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Posted by Scott Adamson on 7/5/2020

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Renovating your home is a great way to improve your home while also adding value. While you may go into a home improvement or renovation project with the best-laid plans, problems are bound to arise especially with a larger scale job. Some issues can be prevented by understanding the most common pitfalls that may come into play during the home renovation process.


Establishing and sticking to a budget is a common home renovation problem. When setting a budget for your project, it is helpful to work with an experienced professional who can plan for contingencies. While the budget might be "set in stone" in the beginning, contractors may discover other issues that need attention further into the project. Additional costs may be incurred along the way so be prepared for the possibility of budget overage as the project moves ahead.

Original Architecture

While the goal of a home improvement project is to update the home and add something new, it is also important to work within the existing architectural style. Renovation projects should complement the original structure of the building so that the update flows seamlessly with the original structure. Introducing a completely different style can make the addition or renovation seem out of place and forced when compared with other more established elements. 

Sacrificing Function

Consider how the renovated space will be used and how it will impact daily life. Try not to sacrifice function for design. It is important that the final project looks good but it should properly serve its function and add value to the home and to your life. A home renovation project may look fantastic but if it creates usability issues such as lighting, electrical access or a disturbance in traffic flow it may create frustration in the end. 

Focusing Too Much on Trends

Trends are enticing and an exciting way to personalize your home but beware, what is popular today may fall out of favor next year. If you're incorporating a trendy detail into a big renovation decision, be sure it's something you truly love. If not, consider incorporating trendy colors and textures in places that are easy to update like paint, carpeting or decor. 

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Posted by Scott Adamson on 7/1/2020

This Single-Family in Southborough, MA recently sold for $778,050. This Colonial style home was sold by Scott Adamson - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

172 Middle Road, Southborough, MA 01772


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
INSTAGRAM-TOUR LINK IN BIO @STOMADAMSONRE. Builders own custom colonial showcasing stunning craftsmanship, efficiency and a superb floor plan! Beautifully sited on almost 1 acre with room for a pool, private rear yard and a fantastic outbuilding or additional garage for hobbyist or contractor. Gleaming HDWD floors greet you in the spacious foyer complimented by double crown & wainscoting. Elegant formal dining room and 1st floor study. Exciting eat-in cherry cabinet kitchen with granite, ceramic tile backsplash, stainless cooktop and wall ovens flow to a lavish sitting area-Living room including fireplace and wall of built-ins. Vaulted fam rm wrapped in windows, stunning fireplace w/granite mantle. The 2nd floor ups the luxury with huge master bdrm, walk-in closet w/built-in organizers and richly detailed bath. Finished walk-out lower level and oversize garage. Hardie plank, Azek trim, Andersen windows, cent-air, cent-vac, alarm, irrigation-conditioned attic space-shows like new!

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Posted by Scott Adamson on 6/28/2020

The number of showings a seller needs to host varies. In some instances, a buyer may submit an offer to purchase a house following an initial showing. Or, in other cases, a seller may host dozens of showings without receiving any offers to purchase his or her house.

Ultimately, there are lots of things that a seller can do to boost the likelihood that a home showing leads to an offer to purchase his or her residence, such as:

1. Perform Home Upgrades

A faulty light in your kitchen or chipped paint on your bathroom's wall may be problematic. But if you perform home upgrades, you can complete myriad house repairs. Perhaps most important, you can address various home problems before they otherwise slow down the house selling journey.

Oftentimes, it helps to take a room-by-room approach to identify home problems. If you make a list of house issues, you can address these problems over the course of several days or weeks. Then, when your house is ready, you can add it to the real estate market and host showings.

2. Clean Your House

A neat, tidy house is sure to make a great first impression on buyers. If you devote time and resources to clean each room in your house, you could make it easy for buyers to fall in love with your residence.

Of course, if you need help with home cleaning, you can always reach out to professionals for assistance. If you employ home cleaning professionals, you can upgrade your residence's appearance in no time at all.

3. Eliminate Clutter

Antiques, paintings and other decorations may help you transform a house into a home. However, you should remove these items before you host a house showing. Because if assorted personal belongings are scattered across your residence, it may be tough for buyers to envision what life could be like if they purchase your house.

If you have lots of personal belongings, you can rent a storage unit where you can keep these items safe until your residence sells. Or, if you have excess items, you can sell these items or give them to family members or friends.

Lastly, as you get set to list your residence, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional will offer tips and recommendations to help you get your residence show-ready.

A real estate agent understands how to promote a residence to the right groups of buyers. He or she will schedule showings on your behalf and provide feedback after buyers view your residence. Plus, if a showing results in an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent can offer suggestions about whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal.

If you prepare for a home showing, you could accelerate the house selling journey. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can get ready for any showing, as well as make your home an attractive option to buyers.

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Posted by Scott Adamson on 6/23/2020

This Single-Family in Stow, MA recently sold for $845,000. This Colonial,Gambrel style home was sold by Scott Adamson - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

84 Walcott Street, Stow, MA 01775


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Exciting opportunity for a creative agriculturist or farmer looking to embrace their passion to work at home! Knockout 14+ acre setting includes a 9-bay glass structure greenhouse to allow YEAR ROUND growing. Automated tables, fertilizer, fan,temperature & window systems- plus 3 coolers, planting shed with conveyers-soil bins, harvest room, office & restrooms.Property also includes approximately 2 acres of outdoor fields. Two hoop houses bring great flexibility in seed starting & extending the seasons. Beautifully appointed three- bedroom colonial COMPLETLEY updated with flowing open floor plan. Sunny kitchen w/ granite counters, loads of cabinets- stainless 5-burner natural gas cooktop, dbl ovens & oversize cntr island w/ wonderful spacious eating area & vaulted screened porch with privacy! Stunning fam rm provides extra space for family relaxation. Master bedroom includes numerous windows & a crisp and modern designer bath. Ample sized bdrms bring perfection & ease of living-HURRY!

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Posted by Scott Adamson on 6/21/2020

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Donít underestimate the importance of a fresh coat of paint when it comes to preparing to sell your home. Apart from changing the look of your space, it also adds to the value of your house.  Painting can make your home feel brand new and attract the attention of serious buyers. While painting can be an overwhelming and messy task, don't allow this to deter you. With the following tips, you can complete the task in less time and cleanup will be a snap. 

Use heavy foil

Line your paint tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. When changing colors or youíre done for the day, pour the excess back into the can, and toss the foil.

Cut edging tape

If youíre using painters or masking tape to protect your trim, run a utility knife down the edge of the tape before attempting to remove it. This will make it easier to remove and create a cleaner edge.

Fabric softener 

Try cleaning up your brushes with warm water and fabric softener if you are using water-based paint. The fabric softener dissolves paint easily because it is a surfactant and leaves the bristles soft and pliable. Rinse the brush thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

Drop cloths 

If youíre using drop cloths, consider using cloths that are long and narrow. This configuration is easier to move around your room and generally wonít involve a lot of folding or gathering. Youíll be less likely to trip or get your ladder caught in extra material.

Use cardboard

An excellent alternative to drop fabric or plastic is cardboard. Flattened cartons prevent paint from dripping on your floors and protect them from damage by ladders and scaffolding. Another advantage of using dismantled boxes is that their smooth edges stick closer to baseboards protecting floors from drips, spatter, and overspray. 

Painting your home will add value and freshness to your home. Consult with your real estate agent about current color trends.