Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 8/29/2017

As you go on the house hunt, youíre likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, youíre trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, itís not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you donít necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesnít Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that youíll have large maintenance costs when a home hasnít been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what youíre looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            





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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 3/29/2016

Beautiful Custom Kitchen Interior in a New House.An Open House can be an integral part of selling a home. Not every home is a candidate for an Open House due to factors like market conditions, location or condition. If you are planning an Open House there are some helpful hints to ensure you have the most successful Open House on the block. Here are some tips on how to have the perfect Open House:

  • In most communities, Sunday afternoon is typical and expected.
  • Two hours is also typical.
  • Avoid conflicts with holidays, community celebrations or special events such as the Super Bowl.
  • If possible try to be aware of the weather forecast, although this may be difficult to do.
There are some things you can do prior to your Open House to help it succeed. At least one week prior to your first Open House:
  • Host a brokers only Open House. Agents and brokers will preview your home and identify possible buyers they have for your home.
  • Make your home look as large as possible by moving large pieces of furniture into storage.
  • Remove items not included in the sale. Remove the chandelier you got for a wedding present and the bookcase that fits so perfectly it looks built-in. If buyers don't see it, they won't want it.
  • Take Fido with you. Make arrangements for your pets to leave the house when it is being shown.
  • Two to Three Days Before Your First Open House Clean the house top to bottom. Get in every nook and cranny, wipe down the walls, windowsills, vacuum the corners and baseboards and yes wash those windows.
    • Clean and buff your appliances, that includes the stove inside and out.
    • Launder all the bedding, towels, rugs and other fabrics in your home.
    • Touch up spots on the walls.
    • Sweep and clean out the garage.
    • Mow the lawn, sweep the sidewalks, and clean up the bushes and flowers.
    24 Hours Before Your First Open House
  • Air out the house by opening the windows.
  • Make your home smell delicious by baking bread or apple pie.
  • Go through each room one by one and try to look for last minute fixes.
  • Add an arrangement of flowers.




  • Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 11/5/2014


    Date: 11/08/2014 Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM  
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    LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! THIS AMAZING HOME HAS LOTS TO OFFER! MAKE THIS YOUR HOME IN WINTHROP BY THE SEA THAT YOU CALL YOUR HOME! GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, HARD WOOD FLOORING THROUGH OUT, WASHER, DRYER AND REFRIGERATOR ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SALE. OPEN FLOOR PLAN, RECESSED LIGHTING, HIGH SPEED INTERNET. ALL NEW WINDOWS ON THE FIRST FLOOR. THE OTHER WINDOWS WERE REPLACED 10 YEARS AGO BY MASS DOT. BASEMENT IS PARTIALLY FINISHED WITH A WALK OUT DOOR THAT IS NEW. 4 SEASONS FRONT PORCH. 1 CAR GARAGE AND 3 PARKING SPACES IN DRIVEWAY. BLUEBERRY BUSHES IN BACK YARD AND GARDEN AREA. CLOSE TO LOTS OF RESTRAURANTS, PARKS, GOLF COURSE, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, MARINA, AND LOTS OF TRIALS. IF YOU WORK IN BOSTON AND WANT SOMETHING MORE AFFORDABLE, THIS WOULD BE THE PLACE TO BE. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!




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    Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 10/28/2014


    Date: 11/01/2014 Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM  
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    LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! THIS AMAZING HOME HAS LOTS TO OFFER! MAKE THIS YOUR HOME IN WINTHROP BY THE SEA THAT YOU CALL YOUR HOME! GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, HARD WOOD FLOORING THROUGH OUT, WASHER, DRYER AND REFRIGERATOR ARE INCLUDED WITH THE SALE. OPEN FLOOR PLAN, RECESSED LIGHTING, HIGH SPEED INTERNET. ALL NEW WINDOWS ON THE FIRST FLOOR. THE OTHER WINDOWS WERE REPLACED 10 YEARS AGO BY MASS DOT. BASEMENT IS PARTIALLY FINISHED WITH A WALK OUT DOOR THAT IS NEW. 4 SEASONS FRONT PORCH. 1 CAR GARAGE AND 3 PARKING SPACES IN DRIVEWAY. BLUE BERRY BUSHES IN BACK YARD AND GARDEN AREA. CLOSE TO LOTS OF RESTRAURANTS, PARKS, GOLF COURSE, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, MARINA, AND LOTS OF TRIALS. IF YOU WORK IN BOSTON AND WANT SOMETHING MORE AFFORDABLE, THIS WOULD BE THE PLACE TO BE. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!




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    Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 10/28/2014


    Date: 11/02/2014 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
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    AN AMAZING HOME! IT IS CLOSE TO EVERYTHING, 5 MINUTES TO ASSEMBLY ROW AND SULLIVAN STATION, 10 MINUTES TO/FROM BOSTON AND 3 MINUTES TO 93.! WALKING DISTANCE TO ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL. WALKING DISTANCE TO PARKS AND SWIMMING POOL. THIS HOME HAS AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN AS YOU GO THROUGH THE LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN AREA. THERE IS CROWN MOLDING AND HARDWOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT THE HOME! GRANITE COUNTER TOPS IN THE BREAKFAST NOOK AND KITCHEN WITH LOTS OF STORAGE. KITCHEN HAS MARBLE FLOORING AND STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. BRAND NEW ROOF, NEW PAVED DRIVEWAY, THREE PARKING SPACES IN PAVED DRIVEWAY. ATTIC IS FINISHED WITH THREE WALK IN CLOSETS AND UNDER STAIRCASE STORAGE. LAUNDRY ROOM IS ON THE FIRST FLOOR. THE BACKYARD HAS A SHED FOR STORAGE AND A BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED BACKYARD! GREAT FOR COOKING ON THE GRILL AND ENTERTAINING GUESTS! A MUST SEE HOME!