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Maintaining Your Home in Massachusetts

Home Maintenance

Your home is one of the single biggest investments you'll ever make, so be sure you that you do all you can to care for it properly. A well-maintained home usually sells more readily and usually brings a higher price. It's also more comfortable and regular care minimizes any unexpected repair work and expenses. Regularly scheduled small repairs and upgrades to your home can and will keep costs from becoming exorbitant.
This comprehensive maintenance schedule I'm presenting to you is simply a general guide for you to follow. The actual timing is left up to you to decide, and you may want to further divide the list of items (for each season) into months. Now, let's get to work.

FALL IS NOW HERE....

And another freezing winter is right around the corner. So before any of that cold weather arrives here in New England, here's your annual checklist of items that should be performed in order to get your home ready for the change of season.
Have all your heatin…

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE SALE

Many home buyers peruse neighborhoods looking at listed properties from outside the home before inquiring with the listing agent to show them the inside. Keep in mind that Buyers appreciate a clean look in the homes they are viewing. Within 15 seconds, a Buyer has quickly developed an opinion of your property at first glance. A first impression is hard to shake and if the prospective Buyer doesn't like the looks of the house from the outside, they probably won't inquire at all. You'll never get a second chance to make that first impression. In order to get prospective home Buyers past your front door, you need to add some curb appeal.
Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks, than hear how great it could look, "with a little work". So, allow me to assist you in showing your house off to it’s fullest potential. Here's a list of items that will definitely add value to your home...

OUTSIDE MAINTENANCE
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs …

Home Maintenance

Your home is one of the single biggest investments you'll ever make, so be sure you do all you can to care for it. A well-maintained home usually sells more readily and usually brings a higher price. It's also more comfortable and regular care minimizes any unexpected repair work and expenses. Regularly scheduled small repairs and upgrades to your home can and will keep costs from becoming exorbitant.
The maintenance schedule I'm presenting here is a general guide for you to follow. The actual timing is left for you to decide, and you may want to further divide the list of items for each season into months. Let's get to work.

WINTER
Clean or replace furnace air filters every other month during the heating season. Periodically check vents outside (intake and exhaust) to make sure they are not blocked by snow or debris. Then vacuum all heating supply registers, return grills, baseboards or radiators inside the home.
After consulting your hot water tank owner's manual, ca…

Selling Your Home In Today's Buyer's Market

If you are in a situation when you really need to sell (e.g., relocation, change in family status, bought another home), and are not just listing your home to test the market and see if you can sell, here are some strategies to get you started, now that the market has shifted to become much more Buyer friendly. While these are in no particular order, PRICE is probably most important right now. Price your home competitively – now is NOT the time to try to get what your neighbor got for her identical house a year or two ago, ...it won’t happen.

The comparables are important but you also need to know what is going on in the market right now. If prices are shifting down, comparables 3-6 months ago may distort the price. Neither YOU or your AGENT determines the sale price – the market does. An effective strategy is pricing YOUR home lower than the competition. Variable Range Marketing (VMR) - using a price range - is worth your consideration and may be the best pricing strategy. Ask your RE…