Brian O'Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I



Posted by Brian O誰eil on 10/14/2018

Setting up and completing a home inspection may seem like a long, arduous process. However, an inspection is a must-have for any homebuyer, at any time.

With a comprehensive home inspection, you can identify any potential problems with a house. And if you don't like what you find in an inspection report, you can always ask a home seller to complete improvements or reduce his or her asking price. Or, if you prefer, you can walk away from a home sale altogether.

Ultimately, there are several steps that you'll want to follow to conduct a home inspection, and these are:

1. Find an Expert Home Inspector

When it comes to a home purchase, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Fortunately, if you hire an expert home inspector, you can avoid the risk of missing possible issues during a home inspection.

Not all home inspectors are created equal, so you'll want to evaluate all of the options at your disposal.

To kick off your search for a home inspector, browse the web. This will enable you to find dozens of home inspectors in your area and assess online client reviews.

Also, don't hesitate to ask a home inspector for client referrals. If you obtain client referrals, you can better understand whether a home inspector can match or exceed your expectations.

2. Attend Your Home Inspection

Although homebuyers are not required to attend a home inspection, it generally is a good idea to walk with a home inspector as he or she examines your residence. By doing so, you may be able to gain home insights that might not be included in a home inspection report.

A home inspector may notice home problems that range from minor to severe. The inspector's job is to identify a problem and include it in a home inspection report.

If you attend a home inspection, an inspector may be able to provide you information about potential home problems, along with an estimate about how much assorted home repairs may cost. That way, you are better equipped than ever before to determine whether potential home problems could deter you from buying a house.

3. Evaluate the Home Inspection Report

A home inspection report can play a key role in the homebuying process. If you evaluate this report closely, you can learn about a home's strengths and weaknesses and decide whether to proceed with a home purchase.

If you have questions regarding a home inspection report, you can always follow-up with the inspector that provided the assessment. This will allow you to obtain the insights that you need to make an informed homebuying decision.

Lastly, it certainly helps to collaborate with a real estate agent before, during and after a home inspection. A real estate agent will guide you along the homebuying process and ensure that you can get the best possible results.

Follow the aforementioned steps, and you should have no trouble conducting a home inspection.





Posted by Brian O誰eil on 10/8/2018

This Single-Family in Oxford, MA recently sold for $368,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Brian O誰eil - RE/MAX Advantage I.


2 Birch Point Shrs, Oxford, MA 01540

Single-Family

$359,900
Price
$368,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
*Multiple offers, highest and best requested by 5 PM Monday, August 27th* Immaculate 6 room, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Colonial with 2 car garage on quiet street. Enjoy the view year round on a spectacular 1.38 acre lot with water view and water rights to Sacarrappa Pond. Well appointed kitchen with ample cabinetry, ceramic tile flooring, granite countertops and center island. Sliders off kitchen to large deck. Sparkling hardwoods in huge front to back family room and formal dining room. Master with full bath and huge walk in closet. Additional space in tastefully finished basement with full windows and walkout slider to the back patio. Central A/C and 200 amp circuit breakers. Easy commute to routes 395, 290 and 146.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Brian O誰eil on 10/7/2018

If you're in the process of preparing your home for sale, nothing can replace the marketing benefits of making it look its absolute best!

Successful home staging is all about effectively appealing to all the senses -- especially sight, smell, and sound. When prospective buyers are touring a home, they're essentially looking for two things: aspects that are appealing to them and areas of concern. To a large degree, their impressions will be based on emotional reactions and subconscious impressions. For example, if there's anything about your home that reminds them of fond childhood memories, then that will definitely work in your favor.

In some cases, the right kind of music playing in the background can have a positive effect on first impressions. Fragrances, such as cinnamon, lavender, citrus, baking bread, or coffee brewing can also help create an appealing ambiance. On the other hand, the presence of pet odors, stains, fur, or cat litter boxes can send a very negative message to prospective home buyers -- especially if they don't own pets or have allergies. By the way, one other item that can be an enormous turn off to people is seeing mouse traps anywhere in the house. (A worst case scenario, of course, is a visible mouse trap that has recently been sprung! That could easily be a deal breaker!)

Home Staging 101

It can be challenging to consistently keep your house in tip top condition while you're still living in it, but, considering all that's at stake, it's worth the extra effort. In addition to impeccable cleanliness, other priorities for staging a home include fresh coats of paint where needed (preferably a neutral color), attractive landscaping, up-to-date appliances, and furniture that's in good condition. If you're at all unsure whether a room looks cluttered, dated, or poorly decorated, your real estate agent can provide helpful suggestions and feedback. An experienced real estate agent can spot potential problem areas in seconds and offer valuable advice about improving the marketability of your home. After having observed hundreds of buyer reactions to everything from cluttered rooms and mismatched furniture to peeling wall paint and water stains on ceilings, they can advise you on what needs to be fixed, spruced up, replaced, or rearranged.

Curb appeal -- or lack, thereof -- is literally the first impression your home will make on prospective buyers. If you can give your lawn a manicured look, eliminate signs of peeling paint, repair cracks in walkways and driveways, and remove grime from windows, concrete surfaces, and siding, then you'll stand a good chance of making a positive first impression on home buyers. Although home staging does not have to be an expensive undertaking, it can help you get top dollar for your property and minimize the time it remains on the market.





Posted by Brian O誰eil on 10/6/2018


23-C Johnson St, Worcester, MA 01604

Single-Family

$269,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse with one car attached garage. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the well-appointed kitchen. Hardwood floors throughout the open first floor. Large finished basement with sliders to brick patio. Conveniently located near UMass University Campus and UMass Memorial Hospitals. Minutes to Worcester Biotech and Green Hill Park. Just a stone's throw away to Shrewsbury Street restaurants.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 10/6/2018

This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $155,403. This Colonial style home was sold by Brian O誰eil - RE/MAX Advantage I.


100 Loxwood St, Worcester, MA 01604

Single-Family

$149,000
Price
$155,403
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
2 bedroom, 1.5 bath half duplex on quiet street. Fresh paint, new carpeting, and two finished rooms in walkout basement.

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