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SELLING YOUR HOME?

CONSIDER WHAT BUYERS WANT!



Today’s buyers look at home purchases as an investment, not just a place to live. They seek the lowest price, as well as:

  • REASONABLE, STABLE PROPERTY TAXES
  • STRONG SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • SAFE, LOW CRIME COMMUNITIES
  • CONVENIENCE TO MASS TRANSIT

For local home sellers, this is good news. When compared to our neighbors in Essex, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties, local property owners enjoy a greater bang for the buck! Stable tax rates, generous lot sizes, and more square footage relative to actual property tax bills*. Union County Magnet High School and Watchung Hills Regional High School have been named in the top NJ High Schools. ** Warren, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence were ranked in the top 40 safest communities in New Jersey.*** Fortunately, our communities benefit from proximity to Rts. 287, 78, 22 and New York City train and bus lines.

The next step is considering your home’s assets and how to leverage them for a quicker sale at a higher price. Most important are recent updates to your kitchen and baths, newer appliances, and replacement windows. A minor kitchen remodel, including new counters, tile backsplash, new flooring, and painted cabinetry with new hardware could produce an 81% return on investment.**** A basic bathroom remodel, including new tile floor, new vanity and toilet could yield a 60% return.****. A basic replacement with vinyl windows could yield a 73% return.**** Low maintenance features such as exterior siding and synthetic decks offer greater appeal to buyers. While vinyl siding offers a 77% return, garage door replacements offers a 98% return.**** For a complete list of home improvements that yield the greatest return on investment, please contact at dianebelcuore@optonline.net

Modest home improvements produce a great return! Fresh paint in neutral colors, refinishing hardwood floors, and additional lighting will enhance the interior of your home. For the exterior, consider drought tolerant shrubs, and gravel patios to improve drainage naturally at a low cost.

Remember the 2 D’s of staging your home: DE-CLUTTER and DEPERSONALIZE! Pack up your collections, family photos, children’s artwork, and cultural decor. Streamline the contents of your closets and cabinets. Your home will show better with neatly stacked cartons in the garage instead of cluttered shelves and bookcases. Improve your home’s layout by eliminating furniture to ease traffic flow. For a complete list of home staging tips, please contact me.

Once you accept a purchase contract, the buyer’s home inspector will look ‘under the hood’. Remember, just as important as updating and staging your home, be prepared for the home inspection. Before you list your home, conduct an objective ‘walk through’ to identify items in need of repair. Fix any roof or plumbing leaks, seal foundation cracks, correct drainage problems. Have your furnace and air conditioning systems serviced. Make sure your windows open and close properly. Apply fresh paint anywhere there is peeling or chipping. Homes that are well maintained give buyers added confidence to buy. Contact me for a property maintenance checklist.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE SALE!


For additional information please contact:

Diane Belcuore
Realtor ®
908-872-5473
dianebelcuore@optonline.net
NJ 5 STAR AWARD Winner 2014, 2015, 2016
Accredited Staging Professional