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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 12/8/2019

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One of the most important things you can do before you list your home for sale is to stage it. Home staging refers to arranging the home’s furnishings and decor so it looks as good as possible. In other words, you use the decor and furnishings to make the home look like a showroom, so buyers walk in and feel instantly at home. This can help your house sell more quickly and for a better price. If you’re interested in starting the home staging process, here’s how to do it.

1. Tackle the Clutter

Clutter is the enemy of a fast home sale. It makes a home look crowded and unkempt. Purge and clean until your home looks as empty as possible. This may mean sending some items to storage while the home’s on the market, but the more you can get out of the house, the better.

2. Arrange the Furniture Well

Next, change the arrangement of your furniture. Often you will need to remove some pieces to make the home look larger.

In the living areas, pull couches, chairs and tables away from walls to allow them to float in the room. This actually makes the room look larger and inviting. Use an area rug to create a chatting area.

In bedrooms, make sure there is plenty of space on the floor showing. Get rid of a nightstand or dresser if you need to temporarily, so the home looks larger.

3. De-Personalize the Home

As you go through your home to stage it, look for things that are highly personal to your family. Family pictures, children’s artwork, or an heirloom item that has meaning to you, but does not add to the home’s look, can all be removed. You want the home to look and feel like a perfectly staged model home, not your personal, comfortable space.

4. Keep it Neutral

If you need to paint a room or add a piece of decor, make it as neutral as possible. Again, this will help buyers feel at home, no matter what their personal tastes may be. Bright colors are best avoided when staging a home.

5. Clean and Repair

Cleaning your home as you stage it is unlike any other cleaning you have done. You need to clean it as deeply as you can so that it shines from top to bottom. This shows that you take care of your home, and makes buyers feel more confident that they won’t be purchasing a lemon. In addition, patch and repair anything you find, including holes and scratches in the paint.

Staging a home is a bit time consuming, but the rewards are worth the effort. About half of all buyers’ agents report that home staging changes how a buyer views a home. You want the buyer to have a positive experience in your home, so stage it well!




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 12/23/2018

Open houses can be a great way to get to know a home and the neighborhood it sits in. Sure, the seller will be trying to put their best foot forward on the big day. But, youíll still be able to get a chance to tour the home relatively uninterrupted.

But what should you look for in particular when attending an open house?

There are a number of things you can learn at an open house. Many prospective buyers spend the time looking at things like paint color and cosmetic touches that can easily be changed, and very little time considering important factors that should go into their home buying decision.

So, in todayís post, Iím going to cover some of the lesser known things you should be looking out for when you attend an open house. That way, youíll know which houses are worth considering further and which ones should be left behind.

Not enough storage space

If you find yourself constantly running out of storage space (and who doesnít?), youíll want to make sure the home has ample space to store your belongings. If it doesnít, see if you can find ways to repurpose areas for storage, such as spare bedrooms or garage space.

Overly scented areas

Itís perfectly normal for a sellerís agent to place one or two choice candles in the home during an open house.

However, if you notice some rooms have an overpowering smell of candles or air fresheners, thereís a good chance itís there to mask offensive and hard to remove smells. Pet and cigarette odors are among the worst culprits.

The windows, doors, and cabinets should work like a dream

When attending an open house, take note of how well the doors open and close. If appropriate, ask the sellerís agent if you can try out the windows and cabinets as well.

Problems with these items can be signs of poor craftsmanship, cheap materials, or neglect.

Traffic and neighbors

If youíve found what you think is the perfect home, it can be easy to see the world through rose-colored lenses.

However, itís important to take them off when looking around the yard. Take note of the traffic level, and the amount of privacy the home receives. If you like the home, itís also a good idea to stop by the neighborhood during rush house to gauge how traffic would affect your commute.

Air flow issues

Improper ventilation can lead to mold growth, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Make sure bathroom vents and fans work properly, and check windows for condensation.

In rooms with sinks, check around the base of the sink and counter for signs of water damage or mold.

Large cracks in foundations or ceilings

While small, hairline cracks in the foundation of a home are completely normal, large ones can be dangerous.

They can allow water and pests to enter the home, causing all types of costly damages.


Keep those six tips in mind when you attend the open house, and be sure to bring a list of any other questions you might have for the sellerís agent.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/23/2017


165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667

Wellfleet (village)

Single-Family

$574,900
Price

5
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Desirable Gull Pond Village. Enter through a large foyer into a bright open living room with skylights, cathedral ceiling and brick fireplace with oak flooring throughout. Plenty of room for entertaining inside or outside on the large wrap-around deck. This home is ready for your family and friends. On the first floor there is a master bedroom and a bath. The second floor is beautifully arranged with a balcony overlooking the sun-filled living room, 2 good size bedrooms, large full bathroom and full size sleeping loft. The large basement has a walkout to an enclosed outdoor shower in a pretty wooded setting. Short drive to Gull Pond, National Seashore and ocean side and bay beaches.
Open House
Saturday
May 27 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bring your buyer by on Saturday 5/27 from 1:00 - 3:00!
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Location: 165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667    Get Directions

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/18/2017


165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667

Wellfleet (village)

Single-Family

$574,900
Price

5
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Desirable Wellfleet Woods location. Enter through a large foyer into a bright open living room with skylights,cathedral ceiling and brick fireplace. Plenty of room for entertaining inside or outside on the large wrap-around deck. This home is ready for your family and friends. On the first floor there is a bedroom and bath. The second floor is beautifully arranged with a balcony overlooking the sun-filled living room, 2 bedrooms, large full bathroom and sleeping loft.The large basement has a walkout to an enclosed outdoor shower in a pretty wooded setting. Short drive to Gull Pond, National Seashore and ocean side and bay beaches.
Open House
Saturday
April 22 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Send buyers to open house on Saturday!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667    Get Directions

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/13/2016


307 Shore Rd, Truro: Truro (village), MA 02666

Truro (village)

Condo

$224,000
Price

1
Total Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
This adorable North Truro Condo (Cape Breeze Condo) has water views and a private association beach across the street. It's beautifully decorated with bright colors and lots of light that pours in from the bay window in the front and back of the unit. You'll enjoy sunrises from your back deck as you sip your morning coffee with Pilgrim lake in the foreground. At dusk you'll enjoy eating dinner while gazing out the front window as the gorgeous sun sets over the Cape Cod Bay. You're fun-filled days will encompass sunbathing and swimming right across the street. This is a great value for personal use or rental.
Open House
Saturday
June 18 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 307 Shore Rd, Truro: Truro (village), MA 02666    Get Directions

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