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    TIPS FROM THE PRO’S FOR PREPARING YOUR CAPE COD HOME FOR SALE – You’ve made the decision to sell your Cape Cod home.  You are preparing to select a Real Estate professional to expose your home to the marketplace, or perhaps you already have someone in mind. But how should you prepare your Cape Cod home for the marketplace?

    Buyers typically don’t want to assume any issues, large or small when they are choosing a home. And, if they are willing to do that, it will be reflected in the price they offer.   No one has ever said to me in over 40 years, “this is a great home and I don’t mind all the deferred maintenance issues”.  The conversation is more like “I like the home but with all the deferred maintenance issues, we will have to make a lower offer”.  And, that’s before their home inspection might unearth other issues.

    This is our advice to our sellers. Do your own pre-listing inspection as if you were a buyer. Kitchens are important. Have clean counter-tops for showings, and store as much as possible away. Have the septic inspection done, clean and service the HVAC system if needed.  Make sure things work, like the doorbell, fireplace (gas or wood-burning). Look for rot around trim and areas that might need paint. Check on areas that have caulking and grout, address any plumbing leaks that need repair, eliminate any water stains or mold stains that may exist.  Fix the little things that you’ve lived with.  Fresh paint or a good in-depth cleaning can go a long way too. Be sure you have all the proper keys and remotes. If you have solar panels, be familiar with your contract and have those costs associated ready to share. If you are in a subdivision with restrictions, fees or rights of way, be sure to have information at the ready.

    Spruce up your landscaping for that valuable first impression. Nothing excites prospective buyers more that a neat organized home.  If your garage or basement needs to be cleaned out, get started on that early on. Nothing excites a guy more than a clean garage, and if the floor is painted grey, even better. Same goes for a workbench or workshop. Check to be sure your furnace is clean and in good working order. Sprucing up the outside lawn, gardens and porches also makes a great first impression.

    If you do all these things before buyers come to your Cape Cod home, you stand a good chance of not only having sincere interest, but a fair and reasonable offer. For more info on getting your home ready for sale visit www.facebook.com/capecoddreamhomes 

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    Cape Cod, Where is this Beautiful Place? It’s Worth the Visit!

    Cape Cod Realtors | The Town Of Bourne | Cape Cod Dream Homes

    Where is this beautiful place called Cape Cod?

    North of Cape Cod Bay (and Provincetown) is Massachusetts Bay, which contains the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located 5 miles north of Provincetown. The Atlantic Ocean is to the east of Cape Cod, and to the southwest of the Cape is Buzzards Bay.

    How do you get to Cape Cod? Well, by land, air, sea or in your memories of a visit sometime in your past. It’s quite easy to make a trip to the “Cape”.  Cape Cod is just 75 miles from Logan Airport in Boston, with frequent direct bus travel, or car rentals available. After Memorial Day there is ferry service from Boston to Provincetown, and Jet Blue has seasonal service from Boston to Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis late June through Labor Day.  To visit the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard there is daily service from Hyannis.

    Once you cross one of the two bridges over the Cape Cod Canal, Sagamore Bridge or Bourne Bridge, or arrive via air or ferry, you will discover what we who live here already know. Cape Cod is a very special place, surrounded by pristine ocean waters, breathtaking coves and bays, inlets and salt marshes, beaches, bird and sea life.

    Welcome to Cape Cod via the Bourne Bridge.

    Bourne Bridge to Cape Cod.

    Ferries to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard run daily. There are beautiful Rail Trail bike paths for those who like to explore by bike. There are wonderful parks to camp if that’s your style too. You can visit the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, discover the many galleries and shops, enjoy dining at our great fresh seafood restaurants or simply relax on one of our many pristine beaches.  Of course you’ll see many charming homes with a style named after this wonderful place. So now that you know where we are, we’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

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    Biking the Rail Trails on Cape Cod

    Shining Sea Bikeway – Offers 10.7 miles of paved off road trails from North Falmouth to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The bikeway avoids much of Falmouth summer traffic, and takes riders by Cranberry Bogs, harbors, salt water marshes and the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary and beaches. For more information on the Cape Cod Rail Trails CLICK HERE!

    The Cape Cod Rail Trail (22 mile off road paved) is a beautiful ride through 5 lower and mid-Cape towns. This trail follows the old Cape Cod Railroad route going back to the 1800’s. From the Rt. 134 trail head in Dennis to LeCount Hollow Road in South Wellfleet, past lakes and picnic areas, including Nickerson State Part, this trail is monitored by bike patrol for everyone’s safely and fun.  A truly unique way to enjoy the Cape Cod experience (14.2 miles paved off road along both sides of the Cape Cod Canal, and 7 ½ miles between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

    Cape Cod Canal Bike Path (14.2 miles paved off road trails along both sides of the canal, 7 1/2 miles between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. Scenic water views.




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