Kadilak Realty Group | Burlington MA Real Estate Agent

New Lead Paint Laws & Fat-Tire Mountain Bikes

BY: DAVE LENHARDT

You’ve probably heard that renters and homeowners in Massachusetts are affected by lead paint laws, but have you heard that those rules changed SIGNIFICANTLY recently? There are two main changes. The first of these focuses on what’s considered to be a dangerous location for lead paint in a home, and the second change is to the level used as the definition of lead poisoning.

 

lead-paint.jpg
Lead Paint is commonly found on window sills

 

Although dangerous surfaces basically used to be defined as anything a child could put their mouth on, the new laws seem to realize that children don’t typically go around biting baseboards as much as they would put a windowsill in their mouth because it happens to be conveniently located where they are looking out a window. Along with reducing the surfaces labeled as “mouthable”, the new rules also add another type of danger area called “Friction Surfaces” where Read More

FEBRUARY 2018 REAL ESTATE RECAP

Town Report

Wondering what homes recently sold near you?  Check out our February 2018 Real Estate Recap to find recent sales and stats for Woburn, Burlington, Winchester, Wilmington, Billerica, and Wakefield.  Read it HERE…

Interested in Real Estate adventures?  Do you like checking out before and after home renovation photos?  Check Out Our Blog

Interested in buying or selling a home?                                                                                  Call/Text Susan at: 781-799-4080   or   E-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

“Editing” A Home For Sale

zillow premier agent

When I met the sweet older couple who owned this home they were feeling defeated by the market.  They had tried to sell their home about six months prior and after over 100 days on the market there were no offers.  They were ready to cash out on their home of over 30 years so they could travel and enjoy life without having to worry about home maintenance, but they were skeptical after their previous experience.

It was a big decision for them to go back on the market, but they decided to bite the bullet and do it.  After reviewing the market conditions we determined that the price was not the issue (pretty unusual!) and we really needed to take some steps to increase this home’s appeal to our target buyer.

That buyer would likely be a young, first time buyer.  One who watches homes get fixed up in 30 minutes on HGTV, dreams of Pinterest perfection, and seriously lacks vision.

BEFORE:  Clutter, mint green curtains, and visible dust on the desk were acting as a strong Buyer Repellent.

IMG_6322

We did a walk through of the house and made a (long) list of recommended changes to make this home more appealing prior to listing.  It was a lot of work, but the clients were on board.  The typical pre-sale list includes removing and packing up lots of things that don’t seem to be a big deal, but can really change how a home feels to potential buyers.

AFTER:  Window treatments were removed to let in natural light, some furniture and other items were removed, and we added a little greenery. 

IMG_6319

The living room was another place we made some subtle, but important, changes.  They had a large rug covering up the beautiful hardwood floors, which made the room feel smaller, the large TV in the corner blocked a window, and there was a little bit too much red going on.

BEFORE: Covering up hardwood floors and crowding the corners made the room feel tight and uncomfortable.

IMG_6324

We decided to remove the window treatments, large rug, rocking chair, runner, and some other items.  We also relocated the TV and added a slipcover to the couch to soften the color in the room.

Removing window treatments is a small thing that can change how a room feels because of the amount of light it lets into the house.  I once had a seller who thought I hated her curtains!

AFTER:  We made the room feel bigger and brighter with a few simple changes.

IMG_6318

We put this house back on the market, it sold for $6,000 more than it was previously listed at, and we received multiple offers.

—————————————————————————————————————————————–

Are you interested in more information on the Home Buying or Selling process? Join us for dinner at one of our FREE educational workshops. Click HERE for more information.

Do you have questions about prepping your home for sale?  Call/text Susan at 781-799-4080 or e-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

Like Our Blog?  Join Our E-mail List To Be Notified When We Publish New PostsI want to get blog post notifications!

Billerica 2017 Vs. 2016

Wondering how the real estate market did in Billerica in 2017?  A huge drop in the number of homes that sold in 2017 (376 single family homes) versus 2016 (430 single family homes) combined with high demand sent prices soaring this year.  Check out the stats here:

Susan Kadilak Burlington Real Estate Massachusetts Woburn, billerica, stoneham, bedford, wakefield, woburn, lexington, winchester.

Thinking of selling your home?  Ready to find your dream home?  Call/ Text Susan at 781-799-4080 for a FREE Market Analysis or e-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

Hardwood Floors in Your Kitchen?

Hardwood flooring seems to be the most popular choice in kitchen flooring lately, but sometimes homeowners wonder if it’s the best choice for them.  Like anything else, there are pros and cons, and we have decided to take a look at some of them:

2A82EF49-C581-44E8-BCE7-99F37AA2AA40

PROS:

  • Hardwood floors are gorgeous!  They are popular because they add warmth and look beautiful.
  • Does someone in your family have allergies?  If so this may be a great option because you can easily remove any build up of dirt and dust.
  • Do you love walking around barefoot?  Hardwood is comfortable enough to do that all year round.
  • Compared to most tile, hardwood can be a cost savings because it does not require a layer of cement board and the installation process typically requires less man hours per square foot.
  • Do you love open spaces?  Using hardwood throughout the living area provides a seamless look from other adjoining rooms in the house.
  • In general, installing hardwood flooring can increase your home’s value and visual appeal compared to other flooring types.
  • Hardwood is easy to clean.  You can vacuum, sweep, mop, wipe… whatever you like!
  • It’s a versatile option.  I usually compare natural hardwood floors to blue denim jeans because they go with pretty much anything.  When people renovate or restore homes you never see them tearing out good hardwood flooring!
  • Don’t like the look of natural hardwood flooring?  And the exotic colors you like are crazy expensive?  You can always install “regular” hardwood and have it stained to almost any color you like for less than most of the specialty pre-finished options.
BDB128F7-8196-4D75-9CD0-59175ED1B98C
Stained hardwood floors make this feel modern and seamlessly brings the rooms together

CONS:

  • Wood floors are susceptible to water damage, especially around wet areas like the sink and dishwasher, usually in the form of separated and warped flooring.  To prevent this from happening you still need to put down a mat or carpet to protect the most vulnerable areas.
  • High maintenance: Hardwood floors are easy to clean, but they require almost immediate cleaning of spills and messes so that you are not left with permanent damage.
  • Do you have pets?  Hardwood can be difficult for dogs and cats to gain traction on and it may be too slippery for them.
  • Pet urine can also damage hardwood flooring by leaving dark stains in the wood that cannot be taken out.  Often the only options are to either replace the flooring or apply a dark stain to camouflage the discoloration.
B7FD20CC-30CE-4CC5-9E2C-FF0F01A467F4
Many Homeowners consider tile because of it’s durability compared to hardwood floors
  • It is also susceptible to dents and scratches from everyday wear and tear, pet claws, high heels, dropped objects, etc.
  • Wood naturally constricts when temperatures drop, and it swells when things heat up.  You will see this in your interior doors, trim, and yes, your hardwood flooring.  This problem can be worsened if the wood was not allowed enough time to acclimate to the house prior to installation, or for other environmental reasons.
  • They may be creaky and noisy as they age and settle in the home.
  • Hardwood is expensive, and if you decide to use an exotic or specialty flooring it could get really expensive.

So what’s the conclusion?  It depends!  You have to consider your needs, how you use your home, and the look you are going after when deciding on a flooring choice.  One thing you can count on is that it’s a timeless finish that will always be in demand for it’s beauty and versatility.

Do you have questions about making updates to your home?  Call/text Susan at 781-799-4080 or e-mail: Susan@PamkoConstruction.com

Like Our Blog?  Join Our E-mail List To Be Notified When We Publish New Posts: I want to get blog post notifications!

Burlington 2017 Vs. 2016

Wondering how the 2017 Burlington Single Family sale prices fared compared to 2017?  Check out the stats here!

Two is better than one. (1)

Thinking of selling your home?  Ready to find your dream home?  Call/ Text Susan at 781-799-4080 for a FREE Market Analysis or e-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

Staging An Odd Floor Plan

This home was beautifully updated, but the floor plan and room shapes were a little… different!  The living room was oddly shaped and, since the house was vacant, buyers were having a hard time figuring out exactly how furniture could be set up.

We actually put this home on the market without furniture and after receiving a lukewarm response at the open houses we decided to pull it off the market to stage it.  We knew the issue was not with the house itself, but with getting buyers to see how the space could work.

BEFORE: The odd shaped living room left buyers scratching their heads

odd floor plan kadilak homes susan kadilak paul kadilak home renovation custom homes burlington ma woburn ma

AFTER: Staging helped to clearly define the space and allowed buyers to visualize how it could be used day to day

IMG_7148

Accessories make the space feel warm and inviting

IMG_7150

Separating the room into 2 well defined areas helped buyers see how it could function as a multi purpose space

IMG_7146

When we put this home back on the market the responses we received were very different.  Buyers were excited about the home and we received multiple offers!

Do you have questions about buying or selling a home?  Call/text Susan at 781-799-4080 or e-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

Like Our Blog?  Join Our E-mail List To Be Notified When We Publish New Posts: I want to get blog post notifications!

Woburn 2017 Vs. 2016

How did 2017 Single Family Sales in Woburn compare to 2016?

Check out the stats here!

Two is better than one.

Thinking of selling your home?  Ready to find your dream home?  Call/ Text Susan at 781-799-4080 for a FREE Market Analysis or e-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

 

 

 

Split Entry Kitchen Makeover

This project is one of our favorites, not only because it was such a transformation, but also because we had great clients who became great friends!  These homeowners contacted us after visiting an open house for a home we had recently renovated.  Their house was the same style and they loved the layout of the kitchen. They had some bad experiences with contractors so they were skittish, but after visiting the renovated home again they decided to go ahead with their own kitchen project.

THE INSPIRATION KITCHEN from the open house

IMG_2682

BEFORE: The space was outdated and impractical for their family of five.  The original 1960’s kitchen did not respond well to the addition of a dishwasher and modern depth fridge, which protruded into the entryway.  The microwave was also way too close to the top of the stove.  All of this made the kitchen feel crowded and patched together.

IMG_2739

BEFORE:  There was limited storage space and the door leading to the back deck was taking up valuable real estate.

IMG_2740

AFTER: We removed the door to the deck to make room for peninsula seating, more cabinetry, and additional storage space.  We also adjusted the entryway next to the fridge.

We went with classic white cabinets and quartz countertops for a clean look, and did a dark stain on the hardwood floors for contrast.

IMG_2730

BEFORE: The walls between the kitchen and dining room cut off the flow between the rooms and contributed to the crowded feel.

IMG_2735

AFTER:  The walls were removed and a sliding door was added to provide access to the back deck.

IMG_2726

Do you have questions about making updates to your home?  Call/text Susan at 781-799-4080 or e-mail: Susan@PamkoConstruction.com

Like Our Blog?  Join Our E-mail List To Be Notified When We Publish New Posts: I want to get blog post notifications!

December 2017 Real Estate Recap

IMG_6934Wondering what homes recently sold near you?  Check out our December 2017 Real Estate Recap to find recent sales and stats in Woburn, Burlington, Billerica, Winchester, and Wakefield.  Read it HERE…

Interested in Real Estate adventures?  Do you like checking out before and after renovation photos?  Check Out Our Blog

Interested in buying or selling a home?  Call/text Susan at 781-799-4080 or e-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

 

 

Reviews on Zillow
3150222
"Susan and her team were absolutely amazing during the process of buying our first home! From start to finish Susan was diligent, resourceful, and most ... more "
5.0/5.0
by user8633647
3469545
"Susan was terrific, anyone selling a home would be wise to contact her. Susan and her team handled everything in a professional manner, from open ... more "
5.0/5.0
by zuser20170218062024929
3826426
"Susan and her team were great to deal with!! Selling was very stressful and they made it so much easier and took the reigns when needed! Susan knows ... more "
5.0/5.0
by Carla O