new homes Delaware

Moving to Delaware from Another State? Here’s Your To-Do List

Moving to Delaware or any other new state can be exciting but also challenging. There’s a lot to do if you’re just moving across town, but your to-do list can get intimidatingly long when you are picking up roots and moving to a different part of the country. The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be stressful. Use this checklist to make your move smooth, efficient, and, dare we say it, fun!

Set a Budget

Moving can be expensive, and these costs are compounded in interstate moves. It is important to set a budget to make sure that you don’t overspend on moving costs and expenses. Be wary of additional and hidden fees that moving services sometimes sneak into a bill.

Choose a Mover

Finding a good moving company that specializes in state-to-state moving is a priority. Find a company with experience in interstate moves, as they will have the necessary knowledge regarding highway logistics and federal laws, weight regulations, and other things you might not even know you need to be aware of.

Be sure to get quotes from at least three different companies to make sure you’re getting the best deal for the services offered.

Clean and Purge

A move provides the perfect impetus to do some cleaning and purging. Take inventory of all your household items, splitting them into three groups: keep, give away, and garbage. Being ruthless with what you get rid of can only help save you money on moving costs.

Start Packing Early

Packing is a process that should not be left until the last minute. You’d be surprised how long it takes to pack up an entire home. You can use helpful online packing checklists to stay organized. Don’t forget to pack a suitcase or box with essentials that you will need on moving day, and the days immediately following your move.

Cancel Your Services

While packing and moving both take a long time, it’s important that you don’t forget about details like officially changing your address, cancelling services, and transferring home utilities.

Be sure to change your address on your bank accounts and credit cards, as well as with the USPS to make sure you don’t miss important mail. Cancel any subscriptions to local clubs or memberships, as well as all home delivery services.

Also, it’s vital that you schedule the disconnection of any home services and utilities in your current home and schedule re-connection of the same services in your new home. Look into services like gas, water, electricity, Internet, and cable.

Start With A Move-In-Ready Home

Congratulations on your decision to relocate to the beautiful state of Delaware! Your interstate moving checklist will get a lot shorter if you choose a luxurious and affordable move-in ready home at one of Montchanin Builders’ unique walkable communities. Our spacious new homes in Delaware offer modern amenities, impeccable construction, and effortless convenience. Call us today to schedule a tour or to inquire about our special financing offers.

Additional resources for Delaware homebuyers:

  1. Moving.com, A Checklist For Moving Out of State, https://www.moving.com/tips/your-checklist-for-moving-to-another-state/
  2. Extraspace.com, The Ultimate Moving Checklist, https://www.extraspace.com/blog/moving/moving-guides-tips/moving-cross-country-the-ultimate-moving-checklist/
Real Estate "sold" sign

Best Time to Buy a New Home? Try Late Summer!

Buying a home, for most people, is one of the biggest – and most exciting – investments they will ever make. And when it comes to getting a sweet deal on your dream home, timing is everything. So how do you get the most bang for your buck without making sacrifices? There are many variables that come into play: your own cash flow, interest rates, housing inventory, and the time of the year you make your purchase.

According to real estate database Zillow, prospective home buyers should start shopping in late summer, when active listings are in abundance. That’s right: August and September are prime months for would-be home buyers, and there’s ample selection with Montchanin Builders’ beautiful move-in ready homes in Delaware.

Bigger housing selection, more deals to be found

An analysis of residential property listings and price points shows that patience pays off when it comes to house hunting. Sure, Springtime is flooded with new home listings, but many of these sell at the initial price (or slightly above). In fact, Zillow had more active listings in August of last year than in June, and September fared about the same. This means there are more properties to choose from. This is a win-win situation for new homebuyers in Delaware, especially young families who want to move into their new house before Labor Day and get their children ready for school.

While a lucky few home buyers can strike a great deal during other months, the data shows that late summer is ideal for saving cash and finding that perfect combination of location, amenities, and space.

If you’re keen on living in New Castle County and are looking for a newly built townhome equipped with all the modern conveniences, you’ve come to the right place! Montchanin Builders has many available properties and great financing deals.

Move-in ready townhomes and condos

Inventory swells give potential buyers a leg-up in Delaware this summer. Enjoy less competition and the possibility of lower price points on the floorplan of your dreams. At the master-planned community of Darley Green, each condo and townhouse boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen, spacious bedrooms, and upgraded finishes, with up to 2,500 square feet. Take a tour of the luxury townhomes at The Overlook at Rockford Falls. These 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath-homes feature up to 4,000 square feet of living space and are less than two miles from downtown Wilmington.

Get pre-approved for one of our new construction homes in New Castle County Delaware! Call Montchanin Builders today.

Additional Resources for New Home Buyers:

  1. Zillow, What’s the Best Time of Year for Home Buyers? https://www.zillow.com/research/strategy-best-time-to-buy-15066/
  2. USA Today, Real estate: 3 challenges facing first-time homebuyers, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/02/real-estate-market-how-buy-home-spring/3563380002/

Why Buying a Move-In Ready Home Can Save You a Ton of Money

Some people like the idea of buying a fixer-upper, but often the renovations are more of a headache than the homeowners had bargained for—and they’re usually more expensive too. Instead of buying a fixer-upper, consider the many benefits of checking out the beautiful, move-in ready homes in Delaware available from Montchanin Builders.

Home renovations will always cost more than initially thought

Budgeting is one of the most important aspects of planning a major home renovation project. Unfortunately, remodeling projects have a way of wreaking havoc on budgets. If you’ve ever seen an episode of one of the many house flipping shows on TV, then you already know how unexpected problems always crop up. You might think that a wall only needs a coat of paint, only to find that the electrical system needs to be totally ripped out and redone. And that wooden floor that you thought only needed to be sanded and stained? It’ll turn out to be sloped, indicating major foundation problems. All of those extra problems mean more money out of your wallet.

Home renovations will always take longer than initially thought

No matter what the contractor tells you, plan on the remodeling project taking longer than what was quoted. Additional problems will likely crop up that need to be addressed before moving forward. Those fancy fixtures you ordered may get lost in transit. Subcontractors will come down with the flu. Mistakes will likely be made that need to be corrected. You name it, it’ll probably happen.

A remodeling project that drags on longer than initially thought isn’t just a headache and an inconvenience; it’s also more expensive. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, for instance, you can count on eating expensive restaurant meals for weeks longer than you’d budgeted for. If you have pets, you may need to shell out cash for pet-friendly daycare for a longer period of time to keep them safe from the power tools. And of course, you may find yourself using up your sick leave and vacation time because you have to keep running home to deal with the contractors.

It’s far more affordable and much less of a hassle to simply buy a home that you love as is!

“Where can I find move-in ready homes for sale near me?”

Montchanin Builders is known for building beautiful homes within masterfully planned communities. Tour our friendly, walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and view our thoughtfully designed move-in ready homes near you! These architectural gems were built especially to suit the needs of everyone!

Give us a call at (302) 472-7212 to request a viewing and inquire about our special financing offers.

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Investopedia, Top House-Hunting Mistakes, https://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgage-real-estate/09/buy-house-emotion-free.asp
  2. Investopedia, Are You Ready to Buy a House? https://www.investopedia.com/articles/mortgages-real-estate/10/ready-to-buy-house.asp
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Best-Practice Tips for Packing Your Moving Boxes

Congratulations on finding your new home — but your work is not done! Make your moving process as stress-free, efficient and economical as possible with these five best practices for organizing your moving boxes. Remember, if you’re not careful with the packing, a lot of your possessions can become lost or damaged by the time they arrive at your new home. Consider these tips for making your move smooth and hassle-free!

1. Fill the Boxes

Leave as little empty space as possible in every box. Excess empty space allows items to shift, thus increasing chances of them breaking. Homeowners have a tendency to pack all the clothing and other fabrics into their own boxes. However, consider using your clothing and towels as space fillers for the boxes. This saves you the cost of bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

2. Label the Boxes

Your moving supplies should also include an ample supply of permanent markers. Label every box so you know what’s inside without having to open them. Instead of a generic label like “dishes” or “shoes,” list every item like this:

  1. Nick’s running shoes
  2. Anna’s flipflops
  3. Mom’s rainboots
  4. Dad’s dress shoes

If there’s too many items to list on the box, then keep inventory on a separate notebook or keep a digital record on your mobile device.

3. Heavy Items in Small Boxes

It’s natural to think heavy items go in large boxes and light items go in small ones. When it comes to moving, the opposite is true. Heavy items like books and photo frames should go in smaller boxes. Lighter items like fabrics go in the jumbo boxes. Why? Cardboard boxes don’t have a great weight capacity. It’s easy to put too many heavy items in larger boxes, causing them to give out from the bottom.

4. Improvise Your Moving Boxes

Not every moving box has to be a typical cardboard box. If you have travel luggage, use them as supplementary boxes. The same goes for similar items you may have, such as portable storage drawers and Rubbermaid bins. Many of these are actually sturdier than cardboard boxes; plus, you contribute to the environment by cutting down on cardboard use.

5. Don’t Overfill

The first tip was not to leave too much empty space. By the same token, you should also not overfill. As a general rule, a typical cardboard moving box should not exceed 30-pounds. If the box requires two people to carry, then it’s too full. If the items extend beyond the opening and you have to force the lid shut, then it’s also too full.

Have You Found a New Home Yet?

Now that you know the best way to pack, the next step is searching for your new dream home! Consider new homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware at the master-planned communities of Montchanin Builders. Schedule a tour of our available properties today! If you’re a Wilmington Delaware first-time home buyer, make sure to ask about our industry-leading financing options!

Additional resources:

  1. Moving Waldo, How to Pack Your House Strategically, https://www.movingwaldo.ca/moving-tips/moving-boxes-how-to-pack-your-house-strategically/
  2. Uhaul, How to Effectively Pack Your Moving Boxes, https://www.uhaul.com/Articles/Tips/24/How-To-Effectively-Pack-Your-Moving-Boxes/
spring cleaning

Essential Spring Cleaning Tips for New Homeowners

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

Spring Cleaning To-Do List

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

Get the Right Cleaning Products

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

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

Spring Cleaning Music Playlist

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

Maximize Your Effort

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

Make Changes to Your Home’s Decor

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

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

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

Additional resources:

  1. Sylvane, https://www.sylvane.com/blog/spring-cleaning-tips-and-checklist/
  2. Good Housekeeping, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/

Now Selling – The Overlook at Rockford Falls

Luxury townhomes are now selling at The Overlook at Rockford Falls, a homeowner’s dream community overlooking the Brandywine Creek. Recalling the atmosphere of a quaint European village, the newest master-planned community from the award-winning Montchanin Builders is only 1.5 miles from downtown Wilmington, DE. A peaceful enclave resting amidst preserved park land, walking trails and rock walls, The Overlook at Rockford Falls is part of historical Bancroft Mills.

The gorgeously designed homes in this exclusive community simply will not last long, so we urge homebuyers to take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities:

  • Interior Homesites – includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths,  a 2-car garage, with up to 4,000-square-feet living space, and a Turned Gable Roof with James Hardie® Exterior Siding Front & Back. Prices start at $509,900.
  • End of Group Homesites – includes three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car garage, with up to 4,000-square-feet living space, a Stone front with Dormers and James Hardie® Exteriors on side and back. Prices start at $539,900.

History is preserved in beautiful Rockford Park

The Overlook at Rockford Falls is located within walking distance of Rockford Park and Bancroft Mills. This area had humble beginnings dating back to 1831, when English immigrant John Bancroft opened a textile mill. At the time, the mill was the largest of its kind in the country. By the 1930s, it was the largest mill in the world that was still standing.

The Bancroft family had a love for the arts, and is credited with the opening of the Delaware Art Center in 1938. Within the center lies the Delaware Art Museum. Highlights include a 9-acre sculpture garden, various exhibits of modern American art, and weekly studio art classes.

The Bancroft’s preservation efforts also include Alapocas Run State Park, located within Brandywine Valley. The parkland contains 26,000 square feet of playground for kids called the Can-Do Playground, which also includes an old quarry with a fully functional rock-climbing wall.

Live in a home surrounded by scenic natural beauty

Not far from Bancroft Mills lies Rockford Park, one of the oldest parks in Wilmington. It was donated to the city by the Bancroft family in 1889. The park contains a 100-year-old stone water tower as its main focal point, but also features numerous hiking paths, acres of woodlands, plentiful green spaces, tennis courts and an off-leash dog park — all available for residents of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to take advantage of. Joggers, bike riders, picnickers, and kite flyers couldn’t ask for a more serene setting.

Preview The Overlook at Rockford Falls for yourself!

Montchanin Builders invites you to preview their latest stunning creation: The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We are confident you will fall in love with your new home — especially when you get a glimpse of highly-sought amenities like hardwood floors, luxury bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, and dynamic personalization options. Call to schedule your preview appointment today!

More on the historic Rockford Park area:

  1. Only In Your State, The Remnants Of This Abandoned Mill In Delaware Are Hauntingly Beautiful, http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/abandoned-mill-de/
  2. Rockford Park, http://www.destateparks.com/PARK/wilmington/rockford-park/index.asp

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