Home improvements that will add value to your home.

Warm welcome

Summer is one of the best times to start working on your home improvement projects. Especially when they are connected to the outdoor entertainment space or the space that is in between.

Good projects to consider during the summer:

  1. Patio or screened porch- great for adding value and you get to enjoy them as well.
  2. Landscaping trees and perennials- another great way to increase the value to your home while uplifting your curb appeal.
  3. Consider an upgrade to your main entrance- Nice way to offer a warm welcome.
  4.  Beat the winter rush for energy efficient windows- improve the overall energy efficiency of your home for both the cooler and warmer months.
  5.  Warmer weather with more stable temperatures result in faster installations- good time to consider any roof work.

These are just a few ideas for summer projects to consider. What is on your list?

Brunswick Maine Real Estate, Topsham Maine Real Estates

NEW LISTING: 87 Crestview LN Brunswick, ME 04011 Listing ID 1263499

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Situated on 2.8 acres in the beautiful Crestview Estates neighborhood, is this 2002 gracious Colonial. Bright and spacious with high ceilings and maple wood floors throughout. There are four bedrooms – including a guest suite on the first floor – open kitchen/living/dining space, office/study and a large finished room in the daylight basement. Peaceful rural living, yet only minutes to Downtown Brunswick. Surrounded by acres of conservation land and easy walking distance to the trails at Crystal Spring Farm. Learn More and Call Today!

Brunswick Maine Real Estate, Topsham Maine Real Estates

NEW LISTING: 27 Hovey LN Brunswick, ME 04011

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Move in now and enjoy a carefree summer! This pristine custom built colonial is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, just minutes from downtown Brunswick and Bowdoin College. LR with gas fireplace, formal DR, large kitchen with SS appliances. Beautiful maple hardwood floors. Master bedroom with large tiled bath. This desirable neighborhood abuts town conservation land and hiking trails. An oversized 2-car garage and finished basement complete this perfect picture. Learn more and call today!

NEW LISTING: 384 E Main ST Searsport, ME 04974

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Historic Capt. Sewall Lancaster house. This gracious 4-bedroom, 2-bath home is sited on 36 acres on Rte 1–perfect for residential or commercial use. Light filled rooms with historic details. Formal LR, DR. Family room and first floor bedroom. Ell addition is currently used as retail antiques shop, as is the large barn. Updated heat, plumbing and electrical systems. 3 bdrm septic 2007. Lg farm pond, garden space and mature apple trees for the organic farmer. Timber/subdivide potential in rear acreage? Learn More and Call Today.

Curb appeal increase home value

Maximize your home’s value with welcoming curb appeal

First impressions are extremely important and can make the difference between multiple showing, multiple offers, higher prices and quicker sales. Your home’s curb appeal is an important component of that first impression and is well worth your attention.

These tips should help boost your cub appeal , create interest for your home and encourage showings.

  1. Mow the lawn, edge the sidewalks and trim the bushes.
  2. Buy new address numbers if your are old or faded.
  3. Paint  your front door an appealing color that suggests a warm welcome.
  4. Eliminate the clutter near your front door.
  5. Look around the outside of your house and notice what needs to be cleaned, repaired or replace… and then follow through.
  6. Buy some flowers- they can add a splash of color- whether they are in a pot, a hanging basket or beds along the front walk.
  7.  Use outdoor lighting to showcase your home. Lights in the proper spots can make your home appear more attractive and inviting.
  8. Another thing to consider is power washing the outside of your home, porch, deck or patio.
  9. Repair cracks in the driveway. It can give the impression of neglect.

Lat but certainly not least, after all your care and detailing, be sure to take photos. Most people (75-90%) start their exploration for a new home online. If your listing photos do not stand out you might not get  an opportunity to make that first impression in person.

These are just a few small projects that you can take on that will result in a positive impact. It will be well worth your effort.

Freeport Maine Real Estate

New Listing: 11 Harbor Ridge RD, South Freeport

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The original Fox Hill Farm in South Freeport has been beautifully renovated and expanded to provide the very best of an original 1799 antique cape with all the benefit and comforts of a new home. An elegant kitchen with cathedral ceiling, skylights, granite finishes and a charming fireplace adjoins a spacious sun-filled family room to create a marvelous entertaining space. A new 28×40 barn and a separate in-law suite complete this country estate situated on 2.6 acres in the prestigious Harbor Ridge neighborhood.

Learn more: and Call Today to see this beautiful property.

5 Steps for a Trouble Free Move

get ready for the move

Whether you are buying or selling a home, the actual process of moving can add a great amount of angst to the event without have a clear realistic plan about what needs to get done. Some thoughts:

  1. Packing – Start early as it always takes longer than you think and edit as you go. Sort in three categories-
    • What Goes with You.
      • Use proper packing containers- you do not want to find your belonging damaged during the move.
      • Ask for help- call a professional if you need to know how to pack something and ask friends and family to help with the packing if you are not having a professional team come in to do the packing.
      • Don’t over pack your boxes. When they get to the new home you want to be able to handle them if needed.
      • Label cartons- if possible by what rooms they will be going into. At the very least label what is in the carton.
    • What gets sold or donated. – Plan a yard sale, take pieces to a consignment shop, pass on to a friend or a family member or donate at Salvation Army or church bazaar, etc.
    • What goes into the trash.
  2. Preparation – Have a layout of where you want the furniture to go in your new home. Check hallways and stairways- Will furniture fit? Your mover will want to know about any of these conditions. proper preparation is key to a trouble free move.
  3. Communication- Make sure your mover has all the necessary information. Make sure they have all the information about the new location. Make sure your mover is clear about everything that needs to be moved. Let your mover know about an concerns you might have. New flooring, items that require extra care, etc.
  4.  There are certain items movers should not move.  Make other arrangements for moving these items. You should get the list from the mover that you are using. Have the refrigerator and freezer empty before the movers arrive. Check the entire house before the movers leave to ensure nothing is left behind. Plants should always be dry.
  5. Select the right mover for you and your belongings. Shop around. Interview a few if needed. Get recommendations if possible.

All these considerations will help to eliminate the unnecessary stress during the move.  Welcome home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking of putting your home on the market?

new paint helps

We are going into the home buying season. Prices look strong for sellers and there is quite a bit of talk about the low inventory.  You might be thinking that now is the time to put your home on the market while things look good.

Before doing so, you start to look around your home at the projects that may need to be addressed to ensure that you get the top dollar for your home. Some may be easy fixes- with not too much time or money involved and there are others that you may want to reconsider.

While there is no clear cut standard as each house is different, here are some points that might help you work through the thought process.

  1. Painting- Definitely a cost effective repair that will give your home a real uplift.
  2. Major kitchen upgrades- unless there are some structural issues then this may not be a good investment, as many buyers like to bring in their own taste.
  3. Minor Kitchen upgrades- fixing and leaks, changing out light fixtures can make a big difference.
  4. Energy efficient Windows- while they can be a good selling point- it is also a project that can creep up fast in both cost and time.
  5. Floors- refinishing wood floors, deep cleaning or replacing old carpet, fixing cracked tiles can be well work the investment.
  6. Front entrance- fresh coat of paint for the front door – new light fixtures, a pot full of flowers all will offer a warm welcome for prospects when they come to visit.

Still not sure where to begin? Give one of our agents or our office a call and  will be happy to meet with you to discuss getting your home ready for market.