Exciting and Appealing Floor Plans at Westfall

The Westfall custom builder team is proud to provide a host of appealing plans for our exciting community. Allow us to customize a dream home that meets your specific needs.

Visit the Floor Plans tab on our website to learn more!

View Westfall’s Galleries

Visit the Gallery tab on the Westfall website!

The photo gallery allows viewers to discover the many desirable and appealing features of our community, as well as providing an opportunity to view gorgeous home designs by our custom builder team.

And take a moment to also view the virtual tour gallery option. Enjoy stunning tours of several home plans from the comfort and convenience of your own computer, tablet, or phone.

To learn more about opportunities at Westfall, contact us at 919-525-3336

157 Beech Slope Court

Available now! 157 Beech Slope Court by luxury home builder Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

The Providence features 3,346 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, and an oversized 3-car garage. A cul-de-sac lot provide lots of privacy. Enjoy a convenient 1st floor master suite and study. The kitchen features a walk-in hidden pantry with space for a second refrigerator/freezer. A covered paver porch with an outdoor fireplace for private gatherings provides wonderful outdoor living space.

Contact us today at 919-801-6815 to learn more.

 

200 Beech Slope Court

Available now! 200 Beech Slope Court by award-winning Terramor Homes.

The Paula Ann features 3,768 square feet, 4 bedrooms, and 4 baths. The plan includes a convenient 1st floor master suite with private access to the laundry room. The gourmet kitchen at the heart of the home features a large central island. Three spacious bedrooms and a large bonus room are on the 2nd floor. A large screened porch provides outdoor living space. Enjoy a large, private cul-de-sac homesite.

Contact us today at 919-801-6815 to learn more.

ICG Homes Presents The Armstrong

Not actual home, for representation purposes only

ICG Homes is pleased to begin new construction in Westfall.

The Armstrong plan will feature 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and a spacious master retreat on the main level. The open floor plan allows easy flow throughout the home and is perfect for entertaining either large groups or intimate gatherings. The gourmet kitchen blends seamlessly into the great room and showcases a large centerpiece island, a hidden pantry, and professional styled appliances. The great room features a gas fireplace, built ins, ceiling treatments, and has oversized dual sliding doors opening to a huge ground level, screened in outdoor area. Upstairs boasts two large entertaining spaces with two oversized bedrooms, one of which could become an upstairs master suite.

Buyers still have the option to customize the home to their personal style.

Call 919-801-6815 to learn more!

 

The 6 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home the Easy Way

Planning to buy a home soon? While certain parts of buying a home take a bit of effort — such as signing your name 67 times at closing — you can make your homebuying process easier. Here are the 6 secrets to buying a home with minimal effort.

Secret #1 – Don’t move the money. If you plan to buy a home in the next year, make sure you get any large purchases out of the way now. You do not want any big changes to your credit about six months prior to buying a home. Lenders looking at your report may question your reliability if you have several big purchases or recently opened several new lines of credit.  

Secret #2 – Check the borders. A survey is part of the homebuying process in North Carolina, as is title insurance. New homes, such as those at Westfall, generally don’t have problems. However, there may be questions between neighbors about who owns what in homes that have changed hands and have been lived in for years. The exact lines of your property will affect your taxes and where you can build a fence or plant a tree.

Secret #3 – Forget the market. We recently talked about why buying a home in winter is just fine. The season doesn’t matter any more than the market does. The housing market is always changing and the time for you to buy a house is when you are ready to buy a house and have the money.

Secret #4 – Avoid getting too emotional. You will live, laugh, and love within those walls. But a house is still the house. The people inside make it a home. When buying a house, it’s easy to get attached to the features you love, but you may not end up in that house. Maybe someone else makes a better offer, or maybe the seller changes his or her mind. (At Westfall, you custom build, so you can choose what features fit your life!)

Secret #5 – “Kick the tires.” Even if the deal seems like it will work out, be sure to “kick the tires” with a strong home inspection. Although home inspections are not legally required, it’s always a good idea to get one, even with a new home. The house may be perfect, but the home inspector can also explain specifics about the type of heating and cooling system you have, point out things about the circuit breakers, and more.

Secret #6 – Know the neighborhood. Before you buy a house, be sure you like the neighborhood. That means visiting multiple times — at different times of day. A neighborhood that seems quiet at 10:30 a.m. on a weekday might be loud at 10 p.m. on a Friday. Visit any community or amenity areas, walk along the sidewalk in the evening, and get a sense of the activity. Research nearby schools and find the nearest grocery store. Time the commute to your office. That way you know exactly what your living situation will be like once you move in.

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3 Reasons Winter is a Fine Time to Buy a House

Many people have heard spring is the best time to buy a house. Others have heard summer. If there a best season to buy a house, you probably wouldn’t guess it is winter. After all, the weather isn’t favorable and you might be busier.

But if you’re looking for a house, winter is a great season to buy for three reasons:

  • First, buying a home in the winter costs less. An analysis discussed in The Atlantic demonstrates it’s far cheaper to buy a house in the winter — even in climates where winter varies little from summer. You may end up finding a fantastic home for far less than you’d have to pay in the summer, giving you extra money for a vacation or home improvements.

  • Second, sellers are motivated. While this probably impacts price, it also means you’re going to get more focused attention from sellers and from your less-busy real estate agent. The holidays and weather mean fewer people are hunting for a house. So even if there are fewer houses to see, you’ll have an easier time looking and a lot less competition. Because spring and summer are the most popular times to buy a house, you often have to get your bid in early and fight for the house you want. Moving companies charge more in the warmer months because they are busier. Michael Corbett, a bestselling author and Realtor, explains more about why winter is the best time to buy in this Forbes piece.

  • Finally, if you love the house in the winter, you’ll love it all year. Houses look lovely in the spring and summer. In February, the leaves are long gone from trees, there might be snow on the ground. The sky is gray and the light is dim. This is the perfect time to see a house at its worst. You can also get a good sense of the house’s heating system, gutters, any exterior problem, and landscaping issues.

Buying a home in the winter has its cons of course. For many, the holidays and the school year make it an inconvenient time to look and buy a home. The authors of the study mentioned in the Atlantic indicate those who shop in winter may have to search a little longer to find something they like, simply due to the fact that there are fewer houses on the market.

But when you buy a house is determined mostly by your needs. Your “best time” might be right now because you just got a new job and need to move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In reality, no season is better or worse to buy a house, because most of us buy a house when the time is right — for us. Still, don’t discount winter if you’re shopping around. You just might find a great deal.

Holiday Events in the Chapel Hill Area

North Carolina is getting into the holiday spirit, and if you’re ready to join in there are plenty of events in Chapel Hill, Orange County, and Chatham County. Chapel Hill’s tree lighting ceremony has already taken place, but there are plenty more events for those seeking some holiday joy. Here are a few to try this year:

Chapel Hill Area Holiday Event List

Nov. 19 – Dec. 17 – Holiday Pop-Up Shop – Give unique gifts this holiday season by finding something special crafted by local artisans. This weekly shop in Hillsborough features a variety of items and artists.   

Nov. 26 – Dec. 11 – Hayrides with Santa – Hitch a ride with Santa and enjoy the holiday lights (and cookies!) at Maple View Farm Agricultural Education Center in Hillsborough.

Dec. 1-31 – Gingerbread Village Display – Stunning houses all made of gingerbread! Be wowed by these edible pieces of art on display at the Carolina Inn. Check out the Inn’s 12 Days of Christmas for other fun events.

Dec. 9 – The Holiday Stroll – A candlelight tour of four distinctive private homes in the East Franklin-Rosemary Historic District, with wine and hors d’oeuvres at each stop.

Dec. 10  – Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade – The parade begins at Morehead Planetarium.

gingerbread-house-gingerbread-christmas-x-masDec. 11 – The Pittsboro Christmas Parade – Starts at 3 p.m.

Dec. 15 – Holiday Cocktails Class – Learn how to dazzle your friends and guests at your next holiday gathering with your impressive skills behind the bar. This class at Fearrington Village will be led by sommelier Chetan Reddy.

Dec. 17 & 18/Dec. 21 & 24 – Brunch with Santa – Join Santa for a festive holiday brunch. The event includes other entertainment, gifts for children, and each child has a chance to meet with Santa and share his or her wish list.

Dec. 17 & 18 & 23 – Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – Through Chapel Hill

Dec. 22 & 23 – Make Your Own Gingerbread HouseThis class for children gives them the chances to decorate their very own Gingerbread House! Children receive an apron, chef’s hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies needed to craft their concoction.

The News & Observer also published a list of Triangle-area holiday events.

What local holiday events have become part of your tradition?  

Five Small But Important Things To Observe When Buying A Home

Homebuyers are pretty savvy. After all, you’re about to make a big investment, and you want to make sure you know what you’re buying. Of course, you’ll have the house inspected and make sure the furnace and roof are in good working order.

But sometimes, it’s the little things that cause big problems. Use this checklist to make sure you don’t miss something deceptively small. (Of course, on our homes, everything is new!)

Buying a Home: The Small Things Checklist

  1. Plumbing. What’s under that kitchen and bathroom sink? Newer homes such as those at Westfall aren’t cause for concern, but old homes often come with old pipes, which can lead to leaks, water damage, and mold. Even if the pipes look good, check around for signs of prior damage.
  2. Little cracks in the ceiling. Is there a spot in the ceiling that looks soft, brown, or maybe just has a crack? If there’s a way to take a closer look, it’s worth the time. A tub overflow years ago in the bathroom upstairs may be slowly rotting out the wood in between the second floor and your living room ceiling. Or there may be mold growing in those spaces. Mold can cause health problems, especially for children, the elderly, and those with asthma, so it’s something to always be on the watch for.

    Photo by znichka.footage

    Photo by znichka.footage

  3. The squishy spot in the yard. Check the land around the property and find out if it’s in a floodplain. Are there low spots that may cause problems for the foundation over time?
  4. The direction the house faces. Even if you don’t garden or care much about lots of plants, it’s good to know which way the house faces. You may be looking at a home in winter and not realize how little natural light it receives inside during the summer. If natural light inside makes your home feel right, it’s something to think about. This also comes into play for bedrooms. Some morning people prefer an east-facing bedroom, but to night owls, it means buying darker curtains.
  5. Plugs and power. Bad wiring can be dangerous, and it’s expensive to correct. Make sure the outlets and power supply look good and can handle today’s electronics. This is something your home inspector will check, but it never hurts for you to know in advance that the only plug in the bathroom can’t handle a hair dryer.

Did you ever buy a home with little problems that turned into big ones? Share your thoughts for future homebuyers with us on our Facebook page or Twitter account.

Prepare Your Westfall Home for Winter in 7 Easy Steps

The holidays are coming, which means it’s time to start preparing your home for winter. And we don’t just mean holiday decorations. Whether your home is in our Westfall neighborhood or somewhere else, it’s a big investment, and winter home preparations can ensure a safe and cozy environment through the cold season.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, North Carolina can expect a slightly warmer winter this year. But we tend to have somewhat unpredictable weather, and even the meteorologists don’t know if we’ll get seven inches of snow or zilch — or one of those terrible ice storms.

Prepare your home for winter by cleaning gutters to prevent ice.

Clogged gutters can cause water overflows that turn to ice. Photo by klynslis.

Prepare your home for winter by doing the following:

Outside Preparation

  • Clean the gutters. If you don’t have gutter covers, be sure to clean out the leaves and other gunk each year in the late fall so they don’t overflow and cause water problems. Save yourself some time and trouble by doing this after most of the many (many!) North Carolina tree leaves are down.
  • Disconnect hoses and drain them. Water freezing and thawing can cause damage to hoses and lawn irrigation systems. Be sure to drain both and shut off exterior faucets.
  • Check the roof or have professionals inspect it and repair any leaks.
  • Remove tree branches that are dead or dying. Branches weighted with snow and ice may fall onto your roof or your neighbor’s.
  • Restock supplies such as shovels and salt. In North Carolina, we tend to avoid buying these until weather reports indicate snow, but then you have to race to the store and fight everyone else to get them before supplies run out. Prepare your home for winter now so you can skip the long line later.

Inside Preparation

  • Batten down the hatches. In other words, tighten up the seals and cracks around doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
  • Tune-up your furnace. Sediment can build up in the system, causing it to work less efficiently and even pose a fire risk. Each fall, have someone inspect the furnace to make sure it’s clean and in good working order. This inspection also ensures the furnace isn’t leaking carbon monoxide.  

Want to be part of our Westfall neighborhood? Contact us to build your custom home.