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Home Remodeling | Improving Small Bathroom Situations

When we have a property listing to market, a small bathroom is not a feature to headline.

To lure a buyer of a home for sale to make the purchase. Small bathrooms are not sought after by Maine home buyers. And why they happen? You would have to ask the home builder who may be six feet under or gone on to the great beyond.bath in maine photo

Like buyers for land in Maine who don't ever ask for "what do you have for a good swamp", small bathrooms are not attractive.

Especially if a handicap buyer needs room to maneuver and get into the bathroom quickly when nature calls with a sense of urgency.

So improving, fixing, curing small bathrooms when space is at a premium and the way the waterworks were placed was not the best it could be. There are lots of tricks to untangle the crowded-ness of a small bath. Here are a few of them that are obvious, some not areas you may have thought about before now.

Cures for small bathrooms in homes for better living or simple resale.

When the budget is small or major renovations are just not in the budget or you rent the place you want to expand without a wrecking ball involved. The list includes adding larger mirrors. Especially opposite a window to make the appearance of two windows, a more deeper sense of space. The mind can accept certain optical illusion tricks easily.

Also transitions of surfaces the eye, the less the better.

If you are adding tile rather than stop over a shower short of the ceiling, take it all the way to the top.

Consider painting the ceiling the same lighter shade of the walls. Or because ceilings can appear a little darker from shadows, make the same shade as the walls a few ticks to the light version of the color selection off the wheel.

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House Colors, How Small Town Rural Real Estate In Maine Property Sales Rock And Roll.

House Colors, How Small Town Rural Real Estate In Maine Property Sales Rock And Roll.

Does color of a house for sale in Maine make a difference in marketing time, the final sale price?

How differently rural real estate in Maine property sales are treated than higher priced ones found where space comes at a dollar premium. And every color has a special time and place right?

Like Maine's fall harvest of red, orange, yellow and greens of al types?pick fall house colors photo

What is the norm, what is expected in color preferences here in small town Maine is very different than the treatment of what is nail, splashed on, for vinyl, latex or oil based appllications to listings in larger population centers.

We can arrive at some absolutes though. When the price tag goes higher, so does the number of considerations in the handling of house listings. And the right color becomes more and more crucial in attracting the largest audience possible.

Like the oldest child, there is more pressure on the higher priced property listings to perform well.

To conform to certain real estate standards practiced in the area. The colors selected have to behave themselves. If they expect to attract new home owners in from the curb.

And to be inviting enough to cause them to reach for the front door handle to give it a twist. To come on lin, search the rooms, to lure them to tour around the inside, back out to the grounds surrounding the house for sale. And to stay memorable in a good way as they house shop.

Will the house color grow on you or become weary?

Pretty expensive exercise to roll in the 40' ladders and slide them around the place or climb in the bucket truck to change the look that works or fails for you the new home owner.

When you and I were kids, eight crayons were plenty. We mixed them to create a few new color variations. To have more than just the eight primary colors to work with in the art work creation to magnet to the refrigerator. When you were little, life was simple, less was more than enough.

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Investing In A Waterfront Property In Maine, Putting It To Work By Renting It Out.

The dream of owning and enjoying a waterfront property in Maine, how do you pull that off?

Putting the property on the lake, stream, ocean front, on a pond or river into the rental income pool. To carefully rent out what you buy and look forward to say retiring at some day. Second homes, vacation properties in Maine for sale are part of the mix that we help buyers put together.lakeview in maine vacation property photo

Often the real estate desire to buy starts out as a simple math exercise like many things in life.

How to crunch the numbers. Is the timing right as the buyer juggles college loans for the kids and brace payments for the teeth? To make what you shell out, to start the mortage on the waterfront property kick into gear nicely. For an eventual mortgage burning party. Or to leverage and do it again as the Steely Dan song reminds. Buy another waterfront property to rent out and make carry it's own weight with eagle eye guidance and attention.

But how to rent out the property on the water front in Maine? And to use a few Maine expressions, to not have it "stoved all to heck?" Ridden hard, put away wet and neglected.

To end up with something worth anything from the wear and tear. And the money and blood, sweat and tears poured into the place to keep it attractive enough to attract good tenants. The kind that return to their little place in Maine on the waterfront for a property destination that gets put into life re-runs of the happy campers.

What to provide the waterfront property in Maine renter who pays by the week or longer?

Real estate is emotional. The location on say a Maine lake provides the opportunity to kayak, fish from a boat, the end of a dock or through a hole drilled in the ice by a Jiffy ice auger. Or to access trails on the snow sled, the four wheeler ATV or hoofing it.

But drawing up a book with directions, maps, highlights of things to do for fun during your stay at the lake property in Maine. Wouldn't that be helpful as the local guide to what there is to do for fun during their stay at the rental property? Suggestions on what is available for recreational opportunities are most appreciated by a total stranger to these parts.

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How Long Is The Real Estate Property Listing Going To Take To Sell?

The hop on and off the Maine real estate market conveyor belt, why do some properties sell quicker than others?

Lots of reasons and first, foremost is how hot is the real estate listing pool water. How's the market for that type of real estate listing? Feast or famine, is there is surplus of just like it or an empty cookie jar competing for buyers?

The marketing of the property should play up the unique differences.maine property sun set photo

The features, the condition, the location, timing of a move that could happen quickly.

Like people, every property listing is unique in many ways.

That has to come through in the media stream.

So there is not a sea of sameness in thee copy, the images, video shoot ... everything put into the real estate razzle dazzle.

To attract the interest and build desire of the buyer who hopefully is ready to spring into action if they like what they see and hear.

It is not secret that a home without lots of clutter looks bigger, sells faster.

Pack it up and move it out Cowboy. Cause if property bloat happens.

Oh oh.

The thought of look at all the stuff this seller is going to have to move can make the buyer think ouch.

To develop an upset, queasy stomach. Too much to heave ho, makes it not jive with how quickly they need to relocate.

For them to consider themselves buying this place loaded to the gills and beyond with stuff, trash and treasure.

The other empty home that is ready to go and show and sell quickly suddenly moves up a knotch in the eenie meenie miney moe property listing selection.

Clean, no smells, not a lot or any loose ends translates into a small job jar. In the minds of the real estate home buyer who has to feather the nest to their liking and take care of the slack. Tightening up what has been let go and is loose, undone and needing the TLC attention.

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Multiple Offers, When More Than One Real Estate Buyer Happens.

How to handle multiple offers, more than one real estate buyer shows up, to court and spark with a property listing.

Sounds like a wonderful situation for the real estate seller.

If you were a buyer in the round robin, you might wish you were the only one. And hope to be the last one standing. With your offer to buy the one that is accepted by the property listing owner.flickrtemplate0

But multiple offer situations, they are like delicate surgery where time, communication and consistency in the treatment with respect is imperative.

To make each and every buyer in the multiple offer situation feel like they had a fair shake.

That the playing field was kept level, no hanky panky happened to leave a bad taste in the buyer who did not get their offer to purchase the real estate listing picked from the pack.

And don't burn bridges. That buyer that was runner up may be picked to wear the crown at the sit down, sign and pass the paper real estate closing.

So monitoring the multiple offer situation, we let the seller know at time of listing the property this can happen. To not get cocky and please don't think the property is under priced and that the sudden shortage of this type of real estate listing is part of it. Supply and demand is at play.

Real estate markets like the weather change.

And markets within the market happen in the layers of real estate we list, market, sell (repeat). Like playing Fish. Sometimes there is a shortage of just the right kind of property that is no where to be found on the MLS round and round merry go round.

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