Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 8/16/2017

No matter your budget, there's always an upgrade or two that'll up the resale ante.

Whether your home improvements are for you or potential buyers, consider their impact on your home’s potential resale price before picking up your toolbox (or the phone to call a contractor).

A brand-new kitchen or bathroom will undoubtedly wow potential buyers, but there’s no guarantee you’ll recoup the money you put into those pricey remodels.

To help you navigate the choices that lead to the best return on investment, we asked two industry experts (and one enthusiastic DIYer) to weigh in.

Kitchen renovations

“Renovating the kitchen is always the biggest way to add value to your home,” says Grace Fancher, real estate agent at Kansas City firm Sarah Snodgrass. “People love to cook, and everyone tends to gather in the kitchen. If you add seating, such as an island with barstools, buyers go crazy for that.”

A full remodel is a major investment, but smaller projects make a big difference if you can’t — or don’t want to — go all out. “Nicer appliances really stick out to potential buyers — even if you’re planning to take them with you,” Fancher says.

She also suggests replacing tired finishes with fresh, neutral materials. “You don’t want to be too trendy, but you want it to look up-to-date,” she says. “Everyone loves clean, white subway tiles now, but they’re really a timeless look.”

Replacing dated countertops (quartz is your best bet, according to Fancher) and flooring is also worth the time and money.

Bathroom updates

The smallest rooms in the house can have a big impact on its value, so Fancher suggests adding a second bathroom or upgrading existing ones so your home features at least two full baths.

Joe Monda, co-owner of Seattle-based general contracting firm Promondo, agrees. “People are spending more on upgrading their houses before listing them,” he says. “They really want to maximize the potential house value.”

But if you’re remodeling a bathroom just to put your house on the market, keep it simple. “Most people don’t want to pay for upgrades, so you want it to be a neutral space that doesn’t look straight out of the big DIY warehouse stores — even if it is,” says Fancher.

She adds that an easy solution is spending a little more on details, like high-quality towel bars and upgraded hardware for those big-box store vanities.

Not in a position to remodel? “Re-grouting tile, or even just using one of those grout paint pens, gives any bathroom a fresher look,” says Sharyn Young, a self-proclaimed DIY addict from Minneapolis.

Lighting upgrades

“The brighter a room feels, the bigger it looks,” says Fancher. “And when you’re selling, you want every space to look as big as possible.”

She recommends replacing flush-mount ceiling lights with recessed and/or pendant lighting — a relatively cheap upgrade that looks modern and makes a huge impact.

“LED lighting has changed everything,” says Young. “There are so many readily available, inexpensive options now that are easy to install. I added Ikea under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen of my last house, and I was amazed at how that one simple upgrade made the space feel larger and cleaner.”

Photo from Zillow listing.

Fresh paint

Like lighting, a new coat of paint can also make a space feel cleaner and brighter. Stick to neutral shades, such as light gray and beige, and if you don’t have time or budget to do the whole house, start with the living areas you see when you first walk in.

An even quicker fix is refreshing just the trim. “Beat-up, dirty trim can give buyers a subtle impression that the whole house is dingy,” Fancher says. “Repainting gives a sharper look and shows the buyer that you’ve taken care of the house.”

Landscape improvements

“A lot of people overlook how important landscaping is, especially when you’re selling in the spring or summer,” says Fancher, adding that you can increase curb appeal by just putting down new, dark-colored mulch, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on planting.

Monda suggests paying special attention to the entry. Repair or replace any damaged stepping stones, concrete paths, and porch plants, then give the front door a fresh coat of paint and add some potted plants. “You want people to be excited to walk in the door,” he says.

Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 8/15/2017

This Single-Family in Raynham, MA recently sold for $565,000. This Colonial style home was sold by JoAnn M. Drabble - RE/MAX Welcome Home.

52 Fair Lane, Raynham, MA 02767


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House beautiful! Step into this stunning, custom-designed home located in a premier neighborhood minutes to highway access routes and a short ride to the local MBTA. Some of the many, attractive features include a beautifully-designed gourmet kitchen with island/breakfast bar/newer stainless steel appliances/tiled walls, a sunken cathedral family room with wood-burning fireplace, a first floor home office, a master suite with joining sitting area and master bath, a full-finished lower level (not included in square footage) that offers an oversized bonus room, sitting area, and a theatre room set up (wired for future projector and built in speakers) 9-foot ceilings, oversized Pella windows, custom moldings throughout, wainscoting, hardwood and tile flooring, surround sound, a new 70-gallon hot water tank, a newly painted exterior, all situated on a beautiful level lot with professional landscape, full irrigation, and mature plantings. Enjoy a private, rear yard for entertaining!

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 8/15/2017

You put a lot of time and money into your home. Each year, at the start of spring, you go outdoors and fertilize your garden. Like clockwork, you mow your lawn at least once a week. Rather than save on utilities, you turn on your sprinkler system and water your lawn during periods when the climate is dry.

Home hazards you don’t want to miss

The interior of your home receives an equal amount of care. You take warranties seriously. Instead of keeping your mattress for 15 years, you go out and buy a new, more comfortable mattress every five to six years. You might fuss, but every single Saturday, you get up early and dust, vacuum, shake out rugs and wash linen. It’s no wonder that you’re proud of your home. But, is your home safe?

Health hazards that your house could be hiding may be hard to spot. Some home health hazards need special equipment to detect. Items to check at your house to keep it safe include:

Hazards you can check visually

  • Uneven flooring – If you’ve ever tripped while walking outdoors after your foot caught on an elevated part of the sidewalk,you know how easy it is to fall due to an uneven surface.
  • Cracked sidewalks and driveway – These are exterior health hazards that could cause people to fall on your property.
  • Unopened cleaners – Strong cleaners that don’t have the lid securely placed on them could spill when knocked over. They could also emit dangerous chemicals into the air. Children could also accidentally drink from liquid cleaners or eat hard cleaners and become dangerously ill.
  • Dirty rags – Rags, sponges and towels that you use to clean with could be laced with dangerous chemicals.
  • Sharp objects – Knives and scissors that are left on counter tops could fall and cut someone or a pet. If these objects are left within reach of minors, they could also become unsafe toys.
  • Dead trees – Storms can break dead tree limbs,sending the limbs crashing against vehicles, your house or people.

Hazards that aren’t detected with the eye

  • Carbon monoxide – Should carbon monoxide exceed 35 ppm, it can make you and your guests very ill. Install carbon monoxide detectors to stay aware of carbon monoxide levels in your house.
  • Slick surfaces – If your driveway has oil spills on it and the driveway gets wet, the surface of your driveway can become slick. Snow and ice must also be removed and treated to prevent the exterior of your property from becoming a health hazards.
  • Loose railings – Let stairwell railings become loose and you could live with a false sense of security while ascending interior and exterior steps.
  • Driveway blind spots – Mirrors on newer vehicles are designed to eliminate blind spots. It prevents small children from accidentally being run over while behind a vehicle that’s backing out of the driveway. To protect people from blind spots, trim hedges and remove objects from entry ways and exits.

Keeping your home visually attractive is important. When your house is visually appealing, it can help to put you in a relaxing mood. As much work a sit takes to keep a beautiful home, the eye isn’t the only thing to focus on when caring for your house. It’s important to create and maintain a safe house too. By paying attention to chemical levels, eliminating fire hazards and repairing structural damages, you could keep your family, friends and house guests from injuring themselves or becoming ill while they stay at your place.

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 8/11/2017

This Single-Family in North Attleboro, MA recently sold for $376,000. This Colonial style home was sold by JoAnn M. Drabble - RE/MAX Welcome Home.

69 Stanley Street, North Attleboro, MA 02763

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Full/Half Baths
ALL OFFERS DUE BY 2 P.M. ON 6/20/17. Step into this meticulously-maintained home located in the heart of the Attleborough Falls Historic District! Location is a commuter's dream with quick highway access pointing North and South. This home is simply amazing and is in pristine condition! Some of the many features include a newly remodeled designer kitchen w/movable island/quartz countertop/subway tile backsplash/apron sink/stainless steel appliances, a large family room w/brick fireplace/gas insert, a formal dining room, a newly remodeled bath w/quartz countertop, three generous-sized bedrooms, a finished walk-up attic & partially finished basement (both not included in square footage), a new high-efficiency heating system (2 years old), hardwood flooring throughout most of the home, all situated on a beautiful level, corner lot w/mature plantings/perennials, a two-car detached garage, an in-ground pool and oversized deck and farmer's porch perfect for entertaining family & friends!

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Posted by JoAnn M. Drabble on 8/10/2017

This Single-Family in Brockton, MA recently sold for $275,000. This Ranch style home was sold by JoAnn M. Drabble - RE/MAX Welcome Home.

59 Litchfield Terrace, Brockton, MA 02302


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**NOTICE TO ALL AGENTS**-- ALL OFFERS DUE TO LISTING AGENT BY WEDNESDAY, 6/28 BY 2 P.M. Welcome to this wonderful home located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a very attractive neighborhood! This home offers a brand new roof, newly painted exterior and interior, gleaming hardwood floors, a huge fenced-in yard and oversized deck perfect for entertaining family and friends! This is a perfect home to move right into with three generous-sized bedrooms, a modern bath, a living room, a family room, and a spacious kitchen/dining area leading to your own private deck! This home also offers town water, town sewer, natural gas heat, and central air! The pictures tell the story! Stop by our first viewing on Saturday, June 24th, from 2 to 3 p.m.!

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