Title /blog/posts/2017/03/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:52 -0400 Tips on How to Downsize Your Home https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2017/03/29/tips-on-how-to-downsize-your-home/ <p>Whether you&rsquo;re looking to downsize your home because the kids have grown up and moved out or you&rsquo;re a renter with a two-bedroom ready to transition into a studio, downsizing takes some serious planning. You must consider where you are going to move, what to do with your valuables, the benefits of downsizing, etc.</p> <p><strong>Make Note of Items You Can Do Without</strong></p> <p>When you make a list of items you can&rsquo;t live without, it&rsquo;ll be much easier to see what should be thrown out.</p> <p><strong>Start Discarding Items Three Months Prior to Moving</strong></p> <p>Take a little bit of time out of each day to go through your coat closet, filing cabinet, kitchen drawers, or bureau to remove any unwanted items. Paper surprisingly is a real time-killer so through it one box at a time.</p> <p><strong>Label Your Bins &amp;&nbsp;Boxes</strong></p> <p>Keep between one-third to one-half of your belongings and label your bins and boxes with &ldquo;to keep,&rdquo; &ldquo;to sell,&rdquo; and &ldquo;to be donated.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Prearrange Your Furniture</strong></p> <p>Sketch in a furniture layout prior to your move. If you have to cram side tables, armoires and chairs into your new place, this can become very problematic.</p> <h2>So, What are the Benefits of Downsizing My Home?</h2> <p>Below are several benefits for those considering downsizing their home.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;You won&rsquo;t need to clean a big house anymore</li> <li>Less cooling &amp;amp; heating required which means less expensive utility bills</li> <li>Less yardwork</li> <li>You might not have a mortgage on your new home if you have money left over from the sale of your home</li> <li>Expendable income which means more money for daily purchases and traveling</li> </ul><p>Both selling and buying a home can be overwhelming but when you hire an experience real estate agent, you&rsquo;ll be relieved to find out how simple it can be! Once you move into your new home and find that cleaning and doing housework is much easier, you&rsquo;ll be thrilled that you downsized. If you need assistance <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home/">buying</a> or <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">selling</a> a home in Waltham or the surrounding towns, call me at 617.968.0022.</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:52 -0400 How to Buy &amp; Sell a Home in Waltham at the Same Time https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2017/03/27/how-to-buy-amp-sell-a-home-in-waltham-at-the-same-time/ <p>Spring is almost here which means the real estate market will be picking up! In most cases when homeowners are selling their property, they&rsquo;re usually on the hunt for a new home. Whether they&rsquo;re looking for a fixer-upper, a downgrade or a larger home, <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home/">buying</a> and selling a home simultaneously can be a bit stressful. However, if you plan ahead, the process will be absolutely seamless.</p> <h2>1. Get Educated About the Housing Market</h2> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve received the hard numbers on your home&rsquo;s sale, you need to follow these steps for the purchasing aspect. Think about your priorities and what it is you&rsquo;re looking for in a new Waltham home. You need to understand what you will get for your money and how financing will work. It&rsquo;s critical to know how competitive the housing market is where you are living and how long it will take to search for a home.</p> <h2>2. Think About Your Finances</h2> <p>You should always have enough capital for the offer and purchase of a new home as well as the sale of your current home (ie: staging, preparation, etc.). Although some closing costs can be paid in escrow, it will be extremely stressful if you don&rsquo;t have enough money for expenses.</p> <h2>3. Keep in Touch with Your Lender</h2> <p>While searching for a new home in Waltham, make sure you stay in touch with your lender so you can get prequalified or preapproved for a loan. You can apply for a new loan while also carrying out the original loan or you can qualify based on a pending sale status.</p> <h3>Work with Hans Brings When Buying &amp; Selling a Home in Waltham</h3> <p>If buying a home prior to selling your current property is the best option, then make sure to stick with your decision! The same holds true if you want to <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">sell your home</a> before buying one. I typically recommend selling your home before buying one to make the process much less complicated.</p> <p>I have been working with Waltham residents for over 27 years and would be happy to assist you in the home buying/selling process. Give me a call at 617.968.0022 or fill out my <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/contact-us/">contact form</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:03:19 -0400 How To Get Your Waltham House Sold In Preparation For The Spring! https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2017/03/16/how-to-get-your-waltham-house-sold-in-preparation-for-the-spring/ <p>It is finally time to prepare your home to be <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">sold</a>, but the harsh winter elements can really take a toll on your <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/home-worth/">home&rsquo;s value</a>. It&rsquo;s important that you take the necessary steps needed to fix up your home because with the warm weather comes an excess of pent up <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home/">buyer</a> demand and we can tell you how to take advantage!</p> <h2>Outside Cleaning</h2> <p>First impressions are everything, especially when selling your home. If you can wow your audience right away, this will drastically help your chances of closing the sale. Things you can do include power washing the house, driveway, walkways, and trimming any the hedges and bushes. Even planting flowers in the front yard to give the property some color. Another option is to paint your front door, as it is the focal point of the house. Putting mulch down where needed will boost your home&rsquo;s appearance. Your buyer is not expecting to see a home that looks brand new, but you still want to make a lasting impression!</p> <h2>Preparing The Inside Of Your Home</h2> <p>Once the outside is neat and tidy, you&rsquo;re going to want to begin eliminating clutter inside your home. This includes closets, cabinets, furniture and anything lying around that might make rooms appear messy. Buyers take space seriously when making their final decision. This is a great way to show off your home while effectively meeting their standards. We also recommend painting the inside of your home in bright colors to illuminate the rooms. It also does not hurt to vacuum the floors and air out the home to rid it of any discouraging odors. Pets and kids can leave a lasting impression, and more than just meets the eye. Perhaps the most important step to take when preparing to sell your home is to perform any repairs that are needed. We recommend to hire a home inspector to perform necessary maintenance checks.</p> <p>After the house has been prepped and is ready to hit the market, you want to find a realtor that can help take you the rest of the way. Don&rsquo;t let the weather fool you because spring is right around the corner. Make sure your home is ready for the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">spring market</a>!</p> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:03:45 -0400