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5 Tips for Moving With Pets

If you’re moving, you need to think about your four-legged friend, too. Here are a few ways to make the move easier on your dog.

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If you think the process of moving is stressful for you, think about what your dog is feeling! Moving from an old home to a new one can confuse your pet, but there are a few easy things you can do to make this an easier and more enjoyable experience for your best friend: 

1. Tell your dog you are moving. I know it might sound silly, but we all talk to our dogs. Although they can’t understand the words we are saying, they can understand and become accustomed to change. A good idea is to take your dog on some walks in your new neighborhood near your new home before you move in.

2. Arrange your new home in a similar manner. Organizing your new home like your old one can help bring a nice level of comfort to your pets quickly. Put their treats and toys in similar places, too.

Getting a new dog tag is a good idea.

3. Research local vets before moving. Print that information out and save it for after you move. You’ll be happy you did.

4. Get an updated dog tag. If you’re moving addresses, getting a new tag is smart. If your dog happens to get out, your neighbors will know how to reach you and where you live.

5. Research the local laws regarding pets. You may have to re-register your pup with the new state or city you’re moving to.

Keep in mind that change is scary for your dog, too. Try to comfort your pup as much as possible during the move by showing a ton of affection. After all, moving can be RUFF!

As always, we’re here for you anytime you have a question about real estate or a need we can help serve. Feel free to reach out to us via phone or email any time. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Which High-Tech Upgrades Should You Make Before Listing?

Millennials and other tech-savvy buyers make up a big portion of our market. So, which three upgrades will help your listing stand out?

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Millennial buyers are making up more and more of the market these days. This is a tech-savvy demographic that places a lot of value on gadgets both in and out of the home. 

So, if you are thinking of listing your home, you may want to think about adding these three high-tech upgrades to your home:

Millennial buyers aren’t the only ones who want more technology.
  1. A smart thermostat. This is one easy improvement that won’t cost much to install. This piece of technology will allow your home’s future owner to control the thermostat from anywhere inside the home and even from outside of it, as well. Millennials tend to care about the environment, ranking it as a top consideration in their home purchase, and this gadget can definitely boost your home’s energy efficiency. 
  2. Home surveillance. There are options for this feature at every price range. Wi-Fi-enabled front door cameras and individual cameras can cost as little as $30 while full systems will start at approximately $180. The added safety this provides will be a big draw for buyers.
  3. Smart kitchen technology. If you already plan to update your kitchen, you may want to look into adding some smart appliances. Smart refrigerators are a good example. Many smart refrigerator models even come with a built-in camera and Wi-Fi connection so that you can easily keep track of your groceries. You might also think about adding inexpensive, no-touch faucets.
According to HGTV, 46% of consumers see smart home technology as important for their current and future residences. Millennial buyers aren’t the only ones who want more technology. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

3 Great Reasons to List Your Home This Fall

Don’t fall for the common misconception that this time of year is a bad time to list your home. Now is a great time to sell for three key reasons.

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Now that summer has come to a close, many homeowners may think they have missed their chance to sell their home this year. There is a common misconception that our market comes to a screeching halt his fall. That is simply not the case.

Since buyers have fewer homes to choose from this time of year, yours will be sure to stand out.

Keep these reasons in mind if you’re contemplating whether or not to list your home now:
  1. You will have less competition. Most homeowners think they have missed out on the selling season, so they decide to wait until the following spring to put their home on the market. By listing your home now, you’ll avoid the rush of new listings that we see in the spring. Since buyers have fewer homes to choose from this time of year, yours will be sure to stand out. 
  2. Buyers are more motivated this time of year. Now that school is back in session, buyers want to get into a new home before the holidays. They have a deadline, which gives you more leverage. It’s also more common for companies to relocate people this time of year. Relocation buyers are highly motivated to get into a new home before January 1. If you wait until next spring to list your home, you’ll completely miss out on this highly motivated group. 
  3. Your home looks great surrounded by fall colors. The lawns are still green, the leaves are just starting to turn, and full plants, like mums, are just starting to bloom. Now is a great time to take listing photos and wow potential buyers both in person and online.
If you have any more questions about listing in the fall or you’re curious about what’s happening in our northern New Jersey market, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you.