Category: Home Improvement

2014 home remodeling trends

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry data of current and future remodeling business conditions continues to show growth. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in nearly all sub-components measuring remodeling activity. This rating has steadily increased in the six quarters NARI has been tracking. For more details, please visit:

Why is this happening?

While many homeowners are remodeling due to necessity, there are other factors which have contributed to the rising remodeling rates. With the economy on the up and up, homeowners are feeling confident in their job security and overall financial well-being.

Growth indicators in the third quarter of 2013  were on an incline for:
•    Current business conditions
•    Number of inquiries
•    Conversion of bids to jobs
•    Value of jobs sold

Requests for bids remained the same as last quarter.

Home remodeling significantly increases the overall value of your home. If you are remodeling your home so you can sell it for more money, please consult with a professional before undertaking any major renovations.  Some improvements bring you a better rate of return on your money than others.

Any questions you may have about home remodeling and how it affects your resale value, contact your real estate consultant Sujatha Bhaskara at 732-319-1340 or


Staging your Marlboro Home to sell

Staging a Marlboro home for sale may not be rocket science — but doing it well does require the ability to step outside yourself to picture what will most appeal to potential buyers. Our first instinct is to set up our home exactly as we like to see it, but that’s not how the professional stagers do it.

When you think of the way a model home looks, you begin to get the picture: they are always pleasantly neutral. Sort of boring, actually. Always. It must work!
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Once you’ve listed your Marlboro home, there are some very common home staging pitfalls to avoid. First and foremost, as much as possible, pack up things that attract attention. You want Buyers to focus on your family room and not on the pictures or trophies in the family room, or the kids’ art projects in the den.

Home staging is not synonymous with redecorating. Often, sweeping renovations wind up being a money-throw that’s never returned. In home staging as in most activities you undertake in selling your Marlboro home, consult with your Realtor® partner: some times simply lowering your asking price even part of the amount you would have spent will get the job done – and faster, especially if the home needs major renovations!

This fall, as you do a first walkthrough to consider your Marlboro home staging approach, start by opening all curtains and blinds. The reason? Home staging is most successful when the rooms are filled with light. If potential buyers walk in the door and see a dark or dimly lit room, that’s a house that looks far less appealing – especially as we go through the Daylight Savings months. So throw the blinds open, turn all the lights on, and you’ll see what your prospects will be seeing.

Taking the prospects’ view is what home staging is all about. And when you are looking for an agent to help you sell your house successfully I am there and ready to put a plan to work for you!

For additional information, please contact Sujatha Bhaskara at Keller Williams Realty by calling 732-319-1340 or by emailing at Receive a custom evaluation for your home, including comparisons to other homes that have recently sold in Marlboro or are on the market and learn more about successfully positioning your Marlboro, NJ property to sell in a short time frame. For more information on what’s happening in the Marlboro, NJ real estate market, sign up to become a Marlboro Market Insider today!

Annual Marlboro Spring Cleanup and Bulk Item Pickup

If are like me – you don’t want to miss this. It is time again for the Marlboro Annual Spring Bulk Pickup. If you have to get rid of some bulk items as part of your Spring clean up this is very convenient without having to haul them to the Marlboro township recycling center.

All pickup items must be placed on the curbside by 7am of your scheduled pick up day.

Here are the dates for the Spring Bulk pickup:

Zones 3 & 5 April 22nd
Zones 6 & 7 April 29th
Zones 1 & 8 May 6th
Zones 2 & 4 May 20th

To find out the Zone your street belongs to you can look at

To find out what items can be left at curbside and which ones need to be taken to the Marlboro recycling center, hours of operation, and recycling center rules please check out

If you have any other questions regarding bulk pickup or drop off, please call Marlboro Township Public Works at (732) 536-0188.

5 instant tips to boost curb appeal

We all know the power of first impressions. That old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a lot easier said than done. The same goes for selling a home. Buyers’ first impressions are one the largest factors in their purchase decision. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t feel so inclined to buy a home with broken fences and a terrible paint job no matter how nice the inside may be. Here are some great (and quick!) tips to boost your home’s curb appeal, attract more buyers and sell your home quickly.

Time for a scrubbing

One of the most obvious ways to instantly spruce up any home is by giving it a good old power washing treatment. It’s amazing what a dramatic change this simple step can create to the overall look of the home. This will give the impression to potential buyers that the house has been well-kept and make them feel more inclined to signing those papers!

Put your green thumb to work

Flowers instantly add a warm and inviting look no matter where they are. Make sure that your landscaping in the front yard is clean and fresh, add mulch, and trim trees and bushes. Adding a few potted plants or even getting dirty and planting them in the garden will create a more colorful look to your home, making it instantly attractive to viewers.

You’ve got mail

Mailboxes are literally one of the first representations of a home. Their curbside location means that they really are the first impression. If your mailbox is old and rusting, with the flag hanging by a thread, what sort of impression will be get about the overall upkeep of your home? It is an inexpensive and simple task with immediate results.

Gutters not garbage cans

Gutters are meant to collect water and drain it away from the house so that water damage is minimal. However, gutters often have a double purpose and catch falling debris. Leaves and twigs tend to get stuck and stick out in every which way. Grab a ladder and some work gloves and clean out all that messy stuff. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.

Replace that old hardware

It’s time to ditch that old door knocker and the ancient house number which seem to have permanently claimed their place in your front entry way. Upgrading to a new and simple look is easy with a quick trip to your local home improvement store. Buyers will be impressed with the attention to detail and immediately have a good feeling about your home.

Take the stress out of selling your home and increase your chances by taking these tips to heart. They all can be done within the span of one day, but the impact lasts a lifetime! What are some other quick tips that you use to boost curb appeal?


For more help selling your home check out this site. Direct any questions you may have to Sujatha Bhaskara at 732-319-1340 or

How to finish your basement

Finishing a basement is a great means to create additional living area and increase the value of a home. It is often simpler than an addition. The following article offers Marlboro, NJ basement finishing tips.

Marlboro, NJ Basement Refinishing Tips

Outline a Plan

First, decide on the intended use of the space such as a home office, workout room, game room, guest room or additional storage. Consider the configuration based on that use and include sufficient room for furnishings, equipment, and other items. Before using a local contractor, talk about your intentions and ask for input from them on floor plan, materials, and other considerations. Pre-planning and having discussions will help you make better decisions and will also make it less costly.

Inspect the Space for Issues Before Beginning the Basement Finishing Project

Finishing a basement requires more than putting up drywall. Basements can house utility systems for your property and offer distinct difficulties. Have your basement checked for potentially dangerous conditions such as mold, mildew, dampness, and pests. Also inspect utility and other systems that may impact the space. Understanding all of the systems and its affect on the renovation will help you better plan for the project.

Choose the Right Building Materials for the Conditions

Basements are unique when compared to other levels of a home because they are underground. Moisture and other factors should be considered when selecting materials such as walls and flooring. It would be best to use materials that will resist the conditions or offer protection. Additional equipment such as a dehumidifier may also be a good idea.

Marlboro, NJ Basement Finishing Tips

The above Marlboro, NJ basement finishing tips are just a few things to consider when preparing for a renovation project. Carefully considering the space and materials will help curtail future issues and promote solid construction of a useful space to enjoy for many years. Ask your local Real Estate professional for information on whether a finished basement will increase the value to your residence and keep those figures in mind as you budget for the work.

You may reach me, Sujatha Bhaskara, at Keller Williams Realty via phone at 732-536-9010 or by email at with any further questions on Marlboro, NJ basement finishing tips. Never hesitate to contact me with any of your real estate questions! For more information on selling your home in Marlboro NJ, please visit