Posted by Kim Thomas on 2/16/2021

If you plan to sell your house in the near future, now may be a great time to host a garage sale. That way, you can get rid of excess items, declutter your house and earn extra cash at the same time.

Ultimately, hosting a successful garage sale can be easy Ė here are three best practices to help you get ready for a garage sale.

1. Organize Your Inventory

A garage sale provides an excellent opportunity to sell a broad range of items Ė everything from kitchen appliances to gym equipment. As such, you'll want to sort through your belongings and separate must-keep items from those you can live without.

Organize belongings based on where they go in a home Ė you'll be glad you did. This will enable you to plan ahead for how you'll showcase various items during your garage sale.

Moreover, if you find some items are no longer usable, you should get rid of them altogether. Dispose of any damaged items, and you can immediately remove clutter from your residence.

2. Price Your Items Competitively

One person's junk is another person's treasure, and if you understand the true value of your belongings, you'll be able to price them competitively during a garage sale.

If you plan to sell electronics, jewelry or other high-end items at your garage sale, it often pays to perform research to learn about the true value of these items. Performing an online search of an item will help you see how various sellers around the globe are pricing the same item. Or, you can always contact local retailers directly for expert pricing insights as well.

In addition, consider the age and condition of an item before you price it. If an item looks brand new and performs great, you may be able to earn a significant profit from it. On the other hand, if an item shows signs of aging, you may want to lower your pricing expectations.

3. Promote Your Garage Sale to the Right Audience

Create flyers that you can post around your neighborhood to promote your garage sale. These flyers should include information about the date, time and location of your garage sale, thereby making it easy for those who see the flyers to find your event.

Don't forget to post details about your garage sale online too. Share information about your garage sale with family members and friends on social networks, and you should no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in your event.

Lastly, if you're planning to sell your house and need help getting your residence show-ready, you may want to consult with a real estate agent.

A real estate agent can offer expert tips to help you declutter your residence and ensure that your house is an attractive option to homebuyers. Furthermore, a real estate agent may even be able to help you prep for a garage sale, increasing the likelihood that you can make this event an instant success.




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Posted by Kim Thomas on 2/9/2021

If youíre selling your home it can be frustrating when you arenít receiving any offers. Perhaps youíve heard that itís a sellerís market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, itís more complicated than that.

Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that arenít. But, that doesnít mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.

In this article, weíll discuss what to do if your house just isnít selling. Weíll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.

Revisit the comparable properties

If your home has been on the market for a while, itís a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.

When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean youíve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.

Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:

  • Square footage

  • The year the house was built

  • Number of bedrooms and baths

  • The lot size

  • The condition of the home

Remember, it isnít all just about location.

Getting more leads

If people arenít making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).

Next, ensure that youíve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesnít mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.

Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.

Getting more offers

If youíve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you arenít getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply donít want to make.

If your house is priced to be move-in ready but itís not, youíll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.

Not working with an agent

Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), youíre missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.





Posted by Kim Thomas on 2/2/2021

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You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander on, seemingly for miles. Worse, you might find yourself stuck in the middle of a renovation that never seems to end. You'll need focus and a plan to keep these situations from happening. 

Have a Definite Plan Before You Begin

It's important to have a plan and to stick closely to it throughout your renovation. This doesn't mean you won't opt for an alternate style of sink or choose different flooring. It means deciding what you're going to renovate and how long you want it to take. Have an overall design and a timeline for each element. And have an overall timeframe of when the work will be completed. Keep the momentum of the project going with incremental goals so you can measure progress. 

Act as Though You Have a Budget, Even if You Don't

It may sound unnecessary, but setting a budget is actually vital. Even if funds are unlimited, you should set a target for your contractors to operate within. The professionals who are working to help you with your remodel -- your designer, your contractor, and more -- need to have real, physical limits on spending. If you want to go all-in, that's fine. But you should still declare financial limits, even if it's only for your own peace of mind. 

Narrow Your Choices

When you can have everything your heart desires, it's easy to become overwhelmed with options. Sit down with anyone else who will be living in the house and talk through which features are needs and which are wants. It's great to incorporate both, but needs should always take precedence so that the final result serves you well. While you may have the budget for a home movie theater, do you have the space? And if not, where will you make the space? Will you sacrifice your finished basement, or will you add on a new level? Once you have an exact idea of what everyone wants and how you'll achieve it, it's time to approach a designer and a contractor. 

Exercising a little caution during an upscale home renovation will keep things moving along at an acceptable pace. It will also help keep you and your design team from becoming lost along the way. 




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Posted by Kim Thomas on 1/30/2021

This Single-Family in Swansea, MA recently sold for $970,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Kim Thomas - Realty One Group, LLC.


36 BIRCHWOOD DRIVE, Swansea, MA 02777

Single-Family

$989,000
Price
$970,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
WATERFRONT W/DOCK on the COLES RIVER~ OCEAN ACCESS~ This Contemporary was Completely Renovated in 2003. Enjoy Beautiful Sunrises & Views of Mt. Hope Bay from nearly every room. This stunning home consists of 9 rooms,4 bedrooms, 3 baths on over 1/2 Acre of Professionally manicured lawns and Stone Walls. Once you step into the Foyer, with it's Cathedral ceilings, you will notice the Expansive Open floor plan the whole first floor offers. 2 Fireplaces and an abundance of natural light thru the sliders which access the patio. French doors to the kitchen w/Granite, SS appliances, including a Gas Stove and Hood. The Prime Bedroom has Water Views, double closets, oak floors and a private 5 fixture Marble Bath. Both 2nd floor bedrooms have Expansive Water Views, HW, vaulted ceilings & WI Closets. 2 Add'l Bedrooms and Baths on the 1st Floor. Finished Basement.,2 zone Central A/C, Radiant Heat & 2 car garage. Great Vacation or Year Round Home! Hop on the Boat from your Back Yard!






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Posted by Kim Thomas on 1/30/2021

This Single-Family in Natick, MA recently sold for $1,470,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Kim Thomas - Realty One Group, LLC.


6 Whispering Lane, Natick, MA 01760

Single-Family

$1,529,000
Price
$1,470,000
Sale Price

12
Rooms
6
Beds
4/2
Full/Half Baths
Located in the highly coveted So. Natick Sanctuary Estates! This Architect designed, custom home offers an elegant appeal with its inviting open floor plan that integrates an eat-in kitchen; "high end" built-in appliances; lg. pantry & mudroom while offering formal dining & living. The main level features a family rm. with cathedral ceilings open to a stunning lofted 2nd floor, bright palladium windows w/serene natural views & walls of built-ins leading to a stately office with mahogany lined walls, a marble gas fireplace, and in-laid mahogany floors. The 2nd level has 5 bedrooms, a luxurious master suite with a spacious sitting area, master bath with heated floor, jacuzzi tub, shower, new carpeting, and two huge walk-in closets. The finished walk-out lower level (with windows) offers the potential for an in-law and includes a gym, second family room, bedroom and wine closet. Fabulous landscaping with a stone lined driveway on a cul-de-sac close to Wellesley/Needham.

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