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When Do You Know to Hire Movers?

At May 12, 2017

Whether to Hire Movers or Do it Yourself

If you are getting ready to move, one of the final decisions you will have to make is between moving all of your belongings yourself, or hiring a moving company. Both options have their merits, which can make this decision even more difficult for some. At Coccia Real Estate, we want you to have an extremely smooth moving experience. This is why we have prepared some questions to ask yourself before deciding between a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) moving approach and hiring movers – so that you are able to make a stress-free and informed decision in this last stage of your move.

 

1. How far is your move?

Are you moving long-distance or simply to the next town over? This will make a huge difference between choosing whether or not to hire movers. A long distance move requires more thorough planning about what you will pack and how you will get all of your stuff to your end-destination. A long distance move is already pretty stressful, so in this scenario it is definitely worth considering hiring movers. The movers will deal with all aspects of transporting your valuables to your new home, rather than you personally trying to drive a big moving truck across state lines. On the other hand, if your new home is nearby it may make the most sense to handle the move on your own. When moving somewhere close by, a DIY approach to moving is much more realistic, as you can make multiple trips back-and-forth with ease.

 

2. What is your time-frame?

In other words, how much time do you have to make the actual move? Do you have to be out of your current location and into your new one within a day? Or, do you have a week or so to take your time moving your belongings from one location to the next? With a flexible moving timeframe, you can easily take your time moving your belongings on your own without having to hire movers. If your time frame is strict, you are going to want help to ensure the process is efficient. This may mean recruiting friends and family to help you, or hiring some extra help.

 

3. How big is your current location?

Are you moving from a cramped studio apartment, or something more like a 4-bedroom house? The location you are moving from is very telling of the kind of help you will need. If you simply need a bed and some boxes moved, you can probably handle the move on your own. However, if you have several pieces of large furniture and several rooms to move, hiring movers will make the process much faster and be less of a headache in the long run.

 

4. Do you have help?

Do you have a big group of friends and family who would drop everything to help you move? If so, then you can definitely recruit them for help as opposed to hiring movers. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have a ton of help readily available. This is where hiring a mover will make everything easier, and you won’t have to bribe your busy family and friends to help you with a move.

 

Moving Yourself

All in all, moving by yourself requires time and energy. It is, however, typically more cost effective than hiring help. If your move is relatively local and you have some people who can help you make a few trips (someone with a truck is always helpful!) then moving using the DIY approach is definitely a possibility. Just be sure to plan ahead so that you have the time you need to complete the process efficiently.

 

Hiring Movers

If you are short on time, help, or are moving long-distance – your best bet is most likely hiring movers. Movers will handle as little or as much as you need them to, from packing your belongings to transporting them to the right place. While movers will definitely cost you some money, they may be the right solution if time is of the essence. When hiring movers, make sure they are accredited and trustworthy based on past customer reviews.

 

Finding a Home in New Jersey

Do you need to find your dream home before you can begin thinking about the move? At Coccia Real Estate, our professionals are ready to help you find the home that meets both your needs and budget. We specialize in real estate in Florham Park, East Hanover, Hanover, and Parsippany, and are committed to helping our clients throughout the entire home buying process. Contact us today to learn more.

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4 Things You Never Knew About Parsippany, New Jersey

At Feb 28, 2017

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Parsippany, New Jersey, officially known as Parsippany-Troy Hills, has established itself as one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Between its friendly residents, great businesses and delicious food, how could it not? This has made many of its residents lifers. But today, Coccia Real Estate is going to test the knowledge of residents and visitors alike with four things that you never knew about this great town.

 

Parsippany Has a Free Transit System

Need to get somewhere, but you’re a little short on money? The municipality of Parsippany-Troy Hills has established a bus system that is complementary to any residents of the town. Two buses run on the hour, starting at Morris Hills Shopping Center. Two different bus routes are available and provide access to over 50 different locations throughout town.

For those interested in the service, it runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.

The Name Parsippany is Native American

Before European settlers came to what is now considered New Jersey, the Lenni-Lenape tribes occupied a large portion of northern New Jersey. Consequently, a great deal of the tribe’s influence is still felt in the etymology of the area. Parsippany comes from the Lenape word parsipannong. It means, “the place where the river winds through the valley.”

 

Troy Hills has a little curiosity to its name as well. The area originally was called just Troy. People in Troy, New Jersey were confused when the mail wasn’t arriving, but they were often getting other people’s mail. Unfortunately, Troy, New York also was established just north of Albany. To help the postal service, Troy, New Jersey became Troy Hills.

Time Money Ranked Parsippany One of the Best Places to Live in the U.S.

 

Is Parsippany, New Jersey a good place to live? You bet! If you live in Parsippany, this probably comes as no surprise at all! Parsippany came in at number 5 on Money magazine’s ranking for the year. To create its rankings, Time Money established a handful of parameters and followed a strict process. Only towns and cities between 50,000 and 300,000 people were considered – 823 places in total. Then the communities with the least predicted job growth and highest crime rates were eliminated. Any place that was 90% of one race was eliminated as well.

 

Next, home values in Parsippany and the other towns were analyzed, along with taxes and overall local economy. Access to quality-of-life characteristics, such as culture, sports, health care and education, were prioritized, too. To prevent any geographic bias, only 4 places were allowed from each state and only one per county.

 

Once the list was narrowed down to 50, reporters were sent on location to experience local life, interview residents and unearth any intangibles that weren’t available in the data.

 

Parsippany was loved! The publisher highlighted a wide variety of assets Parsippany has going for it: easy commute; lower-than-average house price; beautiful scenery and a low unemployment rate. Better still, Parsippany is a New Jersey town with low property taxes, better than 75% of the rest of the state, when compared to the value of the home.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Has Awesome Geology

 

Ever wonder why Parsippany-Troy Hills has such an interesting and beautiful topography? It’s all because New Jersey used to be quite a popular area for geological events. Five-hundred million years ago, volcanic islands crashed into North America, rode over the North American Plate, and created the New Jersey Highlands, which are part of western Parsippany. Fifty million years later, another small continent collided in the area and folded land into itself. The land also was changed when North America separated from Africa.

Then, about 23,000 years ago, a glacier entered New Jersey. As it melted, it created rivers, streams and lakes. The biggest lake was Lake Passaic, which covered nearly all of Parsippany-Troy Hills and most of Morris County.

Once Lake Passaic drained, the area was filled with swamps, smaller lakes, beautiful forests and lush meadows. While the area has continued to change, the people of Parsippany-Troy Hills continue to make sure that the township stays beautiful.

 

Living In Parsippany-Troy Hills

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey? Are you simply looking to learn more about living in New Jersey? Coccia Real Estate’s friendly team of agents know Morris County homes, because it’s their home, too! Find out more today by contacting us or giving us a call at (973) 887-2500.

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6 Fun Facts About East Hanover, New Jersey

At Feb 28, 2017

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What You Should Know Before Going to East Hanover, New Jersey

Nestled comfortably against the Whippany River and Passaic River in Morris County, New Jersey, East Hanover represents an idyllic slice of life in the state. Despite being one of the smallest towns in New Jersey, residents of East Hanover homes enjoy some of the best quality-of-life in the entire region. Coccia Real Estate has taken the time to highlight six fun facts about East Hanover. How many do you think you know?

 

The First Settlers of East Hanover Were the Lenni-Lenape Indians

As with much of New Jersey, the Native Americans that originally lived in the area were the Lenni-Lenape, which translates to “original people.” The Lenni-Lenape were divided into three subtribes. The Unami, or “people down the river,” were the subtribe that occupied East Hanover. They were attracted to the area’s embarrassment of riches: quality water, abundant animal life, and separate enough from other Native American tribes located on the Delaware and Hudson Rivers.

East Hanover is One of New Jersey’s Newest Cities.

As one of the original colonies, New Jersey is very old, indeed. Hanover Township was the very first settlement in northwest New Jersey, when it was settled along the Whippany River in 1685.

But East Hanover didn’t officially become a town until 1928. That year, East Hanover was officially incorporated by an act of New Jersey Legislature and referendum results, dividing itself from Hanover Township, along with Parsippany-Troy Hills.

East Hanover is More Culturally Diverse Than You’d Expect

Important ancestries with which people in East Hanover identify are based in several European, Hispanic and Asian regions. It also is the 15th most Italian municipality in the United States. While the predominant language spoken unsurprisingly is English, many people speak Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Vietnamese as well.

 

They’re Smart, Too

East Hanover is very much a white-collar town, with most individuals working in sales, offices, professional positions and management occupations. East Hanover residents work more in math and computers than 95% of the rest of the country. This likely is due to 39.94% of adults in East Hanover owning at least a bachelor’s degree, nearly twice the national average.

 

The Hanover Name is German

While the area was settled in 1685, the settlement wasn’t bequeathed its name for 35 years. In the year 1720, Hanover Township was officially created and named after the British King George I, then the ruler of the American colonies. Remember, East Hanover residents were still loyalists then. The revolution wasn’t for 50 more years!

King George was part of the German dynastic House of Hanover. This royal family provided monarchs to Great Britain and Ireland, beginning in 1714. Rule continued until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

 

The New York Times Wrote About Two Weird Facts About East Hanover in the 1970s

 

From the 1950s to the 1970s, the population of East Hanover tripled to 7,734 residents. But that wasn’t enough for the New York Times to resist writing about the town’s two idiosyncrasies: 1) It had three cemeteries on Ridgedale Avenue and 2) the dead outnumbered the living, 9 to 1.

 

The opening of Interstate 280 in 1973 completely changed the dynamic of the town, bringing in more residents and industries that have helped the town flourish.

 

Check out the Best Available Homes in East Hanover, New Jersey

Does the idea of living in Morris County and East Hanover appeal to you? Coccia Real Estate thinks so, too! Come check out more about East Hanover and find listings today! For more information, call Coccia Real Estate Group’s office at (973) 887-2500.

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What to Expect When Selling to Generation Y

At Jan 27, 2017

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Learn Essential Tips on How to Sell Your Home to Millennials

For the population Generation Y in new Jersey, finances haven’t been easy. They’ve faced high unemployment, crippling student debt, and a high cost of living. But after years of delaying home ownership, millennials are officially becoming the primary group of home buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, Gen Y now comprises a third or more of home buyers, and 76 percent of first-time home buyers. Furthermore, this generation is the most likely to buy previously owned homes and older homes.

 

Coccia Real Estate wants to help you understand millennial buyers, and that’s why we’ve compiled our list of tips for selling to this generation.

 

Digital Media is the Standard

It’s been 12 years since Facebook was founded. Since then, social media has exploded with a variety of services. With everything at their fingertips online, you better believe that you are going to need as much quality content as possible. Consider hiring a decent photographer or at the very least, utilizing a camera yourself. Create a video tour of the home. The final presentation is going to go a long way to catch the eyes of these potential buyers. Once you have quality media available, make sure that you’re posting the content on multiple outlets online.

 

If digital technology is a daunting concept, Coccia Real Estate’s superior team of agents will be happy to take the reins.

 

Millennials are Data Driven

While millennials are watching less news and reading fewer books, they’re digesting more information than any generation before due to ease-of-access. Most os Generation Y is going to find out everything they can about the neighborhood, the house, and the real estate agent before making a purchase. Because of this, be sure to provide as much information as you possibly can about your home and its neighborhood. Communities are very important to young buyers and they’re looking to live near places that cater to their interests and passions. If something isn’t being provided, it’s going to draw suspicion. Finally, find an agent with great reviews online, because millennials do place high value in peer reviews and word-of-mouth.

 

Access to Urban Locations Will Increase Home Value

For better or worse, urban proximity has become more valued than lot size. Generation Y is going to be willing to pay more for a home with easy access to New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey’s major cities. This is great for homes close to the train or physically close to these locations, but not so good for those who are more remote. There’s nothing that can be done about this, but it is good to know when establishing your expectations.

 

Millennials are Less Likely to Buy a Fixer-Upper

There are always going to be ambitious builders and romantic dreamers who look at a home with some warts to it and see an opportunity. Unfortunately, they are few and far between in the youngest generation. After years of living at home and bouncing from one apartment to another, millennials are less likely to believe that their new house is going to be their last residence. Consequently, long term remodels and upgrades aren’t on their minds. Instead, make sure that the following are a part of the home before listing it for sale.

  • Consider eco-friendly building materials and energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling
  • Make sure the home has easy WiFi access
  • Ensure the house is free of mold, fungus
  • Get rid of old carpeting in favor of wood flooring
  • Open up the kitchen to create a more open floor plan space

 

Work with an Agent to Sell Your Morris County, New Jersey Home

According to the 2016 NAR’s Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, 89 percent of Generation Y bought their new home through an agent. But it’s not just millennials. 87 percent of Generation X buyers bought through an agent, and 85 percent of younger baby boomers did so as well. If you’re selling your home, you need to find the right agency who knows what today’s buyers want and need to feel confident in their purchase.

 

Buy and Sell With Coccia Real Estate

Coccia Real Estate’s team of agents never stop learning. In the past ten years, we’ve become a standard bearer for real estate in Florham Park, East Hanover, Hanover and Parsippany. Find out why today and contact our team.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Neighborhood

At Dec 05, 2016

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Finding the Right Neighborhood in New Jersey

The neighborhood you choose to move to is going to have a huge impact on your quality of life. Even if you absolutely fall in love with a home, it is important to consider the neighborhood it is located within before putting down an offer. An even smarter way to search for your next home is by solidifying the neighborhood you want to live in, and then beginning your trek for your dream home within the neighborhood. Here are some tips for choosing the right neighborhood to meet your style and needs, so that you know you will be one hundred percent satisfied with your next move.

Determine your Must-Haves

Begin writing down a list of your “must-haves” in your next neighborhood. This may include proximity to top-rated schools if you have school-aged children. Or, you may want to be within walking distance to a community park. Consider crime rate levels you feel comfortable with, along with how close you prefer to be to a grocery store and other necessities. Or, perhaps you want to be away from all of that stuff in a more quiet and secluded area. Your “must haves” should be non-negotiable items that you absolutely need from a neighborhood. You can also make a “would like” list to help you determine things that would be nice to have in a neighborhood, but are not deal-breakers.

Visit the Neighborhood Contenders at Different Times

Make sure that you visit potential neighborhoods at different times of the day. A neighborhood can have completely different vibes, noise levels and traffic patterns at different times of the day, and you don’t want this to be a surprise to you after moving in. Park your car within the neighborhood at different times, such as morning rush hour, when kids come home from school and later in the evening. Make sure that there are no red flags (such as traffic lined up in your would-be front yard) or noise levels that are out of the ordinary.

Consider Commutes

Most people don’t think to test their work or school commute before moving. Your commute can be easy breezy, or it may be the worst part of your day. Make a decision about what kind of traffic you can realistically stand to drive in each morning, and use this information and experience to guide which neighborhood you choose to move to. If you are unfamiliar with the area, be sure to do some test drives to experience exactly what your commute will be like, as this can have a big impact on quality of life.

Talk with the Neighbors

Don’t be afraid to respectfully talk to a few people in the neighborhood and gain their thoughts on the area. Park your car and go on a long walk around the neighborhood of interest. If you see people outside, strike up a conversation and express that you are considering moving in and would love to hear what they think about their neighborhood. This is the best way to get a realistic idea of what the neighborhood community is like.

What is Your Current Neighborhood Lacking?

This is probably the most important question to ask yourself when trying to pick a new neighborhood. Think about the reasons you don’t want to remain in your current neighborhood. Are you far away from friends and family? Are you not close enough to local shopping and restaurants? Is it too crowded? Is it lacking diversity? These are all valid questions that can help guide you towards finding a neighborhood that will fulfill your desires for your next home.

Work with a Local Real Estate Professional

At Coccia Real Estate, our agents are extremely familiar with many New Jersey neighborhoods – primarily in East Hanover, Hanover Township, Parsippany, and Florham Park, New Jersey. We can help you narrow down your neighborhood search based on your wants and needs, and connect you with your dream home in New Jersey. Contact us today to get started finding the perfect neighborhood and soon-to-be home.

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6 Ways to Prepare to Sell Your Home

At Dec 05, 2016

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Selling a Home in New Jersey

Are you ready to sell your home? Before listing it on the market, you are going to want to make sure that you make your home have as much of a “wow” factor to potential buyers as possible. By taking some time prior to putting your home on the market to make some quick improvements, you will be able to get your house off of the market much more quickly.

1. Get an Inspection

This may not be necessary for everyone. However, if you have an older house or are unsure if problems may exist, then you absolutely need to get a pre-inspection before selling. This can actually save you money, as finding these problems later on will dramatically reduce the value of your home. By making repairs ahead of time, you can show buyers that the house is in perfect condition – preventing the amount many buyers take off of their offer to account for repairs they may have to make.

2. Make Renovations that Make a Difference

Renovations are a great way to improve the value and appeal of your home. However, it is important to remember you are moving – so do not go overboard with renovations that aren’t going to do much to improve your home’s value. Use your best judgment when renovating – for example, updating the kitchen and your front door can make a huge difference and provide return on investment. But, you may not want to worry about custom moldings or state-of-the-art appliances.

3. Fresh Paint

You won’t believe the difference a fresh coat of paint can make on your home’s interior. Most people don’t realize how dirty and dull walls can get over the years, so a fresh coat will really brighten up the space. Make sure to keep the colors neutral – this is a great opportunity to paint over any dramatic color palates you personally enjoyed. Neutral colors will be more universally appealing to all audiences.

4. Clean and Organize

While cleanliness and organization won’t impact the value of your home by much, they will make a big difference on the appeal your home has to buyers. If your home is messy, it is going to be hard for potential homebuyers to envision themselves within the space, or to even get a clear view of the space. Do your best to keep excess things in storage or well hidden. Remember, people touring your homes will be looking in closets and crannies of your home, so make sure everything is clean and polished.

5. Improve Curb Value

When it comes to home buying, many of us will in fact judge a book by its cover. If your home is drab or run down on the outside, it doesn’t matter what you have going on inside, most people won’t inquire to find out. Keep your lawn well manicured, paint the exterior of your home and trims if necessary, and make sure your front door has a welcoming display. These little updates will make a huge difference.

6. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent will work with you to make sure your home is properly marketed for sale. They will help with all aspects of the home selling process, from listing to negotiations to closing. This is a vital part of the home selling process in making sure all necessary actions are taken so that your home gets on, and off, the market quickly.

Contact Coccia Real Estate Today

Ready to sell your New Jersey home? The real estate agents at Coccia Real Estate are ready to help. Contact us today to discuss where you are at in the home selling process and we will get to work for you.

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6 Fall Decorating Ideas

At Nov 01, 2016

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Welcome the Fall Season with Stunning Décor

Fall comes and goes each year in the blink of an eye for everyone who adores the crisp, beautiful season and especially for those who own a home and can decorate it accordingly. Pumpkins, festive wreaths, hay bales and Indian corn are just a few of the many decorations you could display this season, whether you decide to purchase the décor or create your own. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out these six fall decorating ideas to try this month.

 

Set up a coffee bar.

Equal parts decorative and useful; setting up a coffee bar inside of your home or outside in the yard is a great way to entertain guests while creating a decorative display. Set up your traditional coffee pots or Keurig’s, accompanied by the best seasonal brews, including the popular pumpkin spice. Provide cups, coffee condiments and apple cider donuts, mini pumpkin pies or any other fall-inspired treats.

 

Dress up your front porch.  

When the temperatures drop just enough to grab that favorite sweater, take a note from the chilly fall weather and dress up your porch with cozy, warm and snuggly throws and pillows. Deep purples, orange, yellow and red are all accent colors that are reminiscent of autumn, so finding any blankets or pillows with those hues is an aesthetically pleasing choice. Anything with a plaid pattern is a great idea, too – especially if it’s a big fleecy blanket to drape over a rocking chair on your porch or cuddle up in.

 

Display pumpkins and gourds.

It wouldn’t be fall without these signature staples, so be sure to pick out pumpkins and gourds in a variety of sizes and colors. You can certainly display pumpkins as they are on your front steps, in front of a door or surrounding the fireplace inside your home without decorating them any further. However – if you’re not afraid to get a little crafty – you can get into the seasonal spirit by embellishing the gourds. Using acrylic paint is a simple way to make them stand out, whether it’s writing a spooky message or creating a pattern and design. Other creative options include carving a traditional jack-o-lantern, bedazzling the pumpkins with colorful faux gems and hollowing out the inside so they can be used as a planter.

 

Design a fall-themed welcome sign.  

Welcome guests to your home by making your own fall-inspired welcome sign to display over your entryway, drape in the family room or hang by the deck or patio. If you want to go for a rustic feel to align with the season, use extra plywood or a rectangular chalkboard. You can also try a circular wood slice, or create garland with lettering. Making a sign in the shape of a pumpkin, apple or leaf is a great idea also. If you’re stuck on what to write for your DIY sign, try out a cute and popular seasonal expression such as “Happy Harvest”, “Happy Fall Ya’ll” or “Welcome Fall”.

 

Decorate your mailbox with harvest items.

A great way to boost curb appeal and property during the months of September, October and November? Check out local farmer’s markets and fall festivals for harvested items and decorative pieces specific to the fall season. Using these to decorate your mailbox is a simple yet guaranteed way to transform your home’s exterior into a cheerful, fall-themed paradise. Purple, yellow, red and orange mums, hay bales, Indian corn, cornhusks, pumpkins and gourds are beautiful, festive pieces to create an arrangement with.

 

Create colorful, leaf place cards.

A decoration primarily for the interior of your home, you can easily DIY beautiful place cards using fall leaves. Join friends and family while collecting them, gathering the most colorful and perfectly intact leaves that have fallen on the ground. Use a gold paint pen to write the name of your dinner party guests on each leaf. After purchasing gold leaf adhesives, apply one to each leaf as well. Once the adhesive has dried, brush off any gold leaf adhesive that didn’t stick, and display the place cards around your table.

 

New Jersey Real Estate

Fall is a beautiful season to celebrate – especially if you live and own a home in New Jersey. If you’re looking to move to the garden state during this special time of year – or if you’re already a resident who would like to try living in another town or county – feel free to consult Coccia Real Estate Group, a real estate company that specializes in the purchasing and selling of homes in NJ towns like East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany and Florham Park. Contact our office to check out our exclusive listings.

 

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5 Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

At Nov 01, 2016

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Utilize These Improvements to Strengthen Your Home’s Worth 

Selling your home is not always an easy task, and certainly not a black-and-white process. In fact, for many people looking to place their home on the market, a lot of behind-the-scenes work is involved before that “for sale” sign can even be put up – especially if the house is outdated and in serious need of some updates. So, whether you’ve thought about collaborating with a real estate company or simply looking to sell your home on your own, check out these five upgrades to increase its value.

 

1.    Give it a new paint job    

A simple upgrade for any home in need of some extra TLC is a brand new paint job. Painting the interior, exterior and any furniture that truly needs it will make a huge difference, especially aesthetically. The best part is that it is doable for even the tightest of budgets, and will leave a positive impact on potential buyers who will find the paint to be both clean and fresh. Since neutrals are always a safe choice regardless of style or color preference, try using shades like nude and beige.    

2.      Landscape the property

Another cost-efficient and easy upgrade involves landscaping both the back and front yards of your home. There are so many ways to add curb appeal, and a few unique landscape designs and trends to take note of. However, making sure that your landscaping additions are low maintenance is the most important thing to remember while redesigning your property. Purchasing neat plants and colorful flowers that are both native to the area you live in, as well as drought-tolerant, is key – something you and the future owner of your home will be thankful for while tending to. Hiring a lawn service company to professionally cut and trim any patchy, outgrown grass is also advised.

 

3.    Invest in energy-efficient lighting fixtures   

Lighting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what to update in your home – but believe it or not, prospective buyers are seeking out the most energy efficient fixtures. This allows you to save money while taking it easy on the environment, energy efficient fixtures and bulbs that are available in choices of warm, natural or dimmable lighting. If your home does not have these types of fixtures, you can opt to invest in them as soon as possible. Oppositely, if your home does have eco-friendly lighting that is a little outdated, replace the old fixtures with ones that are new.

 

4.      Replace overused carpeting and rugs

Years of living in a house will leave even the neatest of people’s carpeting and rugs with stains, blemishes and imperfections. For any potential buyer who sees such flooring in a worn out and beat up state, thoughts of replacing it all will instantly come to mind – which, unfortunately, will turn them off from buying your home. If you have the budget to replace your carpeting and rugs – or, if you only have a few areas that genuinely need to be switched out – go ahead and do so. If you do not have the financial means to swap out all of your flooring, simply replace the one room where it shows the most, or find ways to cover up the most flawed spots.

 

5.    Remodel your bathrooms

Thanks to constant use and inevitable damage from all the water, bathrooms should be a main area of focus if you choose to remodel any of the rooms in your home. This is especially true if you live in an older house that has never been renovated – primarily because bathroom preferences have changed quite a bit since your own was built. Replace any drop-sinks with an under-mount sink and invest in granite or marble countertops. Trade overhead lighting for wall mounts and install a shower with body sprays and surrounding stone. Even if you can’t make all of these changes because of a low budget, keep your bathrooms clean and polished to assist with re-sale values as well.

 

New Jersey Real Estate

At Coccia Real Estate Group, we are real estate professionals who know exactly which upgrades your New Jersey home needs to not only be placed back on the market, but also successfully be sold. If you are looking to sell your home – especially in East Hanover, Hanover, Florham Park or Parsippany – please contact our office today.

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5 Things to Do This Fall in Morris County

At Oct 04, 2016

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Morris County, NJ Has A Lot to Offer this Fall Season

Pumpkin carving, hayrides, corn mazes, apple picking…the possibilities of things to do this fall (or any fall, for that matter) are virtually endless for families that reside in Morris County, New Jersey. Because of its stunning, rural location – in addition to its more urbanized areas, like Parsippany – Morris County is the perfect place to spend during the crisp autumn season, with activities that every age can enjoy and partake in.

 

1.    Learn how apple cider is made.

Drinking a spiced, sweet cup of apple cider – whether you like it hot and steamy or refreshingly chilled – is a true testament of fall. But don’t sell yourself short and purchase a seasonal jug this time of year at the local supermarket; Instead, make a trip to Alstede Farms’ cider mill. Visitors are able to hop on a hayride at the Chester, NJ farm, and see first hand just how the apples are pressed and bottled into delicious cider. A bonus? You get to indulge in delicious free samples!

 

2.    Pick your own pumpkins.

Conklin Farms in Montville is easily accessible from many Morris County townships, located on River Road off of route 287. With no entry free and an open availability of seven days a week, Conklin Farms is a great place to take the family – especially to their giant pumpkin patch, which offers thousands of pumpkins in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Pickers get a killer view of the farm’s sunflower display, and can enjoy a pit stop at the barn store for Indian corn, scarecrows and other fall-related finds on their way out.

 

 3.    Show off your costumes at a Halloween event.

It’s no surprise that Imagine That! – a children’s museum in Florham Park – is hosting a fun-filled and totally festive Halloween event for children and their parents on October 28th. During the hours of 5 to 8 P.M., the museum will be opened to excited Halloween lovers, who are encouraged to dress up in their costumes, craft, play games, win prizes and indulge in pizza. A special prize will be awarded to the lucky winner of the Halloween Spooktacular’s costume contest, so make sure you dress to impress! And even if you don’t get a prize, all children are given a goody bag (filled with more treats than tricks!) at the end of the night.

 

4.    Adventure through a corn maze.

With its seasonal opening to the public in late September, Middle Valley Farms in Mendham provides nothing but the best fall activities for the families of Morris County. In addition to the hayrides and pumpkin patch, Middle Valley Farms offers an amazing six-acre corn maze. Although it can be completed during the day, the maze is also open to the public at night – for those thrill seekers daring enough to embark on such a spooky adventure. If anyone’s birthday is in the fall, the farm also offers birthday packages, too!

 

5.    Search for apples in a beautiful orchard.

For some families, it just wouldn’t be autumn without apple picking. While there are a lot of stunning Morris County locations to choose from, Hillview Farms of Gillette offers an orchard with views nothing short of impressive, and a variety of red, green and newly blended apples to choose from. The farm is open daily from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., but apple picking in particular only lasts through the end of October – so be sure to head over before it’s too late.

 

Check Out the Latest Homes in Morris County, New Jersey

With a ton of fall, family-friendly activities that both children and parents can enjoy, it’s no wonder why so many residents look forward to the months of September, October and November each year – just one of the many perks that come with living in Morris County. If you’re interested in relocating to the gorgeous New Jersey area, allow Coccia Real Estate Group to assist you in the process. With specialty listings in Morris County, we have helped countless families find their dream home – so you and your loving family can easily be next! Contact our office at 973-887-2500 to find out more today.

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Top 5 End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tips

At Oct 04, 2016

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Your Guide to Maintaining a Clean and Picturesque Home

It might be hard to kiss summer goodbye, but there are a few things that could do without the sweltering heat and constant humidity. For starters? Your home! Yep, it’s true – while we spent our long, lazy days soaking up the sun and enjoying the weather, our homes were suffering in silence. Fortunately, though, it’s not too late to partake in a little upkeep and home maintenance tricks – just make sure to do it before the fall season officially begins.

 

1.    Seal your deck.

Early fall is the perfect time to clean and seal your deck, when the weather is mild and the temperatures aren’t too high. Most sealers and stains are available by the gallon, costing no more than $30 a piece. What you choose to use is up to you – clear sealer, toner, semi-transparent stain or solid stain – but just know that each comes with a different reapplication technique. Sand the surface, replace nails as needed, and apply the sealer or stain.

 

2.    Clean the window panes.

Repeated exposure to the sun’s heat – combined with muggy and humid weather – is enough of an equation to make even the most pristine windows appear streaky and grimy. As we steadily transition into the fall season, take the time to clean all your window panes, diminishing any damage the warmer weather caused them. Sanitize the frame of the window first, and prep the glass immediately after. To give your window a true streak-free look, spray multipurpose cleaner onto the glass, wiping it clean with a microfiber cloth.

 

3.    Change the air conditioning filters.

It’s a general rule of thumb to change central and window air conditioning filters bi-monthly, but the end of summer is an ideal time to do so – especially when you consider how much it’s been used in the past few months. Not to mention, the humidity will add extra bacteria and mildew. After finding out exactly where your air conditioning filter is, figure out which type of filter you have. Whether it’s a fiberglass, pleated or media filter, the final step is to install it – remember to put the filter cap back on so it can be properly used once again.

 

4.    Get rid of gutter debris.

Debris can exist in a variety of places, but focusing on your gutter in particular is important before the cooler weather hits. This home maintenance step should be made a priority if you live in an idyllic area with plenty of trees, since leaves, twigs and other natural items are more likely to make their way inside of the gutter, ultimately clogging it up. Use an extendable ladder to reach the debris-filled spots, gathering up any and all mess with a plastic scooper (even a sand toy shovel will do). Make sure to flush the gutters once you’re done, which is another useful way to see if you have any leaks to repair.

 

5.    Prep patio and deck furniture.

Dust, rust and other substances can easily cover outdoor furniture that’s spent 24 hours a day, seven days a week outside during the warm summer months. Once you’ve washed your outdoor seats and tables, check to see if there are any noticeable cracks or paint chips; if there are, spray paint appropriate places with outdoor paint. If you still plan on keeping the furniture outside once the summer and fall is over, use a painter’s tarp to stow it away properly.

 

Homes Available in Morris County, NJ 

Northern Jersey’s Morris County is beautiful during the summer – and even though the warm weather can take a toll on any house, following these top five tips will ensure that your home is on the right track and perfectly prepared for the cooler seasons ahead. Check out available property in the Morris County area at Coccia Real Estate Group, and keep these home maintenance tips in mind as we head into the fall season. Contact us today for more information.

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