Eleanor Osborn | Norfolk MA Real Estate, Medfield MA Real Estate, Wrentham MA Real Estate


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When you list your home for sale, you will have people you don't know exploring the property -- and while real estate agents will supervise them, you will still have extra foot traffic in your home. You can work with your listing agent to ensure that visiting buyers are properly vetted (new listings often attract curious visitors that are not interested in buying, just touring the home). You can also take steps to protect your property during open houses and showings. A security system isn't beneficial -- because the people admitted to your home for a showing have permission to be there. Here's what to do before you list your home to protect your possessions from theft or harm. Most people are well-intentioned and the vast majority of showings are trouble-free but preparing to show your home can give you peace of mind and preserve your privacy and possessions, too. 

Replace originals: If you have original works of art as focal points in some rooms, you may want to replace them with prints, reproductions or lesser works while your home is on the market. Consider having artwork professionally packed by an art historian or specialty mover before your home goes on the market and you won't have to worry about it being in an empty home.  Note that even well-intentioned visitors could damage original art simply by touching it, so evaluate which pieces should stay on display when you show your home. 

Remove small electronics: Your wall mounted flat screen is safe during showings since it is simply too awkward to remove and tote away, but smaller pieces could be at risk. Small electronics like phones, tablets and games should be removed or secured before a showing. These items may also contain your personal information and secure data, so putting them away can protect your privacy, too. 

Secure or remove personal items: Jewelry and other small items should be removed from the home or placed in a safe or other secure location. Even if you don't have a conventional jewelry box or valet on display, consider removing especially valuable or sentimental items while your home is on on the market. 

Most visitors are honest, authentic buyers. However, if you have concerns about theft or damage, sweep your home before you list it and secure or replace any important items.



4 MOHAWK STREET, Medfield, MA 02052

Single-Family

$876,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Nicely updated 5 Bedroom Indian Hill Colonial set privately on large lot abutting conservation. Quiet cul de sac neighborhood close to South Street, Noon Hill Reservation, Stop River, Train to Boston. Gracious Open Foyer! Front to back Fireplaced Living/Family Room with breathtaking wall of windows overlooking rear yard. Same view is captured in dining area of the updated Kitchen with Corian counters/SS Appliances. Grand sized Dining Room with Fireplace leads to Screened Porch and Deck, both updated. Stylish Half Bath, Home Office/Sitting Room complete 1st floor. Hardwood Flooring-newly finished, including 5 second Fl Bedrooms, all good sized. Front to back Master with walk in closet and ensuite Bath with Corian surround in shower. All Baths have been updated. Bonus Room in Basement is perfect for Game Room, Play Room or 2nd Home Office. All newer Gas Heat/Hot Water, Harvey Windows. Oversized Garage. Town Water/Sewer. A Must See Home!
Open House
Sunday
July 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Call for appt - required at OH along w/ MASKS and following Covid-19 Protocol. A must see new Medfield Listing!!!
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Location: 4 MOHAWK STREET, Medfield, MA 02052    Get Directions

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3 COWELLSIDE DRIVE, Plainville, MA 02762

Single-Family

$515,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
You'll love coming home to this PRISTINE Colonial loaded w/updates- Roof, Gutters, Windows, Deck, C/A, Heating System, more! Situated on a gorgeous private .72 level Acre lot on a quiet cul de sac yet just minutes to Rtes 1, 495 & the best shopping in town, it offers the best of both worlds- comfort & convenience! An open Foyer & neutral paint create the feeling of spaciousness throughout. The formal LR, DR & K are outfitted with gleaming hardwoods. In the Granite/Stainless Kitchen, the Island offers pull out storage & seating. Its casual Dining Area opens to the adjacent beamed/fire placed Family Room & has access to the Deck for outdoor summer dining. The 1/2 BA/Laundry & handy side entrance complete the 1st FL. The 2nd FL houses 2 Add'l BRs w/ double closets, 2 hall Closets, Full BA, & spacious front to back MBR suite with W/I closet & roomy MBA. One add'l LL Bonus Rm, used now as a BR, is the ideal home office/media/playroom space! A Move in Ready Sanctuary for today's new world!
Open House
Sunday
July 12 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First showings Sunday 12-2 w/ APPT REQUIRED. CALL L/A for appt or agents call Showing time for a time slot. This house has been updated and is truly in pristine condition inside and out. You'll feel the pride of ownership! List of upgrades will be attached to listing.
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When you’re showing your home, you need to stage the home properly to impress buyers. Buyers need to be able to get an idea of what it would be like to live in the home. No matter what your own lifestyle is, or what problems you have had in the home, there are certain things that you probably don’t want to share with anyone who could be a potential buyer on a walk through. 


Any Kind Of Taxidermy


Although you may enjoy hunting and taxidermy, there are few things that creep out potential buyers more than seeing animals that were formerly alive hanging on your wall. It’s been shown that taxidermy often gives buyers a sense of dread and can creep them out. Yes, that bear rug may be comfy and quite the accomplishment, but not everyone will share the same sentiment as you. Be sure to get all of these animal displays out of your home when you’re getting ready to sell it and show the property.


Personal Collections That May Be A Bit On The Strange Side


It’s really cool if you want to collect dolls, clowns, or have some kind of a celebrity shrine in your home. It’s cool for you, that is. Keep these items to yourself, especially when the home is going to be shown. Any room that could be considered too full of any one kind of item should be redecorated slightly before a home showing. 


Weapons


Weapons are on the same spectrum as taxidermy. Many people may have differing opinions with you on the subject and it could creep some buyers out. If you have any kinds of guns or knives displayed in your home, you should put them away for showings. These items can make buyers feel very uncomfortable and leave them turned off by your home.       



Political Items


If you like to get political, know that many people who are potentially going to buy your home probably don’t share your views or interests. Keep any politically charged signs and organizational symbols out of view for the showing of your home. Buyers may not be able to relate, and in turn, end up being turned off by your home.     


Bug Traps Or Mouse Traps


We all have experienced bugs or mice in our homes at one time or another. When the house goes up for sale, you don’t want to advertise this by keeping any kinds of traps in view of buyers. People will get creeped out easily by the thought that pests have infested the home at some point. Although the home inspection will probably note that there was some type of a pest problem in the home, you don’t want to lose potential buyers because a mouse trap was in view.



40 MEDWAY STREET, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$400,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Be prepared to fall in love! This updated RANCH lives large, offering 1 FLOOR LIVING along with a bonus 2nd FL room presently used as the Master. The interior is filled with classic elements- hardwoods, ~8 ft ceilings on main level, crown molding, built in DR corner cabinet, soothing paint colors, SS Gas range, Corian Kitchen, tiled Bath, Harvey Windows & C/A. The flexible floor plan offers space to spread out w/ work from home options. Enjoy the lovely 3 season enclosed Porch/Sunroom/Mudroom off the Kitchen w/ direct access to the expansive rear yard, gorgeous perennial/ vegetable gardens, fruit trees, & 2nd drive for easy entry inside. The yard is spectacular! An improved drive w/ turnaround & brick walk leading to the granite steps at the front door create an appealing first impression. Eye catching perennials are thoughtfully placed for seasonal color- mood elevating for sure! Showings by appt begin Sat 12-3, Sun 12-2. All this is just 1 Mile from town's center & train to Boston!
Open House
Saturday
June 20 at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
You're invited to tour this lovely new property with a flexible floor plan! Showings [email protected] by appointment. Covid-19 disclosure attached to complete and return to List Agent prior to entering property. Masks required.
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Location: 40 MEDWAY STREET, Norfolk, MA 02056    Get Directions

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