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What Sellers Can Expect From a Home Inspection

The home inspection does not need to be the most stressful aspect of selling your home. Even if your inspection report reveals areas that need to be addressed with the property, you’ll have the opportunity to address anything that comes up and entice potential buyers to seal the deal.

One of the great advantages of buying a new construction home from Montchanin Builders is that you never have to worry about hidden surprises – from the roof to the plumbing to the warranted interior finishes, everything is brand-new, working perfectly, and up to code. The old home you’re selling may have to pass inspection, but your new move-in ready home at one of our breathtaking walkable communities has already passed a thorough building inspection process with flying colors. There’s nothing you need to do but move in and start enjoying your new amenities, appliances, and finishes – and the gorgeous open-space floor plan of your choosing!

Selling a house before moving into your Montchanin Builders dream home? Here are the most important things that sellers need to know about the home inspection process.

You can schedule a pre-listing inspection

It’s customary for the home buyer to arrange for the inspection of the home after making an offer, but prior to closing. However, as the seller, you can schedule a home inspection before you even put your home on the market. This may be a good idea if you have an older home and you’re motivated to fix items in order to get the highest possible purchase price.

However, you should know that there is a legal obligation to disclose this home inspection report to potential buyers.

What to expect from your home inspection

Regardless of whether you’re having a pre-listing inspection or the buyer’s inspection, it will generally take a few hours for the inspector to check out the property. The report will typically be available within a few business days.

The home inspector will carefully review both the interior and exterior, checking for potential concerns. Note that home inspectors are not concerned with cosmetic issues, like peeling paint or stained carpeting. Occasionally, however, a cosmetic issue may indicate a more serious issue, such as a stain on the ceiling that indicates water damage or cracks in the corner of a room that may indicate a shifting foundation.

In general, home inspectors focus on these main areas:

  1. Structural integrity
  2. Plumbing
  3. Electrical system
  4. HVAC system
  5. Roof
  6. Water damage
  7. Insect/pest infestations (especially termites)

How to prepare for a home inspection

There are a few things that home sellers should do to make the process go as smoothly and quickly as possible. Gather together all receipts for maintenance work, such as service visits for the HVAC system. Clear away any clutter from near the furnace, water heater, and electrical panel, as the inspector will need to access them. Similarly, the inspector should have easy access to the attic, basement, garage, and crawl space.

It’s also a good idea to exterior areas, like if any tree branches are close to the roof or overhanging it, they’ll need to be trimmed back.

Check out these homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware!

The home buying process can be stressful when you are forced to await the results of a home inspection report. But when you buy a beautiful and affordable new-construction home from Montchanin Builders, you never have to worry about your new home’s condition.

We have stunning move-in ready homes available for sale right now in our master-planned community of Darley Green. Enjoy peaceful, tree-lined streets, and wide-open spaces paired with the convenience of restaurants, shops, and other amenities within walking distance.

Get in touch today to chat about our new homes in northern Delaware. Be sure to ask us about our special financing offers!

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The 3 Surprising Things Homeowners Really Want

If you’re in the market for a new home, you likely have a very specific wish list of amenities and features that you can’t do without. How do your preferences stack up with those of other homebuyers? See what the latest research says about the unexpected home features that buyers are craving.

A generously proportioned garage

American homebuyers really love their garages. That’s according to a recent statement by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB determined that most of all residential new construction during 2018 featured two-car garages. A full 64 percent of residential home builders included this feature as a must-have. In addition, 21 percent of new homes included a garage large enough to house three vehicles.

A great lighting package

Pre-installed lighting packages are another surprising thing that American home buyers look for in a home. It can be a hassle for homebuyers to find a contractor to install an additional lighting , which is why they often prefer to purchase a home that already features it or can have it added while building.

A walkable neighborhood

A third surprising thing that attracts a lot of homebuyers is living within a walkable neighborhood. These days, people often prefer to live close to nearby amenities, like great restaurants, museums, recreational spaces, and entertainment venues. Yet, they also want to live within a peaceful and spacious neighborhood setting with opportunities for walking and public gathering.  A walkable neighborhood provides the perfect blend of wide-open green spaces and nearby urban amenities.

New homes in northern Delaware with these great features!

If you’re in the market for move-in ready homes in Delaware, check out the properties available from Montchanin Builders. Our masterfully designed homes in the walkable community of Darley Green feature lighting packages, spacious garages, and so much more. We’re here to help! Call us today to learn more!

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Why Buying a Condo May Be Your Smartest Investment Yet

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, you’ll love the flexibility, freedom, and affordability of condo ownership. Here are some of the top reasons why buying a condo is a great long-term financial investment.

Condos are an affordable option for home buyers

Luxury condos are often more affordable than you might think. This is because they share land and exterior walls with their neighbors, which keeps costs low while still giving residents exceptional space, privacy, freedom, and amenities.

Condo owners save on maintenance costs

Yet another reason why it’s a smart investment to buy a condo is that they do not require the extensive, ongoing maintenance that a single-family home demands. With a single-family home, the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the exterior appearance of the home site. The homeowner must either spend hours each weekend mowing the lawn, weeding the flower beds, and irrigating both, or hire a landscaping company to take care of these tasks. It can not only be a hassle, but also expensive, and can take the fun out of homeownership.

On the other hand, owners of condos don’t have to worry about exterior maintenance. This is because condos are typically covered by a homeowner’s association (HOA) agreement. The HOA usually takes care of all of the exterior maintenance on the property.

Condo ownership is an investment in real estate

Buying a condo is not only an affordable entry point into homeownership, but it can also be much more financially advantageous in the long run as compared to renting. Over time, the value of your property will likely increase. As a condo owner, you are building wealth by investing in real estate. With each monthly mortgage payment you make, you are growing equity and value while reducing the principal. Renters, by contrast, make monthly rent payments that help their landlord build equity, not themselves.

Beyond the financial benefits

If you have been renting in an apartment building for a long time, you already know the substantial drawbacks to this living arrangement. One of them is that apartment tenants lack the freedom to make aesthetic changes to their homes. Since they don’t technically own the home, these tenants are typically prohibited from changing the wall colors, replacing the carpet with wood floors or vice versa, and changing other features of the home’s appearance.

On the other hand, condo owners have a great deal of freedom with the appearance of their homes. Once you buy your own condo, you can change its design to reflect your own unique style and tastes.

Find beautiful condos for sale in New Castle, Delaware

If you’re interested in buying a condo in New Castle County, Delaware, Montchanin Builders is here to make things easy. Our beautiful, luxury condos in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware are available at affordable prices.

Our much-coveted condos feature two stories of architecturally exquisite space nestled within the carefully manicured landscaping of Darley Green—one of our master-planned communities. Plus, they are just a short walk or drive away from a wide range of local amenities, like fine dining, arts and cultural attractions, and nightlife. To discover more about our available homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware, call Montchanin Builders today.

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3 Benefits of Living in a Master-Planned Community That Might Surprise You

What sets a master-planned community apart from other neighborhoods? Well, if you’re looking at new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware, you’ll notice that the properties located within master-planned communities by Montchanin Builders offer exceptional value, are very close to fantastic local amenities, and offer the neighborly ambiance of a close-knit community.

When you tour one of our available move-in ready properties in Delaware, you’ll discover for yourself why so many people have chosen to call our neighborhoods “home.”

Close proximity to unbeatable amenities

One of the major benefits of living in a master-planned community is that it is a walkable neighborhood. This means that no matter where your home is situated within the community, you’re never too far away from local amenities. Enjoy a brisk walk in the morning to the nearby coffee shop or head over to the park on your day off. You can even find a family doctor, excellent schools, and irresistible restaurants within reach.

When you do need to leave the master-planned community, you’re likely to find yourself within an easy commute of the office. Montchanin Builders’ community of Darley Green, for instance, is located just five minutes away from I-95. It’s also situated mere minutes away from I-495 and the Philadelphia International Airport. This makes it convenient for the times when you need to leave your neighborhood for work or pleasure.

Friendly neighborhoods that embrace the true concept of community

No matter how large or small, a master-planned community embodies the true nature of neighborliness. When you tour a Montchanin Builders master-planned community like Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls, you will enjoy the positive ambiance and close-knit camaraderie of the people who live there. These neighborhoods give off an “Old World” vibe that reflects the cordiality of simpler times in bygone eras. The local amenities within and near these communities provide plenty of social opportunities for getting to know your new neighbors.

Excellent value at competitive prices

Montchanin Builders strives to provide move-in ready luxury at affordable prices. Visit our Information Center to personalize your home by choosing from a variety of spacious floor plans and options for flooring, cabinets, counters, and more!

When you work with our preferred lender, Cardinal Financial, you can take advantage of competitive interest rates and homebuyer programs. Make sure to ask about our Work Force Program, which can help new homebuyers receive up to $15,000 toward the purchase of a new home.

Discover your own reason for living in a Montchanin Builders community

You can tour a Montchanin Builders master-planned community to find out for yourself why so many people love this way of living. There are still homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware, but properties in Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls are selling fast, so schedule a tour soon! Give us a call today and be sure to ask us about special financing offers.

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Delaware Is a Winter Wonderland: 4 Great Ideas for Weekend Escapes

Delaware is a fun and beautiful place to live in throughout the year. In the winter, there are many options for enticing weekend getaways. Some of them are close to home, like the Inn at Montchanin Village and the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. If you’re interested in venturing farther away, there are some exciting ski destinations in nearby Hawley, PA.

Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is situated just steps away from the beach. Because it’s a popular summertime attraction, winter getaway guests will enjoy special rates, and peace and quiet! Treat yourself to an ocean view suite, enjoy fine dining or afternoon tea, and warm up in the heated soaking pool.

While you’re staying at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel this winter, consider booking a local tour. The Holiday Garden of Lights & Winery Tour combines wine tastings with festive lights. Enjoy a fine glass of wine as you stroll through the local botanical gardens, decked out with over 30,000 lights for the holidays!

The Inn at Montchanin Village

You don’t have to go far from home to find a relaxing wintertime retreat. The Inn at Montchanin Village is a beautiful, historic property dating to the 19th century. Its 28 guest rooms are scattered among 11 historic, lovingly restored buildings, complete with gas fireplaces and period furniture. Even in the winter, its ornate gardens are a delight to explore, and the onsite restaurant—once home to the village blacksmith shop—features a five-course tasting menu with paired wines on the weekends.

The Bellmoor Inn & Spa in Rehoboth Beach

While Rehoboth Beach is a popular summertime destination, it also makes for a relaxing weekend getaway in the winter. Consider booking a stay at The Bellmoor Inn & Spa, which features luxurious suites and a full-service day spa.

Ledges Hotel

If you’re in the mood for a road trip, you’re in luck! Delaware is a short drive away from many major attractions, including the Ledges Hotel in Hawley, PA. Choose from traditional hotel rooms and full-service luxury suites. Long-term rentals are also available at this prime property in the gorgeous Pocono Mountains. From the Ledges, you’ll have easy access to exciting downhill slopes, as well as more aerobically challenging cross-country ski trails and snowshoe routes. An exercise-based weekend getaway is the perfect way to honor your New Year’s resolution!

Check out new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware

These fabulous winter weekend getaways are just one more reason to love living in Delaware. If you’re thinking of moving to the area, there are still some homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware from Montchanin Builders. Homesites are still available in Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, but they’re going fast so don’t delay!

Get in touch today to schedule a tour of our luxuriously appointed homes or a tour of our communities. Be sure to ask us about how to get $15,000 toward your purchase on select homesites at Darley Green!

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The #1 Reason to Buy Your Home in Winter

If you’re getting ready to buy a new home, you might be thinking about waiting until the spring or summer when more houses are generally put on the market. However, if you wait too long, you’ll miss out on taking advantage of the number one reason to buy your new home in the wintertime. If you’re ready to shop for homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware right now, there is really no reason to wait until the weather warms up.

Lower mortgage and interest rates in winter

One of the biggest concerns on any home buyer’s mind is financing the new property. If you shop around for a mortgage in the winter, you’re likely to notice that the rates are generally lower than they are in the summer. This is because the summertime is the peak home buying and selling season. In the winter, lenders are trying to entice homebuyers to sign for a mortgage with lower rates.

Of course, your individual rate will depend on many factors, like your creditworthiness, the current economic conditions, and the lender you choose.

The lender you choose matters more than the season

Although buying a home in the wintertime is a smart decision for home buyers, there are still great deals to be had in all four seasons. In fact, who you choose to buy a home from matters even more than the time of year that you start shopping around for a new house. If you buy a new construction home in New Castle County, Delaware from Montchanin Builders, you can take advantage of our special partnership with one of the nation’s leading mortgage lenders.

Montchanin Builders has selected Cardinal Financial as our lending partner because we believe in excellence in all that we do—from designing thoughtful floor plans to crafting beautiful, architectural masterpieces, to helping our home buyers get into their selected houses with exceptional financing terms. At Cardinal Financial, our go-to mortgage specialists are Theresa Miglino and Katherine Dunckley.

The Miglino and Dunckley team have demonstrated an abiding commitment to providing unbeatable customer service to our valued home buyers. Their philosophy is that the customer always comes first, and they live this motto every day by maintaining clear and open lines of communication with customers, lenders, and realtors.

Unlike some other lenders, Cardinal Financial is a mortgage originator. This is significant because it means that the company can underwrite, close, and fully fund your home loan. This enables them to offer some of the lowest rates you’ll find anywhere in the industry, regardless of the time of year that you choose to buy your home. Plus, you’ll benefit from exceptionally low closing costs.

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

The premium financing terms aren’t the only reason to choose a Montchanin Builders home. We build masterfully designed, walkable communities close to cultural attractions, green spaces, and major amenities. Choose from our beautiful townhomes in the Delaware communities of Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls. To schedule a tour or request more information, please call today!

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The Secret to Hosting a Great Holiday Party in Your Home

The holidays are magical, but they can also be a bit stressful. There’s so much more to do and not enough time to get it all done. The real secret to hosting a great holiday party in your new construction home in New Castle County, Delaware is to make it as stress-free as possible, while still giving your guests a fantastic experience. Use these tips to host a holiday party that’s memorable for all the right reasons.

Balance your planned menu

Your top priority is making sure your guests have a good time. You’ll want to make sure you plan a balanced menu that includes options for guests with special dietary needs. Try to include at least a couple of vegetarian or vegan entrées and side dishes. You might also want to ask your guests in advance if they have food allergies or gluten sensitivity. They’ll appreciate having a general idea of what’s on the menu in advance.

Consider a buffet-style meal

If you’re hosting a large holiday party, it might not be practical to seat everyone at the dinner table, even if you set up a separate kids’ table. A buffet-style meal instantly relaxes the ambiance and encourages people to help themselves and socialize freely while they eat. It’s also less stressful for you since you won’t have to worry about setting places. Just stack plates at one end of the buffet table, and remember to leave out napkins, silverware, and condiments.

Do some cooking ahead of time

It can be super stressful to do all of the cooking on the day of the party. You’ll probably end up in the kitchen for most of the party and be unable to enjoy yourself or socialize with your guests. Try to do some of the cooking and prep work ahead of time. Soups and stews are excellent make-ahead options that you can simply warm up before your guests arrive. You can also make quiches and tarts ahead of time, and freeze them until the day of the party.

Although not everything can be cooked ahead of time, you could do prep work ahead of time for the rest of the items on your menu. Chop and refrigerate veggies, for example.

Play music with care

Music is essential for setting the ambiance and helping your guests relax. However, it’s best to keep the volume relatively low. When it’s time for your guests to enjoy the meal, switch to instrumental music so that lyrics won’t interfere with the dinner conversation.

Looking for a new home for the holidays?

If you’re looking for a new neighborhood to call home, the Wilmington, Delaware area is a great place to relocate to. And if you purchase a new home in a Montchanin Builders master-planned community, you can look forward to friendly neighbors and walkable streets with great local amenities nearby.

There are homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware right now, but they won’t last long. Homesites are selling fast in the communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour. Be sure to ask us about our special financing offers!

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How to Choose the Perfect Artwork for Your Home

Your new home will reflect your personal style and design aesthetic. There really are no unbreakable rules of selecting artwork, since every individual will appreciate art in different ways. However, there are some general guidelines that you can follow to help your home’s décor appear well-balanced and tastefully designed.

Consider the feelings you wish to evoke

Artwork can inspire a spectrum of feelings, from peacefulness and serenity to surprise and excitement. Think about the feelings you wish to inspire in every room of your home. For the kitchen, many people like to choose whimsical pieces, including word art. In the bedroom, you might want the artwork to inspire relaxation, as many people view the master bedroom as a sanctuary. This is why abstract pieces work well here.

In the more public rooms of your home, such as the formal dining room and living room, you might prefer to choose pieces that will spark conversations. Look for surprising or intriguing artwork that is boldly designed to capture the eye. Artwork with a nature or landscape theme works well in the bathroom, as it inspires feelings of serenity.

Lastly, if you have a home office, you might want its artwork to encourage productivity and bring positive vibes to the room.

Choose the right size artwork for each room

It’s likely that the biggest pieces of artwork will go in the living room and bedrooms. It’s usually best to choose large artwork to fill large spaces and small artwork to fill smaller spaces. However, you can break this rule if you wish by filling a large space with a cluster of smaller pieces that embrace a shared theme. It’s best not to break this rule by hanging a large piece in a small room like the bathroom, as this will feel overwhelming. However, you could place two very small pieces side by side if space allows.

Look beyond paintings and prints

When most people hear the word “artwork,” they automatically think of paintings and watercolors, as well as more affordable prints. However, artwork can embrace three-dimensional media. Look for sculptures and unique conversation pieces, like an African drum or a Native American dreamcatcher. Ideally, choose 3D artwork that follows the same general theme or style as your wall art for any given room.

Consider incorporating different textures as well. For instance, you could hang an artistic tapestry on your living room wall in lieu of a painting.

Find your dream home at a Montchanin Builders community

Homebuyers in Delaware are asking, “What are the best move-in ready new homes near me in Wilmington, DE?” Our answer is that it’s time to check out the beautiful new homes available from Montchanin Builders. We focus on building walkable, neighborly communities with luxurious, finely crafted townhomes and single-family homes. Our master-planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls still have homesites left, but they’re going fast so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to schedule a tour or request more information! You can reach us by phone or check out our new homes in northern Delaware online.

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What Is the Difference Between an Apartment and a Condo?

If you’re tired of apartment living and thinking about buying your own place, you might be wondering why you’d look at condominiums. After all, isn’t “condo” just a fancy word for “apartment?” Actually, no. Apartments and condos have little in common. Here’s a quick primer on the differences between apartments and condos.

Who owns the property

The most significant difference between apartments and condos is who owns the property. If you live in an apartment, you pay rent to a landlord—you hold no ownership interest in the property. While it’s also possible to rent condos, most of them are owned by their residents. It’s just like owning a house, except that the condo is in a larger building.

How payments are managed

Since condos are typically owned, not leased, the payments are managed differently from apartments. A rental apartment typically requires a security deposit and the first and last month’s rent upon moving in. The renter then sends out monthly rent checks.

A condo can be purchased with a mortgage, just like a house. You’ll make your monthly payments to the mortgage lender. Each time you make a monthly payment, your equity in your home grows.

Who maintains the property

There are a lot of disadvantages to renting an apartment. One of the few advantages is that maintenance is included in the rent. Of course, some landlords choose to inadequately maintain their properties, causing headaches for the tenants.

If you buy a condo, you will be responsible for the maintenance of everything inside your home. However, in many cases, condos are included in a homeowners’ association (HOA). You’ll pay the HOA fees and the HOA is responsible for the maintenance of all common areas.

How you can personalize your space

Another main difference between apartments and condos is the personalization options. Tenants who rent their apartments have little to say about how their homes look. It’s typical of a landlord to prohibit tenants from putting up shelves, creating built-ins, or even changing the color of the wall paint without prior authorization. Some landlords won’t even allow tenants to use thumbtacks in the walls. In short, tenants have little control over what their home looks like.

In contrast, people who live in condos own their own property. If they wish, they can install new built-in bookshelves, upgrade the kitchen cabinets, retile the kitchen floor, and paint the walls to their heart’s content. There is a great deal more freedom involved with owning a condo versus renting an apartment.

Shopping for a new condo in northern Delaware?

Montchanin Builders is pleased to offer luxury condominiums for sale in our highly sought-after community of Darley Green. If you’re looking at new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware, you need to check out our beautiful townhomes and condos. They’re nestled within a neighborly, walkable community close to schools, shops, restaurants, and other convenient amenities. Our new homes in northern Delaware offer everything home buyers need!

You can schedule a viewing or inquire about our special financing offers by contacting our knowledgeable associates today. Be sure to ask us about our special $15,000 incentive program for new home buyers!

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New Townhome Floor Plans – Now Under Construction at Darley Green!

They’re finally here! Montchanin Builders is pleased to announce the construction of our new Manor Townhomes in the much sought-after community of Darley Green near Wilmington, Delaware. It’s not too early (or too late!) to personalize your beautiful new Manor Townhome with your choice of luxury design center features. Of course, you’ll also get an unbelievable array of elegant amenities and features that come included with our townhomes!

Up to 2,500 square feet of finished living space!

Yes, you read that right. Our new Manor Townhome floor plans include up to 2,500 square feet of finished living space—all the space to enjoy, kick back and relax in comfort. With three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, and a two-car garage, our Manor Townhome more than meet the needs of those looking for a new home!

New Floorplans! New Features!

In the beautiful, walkable community of Darley Green, home buyers can choose from three Manor Townhome floor plans:

  • The Monroe: An end of group home that boasts over 2,247 square feet of living space! It includes a private covered entry, spacious foyer, and a finished open rec room! The master bedroom includes an oversized walk-in closet and designer bath featuring double bowl vanity, with two additional bedrooms and laundry on the bedroom level.
  • The Montgomery: Our largest townhome, offers over 2,500 square feet of living space with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage, plus an enclosed front porch. The open floor plan includes an optional library off the living room and great sized open rec room on the entry level!
  • The Maxwell: Enjoy 2,342 square feet of living space boasting three bedrooms, two and half baths, two-car garage plus a spacious enclosed front porch with full brick façade! You’ll love the open concept floor plan, with a smooth flow from the kitchen and breakfast nook through the dining room to the living room and included composite deck!

Highly coveted luxury features

These new construction homes for sale near you in Delaware are chock-full of luxury amenities, like a gourmet kitchen with island, 9-foot ceilings throughout and a composite deck! In the kitchen, you’ll love the open floorplan with center island, Whirlpool appliances and gas cooking!

One of our most popular features brings convenience to modern living. Homebuyers love our bedroom-level laundry room— just think no more lugging heavy laundry baskets up and down the stairs! Other luxury features include:

  • Cultured marble vanity with double bowl sinks in the Master Bath
  • Home sprinkler fire protection system
  • Whirlpool appliances and Delta faucets
  • Mannington Floor Coverings and Mohawk Carpet

New construction, move-in ready homes for sale near you

For years, Montchanin Builders has prioritized architectural beauty and quality craftsmanship, while keeping our homes at affordable price points for all. Whether you’re searching for move-in ready homes or new construction homes near you in Delaware, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Montchanin Builders Darley Green community!

Don’t Wait!

Schedule a personal tour of our new Manor Townhomes floorplans in Darley Green today! Just give us a call at 302.655.2600. Be sure to ask us how you can get up to $15,000 toward your purchase on select home sites at Darley Green!