How To Reface Cabinets

he quality and style of the cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms can affect the value of your home; is it time to invest in refacing them?

Your kitchen and bathrooms are the most important rooms in your home, in terms of real estate. Improvements in these rooms can offer you the biggest return on investment and can quite literally make or break the deal if you’re trying to sell your home. In terms of kitchen renovations, paying for new cabinets can take up nearly half of your budget, according to HGTV, so deciding whether to replace or reface them is not a decision to take lightly. If your cabinets are in decent condition, it will be more cost-efficient to reface them, rather than replace them. Here’s how to do it from the DIY Network:

Start by refacing sides, drawers, and doors with veneer and stain.

  1. Remove cabinet doors, drawers and all hardware.

  2. Flat-front doors and drawers are easily refaced (if yours have raised panels or other architectural detailing, consider buyingnew unfinished doors and drawers and stain them along with your cabinets)

  3. Sand the side and front surfaces of the old cabinets enough to rough up the surface so the new wood veneer will adhere properly

  4. Practice applying veneer in less visible areas of the cabinet like the side panel

  5. Apply a thin film of wood glue to the cabinet surface

  6. Use a nail gun with 5/8-inch brads to fix the veneer panel in place (adjust the nailer to sink the brad heads just below the veneer surface)

  7. Nail from top to bottom to avoid creating a bubble in the middle of the panel

  8. When all side panels are in place, use a block plane to trim the veneer edges so they are flush with the old cabinet faces

  9. Apply veneer to the cabinet fronts – veneer all of the horizontal areas and rails first, then use a razor knife to cut in the pieces for the vertical stiles.

  10. Trim all intersecting edges and corners so they are flush with the sides

  11. Reface the cabinet doors following the same procedure as above

  12. Fill all brad holes with wood putty colored to match your intended stain color.

  13. Let it dry and sand lightly to remove excess, use a sanding block to evenly distribute pressure and avoid gouges and indentations

Next: stain cabinet interiors

  1. When all of the cabinets are ready for stain, use a paint brush or rag to stain the inside edges and openings first, then the sides, and finally the cabinet fronts

  2. Apply a generous coat of stain, wipe away the excess and allow to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions

  3. Repeat with a second, final coat

  4. Stain the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, along with any separate wood pieces or moldings (if these parts have raised or routed features, use a paint brush to flow the stain into crevices and corners but don’t allow it to accumulate in these spots)

Finish Cabinets with Polyurethane

  1. Apply three coats of polyurethane to protect cabinets from heat, grease, steam, etc.

  2. Water-base polyurethane is a good choice because it’s relatively odor-free, “flattens” better than oil or alkyd urethanes and dries fast, allowing you to put on all three coats in a day.

  3. Use a brush recommended for the finish you choose and apply the first coat – Always brush in the same direction as the wood grain or pattern. Don’t lay the finish on thickly, and don’t overwork the brush — too many brush strokes will cause air bubbles in the finish, leaving bumps and pits when it dries

  4. After the first coat is dry, sand all surfaces lightly with fine-grit sandpaper to prepare them for the second coat

  5. Wipe away all sanding dust with a tack cloth, then apply the second coat of finish

  6. Repeat these steps with the third and final coat

Reassemble the Cabinets

  1. Install the door hinges first: position each hinge one hinge-length from the bottom and the top of the door (use the hinge itself to mark the location by lining it up with the door edge and marking the wood at its opposite end)

  2. Create a jig for pre-drilling door hinge holes in the cabinets – a shelf clamped to the bottom rail ensures that all doors will line up evenly when hung

  3. Install door shock absorbers inside each cabinet opening to enable the doors to open and close smoothly

  4. If you purchased new drawer fronts and boxes separately, lay one of the new drawer boxes on an old drawer front to ensure proper alignment (take equal measurements on the top, bottom and sides, then transfer these dimensions to the new front panel and drill pilot holes for the screws and clamp the front and box together when installing the screws from inside the drawer box)

  5. Repeat these steps with the other drawers

  6. When finished, install the drawer pulls

  7. Reattach the old slides to the new drawers, or install new drawer slides

Refacing cabinets can be more work than simply replacing them, but refacing allows you to save money while still giving your kitchen and/or bathrooms a great new look and thus increasing the value of your home. Read more on refacing cabinets from the DIY Network here.

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NEW LISTING: 42 Canadian Woods Road In Marlboro, New Jersey


42 Canadian Woods Road, Home For Sale In Marlboro, New Jersey




Market Stats 

Single Family Home
Main Features
5 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom
Interior: 3,108 sqft
Lot: 0.43 acre(s)
42 Canadian Woods Road
Marlboro, NJ 07746

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New Listing: 7 Edgewater Drive, Home For Sale in Matawan, New Jersey

Welcome to 7 Edgewater Drive, Home for Sale in Matawan, New Jersey

Market Stats

Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Interior: 2,072 sqft
7 Edgewater
Matawan, NJ 07747
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5 Apps For First Time Home Buyers

If you’re looking to buy a home, your smartphone is the first thing you should turn to. In the age of technology, the phrase “there’s an app for that” is definitely the case; especially when it comes to real estate. Get the edge you need in your home search by downloading these five apps that will help you throughout the process.


If you’re out and about visiting a new neighborhood and you see a home for sale, snap a photo with the HomeSnap App. The app will identify the home and find out the value, the price it last sold for, how many beds and baths, and so much more! You will get the information you want at the push of a button and if it’s right for you, you’ll know to contact the realtor for more information.

Device: iPhone, iPad, Android

Price: Free



This app is perfect for homebuyers who aren’t familiar with a new location. AroundMe instantly gives you the resources to find out information about what’s around you. Whether you’re looking for supermarkets, stores or entertainment in the area, this app will definitely come in handy.

Device: iPhone, iPad, Android

Price: Free

Mortgage Calculator

At this point, any mortgage calculator available for your smartphone will do. When you find a home you love, you will be able to plug in the numbers yourself to determine if the price along with the taxes is in your budget. Just do a quick search in your app store to find one available for your phone or device.

Device: iPhone, iPad, Android

Price: There are plenty of free mortgage calculators available, so choose your favorite!

Essential Real Estate Dictionary


Don’t worry about getting confused when hearing the real estate jargon used by realtors and other homeowners. Having this app on hand will make you look like a pro. It will serve as a reference guide for words that you might not be familiar with.

Device: iPhone, iPad

Price: $9.99

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Home Selection Assistant


This app allows you to be your own personal assistant in your new home search. Instead of searching through the official listings photos, take your own and attach notes to each one that will remind you to ask the realtor specific questions. Additional information about the neighborhood and buying process can also be found on this app.

Device: iPhone

Price: Free



PRICE REDUCTION: 27 Sunningdale Circle, Manalapan, NJ

27 Sunningdale Circle, Manalapan, NJ 07726


3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Partial Bathroom

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Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

New Jersey is a wonderful place to be in the spring and as a resident, you probably already know that, but it’s important for you to show potential buyers the beauty of New Jersey as well, starting with your lawn and home. There are a ton of properties on the market for buyers to choose from, so it’s also important for you to make your home stand out. Here are 5 important tips to help you sell your home this spring…

1. Enhance your curb appeal: This is the first impression potential buyers will have of your home, so it better be a good one, or else they might just drive on by. As the snow melts and the grass starts to turn a beautiful green color, make sure you’re ready to take advantage of the weather. Spring is the prime planting and growing season for many flowers in New Jersey, so check out your local nursery for plants that will make your home look vibrant, bright, and friendly. Mow the lawn (if necessary), and also be sure to clear away any wet piles of leaves or dead tree branches that may be lingering in your yard. If it’s still too cold out to plant flowers, you need to make sure, at the very least, that your driveway and walkways are cleared of snow.

2. Leave no evidence of children or pets. Your home should be completely uncluttered (no children’s toys) and it should smell like spring (no litter boxes or dog droppings in the yard). Arrange for a friend or family member to watch your pets and/or kids when you’re having a showing in order to make sure that the buyer is not distracted and not put off by clutter or pet smells.

3. Make your home sparkle and shine. This means you need to take your spring cleaning to the next level. Do this by focusing especially on windows, mirrors, glass fixtures, etc. The goal is to let as much light in as possible and make your home seem as bright (and inviting) as possible. Change out thick, dark curtains for light, sheer ones, and consider installing lights under cabinets and adding extra fixtures/lamps in naturally dark corners of your home.

4. Spring cleaning! Most people practice this ritual even if they aren’t planning on selling their home, so this is a great way to take advantage of the season to help you sell your home. If you’re already a meticulous cleaner, great, if not, make sure that you don’t skip or slack off in any areas of your home when cleaning.  Be particularly thorough when cleaning your bathrooms and kitchen, because those are the deal makers or breakers of any home. Don’t forget to dust and clean all floors as well!

5. Market your home for sale. Your real estate agent will be able to help you with this part of the process, but you should put some thought into it as well. Writers from Ziprealty recommend that if your home sat on the market all winter to remove your listing and post it again fresh. You should also create brochures for your home, market online and in print.

For more information on how to sell your home this Spring visit this website.

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
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How To Sell Your Home in Freehold, New Jersey

There are few ways to sell a home but to get the best price, in the shortest amount of time, under the best terms there are some things you need to know. Selling a home is essentially a beauty contest and a price war. So spending time preparing your home for sale, marketing your home properly, and pricing it right the first time is key.

Here are some tips to get you started…

Preparing Your Home for the Sale

When preparing your home to sell, it’s important to organize, declutter, and clean. Sounds easy and sometimes obvious right? So many times we see homes that are not properly prepared and it can really be a turn off to buyers. Here is your checklist..

  • Start with the outside of your home, this is the first thing buyers will see when viewing your home.
  • Remember to consistently mow the lawn, trim the hedges and trees, and clear walkways.
  • Be sure that you also clean all debris from your yard, clean the gutters, and carefully check the outside of your home for any damage that needs to be repaired before selling (ex. missing siding, cracked windows, etc.).
  • Adding flowers or potted plants near your front door can also help to increase the curb appeal of your home.

You must also organize, declutter, and clean inside of your home, but you must also make any necessary repairs and updates. Here is your checklist…

  • Check to make sure that all electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems are working properly
  • Fix leaky faucets and tubs along with rocky toiletsOrange-county-water-faucet-repair1
  • Replace/repair any other out-of-date or non-working systems/appliances
  • Repaint walls that look faded or are peeling
  • Consistently clean all windows, furniture, floors (carpet and hardwood), and pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom(s).
  • Also be sure to de-clutter and de-personalize inside of your home by organizing, storing unneeded furniture and toys, and removing family photos.

Sometimes depersonalizing your home can be hard. Since you are still living there you might want to see pictures of your family and have a hard time taking them down. But keep this in mind…

Let potential buyers see themselves living in your home. If you don’t pay attention to the details we mentioned above, you could potentially turn off buyers from placing an offer.

Advertising and Marketing Strategies

Today it is all about online marketing. Print marketing still works in some areas but online is where you will be able to reach the most amount of active buyers. Here are a few tips to make sure your home attracts buyers to pick up the phone and set up a showing…

  • Pictures, Pictures, PICTURES! Did I mention pictures? Make sure your pictures show off the best features of your home. Some pictures don’t show off the size of the room and the rooms features but actually make a room look smaller, only show off furniture, or showcase cleaning supplies. Sounds crazy, but we’ve seen it!kitchen-design
  • Show off features: Any upgrades you have done, any features that attracted you to your home, or anything that your agent sees as a positive amenity, show it off. Not only in your pictures but in the remarks.
  • Make sure your home is marketed on all of the top real estate websites, consistently and accurately. This is huge, you do not want to miss a potential buyer because your home expired on a top site or is not on a top real estate website.

You should also post a sign in your yard that says your house is for sale, includes your real estate agent’s information, and any additional contact information if needed.  Even charlotte-homes-for-sale-signthough window shopping online is very popular, don’t count our drive-by shopping.

You can also provide a fact sheet/takeaway brochure for interested buyers that includes at least one picture of your home, and details about the property such as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, lot size, square footage, floors, etc.

For buyers who are unfamiliar with the Freemont area, or who are weary about buying a home that lies in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy disaster, highlight the Monmouth County Housing Improvement Program that is offering home repair assistance to victims of the hurricane. This will ensure buyers that they’re moving into a great community dedicated to helping its residents.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Freehold, New Jersey or surrounding areas contact a professional and dedicated real estate agent contact me, Jodi Goldberg with RE/MAX Central. I would love to help you take advantage of today’s housing market!

Jodi Goldberg
RE/MAX Central
(908) 770-2150