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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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Why Home Buyers Have Their Eyes on the Suburbs in 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are being urged to continue practicing safe social distancing and taking other precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, this is easier said than done when you live in a large city, where masses of people inevitably find themselves in close proximity to one another. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to practice social distancing when you and a dozen of your neighbors are all trying to get an elevator up to the 12th floor at the same time.

But in the suburbs, people are a bit more spread out. There is more room to breathe and sufficient space to follow safe social distancing. In short, there has never been a better time to consider buying a home in the suburbs.

Suburban homes offer more amenities than city apartments

City inhabitants often find themselves having to adapt to apartments that are small and cramped – yet still expensive! Apartment dwellers may find it extremely challenging to follow stay-at-home orders since there isn’t much room for a home office, let alone a home gym.

The solution is to buy a home in the suburbs, where you will have plenty of space to set up your ideal home office. You can even set up your dream gym, all in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’ll be able to go out into the yard and enjoy the outdoors without inadvertently getting too close to your neighbors.

Suburbs are more affordable than city life

City living is unquestionably expensive. Housing costs far more, and so too do everyday expenses like groceries and auto insurance. Yes, auto insurance companies charge urban residents far more than their suburban counterparts—even if they have the same driving record and vehicle! In contrast, moving to the suburbs can save you a bundle over the years.

Find your sanctuary in the suburbs of Wilmington today!

Are you interested in escaping big city life for the comfort and wide-open spaces of the suburbs? There are lots of beautiful and affordable homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware, built by Montchanin Builders. We are a local leader, providing master-planned communities that encompass wide open, green spaces, and family-friendly amenities. Yet, you’re never far away from the attractions and conveniences of the city.

Check out our new homes in northern Delaware today by calling us today. Remember to ask us about our special financing offers available through our partner, Cardinal Financial!

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Why the Real Estate Market Will Heat Up This Summer

It’s been a rough year so far. Health and public safety concerns have all contributed to economic uncertainty. However, the news isn’t all bad. In fact, there are signs that things are starting to turn around already. Businesses across the country are beginning to open up, people are going back to work, and they are even buying new houses—a significant vote of confidence that the economy will improve. In fact, the summer of 2020 could be one of the best seasons for home buying in recent memory. For proof, just check out the historically low mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates are historically low

Toward the end of May, Freddie Mac released the results from its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®. The results indicated that mortgage rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages were below 3.30 percent for the fourth consecutive week. One year ago, the rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.06 percent. In addition, the rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averages 2.70 percent.

All of those statistics are great news for home buyers looking to save money. Sam Khater, the chief economist at Freddie Mac, predicted that mortgage rates could continue to decline even as the demand for new housing rises.

Mortgage applications are on the rise

Toward the end of May, CNBC reported that mortgage applications had increased by six percent compared to the previous week. That is a stunning rise and may point to a growing sense of consumer confidence in an economic rebound. It also underscores the significance of historically low mortgage rates.

Overall, mortgage applications have increased for five consecutive weeks. FHA, VA, and USDA loans (government purchase applications) are five percent higher than they were a year ago. In addition, the purchase volume is only 1.5 percent lower than it was one year ago, signaling a remarkably fast recovery in the housing market.

More home buyers are taking advantage of virtual home tours

Another factor in heating up summer sales in the real estate market is the increased use of virtual home tours. Not only is it a safe, socially distant way to view homes available for purchase, but it allows home buyers to easily plan long-distance moves. A virtual home tour enables buyers to effectively evaluate whether a particular property will suit their needs without having to travel there.

Get a jump start on your home search before the summer heats up

With so many other people eager to buy a new home this summer, it’s in your best interest to act quickly. Montchanin Builders is open for business, with architecturally exquisite new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware. Visit our Sales Center to find out why so many people have chosen a Montchanin Builders townhome, condo, or single-family home.

Get in touch with us today to set up a tour or ask about special financing offers for our homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware.

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7 Reasons Buyers Love Move-in Ready Homes

When it comes to quality construction, modern floorplans, and designer finishes, move-in ready homes tick all the right boxes. Buyers get all the benefits of a new construction home without the wait of the building process.

In today’s housing market, more buyers are looking for spacious layouts, smart technology, and top-of-the-line luxury. They want a home that is ready to be lived in and doesn’t need remodeling, repainting, or extensive repairs.

With Montchanin Builder’s new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware, there are no surprises. Every aspect, from the appliances and cabinetry to the heating systems, are brand new and functioning flawlessly.

Let’s explore some of the top reasons buyers love move-in ready homes.

#1. Convenience: no waiting to move into your new home

What you see is what you get, and if you fall in love with the space, the views, the layout, and the community, you can close the deal and be moved in within a few weeks.

#2. Top-of-the-line amenities and features

You don’t have to worry about old appliances or dated designs with a move-in ready home. Expect bright, airy rooms with beautiful interior finishes like granite countertops, wood cabinetry, spacious walk-in closets, hardwood floors, and modern lighting systems.

#3. Energy efficiency

With new construction comes the added bonus of energy efficiency. Modern appliances, new heating/cooling systems, energy-efficient windows, and roofing mean a much lower utility bill.

#4. Fewer out-of-pocket expenses

A move-in ready home promises lower maintenance costs. You won’t have to deal with unexpected repairs as you would with a “fixer-upper.” State-of-the-art appliances and quality construction materials will mean fewer expenses after you’ve moved in.

#5. Protection of structural & manufacturer warranties

A new home warranty means one less thing to worry about, whether your roof starts to leak or your washing machine breaks down. Structural and manufacturer warranties provide coverage for workmanship, parts, and materials.

#6. “Standard” features

A move-in ready home can boast standard features that aren’t typically found in resale properties. Beyond the up-to-date appliances, versatile great rooms, outdoor decks, gourmet kitchens, and professional landscaping.

#7. Attractive financing options

Buyers can take advantage of an easy pre-approval process, low closing costs, and custom financing options.

Move-in ready homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware

Design updates and renovations take time and money. With a move-in ready home from Montchanin Builders, buyers are getting top-trending amenities, contemporary floorplans, and the peace of mind of knowing there home is warranted.

Skip the construction waiting period and enjoy the benefits of living in a master-planned community like Darley Green. Please call our sales team to schedule a personal tour of our move-in ready homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware. Our team leverages over 70 years of experience in residential construction and has a great reputation for quality craftsmanship.

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5 Key Tips to Selling Your House Virtually

COVID-19 has changed the way we do real estate transactions. Thanks to advances in technology, it’s possible to sell your home while minimizing most – if not all – face-to-face interaction.

If you are looking to sell your property while abiding by state and federal guidelines for social distancing, these virtual home selling tips can make a world of difference.

#1. Get an online home value estimate

What is your home worth given the current market conditions? In lieu of a formal, in-person appraisal, consider sites like Redfin or Zillow, which offer online home valuations based on the latest data available. These estimates will give you a solid starting point when it comes to an asking price.

#2. Take your own listing photos and video

Once you’ve whipped your home into tip-top shape and ensured its curb appeal, it’s time to create a photo portfolio. Open all curtains and choose a time of day when the lighting is best. Put out props to show scale, and be sure to get multiple images of every room and space at varying angles. For added context, record a personal video walk-through of your home, and check out others on Youtube for tone and inspiration.

#3. Work with a reputable agent

A good real estate agent is invaluable to the process of selling a home virtually.  Choose a reputable agent who can provide virtual home staging consultations and video consultations. With their keen eye and advice, you can make your home stand out. Virtual home sales are nothing new, but be sure to choose an agent who has proven experience with virtual marketing campaigns.

#4. Create a 3D home tour

Stand out from the competition by adding a 3D tour of your home so potential buyers can get a better sense of its special layout. A 3D walkthrough is not only more immersive, it’s been shown to generate higher engagement and interest levels. Many real estate agents use platforms like EyeSpy360 or Matterport to create captivating presentations that can be viewed online.

#5. Host a virtual open house

A successful open house can be pivotal for unlocking a sale. Your real estate agent can host a virtual home tour and open house on platforms like Instagram, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facebook, or proprietary software, providing natural, real-time engagement with potential buyers.

Homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware

Selling your house while looking for a new one? As restrictions begin to lift, the housing market will invariably be saturated with new listings. As always, the demand for new construction homes in New Castle County Delaware is strong. Here at Montchanin Builders, our dedicated sales team has adopted virtual strategies to assist today’s homebuyers.

Call to learn more about our award-winning Wilmington, DE communities, or feel free to contact us online.

6 DIY Projects to Tackle While You’re At Home

Self-isolating for weeks on end is a sure-fire recipe for cabin fever, but there are plenty of ways to stay busy and productive while sheltering in place. Why not tackle some family-friendly art projects or home improvements that you’ve been putting off?

Round up the kids, turn on some music, and prep for summer with these easy DIY projects.

Eco Friendly Laundry Soap

Make homemade eco-friendly laundry soap A few household staples are all that’s needed for this liquid detergent. You’ll need 1 cup of Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap, 2 cups of warm water, 1/3 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, plus a dash of your favorite essential oil. Simply add all ingredients to a 1-gallon jug and mix well. This homemade laundry soap smells great and tackles the toughest of stains!

Vintage dog bed with style

Does Fido need a comfy nook to shelter in place? Try your hand at this vintage suitcase dog bed! All you need is an old hard shell suitcase and a few common tools. First, attach a strap around the back of the suitcase, so it does not snap shut. Then line the bottom with either two 5-inch throw pillows or one standard bed pillow covered in the cloth of your choice. Voila!

Update your front door

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, and create an inviting entry to your abode. Painting your front door can also boost curb appeal while providing an opportunity to try out some of those dark greens or muted pastels that are trending now.

Decorate an old dresser

Have a couple of hours? That’s all you’ll need to transform a boring old dresser into something special. Supplies needed: wallpaper of your choice, X-Acto knife, screwdriver, foam brush, and Mod Podge (for adhering the paper to the drawers). Punch up the color in any room with these detailed instructions on how to wallpaper a dresser.

Give your backyard some TLC

Studies have proven the benefits of green spaces for healthy living and well-being. If you have a yard, why not turn it into a private oasis? A few simple additions like comfy chairs or strategically placed fairy lights can make a world of difference. This also applies to a patio or balcony. Lanterns, candles, and twinkle lights can really add to the ambiance, giving a cozy feel.

Organize the cleaning pantry with shoe organizers

Sheltering in place offers ample opportunity to de-clutter and organize, and your cleaning closet or pantry should be no exception. One of the easiest hacks for de-cluttering this messy area? Over-the-door shoe organizers! Those handy pockets are perfect for storing everything from spray cleaners and linens to paper towels.

Beautiful new homes in northern Delaware

Delaware will be lifting its shelter in place orders soon, allowing Montchanin Builders to resume operations with some new practices in place. Our sales team is eager to show off our move-in ready homes in Delaware, located in the master-planned community of Darley Green.

To learn more about our new construction properties, or to request a virtual home tour, please drop us a line.

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How to Check Out a Neighborhood While Sheltering in Place

Like all industries, the housing and real estate market is making adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Delaware’s shelter-in-place orders may have disrupted many businesses deemed ‘non-essential,’ but sheltering in place doesn’t mean your search for a new home has stalled indefinitely.

On the contrary, there are plenty of ways to scope out a new neighborhood while complying with stay-at-home orders. Open houses may be temporarily canceled, but there are innovative ways you can check out potential communities and neighbors without leaving the comfort of your sofa!

Tips for researching a neighborhood without ever leaving home

Whether you’re looking for more space, relocating for a new job, or like the idea of a walkable community, house hunting has personal meaning for everyone. And for many potential buyers, a large part of your decision will hinge on the surrounding neighborhood.

Here are 5 ways you can learn about a neighborhood while staying at home.

#1. Google Street View

Google street view has millions of panoramic images, letting you take a virtual stroll through a neighborhood. Simply type in an address and begin your explorations.

#2. Browse City-Data and AreaVibes

There are numerous websites, including AreaVibes and City Data, that can help you dig deeper into the specifics of a neighborhood. Learn more about the cost of living, local eateries, weather, livability score, and other useful info.

#3. Tap into Social Media

Many neighborhood communities will have their own social media groups to help connect residents, share important information, and swap ideas. Platforms can range from Facebook groups to Twitter or even Instagram. This is a great opportunity to interact with people who live in areas where you’re interested in moving.

#4. Explore Traffic Patterns & Commute Times

Google Maps and Waze are a terrific resource for researching traffic patterns and commute times from your home to place of work. Find out the fastest routes and best times of day for minimal traffic.

#5. Research Local Schools & Education

The quality of local schools is an important factor for many potential homebuyers. GreatSchools provides data and rankings on K-12 schools, information on school resources, as well as candid parent reviews. Want more information? US News reviewed 24,000 public high schools, and 40 Delaware schools made their rankings.

Virtual tours of new homes in northern Delaware

The spring buying season has gotten off to a rocky start, but there is still promise of a rebound as social distancing guidelines begin to relax.

Potential homebuyers are encouraged to explore Montchanin Builder’s move-in ready homes in Delaware with our virtual tours that allow you to see interiors and exteriors from different angles. If you love what you see, check out our social media groups to connect with local residents. This is a great platform to ask questions, do your research on community living, and get a sense of neighborhood dynamics.

Be sure to ask about our special financing options and bear in mind that mortgage rates are forecast to stay near historic lows!

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6 Moving Essentials: Everything You Need for Moving Day

Moving into a new home is one of those milestone occasions – one that you will remember for the rest of your life. Amid the excitement, chaos, and last-minute tasks, it’s easy to overlook some necessities, or accidentally pack away practical items that you’ll want handy.

Essential Items for Moving Day

Preparation and planning are crucial, but it’s all too easy to make simple mistakes when your mind is laser-focused on setting foot inside your new space. There’s nothing like meticulously packing away your entire household, only to discover you can’t find your child’s toothbrush or your phone charger.

While there may be some unexpected hurdles, this list of moving essentials can make your big day a more enjoyable and stress-free affair.

#1. Cleaning Supplies

No one wants to move into a home that isn’t spic and span. Even if the house was “cleaned” before your moving day, you (and your movers) will likely be tracking in plenty of dirt with all the foot traffic. Keep these supplies on hand to tackle those rogue dust bunnies and make your new digs that more welcoming:

  • Handheld vacuum
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Multi-purpose surface cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Dish detergent/sponge

#2. Towels, Pillows and Clean Linens

There is something about a freshly made bed with your own pillows that makes a house feel like home. Don’t forget to set aside a box with towels, fresh bedding, and your pillows.

#3. Toiletries and Personal Items

Pack a separate bag that contains the contents of your medicine cabinet and bath. Include all the basics: Toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, toilet paper, and other must-have sundries. Your moving day essentials should also include any medications, vitamins, or supplements you regularly take plus some OTC pain reliever.

#4. Basic Tools

It’s a smart idea to have a basic toolkit ready for moving day, especially if you need to re-assemble any furniture. We recommend a hammer, flat-head and Philips screwdriver, flashlight, measuring tape, and a multi-purpose utility knife for opening stacks of moving boxes.

#5. Chargers & Essential Electronics

If you are a large family with multiple devices, bring a power bar along with your various chargers. While you’re plugging in, why not connect a Bluetooth speaker and play your favorite tunes.

#6. Meal Prep Necessities

Moving an entire household is hard work, and no one wants to get hangry. Have some bottled water and high-protein snacks on hand to sate appetites and fuel your day.

Moving day is practically made for takeout. Pizza. Mexican. Thai food. Whatever suits your fancy! But you still want to have a few plates, cups, and cutlery set aside for meals on the first few nights. And if you are a die-hard coffee drinker, keep your French Press or coffee maker in an accessible spot.

Move-in Ready Homes in Delaware For Sale

If you still haven’t found the home that speaks to your desires, we encourage you to explore the beautiful condos and townhomes offered by Montchanin Builders. Featuring open floor plans, high ceilings, and luxury finishes, our new homes in northern Delaware tick all the right boxes.

Please call today to schedule a home tour or inquire about our financing options.

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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How to Get the Most Out of Virtual Home Tours

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of life—from how people work to how they purchase new homes. While in-person open houses may be on pause, the real estate market is still extremely active with virtual home tours. Get comprehensive tours of the best homes for sale in your area while you “shelter in place.” Right now is an advantageous time to buy, as mortgage rates have dropped and so too have home prices, making it a buyer’s market.

A look at virtual home tours

Virtual home tours have actually been a trend for a few years now. Realtors have relied on technology to entice homebuyers who might not live locally and who are unable to travel for the initial viewing. A 3D home tour enables you to develop a clear idea of what the home layout is like and which features it has.

While they aren’t new, virtual home tours have been exploding in popularity since the stay-at-home orders went into effect during the COVID-19 crisis. They allow home buyers to safely view new options from the comfort of their own couches. Realtors and sales agents are also protected, as they can virtually connect with buyers to answer questions about the property.

Making the most of a virtual home tour

The YouTube channel of Montchanin Builders offers virtual home tours for various luxury model homes. These include the exquisite and innovative Maxwell Model, Emerson Model, and Carlyle Model at the master-planned community of Darley Green.

When you visit a model home in person, you’ll ideally want to bring your camera (or cellphone with a camera) and a notebook. Take pictures of the rooms and features, and make notes about what you like and how you envision living there. For a virtual tour, making the most of your time requires a different approach.

First, view the entire virtual tour to get a sense of what the home is like. Then, pull up the model home’s blueprint. You can easily view the blueprint or layout for Montchanin Builders’ homes for sale in New Castle, Delaware, on our website. Split your screen so that you can view the virtual home tour and the blueprint side-by-side.

Virtual home tours in Wilmington, Delaware

Have any questions after viewing our Wilmington, Delaware virtual home tours? You can reach out to us at any time by phone or by filling out the quick contact form on our website. Although our Sales Centers and Decorated Models are temporarily closed, you can still drive through our lovely master-planned communities to see the beautiful home exteriors and landscaping. Imagine yourself in a Montchanin Builders home today!

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