Deborah McLaughlin - RE/MAX Welcome Home | Westport, MA Real Estate, Dartmouth, MA Real Estate


Moving into a new home can often be a frantic, exhausting task. Matters are made worse if the house you are moving into wasn’t cleaned thoroughly after the previous movers left.

 However, the best time to clean a house is before you move in. This is due to the fact that cleaning shelves is easier before they’ve been filled, and vacuuming carpets is simpler if the house doesn’t yet have any furniture.

 So, in this article we’re going to show you the best way to clean your new home before you move in to avoid having to move objects around once you’ve brought them inside.

 Before moving day

 The idea moment to clean your new home is before the moving truck arrives. If possible, pick a day after the previous owners have moved out that is close to your move-in date. Bring all of your cleaning supplies with you, including cloths, towels, a duster, vacuum, hardwood floor polish, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and so on.

It might be tempting to just start scrubbing as soon as you’re inside, but first take a moment to walk through the house and make a list of all the cleaning tasks you would like to accomplish before moving in.

Not only will your list help you determine how long you’ll need to clean, but it will also give some organization to your day and keep you on track.

On or after moving day

You don’t always have the luxury of being able to clean your new home beforehand. If you’re moving across states or are on a tight move-in/move-out schedule, you might have to clean your house as you move in.

In this case, the best solution is to organize your boxes and furniture by room. Then, when moving them inside, put them in the corner of a room in a neat pile. This will leave access to most of the room so that you can clean before putting things away.

Make sure you and your family are on the same page in terms of organizing items on moving day. If you have family members who start unpacking boxes, let them know they could be more helpful by picking up a duster or cleaning some windows rather than putting items in their future places.

Room by room cleaning

There are some rooms in your house that require special attention. Let’s start with the kitchen.

When it comes to cleaning your appliances (refrigerator, oven, microwave, etc.), it’s a good idea to spray on some degreaser or baking soda/vinegar solutions in advance to let them soak and loosen up any debris before you start scrubbing them. Soaking them all at once will help you save time cleaning.

The bathroom poses a challenge when moving in for two reasons. Since bathrooms tend to be small and crowded, it can be hard to work inside of them if there are boxes in the way. To avoid this, stack all of your bathroom items outside in the hallway or in the bathroom closet while you clean.


This Multi-Family in New Bedford, MA recently sold for $286,300. This style home was sold by Deborah McLaughlin - RE/MAX Welcome Home.


7 Waverly St., New Bedford, MA 02740

Multi-Family

$279,900
Price
$286,300
Sale Price

2
Units
2,655
Approx. GLA
Great 2 family near St. Lukes Hospital, First floor is all redone 3 bedrooms Living Room, Dining Room and kitchen. Second floor many updates 3 - 4 bedroom living room, dining room and kitchen. Quiet side street, nice yard, off street parking and more.......a must see!

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What does it take to acquire a top-notch home in a seller's market? Ultimately, it may prove to be a lot of work, especially for first-time homebuyers.

In a seller's market, there is an abundance of homebuyers and a shortage of home sellers. As a result, high-quality houses sell quickly, and homebuyers who lack real estate insights may miss out on an opportunity to purchase their dream residence.

Lucky for you, we're here to teach you about the ins and outs of a seller's market and ensure you can secure a first-rate house in any housing market, at any time.

Now, let's take a look at three tips for homebuyers who want to purchase a house in a seller's market.

1. Understand Your Homebuying Needs

Know what you want to find in a dream home before you start checking out properties. That way, you can narrow your home search and pounce on new homebuying opportunities as soon as they become available.

Creating a list of must-haves for your dream home may prove to be a great idea. This list will enable you to refine your home search and accelerate the homebuying process.

Also, consider your immediate and long-term home needs. If you plan to raise a family in a new home, you may want to consider exploring houses that are close to schools. Or, if you don't own a car but work in a major city, you may want to assess properties near public transportation.

2. Examine Your Finances Closely

Let's face it – the temptation to outbid rival homebuyers can be overwhelming in a seller's market. However, homebuyers who understand what they can afford can map out their home search accordingly.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start looking at homes in a seller's market – you'll be glad you did. With a mortgage in hand, you'll know what you can spend on a new house and tailor your home search based on your budget.

Don't forget to meet with several banks and credit unions to explore all of your mortgage options as well. By doing so, you can learn about different mortgage options and select the right one based on your finances.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands that buying a home in a seller's market can be exceedingly difficult. As such, he or she will do everything possible to help you purchase a great residence at an affordable price.

Collaborating with a real estate agent is a must, especially for homebuyers who are operating in a seller's market. A real estate agent can set up home showings and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. Plus, he or she can keep you up to date about new houses that will meet or surpass your expectations.

Buying a home should be a fast, easy process, even for homebuyers who are searching for a residence in a seller's market. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you should have no trouble navigating a seller's market and acquiring a superb residence.


This Single-Family in Fall River, MA recently sold for $322,000. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Deborah McLaughlin - RE/MAX Welcome Home.


100 Evelyns Way, Fall River, MA 02724

Single-Family

$339,900
Price
$322,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Lovely 3+ bed, 2 bath raised ranch in Evelyn's Way subdivision. Well designed open floor plan featuring a grand kitchen with stainless appliances, large prep island, dining and living area all for home entertaining. Large patio slider leads to your summer oasis with a large deck and swimming pool. Lustrous hardwood flooring throughout. Lower level is ideal for in law or master suite, completely finished with grand bath with jacuzzi, hardwood floors, walk in closet, laundry room including a washer & dryer. Seller is motivated as their new home under construction is almost ready. Will include furniture and furnishings - turnkey!

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This Single-Family in Dartmouth, MA recently sold for $265,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Deborah McLaughlin - RE/MAX Welcome Home.


12 Arch St., Dartmouth, MA 02748

Single-Family

$254,900
Price
$265,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Charming 3-bedroom ranch with updated kitchen and bathroom, warm hardwood floors,bedrooms are a nice size with plenty of closet space. Kitchen is lovely with wood cabinets and new countertops. The living room has a large picture window that is bright and sunny. Nice sized fenced in yard and detached garage with 2nd floor storage. A quick 5 mins ride to Padanaram Village and the beach make this prime location

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