Five Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Your New Brandywine Home

December 3rd, 2018

The holidays are just around the corner and, for many people, that means entertaining groups of friends and family. Since you’ve just bought a new home, you’ll naturally want to show off your home and your hosting abilities. You can successfully pull off even the busiest holiday entertainment schedule by following these five simple tips for holiday entertaining in your new Brandywine Home.

The Invitation List
You want to invite everyone you know and love to your holiday party, that’s understandable. However, you have to keep in mind the amount of space that you have when you’re finalizing your guest list. There’s an easy formula you can use to calculate the perfect number of guests. First of all, you’ll need to know the square footage of your home. You’ll then take that figure and divide it by five, which is the number of feet of personal space each of your guests will need. Therefore, if your space is 1,000 square feet, divided by five, you can comfortably entertain up to 200 people. Read More >

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Gifts That Give Back

November 26th, 2018

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday shopping spree is in full force. It’s easy for pressure to mount as you strive to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your list while balancing holiday parties, decorating, and, you know, the usual work, home, and family responsibilities.

This is the season of giving, after all, and there are a lot of organizations that need help at this time of year as they strive to make the holidays joyous for those who don’t have as much.
If you’re trying to find a balance between giving to family and friends and giving to those in need within the confines of your budget and ability, consider doing both of those things at once. Here are a few ways to give and give back at the same time. Read More >

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Be Thankful For Your Beautiful New Home This Holiday Season

November 19th, 2018

Thanksgiving is coming up fast. Will you be home? Will you make a turkey? Will you invite friends and family over to celebrate? Will you be untraditional and have it catered? Or make a butternut squash lasagna with a pear and gorgonzola salad and garlic bread? Whatever your plans this year, don’t stress about it! Thanksgiving is a time for thankfulness. With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your Thanksgiving feast.

First, infuse your days with thankfulness. That’s what this holiday yearns for. So gather your family and practice it. Practice it every day leading up to The Great Day of Thanks. If you have children (or even if you don’t) cut out a tree from brown paper, or paint one, and purchase fake leaves from the dollar store. Read More >

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Student Loan Strategies To Consider Before Buying a Home

November 12th, 2018

About 70 percent of college students who graduated in 2016 had an average of $37,172 in student loans, according to US New and World Report. And more than half of millennial graduates don’t have a clue as when their student loans will be paid off. If you’re a member of this group, this loan can appear as a black mark on your credit report, making it difficult to afford a home because it’s a drain on your finances. The following strategies show how you can deal with this debt before buying one of our Brandywine Homes.

Know all you can about your loan
It’s understandable that you didn’t want to deal with loan details while you were busy with school. But now that you’re working, the only way you can make informed decisions about your loan is by knowing all you can about it. Find out details like who your loan provider is and their contact details, how much is left, when payment is due, and whether there’s a grace period. This period is the number of months that can pass before the first payment is due. Use this period to come up with an effective payment strategy. Read More >

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Tips for Moving with Older Adults to a Brandywine Home

November 5th, 2018

 Many older adults embrace the changes that mark the different stages of life. This can include moving in with younger family members or downsizing to one of our convenient Brandywine Homes. We’re diplomatically not assigning an age to an “older adult,” but perhaps you have one or more in your family or are part of that demographic yourself. For this segment of the population, moving can be particularly stressful, especially from an area that has been home for decades. The following are a few tips to minimize issues while upping the excitement that new digs can bring.

Nobody likes to lose control by being told what to do. Bring your parents into the home-buying and moving process as soon as you can, so they become willing team members. Ask their opinion on potential housing choices, what bedroom in the new homes they would prefer, or what decor to put in their new room. Ask them what it was like when they moved into their first home and whether they have any advice.

Commemorate The Past
That antique Victorian sofa may look like an over-sized piece of dated furniture to you. But to your mom, it may have been the first item she and her late husband bought as a married couple or the site of many family gatherings. It represents the family’s past, which she understandably may not want to discard.

If you intend on bringing such large mementos into your new home, be sure to take careful measurements of the room they’re going into and the doors they’re going through to ensure that they fit. It may help you to explain to mom that you can’t take this treasured heirloom due to size restrictions.

Whatever you do, don’t rent a storage unit to keep stuff that doesn’t fit because you’ll be racking up fees and postponing the inevitable disposition of things you can no longer use. Treasured possessions can be gifted to family members who have the space to store them or sold at auction. Stuff that doesn’t sell can always be given to a thrift shop that brings money in to mom’s favorite charity.

Increase Familiarity
Pictures can serve an important purpose. Take pictures of your elderly aunt’s room, the inside of closets and drawers, and the arrangement of bric-a-brac on the wall. When you unpack her room, use those pictures to duplicate how items were previously sorted and organized. Your aunt is more likely to feel that she is moving from one familiar place to another, rather to some place foreign.

If you want more tips on moving or want to take an older loved one on a tour of our model homes, Brandywine Homes is opening six new communities this year offering a combined 265 single-family homes and townhomes. Click here for more information.

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Liven Up Your New Home with These Hardy Indoor Plants

October 29th, 2018

A little greenery has an amazing ability to liven up any living space. The benefits go beyond the aesthetic, though. Research has shown plants to be effective in removing indoor pollutants. In fact, a study from NASA found that houseplants are able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in a 24-hour period.

Some of the most effective houseplants at removing toxins were dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysanthemums, palms and the rubber plant. Several of these awesome creatures also made our list of hardy, easy-to-care-for plants. Here are our top six picks to brighten up your new Brandywine Home. Read More >

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Four Easy Autumn Decorating Tips from Brandywine Homes

October 22nd, 2018

Seasons are always changing, even though it still feels like summer in much of California, and it’s time to change your home’s seasonal décor. Autumn brings up extra emotion; it is a season of change, when the air gets a little crisper, football is on television and we start to think about delicious baked goods and lots of family time.

Walk into a Hobby Lobby or a Michaels or any grocery store and you will be visually bombarded with an array of autumn leaves, scarecrows, hay bales, and dinnerware to match. You could fill carts upon carts with trinkets to remind you that it is in fact, autumn, despite the high temperatures. Decorating for the season can be extraordinarily fun and doesn’t have to consume an entire Saturday, or too much of your discretionary spending money. For those who love the season, but don’t have many resources to put toward it here are some simple DYI decorating tips for the fall. Read More >

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Turn Your Dream Bedroom into a Reality with These Four Simple Decorating Tips

October 15th, 2018

Your bedroom is your oasis. It’s the one room in the house that’s only yours. When guests come over they wander through the kitchen, dining room, and living rooms, but most of them avoid your bedroom. It’s your sanctuary. As such, you should decorate it in a way that creates a haven for you, a beautiful place for relaxation and comfort.

1. Bigger is Better
It’s easier to enjoy your oasis if it feels more open and spacious. So, if your bedroom feels a little cramped and you’d like to open it up, there’s a quick trick that will give the illusion of more space with minimal effort and cost to you. Simply place two mirrors on the sides of your bed, behind your night stands. The reflection will open the wall up and trick the eye into seeing a larger room than what’s really there. It’s an easy designer trick that will take you mere minutes to pull off. Read More >

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Brandywine Homes Offers Five Tips for Preparing Financially for Your Home Purchase

October 8th, 2018

Whether you are looking to purchase a home right away or you will not be ready to buy one for several years, now is the time to start preparing your finances. Consider these five tips:

Build Strong Credit
Your credit score will affect your mortgage rate. A low score will make it hard and sometimes impossible to buy a home. Checking your credit score can help you to see if you need to improve and where you need to improve. You should pay off past-due bills, establish credit accounts such as credit cards or other loans you are making regular payments on, and make sure your balances on your accounts reach no more than 30 percent of your credit limits. Read More >

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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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