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May 2016

Outdoor Decor Ideas from Around the World

From realtor.com BY JENNIFER KELLY GEDDES Warm weather means you’ll be spending more time outside—which also means it’s time to funnel your home decor muse into your yard. After all, a deck, porch, grassy lawn, or garden can serve as an extension of your home’s carefully wrought style—or, alternatively, it might be just the spot to try something different. So if…

Home Staging Checklist

From HouseLogic.com BY NATALIE BURG The best way to help buyers imagine themselves in your space? Staging. Here’s how room by room. Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to the National Association of REALTORS® “2015…

5 Common (but Terrible) Reasons for Overpricing Your Home

From Realtor.com BY CRAIG DONOFRIO We know, we know—you love your house. The kitchen is the perfect size, your weekly summer barbecues give your neighbors patio envy, and your ’70s-style conversation pit is totally coming back into vogue—as you knew it would. You’ve seen the comps for your neighborhood, but you just know your home…

Endless Pools, Camps and Summer Fun at Kaplen JCC

From BergenMama.com Image from jccotp.org So you’re on the home stretch…closing out another school year strong with a mere 10 days until Memorial Day weekend. Picture this: dropping your child off for a day of fun in the sun at camp while you grab a killer workout, shower (and perhaps take a steam or a…

How to Help Retired Parents Buy a New Home

BY DANIEL BORTZ If your parents are entering retirement and still living in the same huge house you grew up in, it might finally be time for them to move. Of course, this is far easier said than done—there are any number of emotional, physical, and financial challenges that come into play. You can help your beloved…

Design Advice: Make a Small Space Look Huge

From Realtor.com BY LISA JOHNSON MANDELL Small spaces have never been bigger, at least in terms of popularity. Part of this is simply because many home buyers can’t afford the increasingly expensive square footage, while others embrace small spaces to curb their energy consumption (and electricity bill). Still, no one likes feeling cramped; they want their tiny…

Fairs and Festivals in NJ

The Garden State is host to over 120 fairs and festivals for you and your family to explore. Many are annual events, while others are new establishments. From classic street fairs to niche parades, our list has something for every New Jersey family!   2016 List of Fairs and Festivals in New Jersey May 14: Spring Fling…

Kitchen Remodel Wish List: Which Features Do You Covet the Most?

From Curbed.com By Jenny Xie Earlier this week, Curbed ran a Twitter poll asking folks which part of the house they’d rather renovate. The winner? The kitchen, by a landslide. That’s not exactly surprising, is it? Kitchens, after all, are often where families end up gathering whether there’s food involved or not, often turning into…

4 Front Yards That Went From Sad to Stunning

From HouseLogic.com BY LISA KAPLAN GORDON 1. This Storybook House Has A Happy Ending The front yard of Meryl Phillips’ 1920s storybook home read “really bland” — a flat, tired lawn and a few uninviting step stones to a plain concrete patio. So the shelter blogger spent about $1,000 and installed strategic hardscaping to boost…

5 Indoor Plants that Absorb Humidity

From doityourself.com A warm, moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and that environment can be your home if you aren’t careful. Too much indoor moisture can also cause damage all around your home, but something you may not know is that you can help diminish the humidity in your house by…

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