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The Justin Kiliszek Real Estate Experts Blog

We have all seen those potential buyers driving by or lurking out on the curb. They are sitting there trying to decide to call their Short Hills NJ Realtor, come in for the Open House, or just add it to their memory bank to look up on when they get home.

Lets help those potential home buyers fall in love with your home.  Everything is the presentation from adding potted color flattering plants and flowers, ensuring good lawn maintenance, getting the driveway and walkways power-washed. It's the first, and maybe last, chance to make a good impression, so lets make the most of it.

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We have all heard the stories to bake fresh cookies before showing a home.  We love living in Summit, NJ but love coming home to well.......what feels and smells like home.

Now we don't need to drag an oven or burn the house down to provide that "your home" aroma during a showing.  Our tip is to look at a few plug-in or even vent air fresheners.  Scents like vanilla, apple cinnamon and even lavender are a lot of times the most popular, so most commonly enjoyed scents.

So on your next showing or even open house, think about those pleasant aromas.

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Here is a tip for selling your Short Hills, NJ home or any home for that matter.   We know from our research and expertise that the overwhelming majority of home buyers originate from various internet sources.  Of those sources almost all provide searches that use round numbers like "$100,000" and not searches that are odd like "$99,999". 

If you are list your home for "$99,999" you would miss completely any buyer looking for a home, say, from "$100,000 to $200,000".  Our Short Hills NJ home selling tip is to be careful and not limit yourself from the potential buyer pool to simply play on a visual cue.  It may cost you a potential sale.

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The Kiliszek Real Estate experts believe in presenting your home professionally, and photos are part of it.  According to the National Association Realtors Home Buyers and Sellers Report, the #1 request potential home buyers requested are multiple photos when it comes to making a home buying decision.

So whether your selling real estate in Millburn NJ or looking to list a home in Summit, NJ, ensure you are working with a real estate team that understands how to properly photograph a home for sale.

We believe there is no such thing as too many "correctly taken" photos, the use of a professional when needed is paramount, ensure the time of day is correct, the home is staged, etc.

We are ready to start shooting your home today!

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When you are selling a home in Short Hills NJ, or anywhere for that matter, it important that you are prepared show your home to a prospective home buyer.  It can be an inconvenience but that means ensuring your home remains in great shape at all times.  This means ensuring rooms are picked up, laundry is put away, dishes are not in the sink (or even the dishwashers for that matter), and the home is well.......pleasant.

This can be a small burden to say the least, but the goal is to sell your home.  A small sacrifice for the end goal.  Our professionals at the Kiliszek Real Estate Team are ready to help you accomplish that goal.

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The standard line you always here is kitchens and bathrooms sell a home.  That is the very same case in here in Short Hills, NJ, in you’re not actually selling your house; you’re selling your kitchen. The benefits of remodeling and investing in your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back.

It may be a a $2,000 to replace counter-tops but a on the same token a buyer may knock $12,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. How do we get the best bang for our buck here? The quickest and least expensive kitchen updates include painting cabinets and changing out hardware. Use neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.

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Paint, Paint, Paint!

When it comes to selling homes in Short Hills NJ our team has seen almost everything.  One tip when selling your home is to never underestimate the impact a fresh coat of paint will do for your home. It is easily one best "bang for your buck" improvements you can make prior to selling your home. Always remember light and neutral colors are what will attract the majority of buyers.


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When selling real estate in Livingston NJ it helps to think about the details.  Quick home fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout, etc.

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When it comes to selling Short Hills NJ Homes, and most areas honestly, personalization can hurt you.  One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections, and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

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Thinking of selling a home in Madison NJ or the surrounding area?  If so, here is a tip, maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

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