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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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The Clutter Isn’t Cute

We’ve talked about the importance of curb appeal — that you only have “one chance to make a first impression” with the exterior of your home. Well, the same can be said for the interior. And one of the first things buyers will notice in your home is clutter. Clutter can be unappealing to some and can also give potential buyers the impression that your house has inadequate storage. Now is the time to start chipping away at those organization projects you’ve been putting off. Here are some tips to help you get started: Visualize what you want the room to look like — Having a goal for a space will make you feel motivated to tackle those unsightly messes. Start with the most unorganized room in the house — If you can get through that room, you can get through anything! Take it one step at a time — Remember it’s not a sprint. Take it slow, take your time, and do it right. Even if it’s only 10-15 minutes a day. Every minute counts. So if you’re planning to sell your home, take some time to get organized and give the right impression, it makes a HUGE difference.
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Color is Personal

We all have our likes and dislikes. Those preferences carry over into our home, making our spaces a reflection of our personality and personal style. Color is personal. When preparing your home for the market, you should be aware of certain factors that could be a turn off to potential buyers. The yellow walls in your living room may bring you happiness every day, but someone looking at you home may not see it the same way, making a judgment about your home before seeing all its potential. It’s amazing how many times we have seen color specific things scare potential buyers away. This is something to consider when choosing paint colors, wallpapers, cabinets, carpets or tiles for your home. Consider choosing more neutral colors for the big areas. Colors like ivory, tan or grey have more mass appeal. Then, use your furniture, area rugs, artwork and décor as an opportunity to bring out the colors that reflect your personal style and preferences. Painting your home can be an expensive investment. Although you want to choose a color you love, it is important to consider the long-term effect and where you see yourself living five or ten years. Maybe, you […]
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You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

We can always count on the New England weather to throw us for a loop. The combination of blizzards, bomb cyclones, and freezing rain this April has not only delayed spring but also shortened what is typically the busy season for the real estate industry. Now that we’re FINALLY starting to see some peeks of sun, it’s the perfect time to assess your home and edit, edit, edit. Exteriors took a real beating this winter. Painting, landscaping & yard work, gutter repairs, driveway improvements, front porch sprucing, and fence replacements are the most common damage that affects homeowners during the winter, and if you are trying to sell your home, it is crucial to make these projects a priority. The phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” couldn’t be truer when putting your home on the market. So, think carefully about that first impression. It starts the moment someone steps out of their car — take a look at your home through the eyes of the buyer and ask yourself, “is this home well cared for?” “is it in good condition?”. That perception often starts on the outside even before a buyer has stepped through […]
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