Pierre C. Rumpf | Manchester-by-the-Sea Real Estate, Effex Real Estate, Beverly Real Estate


Adding a quality home to the real estate market offers no guarantees. And if you fail to set a competitive initial asking price for your residence, your home may linger on the housing market for many weeks or months. Fortunately, we're here to teach you about the real estate sector and ensure you can use your home's initial asking price to differentiate your residence from the competition.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you establish the right price for your house prior to listing your residence.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

The housing market is tough to navigate, particularly for a seller who wants to separate his or her residence from the crowd. Thankfully, an informed home seller can review housing market data and use this information to establish a price range for his or her house.

A home seller who assesses the real estate sector can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's one. This seller will collect and analyze housing market data related to the prices of recently sold residences and how long these houses were listed before they sold. Then, this seller can determine whether he or she is preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

2. Conduct a Home Inspection and Appraisal

Although a home inspection usually is requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer to purchase, it may be beneficial for a seller to conduct an inspection before listing a home. An inspection enables a seller to identify problem areas in a residence. As a result, a seller can use an inspection report to prioritize home improvement projects, complete home repairs and boost the value of his or her house.

A home appraisal also may prove to be exceedingly valuable to a seller. In fact, an appraisal provides a seller with a property valuation that he or she can use to establish a competitive initial home asking price.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

There is no telling how homebuyers will respond to a new house that becomes available. Lucky for you, a real estate agent can help you plan ahead to list your house and ensure you can establish a competitive price for your home from day one of the property selling journey.

A real estate agent is an expert resource that you can leverage when you sell your house. He or she can help you review housing market data from a variety of sources. Furthermore, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the top home inspectors and appraisers. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent takes the guesswork out of pricing a house and will help you set an initial home asking price that matches buyers' expectations.

When it comes to selling your house and maximizing its value, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent today, you can get the help you need to showcase your residence to prospective buyers and boost the likelihood of a profitable home sale.


Have you been unhappy with your garage floor since you moved in, what, five years ago? It seems the previous owner must have used it as a mechanic’s shop. There are all kinds of grease spots and blotches in all sorts of colors. It just feels grungy. You have tried to clean it, but it seems that the stains have deeply embedded in the concrete. There is a simple solution it only takes a little time.

Garage floor paint.

You’ve seen it in magazines, and you love the look, but you don’t believe it will really work. And it must be expensive to do. The cost, if you do it yourself is very reasonable. You will spend more on a good 10x15 area rug than you will on the floor in your garage. It runs between $100-$250 depending on the size of your garage and if you have to buy some tools.

First, gather supplies: You want to make sure that you get the garage floor paint that comes as two parts. What that means is that you must mix two liquids together to form the paint. Also, measure your garage’s square footage so that you get enough to cover. Read the instructions for pre-cleaning. Of the recommended products, muriatic acid works the best because it cleans and etches the concrete. In addition, get a small one-gallon container of gasoline. You will need a floor squeegee, heavy bristle brush, and the recommended paint roller and extension stick.

Note: This is a project that needs to be done above 60 degrees F.

Second, prepare the space: Remove everything from the garage that is sitting on the floor. You need to plan for your cars to be parked outside for at least 48 hours after you have finished. Cleaning the floor is not about getting the stains removed, the floor paint will cover them. It is about using the gasoline to make sure to remove the oil and grease residue. The paint will not stick to an oily surface. Also scrape up any lumps of dirt, paint, glue, or anything else that is on the floor that would make it not smooth.

Third, etch the floor. Use the muriatic acid to etch the concrete. Create a mixture of one-part acid into ten parts water. Carefully pour the mixture into a plastic garden watering can and then onto the floor. Spread it around using the squeegee making sure to cover all of the concrete. Allow it to sit on the floor until it stops bubbling. Then carefully rinse the floor with water. The concrete floor must completely dry before continuing, so depending on the outside temperature you may not be able to apply the paint until the next day.

Fourth, paint the floor: Following the instructions on the garage paint package, roll it onto the floor just like painting the wall. Caution! Do not spread it too thin. Also, remember not to paint yourself into a corner. Once you have finished, you need to lock all doors leading to the garage. If you can secure your garage door opener, that would be advisable as well.

Just wait the time shown on the paint instructions for it to dry. Remember you are going to drive a heavy car onto this paint, so do not get in a hurry to drive on it. The better it has dried, the longer the floor will last. Once it is dry and usable, it looks so beautiful you almost don't want to drive on it. But now, cleaning oil drips and any other drippings from your car or work you do in the garage is, and the floor still looks great.

A beautiful, clean, painted garage floor adds value to your home. When you list your home with a professional real estate agent, be sure to highlight your upgraded garage.


Whether you’re selling your home or just need to spruce up the front of your home because it’s lacking curb appeal, you can make a difference in a few simple steps. Below, you’ll find some great suggestions to help you bring the curb appeal of your home to a new level to make your home more inviting. 


Paint Your Door


You want your front door to grab attention. That means that you can take a risk when it comes to choosing a front door color. You’ll need to match the front door with your existing exterior home color and style, but don’t be afraid to go bold. Find the right balance for some great curb appeal. 


Light The Outdoors


If you really want to add some curb appeal to your home, you should make it visible both day and night. There are plenty of great ways to add charm to your yard all while adding practical lights to highlight your landscapes and provide safety at the same time. Solar lighting is great for any yard because it doesn’t require any type of electrical work. 


Redo The Driveway


Your driveway is an overlooked part of the outside of your home. You usually just drive in and out to get to your home. Filling in your driveway, repaving it, filling in the cracks and landscaping alongside the driveway can really make a difference. You can bring your driveway from unsightly to an asset with a little TLC. 


Keep Up With The Landscaping


You should never let your landscaping grow tired. Make sure you keep the bushes, flowers, and shrubs along the front of your home updated. Every so often add a new bush or change out your flowers. It can seem like a big project but it really can be rewarding at just how far small changes can go. You even have the option of making these changes gradually. There’s no reason they need to be drastic.     


Change Your Mailbox


This idea seems incredibly simple but it can really add a lot to your home. Your mailbox doesn’t need to be boring. It should be one of the features that gives your home some character. You can shop for a unique mailbox to suit your style or you can create one of  your own.  


   

       Take A Second Look At The Walkway


Your front walkway should be a place that’s inviting and gives an overall feel for your home. Lay cement or stone on the walkway to create a decorative pattern. Line the walkway with cedar, wood chips, or other types of mulch to bring an inviting scent as you walk into the home. 



Add beauty and serenity to your new home be designing a flower garden. Creating a flower garden doesn’t have to be a huge time-consuming chore if you don’t want it to be. In fact, with the right plant selections, it can be fairly low-maintenance year round.

Here’s what you need to know about designing a flower garden:

Start by taking note of where you would like to place your flower beds. You’ll want to have a good idea of how much sunlight and shade this area receives as well as the soil quality.

It’s good to know how quickly the soil dries out or how much it retains moisture to best understand which plants will thrive here and which might need extra care.

If you’re looking for a low maintenance garden you’ll want to pick plants that will naturally thrive in these conditions with needing you to fuss over them very much.

Start your garden small, especially if this is your first, as you can always expand later but it will be more difficult to shrink down. You’ll also want to keep the types of plants you have in mind when planning size.

Plan based on the sizing of a mature plant and not the size you initially take it home as. This will prevent overcrowding which will keep all of your plants happy and look best visually.

Trace out the shape of your garden and test how easy it is to maintain the lawn around it. This way you will know exactly what to expect when doing law maintenance and can avoid any particular tricky corners or shapes to navigate.   

When planning placement of your flowers arrange plants by height with the tallest blooms in the back and shortest up front. This ensures that every flower will have equal access to sunlight without taller plants overshadowing those below them.  

You will also want to plan the depth of your flower beds so that you can access even the furthest reaches with ease. Don’t create hard to reach spots that make it easy for weeds or pests to take root and flourish just out of your reach.

Visually it is best to plant at least three plants of a kind. Whether you cluster them together or spread them out is up to you. As you plot out the expanse of your garden carries colors of flowers through all of your beds for a cohesive look across your yard.

It’s best to plan to add more than just flowering greenery. Shrubbery, ornamental grass and foliage add texture and interest year round. It keeps your garden looking full during periods without blooms and allows said blooms to really pop when they are in season.


Looking to buy a house without having to break your budget? Put together a homebuying roadmap, and you can increase your chances of finding a top-notch house that falls within your price range.

Ultimately, there are many things to consider as you put together a homebuying roadmap, such as:

1. Your Dream Home Definition

Differentiate your dream home must-haves from your wants – you'll be glad you did. If you can determine exactly what you want to find in your dream house, you can narrow your home search accordingly.

For example, if you need a home with multiple bedrooms to accommodate your entire family, you should include this information near the top of your homebuying roadmap. You then can kick off a search of multi-bedroom homes and move closer to finding your ideal residence.

2. Where You Want to Live

Do you enjoy life in the big city? Or, would you prefer to settle down in a small town? Think about where you would like to call home so that you can effectively plan your homebuying journey.

Ideally, you should try to refine your home search to a small collection of cities and towns. This will enable you to speed up your home search and ensure you can find a house that suits you perfectly.

Keep in mind your day-to-day activities as you consider where you want to live too. For instance, if you work in the city, you may want to pursue houses in or near the city itself. On the other hand, you may be able to purchase a small town home for less than what you would have to pay for a city residence and commute into the city for work.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

Determine how quickly you'd like to finalize a home purchase. That way, you can map out exactly how you want to approach the housing market.

If you are committed to buying a house as soon as possible, you'll need to be proactive. The top houses sell quickly, and if you don't act fast, you risk missing out on your dream residence to a rival homebuyer.

Conversely, if you can afford to be patient, you can avoid pressure throughout the homebuying process. In this scenario, you can pursue houses at your convenience. And once you find the right home, you can submit an offer and finalize your home purchase.

When it comes to creating a homebuying roadmap, it generally helps to get support from a real estate agent. In fact, this housing market professional can provide plenty of assistance throughout the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent will learn about your homebuying goals and help you develop a successful homebuying roadmap. Furthermore, he or she can keep you up to date about new homes as they become available and make it easy to discover a wonderful residence at a budget-friendly price.

Ready to get started on the process of purchasing a house? Consider the aforementioned items as you create a homebuying roadmap, and you can plan a successful homebuying journey.




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