Patricia Soucy | Rutland Real Estate, Holden Real Estate, Oakham Real Estate

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It may be tempting to call an expert (and sometimes, you can't avoid doing so) to fix something or to enhance the decor of your home, but some projects are surprisingly easy to do. Tackling DIY projects at home has never been easier, thanks to the availability of tools and products designed just for homeowners. You won't have to pay contractor's rates -- and can have a custom look you'll love -- when you try one or more of these projects. 

Upgrade your Shower: Get an immediate boost to your shower when you swap out the old shower head for something new. Removing the old head and adding a fancy new one -- whether you want something adjustable or a spa-worthy rain shower. You won't need many tools and can remove the old head, clean things up, then add the new one in about an hour. You'll love the satisfaction that comes from doing this yourself, and be able to buy a more expensive shower head without blowing your budget, too. 

Paint a Room: Leave the cathedral ceilings and complicated spaces to a pro, but if you just need a quick color change in a bedroom, you can generally DIY it for about a quarter of the cost of hiring someone to do it. Expect to spend several hours over the course of the weekend and invest the savings into quality equipment and paint you'll never have to touch up or worry about. 

Prepare the Garden: Shoveling out a 10x10 space sounds less than appealing to most of us, but you can rent a tiller from a local home improvement store and DIY this space in under an hour. You'll be able to focus instead on the planning and planting -- not the grueling digging -- when you take this approach. If you can push a lawnmower, you can use a tiller to prepare any area for planting in a hurry. 

Assemble Furniture: You can hire someone to do it, or pay a fee for the store to assemble things, but if you have some spare time and a few tools, most items can go together very swiftly. Use the time to binge watch a new program and DIY the assembly. You'll save money and get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you can do things yourself. 

Powerwash: There are many powerwasher brands on the market today that offer a lot of cleaning for a small price. A contractor could charge you hundreds of dollars each time you need the service, or you can spend about a hundred one time and get a unit of your own. These smaller, more compact models still pack plenty of punch and can be used for decks, porches, patios and on your home itself with ease. 

Simple projects like these build your skills and your inventory of supplies and tools. If you have a project in mind that can be safely done, it is worth exploring your DIY options -- you could end up leanring something new and creating a finished look you'll love. 


341 Main Street, Rutland, MA 01543



Charm Abounds in this completely remodeled home!!! This 1514 sq ft colonial boasts an open concept kithcen with large granite center island with seating, a dining area, plus a cozy Family room area with pellet stove adjacent to a Large tiled mudroom. The main level also includes a full bath and a sunken living room with custom built-ins and Hardwood flooring that walks out onto the wrap around farmers porch complete with a porch swing!! The second floor consists of 3 bedrooms, a Den/Office area and a full bath with double sinks and tiled shower. Relax or entertatin in the picturesque backyard which offers a patio with a covered outdoor "bar" area that Connects to the "Mantown" complete with cable hookup! This property also has a 2 car garage with overhead storage and a 9x11 stoage shed, beautiful stone wall and an outdoor firepit.
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This Single-Family in Rutland, MA recently sold for $399,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Patricia Soucy - Soucy Realty Inc..

76 Campbell Street, Rutland, MA 01543


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2 YEAR YOUNG RESALE!! Built by highly sought after local quality builder. This Beautifully appointed 1808 sq ft colonial offers 3 beds 2 1/2 ba. The expanded Kitchen design allows for a spacious eat-in area as well as a large granite center island with ample seating space! The kitchen also contains a double pantry, comes fully applianced with black stainless steel. A slider to the deck offers views of the large level backyard. The entryway leads into the sunlit family room and a Living room with a propane FP and custom mantle and hardwood flooring. The second level offer a Master bedroom with full bath (double sink/vanity and linen closet). LARGE W/I closet with custom closet storage system. Two additional bedrooms with double closets and a Main bath with tub/shower combo quartz countertop and linen closet. Oversized 2 car garage under. Foam insulated. Propane heating, central air. HERS energy rated for efficient heating and cooling.

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Selling a vacation home is a lot like selling any other property, but for a few key differences. One, most vacation homes are far from the people who want to purchase them. Two, most vacation homes are far away from their owners, as well. This distance between owners, sellers, and the property can lead to some marketing challenges.

Working with a team of dedicated professionals can help. If you're a vacation home owner who would like to sell your property sometime in the next few months, working with a capable real estate professional can help the selling process go smoothly and quickly. Here's what you need to know. 

1. Maintain the Property 

Before listing your property for sale, address your deferred maintenance. Is the air conditioner old or in disrepair? Get a tune up or replace the unit. Does the chimney need a new liner? Replace it. Disclose these new repairs to your real estate professional, so they can mention recent repairs in your home's description. 

If you choose not to make these repairs before listing your home for sale, assume you'll have to disclose maintenance problems and (probably) reduce your price. Work with a real estate professional who can help you negotiate a good deal, while keeping in mind that you won't be able to fetch the best price for your property.  

2. Upgrade

Buyers love new features, especially new kitchens, bathrooms and decks. If you're trying to collect the maximum amount for your vacation home, talk to your real estate agent about upgrading parts of the property that are out of date. 

Not all home buyers expect the latest and greatest from their vacation home. If your property is a cabin in the woods, buyers may expect the facilities to be rustic and basic. If you're selling a beach house, buyers may have greater expectations. Your real estate professional will be able to tell you if a home upgrade will do you good, and if so, what kind of home upgrade. 

3. Improve Curb Appeal

Views, scenery and natural surroundings tend to be very important for vacation properties. Work with a landscaping professional or a contractor to improve your vacation home's curb appeal. This may mean planting flowers, installing a pathway, replacing overgrown or unhealthy shrubs and even clearing away trees that block the view. Do this before listing your home for sale, so the house will be ready when the photographer takes pictures. 

4. Get Professional Photographs & a Virtual Tour

Hire a photographer or media specialist to take professional photographs of your property and make a virtual tour. Photographs are very important because buyers may not be local and must rely on pictures to decide which homes are of interest. Virtual tours also make it easier for home buyers to decide which properties are most enticing. The easier it is for your home to be seen from a distance, the more attention it will attract from potential buyers.  

5. Find the Right Real Estate Professional

Work with a real estate professional who is experienced working with remote buyers and sellers. Interview several real estate professionals and ask them which strategies they recommend for selling a home remotely. Choose the real estate professional who has the most experience working with vacation home buyers and sellers, as this will be very important for the successful sale of your property. 

TO BE BUILT 1836sq ft open concept ranch offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, hardwoods throughout main living areas. Granite kitchen/baths with quality soft close cabinets. A Cathedraled familyroom, propane fireplace with stone surround and custom mantel (wired forTV) Quality trim and finishes throughout! Full unfinished walk out basement provides TONS of storage area plu plenty of room for future expansion! Energy efficient propane heat and central air. 12X16 Covered deck, 2 car garage and paved driveway set on a picturesque 1.5 acre lot complete with old stone walls on a paved country road!

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