Jeremy McElwain | Beverly Real Estate, Essex Real Estate, Manchester By The Sea Real Estate


One of the many challenges of putting your home on the market is keeping it clean!

That task can be even more difficult if you have kids, pets, and a busy schedule. If everyone is always rushing off to their jobs, classes, lunch dates, meetings, practices, or appointments, it's hard to keep your home in a perpetual state of cleanliness and order.

Probably the first step to keeping your house ready for real estate showings is to remind your family to clean up after themselves. While this may require more than one reminder, any amount of cooperation will help keep messes to a minimum. Implementing some sort of reward system or even a competition among siblings, can go a long way toward maintaining a semblance of order in the house. Some parents even post a calendar of assigned chores to make sure everyone does their fair share.

Professional Help May Be Needed!

Getting your home ready for real estate showings can feel like a monumental task, especially if you have a large house and a messy family! The good news is that you can hire some outside help without depleting your kids' college funds! Many households already have a house cleaning person or service that comes in at least a couple times a month to keep things looking civilized. If your house is actively being shown to prospective buyers, however, you might want to consider having your housekeeper clean the house a little more frequently than usual. That way, you only have to do some minor tidying up when your real estate agent notifies you about a scheduled house showing in a few hours or tomorrow morning.

If any of your rooms are carpeted and the floors haven't been professionally steam-cleaned for as long as you can remember, it may be time to hire a carpet cleaning service. Carpeted floors have an unfortunate tendancy of locking in stains, allergens, and ground-in dirt for months, if not years! Although you can often improve the appearance of your carpets by cleaning them yourself, it often requires the services of a professional carpet cleaning service to really get those stubborn stains out. You can often get recommendations from neighbors, friends, relatives, or coworkers, and can look for online reviews of carpet cleaners on social media websites.

Once you've cleaned, dusted, and sanitized the inside of your house, there may be one more area to tackle before you're ready to have your house shown: its exterior! Your home's siding may be covered with filmy layers of dust, grime, splatters, and environmental pollutants -- a condition which thankfully can be reversed by using the services of a local power-washing company. While not all power-washing services are created equal, a reliable one can remove years of accumulated filmy deposits from pollen, birds, spider webs, acid rain, snow blower splatters, rust, smoky emissions from backyard barbeques, vehicle exhaust emissions, and other miscellaneous air pollution.

So even though the environment, your family, and the wear and tear of normal, everyday use will take its toll on the appearance of your home, there are many things you can do to reverse that process and restore many aspects of your home's original freshness, charm, and appeal!


Selling a home for the first time can be tricky. In fact, first-time home sellers often make mistakes that prolong the home selling process. Perhaps even worse, these errors may cause a home seller to miss out on opportunities to optimize the value of his or her residence.

Now, let's take a look at three common mistakes that first-time home sellers make, as well as ways to avoid these problems.

1. Setting an Unrealistic Initial Asking Price

Although you might have paid a hefty sum for your house a few years ago, what your home was worth then is unlikely to match its current value. However, if you set an unrealistic initial asking price for your residence, you risk alienating dozens of potential buyers.

Before you set a price for your house, it pays to perform plenty of housing market research. That way, you can see how your home stacks up against the competition and price it based on the current real estate sector's conditions.

Furthermore, you may want to conduct a home appraisal prior to listing your house. Following a home appraisal, you'll receive a property valuation to help you establish a competitive price for your residence.

2. Failing to Provide Full Details About Your House

No home is perfect, and a home seller who withholds information about his or her residence risks wasting precious time and resources. To better understand why this may be the case, let's consider an example.

If a home seller fails to include information about a faulty heating and cooling system in a home listing, a buyer will be unaware of the problem. A buyer then may submit an offer on this house that a seller accepts. But during a home inspection, a property inspector likely will discover the defective heating and cooling system, which leads the buyer to rescind his or her offer. And at this point, the seller will have to restart the home selling process from square one.

When it comes to selling a home, it helps to be honest. If you provide full details about your residence, you can help a buyer make an informed decision and reduce the risk of that a purchase agreement will fall apart after a home inspection.

3. Choosing an Ineffective Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent should have a seller's best interests in mind. As such, this housing market professional will collaborate with a seller throughout the home selling journey to ensure a seller can optimize his or her earnings.

Unfortunately, not all real estate agents possess the same skills. But if you evaluate a variety of real estate agents, you can increase the likelihood of finding one who matches or exceeds your expectations.

Employ a real estate agent with a proven reputation. And if you're uncertain about whether a real estate agent can help you achieve your home selling goals, it usually helps to request client referrals from this housing market professional.

Streamline the process of selling your home – avoid the aforementioned first-time home seller mistakes, and you can boost your chances of enjoying a quick, profitable home selling experience.


This Condo in Salem, MA recently sold for $515,000. This Townhouse,Garden style home was sold by Jeremy McElwain - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY.


116 Federal St, Salem, MA 01970

Condo

$529,000
Price
$515,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Stunning Federal penthouse located on famed Federal Street in the heart of the McIntire historic district. This gracious unit features beautiful finishes, featuring gleaming wide pine floors, fire-placed living room, 3 bedrooms including spacious master bedroom suite, 2 beautiful baths, renovated kitchen / dining room with quartz countertops, 2 car parking and breathtaking grounds. This exclusive property is close to the train and ferry to Boston, libraries, museums, YMCA, fine dining, European Cafés, boutique shopping and the waterfront . Enjoy the exciting lifestyle Salem has to offer!

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Straight out of the pages of Pottery Barn! Turn-key home perched on corner lot, steps from Livingstone Park in sought-after Ryal Side neighborhood! Truly a gem with great curb appeal, from the charming architecture to the freshly painted New England Blue exterior! Enter through the inviting, enclosed porch/mudroom. Inside is a delightful open-concept living/dining room with wood burning fireplace, high ceilings, decorative molding & gleaming hardwood floors. Sun-filled kitchen with eat-in island & bright, new granite counters. Full bath on 1st floor, along with bonus room perfect for playroom/office. Upstairs offers nicely laid out & generously proportioned bedrooms. Master is adjacent to spacious full bath & boasts 2 large closets, including walk-in California closet. Additional features: lots of storage, basement with good ceiling height with many possibilities. Large, flat backyard & so much more! 1st showing at OH: Sat & Sun Dec 7/8 12-1:30p. OFFERS DUE: MON DEC 9 @ 4pm.
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Straight out of the pages of Pottery Barn! Turn-key home perched on corner lot, steps from Livingstone Park in sought-after Ryal Side neighborhood! Truly a gem with great curb appeal, from the charming architecture to the freshly painted New England Blue exterior! Enter through the inviting, enclosed porch/mudroom. Inside is a delightful open-concept living/dining room with wood burning fireplace, high ceilings, decorative molding & gleaming hardwood floors. Sun-filled kitchen with eat-in island & bright, new granite counters. Full bath on 1st floor, along with bonus room perfect for playroom/office. Upstairs offers nicely laid out & generously proportioned bedrooms. Master is adjacent to spacious full bath & boasts 2 large closets, including walk-in California closet. Additional features: lots of storage, basement with good ceiling height with many possibilities. Large, flat backyard & so much more! 1st showing at OH: Sat & Sun Dec 7/8 12-1:30p. OFFERS DUE: MON DEC 9 @ 4pm.
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