Brian O'Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I



Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/16/2017

There's one thing all successful real estate agents, advertising executives, and marketing professionals know about human behavior: Many people make buying decisions for emotional reasons, and then justify those decisions with facts. In other words, they might say they bought a particular house because of all the updates and stainless steel appliances, but the real reason was that they could imagine themselves living there, being happy, entertaining friends and family, raising their children, and even growing old together there.

For some home buyers, the deciding factor is that it reminds them of fond childhood memories or perhaps the house they grew up in. Whenever a home for sale stirs up good feelings, happy  memories, or positive thoughts in the mind of prospective buyers, it increases the chances they'll make an offer on the house.

Home Staging Tips

If your house is now on the market or you're considering putting it up for sale, there are a lot of steps you can take to make it more attractive to buyers. Obvious improvements like doing a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning of the house can make a big difference, but there are literally dozens of other things you can do to attract more offers and get the highest possible price for your property. Sometimes it's something as simple as a creating a pleasing scent, like cinnamon, lavender, hot coffee, of freshly baked bread, cookies, or muffins, that can create a comforting and enticing ambiance for potential buyers.

Although your real estate agent should already be well versed in the nuances of home staging, it would be to your benefit to do some research on it and participate in the process. Some home owners hire a professional home staging consultant to make sure no details are overlooked.

Avoiding Home Staging Pitfalls

Attractively decorating your home can be one aspect of making a good impression on potential buyers, but it's necessary to cast the widest possible net, so to speak, when making decorating choices. In other words, you would want the appearance, style, and color choices in your home to appeal to a wide variety of different tastes, rather than just a select few. That's why it's beneficial to get an objective opinion from an experienced real estate agent, a professional decorator, or a home staging consultant. Since you've been living in your home for umpteen years, you're probably going to be "too close to the trees to see the forest."

Some things that homeowners often tend to overlook just before prospective buyers arrive to tour their house include the following:

  • Furniture that's arranged in a haphazard, disjointed, or cluttered way
  • 'Welcome' mats that are dirty, faded, and anything but welcoming
  • Overflowing or grungy-looking trash baskets
  • Overgrown shrubbery
  • Smudged or cobweb-laden windows
  • Kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the house that are disorganized and visibly unclean
Keeping your home in immaculate condition at all times is definitely one of the more challenging aspects of putting it up for sale. However, when you consider the cost of keeping a house on the market for longer than necessary and eventually having to lower the price, the extra effort is well worth it!


 





Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/10/2017


17 Hickory Dr, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$899,900
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Rare find in Shrewsbury! Young Colonial with full in-law apartment on first floor. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished basement and three car garage. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, six burner gas stove and double ovens. Hardwoods throughout, huge walk in master with bonus storage over the garage. Fireplace in open family room off the kitchen. Floral Street Elementary School. Easy commute to UMass Route 9 and 495.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/9/2017

After you sell your house, you may need to move quickly to pack up your belongings and relocate to a new address. If you know how to host a successful garage sale, you should have no trouble de-cluttering your home and earning extra cash at the same time.

A garage sale represents a valuable opportunity, as it will enable you to get rid of excess items before your upcoming move. Plus, a garage sale allows you to go through your personal belongings and separate the must-keep items from non-essential ones.

So what does it take to host a successful garage sale? Here are three tips to ensure you can do just that.

1. Plan Ahead

When would you like to host your garage sale? Will you require permits? And what supplies will you need? These are just some of the questions that you should consider as you plan ahead for the big day.

Making a list of to-do items may help you stay organized as you prep for your garage sale. Also, as you accomplish each task on your list, you can move one step closer to ensuring your event will be a major success.

2. Advertise Your Garage Sale

Creating bright, vibrant posters and hanging them up around your neighborhood is a great way to advertise your garage sale to neighbors and friends. Don't forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to spread the word about your garage sale as well.

Furthermore, social networks allow you to share details about your garage sale with a large group of individuals instantly. They even make it simple to share photos of items that you plan to sell during your garage sale, and as such, may help you generate plenty of interest in your event.

3. Organize Your Garage Sale Items

As the date of your garage sale approaches, you'll want to consider how you'll organize your items. By doing so, you can arrange similar items together and ensure visitors will have no trouble evaluating everything you have to offer.

Placing similar items in laundry baskets or bins the night before your garage sale may help you streamline the process of setting up for your event the next day. In addition, be sure to set aside ample driveway or front lawn space for all of your garage sale items.

4. Maintain a Flexible Outlook

Unfortunately, garage sales sometimes can be unpredictable. And despite your best efforts, there are no guarantees that your garage sale will go according to plan.

Stay flexible, and you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your garage sale. For example, if someone wants to negotiate the price of a particular item, listen to what this individual has to say. Because even though you may wind up receiving less than you originally anticipated, you'll be able to get rid of this item before you move.

Maintaining a customer-first approach can make a world of difference throughout a garage sale too. And if you greet visitors when they arrive and chat with them during the event, you may be able to boost your chances of transforming your ordinary garage sale into a successful one.




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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/8/2017


142 Leeds St, Worcester, MA 01606

Single-Family

$184,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
8 room, 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath Colonial in Greendale area. Hardwood floors, natural woodwork throughout.
Open House
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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/5/2017


17 Hickory Dr, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$924,900
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Rare find in Shrewsbury! Young Colonial with full in-law apartment on first floor. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished basement and three car garage. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, six burner gas stove and double ovens. Hardwoods throughout, huge walk in master with bonus storage over the garage. Fireplace in open family room off the kitchen. Floral Street Elementary School. Easy commute to UMass Route 9 and 495.
Open House
Sunday
July 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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