Manage Your Moving-Day Stress with These 10 Tips

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Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Follow these 10 simple tips to make your move immeasurably easier. Whether you’re moving now or later, it’s never too early to prepare!

  1. Plan Diligently. Set aside time to plan every aspect of your move. This will make things easier when it actually happens.
  2. Mark Fragile Items. Marking fragile objects will help keep everything intact during the move, and you’ll be more comfortable knowing these items will receive special care.
  3. Spread the Word. Notify your friends, family, doctors, accountants, banks, insurance companies and other businesses that you patronize before you move. If you’re currently renting, give your landlord a notice in writing within the timeframe specified in your lease. Don’t forget to change your address at the post office!
  4. Hire a Sitter. Make the moving process easier on your kids and/or your pets. Hire an off-site sitter to take care of them so you can focus on the move.
  5. Be There. Even if you’ve invested in professional movers, it’s still important to be at your old home until the move is complete. You’ll be able to answer any questions, and you’ll feel better knowing that you got everything by doing a final walk-through.
  6. Clean Up Before and After You’ve Packed. Host a yard sale or donate things you don’t want, so you can reduce the number of items you’ll have to move. After packing, have the house cleaned. If you’d rather clean it yourself, make sure you have cleaning supplies handy.
  7. Save a Spot. Don’t wait until moving day to figure out where you’re going to park the moving truck. If you live in a city, check with local officials to find out if you can get a permit to reserve a parking space. Also check with neighbors to see if they can save you a spot.
  8. Make an “Open First” Box. This is the box you’ll pack last and unload first. Toilet paper, pillows, toiletries and other important items should be in here.
  9. Set Up Your Utilities. Schedule your phone, cable, gas, electric and internet installation in advance. It’s reassuring to know that it’ll all be ready once you arrive in your new home.
  10. Take Inventory As You Pack. Create a detailed list of your belongings and their estimated value. It’s a great way to ensure that you have the proper insurance to cover your possessions, and it will put your mind at ease if you ever have to file a claim.

Not ready to move because you haven’t found the perfect place to call home? Find the ideal new home from Brookfield Residential on our website. And before you go, bookmark this blog so you can come back to it when you’re ready to make your move!

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Get a Taste of What Life is Like at Waterford Manor This Weekend

Waterford Manor: August 13

If you want to experience what it’s like living in Virginia Wine Country, you’ll want to clear your calendar this weekend.

Join us for an exclusive wine tasting experience at Waterford Manor in Leesburg, VA, this Saturday (August 13) from 11am to 3pm.

Our friends from Stone Tower Winery will be sharing some of their finest wines as you enjoy cheese and other hors d’oeuvres throughout the afternoon. You’ll also have opportunities to win a variety of prizes, including winery tours and a yacht party cruise. And as you taste the wine and tour the community, savor the thought of living so close to all of Leesburg’s exciting shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and, yes, wineries that are right nearby.

Interested in attending? Learn more or RSVP by emailing Tracie.Gochenour@BrookfieldHomes.com or calling (540) 882-3805. Click here for personalized driving directions to Waterford Manor.

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Final Opportunities to Make Your Move to One of These Premier Brookfield Communities

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Highlighted by fantastic amenities, convenient locations and the most innovative and stylish new homes, three of our Northern Virginia communities are down to their final homes. These best-selling communities have provided the perfect landing spot for many happy homebuyers already, and you’ll have to act fast before these opportunities slip away forever.

The Preserve at Goose Creek
Time is running out if you want the best townhome value in Ashburn, VA, at this amenity-rich community. Minutes from the Dulles Greenway, The Preserve at Goose Creek provides easy access to Leesburg and the rest of the Dulles corridor. Don’t wait, the final Move-In-Now townhomes are selling now.

We’re also down to the last single-family home. This is your chance to enjoy a quiet, convenient life in the Fairmont, which offers 4,300 square feet of finely appointed, upgraded space.

Woodstream
The countdown is on at Woodstream! This North Stafford, VA, townhome community is a favorite, thanks to its proximity to commuter routes, recreation, shopping, dining and great local schools. With so much to do in the community and so much excitement nearby, it’s no surprise that it’s Stafford’s best-selling community. Only a handful of homes remain, so this is no time to wait.

Saranac at Lake Manassas
The last homes are now selling at this serene gated community in Gainesville, VA. Featuring architecture reminiscent of the Adirondack Mountains, these Move-In-Now Homes perfectly complement the lush forests and protected vistas along Lake Manassas.

Summer is coming to an end, but interest in these communities is heating up, especially on the weekends. Get out and visit before the final homes are gone.

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Discover New Designs at Easton Village

Easton Village

We asked ourselves: How can we make our Easton Village community even better to ensure that every home shopper can find their ideal home at the Eastern Shore?

The answer: We created a brand new portfolio of home designs with you in mind. By blending modern, main-level living and built-in value, these new designs offer even more opportunities for you to discover the timeless views and real value found at this serene waterfront community.

Take a closer look at the newest designs now available at Easton Village.

Abbott II
Up to 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and 1,924 Square Feet
Part of our new Trellis Collection, the Abbott II design offers everything you need on one level. A guest room and a second bedroom share the main level with a spacious owner’s suite, and you can easily add a loft, sunroom or veranda for even more square footage.

Bridgeport II
Up to 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and 2,090 Square Feet
With its spacious, open floorplan, the Bridgeport II design is single-level living at its finest. Its great room flows seamlessly into a kitchen and breakfast area, and a lavish owner’s suite with a large walk-in closet is also on the main level.

Pearson
Up to 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms and 3,759 Square Feet
A new plan in the Craftsman Collection, the Pearson fits any need. If you want formal living areas, like traditional living and dining rooms, with all of the conveniences of main-level living, you’ll find it in the Pearson.

Savoy
Up to 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and 3,333 Square Feet
Also from the Craftsman Collection, the Savoy features a large owner’s suite with an oversized walk-in closet and a bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. A guest room with a second full bath is also included on the main level and is perfect for those visiting you at the shore. Add a sky basement or a second level with a loft area or third bedroom for even more space.

Taylor II
Up to 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms and 2,171 Square Feet
The conveniences of main-level living work in unison with the formal living areas in the Taylor II. Its spacious owner’s suite includes a large en suite bathroom and two walk-in closets. Add an upper level or a sky basement for even more living space.

With these new designs, there’s a new energy at Easton Village. Regardless of which home design you choose, you’ll get a great view, and you’ll have access to all that this community has to offer, including the community clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, bocce court, a 6-acre park, the marina, kayak launch and more.

The Eastern Shore is calling, and if you’re ready to answer its call, schedule your tour today.

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How to Create Smaller Summer Energy Bills

As temperatures rise, your energy bills often do, too.

Americans spend 11 billion dollars every year to power their air conditioners. To keep more of that money in your pocket, now is the time to take control of your energy-saving efforts and keep your home as cool and efficient as possible this summer.

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Follow these four tips so that you never have to sweat an energy bill during the summer months.

Tip 1: Keep the Heat Out. Watch the Savings Flow in.
Prevent warm air from leaking into your home by sealing cracks and openings around the house. If you’ve chosen a resale home or have lived in your home for a while, take some time to check caulking and weather-stripping around doors and windows to ensure that cool air stays in and warm air stays out.

Tip 2: Take Control of Your Thermostat
The most powerful tool you have in your energy-saving arsenal is your thermostat. Keep the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures to a minimum by setting your thermostat to the highest temperature that is comfortable for you. Doing so means your air conditioning unit will turn on less — lowering the impact on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats, like those that come standard in every Brookfield Residential home, allow you to keep your home cooler when you’re at home and warmer when you’re not.

Tip 3: Focus on Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is the frontline in the battle to lower your energy costs. From the appliances you use to how much food you keep in your refrigerator, this room is an essential part of the energy bill equation.

ENERGY STAR® appliances, included in every new Brookfield home, ensure that energy isn’t wasted when they’re not in use. You can take the extra step to fill your refrigerator with as many refrigerated items as possible during the summer to prevent excess warming when you open the door — keeping it from having to work harder during the warmest months.

Tip 4: Own a Brookfield Home
Through our Brookfield Blue initiative, we build every one of our homes to balance ultimate livability and energy efficiency — saving our homeowners in new and innovative ways.

In addition to ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats, water-saving bath faucets and shower heads and Low-e windows are standard in every home. We further empower our homebuyers to save money and employ the latest innovation in their homes by offering a variety of sustainable and renewable energy features, such as solar panels and geothermal heating and air conditioning.

When you buy a Brookfield Residential home, you’ll know that your home is more efficient than the standard new home. Click here to see how we build the most energy-efficient homes possible.

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Discover Outstanding Outdoor Amenities at Brookfield Communities Nearby

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It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all the great amenities that you’ll find at Brookfield communities across our region. If you’re looking to buy a home at one of these communities, or if you already live at one, make sure you check out these outdoor amenities.

Avendale (Bristow, VA)
Enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of the wooded Avendale community by getting outside and enjoying a great selection of amenities, including:

  • Quiet Walking Trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Basketball Court
  • Dog Park

Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores (Bridgeville, DE)
With its impressive array of outdoor amenities, Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is redefining active-adult lifestyles. Centered around a pristine golf course, this 55+ community is the ideal landing spot for those looking to enjoy a fun and energetic life. Amenities include:

  • 18-Hole Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts
  • Swimming Pool
  • The Frozen Farmer with Outdoor Patio

Easton Village (Easton, MD)
If you’ve been dreaming of a Chesapeake lifestyle, look no further than Easton Village. Its wide variety of amenities is perfect for those looking for the ideal waterfront community:

  • Marina
  • Boat Slips
  • Kayak Launch
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Bocce Court

Snowden Bridge (Stephenson, VA)
An all-inclusive community should always include a premier collection of outdoor amenities. Snowden Bridge more than lives up to this expectation:

  • Community Park and Playground
  • Swimming Pool with Pirate Splash Park
  • Trail System for Walking, Biking and Jogging
  • Playing Fields
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Dog Park

Wilson’s Grove (Gambrills, MD)
A prestigious, wooded community with great outdoor amenities — that’s Wilson’s Grove. There you’ll find amenities such as:

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Walking Trails
  • Tennis Courts

Woodstream (N. Stafford, VA)
It should come as no surprise that this is North Stafford’s best-selling community. With modern, low-maintenance garage townhome designs and so many amenities right in the community, Woodstream provides a city-like experience without the city price:

  • Community Park
  • Outdoor  Pool
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Areas
  • Private Basketball Court
  • Tree-Lined Walkways and Sidewalks

Interested in living at one of these amenity-rich communities? Find your new home now.

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Townhomes at Oakview Village Highlighted by Exceptional Design, Extraordinary Efficiency

Solar Panels at Oakview Village

Finding a home with both built-in energy savings and style isn’t always easy during a home search. But at our Oakview Village community in Glen Burnie, MD, they’re standard features for every one of our 3-level townhomes.

Although every new Brookfield home in every one of our communities comes with a variety of energy-efficient features, like low-e windows, Energy Star® appliances and programmable thermostats, you’ll find solar panels turning the power of the sun into sustainable energy for residents of Oakview Village. We’ve partnered with SolarCity to boost the efficiency of new townhomes in this community, helping homeowners save money and contribute to sustainable energy efforts in the process.

We don’t think there’s any reason to sacrifice style to own a more sustainable home. That’s why we’ve loaded these townhomes with luxurious contemporary design features, such as lofted ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and distinctive exteriors, to truly give you a home you can call your own.

Schedule your visit of Oakview Village today and come see why it’s never been easier or more affordable to experience a stylish and green lifestyle all at once.

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Summer is Here and the Pools are Open in Brookfield Communities

Brookfield Community Pools

Summer is finally upon us.

You can smell the burgers cooking on the grill and hear music floating through the air. At Brookfield Residential communities across the region, our residents are splashing in the pool and enjoying the most carefree season of the year.

We love summer because it’s the perfect reason for neighbors to get together and have a great time. It’s why so many of the places we build feature swimming pools, including:

VIRGINIA

MARYLAND

DELAWARE

So if you live in one of these gorgeous communities, be sure to stop by the pool this weekend. We’d love to see you.

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Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is a Resort-Style Celebration of Fun

Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

It’s more than a new home. It’s a complete lifestyle.

Of course, life at Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE, begins with a stylish new home design, with main-level living, plenty of room to entertain and even opportunities for that front-porch lifestyle you’ve been looking for, where neighbors become your cherished friends. But that’s just where your day begins. When you own such a low-maintenance home, you’ll be able to spend more time doing what you love and enjoying everything that this 55+ resort-style community has to offer.

You could dine at one of the on-site restaurants or watch a ballgame at the tavern. You could shop at the Sugar Beet Market or enjoy a fresh local dessert from The Frozen Farmer.

You might play a round of golf or a quick pickleball match. Maybe you’ll hit the state-of-the-art fitness center or the pool.

If you’re lucky, it’s Wine Club Wednesday or Brew Night at the clubhouse.

All of that is just for starters. There’s so much to do at Eagle Springs that you’ll want to make friends with our full-time activities director. Each day is filled with fun events that bring friends and neighbors together.

With new Move-In-Now Homes ready right away, you could be enjoying your Eagle Springs lifestyle before you know it. Why wait another day?

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Admirals Square is Open for Sales in Annapolis

Admirals Square

Artful urban living is here.

In the heart of Annapolis is a bold new community where style, art and access come together in a sought-after address.

With two-level garage condos starting from the mid $300’s and three-level townhomes starting from the low $400’s, Admirals Square brings new, innovative home designs to Brookfield’s first community in Maryland’s state capital. These homes feature open floorplans, plus lofts, balconies and rooftop terraces.

Plus, if you buy a new home here before July 31, 2016, you’ll get a FREE designer kitchen upgrade and PAID closing cost assistance.

The fun, artsy style of this colorful, nautical city is on display throughout the community. It’s in the mosaic art walls and the cascading water feature. You’ll feel it as you follow the brick paver walkways to the gathering ring and fire pit or to the trellis-covered courtyard.

But Admirals Square is not just luxury and style — it’s also convenience and access.

Just a short walk from the community, you can dine, shop or explore at Annapolis Towne Centre and Annapolis Harbour Center. It’s also a quick drive to the historic Annapolis waterfront.

This community is also centrally located and close to major roadways. If you lived here, you could easily work in Annapolis, Baltimore, D.C. or Fort Meade. Your morning commute might begin with a quick walk to the Riva Road MTA bus stop. Climb aboard and relax on the way in to work.

Admirals Square is a place that opens up a world of possibilities. Now you have no reason to wait. Schedule an appointment today and prepare for your artful urban lifestyle.

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