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Dec. 29, 2017

Best Way to Use This Website

Best Way to Use This Property Search Website

Hello!  Thanks for checking out property on the Heisler & Mattson Properties website.  Here are some great tips for getting the most out of your property search. 

 

The most frequently used feature is a town and price search.  Go to the advance search area:

http://www.heislerandmattson.com/search/advanced_search/

and select your town and price range.  Then hit search! When you do, you'll see this.....

 

If you like the search, make sure you SAVE the search (follow the red arrow above), and it will save to your profile.  You're done!  

 

If you want to add different price ranges and different towns, you can repeat the process.  You can have multiple searches attached to your profile.

 

 

Dec. 28, 2017

Should You Pre-Pay Your 2018 Property Taxes To Save Money Under the New Tax Laws?

Should you Pre-pay Your 2018 Property Taxes to Save Money

As most people have heard, there are big tax changes coming in 2018.  Here's a brief overview of the changes that affect property taxes.  Be advised, I'm not a licensed accountant, or tax advisor, and everyone's tax situation is different.  However, I am getting questions on this, so I'm writing the post. 

There's a "Cap" on property taxes that you can deduct off your income, and it's 10,000.  

In years past, you could deduct your property taxes off your income.  So if you earned 100,000, and paid property taxes of 12,000, the IRS would consider your income to be just 88,000, and tax you on that.   Being taxed by the Federal Government on a lower number is generally better.  Property taxes in Massachusetts are relatively high, and as such this was a very important deduction for many people.  Under the new law, the IRS will only allow you to deduct the first 10,000 in property taxes, so in our example the IRS will now consider your income to be 90,000, so you'll have to pay taxes on another $2000 of income.  (Not $2000 more in taxes, but your income goes up). If your tax bracket is 25%, then you'll owe another $500 in taxes based on these variables. 

What Some are Doing

If you have property taxes over 10,000 per year, you could, theoretically, pay 2018 taxes in year 2017 (that's right now!), and claim the full deduction this year.  In our example above, you could pre-pay $2000, and then you won't exceed the 10K cap next year.  So you'll get the full $2000 credit this year.

Is this Legal?

Ah, well, nobody knows that yet.  There are problems with it.  Recently, the IRS has said that you can only pre-pay your taxes IF they have been assessed already.  Most towns in Massachusetts don't assess you for the full year in 2017, so clearly there are going to be limiting factors here. If you want to find out out how much of your 2018 property tax bill is already assessed, and if you can pre-pay it, you'll need to call your town assessor. It is likely that their could be challenges to the law also, since the people that will be affected have deep pockets, and they tend to take stuff like this to court. Bottom line, I don't think anyone knows how legal or illegal things are at this point.  You should be aware that pre-paying doesn't prevent the IRS or Congress from creating new rules or laws that make your actions fruitless.

Should You Do This?

Again, this is not official tax advice, but generally:

1) If your property taxes are under 10,000 per year, there is likely no benefit to pre-paying your taxes, based on what we know today.  You'll still get your full deduction next year.  Pre-paying has an economic cost to it, so generally it would be unhelpful.

2) If your property taxes are significantly over 10,000, you should call your tax advisor and the town assessor and see what your options are.  It may make sense, but how much it saves you will depend on how much of your 2018 taxes are already assessed in 2017.   

Dec. 12, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Medfield, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017)

 

December

The Medfield Homes For Sale Market Report

Like a number of early moving, more expensive towns, Medfield is  - well - less exciting than some of the developments that we're seeing further West.  Once affordability becomes an issue, people move West.  What this price chart shows is that prices around $275 a square foot really start limiting how much further you can go up.  Sure, Medfield has climbed, but it's only up about 9% in 3 years - just 3% appreciation.  

 

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

That doesn't mean things are gloomy.  Like everywhere else, home inventories are thin, even at the high prices that Medfield is getting.  The HSI is very high, and things are still great for sellers.  Sellers are showing more patience to get those prices too - current actives are averaging 116 days on market, which is really high for this market. 

 

What should potential home buyers do in Medfield?

Home buyers should make sure what they want is possible in Medfield.  There's not much to buy, or research, so don't spend 12 months looking for a unicorn house - a mythical combination of size, price, and condition.  

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Medfield?

Clean it up, get it staged, and fix the things that need fixing.  Yes, contractors are expensive, but at $275 a square foot, your house needs to show well, and you'll get that money back in spades. 

MedfieldHomes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Medfield “Home Seller Index” (HSI):228 Last Report:199
  • There are 24 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Medfield there have been 123 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 61 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 45 days for recently SOLD homes In Medfield.
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 116 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged 285 (vs. 281 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ 312 /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $770,258 .
  • Medfield, MA, has 1 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 1 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Medfield, MA
Dec. 10, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Marlborough, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017)

December

The Marlborough Homes For Sale Market Report

Marlborough continues to climb, playing catch-up very successfully on the towns that have moved first.  Limited inventory and a fast moving market combine for rising prices. Sellers have noticed, and are reaching for more just as fast.  

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

There's almost nothing left to buy in Marlborough, so we see the HSI climbing as well. Look at that chart.  In 2011, there were 150 houses on the market in Marlborough.  Fast forward 6 years, it's only 27.  

What should potential home buyers do in Marlborough ?

Well, it wont' be easy.  Gotta move quick for most homes.  Be careful - the buyers aren't paying much attention to risk, so you could easily end up with a home with a higher risk profile, or that needs more capital improvements than you expect.  

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Marlborough ?

Hey, times are good!  Doesn't look like the spring is in any real danger of mellowing out.  Prices are at their peak, if you think you want to move, it's an awfully good time.

Marlborough Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Marlborough “Home Seller Index” (HSI): 365 Last Report:287
  • There are 27 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Marlborough there have been 243 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 143 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 32 days for recently SOLD homes In Marlborough .
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 81 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged 207 (vs. 202 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ 227 /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $407,200 .
  • Marlborough , MA, has 1 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 0 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Marlborough, MA
Nov. 13, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Hudson, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017)

 

November

The Hudson Homes For Sale Market Report

If the market gets much better in Hudson for sellers, it'll be on top of the "hot list" for towns - if it's not already.

Smashing through the pullback with a flurry of sales in the last 3 months, inventory of homes for sale has dried up.  Not much to buy!  Rising prices ahead, with a side of competitive bidding.

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

What spurred all this buying?  Well the home sellers drop their asking prices, and buyers came in and grabbed the perceived bargains.  Dropping your price in this market is an effective way to sell your home, if it's stuck.

What should potential home buyers do in Hudson?

Keep in mind that many buyers stop paying attention this time of year.  Don't be one of them!  Home sellers who need to sell come on this time of year, and they are usually pretty motivated to get things done, which is good for you!

What should future home sellers do in Hudson?

Make sure your home is ready and well priced, and then get out there!  It's a great market, and January will be good too.

Hudson Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Hudson “Home Seller Index” (HSI): 330 Last Report: 294
  • There are 21 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Hudson there have been 118 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 74 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 19 days for recently SOLD homes In Hudson.
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 81 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged 207 (vs. 210 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ 223 /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $364,202 .
  • Hudson, MA, has 2 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 0 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

May

The Hudson Homes For Sale Market Report

OK!  Well, Hudson, when we last checked in, had a ridiculous HSI of 300, and for over a year and a half, that number has been above 250. That means there tremendous buying pressure, and there's only one way to get rid of that amount of buying pressure - rising prices.

Basically, they've gone up, and sharply.  Almost 6% in 6 months, which is one of the sharpest rises we've seen here on the blog. 

 

To put that in perspective, 2 years ago, we were at $163/ sq foot, and now we are at $212.  That's 30% in 2 years, which is just kinda ridonkulous. 

 

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

And, for the most part, it's worked.  The HSI is falling, although not very steeply, and with inventory levels so low, this could just be a reflection of the tight market and falling transaction volume.  We'll only know if prices are leveling off when homes stop selling, and right now, that's not the case. Certainly, sellers are being just as aggressive as ever, moving asking prices well in advance of current sale prices, but not illogically so, as we've seen elsewhere. 

What should potential home buyers do in Hudson?

Well, these higher prices might give some buyers some pause.  Really, I think Hudson may have overshot here a bit. Try not to be looking ONLY in Hudson - that might give you a distorted view on the market. 

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Hudson?

Future home sellers?  Now is the future!  Get your home on the market, especially if the plan is to move to another location where there is less competition.

Hudson Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Hudson “Home Seller Index” (HSI):257 Last Report:300
  • There are 23 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Hudson there have been 87 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 58 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 23 days for recently SOLD homes In Hudson.
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 41 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged $212 (vs. $200 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ 225 /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $379,447 .
  • Hudson, MA, has 2 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 0 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Hudson, MA
Nov. 9, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Hopkinton, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017)nov

November

The Hopkinton Homes For Sale Market Report

Hopkinton Home Sales remain strong, and the chart shows it.  Home buyers keep moving up, but home sellers are moving up just as fast, if not faster.  Inventory remains tight, and without inventory, prices may keep moving up.

Hopkinton Home Data

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

When we look at the detail chart, we see transactions remain strong, still in the top part of the history mix. Inventory remains low - but not at the lows, which were touched a few times in the past few years.  

What should potential home buyers do in Hopkinton ?

Recognize the market is competitive, and expensive.  While there's more inventory in certain price ranges, things that fall outside of those ranges are moving quite quickly. Lastly, note that the premium prices are being charged in the new construction - those prices are far above the trading rate of the rest of the inventory.

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Hopkinton ?

Home sellers continue to enjoy a robust market and keep getting higher prices.  While this is of little value if you're switching homes inside of Hopkinton, if you're downsizing and moving out, it can help a great deal.

Hopkinton Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Hopkinton “Home Seller Index” (HSI): 181 Last Report:157
  • There are 59 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Hopkinton there have been 170 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 79 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 34 days for recently SOLD homes In Hopkinton.
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 239 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged 238 (vs.228  in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $269 /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $654,889 .
  • Hopkinton , MA, has 0 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 0 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Hopkinton MA
Nov. 7, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Holliston, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017) nov

 November

The Holliston Homes For Sale Market Report

Little has changed in Holliston, but we did see a good surge in transaction volume this year.  At this point though, we find inventory little changed - still very tight - and price pressures have successfully move the buyers up.  No real evidence that's beginning to change yet.  

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

The detailed chart illustrates my meaning; inventory remains in the tight range it has been since 2015, and although transactions dropped last winter, they rebounded this spring. 

What should potential home buyers do in Holliston ?

Be aware prices are still rising, and premiums are being paid to neighborhood homes in good condition.  Be agreessive, be flexible. 

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Holliston ?

Home sellers have no worries in Holliston.  Prices are good and buyers are aggressive.  If you put the work in to getting your home ready for sale, you'll have a productive process.  Watch your price though - too high and you'll sit around.  Buyers are moving up, but they aren't crazy yet. 

Holliston Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Holliston “Home Seller Index” (HSI): 209 Last Report: 194
  • There are 34 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Holliston there have been 147 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 75 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 43 days for recently SOLD homes In Holliston .
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 96 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged $233 (vs. $222 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ X /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $532,497.
  • Holliston , MA, has 0 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 0 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Holliston, MA
Nov. 5, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Grafton, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017)-nov

 

November

The Grafton Homes For Sale Market Report

Look out Grafton, home buyers have found your town!  Prices have moved up in a steep line this year, and there are indicators that this is likely to continue.  Let's look at the overall market.

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

When we look at the detail data, we see that transaction are up in 2017, while inventory - is starting to really dry up.  This continues the long-term trend we've seen in Grafton, but we're really at an inflection point.  How can I tell?  There was some new construction sitting around - and not selling - which was contributing to really high active market days, in the 400's.  We're back under 300, and that means that the new construction is selling.  I bet we could be under 200 in six months.

What should potential home buyers do in Grafton?

Grafton was a great town to be a buyer.  Now?  Not so much.  As noted in the last report, things were getting tighter, but there were still choices.  Now, the choices are fewer - and selling faster. Grafton has joined towns were the selling just got a lot tougher. 

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Grafton?

In the last report, I noted that the "big push" in prices hadn't happened yet, but probably would soon.  It has now happened, so get out the broom and get your home ready to sell.  If you look at the data, prices jumped 7% in the last six months, and that is hard to construe as anything but hugely positive for sellers.

Grafton Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Grafton “Home Seller Index” (HSI): 191 Last Report: 145
  • There are 36 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Grafton there have been 156 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 84 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 59 days for recently SOLD homes In Grafton.
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 287 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged $198 (vs. $184 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ X /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of 447,605 .
  • Grafton, MA, has 2 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 0 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Grafton, MA
Nov. 3, 2017

Real Estate Sales for Framingham, MA - Home Sales and Real Estate Market Report (2017)

 

November

The Framingham Homes For Sale Market Report

Framingham checks in.  What a ride it has been.  From the bottom, prices are up 40% in Framingham.  Towns west of Framingham have not done so well, not at all.  At this point, one does need to wonder - does what goes up come down?  Is this a seminal change in the pecking order of Metrowest?  I'm not sure, but I do think with HSI repeatedly over 300 that Framingham is overheated.  Will we see a 10% downturn when things get cold?  That might be possible too.  We'll have to wait on that one though.

Can’t see the chart? You can find it Here .

What should potential home buyers do in Framingham ?

Right now, it doesn't matter much.  What's on the market sells, and it sells fast.  Really, buyers, in their quest to stay close to Boston and 128, are doing this to themselves.  A lack of affordability inside the 128 Belt makes Framingham look cheap, even at these levels. With no inventory build, and constant pressure, things are going up in Framingham.

Find Your Next Home or Check out the Competition!

What should future home sellers do in Framingham ?

I'd recommend that you'd sell, and move further West.  This is a great time to downsize if you're in Framingham, where you can capture a historical premium relative to the other towns in Worcester county.  This is a rare opportunity!  

Framingham Homes For Sale and Sold Market Statistics - MLS Data

  • The Framingham “Home Seller Index” (HSI): 369 Last Report:330
  • There are 70 homes actively listed as For Sale for Home Buyers.
  • In Framingham there have been 478 houses sold in the last 6 months, and 262 homes sold in the last 3 months.
  • The Average number of Days on Market was 18 days for recently SOLD homes In Framingham.
  • Homes for sale have been sitting for an average of 66 days homes For Sale (currently for sale).
  • The amount that was paid by Home buyers in Dollars per Sq. Ft. averaged $ 247 (vs. 233 in the last report)
  • Current home sellers are looking for $ 247 /sq foot
  • There was an Average Sold Price of $ 263 .
  • Framingham , MA, has 4 properties advertised as lender owned or foreclosure (typically foreclosure) .
  • There are 1 properties advertised as a short-sale is going to be needed by the lender.
  • Framingham Quick Lists - $300,000 - 400,000
  • Framingham Quick Lists - $400,000-$500,000
  • Framingham Quick Lists - $500,000-$600,000
  • Framingham Quick Lists - $600,000-$700,000
  • Framingham Quick Lists - $700,000-$800,000

All raw data are for Single Family Houses and based on data in MLS. Matt’s HSI is proprietary*, and is designed to offer town-by-town information, instead of large scale trends. *That means you won’t find it anywhere else. Take that, Case-Schilling!.

Other Posts You May Enjoy by Matt the Realtor

Posted in Framingham, MA
Oct. 21, 2017

Home Staging Tricks For Getting your Home Ready to Sell

Home Staging Tricks

We all know that getting the most for your properties involves getting it looking "right" for the market.  But what do we mean when we talk about that?  Well, for most of us, there is a difference between how we "live" in a house and how we "sell" a house.  Houses that are ready to sell are super clean, never messy and put together.  They also flow, and emanate a sense of completeness.  Sound daunting and difficult? Well, it can be! But there are levels.  Here are some quick (and some not so quick) ways to help you get your home staged. 

Co-ordinated Color Scheme

There is simply no substitute for paint.  Relatively inexpensive, paint has the benefits of freshening up a house, and cleaning it all at the same time.  In addition,

Color

paint can be used to unify the palette of a home.  Over time, it's common for one room or several to "not match" - to not be co-coordinated with each other. Part of that is also furniture - your furniture may not match the last painting colors.  Rugs, artwork, towels - they all change over time.  Paint is great way to tie together all of those elements - and make sit feel great. 

Still not clear on what a palette is?  Check out this link from Potterybarn, which shows how a color ties a room together. Note the paint color matches something in the room - the floor, the furniture, or the artwork - and serves as a bridge to the same colors (and sometimes, but not necessarily) the same paint in the other room. 

 

 

Focal Point

Find the focal point in every room, and work the furniture around that.  What's a focal point? A focal point is where the eye is naturally drawn to in a room.  Fireplaces, mantles, bay windows, vaulted ceilings, they all can provide focal points.  They "center" the room visually, and pulling them together around this element is usually a big crowd pleaser.  Some rooms don't have an obvious focal point, but most do.  In the bedrooms, it is usually the beds.  Note in the picture, the room has two focal points, the fireplace and the TV under the vaulted ceiling.  Where is your eye drawn?  Mine is drawn to the TV, so that is likely the focal point of the room.

Trays

Trays are a great way to add color and some personality to any room. 

Take your typical home accessories (fruit bowls, candles, small plants, etc.) and put them on trays on tables, desks, and counters, to add color.  The benefit is that when the showing is over, you can just move the tray out of the way - and get your table or counter top back! 

Rule of 3

When adding life to those flat spaces, remember the rule of 3.  Add 3 things of different heights, and that's it.  Four starts to get crowded and cluttered.  Three always seems to work really well.

Clean

There's no substitute for a clean house when selling one.  Dollar for dollar, there's no better pay back either.  Remembering to clean all those hard to get to places and tcouching up the paint where it needs it will make your home fell like a hotel - and we all pay more to stay in hotels!  If it's been a while since you've deep cleaned, expect it to take a few passes - or hire out - it's a lot of work.  If you're looking for a check list to help you along, I have one here.

Laundry Basket Bingo

Looking for a way to clean up in a hurry? Grab a laundry basket and scoop everything up.  Backpacks, blankets, clothes, toys,  - anything hanging around.  Put the basket in the laundry room on top of the washer or dryer and you're set to head out. 

Floors instead of Rugs?  

Although some rugs really pull a space together, you can't go wrong with hardwood floors today.  Glossed up and ready to go, buyers are responding to these warm woods and clean surfaces that wood provides. 

Update light fixtures

Don't let a light fixture make a room feel old. Many light fixtures can be replaced for less than $25, and they can match each other throughout the house to give it a unified feel.

New Towels, bathmats

White always looks clean, and new white towels can do a lot to make a space feel fresh and clean.  The kids get to use them after you move of course! 

Master Bed Duvet Cover

Make sure your duvet is helping to pull the room together.  White is always a safe choice, but if you have something that will pull the room together there's a lot you can do with the master bed.  Master beds are often the focal point of the room, so don't forget this important piece of bedding.  Classing up the master with matching nightstands and lamps is an easy way to finish off this room.