Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 8/7/2018

Fireplaces are often seen as a necessity for homebuyers. It adds charm and decorative as well as physical warmth to a home. More than half of new homes have a fireplace. If your home doesnít have a fireplace, you may wonder if installing and maintaining a fireplace is worth it. Will it add value to your home? There are a few things you need to consider before you decide to take on this project.


Keep in mind that fireplaces are not directly accounted for during a home appraisal. Yet, they add value to a home. Home buyers will pay more for homes that have fireplaces. Depending on the location of your home, a fireplace can increase the value of the property by a significant amount- up to thousands of dollars.


The location of a home really has a direct effect on how much value it adds it a home. When added to other amenities in your home, a fireplace can compound to make the home appear more luxurious. A fireplace is a must in a higher end home.  

On the flip side, more modest homes may not need fireplaces. If a home needs many other improvements, a fireplace may not add much to the property. The amount of value a fireplace adds is very much dependent on the type of property itís being added to.       


Itís possible to add a fireplace to just about any home. The cost will vary by a large amount ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Specific requirements may exist within your city dictating how fireplaces must be installed. Keep in mind that everything from the type of fireplace thatís being installed to the height of the chimney must be considered. Look into things like:

  • Emission limits
  • Chimney height
  • Construction requirements
  • Permits
  • Type of installation

Each requirement will add a bit more cost to the project, so itís best to do some research beforehand. 

Getting The Maximum Value

If you decide that adding a fireplace is the right decision for your property, there are a few ways to get the maximum return on your investment. First, you should build the fireplace in the room of your home thatís most used. This space would most likely be the living room or family room in most cases. Keep in mind that adding a fireplace can drastically change the look of a room.

Whether youíre adding a fireplace or putting in an initial one, you can be sure that it will add value to your home in the form of attraction and home price.  

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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 8/3/2018

This Condo in Lowell, MA recently sold for $180,000. This Garden style home was sold by - Competitive Edge Real Estate Services.

361 Aiken Ave, Lowell, MA 01850



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Welcome Home to this fantastic 2 bedroom garden style unit on the Lowell/Dracut town line conveniently located to all major highways, shopping, restaurants, UMASS Lowell, and public transportation. Bright and spacious living room that leads out to a very convenient ground level deck with storage closet. In unit laundry that accommodates full size washer/dryer, and also plenty of closet space. Freshly painted through out, stainless steel appliances, new hot water heater, furnace, and a/c unit all replaced April 2017.There is 1 deeded parking space but not to worry, an abundance of visitor spots right out your front door. This unit is a must see, all you need to do is move in and ENJOY!!!

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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 8/2/2018

This Single-Family in Tewksbury, MA recently sold for $580,000. This Colonial style home was sold by - Competitive Edge Real Estate Services.

131 Fox Run Dr, Tewksbury, MA 01876


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Start Packing!! You'll want to move right in! Beautifully maintained 3 bedroom 2 and 1/2 bath colonial with Recently updated eat in Kitchen, granite counters, Slate appliances, and Wood look porcelain tile floors that extend through the foyer, kitchen and into the updated half bath. Access the two tier deck from Kitchen or Sun Room, perfect for entertaining and enjoy the summer weather, or go for a swim in the above ground pool while enjoying the fenced in level yard. Spacious Living Room featuring gas fireplace, Living Room leads you right into the Light and Bright Sun Room with Vaulted ceilings and Exposed beams. Second floor Master bedroom with tons of natural light and Vaulted ceilings, Master Bath and Walk in closet. Two well sized bedrooms, and updated second floor guest bath with Laundry. Walk up unfinished attic provides potential for additional living space in the future. Two car Garage under with access to unfinished basement. Open House 6/10 12pm - 2pm Offers due 6/13 by 5pm

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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 7/31/2018

It generally is a good idea to bring your A-game to the home selling journey. Because if you fail to put your best foot forward, it may take many weeks or months to stir up interest in your residence.

Ultimately, there are lots of things that you can do to generate interest in your home, such as:

1. Bolster Your Home's Curb Appeal

Your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on buyers. If your residence boasts exceptional curb appeal, your house is sure to make a great first impression.

Typically, upgrading a house's curb appeal can be quick and simple. Performing lawn care tasks like trimming the hedges and removing debris from walkways is ideal. Also, you may want to fix any cracked or damaged home siding.

If you need help with home exterior enhancements, you can always reach out to local professionals for assistance as well. By hiring home improvement specialists, you can bolster your residence's curb appeal without delay.

2. Set an Aggressive Initial Asking Price

The initial asking price you set for your home can have far-flung effects on the house selling journey. If you establish an aggressive initial asking price for your house, you could accelerate the home selling cycle.

To determine the best price for your home, it may be beneficial to conduct an appraisal. Thanks to an appraisal, you can receive a property valuation that you can use to help you decide how to price your house.

In addition, you may want to perform an inspection before you list your residence. After an inspection, you'll receive a report that details any underlying problems with your house. You then can use this report to prioritize home repairs and complete property upgrades so you can get the best price for your residence.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent knows what it takes to sell a home as quickly as possible. At the same time, a real estate agent understands how to help a seller maximize his or her house sale earnings. Thus, a real estate agent can provide insights and recommendations that allow you to achieve your desired home selling results.

With support from a real estate agent, you can receive expert guidance as you navigate the home selling journey. A real estate agent will work with you throughout this journey and ensure you can get the help you need to succeed. Plus, a real estate agent will respond to any of your home selling questions and teach you everything you need to know about selling a residence.

When it comes to selling a home, it is important to work hard to accomplish your goals. If you take advantage of the aforementioned tips, you can bring your A-game to the home selling journey. As a result, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a memorable house selling experience.

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Posted by Competitive Edge Real Estate Services on 7/27/2018

Pristine Four Square Colonial tastefully updated throughout. Truly a gem, a welcoming three season porch is cozy entrance to granite & stainless kitchen newer cabinets, bonus separate pantry/prep room and tons of cabinets. Updated bath & flooring. Gleaming hardwood floors in living and dining rooms with original trim & boxed newel posts leading to 2nd flr featuring four bedrooms, maximum use of space. Updated roof, windows, heat & more Oversized one car detached garage w/plenty of storage area, above ground pool to chill off during the lazy days of summer. Beautiful trees & flowering shrubs, firepit. Lovely home, a must see! Home buyer warranty included.

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