Debunking the Myth that Spring is the Best Time to Find Your New Home

Even though spring is the most popular time of the year to look for a new home, we like to stress to all of our homebuyers that getting a head-start in the less popular months can really put you ahead of the game! Miller & Smith model homes don’t close when a chill hits the air, so take a look at some of the reasons you should be visiting us right now:

 

Better chance of getting the home you want

Because springtime is hopping with homebuyers, there is more competition during that time of the year. In the Fall and Winter, you have a better chance of getting first dibs on newly released homesites and immediate deliveries than you would if you waited until the Spring. Beat the mad dash in April and May by bundling up and getting out now to visit our communities!

 

Your Way Homes

With our brand new Your Way Homes program, there are even more ways to find your home, sooner. Unlike our standard immediate delivery homes, with Your Way Homes, we halt the building process at drywall and allow you to add the features and finishes you desire, such as hardwood flooring, countertops, and light fixtures. This allows you to personalize your home the way you have always envisioned, while knowing that your family can move in just 61 days later. Find yours now, and move in shortly after the holiday season!

 

See a different side of a community

Our communities have beautiful qualities to them year-round, but we also know that the weather does not always cooperate here on the East Coast, especially in the winter. We recommend visiting our new home communities whenever it is convenient for you, and if the weather isn’t great, we know that you will still fall in love with the homes and locations we have to offer!

 

More attention from the professionals

It’s true – it is a slower time of year for the entire housing industry, but this means that you will be the center of attention! Realtors and other home-buying professionals will have more time to focus on you and your needs, which is also great for scheduling appointments and meetings around your other holiday-related tasks.

 

It’s a good time to put your current home on the market

According to US News and World Report, buyers looking to sell their home by the spring should put it on the market in November and December. The report says, “New Year’s resolutions help many homebuyers get into the house-hunting groove after the first of the year. If you like the idea of marketing your home at the start of 2019, reach out to real estate agents now to be sure you’re making all the right preparations to draw winter homebuyers to your property.”

 

Our last reason for urging you to visit us through the fall and winter, is that we have newly opened model homes waiting for you! We have just opened at West Village at One Loudoun, as well as our Knight House Square Townhome Collection at Embrey Mill! Keep up with all of our happenings and schedule a tour with us at millerandsmith.com.

 

Springtime + New Home Search = A Winning Combo

Because spring is such a popular season for house hunting, it is the perfect time to remind homebuyers why a new home could be the best option out there! At Miller & Smith, our new homes provide a more comfortable and convenient place for families to live than many pre-owned homes can. There may be some of you who have already begun to look for a place to call home, which is why we want to remind you of the reasons why a new Miller & Smith home should be on your radar this spring season!

 

Feel the spacious and airy designs – New home layouts are designed so that there is plenty of space to be comfortable, move around, and enjoy all of the activities your family loves. The open plan designs found in all Miller & Smith homes encourage quality time with family and friends and create a more convenient lifestyle for you.

The Aria at West Park Brambleton

 

Think about making it yours – Is it just us, or does the spring season bring about a whole new wave of inspiration? Along with refreshing other aspects of your life in the springtime, purchasing a new home allows you to choose the features finishes, colors, etc. that will make a new home YOURS! Take some of that inspiration you’re feeling and envision a Miller & Smith home as your own when you visit our communities.

Get a real feel for the community – Unlike in the winter months, homeowners are now emerging from their abodes and showing off some of the amazing outdoor amenities in each of our communities. When you visit any Miller & Smith community this spring, you’ll see kids running around the park, neighbors cooking out on the grill together, and other homebuyers exploring the neighborhood.

The playground at Cayden Ridge

 

Imagine entertaining with ease – Some of the most important aspects of Miller & Smith home designs are the spaces that allow homeowners to easily entertain. In the springtime, it’s even easier to imagine your family hosting a barbeque in the backyard, participating in a neighborhood progressive dinner, or simply entertaining a few friends out on the deck.

Visit with a spring in your step – Not only are plants springing into action, but you may be too! It’s not a surprise that spring is a popular season to get things done, because better weather also means happier people. With a spring in your step, get ahead of your new home search and visit our model homes while you are feeling motivated by the new season.

For information about all of our new home communities, visit millerandsmith.com!

Who to Notify When You Move

Although it is a daunting task that comes along with moving, notifying others of your move is a very important step! Not only will it make your move go more smoothly, but also, this will ensure that the months following your move are stress free. With some help from Zillow.com, we have compiled a list of everyone you need to notify before or shortly after you move into your new Miller & Smith home!

 

Postal service

To avoid confusion down the road, let USPS know about your move and new address. This will also help them forward on mail that is accidentally sent to your old address. They have an official change of address form that makes it easy to start getting mail at your new Miller & Smith home.

 

DMV

Regardless of whether or not you are moving to a new state or just switching street names, in many states you only have a certain amount of time to change the address on your driver’s license. You may also have to wait until after you move to change this, but don’t put it off for too long.

 

The IRS
No one wants problems with the IRS, which is why it is important to fill out their “change of address” form immediately after moving. This will make sure any important documents, such as your tax return, are sent to the correct address.

 

Bank & financials

Of course, you do not want bills, new credit cards, and especially any incentives or offers to go to the wrong home. Make sure to contact your bank and any credit card companies to let them know where to begin sending your statements.

 

Subscriptions

Whether it’s your plethora of magazine subscriptions or your bagel of the month club (we don’t judge), make sure to contact the companies that you have subscriptions with. Because subscriptions are sent out at different times of the month, contact the company directly so they can help you determine when to switch your mailing address. We wouldn’t want you to miss a single bagel delivery!

 

Family and friends

Of course, many of your family and friends will already know that you are moving by the time you even begin to pack, but they are going to want your new address and contact information. Make a list of friends, family, and even former neighbors who would have a reason to need your new address, and send out an announcement to those people. There are so many creative ways to do this, so take a look at our Pinterest page for some great ideas!

 

Employer(s)

When tax time comes around, you are not going to want to miss getting your tax forms in the mail. If you have switched jobs within the past few years, it may also be worth it to notify previous employers, just in case.

 

Utilities

Depending on the area service providers in your new neighborhood, you may have to end service with your old provider and start service with a new one. If you plan to transfer the service to your new address, make sure to call and coordinate a date for the change to happen. Cover all of your bases for changes to your utilities, so that you don’t experience a gap in service or late charges.

 

Insurance companies

It is important to accurately report your address to all insurance companies, so that they can make you aware of any changes that may occur within your policy. This will also ensure all paperwork will be sent to the correct address, so claims and other issues can be resolved in a timely manner.

 

Schools & medical offices

This is an especially important step if you have children enrolled in school. If the kids will have to attend a new school, or a new medical facility, it is courteous to let the previous ones know of the change as well.

 

Government agencies

For purposes like the census, voting, taxes, and other government matters, you should absolutely look into which state or national agencies you must notify of your move.

 

Have you checked all of these off of your list? If not, make sure to take care of it before or soon after you move into your brand new Miller & Smith home, so you can spend more time enjoying the experience!

 

Source: zillow.com

 

 

Why You Should Buy New, Now!

As the shrinking inventory of existing homes for sale continues to sweep the nation for the 19th consecutive month, according to National Association of Realtors, there is no need to fret. Here at Miller & Smith, we have a large offering of brand new homes to purchase right now, and we are continuously expanding our offerings to new communities and locations!

 

Not only do industry professionals recommend buying early this year, but also they understand why purchasing a new home is the best option for homebuyers right now. Below we are going to share with you the many benefits of buying a new home right now, in addition to what makes our new homes so desirable!

Communities with bells AND whistles

Today, purchasing a new home isn’t just purchasing a place to live, but a place to flourish! Create your own unique lifestyle by taking advantage of an array of community amenities at any of one of our new home communities. For those who are looking for a family-friendly neighborhood, take a look at our single-family homes and townhomes at Embrey Mill. You can find kids frolicking in the parks, and neighbors attending happy hour at Embrey House. If you want a more sophisticated calendar of events, check out our brand new Next Level Homes at One Loudoun, just steps from Ashburn’s premiere shopping, dining, entertainment, and more!

Anyway you want it, that’s the way we build it

Unless you’ve opted to purchase one of our breathtaking immediate delivery homes, our experienced sales teams work closely with you to decide which available design options are right for you! Whether it’s choosing a fireplace for the great room, or treating yourself to a deluxe owner’s bathroom, there are options around every corner in your new home.

Everything in a new home is just better

Energy efficiency, modern technology, and included features that are anything but typical, are just a few of the features found in our new home designs. In older homes, you’ll be fighting your kids for the only open electrical outlet and shivering in your boots without proper home insulation. As we continue to bring new homes and new communities to the market, we work tirelessly to improve our home designs with top of the line materials and features so that our homeowners are set for life.

You will spend less money in the long run

Purchasing a resale home is a huge gamble, because you have no clue what kinds of issues you may have in the future; when your furnace decides to breakdown, there is no turning back. With a new home from Miller & Smith, you know exactly what your home is made of. From the supporting structure to the hardware on the cabinets, our new homes are built with state-of-the-art materials and technology to make your life safe and carefree.

Additional homebuilder benefits

In our continuing effort to keep our homeowners delighted, we’ve partnered with ProHome, a national leader in warranty management. Together, we’ve created EasyLiving, a program that combines a rock-solid warranty with proactive maintenance throughout your first year. In addition to your 60-Day and 11-Month Warranty inspections, you’ll enjoy three comprehensive “Handyman” sessions by NJ Consulting & Construction. Plus, full safety check-ups of your mechanical systems by Michael & Son. These services are only available with Miller & Smith at select new home communities! 

Explore our website at MillerandSmith.com or contact our sales team today so that we can help you find the perfect new home for your family!

Sources: http://www.zillow.com

 

New Year, New Miller & Smith Home

We don’t know about you, but we are definitely looking forward to the New Year in 2017! While some resolutions are made to be broken, there’s one that you won’t regret: purchasing a new Miller & Smith home! With brand new homes and communities throughout Virginia and Maryland, there is certain to be a place you will love calling home in 2017. Check out more about some of our favorite features and communities, plus a sneak peek at what’s coming next year for Miller & Smith.

Open floor plans

If you’re looking forward to hosting more parties and gatherings in 2017, then a Miller & Smith home is perfect for you! Our open floor plans, such as the Silverton at Aspen North, allow for a seamless flow from room to room, and tons of space for hosting friends and family. You can be organizing food and drinks in the kitchen while keeping up with the conversation in the family room. In addition to a beautiful home at Aspen North, you will also have the benefit of resort style living just minutes from I-70 and downtown Frederick.

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Family time

Family is important to us at Miller & Smith, and we know it is to you too! Our homes at Embrey Mill in Stafford, Virginia are the perfect place for you and your family. With spacious homes and private yards, there’s plenty of room to run around with the kids. In the Embrey Mill community, there are even specific play areas for kids, like Racetrack Park, Tot Lots, and more! In addition to single-family homes designed with family in mind, we are now selling our brand new townhomes in a brand new section of this growing community!

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Convenience

Miller & Smith homes are crafted with your ease and comfort in mind. Our townhomes at Signal Hill Station in Manassas, Virginia have all of the standard features expected in a Miller & Smith home, such as gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets, and even 2 car garages. These townhomes are the perfect retreat from your busy life, while still conveniently located minutes from Rt 28, the Manassas Park VRE, Signal Hill Park, and all that Manassas has to offer.

Next Level Homes at Upper West at One Loudoun

Next Level Homes at Upper West at One Loudoun

Coming Soon in 2017

In 2017, expect even more beautiful homes and amazing communities to choose from for your family’s new Miller & Smith home! Whether it’s a Next Level Home in the highly sought after Upper West at One Loudoun community, or the Frederick County home of your dreams at Tallyn Ridge at Pinecliff Park, the possibilities are endless! More communities coming in 2017 include Birchwood at Brambleton, Garden District at Brambleton, Cayden Ridge in Manassas, VA, and Courthouse Manor in Stafford, VA.

Keep up with everything happening here at Miller & Smith by signing up for our community updates here: https://www.millerandsmith.com/! We look forward to having your family become a part of the Miller & Smith family in 2017!

 

Ways to Love Your New Home Even More

At Miller & Smith, we truly care about our homeowners, and are willing to go above and beyond to help you love your new home and community! We could go on forever about how much you will love the features in your new Miller & Smith home, but we all know that “home” means even more than that. If you are looking to purchase one of our beautiful new homes, or have recently moved into one, take a look below for our tips for ways to love your new home even more! 

Design for your lifestyle: Your home won’t truly feel like yours until you have it decorated and arranged perfectly to fit your lifestyle and aesthetic. Luckily, all brand new Miller & Smith homes are designed with you in mind! With plenty of options to choose from, like Rec Rooms and additional bedrooms, and indoor/outdoor living spaces, our brand new homes give you the power to create everything to your vision.

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The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Do some “off the grid” exploring: One of the best ways to discover your new community is to just go! Hop in the car and take random turns through the neighborhood to really get a sense of where you are and what local amenities are available to you. You may just find your new favorite restaurant or a secret trail, but make sure to have a GPS handy to get yourself back home!

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Attend community events: In our new home communities throughout Virginia and Maryland, you will get the opportunity to attend year-round community events! Community events are a perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors, some of whom may even become your lifelong friends. Make a point to attend some events as soon as you feel settled into your new home; we guarantee that the transition will be much smoother with neighborly support and guidance.

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Find your favorite spot: This statement is vague for a reason; a favorite spot that you love could be anywhere! Whether it’s your backyard, a local winery, a boutique downtown, or a bench at the park, spending time in a place that you love can create time that you cherish and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Central Park at One Loudoun

Central Park at One Loudoun

Meet your neighbors: Outside of community events, there are many other ways to meet your neighbors. Some of our favorites include hosting a dinner party, throwing a neighborhood block party, or simply stopping to say hi when you see them outside. 

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Join an organization: Belonging to a local group or organization that consists of like-minded people makes feeling a part of your community a bit easier since you all will have something in common! Join your community association, volunteer for charity events, or find a club nearby that participates in activities that you enjoy. 

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No matter which of these you choose to do, putting yourself out there is an easy way to make your new Miller & Smith home feel like it has been yours for a long time! If you are looking to purchase a new Miller & Smith home, visit our website for more information at www.millerandsmith.com!

Infographic: How to Keep Your New Home in Tip-Top Shape

 

Your brand new Miller & Smith home is squeaky clean now, but if you don’t keep up with a cleaning routine, it could get messy a lot quicker than you would think! Check out our brand new infographic below for some tips on how to keep your new home in tip-top shape room by room!

Our Dream Kitchen Must-Haves

When you think of your dream kitchen, what do you envision? In every Miller & Smith home you will find beautiful kitchens with design features that will make all of your dreams come true! Take a look at many of the must-have kitchen features in brand new Miller & Smith homes! 

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

The Union Station at Signal Hill Station

Granite Countertops

Today, granite countertops are on the top of everyone’s list! Not only is the look and feel of granite amazing, but also it comes in many different colors, and is heat-resistant! These are just a few reasons why granite countertops are available in Miller & Smith homes! 

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

Large Island

One of the home features that many Miller & Smith homeowners love is our Signature Infinity Island. The infinity island or other generously sized kitchen islands allow for plenty of counter space to cook, entertain or be a kid’s homework spot.

The Verde at Victory Lakes

The Verde at Victory Lakes

Open Plan

When you are carrying a hot pan or sharp utensil, the kitchen is the last place you want to be cramped for space. Open kitchen layouts allow for more room in the kitchen so while you are prepping the salad, someone else can be making dessert and you won’t get in each other’s way! 

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

The Beachcomber at Millville By The Sea

Seating

We think that many others will agree when we say that the kitchen is a central part of a home! It is where families come together to spend quality time, whether it is for dinner, game night, or just to catch up after school and work. Therefore, we think that plenty of seating is important. All of our home designs allow ample seating around the island, where you can fit 4 or more stools.  

The Silverton at Aspen North

The Silverton at Aspen North

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a stylish way to bring softer light into your kitchen, without sacrificing brightness or style. Pendant lighting is usually placed above kitchen islands and comes in a variety of options! 

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Stainless Appliances

The luxury of stainless steel appliances is on many people’s must haves list and for good reason! We offer many Stainless appliances options, including many that are EnergyStar rated ones. Create a luxurious feel, while saving on your energy costs with these high quality products.

The Calahan at Aspen North

The Calahan at Aspen North

Hardwood Flooring

Kitchen flooring has seen a large transition over the years. While tile used to be the most popular kitchen flooring option, hardwood is a more coveted style in today’s new homes. 

Visit https://www.millerandsmith.com for more information on the homes featured! 

Spotlight On: The Grand Central at Signal Hill

The Grand Central is one of two brand new home designs offered at Signal Hill Station in Manassas, Virginia. This stunning townhome boasts a spacious three-level floor plan with 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths, a 2-car garage and up to 2,288 square feet of space. The Grand Central is a truly “grand” townhome with a stunning, spacious feel you’re sure to love. Don’t believe us? Let’s take a look inside:

Great Room: The Grand Central’s spacious great room features an open floor plan, with expansive windows that let in plenty of light. The design of the Grand Central’s great room also includes an optional fireplace, and leads to an optional deck, fully screened porch or combination of the two for the ideal indoor-outdoor living space!

Kitchen: The Grand Central’s kitchen includes two walls of distinct cabinetry, state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and an oversized granite island for even more counter space.

Dining Room / Flex Room: The dining room, which also doubles as a convenient “flex-space”, is able to effortlessly fulfill a number of uses, whether you’re looking to use this space as a dining room, additional living room or study. As you can see, the expansive windows let in plenty of light and truly illuminate this flexible space!

Master Suite: Moving onward to the upper level, the Grand Central’s Master Suite includes an optional tray ceiling. Complete with an expansive walk-in closet and a deluxe master bath with his and her vanities, this is one master suite you’ll never want to leave!

Additional Bedrooms: Last but certainly not least, the upper level of the Grand Central is also home to 2 additional bedrooms, each with plenty of space and a sizable closet. There is also an option to add a 4th bedroom to the lower level of this home to give you even more living space.

For more on this truly stunning townhome, be sure to check out the Grand Central on FacebookHouzz and Pinterest!