How to boost curb appeal, save money and increase your home's market value. Replacing old or drafty windows and exterior doors with energy efficient products often pays off immediately in the form of lower heating and cooling costs. It can also provide a dramatic boost to your home's curb appeal and current market value. According to a Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report, these projects delivered some of the best returns on investment for moderately-priced home improvements. Here's some insight into what you'll get for your money regarding window replacement: $ Most Affordable - Products made of vinyl ...
how to boost curb appeal save money and increase market value
April 25, 2019
Top Home Inspection Defects Uncovered
April 18, 2019
Home inspections are a great source for uncovering property repair concerns and safety issues during the home buying process. At times, sellers even choose to have a pre-listing inspection performed to gain information regarding the items that may be of concern when they do decide to list their home for sale. According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 1 million repairs needed more than $11,000 in costs. This was the csase in a recent review of 50,000 home inspection reports by Repair Pricer, a home repair estimating resource. Also noted in the report was the fact that nearly 55 percent of ...
Are you sick and tired of being told...
March 27, 2019
Are you sick and tired of being told your home didn't sell because it was overpriced? More times than not, this was NOT the issue, but that your real estate agent did not tell your home's story. THIS IS WHERE I MAKE IT PERSONAL AND YOU'LL BE GLAD I DID. You have a great home. Let’s make sure the world knows it. EVERY HOME HAS A STORY Every home has a story. I’ve perfected the art of telling it. It’s well known through experience that most home buyers decide to make a purchase once they establish an emotional connection ...
Quick Home Seller Tip
March 13, 2019
QUICK HOME SELLER TIP: Before showing appointments, close the windows to make sure the home is nice and quiet. You don't want a fire truck screaming by during a showing and have the buyer think one will pass by every hour. Al Pratte, a local RI Realtor with over 15 years of experience was born and raised in Cumberland, RI. His aim is to delight and surprise his clients with exceptional service and exceed their expectations at every step in the transaction. His goal is to make the real estate process memorable and one that ...
Does size matter? When searching for the right mattress.
February 13, 2019
When was the last time you bought a new matress? Well, if you are like my wife and I, it's been at least 8 years. LIke us, you probably kept putting it off and putting it off. Regardless, of the cost, it seems that there was always somewhere else we could spend our money that seemed more enjoyable or important. Meanwhile, the daily complaints were: "I slept like crap last night" or "my back is killing me". Enough was enough! We finally realized the importance of a good night's sleep and went matress shopping. Surprisingly, the cost was not nearly as ...
Color Your Home
December 18, 2018
According to Sherwin Williams, we are no longer looking for the not-so-easy calm and cozy in our chaotic world, we are looking for a complete life balance. Perhaps we are developing a "just enough" mentality. Agreeably, We are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental concerns we face and are looking for preservation solutions. The first 2019 Color Collection combines the softness of Quaint Peche, Interesting Aqua and Filmy Green with the grounding hues of Grizzle Gray and Dark Night which will provide a calm and balanced sanctuary everyday. Everyday Balance: Quaint Peche SW6330 / HGSW2077 Filmy Green SW6190 / HGSW3257 Dark Night SW6237 / HGSW3331 With ...
MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS
November 9, 2018
MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS When you own your home, things are going to break and unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will definitely help you handle most of your basic projects. Cordless drill: A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month. Drain ...
10 Reasons You Need a Realtor to Sell
October 17, 2018
Al Pratte is a local realtor with 15+ years of experience who was born and raised in Cumberland, RI. His aim is to delight and surprise his clients with exceptional service and exceed their expectations at every step in the transaction. His goal is to make the real estate process memorable and one that his clients want others to experience.
Must do's before you move in
September 14, 2018
Moving into a new home is a very exciting time, and you are probably thinking about decor choice, paint colors and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should take care of first. Change the locks Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Cchanging the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for ...
How important is curb appeal?
March 26, 2018
How important is curb appeal In the real estate business, I like to refer to curb appeal as the icing on the cake. It’s the first thing you see and, at times, the most important. Curb appeal provides prospective buyers with an expectation of how well or poorly kept the inside of a home might be. To help determine the likability of a home, buyers will usually do a drive-by in person or virtually-if there is professional photography (and there should be if you want to sell for top dollar, but we’ll visit that another time). Proper curb appeal ...