Evelyn Doane - William Raveis Real Estate - Cape Cod



Posted by Evelyn Doane on 1/7/2018

Unfortunately, your home's bathroom shower could use a lot of work. But as a home seller, you likely are strapped for time and resources, making it exceedingly difficult to complete a shower overhaul. So what can you do? Luckily, there are many quick, inexpensive ways to improve your bathroom shower, including: 1. Replace the shower head. Shower heads come in a wide range of styles and sizes, ensuring you should have no trouble finding one that will serve you well while you sell your home and help improve the appearance of your shower as well. From stainless steel shower heads to water-saving varieties, there is no shortage of shower head options at your disposal. Plus, these shower heads usually are affordable and simple to install, making them great choices for home sellers who are searching for an easy way to enhance the quality of their home's bathroom shower. 2. Give your shower a thorough cleaning. A dirty shower is the last thing a homebuyer wants to see as he or she checks out your home's bathroom. Fortunately, home sellers can perform extensive cleaning to transform a bland shower into an extraordinary one. When it comes to cleaning your shower, using an all-purpose bathroom cleaner often is a great place to start. Also, you should leverage abrasive scrubbing pads to eliminate deposits on shower floors. If you're struggling to get the results you want, be sure to get help from professional cleaners. Remember, these cleaners will do everything possible to give your shower a pristine appearance. And with their support, you can enjoy an immaculate shower that will look great to prospective homebuyers. 3. Retile your shower. New tiles serve as great options for those who want to improve a shower's appearance. As such, home sellers who commit the time and resources to retile a shower can transform a shower's appearance without delay. Retiling a shower can provide a fun project for do-it-yourselfers (DIYers), one that could prove significant return on investment (ROI). However, it is important to understand the ins and outs of installing tile before you begin this task to ensure the job is completed properly. Thankfully, many DIY websites offer helpful tips that you can use to streamline the process of installing new tiles. And when in doubt, don't be afraid to reach out to tile installation professionals for added support. Selling a home can be exhausting, and improving the quality and appearance of your residence's shower is just one of many ways that you can increase the likelihood of a fast home sale. Of course, collaborating with an experienced real estate agent can provide exceptional results for home sellers, too. A real estate professional who recognizes your home's strengths and weaknesses can help you showcase your residence's strengths to homebuyers. Also, this professional can empower you with the insights you need to find ways to transform your home's weaknesses into strengths. Work with a top-notch real estate agent as you sell your home, and you can benefit from the guidance provided by a real estate professional who will assist you throughout the home selling process.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 8/23/2015

While watching television you see an advertisement encouraging you to install vinyl siding on your home, and eliminate the need to ever paint your house again.   You may then ask yourself, why vinyl sidings? Unlike wood, this is a very durable form of wall finishing that does not require painting, therefore eliminating the ongoing flaking and peeling.  Over time, vinyl siding has become very popular, available in many different colors and styles, and is widely accepted in the United States. Here are some reasons why vinyl siding is an excellent option: Beauty: Vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. Some are designed to have the look of wood, stone or slate, while others are designed to accentuate the best features on the house.  The right combination of color and design will add beauty to any style of house.  For example, it is used in the renovation of historic homes as it presents the user with a wider range of choices to achieve their desired look. Durability: Vinyl siding is very durable, having the ability to withstand cold, moisture, as well as resist heat without losing its aesthetic value. Vinyl siding has been well tested and proven to withstand winds of up to 200 mph. The life time warranty offered by most manufacturers is a clear testament to the products durability. Sustainability: When compared to other exterior cladding options, vinyl siding surpasses them as a greener option. As a result of its potential of reducing thermal bridging, it plays an important role in the building of ENERGY STAR qualified homes. Maintenance: Vinyl siding requires a very low maintenance cost. There is no need for periodic repainting, it only needs to be cleaned once in a while as needed. It does not decay and is not subject to degradation. Washing with mild soap and water typically brings back its luster. Affordable: Despite the fact that vinyl siding provides users with lots of options, it is very affordable. It has a lower installation cost in comparison to other external cladding materials as well as a longer life expectancy. Recent studies show that most home renovators prefer to use vinyl siding for their projects as it is the most versatile when it comes to home renovations. Safety: Vinyl siding is very safe to use. This was emphasized by the Vinyl Siding Institute when they stated that it is one of the few materials which complies with the stringent requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with respect to electrical insulation. When it comes to improving the exterior of your home, the desirable characteristics of vinyl siding should be considered. The popularity of this type of siding is a result of its merits far out weighing its faults.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 5/10/2015

Ever feel like things pile up in your home? Maybe on the kitchen table or counter, your dresser, or nightstand? Well a little organization can turn your home from full of clutter to nice and neat without having to throw everything away. Here are a few things to keep in mind when improving the organization of your home.

  1. Everything needs a place - if every item in your home has a place to be stored, you are less likely to just drop it anywhere. If an item shouldn't be sitting on your counter top, then it should have a home.
  2. Maximize your storage space - If you feel like you are lacking storage space, think again. A closet with no shelves can't store as much, and those spaces you aren't using, like under your bed, can be transformed into storage places too. Setting up the places that you have to store items so they can be fully used is key to making sure everything can be stored.
  3. Label - If you can find where something goes, you are more likely to put it there. Having boxes stacked into a closet, and not knowing what's in there, doesn't help you organize. But having storage containers, shelves, drawers, etc that are labeled for easy finding does.
  4. Shelves and containers - Having the right assortment of storage is key. Not everything is stored well on a shelf and the same goes for in a container. Make sure you have a variety of what you need; everything from small to large containers, baskets, drawers, shelves and hooks. You want to make sure that where you are putting something can be easily found and accessed.
  5. Get into the routine - Old habits die hard so when you first organize you might find you still leave things hanging around. Getting into the new habit of putting things away can take time but an easy way to start is to set aside 10-15 minutes at the end of each day to put everything where it belongs. Before you know it, you will be doing it throughout the day!
Regardless of whether you go all out on organization, or just do a little, you will find that with a couple of changes you can enjoy your space much more. And without all the clutter that has been left behind!  





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 4/26/2015

Many homeowners paint their homes the same: 1 color per room on the walls. Ever wish you could do something different? Maybe you just don't know what to do, or are not sure about the ideas that you do have looking good in reality. Well there are a few ways that you can spice up the walls (and ceilings!) of your home without needing to e an interior decorator. Accent Walls Adding an accent wall can give a room a focal point, help with the flow of color from room to room or add a bit of fun. You can either use a bold color on your accent wall or use a deeper tone of the color on the other walls in the room to create a more subtle look. Having an accent wall in the same color as the adjacent room's furnishings or fabrics allows for a smooth transition. Your accent wall can also be used to showcase an item, such as a built in bookcase, a piece of art work, or an architectural feature. Ceiling Color Not many people think about painting their ceilings but its really a place with a lot of potential. Adding deep warm colors can make a large space feel more cozy, while adding a lighter shade of the wall color can open the space up. You can even add drama to your space with a variety of finishes, glazing and even pattern! Chalkboard Walls Get creative with chalkboard paint on a wall, or section of a wall. It can be used for a child's room to promote creativity, in the office as a calendar, to do list, or message board, or in the kitchen to make a shopping list or menu for the week. However you choose to use it, it's a fun new way to use paint with a functional use as well. Wall Finishes Adding a wall finish is simple and requires little to no artistic ability. Using sponges, paper, cheese cloth, or even specialty paints, you can create a textured look to your wall. Go a step further and add some textured wall paper to the bottom half of your wall with a chair rail above, and paint. Instantly you create a unique look to any room. There are a variety of ways to create a new look with a little paint, time and creativity. Spicing up the look of your home can be as easy as a texture on a wall, a splash of color on the ceiling or a fun new way to draw on the walls for the kids. Check out your local home improvement store's paint section for ideas and how to's!





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 11/9/2014

Going green has been a term that has been floating around for some time the past few years.  As fears of global warming and overall global awareness have increased rapidly, the ideas soon follow.  It's an interesting and empowering idea, reduce your global footprint and preserve the earth.  The best part is that in some cases, you can save money even with little to no investment. If you are looking to install something like solar panels on your house, there is a federal program for both a business or a person that provides an investment tax credit of 30%.  Depending on the state there are state funded programs that are similar and even programs.  The state programs are similar to the electric car incentives in that they are slowly disappearing, which makes now a good time to make a decision.  Energystar.gov has more information on the specifics. As mentioned that is only one path, there have been companies that claim to decrease your electric bills.  This is achieved through leasing.  A low monthly fee to lease the solar panels and a reduction on your total monthly bill - at least that is the idea.  There are many  knowledgeable professionals in the New England and surrounding areas, who may be able to assist you further.  For example SolarCity provides exactly what was described above.  Keep in mind the results will vary depending on where you live and even the seasons.  A free consultation never hurt anyone though, you could spend less and go green in the process.