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Jan. 7, 2019

Which Paint Colors Add Value to Your Home?

 

 

 

When we think of the color red, we sometimes think anger, wrong, or stop. When we think of the color blue, we imagine the sky or water. The point is, colors evoke specific feelings or thoughts. This sort of idea can be transferred to increasing the value of your home, especially before selling it. There are specific colors that can potentially make your home more valuable simply because they appeal to people’s emotions. Today, we’re going to talk about which paint colors add value to your home and how to use them to the best of your advantage.

 

Beige

If you’re asking “what color should I paint my house” one of the most classic answers is beige. This color is ultimately a classic, and has a tendency to appeal to most people. And, while beige isn’t going down in history as the most exciting color on the wheel, it does have a lot of variations that add a modern yet simple touch to any wall. Because its classic look is so versatile, it adds value to any home.

 

Light blue

Most people feel relaxed when they’re near a body of water, and therefore, the color blue can be a very calming color for most. Because of this, it can also make a home more valuable. Painting rooms, like the kitchen, a shade of blue gives it a calm and clean look that can ultimately lead to a better and quicker sale. Blue front doors, bedrooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens have been known to increase overall home value.

 

White

You really can’t go wrong with white or a shade of white. It’s clean, classic, and matches most furniture and flooring. White in rooms like the bedroom, bathroom, and dining room is timeless, and, in the future, if you or the new homeowner wants to repaint, they won’t have to go through the trouble of trying to cover up bold or dark colors that are currently there which can be very appealing to most. Making a home not only attractive, but practical, is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home.

 

What not to paint

We just went over colors that will increase the value of your home, what about colors that don't’? One color that we almost never recommend, regardless of how “trendy” it is, is the color grey. Greys tend to add dullness to homes, which doesn’t appeal to most. When it comes to repainting before a sale, try going with the colors mentioned above for a fresh and bright look.


Looking to repaint before a sale? Beiges, blues, and whites are the colors to look into. There is a lot that goes into selling a home, and choosing the right paint colors is just the beginning. Chris Perchard and his team are located in the suburbs of Boston and offer real estate solutions to people in the area. If you’re in need of a real estate agent who will help you choose the best home improvements for your situation to help get you top dollar, we can help. Get in touch with one of our agents today!

Jan. 7, 2019

December Real Estate Market Snapshot

 

 

Here is our December 2018 market snapshot for some local towns. Active single family inventory has dropped in all of these towns significantly since the active inventory from the prior month. 

Interest rates are currently at their lowest levels in approximately 8 months coming in at an average of 4.51% for a 30 yr fixed mortgage (according to the Wall Street Journal)

If rates stay at levels comparable to the spring of 2018, buyer activity and demand should remain strong. However, lack of inventory is playing a role in the lower amount of homes being sold.

As always with our area, outside of Boston, the weather will also play into the buyer AND listing activity the rest of the winter. If the snow stays away, I think we can expect to see an early spring market this year. Either way, as with every year, the buyers looking now are serious and ready to take advantage of the current interest rates, but may be having trouble finding a home that fits their needs and wants.

Stay tuned for our January report to see where the market will start out in 2019!

When entering the real estate market, it’s good to know the numbers. If you don’t see your town and would like a monthly breakdown delivered to you every month, like below, for your town, please message us and we’ll get one right out to you.

 

 

Dec. 13, 2018

Little and Often -- How Small Habits Can Turn Your Home Into a Place of Relaxation

 

As Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne points out, living in a cluttered space is bad for your well-being -- but you don’t need scientists to tell you that. You feel it in your gut every time you walk into a messy room. However, changing your home from a chaotic mess to a relaxing sanctuary doesn’t have to be a huge, daunting chore. You can achieve the same result by taking small, regular, consistent actions. Here’s how.

 

Tidy All the Time

 

Keeping your home tidy might not be a military operation, but you still need a strategy. Here’s one that works: don’t have a set day to clean and tidy your whole house; instead, tidy it all the time. Obviously, this doesn’t mean donning your rubber gloves from the moment you get home until the moment you go to bed. You do it piecemeal as you go about your normal business.

 

For example, whenever you leave a room, look for an item that belongs somewhere else, and take it with you. After you wash your hands, tidy the sink area. If you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, give the kitchen surfaces a quick wipe. You can make this easier by keeping cleaning supplies close to where you will use them.

 

Create a Cleaning Routine

 

Housekeeping expert and blogger Becky Rapinchuk, aka Clean Mama, recommends using a cleaning routine where you split your cleaning into seven tasks and do one each day. For example, clean bathrooms on Monday, dust on Tuesday, vacuum on Wednesday, and so on.

 

You can choose one day each week as a “catch-all” day to do jobs that need extra work or things that don’t need to be done weekly, such as decluttering. Decluttering can be a massive undertaking, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve taken the time to sort through your belongings and assess each one’s usefulness to you, so this may need to be an ongoing project that you tackle every other catch-all day. If you don’t have the time to declutter but want to reap the benefits of downsizing your belongings, you may want to think about shuttling your excess junk to a storage unit until you’re ready, which currently only costs an average of $148.77 in Boston.

 

There are two main advantages of this seven-days-of-cleaning routine. Firstly, you’re only doing one job per day, so it’s less daunting and you’re less likely to shirk it. Secondly, if you clean daily, it’s more likely to become habitual.

 

Use Your Junk Drawers Properly

 

Your intentions for your junk drawer started out pure. It was meant as a welcoming refuge for those items without an established place elsewhere -- neglected thumbtacks, unused scissors, forgotten flashlights -- but at some point, it became a true junk drawer, a place to hide things you didn’t want to organize in that moment.

 

When you do this, in effect, you’re saying, “I’ll sort this out later.” This goes against the key strategy of tidying all the time. All you’re doing is creating a big job you’ll have to do later, while making it harder to find the things in the drawer that you actually need to use. Plus, when it gets full, the junk spills into your living spaces.

 

Your were on the right track initially. The junk drawer can be useful, but if it’s filling up with items beyond its purpose, declutter it. You can either do this in 15-minute chunks over a period of time or all in one go -- it’s up to you. But once it’s tidy, keep it that way!

 

Bring in the Pros

 

If you really can’t find the time to clean, tidy, and declutter your house, it might be time to bring in the professionals. Clutter is such a modern problem that you can find professional organizers who will not only tidy and clean your home, but also help you with the decluttering process. The cost of hiring a professional organizer ranges from $50 - $100 and is dependent on what area of the country you live in. If you’re not a huge hoarder, though, a regular cleaner will do, and cleaning services are pretty affordable. In Boston, the average cost to hire a maid service is $277.

 

Little and often is the key philosophy to an organized home. Unless you really like cleaning, you don’t have to waste a precious day off work doing chores. If you stay on top of things, you’ll be able to use that day for something you actually want to do instead. Get started today!



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Dec. 3, 2018

November Real Estate Market Snapshot

Some interesting real estate stats from November. There was a big jump in single family homes that closed in November compared to October in Walpole and Franklin. 

 

Inventory for these towns is down a bit at the beginning of this month compared to last month, but there is still more inventory than in the first 2+ quarters of 2018. Sellers may be starting to take their homes off the market for the rest of 2018. 

 

Buyers are still out seeing homes and making offers.  The buyers looking at this time of year are generally serious buyers that will buy before the spring market, so keeping your home on the market during winter months, if possible, is usually a good idea. 

 

It will be interesting to see where the market in these towns end up at the end of December. 

 

Stay tuned for our December recap and a full 2018 market recap. 

 

Nov. 5, 2018

October Real Estate Market Snapshot

Do you know what's happening in your town? Here is a market snapshot of some local suburbs of Boston for October! 

Oct. 2, 2018

September Real Estate Market Snapshot

Do you know what's happening in your town? Here is a market snapshot of some local suburbs of Boston