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5 Ways to Stay Busy While at Home

Your home is the place where you should feel the most safe and comfortable. So, while we’re all doing our part to stay home, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep yourself and your family busy. 1. Clean out your junk drawer It’s the place you throw all the things that don’t have a home, but when was the last time you actually cleared out your junk drawer? Who knows, you may even find something you thought you had misplaced! Click here for a step-by-step how to. 2. Rearrange your furniture Now is the perfect time to switch things up! You never know what will work best until you try it. Here is a great article from Elle Décor that provides furniture arranging tricks to make your home feel bigger. 3. Hang pictures and art How many times have you thought about finally getting around to printing, framing and hanging those family pictures? There are plenty of ways to arrange and hang pictures and artwork as outlined in this Architectural Digest article. 4. Learn a new home improvement skill There are plenty of small fixes around the house that you can do yourself. Keep your home […]
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Getting Your “Financial House” in Order

By Flip Ruben, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) For most people, buying a home may be the single biggest purchase of their lifetime. As you evaluate your housing needs, wants and wishes, it’s also the perfect time to evaluate your financial plans and get your “financial house” in order. As we approach the New Year, here are four year-end planning suggestions (if you aren’t already doing them!) Speak to your accountant or financial advisor about tax savings. Don’t wait until after the New Year. It may seem obvious, but many people do not proactively seek advice in the current tax year. Even if you do not itemize deductions, there may be opportunities to reduce your current year’s tax bill. Make the call today and review your situation. Start budgeting in the New Year. Do your lifestyle expenses align with your savings and long-term planning goals? Are your spending patterns consistent with your values and priorities? Budgeting can be a critical part of your financial well-being. Make an accountability pledge to yourself and begin budgeting. There are numerous excellent options, so pick one and stick with it for the New Year. Re-evaluate your portfolio risk. Did you know that over 90% of investment […]
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3 Organizing Principles to Make Your New Home Work for You

By Lisa Linard, Professional Organizer Moving into a new home comes with plenty of opportunities to start anew. You get to decorate in a new color scheme. You can make new friends in your neighborhood. You can explore new coffee shops and restaurants and find new favorites. It also presents the opportunity to leave behind everything that wasn’t working for you and create new and improved “ways of working” in your new environment.   SO EXCITING! Everyone wants to lead a frictionless, unencumbered life. We want to be able to get out the door quickly in the morning, find things when we need them, and spend our evenings relaxing with the people and things we enjoy. Before you move, think about the struggles you have in your current house. Do you: Waste minutes every day looking for your keys? Have a hard time putting together outfits in the morning? Find cooking dinner overly complicated and time-consuming? Ponder over why these things don’t work for you. Do you drop your keys in a different place every day when you get home from work? Are your camisoles mixed in with your sweaters? Do you have to walk back and forth across the […]
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Decluttering on a Deadline

By Lisa Linard, Professional Organizer So you’ve decided to sell your house and you need to get rid of stuff…fast. Chances are you’ve got a deadline and the thought of decluttering in a short time frame is making you anxious. First, take a deep breath. You’ve got this! You can follow these steps to make the process less daunting, more efficient, and (dare I say it?) more fun.   1. Determine your “why” Why do you want or need to declutter? Some of your reasons might be your own, and some might be suggested by your real estate agent or home stager. Do you want to: Fit all of your belongings into your new, smaller home? Remove personal items for an open house? Get rid of a storage unit? Prepare your home for staging? Make unpacking in your new home go more quickly? Your “why” might be one of these, none of these, or all of these! Write your “whys” down so you can refer back to them if you need to refocus. They will be your North Star.   2. Prioritize and set goals Let’s face it, if you have a short period of time to accomplish your decluttering, […]
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Join Us this Fall for Straight Talk: The In’s and Out’s of Selling Your Home

We’re excited to announce that Concierge Home Sales is embarking on a three-part speaker series, hosted by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Natick this Fall. The series entitled Straight Talk: The In’s and Out’s of Selling Your Home, will focus on the different aspects of preparing your home for the market. Irene, Heidi and one special guest panelist will share their secrets on how to make the process as painless as possible, while getting the best result. From preparing your home for the market, to dealing with the psychology of a move, Concierge Home Sales will share how they navigate and oversee the entire process, whether it’s construction, paint, furniture placement, or curb appeal. We hope that you’ll be able to join CHS for one or all three of these informative panels. Who knows, this just might be the discussion you need to help you take the step to sell your home! Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30pm Time to Sell — How to Prepare Your Home for the Market To RSVP click HERE Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm Sustainable Landscaping – Investing Now for Continued Curb Appeal To RSVP click HERE Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30pm The Psychology of Moving – […]
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Straight Talk: Is That Design Trend You Love Worth It?

Design trends can make or break a property. A style that could all the rage now, might not have a great return on investment when it comes time to sell your home a few years down the road. So, today we discuss what trends will give you the most bang for your buck, and which ones should you steer clear of. 1. Accent Wallpaper — The trend of bold and printed accent wallpaper walls is something that has caught on fast. Typically, you can find this trend in a smaller space, like the bathroom, but it’s not uncommon to also see it in a bedroom or living room. While you might love the tropical pattern you chose, if you plan to sell, the accent wall might not be the best idea. Our Vote: STAY AWAY 2. The Grey and White Trend — This trend has been going on for a while now and can most often be seen in the kitchen. The minimalist design is increasingly popular, and is great when transitioning your home to sell. White is associated with being clean and bright, while grey can be very calming. Our Vote: HOORAY 3. Intricate Tile — If you’ve been […]
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Straight Talk

Selling your home is no easy task and often some important details can be overlooked. So, we’re going to give it to you straight…if you think it’s time to put your home on the market, here are some pointers that will help with the process: Don’t Neglect Necessary Repairs: We’ve mentioned in previous blog posts and can’t emphasis enough the importance of doing the necessary home repairs before selling your home. Not only will it increase the asking price of your home, but it will save you money in the long run. Don’t Sell an Empty Home: Staging is EVERYTHING! Empty spaces take the charm out of a home and cause buyers to have a harder time connecting with the property. Take Good Photos: Having clear, high resolution, and if possible, professional shots of your home is always a great idea. In the age of the internet, most people start their home buying search online, and if you have bad photos, chances are buyers will skip right over your property. Don’t put the Stress on Yourself: The assumption that you’re the best person to sell your home is one that seems better than it is. Hire someone that knows what […]
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