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You’ve cleaned up the paintable surfaces of your home and have removed any trace of pet damage. It’s now time to work on repairs to your wood flooring.

Wood Flooring.

Ugly gashes and scratches in your wood flooring can be a real eyesore during your open house. If you have solid wood flooring thoroughly your home that is unlikely to be ripped out by your buyer take the time to touch it up to add value to your home before the sale.

First, examine your floors and determine the damage. If you only have a few small and medium-sized scratches, some simple DIY solutions might work well for you and save on the time and monetary investment needed. Clean the surface around each mark carefully making sure the entire area is entirely dirt and debris free. If you have a wax coat on your floor make sure to remove the coating layer with a wax remover solution.

Minor Scuffs and Scratches — For small scratches try an at-home mixture of equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Using a sponge or cloth, dab the solution into the scratch. Allow the mixture to dry for the rest of the day, then rub it out of the scratch. This trick often works for minor nicks and scratches. For scuffs in your flooring try using a finish restorer. These restorer products treat light scuffs and scratches over large areas and fix finish that has faded. Blending pencils can also be handy for small surface areas. If the scratch appears as a lighter mark on your flooring select a pencil that is darker than the scratch and of the same tone and coloring as the rest of your flooring. Using the pencil fill in the scratch and lightly blend the coloring into the surrounding area.

Medium scratches — If your medium scratches only show light damage you can probably remove or significantly reduce their visibility by merely applying a new coat of finish over the affected area(s). Clean the areas thoroughly and do your best to match the new finish to the original finish on the rest of your floor. If your flooring has no finish, you may be able to fix the area by lightly sanding the scratch and reapplying the original stain to blend the scratch into the rest of the flooring.

Major scratches — Flooring with many scrapes and gashes or large scratches you'll have to refinish the entire floor for best results. To do this first clean your floors, then sand down the whole floor. After sanding clean again then evenly apply a new finish coat. If you have the extra time and capital and think the wood needs it, you can also apply a fresh coat of stain before the finish coat to significantly boost the added value to your home. NOTE — complete refinishing only works with real wood flooring. This process will not work for bamboo flooring and is more difficult for engineered wood. If you consider trying this technique on an engineered floor that has a real wood surface check the thickness of the wood surface. Sanding takes about 1mm off the top of the wood, so the surface will need to be thicker in order to handle the sanding and refinishing.

Your last step in home preparation is to take care of that carpet. Read on in part three of this series to ensure pristine carpeting for your open house.

Before you start any major repair projects like complete refinishing work with your real estate professional to determine the best investment for the resale value that works with your budget.



15 Lorraine Dr, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This Spectacular Colonial is located in one of Ashland's nicest neighborhoods in a Cul De Sac on over one acre of land abutting the woods. The home was built in 1998 and offers over 2450 square feet of living. 4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, Open concept Kitchen, Dining and Living that boast sunshine and gleaming new hardwood floors. Skylit Family Room offers Cathedral Ceiling and Fireplace. 2 Car Garage with Central Air and a Sprinkler System for the Beautiful Yard. This is a Must See!
Open House
Sunday
August 18 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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143 Felton Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Single-Family

$379,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Single Family Home located in a highly desired South Lowell location. This well-maintained home features a large semi-open concept kitchen/dining/living room on the first floor with two additional rooms and gleaming hardwood floors. The beautiful kitchen features new appliances, granite countertops and a bathroom off to the side. Travel upstairs to 2 sizable bedrooms and one additional bathroom. Both rooms feature plenty of closet space and also storage under the eaves the length of the home. Basement is finished and bright and divided into several rooms along with a laundry room. Home is located Only minutes from major highways. A commuters dream!
Open House
Sunday
August 18 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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31 Pine Trl, Groton, MA 01450

Single-Family

$539,000
Price

13
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
ENJOY the SUMMER with LOST LAKE, and this Remarkable Custom Colonial in Groton with Seasonal Views! ALL NEW STAINLESS APPLIANCES. SPACIOUS and Highly Functional, 4 Bedroom (with AUX rooms), 2.5 Bath, LARGE Kitchen, and OPEN Floor Plan to Living Room and Sunroom. Beautiful. Mostly Hardwood Floors. FIREPLACE. Home OFFICE, and Much More. Oversized, Temperature Controlled Garage with High Ceiling. 2 LARGE Patios. One Brick and One Smooth Concrete, Once used as a Half Basketball Court. Large MAHOGANY Rear Deck. Walk to the Beach & Boat Launch. Boating, Fishing, Suning, Sailing, Paddleboarding! HOME WARRANTY INCLUDED.
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Sunday
August 18 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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 If you're in the process of searching for the ideal home for you and your family, there are many things to think about and evaluate.

While factors like the quality of neighborhoods and school districts may top your list, another important feature worth prioritizing is convenience. Since life is already complicated enough, it makes sense to simplify your daily routines whenever possible! The perfect time to set the stage for a simpler, easier lifestyle is when you're shopping for your next home. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when looking for ways to help make life easier

Short commutes: When you consider all the advantages of living close to your job or business, the benefits are undeniable! A relatively short daily commute not only helps you manage your stress level, but it also enables you to spend more time with your family... and less time dealing with rush hour traffic! A shorter commute can also save you money on gasoline, wear and tear on your car, and highway tolls.

A first-floor laundry: Unless you find ways to streamline and simplify your weekly laundry tasks, it quickly becomes a burdensome chore! Having to carry loads of laundry up and down basement stairs can definitely be tiring -- both physically and mentally. (It can be even more unpleasant if you buy a house with an unfinished basement.) The solution, of course, is to tell your real estate agent that you'd strongly prefer a home with first floor (or even second-floor) laundry hookups. Persuading your family to cooperate with organizing and sorting their own laundry items is also a good goal, but is easier said than done!

Two-car garage with remote control: After a hectic day at the office (or wherever you happen to work), there's nothing like the convenience of an automatic garage door and a spacious, private parking area waiting for you at home. In addition to the convenience, it's nice knowing your cars will be much more secure in an enclosed garage. It's also a great way to stay dry and warm when unpleasant weather is around.

Proximity to stores: The ideal location for your next home is close to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other services you and your family use on a regular basis. As is the case with job commuting distances, if you can live within a half an hour of places you need to drive to frequently, it makes day-to-day life much easier. While few neighborhoods are "a stone's throw" from everywhere you'll want to go, being close to supermarkets and other essential conveniences can save you time and provide you with a quick solution to having no milk, bread, or dinner food in the house!

So if you are getting ready to buy, or currently in the market, connect with your agent on the essentials you would like in your new home today.




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