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When it comes to selling a home, presentation is key. A well-staged home highlights the best features while leaving plenty of room for imagination in the minds of home buyers. Here are a few tried and true home staging tips to help your home steal the show and bring in the best offers.

Make an Exquisite Entrance

It's hard not to judge a book by its cover, and the outside of your home can make or break a buyer's interest. Make sure the lawn is kempt and walkways clear of leaves and debris. Surfaces should be clean and look like new. Trim hedges and tree branches. Add colorful flowers and/or subtle outdoor lighting to drive home the inviting feel.

Prioritize the Important Areas

You don't need to spruce up every nook and cranny of your home. Focus on the heaviest hitters - the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom - first. If a buyer is on the fence about purchasing, a fancy guest bedroom won't make a difference, but a dazzling kitchen might.

Add a Touch of Nature

Nothing breathes life into a home like a few eye-catching plants. Whether it's a large floor plant or a few small flower pots, it's important to give each plant plenty of space to stand out and accentuate the area. For example, a vase of vibrant lilies can liven up a dining room, while a tall snake plant can add charm to a living room. If you're short on time, faux plants can do the trick as well.

Make It Neat and Neutral

Rearrange items to maximize walking space. Each piece of furniture should add charm or function to the room. Stick to subtle colors and stow away personal items such as photos, ornaments, posters, and collectibles. While it can be tempting to get creative, try to keep the tone as neutral as possible. The goal is to highlight the potential of each area and leave the rest to the buyer's imagination.

Wood Is Good

Quality hardwood floors are a huge selling point. Yet, many sellers make the mistake of burying them under carpets and rugs. Even if your hardwood floors have seen better days, it's worth it to fix them up and show them off.

Let in the Light

Without proper lighting, all of your cleaning, repairing, and redesigning will be for naught. Part the curtains and raise the blinds to let daylight highlight all your home has to offer. If it's still too dark, consider swapping your window treatments for something lighter and airier, or simply remove them. In addition to daylight, you'll want to turn on overhead, floor, and table lighting when visitors arrive. 

These are just a few tips to help you make a great impression on prospective buyers. Of course, you can modify these tips depending on the size and layout of your home. Want to talk more expert tips on staging and outstanding open house? Contact me, and we'll find the right fit for your home staging needs.


This Single-Family in Hudson, MA recently sold for $455,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Wendy Butler - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


3 Hickory Lane, Hudson, MA 01749

Single-Family

$429,900
Price
$455,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Delightful four bedroom, two and a half bath colonial on expansive lot surrounded by mature trees and situated in an established neighborhood close to Hudson high school and dynamic downtown Hudson with all it's offerings of shops, restaurants, the Rail Trail and much more. Also a commuters dream minutes to routes 290 and 495 and the Solomon Pond Mall. You'll love the inviting front to back living room with its charming fireplace. The updated kitchen with its warm maple cabinetry, recessed lighting, newer black appliances and open floor plan to dining room which is ideal for entertaining. Generous master suite with half bath and double closets, stylish updated main bath on second floor, and first floor has a retro full bath in beautiful condition. To one side of the two car detached garage is a lovely garden patio area you can enjoy all summer. This home is delightful and a must see. A great place to call home...Open Houses Saturday 6/13 11:00 to 1:00 and Sunday 6/14 1:00 to 2:30

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This Condo in Marlborough, MA recently sold for $285,000. This Garden style home was sold by Wendy Butler - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


30 Broad St, Marlborough, MA 01752

Condo

$295,000
Price
$285,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Here it is! A fabulous offering at the St. Mary's Condominiums that is sure to please...High ceilings and over sized windows allowing the natural light in to flow through the open floor plan. The granite and stainless kitchen has a breakfast bar with seating and opens to the spacious living room with beautiful bamboo flooring and recessed lighting. There is a dining area off the kitchen and you'll find in-unit laundry, a guest room, main bath and a decadent en-suite master with massive walk in closet and nook which could be for endless ideas such as a nursery or home office. This has an ideal layout for today's living, parking for two cars plus a fantastic location that is minutes to routes 495 and 290 and not too far from downtown. Altogether this makes for perfection and an outstanding offering at a remarkable price...

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If you recently added your house to the real estate market, it may be only a matter of time before you sell your house. In fact, if you know what to expect after a home listing is published, you can plan accordingly for all stages of the home selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare for the home selling process.

1. Craft an Engaging and Informative Home Listing

Oftentimes, a home listing may dictate a seller's success. If a seller creates a listing that fails to effectively highlight a house's benefits, buyers may shy away from the residence altogether. On the other hand, a seller who crafts an engaging and informative listing can increase the probability of a fast, profitable home selling experience.

Your home listing should include relevant information about your residence, including details about your house's age and condition. Also, it may be beneficial to include high-resolution photographs of your house to help buyers envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

There is no need to stretch the truth in your home listing, either. Because if you fail to provide homebuyers with accurate information about your home – and these buyers discover "hidden" home problems during an inspection – you ultimately may put a potential home sale in jeopardy.

2. Make Your Home Available to Potential Buyers

As a home seller, you should strive to make your residence available to as many potential buyers as possible. Thus, if a buyer requests a home showing on short notice, you should be willing to temporarily vacate your residence to accommodate this buyer's request.

In addition, you should try to keep your house neat and tidy. That way, if a buyer requests a showing on short notice, you won't have to worry about scrambling to clean your home.

3. Know What Your Home Is Worth

After you list your house, buyers will read your home listing and set up showings. And if a buyer is truly interested in purchasing your home, he or she likely will submit an offer.

A seller generally has only a limited amount of time to assess an offer and decide whether to accept, reject or counter it. Fortunately, if you conduct a home appraisal, you can find out what your house is currently worth.

With a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your residence, as well as evaluate pertinent housing market data. Next, this property expert will offer a home valuation that helps you understand the true value of your house.

Lastly, if you need assistance as you sell your house, it may be helpful to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can teach you about the real estate sector and help you make informed decisions at each stage of the home selling journey.

Take the guesswork out of selling your house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost your chances of enjoying a fast and successful home selling experience.


There’s no doubt that we all have our preferred colors, whether it’s for our cars, our clothing, or our homes. However, there are colors that are favored over others--colors that work well in any environment.

When it comes to painting the inside and outside of your home, good colors decisions can make your home appeal to more buyers and get you higher offers.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about which colors are ideal for your home if you’re hoping to increase its purchase value.

General rules for choosing paint colors

While there are specific colors and techniques for each room of a home, there are also general rules that apply to painting in general.

First, note that it is pleasing to the eye if a room transitions from dark to light vertically--the floor being the darkest, the wall color in the middle, and the ceiling the brightest. While we can’t say with certainty why that is, a good guess would be because that’s house things usually appear in nature, with the sky being the brightest thing in your line of sight.

Next, understand that painting with darker colors and matte finishes may make a room appear darker and smaller. Glossy or semi-gloss paint with bright colors will reflect more light and make a room look and feel more spacious.

You may have noticed some homes tend to have a continuity to them that is hard to explain. There’s a good chance this is because of the colors used. Having a color palette for your home that uses different shades of a color is a good way to tie the whole home together

Finally, while there are many colors that will work in various rooms of the home, blue happens to be the most preferred color to new buyers. It’s a safe bet that a light blue will work well if you’re at a loss for what color to paint a room.

Next, let’s take a look at each part of your home to find the best colors to use.

  • Exterior. Choosing exterior colors, such as your siding, doors, and trim can be a difficult decision for most homeowners. It’s a good idea to stick with colors associate with the architectural style of your home. Also, be sure to take note of the colors in your neighborhood--you don’t match your neighbors completely, but you don’t want to stand out too much either. A good way to differentiate your home is to use a bold accent color on your front door or shutters.

  • Kitchen. The kitchen should be a warm and welcoming place. Colors like white, gray, and light red all work well in the kitchen. Choose a color that doesn’t overshadow your appliances and cabinets--let those be the bold colors of the room.

  • Bedrooms. Bedrooms, especially children’s rooms, are a place where you have more room to experiment with fun colors. Nearly any color can work in a bedroom, even darker colors, if complemented by light-colored decorations and furnishings. If your master bedroom has a bathroom connected to it, try using the same or a color that will complement the bedroom.

  • Home office. Offices are surprisingly versatile. Many different styles work for different people and their vocations and hobbies. If your home office has a classic look--wooden desk, gold lamps, etc.--a brown or tan color will work well. However, if the office is more modern and creative, a white, gray, or bold green or blue are fitting.

  • Bathroom. For the main bathroom, use a bright color as bathrooms tend to be one of the smaller rooms in a home. Bright colors are also easier to work in the mirror by to improve lighting.




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