Lorraine Herbert, CRB, CRS, GRI, ABR, ABRM, CLHMS, CDPE, CIAS, HAFA certified, LMS.



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It may be tempting to call an expert (and sometimes, you can't avoid doing so) to fix something or to enhance the decor of your home, but some projects are surprisingly easy to do. Tackling DIY projects at home has never been easier, thanks to the availability of tools and products designed just for homeowners. You won't have to pay contractor's rates -- and can have a custom look you'll love -- when you try one or more of these projects. 

Upgrade your Shower: Get an immediate boost to your shower when you swap out the old shower head for something new. Removing the old head and adding a fancy new one -- whether you want something adjustable or a spa-worthy rain shower. You won't need many tools and can remove the old head, clean things up, then add the new one in about an hour. You'll love the satisfaction that comes from doing this yourself, and be able to buy a more expensive shower head without blowing your budget, too. 

Paint a Room: Leave the cathedral ceilings and complicated spaces to a pro, but if you just need a quick color change in a bedroom, you can generally DIY it for about a quarter of the cost of hiring someone to do it. Expect to spend several hours over the course of the weekend and invest the savings into quality equipment and paint you'll never have to touch up or worry about. 

Prepare the Garden: Shoveling out a 10x10 space sounds less than appealing to most of us, but you can rent a tiller from a local home improvement store and DIY this space in under an hour. You'll be able to focus instead on the planning and planting -- not the grueling digging -- when you take this approach. If you can push a lawnmower, you can use a tiller to prepare any area for planting in a hurry. 

Assemble Furniture: You can hire someone to do it, or pay a fee for the store to assemble things, but if you have some spare time and a few tools, most items can go together very swiftly. Use the time to binge watch a new program and DIY the assembly. You'll save money and get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you can do things yourself. 

Powerwash: There are many powerwasher brands on the market today that offer a lot of cleaning for a small price. A contractor could charge you hundreds of dollars each time you need the service, or you can spend about a hundred one time and get a unit of your own. These smaller, more compact models still pack plenty of punch and can be used for decks, porches, patios and on your home itself with ease. 

Simple projects like these build your skills and your inventory of supplies and tools. If you have a project in mind that can be safely done, it is worth exploring your DIY options -- you could end up leanring something new and creating a finished look you'll love. 

 



63 Fiske Hill Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$725,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Site of the filming for a Boston TV series, this stately landmark represents a rare opportunity to own a one of a kind, artisan built, Province style French Country Home. A masterful conversion of "The Sturbridge Castle" has combined old world charm with the refreshed, exciting property it is today. Start your tour with the inviting paved Courtyard, moving on to experience the architecturally stunning beamed Great Room and then enjoy the irresistible European styled Walled Garden! See also the manor sized Dining Room and first floor Master suite with full Bath and private entrance. The property is now showcasing a massive total Kitchen conversion with bright windowed Breakfast Bay and airy screened Porch, huge second floor Bedrooms with full Bath plus great walk-in Attic and additionally a lower level private entrance Luxury Suite! Centrally located for ease of commute and with town services, this one of a kind masterpiece deserves your attention!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses




You don't have to be an expert home seller to maximize your house sale earnings. In fact, there are many things that you can do to optimize the profits from your home sale, such as:

1. Craft an Effective Home Listing

An effective house listing enables you to make a great first impression on prospective homebuyers. Thus, if you dedicate time and resources to craft an effective house listing, you could boost the likelihood of enjoying a profitable home selling experience.

Ultimately, an effective house listing includes relevant information about your residence. It enables a buyer to perform an objective evaluation of your house and determine if your residence matches his or her expectations.

You may want to incorporate high-resolution photos of your residence into your home listing as well. These photos can help buyers envision what life may be like if they purchase your house. As a result, they could help you differentiate your home listing from all others and generate significant interest in your house.

2. Upgrade Your Home's Interior and Exterior

Clean each room of your house. By doing so, you can help buyers see your residence's full potential when they attend a home showing or open house event.

Enhance your house's exterior, too. By mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and performing other home exterior upgrades, you can instantly bolster your residence's curb appeal.

Of course, if you need help with home interior and exterior upgrades, don't hesitate to reach out to professionals for assistance. With home interior and exterior professionals at your side, you can get the help you require to immediately upgrade your residence's appearance.

3. Employ a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands the ins and out of selling a house. He or she also possesses the talent and confidence to help you achieve your desired home selling results as quickly as possible.

Typically, a real estate agent and a home seller will work together to craft a top-notch house selling strategy. A real estate agent initially will learn about a home seller and his or her residence. Then, a real estate agent will offer tips and recommendations to help a home seller seamlessly navigate the house selling journey. And if a seller has any concerns or questions, a real estate agent can respond to them.

A real estate agent goes above and beyond the call of duty to streamline the home selling process. For example, if you are unsure about how to promote your residence to the right groups of buyers, a real estate agent will make it simple to host home showings and open house events. On the other hand, if you are uncertain about whether to accept an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent can help you make an informed decision.

Want to maximize your home sale earnings? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble getting the best price for your residence.



286 Big Alum, Sturbridge, MA 01518

Fiskdale

Single-Family

$1,050,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Have it all with this exquisite Big Alum Lake Waterfront Home, from the upscale premium finishes to the custom layout designed to maximize luxury living with amazing lake views to the state of the art energy efficient systems! Located at the end of a private road, this magnificent home features a fireplaced Great Room with 26 ft vaulted ceiling, striking two story windowed views and leads to an oversized Sun Deck; a fabulous cherry and granite Chef's Kitchen with huge center island and expandable Dining which leads to a great summertime living screened Porch; and what could be better, the first floor fireplaced Master BR with private Deck, spacious en suite Bath and walk in Closet plus near by Study! More waterfront views from the balcony of the fireplaced Loft, twp additional large Bedrooms, one also with ensuite Bath, 3rd full Bath plus front to back 4th Bedroom/Office w/private lake facing Deck.Cork detailed Wine Cellar, Geothermal heat & AC, radiant heated floors, daylight BSMT
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses




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As the home buying process nears the closing, both buyers and sellers need to prepare for the appraisal. This often the last step the lender requires before approving financing for the buyer, so it’s an important part of the home sale process.

What is an Appraisal?

An appraisal is an unbiased, professional evaluation of the value of a home or other piece of real estate. It takes a look at the property, its physical characteristics and the local market conditions to determine the fair market value of a property.

How Is an Appraisal Different from an Inspection?

The appraisal is similar to an inspection, but it is a separate step. In an inspection, the inspector is looking at details about the home and its condition that make it safe or unsafe to live in. The inspector is also comparing the home to current building codes to make sure the home is up to current safety standards.

An appraiser is simply looking at the home’s market value. The appraiser has rigorous training to learn how to evaluate property values and puts that to work to evaluate yours.

How Does the Home’s Appraisal Impact the Home’s Sale?

Lenders want to know that they’re lending no more than the home’s actual value, because they don’t want to have a borrower upside down in a home loan at any point. If the home does not appraise for what the buyer is offering, the loan amount will not be approved. This either means the buyer can walk away or the buyer and seller can renegotiate the terms to match the appraised value.

How to Improve the Appraisal Value on a Home

Sellers who are worried that a home may appraise too low can take some steps to improve the appraisal value. Repairing cracks in the plaster or stains on the wall, for instance, before the appraisal can help improve its value. Odors and staining on the carpeting should also be addressed before the appraiser comes. Improving curb appeal and showing details about improvements and repairs that are high in value are also helpful in boosting the home’s potential value.

The home appraisal is a critical step, and often one of the last hurdles between initial offer and closing. Both sellers and buyers need to understand this step, so they can avoid unhappy surprises when the appraisal report comes back. If a home is competitively priced and well taken care of, the appraisal shouldn’t be a problem in the overall sale of the home.




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