Selling Tips

What Part of My Home Should I Remodel?

By Coccia
At Jul 11, 2017



Remodeling your home can be quite the scary process if you are not used to change. Talking to an architect can help you feel a little readier to start the remodel of your dreams. Change is always a great thing though, especially for your house. Making your house feel like home starts by deciding what will be getting remodeled and the order it will go in. The list below goes from easiest remodels to hardest. Take a look to see if you need to remodel your home!

1.    Bedroom

If you do not like change, starting your remodel in the bedrooms of your home could be the best for you. Changing aspects like paint color or even furniture could be an easy way to ease into the process of remodeling other spaces in your home.

You can also remodel the master bedroom to make it one of your favorite personal spaces. Rearranging furniture could easily be part of the process you choose to remodel your room. Try adding shelves on the wall and fill them with knick-knacks that appeal to you.

2.    Bathroom

One of the best places to start remodeling is the bathroom. This is because it is a smaller space in which you can get a feel for the entire remodeling process. Starting with a smaller space also helps calm some of the nerves you may be feeling. Updating a bathroom will make your home feel brand new and make guests feel welcomed, if said bathroom is for everyone.

3.    Outdoor Area

Your outdoor living space is an important part of your home. Holding gatherings outside is one of the perks to living in a lush, green area. Making sure your landscaping is up to date is important because it will add to the atmosphere of your party. If you are looking to remodel your outdoor space, you can ask landscaping experts for tips, or try it on your own by planting all your favorite plants!

4.    Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most popular places for a remodel. Outdated kitchens can make you feel as if your house is way more outdated than it actually is. Remodeling your kitchen can make your house feel brand new, and while remodeling may be stressful, picking out everything you want for your dream kitchen could be a fun and creative process for yourself. To make your space feel bigger and brighter, pick a neutral color palette and add fixtures that fit your style.

5.    Living Room

The living room is where your family will want to spend most of their time sitting around relaxing. This space is one of the most important spaces in your home because of the gatherings that will happen there. If you feel that your living room is cramped, making the space bigger could be beneficial. Knocking down walls could be helpful in the remodel to make the space bigger so you can fit larger furniture. Going with a neutral color palette, again, will help make the space feel bigger, so your family can spread out when they come over.

6.    Basement

If you are lucky enough to have a basement in your home, remodeling this can be one of the biggest overhauls you do in your home and one of the biggest investments. If it is unfinished, you have a clean slate to get as creative as you want. If it is finished already, you can try adding your own style or start over by remodeling it again. Finishing or refinishing a basement can be a lengthy process. This space could be used to hold gatherings, become a playroom for kids or even a “man-cave” once it is done.


New Jersey Real Estate Tips and Tricks

Buying a new home is always a huge moment in your life. If you are looking to buy or rent in Morris County, New Jersey, Coccia Real Estate Group would be happy to help with the process! We specialize in purchasing and selling homes in NJ, in towns like East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany and Florham Park. Contact us today to learn more about living in Morris County!

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20 Easy, Inexpensive Tips for Home Sellers

By Coccia
At Sep 21, 2012

If you are currently selling your home or maybe considering placing it for sale you may want to think about these fast and easy sales tips. Today’s buyer is exposed to the current inventory of homes more now than ever before. The average buyer searches for a home for over 18 months by using the internet to see pictures, videos and neighborhood information. They appreciate modern looks and expect a home to be neat, clean and well maintained.

Here is a list of 20 things you can do to your home to make it more appealing to buyers and increase the sales price.

1. Clean up & de-clutter. Your home will show better and look larger if it is clean and not over flowing with stuff. Use the “less is more” approach with furniture and make the kitchen and baths sparkle. Pay special attention to mirrors, countertops and shower doors.

2. Front door and walkway. It’s true that you can never take back a first impression. Consider painting or replacing your front door. Be sure the front walkway and/or steps are in good condition and not a hazard.

3. Make the home look larger with light. When preparing for a showing of your home open those blinds and curtains. Be sure that the lights are turned on prior to the buyers arriving and choose warm, cool colors rather than fluorescents.

4. Add some color. Feel free to use plants or flowers throughout the home to add color and warmth to a space. Paint an accent wall to make a room look more dramatic or interesting. Today’s hot colors will make your home look more modern.

5. Be aware of odors. Be conscious of musty smells or pet odors and replace them with “fresh baked” smells and candles. Use a dehumidifier to help out with a humid basement. Open windows for fresh air prior to showings.

6. Take a good objective look around. Most buyers today will perform a home inspection prior to purchasing their new home. Take a good look around and fix anything obvious prior to placing it on the market. Buyers will appreciate it and your home will be viewed in the best light possible. Better a buyer sees the work is done and feel they are getting a great home especially when the work may be required to complete the sale anyway.

7. Get rid of dated wall paper and out of style ceilings. Remove wall paper prints that date your home or are no longer in style. Get rid of old “popcorn” ceilings.

8. Flooring. Consider having old carpets cleaned if not replaced and a fresh sanding of weathered hardwood floors is better than a face lift for removing years of age. This is one of the first place investors spend money to make homes more saleable.

9. Clean that garage. A clean garage is a huge selling point. Everyone looks for this space as a place for storage and convenience. Buyers appreciate clean floors and organized spaces.

10. Be conscious of electric. Make sure you have an adequate number of outlets and enough power coming in the home to power today’s modern conveniences. Bathrooms require outlets for hairdryers and razors and kitchens have “high end” appliances that use 3 times the amount of power from just 10 years ago.

11. Door Knobs. Be aware of broken or tarnished door knobs. Consider replacing them with newer more modern finishes to make your home appear less dated.

12. Landscaping. Curb appeal is one of the most important features of home. I recommend the removal of over grown and uncared for bushes, plants and trees. A clean slate to paint a picture for a buyer is easier than trying to get someone to look past a mess. New landscaping with seasonal color and fresh mulch can increase value by as much as 10%.

13. Exterior maintenance. Clean those gutters, paint that trim and make sure garage doors open and close easily. If your home’s paint is peeling or exterior is stained it is very inexpensive to paint or power wash to remove unsightly stains.

14. Clear counters. Yes, you are still living in the home but try and remove clutter from counter tops in the kitchen and throughout the home to make it look as show room ready as possible. This sort of appearance will make a buyer choose your home over others that are similar.

15. Set the scene. Stage an interesting space or room to bring out an intriguing feature or use. Try a rug, chair and lamp to feature an interesting reading space.

16. Monitor closets. Take a look at closets and clean them out so they look more spacious and organized. Consider the use of cubbies or baskets for a neat and clean look.

17. Audit your energy use. Be conscious of power usage within the home and replace energy “suckers” that buyers will appreciate. Try replacing your old thermostats with a programmable one, replace old lights with led or compact fluorescents.

18. Replace filters. Replace filters for water purifiers or furnaces. Buyers will see that your maintaining your home while also keeping these items running as efficient as possible.

19. Toss the Magazines. Throw out all those old magazines that you haven’t got around to reading yet. If you haven’t read them buy now you’re probably not going to!

20. Replace any broken or worn out furniture. Consider replacing or just removing old, torn couches or leather chairs that make a house appear un kept. A table cloth or covers for couches are great tricks to make old furniture appear new.

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