Best Local Resources for Outfitting Your New Home

Once you’ve done the heavy lifting of actually moving, it can feel just as overwhelming to figure out where to start when turning your new space into a home. However, it doesn’t have to be so daunting—moving into a new home can actually be a beautiful, exciting new chapter. By conceptualizing the atmosphere, you want in your new space, furnishing a new home can become a straightforward and positive experience.  And luckily for us, we have some amazing and unique local resources for outfitting your new home.  And, now more than ever, it is of the upmost importance to support our local economy!

Filling your new space with some statement pieces and furniture you can be proud of is the best place to start, and Custom Home Furniture Galleries is the perfect place to find everything you need.   They are family owned and operated and committed to providing their customers with the best service possible.  They have incredible furnishings to choose from in the store and online as well the option to design your own!  The on-staff designer will even come to your home for a consultation to get a feel for your space and understand exactly what you need!  This is followed up with an hour-long appointment in the store finding your dream furniture perfectly suited to your style!

Shopping on a budget but still want upscale and classy pieces in your new home?  Then Home Again is the shop for you!  Their inventory is unique and always fresh as they offer an assortment of new and gently used furnishings that are consigned from the most exquisite local Wilmington homes, showroom samples, manufacturers’ liquidations and model homes.  Their inventory is so ever changing and new items come in so frequently that they will even send you a weekly email with their new arrivals.  What better way to save money and find that special statement piece you’ve been dreaming of?

Once the rooms of your new home are filled with your favorite furnishings, it’s time to start thinking about the decorative details!  One of our favorite local spots for finding those special touches and unique pieces is The Fisherman’s Wife.  The Fisherman’s Wife is three shops in one and is anything but ordinary!  With its incredible assortment of fine china, home décor and accessories, creative gifts and even personalized stationery (you’ll need some change of address announcements after all!); you’ll have and amazing experience; guaranteed!

Another shop that stands out one of Wilmington’s best spots for home décor and fine goods is Blue Moon Gift Shops.  If you love supporting local talent and small businesses, then Blue Moon Gift Shops is the place to shop!  Over 100 artisans and small business owners fill the shop with their hand made creations and treasures.  They sell everything from home accessories, furniture, art, pottery, hand blown glass, apparel, hand crafted jewelry, baby gifts, coastal decor, lamps, photography, gourmet fudge and local NC products.  Your new McAdams home will not be complete until you are proudly displaying a locally made piece of art from Blue Moon Gift Shops! 

Spring Specials from McAdams Homes at The Landing at Lewis Creek

“Real estate is an imperishable asset, ever increasing in value. It is the most solid security that human ingenuity has devised. It is the basis of all security and about the only indestructible security.” -Russell Sage

Few homes look their best in the dirty grays of late winter, which is, in part, why homebuying season coincides with the arrival of spring. This year, however, the azaleas that can make a house look that much nicer are showing up alongside the less reassuring news of a virus circling the globe. But don’t fret, housing is essential and the real estate market will thrive. The staff at McAdams Homes and The Landing at Lewis Creek are adjusting to a new normal as we conduct business as close to usual as possible! We recognize the importance of the safety guidelines set forth by the CDC and will adjust our business practices accordingly while continuing to provide with the exceptional service!

If you’re in the market for a house, all the uncertainty might have you worried. But rest assured, real estate remains a trusted long-term investment option in a time where stock prices are falling and the return on bonds is at an all-time low! NOW is the ideal time to lock in mortgage rates. The Federal Open Market Committee issued an emergency interest rate reduction on March 3 in an effort to lessen the effects of the coronavirus on the economy. With interest rates lowered to just 1-1.25 percent, there has never been a better time to purchase your dream home. And, McAdams Homes and The Landing at Lewis Creek want to make it even more enticing and help our customers out in this time of change.

We are offering a spring special that we are sure will brighten your outlook! In addition to our already phenomenal prices and super low interest rates, we are giving you a $4,000 design or closing credit with every contract! But wait, there’s more! We are also throwing in a free fridge of your choice—up to a $1,400 value! That’s $5,400 in savings! We want nothing more than to see families move into their dream homes during a time when being at home is at the upmost of importance! Let us help you secure the home of your dreams today!

Spring Cleaning Hacks to Keep Your New Home Fresh

You may not realize it, but spring cleaning is actually GOOD for you. Spring cleaning can help you avoid allergy symptoms which tend to be at their worst in the spring, not to mention the emotional benefits. We all have a little bit more time on our hands right now and are spending most of it in our homes, why not use it to make your new McAdams home even more comfortable and enjoyable?!

While you may already have your own system for spring cleaning, there may be better/faster/more effective ways of doing things. We’re going to share some of our favorite spring cleaning hacks to keep your new home sparkling for years to come.
It is easy to be overwhelmed before you even get started. It helps to have a plan so you don’t get distracted. Try segmenting your home into zones. Zones can include bathrooms, kitchen, living spaces, bedrooms, garage, basement, and outdoor spaces. By approaching the areas that need cleaning in manageable chunks, you’re ensuring you don’t get overwhelmed and abandon your cleaning efforts. Now is a good time to get the family involved too. Assign everyone a zone and get that teamwork going!
Now for some of our favorite cleaning hacks! The kitchen is a good place to start…and is one of our favorite rooms in every McAdams home. To clean your dishwasher, place a cup of distilled white vinegar on the top rack and run it. Your dishwasher will be spic and span with no effort on your end. Clean your garbage disposal by dropping in a handful of crushed ice, half a lemon, and some salt. Turn the disposal on and let it run for a minute. The combination of the lemon and salt will neutralize any odors coming from the disposal.

Bathrooms…everyone’s dreaded chore! But, we make it easy with some homemade hacks. Shower heads can sometimes not work as efficiently as they should due to calcium build up. Remove the shower head, and soak it overnight in distilled white vinegar, and it will be good as new. Get rid of stubborn water stains on faucets or handles using half a lemon. Simply rub the area with the lemon and you’ll have shiny fixtures that smell lemony fresh. Glass shower doors are notorious for building up residue. Take a dryer sheet, sprinkle it with water and scrub down the door to make the glass sparkle.

For the rest of the house, we’ve compiled some of our favorite hacks to make your life easier and your new McAdams home sparkly…er! Blinds always build up dust. Use an old sock and mix up a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Slip the sock on your hand, dip it in the cleaning solution and then run your hand over the dusty blinds. Rinse and repeat until the whole blind is clean. For dusty air vents, take a butter knife and wrap a thin rag around it. Then slide the knife back and forth between the slats of the vents. Dryer sheets are an excellent tool for dusting. When used on baseboards, not only do they clean off the dust, but they also leave behind a slight residue that will repel dust and keep them from getting dirty as quickly again.

And our personal favorite, use shaving cream to treat stubborn carpet stains…because who’s shaving right now, am I right?! Dab shaving cream on the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a wet cloth!

Best Paint Colors for Your New Home

“Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint.”- Haruki Murakami

One of the most exciting parts of building your dream home is being able to be involved in the decision making process from the beginning.  Choosing the right paint color is a big decision and one that can influence the feel of an entire room.  There is actually a psychology behind certain colors that can effect everything from your mood, to your appetite.    The hues chosen for a room’s walls and ceiling can help determine whether your interior design is a hit or miss.  Here are a few color psychology tips to keep in mind when planning your home’s color scheme.

Bright colors—that is, vibrant shades of green and blue, yellow, and orange provide an expansive feeling. These are friendly, happy colors that encourage communication and are therefore especially welcome in the dining area and kitchen. 

Dark colors, such as red, purple, blue, and dark shades of green, can have a constricting and gloomy effect. But when applied in the right place or as accent elements, they can help convey comfort and security. Red raises the energy level of a room, but it may also make people more irritable and hostile—so it’s not a good choice for a child’s room. Use it as an accent rather than a base room color. Gray should be avoided for the dining area and kitchen—unless you want to dampen your appetite.

Orange and yellow hues raise the perceived temperature of a room and encourage creativity. For that reason, they’re best used in play rooms and offices because they inspire activity — avoid them in rooms meant for relaxation, like the bedroom.

Colors such as icy blues and greens have a calming effect. They are especially well-suited for bedrooms; they help you to go to bed relaxed in the evening and wake up refreshed the next morning. While icy blues are relaxing, navy blue has a different effect.  This color inhibits people’s willingness to communicate; do not use it in living and dining areas where conversation and communication are encouraged.

It may seem overwhelming to narrow down all the color choices but thankfully The Spruce has consulted decorating experts and compiled a list of tried and true color schemes so you can’t go wrong!  From Gentlemen’s Gray to Red Delicious Red; there is a shade to fit the feeling you want in every room of your new home!

Still undecided about what color to choose or unsure of how the final product will look?  Sherwin Williams has you covered!  You can upload a photo of your space to their Personal Color Viewer and choose from any of their paint colors to get a feel of what your rooms will look like!  Building a new home has never been more fun! 

The New Home Building Process

“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.”- Gordon B. Hinckley

At McAdams Homes, we pride ourselves in out commitment to quality and attention to details and that is the foundation of how we approach the home building process. We know that building a home can be one of the most important decisions you make for your family and therefore can be one of the most stressful. Luckily for you, you have a team of experts on your side to help you through the process. We have fine tuned the process in a way that saves the home owner money and expedites the completion time. Our average time frame from start to finish is 120 days. Imagine, you could be just months away from the home of your dreams! Read on to find out how we make it all happen!

It all starts with our Pre-Construction Design Meeting. This is where all of your needs and wants are addressed and factored into the design plan. Come prepared with questions and concerns and our team will make sure you have all the information you need. We will explain every step of the sales process, construction and all pertinent warranty information to ensure you know exactly what to expect. You can use this time to review the Selection Sheet Documentation and the Construction Checklist so we know we have everything perfected to your specifications.

Once the construction is complete, we move on to what’s next on our checklist…making sure you love every detail of your new home! Our Quality Assurance Representative will conduct a walk-through of your new home, leaving no detail overlooked. You will be given a thorough demonstration of all of your homes systems to ensure that everything is up to our high standard of quality and functionality. You will receive the McAdams Homes warranty manual and our promise to provide you with the best service in keeping your home on excellent condition!

Now for the day you’ve been waiting for…the closing! No need to feel anxious about the big day; you have a dream team of key players on your side! We will work closely with your real estate agent and make sure that everyone involved stays informed and prepared. We are always available to answer questions and solve any challenges that may arise. Our goal is to take the stress out of the situation so you can enjoy your family’s big day!

Our desire to make sure we exceed your expectations doesn’t just end when the closing is over. In a year, after you have settled in and made your new house a home, we will reach out to you for a 1 Year Follow Up. A Warranty Representative will come out for a visit to go over any concerns or issues you may have with your new home in southeastern NC. Feel free to make a list of anything you think may need to be repaired or addressed. Your satisfaction is a top priority for our team and we will be by your side every step of the way. So, take that first step today!

5 Concerns When Building A New Home

“It takes hands to build a house but only hearts can build a home.”

At McAdams Homes we put our hearts into every home we build ensuring that you have the best possible experience and that experience starts by addressing all your concerns and easing your mind about the home building process. Here are some of our most commonly asked questions:

Q: How do I pick a home builder?
A: Easy, when you pick a McAdams Homes neighborhood like The Landing at Lewis Creek you are working with our team of professionals. You don’t have to search around to find another builder. Our team is knowledgeable about every aspect of the building process and will guide you every step of the way!

Q: Are new home prices set in stone?
A: Yep, in our communities you don’t have to worry about negotiating for the best price because our homes come with the best price already! Our homes are some of the most affordably priced houses in Southeastern NC. We guarantee you we will exceed your expectations and make sure you get more for your money!

Q: Do I have to use the builder’s mortgage lender?
A: No, you don’t; but we have a great network of lender and mortgage professionals like BB&T Trust and Guaranteed Rate that we work with that understand all the ins and outs of building a new home. Still, the choice is yours!

Q: Do I have to build my home from scratch?
A: Nope, only if you want to! Often times, we have model homes or spec homes available. Model homes are usually staged so that you can get a feel for how the home will live. Spec homes are usually complete or almost complete, so you can walk through them and see if you like the feel of the home. However, you can usually still make some selections along the way such as hardware, paint colors, etc. The possibilities are endless and we are always willing to work with you!

Q: What if something goes wrong?
A: Our Quality Assurance Representative will walk through your home with a comprehensive checklist to verify our high attention to detail, the functionality and construction of your home. Your Quality Assurance Representative will provide you with a detailed demonstration of your home systems, a review of the McAdams Homes warranty manual and will discuss other useful information to make sure you are 100% satisfied. We will escort you through your new home and help rectify any issues identified to make sure that all is well before you move into your new home!

Work with a Trusted Builder

Building a new home is one of the largest investments most people will make in their lifetime, so it is important to get it right the first time. Choosing the best custom home builder for you and your home is essential to its success. As in any relationship, there needs to be trust and clear, honest communication. At McAdams Homes, we pride ourselves on these values and on consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations!

The homeowner/homebuilder relationship should be a close one. You are collaborators on a very personal project, and a trusted builder should show genuine commitment and desire to be your trusted advocate through the entire journey. They need to care about your home as if they were building it for their family, and they need to handle your resources with as much respect and responsibility as if they were their own. How do you know when you’ve found a builder like this? Above all, they will take the time to ask questions. They will listen to what’s important to you, and then adopt those priorities. Being trustworthy and service oriented is the approach we take with all of our customers at McAdams Homes!

There is a lot about new homebuilding that can only be learned by experience. The more experience the better! You want a builder with a history of happy customers and beautiful homes behind them. It also means that when problems crop up, an experienced builder will be able to solve them quickly and effectively because they’ve pretty much seen it all before. Finally, you also want a strong and experienced team. The McAdams Homes team is comprised of some of the best in the business and has a fantastic dynamic that results in customer satisfaction across the board.

Hand-in-hand with experience goes a proven track record. McAdams Homes has a stellar reputation with past clients and past collaborators. Healthy relationships are the lifeblood of the new home construction business, and we are proud of our ability to maintain these relationships! Don’t want to take our word for it? Take it from some of our many satisfied customers…

“Building with McAdams Homes has been the most pleasant experience. They went above and beyond our expectations in every way. They truly care about the home owners and the product they deliver. They offer a lot of things standard that other builders charge extra for. During our walkthrough we requested some things that we thought was a little over the top, but I figured it never hurts to ask, and they did everything we requested! Blown away by their service and the house they built for us. We highly recommend using McAdams Homes.”
– Chaffin Santos

“McAdams are great builders and customer satisfaction is high on their priority. We are very pleased with our experience as a first-time builder and homeowner. We strongly recommend buying at the Landing.”
– Marcus Santos