Joseph Duggan | Malden Real Estate, Medford Real Estate, Melrose Real Estate


Have you ever wondered what makes some house’s curbside appeal look so great and otherse2e more of a “what were they thinking”?

No one plans to be the latter. This can make choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior quite the daunting task. Afterall, it’s not exactly a quick project you can repaint if the color isn’t quite what you thought it should be.

Use these general guidelines to pick the perfect color for your home’s exterior.

You want to pick a color that goes well with your home’s surroundings. These are the things you don’t plan on changing anytime soon like the roof, stonework, the driveway, and pathways.

It’s important to understanding if the undertones of these elements is warm or cool as this can help inform your color decision. Warm colors would be browns, beige, and brick while cool colors would be blacks grays and blues.

Whichever the main undertone is for the surroundings choose the opposite tone for the color of your home. This will help your home feel like a natural placement without completely blending into its surroundings.

Another factor to take into consideration is to know your home’s architectural style and the colors typically used in that style and era. Sticking at least somewhat close to these color schemes when you choose your own shades will prevent your home from feeling “off”.

Once you have these two factors determined it’s time to do some research. Drive through your neighborhood and those that have homes which catch your eye. You can also take to Pinterest and pin images of homes that catch your eye to make an inspiration board. Take notes on those that are your favorites, have a similar style to your home or have a color you particularly like.

When it comes to choosing your color you’ll want to pick two or three colors. One for the siding, one for the trim and a third if you are looking to repaint doors or shutters.

Typically the trim work color contrasts with your main color. Think of the traditional white trimming that pops against most popular home colors. You could also select a lighter shade of your siding color for a monologous color palette that creates a serene peaceful feel.

Pick a good quality paint that will withstand time and weather. Painting exterior is a lot of work and making the investment means not having to touch up as often. It is also wise to pick a brand that offers sampler options for you to “try on” the paint color. Try just a few colors on your home as a swatch test to see how they look in different lighting your house receives throughout the day.


The time has come to go through and clear what has become clutter in your own home. Hopefully, you can give the items more life and someone else the opportunity to have the use of these items. After all one man’s trash is another man’s treasure right? The answer is maybe not. There are some things that donation centers are unable to accept. Here are a few of those items and some ideas.

Mattresses and box springs 

Due to the issue of sanitation most donation places are not able to accept mattresses and box springs because they cannot guarantee that they are free from bed bugs, mites, or any other undesirable extras hidden away inside. Thankfully when you purchase a new mattress if you have it delivered the option may be available for them to haul away your old one for you. 

Large appliances 

Nowadays more often than not when someone is looking to purchase large appliances, they would instead get new products and ensure the use of their purchase for years to come. With cheaper choices available and the option to finance becoming open to more and more consumers donation centers are not as willing to accepting these donations. Other opportunities to purge them from your house are to put it in a garage sale or want ads of your choice. If you are purchasing a new appliance, many large stores will offer to haul away your old ones for you. Something that you may consider for your large appliances is your local scrap metal yard as they usually purchase these types of items for their metal value. 

Old, worn, stained or broken items 

Needless to say, if an article is any of the above, it is beyond going to a donation center. These are items that just need to go into the recycle or trash bin. 

Additional considerations

Things that have been left over from garage sales, items that you received for free or for participation, anything with the potential to grow mold and anything vulgar or offensive are good things to put on the curb instead of the donation pile. Check around to see if any places around you are willing to accept large and/or unwieldy items since some organizations just don’t have the room for these. 

To sum it up 

Try to make sure that what you are donating isn’t actually a trash item and if you cannot find a donation center that is willing or able to accept what you have to offer then make sure that you follow your city’s ordinances for disposal or recycling. Enjoy your clutter free home with the assurance that you have given a second chance to items that you can and helped give back to your community. Ask your real estate agent to recommend the best donation locations.


Let's face it – no condo seller wants to deal with a high-pressure negotiation. Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline the process of selling your condo so you can avoid stressful negotiations with property buyers.

What does it take to remain calm, cool and collected during a negotiation with a condo buyer? Here are three tips that every condo seller needs to know.

1. Consider the Condo Buyer's Perspective

As an informed condo seller, it is important to consider both sides of a negotiation. By doing so, you can evaluate a condo buyer's perspective and plan your next move accordingly.

For condo sellers, the goal is to get the best price for a property. As such, a condo seller who performs extensive housing market research probably understands the true value of his or her residence.

On the other hand, a condo buyer is likely to conduct real estate market research on his or her own. This property buyer also will assess the current condition of a condo in relation to his or her budget and submit an offer that accounts for these factors.

Ultimately, a condo seller and buyer should try to find common ground. That way, both parties can work together to get the best results out of a negotiation.

2. Review All of Your Options

After a condo seller accepts a buyer's proposal, the next step likely involves a property inspection. At this point, a condo acquisition may move forward, or a condo seller might need to rethink his or her plan.

If a condo inspector discovers myriad problems with a property, a condo buyer may ask the seller to complete repairs or lower the price of the property. Meanwhile, a condo seller will need to review all of his or her options quickly.

Following a condo inspection, it is important to consider the results of the evaluation.

If a condo seller discovers major repairs are required, he or she should consider completing the repairs or lowering the price on a property.

Or, if a condo buyer asks for a major price reduction even though only minimal repairs are needed, a seller should be unafraid to say "No" to the buyer's requests.

It is important for a condo seller to feel comfortable with any decision that is made throughout the property selling cycle. Thus, if a condo seller is uncomfortable with completing property repairs or reducing the price of a residence after a property inspection, he or she should be ready to decline a buyer's demands.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent will handle negotiations between a condo seller and buyer. Therefore, this housing market professional can play a pivotal role in a seller's ability to get the best price for a condo.

Consulting with a real estate agent who possesses condo experience is key. This real estate agent can keep you up to date during negotiations with condo buyers and ensure you are fully satisfied with the final results.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can move one step closer to maximizing the value of your condo.


LESS THAN A 10 MINUTE WALK TO THE READING COMMUTER RAIL! Here's your chance to own an affordable home in the highly sought after community of Reading and bring your own updating ideas to make it your own! This solid Colonial features hdwd floors throughout ready for refinishing.Containing 5 bdrms and a room in the basement once used as an office; rooms enough for all. The 1st floor contains an eat in kitchen, dining room, 1 bdrm, 1/2 bath and living room boasting a wood burning FP. The kitchen includes all appliances such as, fridge, wall oven, cook top, microwave and dishwasher. The 2nd floor provides 4 bdrms with lots of closet space and full bath. Base. contains the extra room which was used as an office many yrs ago. The backyard is level and spacious; wonderful for BBQs and entertaining. This home is wonderfully located within walking distance to downtown. Easily accessible to commuter routes 93 and 128/95. Adding your updates and touches will make this home shine!

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179 Washington Street, Reading, MA 01867

Single-Family

$449,000
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
LESS THAN A 10 MINUTE WALK TO THE READING COMMUTER RAIL! Here's your chance to own an affordable home in the highly sought after community of Reading and bring your own updating ideas to make it your own! This solid Colonial features hdwd floors throughout ready for refinishing.Containing 5 bdrms and a room in the basement once used as an office; rooms enough for all. The 1st floor contains an eat in kitchen, dining room, 1 bdrm, 1/2 bath and living room boasting a wood burning FP. The kitchen includes all appliances such as, fridge, wall oven, cook top, microwave and dishwasher. The 2nd floor provides 4 bdrms with lots of closet space and full bath. Base. contains the extra room which was used as an office many yrs ago. The backyard is level and spacious; wonderful for BBQs and entertaining. This home is wonderfully located within walking distance to downtown. Easily accessible to commuter routes 93 and 128/95. Adding your updates and touches will make this home shine!
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