How to Make Your Home Low Maintenance

Many of us work long hours all week so that we can afford the luxuries of a nice home. Unfortunately, keeping your home clean and updated requires even more time that you don’t have.

The good news is that there are a growing number of ways to make your home less high maintenance. Things like automation, decluttering techniques, and cleaning hacks have made it easier than ever for us to take care of our homes while still having time to enjoy them.

Home automation

Tony Stark’s skyrise in Iron Man, the Jetson family’s house, and Nathan’s lab in Ex Machina all have one thing in common: robots that help make our home lives easier. What was once reserved for sci-fi, however, is beginning to be introduced at affordable prices in the real world.

There are many different types of home automation devices available on today’s market. One of the simplest time-saving devices is Amazon’s dash button. You can buy a button for several different household items. You keep the buttons in your cabinet or pantry and when you run out of, say, laundry detergent you can simply press the button and Amazon will automatically order and ship more.

For something more advanced, home assistants are gaining in popularity. Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, and others are currently gaining traction. They typically look like a normal small speaker. But with them you can order items online, set alarms and reminders for things like cleaning or car maintenance, control your lights and thermostat, and more.

Cleaning robots

You’ve probably seen the Roomba before–the small robot that vacuums your house for you by learning the floor layout. If you haven’t, now’s the time to look into them. The market is diversifying and the technology is improving, making them even more helpful to have around the house.

Robots aren’t just for the indoors. You can now purchase a robot that mows your lawn for you. It learns the parameters of your yard, how to avoid obstacles, and soon it’s cutting the grass while you sit back in a lounge chair.

Smart weatherproofing

While we’re on the topic of your home’s exterior, let’s discuss some ways to make the outside of your home low maintenance. Gutter guards and leaf filters are a great way to make sure your gutters don’t get clogged, protecting your gutters and in turn your foundation.  

When it comes to roofing, there are now several alternatives that will outshine and outlast traditional shingles. Metal roofs are growing in popularity as they now come in several aesthetically appealing forms.

Cleaning hacks

The best cleaning hacks are the ones that save you time and reduce the number of times you have to clean something. For the shower doors in your bathroom, cleaning them with Rain-X glass cleaner (built for car windshields) will keep them clear and shining longer.

Dusting a home takes a lot of time. Most people see dusting as an inevitable weekly task. However, there is a way to reduce the dust that gets kicked up in your home. The amount of dust that builds up on the surfaces of your home is largely due to air conditions. An air purifier and a humidifier can both help to reduce that amount of dust in your home.

Tips for Countering a Lowball Offer on Your Home

As a home seller, there is always a chance that you may receive a lowball offer on your house. When this happens, you might feel disappointed and frustrated and be ready to move on to the next offer. However, a lowball offer may set the table for a negotiation, particularly for a home seller who knows how to respond to this proposal properly.

Ultimately, it is important to assess any offer on your home, even if this proposal fails to meet your initial expectations. And even though it may be tough to take a lowball offer seriously, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of it before you make your next move.

What does it take to assess a lowball offer on your home and counter it accordingly? Here are three tips to help a home seller do just that.

1. Stay Focused on Your Goals

For home sellers, you want to sell your home, maximize its value and move through the home selling process as quickly as possible. As such, you’ll want to keep these goals in mind any time you receive a lowball offer.

If you receive a lowball offer, remain focused on your goals, and try not to get too emotional about it. With this approach, you’ll be able to remain calm, cool and collected and respond to the proposal without the risk of burning any bridges between you and a potential homebuyer.

2. Respond to the Homebuyer’s Offer

What you might consider to be a lowball offer may be a fair proposal in the eyes of a homebuyer. Thus, you should respond to a homebuyer’s proposal, regardless of whether you consider it to be a lowball offer. By doing so, you may be able to open the lines of communication and help the homebuyer better understand what you consider to be a fair price for your residence.

After you receive a lowball offer, you may choose to pass on it and can relay your decision through your real estate agent. In this scenario, you can let the homebuyer know that you appreciate his or her offer but are going to pass on it. That way, you can decline the proposal politely and await offers that fall in line with your expectations.

Comparatively, you might decide to counter a homebuyer’s initial offer, and your real estate agent can pass along the information about what you would be willing to accept for your house. By countering a homebuyer’s offer, you may be able to begin a negotiation that could help you accelerate the home selling process.

3. Establish Realistic Expectations

Pricing your home competitively from the get-go is paramount for any home seller. With a competitive price, you’ll be able to set realistic expectations for homebuyers and may be able to avoid the risk of receiving a lowball offer entirely.

When it comes to determining a fair price for your house, consult with your real estate agent. Remember, your real estate agent possesses industry experience and can help you set a fair price for your house based on the current real estate market’s conditions.

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32 Common St,



Waltham, MA 02451

Condo

$509,000
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Rooms

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Sparkling young 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium by one of Waltham's most highly regarded builders. Tucked away, yet ideally located within a short distance to the town green & commuter rail, Moody street, Charles river, and so much more. Unit features include: spacious open floor plan, large dining area, balcony off of living room, ample closet space as well as additional storage. A large and functional kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, granite counter tops, and breakfast bar serve to add an enhanced sense of space. The oversized master is it's own oasis with full bath and two large closets. Cityside Commons is one of only a few rare buildings in Waltham that are serviced by elevator. Garage parking, with an additional outdoor space add even greater convenience to this fantastic property. Please join us for the first public showing; open house Sunday 3/19 12-2PM.

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32 Common St,



Waltham, MA 02451

Condo

$509,000
Price

5
Rooms

2
Beds

2
Baths

Sparkling young 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium by one of Waltham's most highly regarded builders. Tucked away, yet ideally located within a short distance to the town green & commuter rail, Moody street, Charles river, and so much more. Unit features include: spacious open floor plan, large dining area, balcony off of living room, ample closet space as well as additional storage. A large and functional kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, granite counter tops, and breakfast bar serve to add an enhanced sense of space. The oversized master is it's own oasis with full bath and two large closets. Cityside Commons is one of only a few rare buildings in Waltham that are serviced by elevator. Garage parking, with an additional outdoor space add even greater convenience to this fantastic property. Please join us for the first public showing; open house Sunday 3/19 12-2PM.

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