move in ready homes

What to Know Before Buying a Townhome

Townhomes are an increasingly popular option for homeowners, particularly those who are purchasing their first home. This is because, while townhomes are more affordable than single family homes, they offer the same lifestyle perks. Plus, they tend to have generous square footage for home buyers who are interested in growing their family. In particular, Montchanin Builders in Delaware is known for designing spacious and beautiful townhomes that are perfectly suited to young couples and retirees alike.

Consider the architectural possibilities

Not all townhouses look alike from the outside. You have lots of options to consider, from stacked townhouses with two to three stories, to twin homes, to manor townhouses. Stacked townhomes are what you would think of as a traditional townhouse, including a one-car garage. Twin homes are two townhomes positioned together. These offer the option of a two-car garage.

If you’re looking for something a little different, consider purchasing a manor townhome. Manor townhomes are the height of upscale luxury. The Monroe, The Montgomery, and The Maxwell offered by Montchanin Builders are manor townhomes with unique architectural features on the exterior. Inside, you’ll find up to 2,500 square feet of finished living space, with 9’ ceilings and a gourmet kitchen.

Explore your options for personalization

Every home should be personalized to suit its owners’ unique style preferences. No matter which architectural style you choose, you’ll have the option to customize your new townhome. Choose from stainless kitchen appliances, granite countertops in your choice of colors, recessed lighting, and upgraded kitchen cabinets with designer hardware. You can also choose your own flooring, including hardwood or ceramic tile.

Make your budget work for you

One of the reasons why townhomes are such a popular investment is that they are typically thousands of dollars less than single family homes. But unlike an apartment or condo, you’ll own the land you live on. Treat yourself to some new furnishings, but don’t buy everything until after you’ve moved in. You should have the essentials, of course, like the beds, mattresses, table, and seating options. But wait to go to the furniture store until after you get a better sense of your ideal furniture layout. Take measurements and do plenty of online window shopping so you can get your new townhouse looking exactly how you want it.

Check out amazing offers in Delaware from Montchanin Builders

If you’re interested in getting $15,000* toward your new home purchase, as well as favorable rates from one of the most reputable home lenders in the country, then it’s time to get in touch with Montchanin Builders. We are a premier home building and community planning company, offering exquisitely designed new homes in Wilmington. We invite you to tour our beautiful, family-friendly communities in the Wilmington, Delaware area, including Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Call our office today at 302.472.7212 to inquire about our Wilmington, DE townhomes for sale.

Additional resources for home buyers

  1. HowStuffWorks, 5 Advantages of a Townhouse, https://home.howstuffworks.com/real-estate/5-advantages-townhouse.htm
  2. HGTV, 6 Tips for Decorating Your First Home, https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/6-tips-for-decorating-your-first-home

*$15,000 towards your new home purchase with the use of NCC WF Program, Preferred Lender and Settlement Attorney.

Secret Summer Getaways Near Wilmington, DE

family riding bikesWith New Castle County’s rolling hills, more than 90 miles of picturesque shoreline, and verdant hardwood forests in between—Delaware is a shining beacon of natural beauty. It’s no wonder that people love to call the First State home. Whether you already live here or are considering relocating, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are conveniently located to some of the state’s most charming attractions – and many are the perfect backdrop for a summer getaway!

From historic hamlets to wildlife havens, here’s a round-up of our favorite warm-weather vacation spots near Wilmington, DE.

Family outing at Bethany Beach

When it comes to rolling dunes, swimmable surf and golden sands, Delaware’s southern shoreline can’t be beat. Beach lovers from Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore flock to the popular Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches every summer. But if you’re looking for a quieter, more kid-friendly coast to play on, we suggest you head to Bethany Beach. The area is less crowded, but there is still enough dining, shopping and activity to keep it entertaining. There are fantastic restaurants that serve up regional dishes like scrapple, miles of trails to bike on, a 27-hole course at Bear Trap Dunes and a putt-putt course for the children.

Romantic weekend in Lewes

Lewes is a historic seaside town (population <3,000), tucked between Cape Henlopen State Park and the wetlands of the Great Marsh Preserve. Settled by the Dutch back in 1631, this quaint hamlet is the perfect destination for a romantic summer getaway. The town has inviting Bed & Breakfasts, pretty waterfront hotels like the Inn at Canal Square, and some excellent fine dining options. Spend the day wandering the scenic trails of Cape Henlopen, walking the beach, or exploring the town’s historic buildings by bicycle. Don’t miss the Historic Lewes Farmers Market – held on Wednesdays and Saturdays – for chances to stock up on fresh flowers, produce, artesanal cheese and other locally-produced goods.

Birdwatching at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge

Bring your binoculars and sense of adventure for this summer escape! Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, located in Smyrna, DE, is renowned along the Atlantic Coast for exceptional bird and wildlife watching. The 16,000-acre reserve features a 12-mile auto-tour route that provides chances to spot amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural environment. This is a dream destination for budding wildlife photographers. During the summer months, egrets and herons can be seen feeding and nesting in the area. There are several observation towers, a Visitor’s Center and trails designed for biking and walking.

Beautiful new homes in Wilmington

With several exciting floorplans to choose from, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are thoughtfully constructed for the modern buyer. Enjoy close proximity to historic attractions, gorgeous beaches and family-friendly points of interest in our community of expertly crafted townhomes and condos. Contact our offices to discuss our special financing options and low interest mortgage rates for first-time buyers.

Call  302-472-7212 and schedule your home tour today!

More Resources On Lesser-Known Wilmington Summer Getaways:

  1. OnlyInYourState, 8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Delaware — No Hiking Required https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/natural-wonders-de/
  2. Travel and Leisure, A Travel Editor’s Guide to Bethany Beach, Delaware https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/bethany-beach-travel-guide
  3. Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 2018 Market Hours and Locations https://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org/
  4. Visit Delaware, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge https://www.visitdelaware.com/listings/bombay-hook-national-wildlife-refuge/2391/
glass of red wine at pochi

Wine Tasting in Wilmington: Where to Go

The beautiful countryside around Wilmington, DE is like a playground for adults. Take advantage of living in this incredible region, and hit the road this summer to take a tour of the local wineries. One great place to start is with the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which can help you plan your visit to a handful of must-see wineries — and must-taste wines! Please remember to designate a sober driver during your tour for your safety and the safety of everyone on the roadways.

Don’t live in the area yet? Before you take a tour of the local wineries, you can schedule a viewing of new homes in Wilmington. Montchanin Builders offers homes designed specifically for modern couples and families.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

This conveniently pre-planned route includes six wineries, all located within an easy 50-mile drive of each other in beautiful Chester County, PA. Each of them is open year-round.

Old Stone Cider is a family-run orchard. They pride themselves on growing heirloom apple varieties to produce their hard cider.

Kreutz Creek Vineyards is owned and operated by a couple who have been producing superb wine since 1989. They specialize in dry white, dry red, and semi-dry wines.

Borderland Vineyard is operated by a brother and sister team who restored their family farm and transformed it into a winery. They offer tasting room hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as by appointment.

Wayvine Winery & Vineyard is a 260-acre farm with 16 acres of hand-planted grapes. The winery welcomes guests as if they were family. Say hello to Nancy Wilson, the family’s mother, when you visit the tasting room on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, or by appointment.

1723 Vineyards is owned by fifth-generation farmers who are passionate about great wine. Stop by for a tasting on Saturdays or on Sundays by appointment, and ask about the historic origins of their unique name.

Paradocx Vineyard specializes in marrying handcrafted secrets with modern technology to produce some remarkable vintages. Their wine tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Collier’s of Centreville

Located a hop and skip away from Wilmington in Centreville, Collier’s of Centreville offers a can’t-miss, free wine tasting on every Saturday! Be sure to check their website to find out about the upcoming wine tasting themes, as well as their other events and classes. Collier’s is known for sniffing out exceptional wines from the far corners of the globe. If you’d love to become more knowledgeable about wine and how to enjoy it, Collier’s wine school is the right place to start.

Looking forward to life in Wilmington

These great wineries and restaurants are just one of the many cultural opportunities you’ll enjoy as a Wilmington resident. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour and find out about the financing options available on our new homes. Our new construction Wilmington homes are ideally situated in our masterfully planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Get in touch at 302.472.7212 today and ask us how you can get $15,000* toward your closing costs!

More info on wine tasting near Wilmington, Delaware:

  1. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, http://bvwinetrail.com/
  2. Collier’s of Centreville, http://www.collierswine.com/

*With use of NCC WF Program, preferred lender and settlement attorney

Portrait Of Family Cycling Through Fall Woodland

10 Reasons to Move to Delaware

Delaware’s scenic beauty, low taxes and affordable housing make this tiny state a wonderful place to live, work and play. Fresh-air pursuits abound, whether your interests lie in hiking, sailing, bicycling, or exploring miles of picturesque shoreline. The shopping is unparalleled, thanks to some of the region’s biggest outlet centers, while performance arts and cultural attractions feed the mind and spirit.

Increasing numbers of people – from young couples to retirees – have discovered the wide-ranging benefits of Delaware living. A Delaware address equals easy access to award-winning beaches, prestigious schools, and major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.  Moreover, this mid-Atlantic gem boasts some of the area’s most desirable residential developments. Communities like The Town of Whitehall, The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green feature much more than expertly crafted move-in ready homes – they are designed to enhance and enrich neighborhood life. Community parks, walking and biking trails, and beautiful green spaces invite residents to share and interact, and develop lasting relationships.

Montchanin Builder’s new home communities are a great place to start your life in Delaware, but if you need more convincing, here are ten compelling reasons to move to the First State.

No Sales Tax in Delaware

Delaware is one of just five states in the nation that imposes ZERO sales tax, which makes it a shopper’s paradise!

Other Tax Advantages

Delaware is a tax-friendly state in every way. It has one of the country’s lowest real estate tax rates. In 2016, the median property tax rate paid by Delaware residents was less than .44 percent. In addition, residents enjoy relative low income tax rates (maximum 6.6%). Social Security benefits are tax exempt, and people aged 60 and older can exempt $12,500 of their pension and retirement income from DE state taxes.

Perks for First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers in Delaware may be entitled to a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 a year.

Central Location

No matter where you live in Delaware, you are a short drive from regional hubs throughout the northeast metro areas, and most cities are accessible via train making commuting both easy and affordable.

Educational Opportunities

From preschool through university, Delaware boasts a diverse assortment of high-quality public and private educational institutions.

Top Retirement Destination

Delaware has top-notch health care facilities and is close to nationally-recognized hospitals including Jefferson University Hospital and Johns Hopkins. Besides the benefit of low tax burdens, retirees can take part in wide range of volunteer and community activities that cater toward active seniors.

Clean, Beautiful Beaches

Delaware is famed for its pristine, family-friendly beaches, which draw thousands of day-trippers each summer. Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach have garnered 5-star ratings for water quality, and like other stretches of Delaware seashore, offer an idyllic setting for shopping, dining and watersports.

Arts & Culture Abound

Music, performing arts and theater are well-represented in Delaware. You’ll find historic estate tours, art galleries, museums and sophisticated cultural offerings to keep your calendar full. From grand operas to yearly jazz and film festivals, there’s always something going on.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Delaware’s temperate climate and amazing natural resources that provide ample opportunity for family recreation like hiking, kayaking and water activities. Delaware has been rated the “most bicycle-friendly state” east of the Mississippi!

10,000 Acres of State Park Land

Delaware boasts 16 state parks and more than 150 miles of trails where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking and horseback rides. Some feature camping and cottages, summer camp programs for young children and exciting programs on Delaware wildlife and heritage.

Find your beautiful new home in Delaware

If you want a place to call home that is walking distance to local shops and eateries – a place where that satisfying sense of neighborhood belonging is palpable – we encourage you to consider the new Delaware homes by Montchanin Builders.

Call 302-472-7212 to schedule a tour or learn more about financing options for first-time buyers!

Additional Resources on Delaware Living: 

  1. BuzzFeed, 39 Reasons Why Delaware Is Better Than Your State https://www.buzzfeed.com/theboyking/39-reasons-why-delaware-is-better-than-your-state-9bk5?utm_term=.dhlXzpkVN#.aqMmoeJ1Y
  2. CapeGazette, Top 10 Reasons to Move to Delaware http://www.capegazette.com/affiliate-post/top-10-reasons-move-delaware/84531
  3. OceanAtlantic.net, Top 10 Reasons To Live in Coastal Delaware http://www.oceanatlantic.net/buy/why-live-in-delaware.html

Now Available! Two Move-In Ready Homes in The Town of Whitehall

Now Available! Three Two Move-In Ready Homes in The Town of Whitehall

Imagine yourself and your family in a new custom home with contemporary features and a modern design. Dream further about living in a well-maintained neighborhood within walking distance of schools, recreation space, and other amenities, and with easy access to transportation and shopping. It doesn’t have to be just a dream! In The Town of Whitehall, you will be living in your new home sooner than you ever thought possible.

Montchanin Builders, can make your dreams an immediate reality. We have three amazing move-in ready homes in The Town of Whitehall in Middletown, Delaware! All three of these homes reflect our trademark quality craftsmanship and materials, with open floor plans and contemporary living spaces that will cater to all of your family’s wants and needs.

2004 Apex Close – SOLD!

We designed and built the bungalow at 2004 Apex Close for homeowners that want more than 2,400 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms and three full baths, in a single-floor layout. This home gives you a further option to expand into the garden level for an additional 1,100 square feet of family room and a fourth bedroom space. It sits on a quiet cul-de-sac that backs up to a wooded area to give you and your family the safety and privacy that you desire. You will relish your new home and neighborhood as you relax on your front or back porch, enjoying nature and peaceful neighborhood vibe.

2005 Apex Close

For even more living space on the same peaceful cul-de-sac, look no further than Montchanin’s award winning Salisbury model at 2005 Apex Close. This home features high-quality maple cabinets and granite countertops with Whirlpool kitchen appliances that will help you to bring out your inner gourmet. Its spacious rear deck brings your living space into the outdoors to give you a chance to enjoy your wooded backyard. The home’s oak staircases, designer ceramic tiles, and gas fireplace will give you and your family many years of comfort and enjoyment.

550 Wheelmen

With more than 2,100 square feet of living space and all contemporary design features, stop by and visit Montchanin Builders’ bungalow home at 550 Wheelmen Street. This home features three bedrooms and two baths on its main-level living space, with a full walk out lower level rarely found in Middletown. This home’s front porch and rear deck give you every chance to enjoy the outdoors and your new neighborhood, and its interior features give you access to everything you and your family need to keep up with a busy lifestyle. Like our other house designs, this home includes an attached 2-car garage and a mud room and laundry areas. You will also appreciate the maple shaker style cabinets and under-mountstainless kitchen sink in your new kitchen. Relax at the end of your day in a living room as your gas fireplace takes the chill off of a cool evening.

Montchanin Builders Gives You the Best of Custom Home Designs

When you buy an older existing home, you typically get less than you want. If you start from scratch and design your own house, you will embark on an expensive journey that will likely take at least two years before your home is ready for you and your family. Montchanin Builders’ custom homes in our Delaware communities give you the best of both options, with layouts and features that satisfy all of your expectations and an opportunity to move in immediately.

Our Whitehall community in Middletown is less than 20 minutes from Wilmington. The community is excited to announce it has just broken ground on a new elementary school in the State’s #1 ranked Appoquinimink School District to accommodate 840 students on a 13-acre campus that was donated to the District. Please see our website or contact our friendly, professional staff for more information on how to make your dream of living in one our move-in ready homes become a reality.

Additional Resources:

  1. Investopedia.com: Should You Buy or Build a Home. https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/062614/should-you-buy-or-build-home.asp
  2. TheSimpleDollar.com: Is Building a New Home a Better Deal than Buying an Existing One? https://www.thesimpledollar.com/whats-the-better-deal-building-new-or-buying-existing-home/

5 Signs That You’ve Outgrown Your Apartment

couple moving into new homeIf you are early in your career, or have a younger family, the temporary nature of apartment living offers the opportunity to change your living situation to meet the demands of your life. But as circumstances and tastes change, apartment-dwellers begin to wonder whether it is time to move on to home ownership.

How to know you have outgrown your apartment

Consider these signs that moving into your own home or condo may make the most sense for your lifestyle.

  1. Your space seems to be shrinking. There are so many ways this can happen – maybe your family is growing or your collection of tchotchkes is expanding. Maybe you are planning to work from a home office, or need more room for entertaining. A town home or condominium can offer several times more space than an apartment.
  2. You are ready to invest your payments into a home you own. You may decide that you owe it to yourself to make your monthly payments toward something you will have pride in owning long-term, rather than to a landlord for a fleeting month’s rent.
  3. You crave a more personal neighborhood. Since apartments offer flexibility, neighbors are more likely to come and go. For those looking to build long-term relationships, consider a planned community with amenities that foster neighborly friendships.
  4. Your current place is just not quite yours. While there are many inventive ways to add personal decorative flair to an apartment, it is difficult to entirely shake the cookie cutter feel. The ownership benefits of town homes and condos allow residents to add much more extensive custom touches, from painting the walls to remodeling.
  5. You prefer more refined options. When it comes to high-end details, your money will go farther when you own. Owners can also make more permanent choices, such as upgrading fixtures and finishes, which are almost always out of the question in a rental.

Consider a move-in ready home at Darley Green

If you find you relate to one or more of these situations, it might be time to upgrade from an apartment to owning your own home. Montchanin Builders offers exquisite design and thoughtful planning in its premier communities. The classically-styled Delaware townhomes and condos at Darley Green are located near Claymont and Wilmington, DE, in the desirable Brandywine School District.

Darley Green offers easy access to commute routes, as well as an array of local shops and businesses within walking distance. There is no shortage of activity, and neighbors love the extended family feel that Darley Green fosters.

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour of the move-in ready town homes and condos available at Darley Green, or one of our other thoughtfully designed Delaware communities.

More signs that it’s time to buy a home:

  1. Trulia, 16 Signs It’s Time To Move To A New House, https://www.trulia.com/blog/16-signs-its-time-to-start-a-house-search/
  2. Forbes, How To Know When It’s Time To Buy A Home, https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajsmith/2017/10/17/how-to-know-when-its-time-to-buy-a-home/#2eec00b9191f

New Year. New Community. New Home. New Designs!

Montchanin Builders in Delaware is ringing in the New Year by introducing new homes and a new community! We’re excited by all of the upcoming projects slated for 2018, including the opening of our brand-new community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Homesites are going quickly, so take advantage of this incredible opportunity while it lasts!

The Overlook at Rockford Falls

The Overlook at Rockford Falls community is built by Montchanin Builders, and there’s already plenty of buzz about its beautiful, nature-inspired elements and luxurious townhomes. It’s an exclusive neighborhood, with just 32 homes. When you move here, you’ll fall in love with the nature trails, and easy access to state park land. Plus, it’s within walking distance to many popular attractions around Rockford Park—including the Delaware Art Museum. Choose a homesite that overlooks Brandywine Creek, and the perfect picnic spot will be practically in your backyard.

The first two homes are currently under construction, and a decorated model is coming soon!

The Albin: A one-of-a-kind dream home could be yours

One of the homes you can choose from in Middletown is The Albin at 2004 Apex Close. It’s an impressive and charming bungalow design that features over 2,486 square feet of living space all on one convenient level. The finished lower level adds more than 1,000 square feet of additional living space, where you can walk out directly to your beautifully landscaped, wooded lot.

With soaring 10-foot ceilings, four bedrooms, and four full baths, this home is a must see. Relax on a full front porch and back porch from which to enjoy the beautiful Delaware seasons.

New home designs!

Darley Green Manor Homes

 

2018 is definitely shaping up to be a busy year for us. In addition to opening our new community near Rockford Park, Montchanin Builders is pleased to introduce new home designs! We’re hard at work finalizing the floor plans, features, and pricing. New townhome designs for our highly sought-after Darley Green community will feature three stories, with living spaces ranging from 2,200 square ft. to 2,500 square ft.

Join our VIP list and be the first to learn about the new details as they’re finalized!

These beautiful new homes will offer three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, plus a spacious two-car garage. You can expect the same premium features that Montchanin Builders is known for—including gourmet kitchens, designer flooring, upgrades appliances, elegant fixtures, and plenty of well-designed storage space.

We make it easy to join a Montchanin Builders community

Our new homes sell quickly, so call Montchanin Builders today at 302.472.7212 or fill out the quick contact form on our website. We invite you to take your time touring our communities in Delaware: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Once you’ve fallen in love with our luxuriously appointed homes, modern floor plans, and friendly, walkable neighborhoods, ask us about our preferred financing partner, Supreme Lending.

Buy This Move-in Ready Home in Darley Green Before It’s Sold!

Homes in Darley Green are in high demand, but there are still a few move-in ready homes available for buyers in Delaware. Montchanin Builders is pleased to offer one perfectly located property with the popular Chesterfield floorplan: 1269 Parish Avenue. This highly sought-after home will be ready to welcome you just in time for the holidays!

And with the Work Force Program, Montchanin Builders is making it easier than ever for home buyers to move into the home of their dreams. This special program offers up to $15,000* towards your closing costs.

Explore the Chesterfield floorplan

The Chesterfield model is a stacked townhome, offering three spacious bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a one car garage. With 2,500 square feet, there’s plenty of room for entertaining, and you’ll love the covered balcony.

The main level features a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, a convenient island, and an adjacent breakfast room. You’ll have plenty of kitchen storage space, thanks to the built-in pantry. The family room is situated next to the kitchen, with an open living/dining room and convenient powder room on the main living level.

On the upper level, homeowners will find three bedrooms, including a master bedroom, featuring two large walk-in closets. Homeowners will enjoy the luxury master bath just steps from the Master Bedroom featuring separate shower and Whirlpool soaking tub. The laundry room is also conveniently located on the bedroom level.

Fall in love with Darley Green

Darley Green isn’t just another planned development; it’s a community that embodies the true spirit of a neighborhood.

The rarely available Chesterfield located at 1269 Parish Avenue directly faces dedicated green space, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the new Claymont Public Library. Jogging trails, parks, and local shops are all within walking distance when you move to Darley Green. We’re confident you’ll fall in love with the tree-lined streets and neighborhood gathering areas.

Plus, Darley Green is within the coveted Brandywine School District. If your family prefers a private school option, you’ll live within easy walking distance of the prestigious Archmere Academy. This move-in ready home on Parish Avenue is also convenient for commuters. Darley Green is a short drive away from I-495, I-95, and Route 13/Philadelphia Pike. Or if you prefer, you can use the nearby Wilmington Amtrak Station or walk to the Claymont commuter train.

Ready to move? Schedule your tour today!

The beautiful home at 1269 Parish Avenue is priced to sell at $299,490, so schedule your personal tour today!

Montchanin Builders has partnered with Supreme Lending to help home buyers find favorable terms to fit their needs. Get in touch with Robin Chase at rchase@montchaninbuilders.net for information about this move-in ready home, or give us a call at 302.655.2600 when you’re ready to take a tour.

*With the use of NCC WF Program and Builders preferred lender/settlement attorney

Additional Resources for Home Buyers:

  1. HGTV, Are You Ready for a Bigger House? http://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/how-to-know-you-re-ready-for-a-bigger-house
  2. Bankrate, Buyers want homes in move-in condition, http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/buyers-homes-move-in-condition.aspx

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

home value, house value, property valuesAs soon as you become a proud homeowner, you’ll likely start to think about your home’s value. Home value is a major issue, and not just for homeowners who are getting ready to put the property up for sale. By increasing your home’s value, you’re also increasing the equity you own in your home.

It’s not difficult to improve your home’s value, and you can always hire a home contractor in Delaware to do the heavy lifting for you.

1. Add an elevator

Residential elevators aren’t just for billionaires and city slickers living in high-rise apartment buildings. There’s been a rising trend lately in home buyers looking for townhomes with elevators, and homeowners planning renovations to add them. Elevators allow seniors to age in place, even if they have a multi-story home. They assist families with young children (ever try to carry a heavy laundry basket down the stairs with a small child getting underfoot?), and they’re an ideal option for people who once considered single story living.

2. Replace the hardware

One minor home improvement task that will boost value is replacing aging, loose, or worn-out hardware. Go on a shopping trip and look for new doorknobs and hardware for your kitchen cabinets. Don’t forget handles and knobs for your bathroom vanity cabinets!

3. Spruce up your landscaping and hardscaping

Curb appeal is a major factor in a home’s value. Trim overgrown hedges and bushes, add some fresh mulch to the flowerbeds, and plant some attractive chrysanthemums, peonies, and colorful, ornamental grasses. If your home lacks hardscaping, consider adding a retaining wall. Other options for boosting your home’s value include installing a water feature, building a stone walkway, and putting in a patio.

4. Improve energy efficiency

Energy-efficient homes are a trend that will never go out of style. Some homeowners are concerned about the depletion of the earth’s natural resources, and feel that it’s their civic responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint. Other homeowners are tired of spending their paychecks on utility bills, and would like to stop throwing cash out a drafty window. Regardless of the reason, an energy-efficient home is a more valuable home. Consider replacing old windows, installing a high-efficiency furnace, and upgrading to Energy Star-rated appliances in your kitchen and laundry room.

5. Finish the basement

A finished basement can make a world of difference for a family. And if you’ve decided to install a residential elevator, it will be more accessible than ever. Finished basements add a great deal of livable square footage to a home. They also provide extra storage spaces, without the mold and mustiness that is characteristic of an unfinished basement.

Elevator townhomes in Delaware

Looking for a new home in Delaware? Montchanin Builders can help you find the perfect home for your family. In our beautifully planned communities, you’ll enjoy amazing amenities, walkable streets, and friendly neighbors. Our custom, move-in ready townhomes offer luxury at an affordable price. If you choose to make The Overlook at Rockford Falls your new community, you could even purchase a townhome with an elevator in Delaware! Call Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

More tips on how to increase your home’s value:

  1. The Family Handyman, 15 Reasons Why You Should Renovate Your House for Property Value, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/15-reasons-why-you-should-renovate-your-house-for-property-value/view-all/
  2. Realtor Mag, A Rising Trend: Home Elevators, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/15-reasons-why-you-should-renovate-your-house-for-property-value/view-all/

5 Things to Do After Moving into Your New Home

Families have been flocking to Delaware to take advantage of the incredible tax-free shopping, great schools, and amazing landscapes. The market for new homes in Delaware is advantageous to buyers, but if you plan to move, you’ll want to get your foot in the door soon. Here are some helpful tips for things to do after you move into your new Delaware home:

1. Get the necessary paperwork out of the way

If you’ve moved into Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or another neighborhood in the Wilmington, Delaware area, you can head over to nearby New Castle to update your driver’s license. The Wilmington DMV is located at 2230 Hessler Boulevard.

Remember to update your address and home phone number on all of your accounts, as well as your voter registration. Have your family’s medical and dental records transferred to your new clinics.

2. Get to know your new neighborhood

One of the many reasons why families choose Montchanin Builders communities is because they embody the true spirit of the word “neighborhood.” Take a stroll around your new neighborhood with your family, and introduce yourselves. You’ll likely find your new neighbors enjoying nature trails, playgrounds, or the neighborhood coffee shop. They’ll be happy to point you in the direction of their favorite restaurants, fitness classes, and other recommended amenities.

3. Become acquainted with your new home

You’ve already gone over every inch of your new home, but chances are, you’ve overlooked a few key features. Every homeowner should know where the main water shutoff valve is. In most homes, the shutoff can be found in close proximity to the water meter. Look in the basement along that wall.

Next, locate the main circuit breaker panel. If you plan to use your basement for storage, make sure you maintain an uncluttered pathway to the circuit breaker panel. It’s also a smart idea to keep a flashlight next to it.

4. Make your home your own

Getting truly settled into your new home can be a lengthy endeavor, especially if you have a large family with plenty of possessions. Focus on the essential areas first, like the kitchen and bathrooms. Take the time to put everything where it belongs in an organized fashion, instead of trying to empty as many boxes as possible in as little time as possible. Make sure your furniture legs have protective felt pads when you move them around the floor.

5. Relax!

Seriously! You’ve just bought a beautiful new home, moved to a new neighborhood, and dealt with more moving boxes than you can count. Give yourself a break and spend some time enjoying your new home with your family. Pop some popcorn, click on your Netflix favorites, and bask in that marvelous feeling of owning your own home.

Montchanin Builders wants to help you move into your brand new, move-in ready home in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Check out our stylish homes and family-friendly floorplans when you browse our website, and explore our beautifully crafted communities: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. When you’re ready to discuss our buyer-oriented financing options with our lender partner, give us a call or fill out the simple contact form. We look forward to connecting your family with your dream home!

More expert tips on what to do right after moving:

  1. The Family Handyman, The First Things to Do After You Move Into Your First Home, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/the-first-things-to-do-after-you-move-into-your-first-home/view-all/
  2. Division of Motor Vehicles, Locations, http://www.dmv.de.gov/home/locations/index.shtml