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Finding the Right Waltham Home for You - 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

 

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Buying a home is a huge decision! Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll probably make in your lifetime. When you think you’ve found the home for you and you’re ready to make an offer, how do you know it’s definitely the right home? At the end of the day, you don’t want to think you found the right home, and then it ends up not meeting all your needs. Here are 4 main questions Waltham Realtors suggest you ask yourself before officially purchasing a home. 

 

1. Does the house meet your requirements?

When looking for a home, most people know what they do and don’t want. Waltham Real Estate Agents suggest making a list of all your must-haves in a home. Keep that list on you when searching so that you can check off your boxes as you tour different homes. When you think you have found the perfect home, go through the list one last time to make sure all the boxes are checked. When it comes to buying a home, you don’t want to settle. So making sure it has every single thing you’re looking for is very important. 

 

2. Does it have potential?

Even if you have found a home that checks off all your boxes, it’s likely that there will still be some elements that you need to compromise. So ask yourself, is there potential to fix these compromises sooner or later? 

An example of this would be if anything in the home needed to be redone or reinstalled such as the bathrooms, the floors, the ceilings, etc. Make sure to keep these fixes in mind and figure out how much work may have to be put into these projects. Then, ask yourself if all that work is realistic for you. 

 

3. Do you like the area?

Liking the town and neighborhood your new home is in is extremely important since that is likely going to be the place you live for several years.

Before making an offer on a home, do a lot of research on the area. Make sure it is convenient and offers everything you are looking for in a community. 

Waltham Real Estate Agents recommend taking a drive and exploring the area before you make an offer. When driving around, look out for the essentials such as the closest grocery store, bank, schools (if you have children), etc. You should also look around for some entertainment spots such as local restaurants, bars, shopping centers, bowling alleys, and more. As mentioned before, if you have kids, making sure there are good schools in the area is a must. 

 

4. Does it fit your future? 

Whether you’re buying a home to be in forever or just for the near future, it is quite an investment. Keep in mind how convenient the home will be for you in the future and if it aligns with your future plans. Make sure you can picture yourself in the home for at least 5 years. Waltham Realtors always remind you to factor in future plans such as marriage or babies when purchasing a home. The last thing you want is rushing to buy a home and then realizing after that it doesn’t have everything that you and your family will need. 

 

Contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent

Buying a new home is never an easy task. That is why Waltham Realtors are here to assist you and walk you through the whole process. We’ll bring up questions and concerns you might not have thought about. Our goal is to assist you with finding the perfect property so we too want to make sure your future home suits all of your needs. Contact Hans Brings, your local Waltham Real Estate Agent today by calling 617-968-0022 or by filling out a contact form

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      Preparing Your Waltham Home for A Winter Sale 

       

      Some people think selling in the winter isn’t ideal, however, winter buyers are usually the most serious buyers. Selling your home in the winter and around the holidays comes with many benefits that are only beneficial in the winter months. Waltham Realtors have mentioned that during the winter months, there are usually fewer homes on the market which means your home will get more attention from buyers. 

      Since winter buyers are sometimes the most serious ones, it’s important to be on top of your selling game! Here are some great tips to prepare your home for a winter sale. 

      Boost the Curb Appeal

      During the winter months, people tend to get lazy with the exterior of their homes. However, your curb appeal is just as important in the winter as it is during the other seasons. When buyers are looking at your home, you want them to love every inch of the home, even the exterior. If it snows, make sure to shovel your driveway and walkways and apply a generous amount of rock salt. You definitely don’t want anyone falling and getting hurt during an open house. 

      Waltham Real Estate Agents also recommend clearing snow off of your patios, decks, landscaping, etc. so that buyers can see how beautiful the yard is and what they will be enjoying in the warmer months. 

      Turn Up the Heat

      No one wants to walk into an open house and be freezing. If a potential buyer walks into a cold house, they might not be able to focus on the home because of how cold they are. Waltham Realtors suggest boosting the heat so that potential buyers can comfortably walk through your home and enjoy observing it to its fullest. 

      Declutter the Entry Ways

      During the colder months, it’s natural for you and your family to leave big coats, boots, bags, and other similar items at your door. But when having an open house, make sure to put all of those belongings away. Putting away your winter gear will keep your home’s entryways and hallways clean and clear. Waltham Realtors say that the less of your belongings the potential buyers see, the easier they can picture their own belongings in those places. 

      Add Seasonal Decor

      While it’s suggested to declutter and clean your home, you don’t want it to look bare and boring. So Waltham Real Estate Agents suggest decorating your home in a warm and inviting way. They also suggest depersonalizing your home by taking down family photos. Decorating and depersonalizing your home will help potential buyers see more clearly if they can picture themselves living in that home. Lastly, everyone loves a nice smelling home. Consider lighting a candle or spraying a warm scent throughout your home. 

      Plan to Take Photos of Your Home Before the Snow

      When posting photos of your home on your real estate listing, you want to make sure you have photos from before the snow arrives. While people who visit your home might be able to see more details through the snow, potential buyers browsing online won’t. Showcasing photos of all the details of your home online will help people feel more attracted to your home. If you post photos of your home with snow all around it, it will not give your landscape the credit it deserves. 

      If you didn’t plan ahead and must take your photos after the snow has arrived, just remember to clean the exterior as well as you can. As mentioned above, make sure to clear all driveways, walkways, patios, decks, and any other structural architecture outside of your home. 

      Contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent

      If you’re interested in selling your Waltham home this winter, contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent. Waltham Realtors have years of experience and will be able to walk you through every step of the process to successfully help you sell your home. Call today at 617-968-00222 or fill out a contact form!

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        How Many Houses Should I Look at Before I Make an Offer? 

         

        The process of buying a home can be very overwhelming. This is because buying a home is a huge decision! This will be the place you and your family will be living for the next several years. Some people get super excited and want to jump on the first property they see, and some tend to hold off and wait for the perfect home while options continue to dwindle down. 

        While there are no official rules as to when you can put an offer down on a home, it’s important to make sure you know all your options. Based on your home wants and needs, your Waltham Real Estate Agent will be able to help you determine how many homes to look at before you should make an offer. Choosing the right Waltham Realtor is crucial and the key to finding the perfect home for you and your family. 

        Buyers Who Only See a Few Homes

        There are some situations when someone puts an offer down on the first home they see. Sometimes it’s just luck, but in most of these cases, the buyer usually knows exactly what they are looking for. The buyers who are confident in making an offer on the first home they see have likely already thought about what they need in a home, what they would like in a home, and what they do not want in a home. Once you have thought about these factors it’s easier to narrow down your search. 

        Once you have sat down with your Waltham Realtor to discuss your wants and needs in a home, your real estate agent will be able to gather homes that fit your criteria and determine just about how many homes should be seen before you make a decision. 

        Buyers Who See Many Homes

        Since we’re in the age of technology, a lot of buyers browse tons of houses online before they visit an open house or schedule a private showing. With all the options available these days, it sometimes makes it harder to narrow down your search. You might find yourself looking at house after house and not being able to come to a decision. 

        If this is the case, sit down again with your Waltham Real Estate Agent and review your list of exactly what you need and want in a home. This may lead to realizing your budget is off for what you’re looking for or that you simply just need to wait until the right house comes on the market. 

        While it can get frustrating to keep looking, sometimes you just need to take a break from the search. Take a step back, take some time to regenerate your excitement and open-mindedness, and then get back into it. 

        There’s No Right or Wrong Answer

        Some buyers get lucky and find their dream home right away, while some buyers take more time. At the end of the day, it all depends on your wants and needs. If you haven’t found your dream home and don’t want to settle for less, then don’t! The process of buying a home looks different for everyone, so don’t be discouraged! Working with a Waltham Real Estate Agent is the best way to go, so remember that you’re always in good hands with your Waltham Realtor.

        Contact A Waltham Real Estate Agent 

        If you’re looking to get in contact with a Waltham Real Estate Agent, look no further! Hans Brings is an experienced Waltham Realtor that will assist you in finding the perfect home. Contact Hans today by calling 617-968-0022 or by filling out a contact form.

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            5 Tips to Spruce Up Your New “Old' Home

             

            You’ve just signed the closing papers with your Waltham Real Estate Agent on your new home. You walk into your new home, everything is still in their boxes and ready to find their place. The excitement and overwhelming feelings are starting to settle in. Are you looking at the empty home realizing there are more imperfections than you thought? Are there chips or dents on the walls? Stains on the floor? Broken knobs on doors, cabinets, or drawers? Old ceiling lighting? 

            Don’t worry. This is a common thing when purchasing an older Waltham home. Even if only one person lived there before you, it’s often rare to move into a pristine property if it’s not brand new. Here are some tips from a Waltham Realtor for sprucing up your new “old” home to make it feel brand new to you. 

            1. Paint

            Simply adding a new, fresh coat of paint to the inside of your home can bring a whole new light to your home. Repaint the ceilings, walls, doors, etc. Choosing a bright white or off white color is your best bet to lighten and freshen up the rooms in your home. You can also touch up your home’s cabinets, door frames, and window frames with a fresh coat of paint. 

            Another trick is to paint the insides of your closets with bright white-colored paint. This will make them seem larger and gives your clothes and belongings a bright, clean space to live. 

            Waltham Realtors recommend painting before everything is moved into your home so that you have an open space to paint and your belongings won’t get ruined. Visit your local hardware store as they will likely have great recommendations on colors and finishes if you’re not sure exactly what color route to go. 

            2. Floors 

            Fixing the floors is something to take care of before moving in, if possible. Get the hardwood floors with dents and scratches refurbished first. Having shiny and clean floors will make the room seem newer, fresher, and brighter.

            For the rooms with carpet, if the carpet is old and worn out, consider ripping out the carpet and adding hardwood floors. As mentioned above, hardwood floors make a home look newer and fresher. If the carpeting is relatively new and you are happy with it, get it steam cleaned. You can do it yourself or hire professionals. Steam cleaning your carpets will make them look and smell brand new. 

            3. Lighting and Ceiling Fans

            Look up at all the lighting and ceiling fans in your home. Do they look old and seem like they could use some fixing up? Waltham Realtors suggest replacing them with newer, more stylish options. This doesn’t have to be done as soon as you move into your home but is a great way to spruce up your home to make it look and feel newer. 

            4. Knobs

            Knobs on your doors and cabinets are small things, yet can make your home look much older. Fixing these knobs is an easy and inexpensive fix. You can either repaint these knobs to give them a new look or replace them altogether. 

            Waltham Real Estate Agents say that the small action of replacing or repainting your knobs can dramatically improve the look of your bathroom, kitchen, or furniture. 

            5. Windows

            Your home’s windows can dramatically change the look of your home. By installing new windows in your home you can make your home look and feel so much newer and up to date. If the windows are somewhat new and don’t need to be replaced, consider simply cleaning them and replacing the window coverings. Purchasing new blinds and curtains can also dramatically change the look and feel of your windows. 

             

            When purchasing a Waltham home, your Waltham Real Estate Agent will assist you every step of the way. Since every home can’t be new and perfect, we’ll give you insight on what fixes are easy and possible and what fixes you might want to stay away from. We’ll never steer you in a bad direction! Contact a Waltham Realtor today to get started on your journey of finding the perfect home for you!

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              Attract Buyers with Energy Efficient Upgrades

               

              Going green and investing in environmentally-friendly products is not only great for the health of the environment but it can also have an impact on the value of your home. Waltham Real Estate Agents have found that homebuyers of all ages are looking for eco-friendly upgrades when searching for a home. There are many easy eco-friendly upgrades that will help sell your home. Here are a few suggested by a Waltham Realtor

               

              Smart Thermostats

              Something as simple as upgrading your thermostat can make your home feel newer, smarter, and more tech-savvy. Smart thermostats interact directly with your home systems. Once the smart thermostat is installed and it is in use for about a week, the thermostat will pick up the patterns of the homeowners and be able to adapt to their behaviors. This will help minimize energy consumption in the home. Waltham Realtors claim that people will spend three to five percent more for a home that includes smart features.

               

              New Windows

              A lot of older homes have old windows that are poorly insulated. By simply upgrading your windows you will be able to save more energy and maintain a more consistent and comfortable temperature in your home. It was found that homes with energy-efficient windows save up to 12 percent on their annual energy bill. Waltham Real Estate Agents say this simple upgrade will make your home highly marketable to potential buyers. 

               

              Upgraded Insulation

              Old or ineffective insulation can definitely lead to higher energy bills. This is because the cold or heated air may be flowing in and out of your attic. Waltham Realtors say that investing in a new and proper rated insulation system is always very attractive to buyers. A new and improved insulation system will reduce the need for extra heating and air conditioning which will obviously lower overall energy costs. 

               

              Tankless Water Heater

              Tankless water heaters are attractive when buying a home because they only heat water when needed, unlike other water heaters that use unnecessary energy to store hot water. Most models of tankless water heaters last about 10 years so investing in one right before you put your house on the market can really attract buyers. Waltham Realtors claim that tankless water heaters can also help homeowners save up to $100 a year. 

               

              Solar Panels

              Waltham Real Estate Agents say the biggest eco-friendly upgrade you can make for your home is to invest in solar panels. Studies have found that each watt of solar adds about $3 to a home’s value. This could bump up your home value by $15,000! 

               

              Contact a Waltham Realtor


              Whether you want to make small simple upgrades to your home or fully dive in with solar panels, a few eco-friendly upgrades will definitely appeal to homebuyers that are looking to save on future energy costs. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Waltham, MA reach out to a Waltham Real Estate Agent today! Waltham Realtors have years of experience assisting buyers and sellers in getting the best deals. Contact Waltham Realtor, Hans Brings today by filling out a contact form or giving him a call at 617-968-0022.

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                How To Buy A House If You Have Student Loan Debt

                 

                 

                A lot of millennials have yet to purchase a home of their own. Studies have shown that this is mostly because of student loan debt. These debts have been holding back millennials from purchasing a home for two reasons. One reason being they have a higher debt-to-income ratio in which most lenders stay away from. The second reason is that it’s harder to save for a down payment while paying these loans each month. 

                Fortunately, while it may be difficult and a bit of a longer process, Waltham Real Estate Agents are here to say that it is possible to buy a home while still paying student loans. Here are the steps to take suggested by a Waltham Realtor to help you navigate the process of buying a home while still in student loan debt. 

                 

                Step 1 - Improve Your Debt-to-Income ratio

                The best thing you can do to improve your chances of getting approved for a mortgage loan is to lower your debt-to-income ratio. Waltham Realtors say that this is one of the most important factors that lenders look at when evaluating your application. This is because they want to make sure you have the income to pay your mortgage payment each month on time. Here are some ways to improve this ratio:

                 

                • Pay down your debts wherever possible. Work on shaving down not only your student loan debt but also your credit cards and any other balances you may have. Waltham Real Estate Agents suggest using tax refunds, bonuses, or any other extra money to make more of a dent in these loans. 
                • Increase your income. You can work to increase your income by asking your current job for a raise. If asking for a raise isn’t possible, consider a second job, side hustle, or freelance work. Any type of extra income can make a big difference. 
                • Refinance your student loans. Refinancing your student loans can help lower your monthly payment and interest fees. 

                 

                Step 2 - Increase Your Credit Score

                Credit scores are another thing that plays a big role in your mortgage application. Your credit score gives lenders an insight into how well you pay off your loans and debts. The higher your credit score, the more likely you’ll be approved for a mortgage says a Waltham Real Estate Agent. Make sure you are paying your student loans consistently and on time each month as this will help increase your score. You can also increase your score by: 

                • Lower your credit utilization rate. This rate is how much of your total available credit you’re using. The less available credit you’re using, the higher your score will be. 
                • Pay all bills on time. Make sure to pay every bill you have on time every single month. Late payments are simply not good for your credit score. 
                • Don’t close any credit cards. Another important aspect of credit is your credit history. The longer you have been building your credit the higher your score will be. Even if you have a card that is paid off and you don’t use it anymore, do not close the account.

                 

                Step 3 - Get Pre-Approved for A Mortgage Before You Look for Houses

                Waltham Realtors always urge the importance of getting pre-approved before you start house hunting. Getting pre-approved before house hunting will give you more insight into what your budget is. Also, a pre-approval will show sellers that you’re serious about purchasing a home. 

                 

                Step 4 - Consider Assistance for Your Down Payment

                If your student loans and other bills are making it hard for you to save up for a down payment, there are other options available. Waltham Real Estate Agents suggest considering assistance programs to help you with your down payment. Do some research on assistance programs to see if you qualify for any and if they can help you! 

                 

                Step 5 - Look into Loans and Programs for First-Time Homebuyers

                It’s possible for you to qualify for first-time homebuyer mortgage programs in addition to down payment assistance programs. These programs help immensely by lowering interest rates and some require no down payment at all. These programs could be a big help when buying your first home if you have a ton of student loan debt weighing you down. 

                 

                Contact a Waltham Realtor

                If you’re a first time home buyer and still have student loans, contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent for assistance! A Waltham Realtor will take the time to sit with you to discuss your options and figure out what can work for you so that you are able to purchase a home! Fill out a contact form or give us a call to set up a time we can discuss your first-time home buying options!

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                  4 Easy Things to Do This Weekend to Increase the Value of Your Home

                   

                   

                  With the pandemic still going on, you probably have more time on your hands during the weekends. If you’re looking for productive things to do to keep you busy, why not make some easy home improvements to increase the value of your Waltham home? Increasing the value of your home doesn’t always require expensive tasks. Waltham Realtors suggest these 5 easy home improvements that can be done in a weekend that have been proven to add value to homes. 

                   

                  1. Grab A Paint Brush

                  Most Waltham Real Estate agents agree that a good paint job goes a long way when improving the value of your home. Repainting the outside of your home, certain rooms, or even every room is an easy and cheap way to majorly upgrade your home. Paint can freshen and liven up a room and it also cleans up any stains or scuffs on your walls. Waltham Realtors suggest using neutral colors like whites and beiges for both the inside out outside. 

                   

                  1. Change Your Hardware

                  If the hardware in your home looks to be a little outdated, it may be time to replace them. Hardware such as door handles, cabinets, faucets, sinks, etc. should be on the newer side if you’re looking to have them help you increase your home’s value. Replacing your hardware is easy, fast, and inexpensive which makes it a great weekend project! Waltham Realtors highly suggest this easy upgrade as it is one less thing a buyer will have to do, making it more likely for a buyer to make an offer. 

                   

                  1. Power Wash the Outside 

                  People often forget to clean the outside of their homes since they spend most of their time inside. Giving the outside of your home a good power wash is a great and extremely easy way to upgrade your home to look brand new again! Nowadays, people are mostly searching for homes online which means your listing photos play a crucial role in selling your home. Waltham Real Estate agents suggest power washing your home before taking listing photos. This can help your home really stand out online. 

                   

                  1. Steam Clean the Carpets

                  Deep-cleaning your home will increase the value of it, but Waltham Realtors suggest paying special attention to the carpets. Waltham Real Estate agents say that dirty carpets may cause the buyer to wonder what other things around your home have not been maintained well. Take the time this weekend to deep clean your carpets so they look fresh and brand new. 


                  Contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent

                  If you’re looking for assistance in selling your Waltham home contact Waltham Realtor, Hans Brings! Hans will walk you through the process and let you know exactly what you should be doing to prepare your home for sale. Fill out a contact form or give Hans a call at 617-968-0022.

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                    How to Know You're Ready to Stop Renting and Ready to Buy a House

                    Renting offers a lot of flexibility - you can move mostly whenever you want, and you don’t have to carry around a mortgage payment. However, many people who rent look forward to eventually buying a home. Do you think you are ready to settle down and purchase a home? Here are a few reasons why you might be ready to become a homeowner. If you find that some or all of these reasons resonate with you, it is probably time to start talking to a Waltham Real Estate Agent so that you can start looking for your dream Waltham home! 

                     

                    1. Your rent keeps increasing

                    In many areas of the country, rent continues to rise every year. It can be extremely frustrating to have your rent increase each year because it’s not guaranteed that your pay increases as well, leading you to not be able to accurately plan your finances and save as much money. Waltham Realtors suggest if you’re tired of your rent constantly increasing it might be time for you to start searching for a home. 

                    2. Interest rates are incredibly attractive

                    One reason many people decide to stop renting and to buy a home is when money is cheap. When interest rates and mortgages are in your price range, you sometimes cannot give up the opportunity you have right in front of you! Waltham Realtors know first-hand that interest rates don’t stay low forever, so if they’re low and it makes sense for you then it might be time to buy that Waltham home you have been dying for!  

                    3. You manage debt well

                    How you manage your debt is especially important when it comes time to buy a home. Lenders take a close look at the amount of debt you have and how you manage it. Waltham Real Estate Agents recommend paying down your credit cards before you start the process of searching for a home. You don’t have to pay them off fully but consider paying them down enough so that you can appeal to lenders. 

                    4. You just got married 

                    One of the most common reasons people go from renting to buying is when a significant life change happens, like getting married. When two people settle down together, they are usually ready to take the next step and purchase a home. 

                    5. You need room to grow a family

                    Having more room and storage space is a huge reason for purchasing a home. If people do not purchase a home when they get married, it’s usually once they start to have children and grow a family. Purchasing a home for your family can offer many benefits. You’ll have more rooms and storage as well as a backyard for your kids to play in. Waltham, MA has some beautiful homes with all the right amenities for young families and Waltham Realtors are here to help you find the perfect home! 

                     

                    Contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent 

                    As mentioned above, Waltham is a great place to buy your first home. Waltham, MA offers great neighborhoods, convenient commuter access, tasty restaurants, nearby attractions, and more. If you’re ready to make the move from renting to buying in Waltham, MA contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent. They will be sure to walk you through every step of the process so that you’re comfortable every step of the way.

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                      6 Of The Best Home Staging Tips

                      Home staging is important when it comes to selling your home. You want your home to look its best for the potential buyers so that people will be interested and you’ll receive more offers. If you don’t know exactly what home staging is, it’s a way of decorating your home to highlight it’s most impressive features and assets in order to help buyers envision that as their home. Waltham Realtors encourage sellers to put some time and effort into this as it’s known to be effective when selling a home. When a home is staged before a showing, it helps buyers feel more comfortable and be able to picture their belongings in there. Here are 6 tips to follow when staging a home to help your home sell faster and for more money. 

                       

                      1. Stage Where it Counts

                      It’s not necessary to stage all the rooms in your home. You want to focus on staging the rooms that have the biggest influence on buyers’ decisions says a Waltham Real Estate Agent. The rooms you should focus on staging are the living rooms, kitchen, and master bedroom. These rooms have a huge influence on if a person is going to buy your house or not. Don’t waste time and energy staging less influential rooms such as bathrooms and other bedrooms. 

                       

                      2. De-personalize the space

                      The main goal of home staging is to help potential buyers picture themselves living in your home. In order to do this, you’ll want to somewhat de-personalize the space. Of course, you want space to still have style but Waltham Realtors suggest avoiding personal touches so that people have an easier time envisioning the space as their own.  That said, leaving out some family photos can be good to make a home feel more welcoming.

                       

                      3. Get rid of clutter

                      By getting rid of clutter you make your home look bigger and much tidier. Waltham Realtors also suggest to de-clutter your closets as well. When buyers are touring your home they are going to look in closets to see how much closet space there is. By having neat, organized, and put together closets it will show the buyer all the storage room they will have. The less clutter in your home the bigger it will look and the more appealing it will be to buyers. 

                       

                      4.Clean, clean, clean!

                      Cleaning your home top to bottom is extremely important! You want every inch of your home to shine. Nothing is more appealing to buyers than a clean home. A clean home will suggest to the buyers that you took great care of the property. 

                       

                      5. Light up your home

                      No one loves a dark home or darkroom. Brighten up your home by letting as much light shine through as possible, open all of the blinds and shades! Waltham Realtors suggest that adding more light to rooms also helps the rooms seem bigger. Before a showing, you should also turn all the lights in your house on including lamps and closet lights. 

                       

                      6. Rearrange the furniture 

                      Rearrange the furniture in your home to make as much open, walkable space as possible. This helps buyers both navigate the space and better visualize their own furniture in the home. If you have extra furniture that may be damaged or too unique and personalized, consider moving it to storage for the time being. 

                       

                      Contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent

                      Staging a home does not require a ton of money but it does require smart decisions. A Waltham Realtor will be able to help you stage your home and make changes that will entice buyers and add value to your home. Contact a Waltham Real Estate Agent today if you’re looking to sell your Waltham home and need professional help in doing so! 

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                        Interested in Buying a House with a Pool? Here's What You Need to Know

                         

                        A house with a pool is a very attractive asset for some Waltham home buyers. Having a pool offers entertainment, swimming, in-water exercise options right at home, and is a great thing to have during the summer months when you want to cool down and relax. However, it’s important to keep in mind the upkeep and maintenance having a pool requires. Here are a few things Waltham Realtors suggest to keep in mind before purchasing a home with a pool. 

                        Maintenance 

                        Maintaining a well-kept and clean pool requires ongoing costs and definitely a good amount of work. You’ll need to make sure to regularly clean the pool as well as treat it with chemicals to make sure bacteria and algae don’t take over the pool. You’ll also need to regularly replace the pool filter and skim the water to remove debris that gets into the water such as leaves, twigs, and insects. If you're interested in a heated pool, keep in mind that could greatly increase your utility bills.

                        If your pool is uninsured and something breaks such as the pump, the lining, etc. it could result in unexpected costs that could end up being hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars. It has been reported that homeowners with pools spend an average of $80-$150 a month. Waltham Real Estate Agents encourage you to consider these monthly costs before closing on a home with a pool. 

                        Safety and Regulatory Compliance 

                        It is crucial before buying a Waltham home with a pool to make sure it meets federal, state, and local regulations for safety requirements. Families with small children must always use supervision and also consider other safety measures around your pool. It has been found that drowning is the number one cause of unintentional deaths for children between the ages of 1-4. Consider installing alarms or have your pool in a fenced-in area to assure your children stay safe. 

                        Insurance Costs

                        Homeowner’s insurance often covers a pool under the “other structures” section of your policy. However, keep in mind that the homeowner would potentially be held liable for injuries that happen due to the pool. Waltham Realtors will assist you in making sure you’re aware of any pool safety requirements imposed by your insurance. 

                        Resale Information

                        People may think that the money spent on installing/maintaining a pool would be a good investment for when it’s time to resell the home. However, that is not entirely true. There is a chance your pool doesn’t have a significant impact on the resale value. This is especially true in New England since the pool is only usable for a couple of months of the year. There is also a chance it takes longer to sell your home because a pool might be a deal-breaker to some buyers. Waltham Real Estate Agents suggest viewing the pool as a lifestyle investment rather than a financial one. 

                        Contact a Waltham Realtor

                        Interested in buying a home in Waltham with a pool but not entirely sure if it’s the right move for you? Contact a Waltham Realtor! A Waltham Real Estate Agent will talk you through the pros and cons to assist in your decision. Waltham Realtors are extremely personable and always work their hardest to help you find your dream home. Call today at 617-968-0022 or fill out a contact form

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