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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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Carpet Inspection

by Sharon Vallario

One of the many important things to consider when inspecting a possible new home is the condition of the carpets. When you are buying a home, you don’t want to end up paying for unexpected problems, especially when they could cost thousands of dollars. Of course, a home inspector is going to be looking for problems as well. But let's not assume that because he's a professional, he's going to always catch every problem.

Buying a new home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. We will work together to find your dream home and ensure that it is in the best condition possible. Here are some things to consider when inspecting carpets:

  • Repairing damaged floors can be costly, so you're going to want to see what's going on under the carpet if the floor under your feet makes a lot of noise or sags.
  • Check for musty smells or damp carpet, especially in basements and on ground floors. Mold in carpet and flooring below can result from water leaks of various sources, such as foundation cracks, pipes, water heaters and furnaces.
  • Look under furniture for potential problem areas and around the perimeter of rooms for wear and tear.
  • Pet odors can be a problem if they have seeped into the flooring below the carpet. Carpets can be cleaned but the flooring below could need an expensive repair.
  • Carpet stains can be difficult to remove in some instances. These trouble areas could be patched if carpet remnants are available.
  • Decide if you're going to want the carpet replaced. This can be negotiated with the owner. 

If you're selling a home, you should inspect your carpet using the suggestions above and address any potential issues.  A clean carpet will appeal greatly to potential buyers, so it is important to have carpets cleaned by the best service available.

If these problems are present, you will most likely need to address them at some point in the process of selling your home. While you may need to pay for repairs after disclosing these problems to the buyer, it is better than having a problem come up after the closing. 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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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

by Sharon Vallario

The Lyndhurst Castle, Lyndhurst, New Jersey

This weekend prepare to be transported to an age when bravery and honesty ruled the world, at the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament event.  The happening will offer a heart-pounding good time, telling tales of devotion, courage and love, all during the feudal, medieval period.  Coupled with a four-course meal fit for a king, the occasion promises to provide something for everyone, both adults and children alike!

Hailed as North America’s most popular dinner and a show attraction, the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament event will have your family traveling through time.  Witness bold Knights on spirited horses engaging in sword fights, live jousting, and competitive weaponry challenges, tournaments, and competitions.  The show is truly awe-inspiring, featuring medieval-style games, a cast of over 75 actors, and more than 20 magnificent stallions.  A display of amazing athleticism and thrilling daredevil re-enactments will have you on the edges of your seats, clamoring for more.  A sweeping musical score and dazzling light show provide the ideal backdrop for this magical experience that pushes the boundaries between fairy tale and reality.  All of this and more will be taking place before your eyes, as you indulge in His Majesty’s royal feast.  Oven-roasted chicken, tomato bisque soup, spare ribs, and garlic bread are just a few of the items included in your meal.

Admission costs to attend the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament event are $62.95 for adults, and $36.95 for children under the age of 12.  The show will be taking place at 2:00PM, 5:00PM, and again at 8:00PM.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here and choose your desired show time.

So this Saturday come out to the Lyndhurst 11th-century Spanish castle to embark on an amazing journey through the medieval times.  The Dinner & Tournament event guarantees to deliver fun and exciting entertainment that you won’t soon forget!

Saturday February 21st

2:00PM
5:00PM
8:00PM

For more information regarding the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament event, please click here.

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

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Organize Your Kids' Playroom

by Sharon Vallario

If you are like many other parents after the holidays, you may be in need of a plan for organizing all of those new toys the kids received. Look at this new influx of toys as an opportunity to finally get your kids’ playroom organized. While they are distracted by all their new playthings, you can begin the process of getting rid of the old, seldom-used toys and putting together a plan to keep things at least relatively neat and tidy. This is especially important to consider if you plan on selling your home.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you along your way.

Sort, Sort, Sort

Begin by dividing toys in two piles, one to keep and one to donate. You can do this with children present, but some parents choose to do this alone. You know your kids. If they are the type to notice if something is missing, I suggest you include them. If not, do it on your own, it will go much faster.

Once you have decided what toys to keep, divide those toys into groups based on activity – one pile for books, one pile for art supplies, one pile for sports equipment, one pile for action figures, etc. Knowing what you have to work with will help you to determine how best to organize everything going forward.

Map Out Your Space

Ideally, you want to organize your children’s playroom by zones based on activity. This will make it much easier to organize and, more importantly, keep organized going forward, so draw out on a piece of paper your reading area, your art area, your train area, your car and action figure area, etc.

Put Everything in Its Place

Begin to put everything away. Keep in mind how often certain toys are used as well as who is using those toys. If you have little ones, make sure their toys are where they can reach them. Also, make sure that toys that are used more often are easy to access and seldom used toys are placed up and out of the way. Bins, baskets and other storage options are great for keeping things organized, but please, make sure they will fit before you invest your money. Hooks are also a great space-saving option and are perfect for things like backpacks, hats, and dress up clothes.

Label Everything

Label everything. Write what belongs in what bin, on what shelf and on what hook in big bold letters. Incorporate pictures. Not only will this help with cleanup; it can help younger children learn.

Don’t Forget a Playroom Is Supposed to Be Fun

Organization is great, but don’t go overboard. A little clutter is good for kids. Just keep the clutter confined to the designated zones. It’s probably not going to hurt if your kids don’t put things back exactly right every time or leave their toys out on the rug. Keep the space open, colorful and fun.

Create a Cleanup Routine

Once you get everything organized, work out an easy system that you and your kids can live with to keep the playroom organized. It might take a little doing on your part, but with a little positive reinforcement, your children will hopefully take pride in keeping their space clean and neat. 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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Ramsey Farmers’ Market

by Sharon Vallario

Eric Smith School, Ramsey, New Jersey

This weekend bring your entire family out to indulge in a unique shopping opportunity at the Ramsey Farmers’ Market event.  Just because there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean that there aren’t fresh fruits and vegetables to be found.  Ramsey prides itself on once being one of the area’s largest farming communities and is happy to carry on the long tradition of the farm-to-table mantra, even during the winter months.

Returning for its 5th consecutive winter season, the Ramsey Farmers’ Market event will feature fresh, locally-grown and produced fruits, vegetables, breads, sweets, cheeses, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, hummus, and much more.  Condiments, gluten-free products, prepared meals, and even treats for your dog will also be available for purchase.  Vendors will include Dr. Pickle, Yona’s Gourmet Delights, Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruits, Southtown Farms, Madura Farms, Pure Vida Fisheries, Spice it Up, Paolo’s Kitchen, and Pie-Eyed Pizza, just to mention a few.  And this weekend’s “Featured Winter Vendor” is Perky Fruit Bodies.  With a slogan of “Roll out the Goodness”, they are well-known for their diverse selection of dehydrated fruit snacks.  With over 30 vendors in all, there is sure to be a food item to please event the pickiest of eaters.

Admission to attend the Ramsey Farmers’ Market event is free for all.  So this Sunday absolutely do not miss out on the chance to fill your fridge with only the area’s finest of fresh produce, pre-cooked meals, and sides to die for.  All of this and more awaits you and your family at this weekend’s winter Market event!

Sunday February 15th

9:00AM-2:00PM

For more information regarding the Ramsey Farmers’ Market event, please click here.

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

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Maintaining Your Hardwood Floors

by Sharon Vallario

In order to get the full value of your investment in hardwood floors, they must be in the best possible condition.  Hardwood flooring can be a great asset to the value of your home, but homeowners who don’t take care of their floors soon have expensive and possibly extensive repairs to worry about. With that in mind, here are some ideas about protecting your investment.

  • Use interior and exterior floor mats to collect dirt, moisture and debris.
  • Use pads under furniture legs and replace hard rollers with rubber models.
  • Use area rugs and runners with slip-resistant backing in high-traffic areas.
  • Don't push heavy furniture or appliances across the surface.
  • Clean spills and water from the floor immediately.
  • Vacuum, sweep or dust mop hardwood floors at least once a week.
  • Keep animal nails trimmed.

Older, craftsmen-style wooden floors can be worth the expense of refinishing them completely. If you have hardwoods that are not in good condition, you have some options to improve the situation. Refinishing involves completely sanding off the previous finish before replacing it.  Here is a good article on refinishing over at hardwoodinstaller.com.

You might consider replacing wood floors that have been badly battered over the years. In addition to traditional woods, laminate and bamboo flooring are popular. These days, there are a wide variety of options.

Making sure your flooring is in great shape is a key to attracting potential buyers.  Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the home selling process.

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

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Casey Carle’s Bubblemania

by Sharon Vallario

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, New Jersey

The most spectacular of all bubble extravaganzas awaits you and your family this weekend at the Casey Carle’s Bubblemania event.  Returning by popular demand, this phenomenal family-fun happening combines high-energy entertainment with astounding artistic achievements, all with the usage of bubbles.

Described as a “magnificent soapy experience”, Casey Carle’s Bubblemania event guarantees to provide a night chalked full of bubbly amusement for both adults and children alike.  World-renowned Casey Carle is not only a bubble entertainer, but a comic, artist and scientist as well.  Come on out this Sunday to witness his remarkable bubble artistry, including giant floating spheres, bubbles that bounce, a bubble cube, fog-filled bubbles, and mesmerizing crystal bubble balls.  In addition, Casey Carle will create a soap film serpent, stretching over 25 feet in length.  And, you may even be asked to join him on stage, being encapsulated in a giant bubble dome.  All of this and more will be accompanied by a laugh out loud comedy show and fabulous big band music.  Bubblemania is truly an interactive treat for the whole family.

Admission costs to attend the Casey Carle’s Bubblemania event are $21.70 per person.  The show will be taking place at both 1:00PM, and then again at 3:00PM.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here.  Then select the time you wish to attend, followed by your seating selections.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the one-and-only Casey Carle’s Bubblemania variety show.  This extraordinary eye-popping, belly-laughing, fun-filled bubble performance promises to be one of the most phenomenal and memorable shows that your family will ever have attended!

Sunday February 8th

1:00PM

3:00PM

For more information regarding the Casey Carle’s Bubblemania event, please click here.

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

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Have You Considered Renting Your Home?

by Sharon Vallario

Some homeowners have discovered that renting a home is a smart financial move. If that's something you've considered, let's talk about your options. We're going to consider a number of things, including how much you'll rent your house for and whether or not to consider professional property management.

First off, how much are homes similar to yours in similar, nearby neighborhoods being rented for now? When you're trying to determine how much you can charge for rent, you need to consider several things. Going too high over the average is going to turn away some potential renters. You can determine the lowest possible rent by considering the costs you will still have for the home after you've rented it out. You'll be paying, at the least:

  • Mortgage Payments
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Major Repairs
  • Fees

Adding all of the costs up will give you a ballpark expense just for owning the home.  Depending on your individual situation, you might also be paying for utilities, yard work, minor maintenance and professional services like a property management team and a legal consultant. You definitely don't want to lose money by renting, so the rental price is going to be higher. The right rental price will make the house a reliable investment and be attractive to potential tenants. 

Prepare your house before any potential tenants ever see it. Your house needs to be:

  • Clean
  • Empty (unless you want to rent it furnished)
  • In good working order (no repairs or maintenance needed)
  • And up to code

There's a lot to consider when screening tenants, signing rental agreements, and handling the daily chores of dealing with maintenance requests and other issues. If you've been a landlord before, you already know what you're getting yourself into by handling the duties yourself. Now comes the important question. Are you going to be the landlord or will you have a property management team handle dealing directly with tenants? If you've not been a landlord, or don't want the extra work of being one, you can consider using a property management firm. They'll charge a fee to handle all the aspects of renting a house for you. For example, ten percent of the monthly rent, and perhaps half of the first month's rent. 

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about renting a home in Bergen County.

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

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Met Life Stadium VIP Tour

by Sharon Vallario

This weekend Met Life Stadium will be opening its doors to the public, offering an up close and personal, behind the scenes VIP tour.  The Met Life Stadium VIP Tour event draws hundreds of attendees each and every year, making it one of winter’s most popular happenings.  It welcomes both adults and children alike to indulge in a once in a lifetime experience. 

Unique in its own right, Met Life Stadium is the only venue that plays hosts to not one, but two NFL franchise teams.  Both the New York Jets, along with the New York Giants both call the Stadium home.  20 football games are played in the Stadium during the regular season and are accompanied by International soccer games, concerts, and other timeless events that are held throughout the course of the year.  This Saturday you and your family have the unique opportunity to take a VIP guided tour of all this incredible Stadium has to offer.  Areas visited will include the Commissioner’s Club, the Toyota Coaches Club, luxury suites, press boxes, and even the team locker rooms.  And yes, you are absolutely welcome to walk out on to the field where some of your favorite athletes play each week.

Admission costs to attend the Met Life Stadium VIP Tour event are $20.00 for adults, and $14.75 for children ages 5-12.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  To purchase your tickets online, please click here and choose your desired tour time.

So this weekend bring your entire family out to take a VIP tour of the 2.1 million square feet of Met Life Stadium.  Regardless of who your favorite team is, the Met Life Stadium VIP Tour event guarantees to provide something for everyone.  Offering both an exciting and educational experience, the Tour is not one that your family will want to forego!

Saturday January 31st

10:00AM

1:00PM

For more information regarding the Met Life Stadium VIP Tour event, please click here.

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

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Landscaping Tips for Winter Home Sales

by Sharon Vallario

Without the benefit of landscape in full bloom, a home can take on a drab appearance.  Having your house on the market in the winter means you'll be facing some special challenges. To avoid turning away potential buyers, here are three tips for better winter curb appeal.

Take a good look at areas where ice becomes a problem around your home during a winter storm. While shoveling snow and spreading salt or melting agents can alleviate the problem after it happens, look to more permanent solutions.  You might not have a problem with it, but it can be a negative for the elderly or those with disabilities. Make sure you have good drainage away from your driveway and your house. Have your gutters and downspouts checked and cleaned if necessary.

The longer mulch sits in the sun, the grayer it becomes, to the point you can't even tell it's mulch anymore. If you've got mulch around your trees and shrubs, make sure it's fresh. Rake up the old stuff and put in a layer of color against otherwise dormant landscaping.

Adding a few winter-flowering shrubs and perennials to your landscaping can quickly turn drab into fab. Pieris japonica, the hellebore or Christmas rose, and winter jasmine are some options that can do well in winter.

Selling a home in winter may not be the most ideal time to show off your home's beauty, but you can fix that. 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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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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