Sherry Bourque - RE/MAX Main Street Associates

Posted by Sherry Bourque on 9/13/2020

When you’ve gone through the lengthy and tiring process of seeking out, bidding on, and buying a new home and then sell your home, the last thing you want to worry about is cleaning your old house before you leave.

 However, there’s multiple reasons you’ll want to ensure your old house is clean before you leave. First, as a common courtesy, you’ll want the new owners of your home to have a good first experience and to maintain your rapport with them after closing day. However, there are also legal and financial issues at play.

If your contract states that your home needs to have been “broom-swept” or some other form of cleaning before you leave, then your new owners could technically postpone closing. Furthermore, some states have laws requiring that homes are cleaned by their previous owners before they move out.

 Although it can be difficult to define just how clean a home needs to be, legally speaking, your best option is to do your part to leave the home relatively clean, whether that means cleaning it yourself or hiring a cleaning company.

Legal reasons for cleaning your old house

As mentioned earlier, some states state cleaning requirements in the purchase contract when you sell your home. Their definitions of clean can often be vague, but usually include sweeping floors, wiping down surfaces, stripping nails and hangers from walls, and carrying out all furniture and garbage.

These rules are mostly designed to protect people who purchase a home from getting stuck with bulk items and other surprise issues that they’ll have to pay for.

An exception to this is when your home is sold “as is” or when you have some form of written agreement between you and the new owner that some part f your home will be left as is.

Cleaning your house

The ideal time to clean your house is once you’ve moved everything out. However, if you’re moving over a long distance, you might not be able to return to the house once it’s empty to give it a final cleaning.

In this case, your best option is to have your furniture and boxes packed away neatly in the garage, or in the corner of one room. Doing so will allow you to sweep, clean surfaces, wipe down cabinets, and so on, while your belongings are still in the house.

Just be sure to keep a broom handy once you’ve put everything on the moving truck so you can give one last sweep of the floor before you say goodbye to your old home.

Cleaning checklist

It can be difficult to keep track of everything you’ll want to clean before you move out, so here’s a list to go by:

  • Sweep all floors

  • Vacuum all carpets

  • Wipe down cabinets, shelves

  • Try to sweep under appliances, oven, etc.

  • Spray sinks and tubs, leave air freshener in bathroom

  • Wipe inside of refrigerator, if applicable

  • Remove all nails from walls

  • Do a final walkthrough and remove any trash you’ve missed

Posted by Sherry Bourque on 9/9/2020

2 Kelley Dr, Derry, NH 03038



Full/Half Baths
Welcome home! This well maintained 4 bedroom colonial is located on a quite cul-de-sac in a great family friendly neighborhood. This home is part of the highly desired Derry Cooperative School District which includes the highly ranked Pinkerton Academy. Inside you will find hardwood floors, granite countertops and remodeled bathrooms just to name a few of the many updates. The home has a cozy wood burning fireplace in the family room to keep you warm on those chilly New England days but once it warms up you will want to spend all your time enjoying the three season screened in porch and large two level deck that overlooks a beautiful backyard. This home is a must see that will not last long!
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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 9/8/2020

This Condo in Haverhill, MA recently sold for $241,500. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sherry Bourque - RE/MAX Main Street Associates.

38 Hannah Dustin St, Haverhill, MA 01832


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Why Rent, when you can own this adorable and affordable 4 room, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath condex with an open floor plan and a little fenced yard! Large eat in kitchen open to spacious living room, 2 generous size bedrooms, master bedroom has cathedral ceiling. Full basement for future expansion possibilities. No condo fee, conveniently located, close to major highways and shopping, yet tucked away on a side street. No dogs.

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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 9/6/2020

For those who plan to list a house in the foreseeable future, it often is beneficial to track the real estate market. By doing so, a home seller can identify real estate market patterns and trends and quickly address any potential property selling hurdles.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you analyze housing market data so you can accelerate the property selling journey.

1. Review the Prices of Recently Sold Houses in Your Area

Check out the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. That way, you can find out whether sellers are accepting offers to purchase at or above their initial home asking prices.

Furthermore, it may be a good idea to see how your house ranks against recently sold residences. With this housing market data in hand, you may be better equipped than ever before to establish a competitive initial asking price for your home.

2. Determine How Quickly Houses Are Selling

As a home seller, you should find out whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market. If you look at how quickly houses are selling in your city or town, you can distinguish a buyer's market from a seller's one.

In a buyer's market, you will find many sellers and few buyers. Conversely, in a seller's market, there is an abundance of buyers and few sellers.

The differences between a buyer's and seller's market are significant. If you understand whether you're getting ready to sell your home in a housing market that favors buyers or sellers, you can determine how to price your residence so it will generate plenty of interest from buyers. And as a result, you may be able to streamline the home selling journey.

3. Assess the Prices of Homes That Are Similar to Your Own

Your home may be one of many available to property buyers. Thus, you should review the prices of houses in your city or town that are similar to your own. This housing market data will help you narrow the price range for your residence.

Also, you may want to review rival home sellers' property listings and see how these sellers promote their residences to prospective buyers. Because if you can find ways to differentiate your home listing from competitors', you could boost the likelihood of a successful house selling experience.

As you prepare to add your house to the real estate market, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent will offer recommendations so you can enhance your residence both inside and out and help you establish a competitive initial home asking price. Plus, a real estate agent will help you review an offer to purchase your home and determine the best course of action.

Take the guesswork out of selling your house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can monitor the real estate market and use housing sector data to simplify the property selling journey.

Posted by Sherry Bourque on 8/31/2020

This Condo in North Reading, MA recently sold for $250,000. This Garden,Mid-Rise style home was sold by Sherry Bourque - RE/MAX Main Street Associates.

6 Greenbriar Dr, North Reading, MA 01864


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Spectacular 2 bedroom corner unit at the much sought after Greenbriar Estates! Wonderfully updated and well maintained. A must see! Open concept living...enter to a large living room & dining room. The updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and beautiful cabinetry make it a pleasure to cook! Large master bedroom with walk in closet, a 2nd large bedroom with large closet ! Just move in and enjoy this great property. Wonderful complex amenities including a Club House, Swimming Pool, Picnic Area, Playground Area and Tennis Court! Surrounded by a private lovely wooded setting yet close to all Major Routes and shopping! Condo fee includes Heat and Hot Water plus water sewer. Hurry this property will not last!! Well maintained and managed complex! Plenty of guest parking.

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