7 Ways To Prep Your Home For A Sale!

You know that feeling you get when you rent the $60,000 a night luxury villa located on Richard Branson’s private Necker Island? No? Well, neither do we!

The point is that the buyer should feel like your home has great energy and a very welcoming vibe. So regardless if you live on a tropical island (maybe one day) or in busy suburbia, your home should create the perfect relaxed atmosphere. In order to do this, you will need to prepare. 

As part of our listing service, Team Ellenbogen of Essex, Passaic and Union Counties in New Jersey, pays for (that’s right! Our clients don’t foot the bill, we do!!) a professional stager to come into your home and provide you with ideas. Our stager will help you with color choices and furniture placement, not as an interior decorator but a professional stager who knows what a buyer is looking for and wants. Her team will also bring in extra pieces to make your home stand out from the rest. 

On the day of the professional photography shoot, her team will come in to oversee and prepare your home so that all the best features are highlighted.

To get your home prepared for the grand unveiling, here are 7 helpful tips to prep so you can assist in the staging process. 

1. Declutter – Garage sales, Craigslist and eBay oh my! Unless you’re auditioning for an episode of Hoarders, get rid of stuff. 

That 1980s Golden Girls track suit – please donate it. I promise it will not come back in style. Have any old dictionaries, encyclopedias or yellow phone books? Sell them, donate them, or properly recycle them.

2. Pepé Le Pee-eeeeew (Odors) – Unless your Pepé Le Pew please don’t chase homeowners away. GET RID OF ALL ODORS! 

This will make or break your home sale. Since scent is the strongest thing tied to memory, potential buyers will always remember the scent of your home. Invest in a cleaning company or do the job yourself. But please remember – a pleasant scent will boost the value of your home.

3. Wash Your Windows – Its a bird, its a plane… no really its a bird that just smashed into your window, because of how clean it is. Make sure your windows are squeaky clean! 

Having clean windows will brighten up your house by bringing in sunlight in. This will create a light airy feeling… oh and keep the vampires away. Unless you’re part of the Twilight cast because for some reason they sparkle in the sunlight. 

7 Ways To Prep Your Home For A Sale!

4. Abracadabra (Illusions) – Ok the title is a bit silly, but selling a home sometimes can mean creating an illusion. 

Now, you never want to deceive buyers, but there are tricks to making your home look even better. If you have a smaller home with low ceilings, adding mirrors, keeping the wall a light color and making use of hidden storage can work wonders.

5. Pressure Wash The Exterior – Aaaaachoo! Did you know that pressure washing your home removes allergens? Mold, dirt, mildew and algae are terrible for allergies and some could be life threatening. 

Also, pressure washing keeps the itsy bitsy spider and his friends from reeking havoc. And the best part, it adds to that Curb Appeal you hear everyone talk about when trying to sell your home.

6. Make Repairs – It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. It’s important to fix the broken items in your home. 

Nope, that wasn’t a typo, I really did repeat those three sentences. Pretty annoying right? Well when you don’t fix things, the buyer becomes turned off. Now go on, get that squeaky floor fixed, paint the walls and have that rotted tree stump removed. It will be worth it in the end.


7. Define Each Space – Was that the bedroom, laundry room, or gym?  When it comes to your home, please do not have your buyers guessing. 

Each room in the house should have a clear and defined space so the buyers see exactly what they check out the pictures of your house online.

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

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Alan Ellenbogen – “Team Ellenbogen” Receives Prestigious NJAR Circle of Excellence Award


2015-BHHS Awards-Website BHHS

Alan Ellenbogen of Team Ellenbogen has received the prestigious NJAR Circle of Excellence Award for the 4th year in a row!  Moving up in rank in previous years, Alan received the Silver Level Award. To obtain the Silver Level, an agent must have $6.5 million in sales and have reported 20 units of sales at a minimum.

Team Ellenbogen wishes to thank all their clients, who have made this Award possible!

Home Decor 101

Thinking Outside the Box: Dress Up Your Home for the Holidays!

The harsh New Jersey winter is in full swing. Icy temperatures and chilling winds are here to stay, and that means you’ll want to make your home as cozy and inviting as possible. Whether you’re staging for potential buyers or hosting friends and family for the holidays, use these tips to turn any room in your home into a warm and inviting space.

Don’t be afraid of texture

Dress up a couch or bedspread with an eye-catching throw. Go for a chunky, sweater-like chenille or a luxurious faux fur. Don’t worry about folding them or keeping them neat—they’re called throws for a reason! They’re meant to be casually draped over key pieces of furniture. They might look bold and garish on their own, but when paired correctly, they can really pull a room together.

Include a pop of color

If most of the furniture and upholstery in your home is neutral-colored, shake things up by introducing some bright hues. Strategically placed jewel-toned or neon accent pieces can instantly cheer up a room, but don’t overuse them. The goal is to complement existing decor, not overwhelm it.

Add some sparkle

Sequins, glitter and metallics don’t have to be tacky. When done right, they can absolutely light up an evening table setting or a drab guest room. Subtlety is key. Don’t bedazzle everything in your home. Stick to a few glimmering accent pieces.

Don’t shy away from prints

When it comes to home decor, consistent, solid colors are safe, but they can also be boring. If vibrant pinks, greens and blues just aren’t your style, consider investing in some boldly patterned accent pieces: chevrons, plaids, fish scales, geometrics and clean florals are not only modern and versatile, but timeless and likely to be in style for a long time.


Mix and Match

Just play around and see what works! Your options are endless. Mix pinstripes with flowers. Put some modern, metallic vases on a vintage dresser. Your home is a reflection of your personal style, so don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s a space that’s all your own.

Written for Team Ellenbogen by Nicole Carin

Simmer Pots: Delight Guests at Your Next Open House!

Be That House: Use Simmer Pots to Scent Your Home

Open Houses are fairly standard events: clean the interior, remove all outside clutter, stage the home, hand out some flyers, serve a little finger food. Your open house might be the tenth one your guests have been to that day, and they can only eat so many cheese and cracker platters before the process becomes monotonous. So, how can you make your home stand out? It’s getting cold out, and the holidays are just around the corner. Treat your open house guests to something comforting and unique!

Simmer pots are a fantastic new take on potpourri, and they’re easy to prepare. They’re a perfect way to make a lasting first impression, especially if you’re not keen on the idea of guests walking through your home with food. All you have to do is fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Toss in your ingredients, and then lower the heat to a gentle simmer for as long as you need the scent to last. Click the photos below to see winter-themed simmer pot recipes you can use to get your home smelling its best for your next showing:

From Curbly.com
From Curbly.com
From Tipnut.com
From Tipnut.com
Recipe by Laura Godwin for www.needmorescents.com
Recipe by Laura Godwin for www.needmorescents.com

Simmer pots are chemical-free, not to mention a great conversation starter. They also make great gifts: put ingredients and directions into a mason jar and hand them out to your best potential sellers, or use them as stocking stuffers.

Written for Team Ellenbogen by Nicole Carin