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Keep Your Carpets Beautiful with these Tips

by Sharon Vallario

If you are planning to sell your home, pay special attention to your carpets. Attractive flooring is the foundation of every room in your house, and is an important factor when presenting your home to potential buyers. If the carpeting is especially dirty or worn, it may need to be replaced, or at least given a thorough cleaning.

You may want to consider renting, or better yet, purchasing a hot water carpet cleaning vacuum. They are more expensive than normal vacuum cleaners, but this is the method of cleaning recommended by many carpet manufacturers, and it does provide a level of cleaning a normal vacuum cleaner cannot achieve. These are essentially systems that spray hot water and a mild cleaning solution out while simultaneously vacuuming up the water, dirt and debris.

It is in your best interest to ensure your carpeting stays as pristine as possible after you move into a new home. Cleaning spills immediately, as well as regular vacuuming, is necessary to prevent a build-up of dirt or stains. Children and pets in the house can make the effort even more difficult. Professional carpet cleaners can be an excellent choice when time is short and you need to ensure a good job. But, for regular cleaning, buying or renting a smaller, portable system is a more economical choice.

But, you will have to keep in mind a few important things if you’re doing it yourself.

  1. Too much cleaning solution can be worse than none at all, so pay close attention to the directions.
  2. Not all carpets will react well to hot water cleaning, so test a small area of the carpet first. Most newer carpets are made with synthetic backing and foundation yarns and won’t have a problem. But older carpets and rugs, can shrink after wet treatments.
  3. Give your carpets time to dry. Not all of the moisture can be vacuumed out of the carpet. Running your HVAC and providing adequate ventilation is required to prevent mold.

Using a hot water extraction vacuum will save you time and money, and should definitely be considered if you plan to sell your house. And, if you need a professional, you can use HomeAdvisor’s search to find one close to you. 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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How Your Smartphone Can Save Your Life

by Sharon Vallario

Reminders about appointments, phone calls to be made, or meetings with clients can help improve your business. As busy as we can be sometimes, we can always use reminders. But, reminders about personal safety? They might save your life. That’s why I wanted to highlight a special app for Apple products, Live Life Safe.

Live Life Safe is a free app available on the iTunes store for iPhone, iPod and iPad created by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust as part of their personal safety program. Her parents created the Trust to help teach people how to avoid the risks and dangers they can face in society. Suzy was a 25-year-old Real Estate agent who disappeared in 1986 after going to meet an unknown client.

The app provides advice and guidance for safety in a variety of situations, which sections devoted to adults, parents and young people. The Live Life Safe app is just a part of the Trust’s overall mission.  But, it’s a very important part. Knowing in advance the best ways to handle or avoid dangerous situations is the ideal way to protect yourself.

One Touch SOS and bSafe, both Android apps, give you an easy way to send out an emergency alert to specific contacts. There are other personal safety apps available that you may want to consider as well. StaySafe, for example, will notify specific contacts if you don’t check-in safely, providing your exact location via GPS.  Life360 (available for iOS, Android and Blackberry), allows family or coworkers to track each other’s location and send panic alert in an emergency.

When it comes to your personal safety, or that of family members and loved ones, you really owe it to yourself to take a look at Live Life Safe and these other apps.  It’s the little reminder that could just save your life someday. 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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Mother’s Day Nature Walk

by Sharon Vallario

Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, New Jersey

This Sunday bring the entire family out to the Tenafly Nature Center to partake in a lovely guided walk, in celebration of Mother’s Day.  The greatest gift a mother can receive on her special day is a morning spent with the ones that she loves.  And what better place to indulge her wishes than immersed in the beautiful 400-acre preserve located in Bergen County?

The Tenafly Nature Center is a protected woodland area nestled in the heart of Tenafly, New Jersey.  The magnificent preserve offers multiple hiking trails, featuring sights and sounds provided by nature.  This Sunday your family can take to the trails and treat mom to a guided tour through the wilderness, spotting birds and wildlife. Flowers are sprouting from the ground, and the trees are in full bloom.  Perhaps along your walk you will come across a red fox or white-tailed deer.  They are amongst the many animals that are often spotted along the trails. The Center’s guide will educate your family about the the various flora and fauna that inhabit the preserve. 

Visit the website here for information about member pricing. Admission is FREE for MOMS, and only $5.00 for non-members.  To register your family online, please click here.

This Sunday give the gift of nature to your mother.  Whether you are an avid outdoor enthusiast, or simply want to participate in a wonderful family event, a guided walk through the scenic Tenafly Nature Center is the ideal present to give.  So put on your walking shoes and celebrate Mother’s Day 2015 amongst the wildlife and foliage that consumes the gorgeous Tenafly Nature Center.  The Mother’s Day Walk event promises to be the perfect gift that mom is sure to not soon forget!

Sunday May 10th

10:00AM-12:00PM

For more information regarding the Mother’s Day Walk event, please click here.

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

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Techniques for Unconventional Gardening

by Sharon Vallario

We don't all have available or suitable ground for our own gardens. Factors including a lack of space, soil quality and too much shade can keep would-be gardeners out of business. Many people who love fresh herbs and vegetables find themselves jealously watching their neighbors working in their gardens every year.

And if you just can’t stand the thought of not growing your own veggies and herbs during the summer, you might have to consider some unconventional gardening techniques. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

One of the most popular options for gardeners with no ground space is container gardening.  Purpose-built containers, nicely painted or stained, can be a permanent addition to your landscaping features. Smaller containers and pots can be moved to places where they get both good light and add to the beauty of your home.  Enterprising container gardeners will base their crops on wheels, and move them about to get the best sun on a daily basis. Some folks build their own wooden containers to suit their needs, while others simply buy large enough containers at a garden supply store.

Other gardeners turn to hanging their growing treasures from porches and roofs.  Tomato planters that hang upside down have been popular for years.  Hanging planters filled with basil or oregano instead of ferns are also popular. You can buy them ready to go, or even make your own. The convenience of stepping out onto the porch for a few snips of parsley is nothing to be dismissed!

Because they are above ground, plants in containers dry out far more quickly than if they were in the ground. This means you need to monitor the moisture in your hanging gardens on a daily basis. Hanging gardens do require a bit more focus than a traditional garden. Carefully read the guidance on each plant in your hanging garden to make sure you keep its individual watering correct. It might become a bit tedious, but it won’t take much to stress the plants, or even kill them, if it isn't watered properly.

Gardening in these ways should not be overlooked; there are a lot of benefits to these types of gardens. Not the least of which is the added beauty of green, growing plants and the delightful aroma of fresh herbs. They’ll likely make a positive impact on potential buyers. It's just one of many ways we can make your house stand out on the market. Contact me today and let's sell your house!

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

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Derby Day at Meadowlands

by Sharon Vallario

Meadowlands Race Track, East Rutherford, New Jersey

One does not have to be at Churchill Downs to indulge in the racing, festivities, and all-around fun that revolved around the running of the Kentucky Derby.  The Meadowlands Race Track invites your to come out this Saturday to celebrate the one hundred and forty-first “Run for the Roses”!

The Derby Day at Meadowlands event will feature a full day of simulcast and live racing, including the most exciting two minutes in all of sports—the Kentucky Derby.  You have the opportunity to watch and wager on all of the day’s races, and food and drink specials will be offered throughout the course of the day.  Of course bourbon will be the libation of choice, honoring the Derby’s signature Mint Julep beverage.  Victory Sports Bar will be setting up a lunch buffet, but a reservation must be made in advance.  Call 201-TheBigM to save your seats today.  Ladies and gentlemen alike are beckoned to come adorned in their finest Southern, Derby-worthy attire, including the traditional over-the-top headwear.  There will be a hat contest taking place, awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Admission is free for the whole family.  So this Saturday, don’t miss the opportunity to come out to the Derby Day at Meadowlands event.  From betting on the ponies, to partaking in the outlandish Derby attire contests, the happening promises to deliver an unforgettable day of fun for all!

Saturday May 2nd

9:30AM-7:00PM

For more information regarding the Derby Day at Meadowlands event, please click here.

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

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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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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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