Blog :: 03-2019

New to Market: 230 Raymond Ave, South Orange, NJ

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday 3/16 & Sunday 3/17

2 - 4 PM

Offered at: $625,000

Montrose beauty, perfectly nestled between Grove Park and downtown South Orange

With 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a kitchen, living room, formal dining room and sunny family room this craftsman colonial offers spaciousness both inside and out.  

Unique architectural details such as high ceilings, fabulous windows and wainscoting, combined with practical features like central air conditioning make this house a winner. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovingly maintained by one owner for that last 26 years, this wonderful home is awaiting the personal touches of its new owner. 

Don’t miss the Open House:  Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 .

or call me to schedule a private showing: 973-809-5277

Five Tips for Your Yard That Will Add Appeal When You Sell

If you own your own home, you know that landscaping can be expensive. This is one of the reasons that sellers who attend to their exterior – as well as their interior – add more than just curb appeal. They add actual value to their home.

Obviously, a backyard with terraced bluestone patios and a custom brick pizza oven offers that much-coveted Wow Factor. But there are plenty of small improvements that can make a big difference in how even a modest house shows on the market.

Here’s my top advice for clients – whether they’re listing their house next month or making landscaping decisions for the next ten years.

Stay On Top of Trees – Get your trees inspected regularly and deal with any that are dead or dying. West Orange now requires a tree inspection in order to get a certificate of occupancy before a home sale. If they find any dying trees or large dead limbs, they will require that you take them down. This may become a practice in other towns as well. Regular care can greatly improve the health of your trees.

Keep Foundation Plantings Small – Besides obscuring the house, tall or expansive plantings around your home’s foundation often limits the natural light that comes into your rooms. If you have foundation plantings that are overgrown and blocking windows, I usually advise having them removed before listing. Trimming rarely works unless you’ve pruned them back yearly. No one wants to hear this advice, but it makes a huge difference. If you’re considering tall plantings for privacy – on a busy street, say – you’re better off with a hedge by the sidewalk.

Make Your Walkway Night-Friendly – Homes are often shown after dark, so you want to make sure your buyers can find their way easily and safely to your front (and back) door. If you’re on a budget, there’s no need for either extravagant flood lighting or even hiring an electrician. Places like Home Depot carry solar powered lanterns that you can stick in the ground yourself.

Don't Worry About Planting Bulbs – If you’re planning to list in the spring, you might envision your house with dozens of tulips or daffodils brightening your front beds and be tempted to spend a lot of money on bulbs for the occasion. However, unless you’re happy to tend the garden, I usually say, don’t bother. Bulbs look great when they bloom, but their majesty is not only short-lived, they look pretty awful on their way out. Also, it’s hard to coordinate an open house with the weekend the tulips are in their prime. Instead, find some flowering plants that you can put in the ground as needed.

Clean Beds, Dark Mulch – This simple advice can truly transform the exterior vibe of a house. Edging your beds and applying fresh mulch signals that a yard is being tended to. And dark mulch provides a pleasing aesthetic. 

If you’re considering selling in the next year and want to do an exterior walk-about, give me a call. 973-809-5277

New to Market:82 Cumberland Ave, Verona, NJ

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday 3/16 & Sunday 3/17

2 - 4 PM

Offered at $399,000

Downsizers and starters, your new home awaits!

82 Cumberland Ave in Verona is right-sized for smaller households with two bedrooms and easy, one floor living. On the lower level, a bonus in-law suite with its own entrance and screened in porch is perfect for overnight guests or extended stay visitors alike. 

Charming and surprising details abound in this bright, vintage cottage. In the living room, decorative shelves next to the wood burning fireplace double as a hidden coat closet. A nostalgic kitchen with Linoleum floor, Formica countertops and an antique cooker may remind you of grandma’s butter and jam thumbprint cookies.  Work from home? The sunny corner office with built-in bookshelves and glass pane door guarantee privacy and light.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a dog?  The large fenced in yard will keep Rover entertained for hours.
 
Ideally located and walkable to NYC bus stop, downtown Verona shops and restaurants as well as Verona Park, this Goldilocks home (not too big, not too small) will not be on the market for long!

Don’t miss the Open House:  Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 .

or call me to schedule a private showing: 973-809-5277