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Posted by Hillman Homes on 7/15/2019

No doubt about it, one of the joys of home-ownership is making your abode reflect your personality. You’ve added an accent feature here and faux finishes there, trendy geometric shutters and some personal landscaping art reflect your funky nature.

You thought this was your forever home and didn’t worry about what anyone else might think about it … but now, you’re moving on and you’re worried your expressive nature might derail your home sale. Take a moment to assess which of your personal touches should stay with the house and which ones might detract from a potential buyer.

Exterior colors: Many newer communities have color requirements for a home’s exterior, so as long as your home falls in line with the requirements, you won’t need to make any changes. In older neighborhoods, however, there may be no such restrictions. If yours is a particularly bright or stand-out color, you may want to tone it down to blend in more with your neighbors. A better option for attracting buyers includes an exterior free of mold and stains and freshly painted trim. While painted brick is all the rage on home renovation shows, if your brick is not painted, just make sure it is clean. If it is painted, but the paint is tired, chipped or faded, consider giving it a new coat.

Exterior décor: Trendy patio hangings, gazing balls, gnomes and birdbaths added to the pleasure you took in enjoying your outdoor space. A buyer with a simpler aesthetic might find these additions distracting. A better option for attracting buyers is curb appeal based on clean landscaping, perennial plants, and flora that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. This provides a cleaner canvas for the new buyer’s personal creativity. You can express your personality with a brightly painted front door, an easy fix for a homebuyer to change.

Overgrown landscaping: Depending on the age of your home, and the length of time you’ve lived there, the landscaping may need to be scaled back. Larger trees that have grown up near the foundation may cause potential buyer concerns about the costly foundation and structural repairs. Brick walls covered in ivy are beautiful but may make a buyer wonder about what’s hidden under all those leaves. Consult with an arborist about trimming back trees and if you have concerns about the foundation, get it inspected to avoid any nasty contingencies at closing time.

Water features: Of course, some locations demand a pool for summer entertaining, while in other areas a pool or hot tub is entirely optional. It doesn’t make any sense to fill in an in-ground pool unless it no longer functions, but above-ground pools can detract from a sale. Hot tubs in less-than-pristine condition can give some buyers pause, while Koi ponds, fountain and other water features may either enhance or detract from your buying demographic. Check with your real estate professional to see what is true in your area.

Try to walk around the exterior of your home with a critical eye:

  • Do some fencing panels need replacing? Gate hinges?
  • Check the exterior knobs. Do they all match? Are they keyed the same?
  • Are windows cracked or do any have broken seals—do they have condensation inside when the temperatures outside and inside differ?
  • Carriage and porch lights often get neglected. While you may not need to replace them, make certain they are clean and functional.

Ask a professional for guidance with questions about the exterior appeal of your home and the best practices for your home's future sale.





Posted by Hillman Homes on 7/12/2019

Available 9/1- Gorgeous and sunny end-unit townhouse built in 2000 with 3 levels of living space. First floor has an open concept kitchen/living room and hardwood floors. Formal dining room currently used as a home office. There are also 2 spacious bedrooms and full bathroom on the main floor. Upstairs is a huge master suite with bonus space and full bathroom. On the lower level, enjoy a finished family room with gas fireplace, 3/4 bathroom and large laundry room. There is a door leading out to private outdoor area and also access to the attached 2 car garage. Additional features: Central Air, gas heat and hot water, and tons of closet space. Superb location, great for commuting! About a mile to Revere Beach, Beachmont Or Revere Beach T Station, short drive to Logan Airport and Boston, convenient to shopping and restaurants, Rt 1 and 1A. Pets considered on case-by-case basis. No smoking allowed.

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Posted by Hillman Homes on 7/8/2019

Moving is a big deal. You spend money to have people take your stuff from one place to another. You pay more to get the supplies into which you pack your belongings. Then don't forget you spend the time to put all of your possessions into the hands of said people to move your items. Man, that is a lot of spending! If you are hoping for some creative ways to spend a little less read on for some ideas.

Boxes 

If you have ever gone into your local store at odd hours, you have no doubt come across somebody stocking shelves. Stores go through many, many boxes while trying to keep their products stocked. If you go to your local stores, varying stores will mean different kinds of boxes, and ask them to set boxes aside for you. Most stores will do this if you come to get them within specified time frames. Another source of boxes nowadays are friends who purchase items online. Let store managers know that you are moving and in need of boxes so that when they receive a product through shipping, they can save the boxes for you. Again make sure to pick them up quickly so that it does not become a burden to them or they may not offer next time.

Fragile items 

No one wants to get to their next house only to find that the fragile items that you packed did not make it in one piece. One way to avoid that without spending much is to use other items in your house. Things such as towels and washcloths or sheets and pillowcases make great buffers and wrapping for dishes, trinkets and the like that you want to protect through the process of moving. The added perk to this is that you don’t have to pack extra boxes for these items. 

Furniture protection 

Likewise, blankets and sheets that are not your best linens are great for protecting your furniture from point A to point B. They ensure that dings and scrapes stay at bay. Items used for this purpose have a chance of being ripped so keep that in mind when choosing to use this option. 

Keeping the cost of moving down is possible with a little ingenuity 

Moving costs enough on its own without the added expense of moving supplies. Although some items are not replaceable, like tape for your boxes and mattress covers, there are ways for you to be able to use other things at your disposal to prevent the cost of moving from exceeding your budget. Make sure to contact a local professional if you need help with your move.




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 7/1/2019

Most fundamental of yard work chores is the mowing of the lawn. Whether you enjoy yard work or just want to get it done quickly, the right tools will make the job go smoothly.

Push lawn mower type

There are three types of push lawn mowers that you can use. Manual reel mower, electrically powered push mower, and gas-powered push mower. Choosing the kind of push lawn mower that you will need can be determined by several factors: your lawn size and level (is it flat or uneven). A lawn size that is less than a ½ acre is ideal for using a push lawn mower. 

A manual reel mower is best for small lawn patch sizes that are flat and under 500 square feet. These mowers are quiet, environmentally friendly, low maintenance, and good for the health of the lawn. They require greater diligence in keeping a regular mowing schedule. It can be difficult to cut an overgrown yard with a manual reel mower. 

The electrically powered push mower is ideal for small to medium flat lawns that are under 1/3 acre. They are environmentally friendly and quiet. Electric mowers can be corded or cordless. The cordless electric mower is limited to the charge on the battery. With a corded electric mower, you are restricted by the length of the power cord. Even though these mowers are powered, it can still be challenging to mow an overgrown lawn. 

Gas-powered push mower can be used for any lawn size and level. Gas mowers have a longer runtime and offer more power. They can be messy, require maintenance, and they are loud. Oil and gas levels will need to be checked and refilled often. With a gas powered mower, an overgrown lawn is more manageable to mow, and a regular mowing schedule is not as important.

Push or self-propelled

Self-propelled lawn mower provides more assistance on uneven lawns but can be heavier and difficult to maneuver. With a self-propelled lawn mower, the job can get done faster with less effort. A non-propelled lawn mower will take more physical effort to operate. 

Cutting type

Push lawn mowers deal with grass clippings in one of three ways side discharge, mulching, and bagging. Side discharge the clippings are distributed back onto the lawn. Mulching cuts the clippings into very fine pieces which helps it to breakdown into nutrients for the soil. Bagging collects the cuttings into a bag that can be emptied into a yard waste bin or compost pile.

Visit the local hardware home improvement store and take a look at the options in the lawn and garden section.




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 6/26/2019

OPEN HOUSE SAT & SUN, 6/29 & 6/30, 12-2pm. Fall in love with this beautiful brick cape that has been loved and meticulously maintained by one family for 20 years. Enjoy fresh paint and hardwood flooring throughout. The first floor features a pretty living room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets, large bedroom, and dining room that could be converted to a 4th bedroom. The master bedroom upstairs includes double closets and en suite half-bath. There is also another bedroom currently used as an office. The finished lower level has a family room with whitewashed fireplace, great for entertaining. There is also plenty of storage and laundry area. Move in with time to enjoy the central air and the gorgeous, fenced back yard with inground pool. Fabulous commuter location with quick highway access and minutes to commuter rail, plus plenty of shops and restaurants.

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