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Curb Appeal in New Jersey : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 6, 2012
Sharon Asay answered:
Hi Jan ~

The cost for a lawn to be covered by light gravel/stones or any stones would best be asked to a Landscaper. It would most likely depend on the size of the yard and the type of stone. If you would be interested in a summer home, then I could definitely help you with that as 3 out of our 12 offices at Crossroads Realty are located in Toms River. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2012
Corey Grushin answered:
The link below will give you some guidance on how to PROPERLY go about the rent increase/ Keep in mind if your tenants have leases you won't be able to increase those rents until the lease is about to expire and you present them with a new lease. ... more
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Tue Jun 23, 2015
Phil Rotondo answered:
Enhancing the curb appeal of your townhouse can make a significant difference when it comes to successfully selling your home. Curb appeal, as with any home, is the first thing anyone sees about its condition. With that
said, before you decide to make a frontal assault on your townhouse with a different color of paint, review your association's rules and regulations on what can and cannot be done to the home's exterior. This makes townhouses a little more challenging when it comes to improvements. You may be restricted with changing the exterior in certain respects. However, it may be permissible to do little things here and there in order to enhance the curb appeal of your townhouse.

Front door. The front door is what everyone walks up to when they enter your townhouse. A fresh coat of paint can do very well for the curb appeal of your townhouse. If you have some money in the budget, a storm door is a sharp compliment to the front door. If the existing hardware is outdated, is losing its original color, or is falling off, replace the hardware.

Door frame, doorbell, and address numbers. Paint the framing around the door. A fresh coat of paint here will also promote curb appeal of your townhouse. Replacing the doorbell is an inexpensive upgrade. If the address numbers can be painted, a new coat of paint will give them some pop.

Front steps and porch. If the front porch is cement, consider power washing it. It can produce a fresh, clean appearance and enhance the curb appeal of your townhouse. If the porch is wood, consider a fresh coat of paint or stain. Remove any items from the porch area that don't need to be there. In a small area like the porch of a townhouse, less is more, so remove any unnecessary items. If the welcome mat is worn out, discard it or buy a new one. If you don't want to spend money on a new one, then go without the mat.

Siding. While most likely the siding cannot be changed to a different color, it can be cleaned. Consider power washing the front of the siding. If you cannot obtain a power washer, cleaning with a regular hose can be sufficient. Spray the siding and clean off any dirt and grime.
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Tue Dec 15, 2009
Monique S. Taylor asked:
My client emailed me about her listing on Trulia and stated that the street view (powered by Google) is an old photo because it shows a house next door that had previously had been boar...
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Mon Apr 13, 2009
Manny Trejo answered:
Howard,
It all depends in where you reside. This company is located in Redondo Beach, CA and I have known them for years. If this works for your area, tell them that Manny Trejo - Realtor from Coldwell Banker referred you to them. This is their info: Men at Work landscaping - Alfonso Pinillos (Director) 310-515-8424. www.metatworklandscaping.com. Good Luck..! ... more
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Tue Jan 1, 2008
Alan May answered:
I usually find that fixing it myself is the best way... at least according to my contractor that's the best way to do it... he has a daughter in college, and if I try to fix it myself, first... he gets to charge me more for the final repair, and he can use the money. ... more
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Mon Dec 26, 2011
Jackie Blankenship, M.B.A. answered:
I'm assuming that you'll be selling your home? There was an article on the Realtor Mag. this month exactly on this issue. National Ave (and I'm quoating the mag) of cost recouped for siding replacement comes in at 88% and wood window replacements at 81%. However, depending on your area, the # can vary. These two items are at the top so if your area has been steady or appreciating, the # may be higher and it might be worth it. If your area is struggling a little or your budget is limited (and whose isn't, these days?), painting and a little landscaping might be the ticket. Ask your realtor that you've selected or if you're interviewing, ask about this. They'll know the right answer for your area. Good luck! ... more
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Thu Jul 1, 2010
ian cockburn answered:
It depends on where in the country you are, but unless the tax assessor personally visits your home, I would not worry about it
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