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Preparing to sell a home in Morristown

Morristown, NJ. Houses do not sell themselves. But with a little tenderness and a few touches of enhancement, your house could easily outshine the rest of its competition. Read on to know the tips I give to homeowners whenever I help them sell their house in Morristown. 

Remember preparing for that job interview. You don’t want to come to it unprepared nor would you want to over-sell yourself least you’ll set yourself up for a quick exit. Knowing which part of your house you want to highlight and improve is as important as an investment as the whole house. 

Upgrade Tip #1: Don’t over upgrade.

Minor fixes and upgrades pay-off higher than total overhauls. Gigantic makeovers rarely get a return of investment unless you are renovating a really cheap house. Whenever you are thinking of an upgrade or a fix for selling purposes keep in mind two things – will this fix/upgrade give my house an obvious higher value or not? And the other thing is – is the upgrade or fix essential to make my house livable?

If the answer to any of those is NO then you might want to deprioritize that fix or upgrade when you need it most. Those things can be part of an icing to the closing deal. But only then.

Upgrade Tip #2: Fresh coated your walls.
A new paint for your walls is very important to home buyers. Use a base ground color and a relatively lighter paint color as it eases the mood and enhances creativity. 

Part of coating your walls fresh is putting in curtains. Either buy new cheap ones or clean your older ones. Make sure your curtains are not too heavy looking. Instead, find a curtain that allows a portion of light to enter. It gives the deception of a room being bigger than it really is.

Upgrade Tip #3: Handle handles with care.
Make sure your handles are well taken cared of. There shouldn’t be any cabinets or doors with dirty and non-working knobs or handles. Fix water leaks and confirm that they work as expected. These fixes don’t cost much but have good returns. Buyers get the idea that the house is well taken cared of when all handles are well taken cared of too.

Additional Upgrade PRO Tip: Upgrade your kitchen.
Countertops may cost a thousand dollars but kitchens are well-priced portions of a house. A new cabinet hardware, updated countertops, and fancy kitchenware are all good investments when trying to sell your house.

But if you don’t have the time or resource, invest instead in one fancy stainless steel appliance. Yes, just one. Because it will be the shining light in your kitchen and when people see one high-end steel appliance they keep in mind that the rest of the kitchen is high-end too.

For more tips on selling your Morristown house, come back next week as I will tackle other preparations needed to make your house ready to sell. Do you want help selling your home in Morristown? Feel free to contact me via email or commenting down below.



Tips for preparing your home for sale in Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge, NJ – – Lately, I’ve met a lot of people asking help regarding how to sell their home in Basking Ridge. After checking out their homes, I give them a list of improvements and preparations to do. In case you might also want to sell your home, I am sharing with you these three tips below which you can start working on.

Let’s start with exteriors.

Why? The exterior of your home is your first impression. And no one can ever get a second chance on having a first impression. Before potential buyers can even get a look at your home’s magnificent interiors or your state of the art kitchen, your house is already judged and categorized by the first look.

Home Selling Tip for Exteriors #1: The Curb Appeal

Is your path walk to the door inviting and welcoming or does it lead to the graveyard? Any real estate agent who truly wants to help you will tell you that your home must have the "Curb Appeal". 

There are many ways to have it and one is by adding life to your pathways. Buy some in-expensive shrubs and flowering plants. Know which season of the year that such flowering plant will blossom and use it accordingly

Home Selling Tip for Exteriors #2: Safety to Security

The next thing to look into is the exterior safety. When potential buyers want what they see they will march to your doors with enthusiasm rather than with caution. What you want to do is make sure that pathways do not trip them off.

Check if you have oddly spaced path walks or unevenly spaced stairs. If you do, you need to make that easier for walking. Clean up pieces of pebbles on smooth surfaces that may cause someone to trip. Remove or remodel pointy fence which is lesser than 2-feet tall. The feeling of security is very important to buyers. You should be able to imagine a child running around safely on that front walk.

Home Selling Tip for Exteriors #3: The Warm Welcome

Let your house speak for itself right at the door entry. Create a welcoming space to get people to settle in. A small bench would suffice. For a homey feel, you may add a small table for keys, mails and fresh flowers. Make space for a coat or bag hanger. Add a cookie jar with fresh cookies for your potential buyers. Sugar helps create a sense of positivity to those who consume it.

DO NOT put your personal family portrait upon the entrance. Visitors might mistake it as you have a great attachment to it and would not want them to buy your house.

With all these exterior tips, your home is a step closer to being sold. Stand by next week for another set of tips. If you want help selling your homes in Basking Ridge, feel free to contact me through comments below or by phone or email.

Summer 2018 Events and Schedule that You Shouldn’t Miss in Basking Ridge

Basking Ridge, NJ – Wonder and outdoor adventure awaits the whole family this summer in Basking Ridge. The EEC(Environment Education Center) has prepared a whole lot of nature engaging explorations and activities for the young ones and the once young.

For this post, we will tackle the schedule for the first two weeks of July. Take a good look at the schedule. Every box with an event contains, the name of the event, target participants, details on registration (FREE and with $), time of the event, and course codes (for those that needs EEC registrations), respectively.

Located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, the park’s team of Naturalist gives a bit of description on a few of the activities they prepared for visitors and residents in Somerset County and nearby areas. Here are some descriptions of next week’s coming attractions:

A Hummingbird’s Life [10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Monday, July 2 at EEC Room 13]

See how the hummingbird travels back north and back into the swamps to lay its eggs. Experience this little bird’s journey and its challenges as it returns for spring after being out for the winter. 

Registration: $10 per child and parent, $5 for every additional child

Meet a Lot of Feet [ 3 PM – 4 PM Thursday, July 5]

Targeted for children ages 4 – 6, this is activity allows young kids to meet different animals with different number of legs (two, four and six legs). They will also know of the various important roles that the animals have for the  improvement of the ecosystem.

Registration: 6$ per person

Fort Indiantown Gap [6:30 AM – 4 PM Saturday, July 7]

Bring your children ages 13 and above to this whole day tour to explore the unique Fort Indiantown Gap. This
area of the military base is open only 4 times a year to the public. There you can feast your eyes on
interesting bird species, rare plants, and the stunning Regal Fritillary butterfly.
Registration: $50 for adults, 40$ for seniors and students

Summer Garden Strolls for All Ages [10 AM – 11 AM Sunday, July 8 at EEC Grounds]

Stroll with a Naturalist through the Discovery Gardens and expand your knowledge about types of gardens and  the unique plants they have. No registration is required as this program is free. 

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Things to Do in New Jersey

If Morristown Restaurants are just too busy for you, try Il Vecchio Café

source: https://calandrasitalianvillage.com/il-vecchio-cafe/

If you are looking for things to do in NJ, then one of the things you can do is go on a gastronomic adventure. One of the places we recommend is Il Vecchio Café. It’s a great place for those who fancy Italian food, wanting to eat it as one of their favorite things to do in NJ.

Located in Caldwell, you can enjoy a wide array of Italian cuisine, from Salads, freshly-baked bread, and artisanal pasta with ribs, sausages, and other choice cuts here. It also serves Italian desserts like Neopolitan and cannoli. This Italian food adventure you can enjoy for just $29!

Morristown offers the beautiful “Cross Estate” Gardens

source: https://www.crossestategardens.org/

To those who are planning on their things to do in NJ, one of the great additions to your list would be to visit The Cross Estate Gardens in Morristown, NJ. The reason why it’s one of the greatest things to do while on the said town is that you get to experience a wide array of flora and fauna while you’re here.

The garden is a site to marvel at and is maintained by volunteers. This is a great place to visit if you’re on a tight budget, as visiting the place costs absolutely zero.


If you like horses, a fun thing to do in Basking Ridge at Lord Stirling Park

source: http://hikenj.net/parks/lord-stirling-park/

A visit to the Lord Stirling Parks is one of the worthwhile things to do in NJ, most especially for those who want to know more about the environment and expose themselves to a more diverse set of flora and fauna.

From marshes with cattails and lowlands with wood, this is indeed, a great place to be in. It also offers educational programs and a wide array of outdoor events through their Environmental Education Center, which makes it a must-add on your things to do in NJ list.



Things to do in Morristown

The Civil War Weekend: Historic Speedwell

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One of the great ways to spend the weekend in Morristown is to be at the Historic Speedwell. If you’re someone who’s fascinated with the history of a place, in this case, America, and its Civil War, which is one of the most iconic moments in history, then this is the place for you.

Not only will you learn more about the Civil War – you’d actually immerse yourself in it! At the Civil War Weekend, you’d see actors dressed live as soldiers, where they’d be demonstrating basic drills for the bayonet, artillery, and musket use, the way they did it back then. To top it all off, it doesn’t even cost much to do so!


Arctic Freeze Creamery: A Whole New Ice Cream Experience

source: https://www.facebook.com/arcticfreezecreamerycollingswood/

If you want to take yourself to a gastronomic experience through ice cream, then Ocean City is a great place to spend the weekend in. When you’re here, don’t forget to drop by Arctic Freeze Creamery, who serves ice cream in a unique way.

Instead of serving them in tubs, they serve it hand-rolled. It’s a phenomenon that became popular in Thailand in the late 2000s, and it has found its way throughout Southeast Asia, and eventually, it made its way to Ocean City! This specialty shop is scraped into a cup and topped with toppings of your choice, whatever floats your boat!


The Stone Pony Summer Stage

source: https://bestofnj.com/events/stone-pony-summer-stage

This Summer-long event, which spans from May 12, 2018, to October 12, 2018, is a great way to enjoy the warm, lovely summer breeze, and that is with live music from great bands!

Pony’s site can be visited to have a look at the tickets and other things you need to know, such as the full roster of bands that would be playing on the sites, schedule of performances, ticket rates, and the time that the gates open could be determined through the Stone Pony’s website. If you’re from New Jersey, make it a point to catch them playing in a town near you!



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