• 8 Tips for Finding the Perfect Realtor

    31 January 2015 by

    8 Tips for Finding the Perfect RealtorIf you’re looking to sell your house this spring, it can be hard to know how to get started. Finding the perfect realtor is the best first step. Here are some tips that can help.

    Ask for References

    “An agent should be proud to refer you to their past clients who they have worked hard to gain referrals from,” said Christian Ross, VP/Managing Broker, Village Realty. (more…)

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  • How to Stage a House

    When your house is on the market, you want to make it as appealing as possible to perspective buyers.

    “According to a study by the Real Estate Staging Association, staged homes tend to sell up to 70 percent faster than non-staged homes,” said Renovation Realty President Christian Cannon. “You can either hire a home stager or do it yourself. Before showing, clean up your home, remove excess furniture and décor, remove clutter, and consider repositioning furniture to be more welcoming.” (more…)

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  • How to Prepare Your House to go on the Market

    28 January 2015 by

    How to Prepare Your House to go on the MarketIf you live in New England, chances are you’re pining for sunny days, warm weather, fresh flowers and short sleeves. With spring two months away, if you’re planning to move, you may also be thinking about getting your house ready to sell.

    “Most consumers believe that spring is the best time to put your home on the market,” said Kelly Hager or The Kelly Hager Group. “In actuality, the best time is late winter, specifically around February 1. There is very little inventory on the market at that time and by going live in early February, you will beat the spring rush when there is a large influx of homes that go on the market, thus adding to the competition home sellers would face.” (more…)

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  • Is Jewelry Insurance Right for You?

    Wedding season is right around the corner and if you’re the proud owner of sparkly, new jewelry, you might be wondering whether you should purchase jewelry insurance.

    “Whether or not someone needs to purchase special insurance for their jewelry depends on the value of their jewelry,” said Licensed Insurance Agent Jill Stewart. “Most homeowner policies have a limit within their personal property limit on certain articles. Jewelry is ALWAYS included in the ‘special’ limit. I have seen that limit as low as $1,500.”

    Associate in Insurance Services, Associate in Personal Insurance, Associate in Underwriting and Associate in Insurance Maria Moser said that without jewelry insurance, any losses would be subject to your deductible.  (more…)

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  • How to Plan an Estate Sale

    18 January 2015 by

    As Aging, CD and Hoarding Specialist Maria Spetalnik, founder of Conquer the Clutter, said on this blog yesterday, after a loved one dies, yard sales are seldom worth the trouble.

    “You will be putting in a lot of time in advance to get things ready to sell and to price them,” she said. “Then there is the time sitting, hoping that people will come and buy. Then you have to deal with people haggling over the price of everything, no matter how low you priced things in the first place.”

    Instead, she recommends hiring a company to host an estate sale. “They do take a percentage of the sales, but you save a ton of time and anguish,” she said. (more…)

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  • 7 Tips for Cleaning Out a Home After a Loved One Dies

    16 January 2015 by

    Cleaning out a house after a loved one passes away is always tough, especially if every item reminds you of them. While there’s no easy way to do it, there are ways to make the process a little less painful.

    Start With a Walking Tour

    Maeve Richmond, founder of Maeve’s Method, says walking through the house before taking things apart can be therapeutic. (more…)

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  • Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

    14 January 2015 by

    It’s hard for anyone to get things done in a messy office. It’s even harder at a cluttered desk. In fact, according to Wendy Pike, president of Twist Office Products, the Wall Street Journal estimated that in 2002, the average U.S. executive wasted six weeks per year searching for missing information on messy desks and in files. And, for every lost piece of paper, businesses lost $120.

    “One can assume that the costs are much higher in today’s economy,” she said. “The cost of clutter and the ramifications of being disorganized for the business person often include decreased productivity, wasted time, and even loss of clients or sales.” (more…)

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  • How to Get Work Done at Home

    13 January 2015 by

    If you work from home, or bring tasks home from work, you probably understand how tough it can be to get things done with amid distractions such as family, chores and TV.

    “A home office is more than desk and home for binder clips and important papers,” said Maeve Richmond, founder of Maeve’s Method. “Ideally it’s a spot where you can accomplish the business of life: paying bills, corresponding with friends, planning life for yourself or for others.”

    To get work done at home, Richmond recommends three things: (more…)

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  • Keep, Donate, Recycle, Sell or Trash?

    Keep, Donate, Recycle, Sell or Trash?If you’re looking to start 2015 fresh, with a positive attitude, you may want to begin by cleaning and organizing your home. But, if you have trouble throwing things away, getting started can be tough.

    Danielle Farrell, marketing coordinator at The Betty Brigade, recommends going room-by-room categorizing your items by Keep, Donate, Recycle, Sell and Trash.

    “Have a box or a bag for each type – once they’re full, discard them appropriately,” she said. “If there are any larger or more valuable items you don’t want or really don’t use, consider consignment or eBay to help you sell them and make a little money back.” (more…)

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  • Make Organization Your No. 1 New Year’s Resolution: Keep Going Strong

    The New Year is finally here! With it comes National Get Organized Month. Over the last week, this blog has offered tips and advice for making organization your No. 1 New Year’s resolution. But the stats on keeping resolutions are discouraging. In fact, according to Forbes.com, “most studies show resolutions begin to drop off after a week and only about 40 percent of those who made resolutions actually stick to their goals.”

    As previously noted, getting organized can be tough, especially if you’re overwhelmed by your mess. To help you get through it, here are expert tips for keeping your organization resolution all year. (more…)

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