Posted by Marie Presti on 7/24/2016

Sometimes, simple home improvements can make a world of difference for prospective homebuyers. And for home sellers who are hoping for a quick home sale, there are many fast, effective home improvements you can complete to improve your house's appeal instantly. Numerous home improvements can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, including: 1. Repairing peeling wallpaper. Unfortunately, wallpaper may start to peel over an extended period of time. This problem can impact the appearance of your home's interior, and ultimately, may lead a homebuyer to consider other residences. Repairing peeling wallpaper, however, can be done in just minutes. Apply a tiny amount of wallpaper paste to the underside of the peeling section of a portion of wallpaper and press the wallpaper against the wall. Then, smooth away any bubbles with a clean cloth, and the wallpaper will look as good as new. Peeling wallpaper may seem like a major problem, but with a few simple steps, you can put this issue in the past. 2. Cleaning a stained bathtub. A bathtub that has been used consistently over many years may stain. Fortunately, you can eliminate this problem with some hard work and ingenuity. The combination of cream of tartar, lemon juice and baking soda, for instance, creates an exceptional cleaning mixture that will help you reduce the appearance of even the toughest bathtub stains. Add this mixture to a stain using your fingers or a soft cloth and let it sit for a few minutes. Afterwards, rinse the mixture off with water, and your bathtub's appearance will be noticeably improved. 3. Fixing scuffed and scraped linoleum floors. Despite your best efforts, scuffs and scrapes have damaged the appearance of your linoleum floors. Even though this problem may seem impossible to resolve, you can do so in just minutes by using white toothpaste and a dry cloth. Believe it or not, toothpaste can be used to clean more than just your teeth. With white toothpaste and a dry cloth at your disposal, you'll be able to remove scuffs and scrapes from your linoleum floors without delay. Linoleum floors can serve as a selling point for your home. And thanks to this quick-fix solution, you'll be able to enhance the quality of your linoleum floors and your entire home simultaneously. When it comes to home improvement projects, taking some time to evaluate your home's strengths and weaknesses may help you determine which tasks to prioritize. Plus, you always can depend on a real estate agent to ensure you can make the right fixes to help boost your home's value and appearance immediately. A real estate professional recognizes the challenges associated with selling homes and is prepared to work with you to guarantee you can maximize the value of your residence. This professional also can offer insights and tips to guide you as you prep your residence for showings. Take advantage of simple home improvement projects that can be finished in just minutes. By doing so, you can enhance your residence and make it more appealing to a large group of prospective homebuyers.





Posted by Marie Presti on 6/19/2016

One of the trickiest parts of buying or selling a home is the negotiation process. Too often when our home is involved our emotions get in the way and the deal can go south quickly. Negotiating is an art. A real estate professional is trained in negotiating but you will need to prepare too. Here are some hints to help you navigate the home sale negotiation process: Do your homework know your home’s worth, understand the value of your home in the marketplace. Be realistic about what your home is worth. Much of the work you did to the home was a labor of love and may not have a monetary value. Be patient, negotiations can take time. Do not let emotions (greed, pride, anger, or prejudice) get in the way of negotiating the best deal. Think of your home as “the house”,” instead of “my home.” You have made the decision to move so try to think of the sale as a business transaction. Take all reasonable offers seriously. Don't let a good deal walk away over a few hundred dollars. Try to look at the deal from the opposite side of the table. This will help you try to see where the potential buyer is coming from. Most of all, have a positive attitude. Don't get caught up in the game of negotiating instead remember the goal is to sell your house for a fair price and move on to your next adventure.





Posted by Marie Presti on 6/12/2016

For home sellers, you won't necessarily need a bold, beautiful bathroom to improve your chances of a quick sale. However, you should try to improve the quality of your bathroom as much as possible before you add your home to the real estate market. In a highly competitive real estate market, homebuyers will look for any reason not to buy your home. On the other hand, home sellers who offer a residence with an exceptional bathroom can reduce the risk of alienating homebuyers. Furthermore, home sellers may be able to transform a subpar bathroom into an outstanding feature if they devote time and resources to make bathroom improvements. You don't need to spend a lot to make significant bathroom improvements, either. In fact, here are three simple, affordable bathroom improvements that every home seller needs to know about: 1. Painting the walls If the paint on your bathroom walls is fading or peeling, it may be time for a new paint job. Fortunately, you usually can pick up low-cost paint supplies at any hardware store quickly and easily. Although hiring professional painters also is an option, you may be able to paint your bathroom walls yourself to save money. Remember, your bathroom likely is smaller than other rooms in your house, which means a new paint job won't necessarily require a significant time and resource investment. 2. Updating bathroom fixtures The little details can make all the difference in the eyes of a homebuyer. And home sellers who update bathroom fixtures can boost their bathroom's chances of making a great impression on homebuyers during a home showing. Drawer pulls, towel racks and other bathroom fixtures often are simple to update in just minutes. In addition, these bathroom improvements require minimal time and money, ensuring you'll be able to complete bathroom fixture improvement projects to enhance your bathroom's appearance without delay. 3. Adding caulk and grout Bathroom caulk and grout details may be overlooked by many home sellers, but those who want their homes to stand out in a competitive marketplace should consider adding straight, clean lines of caulk and grout. Placing new lines of caulk and grout around a bathtub and sink can help these pieces sparkle. Ultimately, caulk and grout improvements are fast and effective too, making them valuable options for home sellers. It is important to note that improving the quality of a home's bathroom rarely, if ever, requires a full-blown overhaul. Instead, focus on making minor improvements over an extended period of time. And, of course, be sure to keep your bathroom looking pristine – that way, if a homebuyer wants to view your residence, your home's bathroom will stand out for all the right reasons. Bathroom improvements offer superb options for home sellers who want to transform a good residence into a must-buy. These improvements typically won't require substantial time and resources, but they can serve as key difference-makers that will help set your home apart from others on the real estate market. Take advantage of bathroom improvements, and you'll be better equipped to improve the overall quality of your residence.





Posted by Marie Presti on 3/20/2016

              Accent walls can really tie a room together.  If done properly, they can balance out narrow rooms, provide a conversation piece, and add an artistic flair to an otherwise drab room.  However, there are a few do's and don'ts that must be kept in mind if you are to make the best decision regarding exactly which wall in a room should be chosen, and what the best colors are for your particular choice. If you are choosing to paint an accent wall in a narrow room, then keep some basic color theory in mind.  Warm hues like reds,yellows, and oranges will draw focus to  a wall, effectively creating the illusion of being "drawn toward" the color.  Therefore, if you were to paint the shortest wall farthest way from the entrance a bright red, then it will appear that the room isn't as narrow as it once was.  However, if you were to choose one of the longer walls, it would only serve to make the room appear even narrower than it once was. In contrast, cool hues like blues, purples, and greens can have quite a different effect.  Cool hues tend to draw one's gaze away from a wall, thereby making a room or area look larger than it really is.  These colors can serve to make short rooms appear longer, skinny rooms appear wider, and hallways appear more spacious. Next, we'll talk about natural lighting.  Warm hues work best in northern and eastern-facing rooms, as the amount of light that these are getting will be significantly less than the amount of light coming into your southern and eastern-facing rooms.  Save the cool hues for the brightest rooms. Visibility of your accent wall is another big factor to consider.  If you are painting a smaller wall, then decorate sparsely.  You don't want decorations or furniture cluttering up your accent wall and preventing it from doing its job.  Working with your architecture is also important.  If you have an irregularly-shaped wall in a room, then try if you can to make it your accent wall.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/3/2016

If you are looking for ways to increase the value of your home, then there are some simple guidelines to follow, as well as a few projects you may want to consider avoiding altogether.  Depending on the region, a particular home remodel has the potential to make or break a potential sale. Swimming Pools - Homes with swimming pools generally do better in the warmer states, where they can be seen as a welcome addition during the hottest months.  However, a home in New England that has a pool is increasingly likely to be viewed as a headache.  Maintenance costs, family safety, and seasonal accessibility make this addition one that is in reality more likely to hurt the chances of being able to sell your home quickly.  Not to say that you shouldn't have a pool if you have your heart set on it.  Just don't count on it making your house more appealing.  If you already have a pool, then try to sell your home in the spring or summer, when the pool is in use.  This will help potential buyers see the benefit of the addition, without reminding them of the headaches associated with upkeep. Koi ponds and indoor aquariums - These items, while beloved to a homeowner, may turn off a buyer who isn't interested in being a pet owner.  There aren't a lot of uses for an aquarium installed in a wall for someone who doesn't like the idea of having fish.  Similarly, koi ponds on the property have the capability of turning off an owner that doesn't necessarily want to have a portion of their backyard dedicated to a project that they have no interest in taking over. Converting garages and second bedrooms - While these renovations generally arise from necessity, they can hurt your resale value in the future.  Garage space is fairly desirable these days, and especially so in cold climates that deal with large amount of snow.  Converting a garage in New England isn't generally a good idea unless you absolutely need the space.  This is also true in the cases of converting second and third bedrooms into office spaces.  While a new buyer may consider at a later date to convert an extra bedroom into an office space, they may not want to have the option forced on them.  Most of the time, a two-bedroom house with an office will remain on the market longer than a three-bedroom house. Fireplaces - They can be beautiful, yes, but fireplaces are quickly falling out of favor with buyers, and are increasingly being seen as a messy addition to a home.  In 2009, a consumer preference survey from the Nation Association of Home Builders ranked fireplaces as No. 1 on a list of what NAR called “Home Fads That Are Falling Out of Style.”  Not to say that fireplaces don't have a market.  Many people are still looking for homes that contain one or even two.  But installing a fireplace in an existing home can be very expensive, and the return on your investment wouldn't be that great.