Updating Your Light Switches

Odds are, you don’t give your electrical outlets and switches much thought beyond safety and an occasional surge protector purchase.  However, many new kinds of switches and outlets are now on the market, any one of which could be a major boost to your home’s convenience and ambiance, and could even make your home a little more fun to be in.

USB Outlets – Many of our cell-phones, laptops, tablets, and other personal electronic devices utilize a USB port for charging purposes.  With the addition of an outlet with a built-in USB port, the days of trying to find room to charge your electronic devices is over.  No more unplugging items in order to charge your phone or laptop.  If you choose to wire this new outlet yourself, you’re only looking at spending $20-$40 dollars per outlet.

Programmable outlets and light switches – Not only are these outlets and switches a great way to manage your home’s power usage, they are also quite affordable.  These types of outlets safely turn off power after a certain amount of time, and most come equipped with a built-in surge protector.

Programmable light switches work in the same fashion, which makes them ideal for kid’s rooms.  Both of these will run an average of $25-$50, depending on the features.

Hands-free light switches – These have been around for a while now, but while the idea isn’t new, the technology has improved greatly.  Some come with body-heat detection, motion sensors, AND a time delay, which fixes the earlier issue of the lights shutting off once they didn’t detect movement.

The infrared light switches are paired best with smaller rooms, but sound-triggered switches (remember The Clapper?) work very well in large rooms.  For versatility, look for a unit that offers multiple lights settings.  Also, be sure that spontaneous noises, such as a loud TV or crying baby, won’t accidentally trigger the lights to shut off.  These switches start at $20 dollars for simple sound-trigger options to as much as $200 for the infrared models.

LED touch panel lighting – LED touch panels allow you to simply touch a panel to turn on a light, or a stroke of a finger to adjust the amount of light in a room.  Not only do these varieties make your home look sharper, they also save a lot in utility costs.  While these have been enjoyed in Europe for some time now, American manufacturers are starting to take a keen interest in developing these technologies here.  These can be ordered online for about $70-$100 per panel, and are starting to catch on here in the states.  The price will eventually become more affordable once domestic manufacturers start churning them out.

Rental – 366 Union Ave Framingham, MA 01702 is now new to the market!

Enjoy the treetop views from this top floor, updated, uncommon & spacious condominium. This home is filled with comfort and character including period details like elaborate moulding and millwork, elegant light fixtures and glass doorknobs. Two spacious bedrooms plus a beautiful & bright sun room. French doors lead to master bedroom with double closets. Ceiling fans throughout, eat-in-kitchen with large pantry & inviting breakfast bar. Hardwood flooring and many large replacement windows. Central location close to major routes 90/9/126/30, Framingham State University, many medical offices & hospital. Convenient to library, restaurants, art museum, shops, parks, playgrounds, schools, houses of worship and much more! Monthly condo fee includes: heat, hot water, landscaping, master insurance, snow removal, maintenance, xtra storage and water/sewer expenses. Laundry and storage in basement. 1 month fee due from tenant.

This property features 5 total rooms, 1 full bath, 2 bedrooms, and is currently available for $1,525.

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Open house on 1/10/2016 at 21 Travis Dr Framingham, MA 01702


Date: 01/10/2016 Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
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Expanded Garrison in wonderful Woodcrest Acres neighborhood! This 4 bedroom and 2.5 bath home boasts a spacious master suite with hardwoods, walk-in closet, double sliders to balcony and a separate sitting area that can be used for yoga, art, reading, office, work space and more! Three generous sized bedrooms, one with a fireplace and two with walk-in closets. All have newly refinished hardwood flooring (some is under carpet). Updated half bath, Weil-McLain three zone heating & a mud room with storage closet. Three season sun room has cathedral ceilings, skylights and slider to the wooded, private, level yard complete with brick patio, glorious perennial gardens and three storage sheds (included). Finished basement is perfect for play room or office (furniture included). Unfinished storage area. Heat coils on garage roof. 2011 energy audit- added insulation, 2013 driveway and 2015 replaced perennial garden raised bed wood side walls. See attached update list.

Open house on 1/10/2016 at 366 Union Ave Framingham, MA 01702


Date: 01/10/2016 Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Enjoy the treetop views from this top floor, updated, uncommon & spacious condominium. This home is filled with comfort and character including period details like elaborate moulding and millwork, elegant light fixtures and glass doorknobs. Two spacious bedrooms plus a beautiful & bright sun room. French doors lead to master bedroom with double closets. Ceiling fans throughout, eat-in-kitchen with large pantry & inviting breakfast bar. Hardwood flooring and many large replacement windows. Central location close to major routes 90/9/126/30, Framingham State University, many medical offices & hospital. Convenient to library, restaurants, art museum, shops, parks, playgrounds, schools, houses of worship and much more! Monthly condo fee includes: heat, hot water, landscaping, master insurance, snow removal, maintenance, xtra storage and water/sewer expenses. Laundry and storage in basement.

Condo – 366 Union Ave Framingham, MA 01702 now has a new price of $169,897!

Enjoy the treetop views from this top floor, updated, uncommon & spacious condominium. This home is filled with comfort and character including period details like elaborate moulding and millwork, elegant light fixtures and glass doorknobs. Two spacious bedrooms plus a beautiful & bright sun room. French doors lead to master bedroom with double closets. Ceiling fans throughout, eat-in-kitchen with large pantry & inviting breakfast bar. Hardwood flooring and many large replacement windows. Central location close to major routes 90/9/126/30, Framingham State University, many medical offices & hospital. Convenient to library, restaurants, art museum, shops, parks, playgrounds, schools, houses of worship and much more! Monthly condo fee includes: heat, hot water, landscaping, master insurance, snow removal, maintenance, xtra storage and water/sewer expenses.

This is a Low-Rise style home and features 5 total rooms, 1 full bath, 2 bedrooms, and is currently available for $169,897.

For complete details click here.

Before The Storm Hits

You never know when a storm is going to hit and you could find yourself without power. It pays to be prepared for a power outage at all times.

Here is a list of things you should keep accessible for use until you can get your power back up and running:

  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • Candles or other illumination, battery operated candles are a great option
  • Battery-powered radio and/or television (for news updates)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up clock
  • A land-line telephone that is corded
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Firewood for heat if you have a fireplace
  • Ice blocks to fill your freezer, a full freezer stays colder longer

Strategies to Save at the Grocery Store

Groceries can be one of the biggest monthly expenses in a family’s budget. It seems the prices just keep going up and up but there are ways to slim down your weekly grocery bill.

Here are some strategies to help you save at the grocery store.

Make a list: If you want to avoid impulse make a list and stick to it. If you don’t have a list you will buy items that you simply do not need. You may also forget to purchase the items you need causing unnecessary trips back to the store.

Look for expiration dates:  Avoid buying items that will go bad quickly. Pay attention to expiration dates especially on things like milk, meat, eggs, and yogurt.

Look for meat markdowns: Butchers mark down their meat either early in the morning or in the evening saving you 30 to 60 percent. If you ask most butchers will tell you when they mark down their meat.

Buy in bulk: When you find things like cereals, tinned goods, rice, beans, pasta, coke, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, toilet paper etc. on sale buy in bulk. You might also want to shop at warehouse stores for these items.

Buy generic: Generic store brands can save you money. Most generics are just like or very close to the name brand product without the hefty price tag.

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Today more and more people are worried about chemicals in their home and ways to save money. Making your own household cleaners  can be a great way to save money and know exactly what you are using in your home.

Here are a few tips on how to make your own glass cleaner:

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons ammonia
1/2 cup alcohol
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
A few drops blue food coloring
water

1. Combine the ammonia, alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and food coloring, then add enough water to make 1 quart.

If you prefer a nonammoniated cleaner, substitute 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice for the ammonia.

Here is another recipe:

Ingredients:

Water

White Vinegar

1. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water. Use it as you would any other glass cleaner.

 

 

Twenty Quick Tips to Transform Your Home

Does your house need a new look? Do you think changing the look will take too much time or money? Using small changes can often have a big effect.

Here are some low-effort and low-cost ideas that can quickly transform your space:

1. Switch out lampshades and/or finials or change a chandelier

2. Reframe or rearrange artwork

3. Have favorite photos printed on canvas and hang them front and center

4. Swap throws and/or pillows

5. Change a rug or pull it up to expose hardwood or tile floors

6. Take out “high-hat” light in living room for a more ambient atmosphere

7. Give your bookcase a makeover

8. Clear the clutter

9. Switch out bar stools

10. Change drawer knobs and/or cabinet handles

11. Put new towels and/or mats in the bathroom

12. Add a hanging pot holder in the kitchen

13. Sew a fabric band to bottom of shower curtain

14. Change the draperies

15. Add flowers or plants

16. Add accessories like vases, sculptures, candles or photos

17. Lean your artwork rather than hanging it for a way to easily move it later

18. Change slipcovers

19. Use sisal rugs, which are inexpensive and in style

20. Put a decorative plate or bowl in the corners of kitchen counters (where tile meets wall) to increase flow and tie a space together