Posted by Kim Thomas on 7/14/2020

The home selling journey varies from person to person. If an individual prepares for this journey, he or she may be better equipped than others to avoid problems along the way. On the other hand, an individual who is unprepared for the property selling journey may struggle to achieve the best-possible results.

There are many things that an individual can do to enjoy a memorable home selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare for the house selling journey.

1. Upgrade Your House's Curb Appeal

How your house looks to prospective buyers can have far-flung effects on your home selling experience. If you allocate time and resources to enhance your residence's curb appeal, you could make your house an attractive choice to dozens of potential buyers.

Upgrading your house's curb appeal can be simple. For example, mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges generally won't take long to complete and can help your residence impress potential buyers. You can always repair or replace any damaged home siding as well.

If you require additional help with home exterior upgrades, contractors are available in cities and towns nationwide. In fact, these professionals can help you quickly improve your residence's curb appeal.

2. Set a Competitive Initial Asking Price

It is important to establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence, regardless of whether you are operating in a buyer's or seller's market. Otherwise, you risk alienating potential buyers – something that may result in a time-intensive home selling journey.

To set a competitive initial asking price for your home, it may be beneficial to analyze local housing market data. Compare and contrast your home versus similar residences that are available in your city or town, and you can use these insights to price your residence accordingly.

In addition, you can hire a home appraiser before you list your house. A home appraiser will provide a property valuation that you can use to establish an aggressive price for your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker during the home selling journey, and for good reason. This housing market professional understands what it takes to sell a home and will do whatever it takes to help you enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will develop a personalized home selling strategy for you. Thus, if you want to sell your residence as quickly as possible, a real estate agent will help you do just that. Or, if you want to optimize the earnings from your house sale, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you can get the best price for your house.

As you prepare to add your house to the real estate market, there is no need to worry. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a seamless property selling experience.




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Posted by Kim Thomas on 7/13/2020

This Single-Family in Berkley, MA recently sold for $289,900. This Ranch style home was sold by Kim Thomas - Realty One Group, LLC.


24 Padelford St, Berkley, MA 02779

Myricks

Single-Family

$289,900
Price
$289,900
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Cute as a Button Ranch minutes to the highway—Welcome to Padelford Street! Situated in the desirable town of Berkley where small town living is a way of life, this 3 bed, 1 full bath home is the perfect place to rest and relax. Enjoy the perks of an open concept living, dining, and kitchen—an ideal spot for entertaining steps from a deck and white picket fences front yard! Tile leads into hardwood in the space and there's plenty of natural light. Rest easy in the three bedrooms all with hardwood floors and decent storage. The full bath is updated and centrally located. Need more space to store your stuff or work out at home? Head down to the basement that's waiting for you to make it your own. Nothing to do but move in with this one. Shown by appointment ONLY so don't miss out!

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 7/7/2020

Let's face it – selling a home may prove to be a long, arduous process, particularly for those who are listing a residence for the first time. Fortunately, we're here to help you simplify the home selling journey and ensure you can enjoy a pleasant home selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to make the home selling process quick and easy.

1. Evaluate Housing Market Data

The housing market frequently changes, and a seller's market today may transform into a buyer's market tomorrow. However, if you analyze housing market data, you can understand real estate segment trends and map out your home selling journey accordingly.

Take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This information can help you differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market.

Also, evaluate the prices of local houses that are similar to your own. This data will show you how your residence stacks up against the competition.

2. Hire a Home Appraiser

Although you might have received a great price for your house a few years ago, the value of your home likely has changed. As such, you should conduct a home appraisal to receive an accurate property valuation.

A home appraiser will look at your house's exterior and interior, along with assorted housing market data. Then, this appraiser can provide you with a valuation of your property. And once you have a property valuation in hand, you can determine how to price your house.

In addition, it often helps to complete a home inspection prior to listing your residence. Because if you perform a home inspection today, you can identify and correct any home problems that otherwise may slow down the home selling process.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about where to find housing market data or how to hire a home appraiser, there's no need to worry. Real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals will do whatever it takes to help you sell your house.

A real estate agent is a housing market expert who is available to assist you in any way possible. For instance, if you need help pricing your house, a real estate agent can make it easy to establish a competitive initial asking price. Or, if you are debating whether to accept or reject a buyer's proposal, a real estate agent can help you make an informed decision.

Let's not forget about the comprehensive support that a real estate agent provides in the days and weeks after you accept an offer, either. This housing market professional will keep you up to date about a home purchase agreement as closing day approaches. And if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them.

Ready to list your residence? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can increase the likelihood of a fast, simple home selling journey.




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Posted by Kim Thomas on 6/30/2020


 

Photo by Harry Strauss via Pixabay 

Whether it’s one room in your home that’s a little too small for your needs, or you’re living in a more cozy space than you’d prefer, sometimes you just want your space to feel larger than it is. This is particularly true if you are getting ready to list a home for sale, as homes that feel large are likely to sell more quickly than homes that feel cramped. If you’re craving more space, careful placement of your decor and furnishings will help open up the space and make it feel larger than life.

Raise the Curtains

One strategy to make your home seem larger is to raise the curtains. Rather than hanging them at the top of the window, hang them near the ceiling and allow them to drape from floor to ceiling. This will make the ceiling look taller, and that will make the room feel larger.

Add Light

Dark spaces feel small and confined, while well-lit spaces feel large. If the room has dark areas, add some lighting to brighten them up. This can add a feeling of space to an otherwise dark area.

Make Your Decorations Bigger

Clutter is the enemy when you’re trying to make your space feel larger, but not all clutter is simply because you’re bad at putting things away. Sometimes clutter comes from too many decorations. A few large items, rather than a lot of small ones, can make the space feel larger. If you are adding vases, candles, and similar tabletop decor, limit yourself to just a few. Create small arrangements on nightstands or coffee tables that will draw the eye into the room, and leave other areas open.

Similarly, instead of making a wall that has many small pieces of art on it, display one larger item. Give yourself the freedom to leave some walls blank, as this will actually make the space feel larger.

Strategically Place Mirrors to Reflect Light

Mirrors are quite helpful in opening up a space, but they need to be placed well. If you place mirrors so they bounce light from windows or in a space that makes the room feel like it has more square footage, they can make a big difference in how tight or open the space feels.

Choose Raised Furniture

Finally, when shopping for furniture, choose options that sit off the ground. The openness underneath actually gives the impression of more space in the room. While this is just an illusion, it has a big visual impact.

Whether you’re wanting to enjoy your home more fully or prepping it to sell, making it feel larger will help. With these strategies, you can add the feeling of more square footage to your space, even without tackling a remodel.

 




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Posted by Kim Thomas on 6/23/2020

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Plants and flower pots can be heavy items to move around. The good news is you can eliminate the trouble with a rolling plant caddy. You can build one yourself using rustic wood or precut pieces from your local home store.

Stability is the key here.  Plan to build the caddy large enough so that your largest potted plant will fit on top.  When you choose the wheels, be sure they are big enough to manage any terrain in your yard or patio.  Larger wheels tend to be more stable. Consider wheels with a locking option for added safety.  

Shapes and Styles

As many planters are round, a round platform works nicely but as long as the flat surface you work with fits the pot you're using with it, any shape can work.  Most hardware stores sell pre-cut wood circles ranging in sizes. These often come with smoothly finished sides that look nice with or without additional paint or stain. 

Craft stores and superstores sell standard-sized wooden crates, which might work as the top of your caddy if all your planters will fit inside.  You may want to use the whole crate or trim the sides down so you won’t have to lift planters as high.

If either of the above options is appealing to you, you'll just need 4 casters and Step 5 of the following project. If you'd prefer to tailor your caddy to a specific size you can build a simple rustic wood square or rectangle with just a few materials.  Here's an example that results in a 10-inch rolling caddy

2 10-inch lengths of 1X4 

5 10-inch lengths of 1X2

4 casters or wheels of your choice

  1. Lay the 2 1X4 pieces next to each other on a flat surface. They should be parallel to each other with about 2 inches of space between them.
  2. Next, evenly place the 1X2 pieces on top of the 1X4s, they should be perpendicular to the Pieces from Step 1.
  3. Secure the pieces with wood screws and wood glue for extra strength. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  4. If you want to add some color to your project, paint or stain the caddy and allow the finish to dry completely.
  5. Flip the project over so that the 1X2 section is touching the table. Place a wheel in each corner and secure to the 1X4 sections with screws.

That's it! This plant caddy will surely come in handy. Apply lubricant to the wheels every so often and it should last a long time!