ERA Central Realty Group
Rosemary Pezzano, ERA Central Realty GroupPhone: (609) 744-4617
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One-Day Home Upgrade Projects

by Rosemary Pezzano 03/15/2019

You get it! You know your home needs some TLC and you’d love to be giving it some, but your schedule is tight. You don’t have time to tear apart the bathroom for a remodel or rip up the kitchen while your kids are in school. Here are some simple projects you can accomplish in a day, however, to give your home that little bit of that lovin’ feeling you know it needs.

  • Paint your front door a hot new color: Brightly-painted doors give a tired exterior some new life. Choose a feng shui red guaranteed to turn heads, or ocean blue that invites in serenity and peace. Or, go funky with a limey-chartreuse or a pop of sunny yellow. Choose a high-gloss paint that’s easy to clean and designed for exterior weather.
  • Change out your door hardware. Instead of painting that door, give your beautiful wood doors a loving upgrade with new handles, kickplates and dead-bolt locks. Swapping out nickel hardware for brass (or vice versa) gives your door a whole new look.
  • Spruce up the house numbers and mailbox. If no one can find you because the house numbers are faded or were painted over with the exterior paint, add some glam to your exterior with decorative house numbers. Or, add a faux stone to the front garden with solar-lit numerals to guide your guest's way. Mail slots, receptacles, and standard mailboxes need love too. Change out that brass mail slot for a rustic cast-iron one or brighten it up to nickel to match the hardware you installed last week. Street-side mailboxes benefit from some curb-appealing flowers planted alongside or in a decorative pot. 
  • Give yourself new faucets. Upgrade the kitchen faucets to an extra tall version with a pull-out sprayer to give your kitchen some glam. Choose from traditional to industrial style to match any home style from a craftsman to a live-work loft.
  • Change the shower curtain rod. Even if you can't do that complete bath remodel with the stylish oversized step-in shower, you can give your tub-shower enclosure more space by exchanging a standard straight curtain rod with a curved hotel-style one. The extra space inside your shower will have you feeling like you're on vacation all the time.
  • Replace those mini-blinds. Look for easy to install cellular versions in a variety of color choices or swap out those dingy beige ones for bright white. Either way, you’ll perk up the room and invite the sun inside in a new way.

To keep these projects within your budget, make a list of the top three, then watch newspaper circulars or emails for which items are on sale. And don't forget to check with online sources. 

Except for paint, most things on this list are available from online retailers too, so bargain shop and have them on hand for when you've got that one day open in your schedule.

About the Author
Author

Rosemary Pezzano

  • WHO I AM…

There are many reasons why I enjoy my career as a REALTOR. The main reason is the deep satisfaction that comes from helping people realize their dreams, helping them through the major transition that accompanies selling, buying and moving. Another reason is that no transactions are the same. Each one has its own characteristics and challenges. It is through overcoming the challenges that enables me to improve my quality of service. Each and every day I work at perfecting my attention to detail and my commitment to excellence while being mindful of my core values.

  • WHAT I CAN DO…

Since relocating in 2001 to Four Seasons at Upper Freehold Gated Active Adult Community, I have become an enthusiastic cheerleader! Having first-hand knowledge and sharing that knowledge has contributed towards a reputation for achieving results, not just promises! Listening, delivering necessary information, helping to negotiate the best possible price and terms and making sure all details are covered help to have a successful closing. This comes from over 40 years of real estate experience. 

  • COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Four Seasons at Upper Freehold is located in rural Upper Freehold, southwestern Monmouth County. The 387 single family residences naturally blend with the surrounding rural landscape and the neighboring Borough of Allentown with its many antique shops and boutiques. For the young at heart, Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park and Safari is also nearby. Commuting lies within 60 miles of New York City and 35 miles from Philadelphia with easy access to Princeton and the Jersey Shore. Neighboring Quaker Bridge Mall and Freehold Mall for all your shopping needs and the Hamilton Marketplace nearby.

  • WHAT CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
06/07/2018 - Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Allentown, NJ.

Rosemary was a pleasure to deal with - very responsive, professional, knowledgeable and went above and beyond for us. She made a very overwhelming situation of selling my parents' house into a manageable, do able process that I couldn't even fathom getting thru at the onset. The house was sold and closed in a month's time and I am still pinching myself that we got through this huge undertaking so readily. This truly is thanks to Rosemary. She is wonderful!

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04/20/2018 - Sold a Single Family home in 2018 in Allentown, NJ.
Rosemary was very easy to work with and gave me a lot of good advice for selling a home within Four Seasons / Allentown (some of which I should have taken sooner!). She and her husband (who is also a Realtor) were incredibly helpful with many of the small (and some not so small) details of getting our house prepped and sold. Because I lived a ways away from the house I was selling, there were many times when Rosemary or her husband were able to save me a trip to handle something at the home while it was on the market, showing that they will do whatever it takes to help make a sale go smoothly, and I greatly appreciate their help. Rosemary responded quickly to all of my questions via phone, email, or text; I never waited long to hear back from her no matter the day or time.

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10/07/2016 - Sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Allentown, NJ.

I am thankful I chose to have Rosemary sell my house. Through every step of the process she kept me informed, made useful suggestions and helped. Here are just four examples. Just before we put the house on the market, she made a suggestion to relocate a piece of furniture. And yes, after moving it, the room looked larger. The house was listed on a Wednesday and by noon on Friday I had a full price offer. When the new buyers suggested the landscape plantings were overgrown, she had her husband come over to trim the worse offenders. At the end of the process, after the house had been cleaned for the new owners' walk-through and because I had had to move out of the area, she and her husband put out the remaining five cans of trash. After the closing I got a call from her because some of my mail had been delivered to my just-sold house rather than having been forwarded. She offered to take it to the Post Office for forwarding and to alert them to the problem. These are just four examples of the many ways Rosemary (and her husband) helped make the difficult process of selling my house as painless and as smooth as possible. Thank you Rosemary (and husband)!!

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09/21/2015 - Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Allentown, NJ.

If you are selling a house in this area, use Rosemary as your agent. She worked tirelessly to get our house sold. She was very involved, handled many, many details for us, and was extremely knowledgeable about the value of homes in the area. She even arranged for her husband to help us out in several instances. She kept me updated and led us through every step of the process, explaining what we needed to do and how things would progress. We no longer live in the area and without her, we would never have been able to handle the sale long distance. She was wonderful to work with.Less 

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09/09/2015 - Sold a Single Family home in 2015 in Allentown, NJ.

Rosemary pays attention to details and knew exactly the type of exposure the home needed to get the job done. We had the home listed for sale 2 other times with another realtor with no results. Rosemary felt that the home needed to be professionally photographed and she was right. The photos brought in numerous buyers and the home sold in a few weeks. I would recommend Rosemary to anyone who wishes to sell their home in a timely manner for a fair price.