Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger - RE/MAX Executive Realty



Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 7/17/2019

The word “sincere” comes from the Latin prefix sine meaning “without” and the cerae meaning “wax.” In ancient times, when marble had cracks or chips, nefarious craftsmen would fill the crack with wax to hide the damage, making the stonework “insincere.”

With the proliferation of marble countertops in the décor of the past several years, many homeowners do not realize that marble is prone to scratches and other damage. Since marble is rather expensive to replace, knowing how to cover or rid yourself of a minor scratch is imperative. 

Cleaning marble

First, remove all dirt and grime from the surface. Use a gentle cleaner or soapy water, or a marble-specific cleaner and a soft cloth. Do not use harsh or caustic chemicals. Even so-called natural cleaners often contain acid products such as citric juices and can etch the surface. You’ll want to use a neutral pH product.

Preparing surfaces

Don rubber gloves and safety goggles. Using very fine steel wool, gently rub the scratched area to smooth out the edges of your scratch. Be very careful not to rub too deeply. Lightly etch the area around the damage. Then, clean the area again to remove any metal filings.

Apply marble polish to a soft cloth and carefully rub it into the scratch and over all the etched surface. Buff it gently onto the surface. An electric hand buffer works well for larger sections, but be sure to use a very soft attachment on the buffer.

Review the damaged surface to determine if the sheen matches the marble around it. If not, complete the polishing and buffing two to three more times until it reaches your preferred level.

Carefully wash the area with distilled water so as not to allow hard-water deposits to mar the stone further. Pat the area dry with a cotton or microfiber towel and let it dry completely.

Deeper scratches, chips, and other surface imperfections necessitate heavy-duty grinding, honing, and polishing equipment and specialized compounds. Sometimes, specific damage needs diamond grit polishing to replenish the factory finish to your countertop. Extremely worn or damaged marble countertops require the efforts of a professional stone restorer.

If you’re considering replacing your countertops and kitchen surfaces with marble, consult a professional marble cutter and installer to achieve exceptional results.




Tags: how to   kitchen counter   repairs  
Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 7/11/2019

Amazing END UNIT in the desirable Forrest Hills! This unit has been very well cared for and shows impeccably! The unit offers a FIRST floor MASTER SUITE for one level living if needed. The master offers soaring ceilings and a private master bathroom which includes a soaking tub and separate shower with glass door. The first level also offers convenient laundry, a bright eat in kitchen with updated cabinets, stainless appliances and plenty of cabinet space. The dining room has hardwood floors and slider that leads to the deck that is surrounded my mature plantings. The family room is the focal point of the first floor with its 2-story ceilings, gas fireplace and natural light! The second level has an open loft area that could be an office, fitness area etc. A guest bedroom with its own full bathroom completes the second level. All appliances in the unit stay along with all custom Hunter Douglas silhouette blinds & all custom window treatments. Economical gas heat and updated water tank.

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts




Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 7/10/2019

Building an eco-friendly home has a lot of advantages. Apart from the environmental benefits, it helps you save money and time. It also protects your health.

Here are five important reasons for building green:

Reduce Environmental Impact. The use of renewable and energy-efficient materials minimizes environmental impact. It significantly reduces pollution. A green home produces a reduced carbon footprint via efficient energy use. Apart from being energy efficient, it also limits the amount of waste going to landfills and minimizes the effect of new constructions on limited world resources. 

Save Time. Another reason why it is necessary to build green is that it saves you time. It saves construction time when you make use of the right eco-friendly material. When you buy materials that are available locally, you save cost and also reduce your carbon footprint by minimizing the use of fuel that would have been used in shipping your building materials. Apart from that, your building materials will be available quickly and reliably. 

Save Money. You save money when you use a recycled or secondhand material for your construction. Majority of energy saving appliances cost more than their traditional counterparts but, you will discover that it pays on the long run because the savings will come later in the form of reduced energy bills. Long-lasting construction alternatives will help save a lot of money that would have been spent on reconstruction or repairs. 

Protect your Health. Several conventional building materials are not optimal for the health of residents. For instance, volatile organic compounds can cause cancer. These volatile organic compounds are present in many building materials, paint, as well as indoor products like mattresses and cleaning materials. Also, many conventional building materials promote the build-up of moisture which is dangerous because it can lead to mold or mildew problems. Understand that both molds and volatile organic compounds can cause outdoor pollution challenges.

Improves Resale Value. If you have the intention of selling your property in the future, building green is a way of getting a better resale value of your home. Apart from the increase in resale value, the building will be sold out quickly without having to wait for several months for a buyer.

Contact a home contractor for your options for building a green home today.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 7/3/2019

As a homebuyer, it is easy to envision finding the perfect house, submitting an offer on it and acquiring it right away. However, it is important for buyers to consider the worst-case scenarios as well.

A buyer who understands the worst-case scenarios that he or she may encounter during the homebuying journey can plan accordingly. That way, this buyer will be better equipped than others to avoid various homebuying worst-case scenarios altogether.

Now, let's take a look at three common homebuying worst-case scenarios, as well as how buyers can avoid these situations.

1. You find your dream home, but it falls outside your price range.

If you enter the housing market without a mortgage in hand, you may need to act quickly to acquire the necessary financing to purchase your dream house. But once you kick off a search for a mortgage, you may find that the cost to acquire your dream home falls outside your budget.

When it comes to getting home financing, it often helps to be proactive. Fortunately, if you meet with banks and credit unions before you launch a home search, you can determine exactly how much money you can spend on a residence.

Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage professionals. With these mortgage experts at your side, you should have no trouble getting pre-approved for a mortgage at your convenience.

2. You discover a wide range of problems during a home inspection.

A home inspection likely will be completed in the days after a seller accepts your offer on a residence. And in some instances, an inspection may force you to reconsider whether you want to purchase a house.

If you encounter problems during a home inspection, you still have lots of options. You can ask a seller to perform assorted home repairs or reduce your offer. Or, you can walk away from a home sale and restart your home search.

For homebuyers who are worried about any problems that they encounter during a home inspection, it is paramount to look closely at all of the aforementioned options. By doing so, you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a home purchase or reenter the housing market.

3. You employ a real estate agent who fails to help you achieve your homebuying goals.

Many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide. But if you fail to conduct an extensive search for the right real estate agent, you may struggle to accomplish your homebuying goals.

When choosing a real estate agent, you should learn about this housing market professional's industry experience. It also helps to meet face-to-face with a real estate agent and discuss your homebuying goals with him or her. This will enable you to determine whether you're comfortable working with a particular real estate agent.

Enjoy a quick, stress-free homebuying experience – consider the aforementioned worst-case homebuying scenarios, and you can minimize the risk of potential pitfalls throughout the homebuying journey.




Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/27/2019

Absolutely pristine END unit in Hilltop Farms! This is the unit that you have been waiting for! Large,open & bright first level that includes a first floor MASTER SUITE complete with private bathroom that features double sinks, soaking tub, separate shower & water closet. Plus a bonus walk-in closet that was custom designed and offers storage solutions for everything! The first floor also boasts laundry, 1/2 bath, large bright family room with gas fireplace & slider to rear deck. Open dining room with rich moldings, two story foyer with chandelier & hardwood kitchen with granite counters, updated appliances (2019), pantry & tons of cabinet space! The second floors offers a loft area that can be an office, play area etc. Two large bedrooms that each have access to the full bathroom.The basement is a full walk-out and beckons to be finished if you need more space! Economical GAS heat & hot water (2015). This one checks all the boxes! SHOWINGS BEGIN AT THE OPEN HOUSE. SUNDAY 6/30 11-12:30

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts




Categories: Uncategorized