58 Walpole St. Dover, MA

Approached by a long drive and bordered by 1,700+ acres of marked hiking and bridle trails, this impressive, brick Colonial-style residence is beautifully crafted for both casual famly living and elegant entertaining. The home features a gorgeus entrance foyer, gracious and spacious living and dining room, dream kitchen, great room with distinctive floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, library with lovely built-ins, sumptuous master suite and four additional bedrooms. An incredible full finished lower level includes an expansive game room, fully applianced refreshment area, wine cellar and pre-wired, roughed-in home theater. This home has it all and is truly an exceptional propetrty in a highly sought-after community with a nationally acclaimed school system. Definitely a “Must-See” !

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35 Brookfield Rd. Dover, MA

Welcome to this distinctive, young residence in Dover’s premier “Tubwreck Estate” neighborhood! Privately sited on a coveted cul-de-sac, this spectacular property boasts four plus acres surrounded by protected conservation land. Highlights of this impressive home include a gorgeous two-story foyer with beautiful double bridal staircase and granite floor, sunsplashed great room with soaring ceiling and dramatic Vermont marble fireplace, custom kitchen with handsome red birch cabinetry, bamboo floor and sun-filled dining area, as well as luxurious master suite with vaulted ceiling, spacious marble bath and private wooded vistas. Just a few other special features are the home’s gracious dining room with attractive tray ceiling, tucked away study, handy rear staircase,delightful screened porch and handsome mahogany deck overlooking private,landscaped grounds. Generous, open, sun-filled living spaces can be found throughout the home – the perfect setting for both casual family living and more formal entertaining. Located just 15 miles from downtown Boston with easy access to the city and major routes, Dover is a wonderful community with an acclaimed school system and friendly small town atmosphere – an outstanding destination and truly impressive property!

Get Your House Ready to Show to Buyers

Get Your House Ready to Show to Buyers

A house that “sparkles” on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well maintained.

From experience, REALTORS® also know that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for home because if what they can see is well maintained, they assume that what they can’t see has probably also been well maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:

  • how much should you spend to prepare your house for sale?
  • exterior and curb appeal
  • interior appeal

Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal.

How Much Should You Spend to Prepare Your House for Sale?

In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a brand new roof, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big difference between making minor and inexpensive polishes and touch-ups to your house, such as putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen.

Your REALTOR® is familiar with buyers’ expectations in your neighborhood and can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made and which improvements are most effective. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice.

Maximizing Exterior and Curb Appeal

When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home’s exterior. If the outside, or “curb appeal” looks good, people will more than likely want to see what’s on the inside.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal to buyers:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered.
  • Regularly trim hedges and weed lawns and flowerbeds.
  • Be sure your front door area has a “Welcome” feeling.
  • Paint the front door.
  • In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.
  • In snowy areas, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
  • Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.
  • Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • Reseal old asphalt.
  • Keep the garage door closed.
  • Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.

Maximizing Interior Appeal

You want your home to look as spacious, bright and clean as possible. Also the home should look neutral – without a lot of your personal and sentimental objects – so buyers can begin to imagine living there.

Here are some tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers:

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms actually rent storage garages and move half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more spacious look.
  • Use a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.
  • Remove the less frequently used, and even daily-used items from kitchen counters, closets, basement and attic to make these areas more inviting.
  • Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter.
  • Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Buy showy new towels for the bathroom, and put them out only for showings.
  • Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing new curtains and cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
  • Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.
  • If necessary, repaint dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix any problem areas.
  • Seal basement walls if there are any signs of dampness or leakage.
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.
  • Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.

If you or someone you know is contemplating a move and would like to Find a Home or just want to know What Your Home is Worth, we are happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to call (508) 934-4030 or email: info@walshteam.com for additional information. You can also find us on Facebook!

House Hunting in Wellesley

House Hunting in Wellesley

For some people, looking at open houses is a fun, leisure-time activity. However, when you’re relocating to a new city, a much more business-like approach is appropriate. You may have to complete your house research and come to a decision in the space of one or two weekends.

The secret to a successful house-hunting trip is to be as informed and organized as possible before you go so you can have a focused and productive trip. Here are some tips:

  1. Essential house requirements: Use our Find a Homefeature to make a list of the essentials you want in a house, e.g,:
    • number of bedrooms
    • number of bathrooms
    • square footage
    • age of house
    • style
    • number of floors
    • garage
    • lot size
  2. Essential neighborhood requirements: Try our Community Reportsand make a list of the critical requirements for your new neighborhood, e.g.,:
    • commuting time to work
    • school requirements
    • community demographics (age, education, lifestyle)
    • population density (urban, suburban, rural)
    • community institutions that are important to you (being close to entertainment, places of worship or other amenities)
  3. City map: Use our Wellesley Map page to obtain a map of Wellesley, and try to become as familiar with it as you can.
  4. Neighborhood research: Get an idea of which neighborhoods are likely to meet your requirements. If you can, talk with other people who already live in your new city.
  5. Price range: Determine what price range of homes you want to look at. Do some research to find out what house prices are like in the area you’re moving to. It is important to arrive on your house-hunting trip with a realistic expectation of what you will need to spend in order to afford a home in a neighborhood that meets your requirements.
  6. Real estate agent: If you are ready to start searching, try our Find My Dream Home feature and feel free to contact us by phone when you are ready to start looking. We will be happy to start planning and arranging your home search.
  7. Reality check: Make sure you convey your neighborhood requirements and your price range, so we know that your price range is realistic for the area your’re searching in.
  8. Priced to sell: We can look at everything but it is generally wise to only focus on houses that are “priced to sell”. Some home sellers over-price their listings. You don’t want to waste your time or confuse yourself by looking at houses with unrealistic asking prices.
  9. Checklists and notes: When you go on your house-hunting trip, take along your lists of essential house and neighborhood requirements, your map, your research notes concerning communities (schools, amenities, etc.) and a house-hunting checklist. This checklist is a list of key features of houses, so that you can take organized notes on every house that you visit. You can use the map to mark locations of houses.

With good planning and the right real estate agent, you can accomplish a lot on your house-hunting trip.

If you or someone you know is contemplating a move and would like to Find a Home or just want to know What Your Home is Worth, we are happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to call (508) 934-4030 or email: info@walshteam.com for additional information. You can also find us on Facebook!