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Posted by REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West on 9/21/2017

You donít have to be a chef to appreciate a kitchen that is designed with lots of counter space. You donít even have to enjoy trying out new recipes for two or more hours a week to recognize the value of open kitchen counters. But, simply appreciating kitchen counter space may not keep you from filling your kitchen counters with boxes, jugs, nonperishable food items and kitchen utensils.

Steps to more kitchen counter space

If youíre like many homeowners, you want more kitchen counter space. One of the best ways to gain more counter space is to train yourself to let go of boxes, bags and other kitchen items that you have not used in several months. This single step can help you to get more space in your kitchen and throughout the rest of your home.

It may take patience to become effective at letting things go. But, itís worth it.Following are additional steps that you can take to gain more kitchen counter space. You may be surprised at how easy it is to implement most of the steps. You also might be surprised at how much more useful your kitchen becomes after you get the extra room. To start, you can:

  • Store fruit and vegetables in your kitchen windowsill. Tomatoes, potatoes and onions are good foods to store in the windowsill.
  • Buy a dolly to place cereal, rice, grains and other dry goods on
  • Install a kitchen pantry. If you already have a kitchen pantry, consider storing dry goods, paper towels and pots and pans in the pantry.
  • Add another shelf to your existing kitchen counters
  • Toss kitchen utensils that you never use
  • Box kitchen items that you only use for large family celebrations or on major holidays and place these items in the basement or attic.
  • Place storage bins at the top of your kitchen cabinets. Transfer items from your kitchen counter to these over head bins. Just make sure that you minimize the numbers of items that you store in the bins. It helps to keep the bins from becoming too heavy. Itís also a good way to train yourself to let go of items that you donít use.
  • Install kitchen organizers that attach to the wall.
  • Clean out your kitchen cabinets. Get rid of pots and pans that you havenít used in over two years.

A few extra tips to more kitchen counter space

Another way to get more kitchen counter space is to toss out old can foods at least once a month. It might surprise you how many of your canned vegetables, soups, gravies and broths are outdated. Commit to buying foods that you actually use. Avoid buying and keeping food just so you can feel that youíll never run out of things to eat.

These steps lead to a cleaner kitchen. They also help you to gain more kitchen counter space. You just might use the extra counter space to prepare healthier meals,the type of meals that require you to pull out a cutting board and measure food that grows right out of the earth, so that you can enjoy a delicious, protein, vitamin and mineral rich diet.





Posted by REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West on 9/14/2017

If youíre trying to sell your home, you probably have thought of everything from staging to pricing to when the best time for your realtor to hold an open house is. What you may not have considered is the exterior color of your home. Yes, both colors inside and outside of your home can attract or detract buyers from your home. 


Although it could seem silly for you to invest in a brand new exterior paint color right before you sell your home, it could result in some big returns when you head to sell the property. Below, youíll find some of the best exterior paint colors for your home and why these colors are great in attracting buyers. 


Colors That Blend In With The Natural Surroundings


This principle for color is fantastic. You have a wide range of choices in everything from a putty to a stone to shades of green. These colors all can blend in with the natural environment around your home. Depending upon what surrounds your home, the colors that you choose can vary widely. Do you have a home out in the woods? Choose a sharp shade of green or a bold shade of brown or tan. Everything from the type of foundation you have to the outer accents of the home should be considered when choosing these exterior paint colors.


Think Of The Type And Color Of The Trim You Want


If you really want white trim along the edges of your home, you should pair up that color with the base color of your home. For example, if youíre looking for a white trim, choose colors that will look good with that tone like shades of blue and gray. Remember that buyers will be attracted to complimenting colors.    


Neutral Is Best


When you really canít make up your mind when choosing an exterior paint color, always go with something neutral. This is the best way to play it safe when youíre putting your home up for sale and making changes. Buyers can always envision themselves living in a neutral colored home. It may be a bit more difficult to match the personalities of buyers with eccentric color choices. 


Examples Of Attractive Exterior Paint Colors


  • Taupe
  • Tan
  • Putty
  • Gray
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Deep Blue
  • Forest Green
  • Bright Red


While no magic combination of colors is guaranteed to make your home sell fast, youíll have a better chance of selling if the home appears pleasant from the outside in. Putting a fresh coat of paint on your home can really bring about more curb appeal, attracting buyers, possibly giving the property a bit more value. Donít hesitate to invest a little money in your home before you sell to get the maximum return on the sale.   






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Posted by REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West on 9/7/2017

Selling your home can be stressful, particularly when the time arrives to negotiate with a homebuyer.

You'll want to ensure that both you and a homebuyer can find common ground during a negotiation. By doing so, both parties will be satisfied with the end results.

In some instances, however, a homebuyer may submit an offer for your residence that fails to meet your expectations. If this happens, you may need to submit a counterproposal to ensure you're able to agree to home selling terms that fulfill your needs.

Submitting a counteroffer can be tricky, particularly for a home seller who is looking to complete a home sale as quickly as possible. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of countering a homebuyer's offer.

Here are three tips to help you streamline the process of submitting a counterproposal to a homebuyer.

1. Consider Both Parties' Perspectives

Ultimately, a home selling agreement should meet the needs of a homebuyer and a home seller. As such, you'll want to consider both parties' perspectives before you submit a counterproposal and ensure that your counteroffer is fair to everyone involved.

Does a home selling agreement ensure that you will receive fair value for your home? And does this pact guarantee a homebuyer will receive fair value from his or her purchase as well? Consider both sides of a home selling agreement, and by doing so, you'll be better equipped to agree to terms that work well for both you and a homebuyer.

2. Try Not to Get Emotional

If you feel like a homebuyer submits an offer that is below your initial expectations, try not to get emotional. Instead, take a step back from the home selling process and consider all of your options before you proceed.

For home sellers, it often is easy to let stress and anxiety get the best of you, particularly during high-pressure negotiations with a homebuyer. Conversely, if you take a deep breath and review all of your options after you receive a homebuyer's offer, you can avoid making any rash decisions.

Remember, a homebuyer's first offer may not be his or her best offer for your residence. And if you submit a counterproposal, you can show a homebuyer that you are willing to work with him or her to reach a fair agreement.

3. Get Advice from Your Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent can guide you along the home selling journey and will help you determine if you should accept, decline or counter a homebuyer's proposal. This professional also serves as a liaison between you and a homebuyer, which means your real estate agent can share your concerns about a homebuyer's offer directly with this individual.

With a trusted real estate agent at your disposal, you should have no trouble reviewing a home offer and submitting a counterproposal if necessary. In addition, your real estate agent is happy to provide tips and suggestions throughout the home selling process, ensuring you can maximize the value of your residence.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can move one step closer to selling your home.




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Posted by REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West on 8/31/2017

If there's one thing more stressful than moving it's moving over long distances. Moving far away often means new jobs, new friends, and a new way of life. It's a big change that doesn't need to be made any more difficult by a complicated moving process. In this article, we'll cover some ways to prepare yourself for a long distance move so that you can rest easy knowing you're ready for this new chapter of your life.

A new home, a new lifestyle

If you're moving across the country you probably don't know where to begin when it comes to preparing yourself. A good place to start is with the basics of daily life. Ask yourself these questions before you start packing:
  • Do I have the right clothes? You don't need a whole new wardrobe before you move, but you don't want to brave a Northeast winter with just a sweatshirt either.
  • What can I get rid of? Think about all of the items you have and how much you use them. If you haven't used something in a year there's a good chance it's not worth hauling across the country.
  • How much space will I have? If you're moving into a house bigger than the one you have now you might not need to part with many bulky items. If not, consider having a yard sale before you move.
  • Do I know enough about†where I'm moving?† When moving to a new place, you'll want to know where the closest hospitals, gas stations, and grocery stores are. Explore Google Maps and websites for the area you're moving to to get to know the place beforehand. Write down important addresses and telephone numbers.

Create a timeline

With all of the changes that are about to happen in your life, odds are you'll get overwhelmed with many of the details of moving. Create a moving timeline, whether it's in an app on your smartphone or on a piece of paper. On this timeline, write in†dates you'll need to accomplish certain items by. Here are some sample items for your timeline:
  • Pick a move-in/move-out date by today
  • Choose a moving company by today
  • Sell or donate unwanted items†by today
  • Sign paperwork and exchange keys today
  • Donate clothes†by today
  • Going away party†by today
  • Pack up office†by today
  • Pack up living room†by today

Packing your belongings

When packing for a long distance move there is more pressure to do it right and not forget anything. Follow these packing tips to ensure a safe travel:
  • Take inventory.†Use an app that helps you categorize your belongings. Check off important items as they're packed and cross them off as they're unpacked at your new home.
  • Pack one room at a time.†This will help you keep everything together and ensure you don't forget anything. It will make unpacking much easier.
  • Don't forget to label all your boxes.†Keep that Sharpie in your back pocket at all times.
  • Communicate.†Make sure everyone who is moving with you and helping you move are all on the same page when it comes to packing so that no details are overlooked.
  • Use extra padding.†A longer drive means more opportunities for something to get broken along the way. Pack boxes full and put fragile items on the bottom of the truck.




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Posted by REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West on 8/24/2017

Choosing a front door color for your home can be a difficult feat. While the exterior color of your home is a big decision, itís often the accents that go along with the base that is an even bigger debate in oneís mind. Typically, your front door will be a different color than the rest of the home. It may seem like a bold decision to have the color of your front door ďpopĒ out from the rest of the home. Itís not that much of a stretch to pick an odd color for the front door. When you pick the right shade, your home will stand out in a good way. The key is in picking a shade that contrasts well with the main color of your home. Hereís some thoughts on the colors that may make the perfect front door hue: Green Green is a perfect color that is relevant the whole year through. From the brightness of spring to the dark of winter, itís difficult to go wrong with green. Thereís many, many different shades of green from celery green to forest, thereís sure to be a shade that will go well with your house. Green shades pair well with grays, blues, browns and tans. Blue Blue is another color with endless shades. The problem with a light blue door is that it wouldnít stand out very well from the rest of your home. If you decide that blue will go best as a front door color on your home, go for a darker version. It will make a dramatic statement. White If your home is a darker color, white could be a great color for you to paint your door. While white seems kind of boring, it will certainly stand out if your homeís main color is a darker red, blue, or even a gray. Red Red is a bold color for a front door. If your house is a shade of tan or gray, red may be just the color your front door needs. Red is certainly a color that provides a warm welcome to everyone who comes through the door! Yellow Yellow is another bold, stand-out color that you can paint your front door. Yellow pairs well with many grays and shades of tan and white. This bold color will pop out just enough to make your front door give off a sunny vibe for a warm welcome. Whether you want your home to give off a formal vibe or a more relaxed one, thereís a color for your front door. Remember that your front door is only one piece of what gives your home the curb appeal youíre looking for.