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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/19/2019

Planning to sell your house in the next few weeks or months? If so, you likely will want to declutter to improve your house's appearance and make it easy for potential homebuyers to envision what life might be like if they purchase your residence.

Ultimately, donating items may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for those who want to declutter and move in the near future.

By donating items that you no longer need, you can quickly and easily remove clutter from your residence. Plus, you may be able to secure a tax credit for your charitable contributions.

Before you donate your items, however, you should take a close look at your personal belongings and decide which things to keep and which to give to charity.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you can donate to charity:

1. Clothing

If you intend to move from Florida to Alaska – or vice-versa – there may be a wide range of clothing that you can donate before you move.

Ensure that any clothing that you plan to donate is clean. If necessary, wash any dresses, t-shirts and other apparel that you intend to donate.

Also, it is always better to err on the side of caution when you donate clothing. And if you have clothes that are faded or torn, you should dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

For those who plan to downsize, donating electronics is ideal. That way, you can get rid of electronics that won't fit into your new home and do a good deed at the same time.

Evaluate your electronics and make sure they work correctly before you donate them. In addition, it often pays to tape any electronics cords, wires and accessories to the items themselves.

Check out a charity's electronics donations policies prior to scheduling a donation pick-up too. By doing so, you can guarantee that a charity can pick up and use your excess electronics.

3. Appliances

In many instances, an individual may move into a new address that comes equipped with a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and other appliances. If this happens, you may want to contact local charities to see if they can pick up your current appliances.

Reach out to a local charity to find out whether it can pick up your current appliances – you'll be glad you did. If the answer is "Yes," you may be able to avoid having to move big, heavy appliances on your own.

As the aforementioned list shows, there are lots of great items that you can donate to charity. Conduct an in-depth search of charities in your city or town, and you can work with a local charity that can use your excess items.

Lastly, if you ever have questions about which charities in your area will accept donations, don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations directly. And if you're looking for extra assistance as you declutter your residence and prepare to list your home, it certainly helps to contact an expert real estate agent as well.




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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/17/2019


3 Autumn Woods Dr, Rutland, MA 01543

Condo

$189,000
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Beautiful duplex-style over-55 condo in Autumn Woods! Main floor features open floor plan with vaulted living room, fully-applianced cabinet-packed kitchen, spacious master bedroom and full bath with oversized shower. Other features include large basement that could be finished for additional living area, attached garage and private deck overlooking large lawn area from this end unit location! Complex is conveniently located near the Paxton line and minutes to Tatnuck Square!
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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/16/2019

This Single-Family in Holden, MA recently sold for $259,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc.


2356 Main Street, Holden, MA 01522

Single-Family

$249,000
Price
$259,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Fantastic condo alternative in Wachusett school district! So many updates in this one level ranch including - All done in last 4 years : roof, furnace, septic, windows, siding, electric in garage. Brand new oil tank 275 Roth. Basement sealed with transferable warrantee. Flat spacious yard with a 24' x 28' garage with 2 entrances. Stainless appliances in kitchen and working wood burning stove in basement. Kitchen sink, counters and cabinets 2 years new!






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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/16/2019

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $359,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc.


9 State St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$359,900
Price
$359,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Spacious 3 bed, 1.5 bath ranch! Main floor features open floor plan living/dining room with fireplace and family room addition both with vaulted ceilings. Fully applianced kitchen with skylight, three bedrooms with hardwoods, two just refinished this week! Lower level features finished playroom or second family room, home office, half bath, laundry room, workshop/garden room and walk-out to back yard! Other features include 2 car attached garage and ideal location on corner dead-end lot in neighborhood setting yet moments to RT 9 or town center!

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 9/12/2019

Shopping for a house is a high-stakes game. If you’re a first-time buyer, it can be difficult to gauge the value of various components and features of a home. Appraisals are designed for just this reason.

However, an appraisal is a subjective tool to determine a rough estimate. Furthermore, there are a number of things you can’t learn from an appraisal--such as how convenient the home would be for your work commute.

In this article, we’re going to help you, the homebuyer, determine the true value of a home as it would mean to you in your everyday life. Read on for tips on finding out the value of that home you’ve been dreaming of and deciding whether it’s really the best home for your budget.  

Appraisals are a baseline

When lenders are in the process of approving your home loan, they’ll want to decide whether the home you’re buying is worth the amount you’re paying. To achieve this, they’ll typically hire a third-party appraiser.

Find out from your lender which appraiser they use and read their online reviews. This will ensure that they’re a trustworthy source of information. Also be sure to check that the appraiser is certified and that they work with a diverse range of clientele (not just your lender!).

Since you’ll likely be paying the appraisal fee as part of your closing costs, make sure you’re happy with the appraisal and appraiser.

Key appraisal factors

After the appraisal, consider getting a second opinion or inspection of any of the key components of your home that may impact the appraisal. Some of these factors include:

  • The roof, HVAC system, and septic systems

  • The energy-efficiency of the home

  • The current market value in the area

  • The general upkeep of the home--a few cosmetic problems shouldn’t affect the home value much, but serious neglect can cause long-lasting and expensive issues like mold, water damage, pest invasion, and more

What an appraisal can’t tell you

Now that we’ve discussed the nuts and bolts of home value, we have to venture into what value means to you and your family. You’ll need to ask yourself a series of questions, and some of them won’t have a cut-and-dry answer.

First, how well does this home fit into the work life of you and your spouse? Will it mean a shorter commute, and therefore lower transportation costs and more free time? Putting a dollar value on an extra thirty minutes not spent in traffic can be difficult, but it’s a worthwhile exercise to take part in.

Furthermore, does the house have features that will make it a better asset in years to come? Energy-efficiency, proximity to in-demand schools, businesses, etc., can all be selling points for future buyers that are willing to pay more for your home.


Using a combination of a certified appraisal and some introspection, you should be able to come to a confident conclusion as to the value of the home as it means to you and your family.




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