Caroline Bianchi - RE/MAX Acclaim



Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 7/21/2017

There comes a time in every homeowner's life when clutter starts infringing on more and more of their living space. Chances are, it's happening to you, right now! It begins to take hold in your basement, garage, and attic, but before you know it, every closet in your house turns into a repository for old electronics, duplicate wedding gifts, and outgrown or out-of-style clothes. The more clutter that accumulates, the more difficult it is to store, locate, and organize the things you actually value. While few of us would fit the category of a compulsive hoarder, just about everyone saves things they have no use for. If you've lived in the same house for at least a decade, you've probably accumulated more than your share of unneeded, space-consuming possessions. Strategies for Clutter Control So what can you do if you want to reclaim your living space, organize your storage areas, and improve the overall look and feel of your home? Five options worth considering are to hold a garage sale, donate unwanted belongings to local charities and non-profit organizations, find consignment stores interested in selling your items for a percentage of the sale, use free or low-cost advertising methods to sell things you don't want, and -- last but not least -- call a competitively priced junk removal service to haul it away. By shopping around, you can often get a really good deal on junk removal services. As a side note, however, you might want to make sure you're hiring someone who will dispose of your junk responsibly -- especially things like cans of paint, old TV's, computers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers, which could damage the environment. The Pros and Cons of Garage Sales Although it can be time consuming to gather items you want to sell, stick price tags on everything, place classified ads, put up signs, and carry out all those old toys, books, clothing, small appliances, and furniture to your driveway at 7:00 o'clock on a Saturday morning, garage sales can be a good way to reduce clutter and fatten your wallet -- at least for a week or two! How much money you make depends on several factors, including the extent of your advertising, the weather, your pricing and negotiating ability, and the value of your unwanted household stuff. One of the best ways to attract more people and maximize your earning potential is to coordinate a multi-neighbor garage sale. Bargain hunters love to flock to neighborhood yard sales because they can find much more of what they're looking for, without having to drive all over town. The Benefits of Donating One way to give back to your community and help those who are less fortunate is by donating your old belongings to charitable organizations and non-profit groups. Not only will you be upgrading your own living space by reducing clutter, but you'll also be helping families in your area who might be lacking furniture, sufficient clothing, working appliances, or basic household supplies. In addition to the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping others, the donation may also qualify for a tax deduction. Whether your objective is to make your home more livable or prepare it for the next owner, getting rid of clutter represents a giant step toward achieving those goals.





Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 7/14/2017

With 24 hours before you finalize your home purchase, you might feel a mix of anxiety and excitement.

What will it be like to finally own a home? How will the home closing process go? And what will I need to do to ensure everything goes seamlessly as you wrap up your home purchase? These are just some of the common questions that homebuyers consider in the hours leading up to a home closing.

It is important to prepare as much as possible before you complete a home purchase. Lucky for you, we're here to help you do just that.

Let's take a look at three tips that you can use to get ready to finish a home purchase.

1. Get Your Paperwork in Order

You may need multiple forms of identification and other essential documents when you close on a home. Thus, you should put together a folder of any must-have documents at least a day in advance.

If you find that documents are missing, retrieve them as quickly as possible. Also, try to get multiple copies of important documents if you can.

When it comes to getting ready for a home closing, it usually is better to over-prepare. Therefore, if you plan ahead as much as you can, you'll have all of the documents you need to complete the home closing process without delay.

2. Finish Any Last-Minute Packing

After you finalize a home purchase, you'll be ready to move in to your new home. As such, you should ensure that all of your belongings are packed up and ready to go.

If you're vacating an apartment, ensure that you've notified your landlord and provided sufficient notice about your upcoming move. That way, you'll be able to finish your rental agreement on good terms with your landlord.

Also, if you need extra help for your move, be sure to reach out to a moving company or family members and friends. And if you require a moving truck, don't forget to rent one in the days leading up to your move.

3. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

The day before a home closing can be stressful, particularly for first-time homebuyers. If you have any concerns about the home closing process, be sure to consult with your real estate agent.

Your real estate agent likely has been a life-saver throughout the homebuying process thus far and will continue to assist you in any way possible. If you have questions about the home closing cycle, your real estate agent will respond to your queries immediately.

In addition, your real estate agent can teach you the ins and outs about what will happen before, during and after a home closing. He or she will explain what to look for during a final home walk-through, what home closing forms that you'll need to sign and what to expect after a home purchase.

Streamline the home closing process – use these tips, and you can get take the guesswork out of finalizing a home purchase.




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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 7/7/2017

One to two guests visiting you at your home probably won’t cramp your rooms. However, depending on the size of your home, three or more visitors easily could. If you have young children, you could send them out of their bedrooms to sleep downstairs on the sofa. But, that may not work for many more years. Your guests also may not feel comfortable knowing that, because of their stay, your children had to give up their bedrooms. A few simple, temporary designs (these are easy to implement) could keep your children in their bedrooms and your guests comfortable. Pull out a sofa bed – This bed has a long tradition of meeting the extra sleeping space needed. Sofa beds come in leather, fabric, sectionals and three to four-seater styles. The range of colors is as broad as with a traditional sofa. A sectional adds seating and sleeping room. Pull the bed out at night; push it back in the morning. Add a daybed – Daybeds have improved over the years. They’re designed with storage drawers at their base. You could keep a daybed in your basement or attic. You could also keep a daybed on a screened in porch. Border the daybed with tall framed pictures or potted flowers when guests aren’t visiting to enjoy the furniture with your family. Get the rollaway bed out of the basement – Be especially kind to your guests if you opt to let them sleep on a rollaway bed, as these beds are not well padded. You may want to add a layer of foam beneath the mattress and the springs for added comfort. Give up your master bedroom – Add a sofa bed to your master bedroom for permanent design and temporary sleeping space for guests. If your guests are only going to be staying with you for a week or less, consider giving them your master bedroom, and you sleep on the sofa bed in the living room. Place bunk beds behind curtains or room dividers – This option offers privacy. Decorative privacy screens with a tri-fold design also work well. Another option is to place bunk beds behind sliding doors. When guests aren’t visiting, simply close the sliding doors. Make good use of your attic – Don’t forget your attic. Place a queen sized bed, dresser, mirror and chair in your attic and you have a full sized bedroom. Before you let guests stay in the attic, make sure that insulation is good, so your guests stay warm during winter and cool during summer. Hooray for the finished basement – You could add an office, bathroom and a full sized bedroom with a seating area in your finished basement, depending on how large the space is. Regardless of which options you choose, give your guests two pillows, fresh folded sheets and fresh towels to make them feel welcomed. Show your guests where stores, public transportation, restaurants, parks and bookstores are if your guests are going to be staying with you for an extended period. It’s a great way to help make them feel at home.




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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 6/15/2017

This Single-Family in Leicester, MA recently sold for $255,000. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Caroline Bianchi - RE/MAX Acclaim.


165 Boyd Street, Leicester, MA 01611

Single-Family

$249,900
Price
$255,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
New Construction! Modern three bedroom ranch with spacious living room /carpet open to kitchen with dinette area, gleaming hardwood floor, many cabinets, leading to a rear deck. Master bedroom suite, two closets,one of which is walk in, wall to wall carpet, full bath with ceramic floor, granite counter top vanity. Two bedrooms share another full bath with ceramic floor and granite counter top vanity. Both bedrooms have spacious closets. Lower level with an unfinished bonus room, which can be customized to your own needs. Access to garage with a door to exterior. Easy access to highways and Worcester. All this brand new, move in ready home needs is your family's personal touches!

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 6/9/2017

The house is perfect. Size, location and design of the home fits your personality and your lifestyle to a tee. As if to crown all of the advantages associated with the house, the neighbors are friendly, responsible and fun.

When staying away from owning a new house may be best

Each time you've stopped by the house, at least two neighbors spoke and waved a heartwarming "Hello". Not a single neighbor was guarded when you asked them about schools, shopping, social events, community organizations and worship centers in the area.

Property taxes in the new neighborhood are also good, lower or not much more than what they are where you currently live. Yet, as perfect as it seems, buying a house now is a bad choice. In fact,  it may be best to postpone buying a new house if you meet one or more of the below criteria:

  • You just filed bankruptcy and your disposable income is too tight for you to take on the responsibility of owning a used car or a new furniture set. If you can't keep up with payments on these smaller items, it's highly likely that you can't afford to buy a new house.
  • Houses where you currently live are selling slowly. You'd take a loss of several thousand dollars, perhaps more than $25,000, if you sold your current house now.
  • Interest rates are rising two to three times a year. Your credit would make it hard to secure a fixed interest mortgage. You could save $100 or more a month if you wait until interest rates lower or your credit score improves.
  • In a few years, your household size will change. For example, adult children may leave home for college or may be in the process of saving enough money to buy their own house. Once your adult children move out, you'll need a smaller house.
  • The environment as your job is shifting. You're not certain that you will still be with your current employer in a few weeks or months when you suspect that your current employer will do a layoff.
  • Although you're going through marriage counseling, your relationship is experiencing deep challenges. You're not sure that your marriage will survive the challenges. Buy a house now and you may have one other piece of property or equity to let attorneys help split between you and your former spouse, should your relationship dissolve.
  • Recent investment that you've made have squeezed your finances. For example, if you started a new business, it could take two or more years to generate enough income from your business to take on a mortgage.

A well built house last for decades. This gives you time to sharpen your financial portfolio before you buy the house that you love. As tempted as you are to punch the button and take on a hefty mortgage just so you can live in a house you want,if you buy the house before you're financially ready, you could regret the decision for years.




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