Jane Cheetham - RE/MAX Acclaim



Posted by Jane Cheetham on 8/1/2017

If you're ready to sell your house, it's time to think like a fashion designer. Fashion designers know the importance of standing out. They know how to take simple designs and turn heads. It's that same awareness and skill that you could use to sell your house.

It's time for your house to stand out

To make your house stand out from other houses on the market, study the market. Unlike areal estate agent, you don't need to study pricing, size and type on a large number of houses that are for sale in an entire community or county.

But, you should study pricing, size and type on houses in the neighborhood that your home is located in. Results of this study will help you to spot specific ways that your house automatically stands out from other area houses. For example, you may find that your house is the only house in your community with:

  • Modular build for one or more rooms
  • Solar panels
  • Energy efficient windows that have earned the highest rating
  • Bay windows in the master bathroom
  • Original hard wood floors that date back morethan 100 years
  • An in-ground outdoor swimming pool
  • A full size finished basement and a finished attic

If your house doesn't have existing distinguishing elements, you could add distinguishing qualities to your house. Quick ways to place your house center stage include:

  • Painting your house a different exterior color than other houses on your street (go with a popular color)
  • Another quick tip to spotlight your house is to focus on landscaping. Plant colorful flowers near the edges of your front walk. But, don't just plant the flowers, plant flowers in a rarely seen design.
  • Add rarely seen trees that thrive in the area where the house is located to your front and back yard
  • Install different styles of windows at your house, especially in rooms that face the street. Energy efficient bay windows may be great choices. Set windows off with exquisitely designed or colorful window frames.
  • Bring your house center stage with unique roofing shingles. For example, you could install roof shingles in a reddish hue or another color that's different from roofing shingles on other houses in your neighborhood. Shingle texture is another area where you could set your house apart.

Center stage offers home sell advantages

Set your house apart and you could attract more buyers simply because people are drawn in by the uniqueness of your house. You will still have to share winning details about your house with potential buyers.

If you have repaired your house and met home inspection suggestions, your confidence could soar while you showcase your home. It is powerful to know that your house is in good condition both at the interior and exterior.

Pricing your house so that it's competitive and reasonable is another way to bring your house center stage. Honesty, value and competitive pricing might take you over the top after you do what it takes to bring your house center stage.





Posted by Jane Cheetham on 7/25/2017

Everyone uses a slightly different set of guidelines when it comes to food safety, but some people's standards are a bit more "flexible" than others. The perfect example is the so-called "five second rule." If you're not familiar with it, that "rule" states that if you drop food on the floor (or ground) and pick it up within five seconds, then it's safe to eat!

In some cases, you can wash and safely eat food that has fallen on the floor, but it depends on the condition of the floor and what type of food you're dropping. While some mothers may jokingly say, "My kitchen floor is so clean you could eat off it," eating food that has fallen on the floor can be somewhat risky.

Although the 5-second-rule has its humorous side, food safety is a very serious subject. Making sure that perishable food is properly prepared, cooked, and refrigerated is one way to help keep your family healthy. There's also a psychological benefit to being careful with food safety: When you and your family know that your food is fresh, safely stored, and properly prepared, it helps give you peace of mind and makes mealtime more of a pleasurable experience.

Basic Food Safety Tips

One way to keep track of food freshness is to pay attention to expiration dates and other information printed on food labels. Another step involves putting your own labels on perishable foods and leftover food containers. "When in doubt, throw it out," is also a good policy to consider.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DOH) offers a number of helpful food safety guidelines to keep in mind and discuss with your family. To reduce the chances of cross-contamination and harmful bacteria growing on food, the agency recommends the following practices:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds before preparing food
  • Wash food preparation surfaces, utensils, and cutting boards after each use
  • Wash the outsides of fruits and vegetables to help remove bacteria and other impurities
  • Promptly refrigerate food and follow recommended storage times and refrigeration temperatures
While there are a lot of safeguards to be aware of when preparing, handling, and storing food, the DOH breaks it down into four easy-to-remember categories: "clean, separate, cook, and chill." A couple related topics worth researching and keeping in mind  are minimum cooking temperatures for meat and recommended refrigerator storage times for perishable food (often three to five days).

As an afterthought, the other advantage of putting dates on your food packages and leftover containers is that you avoid wasting food by throwing it away prematurely.

Healthy food preparation and storage does involve heightened awareness and sometimes creating new habits, but preventing food poisoning and other digestive ailments in your family is well worth the effort!





Posted by Jane Cheetham on 7/19/2017


230 West Sutton Rd., Sutton, MA 01590

West Sutton

Single-Family

$282,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Welcome home to this oversized Split entry overlooking scenic Stockwell Pond in West Sutton. Newer Harvey windows, vinyl siding, doors, updated front entry and handy 2 car under are some wonderful exterior features of this property. (Roof is appx 11 yrs.) Ample driveway space for parking/turning. Spacious deck of 48' spans the rear of the home. Comfortable floor plan with good sized rooms and hardwood floors grace the upper floor. All appliances -including w/d remain (dw and stove very young). Brick wall with fireplace highlights the LR. Lower level features fam rm with built in shelves, drybar and hearth for potential use. Rough plumbed for full bath in laundry room. Radon mitigation system in garage. Title V in hand- new septic 2010. This home offers a lovely 4 season, country setting and is nicely situated near all highways and conveniences. Stockwell Pond (across st) is operated by the Div. of Wildlife & Fisheries and offers fishing, ice skating, kayaking & trails.
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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 7/18/2017

Experienced, knowledgeable real estate agents are experts in attracting potential buyers to home showings.

When you initially meet with prospective real estate agents to determine which one would be the best fit for your needs, you can get a pretty good sense of how marketing-savvy they are.

Since marketing is one of the most important parts of their job description, a well-trained, motivated real estate agent will know how to effectively use the Internet, their network of personal contacts, and a variety of other techniques to draw in qualified prospects.

Is there anything that you, as the homeowner, can do to help market your home?

Although it's your real estate agent's role to advertise, promote, and publicize your real estate listing to targeted groups and the general public, there is one huge thing you can do to help: Try to keep your house and property looking impeccable at all times. While that goal may be easier said than done, it's worth some extra time and effort to make your home as inviting and appealing to house hunters as possible.

Here are two ways you can increase your home's marketability and help spark more interest among prospective buyers:

  1. Meticulous neatness and cleanliness gives your home instant appeal. On the other hand, a messy, disorganized home or yard will send the wrong message to people touring your house. While it may be counterproductive to have your house reeking from ammonia and harsh cleaning chemicals, keeping countertops, floors, and walls clean will help your real estate agent present your home in its best possible light. Hopefully, you'll be able to enlist the help of everyone in the family (except pets) to clean up after themselves and keep their rooms and play areas looking civilized!
  2. Help maintain curb appeal! As the cliché goes (or was it an old mouthwash commercial?): "You don't get a second chance to make a great first impression!" For that reason, it's vitally important for your lawn to look well manicured and your house to be free from peeling paint and yard clutter. Another eyesore that detracts from first impressions is the sight of weeds growing out of cracks in your driveway or walkway. The cracks, themselves, are a problem you might want to address, but the weeds (or grass) poking through them is like adding insult to injury! If you don't want to spray them with some toxic, store-bought weed killer, then research natural ways to kill weeds.
Although your real estate agent will gladly handle 99% of the marketing for your home, you can help give their efforts an important nudge by making sure your home and property always look their best!





Posted by Jane Cheetham on 7/11/2017


230 West Sutton Rd., Sutton, MA 01590

West Sutton

Single-Family

$292,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
A new offering in Sutton! This home is an oversized Split entry overlooking scenic Stockwell Pond in West Sutton. Newer windows, vinyl siding, doors, updated front entry and handy 2 car under are some wonderful exterior features of this property. (Roof is appx 11 yrs.) Ample driveway space for parking/turning. Spacious deck of 48' spans the rear of the home. Comfortable floor plan with good sized rooms and hardwood floors grace the upper floor. All appliances -including w/d remain (dw and stove very young). Brick wall with fireplace highlights the LR. Lower level features fam rm with built in shelves, drybar and hearth for potential use. Rough plumbed for full bath in laundry room. Radon mitigation system in garage. Title V in hand- new septic 2010. This home offers a lovely 4 season, country setting and is nicely situated near all highways and conveniences. Stockwell Pond (across st) is operated by the Div. of Wildlife & Fisheries and offers fishing, ice skating, kayaking & trails.
Open House
Sunday
July 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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