Katie McBride | Hopkinton Real Estate, Holliston Real Estate, Ashland Real Estate


When prospective buyers stop by to see your house, they're going to be barraged by a variety of sights, sounds, and smells. Some of these sensations will immediately capture their attention, while others may register on a subconscious level.

The encouraging thing to keep in mind is that you can control many aspects of how visitors experience your home.

Here are a few quick tips for making your home as appealing as possible:

Flower arrangements can add a touch of freshness and eye appeal to both the interior and exterior of your home and property. They can also infuse the air with an appealing fragrance, which can make a positive impression on potential buyers. One cautionary note is that wilted or tired-looking floral displays are not going to have the same positive impact as fresh, vibrant ones. Also keep in mind that some flowers smell more appealing than others. Most people generally prefer subtle fragrances, rather than overpowering smells! If the season and your climate permit it, placing hanging baskets of colorful flowers on your front porch and other locations can add immensely to the visual appeal of your property.

Make sure all surfaces are sparklingly clean! Imagine a prospect reaching for a house flyer or information sheet about your home, and finding that the paper was stuck to the kitchen counter! You also don't want them feeling a sticky or wet sensation when they touch or lean their elbow on a counter, tabletop, or refrigerator handle! The same rule-of-thumb can be applied to floor surfaces. If there are sticky spots, stains, or visible spills on the floor, you can be sure that's going to negatively impact a prospect's opinion of your home. It's not easy to keep your home spotless when it's on the market (or at any other time), but if you prioritize areas like floor, countertops, and sinks, then you'll be much less likely to overlook common problem areas. Eliminating pet odors, laundry smells, mold, and mildew will also make your home a much more inviting and appealing place for house hunters, real estate agents, and other visitors.

Reduce household noises whenever possible. Noises, such as squeaky hinges, loud HVAC systems, or rumbling garage doors can imply several things to prospective home buyers -- all of which are undesirable! Low-cost, DIY solutions to these problems are often available, although in some cases, it might be necessary to call a repairman or service person to check out your operating systems and make needed adjustments.

There are a lot of things to be aware of when you sell your house, but if you approach different tasks in a systematic, methodical way, you'll be much more likely to remember the important stuff and avoid sticky situations that could undermine your chances for getting your house sold quickly!




 

In the community of Northbridge, MA in the past month there have been 13 homes sold.  The average sale price of these homes was $340,838 and the homes were on the market an average of 56 days.  There have been 13 homes listed for sale during the past month Northbridge, MA.
 
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This Single-Family in Ashland, MA recently sold for $261,000. This Colonial,Antique style home was sold by Katie McBride - RE/MAX Executive Realty.


65 Concord Street, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$250,000
Price
$261,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
When you think of serenity, this property immediately comes to mind. Flanked on each side by running water w/pathways leading you through a wonderful maze of perennial gardens while the gentle flow of water is calming & soothing. Don't be fooled by the outside - the rooms are surprisingly spacious with a feel of country cottage combined with old charm. Sit on the side porch, or the back porch - both offer lovely views. Or dine/entertain on the back patio while enjoying the beautiful back yard. Enter into the large living room with hardwood that flows nicely into the kitchen. Every way you look, there is an abundance of flowering plants, birds and water. The home could use some updating, but the heating system is newer so the expensive item has already been done for you. Right off Ashland center, so within walking distance to parks, library, seasonal farmers market, dining & post office. A commuter's dream w/train being so close. HOME IS IN A FLOOD ZONE.




When it comes time to attend a home showing, it helps to be prepared. That way, you can check out a house from top to bottom and confirm that this house fits your needs.

Ultimately, there are several important steps that a homebuyer should take before attending a home showing, and these are:

1. Review the Home Listing

Reading a home listing often serves as a first opportunity to evaluate a house and determine whether it could be your dream residence. As such, you'll want to review the listing closely to verify your interest in a house.

Oftentimes, reading a home listing a few times is a good idea. This will enable you to analyze all aspects of the listing and ensure it is worth your time to visit a house in-person.

2. Create a Home Showing Checklist

Although a home listing likely provides lots of information about a house, there may be plenty of unanswered questions that you have about a residence. Fortunately, a home showing gives you the opportunity to ask questions and receive insights into a house that you won't be able to receive elsewhere. And if you craft a home showing checklist in advance, you'll be ready to get the information that you need to fully assess a residence.

Remember, there is no such thing as a "bad" question, particularly when it comes to evaluating a house. If you make a list of questions before a home showing, you'll be able to receive responses that can help you make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer on a house.

Don't forget to include different areas of a home in your home showing checklist, either. In most cases, you'll want to evaluate a house's roof, attic and other areas to determine whether costly, time-intensive repairs may be needed in the near future.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Preparing for a home showing may prove to be difficult, particularly for a buyer who is attending a showing for the first time. If you consult with a real estate agent, however, you can get the help that you need to prepare for any home showing, at any time.

A real estate agent is a homebuying professional who understands the ins and outs of evaluating a residence. He or she can provide expert home showing preparation recommendations and serve as a guide throughout the showing itself.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to help you at each stage of the homebuying journey. If you have questions before or after a home showing, a real estate agent is ready to answer them. And if you want to submit an offer following a showing, this housing market professional can help you submit a competitive proposal at your convenience.

Don't wait to kick off your search for the perfect home. Instead, follow the aforementioned steps, and you can prepare for a home showing and move closer to acquiring your ideal residence.



53 Hayward Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$370,000
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Can't beat this location - easy access to Route 495 and Mass Pike - grocery shopping right down the street - and a lake within a half mile! Pretty home with great curb appeal. Lot is picket fenced and back deck overlooks spacious yard and storage shed. Harvey windows replaced recently. Roof 2009. Newer furnace. Corian kitchen counter tops - open floor plan with kitchen/dining room and large front to back living room with slider. Hardwoods!!! According to Boston Magazine in 2016, Hopkinton was ranked number 31 out of Massachusetts public high schools within the I-495 area.
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