Blog :: 2016

Ready Your Home for Winter

Even though we're already halfway through December, winter really doesn't being until January in New England! Thus, you still have plenty of time to winterize your home! Here is our beloved winter to-do list:

  1. Put away or cover your outdoor furniture.
  2. Get rid of drafts. (Caulk around winters and doors.)
  3. Tune up your heating system.
  4. Prevent ice dams (a weatherization contractor can identify and fix air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home's attic that can lead to ice dams.)
  5. Clean the gutters.
  6. Turn off exterior faucets.
  7. Repair demaged sidewalks, driveways and steps.
  8. Prune trees and/or shrubs.
  9. Call a chimney sweep.
  10. Stock up on winter essentials. (Salt/ice melt.)

 

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Why Selling Your Home in Winter is GREAT Idea!

With the harsh New England winter on it's way, most people who are considering selling typically decide to wait until Spring market. But the truth is that there are many great reasons to list your home for sale during these colder months. And below you'll find our top 3!

1. Home buyers are much more serious shoppers - they have intent to buy. There's the potential to find people who are relocating for a job (think first quarter relos), sure, but on a whole, people who are looking in the winter months are motivated buyers, unwilling to stop their search just because of a little snow.

2. There are less properties on the market, thus sellers have a better chance of getting at or above listing price. We've been in a pretty hot real estate market for a while now, but truthfully, it could be hotter especially if you're one of the only homes on the market in the winter! Less inventory means more attention for those listed! 

3. No landscaping? No problem! One of the best pieces of selling during the winter is not having to deal with maintenance (other than shoveling, of course) of the exterior. In some case, this can save you BIG time in seller preparations.

Did we convince you? :) Either way, we highly encourage you to check out our agent profiles here!

 

Decorating for the Holidays: Garland

One of the most common holiday decorations around towns south of Boston is garland! From front doors and porches, to fireplaces and table tops, this piece of decor in an inexpensive classic to add some fullness to your space while still playing up your personal style! 

Originally brought to America by-way of Europe, garland was often used to decorate Christmas trees and being some festive cheer. And now-a-days, when you see it around town, you know that the holiday's have arrived.

This year, as you pull out the decorations, and start the holiday baking, see if you come up with any new and creative ways to use garland!  

Wishing you all the best as we start off this holiday season,

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Bringing Zen into Your Home

The holiday season is just upon us and since it is known as the busiest times of the year, why not take a little time this fall to instill some calmness into your home. Here are a few tips and tricks!

Add Plants

The “chi” or life-force of plants help to re-energize a space, in additional to giving you lots of clean fresh air. The recommendation is typically to put plants where you want to spend more time, or become more productive, so you can best soak up all that energy they’re giving off.

Adjust Clutter

Although tossing everything out can create a fresh start, in reality, some spaces really only need a little shuffle of items; a new space to call home. Take a look around, see if you can freshen up a space but placing items in a new spot. And if, you're motivated, add in Feng Shui to prepare for the new year.

Opt for Soft or Natural Light (and more of it!)

Natural light has many benefits, but the best is how it makes you feel. Natural light is known for its calming capabilities, and to help cease seasonal depression. Not to mention that you’ll start to have amazing interior pictures for your Instagram collage!

Tuck away the TV

Technology. We love it, and we wouldn’t want a life without… entirely. But the truth is, our bodies need quiet and rest in order to be restored. Move the TV into a less centralized location. Downsize the number of TV’s you have or get rid of the TV altogether. This will help you re-center and re-focus on things that are actually really important to you.

Fresh Air

With summer heat behind us for 2016, open up your windows and doors for some crisp, fresh, fall air. This will reduce germs, smells and breathe fresh life into your space. Not to mention, fresh air has calming principles in itself.

Own Your Space

One of the best things about your home, is that it’s yours. Show off your personality; add artwork that speaks of you, pick playful and interesting furniture that states something about you. Make your space functional and comfortable for you. Coming home to your space every day, and waking up in it should really be something you enjoy doing.

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    Happy Halloween!

    Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween this year!

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      Trick or Treat

      Halloween is one week away – that means if you haven’t decorated your main entrance for trick or treaters, it’s time to do so. Here are 4 easy-peasy suggestions that can go a long way! 

      1. Pumpkins. A must! And a classic! Carve them, stack them, paint them, light them or let them be. A way to show off the October spirit without the big to-do.

      2. Skeletons. Climbing. Dancing. Hanging. Or at random on the front grass. Spooky!

      3. A witches brew. Collect brooms, Manson jars, and spiders and pumpkins in black, and white, (or paint them to be such) and create your very own witches brew for the front porch. Add in cobwebs and/or skeleton bones to put it over the top.  

      4. Suspend something! Anything! Witches hats, ghosts, balloons, or bats.

      Happy decorating!

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        Falling for Fall

        Parting with summer is always so difficult for us New Englanders knowing that winter sneaks up quickly on our fall season. So, how about we try and prolong autumn with some inspiration via Pinterest? Let's fall in love with Fall. 

         

        Happy Fall all!

         

         

         

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