Sometimes it is hard to keep your home refreshed or up to date in the today's market. We showcase some home tips we think could be helpful before you choose to sell, or if you would just like to keep your home maintained.

Pros and Cons for Buying a Fixer Upper:


In real estate, you may hear quite a lot buying a fixer up. This has many different meanings but they all mean that it is a home that is in need of a lot of work cosmetically and a lot of TLC to make it a home again. Buying a fixer upper can be worth it depending on the certain situation you are in. If you are in a good financial state, a fixer upper can be beneficial for an abundance of reasons. Some reasons vary from being an investor who is fixing up a property to rent out, a construction worker who bought the home to flip and resell or even someone who bought a fixer upper to make their dream home.

The pros to buying a fixer upper can be worth it since they usually are bought at a low price depending…

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When Home Maintenance Should Be Completed:


When it comes to owning a home, there are many tasks that should be kept up with yearly to ensure your safety and the longevity of your home. Regular house upkeep increases the lifespan of equipment and HVAC systems, among other things. By doing this, you may be able to avoid paying thousands of dollars in unnecessary replacement and maintenance costs. Owning a home versus renting comes with many different commitments. If something fails, the homeowner is responsible for fixing it; there is no landlord to step in. Which goes to show how important it is for the homeowners to keep their house well-maintained.

Monthly maintenance that should be done for your home includes testing smoke detectors. Please…

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Learn more about our agents Mario Minelli & John Baldassano:


Mario Minelli and John Boldassano are both a part of the Tom Crimmins Realty team as Agents but are also Home Inspectors with their own companies. You can better comprehend what you're going to buy with the help of a trained home inspector. A home inspection may reveal problems that are not apparent to the buyer even if the house may appear to be in good condition and even be ready to move into. To learn more about Home Inspections read our blog titled “What is a Home Inspection?” However, getting back to our very own agents who are also licensed home inspectors. Mario Minelli has a company named Boro-Wide Home Inspections and John Boldassano has a company named S.I Finest Home Inspection…

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How to protect your home during the Winter:


During the winter months in New York, we can experience snowstorms, freezing temperatures, ice, etc. During the winter months, your home is more prone to experience some ice damage to your home's foundation which can also result in leaks, the formation of mildew, and even damage to your carpet. During cold weather if you have a sump pump, cold conditions can freeze a pipe, sending water back into the house and increasing the risk of leaks, mold, and mildew in your home. There are many possibilities of what can happen especially as during the colder months, challenges are profound. In Staten Island, the weather has been relatively decent this winter season but these are tips to keep in mind to prepare your…

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The Simplified Steps to Purchasing a Home:


When it comes to purchasing a home, it is a big investment and you want to do everything correctly. When it comes to Real Estate, there are a bunch of terms that may confuse you completely and discourage you. However, the process of buying a home does not have to be as difficult as it seems if certain steps are followed.

One of the main steps is to find a real estate agent that will direct you through this process. Once a real estate agent is found, the home searching process can begin. The homeowner/seller pays the agent fees out of the money received from the sale of the property in New York, much like nearly every other real estate market in the United States. This indicates that they are paying for…

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Pros and Cons of a Homeowners Association:


A real estate developer will establish a homeowners association to plan and oversee the construction of a neighborhood comprising houses, townhomes, and/or condominiums. It is granted the power to oversee the development's common areas and enforce the covenants, regulations, and limits. A homeowners association is a group of board directors that run the private community.

These board members analyze and watch over the property, manage the finances, enforce specific rules, and make sure the community is caught up with all of the maintenance. These individuals that are classified as the board directors are elected by all of the homeowners. The homeowners association has many responsibilities that impact…

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All About Property Managers:


A property manager is a person or business that is employed to handle the daily management of a piece of real estate. When they are unable or unwilling to handle the properties themselves, landowners and investors in real estate generally engage property managers. A property manager has various responsibilities that are given to them by the they are hired from. The property manager is required to watch over and manage the real estate properties that the owners hired them to do so.

Specific roles of the property manager are determining the rent of the property, fixing repairs, performing maintenance and repairs, and handling the issues with clients of the property. The property manager is required to deal with both…

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All About Estate Sales & Garage Sales:


While driving around Staten Island, you may see signs posted all around saying “GARAGE SALE” at a said location and time or you may see a sign that says “ESTATE SALE.” If you have ever wondered if there is a difference between the two, yes there is. When compared to garage sales, estate sales are more structured and official. In contrast to garage sales, which are intended to get rid of outdated household goods, estate sales are aimed to clear out a complete estate. Estate sales are one-time events, although homeowners may opt to have garage sales for several weeks at a time. Both garage and estate sales are fantastic choices for anybody hoping to get a great price on unique stuff, regardless of how you're…

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Pros and Cons of a Home Inspection:


When purchasing a home, one important step most realtors encourage prospective buyers to take is getting a home inspection done on the home they put down an accepted offer on. A home inspection is a detailed inspection of the home in order to determine the condition of the property. During a home inspection, the inspector analyzes the specific conditions of the home usually when the home is being sold on the market. The inspector will inspect different features of the property such as the heating and cooling systems, electrical work, plumbing, the water, sewage, and many more things.

A home inspection confirms to the new buyer that the current property is safe to live in and gives them insight on what to…

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Burying a Statue Can Bring Your Home Sale Good Luck:


Did you just recently list your home on the market? If you are worried about your home selling or are not getting any offers? You may need the luck of St. Joseph on your side. St. Joseph is known for blessing sellers with good luck in the ability to sell their home. Burying a statue of St. Joseph in your backyard along with some prayers has given people some good luck with the home selling process. St. Joseph protects and blesses the home with good luck for years and years to come.

If you have never heard of St. Joseph, he was a well-liked person in the Catholic faith. He is Mary's spouse. Even if you don't consider yourself religious or have never visited a church, you probably recognized him…

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