Philip Ottaviani | Framingham Real Estate, Marlborough Real Estate, Ashland Real Estate


Boosting the value of your home doesn’t have to require huge renovation projects, thousands of dollars, and months of planning. Making small, tactful home improvements can do the trick just as well.

The key to making desirable home improvements is to follow well-established building and design principles. Don’t worry about the latest trends or trying to reinvent the wheel.

In this post, we’ll tell you how to do just that so your home can be market ready in no time. Here are the top ten improvements for your home that cost $100 or less.

1. Add fixtures to the most outdated room of your home

Most people tend to renovate their homes one room at a time. If you have that one room that’s keeping your home in the past, bring it up to speed by replacing the fixtures; whether that’s a new faucet, doorknobs, or other hardware.

2. Shine the light on your hard work

A dark room feels smaller, older, and less put together. Abundant lighting is an excellent way to make your home feel larger and more welcoming.

3. Paint the front door and mailbox

It’s all about curb appeal. Refresh the outside of your home by putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door and mailbox. Bright, bold colors are sure to help your home stand apart from the neighbors while still fitting in.

4. Powerwash exterior surfaces

For $50 you can rent a pressure washer and clean up your vinyl siding, decks, walkways, and driveways. That’s a lot of value and square footage for a small investment.

5. Buy a “luxury shower head”

You can find spa-style shower heads on Amazon for less than $40 that look great and will make your home feel a bit more luxurious.

6. Stage to sell

Buy some modern wall art and large plants and ditch the family heirlooms for when it comes time to sell. These additions will make it easier for prospective buyers to picture themselves living in your home.

7. Mirrors are magic

Mirrors can be used in a number of places around the home to create the illusion of spaciousness in rooms that are otherwise lacking. There are plenty of creative uses for mirrors for each room of the home.

8. Ditch the linoleum

Underneath those linoleum floors lies wood that might be able to be refurbished. Don’t worry about small dings; they add character.

9. Get ready for the welcome party

Buy a fresh doormat and replace an old doorbell to make visitors feel like they’re entering a brand new home.

10. Cable management is king

Hide those cables in the office and living room by tying them behind displays or running wires underneath carpets or behind the drywall. This can instantly make your home feel more clean and put-together.



15 Gikas Lane, Marlborough, MA 01752

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
Beautifully maintained, young resale in Howe's landing, a lovely 10-lot subdivision. This Shane designed Colonial-style home is Energy Star Certified and features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is conveniently situated on the first level. Spaciousness abounds with the exceptional open floor concept. Gleaming hardwoods throughout the first floor. The custom kitchen has granite countertops, stainless appliances and a center island. Just off the kitchen is the inviting and relaxing heated 3-season porch. The laundry is on the first level. The second floor features the master suite complete with a walk-in closet and master bath. The lower level features a full walk-out with roughed in plumbing for a bath offering potential for future expansion. Two zone Central air and attached two car garage. Stunning home!
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October 17 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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15 Gikas Lane, Marlborough, MA 01752

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
Beautifully maintained, young resale in Howe's landing, a lovely 10-lot subdivision. This Shane designed Colonial-style home is Energy Star Certified and features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. One of the bedrooms is conveniently situated on the first level. Spaciousness abounds with the exceptional open floor concept. Gleaming hardwoods throughout the first floor. The custom kitchen has granite countertops, stainless appliances and a center island. Just off the kitchen is the inviting and relaxing heated 3-season porch. The laundry is on the first level. The second floor features the master suite complete with a walk-in closet and master bath. The lower level features a full walk-out with roughed in plumbing for a bath offering potential for future expansion. Two zone Central air and attached two car garage. Stunning home!
Open House
Saturday
October 17 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 15 Gikas Lane, Marlborough, MA 01752    Get Directions

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If you like the outdoors, fresh air, and exercise, it might be well worth your while to look for a house near a public park.

Some communities also offer bike paths, walking trails, and town swimming pools, all of which can provide an endless source of recreation for you and your family.

Like any desirable feature of a neighborhood or community, some parks are better than others. While access to a nice park may not be uppermost in your mind when house hunting, here are some solid reasons for including it on your wish list:

  • Exercise benefits: Many of the larger parks offer extensive walking trails, public tennis courts, and paddle boat rentals. Parks can also provide space for jogging, roller blading, bicycling, and Frisbee tossing. For families with younger children, a nearby playground can be a priceless resource for keeping the kids physically active and entertained. It can also be a convenient location for play dates, birthday parties, and picnics.
  • Stress relief: Whether it's related to work, finances, or family issues, just about everyone experiences stress at one time or another. Having easy access to a peaceful place to walk, read a book, or fly a kite with the kids can provide a welcome distraction to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. When you need a change of scenery or a chance to commune with nature, a short jaunt to your neighborhood park can provide the ideal environment for relaxing and unwinding.
  • Convenient meeting location: If you're considering hosting a family picnic, but your yard won't accommodate everyone on your guest list, reserving a pavilion at a local park can be the perfect solution. Public parks can also be conducive to volleyball matches, badminton tournaments, and football games. A park can often be a nice setting for events like family reunions, club meetings, and graduation parties.
  • Easy access to special events: Most parks offer special events to local residents, ranging from free concerts to farmers' markets. Living just a short walk from a festival site, music event, or theatrical performance can enhance your enjoyment of a chosen neighborhood. Whether you're a fan of Shakespeare in the Park or flower shows and food festivals, living near a public park can provide you and your family with fun cultural events and weekend entertainment.
If you're currently in the process of house hunting or are considering relocating in the near future, one feature to include on your wish list might be proximity to entertainment, culture, and recreational facilities. When those resources are far away or inconveniently located, it's all too easy to dismiss the idea and settle for a humdrum day at home. However, when you have entertainment options that are literally around the corner, there's no excuse for not taking advantage of them -- especially when they're free!

This Commercial in Framingham, MA recently sold for $1,175,000. This style home was sold by Philip Ottaviani - Realty Executives Boston West.


90 Eames Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Commercial

$1,249,900
Price
$1,175,000
Sale Price

1
Buildings
Commercial
Type of Comm.
37,549.00
Lot Size
Great opportunity to own this investment property. Auto body shop occupies the entire building and has lease in place

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