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Posted by Cailin Lahey Gallo on 12/24/2017

A home repair checklist can make a world of difference for any home seller, at any time. With this checklist in hand, a home seller can prioritize assorted home repairs. Plus, a home repair checklist helps ensure that a seller can enhance his or her house before adding it to the real estate market.

Ultimately, there are several items to include in a home repair checklist, such as:

1. Inspecting and Repairing the Roof

If you notice damaged, loose or missing roof shingles, you'll want to repair or replace these shingles immediately. That way, you can improve your home's roof – something that may make your house more attractive than others to dozens of potential buyers.

Remember, many homebuyers don't want to deal with the hassle of roof repairs. If you allocate the necessary time and resources to repair your roof today, you can include details about your upgraded roof in your home listing. Thus, roof repairs may help you increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

When it comes to roof repairs, it often pays to hire professionals. Reach out to local roof repair companies, and you should have no trouble upgrading your house's roof.

2. Sealing Cracks and Gaps in Windows and Doors

Cracks and gaps in windows and doors can cause warm or cold air to leak outside a house. As a result, these problems can drive up a homeowner's monthly heating and cooling bills.

Fortunately, sealing cracks and gaps in windows and doors can be quick and easy. In most instances, caulk or weather stripping can help minimize these issues. Or, you can always reach out to local contractors for professional assistance as well.

3. Power-Washing Windows and Siding

Your home's curb appeal can have a significant impact on how quickly your residence sells. If you power-wash your residence's windows and siding, you can instantly boost your home's curb appeal and help your residence stand out to potential buyers.

Oftentimes, you can rent a power-washer from a home improvement store. You also may choose to buy a power-washer; by doing so, you can use your power-washer both now and in the future.

A home repair checklist is a must-have for home sellers, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. If you need extra help determining which home repairs to complete prior to listing your residence, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent too.

By hiring a real estate agent, you can receive expert guidance throughout the home selling journey. A real estate agent can put you in touch with the best local contractors to help you finish myriad home repairs. In addition, a real estate agent will help you promote your residence to the right groups of buyers and ensure that you can generate substantial interest in your house.

Ready to sell your house? Include the aforementioned items in your home repair checklist, and you can upgrade your residence in no time at all.





Posted by Cailin Lahey Gallo on 12/17/2017

Buying a home is a process that can seem daunting and even a little scary to most first-time buyers. After all, being a homeowner is a huge financial and personal responsibility.

To make this lengthy process a bit more approachable, we’re going to break it down into five steps. While these five steps may be somewhat different for each person, depending on their own unique situation, they do comprise most home buyer’s experience.

If you’re interested in learning the steps you’ll need to take before owning your first home, read on.

Step 1: Know your long-term goals

Before you buy a home, you’ll want to have a clear understanding of what you, your spouse, and your family want from the next five or more years. You’ll want to make sure the area you’re moving to can provide things like career advancement and opportunity, good schools for your children, and so on.

These questions may seem obvious, but it’s an important conversation to have before making the long-term commitment of owning a home.

Step 2: Your budget and your needs

It might be tempting to hop online and start shopping for houses, but first you should get a clear idea of the size and cost of the house you’re looking for. This involves determining your budget, thinking about your credit and planning for your down payment.

Step 3: Mortgage pre-approval

Getting preapproved for a mortgage can be a great way to gauge the interest late and loan amount you’ll be approved for. You’ll need to gather paperwork, including income information (pay stubs), tax returns, and W-2 forms.

Be aware that lenders will run a detailed credit report. Since credit reports count as an inquiry, they can temporarily lower your credit score by a few points.

Applying to several lenders within a short period of time can make a significant impact on your score. However, it will start to rise again within a few months if you don’t open any new credit accounts or take out other loans.

Step 4: Get an agent

Real estate agents know the ins and outs of the home buying process better than anyone else. They’ll be able to guide you through the process and provide you with information that you can’t get anywhere else.

Step 5: Pick the right home for you

Now it’s time to start home shopping. However, before you begin, remember that getting approved for a loan doesn’t mean you must or should seek to spend the full amount on a home.

Plan for your needs, and keep the future in mind. Someday you might decide to upgrade, but in the meantime you can be building your credit and building equity in a smaller or more frugal home.





Posted by Cailin Lahey Gallo on 12/11/2017


8 Brant Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054

Single-Family

$389,900
Price

4
Bedrooms
9
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This lovingly cared for Colonial is conveniently situated on a cul-de-sac in one of Merrimack NHs favorite neighborhoods; Mallard Point! Enjoy walking the sidewalks in your own neighborhood for years to come and make friends right when you move in. Pride of ownership is evident in this lovely home with hardwood floors throughout the living room and formal dining room featuring a wood burning fireplace & fabulous custom built-ins. The very spacious eat-in kitchen with granite counters and large peninsula with additional storage is sure to please. Slider from kitchen leads to the porch overlooking the wonderful fenced yard. Entry from garage features a tile floor with cubbies and coat hooks for the perfect mudroom and a half bath help complete the perfect first floor layout! Fabulous master suite with whirlpool tub and walk-in tiled shower. Master bedroom features 3 heated closets for all of the storage you could need! Second level features three additional and very generous sized bedrooms which share a beautiful full bathroom. You will love the large laundry room and it offers a nice separation from the master suite. Finished Basement offers endless possibilities including playroom/craft room and additional flex space that could be perfect for office/gym/movie room needs and utility/storage area as well. Landscaped yard with irrigation and shed for outside storage. $125 yearly association fee for maintenance of common area.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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Posted by Cailin Lahey Gallo on 12/10/2017

We’ve all seen the way landscaping and decorating trends can sweep through a neighborhood. Some are practical, like planting drought-resistant vegetation. Others are purely aesthetic choices.

In this article, we’re going to break down some of the latest trends in landscaping. Who knows, you might be inspired to get out and revamp your front or backyard with one of these ideas. Read on for some of the latest and greatest landscaping techniques for your home.

Landscaping you can eat

One trend that is making a comeback is growing herbs and vegetables. We’re not talking about a backyard garden in a chicken wire fence (although those are great, too!)--what we’re referring to is planting herbs and colorful lettuces right in your front yard. Well-placed plants look natural and can save you money at the grocery store at the same time. Just make sure they’re planted in soil appropriate for growing vegetables.

Similarly, many people are rediscovering the native fruit trees, bushes, and vines of their area. Adding these items to your yard will give you something sweet to eat and also a sense of pride in your region. So, find out which fruits and vegetables grow well in your area and find some to compliment your yard.

Drought resistance

We’ve all seen the headlines. Climate change is upon us, and water shortage is one of the chief long term concerns. To save water and keep the front yard looking manicured, many people are turning to vegetation that can resist long periods of time without water.

There are drought tolerant plants in almost every family of flora. From flowers to shrubs and even grass. However, many homeowners in areas warm areas prone to drought are opting out of grass completely in favor of stone pathways lined with hardy, yet beautiful, cacti.

Actually comfortable outdoor seating

The days of uncomfortable plastic and metal chairs are numbered. Waterproof outdoor seating has improved immensely in the last few years and a greater number of people taking advantage of it.

Another indoor comfort that is taking root outdoors is the use of varied lighting techniques and colors to create different moods, be it calm or whimsical.

Let it grow

Many homeowners, fed up with having to mow their lawn every weekend instead of spending it relaxing, are opting to let their grass grow out. Planting shade-giving trees, incorporating natural boulders, and creating stone walkways give a wild, but pleasant feeling reminiscent of an English garden.

Where there is grass, it is often left to grow to “meadow” length to complement the natural feeling of the rest of the yard. Planning out such a yard, however, takes time, or you could end up with a backyard that looks like it just hasn’t been taken care of.


What are your favorite backyard landscaping trends?




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Posted by Cailin Lahey Gallo on 12/8/2017

This Single-Family in Bedford, NH recently sold for $373,800. This Contemporary style home was sold by Cailin Lahey Gallo - Gallo Realty Group.


517 New Boston Road, Bedford, NH 03110

Single-Family

$374,700
Price
$373,800
Sale Price

3
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
2
Baths
Handsome Contemporary home on private Bedford lot with open flow is ideal for entertaining. Natural light pours into the entry way which is perfect for mudroom storage and offers entry #1 to basement. Refinished gleaming hardwood floors and statement wood fireplace welcome you into the open concept living room/dining room area. Sunroom and front deck offer indoor/outdoor flow with large windows overlooking the peaceful front yard. Modern style kitchen with peninsula gives plenty of counter space, stainless steal appliances and updated lighting fixtures add that "wow" factor! The 1st floor also features a bedroom as well as a 3/4 bath with modern vessel sink and new lighting. 2nd floor loft style landing is open to the living room below and lends to the airy feel throughout the home. 2 more large bedrooms and a lovely spacious full bath complete the 2nd level perfectly. Basement is clean and spacious with future expansion potential, washer/dryer hook-ups and 2nd staircase entry option through main section of the home. 2 car detached garage with walk-up storage above checks all the boxes.Seller is licensed NH Real Estate Broker.






Categories: Sold Homes