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Posted by John Boey on 12/10/2017

If youíre in the process of selling your home, your agent will most likely be making calls to you relating that she will be showing your home to potential buyers. While youíre probably excited to sell your home, thereís no doubt that home showings can happen at the worst possible times! Hereís some tips to help you prepare for any home showing in a hurry: 


Mop Up


Sweep up your kitchen and bathrooms Spot clean in any necessary areas to remove stains.   


Get Out Your Duster


Quickly wipe down any of your furniture, televisions, screens and other objects that really show dust in your home. You donít need to go crazy, just make sure that everything is clean.  


Clear Counters


Donít leave tons of stuff hanging around on your counters. Your counters should be wiped down and clear of clutter for your home showing. 


Make Your Bed


Heed your motherís advice and make your bed. Thereís nothing more unattractive at a home showing than beds that havenít been made or items strewn across the bedroom. If you have some time, take a look at your bedding and see if it looks presentable, as in free from rips and stains. If not, consider replacing the existing bedding for an even better impression. 


Vacuum 


Give your carpets a once over with the vacuum cleaner. This will pick up any surface dirt and make the carpets look, smell and feel fresher.


Empty The Trash


Empty all of your trash cans. Spray them down with a disinfectant spray so that thereís no lingering odors.   


Brighten It Up


When your home is being shown, the lights should be on. A bright home is an attractive home! 

Clean Your Dishes


Put all of your dirty dishes in the dishwasher. There shouldnít be any dirty dishes left out and around during a home showing. Also, you donít want any of your appliances running while potential buyers are visiting.  


Put Clothes Away


Your clothes should be loaded into the washer and dryer as well. No dirty (or clean) clothes should be lingering around the house. Potential buyers donít need to see the latest styles that youíre wearing!


Put Your Stuff Away 


Every room should be given a once over. Everything should be off of the floors, counters and furniture. This will make your home look very presentable and attractive to buyers. 


Although a home showing may seem overwhelming, buyers like to picture what your home will look like once theyíre the new occupants. The short amount of time that you spend on making your home look tidy can make a big difference in finding the right buyer for your property.




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Posted by John Boey on 12/3/2017

Many new homeowners see getting a dog as a rite of passage to homeownership. Oftentimes, theyíre moving from apartment buildings that didnít allow dogs or parents who didnít want pets and having their own home finally seems like their chance at having a dog. However, itís important to take into consideration several factors before buying or adopting a dog.

In this article, weíll talk about what it means to be both a dog owner and a homeowner, and discuss how to tell if buying a dog is a good move for you in your new home.

Time management

It has been said that having a dog is like having a two-year-old child who stays that difficult age for ten years. Depending on the dogís breed, temperament, and trainability, thereís a chance you could be in for a handful of a dog.

The first factor in deciding whether or not to get a dog in your new home is to determine if you have the time to take care of it. If you work long hours or have to travel for work, these are obvious signals that you might not have time to spend with a pet who needs care and attention.

However, you should also consider whether you have an extra hour each morning and evening to feed and play with your dog who will need exercise to stay healthy. Youíll also need to set aside time each week for things like training, socializing, bathing, trimming their nails, and so on.

All of these commitments add up, so itís important to consider how much time you have before going down to the shelter to or kennel to pick up a new dog.

Dogs are expensive

Most people who donít own a dog do not realize how expensive they are. Food is just the tip of the iceberg, and if youíre planning on getting a large dog, food can cost you well over $100 each month. On top of food, youíll need to be prepared to spend up to $200 for each visit to the vet and for necessary medications for things like heartworm, fleas, and ticks.

Dog training is also highly recommended to ensure that you and your dog both have a better understanding of whatís expected of one another. Training will help with things like obedience, but also will improve your dogís behavior by giving them a job to focus their energy on (rather than on tearing up your furniture).

Dogs need space

It may seem like you have all the space in the world in your new home, especially if you moved from a small apartment. However, many dog breeds require room to run freely. If you want to get a sporting dog, youíll either need to take them somewhere they can run each day, or have a yard large enough for them to run in.

If you choose the latter, youíll need to make sure your dog is safe from traffic if you live on a busy street. That could mean spending hundreds of dollars to erect a fence.

Ultimately, having a dog can be a highly rewarding experience for you and your pet. But now that you know some of the fine print to dog ownership, youíll be able to make a more informed decision on whether or not getting a dog is right for you.




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Posted by John Boey on 11/26/2017

 When it comes to the marketability of your house, appearances are everything! If your house is up for sale or you have plans to put it on the market soon, there are a lot of details you need to attend to before prospects stop by.

Although it's difficult to make a lived-in house look immaculate all the time, the closer you can come to that high standard, the better! Whether they're actively looking for signs of cleanliness or just noticing it subconsciously, the overall condition of your home can and does make an indelible impression on prospective buyers.

The reason "curb appeal" is emphasized so strongly by real estate agents is that the initial impression you make on house hunters can impact the amount of time your property stays on the market. That's especially true in "drive by" situations in which prospects quickly check out your house from the street and make a snap judgement about whether or not they like what they see. If your house and yard look appealing to them, then they may follow up with either the listing agent or their buyers' agent. On the other hand, if there's peeling paint visible, an aging roof, or weeds growing out of cracks in the driveway, they'll probably drive on and continue their search elsewhere. As you can imagine, there's a lot riding on curb appeal, so it pays to keep your lawn looking manicured and other landscaping features well maintained.

Once prospects are inside your home, they're going to notice everything from scuffed walls and cluttered furniture to the smell of toast you burned that morning or greasy cooking odors. Pet odors can also be a major turnoff for many prospective buyers, especially if they're not dog or cat fans to begin with! A worst-case-scenario, of course, is to have a last-minute pet accident happen on the floor when prospects are touring the house. That's not just a hypothetical situation; it occurs more often than you might think. To prevent that potential "disaster," some home sellers make arrangements with friends, relatives, or pet daycare services to have their dogs or cats taken care of outside of the house when tours are scheduled. While that's not always practical or even possible, it can make a big difference in the impression your home makes on potential buyers.

The bottom line when it comes to effective home staging is that people are going to notice "the good, the bad, and the ugly." Your objective, of course, is to do everything possible to diminish the negatives and accentuate the positives. Your real estate agent can be an indispensable resource for providing you with the unvarnished truth about what needs to be repaired or cosmetically improved to present the best possible image of your home to the public.





Posted by John Boey on 11/19/2017


185 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02171

Rental

$1,650
Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Large newly renovated 1 bedroom with 846 sq ft at Hamilton Bay Condos on 7 the floor with spectacular views, features include brand new kitchen with granite countertop, stainless steel appliances and tile backsplash, new bath with granite vanity top, wood flooring in livingroom and diningroom, sliders door to a oversize private balcony from livingroom and bedroom. Rent includes heat, hot water, central air, water and sewer, Very convenient location, Easy access to Southeast Expressway into Boston, Walking distance to Wollaston Beach, Marina Bay and N Quincy subway station, parking space #174 and storage #A74. Easy to show. Copy of photo ID. Must have good credit history and income.
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Posted by John Boey on 11/19/2017


175 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy, MA 02171

Rental

$1,650
Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Large newly renovated 1 bedroom with 896 sq ft at Hamilton Bay Condos on 7 the floor front facing with spectacular views of Boston skyline, features include brand new kitchen with granite countertop, stainless steel appliances and tile backsplash, new bath with granite vanity top, wood flooring in livingroom and diningroom, sliders door to a oversize private balcony from livingroom and bedroom. Rent includes heat, hot water, central air, water and sewer, Very convenient location, Easy access to Southeast Expressway into Boston, Walking distance to Wollaston Beach, Marina Bay and N Quincy subway station, parking space #174 and storage #A74. Easy to show. Copy of photo ID. Must have good credit history and income.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Tags: Real estate   Rental   Quincy   02171  
Categories: New Homes