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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/12/2019

When you decide to sell your home, thereís a long list of things that youíll need to do from finding a real estate agent to making repairs around the home. Itís nice to have a to-do list handy to help you figure out what you need to do and when throughout the course of the sale of your home. 


Find Out The Estimated Value Of Your Home


You should do a quick search online to see what your property is valued at. Some websites even have the number of views that your property has gotten over its lifetime on the site. This will give you an idea of how much you might get for the sale of your home as well as how much interest there may be in buying the home to begin with. If you see what your, home has listed in a basic online search, youíll be able to tell what needs to be updated when the home is actually listed by your realtor.   


Get Things Fixed


If there have been issues in the home, you should work on getting them fixed. Youíll also need to know what has happened in the home over the years in order to put together a proper disclosure. Has the basement flooded? Did you face an electrical fire?  All of these problems need to be listed. You can also disclose what you did to remedy the issues. The buyer has a right to know and understand that they are moving in under good conditions. 


Learn About Potential Real Estate Agents


Itís so important to hire the right agent when youíre selling your home. You are getting a return on your initial investment, so you want it to be a good one! Youíll also want to know that you have someone who will be there to do home showings, process paperwork, and be your advocate throughout the process. You can contact various references that real estate agents provide and ask how they felt about the agentís work. 


Find Out How Your Home Will Be Marketed


In Todayís technology-based world, there are so many ways that a home can be marketed. This includes the use of websites, social media, open houses, video tours, and photos. Your agent should be well-versed in all of these areas, or be able to hire people who do know how to best use these areas of marketing. Every avenue that is used to get buyers for your home is beneficial to you as a seller.



Understanding the process of how a home is sold can help you to be prepared when youíre ready to sell.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/10/2019


258 Little Alum Rd, Brimfield, MA 01010

East Brimfield

Single-Family

$234,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Amenities include Central A/C, Backup Generator, Hot Tub, Nest Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors, two main level bedrooms, Sunsetter Retractable electric deck awning, new Bath Fitter Bathtub/Shower enclosure (2nd floor), and a 12x26 covered patio with audio speakers on 1.5 acres of land (some wetlands) . Property is zoned AR (Agricultural/Residential) allowing you, if you wish, to farm with pens, chicken coops, milking barn, and hay bale barn. In the Tantasqua School District. This home offers you proximity to the noted Brimfield Antiques Fair. Home only 2.6 miles to Route 20 and 6.4 miles to Rt 84 and the Mass Turnpike. Eligible for FHA 203K Renovation Loan Program.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/5/2019

A three season room can be a really great investment for your home. This addition really allows for the enjoyment of the great outdoors without exposing you to the elements. Itís an investment that gives a maximum return.  


When you decide to install a three season room, there are a few things that you should consider. First, youíll need to estimate the costs of building the room. How much youíll spend varies based on the finishes that you choose, the materials used, and the area of the country that you live in.


Estimates


When you undertake any kind of home improvement project you should obtain estimates first. This way, youíll have an idea of just how much the project will cost. Contractors will also give you an idea of how they will go about completing the project in order to meet your needs. Itís a good idea to know how much demolition is needed and how long the project will take. This will vary by contractor.


Think Of Using Existing Structures


Using existing structures on your home can really help to cut down the cost of building a three season room. Your current porch or deck area may even have the ability to be enclosed. If the structures are sound, itís a great option. Remember that a three season room needs glass, a sturdy floor, screens and windows to be complete! 


Match The Roof


Youíll want to match the roof of your three season/sunroom with the existing roof of your home. Choose from a variety of styles from simple to the elaborate. Just be sure that the new roofing doesnít stick out too much. You can even add a skylight in the new addition to let more light in. 


The Estimate


You want to be sure that you get an accurate estimate for building your three season room. The contractor should include all of the following areas in the estimate:


  • The foundation
  • The frame
  • Electrical
  • Molding
  • Drywall
  • Skylights
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Screens
  • Fans
  • HVAC hookups


It should be noted that along with building materials, the cost of labor should be included along with the estimate. Carpenters charge a set rate per hour as do electricians and plumbers. Youíll most likely need a few different contractors in order to complete your three season room, so take that into account. 


No matter what part of the country that you live in, you will always be happier if you maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors. Completing a 3 season room can help you and your family to enjoy nature all year round.




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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 5/29/2019

When youíre showing your home, you need to stage the home properly to impress buyers. Buyers need to be able to get an idea of what it would be like to live in the home. No matter what your own lifestyle is, or what problems you have had in the home, there are certain things that you probably donít want to share with anyone who could be a potential buyer on a walk through. 


Any Kind Of Taxidermy


Although you may enjoy hunting and taxidermy, there are few things that creep out potential buyers more than seeing animals that were formerly alive hanging on your wall. Itís been shown that taxidermy often gives buyers a sense of dread and can creep them out. Yes, that bear rug may be comfy and quite the accomplishment, but not everyone will share the same sentiment as you. Be sure to get all of these animal displays out of your home when youíre getting ready to sell it and show the property.


Personal Collections That May Be A Bit On The Strange Side


Itís really cool if you want to collect dolls, clowns, or have some kind of a celebrity shrine in your home. Itís cool for you, that is. Keep these items to yourself, especially when the home is going to be shown. Any room that could be considered too full of any one kind of item should be redecorated slightly before a home showing. 


Weapons


Weapons are on the same spectrum as taxidermy. Many people may have differing opinions with you on the subject and it could creep some buyers out. If you have any kinds of guns or knives displayed in your home, you should put them away for showings. These items can make buyers feel very uncomfortable and leave them turned off by your home.       



Political Items


If you like to get political, know that many people who are potentially going to buy your home probably donít share your views or interests. Keep any politically charged signs and organizational symbols out of view for the showing of your home. Buyers may not be able to relate, and in turn, end up being turned off by your home.     


Bug Traps Or Mouse Traps


We all have experienced bugs or mice in our homes at one time or another. When the house goes up for sale, you donít want to advertise this by keeping any kinds of traps in view of buyers. People will get creeped out easily by the thought that pests have infested the home at some point. Although the home inspection will probably note that there was some type of a pest problem in the home, you donít want to lose potential buyers because a mouse trap was in view.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 5/22/2019

If you intend to buy a house, you may want to employ a home inspector. In fact, there are many reasons why a buyer may hire a house inspector, such as:

1. You want to identify any underlying home problems.

Although you may have walked through a house a few times before you submitted an offer to purchase, a house inspection allows you to receive comprehensive insights into a residence. Once you have a home inspection report in hand, you can assess any underlying house problems and plan accordingly.

A home inspection is conducted by a property expert who will analyze all areas of a house. Plus, you can attend an inspection and walk through a house with an inspector to obtain firsthand insights into a residence's condition. As a result, you can use an inspection to identify any underlying house problems before you finalize a home purchase.

2. You want to determine if you should follow through with your original offer to purchase.

A home inspection may reveal both minor and major issues with a house. Meanwhile, as a buyer, you will need to determine if you want to continue with your home purchase after an inspection. On the other hand, you may want to modify your initial offer to purchase or rescind your homebuying proposal following an inspection.

Ultimately, a home inspection provides insights into a home that you otherwise may have struggled to obtain on your own. You also can ask a home inspector to address any concerns or questions about a house following an inspection. And when you have a home inspection report in hand, you can review the results of this report to determine if a house is right for you.

3. You want to make the best-possible homebuying decision.

A home purchase likely is one of the biggest transactions you will complete in your lifetime. Thus, there is no need to cut corners as you try to accelerate the homebuying journey. Because if you forgo a home inspection, you could suffer the consequences of this decision in the near future.

When it comes to purchasing a home, it helps to gain as much information about a residence as you can. Thanks to a home inspection, you can use a wide array of information to analyze a house. With this information at your disposal, you can make the best-possible homebuying decision based on your individual needs.

As you navigate the homebuying journey, you may want to employ a real estate agent, too. In addition to helping you find your dream residence, a real estate agent will guide you through the home inspection process. He or she first will help you find a qualified inspector to analyze a house you want to buy. Furthermore, a real estate agent will attend a home inspection with you and help you assess the results of a house inspection report.

Ready to complete a successful home purchase? Conduct an inspection prior to completing a home purchase, and you can obtain the insights you need to make an informed homebuying decision.