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Blog :: 07-2016
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Improving your home’s curb appeal is one of the best ways to enhance the chances of selling your home. If the property does not look enticing to someone from the outside, they will never want to come inside, meaning a lost sale before your home has even been shown – something no seller ever wants, and especially in the competitive real estate market of the Berkshires.
Luckily, there are a number of ways to improve a home’s curb appeal without breaking your back (or your bank account).
Some soft light outside your home can make it welcoming and inviting. Outdoor lights can emphasize landscaping or any of your property’s more attractive features, while improving safety. For example, solar lights are great for sidewalks and don’t require any long cords to get in the way. Most solar lights run for at least six hours, notes Popular Mechanics, so they’ll be lit when most people come by.
Border the Driveway
Adding some paving stones from a home improvement store along the edges of your driveway can give it a nice clean look. This edging can add life to a boring asphalt or concrete slab driveway and give your home a more classy and elegant look.
Adding flowers or shrubs to the front of your home is a great way to add appeal to your property. Pick some that have already bloomed from your local nursery and you can easily add a small selection of fresh plant life to had a burst of color and life to your home’s look in no time. If you choose flowers, stick with perennials, as that eliminates the need to buy new flowers every year.
Cover Dead Spots
Trees are great for providing shade and property value, but they can make it hard for grass to grow in certain places. Instead of fighting a losing battle, turn those dead zones into small flower or plant gardens. The space will look better, be easier to maintain and improve your home’s curb appeal.
This is an easy one. Replace the hardware on your front door with something that’s new and shiny. Making these small changes costs very little and takes only a few minutes of time, but will give your home a little extra pop that would-be buyers will notice.
At Berkshire Property Agents, we’ve helped countless clients make small touches help you list your home for sale in the Berkshires, too. To learn more, call our team today at 413-528-6800.
Whether your home is in fantastic condition or has a few repairs that need to be done, all homeowners view their homes as a work in progress, always looking for ways to improve it and add value to it. This is especially on the minds of any homeowners who are about to consider selling their homes. If you’re about to put your home on the market, here are seven simple improvements that Forbes recommends making to easily make to raise your home’s worth.
Adding a programmable thermostat to your home allows you or the future owner to program the temperature settings throughout the day, saving money on your home’s energy bills. This feature is a key selling point for many homes – it shows that your home can operate efficiently at any time of day and help the new owners be as cost-effective as possible about their gas and electricity usage.
Upgrade Your Outlets
Two-prong outlets aren’t cutting it anymore, although many older homes still feature these connections prominently. If your home is filled with them, invest the time and money into upgrading your electrical service and outlets to three-prongs. Many modern devices require three-pronged outlets, and ensuring that they are conveniently available all throughout your home is a benefit not only to you but also your guests and any prospective buyers.
Don’t keep fixtures in your home that look worn out and beat up. Vintage looks are great and a popular selling point – but only if they are in good condition. Go through and replace any fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom that may be worn or too outdated to have a real value, and check out major features like the kitchen sink or bathtub that can give rooms a brand-new, refreshed look.
Replace Your Toilet
Doing this can add instant value to your home. This may seem like an odd upgrade, but think about it – who wants to use a bathroom with an old or cracked toilet? The answer is simple: no one. Toilets are surprisingly affordable, and adding a new fixture – especially if installed at the same time as a new bathroom vanity or tub – can give your lavatory space a fresh new look and appeal.
Install a Tile Floor
A brand-new tile floor is a great addition to any home. Tile flooring is easy to clean and wears well in high-usage areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Spilled pots and pans, excess water from the shower and other common incidents that occur in these spaces can easily be handled by tile, making it an ideal choice. Plus, in a small kitchen area or bathroom, fewer tiles are needed, in turn making the installation more affordable.
New Blinds/Plantation Shutters
A change up in blinds can help give a room a great new look. It seems like a very simple change, but adding a new splash of color and style can make a huge difference in a room. New blinds can allow in more light or provide more comfortable shade or privacy – all of which can really make a room more appealing. If your home offers comfortable and attractive spaces, that’s sure to be a huge draw for any potential buyers.
Add a Walkway
Do you have an outdoor entertaining area that you frequently use? Maybe you lack a formal walkway from the driveway to your front door? Installing a simple walkway with paver stones is another affordable way to add curb appeal and make your home feel more welcoming. Beyond adding good looks, a new walkway adds convenience for yourself and a prospective future owner. Just make sure whatever style of stone or material that you use matches your home’s existing décor and helps enhance your property’s overall aesthetics.
Home upgrades really make you feel like your home is worth more, and at Berkshire Property Agents, we can help you get what you deserve for your home. Located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, we help connect sellers with motivated buyers looking for homes just like yours. We also can help you with your property search and find a beautiful property for you and your family in the Berkshires. For more information on our services, give us a call today at 413-528-6800!
Deciding when to buy or sell a home can be difficult. With the recent ups and downs of the real estate market, there are many potential homeowners who have become not only worried, but skeptical when buying, selling or dealing with a real estate agent. Luckily for those who are looking to sell in Massachusetts, pending home sales had a record month in May.
According to RealEstateRama, The Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) reported having the highest level of pending home sales in the month of May since 2004, with homes under agreement increasing 18.4 percent compared to last year. With prices also rising incrementally when compared to 2015, this sign of a strong market is great for anyone looking to sell in Massachusetts.
Annie Blatz, 2016 MAR president, was particularly excited about this increase in pending home sales.
“May is typically a high-activity month, and this year topped even the record pending sales we had this time last year,” said Blatz to the RealEstateRama. “It’s heartening to see, especially with the continuing problem of low inventory, that people want to live and work in Massachusetts and they’re able to find suitable homes.”
With data showing that pending sales have been up 38 of the last 39 months, now is the ideal time to find a professional and knowledgeable real estate agent to help you put your house on the market.
Berkshire Property Agents has been helping homeowners buy and sell properties in Berkshire County since 2007. Skilled agents and co-founders Tim Lovett and Jen Harvey both live and sell in the area – making them even greater experts in the region – and the rest of their team is just as knowledgeable. With a strong focus on extraordinary customer service, you will feel comfortable working with our team and know that we are looking out for your best interests at every step in the process.
If you’re looking to buy a new home in the Berkshire region, schedule your initial consultation appointment with Berkshire Property Agents today or learn more about selling your home in the Berkshires by calling us at 413-528-6800.