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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 6/12/2018


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!
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No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/12/2018


59 Dryads Green, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$589,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Location, location, location! This distinctive Antique Victorian with 3026 square feet is sited on a quiet cul de sac near Mill River and within walking distance to Smith campus and downtown Northampton. Exterior features add to its value and curb appeal, scalloped shakes and stone exterior set off by newer white replacement windows. grand front porch, circular balcony and metal covered dome. Interior features include fireplace, pocket doors, carved Newell posts on stairway, Douglas fir floors denote original period design. New gas boiler installed for radiator steam heat, 100amp circuit breaker. New owner can continue kitchen and 2.5 bath renovations and possible 3rd fee ensuite.
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/11/2018


48 Richardson Rd, Leverett, MA 01054

Single-Family

$229,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Enjoy country living in Leverett but with the availability of high speed internet! Move right into this pristine and affordable ranch, sited in a private location towards the end of a road on 3 acres. Walk trails at end of street to Chestnut Hill Loop or to Laurel Hill. In minutes you can be at the public beach at Lake Wyola , one of the best fresh water fed lakes in our area, to enjoy a swim, or you can pick up groceries and meet your neighbors at the Leverett Coop. Yet in 20 minutes you commute easily to Amherst or Greenfield. Sun bathes the house and the surrounding yard, well suited for gardens and outdoor activities, and woods provide the back border. 1008 SF comprise 2 bedrooms and bath and recent upgrades include a new roof, replacement windows, new laminate flooring and a freshly painted interior. Other amenities include a woodstove in the basement to reduce your heating costs, two garden sheds and a generator, in case of a power outage along with a finish-able basement.
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