Where to Find the Best Move-In-Now Homes in Maryland and Delaware

Posted: September 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Looking for a new home in Washington County?

Maybe Montgomery or Anne Arundel?

You’ll find a massive selection of Move-In-Now Homes to choose from in sought-after Maryland counties, already built and ready to buy, from some of the region’s top homebuilders. NewHomesGuide.com can point you to immediate delivery homes in the best communities across the state of Maryland, including the Eastern Shore and into Delaware.

It couldn’t be easier.

Fall is an ideal time to hit the new home market, with builders willing to make great deals to clear their inventories of Move-In-Now Homes. Get the home you want and the features you want, without the wait.

From Western Maryland all the way to the beach, you’ve got the luxury of selection. Start right here.

 

Where to Find the Best Move-In-Now Homes in Virginia and Washington D.C.

Posted: September 16, 2014 at 10:25 am by: NewHomesGuide

It’s good to have immediate options.

With the year winding down and homebuilders ready to finish strong, it’s the best time to find great selection and great value on new Move-In-Now Homes in Virginia and Washington, D.C. You’ll get the home you want with the latest styles and finishes, and you don’t have to wait through the winter while it’s being built.

Homebuilders in Virginia and Washington, D.C. are offering some of the best prices on a wide selection of homes ready for you today. Choose your ideal location below and start your search right here. And if you’re looking in Loudoun, Prince William or Stafford, you won’t believe just how many beautiful new homes you have to choose from.

 

Virginia:
Albemarle CountyAlexandria City

Caroline County

Chesterfield County

Culpeper County

Fairfax County

Fauquier County

Fluvanna CountyFrederick County

Goochland County

Hanover County

Henrico County

James City

King George County

Loudoun CountyNew Kent County

Prince William County

Spotsylvania County

Stafford County

D.C. Metro Area: Washington, D.C.

 

Consider a Move-In-Now Home for the Benefits of New, Without the Wait

Posted: September 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Summer is over and cooler weather is coming, but if you’re a savvy home shopper, the good news is that the new homes market is just heating up.

If you want to find the best deals, consider the many Move-In-Now opportunities in new home communities in Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They’re so easy to find when you start your search with NewHomesGuide.com.

Many home shoppers tend to hibernate during the cooler months, but homebuilders still want to finish the year strong. So it’s common to find great prices, great incentives and great features in already built Move-In-Now Homes.

For buyers, it’s the best of both worlds. You get all the benefits of buying a new home—the latest styles, the most modern floorplans and brand new everything—and you can make your move faster because you don’t have to wait for construction.

So those are the perks. Here’s how you find the hidden gems: 

1. Start at NewHomesGuide.com

2. Enter your desired location in the search bar. 

Select home type, price range and number of beds and baths  

3. Click the “Yes” box beneath “Move-In-Now and click “Find Homes”

4. On the next page, click on a community that interests you

5. Scroll down to “Models and Floorplans” and select the “Immediate Delivery Homes” tab

6. Find the new home that’s waiting for you. You’re going to love it.

Relocation: Tips & Tricks to Reduce the Moving Stress

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Relocation is by definition “the process of moving to or establishing in a new place” and by the sounds of it – we can already tell how stressful that can be. New Homes Guide understands that a major move can really take a toll on someone, especially when relocating an entire family to a brand new place. This is why coordination is the most important factor when relocating your household.

The process should be thoroughly thought out and planned in order to reduce the stress that can come from the whole experience. This is why New Homes Guide has compiled some of the best tips and tricks to reduce that moving stress!

Before you start packing

Moving Boxes

1. Prepare yourself mentally as best you can. If that means giving yourself a little break before the packing starts –so be it!

2. Organize logistics as much as possible in advance. The earlier you start planning, the more flexibility you will have to prepare and organize everything related to the move.

3. Work out your moving budget because moving is not cheap. There are many costs associated to moving: packing boxes, storage, movers, cleaners, moving trucks, etc. When you work out a budget ahead of time you will be able to know if you can afford to hire a moving company or other services during your move.

Packing up your old house

4. If you can live without it, let it go. Make sure you throw out or donate anything you may no longer need. Relocation is you chance to start fresh! Don’t bring old junk with you. If in doubt, chuck it out.

5. Organizing as you go. When packing, make sure to pack and compartmentalize each moving box. This means labeling by room and with plenty of detail – this will not only help you when it’s time to unpack but also give you some peace of mind!

6. Essentials should be packed separately. The last thing you want to happen when you move to your new house is not being able to sleep on fresh sheets on your first night there or not being able to find the coffee maker on that first morning. It’s the little things that matter! Make sure your essentials are on hand.

Unpacking at your new houseWelcome Mat

7. Turn on the fridge and stock it with essentials. While its acceptable to order carry-out while you get your clutter in order – make sure to stock your fridge and kitchen with some snacks and essentials to keep you going.

8.  Create at least one chaos-free zone. Accept the fact that your house will be a mess for a little while. But while you are unpacking, make sure you create one chaos-free zone so you can have an area to sit in and take a break without all the clutter.

9.  Unpack room by room. Be methodical and unpack room by room – this will help you stay focused and work quicker throughout the house.

10.  Explore your new neighborhood! The craziness of moving and unpacking will surely guarantee you are cooped up in your house for a few days. But don’t let this stop you from taking a break and exploring everything your new neighborhood has to offer!

Check back in with us next week when we will share a more detailed moving timeline to help you organize the big move!

New Homes vs. Resale Homes: 10 Reasons Why the Investment is Worth It, Pt. II

Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:14 am by: NewHomesGuide

Two weeks ago, we started counting down some of the reasons we believe looking into a new home over a resale is worth the investment. This week, we finish up our list and hope to help answer the question: Should I buy a new home or a resale home? 

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Before digging into Part II of this blog series, make sure to check out Part I

6. Safety – New homes are built with modern-day safety in mind and now come with fire retardants in materials like your carpeting and insulation. Builders of new homes also work to hard-wire smoke and carbon monoxide detectors into the structure so that owners won’t need to rely on less-dependable battery-powered detectors. 

7. Replacement Costs – As we mentioned earlier, a new home comes with new parts and pieces that are often under warranty. However, the replacement costs you will face for some of these costly components are likely to not occur until many years after move-in.   

8. Building Codes – Another advantage of buying a new home is that new homes are built to current building codes of the area – so you won’t have to worry about having to update your home to meet those standards.

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9. Mortgage Financing – As a new-home buyer, you can take advantage of some mortgage-financing perks that are available through builders. Builders often have mortgage affiliates or partnerships that are able to custom-tailor financing to your situation. When you finance a resale home, you are essentially on your own.

10. Better Resale Value – There are a myriad of reasons why you may have to sell your new home, but when that time comes you will have a great advantage. While the home you are selling will no longer be new by definition, a 5-10 year old home is often times more desirable than a 50-year old home at resale. 

What are some of the reasons you think new homes are a great investment?

New Homes vs. Resale Homes: 10 Reasons Why the Investment is Worth It.

Posted: February 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm by: NewHomesGuide

For New Homes Guide, February is the month we encourage our readers to embrace our ‘New Year, New Home, New Markets’ mentality. With the hustle and bustle of 2014’s first month behind us, February allows us to think clearly about the big decisions left to make in the remainder of the year – such as looking to invest in a home.

For those out there considering becoming home buyers in 2014, we know the first important question to answer is: Should I buy a new home or a resale home? Depending on your financial situation, it can be a tough decision. But the debate between new and resale doesn’t always come down to the money.

In this two-part blog post, we will share with our readers the top 10 benefits of investing in a new home over a resale.

New Home Resale Home Dream Home

1. Design the Dream Home You’ve Always Wanted

Your new home should reflect your style and meet your needs. A house is a big investment, why settle for something that’s not exactly what you want? From the bath and kitchen fixtures, to the cabinets, countertops, carpeting, and appliances, you can choose it all. Many homebuilders allow and encourage buyers to help design the property, which helps the buyer create a living space unique to their tastes.

2. Floorplans & Layouts To Fit Your Lifestyle

The perfect floorplan & layout of your home goes back to the dream home mentality. Have you always wanted a giant walk-in closet? Done. A fireplace in the master bedroom? All yours. Do you prefer sliding French doors? You got it. High ceilings? That’s a must. All of your requirements can be met when you design your brand new home the way you have always pictured it.

3. Brand New & Under Warranty

When purchasing a resale home, you get with it used products and appliances that may soon need replacing. Your brand new home – on the other hand – will be new from top to bottom. The products and appliances that make up your new home will likely come with warranties that will offer you years of comfort and peace of mind. Also, some builders offer to take care of necessary repair work in a new home for at least the first year.

New Home Resale Home Dream Home4. Energy Savings = Cost Savings

Homes built today are more energy efficient than ever and that helps to reduce utility bills for new-home buyers.

5. Low Maintenance, Fewer Repairs

New homes built today are designed to hold up better than those built in the past. Today’s new homes are engineered to minimize maintenance requirements because builders look to make things as easy as possible for homeowners.

 

 

Check back soon for the rest of our list! 

What are some of the reasons you think new homes are a great investment?

How to Find a Reliable Moving Company

Posted: October 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm by: admin

(Guest post by JK Moving Services)

 

In August, NBC’s TODAY Show featured a young couple who had a terrible experience moving cross-country.  The story mostly focused on the couple’s side of the story, and interestingly, the reporter did not ask the couple how they found this mover.

With this story fresh on our minds, we would like to help New Homes Guide readers avoid a similar situation, with tips on how to evaluate a moving company.

Recommendations from Those Who Know

When seeking a mover, ask your builder or real estate agent for recommendations.  They are vested in ensuring the move into your new home goes smoothly. Other sources include neighbors, friends, coworkers, or relatives who have moved recently.  First-hand experiences can help save you from a “rogue” mover.

Online Research

The next step is an online search of your recommended movers.  This may seem obvious in today’s digital world, but 15 minutes of online research can save you hours of headaches.

In addition to the movers’ websites, you can also check their standing with the Better Business Bureau.  Review sites, like Angie’s List and Yelp, can help inform your decision. Read the reviews, and take special note of the movers’ responses.

Other ways to assess a mover:

In-Home Estimates are Key

Any mover you are considering should offer a free in-home estimate (if they don’t, this may be a red flag); seeing your belongings in-person is vital to creating an accurate estimate. Get estimates from three movers to help you compare the services offered and the pricing to make an informed decision. Estimate formats may vary, so make sure you conduct an accurate, apples-to-apples comparison. Also, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Visit the Mover In-Person

If you can spare the time, it is well worth visiting the mover’s facilities in-person to make these observations:

  • Is the warehouse and overall facility neat, clean, and organized?
  • How many trucks are in the fleet, and what’s the condition of the trucks?
  • Are the employees friendly and helpful?
  • Can you take a tour, even unannounced?

These factors will indicate how the moving company will treat your belongings once they are loaded on the truck.

Training Procedures

When you meet with the mover’s estimator or sales representative, ask how the crew and drivers are trained.  You want to feel comfortable that the crew is made up of experienced, professional movers before they come to your home.  You may want to ask:

  • Are the employees background checked and drug tested?
  • Are employees full-time and do they receive benefits?
  • Exactly what is the training protocol?

Know Who to Contact

Prior to moving day, you should know exactly who to contact with questions or concerns. Your estimator or customer service representative should provide specific names, phone numbers, and email addresses.  Be wary if you are only offered a toll-free number or a general email address.

No one deserves the nightmare of a poor move experience and we sympathize with the couple profiled by The TODAY Show.  As with hiring any contractor or service provider, upfront research can save a lot of heartache later on. Follow these steps, and you should enjoy a successful and smooth move into your new home.

Headquartered in Sterling, Virginia, JK Moving Services has provided local, long distance, and international moving services for residential and commercial customers for more than 30 years. Visit their blog, This End UP, for more tips and resources about creating a worry-free move.

 

Timeline To Moving Checklist: How to Organize Your Move into a New Home

Posted: March 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm by: admin

Download a PDF version of our
Timeline To Moving Checklist

Use Our Handy Checklist to Help Organize Your Move

Whether you’ve recently purchased your new dream home, or are making plans to buy soon, you’ll want to take a look at our comprehensive Timeline to Moving Checklist.

It’s full of items you’ll need to remember to take care of before, during and after your move.

ORGANIZE YOUR MOVE

Below is a sample of the types of “moving” reminders you’ll find on the checklist:

Before You Move:

  • Two Months Prior
    • Create an inventory of valuable items for insurance purposes.
    • Make sure your new home construction is on schedule.
    • Print your floorplan so you’ll know where everything goes in your new home.
  • Six Weeks Prior
    • Medical needs. Get your medical and dental records to give to future providers. Don’t forget the vet records for your pets.
    • Research doctors, dentists, vets and pet sitters in your new neighborhood.
    • Contact your insurance agent to research and establish an insurance policy for your new home.
  • One Month Prior
    • Check in with your lender to make sure your new mortgage is on track for the closing date.
    • Cancel your lawn care and/or cleaning service.
    • Return your library books and any other borrowed items.
  • One Week Prior
    • Dispose of all cleaning solutions or flammable liquids that can’t be moved.
    • Confirm your moving company reservation and be ready with your payment and tip.
    • Arrange for childcare and pet care for moving day.
  • One Day Prior
    • Drain your washing machine and hoses.
    • Get some cash to have on hand.
    • Make a post-move grocery list and locate the nearest store.

Moving Day:

  • Watch the movers to be sure everything is handled properly.
  • Leave note with your new address for the new residents.
  • Turn off all lights and lock all the windows and doors before you leave.

After You Move:

As soon as you have unpacked the basics, it will be time to locate some of the following services and companies:

  • Window treatments. You may want to set up an appointment with a provider even before your move-in day.
  • Community groups for you and your kids.
  • Fitness center.

GET THE TIMELINE TO MOVING CHECKLIST NOW

View the complete Time to Moving checklist, or download a PDF version.

SHARE YOUR MOVING TIPS

If you’ve got a tip on how to organize, we’d love to hear it. Please leave a comment below!

Maximize Your Space with These Easy Storage Options

Posted: November 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm by: NewHomesGuide

Today’s new homes offer plenty of new and innovative storage options. But, can you really ever have too much storage?? Here are a few ideas to try out:

  1. Pantry Solutions: Tired of scouring the back of the pantry for that can of soup that you know you bought? Installing tiered shelf organizers can really maximize your space and increase visibility.
  2. Bathroom Organization: The back of the bathroom door is a great place to hang hooks or baskets to keep your knickknacks out of sight and organized. Standing cabinets or over-the-toilet shelves are great, inexpensive options, as well.
  3. Practical Bedroom Furniture: Many beds come with built-in bookcase headboards and hideaway drawers underneath. Add a chest at the foot of the bed, and your bedroom space will be more efficient in no time.

Remember, creativity is the key. The opportunities to maximize your space are virtually limitless!

Need more inspiration? Click here to check out The Family Handyman for great do-it-yourself storage and organization ideas.

Get Your Home Ready for Old Man Winter

Posted: November 8, 2012 at 8:30 am by: NewHomesGuide

Get Your Home Ready For Old Man WinterIt’s only November, but judging by the recent temperature drop, Old Man Winter will be knocking at our doors soon enough! Here are some great tips to get your home ready for his arrival.

1.  Get Your Hands Dirty – Avoid potential leaks by cleaning your gutters to allow proper drainage and sealing any leaks outside your home with weather-resistant caulk.

2.  99% Insulation, 1% Perspiration – Prevent frozen pipes by properly wrapping and insulating pipes that run through unheated spaces and by draining outdoor hose lines before nighttime temps drop below freezing.

3.  Lock the Heat In – You’d be surprised at how much you can save in energy costs over the course of the winter with simple, low-cost tricks! Try reversing the direction of your ceiling fans, moving furniture off of vents and using an under-the-door draft stopper.

Click here to learn about more ways you can keep your house cozy and damage-free this winter.

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