5 Benefits of Buying a Single-Family Home with Judd

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In the market for a single-family home? Whether this is your first new home purchase or you’ve been around the block a few times, the prospect of new home ownership can be overwhelming. That’s why you need to know you’re choosing a reputable builder that can connect you with a home custom tailored just for you.

Here are five benefits of buying a single-family home with Judd Builders

  1. Reputable partnerships. When you choose a company like Judd, which has more than 50 years of experience in the home building industry, you get peace of mind. We have a proven process that our clients can count on thanks to quality workmanship and a strong commitment to standing behind the homes we craft. Judd Builders provides expert planning, custom tailored solutions, award-winning designs and energy efficient homes with premium locations.
  2. Customized homes. Every single family home we build is different in some way. Because we build from the ground up, we get you in on the design process from the very beginning to incorporate your needs and wants. Whether that’s an open concept kitchen and living room, a fireplace in your cathedral great room, or a hot tub in the Owner’s suite, we can accommodate what’s important to you.
  3. Personalized experience. When you work with Judd, you get personalized attention that you won’t readily find elsewhere. Whereas other companies are difficult to track down and aren’t very forthcoming with updates, you can rest assured our team keeps you in the loop at all times. You get a devoted project manager throughout the whole process who will advise you of next steps and keep you informed so you always know what to expect.
  4. Luxury accommodations. Here at Judd, we specialize in luxury homes. Just take a look at our most luxurious community, Poet’s Walk, located in Ivyland, PA. Our one-of-a-kind luxury homes features the best in modern amenities, from soaring ceilings and custom gourmet kitchens to generous closet spaces and top-of-the-line appliances.
  5. Maybe you’re finally ready to purchase a home that can accommodate your growing family, or maybe your kids are grown up and have flown the coop. Either way, we make it easy to fall in love with your “move-up” home. Get the home you’ve always wanted with all the amenities and creature comforts you’ve been dreaming of. We have a variety of 55+ communities such as Renaissance at Morgan Creek and Meadow View Farms. Or, perhaps you’d like to take a look at our other luxury single-family homes in Brookshire or Whispering Pines.

Ready to consider a new single-family home? Call Judd Builders now to start the discussion.

10 Easy Tips to Help Organize Your Home

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1. Have a designated junk drawer, and KEEP IT CLEAN
Having a junk drawer is very helpful for miscellaneous items found around the house that you don’t want to throw out quite yet. However, if left unattended, the junk drawer can become more of a nuisance rather than a convenience. To avoid this, make sure to go through the junk drawer every now and then to determine what needs to be thrown out and what can be kept around.

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2. Use Pegboards
If your cabinets are too cluttered, grab a painted pegboard from your local hardware store, loop in metal hooks, and violà! You have a new stylish and convenient way to store your kitchen-ware.

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3. Color Coordinating
Assigning everyone in your home a color for things like their toothbrush, towels, sheets, and laundry hamper can make clean up much easier. This simple solution makes it easier for everyone to find their things, and more importantly, put them away.

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4. Bread Bag Tags Transformed into Helpful Labels
For organizing those pesky cords that inevitably get tangled up behind your TV set, save the tags from bread bags and use them as creative labels. With a label at the plug, you’ll always know which wire is where and how to get at the right one.

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5. Cardboard Dividers
Dividing dresser drawers with a few pieces of cardboard is a cheap, simple, and easy, way to designate what goes where in your dresser to avoid clutter, and so you can find what you need without rifling through your entire wardrobe.

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6. Use the Space Underneath Shelves
Using an under-shelf wire rack can be very useful when trying to use all of your space efficiently. Often times shelves are left half empty because what you’ve stored only stacks so high. Well with this new addition, you’ll get twice as much use out of the same shelf.

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7. Have a Cleared and Organized Entryway
Having a clear and organized entrance to your house sets a nice tone for you and your guests. Ideas for organizing your entryway could include a designated shoe-box, one long enough for shoes to be lined up next to each other, NOT on top of one another. Another easy idea is putting initials above or next to the hooks for clothes, so that everyone in your home has their own space to use and be responsible for.

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8. Have a Place for Your Keys
Think about how many times you’ve searched all over the house for your keys. Keys are often strewn around the house without regard for when you’ll need them later. Creating a convenient, and visually pleasing, place for your keys, makes for a much easier time getting ready in the morning. Instead of searching and starting your day on a stressful note, have a cute system you like, it could be a specific bowl for keys, or some makeshift hanger like the one pictured above.

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9. Magazine Holder Turned Shelf
If you have an old magazine holder around your house that doesn’t get much use, or if you just want a creative shelf, this DIY shelf is a perfect solution. All you need is a corner, a magazine holder, and screws or nails. In just a few minutes, what once was a useless corner in your home transforms into a convenient storage space in a matter of minutes.

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10. Take on the Closet
While it might seem daunting, tackling the clutter we all have in our closets, when done correctly, is extremely rewarding. Some steps to de-clutter your closet we suggest is using a shoe-holder as storage space for bulky clothing. If you’re someone who loves their shoes and it’s evident by how much room they take up, try storing them facing opposite directions. With the right’s toe point to the back of the wall, and the heel facing the front of the closet. Or vice versa! This simple trick saves a surprising amount of space.

Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier this Year

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Keep only the Essentials

During spring cleaning you’ll likely be throwing out a LOT of useless stuff you never knew you had in your home. For some it’s easy to get rid of clutter, for others, it’s more difficult because “But what if I need this later?” We all understand the hesitation, but still urge you to try to throw away anything that isn’t absolutely essential.

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Don’t Forget About the Small Stuff

While we love to focus on rooms and parts of the house as a whole, we often forget about small important places to clean. When you’re in the kitchen cleaning, don’t forget about the fridge. Of course the inside, but also the top of the fridge, along with the crevices behind and to the sides of it. Remember to dust the blades of ceiling fans, along with the inside and outside of lampshades.

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Clean Your Cleaners

Before you start in on the dirt clutter and grime we all have in our houses, it’s important to check that your cleaners are clean! Go through your brooms and make sure their bristles aren’t too dirty or bundled up. Take a look at your vacuum cleaner and ask yourself, “when was the last time that thing was cleaned?” If, like most of us, you can’t think of a time, then now is the time. Empty out that bag, replace it with a new one, clean the filters, even replace if need be. Trim those bristles that have clumped together, or if it’s too far gone, purchase a new one.

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Clean the WHOLE Bed

It may seem daunting but cleaning your whole bed (yes that includes pillows and comforter) but it’s something that usually only needs to be done a few times a year, so why not kick off Spring cleaning with it.

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Stop Clutter at the Front Door

Putting a shoe rack and hanging rack for shoes and jackets can prevent a lot of clutter from building up in your home. Stopping clutter at the door indirectly cleans the rest of the house for you, and keeps everything you might need in one place.

Tips for Decorating Your New Home

Set the Tone for Your Home Early

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Setting the tone for your home should begin with the front door and entrance. You could even go so far as repainting the front door a more welcoming color such as red, orange, yellow, or whatever your favorite color is! After the door, the entrance to your home should reflect how you want the rest of the home to be presented. If you’d like a natural feeling, add a few plants. Or if you’re going for a more modern feel, have an organized front room with a sleek bench.

Make Your Chairs Talk to Your Sofa

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This title may read a bit odd, but the message is clear. When organizing the living room in your new home, make sure your chairs and sofas face each other in some way. The “U” or “H” shaped seating arrangements above are some of the most common to create this type of space. Setting up a living room like this is much more conducive to conversations rather than having them all pointed at the TV.

Focus on Your Bedroom

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Your bedroom is the room you’ll be spending about one third of your time in your new home, so plan accordingly! Think about your habits when decorating this room. Are you a late sleeper? Early riser? Those who like to sleep in might benefit from deeper color tones in the room and substantial coverings and curtains to block out the sun. Morning people might enjoy a lighter color scheme and light curtains to let in the morning sun.

Not Everything has to Match

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Despite what a lot of stores might have you believe, you don’t have to buy a full set of something for it to look nice. Being able to pick and choose what you like and what you’ll add is a big part of the experience as a new homeowner. Make sure not to give into the salesman’s pressure, and only purchase what you like even if it won’t match without a set.

Tie it Together with Color

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Whether you have an idea of the atmosphere you want to create in your new home, or not, don’t worry! Adding some colors that go together well, or even mimic each other, can provide a great deal on continuity in a room that might not have any otherwise. But be careful when matching colors to one another, because you wouldn’t want your entire house to be covered in just one color. Adding a few here and there will do wonders, but too much of a good thing could oversaturate and distract from the rest of your home.

What a Virtually “Maintenance-Free” Home Means

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When you’re approaching retirement age and want to downsize from your current home, you may consider 55+ communities – not just for their smaller size but for their promise of virtually maintenance-free living. But what exactly does virtually maintenance-free mean? Let’s explore.

Many Baby Boomers facing retirement or actively in retirement have put a lot of work into maintaining the homes in which they raised their families. They set aside their weekends for 40 years to tackle chores like mowing the lawn, taking out the trash, raking leaves, and shoveling snow. Now that retirement is on the horizon, they are no longer interested in expending a lot of physical and mental energy investing in the maintenance of their homes.

They’re ready for something more: virtually maintenance-free living. If this sounds like you, it’s understandable that you would want a little more time to relax, swim in the pool, visit with the grandkids, have coffee with friends or take in a round of tennis. Your weekends are YOURS again when you’re part of a 55+ community.

That’s because 55+ communities offer a variety of maintenance chores included in your fees, such as:

  • Garbage collection
  • Recycling
  • Maintenance of shared spaces and facilities
  • Complete lawn care (mowing, trimming, weeding, raking, pest control)
  • Snow removal
  • Exterior maintenance (roof maintenance, repairs, paint touch ups)
  • Security

Judd Builders has a proven reputation throughout the Delaware Valley as a leader in designing and building virtually maintenance-free homes and superior lifestyle communities as part of its 55+ communities in the most beautiful locations. We welcome you to visit our two 55+ communities: Meadow View Farms and Renaissance at Morgan Creek. Renaissance is an adult 55+ clubhouse community in Quakertown, Bucks County PA offering an active, carefree lifestyle with an outdoor pool, fitness center, and library/business center. Meadow View Farms is nestled in historic Oley Township, Berks County, PA, featuring a community center, fitness center, and the peace of mind knowing you own the home and the land. You don’t get that with all 55+ communities!

If over-55 community living sounds good to you after years of maintaining your own home, call Judd Builders today. We would be happy to show you the models we have available.

Timeless Trends in Your Home: Classics That Never go out of Style

lg-poets-7Decorating your home is a fun outlet and a great way to show off your inner creativity. Every room of your home says something definitive about you: your style, your favorite color families, your fancy side and your whimsical side. However, to avoid having to redecorate every few years, it’s wise to go with timeless trends that never go out of style. This allows you to get the most out of your budget, too.

Paint Colors

Bright orange…lemon yellow…purple…royal blue…these are all trendy colors that go in and out of fashion as the decades pass. They may appeal to your tastes right now, but they may not in five years. And if you intend on selling your home anytime soon, you don’t want to turn off potential buyers who don’t share your affinity for asparagus green. Stick with the classics for a style that endures.

  • Blush pink: This warm and demure color can easily offset masculine furniture in a dark tone, says House Beautiful.
  • Antique white: Not sure what color to commit to? You can never go wrong with white because it pairs well with virtually any color you can think of.
  • Steel gray: Bolstered by a feeling of calm and strength at the same time, this color has an architectural feel that makes a great background for any room.
  • Beige: A mainstay for any room, beige invokes a feeling of warmth and comfort.

Kitchens

From cabinets and counter tops to flooring and appliances, you can’t go wrong with these classics.

  • Shaker cabinets: Simple stile-and-rail cabinet doors give any kitchen a classic look.
  • Marble countertops: Yes, it’s got a high price tag, but rest assured this material will never go out of style, points out Apartment Therapy.
  • Glass cabinets: Open up your kitchen visually with glass fronted cabinets for a timeless feel.
  • Lighting: The best part about a kitchen is the light, preferably natural, so adding as many windows as you can is a great to bring that classic look home. When adding artificial lighting, make sure you have three sources: task, ambient and accent.
  • Big sinks: A deep, wide sink that can be under-mounted to make cleaning a breeze is a must if you’re going classic. Make sure the faucet has a high clearance and a flexible nozzle to handle even your biggest cleaning challenges.
  • Tile backsplashes: From ceramic to glass to cement, backsplashes are not only practical but decorative as well. They are so timeless, you’d be wise to choose a neutral color because it will last for life.

Living Rooms

Living room accents that last the test of time include:

  • Over-the-mantel mirror: Not only is this a classic touch, it’s functional too, making your living room seem much larger and more spacious than it really is.
  • Area rugs: While hardwood flooring and wall to wall carpeting go in and out of style every decade or so, area rugs never will. You can place them over wooden floorboards, carpeting, stone, slate, tile…whatever you choose.
  • Plantation shutters: While their color may go in and out of style, the shutters themselves are timeless. These elegant window coverings provide plenty of privacy but also the option for sunlight.

Come see our timeless home styles with Judd Builders. We have eight communities, each with its own style, price range and charm. Which one will YOU choose?

Now’s the Time to Make Your Move!

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Visit us today and check out our BRAND NEW Quick Move-In Carriage Homes. For a limited time, you can receive up to $20,000 in savings toward builder options on select Quick Delivery Homes.*

The Reserve at Creekside is located at 101 Linden Court, Flourtown, PA 19031 and is home to some of the most beautiful homes you’ll find all tucked away in a wonderfully charming community. The Reserve at Creekside carriage homes can be best described as having a true traditional beauty, while having all of the 21st century accommodations you need. Located in Flourtown, a few minutes from Chestnut Hill, and a short drive from Philadelphia, you can experience all sorts of business and cultural attractions from malls, to parks and sporting events in one short trip from home! For someone who enjoys a little of everything in their life, tucked in between the suburbs and the city, The Reserve at Creekside is the perfect place for you.

*20,000 incentive towards builder options is only available on select quick delivery homes for new customers. Incentive may be applied to builder preselected options and/or used to customize your home with additional upgrades. The Ardleigh model is excluded from this promotion. All prices and features subject to change without notice. Please consult sales manager for details.

You Bought a Home: Now What?

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Buying a new home can be exhilarating as well as terrifying. You’re embarking on a new journey in life, with many uncertainties yet a future filled with hope. You’ve signed on the dotted line; the home is yours. What are the next steps?

Save All Paperwork

First off, save all the papers you signed and keep them in a safe place. The papers you received at settlement are valuable in establishing tax deductions for the year in which the home was purchased, but you will also need them in the future if you go to sell the house or need to calculate estate taxes, says Realtor.com.

Two weeks after the closing, get in touch with your local property records office and make sure your deed has been officially recorded. This will act as a public notice illustrating your interest in the property.

Document Everything

Next, think about protecting your home before you even move fully in. Go through the entire property with a video camera and record it all. Take photos as well. You’ll need this evidence for insurance purposes in case of theft, damage or other discrepancies. Keep the video and photo evidence in a safe place such as a safety deposit box.

Call the Insurance Company

You’ll need homeowner’s insurance that includes fire, theft and liability insurance. Call your insurance agent and sign up for or increase your coverage so you have adequate policies for any eventuality.

Customize Your Mailbox and Buzzer

Put your name on the mailbox as well as new numbers for your address that are easy to see by emergency and post office personnel. If you bought a condo, make sure your name is on the buzzer.

Introduce Yourself to the Neighbors

This is the best time to introduce yourself to your immediate neighbors. They will understandably be curious about who’s moving in, but this is a benefit to you. Start a positive relationship off on the right foot, and they will have your back. This is also a great time to network, meeting anyone from the president of the condo association to the head of the neighborhood watch. Give them your contact information in case they ever notice something suspicious with your property when you’re not around. Offer to do the same for them.

Moving into a new home is exciting. Judd Builders is here to guide you through the process.