Eliane Consalvo - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley



Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 11/19/2017

Americans spend hundreds of dollars each month on take out and restaurant food. Think of all the things you could spend your money on if you werent buying all of that food? Stay home and cook dinner with friends or family and save that money. Here are six essential spices to have in the home to cook flavorful dinner each night. Garlic Powder: Garlic powder is a kitchen staple. It is not the same as using fresh garlic but it still does the trick. Garlic powder pairs well with all foods that you are looking to add that garlicky flavor to including chicken, pasta, steak, rice, potatoes, and much more. Use it alone or add it with other spices and sauces to create rubs and marinades. Ground Cumin: Cumin has an intense flavor that is both nutty and earthy but also slightly spicy. It pairs well with chicken, potatoes, beans, etc. Cumin also pairs well with other spices such as garlic powder, which can be used as a dry rub or added to a marinade. Onion Powder: Onion powder provides the flavor of onion without the actual onion. It goes well with anything that you are trying to add onion flavor to. Its best used with other seasonings rather then as a standalone seasoning such as in sauces and spice blends. Cajun Seasoning: Cajun seasoning has a bit of heat with bold flavor. Its a combination of paprika, black pepper, onion, cayenne, thyme, white pepper, garlic and sage. Its often used in jambalaya, gumbo, dirty rice, and Andouille, but can also be used in much less intricate dishes. This includes fish, chicken, and steak. Red Pepper Flakes: Red pepper flakes are perfect for adding heat to dishes before, during and after being cooked. Red pepper flakes go great on pizza, pasta, chicken, and anything else youd like to add heat to. Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning is a combination of multiple spices including rosemary, basil, oregano, and thyme. Adding Italian seasoning to dishes is a simple way to add flavor. It goes well with chicken, potatoes, green beans, and much more. These are just a few of the essential spices and spices blends that you should have in your home. You can create simple or intricate dishes and endless of flavor with these different spices.




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 11/12/2017

As a home seller, it is essential to dedicate the necessary time and resources to enhance your house's interior. By doing so, you'll be able to help your residence stand out from other properties that are available.

Unfortunately, your home's basement may be an eyesore, especially if you have failed to keep it clean consistently. But with the right approach to cleaning your basement, you should have no trouble improving your basement's appearance.

What can you do to revamp your house's basement? Here are three basement cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Scrub the Walls and Floors with a Cleaning Solution

If your basement features a concrete or concrete-block surface, a combination of detergent, ammonia and warm water may prove to be ideal. In fact, this mix produces a wonderful cleaning solution that will deliver immediate and long-lasting results.

Don't forget to use a stiff nylon brush to remove dirt and grime from concrete walls and floors. Plus, if you need to eliminate excess water from the basement, be sure to use a shop vacuum to remove this water immediately.

2. Eliminate Rust Stains

Basement rust stains won't do you any favors as you try to help your home stand out from the competition. Lucky for you, rust stains can be easily removed from your basement walls with a little bit of dry cement and flagstone.

Sprinkle a small amount of dry cement on a rust stain. Then, use flagstone to scrub the affected area and remove the stain instantly. This will allow you to remove rust stains and ensure they won't come back any time soon.

3. Revamp Your Basement Floors

For those who want to transform an ordinary basement into a stellar one, now may be a great time to redo the basement floors. Thankfully, you won't have to break your budget to revamp your basement floors if you use a waterproof stain.

A waterproof stain is simple to apply and can give your basement floors a clean, streamlined appearance.

Before you apply a waterproof stain, you'll want to scrub the basement floors thoroughly. After the floor is dry, use a short-nap paint roller to apply the stain in small sections. Let the stain dry for about 24 hours, and you'll be able to enjoy beautiful basement floors that are sure to grab homebuyers' attention.

When it comes to cleaning your basement, it is important to remember that you don't necessarily have to do the work alone. Instead, you can always hire a professional cleaning company to assist you.

A professional cleaning company will be able to simplify the process of cleaning your home's basement, along with other rooms throughout your property. That way, you can leave home cleaning tasks to the professionals and focus on what's important finding the best ways to generate substantial interest in your residence.

Perhaps best of all, working with a real estate agent can make it easy to sell your house. This real estate agent can provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations, set up home showings and open houses and much more. As a result, a real estate agent will ensure you can optimize the value of your residence.




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 11/5/2017

Looking to sell a house for the first time? Ultimately, your home's curb appeal may dictate how quickly you can proceed along the home selling journey.

Typically, a house with an awe-inspiring exterior will make a great first impression on homebuyers. This means homebuyers may become more likely to pay attention to this home over others and submit an offer that matches or exceeds a home seller's expectations.

On the other hand, a home that has a messy, uncut front lawn, cracked and chipped exterior paint and other exterior problems is unlikely to generate substantial interest from the right groups of homebuyers. As such, this home may remain on the housing market for an extended period of time.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you upgrade your house's curb appeal before you add your residence to the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you bolster your home's curb appeal and increase your chances of a fast, profitable home sale.

1. Take an Objective Look at Your Home's Exterior

For first-time home sellers, it is important to do everything possible to guarantee that a residence stands out from the competition. And with a few simple home exterior improvements, a home seller can improve a house's curb appeal quickly.

Home exterior maintenance like mowing the front lawn, clearing debris from walkways and trimming the hedges can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers.

Also, if you want extra help with home exterior tasks, don't hesitate to reach out to landscaping companies or other home exterior maintenance professionals. These home exterior experts should have no trouble helping you transform an ordinary home exterior into a dazzling one.

2. Conduct a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal offers a wonderful opportunity for a first-time home seller to identify potential home exterior issues and address such problems without delay.

During a home appraisal, a property inspector will assess a house both inside and out. He or she likely will spend several hours analyzing a house's strengths and weaknesses. Then, when the property inspector's evaluation is complete, he or she will provide a report that details the assessment findings.

A first-time home seller should analyze a home appraisal report closely. By doing so, this home seller can find out what it takes to upgrade a house's exterior and map out assorted home improvements accordingly.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If a first-time home seller is unsure about how to improve a house's curb appeal, consulting with a real estate agent is ideal. This housing market professional can offer honest, unbiased home exterior improvement recommendations to help a home seller bolster a house's curb appeal.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to respond to a home seller's concerns and questions throughout the home selling process. He or she will serve as a home selling guide and do everything possible to help a home seller achieve the optimal results.

Take the guesswork out of boosting a home's curb appeal first-time home sellers can use the aforementioned tips to enhance a house's curb appeal in no time at all.




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 10/29/2017

Let's face it in today's fierce real estate market, home sellers need any competitive advantage that they can get. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to ensure that you can maximize the value of your residence.

After you hire a real estate agent, the home selling may move quickly. In fact, the most common steps associated with the home selling process include:

1. Prepping Your House

As a home seller, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure that your residence looks great both inside and out.

Your real estate agent can help you prep your house before it is listed on the housing market. He or she may offer tips about how you can transform your home's ordinary interior into an exceptional one. Plus, your real estate agent can put you in touch with home cleaning companies, landscapers, painters and other home improvement professionals who can help you take your home's appearance to the next level.

2. Hosting Open Houses and Home Showings

Open houses and home showings represent essential parts of the home selling and homebuying cycles. For home sellers, these events enable you to showcase your residence to a large group of homebuyers quickly. Meanwhile, open houses and home showings enable homebuyers to browse a wide range of properties without delay.

Your real estate agent will keep you up to date about open houses and home showings. This real estate professional will always provide you with sufficient notice any time a homebuyer wants to check out your home as well.

Hosting open houses and home showings can be stressful, particularly for home sellers who have already committed substantial time and resources to improve their properties. Fortunately, your real estate agent will set up plenty of open houses and home showings to generate substantial interest in your property. He or she also will share homebuyers' feedback with you, ensuring that you can complete myriad home maintenance and upgrade projects as needed.

3. Responding to Home Offers

After your home reaches the real estate market, it may be only a matter of days before you receive your first offer.

Your real estate agent will inform you about any offers on your residence, and you likely will have 24 to 48 hours to determine whether to accept, decline or counter a homebuyer's proposal.

Although you only have a short amount of time to assess a homebuyer's offer, your real estate agent is happy to help you determine how to proceed. This real estate professional will enable you to establish realistic expectations for your home before you list your property. That way, you'll be able to see how your home stacks up against the competition and price it properly.

Furthermore, your real estate agent will negotiate with a homebuyer on your behalf. And if you don't feel comfortable with an offer on your home, your real estate agent will respond to a homebuyer's proposal accordingly.

There is no need to stress when you sell your home. If you hire an experienced real estate agent, you should have no trouble accelerating the home selling process and optimizing the value of your residence.




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 10/22/2017

Putting your home on the market is not for the faint-hearted! As many people discover along the way, the road to selling a home can be rather bumpy -- especially if you attempt to sell it on your own.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do, right away, to make the journey shorter, smoother, and more rewarding. Here are three strategies that will greatly increase your chances of success.

Find a seasoned real estate agent. An experienced real estate agent will not only help you navigate state and federal regulations, negotiate with buyers, and get a handle on paperwork, but they'll also schedule showings of your home and provide continuous marketing help.

Enhance your curb appeal: When it comes to finding prospective buyers and setting up appointments, your real estate agent will do the lion's share of the work. However, it's mostly up to you to make sure your house looks its best and that the appearance of your property catches the eye of house hunters.

Once your home is listed online and a "for sale" sign is planted in your front yard, potential buyers are going to immediately take notice of how your house looks from the outside. Sometimes people browse listed houses from their cars, so it can really pay to make a great first impression from the street.

Some of the things that matter the most are a meticulous-looking yard, a clutter-free property, and a house that looks like it's well maintained. Adding a fresh coat of paint, displaying some colorful potted flowers, and taking care of unsightly weeds and overgrown bushes are a few things you can do to make your property look a lot more inviting.

Stage your home's interior: Once you've cleared the first big hurdle (curb appeal), your next priority -- or perhaps a simultaneous priority -- is to make the interior of your home look inviting and appealing. As is the case with boosting curb appeal, your real estate agent can provide you with cost-effective advice on how to get the most mileage from your efforts.

Some of the tried-and-proven methods of staging a home include reducing clutter, arranging living room furniture in "conversational groups" to depict a cozy, intimate environment, and letting plenty of natural light stream in to make your home appear as cheerful and bright as possible.

Fresh coats of neutral-colored paint should be applied to walls and ceilings on an as-needed basis, and all floors, tables, and counter tops should be kept immaculate. Home staging consultants often recommend removing (or toning down) certain decorating themes -- such as sports, religion, or even too many family photographs -- which may alienate some potential buyers.

The overall objective is to make it easy for house hunters to imagine themselves owning and living in your home. If there's anything about the appearance, decor, or smell of your home that makes people feel in any way uncomfortable, that could make it more difficult to find a committed buyer -- which, of course, is your ultimate goal!