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Why New Castle County Is a Great Place to Live

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

Lots of community fun

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

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

World-class dining options

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

New construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware

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

Additional resources for home buyers:

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

3 Things To Do in Your First Month as a Homeowner

While the days and weeks leading up to a finalized home purchase can be demanding, the day you turn the key to walk into your new house is often one of the most rewarding days of your life. Once the last box is off the truck and you’ve finally settled into the new environment, there are a few simple steps you can take to get yourself off to the best possible start as a new homeowner.

Take a Break from Your Day Job

The first few weeks in your new home are likely to be a whirlwind of phone calls, repairs, unboxing, deliveries, and arranging for services such as power and Internet to be transferred to the address. Organizing all these essential tasks around your work hours makes the move-in much more difficult and stressful, as typical jobs take up the bulk of business hours and severely limit your flexibility for getting everything in place.

For these reasons, you should strongly consider taking a few days off from your daily routine in order to focus on all the small details that make turning a house into a home. You’ll rest easier knowing that your new home will be up and running sooner, and you can return to work fully refreshed after your break.

Perform Essential Repairs

Regardless of whether you plan to tackle the tasks yourself or seek out the help of a professional, it’s always easier to perform some repairs before you are fully unpacked. Interior painting, plastering, and refinishing hardwood floors are all much less troublesome without furniture and other items taking up space, and improvements such as upgraded wiring or replacing rusted pipes will be easier as well.

Locate Shut-off Valves

Small, everyday issues with the utilities of your home are bound to crop up within the first few months of living there, and so confirming the location to emergency shut-off valves is another essential first step to moving in.

First, find the local shut off valves for smaller issues such as a leaking sink or overflowing toilet, which are usually positioned around where the pipes meet the wall. For homes that use natural gas as a heating source, there should also a gas shut-off valve near the stove and the dryer, and you should familiarize yourself with their locations as well.

Next, you should look for the main shut-off valves that control the flow of gas and water into your home from public sources, which are most often found in the basement or utility room. Knowing where the shut-off valves are can save you an enormous headache in the case of more substantial issues such as burst water pipes and major gas leaks.

You should also learn which switches control which rooms in the circuit breaker box as soon as possible.

Move-in ready homes in Wilmington, Delaware

A new house is a new start, and making the right preparations as you move in can help ensure it is a successful one. Of course, not every new home requires substantial improvements or fixes. Schedule a tour to see the beautiful new move-in ready homes available from Montchanin Builders. When you move in to one of our new houses for sale in Wilmington DE, you have the peace of mind of knowing that no fixes or repairs are needed. Are you a Wilmington Delaware first time home buyer? Ask about our industry-leading financing options!

couple moving into new home

3 Ways to Save Money on Your Move

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

Lighten the load

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

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

Get multiple quotes

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

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

Deduct your moving expenses

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

Save money on your new construction home

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

Additional resources for new homeowners

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

Buying a Townhouse Checklist: 4 Top To-Dos

So you’ve decided to purchase a new townhouse. It’s a smart decision to build equity in your own property, rather than pay rent to a landlord. Plus, townhouses are typically located in beautiful, family-friendly neighborhoods, such as The Overlook at Rockford Falls near Wilmington, Delaware. When you’ve saved up for a down payment and you’re ready to take on the responsibilities of homeownership, you can use the following checklist for buying a townhouse.

1. Get pre-approved for a home loan

It’s helpful to get pre-approved before you get down to the business of house hunting. During the pre-approval process, the lender examines your proof of income, credit history and score, and other financial documents. Based on that information, the lender will tell you how much of a house you will be able to purchase. You’ll get a pre-approval letter, which states that your mortgage application will be approved pending the submission of certain documents. With this letter in hand, you’ll be able to view houses with confidence.

2. Schedule a viewing

The viewing of a house for sale is easily the most exciting part of the process. Come prepared with a small notebook and camera or your smartphone. You’ll want to take notes and pictures. If you tour multiple houses, you can compare your notes and pictures later on to help you make your final decision.

3. Take a tour of the community

It’s all about location, location, location. After you’ve checked out every inch of the townhouse you’ve fallen in love with, take a walking tour of the neighborhood. Explore the community, check out the nearby nature trails, and meet the neighbors if they’re out and about. After your walk, you can hop back in your car to check out the nearby amenities. Some of the local attractions you might want to look at include schools, parks, museums, restaurants, recreational centers and fields, and stores.

4. Purchase your new home!

The last step on our buying a townhouse checklist is to schedule your purchase agreement appointment for your new home! While it’s important to make sure that you truly want that particular townhouse, you don’t want to wait too long to schedule a follow up appointment. If it’s a desirable property, there could be lots of other house shoppers looking at it. Once you’ve purchased your new home, you can start counting down until your selections appointment and closing day, when that beautiful new townhouse will be all yours!

Must-see townhomes in Wilmington, Delaware

When you’re ready to become the proud owner of a new townhouse, you’re invited to schedule a viewing at Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls—Montchanin Builders communities. These luxury townhomes in Wilmington DE have everything that modern homebuyers need, from plenty of storage space and flex rooms to gourmet kitchens and even an optional elevator! The Ovelook at Rockford Falls community is fabulously walkable, with homes that overlook Brandywine Creek and border state park land.

Call Montchanin Builders today to schedule a viewing. Ask us about our special financing options. Our recommended lending specialist, Supreme Lending, can get you pre-approved quickly so you can focus on shopping for your dream home in Delaware!

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Discover, 10 Steps to Buying a Home, https://www.discover.com/home-loans/articles/10-steps-to-buying-a-home
  2. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Buying a House, https://www.consumerfinance.gov/owning-a-home/

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

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

Choose your size

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

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

Consider your design taste

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

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

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

Consult with a professional

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

Go with what feels right

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

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

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

Additional resources:

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

The Mill at The Overlook: Redefining Luxury Townhomes

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

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

Explore The Mill

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

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

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

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

The Mill’s many included and personalization features

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

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

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

New construction homes in Rockford Park

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

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

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Friends of Wilmington Parks, Rockford Park, https://www.friendsofwilmingtonparks.org/rockford-park/
  2. Bankrate, 7 must-do’s before buying a home, https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/must-dos-before-buying-a-home/
Group of diverse people are gathering for christmas holiday

5 Ways to Make Extra Space for Holiday Houseguests

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

Upgrade your sofa to a sofa bed

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

Consider purchasing an air mattress

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

Give your guests some privacy

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

Pick up the clutter

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

Plan a family sleepover

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

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

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

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

Additional resources for organizing the home

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