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Selling Your Home

Selling Your Home Soon? Rightsize Your Life Before You Do

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“Where will we put all of our stuff?”

      This is one of the foremost questions on homeowners’ minds when they’re making a move. Whether it’s a relocation from a suburban to a city environment, or downsizing for a more comfortable retirement, “stuff” can cast a big shadow. To lighten the burden before the big day, it can be helpful to “rightsize” for your move far in advance. Not only will rightsizing save you time, money, and energy as you transition to a new home, it can also help you learn how to evaluate what you really need versus what you’ve been hanging onto for no good reason.

If you’ve compared your current floor plan to your new one, you’ve probably already made the determination that some things must go. But how do you winnow the pile? Here’s a set of criteria you can use to rightsize your possessions:

1. Is this right for the weather? If you’ve lived in places with severe winters and you’re heading for a zero-snow climate, recognize what doesn’t fit and let it go.

2. Is this right for the lifestyle? Your massive outdoor grill and patio furniture may be a waste if you’re settling into a city high-rise. The same might even be said of a second car or recreational vehicle.

3. Is this expensive to move? Some items cost more to move than replace. This is especially true if the item forces you to upgrade the size of your moving truck.

4. Is this something I really use? If you’re in a storage space looking at stuff you haven’t touched in six months or a year, you probably don’t need to transport it to your new space.

5. Is this going to look out of place? Sometimes a new house will make old furnishings and objects seem tacky or trashy. Imagine where you’re going to move it and see if you can do without.

Once you’ve decided something should go, it’s a simple matter of deciding if it’s a “sell,” “donate,” or “ditch” item. While the income from selling items may be appealing, be sensitive to how much time you have before the move. If time’s short, gifting items to friends, charity, or even the dump is a reasonable way to go.

Ready to look for your rightsized home? Let me help.

Michael A. Pallares, Realtor & Listing Specialist,

mpallares55@gmail.com, (617) 899-3162

Are We Ready to Sell Our Home?

        At some point in your life you'll need or want to make a move. Job relocation, retiring to a warmer climate or simply downsizing. Whatever the reason, the first question you're sure to ask yourselves is "Are we ready to sell our home?" While the housing market might indicate that it's a good time to sell, the more important question to ask is whether or not you're comfortable doing it at all. Here are some questions many homeowners ask themselves before deciding to make the big move.

  1. Why Are We Selling Our Home At This Time? It's imperative for you to be clear in your intent. Are you hoping to derive a substantial profit on the sale? Are you relocating out of town for a new job? Downsizing? The answers to the "why" question can help determine the how, what and where of your next home purchase.
  2. Is Our Home Move-In Ready for Interested Buyers? If the interior paint is faded, the shingles are a bit off, the lawn hasn't been green since ABBA was hot and the bathroom is a mildew farm...then you need to jot down a list of improvements that will make a good first impression to any and all potential buyers.
  3. Is This The Right Time of Year to Sell Our Home? Historically speaking the months of April, May and June see a peak in home sales. The weather's great, the kids are just about to finish their school term and your garden has never looked better. If you have to sell at another time of the year, then the right marketing tactics you choose will help bring the right buyers to your door. Selling in the fall? Promote the idea of a "new home in the new year." Selling in the summer? Mention how the buyers can enjoy the in-ground pool as soon as they unpack. People need a home at all times of the year so don't stress about the "ideal" time to sell.
  4. Do We Really Need to Hire an Agent? Even in the hottest of seller's markets, there are factors involved in the sales and marketing of a home that you will want to leave to the professionals. An experienced Realtor will make the stress and worry of selling your home disappear. He or she will handle all aspects of the sale from determining the proper market value; producing marketing materials; handling all the contracts; negotiating the best sales price; ensuring the safety of your home during all showings; and, more importantly, sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time. 
  5. What Happens If We Sell The House Before I Buy a New Home? Whatever you do DO NOT put your home on the market until you have a transition plan. If all goes well and you have a great offer for your home, you don't want the lack of a plan to stop the sale. Can you stay with family if you sell before you buy? Have you researched short-term or month-to-month rentals to move into? The timing of your sale and transition solutions are issues that you should work out with your Realtor when you first decide to sell.

When you're ready to sell your home, give me a call. I can promise you a smooth transaction with little or no stress. The only question you'll have then is "Why didn't we call Michael sooner?" 



Clever Design Upgrades to Help Sell Your Home

What is it about a home that catches a buyer’s eye? Why is it when two homes are comparable to one another, buyers go with the one that just “feels right”? Sometimes the difference is so small, they don’t consciously notice. Little touches can give a home a major edge in the market. And, with the Boston housing market expected to be a strong "seller's market" in 2017, design upgrades that you can make when selling your home are always welcome.

In fact, here are five clever design upgrades which can provide your home with that indefinable feeling that it’s of higher quality than the competition:

1. Light switch plate upgrades. Homeowners always overlook their own dirty, chipped, or cheap-looking switch plates. If you spend a few bucks to swap out switch plates, any room in the house will seem a tiny bit fresher. Better yet: In the bathroom and kitchen, match the color of your new switch plates to the tile. Look at the accent color in the bathroom or the backsplash in the kitchen for inspiration.

2. Dimmers on major rooms. Bright lights are great for showing off a home, but there’s a little sense of luxury when the overhead lights in living, dining, family, and master bedrooms are on dimmer switches. For fixtures controlled by one switch, get single pole dimmers. For those controlled by two, you’ll need 3-way dimmers.

3. Tasteful crown molding. For rooms without crown molding, adding this touch can really make a plain room feel high-quality. Entryways and master bedrooms are good choices if you have a limited budget, but if you want to go all out, include the other bedrooms as well. The key is adding molding which doesn’t seem ostentatious or inappropriate given the size and existing decor in the room.

4. Custom home address plaque. For between $50 and $100, you can have an address plaque created with the home’s number and the street name spelled out. Look online for inspiration and a design which fits your home. This is a killer upgrade and many homeowners overlook it when they’re trying to add curb appeal to their house.

5. New cabinet and drawer hardware. It’s astonishing how much modern handles and drawer pulls go towards rejuvenating tired or outdated storage. At a minimum, concentrate on the kitchen, but if you want to go all out, look for options to upgrade the bathroom as well.

You might not be able to quantify the exact return these clever upgrades will net you, but you can bet they will help your home stand out from sellers who won’t take the time to make some simple changes.

So...are you ready to sell? What are you waiting for? Contact me today at (617) 899-3162 or mpallares55@gmail.com

Are You a Homeowner Who's Not Ready to Sell?

I love to sell homes. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the process. I get tremendous satisfaction from making my living helping people move on to the next phase of their life, whether it’s upsizing, downsizing, or simply relocating to a new neighborhood.

But there is one sort of home seller I can’t really help: The homeowner who’s not ready to sell.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, don’t enter into the process lightly. It’s a big deal. There’s some stress and there’s a great opportunity for joy. There’s a big investment at stake. This, along with a lot of other reasons large and small, is why you want to be 100% sure you’re ready to sell your home. If you think you’re ready to sell, but it turns out you’re not, you waste a lot of time and energy (and sometimes money).

So how do you know if you’re really ready to sell your home? Check out this list and see for yourself if you're actually ready or not.

1. You’re fine with the process. You must have no problem with the idea of a stranger poking around your house, talking about renovating it, or treating it like a used car. If you’ve lived in your house a long time, it’s natural to have emotional attachments. So if the process of selling the house makes you feel protective or defensive, you may not be ready.

2. You are flexible on the right price. Motivated sellers understand selling a home involves negotiation and competitive market pricing. If you have a number “you must get” in order to sell, then you might want to think again. Also, if all of the agents who price your home come back too low for your standards, take a breather and ask yourself if it’s go time or not.

3. You know where you’re going next. Prepared sellers have plans, even if those plans aren’t 100% firm. They’re anticipating the move and they are probably even shopping for houses, if only casually at the moment. If you can’t clearly answer the question, “Where would you like to live after you sell?” then you’re not quite there yet.

If you’re iffy on any of these, take a step back and consider how you feel. While some markets favor sellers more than others, a home can sell in any market for the right price. Don’t jump into something before you’re ready.

However, when you’re ready, I’d be happy to help. Give me a call or email me when the time is right:

Michael Pallares, Realtor & Listing Specialist, 617.899.3162

Michael A. Pallares

at Andrew Mitchell & Company

617-899-3162 | mpallares55@gmail.com Offices in Concord & Marion, Ma