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Posted by Bill Hoey on 8/23/2017

For home sellers who want to do whatever it takes to enhance a house's interior, depersonalization is key.

By depersonalizing a house's interior, a home seller can make it easy for a homebuyer to envision what life might be like if he or she purchases a residence. That way, a home seller can increase the likelihood of a fast, seamless and profitable home selling experience.

Effectively depersonalizing a home's interior can be simple – here are three areas that a home seller needs to consider to depersonalize a house's interior:

1. Photographs

Although photographs of loved ones, celebrations and family vacations may hang throughout your residence, now is the right time to take them down if you're selling your house.

Removing photographs from all walls and shelves is necessary to effectively depersonalize a house. In addition, don't forget to hide any photographs located in a home office.

2. Antiques

Antiques are beautiful treasures that deserve to be displayed. However, if you're selling your house, it may be worthwhile to temporarily store these items outside your residence.

When it comes to antiques, it is always better to err on the side of caution. If you have priceless treasures that need to be removed from your house, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to store them properly. This will enable you to minimize the risk of damage to your antiques while you sell your home.

In some instances, renting a storage unit for your antiques may prove to be a great idea. Or, if you have a family member or friend who has extra storage space available, he or she may be able to hold your antiques until your residence sells.

3. Artwork

Awe-inspiring artwork can help you show off your unique personality. But if you have bold paintings, sculptures or other artwork in your home, you may want to remove these items while your house is listed on the real estate market.

Artwork sometimes can be distracting, and as a result, may make it tough for homebuyers to imagine what life could be like if they purchase your house. Also, if artwork takes up lots of space, it might be difficult for homebuyers to see the full potential of your living space.

If you need help with depersonalizing your house's interior, you should reach out to a real estate agent for support.

A real estate agent understands how to showcase a residence to homebuyers. As such, he or she will offer honest, unbiased recommendations to help you depersonalize your residence's interior and ensure your home will capture homebuyers' attention.

Furthermore, a real estate agent can serve as your guide along the home selling journey. He or she will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and respond to your home selling concerns and questions at any time.

Ready to depersonalize your house's interior? Consider the aforementioned areas, and you can give your home's interior a fresh look and feel before you list your residence.




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Posted by Bill Hoey on 8/16/2017

In North America the Atlantic hurricane season begins in early June and runs all the way through November. There are, on average, roughly ten named hurricanes each season. However, there are many more smaller storms. Hurricanes can affect regions up and down the eastern part of the U.S., but coastal areas are particularly vulnerable. Whether you live in a coastal area or plan to vacation there someday it's important to know the steps involved in preparing a home for a hurricane.

Keeping up with maintenance

Much of the damage caused by tropical storms could be prevented if proper maintenance was carried out. Make a habit of cleaning your gutters periodically. Similarly, keep objects that could be blown away (or against your windows) secured down or inside your home. Make sure your windows are secure. Use waterproof caulk and replace the weatherstripping on your windows when they become worn.

Storm preparedness

Before you start checking your windows and gutters, there are a few things you should do to prepare you for the storm that will keep you safe.
  • Buy enough supplies to last the storm. You don't need to prepare for the apocalypse with stockpiles of ramen noodles. But it is a good idea to store some basic staples and water in your pantry.
  • Build a storm kit. In a sturdy, waterproof bag put two flashlights, a utility tool, a small first aid kit, an extra charger for your phone, and some cash.
  • Look up safety information for your area. If you live in a coastal area there are probably evacuation routes that you should familiarize yourself with before the storm hits.

Battening down the hatches

If a storm is imminent, here are some things you should do to temporarily make your home safer against the rain, wind, and debris associated with strong tropical storms.
  • If meteorologists predict the storm to be severe, consider reinforcing windows and roofs
  • Put head and foot bolts into the door frame
  • Rent or buy a small generator for use when the power goes out. Be sure to gas up all of your vehicles and the generator the day before the storm
  • Nail down loose shingles on your roof
  • If you have a garage, park your cars inside and bring in any outdoor furniture that could become a danger to your home or your neighbors.
  • If you don't have a garage, cover your vehicles and strap the covers down securely
  • Use garage door braces if necessary
  • Let friends and family know where you will be when the storm arrives and plan to contact each other after the storm
  • Snap some photos of your home to use for proof of damage

During the hurricane

Once the storm arrives your work is far from over. There are several steps you should take inside your home to stay safe.
  • Stay inside your home for the duration of the storm
  • Keep away from windows and doors
  • Report any damage to your home
  • Be wary of dangerous, post-storm road conditions
 





Posted by Bill Hoey on 8/11/2017

This Single-Family in Medford, MA recently sold for $650,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Bill Hoey - RE/MAX Renaissance Inc..


501 Main St., Medford, MA 02155

Tufts University

Single-Family

$649,900
Price
$650,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
AWESOME LOCATION on the MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE Line. Just steps from NEW GREEN LINE STATION to be opened in the near future. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants in MAGOUN SQ., BALL SQ. and Tufts University is nearby. DAVIS SQUARE is also just a short walk.. This classic colonial has beautiful natural woodwork and beamed/coffered ceilings. Hardwood floors throughout and a great kitchen with custom solid oak cabinets and SS appliances. Inviting dining room with French Doors leading to the foyer. Lots of windows make this home very bright inside. Just off the kitchen is a recently updated tiled bathroom and a large master bedroom which could also serve as a family room. An elegant wooden rail staircase leads to the 2nd floor with a full bath .... "retro with subway tiles is in!" Three nice, light splashed bedrooms complete the 2nd floor. 3rd floor offers the potential of future expansion.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Bill Hoey on 8/9/2017

Once you put your home on the market for sale, you’ll have some decisions to make including the real estate agency that will list the home. One of the most important things about selling your home is finding the right price to sell the home at. You’d like to make  a return on your investment. On the other hand, if time is a factor in your move, you may need to be even more strategic about pricing. 


At some point, once the home has been on the market for a certain period of time, you’ll need to think of reducing the price of the home. 


Work With Your Realtor


You may not know the perfect time to reduce the price of your home, but your realtor does. As a seller, you may not be too happy about lowering the price of the home at all. Depending on the state of the real estate market, your realtor will make the right suggestions to do what they can in order to sell your home. Sometimes this includes a price reduction to make both buyers and sellers happy. 


Marketing Is Everything


Before the price is even reduced, you may need to take a look at how the home is being marketed. There’s so many pieces of the puzzle that come in when a home is being marketed. 


The home is listed in the MLS by your realtor, but is it getting hits? Have open houses been held to further advertise the home? Are the pictures of the home representative of the property and good quality? Is adequate “for sale” signage present? Is your realtor available for showing the home privately? 


These are all important things to think about when it comes to marketing the home. Your realtor is well-versed in all of these areas. The important thing for you as a seller is to be aware of just how many different avenues are available for you to get the word out about the home.


Can You Wait To Sell?


If you’re not moving due to a job change or a life transition that’s urgent, you may be better off waiting to sell the home. If the market is slow or happens to favor buyers heavily, you may want to wait and take your home off of the market for a bit. One of the most important things that you can do as a seller is to go with the flow of the market that you’re in.          

                  

Find The Right Number


When you price your home too high, you’ll need to keep lowering the price until you find the price that’s “just right.” When you use this approach, your house will sit on the market for a long time. This will be worse for you as a seller in the long run. Buyers will wonder why your home has been on the market for so long. Is there something wrong with the home? Will the price continue to drop? Really, interest will continue to wane from your home using this strategy. At this point you may just need to take the house off of the market.


In a perfect world, you only want to have to drop the price of your home once. Work with your realtor to find that sweet spot for pricing and you’ll be happy selling your home to satisfied buyers.





Posted by Bill Hoey on 8/2/2017

Old New England homes are rich in history and character. The style of many modern houses in the region is heavily influenced by English colonial homes of the early 1700s. It was in colonial times when lead pigment was first used. By the 1920s lead paint usage was at its peak. The paint was strong, it covered a lot of surface area, and it made vibrant colors, all very appealing to home homeowners at the time. The health hazards of lead paint are many. Although, unlike other home hazards like fire or carbon monoxide, they reveal themselves slowly over many years, making them especially dangerous for children. According to WebMD, high levels of lead paint exposure can cause the following:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Kidney damage
  • Behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity
  • Slowed growth
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Hearing problems
  • Headaches
  • Bone marrow problems
Scary stuff, right? But don't panic... Here's what you need to know about detecting and eliminating lead paint in your home. If your house was built before 1978, there's a chance it has lead paint. It was in 1978 that the federal government banned the consumer use of lead paints. Since usage reached its peak in the 1920s, the older your house the higher the likelihood of it having lead paint. This puts old New England homes at greater risk. To test for lead paint you should seek out a licensed inspector. Most state websites have resources for locating an inspector near you (mass.gov for example). Inspection can cost anywhere from $150-$400 and will depend on the size of your home, rates in your area, and other factors. Once tested, you will be given options and a risk assessment and can then decide how you'd like to proceed. Some ill-advised homeowners take the situation into their own hands, scraping paint and mopping up the dust. This is exactly what NOT to do. Dispersing all of those lead particles into the air will contaminate your home and yard, seeping into the ground outside. Many people share anecdotal stories about removing lead paint themselves, insisting, "I did it myself and I'm still alive." It's important to remember, however, that those who are truly at risk are the children who will grow up in that house facing longterm exposure to lead. Young children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning for three reasons:
  1. Toddlers tend to put objects into their mouths such as paint chips or other objects that may have traces of lead. This causes a high level of lead absorption
  2. Children's bodies are developing rapidly and absorb lead faster than adults
  3. They can spend decades in a home, developing the symptoms listed above that can then become chronic, lifelong illnesses
To completely remove the lead from your home you'll need to seek out a lead abatement contractor. View the Lead Safe List for your area to find contractors and receive quotes. If you have attempted to remove lead yourself, or performed recent renovations that may have dispersed lead paint and are worried that your children may have been exposed you should bring them to their pediatrician. Testing for high levels of lead can be detected by a simple blood test.