Pat Baker - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Pat Baker on 10/14/2016

De-cluttering your home is an essential part of the process of prepping your house for the real estate market. It also may require you to find a place to store antiques, photographs and other personal items that you'll need to remove from your house in the immediate future. Fortunately, storage units are available that enable you to protect your personal items while you sell your current home and work toward relocating to a new residence. There are many great reasons to use a storage unit while you sell your house, including: 1. You Can Free Up Space in Your Current Home. Want to show homebuyers the full potential of your house? Rent a storage unit, and you can free up lots of space in your residence instantly. A storage unit gives you plenty of room to safeguard your personal items while you're going through the home selling process. Plus, you'll be able to de-clutter your house accordingly, ensuring you're able to clean every nook and cranny of your residence and ensure your home looks great for prospective homebuyers. 2. You Can Keep Your Personal Belongings Safe and Organized. Let's face it – no one wants to put their treasured belongings in a storage unit that's not secure. But with a storage unit, this is never a problem, as this unit typically is easy to lock and is designed for advanced protection against a number of everyday dangers. For example, a standard storage unit facility is equipped with security cameras, and some facilities are monitored by security personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Moreover, storage units are designed to protect your belongings against inclement weather, as they often are temperature controlled to ensure your items will maintain their quality. 3. You Won't Have to Break Your Budget to Rent a Storage Unit. Selling a house can be an expensive process. And as you spend money completing home improvement projects and cleaning up your residence, the last thing you need is a hefty bill for the rental of a storage unit. Usually, a storage unit serves as an affordable option for home sellers. The cost of a storage unit is frequently based on the size of the unit you need; therefore, if you're only storing a few items, the cost likely will be minimal. It also is important to keep in mind that the cost associated with the rental of a storage unit may only be temporary. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to enhance the appearance of your house, you'll be able to sell your current residence quickly and move your belongings from a storage unit into your new home. Storage units represent wonderful choices for home sellers, and your real estate agent may be able to help you explore the storage unit options that are available. This real estate professional might even be able to ensure you can score the best deals on storage unit rentals in your hometown. Rent a storage unit as you get ready to add your home to the real estate market, and you can keep your personal belongings safe and organized at all times.




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Posted by Pat Baker on 5/20/2016

Does your home have a basement? If you own a home with an unfinished basement, you have a prime opportunity to add significant value to your home. In fact, some states will allow you to count a finished basement's square footage as part of the house, thereby additionally increasing your home's value. Here are a few other incentives for you to start what may be the most lucrative home remodeling project you can undertake as a homeowner. Freedom - Not only does finishing your basement add value to your home, it also gives you an opportunity to create an entirely new floor plan from scratch. You can make a new family den, a couple of small rooms for storage, study, or playtime, or you can construct a fully functioning extra level of your home, complete with a bathroom. The possibilities are endless. Income - Creating a fully functioning basement level that can be rented out to tenants is an exciting way to independently earn some income from your hard work. While some may be turned off to the idea of renting space in their home to strangers, finishing the basement with an extra bathroom is still a lucrative endeavor if you ever plan on selling your home. Utility Savings - When properly insulated, basements will tend to be the coolest level in the summer, and the warmest level in the winter. Many families benefit from turning their basement into a den for this reason. Space - Many people use their basements for storage, but most don't utilize the space as efficiently as they could. Even a partially finished basement can provide you with proper storage capabilities that you wouldn't be able to utilize as effectively in an unfinished basement. For tips and floor plan ideas, visit http://www.hgtv.com/topics/basement/index.html





Posted by Pat Baker on 5/6/2016

              Accent walls can really tie a room together.  If done properly, they can balance out narrow rooms, provide a conversation piece, and add an artistic flair to an otherwise drab room.  However, there are a few do's and don'ts that must be kept in mind if you are to make the best decision regarding exactly which wall in a room should be chosen, and what the best colors are for your particular choice. If you are choosing to paint an accent wall in a narrow room, then keep some basic color theory in mind.  Warm hues like reds,yellows, and oranges will draw focus to  a wall, effectively creating the illusion of being "drawn toward" the color.  Therefore, if you were to paint the shortest wall farthest way from the entrance a bright red, then it will appear that the room isn't as narrow as it once was.  However, if you were to choose one of the longer walls, it would only serve to make the room appear even narrower than it once was. In contrast, cool hues like blues, purples, and greens can have quite a different effect.  Cool hues tend to draw one's gaze away from a wall, thereby making a room or area look larger than it really is.  These colors can serve to make short rooms appear longer, skinny rooms appear wider, and hallways appear more spacious. Next, we'll talk about natural lighting.  Warm hues work best in northern and eastern-facing rooms, as the amount of light that these are getting will be significantly less than the amount of light coming into your southern and eastern-facing rooms.  Save the cool hues for the brightest rooms. Visibility of your accent wall is another big factor to consider.  If you are painting a smaller wall, then decorate sparsely.  You don't want decorations or furniture cluttering up your accent wall and preventing it from doing its job.  Working with your architecture is also important.  If you have an irregularly-shaped wall in a room, then try if you can to make it your accent wall.




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Posted by Pat Baker on 3/25/2016

If you are looking for ways to increase the value of your home, then there are some simple guidelines to follow, as well as a few projects you may want to consider avoiding altogether.  Depending on the region, a particular home remodel has the potential to make or break a potential sale. Swimming Pools - Homes with swimming pools generally do better in the warmer states, where they can be seen as a welcome addition during the hottest months.  However, a home in New England that has a pool is increasingly likely to be viewed as a headache.  Maintenance costs, family safety, and seasonal accessibility make this addition one that is in reality more likely to hurt the chances of being able to sell your home quickly.  Not to say that you shouldn't have a pool if you have your heart set on it.  Just don't count on it making your house more appealing.  If you already have a pool, then try to sell your home in the spring or summer, when the pool is in use.  This will help potential buyers see the benefit of the addition, without reminding them of the headaches associated with upkeep. Koi ponds and indoor aquariums - These items, while beloved to a homeowner, may turn off a buyer who isn't interested in being a pet owner.  There aren't a lot of uses for an aquarium installed in a wall for someone who doesn't like the idea of having fish.  Similarly, koi ponds on the property have the capability of turning off an owner that doesn't necessarily want to have a portion of their backyard dedicated to a project that they have no interest in taking over. Converting garages and second bedrooms - While these renovations generally arise from necessity, they can hurt your resale value in the future.  Garage space is fairly desirable these days, and especially so in cold climates that deal with large amount of snow.  Converting a garage in New England isn't generally a good idea unless you absolutely need the space.  This is also true in the cases of converting second and third bedrooms into office spaces.  While a new buyer may consider at a later date to convert an extra bedroom into an office space, they may not want to have the option forced on them.  Most of the time, a two-bedroom house with an office will remain on the market longer than a three-bedroom house. Fireplaces - They can be beautiful, yes, but fireplaces are quickly falling out of favor with buyers, and are increasingly being seen as a messy addition to a home.  In 2009, a consumer preference survey from the Nation Association of Home Builders ranked fireplaces as No. 1 on a list of what NAR called “Home Fads That Are Falling Out of Style.”  Not to say that fireplaces don't have a market.  Many people are still looking for homes that contain one or even two.  But installing a fireplace in an existing home can be very expensive, and the return on your investment wouldn't be that great.





Posted by Pat Baker on 12/11/2015

Staging your home for potential buyers can be quite the hassle. You may start moving your furniture around spontaneously, or become tense when your children or spouse make messes in a room that you just prepped for show. With all of the planning that one can put into making their home shine, one crucial step in home staging is often overlooked: your family pet. For the sake of simplicity, I will outline a few things that you must keep in mind when cleaning up after your pet in a home for sale. Pet presence - For obvious reasons, some pets can't leave the house. Giant enclosures, aquariums, and disabled pets are hard to relocate sometimes, and a lot of people will be understanding of this. But if your dog or cat is healthy, then you'll want to strongly consider relocating your pets temporarily. Many people aren't pet owners, and don't like being around an excitable golden retriever or a yippy chihuahua when they are trying to imagine their family occupying your home. Remember....You are trying to make the potential buyer as relaxed as possible. Ask a friend if they wouldn't mind looking after your loved one for a bit, and if all else fails, look into a reputable boarding service for your pet. Fur - Fur can get everywhere. Even in places that you, as a resident of your home, don't necessarily notice all of the time. Be sure to give your couches, chairs, and love seats proper attention. That means taking the pillows and cushions off, and using a hand vacuum or brush to remove all of the fur you see. After you are sure that they are thoroughly cleaned, use a fabric freshener to finish it off. Try to do this well in advance of the potential buyer, as some people have sensitivities to fabric fresheners. Litter - No matter what kind of animal you have, odds are you have do deal with some form of waste. It may sound pretty obvious, but make sure your litter beds are clean and well hidden. Even if you own an exotic pet like a reptile of amphibian, this includes you too. Many people don't like snakes, but they'll like a messy snake cage even less. Another important thing to remember as an exotic pet owner is this: even though you may not be able to smell anything offensive coming from your reptile's cage, that doesn't mean that there isn't an odor. Many people who live with reptiles get used to the subtle odors that emit from the cages, and will tend to spot-clean their animal's cage without giving it the proper scrub-down that it needs. Odors - Don't use air fresheners to mask pet odor. It is meant to freshen the air...Not cover pet odors up. Instead, use powdered cleaners on carpets and rugs that your pets frequent. These can be purchased at your local pet store in the cleaning isle. Odds are, if someone has a severe allergy to animals, then they are going to be at risk of having a reaction. The cleaner the house, the less dander will be in the home.







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