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As a seller, you want to make the right improvements to allow your home to sell fast and at a good price. Many sellers end up making unnecessary improvements to their homes in an effort to sell. It’s important to know what improvements will actually make a difference in how your home is sold. Read on for more tips. 


What Do Buyers Expect


This is a broad question because it depends on a variety of factors. First, a buyers expectations dictates what they’re looking for. Is a buyer looking for a fixer upper or does the buyer want a move-in ready house? What buyers see also greatly depends on a few factors including the time of year, the location of the home, how hot the market is, and how much inventory is available. Your home will sell based on what kind of real estate market climate it’s in.       



Refresh Your Flooring


Buyers see the floors as soon as they get in the door of a home. It’s what either adds to or detracts from the house. Old creaky floors certainly won’t add to the appeal of your home. It’s one less thing a buyer will have to worry about before they move into a house, making it a great improvement. 


Carpets


In the same realm as flooring, you should be aware of the quality of your carpets. Do they need to be ripped up? Should you have your carpets professionally cleaned? If you have simple carpets over hardwood floors, this isn’t much of a concern. Wall-to-wall carpeting is where this is a major concern. 


Upgrade Appliances


Upgrading your appliances will always be worth your investment. Buyers love to know that a home is equipped with exactly what they need and ready for them when they move in. No one wants to buy a home knowing that the dishwasher or oven may need to be replaced at any moment. 


Refresh The Walls And Ceilings


Putting a new coat of paint on your walls and ceilings will be very attractive to buyers. You want to avoid buyers seeing things like smoke and grease stains. The wear and tear of everyday living can cause scuffs and scratches to occur on the walls. Fresh paint can really help to fix these cosmetic details.


The same thought process applies when it comes to wallpaper. If your wallpaper is old and tired, you may want to take it down and either replace it or paint the walls. Steering away from wallpaper may be the best practice, but if you can’t avoid it at least replace it. 


Remember that buyers want to see themselves in the home. Personal style touches usually aren’t the best way to go when it comes to prepping your home. The more neutral and basic the changes you make, the better. 



This Single-Family in Dracut, MA recently sold for $353,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Kevin Durkin - LAER Realty Partners.


53 Long Dr, Dracut, MA 01826

Single-Family

$349,900
Price
$353,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Great 3 bedroom 1.5 bath built in 1994 with many updates including newer kitchen with silestone countertops and newer cabinets with tile back splash and under cabinet lighting and island and tiled floor which has a spacious dining area. You are going to love having movie night in the large hardwood floored living room with a cozy wood burning fireplace complete with a 52 inch TV with wired surround sound that the seller will be leaving as a gift. The 3 bedrooms upstairs all have hardwood floors and all are good size and those rooms also have TVs that are mounted and being left behind as gifts as well. The Family room in the basement has a built in bar and you Guessed it Another Large TV with surround sound is also being left as a gift. The backyard is completely fenced in with an above ground pool and a 19x8 deck to sit back and enjoy your summer. All vinyl sided and the roof is only 2 yrs young, so call today for you appointment and be in for the summer. This will not last!!

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There are few things more frustrating than finding out that the plants you’ve been tending to all summer have been overrun with insects and aren’t producing any fruit. Perhaps even worse is when you find a trail leading into your pantry where your food has been compromised by a tiny army of ants.

Keeping the pests out of your home and garden is a difficult task made even harder if you want to do it without using harsh chemicals and pesticides. However, there are ways you can effectively keep your food safe. In this article, we’ll show you how.

Protecting your garden from pests

The most important tool you have at your disposal when it comes to protecting your lawn, flowers, and garden from pests is your own vigilance.

In the garden, take note of the condition of your plants’ leaves. Look on the underside of them for small, yellow or brown dots. These are often insect eggs that will soon hatch and result in your plants being devoured before they can produce crops.

As a last-ditch effort to keep the bugs away, you can try spraying your plants with a homemade insecticidal soap spray. These sprays are usually 95% water and then a small amount of  pure castile soap or vinegar. Be sure not to use too much or this can harm your plants or soil.

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or in the country, there are likely to be some furry creatures who see your garden as a food source. One way to keep many away is by framing the garden with a simple metal wire fence.

If it’s flowers you’re worried about, try planting them in mulch and keeping the leaves dry when possible. This will avoid excess moisture which can cause plant-killing diseases. Using a watering can rather than a hose will help you target the base of the plant and keep the leaves dry.

Keeping the bugs outside

Regardless out whether your home is old or new, you’ll likely someday find yourself with an insect problem. Some are lured in by warmth in the cold seasons, others are seeking a food source.

Let’s begin on the exterior of your home. Check for cracks in your foundation and along doors and windows and seal these cracks up. Next, if there’s a space under your door, install an aluminum door threshold if there is a gap between your door and the floor. While you’re there, make sure the weather stripping on your door is in good condition.

Next, make sure all of the screens in your doors, windows, and other ventilation areas are in good condition. Even the tiniest tear can be enough to let in flies and other insects. 

The final step in keeping the bugs out of your home is to remove what’s luring them there in the first place. Store your food in airtight storage containers within your cabinets. Not only will this keep bugs away, but it can also make organizing food easier, especially things you might not use often, like flour or a large bag of sugar.



157 Draper St, Lowell, MA 01852

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Honey STOP the Car! You are going to love this classic custom built oversized Colonial located in the heart of Belvidere. With a little work this Gem will shine and you will have instant equity. You will love the size of these rooms, and the gleaming hardwood floors. This home has four good sized bedrooms a large master bedroom with two walk in closets and an updated master bath with a soaking bubble bath. The other three bedrooms are also very spacious with good sized closets. The first floor has a beautiful formal living room with a cozy fireplace and a large bay window to let in the sunshine. The dining room has custom woodwork all around to give you that classy look for entertaining. The large eat in kitchen has a lot of cabinet space and just waiting for fun family dinners. Off the kitchen you will find a family room and a den with a full bar also for entertaining or you could make it a nice home office. You will love the breezeway room with 4 large sliders.
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Honey STOP the Car! You are going to love this classic custom built oversized Colonial located in the heart of Belvidere. With a little work this Gem will shine and you will have instant equity. You will love the size of these rooms, and the gleaming hardwood floors. This home has four good sized bedrooms a large master bedroom with two walk in closets and an updated master bath with a soaking bubble bath. The other three bedrooms are also very spacious with good sized closets. The first floor has a beautiful formal living room with a cozy fireplace and a large bay window to let in the sunshine. The dining room has custom woodwork all around to give you that classy look for entertaining. The large eat in kitchen has a lot of cabinet space and just waiting for fun family dinners. Off the kitchen you will find a family room and a den with a full bar also for entertaining or you could make it a nice home office. You will love the breezeway room with 4 large sliders.

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