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.

Why NOW Is The Right Time to Buy with Judd Builders

There are numerous perks to buying a new construction home verses buying a pre-owned home. Many individuals overlook new construction and miss out on the amazing opportunities that new construction homes have to offer, particularly those built by Judd Builders.

Stress Free and Efficient Building Process
We take great pride in our stress free and efficient building process. We offer unparalleled personal service and design throughout the entire building process. We want you to be happy and have peace of mind while your dream home is being built.

The Buyer’s Experience Takes Precedence
When you work with Judd Builders your experience takes precedence. We want you to get the home you deserve with the quality you would expect from a homebuilder with over 50 years of experience. We will stand behind you throughout your homebuilding journey and ensure that you are pleased.

Design Your House With the Help of Our Brand New Design Studio
Not only will we help you build your house, but we will help throughout the design process as well. With the help of our brand new Design Studio, you can better visualize your homes interior and select samples from all of our numerous options. From beautiful granite countertops to designer cabinetry, we can help you design your dream house with a timeless style that you will love forever.

Quality Locations
Our communities are built in some of the best locations that make easy living accessible for everyone. Nestled in sought after areas, every Judd community has amenities and nearby attractions to offer as well. From great school districts to convenient shopping and dining just minutes away, you don’t want to miss out on the quality of life within our spectacular communities.

New Opportunities are Ahead!
That’s right! New opportunities lay ahead with Judd Builders as we introduce our newest community, The Reserve at Glen Loch. Offering a distinctive blend of luxury carriage and townhome living, this new community will be located in historic West Chester, just minutes away from the best shopping and dining. If you’d like to stay informed click here and sign up for our priority mailing list to receive the latest news and updates.

If you would like more information on our other communities or our building process feel free to contact us! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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!

 

Tour Our Two Beautiful, Brand New Decorated Models

Save the date because one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods, Siena Place is adding two beautiful brand new decorated models, The Elena and The Gianna! Located in the heart of Packer Park, Siena Place has its own unique blend of style, culture, and personality. There are a myriad of local attractions that are sure to keep you engaged. From sporting events to fine dining, there’s always something to experience nearby. However, as much as you’ll adore the surrounding community at Siena Place, the 3-story townhomes are as every bit as exceptional, especially The Elena and Gianna.

What makes Siena Place unique are the amazing features each model has that are worth coming home to. It’s hard to find a place where you have your own private driveway and garage, as well as 9’ ceilings, a private balcony, and a gourmet kitchen, especially in the Philadelphia area. Yet, that is what Siena Place has to offer with each model.

Starting at $499,000, The Elena has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and is approximately 2,885 square feet. When you first walk into The Elena you are graced with a spacious living room where you can easily visualize yourself relaxing day and night. Up the stairs on the second floor you’ll find the dining room overlooking the living room below, which opens up the space significantly. The large gourmet kitchen has plenty of counter space and storage making it worthy for any cook. You can even enjoy the Philadelphia skyline while prepping your meals with the attached deck.

Also don’t forget about the conveniently placed laundry room. The laundry room is quite spacious allowing you to do your laundry with ease. On the third floor you’ll find all of the luxurious bedrooms including the spacious owner’s retreat with two walk-in closets and owner’s bathroom. You’ll also find two additional bedrooms that are served by a hall bath. Each room has endless possibilities and can be fashioned to your needs and or desires. Once you walk into The Elena it’s easy to visualize your dream house coming to life, making life living in Siena Place extremely alluring.

Starting at $534,900, The Gianna has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and is approximately 2,896 square feet. The minute you step foot in The Gianna you are welcomed by a wonderful open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen, making the space extremely inviting. However, nestled in the back corner is a breakfast area where you can sit and enjoy your meals.

On the second floor you’ll find the owner’s suite, with two walk-in closets, a luxurious owner’s bath, and a cozy balconette, creating your own personal retreat. Also on the second floor is a roomy bedroom with an optional grand bay window. With easy access to the bathroom and laundry room, this space has countless possibilities. On the third floor is a spacious family room, perfect for gathering with friends and family. Don’t forget about the third floor deck that connects to the family room! It’s the perfect place to enjoy warm summer nights and crisp fall evenings. The third bedroom and bath is also located on the third floor. Like many of the spaces in The Gianna, there are countless possibilities that this room has to offer. Whether it be an office, study, or bedroom, you’ll have the perfect space to fit your needs.

If that doesn’t paint a picture for you, join us at our Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, September 23rd from 12-4 pm at 2300 Hartranft Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145 and tour The Elena and Gianna for yourself and get a glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle that Siena Place has to offer! Our Sales Office is open every Monday, Thursday – Saturday from 11 AM-5 PM and Sunday from 12-5 PM. For more information, contact Sales Manager, Denise Homich at 215.339.5390.

To Build or Not To Build: Three Things To Consider

To build or not to build, that is the question.

When buying home it’s important for all homebuyers to ask themselves: Do I want to buy a pre-owned house or do I want to build? It’s important to weigh your options, but building a new home comes with so many wonderful perks. You can find the perfect property in a community that fits your lifestyle requirements. Still, building a new home is a major decision, and here are three things to think about before you make the big move to build.

Efficiency in the Build Process
There are countless things to consider when building a home, however there are common misconceptions about building a new home. Many people believe that they can close on a pre-owned home faster than building a new one, but very often this is not the case. Here at Judd Builders, we take great pride in the efficiency of our building process. The homebuyer’s experience takes precedence during the course of home construction. We offer unparalleled personal service and design throughout the whole building process in order to ensure the homebuyers happiness and peace of mind. So, don’t hesitate to build a new and personalized home, just make sure you choose a builder like Judd who will take care of you throughout the whole experience.

Location, Location, Location
When it comes to building a home, the most important aspect of home buying is location, location, location. Yes, you can find a pre-owned home in a good neighborhood, but when you build a new home at a planned community they are often built in up-and-coming neighborhoods. When deciding where to build, you’ll find that all of our communities are nestled in sought after areas that offer many amenities. From great school districts to the very best recreation, it’s hard to find better locations and experiences than those offered by Judd Builders.

Interior Design Tailored Specifically for You
Homebuyers can personalize a pre-owned home to an extent, but it takes time, money, and effort – and you’re on your own. When you elect to build a new home you can completely personalize it with the full help and support of Judd Builders. Our team will help you through the process as you design your dream home so that it perfectly reflects you! Get fun with color or get chic with fixtures, cabinets, and granite countertops, whatever you have in mind we want to help you achieve it.

These are just a few things to consider when deciding whether to build a new home. Don’t be afraid to explore the option, you might find that your dream house is waiting to be built!

If you have any questions about the building process or our quick delivery homes, please feel free to contact us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

$30K in Savings at Renaissance at Morgan Creek

ren logoRenaissance at Morgan Creek is offering $30K in savings for a limited time!* The beautiful 55+ active adult community of single-family homes in Quakertown, PA is now priced from the upper $200s! The community offers the very best in 55+ clubhouse living, meaning you’ll spend less time on home maintenance and more time enjoying the things you love!

A spectacular clubhouse is at the very heart of Renaissance at Morgan Creek, where residents can enjoy a well-appointed fitness center, a sparkling outdoor pool, a library/business center, and other fabulous amenities. The clubhouse is also the perfect place to enjoy cocktails, a game of cards, or lunch/dinner with friends, neighbors and family.

The home designs at Renaissance have 1,674 to 2,426 square feet of living space and feature 2 to 3 bedrooms, up to 3 baths, luxurious owners’ retreats with walk-in closets, bath with a soaking tub and a separate shower; as well as large gourmet kitchens with center islands, breakfast nooks and natural gas appliances. The floorplans also offer 2-car garages, spacious grand rooms, and abundant closet space. Single level or two story loft homes are available. Wooded lots are also available.

The good news doesn’t stop there, because there are two homesites now available for quick move-in! The Darien II Traditional and Brighton Manor are beautiful properties and could be your new home! The Darien II Traditional is a home priced at $346,313 with 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, complete with an upgraded kitchen layout, a study, a deck, a 2-car garage and to top it off it is one of the last remaining homes backing a beautiful wooded area!

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The Brighton is another spectacular model priced at $358,985 that comes with 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a stylish loft, 2-car garage, a full basement, an expansive deck, and a fireplace! If you’d like to learn more or see the homes for yourself, you can call Sales Manager Deanna Goodfellow at 215-538-3600, or come down to 1343 Creekside Lane in Quakertown, PA this Sunday July 16th for an open house from 12-4pm!

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At Renaissance at Morgan Creek community members enjoy a low maintenance lifestyle where mowing your lawn, shoveling snow, and raking leaves are all a thing of the past! Also, since this is a 55+ community, homeowners will be with like-minded neighbors who share their same interests, attitudes and commitment to an active lifestyle. Located at 1343 Creekside Lane, Quakertown, PA 18951, the sales office and decorated models are open Monday, and Thursday – Saturday from 11-5; and Sunday from 12-5. Call the sales office at 215-538-3600 for more info.

Enjoy A Carefree Lifestyle at the Reserve at Creekside!

One of the highlights at The Reserve at Creekside, Judd Builders’ hottest selling community, is an impressive clubhouse with world-class amenities. Whether you’re looking to get in shape, relax by yourself, or with some friends, the clubhouse is the perfect place for you. Summer is finally here and that means the sparkling swimming pool will be open at the clubhouse! With a state-of-the-art fitness center, a meeting area, and other inviting outdoor spaces, whatever you’re looking for can be found at the clubhouse.

clubhouseAt The Reserve at Creekside, you can let us do the work so you can enjoy the low maintenance lifestyle! Located in Flourtown PA, The Reserve at Creekside offers 8 stunning model homes, ranging from 2,600 to 3,250 sq. ft. Each home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, dramatic 9′ ceilings, beautiful kitchens with stainless steel GE® appliances, and outstanding finish materials with an exterior natural veneer stone façade. Some wonderful options are available in the homes including a sunroom, a first floor owner’s suite, and even elevators to make daily tasks that much easier! Come visit us today at 101 Linden Court, Flourtown, PA 19031 or call 610.834.8600 for more information.

Building Up Siena Place!

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South Philadelphia has become the place to be. Siena Place is in the process of launching a new model home called The Gianna. Judd Builders is now laying roads, adding utilities, and as our community grows, so does the surrounding area. We offer brand new luxury townhomes for a lot less than you will find elsewhere, and you get a whole lot more home for your investment. From plenty of parking and attached garages, to decks and beautifully designed and crafted interiors, The Gianna has it all. The best part is, it’s in Packer Park one of the hottest established neighborhoods in South Philly.

The Second section of Siena Place is now open, offering gorgeous modern townhomes nestled within Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhood. There are many floorplans to choose from in Siena Place, each with its own distinctly designed living space. From spacious bedrooms and extravagant baths to gourmet kitchens and outdoor decks, you can finally have your paradise. Imagine entertaining friends with a home cooked meal on state of the appliances, or relaxing out on your deck with a drink in hand on a warm summer day.

It’s time you found the home of your dreams. Siena Place delivers on its promises of superior workmanship and the finest amenities, with each unit designed to bring something unique to the homeowner. Experience downtown multi-level living that gives you close access to all the area shops, businesses and restaurants, but also gives you plenty of green space to relax, plus access to FDR park when you want to take a run, or just take in a beautiful summer evening.

Features of Siena Place

 Starting from the upper $400s, Siena Place boasts several amenities, including:

  • Private attached garages with driveways, as well as on-street parking available
  • Professional landscaping
  • Brick front
  • Virtually maintenance-free exterior
  • 9′ first floor ceilings
  • Hardwood floors and wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Easily accessible laundry rooms
  • Large eat-in kitchen
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Granite countertops
  • Owner’s bath with tile shower stall
  • Marble vanity tops
  • Double bowl vanities
  • Energy Star-Certified
  • Natural gas heat and central air conditioning
  • Customization available to add extras like hot tubs and fireplaces

Living in Siena Place, you will enjoy virtually maintenance-free living where you never have to worry about shoveling or doing yard work again.

Living in close proximity to the city means you can take advantage of everything Philly offers. An eclectic blend of style, culture, and personality, South Philadelphia has a unique character backed by a rich history and culture. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the great new hip restaurants on Passyunk, or shopping at the Italian Market. From sports stadiums to museums to kids’ attractions, you’ll never be bored living here.

Learn more about Siena Place and how you can become a part of it.