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When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If you bought the house from family or people known to you, they might want to come check out the changes you’ve made. Sometimes, though, you notice a former owner driving by, and because you don’t know them, you don’t know what to think.

Should You Worry?

It’s doubtful. People move from a home for many reasons. Sometimes, it’s because they’ve improved their income and moved to a bigger home. Other times, the move was due to financial hardship, divorce or death. In the case of the latter three, the former owner naturally needs a time of grieving to deal with their loss and the home may represent a place of happiness for them. Or, it may be a reminder of their lost spouse or family member. Some folks like to drive by the homes they’ve lived in merely because they’ve moved away and are home for a visit. If the former owner built the house, seeing it may evoke a sense of pride that something they created still stands and shelters another family. If the house belonged to their grandparents or parents, they may simply need to see it to be in contact with their roots now and again. Humans form an emotional attachment to their homes and, even though they’ve moved on, might find it hard letting go.
Some families stay in the same neighborhood when they move so that children remain in the same school. Or, they may still have family and friends in the neighborhood, so driving past is incidental. It could simply be happenstance that they must drive past the old home to get to the new.

Does It Matter?

It might be worth your time to meet them and find out. They may have stories about the house that inform how you proceed with a remodel. What you thought of as an odd niche may be a boarded up dumbwaiter or fireplace. Each tree in the yard may have been planted at the birth of a child. Knowing your home’s history might give you a sense of its place in the community and even make it more valuable when you go to sell it.

Safety First

If you feel unsafe, for any reason, contact the police. There’s likely no cause for concern. In fact, you may find yourself doing the same thing when you move away. Make the effort to change a few things like painting the front door a vibrant color. Or, change out the garage door. Rearrange the flowerbeds and plant some bushes or a hedge. The more it visibly becomes your home, the less it will seem like theirs.
If you’d like to meet the former owners, talk to your real estate agent to see if they can arrange a meeting for you. Who knows, they might have a wealth of information that saves you from renovation mistakes down the line.

This Single-Family in Wareham, MA recently sold for $321,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Cheryl Phelan - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Plymouth.


4 Nicholas Dr, Wareham, MA 02571

Swifts Beach

Single-Family

$316,900
Price
$321,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Delightful, sun-filled colonial approx 4 miles from Swift Beach! First floor features sizable living room opened to fully- applianced kitchen w/ island, eye-catching stone backsplash, tile flooring, & breakfast nook w/ sliding glass doors to far-reaching deck—perfect for entertaining or enjoying tranquil relaxation time. Backyard hosts a small fire pit & an enchanting, stone-flanked walkway leading to a quiet sanctuary. Seasonal pond is home to Mallard ducks nurturing babies in springtime—all enjoyable from the deck. Also,on the 1st floor find a dining room & full bath w/ tile flooring / shower stall / washer and dryer hookups. Discover on 2nd floor master bedroom w/ walk-in closet / study or home office/ w/ pull attic and 2nd bedroom / full bath hosting tub & shower / tile flooring / sought-after double sinks. Additional home features include: 2 zoned central air & heating / maintenance-free vinyl siding / outdoor storage shed ~ Showings begin @ open house Saturday, Aug 10 from 12-2~

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Selling? Ready to wow potential buyers with some high-impact touch-ups? Here are some top ideas to mesmerize home buyers—without spending a fortune on renovations. 

Dazzle Them at the Doorstep

Many of today's home sales, and certainly most fast transactions, begin with online browsing. First, snap a photo of your home. Take it from the perspective of someone walking up to the front door. Is the walkway weeded? Is the welcome mat spiffy? Is the patio tidy? Think about the irresistible qualities of your home, as you first saw them. Are those charming elements as visible today? Lay fresh mulch on the front garden to touch up the landscaping. A coat of paint for the door, window frames, and decorative shutters is well worth the time invested. Just one sunny day's work...et voilà!

Now, to clean the windows. Are they perfectly clear and inviting? Peek in. Is the interior clutter-free, sparkling clean, and charming? Well done! You're ready to start your virtual home tour on your social media accounts!

Uplift the Interior Mood

Look for spots where you can lighten up the interior look. White paint over dark panels, doors, or cabinets can make a world of mood-lifting difference.

If possible, remove the furniture, except for your staging pieces, before having the photography done. Make the essence of your home bright and joyful. Consider, for instance, that essential oils can be exceptional mood enhancers. Research has confirmed lavender's "anti-agitation and antidepressant" effects.

Make this knowledge work for you. Drop a little lavender oil on your AC filter, or on the cardboard roll inside toilet tissue, for diffusion that keeps spreading a calm feeling throughout your home. (You can share the tip with the new homeowner at closing!)

Try Speed Renovating 

Here again, start by taking pictures inside. Find your best touch-up targets. 

For example:

  • Pick out some simple brass outlet covers to replace your old ones.
  • For a mini-makeover in the kitchen, install a sleek, new faucet. It's a relatively small project. But it can be transformative.
  • Grab some attractive peel-and-stick tiles. Make a backsplash to frame your stove or sink.

Now, throw those curtains open! Open those blinds and windows. Bright, sunny interiors sell homes. 

Ready to Sell Your Home?

Great!

You've cleared out everything. The baseboards are painted. Your kitchen is ready with its glistening—and empty—countertops.Be sure the lock and key work nicely. (You might be surprised, but homes get passed over because the agent can't get the key to work.) Now, you're ready to open your home, and I'm ready to help you. Just give me a call, and let's get that SOLD sign ready!


There are some secrets that you should know to reap several benefits associated with credit cards. Knowing these secrets will put you in a better position to enjoy the benefits of highly competitive lenders. These three ideas will teach you how to make effective use of your bank cards: 

1. Get cards with beneficial reward possibilities. Some individuals might consider this obvious, but there are a lot of people who have a bank card with rewards which do not apply to their lifestyle. To reap the benefits of your card, it is essential you ask for the right card with rewards that fit and enhance your lifestyle. To fully enjoy the benefits this provides, you should try to repay your acquisition as soon as possible. This way, the bank does not reap more benefits than you. 

2. Put all purchases that are enterprise-related on credit card. This next bank card secret requires some high-level bank-related data. For example, if you wish to purchase repairs on your house, you should know that it will be quite challenging to get a mortgage at the post-2008 housing market. Now, what do you do? It is advisable to put the repairs on the credit card. You should not hesitate to do so even if your card has a 12 percent APR because if for instance, you borrow up to $50,000 and maintain the amount for some months, all you owe is about 20% on the whole quantity provided you continue to pay it off. 

3. Manage your debt balance appropriately. If you are the type that acquires many credit cards, you should take advantage of the competition that exists between bankers using this credit card secret. 

First off, you need to inquire with your financial institution about stability switch possibilities. If there is a possibility of stability switch, you should ensure it's a zero-percent stability switch. For example, you will be able to apply to move the balance on your Bank of America card once you have acquired stability on your Capital One card. 

It is advisable only to transfer the debt if it is smart. Then, you one step closer to clearing the debt efficiently within the subsequent six to nine months period allotted. Understanding your credit card doesn’t need to be challenging, so stop by your nearest branch and speak to a finance officer on how one of the tips above could work for you.


Let's face it – if you plan to relocate, you may need to reserve a moving truck. However, many moving truck providers are available, and finding the right one may prove to be a long, arduous process.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline the process of evaluating moving truck companies so that you can make the best possible decision.

Now, let's take a look at three questions to consider before you book a moving truck.

1. How much stuff do I need to move?

If you own a wide range of antiques, books, DVDs and other items, you may need a medium or large moving truck to transport all of your belongings from Point A to Point B. Comparatively, if you rent a studio apartment, you may only need a small moving truck to help you bring your items to your new house.

Take a look at all of your belongings and put together an inventory. Then, you'll be better equipped than ever before to select a moving truck company that provides a vehicle that matches your moving needs.

2. How far do I need to go?

Distance is an important factor to consider as you evaluate moving truck providers, as most of these companies will require you to pay for the fuel costs associated with a moving vehicle.

For example, if you need to move out of state, you may need to account for the cost of renting a moving truck, along with several hundred dollars in fuel charges. Or, if you are moving just down the road from your current address, the fuel costs associated with a moving truck probably will be minimal.

When it comes to determining which moving truck company to use, it pays to look at how these businesses account for fuel expenses. By doing so, you can budget accordingly.

3. How long will it take to complete my move?

In many instances, a moving truck provider will bill you based on how long you keep a vehicle. This means someone who needs a moving truck for just a few hours may pay significantly less than someone who requires a moving vehicle for several days.

Plan ahead for moving day as much as possible. That way, you can find ways to streamline the moving cycle and cut down on the amount of time that you will need a moving truck.

Lastly, if you need help finding the right moving truck company, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional is happy to provide recommendations about various moving truck companies in your area. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can take the guesswork out of buying or selling a house and ensure you can enjoy a seamless move.

Make an informed decision about a moving truck provider – use the aforementioned tips, and you can select a moving truck company that will meet or exceed your expectations.