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Although clutter in your home may seem like an insignificant problem, it can actually have a negative impact on everything from your personal productivity to family relationships.

When dirty dishes pile up, clothes gather on the floor, and toys are scattered everywhere, it often creates a feeling of discouragement that can seep into every aspect of your life.

While most people view clutter as an annoyance or an eyesore, studies have shown that it can contribute to stress, feelings of guilt, and even depression. Books have been written on the topic and well-known websites have devoted countless pages to the connection between stress and clutter.

In addition to feeling embarrassed when guests drop over unexpectedly, household clutter makes it difficult to find important things, like car keys, homework assignments, or cell phones. A disorganized, messy home can also lead to bills being paid late, which can bring with it a whole separate set of problems, such as late payment fees, collection letters, and credit rating issues. For people planning on applying for a mortgage in the near future, a damaged credit score could adversely affect interest rates, loan terms, or even their chances of obtaining a mortgage.

Fortunately, there are ways to turn the tide on your battle with household clutter. The first step, of course, is to recognize that you have a problem. The second step is to begin writing a plan or set of goals for taking charge of the clutter. The third step is to begin taking action and to set aside 15 to 30 minutes a day for organizing your home and putting clutter in its place!

If you're considering putting your home on the market in the near future, you may need to bump up that time allotment! Cluttered closets, storage areas, and countertops are sure to send the wrong message to prospective home buyers. Living areas that contain too much furniture, stacks of magazines, or piles of unsorted mail will convey an unwanted image of chaos, messiness, and disarray. Clutter can also have the effect of making rooms look smaller and less appealing.

In addition to establishing new and better habits for keeping your home organized and looking its best, it's also important to enlist the cooperation of your family. When everyone does their part to keep your home looking presentable and well maintained, fewer things will get misplaced, moods will be lifted, and you'll no longer feel embarrassed when company drops by!

The best time to begin attacking the problem is now. If the project seems overwhelming, the solution is to start small, but stick with it on a daily basis. As the famous quote says, "The race does not always go to the swift, but to those who keep on running."


This Single-Family in Brookline, MA recently sold for $2,050,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Bill Aibel - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


264 Mason Ter, Brookline, MA 02446

Coolidge Corner

Single-Family

$1,750,000
Price
$2,050,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Located on a tree-lined side street several blocks from the heart of Coolidge Corner, this Colonial-style home has been impeccably maintained and recently updated. The well-designed kitchen offers granite counters, Sub-Zero refrigerator, stainless appliances, pantry, work-desk area, and direct access to rear patio. Living room has a fireplace and sun-room alcove. Large dining room can easily accommodate a table of 12 and has French doors to patio. Half bath and hardwood floors on this level as well. On 2nd floor, master bedroom has a well out-fitted walk-in closet, a second closet, built-in book shelves and beautiful master bathroom with stone tiles. Two other bedrooms with built-in cabinetry on this level and another renovated (2013) bathroom. 3rd floor is open; can be an excellent guest or teen room. Mini split & wall A/C systems throughout. Generous patio and garden in rear with specimen plantings and professional landscaping. Short walk to MBTA green line, shops and schools

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Your ultimate goal as a home seller is to make your residence as desirable as possible to potential buyers. If you transform your house into a must-buy, you could reap the benefits of a quick, profitable home selling experience.

To better understand how to enhance your residence before you list it, let's take a look at three tips to help you transform your home into a must-buy.

1. Upgrade Your House's Interior

Consider how buyers may perceive your residence as soon as they walk through your house's front door. Then, you can prioritize home interior upgrades.

By cleaning each room of your house, you can enhance your residence's interior. If you need help with home cleaning, you can always hire professionals to assist you, too.

Also, it may be beneficial to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls in your bedroom or other areas of your house. Because if you can make it easy for buyers to fall in love with your home's interior, you could speed up the property selling journey.

2. Perform Home Exterior Repairs

Curb appeal may play a key role in your home selling experience. If you residence boasts outstanding curb appeal, you may be able to differentiate your home from other available houses in your city or town.

To improve your residence's curb appeal, you may want to repair or replace any damaged home siding. In addition, mow the lawn and trim the hedges, and you can show off the true beauty of your house's lawn.

You may want to remove any lawn ornaments or decorations from outside your house as well. That way, buyers may be better equipped than ever before to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

3. Eliminate Clutter

Clutter may fill up various rooms throughout your home. If you want to achieve the best-possible home selling results, now may be a great time to eliminate as much clutter as you can.

If you have items you no longer need, you can always sell these items or give them to friends, family members or local charities. On the other hand, if you have assorted personal belongings you want to keep outside your house, you can rent a storage unit.

As you get set to embark on the house selling journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent. With a real estate agent at your side, you can transform your residence into a must-buy in no time at all.

A real estate agent understands all aspects of the home selling journey. He or she will offer tips and recommendations to help you promote your residence to dozens of prospective buyers. Plus, a real estate agent is ready to respond to any of your home selling concerns and questions.

Allocate time and resources to upgrade your home, and you could generate lots of interest in your residence as soon as you list it.


This Multi-Family in Watertown, MA recently sold for $897,000. This style home was sold by Bill Aibel - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


90-92 Lowell Ave, Watertown, MA 02472

Multi-Family

$899,000
Price
$897,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,236
Approx. GLA
Sun-drenched two family located on a quiet side street in the sought after Lowell School/Victory field area of Watertown. This 2,236 sq ft 10 room 4 bedroom home features lovely period detailing including mill-work, and gleaming hardwood floors. The 1st Floor features a modern kitchen with granite counters & maple cabinets that opens to a formal dining room, spacious living room, modern tile bath, and 2 bedrooms. The 2nd floor unit features a modern bath, semi-modern kitchen, and 2 bedrooms, stackable washer/dryer, large expandable walk up attic; enclosed front porch can be converted to additional living space. Exterior Improvements include roof, vinyl siding, replacement windows. Utilities include Gas heat & Hot water, 2 x 100 amp electric. 2 car detached garage with an extra long double wide driveway. Commuters Delight, Near Vibrant Watertown Squares shops/restaurants, Harvard Bus, Express buses, Major Highway Access, and Easy to Boston & Cambridge. A must see!

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The media, especially TV shows, have made renovating a home seem simple. A quick cleaning, splash some paint around and put a flatpack kitchen and you are done. However there is much more to renovating than you can learn by watching an hour-long show in your living room.So, how do you renovate to successfully sell your home for some cold hard cash? Here are some useful tips you can use to maximize your home sale price. 

Do not spend more than the worth of the house.

The last thing you would do is to spend too much money on renovations only to find your home stays longer than necessary on the market because it is overpriced, or worse, the final sale value does not allow you recoup the cost of the repairs.

Your aim should be to look for improvements that add value. That means cosmetic improvements like re-polishing the floorboards and even a splash of fresh paint inside and out. You look for the opportunities to spruce up and replace old cabinetry handles, etc.

This cost-effective touch-up can make your home look polished and new without you having to spend too much on renovation.

Home buyers have their own preferences and personalities.

While taking your time and resources to improve on your property, you need to leave space for the buyers’ personal touches.

However, if your house is really rundown, it could be a smart decision to leave it as is and attract bargain hunters who would want to renovate to their tastes. Alternatively, if your home is almost there, concentrate on the areas that are most likely to catch the buyers’ attention. For instance, a skillfully designed bathroom is always a strong selling point, while incomplete landscaping may not contribute to your bottom line.

Do not compromise quality.

Buyers appreciate the quality and skill involved in building the original home. They are also better informed than even the seller and are likely to shell out for a pre-purchase building inspection. So, prepare to spend more and call in the professionals to give your home a special touch.

A color expert knows precisely what you want in paint shades. So, the best approach for quality upgrades is to invite a licensed professional and do away with those do-it-yourself ways that do not yield reliable positive results. Looking at fittings and fixtures, go for the best quality you can afford, even if it means centralizing replacements in one particular area.

Final Thought

Being choosy about how you renovate your property will give you the more significant sale price you are looking for. Just concentrate your mind on marketable and attractive details buyers can see. This will ensure you recoup more than what you have spent on your renovation efforts. Still have questions about the best renovations for your property? Talk to your real estate agent about what matters to buyers in your area.