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Are you planning on selling your home this spring or just cleaning out closets during this cold weather? If you find yourself with boxes/bags of unwanted clothing or other household items please consider donating them to a local charity.

  • Big Brother Big Sister – Allows you the option of picking up gently used books, toys, small yard toys, bikes and other items that you no longer need or use from your home.
  • Goodwill – Goodwill will happily accept donations of things like gently worn children’s clothing, sporting goods, bicycles, books, DVDs and more.
  • The Sharing Shelf – Collects seasonal children’s clothing (new socks and underwear year-round), umbrella strollers, infant car seats, pack-n-plays and more.
  • Please Pick Up/Vietnam Veterans of America – They accept most clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, small electronics, toys and books.

Check out the Joan O’Meara and Team WEBSITE for links to more charitable organizations in our area.


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Save the Date! Real Estate Q&A hosted by Joan O’Meara & Team at Nest Inspired Home in downtown Rye. Thursday February 1st. Hope to see you there!

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Considering Selling Your Home?
Low inventory across the country has been the real estate story since the start of 2017, and our area is not immune. Local buyers as well as those from NYC and surrounding areas are yearning to see more supply for their demand. You don’t know when an opportunity might present itself; therefore, it is certainly never too early to start prepping your home. Some of our suggestions to think about if a sale may be in your future:

  • Professional Exterior Photos: Exterior photos should be taken when the weather is nice. This avoids the risk, when listing last minute, of having to take photos in the middle of winter when trees are bare and snow is on the ground. We recommend taking exterior photos anytime from late April to October. Keep in mind that photos are the first impression when buyers looking online!  Joan O’Meara and Team offer complimentary professional photography and it isn’t too late in the year to book now…email us today at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com to discuss photographing the exterior of your home.
  • Have a Plan/Punch List:
    • Discuss remodel/improvements with a stager and/or experienced agent to confirm return on those investments. Our team works with a number of stagers we are happy to recommend.
    • Declutter
  • Prepare for Inspections:
    • Have utilities serviced
    • Check for leaks
    • Schedule an energy audit
  • Get Informed:
    • Work with a knowledgeable agent to stay up-to-date on housing market and trends.
    • Ask an agent to set you up for automatic local market email updates such as the one below. You won’t miss a new listing!

Joan and team are available to work with you to assure a smooth and successful listing process whenever you might be ready.


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In addition to cleaning out the closets and decluttering the inside of your house this spring, there are many ways you can spruce up the exterior of your home as well:

  • Clean the window and screens (best to do on a cloudy day).
  • Check the exterior walls and look for splitting wood, peeling paint, mold, etc.
  • Remove debris from gutters.
  • Inspect the roof for any damaged or missing shingles.
  • Repair and clean deck. Might be a good time to stain it as well.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and grill.
  • Clean out garage and wash the garage door.
  • Check the driveway for cracks or winter damage.
  • Weed the garden beds and remove shrub covers (if applicable).
  • Trim back shrubs and mulch.
  • Check in-ground irrigation system or have it professionally serviced.

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It is a well known fact especially in the Northeast that custom mudrooms can add substantial value to a home. Many homeowners in the suburbs consider these rooms essential to family living. A recent Journal News article suggests that mudrooms are the new “it” spaces. You might want to consider focusing on the mudroom if you are planning renovations. To read the article click HERE.

Here are some custom mudrooms from home builder SAC Development:

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Author Sarah Pike recently wrote an article for Zillow outlining a handful of do-it-yourself projects that could boost your home value.
Her top suggestions:

  • Adhesive Backsplash Tiles in Kitchen
  • Install Crown Molding in the Bedrooms
  • Install Ceiling Fans
  • Update Laundry Room (new wood cabinets and shelving)
  • Clean Garage and Paint Garage Floor
  • Upgrade Landscaping
  • Paint Front Door
  • Change Light Fixtures
  • Update Window Treatments

To read the article in full click here.
Bonus RoomBedroom with Crown Molding at 265 Milton Road in Rye
New Construction – Currently on the Market

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Set the stage for selling success! Sellers can’t afford to turn off educated buyers by missing critical steps in presenting their home. With the current interest in new construction, staging can be even more critical in this competitive market.

Top 5 Tactics for Staging Your Home:

  • Seek and heed expert advice
  • Less is more
  • De-personalize where you can
  • Clean inside and out (including de-cluttering counters)
  • Tackle small improvements first

Staging Statistics:

  • The Real Estate Staging Association studied 63 unstaged homes in 2013 that spent an average of 143 days on the market with no offers. After staging, those same homes were relisted and generated first offers in an average of 40 days.
  • In a separate study, RESA looked at 481 homes that were staged before hitting the market. They garnered an offer in an average of 23 days.
Source: Realtor, January/February 2015


Feel free to contact me at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com for a complimentary market analysis of your home or for professional stager recommendations.

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