12 Hacks to Make Moving Day a Snap

October 1st, 2018

When the average household moves, that includes relocating around 7,400 pounds or nearly four tons of stuff – around 100 boxes for an eight-room home. Packing, moving and getting settled into a new home can be daunting for anyone. It’s an exhausting process no matter how you slice it. These pro tips, however, can make the moving process go more smoothly.

1. Label everything. Ideally, boxes and furniture should be labeled with the room where you want it. This makes it possible for anyone who’s helping to determine where a box or furniture item needs to go and may help prevent you from having to rearrange everything as soon as the movers are finally out the door. Read More >

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Fall Maintenance Tips From Brandywine Homes

September 24th, 2018

You’ll enjoy at least two maintenance advantages when you finally move into one of our Brandywine Homes. First, our mild weather year-round means you don’t have to worry about dealing with the snow and frost that homeowners suffer in colder climes. Second, because your home is new, maintenance chores should take no time at all. But you don’t want to skip these tasks because they get you into the habit of doing them every year at this time. Regular maintenance is one of the keys to increasing the value of your house. 

Maintain your heating systems.

Inspect your fireplaces and chimneys to make sure they’re free of creosote, which can ignite and start a fire. If you don’t know how to check out your chimney, have it inspected by a professional chimney sweep, who can also clean and perform any necessary maintenance. Keep the flue closed when not in use. Check your furnace filter and replace it, if needed. Be aware that these filters work in only one direction, so insert them properly so you don’t inhibit airflow. Read More >

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10 Topics To Consider As You Think About Downsizing

September 17th, 2018

The children are grown and moved out. You are retired or almost ready to retire. You’ve dusted those shelves and swept those floors one too many times. For whatever your reason for moving out of your large family home, here are 10 topics to consider as you think about downsizing:

1. How Much Home Can You Afford? Do you want to build a dream retirement house? Would you like leftover cash from the house you are selling for your retirement? How much resale value do you want to anticipate in the new home? Answering these kinds of questions with a financial planner can be a great place to start.

2. What Kind of Neighborhood? Do you still love to have young children running around? Would you prefer a quieter retreat? Do you need a little buffer from your neighbors? Do you need to be closer to doctors, health-care facilities, etc.? Do you like bike paths, walking trails, parks nearby? Read More >

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Avoid Old House Problems With a New Brandywine Home

September 10th, 2018

As a first-time home buyer or someone looking for better property, you’re also considering older homes. Many have traditional charm, bigger yards, full-grown trees, and well-established neighborhoods. They may also save you money over newer Brandywine Homes. That is, if you’re willing to deal with time and expense of common old house problems.

No Insulation
Go back 50 years or so and houses may not have any insulation. Most builders believed that four inches of dead air inside the cavities of the framing provided enough protection from heat or cold. Any discomfort could easily be mitigated by a good furnace or air-conditioner, powered by cheap and abundant energy. Think about the cost and effort of adding insulation to an older property. You won’t face that issue in our new developments because all their structures are weather-proofed to the latest residential standards. Read More >

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7 Ideas for the Ultimate Housewarming Party at Your New Brandywine Home

September 3rd, 2018

When you move to a new Brandywine Home, it’s a good idea to take some time out for celebration. You’ve just made a life-altering decision for yourself and your family. What better way to celebrate it than by throwing a housewarming party? This is a good way to get to know your neighbors and to get together with friends and family whom you haven’t met in a while (probably because you’ve been so busy with the process of buying the home).

A lot of people tend to skip this because they think it will be too much work. You just spent all this time choosing and buying a home, and you’ve also had to put a lot of energy into moving. Do you really want to take the trouble of cooking and decorating just so you can have some guests over? Here are a few reasons why you might want to have a housewarming party and effortless, elegant ways to host one: Read More >

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Rev Up Your Kids’ Education At Brandywine Homes

August 27th, 2018

The well-being of your kids is the most important part of your life. As summer comes to an end, kids are getting ready to head back to school for another year of learning and growing. It’s an exciting, and sometimes stressful, season for parents and children alike. Groggy mornings full of tension due to unfinished homework, searching for missing shoes and backpacks and rushing to gobble a few bites of breakfast before the bus comes make for a tough day. After school there are a plethora of distractions from siblings, the television and video games. Rev up their chances of academic success with these tips.

Set up a study center.

Laying out a place just for your kids to study in elevates their efforts to something special. A logical location would be their bedrooms but only if your children are disciplined students. Otherwise, their bedrooms contain too many distractions, such as toys and video games. You want to put the study center in an area that’s free from distraction and where you can keep an eye on them. A spare room that doubles as your office would be ideal. Another possibility is a corner of the great room where you can watch them even while you’re cooking or tending to household chores. Read More >

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Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Here are Five Ways You Can Afford to Buy a Brandywine Home

August 20th, 2018

Buying a home in today’s market can be expensive, which may cause some California residents to feel as if they cannot afford to buy a home. If you think a little creatively, however, you may be surprised by what you can actually afford. Here are five things you can do to make your dream of owning a home an affordable reality.

1. Broaden Your Location: A common problem first-time home buyers face is becoming fixated on a certain town or neighborhood. This is often a major factor in what is making home ownership unattainable. If you are flexible and consider different areas, you may be surprised by what you can find. The further you move away from a city center, the more affordable homes become. Read More >

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Avoid Making These Three First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

August 13th, 2018

Buying a home you can call your own can be one of the most unique and exciting life experiences you can ever go through. On the other hand, it can also be one of the most stressful and frustrating life experiences as well. We want to help you stay ahead of the game. We have put together a list we hope can help you avoid making some of the mistakes many first-time buyers have made in the past:

Mistake 1: Not Doing Enough Research

It is important to make sure you have covered yourself with enough information and facts. When you are covered in facts, you will discover the process will be easier. This is especially true when it comes to participating in negotiations. You do not have to be afraid of negotiating, and when you have the right tools and information, you will be ready to aim and fire. Read More >

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Tap into Your Budget Decorator: Shop Your Home for a New Look

August 6th, 2018

The word “redecorating” holds mixed emotions. Sure, it’s exciting to give your home a fresh new look. But the question of cost quickly enters. How much will it cost to buy new furniture, new paint, new knickknacks?

We are here to give you good news! Redecorating your house does not have to empty your savings. In fact, we believe that in order to get a new feel for your home, you don’t even have to look at your wallet.

“How?” you ask.”Simple,” we say. Shop your home for a new look! “But what does that mean: shop your home?”

It means exactly what it sounds like. Instead of going to Target, go to your attic. Go to your closets. Go to that space above your kitchen cabinets. Read More >

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10 Common Home Myths Busted!

July 30th, 2018

In a time where home maintenance shows are on tv around the clock and homeowners can share the latest household time on social media with the click of a button, there is no shortage of home maintenance advice. These tips have been shared so many times, that most people take them at face value and don’t even question their validity before making them a part of their home care routine. So it may be surprising to learn that many commonly known tips are in fact wrong and could end up causing more harm than good. Here are 10 common myths and what you can do instead.

1. Throw a Lemon Down the Disposal to Eliminate Smells
The citric acid in a lemon will eliminate odors, but it will also cause rust. On top of that, frequent spins with lemons can cause the blades of your disposal to wear down and ultimately cause damage to your pipes. Instead, try throwing baking soda down your drain. It will neutralize the odor and it won’t eat away at the metal. Read More >

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