If you’re moving into your new home with children, there’s a good chance that you’ll be utilizing one of your extra spaces as their playroom! Having a playroom in your home provides a designated space for kids to play games and get creative with crafts, toys and more! There are many ways to design an amazing playroom, and how you craft yours will depend a lot on your child’s age and interests. We have some great tips and tricks for you to consider when creating a playroom that your child will love!
Whether we like it or not, kids tend to make a mess! In the playroom, you’ll want to choose flooring that’s forgiving when it comes to spills, scratches and other accidents. You may want to consider vinyl or hardwood flooring in this space, which you can layer with fun-colored rubber floor tiles, mats or rugs for extra protection, color and comfort!
Take a family trip over to your local home improvement shop and let your child pick out the playroom’s paint color! You can even consider painting one wall as an accent wall with funky designs or chalkboard paint for drawing! Or, if you’d rather keep the walls a neutral shade, you can still spice up their space by adding fun removable wall decals like this awesome jungle mural. You can find these removable wall decals and other affordable playroom décor on Amazon.com!
There are endless ways to decorate the playroom with useful storage cubbies, cubes and bookcases. You can utilize a storage cube bookcase combined with colorful cube bins for creating pops of color while keeping toys, books and crafts organized. You might even consider installing book shelves to create a “reading wall” or library, complete with fun pillows and a colorful rug for a cozy reading area! It’s easy to find toy organizers online to keep your playroom organized in an exciting and tasteful way!
Depending on how much space your playroom offers, you might consider designing the room with different activity areas in mind. One of our favorite ideas is creating a “little gym” play area, a concept from Martha Moore, a NJ teacher and author of the Primary Paradise blog. This “little gym” might include a kid’s gym mat, mini trampoline, tumbling triangle and more! You can also add a “nap time” corner with a cozy tee pee, pillows and blankets. Some more ideas include a craft area, kid’s kitchen, library, dress-up station or even a stage for singing and acting!
There are so many fun chair designs out there to make your playroom the ultimate hang-out spot for your child. Utilizing bean bag chairs is a common option that kids always love! These bungee dish chairs are also a hit with kids and teens, and they’re easy to foldaway when you need extra space. (Believe it or not – they’re also super comfortable!) Lastly, it’s a good idea to consider getting a mini chair and table set for when they need a hard surface for doing crafts or drawing.
How you decide to design your playroom is totally up to you, but we suggest leaving electronics like televisions and video games in the family room or entertainment center. The playroom is a great space for children to get creative and use their imaginations, and sometimes electronics can be a distraction. It’s never a bad idea to have a space for your child that is distraction-free, where they can spend time reading, learning, relaxing or creating new things!
It’s obvious that your child’s age will play a big role in designing your playroom. No matter how old they are, you should evaluate the space and take the proper measures to ensure their safety. Remember to child-proof outlets and install corner and edge bumpers around the room when necessary. Use furniture that won’t tip over or break easily to avoid any injuries. Do research and read customer reviews before purchasing furniture, toys and other products you’re planning to use in the playroom. Don’t forget to provide them with enough space to move around easily, since kids (and adults) can trip and fall if an area is too crowded.
Part of what we teach children as they grow up is the importance of staying organized and putting things back where they found them. Adding a “cleaning station” to your child’s playroom is a cute idea that will encourage them to partake in tidying up and organizing. A cleaning station will also make them feel like this room really is their own little space! Not to mention, these cleaning tools can come in handy when “playing house” and other games that require them to use their imaginations!
Does your kid love boats? Dinosaurs? Cars? Center their playroom around the things they really love and enjoy! If your creative juices aren’t flowing, hop online and explore Pinterest for themed room ideas. Depending on how much space you have, you can really take their playroom to the next level with a mini rock-climbing wall, boat playhouse, slide, or treehouse! (We do recommend hiring a professional to install these cool features if you’re not totally confident you can do it yourself.) If you have a smaller space or budget, there are still many amazing and affordable ways to create awesome themes and activity areas for making ultimate playroom.
When it comes to the playroom, it’s hard to go wrong. The more creative you allow yourself to be when designing this space, the more fun it’ll be for the whole family! Embrace your inner-child and put your imagination to the test – we promise the results will be exciting! We can’t wait to see how you decide to design and personalize the playroom where your child will make fond memories that will last a lifetime.
Want to share photos of the playroom in your Schaeffer Family Home? We’d love to see them! Feel free to post your pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Houzz and tag Schaeffer Family Homes!
You’ve heard there’s no place like home, but the truth is, there’s no place like your first home. Think about it: you’ve just made your biggest financial (and most emotional) decision yet, you’re finally switching from renting to owning, and most importantly, you’re taking a giant step toward the rest of your life… It turns out that your first home really is the most special place in the world.
If you’re thinking of buying a new home or are about to start the process, you’ve probably read up on mortgages, compared new homes vs resale, etc. But do you know what to bring to builder meetings? How about current promotions? Some things get overshadowed by the “big points,” but at Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe the little details matter… So we put together everything you won’t find in a simple internet search:
We’re not saying that buying a home isn’t stressful, but the entire process with your first home is typically less overwhelming than with your next. Your first time buying a home, you’re probably not as concerned with getting all of the features and finishes absolutely perfect — but more so just excited and focused on owning your own space in a location that makes you happy.
Pro top: Enjoy every minute of the ride, even the lengthy parts, because it’s all worth it in the end.
Do you believe you can’t afford a home you truly love? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But that’s why we’re here to tell you that you might be able to afford so much more than you think. In fact, you might even up paying less for your mortgage than for your current rent… in a much better space that you own.
Pro tip: You can get a preapproval even while you’re still renting! Go check out where you stand (you might be amazed).
When it comes to home ownership, there’s no better time than right now. (Guess all of those “seize the moment” quotes were right…) Of course, with interest rates at a current low point, buying your first home sooner rather than later means you can stop throwing money away (and by that, we mean renting), and start owning something that gives you so much back in return.
Pro tip: Just take the leap! You’ll be glad you did.
Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to your first home, what’s on the outside matters a whole lot too. Your new home’s location is going to make a difference when it comes to your job and your social life, so make sure to consider convenience — how close are you to stores, restaurants, and bars? How long will it take you to get to work?
Pro tip: It’s okay to experience lifestyle changes (i.e. driving to work for the first time instead of walking), but don’t overlook the certain things you favor the most.
You might be wondering why we’re giving you childhood advice in a blog about owning a home, but hear us out. Bringing someone who knows and loves you (and who you trust) to your builder meetings will help you see things clearly. Whether a parent, a sibling, or another important figure in your life, having someone else’s opinion that you value can make a world of difference.
Pro tip: It’s always okay to sit back, take a deep breath, and consider a new perspective.
If you’ve ever been told to “ask a lot of questions,” now you finally have a good reason to. We are here to help you throughout this entire process and want to make sure that you are absolutely clear about every detail of building your new home!
Pro tip: You’re the buyer! Don’t be afraid to ask!
Last but not least, we want you to know that this whole process is going to be emotional. Your home is a big deal (the biggest deal, actually), so you’re going to feel a lot of different emotions. But even if you’re doubting everything you’re going through, remember that owning your first home is a feat that should make you proud.
Building your vision from the ground up is so much more than just a process. It’s one of the most special things you can do. Looking to buy your new home in South Jersey? Contact Schaeffer Family Homes at 856-208-5118 to make your first home buying process a breeze!
When it comes to selling your old home, there’s nothing like a first impression — which means your exterior should be in its been shape ever. When potential homeowners come to visit, it’s important they experience that “special feeling” from the get-go… a beautiful, clean, and depersonalized space can make the magic happen.
From your lawn to your flowers to your gutters, there are so many easy ways to make your outdoor space as appealing as your home’s interior. If you’re unsure where to start, don’t worry! When you work with Schaeffer Family Homes, we’re right behind you to ensure that you stage your home effectively, and feel confident and secure with every decision.
Are you ready to beautify your old home’s exterior so you can settle into your new Schaeffer home? We’re ready too! Take a look at a few of our favorite tips to enhance your curb appeal, win homeowners over, and sell your old home faster than ever:
Lawn: This may go without saying, but caring for your lawn should be one of your biggest (and first) priorities. From mowing the grass to raking leaves to pulling weeds, “grooming” this part of your yard ensures a clean, dignified aura that potential homeowners can feel immediately. The grass is greenest in your own front yard!
Real Estate Signage: There’s almost nothing more noticeable than that “For Sale” sign in your front yard. Of course, potential homeowners are going to see this sign and make instinctive judgments about how both you and your realtor view your home, so make sure the sign is appealing, clean, and represents you well!
Flowers: What says springtime better than vibrant, colorful flowers? Adding pops of color to your exterior, whether on your porch, on the sides of your walkway, or around your mailbox, creates a sense of warmth and liveliness. In the spring, flowers like yellow daffodils, pink peonies, and white tulips bloom beautifully.
Driveway: After years of use, your driveway naturally loses its original spark… The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get it into tip-top shape — pressure washing your driveway will make it look as good as new without breaking your wallet. When homeowners walk up to your home, they’ll get squeaky clean vibes!
Mailbox: Your mailbox may be one of your favorite staples, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use a little work. Touch up the post with a fresh coat of paint (you could even repaint your front door with a matching color). All in all, make sure that it looks clean and fresh, and if it’s too worn down, there’s no harm in getting rid of it.
Roof and Gutters: As much as it may feel like a chore, cleaning your roof and gutters will make a world of difference to someone who’s seeing your home for the first time. This means clearing out any branches and debris, reattaching loose gutters, and even replacing the roof if it’s completely necessary.
Photography: Today, about 88 percent of homebuyers start their process online, which means aesthetically pleasing photography puts you at an advantage. Once you’
ve spruced up your outdoor space, enlist the help of a skilled photographer to snap some “glamour shots” that will entice homeowners to come see the real thing!
At Schaeffer Family Homes, our team ensures that your road to move-in day is just as smooth and enjoyable as you deserve. When you stage your home the right way, potential homeowners will be able to envision making it their own — which puts you one step further to settling into your brand new Schaeffer home!
If you’re a sucker for succulents and other houseplants, you’ll love to know that growing houseplants in your Schaeffer home helps to make you happy! Did you know that certain plants “clean out” toxins found in households, which directly reduces levels of anxiety and stress, and improves your mood?
Not only that, indoor plants also emit phytoncides, or mood-boosting compounds, which can enhance immunity and ward off the effects of harmful germs. Fortunately for us, beautiful houseplants offer more than their good looks… So let’s take a look at a few of our all-time favorites:
Aloe: You know aloe as a natural healer for ailments like sunburns and cuts, but this simple yet chic plant purifies the air, particularly of toxins found in cleaning supplies. An aloe plant is perfect for your bathroom window, where it will receive the sunlight it needs.
Peace Lily: Just as beautiful as its name implies, the peace lily truly brings peace to any indoor space. In fact, a study conducted by NASA found that these gems are among the most effective at filtering out harmful chemicals (most notably trichloroethylene and benzene) that get trapped in the air. And they sure are pretty…
Snake Plant: Bright and eye-catching, there’s nothing scary about the snake plant. In fact, this green beauty (which doesn’t require a ton of sunlight or water) absorbs carbon monoxide, releases oxygen, and filters out toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde. If you’re ready for more happiness in your home, this plant is key.
Boston Fern: Sleek and stylish, the Boston fern is the perfect plant to place… well, just about anywhere in your home. Best of all, this super cool plant not only cleans out toxins, but improves humidity by naturally restoring moisture to the air. This means relief for dry skin, noses, and throats.
Bamboo Palm: Eye-catching and trendy, the bamboo palm is so much more than its beautiful appeal. This all-purpose plant effectively absorbs a pollutant called toluene, which causes a host of troubles including eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as several other harmful pollutants.
At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe that home should be the happiest and healthiest place in the world — so we carefully craft each home with superior features, expert design, and of course, the touch of family. This spring, let it grow, let it grow, let it grow, and add a little green to make your home happier than ever.
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:
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.
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:
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!
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.
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!
“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 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
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.
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 your 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/