Featured Floor Plan: Meet the Blake!

 

Fun Fact: A lot of our floorplans are actually named after real people. Not celebrities or Presidents, but our own employees’ and homeowners’ unique and exuberant children! And our featured floor plan, the Blake, is no exception. Just like the real Blake, this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2,934 square home, is one that you’ll adore the minute you both meet!

 

The Blake model boasts incredible curb appeal with its charming exterior. Choose from a portico or a full front porch, add dormers, or even a third floor. The exterior choices on this home are endless. Our Blake model home in Cherry Hill, located at 42 Berlin Rd is currently under construction and will be ready to tour by the end of this year, but until then, we will walk you through the Blake in this blog!!

Past your front door, you’ll find a charming foyer with a living room and a dining room on either side. The dining room, perfect for celebrations and family dinners, leads into a spacious kitchen, complete with an island, a charming breakfast nook, and a butler’s pantry. Best of all, the kitchen flows freely into the family room, which makes cooking and sharing meals together all the more special. Towards the back of the home you will find a powder room and an area that would make a perfect drop zone for coats, backpacks, and everything in between.

Upstairs on the second floor, luxury and leisure await in your spectacular master bedroom, which provides two large walk-in closets and a spa-like bathroom. Beyond your bedroom, you have 3 more spacious bedrooms, a full bathroom, and best of all, an upstairs laundry room.

Last but not least, if you want even more space in your new home, you have the choice to add a third floor that includes an unfinished attic space for additional storage, or finish the space and add a 5th bedroom and bathroom. At Schaeffer Family Homes, we believe that your home should look and feel exactly the way you want it to, so we always make sure that the most important choices are all yours.

 

From family dinners in the backyard to get-togethers with friends, every moment in your Blake home feels entirely and uniquely like you. If you’re ready to start your greatest adventure yet, Schaeffer Family Homes can’t wait to help you get settled in! For more information, please visit us or give us a call at 856-208-5118.

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:

spring-cleaning

  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.

Employee Spotlight: Meet Krista!

At Schaeffer Family Homes, our friendly and knowledgeable team wants nothing more than to make your days extraordinary. We understand the true meaning of home and family inside and out, and make sure that your journey to move-in day is just as sweet as life in your new home will be.

This week, we’re happy to introduce you to an employee who brings positivity to our office and homeowners everyday. Krista Cipollone, our incredible new home sales specialist, is one of the reasons why your homebuilding process is easy, informative, and fun from start to finish.

After graduating from the University of Scranton in 2015 with degrees in broadcast communication and Spanish, Krista started her career in television production in Philadelphia. While she loved working as an associate producer, she was ready for something more challenging… And luckily so, because that’s how she found her Schaeffer family.

In April 2018, Krista joined our team as a new home sales specialist, truly coming full circle — her mom had always worked in real estate and property management, and Krista always had an interest herself. When it comes to her role, Krista’s most excited about our brand new Carriage Mews community in Berlin Borough, (where she lives in her own Schaeffer home!) and absolutely loves hearing the enthusiasm and excitement in a customer’s voice when they’re talking about the “must-haves” in their dream home.

“It’s special to be part of the process of building a new home,” Krista says. “Buying a home is a big decision, and designing your own home makes it personal! I love taking a role in the process of helping people find their dream home.” We may be biased, but you can trust us when we say that when you’re going through this exciting (and emotional) adventure, there’s no one warmer, more kind, and more insightful than Krista to have on your side.

It’s no surprise that Krista’s just as adventurous and fun-loving outside of Schaeffer… When she’s not in the office helping homeowners, you can find Krista staying active while snowboarding, playing tennis, paddle boarding, bowling, playing ping pong, and traveling, as well as cheering on the Broad Street Bullies as a Philadelphia Flyers Ice Girl.

Krista also loves animals, and volunteers with a West Berlin rescue called Balanced Buddies Res-Q. She says that her dog, Sully, is her absolute pride and joy, and loves extending her affinity for furry friends outside of her home. Just as thoughtful as she is hard-working, Krista’s an incredible addition to our team. We’re so lucky to have you, Krista! Thank you for all that you do for Schaeffer and our homeowners.

For more information on our homes and communities throughout South Jersey, please visit our website or give us a call at 856-208-5118. Krista can’t wait to work with you to help bring your dream home to life!

The top 5 benefits of owning a Schaeffer home vs renting

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Team Member: Meet Gail!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

 

               

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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