Cape Cod Real Estate, Marie Souza


 
This Condo in Bourne, MA recently sold for $175,000. This style home was LISTED & SOLD by Gail Casassa, member of The Marie Souza Team.


49 Main Street , Bourne, MA 02532

Buzzards Bay

Condo

$194,900
Price
$175,000
Sale Price

4
Total Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Waterview 2 Bedroom, easy care Condominium @ the small complex of 'Canal Street', overlooking the Canal and just steps from biking, running & fishing. Very well maintained 2nd floor unit with a fantastic commuter location, close to the highway, plus very close to shops, waterfront dining & the Marina.

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Have you ever visited someone's home and thought to yourself, "Their living room seems really cluttered" or "Those counter tops look like they haven't been updated since the 1960s!"

Many people quickly notice decorating flaws or home maintenance issues in other people's houses, but when it comes to their own homes -- well, that's another story!

Why is that the case? Two reasons: You're emotionally attached to your own home environment and you're also "too close to the trees to see the forest." It's hard to step back and see your home through a fresh set of eyes -- which is exactly the way prospective buyers are going to look it.

Curb appeal -- or a lack, thereof-- will be the first thing they notice, followed by positive or negative first impressions of your home's interior -- if they get that far! So if you're preparing to put your home on the market, you don't want to be like the person who tries to represent themselves in court. As Abraham Lincoln once said, they have "a fool for a client!"

Since first impressions are so vital when selling your house, it makes sense to confer with someone who really knows the ropes when it comes to home staging. Typically, that would be one of the following professionals:

  • An experienced real estate agent: Real estate agents are in the business of helping people sell their homes as quickly and profitably as possible -- it's a win/win situation. In all likelihood, they've conducted hundreds of house tours and listened to a massive amount of feedback from prospective buyers. One thing they've invariably noticed is that a lot of people react the same way to the same issues. Based on experience and a trained eye, most real estate agents can quickly spot and point out cost-effective ways to make your home more marketable and visually appealing.
  • A professional home stager: Although not all communities have access to professional home stagers, there are talented and knowledgeable experts in that field who can offer valuable advice. If you're working with an experienced real estate agent, however, it probably would not be necessary to pay extra to hire a professional staging consultant.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median amount of money spent on staging a home is $675, so it doesn't necessarily have to be ultra-expensive. In a survey of its membership, Realtors ranked living rooms and kitchens as the most important rooms to stage. Also considered important are the master bedroom, dining room, and bathrooms.

Thirty seven percent of Realtors® representing sellers believe that buyers most often offer a 1 to 5 percent increase on the value of a staged home. A smaller percentage say the potential increase is in the neighborhood of 6% to 10%. However you look at it, you're tipping the scales in your direction when you make your home look its best prior to putting it up for sale.


This Single-Family in Barnstable, MA recently sold for $380,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Marie Souza & Team - The Marie Souza Team.


51 Buckskin Path, Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$389,000
Price
$380,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully renovated & super bright, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Ranch located on a fully fenced, large corner lot. Features include refinished, sparkling hardwood floors throughout, a living room with bay window & a wood burning fireplace, white kitchen with stainless appliances, which is open to the nice sized dining area with sliders to the patio & level yard with irrigation system & garden shed. Beautiful front-to-back family room with exterior access, deep storage closet & plenty of room for a desk/office space. 1st floor laundry, Master bedroom with private 1/2 bath & two additional nice sized bedrooms. Gas heat, newer windows, new furnace/hot water heater, central A/C, cedar shingles & more. In perfect, move in condition.

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It’s inevitable that you will have just cleaned your carpet and suddenly, someone will spill something on it! The most important thing to know about stains is that the longer they sit in a material, the harder they are to get out. There’s different methods that tend to work better for different kinds of stains on carpets. When you know what to do to clean a stain, the next time a spill occurs, you’ll know exactly how to clean it up. 



Food Or Drink Stains


when the spill occurs, you’ll need to start by getting what you can up from the carpet using a paper towel and something to help scrape up the remains of the item like a paper plate. Then, use a clot to blot over the stain with warm water. If the spill is liquid, you’ll need to try and absorb as much of it as possible. Press down firmly with a cloth and/or a paper towel to pick up the remains of the stain. Hopefully this will all that needs to be done, but most likely, you’ll need to clean the area more thoroughly.  


For more stubborn food and drink stains in your carpet, make a solution using one part non-bleach laundry detergent and one part warm water. Apply to the stain and let it sit for around 5 minutes. Then, rinse again with warm water. Make sure that you get all of the detergent out of the carpet. Residual detergent could cause more permanent staining to the carpet. 


Pet Problems


The same procedure used for food and drink stains applies to pet stains. You need to scoop up any residue and blot the stain. You can use the same simple detergent solution that’s mentioned above to remove the stain. After the stain is removed, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to warm water. This is used to neutralize the odor. 


For any type of liquid stain, along with the solutions used to clean up solid stains, it’s really important for all excess moisture to dry completely. If stains aren’t dried, mold and mildew could result. Following clean-up, vacuum the area to return it to normal. 


Nail Polish


Nail polish is actually simpler to remove than you would think. First, get rid of the excess nail polish that may be on the carpet with a rag or paper towel. Blot well. You can use nail polish remover right on most carpets. Do this with caution however, as some carpets can lose color when nail polish remover is applied. Test a non-obvious area of the carpet for colorfastness. If you do find that the carpet loses color, you’ll need a professional to help you get the nail polish stain out of the carpet.



116 Oakmont Drive, Barnstable, MA 02637

Cummaquid

Single-Family

$529,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
'Cummaquid Heights' sprawling Ranch/Cape in a Northside, golf neighborhood, off historic 6A. This well maintained property sits on a very private, easy care 1+ acre lot with mature plantings & stone walls. This home has tons of space including a cathedraled, skylit beamed, cherry kitchen with dining area, formal dining room with french doors to the vaulted 3-season sunroom, family room with built-ins & beamed ceilings and a large living room with built-ins & fireplace. Two bedrooms on the first floor, including a spacious master en-suite with double closets, 2nd floor bedroom is skylit and approx. 500 sq ft with access to walk-in, floored, attic storage + a big cedar closet. Other features include: 1st floor laundry, central A/C, oversized workbench & 2 car garage.
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Cummaquid Heights! Spacious, sprawling, well-maintained home offering wonderful 1st floor living & privacy!
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Location: 116 Oakmont Drive, Barnstable, MA 02637    Get Directions

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