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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 6/22/2017

Moving into a new house is a doorway to new opportunities, experiences and friendships.Depending on the size and layout of your house, you'll gain more space and style. You'll also gain a jam packed schedule, miles of driving and sore muscles. On the flip side, you could let professional movers take care of the heavy lifting.

Pros you get when you hire professional movers

The chance to avoid heavy lifting that's inherit in a house move aside, working with professional movers is not all upswing. Balance the pros and cons of paying professional movers to take you from your current to your new home. To get started, consider:

Experience counts - You may have moved two to three times on your own, struggling with friends to get a sofa or widescreen television up a flight of steps. Professional movers have helped relocate individuals and families dozens or more times. If it takes you eight hours to move a three bedroom house, professional movers might complete the job in less than three hours.

House moving supplies - Professional movers keep supplies on hand. You won't have to pay for protective covers, tape or dollies.

Forget the driving - Relocate to another city or state and you may not have to drive. To get professional movers to drive for you, include transportation in the contract that you sign with movers. Expect to pay for transportation services by the mile. Only work with movers who insure your household goods. If your employer is picking up these costs, this is a huge energy saver.

Cons associated with professional movers

Don't just focus on the pros. Consider the following cons of working with professional movers to decide if hiring an experienced team is the best option.

Price - Professional movers can be pricey. For long distance moves, you'll generally pay for insurance, mileage and the actual moving services. Some movers encourage you to leave a tip.Companies like UHaul list area movers that may or may not offer you a discount.

You're not completely in charge - Although you get to set move start and end times, should movers run late on a previous job, they might not show up at your home on time. You also may not be able to tell movers which furniture pieces to load onto the moving truck first.

Boxes - Depending on the home moving company that you hire, you could be responsible for getting your own moving boxes. If you do get home moving boxes from professional movers, it could cost you $1 or more per box.

You may still have to pack and unpack -If you pack and unpack yourself, you'll save money even if you work with movers.

A house move"to do" list can get long quickly. Hiring professional movers could shift half of the moving responsibilities from you to contractors. Just make sure that you understand moving company rules. Also, communicate clear start and end dates and times. Above all, get references and only enter into agreements with professional movers you can trust.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 6/15/2017

Saving money is on everyoneís mind, and rightfully so. One of the easiest ways to save money when shopping is by using your phone. There are many apps offered in the App Store and Google Play Store that are amazing at saving you money through discounts, coupons and even money back. All you have to do is download the app and create an account and your on your ways to savings. Check out the apps below: Cartwheel: This is Targetís app. It features deals that are based on items youíve purchased before or are likely to purchase in the future (based on shopping patterns it learns from using the app). But the best part about this app is the scan feature. While shopping scan all of your items that you put in your shopping cart to find additional offers, saving you even more money. Savings Catcher: This is Wal-Martís app. With the Savings Catcher app you scan your Wal-Mart receipts and it then scans for competitorís prices on items that you purchased. You will receive money back for any item that was priced lower at a competitorís store. You can turn this money into a gift card at any time and redeem it at your local Wal-Mart. Shopular: Shopular is a very popular shopping app. It has coupons, deals, and sales for almost every store imaginable. They include Express, Famous Footwear, Michaels, Old Navy, Target, Kohlís, factory stores, and so many more. The best part about this app is that stores actually accept the coupons. Groupon: Groupon is very popular. It offers deals on restaurants, goods, hotels, vacation packages, activities, and much more. Beyond the offers that are offered, Groupon also runs specials where you can receive an additional amount off the already discounted amount. These are perfect times to purchase the Groupon youíve been holding out on. Now get to downloading and happy saving!




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 6/8/2017

You can't help but admire people who have an independent spirit and are determined to do things on their own. It's reminiscent of early pioneers who lived by the belief that "God helps those who help themselves." While it may be true that qualities like self sufficiency and initiative can help you get ahead in life, there are instances in which it makes sense to team up with an expert. You can't always go it alone, and when the stakes are high -- like in real estate sales -- the last thing you want to do is try to reinvent the wheel! Advantages of Working With a Professional Realtors and real estate agents know the ropes, when it comes to the intricacies of marketing a home, finding qualified buyers, and negotiating the best possible deal. If you attempt to sell your own house without the benefit of an agent, you'll be facing a steep learning curve and a lot of potential pitfalls. Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons for hiring a real estate agent is that time is of the essence. From the minute you put your house on the market, the clock is ticking. If your property is still on the market after a few months, then its perceived value will start to drop. Many people will assume there's something wrong with it -- whether it's a diamond in the rough or a polished gem! Real estate professionals are not only attuned to the pulse of the local marketplace, but they can guide you through the often complicated process of selling a home. Here are a few of the many ways that agents can simplify your life, help you avoid costly mistakes, and increase the probability that you'll receive top value for your home and sell it in the shortest possible time.

  • Home staging: By taking advantage of their knowledge and expertise, you can make sure your home is presented in its best light. Your agent should advise you of cost-effective ways to improve your home's curb appeal and correct any potential issues on the inside that may detract from its marketability.
  • Salesmanship: A good real estate agent is skilled in the art of persuasion, establishing rapport with people, and helping them focus on both the positive aspects of your home and its future potential. Many homeowners, on the other hand, tend to either undersell or oversell the desirability of their property. Their lack of objectivity can also cause them to overprice their house, resulting in lost opportunities.
  • Negotiating skills: One of the skill sets that real estate agents have is negotiating the terms and final price of a home. Since they do this for a living, a seasoned real estate agent has the practical experience, knowledge, and insights to help you get the most value for your home. They generally know how to push the envelope, without pushing too hard. Homeowners who attempt to negotiate a real estate sale on their own may make one or more "fatal errors," which can derail a potential sale.
If you're unsure whether you want the help of a real estate agent or Realtor in finding a buyer, handling the paperwork, and jumping through all the legal and regulatory hoops that real estate transactions involve, then test the waters, first. Set up a meeting with a couple different real estate agents and pick their brains. That way, you'll be sure to make an informed decision when you decide which path to take in selling your home.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 6/6/2017

This Single-Family in Methuen, MA recently sold for $366,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA - RE/MAX Leading Edge.


18 OAKMEADOW, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$354,900
Price
$366,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
What a Gem!! You will find that this charming ranch is located on a quiet cul-du-sac conveniently close to highways for commuting but paired with the privacy you always wanted with city living. This beautifully cared for home sits on .31 acres of land with fully fenced yard. You will find almost everything you need all on one floor. Enter the home and notice all hardwood and laminate flooring! Step up into your family room boasting with natural light, plenty of space for entertaining and easy access to large deck. An impressive kitchen with ample storage and a stone backsplash to compliment the new cabinetry! Formal dining room with hardwood flooring, new lighting, and a beautiful bay window. Walk down the hallway where you will find three generous sized bedrooms and updated full bath. Wait, there's more! Full basement with plenty of storage space, additional 1/2 bath, laundry room and a finished area as well. This home has been loved and cared for by the current family for many y

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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 6/1/2017

Itís difficult to tackle so many projects throughout your home without feeling overwhelmed. This is why itís a great idea to take each part of the house piece by piece. Thereís plenty of quick updates that you can make to your bedroom without breaking a sweat. The idea is to make little changes that have a big impact. Here, weíll show you some easy updates that will make a big difference in your bedroom. Use Color To Your Advantage Adding bursts of color is the easiest, yet the most often overlooked decorating technique. You can add bits of color all over your bedroom. From small accents like picture frames and vases, itís simple to add some color here and there. It will make a huge impact on the room. Feel Your Way Around The Room The textures you use in your bedroom is important to how comfortable the room feels. You can mix and match the linens in your bedroom from the type of throw you use to the type of rug thatís present on the floor. Youíll want to consider changing these a few times a year to match with the seasons. Warmer, fuzzier linens are best for the winter whereas lighter linens are perfect for summer. Suit Your Style Thereís different textures and different items that match up with certain styles and themes. If youíre going for a more romantic feel, consider using velvets and cozy looking throws. Leather gives a more rustic feel whereas blown glass and antique-finished woods provide the feel of country living. If youíre looking for more of a modern bedroom, try teak wood, smooth leather and even plastic touches to achieve your look. Change Your Accent Pillows And Shams Thereís something to be said for simply changing the pillows in your bedroom. Any throw pillows or pillow shams that are present in your bedroom could use a change each season or two. This will give you a fresh perspective instead of the same old tired bedding and accents. These simple changes can make a noticeable difference in your bedroom. Making these changes will also give you something to look forward to each and every season. Change Your Window Treatments Changing your curtains along with the seasons is a great idea as well. In the colder months, you may want to hang more insulated curtains to hold the heat in your room. In the summer months, light and airy curtains will help you to beat the heat. Make It Personal Your bedroom is the perfect place to hang your treasured photographs and artwork. Change up the pictures in your frames and the artwork on the walls every so often so that you can keep your memories flowing with goodness. Youíll get tired of staring at the same artwork day after day. By mixing it up, youíll be able to showcase all of your favorite things throughout the year!