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Power Washed DeckIt is amazing what the simple act of cleaning up outdoors can add to your selling value.  Buyers make snap judgements all the time.  They  look at how a home is maintained inside as well as outside.  Keep your outside well maintained this Spring to make sure all the potential buyers that do a “drive by” first see your home at it’s best.  Keep in mind that a drive by in our neck of the woods may also be by boat, not just by car in the front of your house…make sure your decks are well maintained.  There are fantastic stains available at your local hardware stores.  Keep it simple and neutral when picking your color choice.  Grab a power washer and clean off the walkways, your siding, and anything else that has the grime from the past seasons laying on it!  After it is cleaned up, treat your wooden decks with a one coat sealant available in so many different options.  Buyers will believe that your home is just as immaculately maintained inside as well as outside and we can’t sell your house unless we get the potential buyer to step inside….

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fantastic front doors

You don’t need to spend a fortune this year to give yourself the curb appeal to set your home apart from your competition. Sprucing up your entryway is one of the most important things you can do this spring. The first impression of buyers is often a lasting impression. Many simply do a drive by of the house to see if they are interested in taking the next step. Take a look at your own front door and these examples to see how your can add some curb appeal of your own!

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Newsday recently had an article titled “Beach House Living Means Views and Sand” (http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/real-estate/beach-house-living-means-views-and-sand-1.3820526) and it listed all the reasons why living in a beach house is amazing.  Along with that amazement factor is an amazing price tag as well.  Most of the properties featured were well over $800,000 to purchase and were located off the beaten path.  Trust me, I am not knocking beach front living AT ALL, I would love to open up my doors to the sound of waves crashing and the soothing sound of the gulls overhead.  Fortunately, for us working class folks there is another alternative.  Many areas located on the Great South Bay have the same “beachy” feelings and offer so many wonderful opportunities to explore along with fantastic views.

Did you know there are many places that rent kayaks and paddle boards if you can’t afford to purchase your own?  The Dinghy Shop http://www.dinghyshop.com/ located right here in Amityville has tons to offer on a regular basis.  They offer sailing lessons and participate in twilight kayak tours.  Adults and children can learn how to sail at the Amityville Village Beach, Unqua Corinthian Yatch Club as well as Narrasketuck Yatch Club http://www.nycsail.com/.

We have the most AMAZING beaches within 20 minutes from most front doors and many bay area residents choose not to vacation in the summertime because of how beautiful it is at home.  Did you know that one can walk to Fire Island? http://www.fireislandlighthouse.com/  This is the website and it lists directions and the costs of visiting the historic lighthouse that can been seen while crossing over the Robert Moses Bridge.

So although beach living has its own love affair here on Long Island I propose that there is a more economical way to enjoy many of the same benefits at a fraction of the cost.  Visit www.17NormanAvenue.com to see one of my waterfronts currently available and get refreshed by its fantastic waterfront amenities.  There are also many other waterfront homes that range from $399 and up so feel free to give me a call!

As always, thanks for reading,

~Jenn

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Along with Spring comes the time to consider planting and trying to figure out what will do well in your garden beds!  We are in Zone 6 for gardening purposes.  If you click on the map it will bring you to the National Gardening Association’s website which will advise you of what type of plants typically do well in our area!  Good luck and happy digging!

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Spring is almost here and although we have had a mild winter you will still need to pay attention to the details that make up your home!  Everyone should spend some time each spring putting forth the energy to clean up and maintain their homes!  Here are some simple tips that involve just a bit of elbow grease and will help you enjoy your summer. If you are thinking about selling, performing these tasks will help spruce your “curb appeal” that impacts the price you will ultimately get for your home;

  • Get out your scrub brushes and sponges and wash down outdoor furniture with mild soap and water!  Run cushions through the washer or hose and scrub them down!
  • Scrub down the grill.  Soak the grates with dish soap and scrub down the insides with the grill brush.  Hose off completely and clean off the outside with a stainless cleaner if needed.
  • Make sure all garden beds are cleaned out of debris and weeds and turn over the soil.  Keep in mind they beds always look better with mulch and the cost is relatively inexpensive for a dramatic effect.
  • Sweep sidewalks, curbs, walkways and driveways.  Use a power washer if needed to get rid of stubborn dirt and oil stains.
  • De-clutter the garage!  Just do it, take everything out, sweep out the floor and only put back the items you are planning on using.  Remove any old chemical products (contact your local sanitation department to dispose of properly).
  • Wash your windows.  My mom taught me the best way is to clean windows and glass is with vinegar and newspaper!  I like to do that after the grime is washed away with the Windex hose cleaner!  If you do it on a cloudy day it will help avoid streaking.
  • Wash your deck!  There are so many variety of decks both wood and resin types so take a trip to your local hardware store and use the correct product it will make is infinitely easier.  Most carry brands that you can spray on and spray off!
  • Clean out your gutters!  One of the most damaging things to homes is water damage.  Prevent it simply with a gutter cleaning.  It also helps prevent the unsightly staining that occurs when gutters are not properly cleaned and the water runs down the side of a house.
  • Finally, consider what a can of paint can do for your front door!  Do you need a new mailbox or house numbers?  All are relatively inexpensive and will help give you the curb appeal you desire!

Thanks for reading!

~Jenn

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