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Posted by William Manchenton on 11/5/2019

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Each year, flooding causes more than eight billion dollars in damages to homes in the United States. Despite that, many affected homeowners go on to sell their houses so that they can relocate. When your home has damage from a tropical storm, heavy rains, or rising water from a hurricane, here are ways to help your home retain its value.

The crucial first 48 hours

Do your best to minimize the damage. If you know flooding is possible, use sandbags around the foundation, board up windows, fill in crevices around vents and pipes with expandable waterproof insulation. After damage occurs, in the first two days, it is essential that you go through this checklist as quickly and thoroughly as you can.

  • Protect yourself. Flood water often has contaminants and dangerous materials, mold and bacteria. If your flooding includes back-up sewerage, this is especially crucial. Wear industrial-quality gloves, rubber boots, masks, and other protective gear.
  • Make lists of the damage. Walk around your home and write down everything that is affected by the water. Separate the list by those items attached to your home and those that are separate such as furnishings and personal belongings. These could be very long lists, so write down everything.
  • Take photos of all the damage with your smartphone or digital camera. Capture images of the walls, floors, cabinets, outlets, doors, windows, and ceiling if water leaked in from above document everything.
  • Contact your insurance company. They will send out a catastrophic storm damage adjuster to assess the damages. Even if FEMA may cover the costs, ask your insurance adjuster to document everything as well. Compare their list to yours to make sure nothing is left off. Your insurance company may be able to help you restore and repair much of the damage. Professionally mitigated and restored damage makes a tremendous difference when you go to sell your home.
  • Once you've documented everything, remove anything that retains moisture from the house. These include carpet and padding, fabric, bedding, furniture, clothing, drywall, and insulation. Doing so lowers the opportunity for mold to take hold in the house. It only takes mold 48 hours to begin germinating, so time is of the essence.
  • Rent a dehumidifier to dry out your home. If your HVAC system is unaffected, run the air (heat or cold depending on outdoor temperatures) to help dry things out, too.
  • Using a utility knife, cut away and discard any damaged or wet drywall or wallboard and any damp insulation behind it. Spray the remaining walls and the framing of the damaged walls with a solution of nine-parts water with one-part bleach.

Repair or Sell "As-Is."

Make all repairs that your insurance or FEMA covers. If other repairs remain, you might decide to fix them yourself or sell your home just as it is. If you completely restore your home, it likely will sell for more. But if the return on your investment isn't high enough, you may end up losing out in the long run. Here is where you need the advice of a professional. Your real estate agent can help you determine which items to repair and which won't give you any return. Remember, though, that if your relocation is time-sensitive, whatever sells quicker can save you in the long run.




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Posted by William Manchenton on 11/1/2019


27 Andrews St, Lowell, MA 01852

Condo

$269,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful, well cared for two bedroom townhouse condo in South Lowell with easy access to highways and downtown. Low condo fee! Two car, yes, two car garage under unit! First floor is open, nice, warm, neutral colors, wonderful for entertaining and casual living. Handsome kitchen has SS appliances, maple cabinetry, tile floor and breakfast bar ready for casual dining! Dining and living rooms have hardwood floors, living room with ceiling fan. Great farmer's porch! Second floor with roomy bedrooms and a multi purpose room that can be an office, music room, workout room or playroom! Laundry room is located on the second floor for convenience. There's a pull down to a huge attic space just waiting to be finished for additional living space! Minutes to downtown and sporting events at the Tsongas and LeLasheur Park, festivals, restaurants and much more! Commuter access to trains, 495, 3, 93 a bonus. Come check it out!
Open House
Sunday
November 03 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Posted by William Manchenton on 10/30/2019


27 Andrews St, Lowell, MA 01852

Condo

$274,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful, well cared for two bedroom townhouse condo in South Lowell with easy access to highways and downtown. Low condo fee! Two car, yes, two car garage under unit! First floor is open, nice, warm, neutral colors, wonderful for entertaining and casual living. Handsome kitchen has SS appliances, maple cabinetry, tile floor and breakfast bar ready for casual dining! Dining and living rooms have hardwood floors, living room with ceiling fan. Great farmer's porch! Second floor with roomy bedrooms and a multi purpose room that can be an office, music room, workout room or playroom! Laundry room is located on the second floor for convenience. There's a pull down to a huge attic space just waiting to be finished for additional living space! Minutes to downtown and sporting events at the Tsongas and LeLasheur Park, festivals, restaurants and much more! Commuter access to trains, 495, 3, 93 a bonus. Come check it out!
Open House
Sunday
November 03 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 27 Andrews St, Lowell, MA 01852    Get Directions

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Posted by William Manchenton on 10/29/2019

Are you unsure of how to price your home before putting it up for sale? Do not forget that the value of your home depends majorly on its appearance and amenities. Therefore, you can improve the look of your home by carrying out thorough cleaning, sprucing up the lawn, getting rid of things that take up space unnecessarily, and many other simple things. Here are some ways to ensure your home spends as little time as possible on the market:

Price your home competitively

When you choose to sell your home, one of the most important decisions is to set the appropriate price for your home. Be careful when setting a price because when the price is too high, buyers get turned off and when it is too low, you may probably sell at a loss. So, one robust and powerful method for pricing your home is to look at the prices of other homes that are in the same category as yours. When you do this, you will have a better understanding of the most appropriate listing price range to consider.

Make use of strategic price points

You should know that homebuyers tend to go for homes that have price ranges separated by an increment of five to ten thousand dollars. It is therefore essential to set your price close to these natural price points. For example, when you set the value of your home at $229,900, you will get the same number of buyer inquiries as a price of $227,900. The logic is that you would widen your prospective buyer pool if you set the cost of your home at the next lower price point which is $224, 900.

Consider value-range marketing

Value-range marketing is another result-oriented pricing strategy to consider. It involves selecting a listing price based on what you would sell for today provided a buyer gave you a check. Then, you should set a second amount that is lower, that you wouldn't reject if a buyer decides to buy your property at that price. Therefore, you can consider listing your home as "$386,000 or best offer" instead of just listing at a fixed amount of $386,000.

Hire an experienced listing agent

Hiring an experienced listing agent is an excellent idea, but you should go for an agent that is familiar with your local market and is aware of the values of homes that are similar to yours. When a listing agent has this knowledge, they will know the exact amount of your home based on your local market.




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Posted by William Manchenton on 10/24/2019

This Single-Family in Lowell, MA recently sold for $279,900. This Colonial style home was sold by William Manchenton - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


162 4Th Ave, Lowell, MA 01854

Single-Family

$279,900
Price
$279,900
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This home has been in the same family since the 1930's! Attractive 3/4 bedroom, 2 full bath Colonial in Pawtucketville, a short walk to UMass North Campus. Many updates made by owners over the years: vinyl siding, replacement windows, rebuilt chimney, remodeled kitchen and baths. Conveniences abound, ceiling fans, central vac, pocket door to den, dutch door in kitchen leads to enclosed porch and fenced in yard, oil tank replaced a few years ago. Large kitchen with Pergo flooring, custom cabinetry and large pantry. Den currently has laundry, could be 4th bedroom/study? Large closets throughout the house. Front hall just repainted. Shed on back wall contains lawnmower and snowblower to convey to buyers as gifts from sellers. Convenient to everything: shopping, NH, T station, UML, and everything Lowell has to offer! Quick close possible, sold "as is".

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