Category Archive: Ocean County Real Estate

4 Low Cost Investments That Can Boost The Value Of Your Ortley Beach Home

If you plan to put your home on the market, you’re not going to want to just throw it out there as is. The smart choice is to make some investments into your home. The idea is to both entice buyers and make your home more desirable, while also increasing the value of your home so you can command a better price on the market.

The choices you have ahead may be a little difficult to make, but with a little knowledge and a little foresight you can make a wise choice when it comes to investing money into home improvements. Here are some low cost areas you might want to consider:

  1. Furnace / HVAC Replacement – You don’t hear about this one very often, but when you are showing your home to buyers and you can show them that the furnace and/or HVAC system was recently replaced, they will air a sigh of relief knowing that it’s not an issue they will have to deal with. Just be sure to keep in mind that your return on investment will not be 100 percent. You might spend $10,000 on a new HVAC, but it won’t add $10,000 in value to your home. It will, however, make it more appealing to buyers.
  1. New Floors – Adding new floors to your home can make it far more appealing during open houses, adding real value to your home’s resale value and making it more desirable for buyers. That makes it a good investment for anyone trying to sell some Ortley Beach Real Estate. Aim for engineered wood floors or real wood, as they are the most desirable types of floors. While laminate can offer a good look that closely matches real hardwood, real hardwood or engineered hardwood has a cache that makes it the better choice.
  1. Re-do Your Bathroom – When it comes to investing in your Ortley Beach Real Estate, there is no better return on investment than remodeling your bathroom. Generally, you’ll get every dollar back you invest in it. Even minor stuff you can do on your own can be a worthwhile investment. New grout, new fixtures, new tiling, and so on – all are fairly easy and inexpensive ways to add value to your home without having to go too deep out of your own pocket.
  1. Focus On Lighting – When prospective buyers visit your home, you don’t want them walking into a dark, dank place. You want brightness and light. With that in mind, invest in new lighting fixtures, brighter bulbs, and drapery that lets in a lot of light. This will brighten your home and make it appear to be a more desirable place to live.

Can you think of others ways you can boost the value of your Ortley Beach Real Estate? Anny other low cost ways to get the most money possible when you put your home on the market? Then leave us some ideas in the comments below.

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Getting The Most From Your Home Architect

If you are one of the many people interested in having Monmouth County custom homes constructed for them, you already know that the road ahead of you will be filled with hard work and meetings, meetings, meetings. You’ll be meeting with your attorney to discuss property issues. You’ll be meeting with your bank people to discuss money issues. You’ll be meeting with township officials to discuss permits and all the other red tape that goes with new construction.

But in the long term, the most important meetings you’ll have will be those you have with your architect. After all, it will be his or her work that dictates the final design of the home you and your family will live in. That’s something that will last a lifetime – or at the very least until you sell your new Monmouth County custom homes for a handy profit!

So with that in mind, these are some key things you should keep in mind when talking to the architect of your custom home in Monmouth County.

Figure Out Your Budget In Advance – Home architecture is not a simple matter of A plus B equals C, and the budget to build a home is not a simple equation. The cost for 1,600 square feet in one configuration is not the same as 1,600 square feet in another configuration. That’s why it’s important for you to have a good idea of your budget BEFORE you sit with your architect and begin to flesh out the details of your custom Jersey Shore home.

Have Some Ideas Before Your First Meeting – You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t have a rough idea of the sort of house you wanted, so the good news is this: You SHOULD come equipped with your own ideas when it comes to designing your own custom homes in New Jersey. It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert in design. A good architect’s job is to bring your vague ideas into reality, turning your various wants, needs and daydreams into a structure that you will love.

Meet With Several Architects First – Unless your architect is your brother-in-law John who also happened to design the luxury home of Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, you’re not going to want to go with the first person who comes your way. It’s important to meet with a few architects to get a sense for who understands your style, who understands your desires, and who can best bring them into reality.

Understand Your Architect Has Good Design Intentions – If your chosen architect doesn’t seem thrilled about a certain want or demand on your part, perhaps you should listen. The fact is, architects are trained professionals. They understand what will and will not work with building design, both for aesthetic and structural reasons. You may not always like what they have to say, but once they are hired they have your best intentions in mind.

Ask Questions – This is a simple one. Never, ever be shy about asking questions. If someone is going to be designing the custom home at the Jersey Shore you plan to live in or flip for profit, you’ll want to be sure you understand everything they tell you and show you. So if you’re not sure of something, don’t be silent. Ask questions!

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