take your drill anywhere without worry.

 

Measuring Tape

Accurate measurements of furniture, valuables, and walls are a must whenever you decide ro remodel. Pro tip: you’ll appreciate a measuring tape that fits in your pocket when you’re out.

 

Utility Knife

A handy general tool, your utility knife will be helpful in many different situations, and especially in the beginning of your move when you’ll be cutting open taped-boxes.

 

Leaf Rake and Snow Shovel

New Jersey is no stranger to fall leaves and winter snow, and these two tools are absolutely essential. Keep your front and back yards tidy with tools that feel comfortable in your hands!

 

Ladder

A ladder’s purpose speaks for itself, just make sure not to walk underneath it! (Just kidding…)

 

Zip Ties

Easy to store and durable, zip ties are great for a wide variety of things — from fastening flowers together to attaching tags to luggage.

 

Pliers

When you’re working with pliers, a strong tool with a firm grip will be your best aid. Different sizes and shapes work for different projects and spaces, so why not get a few kinds?

 

Handsaw

If you enjoy building your own furniture and completing various home projects, a great handsaw will help you get the job done.

There’s no better feeling than moving into your dream home. Once you’ve made it, having a few handy tools available will save you a last minute trip to the store when you need them most!

 

For more information on our Schaeffer homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We look forward to partnering with you on this incredible journey!

               

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