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


Renovated top to bottom including new hardwood throughout. Side street setting with a lovely, level yard. Updates include an A/C condenser approximately 5 years old, brand new water heater, new sliding door off of dining area in kitchen with double oven, and a furnace installed in March of 2014. Architectural shingles on roof approximately 15 years - all the large ticket items have been taken care of so all you have to do is enjoy this lovely ranch. On the inside, this home has a nice flow from garage to family room through to kitchen, living room and hallway to bedrooms. For cozy winter nights, fire up the fireplace in the family room. The basement has a good-sized room finished and heated for extra space. Laundry in basement including a laundry sink. Store those winter clothes in the large cedar closet located in the basement. On the outside there are Anderson windows and the gutters have rain guards. The built in generator is powered by propane.

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The media, especially TV shows, have made renovating a home seem simple. A quick cleaning, splash some paint around and put a flatpack kitchen and you are done. However there is much more to renovating than you can learn by watching an hour-long show in your living room.So, how do you renovate to successfully sell your home for some cold hard cash? Here are some useful tips you can use to maximize your home sale price. 

Do not spend more than the worth of the house.

The last thing you would do is to spend too much money on renovations only to find your home stays longer than necessary on the market because it is overpriced, or worse, the final sale value does not allow you recoup the cost of the repairs.

Your aim should be to look for improvements that add value. That means cosmetic improvements like re-polishing the floorboards and even a splash of fresh paint inside and out. You look for the opportunities to spruce up and replace old cabinetry handles, etc.

This cost-effective touch-up can make your home look polished and new without you having to spend too much on renovation.

Home buyers have their own preferences and personalities.

While taking your time and resources to improve on your property, you need to leave space for the buyers’ personal touches.

However, if your house is really rundown, it could be a smart decision to leave it as is and attract bargain hunters who would want to renovate to their tastes. Alternatively, if your home is almost there, concentrate on the areas that are most likely to catch the buyers’ attention. For instance, a skillfully designed bathroom is always a strong selling point, while incomplete landscaping may not contribute to your bottom line.

Do not compromise quality.

Buyers appreciate the quality and skill involved in building the original home. They are also better informed than even the seller and are likely to shell out for a pre-purchase building inspection. So, prepare to spend more and call in the professionals to give your home a special touch.

A color expert knows precisely what you want in paint shades. So, the best approach for quality upgrades is to invite a licensed professional and do away with those do-it-yourself ways that do not yield reliable positive results. Looking at fittings and fixtures, go for the best quality you can afford, even if it means centralizing replacements in one particular area.

Final Thought

Being choosy about how you renovate your property will give you the more significant sale price you are looking for. Just concentrate your mind on marketable and attractive details buyers can see. This will ensure you recoup more than what you have spent on your renovation efforts. Still have questions about the best renovations for your property? Talk to your real estate agent about what matters to buyers in your area.


Builders and contractors - don't miss this opportunity! Also great for a person who would like to put in some work to make this their own home. Quaint antique colonial on a side street in downtown Westborough. Open and great flow to this floor plan. Kitchen to dining room, then to living room. First floor also has full bath with stained glass window and room off the first floor bedroom which would work perfectly for a walk-in closet, in home office, small play room or additional bedroom. Furnace and water heater are 5 years old, and roof was replaced in 2009. Some windows replaced. Walking distance to shops and restaurants as well as Roche Brothers grocery store. This home needs work, however, has so much potential and is priced to be able to put that work in and end up with very nice home in a nice neighborhood. Price reflects work needed. Don't miss the wonderful side yard, the two-car garage and the shed! Basement has old stove/sink set up and side door to driveway. Worth a look!

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Welcome home to this stately colonial situated on one of the larger and prettiest lots in desirable Woodcrest Acres. Enter into the spacious two story foyer. Walk back to the nicely updated kitchen with stainless steel, white cabinets (including an extra wall of them!) & granite, which flows nicely into newly painted/carpeted, fireplaced family room with exposed beams and built in shelving. Enjoy your favorite beverage as you relax on the beautiful 3-season porch overlooking the nicely landscaped yard in the nice weather, or in front of one of the homes two fireplaces on a cold winters' eve. A beautiful front to back fireplaced living room rounds out the first floor and hardwood floors grace most of the home. The bedrooms are all very good sized. The home boasts central A/C & the yard is enhanced with sprinkler system and beautiful mature plantings which increase the beauty of this serene area. Boderus heating system. Anderson windows in 2007. And Just minutes to Route 9 & Mass Pike.

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Can you imagine sitting on your deck in the comfortable shade of a 8x10 Sunsetter awning as you sip a cool drink gazing at your pool? This could be your future. Freshly painted and ready for your finishing touches. This contemporary split offers an open floor plan with an easy flow from kitchen to dining room to fireplaced living room with cathedral ceiling. Two generous sized bedrooms and a bath round out the first floor. The second floor offers nice privacy for master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk in closet. There is also a spacious loft offering nice and bright additional space. Large finished room in basement with pool table and a half bath - perfect for those weekend evenings when you wish to stay at home and have fun. Wonderful neighborhood, perfect for walking or riding bikes. The water heater is brand new, basement constructed with a steel "I" beam to open the space. Washer, dryer and utility sink in basement included.

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