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Posted by John Colby on 11/22/2020

To maximize the value of your house, you may need to perform a wide range of home improvements. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to ensure you won't have to break your budget to upgrade your residence before you add it to the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you save money on home improvements.

1. Receive Multiple Quotes from Professionals

When it comes to performing comprehensive home repairs, it generally is a good idea to err on the side of caution by hiring professional contractors. However, hiring professionals to complete home improvement projects may put a major dent in your day-to-day finances.

If you request multiple quotes for home improvement projects, you can shop around for the best price. Plus, you may be able to negotiate the price from a professional if you have various competitor quotes at your disposal.

2. Consider Do-It-Yourself Projects

In many instances, a home may not require a full overhaul. Conversely, you may only need to perform a series of minor upgrades to ensure your residence is show-ready.

When possible, it may be beneficial to try to perform home improvement projects on your own. If you complete simple tasks like removing clutter from your home's basement or mowing your front lawn, you can simultaneously enhance your residence and avoid the costs associated with hiring professionals.

If you're unsure about how to perform certain home repairs, there is no need to leave anything to chance. In these scenarios, reach out to professionals for expert support, and you can minimize the risks associated with trying to complete these tasks on your own.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Finding the best ways to cut costs on home improvements can be tricky. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can help you get your house ready for the real estate market, even if you're dealing with a tight home improvement budget.

Typically, a real estate agent will be able to assess your house and help you establish home improvement priorities. This housing market professional then can put you in touch with the top home improvement professionals in your area, as well as provide tips to ensure you can quickly upgrade your residence on your own.

A real estate agent also will serve as your expert guide throughout the home selling journey. He or she will help you list your residence and promote it to dozens of potential buyers. Plus, a real estate agent will host home showings and open house events that enable buyers to get an up-close look at your residence. And if you receive offers on your house, a real estate agent will help you review these proposals and make an informed decision.

There is no reason to overspend to upgrade your residence. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can save money on home repairs and prep your house for the real estate market faster than ever before.




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Posted by John Colby on 11/20/2020

This Single-Family in Phillipston, MA recently sold for $330,000. This Cottage style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


15 Old Barre Rd, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$349,900
Price
$330,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Take advantage of this once in a Lifetime Opportunity. Beautiful Peninsula "Breezy Point" is FOR SALE for the 1st. time in over 40 years. Lovingly maintained & enjoyed by the same Family since 1978. Imagine waking up each morning to stunning water views from every room. This unique, one of a kind property offers Gorgeous Views across Queen Lake, a small sandy beach, trails through Mountain Laurel & It's Very Own Island.There is also a Boathouse with screened porch directly overlooking the water. The Grandfathered Property sits on 1.9 acres of Absolute Beauty. Rebuilt in 1940 with locally sourced wood from the Hurricane of '38 this Seasonal Camp is loaded with charm. The Lake offers superb water quality that supports swimming, waterskiing, sailing & fishing. Queen Lake is conveniently located close to Worcester, Southern NH and Boston. Also for sale is the abutting property "Lakeview" MLS# 72660079 Purchase 1 or both to create your own Family Getaway. Call now for your Private Showing.






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Posted by John Colby on 11/15/2020

Many times the house that people initially buy isnít the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While ďsomethingĒ is a bold statement, itís true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you donít want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is youíre doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If youíre feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




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Posted by John Colby on 11/8/2020

If you intend to sell your house, it pays to learn about the home selling process. By doing so, you can understand exactly what it takes to enjoy a seamless home selling experience.

Ultimately, there are three steps to sell your house:

1. Prep Your Residence

Take some time to learn about your residence's strengths and weaknesses. That way, you can identify any problem areas in your house and allocate the necessary time and resources to mitigate any issues that otherwise could slow down your home sale.

In many instances, it is helpful to schedule a home appraisal. During a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your residence both inside and out, as well as evaluate your home in relation to comparable houses in your city or town. Following a home appraisal, you will receive a property valuation that can help you establish a competitive initial asking price for your house.

Also, scrub the floors, clean the kitchen countertops and perform extensive home interior cleaning. And don't forget to mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and complete various home exterior maintenance and upgrades as well.

2. List Your House

Adding your house to the real estate market can be simple, especially if you work with a top-notch real estate agent.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your home selling goals. He or she then will help you get your house ready for the real estate market, thereby increasing the likelihood that your residence will generate lots of interest from potential buyers.

A real estate agent is a must-have during the home selling journey. This housing market professional is unafraid to provide you with honest, unbiased home selling recommendations as you proceed along the home selling cycle. As a result, a real estate agent can help you optimize the value of your residence, regardless of the housing market's conditions.

3. Negotiate and Accept an Offer

Oftentimes, home showings and open houses will be held to showcase your residence to prospective buyers. If buyers like what they see, it may be only a matter of time before you receive multiple offers on your residence.

If you receive a home offer, you probably will have a short amount of time to decide whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal. Consider your options closely, and if you are not satisfied with an offer, you should not hesitate to walk away from the proposal.

On the other hand, if you receive an offer that you like, you can accept it. At this point, a buyer may perform a home inspection to further assess the condition of your house. And if the inspection goes well, it may be only a few weeks before all of the necessary paperwork is finalized and your closing date arrives.

The home selling cycle may seem like a long, arduous process at first. Fortunately, if you follow the aforementioned steps, you can reap the benefits of a fast, profitable home selling experience.





Posted by John Colby on 11/2/2020

This Single-Family in Royalston, MA recently sold for $306,500. This Farmhouse style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


10 South Royalston Rd, Royalston, MA 01368

Single-Family

$319,900
Price
$306,500
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Country Living at it's Best. Royalston is a Village to LOVE !...This 1850 Farmhouse at the sought after Royalston Common Village has undergone a 2 year update. Home has been gutted, rewired & reinsulated. and carefully restored ! All windows have been replaced to make this home Energy Efficient. Save more with the 7 zone Viessmann Heating system .Stay Cozy w/4 Fireplaces and Hardwood floors throughout. Updated Country Kitchen with new Stainless Appliances! Enjoy the Private 3 season room overlooking the gorgeous 1 acre yard. Drilled well so you can have Gardens and great water ! New Elementary K-6 and the Royalston Village School ! 2 bay garage can hold 4 cars ! Just 15 minutes to Rt 2 at Exit 19. Enjoy kayaking, hiking @ Tully Lake, Doanes Falls & Conservation Areas ! North Quabbin Commons Shopping is just 14 minutes away ! 35 minutes to Keene NH.






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