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Reduce Allergens in Your Home

by Sharon Vallario

With warmer weather around the corner, we will soon approach the terrible discomfort of allergy season. Every spring, millions of Americans suffer through the sneezing, itching, wheezing and coughing cause by allergies to pollen, mold and dust-mites, among other things. They turn to their doctors and pharmacists for help dealing with the symptoms.

But what can you do to make your home allergen free? As it turns out, plenty! Improvements you make to your home to prevent allergies can make for a powerful selling point.

First, a warning: Before you take on some of these allergy-fighting projects, protect yourself.  Wear a dust mask and plastic gloves. Take a shower and wash your clothes in hot water after you're done

Bedrooms

  • You spend a large fraction of your life in your bedroom, so let's start there. Keeping the bedroom allergen free will help you get a better night's sleep.
  • Keep the windows closed.
  • Vacuum carpets twice a week with HEPA-Filter vacuum.
  • Wash bed linens once a week in hot water, and blankets and mattress pads twice a month.
  • Wash curtains and blinds once a month, or replace them with shades.
  • Cover beds and pillows with dust-mite and allergen-impermeable covers.
  • Dust with a damp rag - you want to capture dust particles, not stir them up into the air!
  • Keep pets out. Pets are magnets for dust and they'll undermine all your other efforts if you let them in the bedroom.
  • Change your air filters every month to six weeks.

Kitchens

  • Replace carpet in the kitchen with tile or hardwood floors.
  • Scrub the garbage can and deodorize your garbage disposal to avoid attracting cockroaches and other bugs.
  • Don't leave food or dirty dishes out.
  • Clean refrigerator spills right away to avoid mold
  • Run the exhaust fan when cooking to reduce moisture.

Bathrooms

  • In bathrooms, the key is to eliminate moisture. Here, the problem is mold.
  • Make sure you run the fan when you shower.
  • No wallpaper. It's a perfect place for mold to hide behind.
  • No wall-to-wall carpet. Bath mats washed once a week
  • Wash bath towels once a week in hot water.
  • Wash shower curtains once a month.
  • Clean your toothbrush holder!

For more help and advice, follow these links to the Mayo ClinicBetter Homes and GardensHow Stuff Works and This Old House websites. When it comes time to sell, we'll work together to present potential buyers with all of the benefits of your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

by Sharon Vallario

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out and indulge in the most memorable show of your lifetimes, at the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater event.  Touted as the most beloved family-oriented cabaret in the world, the happening guarantees to provide fun for both adults and children alike!

As seen on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and America’s Got Talent, Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater performance will have your family delighting in a unique blend of comedy, fused with world-class juggling, and of course the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.  The more than 30 dogs, cats, parrots, geese and even mice are all rescue animals from shelters across the country.  They have been trained and transformed into theater stars, loving to show off their stunts and skills in front of audiences worldwide.  And in the background, you can catch Mr. Popovich the European-style clown, turning tricks of his own.  His feats include astounding juggling acts and balancing routines of all kinds.  More like a small-scale circus than a theater presentation, this special occasion promises to deliver non-stop, on the edge of your seat, entertainment for all!

Admission costs to attend the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater event range in price from $20.00 to $65.00, dependent on your seating selection.  To view a seat chart and to purchase your tickets online, please click here.

So this weekend don’t miss the opportunity to see George Popovich and his furry four-legged friends.  They will be bringing to the stage an electrifying show, including lots of laughs, jaw-dropping acts of animal athleticism, and much more!

Saturday March 28th

1:00PM

For more information regarding the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Pressure Washing Your Home

by Sharon Vallario

Pressure washing is great for a variety of exterior treatments, including siding, stucco or brick. Each type requires a different approach. There are several good reasons you should consider pressure washing your home this spring, especially if you are planning to sell your home. Those reasons include:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Wind, rain, hail
  • Dirt
  • Tree sap
  • Insects, rodents and birds.

All of these factors take a toll on the exterior of your home, from the top of the roof to the foundation. Of course, make sure to close windows and doors, cover external lights and plants before you start. If your house is painted with a lead-based paint, you should not pressure wash it. If you’re not sure, contact a professional for an inspection.

Pressure washers can be powered by gasoline or electricity. They can be had for around $100 up to thousands of dollars. A washer costing $200 to $300 will be just right for a normal home. You might only use it a couple of times a year, but after a couple of years, a quality pressure washer will have paid for itself.  You can certainly hire someone to do the work for you, but you might be able to save money in the long-run by investing in a pressure washer and doing the work yourself.

A good overview of the process can be found on the Lowe’s website or the WikiHow site. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015

by Sharon Vallario

Clinton Inn Hotel, Tenafly, New Jersey

This weekend the Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show event will be returning by popular demand.  Due to the resounding success in its inaugural year, the event anticipates foodies and wine enthusiasts to be coming out in droves, to celebrate amid the celebrities.

The 2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 event will not only be featuring a star-studded lineup of culinary experts, but will also include a diverse selection of wine offerings.  Doug Singer will be emceeing the occasion, benefitting the Office of Concern food bank in Englewood.  Come enjoy light Jazz and place your bids on many silent auction items that will be on display.  Then sit down for a decadent food and wine sampling session, prior to indulging in a variety of food demonstrations, competitions, and much more.  The winner of Master Chef Junior, Logan Guleff (age 12) will be joined by featured guests Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan, and up-and-coming student chefs from Bergen Community College.  Area restaurants will also be offering food tastings, along with wine selections.  The soirée will certainly be providing something for everyone. 

Admission costs to attend the 2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 event are $65.00 per person.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here.

Returning for its second showing, the Celebrity Food & Wine Show occasion promises to be even bigger and better than its predecessor.  Absolutely do not miss out on the opportunity to be in attendance at this all-out food and wine extravaganza!

Sunday March 22nd

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

For more information regarding the 2nd Annual Celebrity Food & Wine Show 2015 event, please click here

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Important Questions to Ask Sellers

by Sharon Vallario

When buying a home, you're going to have lots of questions and lots of people with answers. But, when you talk to the owner, you're going to be able to get first-hand information. Buying a home is such a significant decision, you need as much information as you can get while trying to make a smart choice.  Here are some of the most important questions you should ask before making a decision to make an offer on a home.  

"Are there any problems with the house?" You'll already have a lot of information related to this question from your own agent, but once again, asking cannot hurt. And don't just ask the owner or owner's agent. Ask a qualified inspector that question: Their answer is going to be vital to any decision you make on the house.  

"Why are you selling?" It's an obvious question, but one that can provide you with valuable information. And it might be different from what the seller's agent might say.  

"What can you tell me about the neighborhood?" If you're going to live there for any amount of time, you may want to know before you buy if there are annoying neighbors or other problems.  

"And what about the local schools?" If you have school age children, make sure to ask about local schools. Even if the owner doesn't have kids in the system, it’s worth adding to the impressions you've gotten from other sources.  

"How much did you pay?" Again, you might already have this information from a different source. But, asking the owner is always worth doing. You can learn a lot about your negotiating position by asking the question.  

It should go without saying that when talking to an owner, you should go out of your way to be polite. But remember, it’s your money. There are obviously other questions you might want to ask, and you should feel free to do so.  If they're uncomfortable or unwilling to talk, you won't get better answers by pushing them. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Annual Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Demonstration

by Sharon Vallario

James A. McFaul Environmental Center, Wycoff, New Jersey

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  The trees are ready to be tapped for their savory sweet sap, soon to be transformed into our favorite sugary breakfast syrups.  The James A. McFaul Environmental Center invites your entire family to come out and celebrate the maple sugaring season, at the Annual Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Demonstration event.

The occasion will feature a scrumptious pancake breakfast, accompanied by delicious sausage, coffee, tea, or juice.  And of course taking the limelight will be the “Ramapo Gold” maple syrup.  Breakfast seatings will be available at 9:00AM, 10:00AM and 11:00AM at the Observatory in the main building.  In thanks to the Bergen County Parks Department employees and volunteers, your family can indulge in the Maple Sugaring Demonstration.  Environmental staff members will be educating all in attendance to the process of tapping the trees, collecting the sap, and boiling it over a very hot fire.  Voila…maple syrup is made!  The demonstration will be held at the Sugar Shack next to the Depew Barn at 10:00AM, 11:00AM and again at 12:00PM.

Although the Maple Sugaring Demonstration is free to attend, reservations are required for your family to partake in the Annual Pancake Breakfast.  The cost is $5.00 per person, while children under the age of 2 may eat for free. To pre-register your family, please click here, fill out the form and follow the attached instructions.

So this weekend dress in layers and prepare to enjoy a delectable pancake breakfast, followed by an intriguing maple sugaring demonstration.  The Annual Breakfast and Demo event guarantees to provide fun for the whole family!

Sunday March 15th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For more information regarding the Annual Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Demonstration event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Ready for Spring Gardening?

by Sharon Vallario

Getting a head start on springtime projects can save you time and money, and of course, your property will enjoy a boost in its beautification. If you're tired of winter and its drab appearance, you might be able to cheer yourself up by planning for spring landscaping and gardening. So, let's take a look at some things you can get to work considering today.

If you're planning to have a garden this spring, you may want to go ahead and list what you intend to grow, and then check to see when is best to start planting those items. Your list of the contents of your planned garden can be broken down into individual planting projects based on the best time to plant. Here's where the savings comes in: A typical packet of tomato seeds costs between $2.00 and $2.75, and could yield fifty plants. Individual plants ready to plant can cost that much each!

You can begin to buy and stockpile gardening necessities, like fertilizers, ties, tomato cages, and nets to keep the birds out. Garden centers are very likely to be less crowded than they will be when it begins to warm up outside, and gathering supplies now may get you some discounts.

You can also make sure the soil where you're planting is right for the plant itself.  Testing the soil is easy to do, and you can balance it with lime or sulfur to get the right pH. Tomatoes, for example, like a pH of 6 to 6.8, just a bit acidic. In addition, for tomatoes, you'll want to work mulch and other organic material into the tomato area.

Also, planning ahead can be very valuable if you're adding trees, bushes and other non-garden plants to your landscape. These are generally more expensive investments, and making sure you have the right tools and the best timing for planting can prevent unsightly disasters or less-than-beautiful results.

For more information on landscaping or garden planning, you can visit FreshHome.com or VegetableGardenPlanner.com. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Blue Jeans Ball

by Sharon Vallario

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Wycoff, New Jersey

This weekend the Midland Park Public Education Foundation invites you to come out and party Mardi Gras-style, at the Blue Jeans Ball event.  The happening will feature night-long entertainment, all while benefiting a great cause.  Monies raised will go towards an abundant amount of educational grants, given out in Midland Park.

The Blue Jeans Ball event beckons you to arrive adorned in your finest Mardi Gras attire.  Beads, masks, and outlandish attire are all appropriate for this special occasion.  Live entertainment will fill the air, as people take to the dance floor in masses.  Enjoy a wonderful dinner, prior to placing your bids on one of the many silent auction items that will be on exhibit.  Incredible raffle baskets will also be up for grabs, along with an array of fabulous door prizes.  The event is a BYOB occasion.

Admission costs to attend the Blue Jeans Ball event are $60.00 per person.  To place your reservations online, please click here and fill out the form.  Have no hesitations in contacting one of the reservation chairs with any questions you may have.

Dinner, music, friends, and an evening chalked full of good times and lots of laughs.  What more could one possibly ask for on a Saturday night?  Come on out to the Blue Jeans Ball event to indulge in an unforgettable evening of fun!

Saturday March 7th

7:00PM-11:00PM

For more information regarding the Blue Jeans Ball event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Staging Your Home to Impress

by Sharon Vallario

Home Staging is the process of inviting people to consider what living in your home might be like for them. And when you put your house on the market, you need to make that experience as positive as possible. Home Staging is the process of doing just that: giving the buyer a great first impression. Here are some of the most important things to remember:

Keep it Neat and Spacious

Most of us just can't help ourselves, and over time we accumulate more and more stuff. Unfortunately, finding a storage area can be a problem. Before a buyer walks in your front door, you need to find a place for as much of your stuff as possible, and that place should be somewhere other than your house. Put almost everything you don't need for day-to-day living in a rental storage space.

Keep it Clean

You need to be vigilant about keeping the entire house clean. Even people who can't keep their own homes clean will notice that yours is dirty if they're walking through as potential buyers. After you've cleared out the non-essential clutter, you may want to invest in a deep cleaning service. 

Keep it Light

Pull back the curtains and open the blinds. Let the sun fill your home with natural light and bright open spaces. Make sure all your lights have working bulbs. 

Keep Yourself Out

One of the most common staging mistakes is leaving all of your personal photos, keepsakes and mementos out. You may have a great life in your home, but a potential buyer doesn't want to see how you live. They want to imagine themselves living in your house, with their own belongings.

Home Staging is an important part of the process of selling your home.  I can help you assess what needs to be done. Whether you hire an expert or do it yourself, taking the time and energy to make a great first impression can be the key to closing the deal. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Rubach Family Purim Carnival

by Sharon Vallario

Kaplen JCC, Tenafly, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out to the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades to partake in the Rubach Family Purim Carnival event.  Returning for yet another year, the happening draws enormous crowds from near and far.  The community Carnival guarantees to provide a day chalked full of entertainment and fun, for both adults and children alike.

The Rubach Family Purim Carnival event will feature a wide diversity of rides for children, an assortment of game booths, arts and crafts, and of course the wildly-popular train rides.  There will be a junior bounce house for our younger ones, while a moon bounce and inflatable slides will keep our older children occupied.  Popular cartoon and movie characters will be meandering amid the crowds, throughout the course of the event. And carnival-style cotton candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. Dress in your favorite costume and enjoy a special parade at 2:45PM, where all can show off their fancy attire.

Admission costs to attend the Rubach Family Purim Carnival is a suggested donation of $1.00 per person, or the donation of non-perishable food items.  Game and ride tickets will cost $25.00 per 30 tickets.  All can be paid for at the door, the day of the event.

One of the area’s most popular carnivals of the winter season, the Rubach Family Purim event promises to be even bigger and better than in any of years past.  Don’t miss the opportunity to treat your family to a fantastic day of all-around fun!

Sunday March 1st

1:00PM-4:00PM

For more information regarding the Rubach Family Purim Carnival event, please click here.

Sharon Vallario
www.bergencountynjhomesource.com
Phone: 201.803.1416
Email: sharonvallariorealtor@gmail.com

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Sharon Vallario of RE/MAX Elite Associates provides exceptional real estate services in Bergen County, New Jersey specializing in the areas of River Vale, Hillsdale, Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, Westwood, Park Ridge, Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River.  Sharon lists and sells residential real estate, investments properties, vacant land, rentals, as well as secondary homes.

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