How Our Online Sales Counselor, June, Can Help You Find Your New Home

Searching for a new home in Pittsburgh can be time consuming and overwhelming. There are so many great choices for housing of all kinds, and in so many areas. How do you narrow it all down without spending weeks or months driving around and looking at home after home? The answer is to speak with a New Home Online Sales Counselor. 

June Kress is Weaver Homes’ Online Sales Counselor, and she’s ready to help you find your new home!

 

What is an Online Home Sales Counselor?

An Online Sales Counselor, or OSC for short, is your initial point of contact when you fill out an online interest form for a new home community, or call a home builder for more information. This person is a skilled customer service specialist, whose only job is to make sure you have all the information you need to move forward in your home search.

June has been with Weaver Homes since 2016 and has a passion for helping people embark upon their home building journeys. She’ll take as much time as necessary to explain the process step-by-step, present all the options that fit your budget, lifestyle, and design preferences, and schedule appointments that work with your schedule. The home buying process has never been more convenient!

 

Why is an OSC important to the new home sales process?

Nearly 100% of home shoppers start their searches online. On builder websites and social media pages you can find lots of information about floor plans, communities, quick move-in homes, and pricing. But when you want to know more, it is time to reach out to June! She can help guide you to the community that best fits your lifestyle, and even to a collection of specific floor plans that has the pricing and upgrade options you need.

 

How can an OSC make my home search easier or faster?

You can save time in your home search by speaking with an OSC. They are resources of information, and know up-to-date details about every single community and every floor plan a builder offers. They can help narrow down your home search within a matter of minutes. Then, all you have to do is schedule an appointment to see the handful of homes you have pre-selected. All will be in your price range, meet your requirements, and have brand new everything. Best of all — they will all have the potential to be “the one.” One phone call can save you weeks or even months of searching, and get you into a new home, faster. 

 

Even though June’s title is Online Sales Counselor, there’s a good chance you’ll also meet her in person! Our customers often reach out to June during the sales process to ask questions because of the friendship she has built with them. And if schedules are tight then June will meet customers onsite herself! She’ll do whatever it takes to make sure everyone gets the information they need in record time.

 

How do I get in touch with June?

It’s easy! Contact June by using our online form or by calling her directly at 724-248-1729. She will take the time to get to know you, your preferences, and your reasons for moving. Then, all you have to do is sit back and let her research the best options for you, and when you see something you love, schedule an appointment to see them. With June as your go-to resource, searching for a new home has never been easier!

5 Benefits of Single Level Living

At Weaver Homes, we’ve mastered the art of stylish, single-level living. All of the homes in our Lifestyle Communities feature spacious, thoughtfully-designed interiors, oversized bedrooms and baths, extra space for storage, and covered sunrooms or verandas to comfortably enjoy fresh air. They offer 2 or 3 bedrooms, plenty of open space, abundant natural light, and a level of comfort you won’t believe. You’ll wish you’d switched to single level living years ago!

5 Benefits of a Single-Level Home

1) Easier to navigate. The biggest attraction of one-story homes is the fact that everything you need is on one floor — no stairs required. This makes it easier to deal with physical challenges, like arthritis or achy joints, and nighttime trips to the kitchen.  No more dreading when you’ve left something in another room!

2) Safer. Falling down the steps, or let’s face it even making it up steps at any age is a big concern. Single-level living means no worries about you, your grandkids, or pets tumbling down steps and getting hurt. And no need to haul laundry, suitcases, or anything else up and down stairs. 

3) Open space and natural light. Our one-story homes include lots of open living space. Rooms have vaulted ceilings, plenty of windows, and flow easily into one another – without a staircase cutting into the space or narrow hallways to navigate.

4) Easy to clean. Vacuums are heavy – especially if you’re lugging them up the stairs. And no one wants to spend money on TWO vacuums! If you live on a single floor, it’s so much easier to go from one end of the house to the other with a vacuum, dust mop, or any other cleaning tool. 

5) Everyday life. No stairs and zero step entries mean that you can move easily from the garage to the mudroom to the living areas with shopping bags, suitcases, boxes – and not worry about tripping or dropping things down the steps.

If you are interested in single-level, lifestyle communities in the Pittsburgh area, Weaver Homes has communities you’re sure to love! 

Heritage Crossing | Sarver, PA – Selling Fast!

2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Homes from $365,000

Millcreek Farms | Valencia, PA – High Style, Low Maintenance Living!

2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Homes from $385,000

Scenic Ridge | Harmony, PA – Only 2 Opportunities Remain!

2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Homes from $335,000

The Villas at Spring Valley | Zelienople, PA – The Lifestyle You Deserve!

2-3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Homes from $375,000

Give us a call at 724-609-5261 or schedule a personal appointment to learn how much better life can be in a new single level home!

5 Quick Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Summer, with its glorious sunshine, vacations to the beach, and long, lazy afternoons is in full effect in the Pittsburgh area! But before you head out for that day or weekend trip, there are a few routine things you need to do during the summer to keep your home fresh, cool and functional for this and the upcoming season. Take an afternoon and check these items off your to-do list, then you’ll feel even more relaxed on your next getaway!

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

1) Clean gutters and downspouts. Before the leaves start falling again in September, it’s best to clean all gutters and downspouts to make sure water is flowing freely away from your home. Pooling water will cause foundation issues, and clogged gutters can cause rotting eaves, which leaves your attic vulnerable to infestation.

2) Wash windows and replace screens. Sometimes you don’t realize how dirty the outside of your windows can get until you wash them! Also, check and replace any damaged window screens. One of the best parts of summer is opening the windows to let in a cool night time breeze. Make sure nothing unwanted gets in by inspecting window and door screens for holes or ill fits. 

3) Spruce up your yard. Besides cutting the grass, it can be easy to forget about things you need to do to maintain your yard. Make sure there’s no standing water where mosquitoes may breed, and cut back any overgrown shrubbery for the same reason. Cut dead branches off of trees to keep them healthy and insect free, and inspect the grass and perimeter for any red ant piles that might go unseen by running children or pets. 

4) Change the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Both alarms should be tested monthly, but you should replace the batteries on smoke alarms once a year, and on carbon monoxide alarms every six months. 

5) Reverse ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are such great inventions; they circulate warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer! All you have to do is make sure the blades are spinning counterclockwise during the warm months. You’ll likely need a ladder to reach the tiny switch on the side of the fan above the blades, but what a difference it makes! 

A new home is always easier to care for than a used home, but there are always a few things to do each season to keep your home comfortable and safe. To learn how easy it is to maintain a new home in Western PA, contact us at 724-609-5261.

Relax… Your new dream home is covered.

One of the biggest advantages of owning a new Weaver home is our industry-best warranty program — and our warranty department. What does that mean to you? 

We build with high quality materials and maintain a high level of workmanship in order to provide each homeowner with the best warranty, and the very best home. And we take great pride in our service after the sale of your home. Not only are things less likely to need adjusting, but if they do need adjusting because of unforeseen problems — every home is covered. We truly believe this makes us unique and contributes to our high level of customer satisfaction. 


Every Weaver Homes home buyer receives a Post-Closing Warranty Review manual that details everything that is covered, instructions for how to submit a warranty request, and more. Here are some of the highlights!

Weaver Homes’ Warranty Program

  • Pre-Occupancy Orientation. Prior to closing, we schedule a “pre-occupancy orientation” for you and the Project Manager who supervised construction of your home. The Project Manager walks through your home using our Pre-Occupancy Orientation Form as a guideline. Items in need of correction are listed on this form, and the Project Manager is responsible for correcting all items. The Project Manager works with the Warranty Department to track the completion of any items from the Pre-Occupancy Orientation. 
  • 45-Day Warranty Meeting. Like any new building, your new home requires a breaking-in period, during which time you may discover items in need of repair or adjustment. Please accumulate all such items and submit them on a 45-Day Service Request Form. Our Warranty Manager will call you to schedule a visit. The Warranty Manager is responsible for directing the completion of these items within 2 weeks after the 45-Day Warranty meeting,
  • One-Year Warranty Meeting. The Weaver Homes Limited Warranty continues for a period of 12 months from your closing date. Just submit a One Year Service Request Form list by a specific date to give us time to review the list and set up a meeting at your home prior to your warranty expiration date. Our Warranty Manager will call you to schedule a visit. The Warranty Manager is responsible for directing the completion of these items within 2 weeks after the One Year Warranty meeting.
  • Emergency Service. In the event of an emergency, please call the appropriate subcontractor listed in your manual. Before calling, though, consult the guidelines in your manual to ensure that you have an actual emergency. 

We want every homeowner to experience the joy of living in a Weaver home, with peace of mind included. For more information about our homes and our warranties, contact us.

Outdoor Activities in our Lifestyle Communities

We know that natural light and the outdoors are great for overall health, but did you know that the benefits are specific and measurable? Vitamin D that your body makes from natural sunlight is crucial to maintain bone density, fight depression, improve sleeping habits, and keep a number of inflammatory diseases at bay. And the best part? It doesn’t matter if you get your sunlight indoors or out. 

That’s why at Weaver Homes, we design our homes with large, double-hung, energy-efficient windows that allow for maximum sunlight and fresh air flow. Biophilic design, as it is called, encourages the use of natural elements such as plants, water, air and sunlight inside of spaces to improve quality of life. We keep this design philosophy top-of-mind as we create homes and lifestyle communities for our residents to be healthy, happy and thrive.

Not only are the interiors of our homes open, airy and bright, we make sure you have access to beautiful, safe outdoor spaces, too. Multiple studies suggest that one of the key indicators of longevity is access to green space. Time spent outdoors improves physical, mental and social well-being. 

At Weaver Homes, we’ve long understood the importance of nature and access to the great outdoors. All of our communities include a variety of shared outdoor living spaces – pools, walking trails, and clubhouse patios – plus private outdoor courtyards when it’s time to relax, unwind, or share cozy family moments. And our homeowners enjoy plenty of benefits from their time spent outdoors! 

Enjoying the Outdoors in Our Active Adult Communities

  • Physical benefits. Physical activity such as walking is good for joint flexibility, strengthening muscles, and the cardiovascular system. Spending time outdoors (i.e. walking, gardening or swimming) can lower the inflammation levels associated with hypertension, autoimmune diseases and depression. Living near green spaces has also been shown to lower the prevalence of certain diseases, while lowering mortality rates, too! 
  • Mental benefits. Physical activity that takes place in a natural setting improves the memory, increases cognitive function, and has a restorative effect overall. Thirty minutes or more of gardening, or even just looking up at the trees from your private courtyard, can have a significant effect on moods, stress levels, and mental health. 
  • Socialization benefits. Social encounters that occur during physical activity have a positive effect as well. They create a sense of community, and lessen any feeling of isolation. Walking in groups, playing cards by the pool, and tending a garden are all great for exercising the mind and body, while providing vital interpersonal connections. 

Residents of Weaver Homes active adult communities in West PA enjoy all of these advantages, plus so many others. With a focus on healthy spaces – both indoors and out – Weaver Homes are naturally designed to improve your quality of life for years to come. Visit our lifestyle communities: The Villas at Spring Valley in Zelienople, Scenic Ridge in Harmony, Millcreek Farms in Valencia, and Heritage Crossing in Sarver.

Top Golf Courses Near Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania boasts more than 500 public golf courses, and many of Golf Digest’s best ranked courses are located in Pittsburgh!  There’s a lot of variety, with courses running the gamut from tree-lined, heavily wooded greens to rugged, hilly layouts. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, North Pittsburgh has a golf course for you! 

Here are a few of the more interesting public courses near our communities!

Best Golf Courses in Western PA

Cranberry Highlands Golf Club | Cranberry Township, PA 16066

One of the best courses in the state, Cranberry Highlands embraces the natural challenges of western Pennsylvania’s rugged landscape with a stunning 186-acre course that provides a test for players at every level. It is walkable, and ringed in the timberstock that defines the region.

Pretty centrally located to all the Weaver Homes Communities (closer to Spring Valley & Scenic Ridge) 

Treesdale Golf and Country Club | Gibsonia, PA 15044

Treesdale’s courses feature the vision of Arnold Palmer and the Palmer Course Design Company. They’re beautiful, challenging but fair, and playable for all. The three nine-hole courses wind through rolling fields, apple orchards, lush forest and long spectacular lakes and wetlands. 

Close to Hickory Glen, Camp Trees, MillCreek Farm

best golf courses in west pa

Rittswood Golf Course | Valencia PA 16059

Once a cattle and chicken farm owned by the Ritts family, the 150-acre, 18-hole Rittswood golf course debuted in 1966. Designed by Jim Harrison and Fred Garbin to showcase the area’s rolling hills, it features quiet, secluded greens with trees lining the fairways.

Close to MillCreek Farm, Hickory Glen, Camp Trees, Heritage Crossing 

Suncrest Golf & Grille | Butler, PA 16002

Suncrest’s meticulously landscaped course offers challenging play and affordable rates. Uphill greens, strategically placed water features, and plentiful trees make this 18-hole course an adventure every time. But the views are gorgeous!

Close to MillCreek Farm, Hickory Glen, Camp Trees, Heritage Crossing 

Strawberry Ridge Golf Course | Harmony, PA 16037

Located about 2 miles north of Zelienople, Strawberry Ridge offers challenging, flat fairways with large inviting greens designed to accommodate all skill levels. The 18-hole, par 70 championship course is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including rolling hills and banks of trees.

Close to Spring Valley, Scenic Ridge

Featured floorpan: the Harrison

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Between your first family discussion about a new home and the moment your builder hands over your keys, there are so many memorable experiences to enjoy along your journey. Documenting those experiences will add a whole new level of excitement for everyone! And of course, once you are all settled in, you will love to look back on this unique part of your family’s story. 

From a scrapbook to videos, take a look at a few fun ways to document your new home journey:

Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (Yellow): Every year, Pantone announces a “color of the year” that embodies a unique message. For 2021, they chose Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating (yellow), two uplifting colors that convey strength and hopefulness. These soft, modern hues work beautifully together (and apart) in any space; try using them as wall colors, in furniture accessories, throughout table displays, and more. Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (Yellow): Every year, Pantone announces a “color of the year” that embodies a unique message. For 2021, they chose Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating (yellow), two uplifting colors that convey strength and hopefulness. These soft, modern hues work beautifully together (and apart) in any space; try using them as wall colors, in furniture accessories, throughout table displays, and more. Pantone’s yearly colors provide endless opportunities to give your home the fresh, contemporary vibe you’re looking for in the new year. And you don’t have to stop there — take a look at the unique shades that major paint companies have chosen to highlight this year! Pantone’s yearly colors provide endless opportunities to give your home the fresh, contemporary vibe you’re looking for in the new year. And you don’t have to stop there — take a look at the unique shades that major paint companies have chosen to highlight this year!

Staging Your Current Home to Sell

Once you’ve decided on your perfect new Weaver home, all that’s left to do is sell your current one. And this is where staging comes in. Effective staging isn’t just for show — in fact, staging your home the right way will ensure that you sell it as quickly as possible and maximize its sales price. Take a look at a few of our favorite tips and tricks when it comes to the art of staging.

Tips to Sell Your Home

Declutter: First and foremost, it’s crucial to go through every room in the home to clean up the “clutter zones,” or areas filled with old keepsakes, decor, and things to throw away. Either pack or discard everything to make the space feel open and inviting. (This also makes moving much easier!)

Depersonalize: Buyers want to look at your old home and envision making it their own, so make sure to “depersonalize.” Painting colored walls with trendy grays or off-whites will make your home look like an open canvas that’s ready to be personalized. Mirrors on the wall also help to create a wide open feel.

Make Quick Fixes: The next thing to do is look for the “quick fixes” — removing old area rugs to show off the hardwood floors, taking off curtains and cleaning windows, changing lampshades, replacing light bulbs for optimal lighting, rearranging furniture, etc. Little adjustments make a big impact.

Decide on Furniture: When it comes to the furniture, it’s essential to make a final decision on what should stay and what should go. Always make sure to keep color, style, and function in mind to make the most confident and informed choice, and really see your home through a buyer’s eyes.

Feel Fresh: The majority of potential buyers see your home in photos online before they see it in person, so everything you do in your home should be about that crucial first impression. Think about touch-ups that evoke a fresh and clean feeling like bright flowers, folded towels in the bathroom, and bowls of fruit in the kitchen.

When you understand where the eye goes first, as well as what’s pleasant and positive and what needs a change, you can make the best adjustments to not only impress buyers, but win them over. We can’t wait to work with you to get you moved into one of our Lifestyle Communities or Estate Homes in Greater Pittsburgh!

New Luxury Homes Coming Soon to Hickory Glen

A gorgeous, brand new home situated amid a lush landscape where views, privacy, and luxury abound… If this sounds like the life you’ve been working for and dreaming of, then you’ll love the newest phase of homesites at Hickory Glen, the premier single-family community in Adams Township, PA.

The Neighborhood

Nestled amid 60 wooded acres in a truly distinctive location, Hickory Glen is set to release 22 new homesites this spring, all at least half an acre on a quiet, private, cul-de-sac street. The protected woodlands surrounding the 40-home community offer stunning views from each home’s private morning room, covered front porch, or backyard deck.

Hickory Glen is only minutes from the Mars Area School District, which serves families with children in pre-K to 12th grade. The community is also walking distance to Adams Township Community Park. With its rolling green lawn, 1.3 mile walking trail, two playgrounds, multiple sports courts, and four pavilions, it’s the perfect Saturday get-away for the entire family.

The Homes

It might be hard, though, to leave the comfort and luxury of your new Weaver home. Hickory Glen’s open concept homes with first floor primary suite options offer ample square footage that can be personalized to your family’s unique wants and needs. Choose from 11 distinct floor plans with 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5-4.5 baths, a 2-3 car garage, and up to 3,803 square feet. Here are just a few features that set these stately homes apart:

Open Concept Layout: Your indoor views are almost as expansive as the ones outside, making your home the ideal space to host both intimate gatherings and large celebrations. Even when it’s just you and your family relaxing after work or on the weekends, there’s room for everyone to spread out, but still feel connected.

Flexible Space: With the option of an additional bedroom, finished basement, study, den, or flex room, you can accommodate every hobby, interest, activity, and school project. If you need it, there’s space for it. 

Luxury Primary Suite: You haven’t seen a primary suite quite like this before. With enough space to accommodate the largest of furniture with room left to spare, our primary suites feel luxurious and exclusive. There’s a spacious master bath with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and a walk-in shower, and some walk-in closets are large enough to double as dressing areas. 

At Hickory Glen, your dream home and dream lifestyle can both become a reality. To be the first to receive information about the newest phase of this exclusive community, please request more information or call June at 724-609-5261. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

10 Spring Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home Good As New

Spring — with all of its glorious sunshine, warm temperatures, and colorful blooms — has arrived in Pittsburgh! But before you start taking long weekend trips to Cucumber Falls or spending the day with the kids at Idlewild, there are a few things you should do after the cold winter season to make sure your home is well-maintained and good as new.

If you’ve just moved into your new Weaver home, you won’t have to worry about many of these items for quite some time, but it doesn’t hurt to get into the habit of checking. A day of preventative home maintenance can save you huge amounts of time and money later on.

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

1) Change the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Both alarms should be tested monthly, but you should replace the batteries on smoke alarms once a year, and on carbon monoxide alarms every six months. 

2) Check the attic for mold or pests. Before it gets too hot, now is a good time to check your attic for signs of damage, mold, or pests. It’s better to get ahead of any problems in your attic because they’ll only get worse with time, and can eventually affect the rest of the home.

3) Clean gutters and downspouts. After the falling leaves of autumn and winter, it’s best to clean all gutters and downspouts to make sure water is flowing freely away from your home to keep your foundation nice and dry.

4) Repair, seal and paint exterior wood. Freezing temperatures, rain, and snow can take its toll on woodwork. Give your fences, decks, railings, and gazebos some TLC so that you can enjoy them all spring and summer.

5) Check for termites. Eastern subterranean termite infestation is not a problem you want to have. These insects swarm in the spring, usually after a warm rainfall. If you see any signs of them, like small holes in drywall, discolored or drooping drywall, or peeling paint that looks like water damage, call a professional exterminator asap.

 

6) Inspect the roof. After winter storms, ice and snow, have a good look at your roof and check for missing shingles, damaged metal pipes, loose gutters, or anything else that doesn’t look quite right. Even a small leak can add up to big problems over time.

7) Check sprinklers, hoses, and irrigation systems. Check for any leaks or damaged hoses, pipes or sprinkler heads. By making repairs and ensuring the system is watering only what it should, you’ll avoid wasting water and paying a too-high bill.

8) Check and replace damaged screens. One of the best parts of spring is opening the windows to let in fresh air! Make sure nothing unwanted gets in by inspecting window and door screens for holes or ill fits. 

9) Service your HVAC system. Your heating and cooling system will keep your home comfortable for years, but it’s always a good idea to change the filter and have the system professionally inspected before summer heat sets in.

10) Check the condition of concrete walkways, driveways, patios, and stairs. Freezing and thawing can cause concrete and asphalt to crack and buckle. Make sure there are no hazards on your property that may cause people to trip or fall. 

In a Weaver home, maintenance is easy, and we make sure your home is in good shape even after you close. Any items that need to be inspected or repaired within your first year of home ownership are taken care of by our warranty department, so that you can continue to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with owning a brand new home.

For more information about our new homes in Pittsburgh North, please contact June at  724-609-5261. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

Bring Your New Home to Life in Our Design Studio

Designing a home is a once-in-a lifetime, emotion-filled experience. Rarely do you have the opportunity to choose how your home will look and feel, top to bottom, from the very beginning. That’s why we place so much emphasis on the design process. It’s important to us that you love every aspect of your new home, so we give you total control. From cabinets and countertops to light fixtures and flooring, you can personalize nearly every aspect of your home to make it uniquely yours. 

Our First Impressions Interior Design Studio is what makes the process fun, easy and straightforward. Conveniently located at Weaver Homes in Mars, PA, the Design Studio offers complete models of kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas, so that you get a sense of how your selections look in a real home. We have aligned with the top brands in the industry to bring you the highest quality trending interior choices for your new home.

We make the process easy. Our talented designer, Megan, will take you through each step, guiding you on style choices and complementary finishes to make sure your entire home looks cohesive and beautifully put together. She’ll also make sure you stay on trend and within budget. There are never any surprises about what your design selections or optional upgrades cost or how they’ll look in your home.

You’ll meet with Megan after a deposit is made on your home, and a specific day and time is arranged to meet and make your unique selections. You’ll have the entire Design Studio to yourself during your appointment, so you never feel rushed to make a decision. We understand how important it is to get your home “just right,” and that’s exactly what Megan will help you do.

New Home Virtual Tours

If inspiration strikes before your design appointment, you’re always welcome to visit our Design Center during the open houses that are held several times a month. (Contact us to learn when the next open house is!) You can also visit virtually at any time by browsing our online photo and video galleries, or by using our Design Center Matterport Tour.

Home design is a collaborative process, so be sure to bring anything to your appointment that inspires you. That could be a lookbook you’ve created from magazine clippings, a folder on your computer or tablet where you’ve saved images, a picture of your favorite piece of furniture, or even flowers whose colors you love. Megan will work with you to choose the finishes that define your style and speak to your heart. You will LOVE the home that you helped to create. 

For more information on Weaver Homes’ design process, or our new homes and communities in western Pennsylvania, please contact June at 724-609-5261. We can’t wait to get started!

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Patio This Spring

With spring peeking around the corner in western Pennsylvania, there’s no better place to enjoy the warmer weather than in the backyard of your gorgeous new Weaver home. With patios included in each floor plan and styles ranging from cozy to grand, you can dress these spaces up (or down) to reflect your lifestyle and share the best moments this spring with family and friends outdoors.

Here are five ways to enjoy your patio and make the most of the beautiful spring weather!

1) Turn your patio into an outdoor living room

Enjoy after-dinner drinks or long afternoons reading outside by going for the ultimate in comfort. Select a few plush couches or settees, a soft outdoor rug, pillows for lounging, and lots of warm blankets to get cozy after the sun goes down. This time of year, we promise your outdoor living room will get just as much use as your indoor space!

2) Enjoy s’mores with an outdoor fireplace

A back patio is the perfect spot for an outdoor fire pit or fireplace. You can find them in an array of sizes and materials to match your home’s style. Your grandkids will LOVE making s’mores, and you’ll love making sweet memories, around the fire in the comfort and safety of your own yard. What was once only an occasional camping experience can be an everyday treat at home.

3) Create an outdoor movie theatre

Your spacious yard is the perfect place for family movie night! Purchase a screen and projector, or get creative with a white sheet, and set up blankets, pillows, low chairs, and of course, a fully-loaded snack and beverage bar on the patio to enjoy your favorite films under the stars.

4) Let the light shine

Lighting can make or break interior design, but did you know you can use light to completely transform your outdoor space, too? Use string lights, fairy curtain lights, or paper lanterns to instantly create ambiance and make your patio cozier and more welcoming. When you add a pair of comfortable, cushioned chairs and your favorite beverage, you’ll never want to leave. 

5) Dine outdoors in elegance

The most elegant meals can take place right in your own gorgeous backyard. Create an unforgettable dining experience with formal dinnerware, candles, and a gorgeous tablescape. For ultimate luxury, have a catering company take care of all the cooking and cleaning up.

However you choose to dress up your outdoor space, it’s sure to be a highlight of your new home in Western PA. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the great outdoors than right in your own backyard. For more information, please contact us at 724-609-5261.

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Moving Day

Once you’ve closed on your beautiful new home in Pittsburgh North, it’s time to start planning move-in day! We believe this day should be celebrated instead of stressed, and with a bit of planning, it can be an exciting, memorable event for the whole family. After all, you only move into your dream home every so often…

Even if you’ve got the big tasks squared away, the little things can add up quickly – and can determine how well moving day goes. From disconnecting your services to securing transportation for your pet, here are a few last-minute tasks to complete to make sure move-in day as easy as possible! 

Tips for Moving Day

1) Make Calls: A few simple calls will go a long way in the first few weeks and months after you move in. Notify your medical providers that you’re moving, cancel your subscriptions, alert utility companies to disconnect your services, and notify employers and insurance providers of your new address. See here for a full, comprehensive list. 

2) Begin Packing Early: Don’t wait a week before moving day to start packing. Begin packing items you know you won’t use over the next month – like kitchen appliances, decor, and clothing – well in advance to help ease the stress. Set a timer to pack for 30 minutes every day over the next month and this task won’t feel so overwhelming!

3) Take the Time to Organize: When packing, it’s important to clearly label each box for a smoother move. Group the contents of each box with similar items, and add large, bold labels so that they are easy to read. To go the extra mile, add a color coded system for kitchen supplies, bathroom supplies, etc. to avoid any frantic searching!

4) Pet Transportation: You know your furry friends better than anyone, so whether they’ll be more comfortable with you or a family member taking them to their new home, make sure to secure their ride to avoid any issues. In your new home, designate a space just for them and fill it with their favorite things – blankets, toys, and treats. They’ll feel right at home in no time!

5) Overnight Bag: Pack a separate overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant, hair brush, etc.), plus medications, towels, and washcloths for every member of the family. You’ll be glad to have quick access to these items that you may not be thinking about as you’re getting settled in.

6) Furniture/Trash Pick Up: If you’re rightsizing and getting rid of furniture or old televisions that are in your current house, make sure to contact your town’s trash department and/or large item removal companies first. Most trash companies cannot handle the large capacity of the trash that might come from moving out of a home, and require separate pick-ups.

7) Stock Up: Stock up on snacks like fruit, nuts, crackers, and granola bars, since they require no refrigeration and no preparation. You can easily snack on these throughout the day to stay energized and full. Don’t forget bottled water and juice!

As you gear up to move into your new home, keep this checklist handy so that you’re all squared away on the big day. For more information on Weaver Homes’ new homes in West PA and communities near Pittsburgh, or for a private showing, please call us at 385-297-8216.

Benefits of Buying a To-Be-Built Home

You’re looking for a new home, and reviewing your options: Resale or new? Move-in-ready or to-be-built? 

Let’s talk about the benefits of buying a to-be-built home with Weaver Homes. 

  • Personalization: In our Design Studio, you can personalize your home’s features & finishes to fit your family. Inside and out, from the roof to the floors, it’s all yours. This is what makes your new Weaver house feel like your home. 
  • No bidding wars: When you choose a brand new Weaver home, there’s no risk of losing out on what you want or having to pay thousands of dollars over asking price in this competitive market. No stress, more fun!
  • Select your homesite: Enjoy the best of both worlds with a to-be-built home. A brand new home, personalized to your taste, on the exact homesite you want. Choose the perfect spot for your dream home in one of our amazing communities throughout Greater Pittsburgh.

Building with Weaver Homes

Oh, and did we mention how much fun it is to build with Weaver Homes? Our team of experts is ready to make your new home journey an experience you’ll love from beginning to end. 

We build detached and attached patio homes specifically designed for active adults. These homes are spacious and elegantly designed, featuring one-level living for easy mobility and entertaining, ample natural light that brings the outdoors in, and courtyards and patios that create an “outdoor living” space that is an extension of the living room. 

We also build luxury single-family homes for move-up buyers. They include our specialty features, open concept floorplans, first floor owner suite options, and plenty of square footage that can be personalized to make each one truly unique. 

Why settle for someone else’s home when you can have a home that’s brand new and all you? For more information about building with Weaver Homes, visit weaverhomelive.wpengine.com or call 724-609-5261.

6 Reasons to Live in Western Pennsylvania

Access to a world-class city, lush green landscapes, and a low cost of living are just a few reasons that western Pennsylvania is gaining popularity as one of the best places in the country to live. Whether you are returning home after retirement, advancing in your career, or searching for the perfect place to raise a family, western PA is an attractive place to settle in and buy a new home. Let’s explore a few reasons why:

1. Low Cost of Living

Pennsylvania ranks just below the national average when it comes to cost of living – and that’s a good thing! Your dollar will stretch further for necessities such as housing, health care, and utilities. The state sales tax is 6% and excludes pharmaceutical drugs, clothing, residential heating fuels, and food. Pennsylvania also offers attractive benefits for retirees. There is no tax on retirement incomes such as pensions, social security, 401Ks, and IRAs, and seniors over the age of 50 may qualify for property tax rebates. Working adults will be pleased to know that the income tax rate is a flat 3.07%. As always, be sure to consult with your accountant for specifics about taxes. Overall, in Pennsylvania you’ll be able to enjoy a great quality of life AND have money left to save!

2. Nationally Ranked Healthcare

The Pittsburgh metro boasts a high number of doctors per capita. That’s no surprise, given the number of excellent health organizations and universities in the area. To be precise, there are 45 hospitals in western PA, and nine of them are top-ranked facilities. Nationally ranked hospitals like UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC offer any service or treatment necessary. When you live in suburban towns like Sarver, Valencia, Harmony, or Zelienople, world-class medical facilities are never more than a few minutes away when you need them.

3. Excellent Schools and Higher Education

If you have children, or you’re interested in expanding your own studies, western Pennsylvania offers top-notch choices in education. The majority of Pittsburgh area public school districts are rated above average, and the area boasts an impressive roster of colleges and universities. Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Chatham University, and various Penn State campuses are just a few of the institutions of higher learning. There are a plethora of coffee shops whenever you want to meet with friends to discuss interesting coursework or topics of the day.

4. Culture & Entertainment

With access to the second-largest city in the state comes more than enough options to enjoy art, culture, sports, and entertainment. Pop into town on a Saturday afternoon to take in one of the many museums, then head for the walkable neighborhood of Shadyside where you can dine al fresco at one of many promising eateries. There are numerous music venues and concert events, and of course, don’t forget your season tickets for the Steelers (NFL), Pirates (MLB) or Penguins (NHL). 

5. Outdoor Recreation

In western Pennsylvania we are lucky to enjoy all four seasons – which means there are different outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the year! Local state parks offer safe and enjoyable ways to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful green landscapes. Head to Moraine State Park for water activities and beaches. Keystone State Park has plenty of spots for camping, hiking, and cycling. Kids will love Ohiopyle State Park with its waterfalls and natural water slides. And for the history buffs, stroll through Point Park State Park at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. There’s always a new place to explore in western PA.

6. One of the Best Areas for Active Adults

We’re not just saying that because we believe it. The Pittsburgh metro area is nationally ranked on the Milken Institute’s list of best cities for successful aging. Researchers consider 83 indicators for successful age-related living, like wellness, financial security, and community engagement. Numerous opportunities for active adult lifestyle communities in western Pennsylvania means you’ll get to enjoy the best years of life in a beautiful home with outstanding amenities, surrounded by best friends and family.

No matter where you live now, moving to western Pennsylvania will feel like coming home. There’s no better place to enjoy a high quality of life, close to people you love, with endless activities. It’s all here, and the team at Weaver Homes can’t wait to share it with you.

For more information about building a new home in western Pennsylvania, please contact us at 724-609-5261.