Blog :: 01-2017

Tuesday Tip - The Best Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home

At the start of every new year, many home owners start to prepare their home for the market.  But Spring and early Summer are the most popular times to sell a home (translation: more competition), so it's important to focus on the things that will really make your home stand out above the rest.  Today's Tuesday Tip comes from KayUConnection, and offers The Best Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home, with input from 45 interior design and real estate experts and 113 prospective home buyers, summarized in a snazzy little infographic.  Updating your kitchen, improving lighting, adding fresh paint - they all make a difference when it comes to the appeal and value of your home.  How much is each one worth to your bottom line?  Take a look and find out.  

For more information about how to make your home desirable to buyers, so that it sells quickly and for list price or higher, contact one of our experts, 617-236-0353.

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    3 Reasons Overpricing Your Home is a Big Mistake

    Awhile back we wrote this post outlining 4 reasons not to overprice your home, and it's such an important topic we think it's worth revisiting. We get it, the market is crazy competitive right now and it seems like testing it with a high asking price might be a great way to maximize your profit, but in reality it has damaging affects that could have the opposite result.  Here are a few more reasons that drive our point home:

    If you overprice your home, not only will you miss out on views, showings and offers, but you'll lose credibility with buyers.  Expect that buyers who live in your area have done their research, so they know what similar homes are worth, and they likely won't want to get involved in negotiations with sellers that seem to have unrealistic expectations.  

    When you're working with an agent who advises you to overprice your home, or doesn't advise against it, they're either uncomfortable being honest with you (not a good quality in an agent), they just want to get their sign up in your lawn for exposure, or they want their name to be associated with higher priced homes.  None of these motivations are good ones, so if they don't advise you to price your home appropriately for the market, start shopping for another agent immediately.  

    According to research, you'll get the best price for your home if you sell within the first two weeks of hitting the market.  If you price competitively, you're likely to get attention from multiple buyers who recognize the value of your home at the listed price.  In a competitive offer scenario, you could end up getting more from your home than you would if you overpriced.

    We can't stress enough how important it is to find the right asking price.  To get started, check out our home value estimator, then call one of our agents for some expert advice, 617-236-0353.  

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    Top-10 New Years Resolutions for Your Home

    You know the drill: new year, new this that and the other thing.  But according to Statisticbrain.com, only 9.2% of people feel they're successful in achieving their New Years Resolution, which means that over 90% of people set themselves up for failure.  This year, instead of vowing to spend more time at the gym or less time on devices, how about shifting the focus to your home.  Houselogic.com has put together this Top-10 List of New Years Resolutions for your Home, and we think you should take a look so that when 2017 comes to a close, you have a sense of achievement AND you’ve added value to your home!

    For more tips on how to care for and add value to your home throughout the year, contact our team of experts who love to share what they know!