Making a Move to a New Single-Family Home: Tips for Getting Packed and Staying Organized

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If a move to a new home is in your near future, the key to a smooth transition is to be prepared. Not only do you need to organize and pack your existing house, you have to worry about making sure your new luxury single-family Brookshire house is ready for your arrival.

First step? Start packing days or weeks ahead of your departure date, advises USA Today. Not only does this give you an inventory of what you have, you will have a better idea of what you will need to buy, such as boxes, bins, packing tape and bubble wrap. Here are some tips to keep in mind when packing and organizing:

Pick up a bunch of boxes: Head to the grocery store, ask friends or purchase them at a supply store. However you choose to obtain them, get a lot of them. As you assess each room for packing, consider what can be put into a box: clothing, shoes, trinkets, towels. If it can be put inside a box, do it. That’s because cardboard boxes are versatile, with the ability to open and close them easily, seal, label and transport.

Label neatly: Don’t rush this part. Your writing should be clear, legible and specific. Using a permanent marker, list the general contents of the box and where it should go once at the new place. For example, “boys pajamas, second bedroom down hall on right,” or “office supplies, first door on left.” Being specific means your movers don’t have to waste time asking you where everything goes. Color coding your boxes also works well.

Protect your stuff: To protect breakables like collectibles, electronics, computers, TVs, glass, and lamps/shades, securely place them in their appropriate boxes, add bubble wrap and packing peanuts, and seal everything up with packing tape.

Pack smart: Utilize all space you have to make the move as compact as possible. Use laundry bins for clothing, shoe boxes for your shoes, jewelry, or other small items, and pack each box wisely. Use the maximum space available; don’t just throw a few things in and seal it up. Use blankets, clothing and towels as buffers for breakables. Keep like items together for easy unpacking, such as all toiletries together. Once you get to your destination at Whispering Pines, you can unpack all like items in one spot for minimal back-and-forth.

If you’d like to know more about our single-family, mansion-style homes with big lots and big value, give Judd Builders a call. We offer a variety of communities for you to choose from, such as Meadowview Farms, Renaissance at Morgan Creek, and Poet’s Walk.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS! The Baldwin Country Manor at two fantastic Judd Builders’ communities!

unnamed1Judd Builders is offering one of their most beautiful home designs, The Baldwin Country Manor, as a quick-delivery home at two of their wonderful family-oriented communities in the Lehigh Valley. Come out this weekend to tour the Baldwin Country Manor at the spectacular Whispering Pines community located at 3905 Liberty Creek Parkway in Coopersburg PA, or the lovely Brookshire community located at 6560 Granville Road in Zionsville, PA! The Baldwin Country Manor is a fantastic home design complete with 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bathrooms, and a spacious 3-car garage. This home features classic hardwood flooring, as well as a gourmet kitchen with sparkling granite countertops, and a wonderful gas fireplace to keep you and your family cozy and warm this winter season. All in 3,400 square feet, this luxury single-family home is spacious, elegant, and has everything your need to keep you and your family happy!

Whispering Pines price Whispering Pines is located in Upper Saucon Township in Lehigh County, so you’ll have easy access to major business centers of every kind. Only 10 miles from Allentown and Bethlehem, and 40 miles from Philadelphia, any activity your heart desires is just a short trip away! Being just minutes from Route 309, I-78, and the Pennsylvania turnpike, everywhere you need to go is easily accessible. Whispering Pines is located in the acclaimed Southern Lehigh School District. The Lehigh Valley Mall and Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley provide two convenient shopping destinations for Upper Saucon residents. The Lehigh Country Club, Saucon Valley Country Club, and Locust Valley Country Club provide golf and other community amenities just a short drive from Whispering Pines.

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Brookshire is conveniently located near Routes 100 and 29, and mere minutes from such travel hubs like the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 22, and Route 78. This wonderful community is set in between Berks and Lehigh Counties, so residents can easily see what both areas have to offer. The community is in the Upper Perkiomen School District. For those that enjoy the city life, Brookshire is only 15 miles from Allentown and Bethlehem, 40 miles from King of Prussia, and 50 miles from Philadelphia. Whatever you’d like to experience or see is only a short drive away. If you’re looking for entertainment close to home, the Lehigh Valley Mall and South Mall in Allentown are nearby and filled with activities to keep the whole family entertained. There are numerous country clubs nearby that offer golf and tennis, and if you’re looking for some family fun, take a trip to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom or Arnold’s Go-Kart and Family Fun Center, each less than 30 minutes from Brookshire.

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Call our sales manager, Brendan Boroski at 610-282-2511 or 215-416-6621 for more information

Benefits of an Energy-Efficient Home

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We all want to be more energy efficient, particularly in our homes, but you may be struggling with what that really means. Sure, you can do simple things like shut the lights off when you leave a room or purchase a smart thermostat, but what does it really mean to have an energy-efficient home? How can it benefit both the environment and your energy bill?

According to EnergyStar, in 2015, American families and businesses saved $34 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from 63 million vehicles. About 1.6 million new homes and 29,700 buildings in this country are considered truly energy efficient.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of an energy-efficient home:

  • Energy-efficient homes, upgrades and appliances can earn you an incentive such as tax rebates on the national and state levels.
  • Energy-efficient construction saves more than $500 million a year in energy costs in the United States.
  • About 830,000 jobs were added last year as part of the energy efficient movement.
  • Green homes are more comfortable homes, circulating heat and cold more efficiently for even comfort throughout the house.
  • The use of fewer of our country’s energy resources such as oil means we don’t have to rely on foreign countries as much for the fuel we need. This benefits us as well as future generations.
  • Homeowners are spending less on their energy bills than ever before.
  • The thermal envelope between the inside living space and the outdoors is more insulative, allowing less heat and cold to escape.
  • Energy-efficient innovations and energy-efficient policies help manufacturers make break-throughs in newer, more advanced products. Take lighting products, for example. Newer standards require light bulbs to be 25% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, leading to more options that range from LED streetlights to dimmable CFLs.
  • Easy on the environment, with less wasting of energy and natural resources. This reduces our carbon footprint.
  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Today, about 16 percent of greenhouse gases originate from residential homes; with more energy-efficient homes being built, this number will go down drastically.
  • Fewer maintenance and utility expenses. For example, homes with EnergyStar appliances use between 15 and 30 percent less energy than other new homes, and certainly much more than resale homes.

If you are a homeowner who shares our enthusiasm for energy efficient homes, we welcome you to take a look at one of our many green communities, such as our newest addition, The Reserve at Creekside. Homes in this development feature quality construction, Andersen® windows, and state-of-the-art appliances for a truly energy-efficient, low-maintenance lifestyle. Call Judd Builders today for more information on how we put the environment first.

Siena Place Is the Best Place

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Siena Place is a beautiful community located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Packer Park. In one of their lovely 3-story townhomes, you’ll be minutes away from all of the culture and personality the vibrant city of Philadelphia has to offer. If you’re a sports fan, this location was picked just for you – Siena Place is within 10 minutes by car of the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park, so whatever your sport of choice, you can watch them all live just minutes from your home!

Each of the 3-story townhomes in Siena Place features 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths and 1-2 powder rooms, and a private driveway with garage. Along with dramatic 9′ ceilings, spacious closets, and personal balconies with a lovely view of the beautiful Philadelphia skyline, these townhomes starting from the upper $400s are sure to impress.

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Less than 15 minutes away from South Philly, Siena Place provides a perfect balance between the hectic city life and the tranquility of the suburbs. You can stay in the community and enjoy your cozy home, or venture into the city and explore everything it has to offer. Within 20 minutes of your home you’ll find an abundance of delicious restaurants, bars, concert venues, art and music stores, and whatever else you might be looking for. If you’re new to Philly be sure to check out every ‘cheesesteak joint’ you can, including the world famous Geno’s Steaks at 1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, only ten minutes away from Siena Place.

Visit our Sales Center today at 3224 Pietro Way, Philadelphia, PA to learn more and tour our decorated models, open Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat from 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Contact Denise Homich at  215.339.5390 or sales@sienaplace.com for more info.

Fun Winter Escapes in PA

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Where can you go when the weather is cold, but you still want a vacation? There are plenty of fun destinations throughout Pennsylvania to consider! Whether you love to ski, skate or snowboard, or you prefer indoor pursuits, we have the perfect suggestions for a quick getaway.

Elk Mountain Ski Resort

Head to Northeastern Pennsylvania to a resort that boasts 25 trails and six lifts for all skill levels. Sign the kids up for a lesson, rent your own equipment, or enjoy some hot chocolate by the fire at Elk Mountain – named one of the top 10 destinations in the East for snow-making and grooming by Ski Magazine. There are plenty of quaint bed and breakfasts, cabin rentals, and other lodging options nearby.

Hidden Valley Resort

Nestled in Hidden Valley, PA, this snow tubers’ delight is great for kids and adults alike. Enjoy the many downhill thrills that come with the several daring  tubing lanes available here. You can also ski or snow board if that’s more your speed.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Kids ages 4 to 7 will love the Burton Pirates Riglet Terrain Park, which resembles a baseball field where kids learning to snowboard are led by their certified instructors around the many fun obstacles. Both full and half-day group lessons are available. Afterwards, go freestyle at the Arctic Blast Park.

Dog Sledding

If you’ve never done this before, you must add this to your list. Take the entire family to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, home to the Wildlife Academy. Learn to guide your own team of sled dogs for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Fat Biking

Yes, you heard that right. If you love this sport, there’s no need to put away your bike in the winter. Instead, rent a fat bike in Ohiopyle, featuring thick tires that allow you to plow through the snow. The GAP and Rothrock Outfitters can put together a fat bike tour for you anywhere in Pennsylvania or throughout the entire Eastern U.S. with two- or three-day bike trips.

Lodge at Woodloch

For a romantic getaway just the two of you, head to the Lodge at Woodloch in Northeast Pennsylvania. You get treated to five-star service, elegant rooms, tasty local cuisine, and luxurious spa and salon packages. Your room includes private marble baths and your very own veranda. Healthy menu choices include naturally-sourced meats and vegetables for a truly down to earth experience. Go skating on the 15-acre private lake or just sit on your porch with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

Here at Judd Builders, we create homes that put luxury, convenience and comfort at the forefront so it seems like you’re on vacation all the time. Enjoy your gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances in the Brookshire or relax in Poet’s Walk, complete with soaring ceilings, custom gourmet kitchens, generous closets, and superior appliances and amenities.

The Best Places to Watch the Superbowl in Philly

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At Varga the Superbowl will be on display on several televisions around the bar, but the real event for those at Varga is its annual Super Fowl wing cook-off. Their chef Mike Barnisan will be facing off against another nearby bar’s head chef, Doreen DeMarco, to see who can make the best game-day wings. The two will go head to head cooking up hot wings, non-american wings, and a wild card wing to be determined on Superbowl Sunday.

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This West Philadelphia based bar is doing their patrons a true service by screening Puppy Bowl XIII. Start your Superbowl Sunday off watching adorable puppies play on a fake football field and enjoy wood-fired pizza and wings, along with hand-crafted beers. If you get hungry the kitchen will also be open until 9pm serving a variety of wings and buffalo chicken pizza.

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Chickie’s and Pete’s
Chickie’s and Pete’s is an essential staple in the Philadelphia sports fan’s life. It is at its core the quintessential sports bar. With an abundance of televisions playing the game, no matter where you sit you will have a good view to watch. From endless beer to the world famous Crabfries, if you’re looking to indulge yourself this Superbowl Sunday, Chickie’s and Pete’s is a must.

5 Healthy Twists on the Usual Superbowl Sunday Snacks

Pita Wedges with a Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Instead of the old usual chips and dip technique, try serving pita wedges paired with a spinach and artichoke dip. While it’s not the guacamole your guest might be used to, it’s green, it’s delicious, and it’s healthy! With a combined total time for both the wedges and the dip being only 45 minutes, this dish is absolutely worth the effort to make your Superbowl Sunday a unique one. Instructions for the wedges can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kxyaxv along with the spinach and artichoke dip here: http://bit.ly/1ADm4m3

Chocolate Covered Footballs

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Forget nachos covered in cheese, how about some strawberries covered in chocolate! Bring a little something extra to the table this Superbowl Sunday with these festive chocolate covered strawberries with delicious icing to look like the white laces on the chocolate football. These treats are sure to be the talk of the party, and not to mention, delicious! Everything you need to blow away your party guests can be found here: http://bit.ly/2l3UwEa

Pesto and Turkey Roll-Ups

Pigs in a blanket are a staple in sport-snacks, but in the spirit of good health, heres a more nutritious (and more flavorful) alternative. These low-carb pesto & turkey roll-ups are sure to impress and satisfy. Instructions and ingredients can be found here: http://bit.ly/1MRWYVw With a total preparation time of 15 minutes, this is an easy and delicious way to snack this Superbowl Sunday and stay healthy while you do it.

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

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Instead of buying store brand dips for the various chips at your Superbowl party, why not try and make your own this year? Making your own dip will be healthier than the store brands, and more fun too! With a total time of only 10 minutes, this is a quick and fun way to make your snacks stand out. Everything you need to know about making your own delicious hummus can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kBh55s

Chicken Wings

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No Superbowl party would be complete without chicken wings of some variety, and contrary to popular belief, the wings we all love so much can actually be healthy too! The recipe provided here http://bit.ly/1ZOSK7s tells you everything you need to know to make chicken wings your guests won’t be able to get enough of! Accompany these with a few sides of baby carrots and celery sticks and voilà! You have a delicious and healthy snack that can make everyone happy.

Home Decor Tips: Where to Find Inspiration to Decorate Your New Home

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So you just bought a new home and you know you want to decorate it beautifully, but where do you start for ideas? The sheer volume of décor tips online can be overwhelming to say the least. It can be tough coming up with a style and theme, but if you go room by room and think about what you want to achieve style wise, you can take inspiration from a variety of sources and translate them to your home.

Sources of Inspiration

Subscribe to home decorating magazines. Browse through them every month and rip out pages that stir something deep within you. Keep all your pages in a binder or folder with tabs for each room. When visiting other people’s homes, you may be struck by a particular arrangement or color choice. Ask how they came about it and then try to re-create the look yet with your own unique spin. Take a walk through the woods, gathering inspiration from the many textures and colors of your surroundings. Head to a flea market and pick up some affordable finds that speak to you. Rearrange your furniture and pick up new throw pillows and rugs – mixing and matching what you already have with a few new things sprinkled in can be all the inspiration you need.

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You don’t need to spend a fortune or consult with a professional interior designer to spruce up the rooms of your home. Sometimes all you need is a spark of an idea to bloom into a full-on décor masterpiece. Re-think the pieces you already have from your old home, suggests Good Housekeeping. For instance, use up the rest of your wall paint to refresh the frame of your old comfortable arm chair, or sew a lacy trim around the edges of your existing curtains and pillows. It’s like you’re getting brand new stuff yet re-purposing items that may hold a sentimental value.

Have Fun With Texture

Oftentimes, new homes come with neutral walls and color palettes. That’s done for a reason, as those beiges and whites appeal to a wide variety of home buyers plus they’re easy to decorate. If you want to try a beach-themed living room, avoid boredom with constant beige by switching up the texture of your drapes, area rugs and blankets. Muted prints within the same color family work well to bring a calm, comfortable feel to any room. A splash of turquoise inspired by the ocean can take the form of a single vase, picture frame, or pillow.

Get Versatile

If you’re taking inspiration from purity, innocence and clean lines, go with a décor mainly of white center pieces. A white sofa, chairs, walls and cabinetry may sound bland on paper, but add seasonal elements throughout the year that inspire you – from blue-striped nautical themed paintings and rugs in the summer to warm pumpkin-inspired throw pillows and lamps in the fall.

On the hunt for that perfect new home in which you can get inspired? Find your next home with Judd Builders today!