4 Tips to Make Your Move a Breeze

Whether you are moving just a few miles away, or to a whole new state, the moving process can be a stressful one for sure. Our team is dedicated to making your move as stress free as possible. There are plenty of things that we can do on our end to help smooth over your process, but there’s a few things that you can do as a seller as well. If you are thinking of selling your home, contact your real estate agent as soon as possible – the sooner you get your agent involved, the smoother the process. Here’s a few more tips on how to make your move a breeze.

Baby Step Packing

If you aren’t in a rush to pack, save yourself the stress by packing a little bit at a time. Start packing room by room – start with the least used room first. It’s easy to get discombobulated when you are doing many things at once, so just take it step by step, room by room, and packing will be easier than you thought.

Yard Sale Time

This is one of the best ways to get organized – and make a little money on the side for new items for your new home. Sell everything that you don’t use or need anymore. One of the best feelings of moving into a new home is not having so much clutter, so get rid of any clutter so you don’t bring it into your new home. The more you sell, the less you have to move to your new house.

Create A Packing List moving-boxes-labeled

Being organized is one of the best things you can do for yourself when you are in the process of moving. Make a checklist – or you can even find one online by simply Googling “Moving Checklist”. Follow that checklist throughout the entire process, it will help you stay focused and organize and help create a stress-free move.

There’s Science to Packing – Pack Smart

Instead of stuffing as many items as possible into a box, take the time pack everything with care – you don’t want anything to break or get ruined. It will also lighten the load when you are carrying to boxes into your new home. Make sure you securely fasten furniture and other larger household items in the moving truck. And of course – don’t forget to label each box. This will save you a lot of time and headaches, and if you plan on using a moving company they will know exactly where everything is supposed to go.

 


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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4 Tips to A Quick Home Sale

The hopes of many homeowners is to sell their property quickly, for the most amount of money. The home selling process can be stressful and overwhelming, however, my team and I are here to make that process as simple as possible for you. Here’s a few tips to getting your home sold quickly and at a reasonable price!

Hire A Real Estate Professional While this may seunnamedem like a simple concept, there are many people out there that try to sell their home without professional consultation. Using a professional to handle the transaction of your most valuable asset is extremely important – we have the experience and expertise to make sure that that transaction is handled with care.

The Price Is Right Many people are disappointed when they hear where their home stands in the current market. Trust your real estate agent and their research – we know the local market and can properly align your home with other similar properties that have sold recently.

Marketing Strategy Every home is different, which is why our team put together different marketing strategies for different types of properties. 90% of homebuyers search homes online, so that is where we focus a lot of our marketing attention. We have a multiple point marketing strategy in order to give your home that utmost exposure to reach potential qualified buyers.

Clean and Tidy When a buyer is looking at a home, they are trying to picture themselves living there. When a house is cluttered and full of “stuff”, its hard for buyers to get that image in their head. Clear out some clutter, and make sure most household items are tidied away so it makes for a clean environment for the buyers to explore.

These are just a few steps you can take to get your home sold fast. As your real estate agent, it is our job to make sure your home gets the most exposure possible. If you’d like to find out more about how we market our homes, feel free to contact us for more information.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Downsize the Easy Way

Are you ready to retire and downsize your home? Here are some ways to prepare for the move and make the process easier.

  1. Research your ideal new home. Look into condominiums and senior communities to see if they have benefits you’ll enjoy. Select an easily accessible home with added features like grab bars or non-slip floors to ensure your future comfort.
  2. Fit your furniture to the space. Chances are you have some larger pieces of furniture that won’t fit in your new home. Keep only essential furniture in good condition.
  3. Clear out your garage. If you’re moving to full_servicea senior community or other organized community, you may not have to worry about yard work. Get rid of tools and equipment you won’t need in your new home, like lawnmowers or large power tools.
  4. Recycle your kitchenware. Donate or dispose of any extra pots, pans or other large items in your kitchen.
  5. Distribute sentimental items. Collectibles, art projects, report cards and baby clothes are full of wonderful memories, but you may not have room for them in your new home. Let your family take home sentimental items they want, and let go of the rest.
  6. Give the kids their stuff. If you have grown children, have them claim their belongings that take up space in your home.
  7. Hold a garage sale. If many items you don’t need are in good condition, a garage sale is an easy way to collect some cash. Sell what you can and donate the items that remain.
  8. Make downsizing an event. Downsizing can be difficult – you are saying goodbye to a beloved family home, after all. Invite your family and neighbors to come help you with the process, and have snacks or an easy dinner to make it more fun. Giving your home a proper farewell may help you get ready to move on.

Give me a call today for your buying and selling needs!


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Declutter Your Kitchen

Who hasn’t had a cupboard full of Tupperware come crashing down on their head? And don’t we all have a drawer in our kitchen that holds every scrap of paper and useless knickknack we have ever owned? While kitchen clutter may be a universal truth, it can also make using your kitchen a time consuming and frustrating task. Though de-cluttering your kitchen may seem like an equally unpleasant job, a few simple tricks can get it organized and keep it that way.

Clear Off The Countertops

Kitchen-Counter-BS-Tropico_Island_KitWhile some appliances, such as the coffeemaker and toaster, have a home on a countertop, usually appliances that we rarely if ever use also end up there. Find a cupboard in which to keep all the small appliances you don’t use often, and be sure to put them back after using them. Also, while fruit bowls and flowers can make a kitchen a more inviting space, too many decorative items can create clutter and reduce the usable counter space in your kitchen.

Rearrange Cupboards

Are your dishes and glasses miles from the dishwasher? Storing the kitchen items you use in drawers and cupboards closest to where you actually use those items makes good sense. And more importantly, it also makes putting them back easier. This is also a good opportunity to get rid of all the things you don’t use!

Invest In Organization

Purchasing a few useful gadgets for the kitchen can make organization easier. A lazy Susan for a bottom cupboard can make getting to your pots and pans easier. Also, drawer trays to separate utensils and Tupperware that stacks can make using your kitchen a more pleasant experience.

Eliminate The Junk Drawer

While it may be hard to let go of that convenient place to put all the things that don’t have a home, in most cases what ends up in the junk drawer is just that—JUNK. If you haven’t used it in the last few months, odds are you never will!

Create A Kitchen Office Space

Whether it is just a notepad to write the grocery list, takeout menus, or a complete home office, we all have some paper that ends up in the kitchen. Organizing your bills, receipts, and menus all in one space and not in piles will make for a more functional and a neater kitchen.

These few simple tips can make your kitchen a more inviting and functional room, and by creating purpose for the space, and purchasing a few tools to do that, you can keep your kitchen clutter free!

 


 

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Ways to Go Green in the Kitchen

  • Start a garden. Whether you opt for a full-out vegetable garden or a small window of fresh herbs, the taste of freshness will be unmistakable!
  • Shop locally! Visit local farmers markets or choose locally produced produce whenever possible.
  • Bring your own bags when you visit the grocery store. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs.
  • Save time and energy by cooking a double portion and setting half aside in the freezer for a quick meal at a later date.
  • Get energized and leave the appliances alone. Whenever possible, mix and beat ingredients by hand, cook multiple items at the same time, and avoid washing dishes unnecessarily. Use energy-efficient appliances such as the slow cooker or toaster oven, which can use up to 30% less energy. Be aware of energy wasters such as excessive pre-heating or simmering.
  • Ditch the wraps (such as saran wrap or foil) and make the switch to reusable containers for lunches and leftovers.
  • Put a lid on it! Did you know that cooking with lids could save up to three times the energy? Keep all that steam inside the pot for a more energy- efficient (and faster!) meal.
  • Go fresh—say goodbye to excessively packaged foods, which are often produced using processes that are harmful to the environment. Cooking meals from scratch using fresh ingredients is not only healthier, it’s often less expensive and better for the environment.
  • Decide what you are looking for before you open the fridge, and never keep the door open longer than absolutely necessary.

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Home Staging: The Ten Best Do-It-Yourself Tips For $100 Or Less

Staging your Metrowest home can truly help expedite the sale of your home. Giving your home a cozy look really attracts buyers and helps them imagine themselves in your home. Here’s a few tips to give your home that welcoming feel with these inexpensive tips!

  1. Potted Plants, small or large, are one of the Home-stagingeasiest and least expensive ways to create visual appeal.
  2. Home Fragrance— such as scented candles, sprays, and plug-in type fragrance gadgets in delicate scents can work wonders.
  3. Steam Cleaning—Rather than investing in a professional service, rent the machine for one day, and rejuvenate carpets and drapes.
  4. Baskets and Decorative Containers can help organize scattered items and eliminate clutter.
  5. Light Bulbs and Dimmer Switches—Brighten dark areas and rooms or soften harsh light with dimmers and the newer soft light bulbs.
  6. Paint over unusual colors or update stark white walls with a contemporary neutral tone.
  7. Fresh Flowers—Inexpensive arrangements in vases you already own look beautiful and will smell naturally fresh.
  8. Throw Pillows will instantly update an old sofa or chair or make a plain bed look luxurious.
  9. Maid Service can be costly, but hiring one for a day or a few hours is affordable—and it’s worth it to make a kitchen or bathroom sparkle!
  10. Snacks! A bowl of polished apples, a bunch of grapes or a plate of fresh cookies makes your home look warm and inviting.

 

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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What To Do About Your Energy Bill That Just Broke Your Wallet

So you got your energy bill this month. You blinked 4 times. You rubbed your eyes. cartoon-gas-billYou looked to see if you were looking at the wrong page. You checked the rest of your mail for a letter saying ‘Sorry, we sent you the wrong bill’. Nope. That’s right, your energy bill just went up about 30-60%. Here are a few things you can do to help lower your monthly electric bill:

  1. Beware of vampire power: Even when some electronics or appliances are turned off, they still are able to drain energy from your home when they are plugged in. Unplug household items such as toaster ovens, hair dryers, cell phone chargers, and coffee makers to help stop the drainage.
  2. Program your thermostat. By doing this you can save up to 10 on your heating and cooling bills.
  3. Have curtains? Use them. Open your curtains when the sun is shining in and close them at night to keep the heat in.
  4. Draft-proof your house. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5-30% of a home’s energy use.
  5. Close your fireplace damper when not in use! Keeping it open will suck out the heat from your home.
  6. Wrap water heaters with an insulated blanket. These insulated blankets can be found at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s for around $20.
  7. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Adding insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and air sealing your home can really save you money.
  8. Get your furnace professionally inspected to ensure it’s working properly.

Taking some of these precautions might help lower your energy consumption, but with the incredible increase in rates for energy supply in Massachusetts, it may only make a slight difference. Because of this, I have many friends and clients that have decided to go solar. If you think solar is expensive – I have a secret for you. With SolarCity, the nation’s #1 Solar Provider, homeowners are able to go solar and save money without spending to do it. Not only do you NOT have to pay for the solar panels, but your monthly electric bill decreases significantly. And of course, getting your power from the sun, instead of burning coal and fossil fuels, is better for the environment. Watch the video to learn more about how SolarCity works. If you are interested in learning more about going solar, please contact my friend Mark Featherstone, a SolarCity representative for the MetroWest area.

Mark Featherstone
774-217-8830
mfeatherstone@solarcity.com

 


 

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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What To Expect When Selling Your MetroWest Home

Selling your home involves many tasks and timelines. We’re here to make the process simple for you.
Here are the basic processes to keep in mind during your sale.

Before Listing Your Home

  • Research professionals – Look for an agent who’s active in your neighborhood. The
    SellMyMetroWest Home team services many areas in the MetroWest such as Milford, Upton, Mendon, Hopedale, and Hopkinton. It’s always important that the real estate agent you work with is active online. 90% of buyers search online during the home buying process, that’s why the SellMyMetroWest Home team has developed a marketing plan that incorporates the use of targeted online marketing.
  • Work around school or employment – If you have school-age children, listing in the late winter or early spring months gives you a better chance of closing escrow and moving before school starts. If a job is prompting you to move, coordinate your self with your relocation and determine if you will be buying or renting in your new community.

After You’ve Hired Your Agent

  • Ask questions – With the SellMyMetroWest Home team, there is no question too small. Ask us what to expect during the sales transaction, and always ask for buyer feedback on what will make your house more marketable.
  • List on a Monday or Tuesday – Listing early in the week builds momentum and allows for a strong open house for the weekend.
  • Rent a storage unit – If you still occupy your home, clear clutter and store away household items you don’t need. Decluttered homes show better.

While It’s On the Market

  • Keep a cleaning service handy – Hire a professional cleaning service to come in while your house in on the market.
  • Discuss sales strategies with your agent – If your home is listed for more than six weeks without an offer, reconsider the price or improvements that will enhance your home and be more attractive to buyers.
  • Be prepared – The housing market may change. Be flexible and open to changes. This will help you sell quicker and eliminate home-selling stress.

 


 

 

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Look Out Man Caves, the “She Shed” Is Taking Over

Women have started a new home trend – a She Shed. Women across the nation have taken the “Man Cave” to another level. What is a She Shed exactly? Well it can really be anything you want. It’s the female version of a man cave, but for most, instead of having a room in the basement with an 80 inch tv and sports memorabilia hanging on the walls, they have turned simple sheds into their own space to relax in. I wouldn’t be surprised if you started seeing more of these She Sheds pop up in towns such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, or Upton. Most people that live in these towns have enough yard space to create such a relaxing bungalow. Read more