Blog :: 12-2020

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

 

New home questions

 

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 SaleĀ 

       

      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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