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Moving into a new home is an exciting time. There is so much to do with packing up the old place, closing on the purchase, and moving in that you probably haven’t spent much time wondering what your new home is like early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. After visiting your new home just a few times during the buying process, you may be unprepared for how your home appears at different times of the day.

Then, one morning, you wake up, look around and think it’s still night because you don’t see light streaming into your home the way it did into your fourth-floor walk-up apartment. You feel the walls closing in and wonder if it was all a mistake.

What’s up with that?
If the home is older, it might have fewer windows. In an effort to conserve energy and lower heat and air conditioning bills, older home designs had less glass exposure. Of course, modern improvements to thermal windows makes this less necessary, but if you’ve purchased an older home, or are planning to, consider some of these alternatives for brightening up your space.

Lighten up!

  • Remove heavy window coverings and curtains and opt for more sheer versions or install adjustable blinds to let in more light. Not only will this brighten things up, but it will also give your home a modern, clean, minimalist vibe. Lighter colored blinds reflect more light than wood, and lighter natural woods reflect more than darker ones.
  • Shine light on the walls and the ceiling. Adding a couple of floor lamps that direct light up the walls and onto the ceiling can brighten up any room. Or, add sconces to brighten things up in dark hallways and smaller rooms. Choose lamps without shades, or with very light shades to maximize the brightness.
  • Use paint to add light to the room. Interior paints are rated by their LRV (light reflective values). Before choosing a paint color, learn where it falls on the scale (from zero to 100%). Paint dealers can help you choose colors that have a higher LVR so that your home reflects more light. Often, the LRV is listed in the color “fanbook” or on the paint swatch. The higher the value, the more light reflects into the room.
    Consider buying sample sizes and paint swatches on the walls so that you can view the paint in all light ranges throughout the day. If painting swatches on your walls makes you cringe, hang up a piece of butcher paper and paint the swatches on it. That way, you can quickly take it down when your mother-in-law pops in for an unexpected visit.
  • Make glass and metal your friend. Reflective surfaces found in mirrors, blown glass decorations, and metallic art helps bounce light around the room. Placing two mirrors opposite each other gives infinite reflections that open a room or give life to a dark hallway. Or, place crystal vases or brass candle holders in the darker area. Frame photos and art with metallic frames.
  • In the kitchen and bath, add reflective surfaces such as glass or metallic tile to backsplashes and showers. Chrome reflects more that brushed surfaces such as nickel, so opt for those in your bath and kitchen fixtures.
  • If renovations are in your future, consider a more open concept, enlarging windows, or adding skylights to increase your light exposure.
  • Pay attention to your landscaping as well. Older homes often come with mature trees that cast larger shadows. Give yourself the opportunity to experience all four seasons before removing them, though, because that shade might come in handy in the warmer months.

Check with your real estate professional for recommendations on local contractors to help with addressing structural changes and extensive landscaping alterations.


This Condo in Norwood, MA recently sold for $255,000. This Garden style home was sold by Stockman Farrar Group - REALTY EXECUTIVES.


11 Chapel St, Norwood, MA 02062

Condo

$275,000
Price
$255,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Why pay rent when you can own this clean, neat, and spacious 2 bedroom first floor condominium! Features include nice sized kitchen with ss appliances, huge dining room open to spacious living room filled with loads of sunlight, in unit laundry, detached garage, and fenced in yard. Close to shopping, train station, park, and downtown Norwood with all of its fine shops and restaurants. And all for under 300,000!!!

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19 Carleton St, Newton, MA 02458

Newton Corner

Condo

$629,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Thoughtfully renovated top two floors in a quaint Victorian home great for entertaining featuring an open concept flexible floor plan, granite and stainless appliance kitchen with bar/island seating, living room, dining room, first floor office/playroom and half bath. Three bedrooms on the second level with in-unit laundry and full bath. Nice period detail throughout this serene treetop retreat with the modern amenities required of today's sophisticated urban dweller. Steps from an amazing array of of shops, restaurants and transportation options. Commuter open house Monday 4/8 from 5-6 p.m
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April 13 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 19 Carleton St, Newton, MA 02458    Get Directions

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19 Carleton St, Newton, MA 02458

Newton Corner

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$629,000
Price

7
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3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Thoughtfully renovated top two floors in a quaint Victorian home great for entertaining featuring an open concept flexible floor plan, granite and stainless appliance kitchen with bar/island seating, living room, dining room, first floor office/playroom and half bath. Three bedrooms on the second level with in-unit laundry and full bath. Nice period detail throughout this serene treetop retreat with the modern amenities required of today's sophisticated urban dweller. Steps from an amazing array of of shops, restaurants and transportation options.Showings start at open house Saturday 11-1pm.
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If you own lots of items and plan to buy a house in the foreseeable future, now may be a good time to list any unwanted items online. That way, you can simultaneously eliminate clutter and earn extra cash for your excess items.

Ultimately, selling items online before you pursue a home can be simple – here are three tips to help you showcase your unwanted items online to dozens of potential buyers.

1. Provide Relevant Information in Your Item Listings

Find out as much as you can about any items you decide to list online. Because the more information you can provide to prospective buyers, the easier it becomes for a buyer to determine whether a particular item is the right choice.

There is no need to stretch the truth in your online item listings, either. If you provide accurate, relevant information, you can help a buyer make an informed decision.

2. Add High-Quality Photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, particularly for those who list items online. Thus, if you add high-quality photos to complement your online listings, you can instantly show off your items to large groups of prospective buyers.

You don't need to be an expert photographer to take high-quality photographs of your items. If you use a smartphone, tablet or digital camera, you should have no trouble capturing top-notch images that you can upload onto a computer without delay. Then, you can add these photos to your item listings and help buyers see exactly what you have to offer.

3. Be Ready to Respond to Concerns and Questions

If a buyer has a concern or question about an online item listing, you should be ready to quickly connect with this individual and provide him or her with the requested information. By doing so, you may be able to speed up the process of getting rid of unwanted items.

As you start selling items online and get ready to search for a house, you may want to find a real estate agent as well. If you hire a real estate agent, you can receive expert housing market assistance as you prepare to pursue your dream residence.

A real estate agent is happy to guide you along each stage of the homebuying journey. First, he or she will help you craft an effective homebuying strategy. A real estate agent next will keep you up to date about houses that fall within your price range and meet your desired criteria. Furthermore, if you find a home you want to buy, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase. And if your offer is approved, a real estate agent will do everything possible to ensure you can finalize your home purchase as soon as possible.

Don't wait to get started on the homebuying journey – reach out to a real estate agent today, and you can begin your quest for your dream house.




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