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Posted by Tom Ruble on 11/17/2017

As a home seller, it is essential to dedicate the necessary time and resources to enhance your house's interior. By doing so, you'll be able to help your residence stand out from other properties that are available.

Unfortunately, your home's basement may be an eyesore, especially if you have failed to keep it clean consistently. But with the right approach to cleaning your basement, you should have no trouble improving your basement's appearance.

What can you do to revamp your house's basement? Here are three basement cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Scrub the Walls and Floors with a Cleaning Solution

If your basement features a concrete or concrete-block surface, a combination of detergent, ammonia and warm water may prove to be ideal. In fact, this mix produces a wonderful cleaning solution that will deliver immediate and long-lasting results.

Don't forget to use a stiff nylon brush to remove dirt and grime from concrete walls and floors. Plus, if you need to eliminate excess water from the basement, be sure to use a shop vacuum to remove this water immediately.

2. Eliminate Rust Stains

Basement rust stains won't do you any favors as you try to help your home stand out from the competition. Lucky for you, rust stains can be easily removed from your basement walls with a little bit of dry cement and flagstone.

Sprinkle a small amount of dry cement on a rust stain. Then, use flagstone to scrub the affected area and remove the stain instantly. This will allow you to remove rust stains and ensure they won't come back any time soon.

3. Revamp Your Basement Floors

For those who want to transform an ordinary basement into a stellar one, now may be a great time to redo the basement floors. Thankfully, you won't have to break your budget to revamp your basement floors if you use a waterproof stain.

A waterproof stain is simple to apply and can give your basement floors a clean, streamlined appearance.

Before you apply a waterproof stain, you'll want to scrub the basement floors thoroughly. After the floor is dry, use a short-nap paint roller to apply the stain in small sections. Let the stain dry for about 24 hours, and you'll be able to enjoy beautiful basement floors that are sure to grab homebuyers' attention.

When it comes to cleaning your basement, it is important to remember that you don't necessarily have to do the work alone. Instead, you can always hire a professional cleaning company to assist you.

A professional cleaning company will be able to simplify the process of cleaning your home's basement, along with other rooms throughout your property. That way, you can leave home cleaning tasks to the professionals and focus on what's important Ė finding the best ways to generate substantial interest in your residence.

Perhaps best of all, working with a real estate agent can make it easy to sell your house. This real estate agent can provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations, set up home showings and open houses and much more. As a result, a real estate agent will ensure you can optimize the value of your residence.




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Posted by Tom Ruble on 11/10/2017

This Single-Family in Athol, MA recently sold for $168,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Tom Ruble - EXIT New Options Real Estate.


212 Crescent Street, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$165,000
Price
$168,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Buyers financing fell through! Stop paying rent when you could own this restored 1880 colonial that is a must see. Character throughout the home, 9' ceilings, remodeled kitchen, hardwood floors and a pellet stove in the family room. A beautiful farmer's porch enhances the look to this beautiful home. The roof is 5 years old, all the windows have been replaced within the last 10 years and carry a 50 year warranty. Easy commute to the downtown and a private back yard with a shed, too. First time home buyers or someone who needs that 4th bedroom will love this turn key home.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Tom Ruble on 11/10/2017

As a home seller, you likely will search for fast, simple home improvement projects to enhance your house's appearance. However, in many instances, performing home repairs could prove to be costly and time-consuming. And in some cases, completing home renovation tasks may be more trouble than it's worth, especially for those who lack the necessary home repair skills and expertise.

Fortunately, your home's basement represents a valuable home renovation opportunity, one that should not be taken lightly. With hard work and dedication, you can revamp your basement's appearance and make it a valuable asset that could help your residence stand out in the eyes of homebuyers.

What does it take to renovate a basement? Here are three tips to help you simplify the process of transforming your basement into a sleek, stylish and comfortable living space.

1. Choose Practical Flooring.

Basement floors may wear down over the years, and how these floors look could impact your ability to sell your residence. Lucky for you, there are many practical flooring options available that ensure you can revamp your basement floors without breaking your budget.

Carpet, laminate and vinyl floors often look and perform great in basements. These floor types will maintain their quality for an extended period of time and are sure to make a great first impression on homebuyers when they visit your residence.

Also, wood floors frequently serve as sub-par choices in basements. These floors may shrink or expand over time, creating gaps or warping. Thus, you may want to avoid wood floors in your basement.

2. Illuminate Your Living Space.

Many terrific lighting options are available to brighten up a basement. Plus, these lighting choices usually are easy to install and can help you transform an ordinary basement into an unparalleled living space in no time at all.

Recessed lighting represents a top choice in basements and makes it easy to illuminate big and small spaces. Or, you may want to consider track or pendant lighting to eliminate shadows on basement surfaces.

Of course, don't forget about table and desk lamps as well. These lamps will brighten up your basement and allow you to show off your distinct sense of style at the same time.

3. Get Organized.

There is no reason for your basement to be filled with clutter. Therefore, you may want to pick up a bookcase, shelving unit or other storage options that enable you to organize your basement belongings quickly and effortlessly.

Getting organized will enable you to show homebuyers just how much space is available in your basement. Furthermore, de-cluttering now may help you save time after your home sells, and you won't have to worry about scrambling to get rid of junk at the last minute when you move out.

Working with a real estate agent may help you determine the best ways to enhance your basement too. This professional will work with you to prioritize home improvement projects and ensure you can maximize the time and resources at your disposal. As a result, a real estate agent may be able to help you revamp your basement and boost your chances of selling your home quickly.




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Posted by Tom Ruble on 11/3/2017


119 French Rd, Templeton, MA 01468

Land

$69,900
Price

15.75
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Own this "Hunters Paradise" set on a rural road in Templeton. 4 bedroom septic design was approved in 2017. This large 15.75 acre lot is fairly level and surrounded by old stone walls. Owner claims lots of wildlife can be discovered on the land such as deer, bear and wild turkey. Lots of hardwood. Minimal wetlands. This could be the perfect site for your Dream Home.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Tom Ruble on 11/3/2017

Getting ready to move is a fun and exciting time. With all of the change happening around you, itís good to have a solid plan in place for moving that will get you through. Perhaps the most chaotic time is two weeks leading up to moving day. Donít worry, we have a checklist ready for you, so you can be prepared. 


2 Weeks Before The Move


First, you should make sure that your car is ready for the drive, if youíre driving to your new house. Even if youíre hiring a moving company, youíll need to know that your car can handle the trip and that your movers and you have maps available. Even in the age of GPS, this is a good idea just in case you lose service on the road.


Next, youíll need to get cleaning. You should begin cleaning any of the rooms in your house that have been emptied out including closets. This is a good time to make one last check that everything has been packed. If you need to make any kind of arrangements to have your old home or your new home professionally cleaned, you should do so at this time. It will be much easier to have your new home painted and cleaned before you arrive with all of your stuff.   


You need to get your records in order. Any prescriptions that you have must be transferred to a new pharmacy nearby. Itís a good idea to keep all of your important documents in a safe such as passports, financial statements, deeds, titles and wills.  


Youíll need to get your family prepared for the move as well. Be sure that you know where pets and kids are going and how theyíre getting there. Collect all other valuable items such as jewelry and family heirlooms and pack them somewhere for safe keeping.  


One Week Before The Move


The last week in your home might be kind of stressful and emotional. Make sure that everything is packed at this point. Label each box for easy unpacking once you get to your new place. You could easily forget whatís in each box by the time you get there! 


Other items of concern:

  • Confirm the move-in and closing dates with your real estate agent.
  • Arrange to pay your movers.   
  • Make a plan in case the movers end up running behind and you get to your home before your stuff does. 
  • Back up your computer and keep a drive with the files on it in the safe. 
  • Dispose of anything hazardous within your home like paint and chemicals.
  • Change your address with the Post Office if you havenít already done so.
  • Cancel or change newspaper and magazine subscriptions. 
  •  Find meals that you can make using the remaining food in your fridge. 
  • Empty lockers at school and the gym. 

Return borrowed items to friends and family.

There will be quite a bit left for you to do once you get to your new home. Youíll need time to get established. Moving is exciting and stressful all at the same time! With a plan, youíll be on your way to a smooth move! 




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