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Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 6/19/2018

Home staging is one of the most tried-and-true methods of selling your home faster. It can also help you increase the purchase price of your home by between one and five percent.

However, working with a professional home stager--while a good investment--is not always in everyone’s budget.

The good news is, there are a lot of simple and inexpensive ways to stage your home that will give visitors a good first impression, make for great photos for your online listing, and hopefully help speed up your home sale.

In today’s post, we’re going to break down six of the most effective and inexpensive home staging tips to help you sell your home faster.

1. Declutter everything

Cleaning out your home is one of the best ways to make it appear more spacious and welcoming. It gives you the chance to start packing items you won’t need until you move into your new home, and it opens up space to use a few choice decorations around the home.

For things like cabinets and closets, remove all of the items you won’t need until you move. A closet that is half-full will look much larger for guests viewing your home.

2. Clean carpets and polish wooden furniture

Carpets, flooring, and furniture make up a large percent of the visible space in your home. Leaving these items dirty or worn when selling your home is missing out on a huge opportunity to make your home look up-to-date and well-maintained.

You can rent a carpet cleaner for as little as $20, and a gallon of wood polish costs around $15, making these two items a solid investment for staging your home.

3. Paint with bright colors

When we paint our homes we usually choose colors that we like, rather than ones that appeal to the largest number of people. And although that’s a great thing while you own a home, it can be detrimental when it comes time to sell. Repainting dark walls in bright, neutral tones will make the room feel larger and well-lit.

4. Paint the front door while you’re at it

A freshly painted, bright colored front door can be the secret weapon when it comes to making your home stand out amongst your neighbors. It is a cheap way to quickly freshen up the exterior of your home and increase curb appeal.

5. Purchase a new welcome mat and mailbox

Welcome mats tend to get a lot of use and wear down. Similarly, mailboxes often get dented and faded over the years.

These two items can be excellent accents to improve the curb appeal of your home. Choose colors that match the overall color scheme of your home to establish a sense of continuity.

6.  Rearrange furniture to allow foot traffic

When someone comes to view your home, you’ll want to sure they have ease of access to each part of the house. Rearrange the furniture in your kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms to make it easy to tour the home.





Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 6/13/2018


855 Washington St, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$574,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
New Construction! Can be ready for occupancy in 30 days! Architecturally pleasing, this colonial is set up off road on a 2.5 acre lot. A classic, open floor plan will offers a spacious kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, First floor laundry, family room with vaulted ceilings and gas fireplace. Central air, gas heating, 2 car garage. This lot combines beautiful rural views in a natural setting with plenty of level yard space. Conveniently located to shopping, and commuter routes and Boston train.
Open House
Sunday
June 17 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Come see this new construction in Franklin for under $600k. Still time for personal choices.
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Location: 855 Washington St, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 6/12/2018

Many home buyers approach house hunting from the same angle as an employer searching for the ideal job candidate. It's almost like they have a split personality. On one hand, they're hoping that each prospect will be the one they ultimately choose. On the other hand, they're also looking for flaws and weaknesses -- reasons not to choose the house (or the job candidate) they're considering.

The solution to that dilemma for home sellers is simple... but not necessarily easy! Follow the advice of songwriter Johnny Mercer, who penned the lyrics to the 1944 hit song "Accentuate the Positive" (eliminate the negative)! Presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers not only helps attract more offers, but it also increases your chances of receiving your asking price -- assuming it's based on hard facts, such as recent sales data of other comparable homes in the neighborhood.

Getting It Right The First Time

An experienced real estate agent can be immensely helpful in determining a realistic listing price that will reflect your home's fair market value without being too high. (The last thing you want is for the price to scare away qualified prospects!) Although it's not an exact science, there is a methodology that helps make sure the listing price is reasonable and in the right ball park.

There are several challenges that homeowners face in staging their home for quick sale and determining the best price for all parties involved. In addition to the potential pitfall of allowing one's emotions to inflate a home's asking price, it's also difficult for the owner to view their home through the eyes of potential buyers. That's why professional advice can often make the difference between success and failure in real estate sales.

Being able to identify cost-effective ways to enhance the curb appeal and overall marketability of a house for sale can be difficult for someone who doesn't do it on a daily basis. A real estate professional with a trained eye can zero in on necessary changes, repairs, and cosmetic improvements that can accentuate the positive and eliminate -- or at least, downplay -- the negative!

If it's been a few years since your house or rooms have received a fresh coat of paint, then that might be one of the first improvements a real estate agent or home staging consultant recommends. To "cast as wide of a net" as possible, neutral paint colors typically have the broadest appeal to prospective home buyers. Fresh flowers -- both in hanging baskets and vases -- are an inexpensive way to add some color and appealing touches to the look and feel of your home. Doing your best to get rid of clutter, weeds, and objectionable odors in and around your home are other basic steps you can take to make a positive impression on potential buyers.





Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 6/5/2018

Getting ready to move is a fun and exciting time. With all of the change happening around you, it’s good to have a solid plan in place for moving that will get you through. Perhaps the most chaotic time is two weeks leading up to moving day. Don’t worry, we have a checklist ready for you, so you can be prepared. 


2 Weeks Before The Move


First, you should make sure that your car is ready for the drive, if you’re driving to your new house. Even if you’re hiring a moving company, you’ll need to know that your car can handle the trip and that your movers and you have maps available. Even in the age of GPS, this is a good idea just in case you lose service on the road.


Next, you’ll need to get cleaning. You should begin cleaning any of the rooms in your house that have been emptied out including closets. This is a good time to make one last check that everything has been packed. If you need to make any kind of arrangements to have your old home or your new home professionally cleaned, you should do so at this time. It will be much easier to have your new home painted and cleaned before you arrive with all of your stuff.   


You need to get your records in order. Any prescriptions that you have must be transferred to a new pharmacy nearby. It’s a good idea to keep all of your important documents in a safe such as passports, financial statements, deeds, titles and wills.  


You’ll need to get your family prepared for the move as well. Be sure that you know where pets and kids are going and how they’re getting there. Collect all other valuable items such as jewelry and family heirlooms and pack them somewhere for safe keeping.  


One Week Before The Move


The last week in your home might be kind of stressful and emotional. Make sure that everything is packed at this point. Label each box for easy unpacking once you get to your new place. You could easily forget what’s in each box by the time you get there! 


Other items of concern:

  • Confirm the move-in and closing dates with your real estate agent.
  • Arrange to pay your movers.   
  • Make a plan in case the movers end up running behind and you get to your home before your stuff does. 
  • Back up your computer and keep a drive with the files on it in the safe. 
  • Dispose of anything hazardous within your home like paint and chemicals.
  • Change your address with the Post Office if you haven’t already done so.
  • Cancel or change newspaper and magazine subscriptions. 
  •  Find meals that you can make using the remaining food in your fridge. 
  • Empty lockers at school and the gym. 

Return borrowed items to friends and family.

There will be quite a bit left for you to do once you get to your new home. You’ll need time to get established. Moving is exciting and stressful all at the same time! With a plan, you’ll be on your way to a smooth move! 




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Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 5/30/2018


16 Pine Ridge Dr, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$464,900
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
Everything about 16 Pine Ridge Drive says warm, inviting, and home. Spacious, sun filled rooms grace the interior of this full 5 bedroom Gambrel located in a very desirable and convenient Franklin neighborhood. Kitchen has been recently renovated with an abundance of cherry cabinets and quartz countertops, window seat storage and lots of light! Fireside dining area and a front to back family room with built-in cabinetry. This home offers 2 full baths and all 5 generous size bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor. Generous closet space. Full basement great for storage and makes a terrific work shop. Economical natural gas heat, and brand new roof (2018). The yard is wonderful, level, and private in the back. A gardeners delight! If you love to entertain indoors and out, this is the home for you! Showings begin at OH Sunday June 3rd, 12 -2.
Open House
Sunday
June 03 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First showings. Terrific home in a great location and a fabulous lot!
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Location: 16 Pine Ridge Dr, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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