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Prepare your home for Spring!

Spring is the season for refreshing the home!

You may be considering selling your home this Spring, or maybe you are simply looking to refresh your living space after the cold winter months! Either way, with the weather beginning to warm up, many of us are anxious for that fresh air, colorful gardens, and to get our homes fixed up.

Check out these tips from your Main Street Realty agents to get your home showing it’s best!

  • De-clutter! This is one of the best things you can do to refresh your home. Sort through those piles that are collecting in corners and on tables and get rid of unneeded items that are collecting dust.
  • Clean your dryer vent. Nearly 3,000 home dryer fires happen every year according to the U.S. Fire Administration, causing $35 million in property loss annually. Cleaning dryer vents could prevent about a third of those fires. Make sure to clean your lint trap after every use
  • Open the windows. Let your house breath! Wash both the interior and exterior of your windows. Vacuum/clean your drapes. (If putting your house on the market, consider not putting the sheers back up or removing window treatments altogether.)
  • Deep clean your rugs. Vacuum area rugs (flip and vacuum backs). Consider shampoo or steam clean.
  • Clean your gutters. 
  • Re-mulch your planter beds.
  • Paint your front door AND your front steps. A fresh coat of paint on your front door is a quick and affordable way to give your home’s curb appeal a face lift!
  • Refresh your mailbox.
  • Update your street numbers. Is your home’s street number in need of a refresh? This is an easy update that shows pride in home ownership!
  • Rake garden debris and Sweep sidewalks. The quiet winter months likely have created a collection of loose debris in your yard and gardens. A quick sweep will make a big difference!
  • Wipe off light fixtures. Most of us completely forget to check our light fixtures, but they collect dust, cobwebs, and bugs! Take some time to wipe down both your interior and exterior light fixtures.
  • Update your Lighting! Cleaning off those fixtures may make you realize that they are a bit dated! A quick change of a chandelier, adding pendant fixtures. or updating your wall sconces will quickly modernize your home.
  • Clean the exterior trim. Wipe off trim that’s visible with a light bleach solution, including front door.
  • Add some on-trend Decor to your entry. Place a decorative wreath and/or pottery out front including a new door mat and you’re ready to go!

 

If you are considering listing your home this spring, schedule a home consultation with your Main Street Realty agent! We will walk your home with you and help you prioritize which projects you may want to take on!

EMAIL US: info@mymainstreetrealty.com

CALL US: 856-858-2200

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

The weather is changing and its time to make sure your home is ready. Taking some time to handle a few chores will make the winter months much more pleasant and help prevent any unpleasant spring surprises.

 

Here is a home maintenance checklist for you to take care of this fall!

 

  • Gutters – Clean and secure your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris to prevent water overflow and damage to your home.
  • Rake Leaves – Make sure to either mow over or rake fallen leaves. Although a blanket of leaves can be pretty, they can kill your grass when left for a prolonged period of time.
  • Seal cracks – The colder weather brings unwanted house guests. Taking some time in the autumn months to stroll around your property and seal any cracks will help prevent critters from visiting.
  • Purchase winter supplies – Stock up on supplies such as ice melt, firewood, shovels, and ice scrapers.
  • Chimney –  Do a quick inspection of your chimney and flu. Call your chimney sweep to clean the soot build up and to check the chimney cap.
  • Firewood Storage – Keep your dried firewood stored at least 10 feet away from the home. Large amounts of firewood stored too close to your home can risk termite infestation!
  • Seal drafts – According to the US Department of Energy, heat loss through windows is responsible for 25-30 percent of heating energy use! Check to make sure the weatherstripping on your windows and doors are in good shape and replace as needed.
  • Store Hoses – Before the cold weather hits, remember to turn off the water supply to your outdoor faucets and properly store your garden hose.

Regular home maintenance is important for home value and can save you from some unwanted and expensive repairs!

 

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Sunday Story – From NJ to Philly

Patco
Collingswood Train Station 1941

The Camden & Atlantic Railroad ran from Camden to Atlantic City. The Collingswood station was built in 1885 at Collings and Atlantic Avenues. The train would carry passengers to Camden where commuters would transfer to a ferry to cross the Delaware river.

This photo is from January 27, 1941. (Credit: ‘Images of America – Collingswood’ by Janet Spavlik)

Having Collingswood on the railroad map helped the growth of the communities as it offered easy transportation for commuters!

In 1931, the Delaware River Bridge (today the Ben Franklin Bridge) was given permission to construct a high speed transit line connecting Philadelphia to Camden.

After years of planning, engineering, and construction, the Patco Speedline began operation on February 15, 1969.

Today the station looks different, but the elevated tracks still run along Atlantic Avenue. New Jersey has nine stations that run from Lindenwold through Camden. The rail line transports 39,000 commuters a day.

We continue to see the same growth in the neighborhoods surrounding the Speedline from commuters who are attracted to the walkable, suburban communities that sit just outside the city lines.

From Collingswood to 8th and Market in Philadelphia is just a 14 minute ride!

Learn more about Patco’s stations and fares on their website: www.ridepatco.org

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Real Estate Market Update – August 2018

Do you know what’s going on in today’s real estate market?

It is important for your Area real estate Specialist to keep you up to date with what is happening in the market. Here is a quick snapshot looking at what is going on in the New Jersey communities we serve:

Low housing inventory cannot keep up with the high buyer demand. As a result, we are seeing an increase in home values.

Interest rates are climbing, but are still favorable for buyers.

The statistics below show the increase in AVERAGE SOLD home prices from 2017 to 2018 (Jan-Jul) for some neighborhoods within our service area.

Collingswood – 14.2% INCREASE
Haddon Township – 19.3% INCREASE
Haddonfield – 7.1% INCREASE
Oaklyn – 11.5% INCREASE
Audubon – 14.26% INCREASE

For a detailed report on your home, contact Main Street Realty today!

Market Report 2018

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Main Street Realty Agent Spotlight: Paul Ciervo

August’s Main Street agent spotlight is Paul Ciervo!

Paul grew up in Oaklyn and graduated from Collingswood High School in 1976. He married his wife, Joyce Iezzi (Collingswood class of 1976) in 1976. They have 3 children, Cari Anne (Rick Koss), Paul Ciervo Jr. (Jenna Tabako) and Jana Ciervo (Dan Mazzo). They also have 7 Grandchildren – 3 boys and 4 girls ranging from 3 months to 19 years old.

Paul graduated from Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky., with a bachelor of science in environmental and military science in 1980. In June of 1980 he was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was a distinguished military graduate.

Paul is a Master Aviator with more than 3,000 flying hours and has received numerous flying safety awards as well as numerous military decorations. He is fixed wing rated as well as rotary wing qualified in numerous aircraft.

In 1995, Paul received his real estate license. When he retired from the military in 2004, at the rank of Colonel, he joined his brother Pat at Main Street Realty to begin his full time real estate career.

Over the years, Paul has become an integral member of the community. He and his family have been Collingswood residents for over 34 years! He coached little league, boys and girls soccer, and basketball for over 20 years. He also assists in the holiday parade and the Mayfair every year.

“I really enjoy the small town feel and the close knit community of Collingswood. It feels like we have over 14,000 neighbors!”

“I like showing people how home ownership is easier than they think. I also like showing buyers that a home investment builds a firm foundation to financial freedom.”

Contact Paul to discuss your real estate buying and selling needs: paul@mymainstreetrealty.com

Paul Ciervo #AreaSpecialist

Paul Ciervo, Main Street Realty
Paul Ciervo, Main Street Realty