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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 1/25/2020

This Condo in Andover, MA recently sold for $326,000. This Garden style home was sold by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA - Leading Edge Real Estate.


23 Summer Street, Andover, MA 01810

In Town

Condo

$329,500
Price
$326,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Home Sweet Home! Don't hesitate to schedule a showing today to see this very special in-town condo with unique features. The condo has a flexible floor plan, three bedrooms on the first floor, exclusive use of a 17x9 deck and a 13x7 screened porch, there is off-street parking with garage access situated on a wonderful lot that has common outdoor space well suited for entertaining and gardening.

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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 1/23/2020

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 Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 1/16/2020

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If you like the outdoors, spending time on the terrace or balcony at your home is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and spend time with family and friends. But sometimes windy weather or lack of privacy can create a challenge. Consider installing a windbreak to make your outdoor space more comfortable. Depending on your style, budget, and space requirements, you’ll find a wide variety of available options. Here are some practical ideas you can employ.

Types of Windbreaks

Glass Railing: Glass railings are a great option if you do not want to block the view from your outdoor space. Replacing traditional railings with glass or acrylic panels will add protection against the elements as well as sleek, modern curb appeal to your property.

Retractable windbreak: A retractable windbreak is a good solution if you do not want to add a permanent wall or railing to your space. A retractable windbreak functions like a horizontal window shade allowing for easy storage when it is not in use. They are available in polyester, textile fibers or plastic. Premium options are waterproof and treated to resist UV rays.

Trellis with climbing plants: Consider creating a windbreak with climbing vines and plants for a more natural aesthetic. First, install a trellis or pergola structure to support the plants. If your working at ground level, plant your climbing vines directly in the ground otherwise line planters along the edge of the balcony.

Bamboo shades: Rolled bamboo shades are a great option if you have a covered balcony with open sides. Bamboo shades are a windbreak you can open and close as needed. They are easy to install and come in a wide variety of styles and dimensions.

Finding the perfect windbreak for your home requires planning and budget considerations. If you need to hire a contractor to help with your project, ask your real estate agent for local recommendations.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 1/9/2020

What happens after a home seller rejects your offer to buy his or her home? Ultimately, there are many questions to consider in this scenario, including:

1. Why did the home seller reject my offer?

A home seller may reject an offer for a number of reasons. And if you work with a real estate agent, you may be able to gain insights into a home seller's decision.

Typically, your real estate agent will submit an offer to a home seller on your behalf. This real estate professional also may work directly with a home seller's real estate agent. As a result, your real estate agent may be able to find out why a home seller rejected your proposal.

2. Is there anything else I could've done?

Were you an informed homebuyer? If so, you've probably done everything you could to submit a proposal that would meet or exceed a home seller's expectations.

In most instances, an informed homebuyer will go above and beyond the call of duty to submit a competitive offer from the get-go. He or she will understand the ins and outs of the housing market and prepare an offer accordingly.

Furthermore, an informed homebuyer will learn about the condition of a home and the prices of comparable residences in the same city or town. By doing so, he or she will be able to differentiate a seller's market from a buyer's one.

An informed homebuyer also will do everything possible to avoid a "lowball" proposal.

If a homebuyer submits a lowball offer, a home seller is likely to dismiss his or her offer immediately. In addition, this homebuyer risks missing out on the opportunity to purchase a great home.

3. What should I do next?

After a home seller rejects your proposal, you can submit a new offer to the home seller. Or, you can always continue to browse the housing market. Regardless of which option you select, it is important to stay optimistic.

Remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea. Much in the same vein, you're sure to find a terrific house that satisfies your lifestyle and budget needs if you continue your home search.

When it comes to discovering the right home at the right price, hiring an experienced real estate agent is paramount.

An experienced real estate agent will work with you throughout the homebuying process. He or she will learn about your homebuying needs and budget and ensure you can check out a broad array of high-quality residences.

Moreover, an experienced real estate agent will take the guesswork out of buying a home. This real estate professional will keep you up to date about new houses as soon as they become available, set up home showings and much more. That way, you can accelerate the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

Employ an experienced real estate agent to help you with your home search – you'll be thrilled you did. An experienced real estate agent will make it simple for you to find a stellar residence that you can enjoy for years to come.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 1/2/2020

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Forty years ago every house had some paneling. Some more than others. Paneling can bring the look of natural wood and the great outdoors into a home. But unless your home is a cabin in the woods, chances are that's not what you're going for. Just like many home trends, paneling has fallen out of favor. And you're ready to replace it. 

Removing it is the easy part. What to do next is where many get stuck. We're here to help with how to prepare your wall in the four most common wall condition scenarios.

How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After a Clean Removal

If you were lucky, when you removed the wood paneling, you found that you have drywall back there. And they nailed the paneling to it rather than gluing it, so you could quickly get it off.

If the drywall is in good shape, you're ready to:

  1. Purchase supplies (primer, paint, brushes, rollers, plastic, paint pans, putty knife, spackling paste for nail holes, safety goggles).
  2. Lay down plastic to protect your floors.
  3. Remove baseboards or use painter's take to protect them if you don't want to paint them.
  4. Sand the surface.
  5.  Apply spackle to fill nail holes or other damage and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat if needed. 
  6. Sand the spackled area again to smooth it.
  7. Prime your wall.

And you're ready to paint.

*Note* If you find dark paint like black, hunter green or cranberry, you'll need a special primer to prime over it.

How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After Glued Panel Removal

If the panels were glued, you have a little more to do here. The paper face of the drywall may have come off, sometimes in chunks.

You might be able to salvage it. But you'll probably be much happier is you just skin it. That means you'll hang a very thin (1/4") drywall over the existing drywall.

  1. Purchase or gather 1/4" drywall, screws, safety glasses, drywall knife, drill, drywall tape, drywall taping knife, setting-type joint compound, hammer as well as the items listed above.
  2. Remove baseboards, outlet covers, door frames, etc..
  3. Measure and cut drywall if needed.
  4. Screw the drywall to the studs. Screws should be flush but not sunken. Drag a putty knife over the screws to feel if any are protruding.
  5. Use your drywall knife to cut around outlets, etc.
  6. Apply drywall tape over the seams.
  7. Apply compound, smooth and sand.
  8. Apply painter's tape.
  9. Prime the wall for painting.

How to Prepare a Wall for Painting When the Wall is in Rough Shape

If you find nasty wallpaper or hard-to-peel paint back there, your best bet is to skin the wall just like we did for glued panels. Follow the instructions above. 

How to Prepare a Wall if the Paneling was Nailed Directly into the Studs

In rare instances, you may have started pulling paneling and there's no drywall back there. In this case, you have a larger drywall project and may want to defer to professionals.

For more home projects you can DIY to improve the look and feel of your home, follow our blog.

 

 




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