Ro Caddick-Kilduff - Realty Executives, Tri-County


When it comes time to attend a home showing, it helps to be prepared. That way, you can check out a house from top to bottom and confirm that this house fits your needs.

Ultimately, there are several important steps that a homebuyer should take before attending a home showing, and these are:

1. Review the Home Listing

Reading a home listing often serves as a first opportunity to evaluate a house and determine whether it could be your dream residence. As such, you'll want to review the listing closely to verify your interest in a house.

Oftentimes, reading a home listing a few times is a good idea. This will enable you to analyze all aspects of the listing and ensure it is worth your time to visit a house in-person.

2. Create a Home Showing Checklist

Although a home listing likely provides lots of information about a house, there may be plenty of unanswered questions that you have about a residence. Fortunately, a home showing gives you the opportunity to ask questions and receive insights into a house that you won't be able to receive elsewhere. And if you craft a home showing checklist in advance, you'll be ready to get the information that you need to fully assess a residence.

Remember, there is no such thing as a "bad" question, particularly when it comes to evaluating a house. If you make a list of questions before a home showing, you'll be able to receive responses that can help you make an informed decision about whether to submit an offer on a house.

Don't forget to include different areas of a home in your home showing checklist, either. In most cases, you'll want to evaluate a house's roof, attic and other areas to determine whether costly, time-intensive repairs may be needed in the near future.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Preparing for a home showing may prove to be difficult, particularly for a buyer who is attending a showing for the first time. If you consult with a real estate agent, however, you can get the help that you need to prepare for any home showing, at any time.

A real estate agent is a homebuying professional who understands the ins and outs of evaluating a residence. He or she can provide expert home showing preparation recommendations and serve as a guide throughout the showing itself.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to help you at each stage of the homebuying journey. If you have questions before or after a home showing, a real estate agent is ready to answer them. And if you want to submit an offer following a showing, this housing market professional can help you submit a competitive proposal at your convenience.

Don't wait to kick off your search for the perfect home. Instead, follow the aforementioned steps, and you can prepare for a home showing and move closer to acquiring your ideal residence.


“Curb appeal” is a term that worries many sellers who are concerned that their house doesn’t have what it takes to woo buyers when they pull up to your driveway. Some aspects of curb appeal aren’t always in your control, such as the neighborhood your house is in, the state of sidewalks and roads, and eyesores like outdated power lines.

However, there are many things you can do to make your house stand out amongst the rest in a positive way. Better yet, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to achieve curb appeal.

In this article, we’re going to give you 6 inexpensive ways to increase the curb appeal of your home to woo potential buyers.

1. Match your landscaping to your home architecture

We all have our own preferences when it comes to bushes, trees, and plants in our yard. However, some landscaping decisions work more fluidly and naturally with the architecture of your home.

A good way to achieve this is by planting things that are native to your area and avoiding expensive trees that are in fashion one year and out of style the next.

2. Paint your trim, shutters, and front door

Sprucing up these accent items will improve the appearance of the entire exterior of your home. Don’t be afraid to choose bright and bold colors, so long as they match the color and style of the rest of your home.

3. Buy a new mailbox and house numbers

For less than $40 you can buy a new mailbox and house numbers that will give your home a sense of newness. Like with the other items on the list, go with options that match the style of your home.

4. Upgrade the lighting

Although the lights might not be on when people come to view your home, they will certainly notice old lighting. Make sure walkway lights are standing straight, equidistant from one another, and clean.

Installing or updating your porch light is also a good way to up the curb appeal when potential buyers get to your doorway.

5. Photograph the home at the best time

Since most home buyers begin their house hunting online, your first opportunity to show off your home’s curb appeal is in your listing photos.

While there is no set rule to the best time of day to photograph your home, you’ll want to avoid harsh glares or extremely overcast days. Try shooting after sunrise, sometime before noon, in the late afternoon, and just before sunset (the golden hour). Then review your photos and find the ones that show off your home the best.

6. Wash or pressure wash your home

Before spending hundreds on landscaping, take some time to wash the exterior of your home. Viewers will look at your house first and foremost, and dirty siding won’t win over any hearts.

You can use soapy water and a long-handled brush, or you can rent a pressure washer for as little as $30.


This Single-Family in Blackstone, MA recently sold for $280,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Ro Caddick-Kilduff - Costello Realty.


6 Mason Street, Blackstone, MA 01504

Single-Family

$269,500
Price
$280,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Beautifully maintained three bedroom ranch in nice neighborhood. Entertain on your deck and patio. Plenty of on site parking. Full finished basement with full bath. Furnace is approximately 5 years old. This home is in good condition.

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7 Cole Avenue, Sutton, MA 01590

Single-Family

$208,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Great location dead end street, great lot. This home has 3-4 bedrooms, two baths. Living room with fireplace/insert, dining room, and first floor bedroom all have wide pine floors. Laundry in first floor bath has ceramic tile floor. Upstairs bedrooms have wide pine floors, Master with Large closet, 2nd bedroom has skylight, 2nd floor bath has ceramic tile floor. Nice size home that needs work. Roof was replaced October 2018. Eat in area off kitchen has fireplace and insert. Ceramic tile needs replacing, outside of home needs work, but great price to get into Sutton.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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This Single-Family in Leicester, MA recently sold for $245,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Ro Caddick-Kilduff - Costello Realty.


103 Mccarthy Ave, Leicester, MA 01611

Cherry Valley

Single-Family

$249,000
Price
$245,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Priced to sell. Beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom ranch on fantastic corner lot on a dead end road. Minutes to Worcester and all amenities. New flooring throughout, new paint throughout, New kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity, stainless steel appliances, washer and dryer, New furnace installed within the past 10 years. Replacement windows throughout. Built in china closet in open kitchen area. New Sliders in kitchen open up to big flat back yard. Great sunny office space or nursery off the master bedroom.

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