RE/MAX Town & Country

Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 10/18/2017

This Single-Family in Smithfield, RI recently sold for $380,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Debra & John Blanchet - RE/MAX Town & Country.

76 Burlingame RD, Smithfield RI, 02917


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Just Move In, Custom Built, 1 Level Living, Open Living, Sunk-in Living Room with Stone Wood Burning Fire Place, 3-4 Bed w/ 3 Full Baths, Master Suite with Master Bath & Walk-in Closet & Slider to Back Deck, Large Wrap Around Deck w/ New Motorized Owning, Mud Room, 2 Car Garage, Dry Finished Basement w/ Family Room, Office, 4th Bedroom in Basement, 4 Bed Septic, 2 Work Benches. A Must See To Appreciate, Call Today For A Private Showing.

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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 10/18/2017

Planning to sell your house in the next few weeks or months? If so, you likely will want to declutter to improve your house's appearance and make it easy for potential homebuyers to envision what life might be like if they purchase your residence.

Ultimately, donating items may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for those who want to declutter and move in the near future.

By donating items that you no longer need, you can quickly and easily remove clutter from your residence. Plus, you may be able to secure a tax credit for your charitable contributions.

Before you donate your items, however, you should take a close look at your personal belongings and decide which things to keep and which to give to charity.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you can donate to charity:

1. Clothing

If you intend to move from Florida to Alaska or vice-versa there may be a wide range of clothing that you can donate before you move.

Ensure that any clothing that you plan to donate is clean. If necessary, wash any dresses, t-shirts and other apparel that you intend to donate.

Also, it is always better to err on the side of caution when you donate clothing. And if you have clothes that are faded or torn, you should dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

For those who plan to downsize, donating electronics is ideal. That way, you can get rid of electronics that won't fit into your new home and do a good deed at the same time.

Evaluate your electronics and make sure they work correctly before you donate them. In addition, it often pays to tape any electronics cords, wires and accessories to the items themselves.

Check out a charity's electronics donations policies prior to scheduling a donation pick-up too. By doing so, you can guarantee that a charity can pick up and use your excess electronics.

3. Appliances

In many instances, an individual may move into a new address that comes equipped with a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and other appliances. If this happens, you may want to contact local charities to see if they can pick up your current appliances.

Reach out to a local charity to find out whether it can pick up your current appliances you'll be glad you did. If the answer is "Yes," you may be able to avoid having to move big, heavy appliances on your own.

As the aforementioned list shows, there are lots of great items that you can donate to charity. Conduct an in-depth search of charities in your city or town, and you can work with a local charity that can use your excess items.

Lastly, if you ever have questions about which charities in your area will accept donations, don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations directly. And if you're looking for extra assistance as you declutter your residence and prepare to list your home, it certainly helps to contact an expert real estate agent as well.

Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 10/11/2017

With the rise of home-buying apps for mobile phones, and websites, home sellers are taking it upon themselves to add their own photos of their homes. These websites make it easy for anyone to upload pictures, no matter what the quality. However, photos that are put on these websites that showcase your home make a huge difference in the appeal to buyers. The first thing a prospective home buyer will look at on a home profile will be the price, the second will be the pictures. Because it is such a determining factor, here are some things to think about when taking these photos. Lighting The right lighting makes a huge difference to any real estate photo. People often make the mistake of using flash inside to try and make the rooms look brighter. However, using natural light and taking pictures at the right time of day makes a world of difference. If you use a tripod to stabilize your camera, and use long exposure, you won't even need to put the lights on in the room to get a great shot. While you may think that a sunny day would be the best type of day to use natural light, a cloudy day actually works best. For shooting the exterior of your house, early morning, or later in the day would be the best time for good lighting. Staging Even though you may love how your living room is set up with the couch in the middle of the room, to buyers it is hard to see the space that they will be working with. Staging your rooms to create more space will bring buyers attention to the space, not your furniture. Keeping the staging simple will allow them to visualize what their own belongings will look in that space. On that note, make sure your house is tidied up before taking some snaps. Creativity With the rise in popularity of drones for taking pictures and videos, it might be worth it to invest in one for that extra pop of creativity in your home's profile. With the drone, you can really give the buyer a perspective of how big your house is, the yard, and the surrounding neighborhood. If you still can't seem to take the right pictures, consider hiring a real estate photographer to make your home look more appealing. Either way, whether you are taking the photos yourself, or hire a professional, keep the quality of your real estate photos in mind when building your home profile. It will make all the difference!

Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 10/4/2017

Row houses may be familiar sights if you live in Baltimore. No city in America has more row houses than Baltimore, a city known for its ports, shore and location. It's due to its location that Baltimore puts you within a few hours of other major cities that are known for marvelous row houses.

Beautiful brownstones are just one reason to explore a row house

For example, you could catch an Amtrak or a local rail train to Philadelphia or New York and be moments away from thriving neighborhoods that showcase a block or more of row houses. Both New York and Philadelphia have brownstones.

Brownstones are row houses that are constructed with a reddish brown sandstone. Move into a brownstone and you might not have a front yard. If you have a back yard, it could be small, only big enough for a small dog to enjoy playing in.

Steps leading up to your row house could be a hard, gray cement. But, once you reach the front porch, you can appreciate the large, bay windows that might be installed at your row house. Once inside, you'll know what many people don't.

The interior of your row house is as roomy as the interior at a traditional house. To truly enjoy living in a row house, go for a row house that:

  • Has a long side driveway
  • Comes with a front and a back yard - Try to get a row house that has a fenced in back yard, as you will be living close to your neighbors.
  • Is built with enough quality insulation to keep you from hearing what your neighbors are saying
  • Has a location that is part of the rewarding history in the city where you live
  • Offers beautiful indoor and outdoor views
  • Puts you close to public transportation,restaurants, movie theaters, shopping centers and businesses
  • Gives you three or more bedrooms and potentially two more rooms that you could turn into a sleeping room should guests arrive

Here's why you might love living in a row house

One reason why builders invest in row houses has to do with the way that the homes are made. These attached homes are easier to build several units in one construction. It's with row houses that cities can build housing for dozens of people in a short amount of time.

Row houses are also great places to hold block parties, building a stronger sense of community. Live next to the same neighbors for six or more years and you could develop lifelong friendships with people who lived near your row house.

However, it might be the chance to live in a multi-level home that has an open floor plan that attracts people to row houses. Despite how they look from outside, row houses offer loads of room. Small row houses give you about 1,000 square feet. Larger row houses are as big as traditional homes.

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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 10/3/2017

5 Blacksmith RD, Cumberland RI, 02864



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Move Right Into this Well-Maintained Four Bed Two and a Half Bath Colonial in Bear Hill Estates. Features; Granite Stainless Steel Kitchen, Family Room with Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Formal Living Room with Fireplace, Updated Bathrooms, Master Bed with Bath and Walk-in Closet. Beautiful Sun Room Overlooking Private Wooded Back Yard. Two Car Garage, Newer Roof, Replacement Windows, Sprinkler System, Ductless A/C. Close to RT 295 and the Mass Line. Call Today for a Private Showing!
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