Gregory Shugal | Brookline Real Estate, Boston Real Estate, Cambridge Real Estate


Whether you're looking to buy a house or sell one, a helpful saying to keep in mind is the one about recognizing a duck:

"If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it's a duck!" As silly as that expression may be, there's a lot of wisdom in its message.

The reason it applies to real estate transactions is that people sometimes tend to overlook, justify, and gloss over potential or actual problems that need to be dealt with (and not ignored). Here are some examples, as they relate to home sellers and buyers:

Selling a home: As a home seller, one of the most important things you can do to make your home more appealing and marketable is staging. Not only is it beneficial to apply a fresh coat of paint where needed, but parts of your home may need to be repaired, upgraded, touched up, or cleaned. 

One false assumption home sellers sometimes make it that prospective buyers won't notice or care about broken tiles in the bathroom, peeling paint on the front steps, cracks in the ceiling, or mold in the basement. While there are a lot of factors that help sell a house quickly or cause it to linger on the market for months, sometimes it's the little things that can impact the desirability of a house. If there's an imperfection, flaw, or cosmetic problem in your home that you've been noticing for months or years, there's a good chance prospective buyers will take note of it, too. 

Whenever you can affordably correct a cosmetic problem in your home or property, it will usually be to your advantage as a home seller. If the problem looks like it could be a potential deal breaker, there's a chance it will be.

When you need an objective opinion on matters such as home staging, curb appeal, or increasing the marketability of your home, an experienced real estate agent is often your best source for advice and guidance.

Buying a home: There are a lot of factors that need to be evaluated when searching for your ideal home. While optimism is an essential state of mind to cultivate when you're navigating the sometimes bumpy road of house hunting, it's also important to balance that positive attitude with a drop of caution and skepticism. If you get too caught up in the excitement of buying a new house, you might miss red flags along the way that could lead to future problems or expenses.

By hiring a reputable property inspector to check everything in the house from structural integrity to the condition of mechanical systems, you can be alerted to potential safety hazards, possible water damage, malfunctioning electrical circuitry, and dozens of other issues that need to be identified, and hopefully resolved, before you become the new owner of a house.


If you have more than a couple children or an extended family that likes to visit frequently, then owning a large home may be a good match for your lifestyle. While some people immediately assume that a large house would be too expensive, that's not necessarily the case. There are several factors which influence price -- including location, market conditions, and, of course, the house itself. An experienced real estate agent can provide you with the guidance to determine what type of house is best suited to your family's needs, your budget, and your goals. Advantages of a Big House If you love to throw big holiday parties and host family gatherings, then a spacious house can be the perfect setting for that kind of lifestyle -- especially, if overnight guests are part of the plan. Having extra bedrooms also provides space for things like home offices, exercise rooms, and children's play areas. Big homes are ideal for large families because they enable parents and children to pursue separate activities in different parts of the house without disturbing each other. Lots of bathrooms come in handy when you have a houseful of company or just a big family all wanting to use the bathroom at the same time! Side note: A challenge for some home owners is resisting the temptation to use spare rooms as repositories for obsolete electronics, out of date clothing, outgrown toys, old magazines, and other things of questionable value. (I'll reserve that topic for a future blog post!) Are Big Houses "High Maintenance"? The first potential disadvantage that comes to mind when discussing the pros and cons of a spacious home is the monumental task of keeping the house clean. If your budget allows it, a good residential cleaning service is an expense that's well worth the cost. As is the case with all professional services, there's a lot of variation between prices, guarantees, quality, and personalities. That's why it pays to get at least two or three estimates to help ensure you're receiving the most value for your money. Another set of costs to keep in mind when eyeing a large house is heating, cooling, and maintenance. If you're thinking about buying a big home, those things should be factored into your decision. Other details to notice when checking out homes for sale is the amount of insulation in the attic and the energy efficiency of the windows and doors. A knowledgeable home inspector can help you make sure the house is well insulated and energy efficient. Otherwise, you could find yourself saddled with enormous energy bills that could have otherwise been avoided. Ideally, a spacious home should have a climate control system that enables you to regulate different 'zones' individually. That way, you don't have to waste energy heating or cooling parts of the house that are essentially unoccupied at certain times. Programming your HVAC system to accommodate changing energy needs at night and during the work day is another way to help control potentially high utility bills in a large house.


Brookline, MA 02446

Rental

$2,095
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Large 1 bedroom (700+sq ft) situated on 2nd floor, overlooking Beacon Street in Brookline's Coolidge Corner. Unit features hardwood floors, tall ceilings, eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, dishwasher, garbage disposal with full-size appliances and tile floors. Lots of closet space and natural sunlight, living room can fit any arrangement of furniture and bedroom can easily fit a king-size bed with furniture. Steps to Winchester Street Green Line (C) stop, tons of fun restaurants, shopping, parks, and activities in bustling Coolidge Corner. Virtual Tour AVAILABLE. 1st Month's Rent and Broker Fee to move in.
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Many people outgrow the home they’re living in rather quickly. On the flip side, the home you’re currently in could be too big for you, and you need to downsize. Whatever your situation is, when it comes time to sell your home you want to get the most money you can for your sale. There’s so many easy and affordable home upgrades that you can make that will add immense value to your home. Even if you’re not looking to move in the near future, you’ll be glad you made these upgrades in order to make the most out of your home.


Make A Move With Your Countertops


There are so many different kinds of kitchen countertops that you can get these days. It isn’t all about granite anymore. There’s a few popular materials that can be used including recycled glass or quartz. You can even upgrade your backsplash tile to something a bit more modern to easily transform your kitchen. 


Upgrade The Fireplace


If your fireplace could use some TLC, make repairs to it and refinish it. You may even consider using a different kind of stone or brick than was on the original unit. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, you may want to consider installing a freestanding one. These units are ventilated through a pipe in your home. A fireplace is so cozy and gives your home an attractive feature.


Add Some Outdoor Living Space


Adding a deck, patio, or some sort of outdoor living pace like a 3 season room can add a lot of value to your home. People love to make the most use of the outdoors so whether you add an outdoor kitchen, or a small patio space, it will be beneficial. Plus, you and your family will be able to use the brand new space once it’s completed!

Adding outdoor lighting is also another positive addition to your home. This allows for seamless use of outdoor spaces both day and night. Lighting also adds an important safety and security feature to your home. Installing timers along with these outdoor lights can help to deter burglars.


Do A Once Over On Your Home’s Exterior


Simply having the outside of your home power-washed can make a big difference. Replace your mailbox. Repair shutters and siding that may need some attention. Take some time to care for your landscaping. All of these little projects will make an impact on the appearance of your home. If you’re getting ready to sell, your motivation may be lacking in these areas. The better your house looks on the outside, the more people you’ll get to come inside when there’s a for sale sign out front.



Brookline, MA 02446

Rental

$2,095
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Beautiful 1 Bedroom situated on Beacon Street in Brookline's Coolidge Corner neighborhood. Top-floor unit with lots of natural light, solid-hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, and lots of storage/closet space. Located steps from public transportation (Green Line: Cleveland Circle line). Enjoy some of the area's best restaurants, shops, and activities of bustling Coolidge Corner. Just 1st Month's rent and Broker fee to move-in. VIRTUAL TOUR AVAILABLE!
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No scheduled Open Houses

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