Open houses on Saturday and Sunday in Walpole!

SpringWalpole

This adorable cape in Walpole has been very well maintained and updated which makes it a GREAT house to call home! Flexible layout with 2 full bedrooms upstairs and 2 full bedrooms on the main level you can enjoy the extra space with a first floor Master or home office. The sun room addition creates an open floor plan with the kitchen and living room and is the perfect room to relax in. Step right out to the new deck and pool in the private fenced in yard.  Front yard professionally landscaped for beautiful curb appeal! Excellent commuter location with quick access to commuter rail and 1A.  Walking distance to down town area.  Passing Title V and MANY updates and upgrades! Listed for $449,999! Join us for the market entrance open houses on Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 2pm!

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Open houses on Saturday and Sunday in Leicester!

RawsonLeicester

Nicely renovated large farm house style colonial on a tree lined country road is now ready for you! Large rooms and high ceilings provide a light and airy flow to this house.  Great outdoor space with a wrap around farmer’s porch, flat yard and 3 bay garage.  Updated kitchen includes granite counters, mud room/pantry, stainless steel appliances and propane cook stove. The living room has newly refinished parquet wood floor, a fireplace with gas insert, beamed wood ceiling and entrance to the deck.  Dining room features newly refinished hardwoods, a pellet stove and is bright with multiple front windows! Master bedroom has a dedicated staircase and cathedral ceilings with decorative window. 2 additional bedrooms are also generously sized.  NEW well!  NEW septic!  Great yard!  Great commuter location! 3 bedrooms, large general living space and over 1700 sq feet! Listed for $334,999! Join us at the market entrance open houses on Saturday/Sunday 1pm to 3pm!

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What to Do ASAP as a New Homeowner (“Future You” Will Thank You)!

By: Robin I. Flanigan

If you’re serious about developing good habits, you need this worksheet.

It’s finally yours. Your very own home. You can paint the walls whatever you like. Heck, even knock out a wall! There’s no landlord to fight you.

But if you’re serious about developing good homeowner habits (so your home makes you richer, not poorer), you’ll use this worksheet the minute you close on your home — if not before. Easier to do now than suffer some head-slapping regrets later.

If that doesn’t do it for you, here’s a *cheater* version done in the form of 22 tips. You only need scroll:

Security & Safety:

These are the very first things you should do after buying a house (for obvious reasons):

1. Change locks. Spares could be floating around anywhere.

2. Hide an extra key in a lockbox. Thieves look under flower pots.

3. Reset the key codes for garage doors, gates, etc. The former owners might’ve trusted half the neighborhood.

4. Test fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Who knows when the last time was. Definitely install them if there are none.

5. Check the temperature on your water heater, especially if you have young ones, so it won’t accidentally scald. Manufacturers tend to set them high. (but the best temperature setting for hot water is 120 degrees).

6. Make sure motion lights and other security lights have working bulbs.

7. Put a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and each additional floor.

Maintenance Planning:

Start your master maintenance plan (and good home-keeping habits) by setting reminders in your calendar to do these basic maintenance tasks:

8. Clean out the dryer hose and vent yearly. Clogged ones burn down houses. And you don’t know the last time the previous homeowner did it.

9. Change your HVAC filters at least once a season. You’ll save on heating and cooling — and your unit will last longer. (While you’re at it, go ahead and stock up on them, too.)

10. Schedule HVAC maintenance for spring and fall.

11. Clean your fridge coils at least once a year. It’ll run better and last longer. (Don’t see any coils? Lucky you! Newer fridges often have coils insulated, so there’s no need for annual cleaning.)

12. Drain your water heater once a year.

13. Clean your gutters at least twice a year.

14. And if all items on your inspection report were not addressed, make a plan to fix them — before they become bigger and more expensive repairs.

Emergency Preparedness:

You really really don’t want to be figuring any of this out in a real emergency. Do it now. You’ll sleep better and be less likely to ruin your home.

15. Locate the main water shut-off valve. Because busted pipes happen to almost every homeowner at least once. And water damage is value-busting and pricey to fix.

16. Find the circuit box, and label all circuit breakers.

17. Find the gas shut-off valve, too, if you have gas.

18. Test the sump pump if you have one. Especially before the rainy season starts.

19. List emergency contacts. You already know 911. These are the other numbers you often need in an emergency. You should have them posted where they’re easy to see.

  • Your utility companies
  • Your insurance agent
  • Plumber
  • Electrician

20. Assemble an emergency supply kit. Some key items are:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Blankets and warm clothing
  • A radio, TV, or cell phone with backup batteries

Home & Mortgage Documents:

In case there’s a dispute with your mortgage lender or a neighbor over property lines, or if you’re a bit forgetful about due dates.

21. Store copies (the originals should be in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box) of important home documents so they’re readily available. Go paper, cloud, or better, yet, both.

  • Lender contact information
  • Property survey
  • Inspection report
  • Final closing documents
  • Insurance documents

22. Set mortgage and other bills to auto-pay so you’re never late.

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Renovation Projects on Your Wish List (and What They’ll Cost!)!

By: Amy Howell Hirt

Some might not cost you a dime in the end — if you do them right.

You’ve got the enthusiasm. You’ve got the dream. The budget?

Weeeell … Budget-conscious homeowners sometimes put off a home renovation they really, really want because it feels like a treat, rather than an investment.

But if you look at the data — found in the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® — that “treat” could be a super-smart financial thing to do.

See for yourself. Here are the projects most homeowners covet, what they cost (keep in mind, these are pro-installation costs), and whether that cost will pay for itself:

Deck or Patio: $6,400 – $9,450:

Decks and patios, which are among the most-loved projects by homeowners, are legit investments. Both can return more than 100% of your renovation costs if you sell. (A free deck isn’t bad, eh?)

So get that Adirondack out of the dirt. Treating yourself to a patio or deck is an investment you can love and profit from.

New Hardwood Floors: $5,500:

A span of luscious hardwood is some seriously rewarding eye candy: It lasts for decades and typically returns 91% of your investment.

Tip that ROI scale closer to 100% with these money-saving tips:

  • Keep the layout simple (no intricate borders or inlaid patterns) to save $1 to $2 per square foot.
  • Handle prep work, like removing and disposing of the old flooring and removing furniture, to cut labor costs.

Full Kitchen Renovation: $65,000:

Big money for big joy: That’s one way to describe a full kitchen reno.

Homeowners in the RIR survey scored it a perfect 10 for the amount of joy it brings to their lives. (Which makes sense, since we spend so much time there.)

And if you need an excuse, er, reason, to get cooking on a renovation, consider this: You could recoup $40,000, so you’re basically getting a $65,000 kitchen for a mere $15,000 — plus years of enjoyment.

To keep from busting your budget, (most homeowners do), spend at least six months deciding what you really want so you’re less likely to create costly changes along the way. Work added on after the contract is signed bumps up homeowners’ budgets by an average of 10%.

Bath Redo: $30,000:

For a room that occupies so little of the house, the bath packs a lot of pricey items. Countertops, cabinetry, flooring, and plumbing fixtures add up.

To make sure the renovation looks as good 10 years from now, and to recoup most of your investment (typically 50% — more if you mostly DIY it):

  • Consider tile flooring that looks like wood but performs like porcelain. Splashed water and humid air will warp real wood.
  • Limit the amount of tiny tile you use. All that grout requires serious upkeep to keep clean.
  • Opt for white tubs and sinks that will never go out of style. Just think about all those 1950s aqua toilets you’re glad you don’t have. Right. White would have been a better choice.

Landscaping: $4,750:

Talk about curb appeal that pays you back.

A typical landscaping project with bushes, mulch, a stone walkway, flowering shrubs and a tree or two has great impact on your home’s curb appeal — just another way of saying “cha-ching” when you sell.

Because you almost always get your full investment back on landscaping projects. In fact, you usually get a bit more.

Basement Conversion: $40,000:

Talk about the possibilities: a home theater, playroom, office, or even a rentable apartment. And, much like the kitchen and bath, you’ll get a good bit back — typically a little more than 60%.

To keep costs down and bring the ROI up, think about what you need from the finished basement:

  • Is a bathroom a necessity? Does that bar actually need to be wet? Adding basement plumbing will significantly boost your budget because of the whole making-water-defy-gravity thing.
  • Would finished concrete floors with rugs suffice, rather than getting into the costs of vapor barriers, subflooring, and carpet padding? Plain old concrete sure makes for easy clean-up in a rec room or play space.
  • Do you need separate rooms? Create one open space and you’ll save on doors, studs, and drywall. Plus, nothing feels like a better add to your home than a new, giant, woo-wee, look-at-all-this-space room.

New Roof: $7,500:

You can finally understand just what your parents meant when they said, “I put this roof over your head …”

It’s kind of a big deal. You rely on a good, healthy roof to keep costly threats — namely water, insects, mold, and wildlife — out of the house and keep conditioned air inside.

While it may not be a “dream” investment, the ROI for a roof is pretty dreamy, often more than 100%.

Some homeowners opt to shingle over an existing roof rather than springing for a new one, but that’s a waste of money. You won’t be able to see (much less repair) damage to the actual roof unless you take the shingles off.