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Best Outdoor Lighting for Your Home

by Sharon Vallario

Adequate outdoor lighting is sometimes overlooked by home builders. Even a small investment in lights can provide safety, security and beauty. And if you are considering selling, you'll want to show off your home in the best possible light. 

Take Pride

If you're proud of your home and want to show it off, light it up. Here, the goal isn't to provide widespread illumination, but to put the best features of the property in the spotlight.  One common design idea is to decoratively light living areas like patios or pools. Backyard play areas can be lit so the fun can continue for the kids after sundown. Lights planted at the base of trees can be an attractive way to show off your property.

Securing the Perimeter

Being able to see outside at night from the safety of your home can bring some peace of mind. Using strategically placed floodlights can light up large areas. You can add motion sensors and timers to automate when the lights come on and go off.

Safe from Accidents

A tree root. A child's toy. Those things are among the reasons you need to have some degree of lighting on the outside of your home. It seems like it's always the case that when you need something the most, you don't have it. Lighting walkways with path lights and post lights can ensure the safety of your family and guests at all times.

Powerful Options

As you survey your outdoor lighting needs, keep in mind you have a variety of options on powering the lights. Solar lets the Sun do the work of providing power during the night. Line voltage power is 120 volts, just like your appliances. It requires more extensive knowledge of working with electricity, and you may want the help of a professional electrician. Low-voltage lighting is just 12 volts, more energy efficient and easier to install.

Resources

The internet provides some great resources for people interested in outdoor lighting projects. Here are several to get you started. 

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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Adorno Father’s Springtime Fair

by Sharon Vallario

Adorno Father’s, 575 Darlington Avenue, Ramsey, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out to Adorno Father’s Springtime Fair event. The happening, which has been running strong for decades, is expected to draw huge crowds looking to indulge in an all-out fair extravaganza!

The Street Fair is proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Adornos and the Adorno Fathers of Ramsey.  Year after year it has only grown in popularity, featuring fun for the whole family.  More than 150 exhibitors will line Darlington Avenue, selling only handmade, original, or one-of-a-kind items.  One can expect to find jewelry, photography, collectibles, antiques, clothing, handbags, home décor items, giftware, and much more.  And, be sure to come hungry as there will be food galore, including sausage and peppers, ziti and meatballs, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, fries, and more.  Children can partake in fun zone activities, offering kiddie rides, bounce houses, and games of all sorts.  Then, make your way over to Vic’s Collector’s Shop, where appraiser Vic LoBue will be appraising collectible coins, stamps, currency, sports cards, and antiques of all kinds. The festival will also include day-long live entertainment.

Admission is free to participate in this year’s Adorno Father’s Springtime Fair event.  Don’t miss the chance to come out and treat your family to this highly-anticipated springtime festival.  It guarantees to provide a day chalked full of fun, for both adults and children alike!

Sunday April 26th

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Adorno Father’s Springtime Fair event, please click here.

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

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Understanding Your Homeowners Insurance

by Sharon Vallario

"Many consumers are purchasing insurance without really comprehending what they're buying," InsuranceQuotes.com Laura Adams told TheStreet.com.

About half of those surveyed did not know their insurance policy would not cover damage caused by an earthquake. A survey by InsuranceQuotes.com shows that many Americans are not fully aware of what their homeowner insurance covers or doesn’t cover.

Here are some of the more common misconceptions:

  • 55% of those surveyed didn’t know that damage from mold resulting from a leak is frequently not covered.  Mold remediation can cost thousands of dollars, but you’re probably not covered if it happens to you. You can pay more to get mold damage coverage.
  • Homeowners’ policies usually do not cover replacement of all of your possessions.  Check for coverage caps on personal belongings in your home. These can include jewelry or firearms.  You may have to arrange to pay more to get complete coverage.
  • The report also showed 73% of those surveyed didn’t know their homeowner’s policy covers thefts from a self-storage unit or even your car, no matter where it was when the crime was committed.
  • As noted above, your policy probably does not include damage caused by earthquakes.
  • Your policy may not cover flood damage. You’ll need a separate flood policy if you want to protect yourself. If you live in a flood zone, you may be required to have such a policy. They’re usually quite inexpensive if you don’t live close to water.
  • You need to make sure you’ve got enough coverage to replace your house, but that isn’t the market value of your home, which can also include the price of the land.

As a homeowner, you need to know your investment is as protected as it can be. The key takeaway from this report is that you need to read and understand your policy.  Your insurance agent should be more than happy to spell out the ramifications of your policy in plain English. 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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Tenafly Spring Street Fair

by Sharon Vallario

Main Street, Downtown Tenafly, Tenafly, New Jersey

Your entire family is invited to come out this weekend to convene with friends, neighbors, and even out-of-towners at the wildly-popular Tenafly Street Fair event.  Returning for its 10th consecutive year, the happening expects to see in excess of 26,000 visitors, and guarantees to be even bigger and better than in any of years past.

As always, the Tenafly Spring Street Fair event will feature huge crowds, anticipating the indulgence in a weekend chalked full of fun. There will be on-going shopping opportunities, eating, and the availability to partake in a wide assortment of provided entertainment.  Over 125 artisans and craftspeople will line the streets, exhibiting and selling a variety of goods, including handcrafted items, fine arts, retail merchandise, and much more.  There will be at least 5 food booths, offering a diverse selection of fair-type foods, sure to suit the fancy of all members of your family.  And for the children, there will be pony rides, inflatable rides, and even a petting zoo.  New to the Fair this year, Wine Ventures & Chez Cheeze will be setting up a wine crafters area, extending wine and cheese tastings.  Live music will fill the air as your family delights in all of the goings on.  It truly is going to be an all-out festival extravaganza!

Admission is free for your whole family to attend the Tenafly Spring Street Fair event.  So, opt to come on out Saturday, Sunday, or both days, but absolutely do not miss out on all of the fun.  The occasion promises to provide something for everyone, both adults and children alike!!

Saturday April 18th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday April 19th from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

For more information regarding the Tenafly Spring Street Fair event, please click here.

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

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Deck Maintenance

by Sharon Vallario

A well-maintained deck can add a lot of value to your home.  Mild temperatures, warm sunshine and the blooms of the season are a siren song to enjoy living outdoors.  As we settle into spring, many people are ready to move the party outside. But, if that means sitting out on a deck, take a few minutes to make sure you're safe.

Before you entertain any guests on your outdoor deck, you'll want to make sure that it's safe and sturdy. The estimates vary, but a significant portion of the decks on American homes were not built safely. And every spring and summer, there are stories in the media about decks collapsing. Any sway or movement of the deck, railings or stairway, needs to be checked.

You can also look for signs of rot, especially where the deck attaches to the house and where two deck boards meet over a joist. The National American Deck and Railing Association offers a complete guide on checking your deck here [pdf].

Only a carpenter can ensure the deck is still securely attached to your home, and can advise about any needed repairs. If you have any doubts at all, call a professional carpenter. And if you need any advice about selling your homeplease be sure to contact me for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine your home’s value.

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

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Battleground Tour of New Bridge

by Sharon Vallario

Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out and “walk in the footsteps of history” at the Battleground Tour of New Bridge event.  Join historians and authors Todd Braisted and Kevin Wright, stepping back in time to the age of the American Revolution.

The Historic New Bridge Landing is a significant site, playing a large part in our country’s past.  It crosses the Hackensack River, where over 200 years ago George Washington led his troops in retreating from the British forces, during the American Revolution.  Today, we can profit from the past through the heritage and history that the bridge played during these years of political upheaval.  From 1765 to 1783 the Bridge served as a battleground, fort, encampment ground, military headquarters, and intelligence-gathering post.  And this Saturday your family has the unique opportunity to explore the Bridge and the surrounding locations, learning of the accounts that took place over the 18-year Revolutionary period.  Braisted and Wright will conduct an educational tour beginning at the Steuben House, said to have seen more of the Revolution than any other home in all of America.  And the journey will end at the Campbell-Christie House, where refreshments and unique gifts will be available for purchase.

Admission costs to take the Battleground Tour of New Bridge are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  Tickets can be purchased at the Steuben House, the day of the event.

Don’t miss this chronological expedition, walking in the exact footsteps of some of the most historical icons in American history.  The occasion guarantees to provide something for everyone!

Saturday April 11th

10:00AM-1:00PM

For more information regarding the Battleground Tour of New Bridge event, please click here.

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

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Determining the True Value of Your Investment

by Sharon Vallario

There is a quick and easy way online for you to learn just what kind of investment your home has turned out to be. It may not be something you really want to think about in depth, especially if that depth is underwater.

The calculator at CNNMoney shows you the annual and total return on your investment, and how it stacks up against the average U.S. home, as well as stocks and bonds. It takes four factors into account: when you bought your home and how much it cost then, and the date of the last evaluation of its worth and what that dollar amount was.

In a real life example, one house lost $60,000 in value in just about three years during the heart of the economic crisis. No question it was a loss, but it would have been even worse for that owner to put their money into the stock market instead. The beauty of this calculator is that you may learn that what looks like a bad investment would have been even worse if that same money was tied up in stock market or an average home in the same time period.

There’s no question that keeping your home in good shape and looking good will help maximize its value when you’re ready to sell. Previously, we've talked about renovations that may help improve the value of your home. I wanted to share this article, from HGTV, with you. “30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value” includes those ideas, as well as videos, that can help you maximize the value of your home.

Contact me today to learn how we can, as a team, get the most value out of your home investment. I can also help you with some perspective on this market and what works best with home buyers here.

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

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Easter in the Park

by Sharon Vallario

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood, New Jersey

This weekend your entire family is invited to come out to Memorial Park at Van Neste Square to indulge in Ridgewood’s annual Easter in the Park event.  The happening will offer day-long entertainment for both children, and adults alike.

Begin your day by sitting down for breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself.  From 9:00AM-11:00AM, The Office Beer Bar & Grill will be serving up a tantalizing meal, sure to get your family energized for the day.  Reservations are required for the sit-down breakfast, and can be easily made by calling 201-652-1070.  Then head over to the Park, where families are welcome to participate in a variety of games and activities.  Maps will be available identifying where activities will be taking place, including local stores that will be offering in-store entertainment.  And by all means be sure to secure your reservations for the Ben & Jerry’s-hosted “Egg Extravaganza”.  By calling 201-689-1122 your children (ages 2-7) can participate in the wildly popular, all-out egg hunt.

Admission costs are free for your whole family.  However, to take part in the breakfast with the Easter Bunny and “Egg Extravaganza”, your reservations must be in place, prior to the day of the event.

This Saturday opt to come out and spend the day, or just come out to meet Mr. Easter Bunny.  Either way, you absolutely don’t want to miss the oh-so popular Ridgewood Easter in the Park event.  The day guarantees to provide fun for the entire family!

Saturday April 4th

9:00AM-2:00PM

For more information regarding the Easter in the Park event, please click here.

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

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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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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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