Category - Home Decorating Ideas

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Beach Block Home in St. Leonard’s Tract
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May Home Maintenance Checklist
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Best Home Improvements For Every Month Of The Year
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How to Deck the Halls When Selling Your Home During Holidays
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5 Skillful Staging Projects That Buyers Love
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16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part Two)
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16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part One)
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Tips to Improve Your Home’s Value
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Banish the Summertime Bugs
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25th Annual JFS House Tour

Beach Block Home in St. Leonard’s Tract

101 S. Oxford Avenue, Ventnor

Enjoy the sight and sounds of the ocean from your own BEACH BLOCK home! With 3 floors of living space, 5 large bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this historic St. Leonard’s Tract home is deceivingly large.

The first floor boasts a spacious living room with gorgeous stone fireplace and an expansive dining room with pocket doors. The eat-in kitchen features granite counter tops, a decorative tiled backsplash, stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances and loads of counter space. Additional 1st floor highlights include an inviting family room, a large master bedroom suite with private bath plus a 2nd bedroom perfect for a home office or den.

On the second floor, you’ll find another full bath plus three more enormous bedrooms, including one that includes a sitting room equally as large as a bedroom. The finished basement is accessible via a separate entrance and includes a media room, wet bar, laundry room, tons of storage space and a gorgeous full bathroom with a walk in shower!

Outside, there is a front porch with ocean views, a paver patio, a fenced yard, a detached garage and a large storage shed. Steps to the beach and boardwalk, too!

May Home Maintenance Checklist

spring french bulldogMay is truly a transitional month. It’s between the unpredictable spring weather and the summer months ahead. You’ll want to get your outdoor spaces looking good now to make them both relaxing and party-ready for the warm weather approaching.

Work on curb appeal: Place flowers in planters on your front porch for a welcoming look.

Fertilize your lawn: Check for bare spots or damaged grass. Make sure you use the correct amount of fertilizer and don’t forget to water.

Check for termites: Take a look at your home’s exterior wood and inspect for any swarms of winged insects. If spotted, it’s best to call a professional pest control company to treat the area.

Reseal exterior woodwork: Extend the life of decks, fences, railings and other outdoor wooden structures by resealing them every year or two.

Prevent mosquitos: Get rid of any standing water to keep mosquitos at a minimum.

Inspect the roof: Visually inspect your roof using binoculars or a camera rather than climbing up onto the roof. If anything looks like it needs repair, call a roofer.

Check outdoor lighting: Clean dirt and insects that have accumulated on lights over the winter. Additionally, replace bulbs if necessary so that they’ll be ready to show off your beautiful yard.

If you’re planning to sell your home this spring, you’ll want it to look its best. Talk to your real estate agent about any other improvements they may have to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. And if you need a recommendation for any service, Mark Arbeit And Co can steer you in the right direction!

 

Article Re-posted from Long and Foster Blog

Original Article by By Suzanne Whitenight Pilcher, Marketing Coordinator, Long & Foster Companies.

Best Home Improvements For Every Month Of The Year

Best Home Improvement Projects
Does it feel as if your home improvement to-do list never ends? Try organizing your projects by month. Then knock these 12 items off your list.

Once you become a homeowner, the number of things you need (or want) to improve increases exponentially. There’s always something to be done. But certain times of year are better to tackle specific projects, whether your goal is to save money or sanity. Not sure where to begin? We’ve laid out a schedule below.

January: Clean your carpets and rugs

It may seem counterintuitive to do this when it’s cold out, but according to Jonathan Barnett, founder of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning in Lakewood, CO, your flooring gets really dirty during the winter. Waiting until spring to remove all that grime can make it harder to get stains out. “Plus, the lack of humidity during the winter months allows moisture to evaporate quickly so wet carpets dry faster,” Barnett says. “And a clean carpet provides a healthier and better-smelling home, which is especially important during the winter, when most people spend the majority of their time indoors.”

February: Paint a room or two

Now is the perfect time to tackle an indoor project that you can enjoy year-round. “Indoor projects aren’t weather-dependent; it’s more of a supply and demand thing,” says Shaun McCarthy, president and owner of Handyman Connection in Colorado Springs, CO. If you’re hiring someone to paint for you, winter is a good time to do it. You’re likely to get a much better price than you’d get during the spring and summer, when many people book exterior painting jobs. But even if you’re planning to do it yourself, there are still benefits. Brisk winter air is good for curing paint, so cracking that window for ventilation serves a double purpose. (Unlike humid summer air, it won’t make your paint take longer to dry.) While you’re at it, if you haven’t weather-stripped or caulked your windows and doors, do it in February before the winds of March set in, says McCarthy.

March: Clean your gutters

“The most common problem I see in my home inspections is a wet basement or crawl space,” says Marc Shanley, a certified master inspector at Trinity Inspection, which services homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One common culprit? Clogged gutters, which do an ineffective job of directing runoff away from your home’s foundation. All that moisture can cause major foundation problems. Depending on your gutters (and whether you have overhanging trees), you may need to tackle this task more than once a year. Even so, it’s best to do this before the April rains hit.

April: Refinish your hardwood floors

If you’ve discovered hardwoods beneath your new home’s carpeting, wait until spring to complete this labor-intensive but transformative task. “If you wait until it’s really hot out, the finish can cure too quickly and the sheen might not dry properly, which leads to a glossy, uneven finish,” says Arne Johansson, owner of Arne’s Floor Sanding in Minneapolis, MN.

May: Buy a new refrigerator

Although most large appliances go on sale later in the year, refrigerators have their moment in May, in preparation for the summer. To make room for that new inventory, the older versions usually go on sale, which can mean big discounts for consumers. Want even more savings? Consider energy efficiency (look for the Energy Star certification) and ask if you can buy the floor model. Don’t forget to haggle!

June: Freshen up your exterior

Now’s the time to wash your windows (or pay someone to do it), power-wash your siding, and install screens in your windows. Before you power-wash, be sure that all your weatherstripping and caulking is secure (and your windows are closed). Otherwise, you risk shooting the cleaning liquid into your house, says McCarthy. He also advises testing the washer’s power on an inconspicuous area of your exterior beforehand. “You want to clean your house, not take the paint off of it,” he says.

July: Fertilize your lawn

“Your lawn needs a solid four to six fertilization applications throughout the year to keep it healthy and growing,” says Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal, an app that matches customers with landscapers. “Fertilizing in July will give your lawn the vitamins and nutrients it needs to get through the rest of the hot summer months. Also, this midsummer application helps to prevent weeds from germinating — setting you up for less weed pulling in the fall.”

August: Paint your home’s exterior

The best time to paint your home’s exterior is when temperatures remain consistent from day to day and don’t drastically dip overnight. “The real key,” says McCarthy, is “to work your way around the house so that you’re always painting in the shade.” First, map out what time of day the sun hits each side of your home, then paint accordingly. Of course, you could always hire a pro for this task. You might want to get some estimates, especially for a multistory house. Investing in the equipment (including a tall ladder or two) might not be worth the cost or the hassle.

September: Replace your windows

Caulk adheres better when the temperature is between 40 and 80 degrees, so those glorious days of late summer and early fall are an ideal time to replace your windows. Plus, when the cold weather does hit, new windows will keep the heat where it belongs — inside your house.

October: Buy new appliances

Big-ticket appliances such as stoves, washing machines, and dishwashers debut their newest models around this time of year. That frequently means deep discounts on the old ones. Some retailers will even start their holiday sales early. Double savings!

November: Remodel your bathroom

Contractors are entering their slow season this month, so they’re more willing to jump on a small project and get it done quickly, says McCarthy. “A powder room is a good way to test a contractor out, especially if you’re in the market for a larger renovation like a kitchen,” he says. “If you like the way it turns out, great; if you don’t, it’s low risk.”

December: Build a deck

You’ll probably get a good deal, because deck builders will be winding down for the winter. But adding a deck onto your house when it’s cold out makes sense from a building perspective too. December is less humid, so if you’re using pressure-treated wood, it’ll dry more consistently and evenly. Also, the hot sun won’t beat down on it, which can cause warping and cracking.

 

Article Re-posted from Trulia.com (March 29, 2017 by Michelle Hainer)

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How to Deck the Halls When Selling Your Home During Holidays

Tasteful Holiday Decoration

Unless you’re a total Grinch, it’s hard to argue with the fact that glitter lights and colorful accents make a home look more cheerful and inviting. But you also probably know that if you’re trying to sell your home, buyers need to have an easy time imagining themselves (and their own holiday traditions) in your home.

You don’t have to ditch the holiday decorations altogether. But you shouldn’t hang all the boughs of holly, Christmas lights, Hanukkah menorahs, and every holiday card you receive, either.

So how do you walk the line during these merry months and let the holiday spirit flow without turning off buyers? Hey, we’ve got some tips—an early secret Santa gift from us to you!

 

1. Depersonalize the decorations

“It’s important the design appeals to as many different home buyers and tastes as possible,” says Erika Dalager, marketing manager at roOomy, a virtual home staging site. “The seller’s personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home.”

That means avoiding the personal decorations that appeal mostly to you and your family:

  • “Best Mom” tree ornaments your kids made in preschool
  • Named Christmas stockings
  • Religious tokens and symbols
  • A ton of holiday cards
  • Photos of your baby’s first Christmas

Hope Mazzola, a real estate broker with William Raveis in Katonah, NY, says glitzing a home with over-the-top decorations is like wrapping a house in an “ugly holiday sweater.”

“Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday decorations while selling your home,” Mazzola says. “Enhancing the features of the home versus adding all the bells and whistles will keep buyers on track.”

2. Consider the neighborhood

But if your neighborhood is ablaze with holidays lights, which herald the block’s values and attract like-minded buyers, then you don’t want to be your block’s resident Scrooge, says Tori Toth, a New York City home stager.

“If your neighborhood is festive during Christmas, then a buyer would expect Christmas decorations at your home,” Toth says. “On the other hand, if you live in a politically correct neighborhood with a mix of religious beliefs, use more generic decorations to promote season’s greetings rather than your specific holiday.”

Some real estate pros, however, say you should forgo the decorations regardless of what your neighbors are doing.

“Putting up decorations while your home is on the market poses more risk than it offers reward,” says Sam Pawlitzki, a Los Angeles Realtor. “I recommend that sellers stick to the rule of keeping their house impersonal.”

Office Holiday Decor

3. If you must decorate…

Follow these tips for decorating your home while it’s for sale during the holidays:

Avoid the kitsch: Inflatable snowmen,  reindeer on the roof, a gazillion angels flapping their wings, or life-size Mike Pence mannequins can seem in poor taste and turn off potential buyers.

 

Classic is always best: Hang an elegant wreath on the front door, rather than a “Santa stops here!” sign, says Jamie Novak, author of “Keep This, Toss That.”

Don’t overdo lights: Simple white lights can add a festive touch without blinding buyers during walk-throughs.

Skip the tree: You can’t win with a tree. If it’s too big, it distracts viewers and can make the room seem small. It can also block the flow and make the space seem crowded. And if it’s tiny, it’s depressing and sad. Decorate a tree only if you have a great room and you want to show off a high ceiling.

Box up the greeting cards: Holiday cards on tables make the room look messy. Stick them in a drawer.

Protect presents: Don’t stack gifts under a tree or put them on display. The last thing you want this holiday is for a stranger with sticky fingers to walk away with a present. Lock the presents in your car trunk, especially during an open house.

Choose scents over scenes: The smell of simmering cider or baked cookies will delight the senses more than garlands strung over everything that doesn’t move.

Light a fire: A roaring fireplace during a weekday showing is a cozy way to celebrate the winter and warm visitors as well.

Pump up powder rooms: Place peppermint-scented soaps and candles in the bathrooms along with a few tasteful, holiday-themed towels. They give the rooms some spirit and interest.

Celebrate your tradition with color: This may not be the year you display the religious symbols of your holidays, but you don’t have to forsake them altogether. If you celebrate Hanukkah, hang a wreath with shades of blue. For Christmas, your wreath can be made of evergreen boughs and pine cones. For Kwanzaa, add red berries to a green wreath.

In the end, the most important holiday decision you’ll make is whether to keep your home on the market during Yuletide: You’ll have fewer house hunters, but more motivated buyers. Ask your Realtor whether you should consider delisting your home for the holiday season, and starting fresh after the new year.

 

RE-POSTED FROM Realtor.com

Original Article by  | Dec 7, 2016

5 Skillful Staging Projects That Buyers Love

Focus on cleanliness, good lighting, and uncluttered surfaces to show your home at its best.

How to Stage a Home for Sale

Skillful staging can make the difference between a quick sale and a house that lingers on the market for months. But how do you know which staging projects will have the biggest impact?

We highlight the most important things you can do to make sure your house shows well.

1. Clean, clean, clean

We all live with a few dust bunnies, but noticeable dirt makes a potential buyer think your home may not be well cared for. If you can’t deep-clean the place yourself, hire a cleaning service to give it a good once-over. Pay special attention to things such as windows and light fixtures — anything to make the place feel brighter and more cheerful. Before showings, wipe down a few of your home’s surfaces with your favorite cleaning product. Don’t overdo it, but a faint smell of furniture polish or cleanser helps give buyers an impression of cleanliness.

2. Remove quirky or overly personal decor

It may break your heart to take down your wedding photos, but you want a buyer to be able to imagine themselves filling the home with their own memories. So pack up your collection of vintage punk rock posters and your Precious Moments figurines. Doing so will also help you let go of the home emotionally as you prepare to pass it on to someone else.

3. Reduce, remove, declutter

Excess stuff makes a home feel smaller, darker, and more cramped. Take the time to clear horizontal surfaces — no more piles of mail on the hall table or pill bottles on the bathroom counter. When the odds and ends of daily life are cleared away, select one or two attractive pieces that will photograph well, such as a brightly colored vase or a few coffee-table books. If you’re planning to move soon after the sale, it might be worth it to pack up things such as books and off-season clothing and move them out of the house entirely to make storage spaces look larger.

4. There’s nothing like a new coat of paint

Paint brightens things up, masks old odors, and gives a general impression of newness and good maintenance. Even touch-up paint makes a big difference, but it can be hard to match an existing color. If you have leftover paint, keep in mind that the paint on the walls may have faded over time, making the touched-up spots stand out too much. Instead, pick one wall in each of the main rooms to repaint entirely. If you can’t match the room’s original color, use a lighter complementary color or even white. Even a few repainted walls throughout the home will give buyers an impression of freshness. You want your home to feel like a clean slate.

5. Light things up

This is the easiest thing in the world, but it makes a big difference. When you prepare your home for an open house or a showing, open curtains and turn on a few lamps. This will make the house feel more inviting. A vase or two of fresh flowers also helps brighten things up, but don’t go overboard.

Finally, don’t try to make your home look too fancy. Ultimately, you want your home to look like the best version of itself, not pretend to be something it’s not. If your home is a solid starter home for a new family, don’t try to gussy it up to look like a luxury pad for well-heeled singles. Some professional staging companies go over the top, with fancy place settings on the dining room table or rose petals floating in the bathtub. Buyers will be quick to notice if you’re trying too hard. Focus on cleanliness, good lighting, and clutter-free surfaces, and let your home’s charm speak for itself.

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part Two)

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The curb of your yard, and what can be seen from it, is often overlooked by homeowners. If you want to sell your house, it doesn’t hurt to have some serious visual appeal that captures approval at a distance. Last week, we supplied 8 budget-friendly curb appeal ideas to get you started. Here’s part two!

(P.S. If you missed part one of this series, read the first 8 ideas here.)


9. You’d be surprised what a difference some simple shutters can make for enhancing your windows, visually. Choose the appropriately contrasting paint and enjoy the eye candy.

Via The Handmade Home


10. Concrete is so… gray. Here’s a trick. Use some floor stain and tape to give the appearance of tile. Now that’s slick! Learn more here.

Stain Concrete Curb Appeal Idea

Via Front Porch Ideas and More


11. Are guests having trouble finding your home by the address? Here’s a way to make it near impossible to miss.

Stencil Address on Pretty Planters

Via DIY Show Off


12. Pergolas are great for giving you decor that can grow and be pruned to meet your specific needs.

Update Your Garage

Via Laurries


13. Garage doors don’t have to be “blah.” For less than $10, you can add a little something to give your garage some style.

Update Garage Door

Via Garr Den of Love


14. Amazon has some $23 solar powered spotlights that can give some serious illumination to your yard.

If you need something a little more creative, check out these lighting options.

Light Up Your Yard

Via Amazon


15. Hide the hose! No, that’s not a college drinking game. There are many ways you can have your water hose out of sight and out of mind.

Hose Storage Outdoors
Via Sunset


16. Seriously, can’t we do something about those nasty looking trashcans? Amazon and Plow & Health have some amazing storage sheds that would make Oscar the Grouch feel like he’s living in a condo.

Via Pinterest | Small Sheds

 

Article Re-posted from The Lighter Side of Real Estate
http://lightersideofrealestate.com/toolbox/home-improvement/16-budget-friendly-curb-appeal-ideas-anyone-can-do?

16 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do (Part One)

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The curb of your yard, and what can be seen from it, is often overlooked by homeowners. If you want to sell your house, it doesn’t hurt to have some serious visual appeal that captures approval at a distance. We’re going to get you rolling with some great ideas to accomplish that mission, while not having to break the bank.


1. Is your house rockin’ an ugly cement foundation? Remedy the eyesore with some faux stone paneling.

Here’s where you can find the paneling.

Fix Cement Foundation Home

Via Faux Panels

2. Electric boxes, piping, and meters are all items that shouldn’t be standing out so starkly. Fix ‘em up with a color-matched paint job.

Need a guide? Check here.
Via Love of Family and Home

3. Has your front door ever made you feel like turning around and going the other way?

Instead of spending a lot more money to replace it, try a healthy coating of paint and some outer molding made of foam. It’s inexpensive by comparison, but just look at the amazing difference it can make. Don’t know how to tackle something like this? Here’s the DIY.

DIY Front Door Makeover

Via Jilly and Mia

4. It’s always pleasant to sit up against a big tree and read a book. It’s even better when you don’t have to worry about ants or grass stains.

Here’s a DIY for building an amazing tree bench.

DIY Tree Bench

Via This Old House

5. Air conditioning units are an eyesore, no matter how you slice it. Here’s an example of how to thoroughly transform the situation.

With a little lattice or some flowering, you can make that big mechanical box essentially disappear.
Via Spirals and Spatulas

6. Boring walls and windows are easy to spice up with some box planters and flowerbeds.

Via Window Box Contest

7. Not much respect is given to mailbox decor. Yet, it’s one of the first things people will likely see when they show up. Might as well make sure they take notice.

Here’s the DIY for this particular makeover. If you want to see some other amazing (and hilarious) mailbox ideas, check this article out.

DIY Mailbox Makeover

Via Beneath My Heart

8. Sometimes even a short stone walkway can make a huge difference in visual appeal.

This one was created by Naturescapes.

DIY Stone Walkway

Via Naturescapes


Check back later this week for 8 more great ideas!

 

Article Re-posted from The Lighter Side of Real Estate
http://lightersideofrealestate.com/toolbox/home-improvement/16-budget-friendly-curb-appeal-ideas-anyone-can-do?

Tips to Improve Your Home’s Value

How much money a homeowner should put into enhancing a property for sale is a thorny issue. You don’t want to spend too much, because you’re unlikely to get it back. But you also need to make upgrades that will help your property compete in a crowded market.

When determining how much to spend, consider price range, region, and what comparable homes for sale in the neighborhood are offering. “You can overdo it for the neighborhood, and your home is not going to command a higher price as a result of [the home improvements],”

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Banish the Summertime Bugs

Let’s face it, the sound of a bug zapper is rather gruesome, and that blue glow is just plain weird; the whole thing is downright tacky. Surely there must be better ways to keep the bugs away than the insect equivalent of the electric chair. I poked around to find solutions for keeping your porch pest free, ranging from the very effective to the potential myths.

25th Annual JFS House Tour

Jewish Family Service will host the 25th Annual House Tour on Monday, August 6, 2012 featuring an exclusive tour of six to eight of Absecon Island’s most luxurious homes. From 11 am until 4 pm guests will have the unique opportunity to tour these distinctive seashore homes throughout the Downbeach area. Whether taking in the views of a dream bayfront home or examining the interior restoration of an original seashore home, the JFS House Tour will be one to remember.

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