New Homes Delaware

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3 Ways to Save Money on Your Move

Purchasing a new home in northern Delaware is a major investment! New homeowners are often so focused on the price tag of the new house that they neglect to consider the cost of moving itself. The expenses can add up quickly, especially if you’re moving to Delaware from another state. Fortunately, it only takes a little extra planning to cut costs and save money on your move.

Lighten the load

The first step in preparing for any move is to reduce the amount of stuff you have to move. By reducing the amount of stuff you’ll have to move, you’ll save on movers’ fees. The good news is that it can be easier to let go of old furniture when you’re moving into a new house compared to moving into another apartment. When you buy a new construction home, you can look forward to decorating it in your own style. This will likely require buying new furniture. Decide which pieces of furniture you’re going to keep and what you’ll donate or discard.

Then, ask every family member to sort through their belongings and decide what they can donate or discard. If you have kids who have trouble letting go of old possessions, you could motivate them by setting up a garage sale. Tell them they can keep the profits from any of their own possessions they sell.

Get multiple quotes

It’s always a good idea to shop around before selecting a moving company. You have two main options: Hire actual movers or rent a moving container. If you rent a moving container, it will be delivered to your current residence. You’ll fill it at your leisure and then have it shipped to your new home. Bear in mind that the longer you take to fill the container, the higher the fee will be—so try to pack quickly.

Peak moving season is from May through August. If you’ll be moving during that time, you’ll need to book a moving company as far in advance as possible. If you can delay your move until after August, you can typically get lower rates.

Deduct your moving expenses

One less commonly known way to save money on your move is to deduct your moving expenses on your tax return. Bear in mind that not everyone is eligible, so you may want to consult an accountant. The deduction requirements are outlined in IRS Publication 521. Remember to save your receipts!

Save money on your new construction home

Budget-savvy home buyers know the importance of shopping around. After comparing their options, many of them decide to purchase properties in one of Montchanin Builders’ beautifully designed communities. Our new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware are placed in friendly neighborhoods and are designed with the needs of modern families in mind. Get in touch with us today to find out about our special financing deals, including $15,000 toward your purchase price! Call today to schedule a viewing at Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls – 302-472-7212.

Additional resources for new homeowners

  1. Bankrate.com, 7 ways to save on moving costs, https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/smart-money/7-ways-to-save-on-moving-costs/#slide=1
  2. U.S. News & World Report, How to Save on Moving Costs, https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/articles/how-to-save-on-moving-costs
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4 Easy Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

One of the exciting aspects of buying a new home in northern Delaware is the beautiful scenery. Your new home is the perfect backdrop for hosting an outdoor get-together for friends and family. Whether you’re planning a formal gathering or a casual get-together, use the following suggestions to get started with the planning process.

Select a theme

It isn’t strictly necessary to choose a theme for a party, but it can be a helpful way to pull the event together and get everyone on the same page. If you do choose a theme, it’s best to send out invitations for the event that explains the theme and offers general recommendations for attire. Look beyond the time-tested Hawaiian-themed parties.

For example, you could throw a Prohibition-era party that borrows from elements of speakeasies. Encourage guests to choose clothing reminiscent of the 1920s. Hold the party in the evening under outdoor lighting. Play jazz or blues, serve cocktails, and play music in the background. You could even use invitations that look like speakeasy membership cards.

Host a potluck

If you’d rather plan an informal outdoor party, consider hosting a potluck. Potlucks are much beloved by hosts everywhere because having the guests do some of the work means the hosts can socialize freely during the party. To ensure that your buffet table isn’t overly burdened with desserts and appetizers, you could circulate a “To Bring” signup list via email.

Plan activities to keep the kids busy

Unless you’re planning an adults-only party, you’ll need a way to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. It’s best to select child-friendly activities that don’t require much adult assistance. Set up crafts stations that are simple enough that the kids don’t need directions, such as a bubble blowing station. If you’re expecting a few toddlers, purchase a set of ball-pit balls and dump them into a dry kiddie pool. And don’t forget to serve some child-friendly food!

Have a backup plan

Even the most carefully planned outdoor party can be derailed by an unfavorable weather forecast. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. If you’re inviting too many people to comfortably fit into your living room or dining room, you’ll need to temporarily add on to your living space. Purchase or rent an outdoor canopy to give your deck or porch a roof. Throw open the door so your guests can freely mingle in or out of the house.

Looking for new houses for sale in Wilmington, DE?

You’re in luck! Montchanin Builders still has new homes for sale in our beautifully designed communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls! These home sites are perfect for folks who love to entertain. Both communities feature plenty of open spaces and lots of greenery. The Overlook at Rockford Falls offers views of Alapocas State Park and is near the Brandwine Creek —an ideal setting for backyard parties. If you’re looking for new homes in northern Delaware, schedule a viewing today!

Additional resources for outdoor living:

  1. Real Simple, 24 Tips for Easy Outdoor Entertaining, https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/entertaining/seasonal-events/easy-outdoor-entertaining
  2. Better Homes & Gardens, Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips and Ideas, https://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/easy-outdoor-entertaining-tips/
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Essential Spring Cleaning Tips for New Homeowners

Spring cleaning is a long-standing tradition, dating back to when fuel-burning light and heat sources coated interior spaces with a layer of grime over a long winter. Back then, the change in weather was the ideal opportunity to give the entire home some much needed care. Today, spring cleaning still retains the spirit of renewal, encouraging a fresh start for a new season.

Spring Cleaning To-Do List

Cleaning your entire home can seem like an overwhelming task, especially for new homeowners who may be used to much smaller living spaces. This is a major reason why many people procrastinate when it comes to spring cleaning, or even avoid it entirely! As with most projects, the first step is the most important. First, create a list of priorities. You’ll eventually want to cover every room in your home, but certain areas, such as the grout in the kitchen or bathtub, may need urgent attention and should be prioritized.

Get the Right Cleaning Products

The right cleaning products are essential to getting the best results, and taking a trip to the store to buy your favorite cleaning items can give you that much-needed motivation and confidence to help you tackle the project. Professional work such as carpet shampooing and hardwood floor restoration should also be scheduled in advance of your personal spring cleaning agenda.

One common mistake is failing to follow the instructions of cleaning products. Most high-strength cleaners require complete saturation of the surface, as well as time to let the solution settle. These products should always be used as directed.

Spring Cleaning Music Playlist

The uplifting effect of music has been demonstrated in a range of circumstances, from physical fitness to manual labor jobs, and a playlist packed with your favorite songs can help carry you through some of the more tedious moments of housecleaning.

Maximize Your Effort

Spring cleaning requires a significant commitment of time and resources, and so it is best to make the investment count as much as possible. A good way to do this is by taking on the more difficult jobs first. You might also want to prioritize areas of your home that do not get regular cleaning attention, such as the backs of closets, or the tops of fixtures. This will give you an immediate sense of accomplishment that can carry you through the less difficult chores.

Make Changes to Your Home’s Decor

Spring cleaning is a perfect chance to re-evaluate the decor of your home as well. After month after month of short winter days, something as simple as replacing heavy winter linens such as curtains and comforters with lightweight and vibrant alternatives can instantly improve the feel of a space. Your closet and cabinets may also be in need of a good re-evaluation. Are you maximizing space? Are there any items that you are storing that can be disposed of to create space? You should consider finding a new home for any items that have remained unused for 6 months or more.

First-time home buyer in Wilmington, DE? Call Montchanin Builders

Spring is a time of restoration, and as the outdoors bloom with verdant leaves and colorful new flowers, your home should feel refreshed indoors. A thorough cleaning is also an excellent way to celebrate moving into a new home, getting the next chapter of your life as a Wilmington, Delaware first time home buyer off to a productive beginning. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour of our new homes for sale in Delaware. Remember to ask about how you can receive up to $15,000 towards closing costs!

Additional resources:

  1. Sylvane, https://www.sylvane.com/blog/spring-cleaning-tips-and-checklist/
  2. Good Housekeeping, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/
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4 Ways to Simplify Your Home Buying Experience

Are you a Wilmington, Delaware first-time home buyer? We know that at times the process of finding your first home can seem overwhelming. You may face many unfamiliar logistical hurdles, ranging from applying for a loan to getting your credit in good order. Yes, the process takes time and there may be some headaches that go with it. However, it doesn’t have to be overly complex. See below for our tips on how to simplify the process and get through it as stress-free as possible!

1. Securing a Loan

Before you even begin looking at property, speak with your bank or finance broker to get a finance pre-approval confirmed. Once you start looking at loan options, consider looking beyond the interest rate, which tends to be the prime factor homebuyers give most weight to. Take other variables into consideration, such as the total borrowing amount and plan flexibility. The latter is an especially important one. A flexible plan, for example, may allow you to make additional payments above your monthly requirement, which helps lower your balance and interest.

2. Get All Paperwork Organized

The home-buying process can be a logistical challenge. However, you can simplify the process by getting all the required documents ready early on. The paperwork you should have ready include:

  • Pay stubs
  • The last two years’ worth of W2s and tax returns
  • Bank statements going back three months

Your loan officer may request additional paperwork. Try as hard as you can to get that back to her or him in a timely fashion.

3. Do Not Take on New Debt

To keep the process simple, do not add additional lines of credit. This can be detrimental for your debt to income ratio, not to mention it adds additional paperwork to an already complicated process. In other words, try not to buy anything else prohibitively expensive during the process, such as a car or yacht.

4. Get Pre-Approved Instead of Pre-Qualified

Pre-approval and pre-qualification are not the same thing. Pre-approval is a more thorough report that also includes additional documents missing in a pre-qualification. This includes pay stubs, credit report, and draft loan package. You are more likely to be considered a serious buyer if you have a pre-approval report ready.

Wilmington, DE first-time home buyers are invited to contact Montchanin Builders

Start with Montchanin Builders if you’re looking for homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware and beyond. If you’re in the market for a new home, we encourage you to schedule a personal tour of our award-winning homes and communities. Be sure to ask us how you can receive up to $15,000 towards closing costs on specific homesites! Call today – 302.472.7212

Resources

  1. Howard Bank, How to Simplify the Home Buying Process, https://www.howardbank.com/maryland-banking-blog/How-to-Simplify-the-Home-Buying-Process
  2. The Home Buyers, Simplifying the Home Buying Process, https://thbuyers.com/simplifying-the-process/

The Role of Natural Light in Choosing a New Home

There are so many factors home buyers look for when they’re shopping around. A house is the biggest investment most families make, and so it makes sense to take your time and compare the details. If you’re a first-time home buyer in Wilmington, Delaware, one of the factors you might want to consider is the amount of natural sunlight a house receives. Sunshine is so important for your overall health—plus, it improves the energy efficiency of the home!

Benefits of natural sunlight

There is plenty of scientific evidence to suggest that natural sunlight is beneficial for human health. Perhaps the most well-known benefit of sunlight is the vitamin D it produces in human bodies. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that can be synthesized through a photosynthetic reaction. It’s essential for strong bones, cancer prevention, and heart health.

Even if you were already familiar with the benefits of the “sunshine vitamin,” you might not have known that natural sunlight can make you more productive in the office. This is because sunlight is a key regulator of melatonin, a hormone. As sunlight enters the optic nerve, it triggers the cessation of melatonin production. When sunlight ceases entering the optic nerve, melatonin production begins again. This regulates the sleep-wake cycle. In other words, if you don’t get enough natural sunlight during the day, you’re more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness and subsequently, poor work productivity.

Sunlight exposure triggers the production of another hormone, called serotonin. If serotonin levels are too low, people are at an increased risk of depressive disorders. In other words, living in a home with plenty of natural sunshine can help boost your mood.

Finding a home that optimizes natural sunlight

Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of natural sunlight for your family’s well-being, it’s time to take a look at shopping for a home that maximizes light exposure. Perhaps the most important factor is the positioning of the house. Since the U.S. is in the northern hemisphere, all walls facing south will receive the most amount of sunlight throughout the day. Look for a home that places the longest wall facing south. Ideally, this wall would have few to no offsets.

The interior layout of the house can also play a role in optimizing natural light. It’s a smart idea to put the rooms that receive the most daytime activity on the south-facing wall. And of course, that wall should ideally have lots of large windows. This is why architects often place bedrooms along the north-facing wall.

Homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware 19806

Montchanin Builders embraces new concepts in home design and building, including the optimization of natural sunlight and the incorporation of energy-efficient features. Tour our walkable communities in Delaware today! Enjoy the tree-lined streets and wide open spaces of Darley Green. Tour The Overlook at Rockford Falls, which has a prime location near the Brandywine River, and easy access to state park land and walking trails. If you’re looking for homes for sale in Wilmington, DE  and beyond, schedule a personal tour of our new homes for sale in Delaware by calling 302.472.7212.

Additional resources for home buyers

  1. National Institutes of Health, Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2290997/
  2. Utah State University Extension, Designing Your Home for Maximum Natural Lighting, https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2497&context=extension_curall
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What Do I Need to Buy a House in 2019?

Buying a house is a major financial and logistical undertaking. The process can take months, and it can sometimes be stressful, especially if you’re buying a home for the first time. Below, we’ll explain exactly what you need so you won’t feel so much like a fish out of water during this complex process.

Are you a Wilmington, Delaware first-time home buyer? Contact Montchanin Builders for answers to your questions about the Wilmington DE real estate market, and to learn about our special financing options for first-time home buyers, which allow you to reap the benefits of of some of the industry’s lowest closing costs and rates. We are delighted to partner with Supreme Lending, ranked one of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America.

A Good Credit Score

Credit scores range from 300 to 850. The higher your score the better. While there is no official cut-off range, a borderline acceptable minimum score to be considered for a loan is usually around the low 600s. Scores above 740 are considered stellar and make you a model candidate for many loan options. To keep your score elevated, always pay your bills on time and try not to max out your credit cards. Frequently opening new credit card accounts may also hurt your score.

Solid Employment

Lenders prefer applicants with a solid work history, preferably with the same company for at least two years.  This shows that you have a stable source of income. Independent contractors may still qualify, but may be seen as a higher risk since they may not receive a consistent paycheck. When in doubt, ask your mortgage lender!

A Good Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio

Your DTI ratio is essentially your total monthly debt payment divided by your monthly gross income. Most lenders require a DTI ratio below 41%. If you earn $5,000 monthly, and your monthly debt payment (which includes the mortgage) is $2,000, then you would have a DTI ratio of 40%. There are programs available that allow for a higher DTI ratio, so don’t let these numbers scare you. Your lender will let you know possible ways to pay off debt to get you within the bracket that works best for you.

Enough Budget for a Down Payment

First-time home buyers will need enough money to cover the down payment, which is usually between 3.5% to 5% of the property’s total price. The figure may be a bit higher for second-time homebuyers because they have had more time to save.

In Delaware, there are programs available to help you with down payment and closing cost assistance! Supreme Lending will be able to qualify you and find the best program available for your financial situation. Ask how you could get up to $15,000 towards your new home purchase on select lots at Darley Green with the use of NCC WF Program, preferred lender and settlement attorney.

Setting Aside Additional Cost

You have other costs to consider besides the down payment. This includes homeowner’s insurance; this is mandatory if you’re taking out a mortgage. It’s also the buyer and not the seller that needs to cover the cost for a home appraisal, which usually runs between $400 and $600.

Wilmington Housing Market Sees Demand Growth

How is the housing market in Delaware? Prices spiked 3.9%, according to 2018 data. This means there is an uptick in demand for homes in areas like Wilmington, DE. Schedule a home tour with Montchanin Builders today, and view our exquisite, spacious, move-in ready homes in master-planned walkable communities. Your dream home may be just a phone call away!

Additional resources:

  1. Clever, What Do I Need to Buy a House in 2018?, https://listwithclever.com/real-estate-blog/what-do-i-need-to-buy-a-house-in-2018/
  2. The Lenders Network, What You Need to Buy a House in 2019, https://thelendersnetwork.com/what-you-need-to-buy-a-house/

How Do I Choose the Right Floor Plan for My New Luxury Home?

Choosing your dream home in the Wilmington area can be one of the most exciting times in your life! The floor plan you choose for your new house can have a significant impact on your lifestyle, offering you a comfortable arrival at the end of the day while making your everyday activities more enjoyable.

Choose your size

Homeowners can have vastly different needs in regard to the space requirements of their new home. An individual or a couple may feel intimidated by a large home, while squeezing a large family into an undersized home creates a cramped and problematic living situation. Lifestyle choices can factor in as well, as active family members with interests such as art and outdoor sports will likely require more space for their activities.

For these reasons, choosing the ideal floor plan for your home starts with understanding how the size of your home will suit your individual needs and lifestyle. Assess how many rooms you will need for yourself, your partner, children and any family activities, as well as the appropriate number of bathrooms to accommodate family members and visiting guests.

Consider your design taste

Every prospective homeowner has unique design sensibilities, but in general those who prefer their living spaces to be more separate and defined will lean towards a traditional floor plan, while those who prefer a living environment that flows from space to space might want to consider an open floor plan.

Decide as early as possible in the process what your foremost priorities are and what you can adjust to living with or without.

For example, larger windows will beautify your home with ample natural light, but typically result in higher heating and cooling bills than in homes with more standard windows. A spacious floor plan with minimal divisions can create a unified and cohesive aesthetic, but can reduce privacy in some areas or make it more difficult to separate entertaining spaces from a home office or other quiet rooms.

Consult with a professional

Most prospective homeowners have a range of ideas about what they want from their future home, but a real estate or design professional can offer experienced insights on factors that may not be immediately apparent. They can provide direction concerning how your design choices will affect energy costs, information on local resources, and insights on proper maintenance for your chosen amenities.

Go with what feels right

While it is true that industry professionals can help guide you to options that are usually a good fit for prospective homeowners like you, at the end of the day, you are the one who will be living in the space you choose.

The perfect space for your life to unfold should feel comfortable and inviting, and you should always take your instincts into consideration when touring different floor plans to find the one that’s right for you. Contact Montchanin Builders today to start finding your way home.

Your dream home could be in the beautiful Wilmington area! Contact Montchanin Builders to learn more about our luxury townhomes in Wilmington DE, and discover a floor plan perfect for your needs.

Additional resources:

  1. Freshome.com, 10 Effective Ways To Choose The Right Floor Plan For Your Home, https://freshome.com/moving/10-effective-ways-to-choose-the-right-floor-plan-for-your-home/
  2. NewHomeSource.com, Choosing the Right Floor Plan for Your Family, https://www.newhomesource.com/guide/articles/choosing-the-right-floor-plan-for-your-family

The Mill at The Overlook: Redefining Luxury Townhomes

If you’ve spent any amount of time near Wilmington, Delaware, you may have found yourself in Rockford Park, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the area. It’s over 60 acres of lush greenery, walking trails, dog parks, and historic sites. The grassy meadows and gently sloping hills overlook the majestic Brandywine River.

But if that view isn’t enough for you, just climb up to the top of the 100-year-old stone tower to get great views of Wilmington. The peaceful residential neighborhoods surrounding Rockford Park are some of the most sought-after real estate in the area. If you’re looking for new construction homes in Rockford Park, look no further than The Overlook at Rockford Falls—an exclusive Montchanin Builders community that features luxury townhome living.

Explore The Mill

Master architects and craftsmen collaborated to create The Mill—a remarkable four-level townhome with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage. There is plenty of space within this 4,000-plus square foot home to entertain family and friends. As you walk into the foyer on the entry level, you are greeted by the stunning view from the optional entry level recreation room, deck or entry level bedroom with adjoining bath.

Walk up to the main level to relax in the great room with its included gas fireplace. The open concept floor plan features a gourmet kitchen, elegant dining room, and pocket office space with a huge deck overlooking the panoramic view of Alapocas State Park.

The master bedroom is a sanctuary with a large walk-in closet, sitting nook, and master bathroom. On the bedroom level, you’ll find two additional spacious bedrooms. For your convenience, you’ll also find the laundry room on the bedroom level.

The lower level of The Mill features ample flex space and storage possibilities.

The Mill’s many included and personalization features

The Mill is a beautifully appointed townhome with many luxurious features included, plus optional features so you can customize your home in Rockford Park. On the exterior, you’ll see the Stone & James Hardie façade, professional landscape package, and conveniently placed exterior lighting.

Inside, you’ll fall in love with the high ceilings and oversized windows, including an optional box ceiling in the master bedroom. In the great room, the gas fireplace sports a luxurious mantel and slate surround. Other envy-worthy features include the following:

  • Mannington hardwood flooring
  • Solid oak stairs with your choice of stain
  • Daltile Designer ceramic floors
  • Mohawk stain-resistant, wall to wall carpeting
  • Designer kitchen cabinets
  • Granite countertops
  • Recessed lighting

New construction homes in Rockford Park

Can you envision living at The Overlook at Rockford Falls? Take a tour and find out for yourself why so many families have chosen a Montchanin Builders community. Our new construction homes in Rockford Park are nestled within a peaceful, walkable community of just 32 luxury townhomes, maintaining its small town ambiance.

Montchanin Builders invites you to take a tour of our beautiful community.

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Friends of Wilmington Parks, Rockford Park, https://www.friendsofwilmingtonparks.org/rockford-park/
  2. Bankrate, 7 must-do’s before buying a home, https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/must-dos-before-buying-a-home/
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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/
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5 Things to Buy After Buying a Home

Before you can fully settle into your new home, there are a few things you need to pick up at the store. Here are a few items to include on your shopping list. To help you acclimate, we suggest acquiring these items within hours or days after moving in.

1. Cleaning Supplies

The previous homeowner likely cleaned up before moving out. However, you will attract a lot of dirt and debris as you haul your possessions inside. You will need a range of cleaning supplies. Consider the following:

  • Mop and tile cleaner
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Vacuum (if the home has a carpet floor)
  • Window spray and roll of paper towels
  • Air freshener

2. Food

It’s fine to order takeout in the first day or two after moving in. However, that quickly gets tiresome; plus, it’s not exactly a healthy option. The sooner you can prepare homemade meals the more quickly you can adjust. By the second day, you should be shopping at the local supermarket to stock the fridge and pantry with fresh food.

3. New Key and Locks

As a safety precaution, we recommend changing all the locks. This includes the lock for the front and back doors, and even the remote opener for the garage door. The previous owner may have given copies of their keys to relatives, friends, and coworkers. It can be unsettling that people you don’t know have access to your home.

Replacing your front door with keyless entry can help. Forget your keys, no biggie – punch in a code and you’re all set!

4. Garden Supplies

Don’t forget the outdoor portion of your new home. You will want to renovate your patio to make it suit your personal taste. You may need maintenance items like sheers, a lawn mower, weed wacker, etc. Of course, not all homeowners may need these supplies. If your new home is part of a homeowner’s association, then there should be hired gardeners that handle lawn maintenance for you.

Other garden add-ons include:

  • Patio furniture set
  • Your favorite potted plants
  • Seeds, if you enjoy growing your own plants, flowers, or vegetables
  • Décor items like lawn gnomes and fountains

5. Comfort Items

This one isn’t really a priority, but it helps make the place feel like home sweet home, especially if it’s in an entirely new city or town. Buy whatever items make you comfortable. If you enjoy burning candles, for example, then buy scented pillar candles. Other examples include pillows for the sofa or new photo frames for photos that you previously stored away.

New Homes for Sale in Wilmington, DE

Thinking about buying a new home? Add Montchanin Builders to your list! Schedule an appointment with Montchanin Builders for a tour of our new, move-in ready properties. Our new communities in Wilmington, DE are ideal for anyone looking for a fresh start. Call today at 302-472-7212.

Additional resources:

  1. Life Hacker, What to Buy After a Move, https://lifehacker.com/what-to-buy-and-what-not-to-buy-after-a-move-1821927480
  2. Moving, 8 Things to Buy After Moving, https://www.moving.com/tips/8-things-to-buy-after-moving-and-not-before/