Living in Delaware

Glad young father and little daughter looking at expositions in museum

Amazing Things to Do in Delaware That Are Totally Free

There are a lot of reasons why residents of Delaware love this hidden gem of a state. Buying a new home in Delaware gives you access to all sorts of fun and free things to do, right here in Wilmington and beyond. You can go see a shipwreck from the 18th century—no scuba diving required!—and perhaps even find an artifact on the beach. Or, check out a nature center, art gallery, or history museum—all practically in your backyard.

Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck

Hundreds or perhaps thousands of ships are thought to have sunk off the coast of Delaware, but only a few have been explored. One of the shipwrecks to have been discovered recently is the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck. The ship was a British merchant ship that ran aground on a sandbar in 1772.

The ship was discovered in 2004. Dredging operations tossed tons of sand onto Lewes Beach after which people began unearthing artifacts from the wreck. If you walk along Lewes Beach between the Children’s Beach Home and the Yacht Club, you might still find an artifact or two. If you do, please bring them to the Zwaanendal Museum to be identified and documented by the archaeologists working on the project.

Or, if you just want to check out the shipwreck itself, go at low tide to S. Bay Shore Drive, then turn right and drive on to the pay parking lot. Seeing the wreck requires a one-mile hike south of the parking lot.

DuPont Environmental Education Center

Located in Wilmington, the DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) is situated where the river, marsh, and city intersect. There’s no charge to explore the 212 acres of freshwater tidal marsh. Keep your eyes open for turtles, beaver, river otter, and lots of species of birds. The DEEC also features a large ornamental garden near the visitors’ center, along with a 7-mile bike/hike trail.

Mezzanine Gallery

In downtown Wilmington, in the Carvel State Office Building, you will find the Mezzanine Gallery. It features rotating, one-artist exhibitions. All of the featured artists are from Delaware and their mediums vary, including painting, photography, sculptures, crafts, and folk art.

Newark History Museum

You can visit the Newark History Museum free of charge from April through December on Tuesdays and Sundays. It’s located at 429 South College Avenue in Newark, Delaware inside the historic 1877 Pennsylvania Railroad Station building. Railroad enthusiasts love the historic building, and there’s always plenty to see inside. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the historic artifacts that explain the history of Newark.

New homes for sale in Delaware

You can take advantage of all the amazing amenities that Delaware has to offer. Get in touch with Montchanin Builders today to schedule a viewing of one of our move-in ready homes in Delaware. We’ve designed our walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls to be both beautiful and functional, with plenty of green spaces and quick commutes into town. Call our office today to chat about our special financing offers!

Additional resources for homebuyers in Delaware:

3 Best Farmers’ Markets in Wilmington, Delaware

In the Wilmington, Delaware area, three bustling farmers’ markets routinely bring the best of local agriculture to area residents. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to support local businesses while also getting access to fresh and delicious produce. There are plenty of good finds at the Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market, Bellefonte Farmers’ Market, and the Highland Orchards Farm Market.

Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market

As its name suggests, this farmers’ market is located on Delaware Avenue in Wilmington. It’s open every summer from May through September on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Be sure to check their website before you go, just in case their hours change from season to season.

Here, you’ll find everything you’d expect in a community farmers’ market, including fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You’ll also find pasture-raised meats like beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, as well as farm fresh eggs. Some vendors also offer baked goods, including homemade fudge, and specialty foods, including vegan and gluten-free options. At the Jack’s Jams stand, look for their artisanal jams, pickles, and sauerkraut. Carol’s Scents N’Soaps offers fine soaps and body products, and Gage Family Beekeeping has organic honey and more.

Bellefonte Farmers’ Market

The Bellefonte Farmers’ Market is located on Duncan Road in Wilmington, behind the Bellevue Community Center. While their hours are subject to change from year to year, they are generally open every Friday from June through September, with the potential for special events in October.

You’ll find a wide assortment of local vendors here, including stands for fresh vegetables and fruits, and locally made products like baked goods and soaps. This farmers’ market is particularly enticing for kids, as they often feature a giant, inflatable slide. You’ll also find food trucks, music, and kids’ activities, making this farmers’ market more like a semi-permanent block party.

Highland Orchards Farm Market

Highland Orchards is a family-run farm on 1431 Foulk Rd in Wilmington, DE. Although this isn’t a traditional farmers’ market, it is a farm market with plenty of delicious choices. Look for fresh, seasonal, and pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. The selection is primarily sourced from Highland Orchards itself, although products from other, nearby farms are also available. They also offer a variety of dried goods and meats.

Love their selection? Become a CSA member! CSA stands for “community-sponsored agriculture,” and the CSA program at Highlands Orchard allows you to sign up as a subscriber to receive a seasonal mix of produce on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. That means that every week you can get a customized mix of fruits and veggies you love, including eggplant, English peas, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches, and much more. Additional options include meats, preserves, and baked goods.

Looking for new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware?

Check out the exquisitely planned communities of Montchanin Builders, including The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green. Take advantage of the buyer-friendly Wilmington, DE real estate market and tour our exquisite, affordable move-in ready homes today. Our walkable neighborhoods are close to all the best that Delaware has to offer, including the vibrant farmers’ market scene in the Wilmington area.

Contact Montchanin Builders today to request a viewing. Don’t forget to ask us about our special financing offers!

Additional resources for Wilmington, DE farmers markets:

How to Escape into Nature this Summer in Delaware

Those who live in Delaware tend to agree that this state is one of the rare hidden gems in the country. Folks who have recently purchased new homes in Delaware from Montchanin Builders are delighted to find that there are plenty of opportunities for getting out and enjoying nature in the Wilmington area. However, if you want to travel a bit, you’ll find plenty of beautiful views and recreational opportunities all around the state, like the Cape Henlopen State Park.

Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, DE

It’s a little-known fact that some of the very first public lands on the continent are in Delaware. In the 17th century—before America was America—William Penn decreed that Cape Henlopen and its natural resources were designated for common use, for the betterment of the residents. Over the centuries, Cape Henlopen has played major roles in commerce and military history, and the lands remain in the public domain.

Today, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, which play host to thousands of swimmers, boaters, anglers, kayakers, and paddle-boarders each year. You can also take your family out clamming or wind-surfing here. If staying on dry land is more your cup of tea, you can check out the fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails near the campgrounds. Not far away is the Seaside Nature Center, which offers captivating exhibits of sea life and activities for visitors of all ages.

Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, DE

Alapocas Run is a relatively new state park, having been designated as such in 2002. However, the land was donated to Wilmington during the early 1900s by famed industrialist William Bancroft. Today, families flock here for the Can-Do Playground—a 27,000 square foot installation designed to be accessible to every child, regardless of disability status or ability level. In the East Park area, you’ll also find several athletic fields for team events.

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, head over to the park’s rock wall for some rock climbing and rappelling fun. A permit is required and strict safety regulations are observed.

Augustine Wildlife Area in New Castle County, DE

The Augustine Wildlife Area is a must-visit attraction for every Delaware resident. It consists of six large land tracts totalling more than 3,100 acres near the Delaware River. Bring the kids to see the wildlife, including many species of birds, at the Thousand Acre Marsh. You can also hike the one-mile Port Penn Trail, which extends between the Delaware River and the tidal marsh. Note that hunting is allowed in the area, so either visit during the off-season or wear very brightly colored clothing and stick to the designated visiting areas.

Looking for move-in ready homes in Delaware?

When you purchase a Montchanin Builders home in the Wilmington, Delaware area, you’ll have easy access to tons of family-friendly amenities and attractions. It’s all virtually in your backyard at The Overlook at Rockford Falls—a planned community that is in itself an homage to nature. When you enter, you’ll be struck by the resemblance of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to a quaint European village, complete with a stream, rock wall, and walking trail. The community borders the waterfront and state park land, ensuring easy access to green spaces.

Call Montchanin Builders to schedule a viewing of our new homes in Delaware or inquire about special financing offers.

Additional resources for Delaware attractions:

couple moving into new home

3 Reasons to Buy a Home in Northern Delaware

Delaware may be a small state, but there are some big reasons to move there. Northern Delaware is a welcoming setting for couples, families, individuals, and retirees. From the friendly people to the abundant shorelines, there’s much to love about this beautiful state. If you’re hunting around for new homes in northern Delaware, you can look forward to the following.

Tax-free shopping

No one enjoys paying more money for something than they really have to. Lucky for Delaware residents, the entire state is sales tax-free! It’s a fantastic break for retirees and others on a fixed income, as well as growing families. Plus, there are plenty of options for making your dollar stretch farther. Northern Delaware boasts the Christiana Mall, which is jam-packed with top-name stores like Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, and Apple. You’ll also find plenty of choices in the coastal areas, like the Tanger Outlet Centers. And be sure to check out the cute little boutique shops that line Rehoboth Beach!

So much to do and see!

Northern Delaware has no shortage of fun things to do and see. If you’re in the Wilmington, DE area, be sure to spend some time exploring the Christina River. It was a central figure in Wilmington’s rise as a ship building and industrial center during the 19th century. These days, the area is home to all sorts of wildlife.

The river is also a great place to get some exercise. Go for a stroll or a bike ride on the Riverwalk, or stop by one of the mini golf facilities.

Interested in a Coney Island-like experience? Head over to the Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk, where you can enjoy the sand and surf during the day, and afterwards explore the happening nightlife scene.

Have kids in tow? Take them to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge and check out the DuPont Environmental Education Center. Or visit the permanent dinosaur exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. This museum also features a scavenger hunt for older kids and a Nature Nook for the younger ones.

Centrally located

As you can see, Delaware is a prime destination for folks interested in enjoying the good life. There’s a lot to enjoy right here in northern Delaware, but if you need to go farther afield, this region is also centrally located. Most major cities in the region, such as Philadelphia, are just a short drive away or accessible with a quick, relaxing train ride.

Ready to move to Delaware yet?

Once you move to northern Delaware, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. And with the great deals from Montchanin Builders, you can take your pick of new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware. Montchanin Builders is the region’s premier home and community builder, with a portfolio that includes the walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green  and The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Schedule a tour of our modern, move-in ready homes today and be sure to ask us about our special financing offers! Call or send us a quick email via the contact form on our website.

Additional resources for northern Delaware house hunters:

  1. Visit Delaware, Shop Tax-Free at Delaware Malls and Outlet Centers, https://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping/malls-outlet-centers/
  2. Movoto, 30 Things To Know About Delaware Before Moving There, https://www.movoto.com/guide/de/moving-to-delaware/

Why New Castle County Is a Great Place to Live

New Castle County, Delaware is the most populous county in the state and the northernmost county. The county seat, Wilmington, is one of the most popular places for home shoppers who are looking for new homes in northern Delaware. From the Wilmington area, individuals can easily access all the best that New Castle County has to offer. From beautiful vistas and outdoor recreation to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions, you’ll find everything you’re looking for when you come home to New Castle County.

Lots of community fun

Residents of New Castle County, DE love their annual festivals. There are plenty of opportunities to get out in the community, mingle with the neighbors, and have fun with family and friends. The New Castle County Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, Fall Craft Festival, Blues Festival, Brandywine Festival of the Arts, and Middletown Olde Tyme Peach Festival are just a few examples.

Beyond festivals, county residents enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. New Castle Battery Park is located by the scenic riverside, Rockwood Park offers hiking trails, and Carousel Park features horseback riding.

World-class dining options

The dining scene in New Castle County is one to be savored. You’ll find everything your stomach desires—from American cuisine to Chinese takeout to fine French dining, and everything in between. Enjoy a romantic evening with your significant other, followed by a stroll along the river, or take the kids out to a casual family diner after a morning spent at the park.

New construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware

Looking for high-quality new construction homes in New Castle County Delaware? Montchanin Builders focuses on superior craftsmanship and architectural innovation in our move-in ready homes. Plus, our walkable communities feature plenty of wide-open green spaces and neighborhood amenities. Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls are two of our world-class neighborhoods that blend the best of modern living, while remaining close to nature. Call us today to schedule a viewing. Be sure to ask us how to get $15,000 toward your home purchase, available at select  homesites at Darley Green!

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Delaware Today, New Castle County Living, http://delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/Delaware-Ultimate-Guide/Annual-2015/Great-Places-to-Live/New-Castle-County-Living/
  2. GreatSchools.org, Wilmington, DE, https://www.greatschools.org/delaware/wilmington/
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3 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

A house full of clutter doesn’t just look unappealing; it can also affect your mood and productivity. It’s hard to get things done in the midst of chaos. Some people even find that too much clutter makes them feel more stressed out. And the longer you delay organizing your home, the worse the clutter will get. But there’s good news. If your New Year’s resolution was to declutter your home, you don’t have to completely overhaul each room right away. Start small and do a little more each day. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautifully organized home worthy of a Zen master.

Create a sustainable system for your entryway

Does your family usually enter through the front door or the mud room? Whichever entry point receives the most traffic, focus your efforts there first. You’ll need a coat rack or hooks to receive outerwear. If you have a coat closet that’s jam-packed with miscellaneous items, that should be the first thing to declutter.

Next, add a storage space for shoes. A bench with storage underneath will work well for the entryway. You’ll also need a designated space to hold keys, or a key rack on the wall. These designated storage spaces create an organizational system that’s easy for family members to follow, which will reduce future clutter.

Deal with paperwork and junk mail

Junk mail and miscellaneous papers comprise a significant portion of the clutter in most homes. Your first step is to get all of it together in one place. Then, sort it into three piles: One to discard immediately, another for the shredder, and a third to keep. Now that you’ve got your papers under control, you’ll need an inbox tray or basket. Ask all family members to put the mail and any other papers in the inbox tray. Several times per week, sort through it to prevent it from getting out of control again.

Visit donation drop-off points

Your community probably has a Goodwill shop or consignment shop, or perhaps those receptacles for donated clothing placed in strategic areas. Become acquainted with these drop-off points, and use them frequently. As you work through the rest of your home, put items you don’t need and will likely never use again in a box. After a decluttering session, put the box in your car immediately and drop off the items the next day. You’ll love the satisfying feeling you get each time you get rid of another box of clutter.

Check out these new communities in Wilmington, DE

If your growing family needs more space to stay organized, then it’s time to explore the beautiful, family-friendly communities near Wilmington, Delaware. Montchanin Builders invites you to explore the walkable, planned neighborhoods of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Schedule a viewing of one of our masterfully crafted homes for sale in Wilmington, DE. You’ll find plenty of space for your growing family in our move-in ready homes. Get in touch today at 302-472-7212, and be sure to ask us about special financing opportunities!

Additional resources for homeowners

  1. Good Housekeeping, How to Declutter Your Home, According to Organizing Experts, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g656/decluttering-tips/
  2. Prevention, How To Declutter Every Room In Your House To Reduce Anxiety And Stress, https://www.prevention.com/life/a20516000/declutter-your-home-0/
family in skates skating together on rink

Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Wilmington, DE

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an accomplished athlete, ice skating is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. There are a couple of skating rinks in Wilmington, DE, and a few more that are just a short drive away. When you go to the rink, wear comfortable athletic clothing. Leggings, a long-sleeve T-shirt, and a sweater or sweatshirt will keep you warm. You should also bring gloves or mittens, and a hat or scarf.

The Riverfront Rink

Most skating rinks are outdoors, but families in Wilmington, DE are treated to an outdoor arena every winter! The Riverfront Rink is a seasonal attraction located at the Justison Landing Green on the Riverwalk. This season, the rink will remain open until March 4, 2019. The Riverfront Rink is fairly large, able to accommodate up to 350 skaters, and all ages and ability levels are welcome.

Although it’s a temporary, outdoor installation, this ice skating rink doesn’t skimp on the amenities. You can rent skates there, or get your own skates sharpened. A limited number of locker rentals are also available. The rink is open seven days per week through the season. Parents: If your child’s birthday is coming up, consider purchasing a private party package! Other reservations are taken for fundraisers and other private parties.

The Skating Club of Wilmington

The Skating Club of Wilmington is a unique fixture in the community. It’s a nonprofit group that strives to accommodate a balanced blend of hockey, ice dancers, figure skaters, serious competitors, synchronized skating teams, and recreational skaters. Skaters of all ages are welcome here.

If you’re interested in taking ice skating lessons, this is the place to go. The rink offers child, youth, and adult classes. Group and private lessons are available. Like the Riverfront Rink, the Skating Club of Wilmington also offers reservations for private fundraisers and birthday parties. The onsite Sharper Edge Skate Shop offers sharpening, waterproofing, and skate and boot repairs.

IceWorks Skating Complex

The IceWorks Skating Complex is located in Aston, PA, which is just a 20-minute drive away from Wilmington. Its name says it all—it’s a huge complex that includes three NHL-size ice rinks and one Olympic-size rink. It also includes a pro shop, arcade, restaurant, and a Pub and Grill. More than 180 hockey teams at all levels call IceWorks home. It’s also home to the IceWorks Skating Club.

Homes for sale in Wilmington, DE

Fantastic recreational opportunities and family-friendly activities are just a few of the perks of living near Wilmington, Delaware. If you’re thinking of moving to the area, or you’re already a resident and you’re ready for your dream home, it’s time to check out the picture-perfect Delaware townhome communities designed by veteran home builders in Delaware, Montchanin Builders.

Our new home communities in Delaware, including Darley Green, The and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, feature gorgeous affordable family home communities and single-family homes. All move-in ready homes are designed with the needs of today’s modern family in mind. Schedule a viewing today and ask us about special financing deals by calling 302-472-7212.

Additional resources on Delaware living:

  1. Riverfront Rink, http://riverfrontrink.com/
  2. The Skating Club of Wilmington, https://skatewilm.com/
A man jump between 2018 and 2019 years.

5 Unconventional Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Delaware

Tired of barhopping with friends or staying home in your pajamas to watch the ball drop on TV? There are many unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Wilmington, Delaware if you’re sick of the same-old, same-old. From kid-friendly early-hour celebrations to quieter moments of reflection with your significant other, Wilmington is the perfect setting. The abundance of holiday happenings is one of the aspects we here at Montchanin love most about our wonderful communities.

Let Your Heart Set Sail

The night air may chill your bones this time of year, but it’s balmy on the fully heated decks of The Starboard, departing from Dewey Beach at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and returning at 1 a.m. For $35 per person, you receive live entertainment from DJ Smoky, a gourmet land and seafood hors d’oeuvres buffet, champagne, party favors, and a ticket for coat check. The following day, the ship “services hangovers” with their renowned Bloody Mary bar. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets soon.

Go Wild With The Kids

If you have kids, the idea of staying up until midnight may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. Instead, you can head to the Brandywine Zoo’s annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration at 10 a.m. to celebrate with zoo animals, games, crafts, and a sparkling cider toast at noon. Tickets are free for members and just $5 for non-members, so there’s no excuse to stay home.

Let the Good Times Roll

Book a private New Year’s Eve extravaganza from 9 pm to 12:30 a.m. at New Castle’s Bowlerama bowling alley. You’re allowed up to five people per lane for $50, plus $3.75 for shoe rental with unlimited glow bowling and a buffet included. Or you can book a kid-friendly family party from 5 to 8 pm for $69.95 per lane, which includes unlimited glow bowling with bumpers, music, shoe rental, hats, party favors, a large pizza, a pitcher of soda, and 10 KidZone tickets for every guest ages 10 and under. Reserve your lane by December 30th.

Kick Off 2019 With Football

If you and your significant other love football, enjoy a staycation at the Hilton in Wilmington/Christiana this New Year’s Eve. They’re offering a two-night stay for the price of one, which includes access to a Philadelphia vs. Washington football party projected onto a large screen in the ballroom, along with snacks and one complimentary beverage. On New Year’s Eve, you’ll be treated to four hours of open bar, a five-course dinner, a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, a late night dessert buffet, and overnight accommodations.

Dream Big with a Home Tour!

Despite the holiday, realtors remain busy on New Year’s Eve. December 31st causes many people to contemplate how their lives could be better in the year to come. Exploring new communities Wilmington DE has to offer can be a refreshing start to 2019. We invite you to escape the crowds and the chaos to dream quietly with a friendly tour guide. Contact Montchanin Builders to schedule a viewing of homes for sale in Wilmington DE and learn about special financing deals.

2019 New Year wooden number and key-house icon on white. 3D illustration

3 Reasons to Make Buying a Home Your New Year’s Eve Resolution

Most New Year’s resolutions are related to health and finances. The start of the New Year is also about fresh beginnings. What better way to start life anew than by buying a new home? The Wilmington area is an especially nice place to settle for families, young couples, professionals and retirees. We suggest home hunting early in January or even before 2018 comes to a close. Here’s a list of a few reasons why the start of the New Year (and 2019 as a whole) is the ideal time for new top home buyers.

1. Less Competition

According to studies, home sales peak during the months of May and June. That’s when competition is at its highest. That means if you find your dream home during this time, odds are that you’ll be bidding heavily with other prospective buyers. This makes sense, since late spring and early summer is when kids get out of school. Moving during this time ensures minimal disruption for children, though buyers will face stiffer competition.

2. Available Services

Buying a new home means moving out of an old one, or moving out of an apartment. If the former, then you will need to hire a real estate agent. You will also need to rent a moving van and/or hire a moving crew to transport your belongings. If you sell and buy during the aforementioned peak months, then that means less availability, since these services might be fully booked. Such services also charge higher rates during peak seasons.

3. Home Buyers Are Aplenty

If you’re selling an existing home in the process, then indicators suggest 2019 is a good time to place your home on the market. Economists predict 2019 to be a good year for sellers for these two reasons:

  • There will be a projected uptick of foreign property investors, higher-paying jobs, and lower taxes
  • As millennials get older, more will enter the housing market. This is a deviation from old trends that suggest millennials are primarily renters or still live with their parents.

These factors should make selling your existing home easier. On the flip side, it might also make the buying part more competitive. This is all the more reason to start early in the year before the peak season beginning in late spring.

Check Out New Communities in Wilmington, DE

2019 is a good time for home buyers, especially if they start early. Montchanin Builders have an inventory of new construction and move-in-ready homes. This is a chance to acquire property in a beautiful new neighborhood. Our Wilmington homes for sale are surrounded by natural scenery and amenities for social activities. We’re confident it’s the ideal spot for your family to settle. Call today to learn more about our new home communities, available homesites and features – 302.472.7212

Additional resources:

  1. Mash Visor, US Housing Market Predictions, https://www.mashvisor.com/blog/us-housing-market-predictions-2019/
  2. U.S. News, Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019, https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/why-you-should-sell-your-home
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5 Ways to Make Extra Space for Holiday Houseguests

Heading home for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but what if yours is the home that everyone is headed to? It can be tricky to fit everyone together under one roof, and booking hotel rooms just isn’t a good way to stay close during the holidays. Instead, try these easy strategies presented by Montchanin Builders.

Upgrade your sofa to a sofa bed

Add one more stop to your holiday shopping to-do list. At the furniture store, look for a sofa bed that will blend in with the existing décor in your family room or living room. This is a good option for homes that lack a dedicated guest bedroom. During the day, the sofa will provide needed seating options. But it can be easily folded out to become a comfortable bed for your houseguests at night.

Consider purchasing an air mattress

Invest in an air mattress to provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for guests in a pinch. Air mattresses are constructed far better these days than they used to be. And there’s no need to manually pump in air. Just attach the electric air pump to inflate the bed. Some electric air pumps will also deflate the bed for added convenience. Once your guests leave, all that’s needed is to roll up the deflated bed, secure it within its case or bag, and store it away from heat sources.

Give your guests some privacy

While you’re shopping, look for a pretty room divider or folding screen. You don’t have to leave the room divider set up during the day—just bring it out in the evening to give your houseguests a little more privacy.

Pick up the clutter

Everyone plans to clean before houseguests arrive, but go a step further and clear away enough clutter to give your guests some storage space. Make a little room in the closet or set up a garment rack so your guests can put away their items during their stay.

Plan a family sleepover

If you’d rather not purchase a new sofa bed, there’s another option: Plan a family sleepover. If you have kids, you could have them temporarily share a room. Whichever kid is temporarily moving to another room should pick up his or her bedroom and relocate all personal belongings that he or she might need for the duration of the guests’ stay. Your houseguests will feel more comfortable if the child doesn’t need to constantly enter the room to grab personal belongings.

If you only have one child, you could ask him or her to temporarily relocate to the master bedroom. Make the family sleepover fun and exciting for your child, such as by planning a family movie night or game night.

Is it time for a larger home for your growing family?

If picking up the clutter doesn’t do enough to free up space in your home, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution, like a new, move-in ready home built by Montchanin Builders. Our expert craftsmen build new construction homes in Wilmington, DE within our masterfully designed, walkable communities. You can find the perfect townhouse or single-family home to accommodate your growing family. If you’re ready to move, give us a call at 302.472.7212 and we’ll explain the special financing deals that can help you move into a custom home large enough for your growing family. Tour our communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall today!

Additional resources for organizing the home

  1. Southern Living, 10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive, https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/prepare-for-houseguest
  2. Martha Stewart, 9 Tips for Hosting a Houseguest Without a Guest Room, https://www.marthastewart.com/1508801/tips-hosting-houseguest-without-guest-room