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When you move into a new home, it is common to have the urge to redecorate completely. To find just the right pieces and perfect the design style you desire you may want to hire a professional. Employing an interior decorator to help you with your new home décor might be a great idea, but it may not be the right idea for you. Here are three questions to ask yourself before hiring a professional. 

1. How much redecorating are you planning to do?

Do you plan to redecorate the whole house, a couple main rooms, or are you really just looking for a new sofa and dining room table? Outlining what exactly you plan to use an interior decorator’s help for will help you determine if you need one or not. If you’re only looking for a few new pieces you can probably make a good decision using your own preferences and a bit of shopping around. 

Visit different furniture stores and ask questions and advice from the designers or salespeople. You might be surprised to find how insightful they can be by simply looking at a picture of your home or room and suggesting solutions for the singular pieces you seek. If you’re redecorating the whole house and you want to start from scratch, help from an interior professional might be just the thing for you.

2. How much time do you have to shop?

Many people love visiting different furniture and home décor stores to see what’s out there. They want to try out different fabrics, sit on each sofa or test out each writing desk and dining table. Others either find this activity tedious or simply don’t have the time to put into finding the perfect pieces. Here’s where a professional comes in. If you don’t have time to shop, your interior decorator can help you narrow down your selections and bring you different fabrics, finishes and even whole items to try out before purchasing them. Sometimes the process can take a bit longer this way with more trial and error. 

However, a professional can help negotiate trial periods or viewing opportunities with different dealers, so you don’t end up paying a bunch of restocking fees. With a pro you can make selections without having to be present for all of the shopping.

3. What is your budget?

You may want to redecorate your whole house, but do you have the budget to do so? Furthermore, do you have the budget to hire a professional to help? An interior decorator will typically charge you an hourly fee for their services, plus potential mark-up or commission fees on each furniture piece they help select and purchase.

It’s all a normal part of how the industry works, but the additional costs are something you need to consider when reviewing your budget. You may have enough money to purchase the furniture yourself, or even pay for white-glove service, but can you afford the additional help?

If you can hire a professional without sacrificing too much of your budget, it can be well worth it.


Perhaps the ultimate test of your planning and organizational skills is moving to a new house. If you fail to plan ahead and make the necessary preparations, moving can be a stressful and frustrating experience.

On the other hand, if you approach it in a methodical, goal-oriented way, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how smooth the process will unfold.

That's not to say that there won't be a few bumps along the way, but staying focused on the details can help ensure that the experience won't feel like a roller coaster ride!

Depending on how many weeks you have before your actual move, you'll probably want to get rid of stuff you don't need, want, or have room for. Planning a garage sale and a donation truck pickup are often among the first orders of business for families on the move. If a lot of your excess belongings are of questionable value (to anyone), you may want to call a junk removal service. For some people, renting a dumpster is a convenient and affordable way to have household junk hauled away.

Since one person's junk is another man's treasure, you can also get rid of things you don't want by posting them on social networking and classified websites. If the items you want to pass along are even marginally useful, the word "free" will almost always generate a few emails and phone calls from interested people looking to save or make money.

It also helps to have plenty of packing supplies on hand. That would include an ample supply of cardboard boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, and cheap packing material. Although you may be able to get your moving company to "throw in" some wardrobe boxes and other containers into the price of their service, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper are often free for the asking -- especially from friends, neighbors, relatives, coworkers, and sometimes retail stores.

One word of caution when it comes to cardboard boxes: Flimsy containers often have a way of tearing and falling apart at the most inopportune times! Another mistake people make is filling large boxes with too many heavy items. Not only are heavy boxes difficult to move, but it also increases the probability of dropping them or having the boxes tear while you're carrying them.

If you're hiring a professional moving company to transport your belongings to a new home, it usually pays to get two or three quotes. As is the case with other services and contractors, you can often save headaches and hundreds of dollars by comparing prices, terms, incentives, and online reviews.

Probably one of the most important methods of making sure things get done in a timely way is writing out your own detailed to-do list and revising it on a regular basis. Unless you commit goals, priorities, and tasks to paper (or a computer file), there's a good chance it will be forgotten about or left to the last minute.


If you intend to list your house in the weeks or months to come, it usually pays to assess real estate market data. In fact, there are many reasons why you should conduct housing market data analysis, and these include:

1. You can learn about the ins and outs of the real estate market.

Let's face it – navigating the home selling process can be difficult, regardless of whether you've sold houses in the past or plan to list a home for the first time. Fortunately, housing market data can help you better understand the real estate sector, increasing the likelihood that you'll make informed decisions at each stage of the home selling journey.

Remember, evaluating the prices of available houses in your area, finding out how long these residences have been listed and reviewing other pertinent housing market data can make a world of difference. If you use this information to understand the current state of the real estate market, you can boost your chances of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.

2. You can determine a competitive price for your house.

What you originally paid for your house is unlikely to match your home's current value. Luckily, you can analyze real estate market data to find out how your house stacks up against the competition and price your residence appropriately.

Look at the prices of local residences that are similar to your own – you'll be glad you did. If you study this pricing data closely, you can narrow the price range for your house. Then, you can establish a competitive initial asking price for your house.

3. You can reduce the risk of encountering home selling pitfalls.

Want to avoid setting an initial home asking price that is too high or too low? Or, do you want to ensure that your house is buyer-ready from the moment that you add it to the real estate market? If you evaluate housing market data, you can obtain the insights that you need to avoid potential problems during the home selling journey.

Lastly, if you need extra help as you prepare to sell your house, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can provide you with a wealth of real estate market data and offer expert home selling recommendations. That way, you can optimize the value of all of the housing market data at your disposal.

Let's not forget about the comprehensive assistance that a real estate agent offers as the home selling journey progresses, either. A real estate agent will help you list your house, promote it to the right groups of buyers and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. And if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent will gladly respond to them.

Take a data-driven approach to selling your house – perform real estate market data analysis, and you can gain the home selling insights that you need to succeed.


The home selling journey offers no guarantees. Thus, if you fail to prepare to sell your house, you risk encountering problems that may make it tough for you to maximize your home sale earnings.

Ultimately, there are many things you can do to avoid a complex house selling journey. These include:

1. Price Your Home Competitively

The initial asking price for your home may dictate your house selling success. If you set an aggressive initial asking price for your residence, you may be better equipped than other sellers to enjoy a seamless house selling experience.

Oftentimes, it helps to review the housing market in your city or town. If you evaluate the prices of available houses in your area that are similar to your own, for instance, you may be able to determine a price range for your house.

You also may want to conduct an appraisal before you list your residence. An appraisal enables you to obtain a property valuation that could help you set a competitive initial asking price for your home.

2. Upgrade Your Home's Curb Appeal

How your home looks to buyers may have far-flung effects on the house selling journey. If your residence boasts amazing curb appeal, you could accelerate the home selling journey and boost the likelihood of getting the best price for your residence.

To bolster your home's curb appeal, it generally is a good idea to mow the lawn, fix any damaged siding and perform other house exterior upgrades. Of course, if you need help with home exterior enhancements, you can always reach out to local house improvement professionals for assistance.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent knows what it takes to promote a home to the right groups of buyers, along with ensure a seller can optimize his or her property sale earnings. Plus, a real estate agent takes the guesswork out of navigating each stage of the house selling journey.

Let's not forget about the home selling guidance a real estate agent can provide, either. If you are uncertain about how to price your house, for instance, a real estate agent can offer a data-driven recommendation. Or, if you are searching for quick, easy ways to enhance your home's curb appeal, a real estate agent is happy to provide you with home exterior improvement tips.

In addition, a real estate agent is an expert housing market resource. He or she is prepared to respond to your home selling concerns and questions at any time. And if you are worried at any point during the home selling journey, a real estate agent will work with you to alleviate stress, too.

Navigating the home selling journey can be difficult, regardless of whether you are an experienced or first-time house seller. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can streamline the home selling journey. Perhaps best of all, these tips could make it easy for you to enjoy a fast, profitable home selling experience.


This Multi-Family in Wakefield, MA recently sold for $733,400. This style home was sold by Chris M. Barrett - Barrett, Chris. J., REALTORS®.


48 Emerson St, Wakefield, MA 01880

Multi-Family

$699,900
Price
$733,400
Sale Price

2
Units
1,728
Approx. GLA
Immaculate two family home in fabulous Westside location. Nicely updated interior blends with lots of original period details. 1st floor unit: Entry foyer to a large turreted living room with French doors and fir floor. Kitchen opens out to a large family room both with pergo type floors. Family room with lots of glass and light. The top floor unit features stunning entry foyer and staircase. Gorgeous wood floors include oak, pine and fir. Front office has a laundry hook up. Both apartments have eat in kitchens, updated bathrooms, gas stoves, separate gas heat, HW and electric. Full width front open farmers porch. Large level lot features 28X40 4+ car space garage. The garage is fully insulated, has ample electrical outlets, overhead lighting and 11+ foot ceilings. Ideal for a car lover, or could be a work shop.. Offers, if any, to be reviewed Monday 12/21 after 1 PM.

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