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


Believe it or not, your unfinished basement can make or break your home in the eyes of a prospective homebuyer. And ultimately, your basement may dictate whether a homebuyer makes an offer or considers other residences. An unfinished basement represents an opportunity for home sellers around the country. And those who devote the necessary time and resources to improve the quality of their homes' unfinished basements could reap the rewards of a fast sale. So what does it take to revitalize an unfinished basement? Here are three basement improvement tips that every home seller needs to know about: 1. Use floor mats. Your basement's concrete floor likely remains cold and unattractive. Fortunately, foam mats can help you add a splash of color and improve your basement floor's appearance instantly. Foam mats come in a variety of shapes and colors, ensuring you'll be able to find mats that fit your basement floor beautifully. Plus, these mats can help you showcase the true value of your unfinished basement to prospective homebuyers. Whether homebuyers want to use an unfinished basement as a workout area, a den or a workspace, you can leverage floor mats to create an awe-inspiring setting that helps transform a bland basement into an exceptional one. 2. Install storage. Want to show off the massive amount of space available in your home's unfinished basement? Installing shelves and using storage units to your advantage enables you to highlight how an unfinished basement can serve as a great storage area. From storing sports gear to tools and everything in between, your basement can serve as a one-of-a-kind storage space that enables you to keep excess items out of sight. And with the right storage units in place, you'll have no trouble showing prospective homebuyers what it's like to stay organized and maximize the space available in your unfinished basement. 3. Stop the moisture. Notice a wet, damp smell that lingers across your basement? Moisture likely is the culprit behind this odor. However, you can eliminate moisture and the associated smell by picking up a dehumidifier. With a dehumidifier, you will be able to eliminate moisture without delay. And in the event of moisture that causes leaks and puddles in your basement, you may need to consider weatherproofing your basement to keep moisture at bay consistently. When it comes to your unfinished basement, you'll want to do everything you can to ensure it serves as an asset – not a liability. But those who are committed to improving the quality of an unfinished basement can take the right steps to minimize moisture and its associated odor. Remember, your unfinished basement is an important part of your home. And even though your basement may be one of the final areas a prospective homebuyer examines, you'll want to make this space as attractive as possible. Enhance the quality of an unfinished basement to ensure this space can help you boost your home's attractiveness to prospective homebuyers. By doing so, you may be able to increase your residence's value and generate interest in your home from a wide range of homebuyers.

A keen eye for exquisite furniture, wall hangings, flooring and accessories enlivens an entire home.  An overwhelming feeling that bad things will occur if you don’t hold onto certain household products could rob you of less and less living space. The inner push or demand to hold onto belongings could also develop into hoarding habits.

Signs of hoarding generally start during the teenage years. A relationship breakup,death of a parent, significant lifestyle change due to an injury or illness or another major event are reasons why people start hoarding. Events such as a stroke, infection or a brain injury can also kick off hoarding.

The sooner you seek help, the better, as early treatment could make it easier for you to begin to heal. You could also keep your home from losing its value. Catching yourself early is important. It could be the brake that stops you from journeying too far into the disease. Read through these signs to see if you’re engaging in hoarding habits so that you can seek support, maintain your home’s value and keep moving forward.

  • Saving newspapers, letters and magazines to the point that they are overflowing off a coffee table onto the floor or piled in the kitchen sink
  • Shoes, clothes, dishware and other items filing the bathtub or oven
  • Buying and storing items that you never use but feel as if they are a necessity
  • Placing items in large garbage bags but never discarding the items
  • Feeling threatened if someone ask you if they can help you remove items that you haven’t used in years
  • Living in an unsanitary home and feeling as if you don’t have the strength to clean up even though you know rooms in your house are cluttered, unsafe and unsanitary

Steps That Could Stop Hoarding Habits

  • Schedule 30 minutes to an hour a week to toss out items that you have not used (For example, you could toss old or outdated food in the garbage once a week.)
  • Only buy products that you need. Avoid stocking up on products. (You could use the money that you would have spent to stock upon items to build a savings account.)
  • Pick a date when you will clean your home and stick to the date. (If you live with relatives, ask them to help you clean.)
  • Play soothing music while you clean and discard of unused items.
  • Talk with a friend in person as you clean and toss items out that you no longer use.
  • Catch yourself if you start compiling reasons why you need to keep an item you don’t use.
  • Join a support group and hear how others are overcoming hoarding.

Hoarding habits may take years to become deeply rooted. However, once they do you could be living in a home that has furniture, boxes, toys, pictures and canned goods piled several feet high on the floor. Your home’s sink, counters, stairs and window ledges could also be covered with clothes, pets, accessories and food.

It reaches the point where you and your guests may find it difficult to move or walk. City officials could contact you to discuss your well-being and the condition of your home. To steer clear of hoarding habits, which can be a means to feel safe and as if unwanted changes have not really occurred, practice active listening.Honestly consider a relative’s or friend’s comments that you are holding onto items, as if you doing so could keep you from letting go of someone or something you feel you have lost. .


Have you been searching for the perfect home? One that has been meticulously and lovingly cared for by the owners? If so, you have come to the right place. Open and inviting floor plan featuring two story family room with gas fireplace and wonderful light. Spacious kitchen with granite counters and plenty of cabinet space with sliders to deck overlooking level, pretty lot. Separate laundry room, central vacuum, Brazilian cherry and oak hardwoods throughout much of home, spacious rooms, closets galore, and alarm system are just some of the many features of this beautiful home. A commuter's dream - this home is just minutes to Routes 495 and Mass Pike and about 7 miles from the Southborough and Franklin commuter rail stations. Mass Save has insulated the attic, and a radon mitigation system has been installed. The only thing left to do is move in and enjoy this truly wonderful home. Offers, if any, due Monday, June 26 at 1PM.

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Steps away from the heart of downtown Ashland and within walking distance to Stone Park, restaurants, and commuter rail. You'll be amazed by this gem of a home. Step onto the front porch where you'll find an inviting swing and a large wrap-around porch for entertaining and relaxing. Through the beautiful wood front door, you'll immediately notice the beautifully maintained hardwoods, the gleaming staircase, and the feel of how well this house blends its' older character with today's conveniences. The kitchen is appointed with granite counters and pretty cabinets. Quaint office on first floor. All baths nicely updated. The gas fire-placed living room and dining room open to one another, with a slider to the deck overlooking level beautiful yard. Walk to the rear of lot and enjoy a beverage on the deck overlooking Mill Pond, or go the dock and head out on your kayak. *OPEN HOUSE May 7th 11-1.Offers, if any, shall be presented on Monday, May 8th @ 10:45. No escalation clauses please

This is a Colonial/Antique style home and features 9 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 0.48 Acres, and is currently available for $400,000.

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Steps away from the heart of downtown Ashland and within walking distance to Stone Park, restaurants, and commuter rail. You'll be amazed by this gem of a home. Step onto the front porch where you'll find an inviting swing and a large wrap-around porch for entertaining and relaxing. Through the beautiful wood front door, you'll immediately notice the beautifully maintained hardwoods, the gleaming staircase, and the feel of how well this house blends its' older character with today's conveniences. The kitchen is appointed with granite counters and pretty cabinets. Quaint office on first floor. All baths nicely updated. The gas fire-placed living room and dining room open to one another, with a slider to the deck overlooking level beautiful yard. Walk to the rear of lot and enjoy a beverage on the deck overlooking Mill Pond, or go the dock and head out on your kayak. *OPEN HOUSE May 7th 11-1.Offers, if any, shall be presented on Monday, May 8th @ 10:45. No escalation clauses please



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