Single-Family – 8 Dartmouth Dr Framingham, MA 01701 is now new to the market!

Welcome to Wayside Woods! Plenty of room and flexibility for entertaining in this open and bright home with many updates and gorgeous 20×40′ in-ground pool! Updates include: 2011 Buderus heating system, 2013 irrigation system, 2006 central air, new front door, driveway, gutters, dishwasher, compactor, all bath tiles, sinks and counters. Pool liner is about 4 yrs old and pump/filter are 8. New hardwood flooring (2010) in family room and master bedroom (living & dining floors were refinished). Family room has sliders to deck, wood stove, cathedral ceilings & skylight, and a spiral staircase to great loft area that can be used as a studio, library/office or play space! Relax with a soak in the hot tub in your own private wood plank floor “spa room”! Enjoy gorgeous views of the natural surroundings. View the photos and then come feel the peace and tranquility of this spacious home.

This is a Colonial/Garrison style home and features 10 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 1.20 Acres, and is currently available for $599,897.

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Painting Your Home

Painting a home can transform the dullest and mundane home into an inspiring haven where you’ll always love to be. It also increases the value of the home substantially. In some cases, you may want to do it yourself. This has its inherent benefits as not only is it fun, you would be saving some cash in the process. Here are some steps you need to follow to get it right.

1. Take a tour of your house and develop a vision of how you want the house to look like. What colors do you want and in what shades do you want the color? If you are preparing the house for sale, your choice of colors should be neutral, blending easily with the furniture.

2. Get Others To Agree: There are other family members who are surely interested in the issue at hand. Discuss with them and get their opinion before embarking on your quest.

3. Estimate: Since you are not a professional, you need to make your guess as reasonable as possible. The amount of paint required depends on the area to be painted and the number of coats per area. Be sure to include the cost of tools required for the process.

4. Plan The Budget: The budget for the project depends on a lot of factors some of which are:

  • Paint Quality
  • Paint Area
  • Grade of tools

All these must be taken into consideration. For an area of 2000 sq. with top quality paint, it may cost you $350.00 in paint alone. You can add about $250 for brushes and any other materials that may be required.

5. Plan A Schedule: Make sure you have a grip on the time and how long it would take you to complete the job. Do you have kids? It would be a nice idea to send the kids on an outing to the park or to their grandparents so you can concentrate on the job at hand.

6. Protect The Furniture: You cannot paint the house with the furniture exposed. There needs to be some protection for the furniture. They can be covered with polythene wrappers or cleared out entirely. This would allow for ample working space.

7. Prepare The House: Clean the walls and remove anything that would contaminate the paint. Cobwebs, wall papers, stickers and anything similar should be removed from the wall. Open the window to allow for cross ventilation. This makes the paint dry faster and promotes a healthy work environment.

8. Apply Prime: Dark walls, stained walls and walls which have not been previously painted would need priming before painting. This would enhance the appearance of the end result. However, not all surfaces need to be primed. Some can be painted without priming. The essence of priming is to equalize the wall to an even surface and acts as a foundation for the paint to be applied.

9. Start Painting: Start with the most difficult part, applying paint from the top to the bottom. It should be applied gradually with a brush. Look at how things turn out and adjust accordingly. With a few strokes, you will understand the application process.

At the end of painting, make sure you clean the entire environment, removing and disposing all waste. Do not forget to reward yourself with a little refreshment as you have earned it.

Eliminating Clutter

Clutter often takes many years to accumulate and will take some time to eliminate. Just remember that de-cluttering is an ongoing lifestyle not a finite project. Many people feel overwhelmed and fear just the thought of de-cluttering the home. It doesn’t have to be that excruciating, there are actually some creative ways to get started.

Getting started can be the hardest part. You have to begin your war against clutter one draw or cabinet at a time. Just pick one area of the house and focus on that. It is best to start a de-cluttering session by designating one hour a day to it. If that still seems over whelming for you, start with five minutes a day. You will be surprised what you can accomplish in the clutter war in just five minutes. Remember that any type of progress is better than none. The important thing is to make sure to stick with it each day, or even every other day. Avoid planning an all day de-cluttering session that involves your whole house, as you will never get around to it.

Donate or dispose of items you no longer have any use for. Look at items that you feel an attachment to and ask yourself the following three questions: Do I love it? Will I have a need for it again within 3 months? Will I miss it if I throw it away? If you answered no to the questions then you can safely dispose of the item. If you answered a definite yes to these questions, take those items and put them into an organizational bin. Once the bin is full place it in an out of way place in your home and revisit it in about 6 months. If you were able to go that long without needing anything from the bin, chances are it is time to donate or dispose of the items. Don’t forget charitable donations to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, etc. are tax deductible.

Probably one of the best ways to let your junk go is to watch an episode of Hoarders on television.

Cheap Fixes to Add Value to Your Home

Are you looking for inexpensive ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank? Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just making some home improvements for your own enjoyment, it isn’t that difficult. There is an old saying that kitchens and baths sell homes so these tips focus on those two rooms.

Here are some good strategies to help you started:

The kitchen

For just a few hundred dollars:

-Replace the kitchen faucet

-Add new cabinet door handles

-Update old lighting fixtures

 

With a slightly larger budget:

-Give the cabinets a makeover by refacing them

-Get a facelift for your appliances buy ordering new doors or face panels for them

 

The bath

-Replace the toilet seat

-Add a new pedestal sink

-Replace the old bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles

-Re-grout the tile and replace any chipped tiles in the tub and shower

-If a new grout job won’t do, try a complete cover-up with a prefabricated tub and shower unit

Remember the actual cost of the renovation, and the value it adds to your home, depends on many factors including the real estate market value in your area.

What Buyers Want in a Home

What do buyers want in a home? Is it location? Is it size? Could it be an endless list of amenities ? According to a survey done by The National Association of Homebuilders, they want all of the above.

According to the survey, buyers say they want a home that is approximately 2,000 square feet. Unfortunately, only one-third of the current homes on the market have 2,000 or more square feet of livable space. Most homes are nearly 40 years old and don’t have many of the amenities buyers want.

So what is a seller to do? If your home is smaller than what most buyers want, play up on your homes good points. Here are some other features buyers want that could help overcome the objection to the homes smaller square footage.

Location: Buyers may consider a smaller home if it’s located in the best school district or in a great commuter location.

Possibilities: A smaller home may have potential for expansion, making the home suddenly more appealing.

Great space: The home may not have the square footage buyers want, so show off the space it does have. Remove any furniture that doesn’t complement the home, making the home seem spacious and uncluttered.

If your home is smaller than what many buyers want, emphasize the amenities that it does have. Help buyers see the potential in your home. Don’t let them rule it out just because its current condition doesn’t meet all of their needs.

 

 

Planning for Your Family’s Future

Saving money when you have a family can be difficult. There are so many everyday expenses that make it hard to start saving for college, retirement and other looming expenses.

Here are some ways to start planning for your family’s financial future:

Start a college fund: College may seem far away but it is a huge expense that can creep up on you. Start saving now, the sooner the better. Even as little as $100 a month will add up. Open a 529 college savings plan to use specifically for college expenses.

Buy life insurance: Life insurance gives your family a peace of mind. and the ability to afford the expense of final care and burial.  The death benefit will provide financial security for those family members who are left behind.

Have a will: When a person dies without a will, the state decides who gets what, without regard to the deceased wishes or their heirs’ needs. Creating a will that spells out one’s wishes protects their family’s financial future.

Money Saving Tips on Moving

Moving can be an expensive endeavor. Even if you decide to rent a truck and move your belongings yourself there are lots of other expenses that can add up. Luckily, there are a few simple ways consumers can save money hauling their belongings from their current home to the next one.

Purge your things. Instead of moving things that you don’t use sell or donate them. If you decide to donate items to charity, you could save lots of time and even get a tax deduction.

Move on a less popular day. The most popular time to move is at the end of the month. Since most closings happen and leases are up at the end of the month there’s more competition for the trucks and moving crews. Moving at the end of the month will also cost you more. Choose your moving date midweek, closer to the middle of the month.

Packing materials like bubble wrap and foam peanuts are costly. If you are packing your own items use things you have around the house like bed linens, towels and clothing to pad your items. You can also use newspapers and tissue paper from gift bags. Be careful when using newspaper as the newsprint will smudge on dishes and other items.

Don’t buy moving boxes check Freecycle and Craigslist for free ones first. Ask around, your friends may have boxes suitable for moving.

Your Financial House: 3 simple steps

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As the year begins it is a good time to get your house in order as well as your financial “house”.

Tina Sutherand

Tina Southerland G&N Insurance

Among the things you should review when you do your tax preparation, is your insurance coverage.  Has your situation changed recently?  Did you make any major purchases that need to be insured?  Do you have adequate coverage for your valuables, home and vehicle/s? Below are 3 simple steps you can take to ensure you are receiving the best rates and coverage. Thanks to insurance expert Tina Southerland at G&N Insurance of Southboro, MA for compiling this list.

Reviewing your finances?  Meeting with your accountant for tax purposes? 

How about reviewing your current personal insurance plan? 

Many people are under the impression that they have enough insurance coverage at a great price.  However, this rarely turns out to be the case. I take pride in making sure my clients are properly protected, while saving on their annual premiums.  Statistics show that 75% of MA residents have not comparison shopped their insurance policy in years!  Fact is, we now have a competitive market and it is definitely worth tackling this small homework assignment.  As an independent agent specializing in auto and home insurance, I have the ability to compare rates with dozens of companies in MA.  Follow these 3 easy steps to obtain a review from me!

  1. Gather your current up to date coverage selections pages for your home, auto and umbrella policies (if you cannot locate one at home, most companies offer access to policy documents online)
  2. Send me a copy of those pages via email  Tina@InsureWithGN.com or fax 508-342-8381GN LOGO
  3. Set up a time to chat over the phone, or meet in person so I can make sure you get all the discounts for which you qualify.  Email or call me at 508-873-7793

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!  I will be sure to email you the proposed new package, outline the savings and any improved coverage limits.  If you decide you want to move forward, I will handle the cancellation with your current agency.  I look forward to assisting you today!

Germiest Places in the Home

Germs are everywhere. You may be surprised to know they are even lurking in your home. Where are the germiest places in the home? How can you protect your family from germs and bacteria?

Here is a list of germ-laden places all around your home:

Kitchen Sink
Even the kitchen sink is germ laden. Think about all the food and dirt that goes down the drain. Believe it or not kitchen sinks are actually germier than toilet seats. The best way to keep your kitchen sink germ free is to use a bleach-based cleaner. You can also scrub your sink with a mild soap. White vinegar can be used to sanitize the sink and remove any stubborn stains or spots.

Kitchen Sponge
Not far from your kitchen sink is the kitchen sponge. Sponges are used to wipe up spills and messes and make a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Make sure to disinfect your sponge by tossing it in the dishwasher, or microwave a wet sponge for 1-2 minutes.

Bed sheets
This may give you the creepy crawlies but all the germs you come in contact with all day long end up in your bed. Your bed sheets are covered in sweat, skin, and bacteria from your body.  Wash your sheets about once a week in warm or hot water with a regular detergent.

Wall-to-wall carpet
Wall-to-wall carpet can be a trap for millions of germs and allergens.  Wall-to-wall carpets are full of pet dander, germs from dirty shoes, and mold.  The best way to clean Wall-to-wall carpeting is to use a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.

Staging Your Home

When selling your home, you want it to appeal to a wide variety of people, not showcase your personality or preferences. While you might love deep red walls in your dining room, it might be too bold for a potential buyer. Your goal is to sell your home and having the right buyer appeal is key. There are a few things to think of when staging your home.

Paint color is a must unless you already use neutral colors in your home. When looking for paint colors think of beige, olives, yellows, tans and greys. Outdated wallpaper patterns are a big no-no. Not only will an outdated look not be appealing to a buyer but the thought of having to take it down after buying the home can be a negative to a buyer. Taking down the wallpaper, fixing any imperfections in the walls with spackle and sanding, and applying a new coat of paint will go a long way. Choosing a paint with a low sheen will help hide any imperfections that may still remain.

De-cluttering your home will give it a clean, organized look that will appeal to a buyer. Minimal items should remain in your home and going through your space to take out anything you don’t need and sending it to storage is ideal. Think about your furniture as well, since often too much furniture can cause spaces to look small. In addition, by pulling furniture away from the walls and placing them in conversational groups, you add space to a room.

Having the right decorative items can help to create an inviting space. Rather than having items lined up, trying grouping different items together, like on the coffee table. Hang pictures and art work in groups as well, avoiding a traditional straight line on the wall. Make sure that you have things such as decorative towels and soaps in the bathroom to help set the scene. Adding the right lighting can help set a welcoming mood. Make sure you have a variety of lighting in each space, from table lamps, to accent lighting, and whole room lighting.

Basically, when staging your home, you want to make it a place that someone would want to live. Little touches here and there can really make a difference. With a little investment you will attract the right buyer .