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Winter Yard Care

by Ashley Franchini Team

We've discussed recently the importance of winterizing your home - even in the temperate conditions down the shore, but what about your yard?  Here are 7 great tips from Redfin on how to keep your yard healthy during the winter months so that it really shines in summer!


1.  Repair Hardscape Features

Repair any cracked steps, walkways or driveways before the weather becomes icy. If left alone, damaged areas could deteriorate over the winter and lead to unsafe conditions for your friends and family. If you notice splintering on your deck, you should treat it and seal it properly.

2. Tighten Railings

When repairing walkways and steps, take some extra time to tighten your railing bolts. Loose railings can cause accidents and injuries. Similarly, be sure your fixtures, shutters and other outdoor features are securely in place and able to withstand the stress of winter storms.

3. Lawn Care

Be sure to aerate and reseed your lawn during the fall season. A healthy fall lawn will ensure lush spring landscaping and help you avoid unsightly bare spots during the colder months. As an extra measure, be sure to add winter fertilizer to the lawn to ensure that roots penetrate your soil.

4. Trim Branches

As you check your landscape, be sure to inspect trees and shrubs. Remove dead limbs that could fall during inclement weather. In addition, be sure that you clear away branches near power lines or other property features.

5. Patio Furniture

Be sure to wash your patio furniture and other outdoor furnishings before winter arrives. Also, be sure to store these items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Cover any pieces you can’t fit in your garage or shed. Lightweight furniture like plastic chairs should be stored so they don’t blow away or become too brittle for use.

6. Mulch Leaves

A thick layer of leaves can suffocate the grass below. If you don’t choose to rake and compost your fall leaves, you could mulch them using a mulching mower. If you have rose bushes or other perennials that require some insulation, you can also use leaves to layer around the bases of these plants.

7. Screen Plants

Be sure to protect your perennials and young trees from the nibbling of wintertime creatures. You can encircle the plants with chicken wire to better protect them during the long winter. You can also use commercially made tree guards to prevent animals from damaging young trees and shrubs.

Now is the time to get your yard in order before the rough weather of winter arrives. Once these tasks are complete, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your property is in order and ready to face the long cold season.

Creative Financing - 15 Year Mortgage

by Ashley Franchini Team

There are so many loan programs out there for home buyers.  A 15 year mortgage may be right for you.  This article from MSN Money details the advantages to shortening your financing term.  When you are ready, give me a call and I will help you not only find the perfect property for you, but with my network of loan officers and banks will help you find the right financing.  609-233-6116


4 Reasons to Consider a 15-Year Mortgage

Things Homebuyers Hate

by Ashley Franchini Team

Ugh, it is so disappointing to take a potential buyer on a home tour and find it in a less than desirable condition.  I may know it is a great property and could be right for my clients, but if the sellers (or their agent) have done nothing to make the property enticing, it is an uphill battle.  This article details 8 things that buyers hate to see in their potential new home.  I NEVER let my sellers fall into these traps so let me help you sell your home - give me a call!  609-233-6116

8 Things Home buyers Hate!

Creative Financing - Paying cash and then getting a Mortgage

by Ashley Franchini Team

Sometimes, in order to be competitive buyers need to think outside the box in terms of financing.  This is a really helpful article from Trulia that gives some ideas on how to do this.  When you are ready, give me a call.  I work with a network of loan officers and lenders that are sure to have the right plan for you!  609-233-6116

How to be a Cash Buyer

Winterizing your Home

by Ashley Franchini Team

Just last week we discussed hibernation and how to make it feel like Spring inside your home during the Winter.  This article, from House Logic (one of my favorite resources) tells us how we can save money this Winter by Winterizing our homes!  Even with somewhat temperate shore temperatures it is incredibly important to protect your investment with a little prep work.  If you need help with finding a good contractor, give me a call.  I have a lot of resources to share with you!  609-233-6116


7 Winterizing Mistakes that can cost you big money

Get a Home-buying Game Plan

by Ashley Franchini Team

It's football season and that gets me thinking about game plans!  Ok, not really, but it DOES get me thinking about this being a great time of year to be planning out your next shore purchase.  This article helps home buyers come up with a plan for finding a new home.  When you are ready, give me a call so I can help you get the shore house of your dreams! 609-233-6116

8 Tips for Finding Your New Home

Get rid of Winter Blues

by Ashley Franchini Team

It's getting into that time of year where I just want to hibernate.  This article from House Logic helps those of us that are summer lovers feel a bit more sunny in the Winter.

9 Ways to Fool Yourself into thinking it's Spring Outside.

SOLD 100 N Douglas Ave

by Ashley Franchini Team

This corner location in Margate has sold.  Make sure you put calling Ashley Franchini on your to-do list when you are ready to sell.  609-233-6116


SOLD 106 N Gladstone Ave

by Ashley Franchini Team

This perfect beach house in Margate has sold.  Give us a call if you are ready to list or buy so we can help you! 609-233-6116.


Find the Best Agent to Sell Your Home

by Ashley Franchini Team

I'm a little biased when it comes to finding the best agent for you and this article from House Logic explains the questions you should ask when interviewing a potential agent.  I look forward to the interview process with you!

Find the Best Agent to Sell Your Home

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Ashley Franchini
Soleil Sotheby's International Realty
8502 Ventnor Ave
Margate NJ 08402
Cell: 609-233-6116
Fax: 609-487-8001

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