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2 Family Home with Parking- Asking Only $199,900!
Where else are you going to find a "move-in ready" multifamily home for less than $200,000? Check out this well kept 2 family property on a quiet street in Irvington. Featuring large apartments with hardwood floors, separate gas heat, finished basement with full bath, and more. This home is priced to sell!
Interested or know someone that might be? Don't wait- this one won't last! call/text Silvio at 973.506.9866
Are you considering putting your house up for sale after the New Year, but not sure where to start? Maybe you're afraid it will take too long to sell, or that you won't get the price you want? One way to make sure that doesn't happen is by giving the outside of your house a good makeover, and set the scene for buyers to fall in love with your home. Here are 3 tips to help you stage the outside of your home for the spring and summer market.
1. Foundation and Siding - Take a look at your home's foundation. Is the paint worn, cracked, and chipped? It might be time to repaint it and get it looking new again. Also inspect your drivieway and your home's siding. Don't worry - If you've taken care of your home you probably won't have to replace it, but a good powerwash can go a long way. Remember that when buyers see things like peeling paint or chipped siding they are going to think the house has not been well taken care of. Don't let them have that first impression!
2. Landscaping- Step outside your front door and look around your front yard for 2 minutes. What you are seeing is what potential buyers will see. Dead plants, old Christmas decorations in the middle of March? Again, it's all about making a good first impression. What you want to do is first remove all weeds, dead plants, and old lawn ornaments. Then cut the grass nd throw down some fresh grass seed, watering it for a few days. Lastly, get a few plants and mulch from the local nursery and spruce up the front and sides of the house. Buy 2 of the same plant so you can create a nice symetrical design along the front.
3. Don't forget the backyard - While that might not be part of the potential buyers first impression experience, you still should make sure it's in the best condition possible. Make no mistake, backyards are a big deal to a lot of buyers. Pull up weeds, water plants, do some sweeping, and throw out any old raggedy furniture. Oh, and please - If you have a dog that normally uses the backyard for a bathroom, make sure you clean it up so buyers don't step in anything gross!
Imagine yourself as a potential buyer looking at your property for the very first time. What impressions are you getting? Would YOU buy your house? What would you like to see changed before you put an offer on your house?
And don't worry about spending a few thousand dollars to get your house ready to sell, because if you do it right you'll get it all back at the closing table. And if you're handy, you can save tons of money by doing it yourself. But keep in mind that no matter what proper staging helps you sell your house in a shorter time and at the price you want.
Available now is this fantastically well maintained 4 bedroom colonial in a good neighborhood, asking only $189,900!! This home has a ton of great features including updated kitchen and bathrooms, new roof, siding, finished basement and attic, and large yard with deck for outdoor entertaining.
This home was completely updated in 2013 and has been very well kept every since. Take a look at some of the pictures below and let's get in touch if you know someone that may be interested.
Click here for interior pics: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mlcz7jqq83nqyw1/AAAhcqKildDN4_d4RxaWHKKga?dl=0
For more information or to schedule a showing please
call/text Silvio at 973-506-9866 or reply to this email.
In my time working in real estate I have found that every property comes with it's own unique sets of challenges, especially properties that need repairs or renovations. The very idea of tearing down a space, however small, and rebuilding it from scratch can be terrifying. There is a lot to stress about- Will the contractors do a good job? Is the price right? How much of a mess is this going to make? To help ease the stress of home renovations, Here are 5 tips based on mistakes I've made and lessons I've learned:
1. Never Just Get 1 Bid - Most of us aren't experienced enough in the world of general construction to know the exact cost of specific jobs, so the best way to know if the price is fair is to compare quotes from multiple contractors. This is where you want to get good referrals from friends and family (think of someone you know that recently renovated their home) while also searching online and reading reviews. 3 is a good number for a short list of potential contractors.
2. Know Your Material Costs- Take a quick trip to your favorite general hardware store and start to familiarize yourself with some material costs. Bring a note pad and paper, or go online, and look at things like flooring material, tile, paint, fixtures, appliances, backsplash, kitchen cabinets, etc. If you have measurements of the space you are renovating use that to figure the cost per square foot. To save time pick out all the materials in advance and have the contractor pick them up later.
3. Plan Carefully & Avoid Extras - If you've ever received an estimate for a home improvement job, you will notice that it is very specific. In other words, if a particular job is not on the estimate chances are it won't get done. Adding these forgotten items later can be very costly. Take your time and go over the plan carefully with your contractor. For example, do you want to add recessed lighting or built in speakers before you fix the ceilings? Is this a good opportunity to wire in a security system? Try to include everything in one estimate so you don't get hit with extras at the end.
4. Know the Subcontractors- When you hire a general contractor for a remodeling job you are also hiring the subcontractors that the contractor works with. Make sure to check your itemized quote so you can see the charges for electrical, plumbing, roofing, or any other subcontracted work. Make sure to take each subcontract apart and negotiate each one. Also get the names, company info, and license number from each subcontractor.
5. Establish a Pay Schedule- The pay schedule should be structured in a way that allows for portions of the total balance to be disbursed only when specific milestones are achieved, For example, a typical pay schedule may call for an initial payment for material, a payment after demolition, and another payment after rough plumbing & electrical work. Hold the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the job and the contractor has passed all the necessary city inspections and permits have been closed.
Major home improvements can be stressful. Hopefully this will save you money on a future project! For fun, I put together an album wiith some videos and before/after shots of recent home renovation projects my partners and I have done.
Check it out here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7nyfltr8kevs150/AAANafZVwimIx4G-rXGiRFUwa?dl=0
Established in 1986, Realty 33 is a licensed real estate brokerage providing personalized service to homeowners in Union & Essex County. In the last 25 years we have sold thousands of homes, helping generations of families buy, sell, and rent real estate throughout Union, Maplewood, and surrounding towns. Our business has been built on honesty, reliability, and credibility. As a small office we are able offer a unique brand of personalized service that make us unique, and that you won't find anywhere else. Here is what our clients can expect:
Our 40 point sales plan outlines step by step exactly what we will do to get your home sold, from the pre-listing stage all the way to the day of closing. This includes a detailed market analysis with pricing strategy, online and offline marketing, and a weekly review all showings. We even connect our clients to our network of handymen, contractors, painters, roofers, plumbers, etc., to assist in repairs or minor touch-ups if needed before, during, or after the home sale.
Our marketing is first class. We market your home using professional digital photography and create content using hi-res images, slide shows, videos, and even a live walkthrough. We will then use this content to advertise your listing on Zillow, Craigslist, Youtube, and more. We also create original Facebook ads and geo-tagged Instagram posts to reach a new generation of homebuyers shopping online. With online audience targeting we identify the individuals that are most likely to want to buy your home, and get your listing in front of 500-1,000 of these potential buyers daily.
We offer unmatched experience. Over the past 25 years we have been through every type of real estate nightmare you can image. We are battle-hardened realtors that are not afraid to get our hands dirty. We know how handle tough problems like tenant issues, contamination, inspection problems, FHA appraisals, shorts sales, and foreclosures. We have solutions when the heat won't turn on the day of closing, or when the buyer's appraisal comes back under value. We use our experiences and the solutions we've developed to guide our clients through the process of buying and selling when the time is right.
Don’t just take it from us! Hear what our clients have to say. We boast some great online testimonials and 5 star reviews from satisfied clients. If you are looking for real estate processionals that really understands what you are going through, you can count on us.
From Tom, Gary, Silvio, Barbara, and the rest of the Realty 33 Team.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Experience is the chief author of the Realty 33 blog, as we continue to learn new things everyday. This blog is intended to educate and help those that wish to know more about the world of real estate.