Bobs Homes ~ 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale!

Bobs Homes ~ 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale!

    6 Tips to prepare your home for sale… Yes…It’s that time of year again, the 2018 selling season is upon us. If you getting ready to put your home on the market, the task list to prep for the market can seem endless. To make it easy, here’s a home maintenance list for you of the 6 things sellers should do before we put that for sale sign in the ground and follow these 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale!

    ON THE OUTSIDE ~ Spruce up the exterior Let’s face it, the exterior of the property is the first thing a buyer will see whether online or driving by. Now is the time to make sure it looks its best. Walk around the entire exterior of the home, and conduct an assessment. Consider pressure washing, painting, having the windows cleaned, cleaning out gutters, trimming back any overgrown or dead landscaping, cleaning the front door and changing out any worn door hardware that may look old and corroded. And make sure the front doorbell actually works!

    ON THE INSIDE ~ Remember: Bedrooms should have a neatly made bend and one or two nightstands, a lamp, and a chair if there is room. Place extra dressers in storage because you want to see a lot of floor space in each room.

Follow these tips to make a lasting first impression!

Professionally Check the Home Mechanical systems. Make sure Heat and A/C systems are serviced cleaned and in great working order. Home inspectors will check your home out thoroughly so let’s be prepared.

So, Here are 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale from Bobs Homes !

  1. PAINT THE WALLS A fresh coat of paint is a cost-effective way to make a place feel new again. But stick with neutral tones like grays and whites.
  2. CLEAN UP THE BATHROOM Replacing missing tiles and re-caulking moldy areas are must-dos. Small upgrades, like swapping out an old faucet, can brighten up the space.
  3.  UPGRADE THE KITCHEN  It is possible to transform a dated space without a complete overhaul. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware will help refresh old cabinets. Peel-and-stick wall tiles, which can be found at home improvement stores for as little as $8 a square foot, make adding a back splash easy on the budget.
  4. CLEAR THE CLUTTER!. “A good rule of thumb is to get rid of 35-40 percent of your stuff.” This includes books, furniture and the clothes hanging in your closets, and it has the added effect of making small spaces seem bigger. Coffee tables, kitchen counters, windowsills and other surfaces should be cleared of family photos, plants and be sure to put away any personal effects — razors, hair dryers, shampoo bottles, toothbrushes — before showings.
  5. DO A DEEP CLEANING Wash the windows inside and out and vacuum all floors and dust collecting areas. Kitchen Clean up inside the cabinets, oven and refrigerator too!
  6. LIGHT IT UP  Every room should have at least three points of light. That means a table lamp, a floor lamp and a task light,  or an overhead fixture and a couple of table lamps

These are 6 Tips to prepare your home for sale from Bobs Homes to make your home SHINES for the buying public in 2018!

Call for your free Market analysis to find what your home may be worth!

Happy Selling Season!

Bob Idakaar GRI

973-713-2377

Bob@BobsHomes.net

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Home Improvements; Master Bedroom Suite ~ Add On or Bust Through?

Home Improvements on Creating a Master Bedroom Suite ~ Add On or Bust Through?

Creating a Wonderful Master Bedroom Suite…..

Creating a Master Bedroom Suite!

Going from “master bedroom” to “Master Bedroom Suite” has become one of the most popular home remodeling projects in recent years.

Here’s what to do, and what NOT to do, when taking on this booming bedroom project.

Most newer homes are built with master suites.Older homes require extra space for expanding and remodeling a master bedroom. If you have an older home and considering giving up an adjacent bedroom to find the space,  Remember that more bedrooms mean Higher Value of your home and think carefully before reducing the total number of bedrooms in your home.  “If you have a three-bedroom home and merge two of those rooms to create your master suite, you may severely limit the marketability and general appeal of the home,” says appraisal expert Dr. Donald Moliver, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. So, the What not to do is to not loose a bedroom to make your Mast Bedroom Suite bigger!

An addition has it’s reward by giving you more Suare footage, but also costs more and takes more time.

You can expand your Castle or make better use of the space you already have to create your Master Bedroom Suite!

Your Master Bedroom Suite will consist of a Sparkling Bathroom, Great Closet space and Wonderful sleeping Space!

This Kind of Home Improvement adds Value to you and to your home!

For all your Real Estate needs, please reach out to Bob Idakaar via email at Bob@BobsHomes.net or 973-713-2377

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Some ideas by Home improvement evangelist Tom Kraeutler     from the Money Pit

 

Some Great Warm Winter Home Tips!

Winter Warm Tips! Is your Home not as Warm in these Winter months? Well….The space under a door is kind of necessary if you want to open it, but it’s a fairly obvious way for heat to escape one room and float into unheated areas where it isn’t necessary. Dodge the draft (under your door)

Draft dodgers are the slightly pun-ish name for cloth or insulation stoppers that fit the space under a door, but still allow the door to open with relative ease. The Cool Tools blog points to a neat “Twin Draft Stopper” that runs about $10, is easily adjustable for most any door, and is machine-washable, to boot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lock down your windows…

In every home, there’s a trade-off between visibility and insulation happening around each window. If you’re stuck in an apartment with windows older than your parents, we’ll suggest a few options, depending on what you’re hoping for in looks and permanence.

The quickest, cheapest, yet still effective solution for windows you don’t need to look beautiful is a bubblewrap application, as detailed by Build It Solar. You’ll only need water and some tape to affix the fun-to-pop stuff to a window, it still lets light through, and it’s surprisingly good at putting hundreds of little pockets of air between your warm room and the cold window surface.

 

 

 

Some Great WARM Winter Home Tips from www.BobsHomes.net

What simple Winter Warm Tips did we miss? We skipped the skeptical stuff, like shrink-sealing window plastic, the mostly impractical stuff anyone?), and the obvious stuff (“Don’t leave your door open!”), but we’re open to more suggestions in the comments.

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