Friday, December 8, 2017

10 Staging Tips To Get Your Home Sold


Ready to sell your house? Here is a few staging tips to get your home prepared for the market. When 
listing a home that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, you want to make sure it's 
presented in the best light. You wouldn't buy a $50,000 dollar car if it was filled from top to bottom in 
someone's personal content and trash. This is the same mindset you need to carry into selling your home 
that will be worth well over a $100,000.

1. SAY BYE TO CLUTTER


The best thing you can do for your home for sale is to get rid of all of your clutter! Make a rule for your
home that for every new piece that comes in, one must go. One of the biggest factors to a cluttered home
is too much furniture. Generally, in a professional staging, half the home owner's furniture is removed 
to make the house look much bigger. Look around your house and see what you can pack away. It'll be 
worth the investment to get a storage unit for a couple of months to store away a lot of your furnishings and goods.

2. FURNITURE GROUPINGS


It's largely misconceived that furniture pushed directly up against walls make a room look bigger, but 
this is far from true. Instead, you'll want to float your furniture in reach room and away from the walls. 
Position your sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groupings. Be sure the furnishings are placed to
make the traffic flow in a room obvious. This will make the room more user-friendly and will make it 
look larger.

3. TRANSFORM ROOMS


If you have a room that has only served to collect boxes or other junk, it's important to purpose the 
room to something that is functional. You can make it into an extra bedroom, a small cozy nook/reading
room, etc. If it's in the basement, hid the boxes and turn it into a gaming room or family area.

4. HOME LIGHTING


Great lighting is the trick to making a staged home look warm and welcome. Most homes are 
improperly lit, which makes rooms look dark and dreary. There is a quick fix to this issue. Increase the 
wattage in your fixtures and lamps, aiming for about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Add three different 
types of lighting to each room: ambient (general overhead), task (under cabinets or pendants), and 
accent lighting (table lamps and wall accents).

5. GO NEUTRAL 


The simple trick to toning down dated finishing in any space is a little bit of fresh paint. You don't want
to go stark white, but look into neutral grey and beige colors. Beige colors can also consist of warm 
honey like colors, soft blues and greens, and a variety of undertones that add a little life to a general 
neutral color. If you do want to use bold colors, be sure to only keep it on accent walls to help enhance 
structural features.

6. MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER


If you want to make a room bigger than it is, paint the room the same color as an adjacent room. For 
small kitchens and dining rooms, a seamless look will make the space feel like one, open it up, and 
make it seem much larger. Using drapes that match the wall colors can also add an emphasis to the 
room's size.

7. USE YOUR GARDEN


Staged homes have an emphasis in fresh flowers and pricey floral arrangements. If you don't have the 
money to go all out on florals, you can get this same effect by raiding your garden space. You can DIY 
beautiful pieces with fern fronds, magnolia clippings, and more. Use the spring and summer months to 
find cheerful flowers and use them in your arrangements.

8. GET A FACELIFT


So you can't afford new cabinets? Then you can just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint 
everything to match and add new hardware to them. Instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you 
may be able to get a new front panel, go for stainless steel if you can pull it off. Check with the 
manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model.

9. MAKE NECESSARY REPAIRS


Unfinished home projects can really scare off potential home buyers, so you'll want to be sure to make
required repairs. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to 
be a red flag. Holes in walls and scratched up door frames can really look unattractive. These repairs 
cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.

10. CLEAN YOUR HOME


Aside from de-cluttering, the most important step to staging your home is to clean it. A dirty house is 
a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Most homes, especially with children and pets, and smokers, have
a smell that may go undetected to home owners, but are quickly picked up by strangers. Be sure to
have your home professionally cleaned prior to staging to appeal to all buyers that your home is nice 
and fresh.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Incredible Joy of Owning Your Home



If you haven't bought a home yet, you're missing out on a wonderful feeling! That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the floor, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, "Finally, it's ours (or mine)!" And the joy of looking at all of your boxes, getting to roll your eyes about why you buy so much stuff, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes that's a real feeling!
We often hear, and read, about the cost effectiveness of home ownership. The equity build-up, the freedom it can give us from finances in our retirement years, and a plethora of other ways owning a home can be a positive impact on your bottom dollar. But we don't often hear about the emotional impact owning a home can have. Yes there will be days the fridge is acting silly and you need to call your home warranty, or days you have to get outside to mow your own yard, but nothing beats the pride and joy of owning a home. 
There is a sense of security, and a sense of "this is mine and I worked my way up to this moment," that provides moments of bliss. The ability to do with your home as you please, not pay a pretty penny for every member of your fur family, and the privacy it provides can't be beat.
Home ownership also gives you the ability to put down some roots. And we mean that figuratively and literally. You get to build memories through the holidays and go through many milestones with your family, that leave a significant impact into the later years. You also get to build bonds with your neighbors, and grow in a community oriented neighborhood. With rentals, people come and go annually, but there are deeper roots planted with building relationships with those living next to you. Potlucks, 4th of July and New Year's Eve spent lighting fireworks, and just the excitement of getting to know each other and build new relationships. 
Buying a home isn't about the dollars and cents for everyone, sometimes it's just about the joy of owning your own place, and getting to build amazing memories in it. If you've been longing for this, get in touch with a real estate agent, and make it happen. You owe it to yourself to make your dreams come true!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Storage Ideas For Small Bathrooms

Is your bathroom small? It’s the worst, isn’t it? Well, unfortunately, small bathrooms are very
common, and are usually the smallest rooms in the house. I can almost bet that it almost always
feels cramped and tight in there. Although the square footage doesn’t change, a change of
organization and storage space can make a drastic change to how your bathroom feels.

Here are a few tips and tricks to make your bathroom space feel more functional and spacious.

Medicine CabinetIf you have a regular mirror, replacing it with one that includes a medicine 
cabinet and provide further storage space.

ShelvingIf you have free space above your toilet, vanity, or other another empty part of the wall,
install shelving units. Purchase a few decorative baskets to maximize shelf space.

HooksWith a few decorative hooks, in a style of your preference, you can declutter by placing a
couple on the back of the door to hang towels or robes. Perhaps one or two right next to each
end of the shelving unit you just installed.

Towel Racks A rack installed inside of you shower can save you space and convenience,
also adding an additional shower bar above the original will work nicely. Another idea is
installing a few racks a couple of feet above each other or right next on another. If you have an
excessive amount of towels, store some of them away in the bedroom closet.

Vanity with CabinetI have come across plenty of pedestal sinks in small bathrooms, but if you
want save some space, add some storage, and upgrade the look of your bathroom at the same time, 
a vanity cabinet will definitely do the trick.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Don't Replace Your Agent With The Internet



With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry. 

We could all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources, can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of that. You can use your devices to look for a home, look at market data the way you look at WebMD, knowing not to take it too seriously because you need a real professional's input, but it's fun and gives you a general idea of what to expect. But there in lies the issue, the data online is an oversimplified version of what goes into the process of buying and selling. The same way it oversimplifies medical diseases and surgeries, you'd still expect to get a professional's diagnosis.

Although a real estate agent isn't quite like a doctor, the industry in it's legalities, contracts, and processes is similar in the sense that it needs to be taken seriously. Looking for a house online and wanting to put an immediate offer on one can be exciting and fun, but the issues that require a professional's guidance comes after the initial contract is written up and the hard work comes into place to actually make the home your own. Same for sellers, if you decide to put your home on the market and want a website that will give you an automatic offer, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in the price? But most importantly, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in other aspects of the contract? Because there is a lot more to the sale of the home then just agreeing on a number. 

The next time you're digging through public sites for homes for sale, and getting instant home valuation estimates, keep in mind that this is a simple process to give you an idea of your market. A very general idea. But after you've found the perfect house, or after you've decided that the numbers make some sense for you to sell, call your favorite real estate agent and make sure they give you a more detailed look into the market and assist you through the full process, not just the exciting first parts. Because it's going to be in the middle of a contract when the lending is falling apart, or negotiations can't be made on repairs and emotions are at an all time high, that you are going to wish you had put down your laptop and had an agent fighting for you by your side. Use the internet, have fun with it's amazing resources, but don't let it replace your agent. We aren't in an age, just yet, where technology can do everything a professional can. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Leaves Bring Sold Signs




Summer has come to an end and you probably are thinking you've lost the opportunity to sell, and need to wait till next summer. But that's far from the truth! Although it's not as hectic and crazy with the swarm of buyers on the market, the fall season brings out the most serious of lookers. They are the pool of buyers that waited out the summer frenzy to find their perfect home in the fall, and you don't want to miss these buyers! They are ready to make a move, today! And selling in a slower period does not equate to less money. That's a misconception that home owners have based on untrue data that floats around. With the right agent, and your home being priced correctly, you can get a great deal selling your home during the fall season. And might actually prefer it. Here are the top 3 benefits to listing during the fall season.

1. Serious Buyers - Let's be honest, if buyers are out during the busy season, looking for homes, they are serious and ready to buy. Although the summer brings in a large crowd, that crowd contains a lot of people that are excited by the season, and fall into the "trend" of house hunting. These people end up not really being serious about the process, and tend to hold off for another time. If people are investing time to look during the fall season, they are more likely to be interested in actually buying your home, instead of touring it.

2. Less Competition - Selling in the fall isn't something many families can accomplish due to personal schedules. That's why a significant amount of homes get listed during the summer season. Which means that summer time brings in a lot of competition. Selling in the fall means the potential house next door that has slightly more perks that may have been listed during the summer, doesn't make your home sit stagnant, since everyone wanted your neighbor's house. It also doesn't devalue your home because of the house that could go up next door that could be under-priced in your neighborhood, and draw all of the attention.

With a slower season, you get dedicated attention to your property, which increases the chance of a sale. 

3. Easier to Find Your Dream Home - Not only do you get to benefit from a slower season during the selling process, but you can also benefit on the buying side. With less competition on your dream house, you can get a better deal. The summer brings a lot of missed opportunities for buyers on their dream homes, because they go off the market instantly. This will give you the opportunity to get your home on the market and take your time to find the right one to resize into. A much calmer pace to the transaction will make it less stressful, and everyone all around happier. Don't feel rushed into buying a home overnight during the summer, it could turn into a headache. If you want a far more peaceful transaction, that has calmer pace, then selling during the fall is perfect for you.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

35 Perrine Rd Plainsboro NJ

35 Perrine Road, Plainsboro, NJ

For Sale

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1760 SQUARE FEET



Move in Ready 3 bed 2.5 bath home in highly desirable Princeton Collection. West Windsor-Plainsboro Schools. This home has been tenderly loved and modernized for its new occupants! Recent upgrades include new carpets, fresh paint, renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops , new windows, upgraded deck, landscaping, and more! Home faces picturesque farmland.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Home Trend Tuesday

I thought it would be fun to start a new series where we review real estate trends. You have all seen the shows that feature a trend that everyone then copies. After a few years it either becomes a household staple that you continue to love in your current or future home, or a fad of the past!

Help me decide on this week's feature: Black interior doors



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house of hepworths

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The Yellow Cape Cod

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Making It Lovely

I have to admit, this is a trend that I have considered for my own home. What's your take?

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