Maria DiCarlo - Wakefield, MA Real Estate, Reading, MA Real Estate


If you're an allergy sufferer, you probably have a love-hate relationship with carpeting. On one hand, you may love the way soft carpeting feels on your bare feet when you step out of bed first thing in the morning. On the other hand, you probably hate the allergy symptoms it triggers and the cleaning problems it creates.

There's no denying that wall-to-wall carpeting can be a nuisance to clean and maintain. Once you've spilled something on carpeting, it's often tough to get that stain out. For households with children, pets, or "spill-prone" adults, the problem of dealing with carpet stains is unrelenting!

Issues For House Sellers

The fact that many people have both a physical and mental aversion to carpeting is an important thing to keep in mind if you're considering putting your house on the market. Although it can be relatively simple and inexpensive for new homeowners to remove carpeting, some prospective buyers can't look past it. It can be a "deal breaker." When staging a house for sale, it might be worthwhile to remove old carpet or -- at the very least -- point out to prospects that there are hardwood floors or other desirable flooring material underneath the carpet. Loosening up a corner of the carpeting so that it can be easily pulled away to show the underlying flooring material can help deflect objections about the carpeting being there.

Partial Solutions For Dirty Carpets

Newer carpets that haven't been subjected to the wear and tear of daily use can temporarily look good and complement the décor of a room. However, it doesn't take long for carpet fibers to collect and harbor a host of undesirable household allergens -- ranging from dust mites and mold spores to pet dander and bacteria.

Regular vacuuming and steam-cleaning can help reduce the problem, but it's more of a "Band-Aid" approach than a long-term solution. If you don't have the right kind of vacuum cleaner, it could even make the problem worse. Unless your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA (high-efficiency particular air) filter, it may actually redistribute dust mite proteins back into the room, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Carpet manufacturers often recommend that carpets be professionally cleaned at least once a year, but the benefits of that can wear off quickly.

There are a variety of products on the market for cleaning carpet stains, but they sometimes tend to do too good of a job. Not only do they get rid of the stain, but they also can cause the color of your carpet to fade in the treated area! Some carpet spot cleaners also contain toxic chemicals, so you have to be careful when using them.

One way to slow down the problem of dirty carpets in your home is to ask family members and visitors to take their shoes off when entering the house. Although you probably are not going to get 100% compliance -- especially with kids -- it will be step in the right direction!



25 Rosewood Ave, Billerica, MA 01821

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
RARE single family with IN-LAW! PERFECT for extended family or RENTAL INCOME. Lots of living space! This UNIQUE home's main house is a Ranch with 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen w/dining area, GREAT family room, mudroom , CENTRAL AIR, & security system . Hardwood floors & tile through out . The in-law has 2 floors of living space with 1-2 bedrooms , laundry room including washer & dryer, ALL hardwood ON 2ND FLOOR , & UPDATED bathrooms. ROOF FALL 2017. Large LEVEL backyard has so much potential. PLUS 2 driveways parking for 8 cars! SUPER LOCATION just minutes off Rt 3 on a NICE SIDE STREET . Open houses SAT. May 26 11-12:30PM & SUN. MAY 27th 12-1:30PM
Open House
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May 26 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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25 Rosewood Ave, Billerica, MA 01821

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
RARE single family with IN-LAW! PERFECT for extended family or RENTAL INCOME. Lots of living space! This UNIQUE home's main house is a Ranch with 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen w/dining area, GREAT family room, mudroom , CENTRAL AIR, & security system . Hardwood floors & tile through out . The in-law has 2 floors of living space with 1-2 bedrooms , laundry room including washer & dryer, ALL hardwood ON 2ND FLOOR , & UPDATED bathrooms. ROOF FALL 2017. Large LEVEL backyard has so much potential. PLUS 2 driveways parking for 8 cars! SUPER LOCATION just minutes off Rt 3 on a NICE SIDE STREET . Open houses SAT. May 26 11-12:30PM & SUN. MAY 27th 12-1:30PM
Open House
Saturday
May 26 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 25 Rosewood Ave, Billerica, MA 01821    Get Directions

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25 Rosewood Ave, Billerica, MA 01821

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
RARE single family with IN-LAW! PERFECT for extended family or RENTAL INCOME. Lots of living space! This UNIQUE home's main house is a Ranch with 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen w/dining area, GREAT family room, mudroom , CENTRAL AIR, & security system . Hardwood floors & tile through out . The in-law has 2 floors of living space with 1-2 bedrooms , laundry room including washer & dryer, ALL hardwood ON 2ND FLOOR , & UPDATED bathrooms. ROOF FALL 2017. Large LEVEL backyard has so much potential. PLUS 2 driveways parking for 8 cars! SUPER LOCATION just minutes off Rt 3 on a NICE SIDE STREET . Open houses SAT. May 26 11-12:30PM & SUN. MAY 27th 12-1:30PM
Open House
Saturday
May 26 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 25 Rosewood Ave, Billerica, MA 01821    Get Directions

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Getting your home ready to sell entails quite a lot. Staging, taking photos, stocking the toiletries, and--in the case of an open house--entertaining guests. You want the visitors to your home to feel welcome and like they could live there someday.

To achieve this it takes planning and an eye for what really “works” in your home. To do this you’ll have to let go of everything you’ve made your home into and turn it into a blank slate where others can imagine it fitting their personal taste.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on preparing your home for an open house or showing to leave the best possible impression on your visitors.

Remove yourself from the picture

It might be sad to take down your family photos and personal effects, but imagine yourself in a visitor’s shoes. When you enter a home you’re thinking of buying, you don’t want to be distracted by what the previous family did with the home. Rather, you want to look forward and imagine your own family making a life there.

Declutter

Even the most minimalistic of homeowners tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. However, walking into a home filled with items is distracting from the features of the home. You want to draw people’s eyes toward the best characteristics of your home--whether that’s spaciousness or architectural features.

We suggest packing your belongings by room and renting out a storage facility while you wait to move into your new place.

Stage appropriately

Working with someone to stage your home is a guaranteed way to make sure your house looks welcoming for your guests and photos. However, if you plan on doing the staging yourself take a look at some similarly styled homes online to find out what looks good in their photos. When we furnish our homes, we do it based on our personal taste, comfort, and utility. Staged homes are about aesthetics and atmosphere.

Once you’ve finished staging, it’s time to clean up after yourself. Wipe down surfaces, polish wood, and clean the windows.

Don’t neglect the exterior

The outside of your home is as important as the inside. It will be visitor’s first impression when they arrive at your driveway. To prepare, make sure your siding and windows are clear of dirt, the lawn mowed, the gutters cleaned, and the doors freshly painted, if necessary. Sweep the driveway and remove any yard tools from sight.

Welcoming guests

Your real estate agent knows how to run an effective open house. However, here are a few key things to remember on the day your guests will arrive.

First, light a candle and use air fresheners where necessary. A neutral smell is the best option, but an air freshener is better than a bad one if there are parts of your home that are prone to bad smells.

Next, make sure the bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper, tissues, and clean towels. If yours are getting old, it could be a good time to replace hand towels altogether.

Finally, welcome your guests with a new welcome mat at the front door to make a great first impression.




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