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Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 1/19/2021

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When you're motivated to get the most from your sale, it pays to add property value through preparation. Get started today with some of these tips:

Have your local real estate agent evaluate your home. As a professional, they know what sells and what doesn't in your area. They will assist you in determining how to spend your money wisely to get the best return.

  1. Pay for a home inspection. A certified home inspector will point out those areas needing fixing, correction, or removal.

  2. Clear up landscaping messes and debris. Add regionally appropriate and low-maintenance plants and ground cover.

  3. Paint your walls to a neutral but modern color. Gone are the instructions for all-white walls. Stick to gray or taupe tones though, to give a hint of timeless freshness. Remove dated, stained, peeling, or faded wallpaper. Instead of replacing it, finish and paint the area in a neutral palette with an appropriate finish.

  4. Request a home energy audit from your utility company. Most energy companies offer this service for free. Sometimes simply making changes to lighting or adding insulation gives your house a higher energy rating. Efficient homes are generally more attractive to buyers.

  5. If your home has "popcorn-style" texture on the ceiling, consider removing it. Replacing it with smooth plaster or a modernized surface increases your home’s value. Do not DIY this, however, until you make sure that your ceiling texture does not contain asbestos. Up until the late 70s, many textured ceiling preparations used asbestos flakes. If your home is newer than this, you're likely fine handling this on by yourself. An older home, however, requires a licensed professional with experience in asbestos removal and disposal.

  6. While you’re at it, replace old light fixtures. Upgrade them with high-efficiency fixtures and for little expense, bring your home into the LED era. Upgrade exterior lights with automatic options to add a safety factor to your home's exterior.

  7. Replace your roof. When living in storm-prone areas, hail or windstorm may cause damage that you cannot see and affect your roof’s integrity. Get a roof inspection (most roofing contractors do this for free). If your roof is storm damaged, contact your homeowner’s insurance to see about replacing it. In some policies, storm damage replacement has time limitations. If you've experienced heavy hail or windstorms, immediately have your roof evaluated or you may end up paying for repairs yourself. While a new roof may not increase your sale price, a damaged roof will lower it.

  8. Expose your hardwood. When you have wood flooring hiding underneath stained, faded, or worn carpeting, take time to remove the carpeting and expose the hardwood. Refinish the floor if you can do so. Even if you cannot, use some of these quick fixes to make your wood floors appear inviting to homebuyers.

When in doubt, always refer to number one above: call your real estate pro. They’ll help you determine the best options for you to get the most from your home.





Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 1/13/2021


11 Alden Dr, Berlin, MA 01503

Condo

$304,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
* OPEN HOUSE Sunday, 1/17, 1 - 3 * Great opportunity to own this home in a serene setting just minutes to 495, 290, pike and shopping. Pride of ownership shows throughout. The 1st floor offers an open floorplan with a cabinet packed updated kitchen, dining area and family room that looks out to the deck and a peaceful setting. Upstairs there are 2 large bedrooms & a full bath. The composite deck was recently redone and has an awning. Attached garage, central air, natural gas, freshly painted interior. You won't be disappointed!!
Open House
Sunday
January 17 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Location: 11 Alden Dr, Berlin, MA 01503    Get Directions






Tags: Real Estate   Open House   Condo   Berlin   01503  
Categories: Open House  


Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 1/12/2021

Buying a home is a decision that could have a major impact on your life for the next five to ten years (if not longer). That's why it's extremely important to know your requirements and what you need to be happy.

If you're in the process of looking for a house to buy, it pays to do an analysis of your financial resources, your goals, and your desired lifestyle.

For example, if expanding your family is part of your five-year-plan, you'll want to make sure the home you buy has enough bedrooms, play areas, and safety features to meet your future needs. The broad category of "safety features" could cover everything from the neighborhood crime rate to the amount of road traffic the street is subject to. Proximity to emergency services is also among the many things to consider when shopping for a new home.

Choosing an experienced real estate agent to help you navigate the many challenges of house hunting will increase the probability that the property you choose will be a good fit for your needs. A bank loan officer or mortgage broker can assist you in determining the type of mortgage you can afford and be approved for.

Other than affordability, sufficient space, and safety considerations, here are a few other items to keep in mind as you shop for your next home.

  • Commuting distance: Finding the ideal house that is located less than a half an hour from your business or place of employment can be difficult. That challenge becomes even greater if both you and your partner commute to work every day.
  • Number of bathrooms: Some homes only have one bathroom, which can quickly become a source of conflict and frustration in growing families. Making sure your home has enough bathrooms to meet your current and future needs is a key priority for all house hunters.
  • Miscellaneous requirements: Depending on your lifestyle and other factors, your home-buying priority list could include everything from a two-car garage and basement to a backyard patio and deck. If privacy is high on your must-have list, features like fencing, privacy hedges, and sufficient space between neighbors will also be important. Other items to consider may include a fireplace, space for a home office, and an eat-in kitchen.
There are literally dozens of characteristics, features, and advantages to look for when house shopping, so it pays to create a detailed list of everything you want, hope for, and can't live without! While it may be necessary to be flexible with certain items on your list, things like a good school district, a safe neighborhood, and house that's structurally sound and in good condition are requirements you may not want to waver from!





Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 1/5/2021


11 Alden Dr, Berlin, MA 01503

Condo

$304,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
* OPEN HOUSE Sat 1/9, 12-2 & Sun 1/10 11-1* Great opportunity to own this home in a serene setting just minutes to 495, 290, pike and shopping. Pride of ownership shows throughout. The 1st floor offers an open floorplan with a cabinet packed updated kitchen, dining area and family room that looks out to the deck and a peaceful setting. Upstairs there are 2 large bedrooms & a full bath. The composite deck was recently redone and has an awning. Attached garage, central air, natural gas, freshly painted interior. You won't be disappointed!!
Open House
Saturday
January 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 11 Alden Dr, Berlin, MA 01503    Get Directions






Tags: Real Estate   Open House   Condo   Berlin   01503  
Categories: Open House  


Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 1/5/2021


11 Alden Dr, Berlin, MA 01503

Condo

$304,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
* OPEN HOUSE Sat 1/9, 12-2 & Sun 1/10 11-1* Great opportunity to own this home in a serene setting just minutes to 495, 290, pike and shopping. Pride of ownership shows throughout. The 1st floor offers an open floorplan with a cabinet packed updated kitchen, dining area and family room that looks out to the deck and a peaceful setting. Upstairs there are 2 large bedrooms & a full bath. The composite deck was recently redone and has an awning. Attached garage, central air, natural gas, freshly painted interior. You won't be disappointed!!
Open House
Saturday
January 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 11 Alden Dr, Berlin, MA 01503    Get Directions






Tags: Real Estate   Condo   Berlin   01503  
Categories: Price Change  




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