Christopher Barrett | Wakefield Real Estate, Lynnfield Real Estate, Melrose Real Estate

4 Western Ave, Wakefield, MA 01880



Wakefield's popular West Side. Lake Quannapowitt, downtown restaurants, shopping and the commuter rail are all within a 1/2 mile. Beautifully updated 1940's Craftsman ranch. Open concept livingroom and dining room features clean crisp lines and colors. Nicely updated kitchen includes quartz counters, tiled backsplash, soft close cabinets and drawers. Dining room with original china cabinet, chair rail and french door. Enjoy evenings on the fabulous, nicely elevated, private front sun porch or retire to the cozy backyard and patio. All nicely sited with a wonderful neighborhood setting and feel. Great spot to make memories that will last a lifetime. Offers to be reviewed Monday July 13, after 1 PM
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Home sellers sometimes struggle to stir up interest in their residences. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to help your residence capture buyers' attention, such as:

1. Craft an Engaging Home Listing

A home listing should engage and inform buyers. Otherwise, an ineffective listing may make it tough for a seller to effectively promote his or her residence to the right groups of buyers.

To craft an effective home listing, it is important to consider the buyer's perspective. Think about why you purchased your home in the first place, and you may be able to identify unique property features that you can highlight in your listing.

Also, ensure your home listing is clear, concise and easy to understand. You may want to incorporate high-resolution images of your home into your listing as well.

2. Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

As a home seller, it is crucial to upgrade your house's curb appeal. Because if your home makes a positive first impression on buyers, you could speed up the property selling journey.

To bolster your house's curb appeal, you should mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks. You may want to repair or replace any cracked or damaged home siding, too.

For those who want extra help with home exterior upgrades, you can always hire local contractors. In fact, these professionals will streamline the process of upgrading your house's curb appeal.

3. Eliminate Clutter

If your home is loaded with a wide array of personal belongings, you may want to remove these items. That way, you can help buyers envision what life may be like if they purchase your house. You also can show off the full size of your residence during open house events and home showings.

Cutting down on clutter can be simple. If there are items you no longer need, you can donate them to a local charity, sell them at a yard sale or online or give them to family members or friends. Conversely, if there are items that are broken or damaged, you can safely dispose of them.

As you get set to promote your residence to buyers, it often helps to have an expert real estate agent at your disposal. A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the property selling journey. Therefore, he or she can help you achieve your desired home selling results as quickly as possible.

If you are committed to getting the best price for your residence, for example, a real estate agent will help you do just that. Or, if you are unsure about how to price your home, a real estate agent is happy to provide pricing recommendations. Perhaps best of all, if you ever have questions during the home selling journey, a real estate agent can respond to them.

Want to generate interest in your home? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost the likelihood that your house will capture buyers' attention.

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Lattice on a fence around your garden or as paneling alongside your porch or carport lends an ambiance that utilitarian wood structures can’t quite render:  a romantic, charming frame to showcase outdoor features.  Consider using your spare pieces of lattice to hide a large, whirring metal air conditioning unit. Get creative with shapes and styles to fit your yard. The only real constraints are that it sufficiently blocks the unit from view and opens or moves out of the way for maintenance or repair. It should also be noted that the airflow from the fan should not be restricted.  

Privacy Fence

Create a fence out of sheets of lattice.  Finish the ends by framing the sheets in slats that are sturdy but still thin enough to complement the size of the lattice crosses.  To connect the sheets and provide strength and direction for your fence, get a fence post for each joined spot.  If you select wooden fence posts, you can stain them and the lattice to match.  Vinyl posts generally come in neutral colors you can match with paint.  Shape your lattice pieces and posts into a straight fence, or a three-sided one to enclose the unit from view but allow easy access in back. 

Room Divider

If your unit is situated in a place protected from wind, you could use your framed lattice sheets to build a room divider for a less permanent solution that you can change as you wish.  Attach the edges of the sheets’ slat frames with weather-resistant hinges.  Adopt the classic zig-zag formation to block the unit from view, or bend it around the unit.


For something smaller and tailored to your unit’s size, get its dimensions and construct a lattice box around it, leaving plenty of room on each side for airflow.  Trim the lattice sheets to size and frame with heavier slats one inch thick.  Connect the corners using nails or wood screws small enough that they won’t split the wood.  When making the lid, be sure its width is enough that the edges rest on the box opening.  The box completely hides your unit and the lid easily lifts off when needed. 

Once you finish building your air conditioning unit concealer, stain or paint it and then cover with a weather-resistant coating.  It goes without saying that lattice is made for vine and flower display, and this would beautifully accent any of the above projects.

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Your home is your statement to guests and allows you to show your personality to the world. The only problem is that over time, trends will change, and what once used to be a modern home can suddenly look dated and in need of freshening up. This issue becomes more important if you plan on selling your home in the near future. Homebuyers want a home that is move-in ready and may not need a lot of redecorating immediately. If you have a home with dated decor and are looking to spruce things up, consider the few tips listed below. 

Update Your Color Palette

One of the easiest to spot signs of a dated home is an older color scheme, which makes this the ideal place to start. First, find a color scheme that is modern and fresh and then decide how it can be worked into each room in your home. You can start with paint and then use the new colors to add accents with pillows, blankets and artwork. Adding modern throw rugs is a quick and less expensive way to update older flooring and can add in your new color choices.

Give Your Lighting a Facelift

Lighting is another easy-to-change item in your home, that can quickly jump it ahead a decade or two. You will not only enjoy a fresher look but will also likely save on your energy bills as most new lighting comes with more energy-efficient bulbs. Make sure you choose a modern metal finish and then incorporate it first in lamps and hanging lights, eventually moving on to replace recessed lighting with more modern fixtures. 

Replace Old Flooring

This type of update can be significantly more expensive than others but can quickly modernize an old room. Consider replacing worn or dated carpet and refinish hardwood floors. If you have a heavily traveled space that is not ideal for your current carpet, considering changing to hardwood floors or more modern laminate options. If your kitchen and bathrooms are still sporting linoleum, changing them to tile can be cost-effective and make a dramatic difference. 

Don't Forget Hardware and Faceplates

These items may get little attention, but changing them can be one of the quickest ways to give a room a facelift. Update the faceplates of switches and outlets and find more modern handles, doorknobs and hinges for your kitchen and bathroom. Choosing more modern designs and finishes can pull together the look of the room and all for a minimal expense. 

If your home feels like it is stuck in a previous decade, trying the few tips above can easily spruce it up and make it more appealing for your guests and potential buyers as well. 

Fabulous updated Townhouse at Cedar Pond Village. Gorgeous two story entry foyer with wrap around staircase and balcony. Hickory floors throughout the main living areas. Sun splashed fireplaced living room open to a full wall of glass sliders plus a balcony with a lovely view over looking the woods and brook. The dining room has a cut out to the entry foyer and flows nicely into the LR. Well designed new kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, farmers sink, convection oven, tile floor, quartz counters and 2 seat breakfast corner. 1st level BR features part vaulted ceiling and skylights.The second level is open including 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms off of the hallway balcony and staircase featuring a MBR suite with 3/4 tiled bath. Cedar Pond is nearly 130 acre's of woods and water. A truly magnificent setting that also includes tennis and bocce courts, pool, clubhouse & community environment.

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