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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/13/2018

For a home seller, hosting an open house can be a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, an open house provides an opportunity to showcase your residence to large groups of prospective homebuyers. Conversely, hosting an open house also requires lots of preparation, and getting ready for an open house may prove to be overwhelming, time-consuming and costly.

Lucky for you, we're here to help host an unforgettable open house.

Now, let's take a look at three factors that a home seller needs to consider before an open house.

1. The Current Condition of Your Home

Although you might believe that your home is currently open house-ready, it may need some work. Fortunately, there are many ways to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of your residence and plan your open house accordingly.

For example, a home appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable. This appraisal enables a home inspector to review your residence both inside and out. Then, he or she can offer home improvement recommendations so that you can upgrade your residence as needed.

Take a home appraisal report seriously. By doing so, a home seller can transform an ordinary residence into one that matches or exceeds homebuyers' expectations during an open house.

2. The Home's Interior or Exterior

Homebuyers are drawn to residences that feature dazzling gardens, clutter-free interiors and other stunning features. Thus, a home seller who dedicates the necessary time and resources to bolster a house's interior and exterior can increase the likelihood of hosting a successful open house.

To improve a home's interior, a home seller can scrub the floors, clean the walls and ceilings and perform assorted home interior maintenance and improvements. In addition, a home seller should depersonalize and declutter a home's interior as much as possible.

Comparatively, to enhance a house's exterior, a home seller should mow the front lawn, clear debris and dust from exterior walkways and ensure the house looks great to passers-by. With simple home exterior improvements, a home seller can boost a house's curb appeal and help a home stand out from other available residences.

3. Your Real Estate Agent

Let's face it prepping for an open house can be stressful. However, a real estate agent can help a home seller get ready for the best- and worst-case scenarios.

A real estate agent will help a home seller prepare his or her residence for an open house. Next, he or she will promote the open house to potential homebuyers and collect feedback from them throughout the event.

After an open house reaches its conclusion, a real estate agent will offer honest, unbiased insights into the event. He or she also will keep you up to date about any potential home offers and ensure you can make informed home selling decisions.

Take the guesswork out of preparing for an open house. Consider the aforementioned factors, and you can get your residence ready for an open house in no time at all.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/12/2018


188 Overlook Dr., Northampton, MA 01062

Single-Family

$449,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Exceptional custom built Contemporary located on a cul de sac minutes to Northampton Center! This lovingly maintained home offers gleaming hardwood floors in the entry, living room, dining room and first floor master suite! Single level living possible with laundry and two full baths on the first floor. There is an additional bedroom on the first level, currently used as an office. The spacious kitchen with dining area, radiant heated tile, exits to screened porch and private fenced backyard with heated pool. A great entertaining space inside and out! Two generous bedrooms and full bath with possible expansion space on the second floor. The extra large finished basement offers additional space for family room and game room, you decide!! New roof (2015) gas furnace and air conditioning (2016) leaves nothing to be done in this move in ready home!! The property abuts the Burt's Bog Greenaway, 100 acres of conservation land with many trails. A special home in a prime location!
Open House
Saturday
June 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Ryan Rd to Briarwood Dr. right on Acrebrook, left on Brookside, left on Overlook Dr.
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/11/2018


96 Farview Way, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$487,500
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Surprise! Tucked away on.53 A lot close to north campus of UMASS is a 1992 uniquely re-designed 1941 Cape with one car garage. The main floor was transformed into mid-century modern home with 10-11' ceilings, open floor plan & abundance of windows for natural light (enhanced by plentiful recessed lighting) to bring secluded outdoor environs inside. Generous 3,750 SF comprise on main floor: tiled entry foyer, open concept living room and dining room, kitchen, full bath, laundry & master bedroom suite w/ master bath & walk-in closet. Walls of built-in book shelving are inviting to avid readers & academics. Cabinetry throughout denotes an avaunt garde taste for specialized drawer systems & cabinets to maximize organized storage space. Besides making one level living feasible, home features 3 more bedrooms & bath on 2nd floor. In 2017 new, oil boiler was installed & electrical system was upgraded. Walk to campus & then retire to your quiet & fashionable abode.
Open House
Friday
June 15 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Location: 96 Farview Way, Amherst, MA 01002    Get Directions

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/5/2018


65 South St, Granby, MA 01033

Single-Family

$339,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This one owner Cape is sited on knoll of 4.24 beautiful acres of open field (used for hay) bordered by a stone wall and sited to enjoy the distant mountain views to the southeast. Included in this parcel is a surveyed but not recorded estate lot of 2.6 acres that slopes away from the house on its north back side. New owner can decide to enjoy parcel as is or to sell/build 2nd home on lot. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath Cape with one car garage has had recent and extensive major improvements: most of the electrical system was upgraded; a new oil fired boiler with hot water baseboard heat was provided; many bathroom, plumbing fixtures were replaced along with the toilets; and a new, 3 bedroom septic system was installed. With all the major work done (new roof 10 yrs. ago) new owners can modernize the kitchen and baths and expand the house as desired. Adjacent to this parcel are two other lots, a frontage and estate lot. The buyer of the house will have the first option to buy these parcels
Open House
Sunday
June 10 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Route 202 to East Street, left onto South St., house on right
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 5/30/2018


57 Buffam Rd, Pelham, MA 01002

Single-Family

$499,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Your secluded refuge: spacious, pristine, Contemporized Colonial w/ 2 car garage on private, open & wooded 3 acre lot abutting Buffam Brook, 5 min. to Pelham Elementary, 10 -15 minutes to Amherst Center, Amherst College & U MASS. 3676 square feet comprise on main level a vaulted entry with a formal dining & living room with gas fireplace that brings you into an open floor plan, kitchen & family room. Enjoy the breakfast nook with vista to fenced in, east facing yard & door to open deck. Cooks will delight in well laid out, large kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances & island counter. Perks of laundry, office & full bath off kitchen & maple & tile floors. 2nd floor features hdwd. staircase & hall w/ windowed loft space, lg. master bedroom w/ walk-in closet & all tiled master bath w/ Jacuzzi, double vanity & shower. Adjoining bonus room above garage touts maple floors & closet. 3 more nice sized bedrooms & another tiled shower/bath complete family friendly, floor plan. A Winner!
Open House
Sunday
June 03 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pelham Rd to North Valley Rd, left onto Buffam, house on the right
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