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Tips for Buying a New Construction Home

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: September 16, 2020

To many buyers looking for a home in Bucks County, new construction offers several distinct advantages, such as energy efficiency, ample customization options, and peace of mind that you won’t run into unexpected and expensive repairs. However, there are a few things that you’ll need to take into consideration when it comes to new construction.

Timing, budget, and levels of customization can all play a role in the building of your new home. For many people, it’s an enjoyable, fun-filled experience that gives them complete and total control over where they live. A brand-new home in a brand-new community with endless possibilities makes it all worthwhile.

Read on to learn more about what you should take into consideration when purchasing a new home.

Determine if New Construction is Right for You

A new construction home is simply one that has not been built yet. You’re given the unique opportunity to design and customize it to suit both your tastes and lifestyle.

However, there are some instances where a builder will sell a brand-new construction home that’s already been built—with a main difference being that you can’t customize it as much.

When it comes to determining if new construction is right for you, take a look at your current lifestyle. For example, perhaps you’ll eventually want your elderly parents to come live with you. Building their bedroom on the ground floor will give them easy access and prevent them from having to walk up a flight of stairs.

Maybe you’re planning on having another child in a few years. Adding an additional bedroom will allow your family to grow into the house and prevent crowding issues.

Also, some new construction neighborhoods have community amenities such walking trails, playgrounds or even pools or a clubhouse. These amenities may or may not appeal to you or your anticipated lifestyle.

Research the Builder and the Community

Many new home builders, such as Hallmark Homes Group, have decades of experience and a proven track record of building high-quality homes in highly desirable communities.

To learn more about the builder, houses, and community, consider visiting and speaking to homeowners in the area. They can give you an idea of what the new house and neighborhood will be like once you move. You might even pick up a few customization ideas along the way.

The community that surrounds your new home is also very important. How close are the schools, grocery stores, shopping amenities, and anything else that allows you to live your lifestyle? You can find many online resources that will provide you with detailed information so that you can make an informed decision.

Model Homes 

When you visit the new community, take a tour of the model home keeping in mind that it’s typically not standard. Beyond what comes included in every home, it usually has extra features designed to show the home’s full potential along with many of the customization options available to you.

As you’re touring it, feel free to ask the agent as many questions as you can think of such as the cost of upgrades that appeal to you or customization options such as moving the master bedroom downstairs or adding additional office space.

Customization

Customization is the most important reason to buy a new construction home. At Hallmark, the possibilities are endless. We work individually with each buyer to create a dream home that you’ll love. For example, you can add or remove walls, expand room sizes, build in custom niche areas, add extra electrical outlets and even change the entire floor plan to suit your individual lifestyle.

You can also take the customization options a step further by adding such accouterments as a custom mantle, wall scones, extra wide trim or wainscoting and even a motorized lift for the hall chandelier. Customize your bathroom with high-end tiles, frameless showers or revise the entire layout as you see fit.

Find a Good Lender

Take some time to find a good lender who’s willing to work with you and give you the best rates. By shopping around, you’ll have a better chance of finding a loan that fits your financial situation.

A great way to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible is to ask your home builder to provide a few referrals to lenders that they work closely with. This might get you more competitive rates and fees.

Budget for Extra Time

There are a few things that can impact how quickly your new house is built. For example, many homebuyers will opt to have construction start in the fall or wintertime. This timeline allows them to move into their home by the summer.

However, sometimes winter storms or major weather events can cause unforeseen delays in materials getting to the job site. If you absolutely need to move into your new home by a specific date, be sure to let your builder know. They can provide you with an approximate completion date that will allow you to make a more informed decision.

Communicate with Your Builder

You can more accurately set your expectations by communicating regularly with your builder. This will help keep the process transparent and the lines of communication open. Ask your builder how often they will give you updates and to whom you should address any questions or concerns.

At Hallmark, our proven process has been honed over decades of building highly customized homes for our clients. We’ll keep you informed of the progress at every step of the way. We take great pride in our work which is why we have multiple quality assurance/inspections to ensure the integrity of your new home.

Find Your Dream Home Today!

Buying a new home that’s customized to perfectly fit your lifestyle should be an enjoyable process. At Hallmark Homes Group, we go the extra mile to take care of our clients and work hard to ensure that we deliver the custom home that you and your family will cherish forever. Contact us today or stop by our sales center to learn more.

Staging Your Home

Categories: Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: August 26, 2020

Bucks County is a prime location to find your new home and start the next steps in your life. Before you progress along your homebuying journey, you may also be selling your current home.

Although the home selling process may seem daunting, it is important to properly stage it to attract buyers. Research studies indicate that staged homes sell for six to ten percent above asking price and 73 percent faster than non-staged homes. In order to increase your return on investment, you may consider beginning with the following interior and exterior recommendations.

Create Curb Appeal

Whether your home is in suburban Bucks County or the city, your curb appeal must be considered. Buyers want to see a household that has been cared for inside and out. Be sure to mow the lawn, plant flowers and seeds, brush up the paint, fix gutters, replace roofing tiles, and clean siding. Trim trees, shrubs, and grass. Pressure wash the exterior walls, driveway, stone, vinyl fences, decking, and concrete. Furnish the front porch and deck. If you have a backyard perfect for BBQs, keep the grill out to bring that thought to mind for the buyers.

If your outdoor space is perfect for kids, make sure to keep the slide and swing set out, but clean up any miscellaneous toys that might make the yard appear cluttered. Homebuyers frequently drive around and create first impressions based on the outside of the house before deciding whether they would like to tour the inside.

Prioritize Your Energy

Staging your home helps sell your home, but if you are short on time or energy, focus your resources on essential areas first. The master bedroom, bathrooms, living room, and kitchen tend to be the main living spaces buyers look at when house shopping.

Keep Your Home Neutral

When looking for your new home, you may have searched for a place that is homey and enabled you the freedom to express yourself. Your buyers will do the same as this is what transforms a house into a home. Create a blank canvas for your buyers by updating to more neutral paint color pallets that will let them see the potential to suit their unique style.

Use decorations that are neutral and promote a cozy feeling. Gender-neutral accents like landscape paintings and classic vases are also a great starting point for adding the right touches to the home.

Create a Sparkling Clean and Safe Environment

Clear out cluttered closets, basements, and spaces to emphasize every nook and cranny as buyers search for spacious and well-maintained areas. You should also eliminate any potential tripping hazards, such as loose rugs, unstable furniture, or unsecured wires and cords.

Consider hiring a professional cleaner to thoroughly disinfect your house. Begin by searching for an accredited cleaning company that has earned positive testimonials and a Better Business Bureau seal. Your cleaners should clean and disinfect all surfaces of the house to remove mold, fungi, bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and allergens. The cleaners may also take the time to deep clean any fixtures and appliances. Additionally, they may offer an option to purify the air to improve air quality.

Remove Odors

If you have pets or children, odors happen. Be sure and clean out the litter box before a showing and take care of any stains or scents in the house by removing their source – do not try to cover them up with perfume or candles and risk a terrible mix of smells for your potential buyers.

Invest in Updated Fixtures and Paint

If sink faucets or ceiling fans look worn, replace them. This may keep the home’s value up and the buyer’s list of “fix-its” down. If you cannot afford a full revamp of your fixtures, prioritize by updating the most visible fixtures and surfaces, like those in the kitchen and living room.

Define Every Room’s Purpose

Make sure every room has a clear purpose. A bedroom is where your buyer wants to relax, so remove office materials, exercise gear, or other materials that do not promote that feeling of restfulness. Identify a single use for each room and emphasize it with the décor and furnishing.

Although buyers may not use all of your bedrooms, workspaces, or entertainment areas the way that you do, they would like to consider the possibilities of the space. The homebuyers will explore how they can adapt the house to meet their lifestyle preferences and organize their belongings.

Utilize Lighting

A bright home is a welcoming home. Replace burned-out lightbulbs and open blinds to create a cheery well-lit space. Use lighting to evoke inviting feelings in individual rooms. For example, keep the light in the bedroom warm to promote a relaxing feel and the light in the kitchen whiter to mimic daylight. Let the light accentuate the room’s purpose.

Play to the Environment and Time of Day

If you are selling your home in the summer, keep the house fresh and airy. If the weather is becoming colder, turn on your fireplace to create a warm, homey vibe. For a morning showing, open the windows to let in the natural light. If buyers are seeing the house in the evening, highlight the lighting options, and create a calming atmosphere with lightly scented candles.

Choose the Right Finishing Touches

It is essential to add the right finishing touches to any home. Arrange fresh vases of flowers and houseplants to brighten dining rooms, entryways, and bedside tables. These flowers can be a neutral color or add a touch of color. By doing so, you will create a welcoming sensation to the room and show off how well the house is cared for.

As you start the next exciting chapter in your life as a homeowner, take the time to close the last chapter on a high note. By staging your old home well, you may be able to sell your home quickly and for the right price. Visit a Hallmark home near you for ideas as you progress along your homebuying journey.

Stay Safe When Moving into Your New Home in Bucks County

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: July 24, 2020

Moving into a new home is an exciting time for many people. A brand-new neighborhood and endless opportunities await as you turn the key and walk through your front door for the very first time.

However, with all of the commotion during a move, there’s a genuine risk of accidentally injuring yourself or others. We want to share with you a few tips on how you can stay safe while moving. When it’s all said and done, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and start living life to its fullest in your new home.

Create a Game Plan

A move into a new home can be a chaotic experience with people coming and going while carrying heavy boxes and fragile items. Before you start your move, take a few minutes to write down exactly how you plan to move.

Think about both the time spent in preparation and the sequence of events that needs to take place on moving day. For example, consider how much stuff you have and whether it’s worth it to hire a moving company.

If you decide against hiring a mover, take into consideration exactly how you plan on loading the truck. This helps ensure that all of your belongings will fit and saves you spending extra time re-arranging boxes on moving day.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

You’ll want to wear cool, comfortable clothing during your move. Old t-shirts and pants will allow for moving around easily and if they tear or get damaged, it won’t add stress to your day.

Try to avoid loose clothing or wearing shorts. Loose clothing can be hazardous if it gets caught especially while moving large items like furniture, and shorts open up the possibility of bumps and cuts while hustling through the move.

Wearing sensible shoes on moving day is essential. Flip flops and other loose-fitting footwear are open and can encourage a trip or fall while pacing through a long moving day. More important, they don’t offer the support that your body needs when performing physical activities. The soles of your shoes should also have enough grip to avoid accidental slips and falls.

Have the Right Equipment

There are a few tools that can assist in making the move a lot easier. A two or four-wheel furniture dolly enables you to move heavy boxes out of your home and into the new one without straining.

Also, non-stick mats strategically placed throughout high-traffic areas can prevent accidental slips from occurring. Some home goods stores sell furniture pads which allow for overweight boxes and large furniture to be moved with ease. Placed under heavy items, they help you push them forward to their intended destination, preventing you from having to lift them.

Manage Children and Pets

If you’re moving with pets and children, come up with a game plan to keep them safe and out of the way. They can easily get underfoot, which can lead to some serious safety issues. One idea is to have a friend or family member take them for a few hours until the move is complete.

If that’s not an option, you can always dedicate a “safe room” in both your current and new home where both the kids and your four-legged friends can hang out. Some families will have the internet and Wi-Fi turned on a day prior to the move, which will help keep the youngsters occupied and busy.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques

It’s far too easy to injure yourself when moving boxes and other items into your new home. Avoiding injuries from lifting starts with remembering not to overpack boxes and also to never try to lift more than you safely can.

Here are a few proper lifting techniques that you should familiarize yourself with before you start the move:

 

  • Avoid bending over to grab a box and using your back to lift the weight. Instead, squat down and grab the box, then use your leg muscles to return to an upright position.
  • Avoid lifting heavy items above your head level. You could not only pull a muscle but accidentally lose your balance as well.

 

Eat and Stay Hydrated

Moving can be a physically exhausting experience, no matter how fit you are. You’ll expend hundreds or even thousands of calories which will drain your body of the much-needed energy you will need to pace through a rigorous moving day. Healthy snacks, fruits, or granola bars will help provide the energy that your body needs to see the move through to the end.

Be sure to drink lots of water. It keeps you hydrated which prevents you from feeling weak, exhausted, and getting a headache. Try to drink a glass of water every hour or half-hour to keep refreshed.

Know When to Say When

Most moving injuries occur when people are tired and exhausted. If you start to feel too stressed out or are experiencing body pains, it’s a good idea to stop and relax. Listen to your body and know when to slow it down or call it a day.

Many people find that their move takes a lot longer than they originally anticipated. This can be due to over-estimating their physical and mental capabilities. Try to dedicate one room in your home as a rest area.

Know When to Call in the Professionals

Consider hiring professional movers if you have a big move ahead of you. Not only does it take less time, but they have the experience to make it go a lot smoother and safer. They have the right equipment to move fragile items such as big screen TV’s, bulky furniture, and other fragile items while transporting them safely.

In addition to significantly reducing stress on moving day, hiring a moving company is a much safer alternative because the movers are highly trained and will eliminate much of the physical strain for both you, your family members and your friends. They also offer additional services that can reduce stress such as packing, wrapping, and providing storage options.

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

We hope we’ve given you some great tips that will allow you to stay safe when moving into a new home. At Hallmark Homes Group, we’re here to help provide you with the support that you need to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Tips for Selling Your Current Home

Categories: Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: July 15, 2020

If you’re looking to buy a new home in Bucks County, getting your current one ready for sale is an essential first step. Deep cleaning, prep work, and staging are just some of the many things that you can do to ensure the best chances of success. Here are a few tips that will help reduce stress and make the overall selling process go a lot smoother.

 

Determine Your “Why?”

Before putting your home on the market, take some time to determine precisely why you want to move. There are many valid reasons why you would need to sell your home:

 

  • You have a growing family and need more space.
  • The kids just moved out, and you’re looking to downsize.
  • Job relocation.
  • You want to build a new dream home.

 

By doing so, it will provide you with the right motivation and enable you to make the best decisions every step of the way.

 

Set a Realistic Timeline

Creating a realistic timeline can help alleviate the stress that’s sometimes associated with selling a house. This allows you to quickly re-adjust if something doesn’t go according to plan — such as the timeframe you think that it might take for someone to make an acceptable offer.

A calendar also helps break up large tasks, such as boxing up each room, down into manageable smaller ones. This will not only enable you to make noticeable progress but also serve as a psychological booster.

 

Know Your Price

Before you list your home on the market, you should determine a monetary amount that you’re willing to accept. By doing so, it might help prevent it from sitting on the market for longer than you’d like.

You can perform a competitive market analysis by visiting real-estate listing websites to see what other nearby houses have sold for in the recent past. A little research will help you make a more informed pricing decision.

Keep in mind that there are many different variables that affect what a buyer is willing to pay, such as market conditions, needed repairs and comparable sales.

 

Prep Your Home

Now comes the most critical step of selling your home: the prep work. The amount of time, effort, and money that you put into it will have a significant impact on how quickly it sells and whether or not you’ll get an acceptable offer. Here are a few ideas to help make the overall process go a lot smoother:

 

Declutter – Cleaning out all of the clutter and de-personalizing your house makes it more presentable. Prospective buyers are then able to imagine what living there would be like as they perform their walkthrough.

Instead of storing your clutter inside the garage or in the basement, consider renting a storage unit. Clean, organized areas help sell a house better than one that’s filled with tons of boxes and other items. Decluttering your home will also give you a head start in cleaning out your home for when it’s time to move.

 

Fresh Paint – If your current paint is old or chipping, it might cause buyers to subconsciously focus on that particular aspect as they tour your house. A fresh coat of a neutral-colored interior paint helps make it more appealing to the largest number of buyers.

A new paint job for the outside will also have an immediate impact and effect upon the curb appeal of your home. It helps set the stage and makes a great first impression when a prospective buyer walks up to your front door.

 

Roof Damage – Your roof is one of the first things that people see when they pull up to your driveway. Warped or missing tiles, mismatched colors, or other signs of visible deterioration detracts from the potential buyer’s first impression of the home.

Pay close attention to your rain gutters as well. If they’re broken or cracked, it might cause prospective home buyers to wonder if there’s any water damage that’s occurred to the roof or foundation of your home.

 

Clean Inside and Outside – Driveways with unsightly oil stains, backyards with overgrown areas, and trash strewn about can all negatively influence a buyer’s perception of your home. Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and walk the front, side, and back yards. This will allow you to figure out where you need to start.

When it comes to deep cleaning the interior of your home, focus on the kitchen counters, windowsills, the blades of ceiling fans, and pretty much anywhere dust can collect. Pay special attention to your carpets too, as they not only retain dirt but certain odors from pets or accidental spills.

If you don’t have the time to clean, consider hiring a professional cleaning service. There are many companies out there who specialize in deep cleaning the interior of homes.

 

Staging – One of the most important steps in selling your home is the staging process. This involves arranging your furniture and interior décor to make your house bright, airy, and inviting to prospective buyers.

If staging isn’t quite your thing, you can always hire a professional stager who will bring in temporary furniture and decorations. Their years of interior design experience allows them to stage your home in such a way that it accentuates the positive aspects of it.

 

Putting on the Finishing Touches

Prepping your home for sale is all about creating a great experience that enables the prospective buyer to imagine themselves living there. After you’ve decluttered, cleaned, and staged the house, it’s now time to put on the finishing touches.

Start by opening up the curtains, windows, and shades to let in natural light from the outside. A few strategically placed mirrors will help reflect it throughout the rooms. This will help smaller rooms appear much bigger in size.

The smell of your home is one of the first things that people notice when they walk through the front door. Pop some brownies into the oven an hour before the open house to create a more inviting atmosphere.

If you don’t have the time or requisite baking skills, you can always add a few lightly scented candles. Be careful not to overwhelm people with the heavily perfumed scents, for it might lead the buyer to think that you’re trying to hide something, such as a persistent musty odor.

 

Improve the Chances of Selling Your Home!

We hope that we’ve provided you with some great tips that will allow you to sell your home and help get you ready to move into your new one. From selling to buying, at Hallmark Homes Group, we’re ready to guide you through every step of the process. If you’re ready to start building your dream home, give us a call at (215) 416-0036 to learn more!

Tips for Settling into Your New Home

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Home Buying Tips, New Homes in Bucks County | Posted: May 27, 2020

Moving into a new home in Bucks County is a fun and exciting time, but figuring out exactly where to begin can sometimes be challenging. As you turn the key and unlock the front door of your new house for the very first time, there are a few things that you may want to take into consideration.

Unpacking the boxes, getting the family situated, and changing your address are just some of the important tasks that lie ahead. We want to share a few tips with you that can help make the move into your new house go as smoothly as possible so that you can focus on starting your new life.

 

1. Change Your Address

Credit cards, bank accounts, and utilities are important areas to make sure you change your address for.

The best place to start is to visit the Post Office website and put in your change of address. This will help ensure that all mail sent to your old address will be automatically forwarded to the new one by the time you arrive. If you can, try to do this before you make the move.

Next, head on over to the DMV website and follow the instructions to change your driver’s license information online.

Finally, make a list of all credit cards, bank accounts, and online shipping websites, such as Amazon. Be sure to check to see if the company will allow you to change your address online—this can save you from having to wait to speak to multiple companies over the phone.

 

2. Keep it Organized

Creating a to-do list of what goes where and which boxes to unpack first can help make life a lot less stressful when moving into your new home. A helpful tip is to organize your list room by room and box by box so you do not get confused.

You can use the list to jot down any notes or ideas that come to mind as you’re unpacking. This will not only help keep you stay organized and on-track, but you’ll also start to feel a sense of accomplishment as the list starts to get smaller.

 

3. Unpack in One Room

The key to a low-stress move is to reduce and minimize clutter as much as possible. You can accomplish this by dedicating a guest room as a temporary unpacking area. Not only will it keep the mess in one location, it will allow you to store things until you’ve decided where they should go.

As the number of boxes in the unpacking room starts to dwindle, you’ll begin to feel like progress is being made. Closing the door once you’re done for the day will help keep the mess out of sight and out of mind.

 

4. Unpack the Most-Used Rooms First

For most people, the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom are the three most-utilized rooms in a house. Unpacking and setting up these areas first will help make it feel more like a home which will allow you to immediately start your regular routine.

The time of day that you arrive at your new residence can also dictate which rooms to unpack first. For example, if you plan on arriving early in the morning, the kitchen and dining room are the best places to start. This will provide you with a place to eat or take a short break.

If you’re arriving in the late afternoon or early evening, placing priority on setting up the bedrooms and bathrooms will allow you to quickly get settled in, relax, and prepare for the long day ahead.

 

5. Pets and Children

Children will often find it challenging to adjust to life after a move. Attending a new school and making new friends can be a stressful time in their lives. You can help alleviate this stress by taking them to the local community center or pool to meet kids their own age.

When it comes to your pets, some will adjust quicker than others. Dogs tend to adapt a bit better than cats when it comes to moving into a new neighborhood because cats tend to not like change.

The best way to help pets transition into their new home is to keep them confined to one room for the first few days. Slowly let them explore the rest of the house as time goes by to allow them to adjust to their new life at their own pace.

 

6. Meet Your New Neighbors

A great way to get some exercise and de-stress from your move is to take a few minutes every day to walk your neighborhood. You’ll get a feel for the overall area and might even meet a few of your neighbors along the way.

A housewarming party is another great way to introduce yourself to everyone on the block. You don’t have to spend a lot of time planning or preparing for the party—your neighbors will understand that you’ve just moved in and won’t expect an elaborate gathering.

 

7. Go at Your Own Pace

Keep in mind that it will take time to get fully settled into your new home. You’re not being timed, so there’s no pressure to get everything done as soon as possible. By moving at your own pace, you’ll have time to make important decisions as you go along without being rushed.

Even after the last box has been unpacked, it might take several weeks to a few months to feel fully moved in. If you have family members who are moving with you, ask them to keep an open line of verbal communication. This will allow them to express any concerns or issues that they might have which will help to reduce their overall stress.

 

Relax and Enjoy Your New Home!

The joy that you’ll feel when you finally settle into your new house is well worth the effort that you’ll put in when moving. This is the beginning of your new life and the above suggestions can significantly help alleviate any challenges that you might face along the way.

Confused About Homebuilding? Let’s Clear Up Some Common Myths.

Categories: Home Buying Tips, Luxury homes | Posted: October 1, 2019

As you begin to explore your options for purchasing a new home in Bucks County, you may encounter some ideas about home buying that are based on myth and misunderstanding rather than actual facts. As a homebuyer, it is important to separate common misconceptions from reality about residential construction to make an informed choice.

 

Expediting the Process

You may have heard that buying a house that is tailored to your specifications is a lengthy process.

 

Since every phase of customized home construction involves your personal preferences, it will take time to personalize it to fit your dreams and expectations. But, the key to success in this area is to foster engagement with the builder through each step of the process.

 

Homebuilding does not have to be a lengthy process. Many new home builders, including Hallmark Homes Group, offer several quick delivery options in the event that you are seeking a new home in Bucks Countyin a hurry so that you can be closer to school, work or family.

 

A quick delivery home is one that is built or near finished, that has all of the amenities built-in and ready for move-in. The layout and finishes are most often the latest styles and to suit the modern homebuyer. Most often, these homes, ready for quick settlement, have many luxury upgrades added in construction and included in the cost.

 

From the floor plan blueprints to the layout, electrical features, wall placement, color scheme, interior fixtures, exterior motifs, kitchen appliances and flooring type.

 

Before the project gets underway, you can systematically explore each phase on paper, considering every option and choosing the features that best suit your tastes, preferences and needs. This achieves clear communication and removes the time-consuming aspects of guesswork and having to “do things over” because the builder knows exactly what you want.

 

Choosing every facet of your home in advance, setting a completion schedule for each phase and communicating with the builder on a regular basis allows you to set and monitor a timeline that works with your schedule without compromising your preferences.

 

Either way, whether building a custom home or buying a quick delivery option, opening a dialogue with a company representative is the first step to realizing your dream home through an efficient, engaging process.

 

Add It Up for Better Value

 

You may have wondered where you will get the best value for the price – in a new home or resale. Another myth you may have come across is that building a new home can be more costly than a resale home.

 

The truth is that unlike any resale property, a newly-built house features all new fixtures, wiring, plumbing, appliances and amenities that will not need servicing, repair or restoration for many years to come and often have extensive warranties. Replacing pipes, HVAC units, roofing, hot water heaters and other features in a resale home can easily add up to a more costly option than a new home.

 

Also resale homes often require remodeling in order for your lifestyle needs to be met. Remodeling to meet your family’s needs can add significant cost and take significant time to complete, which are a consideration when comparing to a new home option. Adding in your time and possible lost work hours to manage contractors, remodeling can become both a drain on your time and can squeeze your budget.

 

Conversely, with a new residence cost not only is clear, the ongoing coast benefits continue. Most importantly, new homes are often built with systems and materials that make them highly energy efficient, which, over just a short time can, and often does saves thousands.

 

Homes that Stand Out from the Norm

As you explore new homes in Bucks County, you will quickly realize that the idea “that all new houses are the same” is simply untrue. As you tour new home models, you will see unique layouts for varying lifestyles. Most important, builders like Hallmark Homes Group are willing to customize any layout – it’s the perfect way to own a uniquely-crafted property.

 

Your exterior options can include a landscape design with grass, shrubs and trees cultivated to your liking. You can choose a motif of warm tones that suit your sensibilities, in a color scheme that accentuates the unique architectural features.  There are also abundant options for doors, windows, railings, siding, gutters and downspouts so that your home displays a cohesive look.

 

On the interior, you can fine-tailor every aspect of each room and level to suit your tastes and to give the property a unique look and feel. An older house may have fixtures, handrails, appliances and trim that don’t necessarily stir your senses.A new home in Bucks County, on the other hand, can feature your exact preferences for wood trim, paint color scheme, hardwood floor types, carpet color and texture, sleek kitchen and bathroom tiling options, stunning wood ceiling beams, convenient built-in shelves, high-tech security features, pre-wired entertainment components and more.

 

Learn New Things

As a new homebuyer of residential construction, it may feel like an undertaking that is complicated and difficult to understand. Different from what you may hear, once you engage in the process and your builder breaks each phase down into step-by-step measures, home building is a clear, systematic procedure that has been perfected by years of practice. In addition, your sales person streamlines the process so your excitement is in the forefront of your experience.

 

As you go through each phase of building your new home in Bucks County, you can become attuned to the systems of plumbing, heating and wiring as well as various appliance features and how and why they operate.

 

This process of de-mystifying the phases of residential building can give you peace of mind as you gain a clear understanding of the different components and systems within your home.

 

In the event that you choose to upgrade certain features, you will have enough familiarity with the details of your house so that you can clearly explain what you want to your service professional. Plus, understanding the intricacies of your residence can help you gain a deeper appreciation for the unique features that make your house a home.

 

Take the First Step

Ideas about new home construction are most likely perceptions of those who have never bought a new home, do not know how the customized building process works, or why it is the most valuable option. Contact usto learn more about the facts of buying new and how each phase of building can increase the value of your experience.

 

 

 

Top Four Tips to Prepare for Touring New Homes in Montgomery County

Categories: Home Buying Tips, Horsham Glen, New Homes in Montgomery County | Posted: August 30, 2018

As a homebuyer shopping for new homes in Montgomery County, the best way to maximize your time and effort is to do a bit of preparation before visiting the model homes. This time-saving strategy is essentially an exercise in defining your wants and needs while learning about a new home community, the on-site builder and available upgrades in layout and design while listing all of the important questions you may have for your sales representative.

By choosing to tour Horsham Glen, you can experience the very finest in residential neighborhoods developed by a homebuilder with an excellent reputation across the region, Hallmark Homes Group. This distinctive community is located just minutes from the PA Turnpike and Routes 611, 309 and 202 while being situated within a top-rated school district.

Create Your Checklist

While visiting Montgomery County new homes, you can become overwhelmed by the wide variety of models, home designs, amenities and options that are available. By starting with an agenda you can be sure to cover all that is necessary to make a good decision for your new home. Your list should include important factors such as commuting preferences, educational needs, ideal design options and modern essentials as well as efficient appliances, upgrades and a functional floor plan.

Learn About the Builder

Researching the new builder is an important step in gaining trust for the building process of your new home. By visiting their website, you can learn the company history, community locations, what standard amenities and upgrades are offered and how willing the homebuilder is to consider your custom requests. The website is also a great place to peruse the different model home galleries available and get a feel for the interior layouts that appeal to you the most.

Visualize an Ideal Design

One of the highlights of working with a custom homebuilder is to be able to personalize your home to fit your lifestyle. Options like adding an extra guest room, excluding a wall for an open layout, incorporating special accent lighting, or upgrading to top-tier appliances may be on your checklist. If you have custom requests, it is important to choose a builder who is willing to make your changes no matter how extensive your needs may be. Horsham Glen offers a wide variety of floor plans that can me modified to meet your specific needs and includes a significant amount of upgrades that come standard in a Hallmark home.

Prepare Important Questions

As you are shopping for Montgomery County new homes you will be meeting with builder representatives. These professionals are available to answer any questions you may have concerning the community, the homebuilder and the property. This is your opportunity to tour a model home, ask about builder’s past communities, request references of previous clients and learn if the builder is willing to accommodate your custom new home requests.

Make an Appointment

Horsham Glen is a Hallmark Homes Group community that specializes in quality building, full customization and personalized customer service. If you are interested in learning more about this new home community, you are always welcome to schedule an appointment to visit during your search for new homes in Montgomery County.

Choosing a Custom Home Builder in the Philadelphia Region

Categories: Bucks County Homes, Custom Homes, Home Buying Tips, Homes in Lehigh County, New Homes in Montgomery County | Posted: July 30, 2018

Part of the excitement of purchasing a new home is learning about all of the options available from a qualified custom homebuilder. As you consider the best communities in and around the Montgomery County, Lehigh County and Bucks County area, it is important to choose a builder that along with quality construction can offer you personalized service and will also customize for you.

As a highly respected new homebuilder offering an advanced level of service, Hallmark will not only deliver superior quality and solid construction, but also customize the final product to meet each of their buyers’ needs.

Enjoy an Excellent Experience

New homeowners offer glowing testimonials about working with Hallmark Homes Group. One family in particular explains that unlike previous contractors, Hallmark was willing to install items such as adding under-cabinet lighting, luxury faucet fixtures and other additional features into their home.

New Bucks County homeowners, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, recall that “the answer was always yes” when it came to personalized requests such as using a distinctive wood piece for the fireplace mantle. They also talked about the ease of the process and how, while touring the model home, the structure withstood their inspection as they deliberately bumped into the walls to test for sturdiness and quality in the construction.

Make it Your Own

Another enthusiastic client revealed that the level of custom Hallmark was willing to do made the decision to buy an easy step to take. After searching for over a year and a half, when he and his wife found Hallmark Homes Group, they agreed they should have done this sooner.

This satisfied customer found that working with a customized homebuilder “you have the opportunity to make this home your own,” explaining how details like kitchen fixtures and ceiling lights can be moved or added to suit your every liking. He elaborates by quoting his very own Hallmark representative who was known for saying “if you can think it, we can do it.”

The Freedom to Customize

A common experience for many new homebuyers is that they encounter scenarios where they are given many opportunities to ad upgrades but not truly customize. Rather than limit your experience, Hallmark’s custom homebuilder philosophy aims to embrace your ideas in order to ensure your satisfaction.

When it comes to the home design layout, adding rooms, moving walls, creating more open space, custom finishing trim, incorporating unique flooring options, light fixtures and more — the finished home you move into will be a culmination of your personal style and vision.

Make the First Step

Hallmark Homes Group in the premier custom homebuilder in and around the Bucks County, Lehigh County and Montgomery County area, with years of experience in delivering quality construction. Contact us to learn more about how our personalized service can help you realize your dreams of a home that is perfectly customized to meet your every need.

Top Tips for Choosing the Right Layout of Your New Home in Lehigh County

Categories: Home Buying Tips, Homes in Lehigh County | Posted: June 30, 2018

One of the best ways to shop for a new home in Lehigh County is to work with a builder who can accommodate your needs. Hallmark Homes Group is well known for this, and their new community. The Reserve at Highgate in Breinigsville, PA offers an array of home designs that can be customized especially for you.

Here are a few guidelines to consider when choosing your ideal floor plan and deciding how to customize it:

Use Your Imagination

It is important to visualize everyday activities taking place in the home. These can include cooking, movie nights, arts and crafts, studying and social gatherings. As you tour the home, picture these activities and events taking place. This will help you choose a layout that can accommodate your lifestyle and ensure you are on the right track to finding the perfect new home.

Ask for Clarification

The abbreviations and symbols in a floor plan might seem like another language, and if you are not used to looking at them, they can be confusing. If you are unsure about any details such as the purpose of a room, the placement of a window or the opening direction of a door, be sure to ask your Hallmark Homes Group representative for a clear explanation while guiding you through each of the different layouts.

Make Alterations

Perhaps a floor plan is close to perfect, yet you prefer a more open design, a larger kitchen or a separate study. A custom homebuilder like Hallmark Homes Group can accommodate your needs by moving walls, extending areas, or reconfiguring plans. This flexible approach can also be applied to window placement, finishing trim, fixtures and more. Hallmark Homes Group is dedicated to making your home perfect. If a change – no matter how large or small – will add the personalization you need, just ask.

Consider your Budget

Part of enjoying the home design you have chosen is knowing that you can comfortably afford it. Ask your sales representative to guide you through choosing a home that is within your budget and meets your lifestyle needs. Hallmark Homes Group also features a mortgage financing section that takes the guesswork out of purchasing a new home with a clear, actionable, step-by-step approach and get you closer to finding your dream home.

Take the First Step

The homes at The Reserve at Highgate offer a range of exceptional floor plans that have been meticulously planned to take full advantage of space and to fit today’s lifestyles. When you have found the perfect fit, Hallmark Homes Group is ready to customize it to your individual needs. Contact us to learn more about new home in Lehigh County at The Reserve at Highgate or stop in for a tour of our decorated model.

Horsham in Montgomery County Wins Multiple National Awards

Categories: Home Buying Tips, Horsham Glen, New Homes in Montgomery County | Posted: February 14, 2018

If you’re shopping for a new home in Montgomery County, consider Horsham Glen — a Hallmark Homes Group community in one of the top-ranked places to live in Pennsylvania. Horsham Township is recognized as being among the safest, most affordable and millennial-friendly cities in the state.

Research into this area has rendered award-winning results published by Horsham Council, Realtor Magazine, Millennial Personal Finance, CNN Money and U.S. News and World Report.

Live in One of the Safest Places in Pennsylvania

Horsham Township manager William Walker announced that Horsham was named one of the safest places to live based on the FBI’s crime data report. Out of the 2,562 municipalities across the state, Horsham Township ranked in the top 40 Safest Places to Live in Pennsylvania.

City officials reveal that a progressive philosophy towards crime prevention is the secret to the area’s low rates of theft, arson and violent crime. Programs such as Chief’s Advisory Teams (ChAT) and the Citizens Police Academy promote effective communication between the community and the Police Department.

Situate Your Family for Success

When ranking real estate markets on a national scale, Realtor Magazine looks for affordability that coincides with high-ranking schools. This particular publication ranks Horsham Township in the Top 10 Most Affordable Markets for Families because of these two metrics.

As a new resident, you can introduce your children to the exponential benefits of a sound education — with the added advantage of living in a new home community in Montgomery County.

Buy in the Right Place

As a first homebuyer, you may not be aware of factors such as income score, crime score, cost of living, transportations cost, unemployment score and age score. All of these metrics bear some determination on whether or not the community you choose to live in is actually right for you and your family.

Millennial Personal Finance recently conducted a study of over 1,000 communities across Pennsylvania — looking specifically at the above data. Upon analysis of the results, this publication listed Horsham Township as one of the Best Cities in Pennsylvania for Millennials.

Get the Whole Package

When listing the Best Places to Live in America, CNN Money looks at indicators such as population, school quality, job growth, income, health care, crime and housing prices to determine their highest rankings. Horsham Township has been placed near the top of this list twice in the last decade.

Additionally, a recent announcement by U.S. News and World Report Magazine selected Horsham as one of the Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania. You and your family can enjoy the advantages of safety, affordability and top-notch education.

Imagine the peace of mind that comes with moving into a new home community like Horsham Glen. To learn more about living in a multi-award-winning township in Montgomery County, contact us.

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