Adrienne Francis
Adrienne Francis
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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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.

Veterans received more than $7,000 from Basking Ridge Business Alliance

Basking Ridge, NJ – Compassion is well felt in the air as the Basking Ridge Business Alliance formally endorsed two checks, each amounting to $3,565, to two veteran services this week. The recipients were Elks National Veteran Services and MTI Integrated Business Development who with their representatives received with grateful hearts the help from the alliance.

The Business Alliance had an event entitled Military Appreciation and History Day which was held last June 2 in the township. The proceeds from the event, those from generous event sponsors and even after it was totaled and divided equally between the two veteran services. When asked regarding the event, Greg Toombs, president of the Basking Ridge Business Alliance has this to say; “What a pleasure to give the proceeds of the Military Appreciation & History Day to two such deserving groups!”

If you feel like it, you may also give to the said veteran services through their contact details below:

  • MTI Integrated Business Development
    • You may visit their office located at 151 Knollcroft Rd, Building 53, Room W-4, Lyons, NJ
    • You may call 908-647-0180 ex 1-8521


  • Elks National Veterans Services
    • You may visit them at their headquarters at 2750 North Lakeview Avenue Chicago, IL
    • You may call 773/755-4736
    • Email them at
    • Visit their site to know more -

If you want to join the Basking Ridge Business Alliance you may visit them at the 5 Lyons Mall, # 325 Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920. You may also call them on this number: +1 908-758-3242 or visit their site -

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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