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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 12/3/2019

Once you buy a home, you realize that every penny of your budget matters. The initial purchase of a house can be financially overwhelming. You’ll be withdrawing thousands of dollars from your account to secure the home. Once you close on the house, it’s time to buckle down on your budget. Continue reading for some tips on how to do just that.


Food Spending


For most people, food spending is one of the biggest things that suck the life out of their budget. Whether you’re getting take out three times a week or spending massive amounts at the grocery store, it’s time to take a serious look at your food spending.


Shop With A Plan


If you head to the grocery store with a plan in mind, your shopping trip will be more successful and less expensive. Many people are unsure of what they have in their cabinets and fridge, let alone what to make for dinner. Make a list of meals to have for the week. Then, see what you need to complete those recipes in your kitchen and pantry. It’s also a good idea to stock your pantry with essentials when sales are going on.        


Supermarket ads can also be incredibly useful. You might have to store hop on a weekly basis, but shopping with the sales can save you a lot of money in the long term. 


Look At Your Credit Card Statements


Are you being charged for a monthly gym membership that you don’t ever make use of? You can do one of two things: Start going to the gym or cancel out your membership and begin a daily jogging routine. Look at your cable bill and any other monthly subscriptions that you have. See where you can cut back. Are premium movie channels a necessity? It’s easy to forget what we’re being charged for on a monthly basis if we don’t look at our bank and card statements. 


Cut Luxuries


Maybe in your life before becoming a homeowner, you went for a weekly massage or had a monthly housecleaning service. You can still have these luxuries, but they may need to be less often or less extensive. For example, a significant portion of time during maid service is spent loading the dishwasher or cleaning pots and pans. You can clean up after yourself and your family each night following dinner and cut back on the amount of time a maid would need to spend in your home. The cleaning person also now will have more time to spend on other things in the house that need attention. 


You can keep your massage; it may just have to be bi-weekly or monthly. Get creative to still have the things you want in your budget without going overboard.    




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 11/26/2019

It’s a competitive selling market and we all know how difficult it can be to entice buyers with your home.

There are a number of ways to highlight the best features of your house. From staging to great real estate photos, marketing your home is a key aspect to ensuring a sale.

However, sometimes sellers miss out on opportunities to give their home a competitive edge in the housing market.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some of the features in homes that are major selling points for today’s average buyer. That way, you’ll be able to update your listing and materials so that everyone who looks at your home knows exactly what it has to offer.

1. Location and convenience

Odds are you can find some major location selling points for your home if you think about it. Is your home near grocery stores, hospitals, parks, or major highways? Does it lack the rush hour traffic that other neighborhoods have?

Just because you’ve gotten used to the convenient location of your home doesn’t mean it won’t be appreciated by your potential buyers.

2. Low upkeep and utility costs

If you live in a newer home in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance it will beat out much of the local competition in energy efficiency and maintenance costs. If you’ve recently upgraded energy-related parts of your home (think windows, HVAC, insulation, etc.), you should highlight these upgrades in your listings.

This is also a good time to show off your utility savings. Many utility companies show you how much you spend compared to your neighbors. If your home is energy efficient, don’t be afraid to show off in your listing.

3. Storage space

Ever notice how self-storage facilities seem to be popping up just about everywhere? Storage space is a huge concern for homeowners and buyers alike.

Make sure your photos and listings reflect the amount of storage your home has.

4. Major upgrades

If you’ve recently replaced the septic system, roof, windows, HVAC or other major upgrade, be sure to list the date and cost of the system in your listing. They can help assure potential buyers that they won’t need to make any costly upgrades or repairs anytime soon.

5. Pet and smoke-free

If your home is free of any odors or signs of pets or cigarettes, it will likely be a plus for buyers who are only focusing on homes that are clean and move-in ready.

6. Natural lighting

If your home has a lot of windows or skylights, be sure to include them in your photo and listing. Natural lighting can dramatically improve real estate photos, and it will make your home seem more spacious and welcoming.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 11/5/2019

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.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 10/31/2019

This Single-Family in Lynn, MA recently sold for $417,500. This Ranch style home was sold by Lynn D'Avolio - J. Barrett & Company .


8 Cedardale Road, Lynn, MA 01904

Single-Family

$410,000
Price
$417,500
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Beautiful two-bedroom, two-bath residence located on a dead-end street overlooking a lovely pond. Features include granite countertops, hardwood floors throughout and a fireplace. Oversized back yard -large enough to put in an in-ground pool. Do not miss out on seeing this fabulous home. Very convenient to Route 1 and lots of shopping. Near parks and lots of nearby trails for hiking and biking. Make your appointment today!

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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 10/29/2019


 

Flooring is a significant part of your home interior decor. It bears the brunt of your daily activities and is always the first surface to reflect wear and tear. With that in mind, consider installing high-end flooring that is durable, lasts longer, and of course, makes your home more appealing. Luxurious flooring can boost your home value tremendously when it is time to sell. Here are top luxury flooring options that are the perfect combination of affordable luxury:


Hardwood Flooring?

Hardwood flooring has features that bring a natural flair of luxury into your home. Categories of top, quality, hardwood flooring are exotic hardwoods and reclaimed woods. Upgrading from carpeting to hardwoods adds value, decreases allergens and takes your home up a notch.

Reclaimed hardwoods: Reclaimed hardwood is recycled wood from old barns, industrial buildings, and other teardowns. They come in a plethora of species including: walnut, oak, pine, hickory and elm.


Exotic hardwoods: Exotic hardwoods are a great value because of the scarcity of the wood types in demand. Exotic wood comes from continents like South America and Africa, and the species of wood used include: Brazilian TigerwoodBloodwood and Cumaru.

Natural Stone Flooring

?Natural stone flooring is an option that oozes beauty and adds class to your home. However, stone flooring is one of the most costly options on the market today due to the processes involved with quarrying and transporting the stones. Before you install natural stone flooring, it is important to remember that the harder and denser the stone, the more costly the floor will be per square foot. Also remember that the features of the stone tile influence a homeowner's buying decision. Such features include the color, rarity and, most importantly, the kind of stone used. With a dizzying world of options to choose from, you may want to start with some samples of natural stone flooring such as cobbled stone, Jerusalem stone marble and granite.

Luxury Vinyl Tile 

?Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is one of the most popular options for many homeowners who want to have a taste of luxury but remain within the realm of affordability. LVT is durable and injects a feeling of affluence with its natural wood or stone look. It is resistant to dents, chips, moisture damage and heat. Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring is perfect for those who want high-end flooring at a guilt-free price.?

Mosaic/Designer Ceramic Floor Tiles

Bring a touch of style and luxury into your home with mosaic floor tiles. This type of flooring comes in a wide range of options to choose from such as Italian tiles, antique reclaimed tiles, pebble mosaics, custom mosaics, glass tiles and handmade tiles.


Visit your professional flooring store and consult with a designer on some of the best flooring options to consider for your home and office space. If you plan to sell, check with your real estate agent to see what's going for top dollar in your current market.