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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 8/18/2017

If you're planning on selling your home in the coming years, now is the perfect time to start making home improvements that will increase the value and demand of your home once it's on the market. Increasing the market value of your home, however, isn't just a matter of replacing old appliances or dressing up rooms to look more luxurious. Follow these five expert tips on†how to increase your home value without wasting time or money on projects that won't pay off.

Paint everything

One basic improvement that will almost always pay off is a fresh coat of paint in each room of your home. It isn't a very costly improvement, and it can both clean up and modernize rooms that are in need of an update. Remember that your walls make up the majority of what buyers see when they walk through your home. The wall paint makes up the big picture that all of the small details of your home fit in, therefore your paint colors should be chosen to fit the style of the home and the time that we live in. Avoid colors that are too dark or too blindingly white. If you're at a loss for which colors you want to use, try out a free color palette creator online to experiment with different schemes.

Door replacement

As a new home buyer approaches your home for the first time their eyes are going to be locked on the door. Take advantage of good first impressions with a quality door. One†that compliments the exterior color of your home will do wonders to improve the overall appearance of your home. Aside from their aesthetic value, doors also provide insulation and security. Choose a door that is EnergyStar certified to keep the heat in, but also make sure it has top rate locking mechanisms so the next family to live in your home feels safe.

Increase†storage space

Storage capacity is highly sought after in the house market. No one wants to drive to a storage container just to get their belongings. Having all of your†property in one place makes things less complicated. Increasing storage space can seem difficult or impossible, but there are a few tricks that will help convince potential home buyers that they won't run out of room. Here are four†of our favorites:
  • Install storage beds in the bedrooms
  • Buy a kitchen table with a storage cabinet
  • Put a bench in the mudroom that has storage inside
  • Install cabinets in your garage or shed to take advantage of unused vertical space

Kitchen and bathroom makeover

Two rooms in your home that will attract the most attention are the kitchen and bathroom(s). The kitchen has endless opportunity for upgrades. Installing a new sink, cabinets, and a hanging pot rack can all give your kitchen a modern†makeover. In the bathroom, surface level upgrades like a new toilet seat and shower curtain and bathroom mirror go a long way. Upgrading an old bathtub, shower head, and toilet are also great ways to increase the value of the room. Keep in mind energy efficiency when purchasing any of these items. Know the neighborhood Determining†which home improvements will most increase the value of your home is dependent on many factors, including the neighborhood you live in. It is possible to "over-improve" your home to the point where it looks too luxurious next to your neighbors' homes. Ask the experts--real estate agents and contractors--for advice about improving homes in your neighborhood.





Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 8/16/2017

This Single-Family in Dudley, MA recently sold for $320,000. This Cape style home was sold by Caroline Bianchi - RE/MAX Acclaim.


3 Val Go Way, Dudley, MA 01571

Single-Family

$320,000
Price
$320,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Enjoy the summer in this gorgeous cape situated for privacy on a cul-de-sac. Beautifully landscaped lot! Bright and airy floor plan includes lovely first floor living and dining rooms as well as a large family room. Over sized kitchen is a chef's ideal! Sliding glass doors lead from kitchenette to deck. A full bath and laundry area complete the first floor. Second floor includes another full bath and three bedrooms. Ample master bedroom has three closets! Two car garage and walk-out (glass slider) recreation/ bonus room on the lower level. Incredible backyard is perfect for a "staycation" with a bi-level deck, huge pool, garden area, storage shed and fire pit. Front porch (as wide as the front of the home) provides a restful spot to relax and sip a cool drink. This wonderful home is ideal for both indoor and outdoor entertaining!

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 8/16/2017


5 Cooper Road, Sturbridge, MA 01518

Single-Family

$315,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Lovely contemporary home situated on a private wooded lot! Open, airy floor plan with large windows and skylights. Cathedral ceiling in the bright first floor living room. Large kitchen is beautifully equipped with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry,granite counter tops and gleaming hardwood floors. Hardwood floors continue into the beautiful adjacent dining area with a french door leads to the rear deck. A bedroom, full bathroom and laundry area complete the first floor. Second floor master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom with an over-sized spa tub and shower. Additional bedroom on the second floor. Lower level includes a bonus room and one car garage. 1.87 acre lot is perfect for a "stay-cation": wood deck with awning, attractive stone patio and gazebo with a hot tub! Behind the home is a pond and brook perfect for fishing, canoeing and kayaking.This home is ideal both inside and out! FUJITSU MINI SPLIT FOR AC AND HEAT-2 units in (L.R. & Master BR)
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 8/14/2017

This Single-Family in Milford, MA recently sold for $359,000. This Split Entry,Multi-Level style home was sold by Caroline Bianchi - RE/MAX Acclaim.


8 Manella Avenue, Milford, MA 01757

Single-Family

$359,000
Price
$359,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Move Right into this Elegantly Renovated Home in Terrific Neighborhood with Easy Access to Major Routes,Shopping and on Dead End Street. Walk into a Spacious, Tiled Foyer/Mudroom which leads to a Tasteful Living Room with a Brick Hearth Fireplace and Bay Window. The Dining Area is Open to an Updated Kitchen with Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances and has access the Over Sized Back Deck Overlooking the Level, Fenced-In Yard. Three Good-sized Bedrooms are on the Second Floor with Hardwood Flooring and a Renovated Main Bath. The Lower Level Offers a Finished Space for Multi-Purpose Uses with Pergo Flooring and a Walk-out to the Flat, Landscaped Yard. There is Access to a One Car Garage and a Nicely Renovated Full Bath with Tile Flooring and Vanity. The Finished Basement adds Additional, Cozy Living Space with a Second Fireplace & Built-in Shelving.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 8/11/2017

Magazine styled homes are gorgeous but theyíre not quite practical. Especially when youíve got little ones running about. But that doesnít mean you canít still have a stylish home. Iíve got a few tricks for you to today to integrate kid-friendly decor with a grown up touch. 

When house shopping keep those with open floor plans at the top of your list. Open floor plans help your family to stay social and connected with each other. Itís also a whole lot easier to keep your eye on your little ones in the living room while youíre making dinner. Additionally, an eat-in kitchen creates a welcoming atmosphere for older kids to hang out around after school while eating snacks or working on homework.

When it comes to furnishing your new home opt for furniture that doubles as storage to tuck away toys. This helps to keep a tidy home while maintaining a welcoming room for children to pull out a few toys and spend time with the family. If you choose to have wall to wall carpeting be sure to choose one designed to withstand heavy traffic. Alternatively, for a statement rug using an outdoor carpet inside adds visual interest and makes for easy cleaning.

Furnishings in heavy duty fabrics like microfiber, acrylics or distressed leather can withstand messes and frequent cleaning. For existing furniture, slip covers are another way to protect sofas while being able to easily wash messes from kiddos and pets. Round shaped tables eliminate sharp corners and the bumps and bruises they create.

It may be tempting to choose dark colors to hide inevitable messes and stains however itís best to opt for mid-tone colors to keep a bright, welcoming room. Add pops of color with pillow covers in lighter colors. Pillow covers are ideal since not only can they easily be swapped out to give a room a fresh new look but they can also easily be cleaned by throwing them in the wash.

Install shelves that allow books to be propped up with their covers viewable. Children will be more likely to grab them to read and they will also double as an evolving art display in your home. Another great way to add child-friendly art is to frame the paintings and drawings your children bring home. Youíll have a unique one of a kind piece to rival Pollock and Rothko.

A guest bedroom with one or two bunk beds will make your home the sleepover favorite among your childís friends. Youíll maximize space and provide a much more comfortable sleeping space than a sleeping bag on the floor. Storing snacks in baskets and see through jars out in the open makes it easy for kids to grab and go throughout the day. Youíll have peace of mind visitors arenít going hungry while creating a welcoming, homey space for all.

When decorating most put their own taste and style first. However, when raising a family the difference between a house and a home is that everyone living under its roof feels at comfortable in its space. Creating a family friendly home doesnít mean sacrificing style but it does mean a few tweaks that bring everyone closer together.  




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