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Preparing Your Home For The Real Estate Market In Waltham, MA

Putting your home on the real estate market in Waltham, MA can be strenuous, but there are many steps you can take to make it easier and more effective. Ask any Realtor about this and they are likely to tell you that one of the most crucial steps is preparing the house for sale.  This is when you rearrange and decorate your home for the purpose of enhancing its appeal to the potential buyers. It's a demanding, yet interesting process, but before you begin, there are a handful of factors you should consider in order to ensure you receive the interest you are hoping for.

Decluttering is the first step.  Chances are that you are moving to a new home anyways, so this is a good opportunity to get a head start on packing, while more importantly improving your homes marketability.  Decluttering is also an important way to show that your home hasn't experienced any neglect. If anything is broken, it is of course helpful to fix it. Painting can be helpful however it is best to stick to light, neutral colors to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and decorating styles. To get an idea of what colors are current and popular, you can research or visit model homes used by home building companies. They typically have designers who pick colors that appeal to the widest set of audiences.

What sells a home best is its kitchen and bathrooms. These rooms also happen to be the rooms that get the messiest and are the hardest to clean. Try to employ a 'leave only footprints' mentality when living in a home on the market (but also don't leave any footprints!). Clear your kitchen counter tops and stove of nearly everything, including appliances you generally leave out. You can relocate your kitchen and bathroom counter top items to a drawer, but remember that the buyer is likely to open those too. They will want to get an idea of the storage space they offer so keep it clean and organized. If your dining room table have leaves in it, remove them to create a more open impression. It would also help if you set the table. The nicer the room looks, the more likely the buyer is to picture themselves enjoying the space in the future. If you have a china cabinet, you may want to remove its contents and dust the surfaces before they arrive.

Many people have bedroom furniture that is too large for the size of the room. If this is true of your home, you may want to consider removing a piece or two to open up the room. Of course, you want to make your bed before each showing, but it may also help to buy a new set of sheets and covers. Perhaps you can use this as an excuse to buy a new set you would like to bring with you to your new home. If you have a home office it is important to remove any personal items like calendars, bulletin boards, or documents. Not only do you want to keep these items private, but you again want to depersonalize the home for the benefit of the buyer’s imagination. There is a chance that the buyer doesn't even want to use that room as an office so, in this case, less is more. The same is true of hallways, walls, and entryways. Clear the stairs of anything you may keep on them and limit decorative fixtures so that they are neutral and minimal. Mirrors are good as they add light and give the buyer an impression that the home is larger than it is.

Many first-time sellers are under the impression that a successful arrangement is all about the home's appearance, when in fact there is much more you can do beneath the surface. For example, it is very important to remove any and all odors. Whether a smell is unpleasant or not, it's important to offer the perspective buyer a blank slate of smell by completely eliminating odors, and not simply covering them up with fragrances. You can also play soft music in the background to create a comfortable and inviting setting. Many realtors provide warm food and cold drinks in order to make the buyer feel more comfortable. Make sure to turn on every light in the house and set the rooms to a comfortable temperature. Set your home apart by catering to all five of the buyers senses and create for them, not only a tour, but an experience. As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

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    Tips on How to Downsize Your Home

    Whether you’re looking to downsize your home because the kids have grown up and moved out or you’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.

    Make Note of Items You Can Do Without

    When you make a list of items you can’t live without, it’ll be much easier to see what should be thrown out.

    Start Discarding Items Three Months Prior to Moving

    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.

    Label Your Bins & Boxes

    Keep between one-third to one-half of your belongings and label your bins and boxes with “to keep,” “to sell,” and “to be donated.”

    Prearrange Your Furniture

    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.

    So, What are the Benefits of Downsizing My Home?

    Below are several benefits for those considering downsizing their home.

    •  You won’t need to clean a big house anymore
    • Less cooling & heating required which means less expensive utility bills
    • Less yardwork
    • You might not have a mortgage on your new home if you have money left over from the sale of your home
    • Expendable income which means more money for daily purchases and traveling

    Both selling and buying a home can be overwhelming but when you hire an experience real estate agent, you’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’ll be thrilled that you downsized. If you need assistance buying or selling a home in Waltham or the surrounding towns, call me at 617.968.0022.

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      How to Buy & Sell a Home in Waltham at the Same Time

      Spring is almost here which means the real estate market will be picking up! In most cases when homeowners are selling their property, they’re usually on the hunt for a new home. Whether they’re looking for a fixer-upper, a downgrade or a larger home, buying and selling a home simultaneously can be a bit stressful. However, if you plan ahead, the process will be absolutely seamless.

      1. Get Educated About the Housing Market

      Once you’ve received the hard numbers on your home’s sale, you need to follow these steps for the purchasing aspect. Think about your priorities and what it is you’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’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.

      2. Think About Your Finances

      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’t have enough money for expenses.

      3. Keep in Touch with Your Lender

      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.

      Work with Hans Brings When Buying & Selling a Home in Waltham

      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 sell your home before buying one. I typically recommend selling your home before buying one to make the process much less complicated.

      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 contact form.

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        How To Get Your Waltham House Sold In Preparation For The Spring!

        It is finally time to prepare your home to be sold, but the harsh winter elements can really take a toll on your home’s value. It’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 buyer demand and we can tell you how to take advantage!

        Outside Cleaning

        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’s appearance. Your buyer is not expecting to see a home that looks brand new, but you still want to make a lasting impression!

        Preparing The Inside Of Your Home

        Once the outside is neat and tidy, you’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.

        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’t let the weather fool you because spring is right around the corner. Make sure your home is ready for the spring market!

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          Waltham Ranked as One of the Best Commuter Towns

          Boston is a highly-recognizable city, not only to residents in other states but across the globe. Boston played a major part in the American Revolution and the city had a significant impact on several major historical events. Boston has truly flourished economically and the education system ranks as one of the best in the world.

          Living in the city, however, can be a bit pricey and noisy. When families and individuals are seeking a quiet lifestyle with access into the city, they choose Waltham.

          Waltham is not only affordable but the commute time into the city using the commuter rail is only about 20 minutes. For those who drive into the city, the commute is roughly 30 minutes. The real estate in Waltham is truly ideal as this town doesn’t limit residents to mostly apartments or one style of single family homes, as some other towns do. There are endless options including older colonial homes, condominiums, ranches, split levels, multi levels, capes, Dutch colonials, contemporaries, and more.

          Not only is the real estate in Waltham top-notch, but it was ranked as one of the best college towns in the country. According to Movoto, Waltham is also ranked as one of the best towns for young professionals. Young professionals can find charming homes, and still shop or dine along Moody Street. With a slew of boutiques and 250 acres of natural woodlands, both the shopaholics and outdoor enthusiasts will be satisfied.

          Contact Realtor Hans Brings to Help Buy or Sell a Home in Waltham MA

          I have been assisting Waltham residents buy and sell homes for over 27 years.  I strive to provide each one of my clients with unrivaled personal attention to insure them a smooth, stress-free, and successful real estate transaction. Feel free to contact me at 617.968.0022 or fill out my contact form.

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