Title A blog feed. en-US Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:52:04 -0400 Helpful Staging Tips http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/blog/posts/2016/08/12/helpful-staging-tips/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/Gagne%20(2).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/living%20room%2033.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></p> <p><strong><em>Staging is an important aspect of preparing your property for the real estate market. But how do you make your home appear move-in-ready to potential buyers while you&rsquo;re still living there? Utilize the following tips to make the selling process run easier and go faster.</em></strong></p> <ol><li>When a home changes hands, it almost always needs to undergo a period of cleaning and decluttering. While time consuming, the process can be made less stressful if the bulk of the work is done before your home is put on the market. That way you won&rsquo;t be in a rush to prepare for showings.</li> <li>Though it can be tempting to simply stash clutter in any available drawer, cabinet or closet, keep in mind that potential buyers can and will open many of these spaces&mdash;revealing a mess you&rsquo;d planned to keep hidden.</li> <li>Similarly, if your rooms are packed with furniture and your closets overflowing with clothes, it can seem as though your home doesn&rsquo;t have enough space, for you or a buyer. Some stagers recommend removing at least 30 percent of items from the home in order to make it appear more spacious.</li> <li>Once you have cleaned, dealing with daily clutter can still be a hassle. Make a checklist of tasks to complete before leaving the house in the morning so you can be sure your home will be ready for any showings throughout the day.</li> <li>Having children in the home can be a challenge when trying to sell. You can still let your kids be kids by turning the clean-up process into a game and having your children pitch in. Keep sizeable laundry baskets at hand to quickly stash toys, and assign a task or two to each child to help them feel involved.</li> <li>To keep bathrooms clutter-free, give each family member a tote to fill with personal items like toothpaste and wash cloths that would otherwise be spread around the room. When it&rsquo;s time for a showing the totes can be hidden in the closet or under the sink, leaving the bathroom neat and clutter-free.</li> <li>Make sure to emphasize the natural light in your home. Open all curtains and blinds to maximize potential and show off all the great features of the space.</li> <li>Take a moment after stepping out the door for the day to re-enter your home. This allows you to get a fresh look at the space and notice things that you may have overlooked, but which potential buyers probably wouldn&rsquo;t.</li> </ol><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/pool%20room%201.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/bed%20c%201.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></p> Weekly Tip Vermont Real Estate Vermont Real Estate Tips Marketing House & Home Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:52:04 -0400 South Burlington & Essex, Vermont Open House - Sunday 7/31, 1-3 PM http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/blog/posts/2016/07/27/south-burlington-essex-vermont-open-house-sunday-7-31-1-3-pm/ <p>This Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting an Open House! Join us at 119 Park Road&nbsp;in South Burlington and 17 Lida Drive in Essex. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!</p> <p>We look forward to seeing you there!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><img alt="501 Brennan Woods Drive Williston VT" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/Bonnie_Senese.jpg" style="line-height: 14.56px; width: 400px; float: right; height: 267px;"><h1>119 Park Road, South Burlington</h1> <p>Beautiful &amp; sunny Vermont National 3BR/2.5BA condo, living room with gas fireplace surrounded by built ins, opens to formal dining room, chef&rsquo;s kitchen w/ breakfast bar overlooks family room. Beautiful cherry floors throughout. Private master suite w/ mountain views, plus private BA &amp; walk &ndash;in closet. Finished lower level. Vermont National golf course and bike path at your fingertips.</p> <h2>MLS# 4503294/ $418,500</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3854226/prt/10003">Visual Tour</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/GiKmu8QUaqH2">Directions</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/listing/4503294/119-park-road-south-burlington-vt-05403/">More Informatio<u>n</u></a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><img alt="501 Brennan Woods Drive Williston VT" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5366/blog/Wu.jpg" style="line-height: 14.56px; width: 400px; float: right; height: 267px;"><h1>17 Lida Drive, Essex</h1> <p>Sun-filled 4BR/3BA contemporary colonial in popular Lang Farm neighborhood. Grand 2 story foyer, living room opens to dining room with hardwood floor, spacious eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, stunning 2 story great room with woodburning fireplace, master bedroom with private master bath with Jacuzzi tub, plus finished lower level. Expanded back deck overlooks tree-lined yard.</p> <h2>MLS# 4505871/ $469,900</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://view.paradym.com/3861890/prt/10003">Visual Tour</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/GojUDrSfMew">Directions</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/listing/4505871/17-lida-drive-essex-vt-05452/">More Informatio<u>n</u></a></p> </div> Community Events Vermont Real Estate Vermont Uncategorized Real Estate Tips News & Current Events Marketing Latest Open Houses Lake Champlain House & Home Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:07:12 -0400 Top 5 Reasons to Move to Burlington, Vermont http://www.buyvtrealestate.com/blog/posts/2016/07/27/top-5-reasons-to-move-to-burlington-vermont/ <h1><em><u>Top 5 Reasons to Live in <strong>Burlington, Vermont</strong></u></em></h1> <p><em><u><strong><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default/files/banner/btvhome4.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 205px;"></strong></u></em></p> <p>Considering moving to Burlington? Here is a small list of some of the best things Burlington and Vermont have to offer.</p> <h3><strong><em>1.&nbsp;Four <u>Actual</u> Seasons</em></strong></h3> <p><strong>Winter</strong></p> <p>Vermont has some of the biggest and best mountain resorts on the east coast. With so many different mountains to choose from, such as Stowe, Sugarbush, Jay Peak, Bolton, and Smuggler&rsquo;s Notch, Vermont has become a haven for Eastern skiers and snowboarders alike. Also enjoy cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.</p> <p><strong>Spring</strong></p> <p>Once all of the snow melts and the mud dries. Vermont can finally live up to its &ldquo;Green Mountain State&rdquo; name. The mountain vegetation grows thick with wildflowers and a blanket of greenery. Take a hike in early spring to avoid the humid summer months.</p> <p><strong>Summer</strong></p> <p>Vermont summers are like no other. There are so many fun activities and summer events within 40 minutes of Burlington, you could lose your mind trying to pick the perfect one. From biking and hiking to fishing and sailing, there is something for everyone. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Fall</strong></p> <p>Vermont is widely known as the &ldquo;best leaf peeping state in the country,&rdquo; and it isn&rsquo;t hard to see why. Crowds of people, knows by locals as &ldquo;Leaf Peepers&rdquo;, come across state lines to witness Vermont&rsquo;s colorful fall foliage. (Prime months being September through November)</p> <h3><strong><em>2. Lake Champlain</em></strong></h3> <p>Lake Champlain, the 13<sup>th</sup> largest lake in the United States measuring a whopping 490 square miles, has so much to offer. Relax at one of the many waterfront restaurants, grab a drink and enjoy the sunset. Take a dinner cruise on &lsquo;The Spirit of Ethan Allen&rsquo;. Beat the heat and take a dip at one of Burlington&rsquo;s many waterfront parks and lakeside beaches.</p> <h3><strong><em>3. Church Street Marketplace</em></strong></h3> <p>The Church Street Marketplace, Burlington&rsquo;s largest and busiest outdoor shopping area, has endless places to shop, street performers, some of the city&rsquo;s historic architecture, and famous eateries and bars. At night, the marketplace is beautifully lit up with lights on all of the trees from top to bottom. Come during the winter months to see the oversized Christmas tree at the top of Church Street.</p> <h3><strong><em>4. Burlington Farmer&rsquo;s Market</em></strong></h3> <p>Since 1980, Burlington has been home to a year round, summer (outdoor) and winter (indoor), Farmer&rsquo;s Market with over 90 stands. Hosted every weekend, people come in droves to City Hall Park (summer) and Memorial Auditorium (winter) to sample and buy local produce, art, and flowers and to listen to live music.</p> <h3><strong><em>5. Amazing Food and Drink</em></strong></h3> <p>Burlington is widely considered the food hub of Vermont. With so many amazing restaurants, bars, breweries, and vineyards, Burlington has your cravings covered. Stop at Church Street Tavern or Ken&rsquo;s Pizza for a quick bite or fine-dine at Hen of the Wood for a farm-to-table feast.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Whatever your reason to move to Vermont, you will find it hard to be bored with everything that this town has to offer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_lakes_of_the_United_States_by_area"> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_lakes_of_the_United_States_by_area</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org/about/entertainment/">http://www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org/about/entertainment/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community Events Vermont Real Estate Vermont Uncategorized Real Estate Tips Marketing Lake Champlain House & Home Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:07:51 -0400