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Inheriting a Home

Before you think about selling an inherited property, there are things you can do to get ready. A step-by-step approach helps you avoid spending too much money or waiting too long before you take action.

Our real estate agents have consulted many clients who want advice after inheriting a home. While it's true most inherited homes eventually go on the market, it's important to take your time and make an informed decision.

Here's how you can make the most of your time and make the best choices:

  1. Cancel (Most) Recurring Bills Relating to the Home
    First things first, it's crucial to minimize the amount you pay to maintain the property. You can start by cutting out things like the internet that won't get any use while a home is vacant. If possible, leave the electricity and water running – these make it easier to show the home to buyers in its best light. If you have a security system, keep it running so the home will be protected.

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Cost of Selling Your Home

With so many reality real estate shows on TV today, it sometimes seems like there's nothing to buying and selling houses. How hard could it be? In less than 30 minutes, each program showcases even the most rundown home as an instant seller after a little renovating and staging. Don't get us wrong — our real estate agents love these fun shows as much as you do. However, the realities of the real estate market aren't always as sunny.

The cost of selling your home might shock you. From planned renovations to unexpected repairs, a wiser seller knows that you've got to spend money to make money. Here are a few hidden costs involved in selling your home:

  • Repairs/Renovations
    Although you may believe that your home is ready to sell as-is, performing a few quick fixes around the house can increase its value. Interior painting, new flooring, replacement garage doors, and updated appliances are a few of the smart investments you can make to increase the appeal and value of the property.

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Commute Time for New Home

Commute time is an important factor you should consider when buying a new home. While a long commute may not bother you at first, it may affect your lifestyle and ability to enjoy your new home. For many, finding the perfect home means balancing price, location, community amenities, and distance to the office. With a little planning, it is not hard to find a balance between time in the car and time spent in the home of your dreams. 

The Peace and Quiet of the Countryside

Many people choose to commute do so because they find a little slice of heaven far away from city centers and nosy neighbors. Maine is filled with beautiful properties hidden in the hills or nestled along the coast. These charming properties are the perfect place to rest and recharge after a long day at work. If you want to purchase these relaxing retreats, it may mean a commute of 15, 30, 45 minutes, or more to your office. Nationwide, the average commute is 26 minutes. If you are looking at a longer commute, it means you will have that much less time each day to enjoy your home.

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