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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 8/16/2019

If your house is on the market or you're preparing to put it up for sale, you probably feel like you have 101 things to do!

Fortunately, the list is much smaller than that and you can enlist the help of a real estate agent to handle many of the details.

To increase your chances for a fast sale, your agent will offer you suggestions on ways to enhance the eye appeal and curb appeal of your home. Although many of the things they point out may seem minor and superficial, the cumulative effect they'll have on the marketability of your home could be significant.

Minor flaws will be noticed by potential buyers and could easily give them the impression that your home hasn't been updated, properly maintained, and well taken care of. While that may not be true, remember that presentation is everything. And, if I may slip in one more old, but true cliché: "You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression!" That is as true in real estate sales as it is in making sure you're breath is fresh!

With that in mind, here's a list of some of the relatively inexpensive improvements you can make that will help you favorably impress prospective home buyers.

  • There are a lot of cheap or relatively inexpensive repairs you can make, such as repairing and painting over damaged walls, oiling squeaky hinges, and replacing cracked windows and bathroom tiles. Toilets that run and faucets that leak are other examples of minor problems that can make a bad impression on potential buyers.
  • Lighting, both natural and artificial, sets the mood in a room and can have an impact on how people perceive your home. It's usually advisable to let in as much natural light as possible and increase the wattage of lightbulbs in dark rooms and hallways. On the other hand, harsh lightening can also make an unfavorable impression, so it's necessary to find the perfect balance between glaring and dreary lighting. Most real estate agents are attuned to minor (or major) changes that need to be made to elements like lighting, décor, and furniture arrangement.
  • Avoid the appearance of clutter, disorganization, and chaos in any part of your home! This would apply to everything from closets and cabinets to counter-tops, desks, and bedroom dressers. If your basement or attic is a "disaster area," that could reflect negatively on you and the attractiveness of your home. A good, general rule-of-thumb for controlling clutter is "less is more."
  • Be prepared to do at least a little painting and a lot of cleaning to prepare your house for successful showings. A certain amount of landscaping and lawn care is also necessary, with tasks such as mowing, pruning, and weeding at the top of the list.
Although there are a lot of things to keep in mind when staging and preparing your home for a fast sale, the best way to start out is with a list of priorities and the advice of a seasoned real estate agent.





Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 8/15/2019

This Condo in Grafton, MA recently sold for $325,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by - Empire Real Estate Group.


10 Azalea Ln, Grafton, MA 01519

Condo

$319,900
Price
$325,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Don’t miss out! Beautiful Move-in ready town house style condo with two bedrooms and full loft that can be used as a third bedroom. Brand new hardwood floors on the first floor throughout living room and hallways, granite counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, gas stove. Second floor has cathedral ceilings in both bedrooms. Master bedroom with TWO walk-in closets and skylight! This unit has ample closet space, basement and an attached garage. Small front porch as well as back deck with privacy from the road. Close to major roadways (Mass Pike/495/122/140/9).

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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 8/9/2019


202 Brattle St, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$359,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Rare opportunity to own this lovingly cared for 2 bedroom cape style home w/potential for 3rd bedroom-only minutes to Rt 190 & 290! This home maintains its original charm in its details with so many gorgeous updates starting with its' fully renovated custom Kraftmaid Kitchen with granite counters, oversized island w/hidden storage, double wall oven, Viking gas cooktop & stainless appliances. Original Hardwood floors throughout, refinished in 2011. 10 yr old roof & vinyl windows. Huge energy savings w/ dual program thermostats for 2 heating options & Leviton smart switches w/voice command & app control for new recessed light fixtures. Upstairs has 2 bedrooms;1 w/bonus room currently used as a 3rd bedroom & full bath.1st floor features a new bathroom w/natural stone shower. French doors open from 1st floor bonus room to a sprawling backyard w/ a new Reed's Ferry Shed, new fire pit & an established fruit & vegetable garden. Backed by acres of conservation land for ample privacy. Must see!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 8/9/2019

If you plan to engage the services of a commercial moving company, you should consider the cost implications. You will spend a substantial amount if you are embarking on a long distance move, but the good news is that there are less expensive alternatives. You might not need to hire a full-service company and just go with rental moving trucks and few people that will assist you with heavy lifting, loading, and offloading your household belongings. Here are some money-saving alternatives to getting a full service moving company:

HireAHelper.com

Are you planning to move to your new apartment and looking for a helper that will help with heavy lifting, loading, and offloading of your belongings? You will get all you need from HireAHelper. It is one of the most reliable online platforms where you can find and book the services of moving labor professionals. 

There are two categories of movers on HireAHelper, the labor-only moving companies that help in loading and offloading your belonging, or full-service moving companies. 

Moving Help 

The Moving Help is similar to HireAHelper in the sense that it gives the customer access to search online and find a local moving service in their locality. The services include loading offloading, cleaning, packing, unpacking, as well as driving assistance. The website gives an honest review of the moving helpers, and it ranks all the moving helper according to their company's star rating. This rating helps the customer to find out the most reliable labor service without stress. 

To find moving helpers on this website, supply the date of the move and the zip code or state/city of your new apartment or moving location.

Truck Rental Add-Ons

If you are going to engage the moving labor professional, you may need to rent a moving truck as well. You should note that the majority of rental truck companies provide loading and offloading services via their website. Do not hesitate to check individual rental truck services to know the labor option available. The ‘add-on' section of the rental truck website contains information about these services.

Enlisting Friends 

If you have a couple of trusted friends willing to help, getting them to help with the packing, unpacking, loading, and offloading will save you a substantial amount. This option may be the best especially if you have reliable friends that are on the ground to help you out.

Apart from being economical, a DIY move allows you to have full control over your movement. Once you decide not to go for a full service moving company, consider the alternatives above and go for any one option suits you.




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Posted by Empire Real Estate Group on 8/2/2019

For homebuyers who want to do everything possible to discover their dream residences, it generally is a good idea to attend open houses. These events make it simple to analyze residences and determine whether they match or surpass your expectations.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to attend an open house, and these include:

1. You can get a first-hand look at a home.

A home listing often provides a great starting point for homebuyers. However, a listing alone fails to empower buyers with the information that they need to fully analyze a house.

By attending an open house, you can get an up-close look at a residence. An open house allows you to walk around a home and view each section of a residence at your convenience. Plus, an open house usually is stress-free, and if you don't like a residence after the event, you can simply continue your search for your dream home.

2. You can receive comprehensive home insights.

During an open house, you can gain home insights that you may struggle to obtain in a home listing. Therefore, homebuyers may want to prepare a list of questions before they attend an open house to ensure they can obtain deep insights into a home's condition.

Moreover, an open house may help you determine whether there is substantial or minimal interest in a residence. If an open house is attended by dozens of potential buyers, you may need to act quickly to submit an offer to secure this residence. Comparatively, if you are the only person to attend an open house, you may be better equipped than ever before to negotiate a home's price with a seller.

3. You can envision what life might be like if you purchase a residence.

When it comes to deciding whether a home is right for you, attending an open house is paramount. In fact, an open house enables you to envision what life may be like if you purchase a residence. And if you feel comfortable with a home after you attend an open house, you can always submit an offer to help transform your homeownership dream into a reality.

If you plan to attend open houses in the foreseeable future, there is no reason to attend these events alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who can help you prepare for open houses and ensure you can discover your dream residence.

A real estate agent is a housing market expert who can teach you everything you need to know about buying a home. This housing market professional first will learn about your homebuying goals and craft a personalized homebuying strategy. Then, a real estate agent will keep you up to date about open houses, offer homebuying insights and do everything possible to help you find a home that you can enjoy for years to come.

Reach out to a real estate agent today. By doing so, you can start attending open houses and boost the likelihood of a successful homebuying experience.




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