What to Expect Before, During, & After Your Build

If you’re considering or decided on a new construction home, there are a lot of things you have to understand. Figuring out what you want and need from your dream home, what goes on during the building process, and what happens after your dream home is built is a lot to comprehend, therefore it’s important to know exactly what to expect when building a new construction home. In order to make the process as stress free as possible here is what to expect before, during, and after your build.

Prior to the Build
The first thing you have to do is pick a trusted builder to work with. However, before the build you’ll want to ask both yourself and the builder a lot of questions. Ask yourself: How much square footage do you need and want? What kind of floorplan will work best for you? What kind of community do you want to live in? What can you afford? Are you approved of a loan? You’ll want to make sure you hammer out all of these details and more to make sure you can afford to make your dream home come to fruition. After that, you’ll work with your builder to choose a home site and than the building process will begin.

During the Build
There will be a lot going on during the build of your new construction home. Site preparation, laying foundation, framing the house, installation of heating and cooling units, plumbing lines, and electrical systems, laying flooring, painting, and installing fixtures and appliances are only a few of the things taking place. Towards the end of the build, the tiny details will be added to finalize the build of your home. Faucets and fixtures will be installed and your front yard will undergo a transformation. However, you don’t want to delay closing and change your mind last-minute on finishes. Therefore, you should make these decisions early in the process. Here at Judd we have our very own Design Studio to help you choose selections and options that meet your needs and personal design style. However, if you still want to find more inspiration check out some of these helpful resources.

  • Pinterest is perfect to find inspiration for you home design and to search for fun DIY projects to help with creating your personal home décor. Towards the beginning of the build, start pinning ideas/inspiration that will help you make decisions with your overall home design.
  • Better Homes and Gardens covers any a multitude of design projects that can help you in the process of planning your home design/décor. From gardening to furniture arrangement, you’ll find all the tips you need at Better Home and Gardens.
  • Houzz is super helpful when it comes to your design needs. This site helps you connect with designers and professionals, while providing great visuals and advice about home decorating. The site even shows you where you can buy certain items if you’ve fallen in love with a piece! 

After the Build
Finally, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for! After the build, you’ll be able to move in to your dream home! This is the best moment in the process however, there are still a couple of things to take care of before you formally close and move in. Once your home is complete make sure to do a “walk through.” Allow yourself to become settled in and accustomed to your new home and thoroughly examine all of its components. Take note of your home’s current features and think about potential add-ons you personally might want to include later. Also, even later down the line after closing on your new home submit a year-end warranty claim with your builder if necessary.

Looking for a builder to build a new construction home? Check out Judd Builders! We have plenty of spectacular communities that fit the modern family’s needs, constructed in sought-after neighborhoods. For more information feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have!

7 Entertaining Tips In Your New Home

Now that you moved into your amazing Judd Builders home you can enjoy the benefits of living in a wonderful planned community. But how should you celebrate the big move? Well you could throw a housewarming party if you’ve just moved in or you could just throw a regular house party to reconnect with your neighbors, friends, and family. Here are seven tips to help you entertain in you new Judd home!

1. Prepare in Advance
Don’t do everything the day of your party. Instead, prepare everything you can in advance, so the day of you can enjoy the party as much as your guests. Shopping, cleaning, and cooking is a recipe for one stressful day. Organize a week in advance and plan out a schedule so you won’t get too overwhelmed. Clean the house one day, go grocery shopping the next day, and cook the day before the party and everything will go as planned.

2. Know Your Limits
Not only do you need to know you limits when hosting a party, you need to know the limits of your house! Don’t invite too many people where you can’t accommodate for them. Whether it’s not enough space in the house or you can’t make enough food, know you limits and don’t stress yourself out by inviting too many guests to your party.

3. Don’t Go too Crazy over Cleaning
It’s understandable that you’ll want to clean your house before the party, but don’t go overboard and clean everything. All you really have to do is vacuum, dust, and clean the bathrooms and your house will be ready for your party. Also, if you have a lot of papers and clutter lying around on counters, gather it up and put it in a bin in your bedroom.

4. Make a Playlist
Music can create a perfect party atmosphere, so make a playlist in advance for your house party. Start off with mellow music and continually build it up and bring it back down for the right balance of music that your guests will enjoy.

5. Serve Simple Foods
Don’t try to make a brand new recipe for your party. Instead stick to recipes you’ve made before and are simple to make. It will be less stressful and you’ll be more at ease knowing that the recipes taste delicious.

6. Ask for Help
Whether it’s help from your family or friends, don’t be afraid to ask for help. They can help before, during, and after the party taking some of the load off your shoulders. Also, if your guests offer to bring anything like desserts, appetizers, or sides, say yes! You don’t have to do everything yourself!

7. Enjoy the Time with Your Guests
Don’t forget about the reason you’re throwing a party. Enjoy the time with your guests and don’t fret over imperfections. Most likely your guests won’t care or even notice any imperfections because they’re too busy having fun and spending time with everyone.

What are the Advantages of Buying a New Construction Home

Whispering Pines: The Fredericksburg Model

Are you looking to buy a home but you are unsure of what you want? Do you feel like you can’t find your dream home? Well, maybe you should consider buying a new construction home! When you buy a new construction home, you’ll have choices and options to make your dream home a reality. On top of that there are so many advantages when you buy a new construction home that you will enjoy in the long run. Here are five of the many advantages of buying a new construction home!

1. Less Maintenance
Today’s homes are built specifically to minimize home maintenance. All that extra time you would have spent on a pre-owned home is now freed up and you can do whatever you want with that time. Spend time with your family or take up a hobby that you are passionate about. Whatever it is, you can easily spend your free time however you see fit when you buy a new construction house! Seriously, who wouldn’t love having more time on their hands to do what they love? It’s a win-win situation!

2. Best Locations with Amazing Amenities
Most new construction homes are built in planned communities, which are developed in up and coming, sought-after areas. This is particularly true when it comes to Judd Builders’ communities. All of our communities are all located in fantastic areas that are highly desired and include amazing amenities. From Brookshire’s spectacular views to Siena Place’s rich culture and entertainment, you can’t go wrong with a new construction home in these desirable areas!

3. Less Stress and More Family Time
When you work with Judd Builders, you get to see the home building process all the way through. There is no reason for you to feel stress while we build your dream home. Not only is the new construction process with Judd Builders less stressful, but you will also have more time on your hands because we will be doing all the work for you. Forget putting all that work into remodeling a pre-owned home, let Judd build a home for you and you can spend your time doing whatever you please!

4. Quality Workmanship
Here at Judd Builders we take pride in our building process and quality workmanship. So when you buy a new construction home with us we ensure that you get the quality you expect and the home you deserve. We use the best materials while we’re building and provide an extremely high level of fit and finish. We are committed to delivering the quality that makes a house a home so that every home buyer is satisfied with their choice.

5. Fewer Repairs
When you buy a new construction home, you won’t have to worry about making repairs any time soon. New construction means that everything is new. Unlike pre-owned homes, a new construction home hasn’t seen years of wear and tear. You won’t be replacing flooring, or re-painting walls, or fixing up home exteriors. Instead, enjoy all the perks of a new construction home and spend time with your family or enjoy activities you love to do.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer all of your questions about our communities! Or if you would like to discover what our communities have to offer check out Judd Builders website!

Getting Organized for the Move: How to Prepare for Before & After the Move

Moving is a huge milestone for every homebuyer. It’s an exciting time for everyone; however, the moving process itself has a lot of steps that can feel unmanageable at times. Keep your move manageable with these helpful before and after tips!

 

Packing for the Move:

1. Determine Essentials
Organizing before you pack will pay dividends when you make the move to your new home. Decluttering while packing and determining what is essential will leave you with less stuff to unpack. We all tend to hang onto items longer than we should, so go through everything and determine what is essential to you and your family. Once you’ve figured out your essentials, make a list of how many helping hands are available and decide what size moving truck you’ll need.

2. Color-coordinate and Label
Nobody realizes how much stuff they have until they move. After you’ve determined your essentials, it’s time to start putting things into boxes and packing. Labeling things will definitely make your life easier when you go to unpack in your new home. However, you should also color-coordinate, as well as label your boxes. Designate a specific color for each room and mark or label as needed. When you go to unload everything, you’ll know where each box needs to go due to the bold color and specific labeling, making the process much more efficient and manageable.

3. Call Movers
No matter how hard you try, there will be some items that you cannot move yourself. Call professional movers to help assist with large and heavy items that you can’t move yourself. However, make sure to do your research on moving companies before you make your final decision on which company to trust with your belongings.

 

Unpacking after the Move:

1. Unload Boxes and Place in Appropriate Room
Before you unpack all your belongings you or the movers will have to unload all your belongings from the truck. If you color-coordinated and labeled your boxes this step will be easy! Make sure every box is placed in the appropriate room so that when you go to unpack everything that belongs in that room will be there!

2. Go Room by Room
The easiest way to unpack is to go room by room. Start with rooms that are essential to everyday living, like the kitchen, bathroom, or family room and branch out from there. This seems rather obvious, however, when you have a lot of helping hands things can get rather busy. If you color-coordinated and labeled everything before the move, unpacking will be easier too. Most likely, the boxes and furniture for each room will have made it to their respective locations due to prior organization. So, if you have a lot of friends and family helping, you’ll be able to unpack each room fairly quickly! Just make sure to focus on unpacking the bigger, more important items first and save the smaller items like clothes, trinkets, and décor for later!

3. Organize and Store
Once things start falling into place and you have most of your stuff unpacked, you can start organizing and storing the rest of your things accordingly. Have fun unpacking all the décor that makes your new house your home and feel at ease as you settle into your new home!

Settling Into A New Home: What to Do

Settling into a new home can be a daunting task. There are so many things to take care of that it seems like you can’t keep track of everything. However, this is supposed to be a fun time for you and your family. So here is a list of things you need to do when settling into you new home to make the move less stressful.

Fill Out A Change of Address Form
Once you move in it’s important to fill out a change of address form. This can easily be done at the local post office or online. However, don’t forget to notify your bank and any financial companies about the change. Contact them directly to let them know that you have moved.

Transfer Utilities and Services
Just like filling out a change of address form, you’ll want to transfer all of your utilities and services to your new address. Most utility services will either let you change your existing services or sign up. Check with our sales consultants about specific utility companies required at your new community.

Get To Know Your New Home
Let’s face it, you already know the layout of your new home, but do you know where the circuit breaker and water shutoffs are? Make sure to locate your homes main circuit breaker and make sure it’s clearly labeled. When something goes awry later down the road you’ll be happy you know exactly what to do.

Map Out The Area
Just like your new home, you’ll want to map out the surrounding community as well. Find out where the closest gas station, hospital, and grocery store is. This is for your convenience and it will help you adjust to the new community quickly and comfortably.

Help Children and Pets Adjust to Your New Home
If you have any children or pets, adjusting to the new environment can be hard for them. Help children settle into your new home by setting up their room first. Also, take them to the closest park to meet the neighborhood kids. If you have any pets, let them explore the new area on their own.

Meet Your Neighbors
Meeting your neighbors is key when you move into your new home. Don’t spend all your time settling into your new home. Get out and walk around the neighborhood and introduce yourselves to your neighbors. Establish a good relationship with them and they’ll be sure to keep a lookout on your home while you’re on vacation.

Relax and Enjoy
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy your new space! The hardest part of the home-buying process is over. Relax and take your time while settling into your new home, but don’t forget to enjoy being a new homeowner either!

What To Look For In a New Construction Home

Contrary to popular belief, buying a brand new home has a lot of perks, especially when you work with Judd Builders. Amazing locations, fantastic community life, and personalized home interiors are only a few of the perks of our new construction homes. However, before you buy a brand new home you should think about what you are looking for in a home.

Look for Multiple Models and Floorplans
Here at Judd Builders, we offer multiple models and floorplans at all of our communities so that you have options. That’s right, pick the perfect community for you and your family and then choose the right floorplan that will benefit you the most. Knowing exactly how much space you’ll need in your home will help you narrow down the options.

Look for Location
Location is an extremely important component when buying a new home. Not only do you want the community to be located in a great area, but you also want a great location for you home. That’s why we take great pride in our communities. All of our communities are located in fantastic areas! Also, when you work with Judd Builders you can choose your homesite, so pick the best location that works for you!

Look For a Wonderful Community
Not only are our communities located in great areas, but they offer some of the best community living! Create lasting friendships with your neighbors and enjoy what our communities provide. You can also choose a community that will benefit your lifestyle. Are you looking for a 55 and better community? No problem, check out Meadow View Farms or Renaissance at Morgan Creek. Or are you looking to live closer to the city? If so, check out Siena Place.

Look for Quality
If you are looking for a brand new house it’s important to look at the quality of homebuilders. Here at Judd, we take great pride in the quality of our construction. We offer top-notch service and aim to make the homebuilding process stress free for our interested buyers. You won’t have to worry about things being done right when you work with us! The quality of the house takes precedence throughout the homebuilding process because we want to ensure that you are thrilled with your dream home!

Now that you know what to look for and what we have to offer, come and visit us to start the homebuilding process and make your dream home YOURS from the start by working with Judd Builders!

Preparing To Buy A New Home: 7 Financial Tips

Buying a house is a huge step for many individuals or families. The task can be nerve-wracking at times because it is most likely the biggest purchase of your life. How do you know how much you can afford? Will you be approved at the rate you want? Don’t let financial stress hinder your experience, bypass the surprise expenses and be completely prepared to navigate the home buying process with these seven financial tips.

1. Check Your Credit Score/History
Your credit score is a major component when it comes to securing a mortgage. It is basically an overview of how much you spend and if you are able to pay your bills in a proper amount of time. Don’t spend more than you earn, lenders are typically looking for 12-18 months of positive history, which includes no late or missed payments and modest balances on credit cards. A good credit score is key to getting approved for a loan. If you don’t want any surprises, make sure to check your score.

2. Pay Your Bills On Time
Paying your bills on time directly affects your credit score. Your credit score is crucial to procuring a mortgage, so it is absolutely critical to pay all of your bills on time. If you think you might have trouble, set up a plan to pay off your bills and get your credit score up.

3. Don’t Open New Lines of Credit
Opening new lines of credit in a short period of time is seen as a risk and can actually lower you credit score. Many lenders will look for this and determine whether you are a high risk. Also, if you know you are applying for a mortgage, avoid making big purchases using your credit card. This can be seen in a negative light by a lender.

4. Research Mortgage Options
When it comes to your mortgage rate, it is important to figure out what loan type is right for you. Is a 30-year, fixed rate the right choice or could you afford larger monthly payments at a lower interest rate in a 20-year or 15-year fixed loan? Alternatively, you could apply for an adjustable-rate mortgage, which comes with a lower interest rate for the first few years but is considered slightly riskier. Crunch some numbers and determine what is the best fit for you before you borrow.

5. Determine How Much You Can Afford
Like researching mortgage options, look into your personal finances and determine what you can afford. Most of the cost will be towards your mortgage. However, don’t forget to add up all the other costs that come with moving as well as your other everyday finances. Make sure to crunch the numbers and figure out what will work best for you, and don’t forget the taxes that come with home ownership! You’ll get an interest deduction when you file, but taxes in some locations can be very costly.

6. Save Your Money!
This seems like a given, but there are a lot of surprise costs when buying a house. Don’t be taken aback by these costs, be prepared. There will always be a down payment when buying a new house. It is typical to put 20% down, but you may be able to put down less. However, that isn’t always the best move. The bigger the down payment, the less you need to borrow and pay monthly. This can be a hefty price and can be the hardest part for many homebuyers. So be sure to start saving early. Despite a hefty down payment, there are other costs to prepare for when buying a home. It’s easy to forget about closing costs, which is usually 3-6% of the loan amount, as well as move-in and after move-in expenses. That’s why you should save your money early so you are prepared for these costs and budget correctly so that you can start off on the right foot.

7. Buy a Home for Tomorrow
Most people look for a home they want now, but they don’t think about what they’ll need for the future. It’s important to meet your current needs, but the future is just as important, if not more important than the present. Buy what works for the future you and you’ll be guaranteed to stay in love with your new home.

Searching for a Home this Year

Searching for a home during any season can be a daunting task. However, if you are looking to make a big move, now might be the best time.

If you’re thinking about moving, getting an early jump on the home buying process will be extremely helpful so that the final decision isn’t so hard. Spring and summer tend to be the busiest seasons because of the wonderful weather for touring. So looking at locations, communities, and homes earlier in the winter or fall seasons will help narrow down your options and give you more opportunities to get the home of your dreams.

Start by looking for communities or locations where you would love to live. Also, think about if the locations and homes you are looking at work best for your work schedule and your off-hours lifestyle. However, don’t forget to ask yourself what you want from your home. Do you want a townhome or carriage home? What size home are you looking for? Would a new construction home be a better option for you and your family than a pre-owned home? All these questions are important to ask yourself. They can help you narrow your search and help you find the perfect home for you.

However, if you’re considering new construction as an option, there are a few things to think about.

  • Think about if you really want to upgrade a pre-owned home. When you buy a pre-owned home it comes with the previous owner’s interior choices and home improvement projects. These upgrades can get rather costly and take up a lot of your personal time. However, if you buy a new construction home you won’t have to worry about spending your hard earned money and time on home improvement projects. Everything is new when it comes to new construction so you won’t have to worry about upgrades or home improvement projects.
  • Think about the square footage that you desire. Knowing if you want a bigger or smaller home will help you weed through your selections. One of the best parts of working with Judd are the multiple floorplans they have for you to choose from. With all these options you’ll be sure to find a perfect plan for you and your family.
  • Think about the interior finishes you’re looking for. Buying a new construction home gives you the ability to choose your finishes. Instead of dealing with upgrading and renovating a pre-owned home, you can choose exactly what you want from the beginning, especially with the help of Judd Builders Design Studio.
  • Think about what type of community do you want to live in. All of Judd’s communities are planned communities that offer some of the best amenities. Enjoy the close-knit community life with your neighbors in some of the most sought after areas.
  • Think about all of the perks new construction has to offer. New construction has a lot of perks. Not only will the house be yours from day one, but you get to pick your homesite, floorplan, finishes, and more so that you and your family have their dream home!

With all this in mind, the best time to buy a home is when you are ready and whenever that is, Judd Builders is prepared to help you take the next step!

If you have any further questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have!

 

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

With the New Year approaching many people are making their list of New Year’s resolutions. However, most people focus on resolutions for themselves. From eating healthier to staying organized, many individuals forget to think about resolutions for their household. Making home resolutions will undoubtedly help you stay organized in the New Year, so here are five New Year’s resolutions to kick start your 2018!

1. Simplify Your Stuff
Clutter is unavoidable, even if you are the most organized person in the world. This year clear the clutter and keep it that way as one of your New Year’s home resolutions. Throughout the year many individuals acquire a lot of stuff. So go room by room and purge any cabinets and drawers that are cluttered from last year. While cleaning, think about how much you’ve used the particular item in question. If you haven’t used something lately think about parting ways with it or donating it. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, think twice before bringing any new items into your house and make sure that anything you do bring into your home raises your energy level!

2. Shrink your Carbon Footprint
Nothing is better than going green for the New Year! This year reduce your carbon footprint by making minor adjustments to your household to “greener” more environmentally-friendly habits. That doesn’t mean you have to install solar panels or drive a hybrid car. Make minor adjustments and start with cutting your home’s energy usage. Here are some ideas to help you reduce your home’s energy usage!

  • Get smart with your thermostat and turn it down when you leave the house or at night.
  • Install LED lightbulbs around the house.
  • Give composting a try.
  • Only run dishwashers and washers/dryers when they are full.
  • For more ideas to reduce your carbon footprint, click here.

3. Weekly Cleaning System
You can also become more organized by implementing a cleaning schedule for the week for your New Year’s home resolution. By planning a cleaning schedule, you’ll find it easier to clean you home throughout the week. Plus, keeping the mess under control will benefit you greatly. By spreading out home chores throughout the week you’ll have more time to spend with your family or invest in your hobbies. Also, it’s easier to clean in smaller portions than to clean the whole house! So stay on top of cleaning this year and keep any mess under control.

4. Get Ready for Entertaining
Have a little fun this year and entertain family, friends, and guests more in your amazing Judd Builders home! Take a vow to spend more time with those you care about. You’ll have a fantastic time with your friends, family, and neighbors. But if you’re going to be inviting people in, make your resolution to add updates or fresh decor to the rooms you entertain in. You don’t have to go full out and re-design everything, but bring in new elements to your home to create a new energy. Whether it’s creating dramatic presentations with large flower displays or adding new dynamic pillows, your guests will take notice!

5. Volunteer in Your Community
Take some time out of your busy lifestyle and find volunteer opportunities within your community. This is a great home resolution for you and your family because not only are you giving back to your community, but you’re also spending quality time together! Don’t feel like you have to go this alone either. Invite your neighbors and friends to join you and make it a monthly event! There’s nothing better than giving back to your community while getting closing with your family and friends!

Reasons To Build a New Home with Judd Builders

If you’re ready to move out of your existing home or perhaps buy your very first home, you may be wondering if now is the right time. Have you considered new construction? There are many benefits to this choice, plus everything is brand new! Here are some reasons why it’s smart to buy a new construction home from Judd Builders, as well as timing considerations to think about:

  • Build a home with a brand new design that you can add your personal style to!
  • No surprises because you can preview models and check floor plans before you move in.
  • You can customize different aspects of your home including kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, flooring, paint colors & more!
  • Updated appliances for convenience and efficiency.
  • You can choose a floor plan and layout that meets your family’s needs
  • All new materials, featuring the latest building technologies and modern designs to provide years of enjoyment before you need to replace anything. Move into an older, pre-owned home and you never know what’s going to break down next.
  • Energy-saving components, such as windows, HVAC, and appliances.
  • Take advantage of our planned communities, which often feature swimming pools, club houses, and more. One example of this is the clubhouse at The Reserve at Creekside.
  • The latest in safety features, such as circuit breakers, wiring, electric garage door openers with infrared safety detection beams, eco-friendly coolants, and carpeting and paints that have fewer VOCs.

Perhaps the best reason to build your own a new home is that YOU are the one making memories there! You’re not intruding on someone else’s memories or fixing their problems. That new home feel just can’t be achieved with a pre-owned home.

Timing

Sometimes the timing just feels right. Perhaps your finances are finally in order, you’re ready for an upgrade, your family is growing and you’re running out of space…there are many timing considerations that come into play. Timing is definitely important. If you have kids, you’ll want to consider their schooling – so moving during the summer, will help them start the new school year in the new home. The real estate market is cyclical – so when you find a good home, for the right price – then it’s your time to buy! Springtime is often the busiest time of the year to buy a home, but, with Judd Builders, we have homes for sale in a variety of communities throughout the year.

If you need help to find your new brand new home, or need even more reasons to build new, contact Judd Builders today!