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There are many ways you can make your house attractive to prospective buyers. Curb appeal goes a long way when it comes to first impressions. Your yard is one indication of the amount of time you’ve spent caring for your property in general. Buyers are undoubtedly attracted to homes that have been properly maintained so if you plan to sell your property, don’t neglect your landscaping. Just like washing the dishes and vacuuming floors positively impacts the look of your interior spaces, regular yard maintenance will do the same for your exterior spaces. 

The following tips can help give you a good head start:

  • Plan to mow your lawn at least once a week. Use a weed wacker or edger to clean up around fences or play yards where your lawnmower might not reach. 

  • Remove weeds, leaves and clippings from walkways and patios. After you mow the lawn, use a leaf blower or broom to remove lawn clippings from walkways. If you have a brick or stone pathway, pull the weeds that may grow between the pavers.

  • Create clean edges between your grass and planting areas. You don’t need to install special materials to achieve this look. Use a straight-edge shovel to create or refresh an existing edge then add a fresh layer of mulch or stone to complete the transition.

  • Overgrown plants can be hard for homebuyers to overlook. Neglected shrubs and bushes may block the view of your house, they may interfere with walkways, doors, or other plantings and often just look untidy. Invest in a pair of loppers or hand pruners that can handle the plantings on your property. If you are not familiar with how to approach trimming the shrubs or trees you have, be sure to do some research before you start cutting. A local nursery or landscaper can provide advice on how and during which season you should prune your plantings. 

A smart way to attract prospective buyers is to improve the landscaping around your home. Consult with your real estate agent for more ways to improve your curb appeal and for local landscaping resources.


This Single-Family in Methuen, MA recently sold for $516,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Joyce Cucchiara - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


127 Tyler St, Methuen, MA 01844

West Methuen

Single-Family

$479,000
Price
$516,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
You won't want to miss this spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath split level on lovely corner fenced lot. Features included: sun drenched first floor cathedral ceiling family room with wood laminate flooring, full bath and skylights. A bright entertainment size dining room with fireplace, hardwood flooring and bumped out windows. Hallway and all bedrooms have hardwood floors. Dining area has hardwood under vinyl floor. Kitchen with granite counters, re-surfaced cabinets, newer pantry & stainless appliances. Lower level includes two finished rooms, one with second fireplace with day light windows. Second finished room is spacious and w/electric heat. You will find a lovely screen porch to enjoy all summer! Central air is 5 yrs. old only on main level, water heater is rented. Home is on the corner of Westwind Dr. a cul-de-sac location. Included with home: island in the dining area, coat rack in foyer, washer, dryer, refrigerator, fireplace items, pool equipment, workbench in basement

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If you're ready to sell your home, you may wonder if the time is right. Timing is truly everything when you’re selling a home. If you have some flexibility, it might be a good idea to wait to sell your home. Even with time constraints, there are a few strategies to employ that can help you find the sweet spot in your time frame.


The Month Matters


It’s widely accepted in the real estate community that the best time to sell a home is in the spring. Since people want to get moved in over the summertime, May could be the best month of the year to put your home on the market. 


Why Spring?


Springtime offers favorable weather conditions in most places. The good weather means that it’s easy for buyers to get to open houses. Homes will also look more attractive with green grass and flowers blooming. Parents also want to get their kids settled into a new home and new neighborhood over the summer months before they start a new school. 


Competition


The favorable conditions along with the urgency of springtime buyers translate into more competition which equates to a better price tag for your home because buyers are willing to pay more due to the anxiety of wanting to find a place. 


The Day Of The Week Matters


Most buyers start looking for homes when they have free time which is generally on the weekend. That means the end of the week- preferably a Thursday- is a good day to pick to list your home. Homes that were listed earlier in the week will be farther down on the search page. Buyers will be more likely to see your listing first the later in the week that it’s listed.   


Consider Your Needs


While timing is a good marketing strategy to sell your home, you need to go by your own timeline. If you need to move due to a job change or other life circumstances, you can’t wait to sell. There are pros to selling during many different times of the year; it just may not be as busy or competitive on the buyer’s side of things. Selling your home fast might not be a sure thing. No matter what time of year you decide to sell your home, just make sure it’s inviting to buyers.         



298 Ash Street, Reading, MA 01867

Multi-Family

$669,900
Price

2
Units
3,325
Approx. GLA
GREAT LOCATION WTH INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY!! TWO FAMILY PROPERTY WITH LARGE PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED CLOSE TO PARKS AND THE DOWNTOWN THAT OFFERS GREAT RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS! JUST MINUTES TO THE COMMUTER RAIL AND QUICK ACCESS TO TWO MAJOR HIGHWAYS! This property needs TLC but worth the updates. First floor consists of 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms and one bath, Second floor unit consists of 7 rooms, 3-4 bedrooms, one bath and an office. Den, which was originally a dining room, could be used as optional office space. Farmers porch on the front, 2011 roof, separate utilities. This property offers a very large parcel of land and plenty of parking. Only 2nd floor unit can be seen at first showing. Showings resume Saturday May 8h 11:30-1 PM Open House.
Open House
Saturday
May 08 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
No Appointment needed.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 298 Ash Street, Reading, MA 01867    Get Directions

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Having a beautiful home is wonderful, but having a beautiful home with an elegant and functional kitchen is fantastic. Updated kitchen décor and finishes are an on-trend way to create a warm gathering place for friends and family. A real wood countertop is a top option for perfecting the natural kitchen décor motif.

Wooden Countertop Styles

There are distinctive styles of wooden countertop materials available, and each serves a different purpose and esthetic.

  • Butcher Block Countertops: For countertop that allows you to slice and cut directly on the surface, the butcher block is your best choice. The wood is two to three inches thick of alternating species and can withstand damage from chopping and dicing with proper care. Available in various wood mixtures as end-grain and edge-grain, its hardness and color options make it easier to choose the one that fits into your kitchen theme.

  • Reclaimed Wood Countertops: For people who appreciate the rustic look, a repurposed wood countertop is a great option. Currently among the trending countertops, reclaimed wood is relatively simple to find and source locally. Most reclaimed wood countertops come from recycled or discarded wood.

  • Live Edge Wood Countertops: Made from planed but not trimmed raw wood, a live edge countertop retains the original shape of the tree. The unique thing about this countertop is its rustic and uncommon look; it curves inward in some areas and rounds out in others, giving your kitchen or bar area a beautiful and unique look. 

  • Solid Wood Countertops: The solid wood countertop option works well with all kitchen designs, creating a timeless and traditional look for your kitchen. Thick planks of mahogany, walnut, knotty alder, or other hardwoods waterproofed with acrylic polyurethane come in flat, dull, satin, and semi-gloss finishes for an elegant addition to your countertops.

Your Choice of Wood

Ensure that the design, grain, and finish of the wooden countertop you choose is appropriate for its purpose. Hardwood like maple, teak, oak, chestnut, and mahogany make great countertop material, especially if you intend to chop and slice directly on the counter surface. For a more sustainable option, bamboo, while not technically wood, is an attractive and durable choice. 

Your kitchen countertop has a significant impact on the look and feel of your room. For best results, consult with or hire a professional contractor who is knowledgeable about the installation process for these unique surfaces.




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