Blog :: 2019

3 Tips on Downsizing in Retirement

House in Greater BostonAre you planning on downsizing your home for retirement? If so, you may some mixed feelings about it. Moving into a smaller home can be an exciting and emotional process. Here are a few tips to make things a little easier.

1. Stay positive. Look forward to all of the good things to come! You’ll be improving your lifestyle and your finances. You won’t have as much home maintenance or housework to do and your utility bills will be lower. You’ll have more time to enjoy the things you want to do, places you want to go, and people you want to see.   

2. Plan ahead. Take the time to carefully assess how much downsizing you really need to do. Visualize your new home, the floor plan, and the amount of space in it. Consider your budget, healthcare needs, and location. Where do you really want to live? Closer to attractions, amenities, family, friends, or all of the above? Planning ahead will make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.

3. Don’t rush. If you try to declutter or get rid of things too quickly, it can be overwhelming. Take your time and go through your home room by room and separate the items you want to keep. If there are things you haven’t worn or used for years, do you really need to keep them? Are you going to have room for these things in your new home? Now, it’s time to purge everything else. You can give the remaining things to family, friends, or charity, have a yard sale, or throw away.

If you would like to learn more about real estate opportunities in the Greater Boston area, contact Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty. We can help you find the right property for your needs.

Preparing Your Home for an Open House

Family Entering an Open House Getting your Greater Boston home ready to sell? Here are some tips to prepare your home for an open house that will attract more buyers and increase your chances of selling quickly for a better price.

Clean the exterior. Pressure wash your home’s exterior to remove any bird droppings, grime, mold, and mildew. Clean rain gutters, windows, and screens.

Freshen up the lawn. Prune bushes, trim trees, clean walkways, and mow the lawn. Put some container plants on your patio for a pop of seasonal color.

Make the front door inviting. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and replace the front porch light if it’s outdated. If your house numbers are fading, paint or replace them. Consider buying a new welcome mat.

Scrub the inside. Make your bathrooms and kitchen sparkle. Clean everything in your home from the ceiling fans to the floors, including the baseboards - and don’t forget to clean the inside of the windows.

Eliminate clutter. Rent a storage unit, make a donation, or borrow space in a friend’s garage. Remember, a cluttered home can cost a sale.

Depersonalize. Remove any family photos, school artwork, or other personal effects. This is all about neutralizing your home decor so that buyers can easily see themselves moving in.

Get organized. Organize kitchen and bathroom drawers and cabinets. Straighten up your closets. You never know when a buyer is going to peek inside.

Stage your home. Rearrange furniture to make rooms appear larger. Repaint any wild colored walls a neutral color and display fresh towels in the bathroom and fresh linens on the bed. Open up the blinds and turn on the lights in every room to make it bright and cheerful.

If you have any questions about selling your home in the Greater Boston area, contact Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty. We look forward to sharing our expertise with you!


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    Expert Advice Seminars 2019

    Complimentary Seminars

    Please join us for one or more of our expert advice spring seminars. The sessions are free to the public and cover a wealth of information essential for those considering downsizing or planning to sell your home in the near future. The schedule for the seminars is below:

    schedule for spring expert advice seminars



    Gain valuable advice about how to refine the items you need to make a comfortable, beautiful lifestyle in less space. Learn the tips, tricks, and the resources to help you get the job done. This session is co-taught by Laurie Cadigan, President of Barrett Sotheby's International Realty, who personally went through the process and will share her advice and Marie Le Blanc of Transitions Liquidation Services who has a company dedicated to managing moves and ensuring a stress-free transition. Visit Marie's website.

    Preparing Your Home for Sale:

    You will learn to quickly and effectively clear clutter! Play up selling points through thoughtful furniture arrangement and accessorizing, and create room balance that will resonate with buyers.

    Art and Antiques Appraisal:

    Art and Antique expert Douglas Stinson of Carl W. Stinson Auctioneers and Appraisers (Established 1960), will be available to evaluate your treasures. A limit of three items per attendee, only from the following categories:

    Fine art, works on paper, etchings, bronze and marble sculpture, prints, watercolors, folk art, Americana, China Trade objects, sterling silver flatware and hollowware, all manner of objet d’art, Chinese ceramics, bronze and jade Chinese objects. For larger items too difficult to transport including 18th and 19th century furniture through mid-century furniture, oriental carpets and other cumbersome items, please bring photographs along with dimensions on your phone or IPad.  

    Feel free to contact Mr. Stinson directly with questions about the appropriateness of an object, or if you can’t make the event but are curious about an object that you have you will find his contact information on his website. Visit Doug's website.

    All seminars are held in the following offices of Barrett Sotheby's International Realty:

    Acton - 525 Massachusetts Avenue (978-263-1166)
    Bedford - 49 the Great Road (781-275-1990)
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