Blog :: 2018

5 Ways to Update a Tired Kitchen

White Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a spacious, new kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances? Fact is, when showing your home, the kitchen is THE most important room in the house. It is both the most functional room in the house and the one place that people tend to gather in to socialize and connect with one another. It is the hub of the house and, because of [...]

How To Get More People To Home Showings

Open House

When you put your north of Boston home on the market, it would be nice if you could just put a “For Sale” sign out front, then the home would magically sell. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Most home searches begin online today. Then, buyers move to open houses and private home showings. Whether you live in a condo, townhouse, or a [...]

Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal

Landscaping

If you are thinking about selling your home in Wakefield or one of the other communities north of Boston, you may want to give it a makeover before placing it on the market. For many, living in the same home for an extended period of time can blur your vision of the details that may need attention. For example, you may not notice the sagging shutters on the second floor or the chipped paint on the trim.  However, these details are things that potential buyers see when they drive up to your house. The good news is that these are things that you can easily tackle before you get ready to sell that will not break the bank.

CONSULT WITH A REALTOR

Not sure where to start? Maybe all you need is a fresh set of eyes. Any of our agents at Christopher J. Barrett Realtors can provide insight on what improvements can be made to improve the curb appeal of your home so that the house sells quickly. We are professionals in this business and are savvy as to why properties sell and why they do not. We are here to help and would love to offer our suggestions.

LANDSCAPING

LandscapingOne of the first things a prospective buyer will notice when they drive up to a home is the yard. That is why having a well-landscaped lot is vital when planning to sell your home. Some DYI tasks you can do are to weed the garden, plant some fresh flowers and prune the hedges. Adding fresh mulch or window boxes with colorful annuals can add a nice touch to the appearance. Mow the lawn and try to remove any dandelions or weeds. All of these ideas can be done with just a little time and perspiration!Painting

PAINT

Is the paint peeling or is the color faded from years of direct sunlight? Perhaps a fresh coat will revitalize the house and give it that sparkle to attract the right buyer. Or, maybe the front door or shutters need a makeover. You will be surprised at how a new coat of paint can transform the front of the home. These subtle differences add character to a home and can make it feel more welcoming.

DRIVEWAY/WALKWAYS/PATIOS

The driveway and front walkway should be cared for and clean. If there are cracks in the pavement, spend a little time and money to seal them or even repave it. Remove all the weeds and provide a clean, even edge to the walkways. Sweeping the front stairs can add a nice touch and will make visitors and potential homebuyers feel at home.

All of these suggestions will only enhance your property when looking to sell. But be sure you do not wait until the last minute to spruce up the place. Doing a little at a time will relieve stress and give you the time you need to get the job done right. If you would like one of our agents to provide an opinion on how to best prepare to sell your home in Wakefield or one of the surrounding communities north of Boston, please feel free to contact us at 781-245-5011. We can get the job done!

Look At The Neighborhood, Not Just The House

Wakefield MA Home Listed by CJ Barrett Realtors

If you’re in the market for a new home in one of the communities North of Boston and you see a property you’d like to make an offer on, take a walk or ride around the neighborhood first. This is the best way to see if the neighborhood is a good fit for you.

  • Is the neighborhood near local parks, schools, and restaurants?
  • How accessible is the highway or public
  • [...]

Don't Be An Emotional Seller

You’ve raised your family in your home … you’ve hosted many holidays over the years … you’ve lovingly restored or renovated your home. These things can often lead sellers to be too [...]

Pay Attention to Staging!

Staging is very important if you want your home to make a good first impression.

While every room is important, you should focus on three types of rooms that buyers tend to pay particular attention to: kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

In the kitchen, make sure the stove, sink and countertops are spotless. Countertops should be clear of anything that [...]

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