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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/5/2017

OPEN SUN 12-2 Lovely Ranch in West Peabody! Love to entertain? This home is for you! The beautiful yard with pool plus a large family room with access to a screened patio that leads to the yard is the place to gather! The dining room with wood stove, stone flooring and recessed lighting is open to the bright white kitchen with skylights, recessed lighting, SS appliances and French doors leading to the pool and yard area. The large family room has a wood burning fireplace, cathedral ceiling, tile flooring and ceiling fan. Three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Enjoy the remainder of summer in your screened porch, deck or pool area all on a corner lot. 2 storage sheds. Close to highway and convenient to shopping, walking and biking trails.

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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/5/2017

The American home is rapidly changing. New technologies like rooftop solar and smart home security systems are quickly becoming the norm in neighborhoods across the country.

If youíre thinking of taking on some new home improvement projects, itís a good idea to be forward-thinking and choose projects that will be sought after into the future.

In this article, weíll talk about some trending home improvements you can make that will help bring your home into the future.

Automation

Smart home technologies make life easier, and theyíre not going out of style anytime soon. Being able to lock and unlock doors, adjust the temperature, and turn off lights all from an app on your phone has never been easier. If you plan on selling your home in the coming years, having these perks could be a selling point for potential buyers.

Green energy

When it comes to energy prices, you can count on them continuing to rise. As a result, many homeowners have installed money-saving features like rooftop solar, connecting to off-site green energy grids (such as solar or wind), and utilizing less expensive heating alternatives like pellet stoves.

Energy-efficient appliances are another up-and-coming trend that buyers are likely to be looking for. They tend to come with the latest technologies and styles, but also save money in the process.

You donít have to take on a big project to make your home greener. You can also perform small tasks like replacing all of your light bulbs with newer, energy-efficient bulbs.

These projects will attract two types of buyers: those who are environmentally-minded, and those who are looking to save on utilities.

In-duct purifiers

As people become more concerned with the effects of pollution on the human body, many homeowners will see air purifiers as a necessity. An in-duct purifier requires little maintenance and improves air quality throughout your entire house.

Temperature-controlled shower head

You would think that in this time of amazing scientific and technological advancements that we would be able to get into the shower without fiddling with the controls for ten minutes. With a temperature controlled, digital display shower head, you can set the temperature and let the faucet do the work for you.

This one will save you time in the shower, help you avoid getting scorched, and will pique the interest of potential future buyers.

Materials that last

Home advancements havenít just been made in the area of electronics. New building materials have made some objects last much longer than they did just a few years ago.

New roofing materials have exponentially increased the lifespan of roofs. New metal roofs can be made to look like traditional shingled or tiled roofs. Similarly, there are currently roofs being developed that have hidden solar panels built-in. Those too will be available in different traditional styles.

Aside from roofs, siding and decks are also being made with materials that last much longer than was previously possible. Having a durable house is something that any potential homebuyer would want to see.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 8/29/2017

As you go on the house hunt, youíre likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, youíre trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, itís not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you donít necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesnít Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that youíll have large maintenance costs when a home hasnít been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what youíre looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            





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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 8/22/2017

During summer, it's hard to find a spot in the United States that doesn't experience hot temperatures. Buy a house out West or in the Southern Delta, areas that have seen a share of hot and humid weather, and it may get so hot inside your house that you dream about fleeing your home.

Summer burdens local utility company cooling systems

Hot temperatures can also make you feel fearful about stepping outside. This is a time when utility companies get stretched. To deal with the demand that people put on their systems, utility company leaders may increase service rates.

It helps to encourage people to find other ways to cool their homes during summer. Another thing that an increase in utility rates does is to lower the demand on utility cooling and energy systems.

You could do the same right inside your home. As this choice does for large utility companies, it can also reduce the amount of drain that you put on cooling systems. This, in turn, reduces your utility bill.

The number one way to reduce the costs of cooling your house is to shut off your air conditioner and fans. But, this alternative isn't sensible, especially on particularly hot days and nights. You could get sick if you stayed in an excessively hot house.

Check out these ways to cool your home naturally

Fortunately, there are natural ways to cool your home, which returns to the first way to cool your house naturally. Instead of turning off cooling systems at your house all day and night, shut the systems off while you are away from home for three or more consecutive hours.

For example, you could turn off your central air conditioner and your ceiling and floor fans when you head outside to work. Another option is to turn your air conditioner up to seventy degrees and, again, turning off all fans.

Additional ways to cool your home naturally include:

  • Planting trees near windows but far enough away from your house to keep the trees from serving as hiding places for potential intruders
  • Watering lawns after the sun has gone down - a cooler earth around your house could help temperatures inside your home to feel cooler
  • Taking a cool shower or bath before retiring to bed
  • Exercising at a gym to take advantage of public cooling systems
  • Drinking ice cold water
  • Not wearing layered clothing during hot weather
  • Opening locked, screened windows (close windows on the floor that you are not on)
  • Shutting doors to rooms that you don't use often
  • Spending more time in your finished basement when it's hot outside

Cooler house doesn't have to lead to an outrageous utility bill

Keeping your house cool during the heat of summer can present interesting challenges. It can also cause your utility bill to spike. Natural ways to cool your home can reduce cooling challenges and yield you lower utility bills.

Trees and bushes outside your home, especially those near your windows, serve as natural cooling agents. Another way to cool your house naturally is to take advantage of lower temperatures that envelope cities during the wee hours of the morning and late at night.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 8/15/2017

When you sell your home, it may be tempting to just try and put your home on the market yourself without any assistance. By hiring a real estate agent, youíll have a insurance policy of sorts that allows you to know that everything is taken care of throughout the process of selling. The general goal in selling a home is to sell it as fast as possible for the most amount of money that you can. A realtor should do a bit more for you than simply post the home and hope that it sells. Hereís what a great realtor who is looking to be an advocate for their sellers will do for you:


Put The Home On The Market For The Right Price


Selling a home at the right price is the single most important thing that can be done in the entire process. A good sellerís agent will pinpoint the right price for your home. If the home is priced too high, there will be no interest in the property. People will believe that the price can only come down. If the price is set too low, a bidding war can ensue, or buyers may wonder whatís wrong with the property. Thereís many different formulas and methods that agents will use to price the property right. The important thing is that the agent does his research.


The Market Needs To Be Marketed


Marketing is one thing that agents should be good at. A good sellerís agent will take good photos of a property or hire a professional photographer if needed. The photos and videos that are put up online are a big part of how homes get sold. Buyers want to know the property before they even see it in person. A realtor can help make this impression visible online.


Communicate With You


An agent should keep their sellers informed about whatís going on in the sale of their home. Even if offers havenít come in, realtors should be getting in touch with their clients regularly to update them on home showings, concerns, and open house dates. A good sellerís agent will regularly communicate with you throughout the sale of your home. At the start of the sale, youíll know a realtor is a good fit since theyíll return your calls and e-mails promptly.


Be There For The Home Appraisal


When youíre selling your home, the appraisal can be one of the most nerve-wracking things that occurs during the entire process. Your agent should attend the appraisal to help clarify confusion and answer the appraiserís questions. The realtor will be educated on the recent updates that have been made to the home. These are what add immense value to the home.