Sherry Bourque - RE/MAX Main Street Associates



Posted by Sherry Bourque on 2/9/2020

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Are you preparing to list your older home for sale on the market? While older homes are still widely sought by both first-time and returning home buyers, sometimes they will need a little sprucing up so that you can maximize your sale price and get it sold more quickly. The good news is that you don't have to invest a fortune to make an older home more saleable. Below are a few simple home improvement projects that can get your home noticed.

Give Your Bathroom a Modern Update

Bathrooms are one of the areas that many home buyers are looking to be move-in ready. Older, worn fixtures and poor plumbing can make a potential buyer look twice. Bathroom models can range from cost-efficient to extremely expensive, but you don't need to go with deluxe upgrades to get buyers to notice. Purchase some inexpensive fixtures, fix any tiling, add new faucets and hardware, and make sure to address any leaks and clogs. A buyer will be able to identify new fixtures, which will show it has been recently updated, and if the bathroom looks clean and updated, they are likely to think the rest of the house is the same.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

For many people, this may seem like an unnecessary task as many new homeowners will paint their new home in the colors they want. But the truth is that a fresh coat of paint can make a room look newer and fresher. Wall can quickly become blemished with scratches and marks, and the new paint will remove these imperfections and spruce up the color in the room. Consider sticking with more neutral colors that will work with the floors and furnishings. Neutral colors can make spaces look larger, and if the new homeowners wish to paint when they move in, it will be easier for them to cover up with their desired paint colors. 

Make Your Backyard Look More Inviting

Many homeowners will focus on curb appeal and pay little attention to the backyard. A backyard can be a great selling point as a space for entertaining or an inviting play area for children. Trim back bushes or overgrowth to create more landscaped areas and open up the space as much as possible. The goal is to have your backyard look neat, kempt and as large as possible. If there are any areas that need grass, make sure to address those as well as removing any weeds. A lush lawn can be extremely inviting for potential home buyers.

You don't have to spend a lot to make your older home more appealing to buyers. Follow the simple tips above to help you get your home sold quickly and for the price, you are looking to get. 





Posted by Sherry Bourque on 8/18/2019


 

Generally, a closet ought to bring simplicity to your life. Whether it's a large walk-in or an itty-bitty space, a neat closet should be where you can get the things you need any time of the day. However, keeping a closet neat and organized can be more complicated than it seems. One day you have a clean closet that makes you hum James Brown's "I feel good." The next day the closet looks like a sharp gust of wind swept through it. No worries. Erase your closet headaches with these excellent tips.


Remove What You Donít Need

Take your time to go through every single item in your closet, and discard anything you have not worn in a year or so. You could always donate to your local shelters or clothing drives visiting your community.

Save with Hanging Organizers

If there is no space for shelves or a dresser in your closet, try using hanging organizers to save more space. They are inexpensive and will provide an ideal place to put your folded clothes.

Hang Items on the Inside of the Door

For those that don't have sliding doors, you can add hooks to the inside of your closet door to hang items like scarves, handbags, and jewelry.

Store Out-of-Season Items

If you live in an area that is particular to season changes, storing your clothing from the prior season could free up some of your space. Check for any out-of-season clothes and neatly fold them into a bin or utilize space-saving bags to keep any critters, dust or unwanted things from getting to them. Bin's and saver bags are easy to stack and can fit neatly under your bed or in a corner in your closet.

Add a Light

Some closets come with light, while others may not. If your closet does not have a light fixture, you could easily add one. You may wish to use a preexisting light feature from another area of your home, such as free-standing lamp, or simply use a wall-mounted lamp to give your closet a little more illumination. If you opt for in-depth installation, there are a few key points to remember when it comes to choosing your bulb, such as halogen lights not typically being suitable for small, enclosed spaces due to the heat they give off. Instead, make use of fluorescent or LED options. They're energy efficient and give off minimal heat. Being able to see your things will help you keep them in order.

Store Your Shoes Elsewhere

If your closet has limited floor space, you can store your shoes in a bin under your bed, or in an over-the-door, hanging organizer on your closet or bedroom door. Both are relatively inexpensive and save a tremendous amount of space. If you prefer to do it yourself, there are ample ideas to search for such as recycled PVC shoe holders or repurposing old display furniture, like bookshelves.

Follow these simple tips, and you could save endless amounts of space in your closet. You can then use your well-designed closet as a great home feature to entice new buyers. Talk to your real estate agent about the most popular closet layouts and how to set yours up for an open house. 





Posted by Sherry Bourque on 7/28/2019

Have you ever considered the benefits of having a spa at home? Or you are nursing the ambition of having a Jacuzzi at home. This whirlpool birth is an excellent addition to the house as it gives your apartment an aesthetic touch. Apart from giving your home an attractive look, it fades into the house background. The benefits of having a spa in your home are unquantifiable. Having a resort at home prevents you from spending in a beauty center or fitness center. Here are some advantages of having a spa in your home:

1. Enjoy it Without Moving from Home. One of the benefits of having a resort at home is that you donít have to move out of your home to enjoy the facility. It saves you the stress of visiting a specialized facility that may be far from your home. Apart from that, it saves you cost of transportation and any other risk associated with moving from one place to another. 

2. It saves time. Having a spa at home saves a lot of time. You have the opportunity of using your fitness facility at any time of the day. Apart from that, you are also at liberty to decide your time duration on your facility. This saves time spent on getting prepared for a specialized facility and reaching the facility. You would have spent a considerable amount of time on your spa during this period. 

3. It saves cost. You spend a lot of money at a fitness center especially when you use some specialized facilities. For instance, you can enjoy a Jacuzzi moment in a spa center, but you will spend a lot of money. You realize significant savings when you have a spa at home. 

4. It is fun. You can enjoy the home spa with your family and friend. You may decide to organize a party and enjoy the fun of having massages in warm water. Also, a home spa gives you the privacy that you desire. It allows you to have a private party in the comfort of your home without having to visit any specialized facility. 

5. Flexibility. Another benefit of a home spa is the flexibility that it offers. You are not limited to where to locate your spa. You can decide to install your Jacuzzi anywhere you desire whether it is outside the house or inside, depending on the kind of home that you have. 

Check online or your local hardware store, and you will find affordable home spa options for you.




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Posted by Sherry Bourque on 4/29/2018

Home improvements are a vital part to keeping your home up-to-date with the times and also to ensure that it doesnít lose value when it comes time to sell.

To save money, many homeowners take the do-it-yourself route and use the tools at their disposal to upgrade their homes. Sites like YouTube have made it easier than ever to follow step-by-step tutorials that show you how to make substantial repairs and upgrades to your home without having to pay a professional.

The down side, however, is that when you choose to DIY, you take on the risk of going over budget by making mistakes. You also risk stretching out your project weeks or months longer than necessary due to a lack of time to work on it.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about how you can stay on budget and on track to finish your home improvement project without bringing in the professionals.

Making a timeline

Letís start with the big picture for your home renovations. When deciding which improvements to make, itís important to know your limits in terms of the work you can do.

Set a reasonable number of hours you can work on your projects per week. Go easy on yourself. Most of us are already tired when we get home from work and probably wonít be able to start tackling big projects in the evenings. Rather, try to give yourself one weekend day to work on your projects and one weekend day to relax.

The most important aspect of creating your timeline is to try and keep your schedule open. So, write down the time you want to work on your home in your calendar, planner, or whichever app or tool you use to plan your time.

This will help you to avoid creating conflicting events and obligations, and help you stay on track to finishing your improvement projects.

If youíre looking for an evening activity related to your home improvement projects, itís a good idea to start watching some video tutorials of people doing the same renovations as you. This will help you avoid mistakes and look out for common obstacles that youíll face along the way.

Budgeting your improvement

Youíll want to save up for your project in advance, if possible, to avoid accumulating credit card debt. Your home improvement project should, in effect, gain you money by increasing the value of your home, not make you lose money on credit card interest payments.

Budgeting in itself is an art that few of us are taught in school. Fortunately, there are several free budgeting apps available. Or, you can simply draw one up yourself.

The key to creating a home improvement budget is to know how much of your monthly savings you can devote to this project without having to dip into other funds. To do this, youíll need a clear understanding of where your income goes.  

Once you have a budget and a timeline for your home improvement project, youíre ready to begin. Just make sure you check in on your timeline and your budget throughout the length of the project to make sure youíre meeting your goals and arenít overspending.




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