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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/24/2017

Seize the opportunity to own this stylish 3 bedroom Raised Ranch home with an expansive flat yard. Move right into this bright happy home and enjoy the newly remodeled eat-in kitchen with granite counters, subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances, new cabinets with glass doors and interior lighting. Living room with fireplace is open to the large dining room and allows for easy entertaining. A large three season porch overlooks a tranquil back yard bordered by mature landscaping and perennials. The master bath has a gorgeous shower complete with frameless glass on three sides. Mitsubishi ductless cooling system. Beautiful hardwood floors. The lower level offers a finished room and a second fireplace, just perfect for a get away space. New boiler 2016, new water tank. When we say this home is in move in condition, this one really is!!

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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/21/2017

If youíre planning on putting your home up for sale itís vitally important to make sure you have quality photos that will stand out online. However, if youíre on a budget and donít want to spend extra on a professional photographer you still have options.

There are many ways to take great photos of your home. If you have an amateur photographer in the family, they might be more than happy to stop by and take some photos for you.

If you have a relatively new smartphone, you might be surprised to find that it could have the capability to take great photos and videos of the outside of your home.

In this article, weíre going to cover some simple tips to help you take great photographs of your yard.  

Setting the scene

Before you start snapping photos, itís a good idea to make sure your yard, driveway, and the exterior of your home are in prime condition.

That means mowing the lawn, freshening up mulch, and trimming hedges. It could even be a good idea to sweep the driveway and power wash your siding.

Picking the right day

If youíre taking your own photos then you have one big advantage, you can make sure you take them on a nice, sunny day and use the lighting to your advantage.

To get photos on each side of your home, come back when the sun is fully illuminating the side of your home youíre photographing.

Photography tips

If youíre shooting on a smartphone, make sure you have your camera settings adjusted to the highest quality. Similarly, if you have the option, turn on HDR for taking photos outside. HDR, or high dynamic range, photography is essentially a way of combining multiple images of the same frame to get the best results.

What that means is that darker spots of the image will be brightened and spots that are too bright (like the sky) will be darkened, creating a well-balanced image. The best part is the camera does all of this work for you.

Basic rules for great photos

  • Take several photos of each spot. You donít have to worry about running out of film, so thereís no need to be conservative with the number of photos you take.

  • Think about framing. When looking at your phone right before you take the shot, look at all four corners of the frame. If you can move slightly to cut out distractions, do so.

  • Use the photos that matter most. When it comes to uploading your photos, thereís no need for several photos of the same area.

  • Try your hand at image adjustments. Most smartphones let you change adjustments like brightness, contrast, saturation, cropping, and more. Itís easy to overdo it with things like saturation, so try to make your photos look as natural as possible.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/14/2017

A brand new house offers you more than upgraded amenities, modern floor designs and a vibrant lawn. When you purchase a new house, you get the luxury of waiting three or more years before you start performing general maintenance on the property. You could pocket $4,000 to $6,000 over those three years off the maintenance savings alone.

Itís a welcomed luxury that could create the wrong expectation. Just two years of a maintenance free lifestyle could tempt you to wait until something at your house breaks before you start conducting regular inspections,replacing worn parts and keeping your house up to code.

Regular maintenance on your home leads to huge cost savings

Wait until parts start to break and you could erase the entire savings that you built up during the first few years you owned your new house. Avoid that headache by making minimum performance checks and maintenance updates to your house. Included among the items that you should regularly inspect and repair are:

Fire alarms - At the minimum, check the batteries in fire alarms once a quarter. As a tip,if your fire alarms start beeping, it could be a sign that the batteries need to be replaced.

Check and replace fire extinguishers Ė A fire extinguisher should be checked at least once a year by a company that manufactures fire equipment. Certified home inspectors can also test fire extinguishers.

Look for frayed wiring Ė Repair frayed wires when you see them. Also,check breakers and circuit boards to see if they spark. Contact an electrician to replace damaged wires.

Uneven flooring Ė Bubbles in flooring could be a sign of water damage. Flooring can also bubble or become uneven due to wear and tear. Replace floor panels after they become misshaped, uneven or bubble. It prevents injuries and could help to keep more floor panels from becoming uneven.

Wall discoloration Ė Stains and discolorations on your walls could be a sign of a roof leak. A leaking roof could erode insulation and walls. Dampness can also create mold. Contact an inspector to check for roof damage and to see if there is interior damage to your home.

Driveway Ė Start inspecting your driveway annually. Look for cracks and unevenness. You could repair small cracks yourself using concrete sealers, con create patch and resurfacing materials.

Roofing Ė Things to look for in your roof are rust, buckled shingles, torn rubber boots, discolorations and missing shingles. Replace missing or damaged shingles early and you could avoid having to replace your entire roof.

Lawn Ė Holes, dryness, patchiness and brown spots are things to check your lawn for. If you spot problems with your lawn, you may need to test the soil to see if it has become acidic or has too much alkaline. Holes in your lawn could also be a sign that pests are damaging your property. In that case,you may need to install lawn screens or put up a fence, especially if you have plants or vegetables in your yard.

Garage door Ė Pay attention and notice if your garage door sticks when you open or close it. Also, test your garage door automatic opener. Call a technician if the door sticks, the automatic opener malfunctions or the door becomes off balance. It could keep someone from getting stuck in your garage.It could also keep the garage door from falling on someone.

Pests Ė Spot pests early. Put down traps and apply environmentally safepesticides. A single pest left undetected could turn into a swarm.

These regular house inspections and maintenance steps could save you thousands of dollars. They also help you to enjoy your home without constantly feeling as if youíre replacing a part on your house. Each of the steps also helps to keep your house safe.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/7/2017

Whether you are in the hunt for a starter home, seeking temporary housing or looking for a place to create lifelong memories, a townhouse could be a smart option. One of the biggest takeaways associated with buying a townhouse is the amount of maintenance and care that the home requires.

Homeownership with less hassle

Townhouses generally donít require as much upkeep as a single home. Smaller front and backyards and homeowners associations reduce the work required to maintain a townhouse. Move into a townhouse that includes roofing and lawn care in its fees and you could save time and money over the long term.

Some townhouses are located in neighborhoods that have community swimming pools.These community facilities should also be maintained by the HOA. This gives you access to a swimming pool without your having to pay to install an in ground pool or without you having to shell out extra money on a single home that has a pool in the back yard.

Treasure trove of benefits

Location, size, affordability and more opportunities to socialize are other advantages living in a townhouse can bring. Townhouses are often located in urban areas that are within walking distance of stores and businesses. Because of their location, you wonít have a boring social life. In addition to being centrally located, itís not uncommon to find townhouses on public transportation routes.

Despite whatyou might think, a townhouse isnít much smaller than a single home. In fact,some townhouses are so large that you wonít ever feel as if youíre sharing awall with a neighbor. Just make sure that you research the neighborhood beforeyou buy a townhouse. Itís better to know that the neighbors are conscientiousbefore you move in than to later find out that you just moved next to a noisy rockband.

On the upside, if you and your neighbors get to know each other, you could easily develop a lifelong friendship. Your neighbors may also look out for your home when youíre out of town.

Because they are attached units, prices on townhouses can be lower than what you may find on single homes in your area. As with any other house, conduct a thorough inspection on each townhouse youíre thinking about buying. Work to build up your credit, if necessary, so that you can get the lowest fixed interest rates on your mortgage.

Townhouses are located throughout much of the United States. If you live on the East Coast, you may hear townhouses referred to as row houses, as East Coast townhouses can be joined for an entire block. In other regions of the country, townhouses only connect two homes. The townhouses in places like New York and Boston are elegant. They are large enough to easily accommodate a family of five.

To gain more privacy, consider installing a fence around your front and back yards. Your front porch should be large enough to hang potted flowers and plants on. You should also have enough front porch room to place a porch swing and a chair on. Another plus, is a side driveway.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/5/2017

Opportunity is knocking for breath taking new construction with views of Lake Quinsigamond! BRAND new colonial is beckoning its new owner! This is a quality built home by a local, quality builder. Circular driveway & paver walkway greet you and draw you to the partially fenced in, flat backyard complete with a 32 x 15 paver patio! Inside boasts a great eat-in kitchen with center island, family room with half vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace & decorative columns. A great mudroom, laundry & half bath make this home so easy to live in! The second floor offers 3 guest bedrooms as well as a private master suite which includes a double vanity, tiled shower & large walk-in closet. Gas utilities, central air & particular attention to detail make this a MUST SEE!!! Still time to make your final selections if you act fast!

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