What Makes a Great Builder

If you’re looking to build a new house, you’re obviously searching for a great home builder. But how do you know if you’re working with the right builder? Like any big purchase, you’ll want to do some research before you build your new home. There are a lot of important things to look for and ask when deciding to work with a home builder, especially one that excels in all areas like Judd Builders. So here are four things to look for when choosing a great builder.

Reputation
This seems rather commonplace to take into a consideration, but a home builder’s reputation is important when you look for a great builder. A good reputation is key to a great builder so you know you’ll love your home for years to come. You’ll want to keep your eyes out for positive reviews from past buyers or news stories about the builder before you make your decision.

Has a Strong Family and Community Ties
Like having a reputation, a great builder should also have strong family and community ties. You want to work with a builder that cares about you and your family and the community that they are creating. A builder that has strong community ties will be invested in building your home and making you feel part of the community, while also building a lasting relationship. So when you are looking for a great builder don’t look past their strong family and community ties.

Superior Service
A great builder should also provide superior service. Not only do you want your dream home to be properly built, but you want a home builder that provides the best service for you. Do they inform you of what’s going on before, during, and after the build? Are they available to talk and answer your questions when you call? Make sure to look into the builders’ service before deciding who you want to build your home.

Quality Work
A great home builder will deliver quality work. You should be able to place trust in your builder and have the security of knowing they will help build your dream house. Not only do you want a builder with quality work, but you’ll want to work with a builder that uses quality materials as well. This is your future house; the design and construction of it should reflect the needs of you and your family. Never settle for anything less when working with a builder. Instead look for a home builder that is committed to delivering the quality that makes a house a home.

If you’re considering building with a great builder with these qualifications look no further. Take some of the legwork out of your search and consider working with Judd Builders. Along with a great reputation, family and community ties, superior service, and quality work we also have the experience. We’ve been in business for 50 years and counting and it’s our goal to build your dream home. If you have any further questions or would like to know more feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

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!

4 Benefits of Townhouse Living

There are many components to consider when you are buying a house. How much can you afford? How many square feet are you looking for? What type of house is right for you? Do you want a single-family home or a townhome? Many people opt to buy single-family homes over townhomes, but there are so many benefits of townhome living. Here are four benefits of townhouse living that will make you think differently about townhomes.

1. Low Maintenance
Like many of our Judd Builders’ communities, Siena Place, our townhome community, is virtually maintenance free! Because everything is built new, you won’t have to worry about major upkeep with your new townhome. Siena Place also has a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) that takes care of some of the maintenance for you, like lawn care and snow removal, so you’ll have more time to yourself rather than doing house chores.

2. Community
When you live in a townhome, you are part of a tight-knit community environment. Townhouse communities are always welcoming and there are plenty of neighbors to make friends with as well. On top of that, Siena Place, Judd’s townhome community, is located in Packer Park, South Philadelphia, where there are always events, museums, and more to enjoy with your friends, neighbors, and family.

3. Safety
Townhome communities are shared by many people, which makes it an extremely safe and secure environment. Everyone that lives in the community wants to keep it safe. Knowing that your neighbors are looking after you will make it easy to live comfortably without any fear of intrusion.

4. Nearby a Great City
At Siena Place, not only will you live in a safe, close-knit community, but you will also live near the great city of Philadelphia. Siena Place is located in the heart of Packer Park, which is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods. Enjoy the benefits of living close to the city by indulging in the exciting fusion of style, culture, and entertainment that Philadelphia has to offer. Browse popular boutiques on South Street or dine at many of the family restaurants. You can visit the nearby stadiums to cheer on your favorite sports team! Siena Place offers sophisticated townhouse living in a convenient location with so much to do nearby, taking city living to an exciting new level!

Featured Community: Meadow View Farms

Looking for a new home in an amazing 55+ lifestyle community with the best amenities? Judd Builders has many wonderful planned communities to check out! Built in up and coming and sought after areas, all of our communities offer an array of conveniences including, the best shopping, nearby attractions, and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, especially Meadow View Farms.

Meadow View Farms is an active adult community that provides an engaging and carefree lifestyle for its residents. The integration of this community and historic Oley Township is seamless. It’s nestled amidst rolling hills and the fertile land of a historic farming community that grew into a small close-knit village. That close-knit village atmosphere continues in today’s modern Oley PA, making Meadow View Farms the perfect location for retirees to settle.

Located in Berks County, PA, Meadow View Farms offers the perfect setting for active seniors looking for a community where they can enjoy virtually maintenance free living. Conveniently located in Oley, you can admire the scenic views while appreciating the easy access to the Reading Metro area. When you live in Meadow View Farms, you won’t have to worry about spending your free time dealing with time consuming outdoor maintenance. Enjoy lawn care and snow removal when you pay a small a homeowner’s associate fee, which makes your carefree lifestyle possible. On top of that, you’ll also have access to the amazing clubhouse where you can host a birthday party, meet the grandkids for lunch, browse the Internet in the business center, and stay in shape at the fitness center!

Starting from the low $200s, these single-family homes are perfect for an active adult lifestyle. Meadow View Farms is also offering $22,500 in savings for a limited time (restrictions may apply), so if you’re interested don’t miss your chance and contact the sales consultant at 610-987-0422 for details!

Each home design is beautifully planned and built with the highest quality of materials and workmanship during construction. Meadow View Farms offers three models: The Brighton, The Chatham, and The Darien. Each model home design features 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, a luxurious owner’s suite, a gourmet kitchen, and spacious 2-car garage. Some homesites even have walkout basements! However, only a few homesites with walkout basements remain; so don’t miss your chance! There are also ranch homes available for individuals who prefer single-story living. These amazing homes built in the historic Oley Township are ideal for any couple looking for an active lifestyle community.

Meadow View Farms’ peaceful, yet convenient location makes it perfect for 55+ active adult living. Don’t miss your chance to live in the wonderful community and enjoy a carefree, satisfying lifestyle. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us! We would love to answer all of your questions!

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!

Home Insurance 101

When it comes to home insurance not all policies were created equal. So how do you know if you’re getting the right home insurance? There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to home insurance. So here’s a list of some things that you should know in the future when you’re looking to move!

What it Covers
It’s important to know what your homeowners insurance covers. Most people assume that everything is covered once they have insurance, but this is not the case. It’s important to know this before any damage has occurred so you aren’t surprised. So when deciding what needs to be covered, think about the value of you house and your belongings as well as the cost of living.

How Do I Know If I Have Enough Coverage?
A good way to know if you have enough coverage is to get an appraisal. This will help you determine the replacement cost of your home. It is suggested the best way to insure your house is to opt for a guaranteed, or replacement, value coverage. This option usually costs a little more, but in most cases it will cover 100 percent of replacement costs.

How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of homeowners insurance varies for every property. Depending on the condition and location of your home, as well as your credit score, the cost of homeowners insurance will be determined.

How Can I Save?
The best way to save on your rates is to bundle your home and auto insurance together with the same insurance company. The amount you save will be different depending on the insurance company, so do your research before making your final decision!

Can It Be Canceled?
Your homeowners insurance can drop you and or cancel at any time. Being dropped is different from being canceled. When being dropped your policy is not renewed after its expiration date and you must look for another provider. When your homeowners insurance is canceled it is most likely due to specific circumstances. From non-payments to an increase of risk, there are a number of reasons it could get canceled. In the event of a cancellation you’ll receive a 10-30 day notice to start looking for another provider.

Keep In Mind, You Aren’t Covered for Everything
As stated above, most people think they are covered for everything when they get homeowners insurance, but they’re not. If someone were to get hurt on your property there is the possibility of being sued. So, get an umbrella liability insurance as well as homeowners insurance and you’ll be covered for a certain amount depending on your provider.

Why Living in Philly is the Best

Location can be a deciding factor for many individuals when buying a home. Most families overlook cities while they are searching for their future forever home. However, Philadelphia is a city that has a lot to offer families looking to move. Over the last couple of years Philadelphia’s economy has been steadily improving, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors. There has also been revitalization in many different neighborhoods that makes Philly a great place to live. However, these aren’t the only reasons why living in Philly is the best. There are a multitude of attractions that make Philly amazing!

The History
When it comes to history, Philadelphia has a lot to brag about. Several firsts have taken place in Philly and its citizens take great pride in the history of the city. From being the birthplace of the nation to having the first American University to offer undergrad and graduate degrees, there is much more to Philly than cheesesteaks. The city shines a light on the historical importance that it played throughout American history. You can step back in time by visiting a multitude of historical buildings or landmarks found within the city. The Betsy Ross house, the Liberty Bell, and the Botanical Gardens are only a few of the attractions Philly has to offer.

Foodie Paradise
Yes, Philadelphians love their share of cheesesteaks, pretzels, and hoagies, but Philly is a foodie paradise that offers a vast array of good eats. From the Italian Market to top-notch 5-star restaurants, there is always a place to eat in Philly. If you are an exotic eater, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the array of flavors that the city has to offer.

Invested in the Arts
Rocky didn’t have to run up the steps to put the Philadelphia Art Museum on the map. Known for being one of the biggest museums in the country, it houses a wide range of paintings and artifacts that draw in thousands. The Art Museum plays a huge part in Philly culture as well as the smaller, but super unique Barnes Foundation. However, the city goes above and beyond when it comes to celebrating the arts. Many artists flock to the city and create a unique atmosphere that can’t be rivaled. In fact there are six top art schools in the area, making Philly perfect for any artsy type or those who appreciate the arts.

Families Embracing the City
Recently a lot of families have been embracing the city due to the numerous family-friendly activities it offers. The city offers great park systems, the perfect outdoor space for kids to run around and play. There is also a long list of museums including the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute to explore with the whole family, making it the ideal for young families to explore and have fun.

Philly Loves Their Sports Teams
Everyone knows that Philadelphia absolutely LOVES their sports teams. Philadelphians are always cheering on our home teams throughout the year! From the Philadelphia Flyers to the Phillies, Sixers, and the NFL Super Bowl 52 champs Philadelphia Eagles (Fly Eagles Fly!), the city is always buzzing with Philly Sports Pride, which is always an electrifying feeling!

Considered the Best Place to Visit in U.S.
Recently, Philadelphia has been considered one of the best places to visit in the U.S. It’s no wonder! Philly has a long list of activities to participate in and places to tour. From historical landmarks to fantastic shopping and food you will never be bored in Philly. Whether you’re just visiting or if you’re considering moving to Philly, you won’t be disappointed.

5 Common Home Mortgage Mistakes

There are many steps to take while buying a home, but figuring out financing is one of the most important steps of the process. Financing doesn’t get discussed as much as it should during the home buying process, which leads to common mortgage mistakes made by homebuyers. When buying a home it’s important for buyers to be educated. If they make one of these mistakes it could be the difference between getting approved for a loan or not. So if you’re thinking of buying a new home make sure to avoid these common mortgage mistakes.

1. Getting Pre-Qualified for a Mortgage, Not Pre-Approved
Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage is completely different from getting pre-approved. This is a common mistake that many homebuyers make when applying for a loan. Not getting a pre-approval when buying a home is a huge mistake. There is a distinct difference between pre-qualified and pre-approved. The lender, without any research, often does a mortgage pre-qualification based on the information that the borrower provides. However, a mortgage pre-approval is issued after the lender reviews important financial information based on the borrowers pay stubs, tax returns, and credit reports. It’s important to know the difference and get the pre-approval so that you can avoid this common mortgage mistake and make the home buying process easier.

2. Putting No Money or Little Money Down
When putting no money or little money down you are at more of a disadvantage compared to others who have put a good amount of money down. When you pay little to no downpayment there is very little equity in your home, which could potentially hurt you in the future. Also, you’ll probably have to pay mortgage insurance as well as higher interest rates on your mortgage if you opt for a smaller downpayment. When making this decision it is important to weight the pros and cons. If you can’t put a substantial amount down don’t worry, you can still make it work. However, if you can afford to make a bigger downpayment it is almost always the better option to go with.

3. Skipping on Locking Your Mortgage Rate
Later into the mortgage application process, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether to lock in you mortgage rate or not. Whatever you do, do not skip on locking the mortgage rate. When you don’t commit to the mortgage rate and decide to float your mortgage rate instead, you may put yourself at risk. You can potentially end up with a higher rate than what you would have had if you decided to lock your mortgage rate. So it’s important to remember during the process to always lock your mortgage rate. Better safe than sorry!

4. Overlooking the Total Cost of Owning a Home
Owning a home is much more than just paying you monthly mortgage. There are other costs that come with owning a home and applying for a mortgage. It is extremely important t understand how much it costs to buy a home. Take into account repairs, utilities, groceries, insurance, and other such expenses. When buying a home keep this in mind and crunch the numbers so that you won’t be in a vulnerable position in the future.

5. Not Having Job Stability
When mortgage companies are deciding to approve or deny a borrower a loan they review the current and previous job history of the borrower. Having a sporadic job history will make attaining a home loan difficult for the buyer. Job stability is vital when getting approved for a home loan. Most mortgage companies are looking for at least two years of work in the same occupation. Also, if you’re changing jobs or job positions ask your employer if you can start after the closing date. Changing positions during the process of receiving a mortgage loan will complicate the process. The lender can easily reevaluate the stability of your position and change his or her mind. So keep this in mind when looking for a home, it could potentially hinder you when getting approved for a loan.

Featured Community: Whispering Pines

Looking for a new home in an amazing community with the best amenities and attractions? Judd Builders has many wonderful planned communities to check out! Built in up and coming and sought after neighborhoods, all our communities offer an array of conveniences including amazing school districts, the best shopping, and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Check out Whispering Pines, in Coopersburg PA!

Located in Lehigh County, Whispering Pines is a community of new luxury, single family homes in the Upper Saucon Township with easy access to major thoroughfares and business centers. There is so much to enjoy nearby, including the vibrant Lehigh County metro area. However, you still get the best of both worlds when you live at Whispering Pines. Wooded areas surround the homes so you can experience the hustle and bustle of the Lehigh Valley, but still enjoy living in a secluded suburban area.

On top of being located near major business centers, Upper Saucon Township is also close to many leisure attractions as well. Enjoy a day of shopping at the Lehigh Valley Mall or Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Or take in a round of golf at the Lehigh Country Club, Saucon Valley Country Club, and Locus Valley Country Club. You could even take a quick 15-minute ride to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom! Commuting and traveling couldn’t be easier at Whispering Pines – minutes away from Route 309, I-78, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, you can easily travel 10 miles to Bethlehem and Allentown or 40 miles to Philadelphia from your home at Whispering Pines.

Starting in the mid $400s, the two-story homes are beautiful inside and out! There are six model home designs to choose from each featuring 4-5 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, a 3-car garage, luxurious owner’s suite, and a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. Each floorplan is suited for the modern families’ needs. When you walk into any of the models, you can easily imagine celebrating milestones and holidays with friends and family. Each house has plenty of room to entertain while still feeling homey.

Want to move in quickly? Currently, there are two quick-delivery homes at Whispering Pines. The Baldwin, located on lot four, is priced at $487,380 and is approximately 3,400 square feet. It features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The Fredricksburg, located on lot 31, is priced at $493,775 and is approximately 3,120 square feet. It features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Don’t miss your chance to live in this wonderful community!

Interested in Whispering Pines? Call Brendan Boroski at 610.282.2511 or email him at wp@juddbuilders.com to find out more information and make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing community!

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!