Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/26/2017

Have you ever visited someone's home and thought to yourself, "Their living room seems really cluttered" or "Those counter tops look like they haven't been updated since the 1960s!"

Many people quickly notice decorating flaws or home maintenance issues in other people's houses, but when it comes to their own homes -- well, that's another story!

Why is that the case? Two reasons: You're emotionally attached to your own home environment and you're also "too close to the trees to see the forest." It's hard to step back and see your home through a fresh set of eyes -- which is exactly the way prospective buyers are going to look it.

Curb appeal -- or a lack, thereof-- will be the first thing they notice, followed by positive or negative first impressions of your home's interior -- if they get that far! So if you're preparing to put your home on the market, you don't want to be like the person who tries to represent themselves in court. As Abraham Lincoln once said, they have "a fool for a client!"

Since first impressions are so vital when selling your house, it makes sense to confer with someone who really knows the ropes when it comes to home staging. Typically, that would be one of the following professionals:

  • An experienced real estate agent: Real estate agents are in the business of helping people sell their homes as quickly and profitably as possible -- it's a win/win situation. In all likelihood, they've conducted hundreds of house tours and listened to a massive amount of feedback from prospective buyers. One thing they've invariably noticed is that a lot of people react the same way to the same issues. Based on experience and a trained eye, most real estate agents can quickly spot and point out cost-effective ways to make your home more marketable and visually appealing.
  • A professional home stager: Although not all communities have access to professional home stagers, there are talented and knowledgeable experts in that field who can offer valuable advice. If you're working with an experienced real estate agent, however, it probably would not be necessary to pay extra to hire a professional staging consultant.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median amount of money spent on staging a home is $675, so it doesn't necessarily have to be ultra-expensive. In a survey of its membership, Realtors ranked living rooms and kitchens as the most important rooms to stage. Also considered important are the master bedroom, dining room, and bathrooms.

Thirty seven percent of Realtors® representing sellers believe that buyers most often offer a 1 to 5 percent increase on the value of a staged home. A smaller percentage say the potential increase is in the neighborhood of 6% to 10%. However you look at it, you're tipping the scales in your direction when you make your home look its best prior to putting it up for sale.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/19/2017


6 Talbot, Saugus, MA 01906

Single-Family

$539,000
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This unique home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Master is a new addition to the home which features a full bath, sauna and separate steam room. Before entering the large master suite you have a separate room that could be used for an office, den, or whatever meets your needs. Hugh walk in closet for lots of storage PLUS your own balcony over looking the big back yard, view of trees and a stream. This home has been remodeled with a new kitchen, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Large deck off the kitchen over looking the back yard and stream. If you like to entertain, this would be a great home to buy! Large yard and 2 concrete driveways on each side of the home that provides plenty of parking for at least 10 cars! Fully fenced private yard offering a calming environment. This home has a lot to offer! Not to mention they are building all new schools! Don't miss out!
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/19/2017

Most homeowners can get by just fine without a backyard shed, so it might be a stretch to call it a "necessity". However, when your yard does not have a shed, you may be missing out on many advantages ranging from convenience to being more organized and efficient. There's also a lot to be said for being able to store, protect, and quickly find the right tools, gardening supplies, or pool chemicals when and where you need them.

If you're a serious gardener, swimming pool owner, or do-it-yourself landscaper, a backyard shed can make your life a lot easier and your maintenance work less of a chore. Since a small shed can run you as little as $300, affordability is usually not an issue—especially when you factor in the long-term benefits.

Whether you decide to build your own shed, hire a carpenter to do it, or buy a prefabricated one, it's an expense that's not difficult to justify. Here are a few of the many ways that a shed can serve your needs for years to come:

  • Reduces clutter in your basement and garage: As all homeowners know, it doesn't take long for basements and garages to get cluttered and disorganized. By designating a separate space for things like tools, small machinery, gardening supplies, and pool chemicals, you'll make it a lot easier to maintain order in your home (and other storage areas).
  • Good solution for storing riding mowers: The typical garage gets filled up pretty quickly with two vehicles, several bicycles, trash barrels, barbeque grills, golf clubs, tires, and other miscellaneous items. Squeezing in a riding mower among all those other things can be difficult, if not impossible! The solution: A large-enough shed with a sturdy ramp for driving your rider mower in and out.
  • Protecting tools from the elements: Metal tools sometimes get left outside when there's not a convenient place to store them, and moisture can wreak havoc on their condition and usability. By having a dry, protected place to store your gardening and landscaping tools, they'll last longer and provide more long-term value for you.
  • Other uses for a shed: Depending on the size of the shed and your family's needs, that extra space can be used for everything from firewood storage to woodworking projects, painting, and other activities. If you own a swimming pool, a nearby shed can be a convenient and relatively safe place to store sanitizing chemicals, pool maintenance equipment, inflatable toys, ladders, and pool games.
Although most people use sheds for storing tools, yard supplies, and equipment, a decent-sized shed can also be used as an art studio, a home office, an exercise area, or a game room. As the expression goes: The possibilities are limited only by your imagination (and your budget)!




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/13/2017


34 Wrentham Road, Worcester, MA 01602

West Side

Single-Family

$599,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Amazing home! Gorgeous stone entry leads to the foyer, this home is like new built in 2010. The large kitchen offers SS appliances, upscale cabinets, granite counters, stone flooring and oversize island with breakfast bar. Large formal dining room with hardwood floors and slider to patio. Formal living room with fireplace and hardwood floors. Great room with hardwood floors large enough for that big sectional! 5 bedrooms, 2 full 2 half baths, partially finished basement with half bath. Lots of Storage and lots of Closet Space. Has a long driveway that can park 8 to 10 maybe more cars plus a 2 car garage!.
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/13/2017


6 Talbot, Saugus, MA 01906

Single-Family

$539,000
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This unique home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Master is a new addition to the home which features a full bath, sauna and separate steam room. Before entering the large master suite you have a separate room that could be used for an office, den, or whatever meets your needs. Hugh walk in closet for lots of storage PLUS your own balcony over looking the big back yard, view of trees and a stream. This home has been remodeled with a new kitchen, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Large deck off the kitchen over looking the back yard and stream. If you like to entertain, this would be a great home to buy! Large yard and 2 concrete driveways on each side of the home that provides plenty of parking for at least 10 cars! Fully fenced private yard offering a calming environment. This home has a lot to offer! Not to mention they are building all new schools! Don't miss out!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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