Home Improvements

Should I Get a Pool For My House?

Did you feel like you were missing something this summer? Are you thinking that maybe come spring time it’s time to get a pool in the backyard? The cool refreshing look of water on a hot summer’s day can make any homeowner wish they had a pool in their backyard, but making the decision about whether a pool is right for your property is more complicated than buying an inflatable bed with a cup holder. There is a lot of work and money that goes into owning a pool, and here are a few things to consider before calling in the excavating team.

Is Your Yard Big Enough For A Pool?

While there are some small properties that can blue-buoy-on-swimming-pool-000063897223_largebenefit from a pool, usually if the pool is going to take up more than 30% of the total yard space, installation can have a negative effect on your home’s value. You also want to consider what other things you use your yard space for, or may want to in the future, before going ahead.

Are You Prepared For The Work And Cost?

Pools can be fun, but they are also a lot of work and can be costly to maintain. Besides installation costs, pools require considerable cleaning, a lot of additional products and tools to maintain, and, depending on where you live, you may only get a few months of enjoyment from them each year.

How Will A Pool Affect Your Home’s Value?

Depending on where you live, the size of your property, and the existing value of your home, a pool can either be an asset to your property’s value or a considerable liability. Large homes in warmer climates tend to increase in value with the addition of a pool, but doing a bit of research about the market in your particular area can help make this decision a little easier, and will give you all the facts.

In general, if you are looking to install a pool because it will likely give you and your family a great amount of enjoyment, considerations such as the size of your yard and the effect it will have on your property value may not be too important. But like any decision you make about your home, it is always a good idea to know all the facts before making the changes.

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6 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Keeping your home in great condition not only keeps you a happy person, but it helps maintain the value of your home! Here’s a few recommendations on what you can do this summer to keep your home in tip-top condition:

Keep it green: Harsh summer heat can up Summer-Home-Maintenance-Tip-2014the ante when it comes to caring for your lawn. Make sure to keep it watered and fertilized!

Fire it up: Get a head start for the upcoming winter and clean out your wood- burning fireplace and chimney. You’ll have one less winter task to attend to!

Carpet care: Now’s the perfect time to have your carpets professionally cleaned, which will protect your carpet and make it last even longer. Want to save a few bucks? Rent a quality carpet cleaner and do it yourself!

Touch-ups: Inspect your home—inside and out—and touch up any paint where necessary. This can be done quickly and easily, and will prevent future peeling!

Lock and key: Check all of the locks on your windows and doors and ensure that everything is working properly. Being proactive about safety is always a smart move!

Oil it: Anything squeaking? Add a squirt of WD-40 or similar product to door, cabinet and window hinges to keep them in top repair.


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Tips For Choosing New Flooring

When those old carpets are starting to look worn and you decide it’s time to replace your flooring, there are three main flooring types to consider, as well as a few other possible options. The right one for you depends on your lifestyle and how you use the rooms in your home.

Affordable Carpet

Carpet is usually the most affordable flooring for any home. It comes in an endless array of colors and types, and is relatively easy to install. Carpet is, of course, prone to stains, which is a consideration if you have kids or pets in the home. Keeping carpets really clean requires regular shampooing or steam cleaning, which can add up over time. Carpet provides warmth on bare feet and is soft and comfortable to walk on.

Wood And Laminate

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Wood flooring is one of the oldest types of flooring and can be very beautiful. Some wood floors are made of soft woods, however, and they do scratch easily. If you have a pet with claws or kids who want to drive their toy cars around, you may find the flooring is damaged easily. Hardwood floors can be refinished, but it can be expensive.

Laminate flooring, which goes by name brands such as Pergo, is more affordable then wood in most cases, and is a little more durable. The higher end versions can actually resemble wood. It is less prone to scratching, but can’t be refinished the way wood floors can if it is damaged. It comes in a variety of styles and colors.

Bamboo has become a popular choice in recent years because it is sustainable and earth friendly. It is a beautiful choice for flooring and more affordable than other woods. It’s important to note, however, that it is soft and does scratch easily.

Tile Flooring

Tile is a flooring option that is often seen in warmer climates. Some people find it hard to stand on tile for extended periods, but it can help keep the home cool in hot weather. Tile can make a real statement in your home, but the grout can be a bit hard to keep clean.

Whatever flooring you choose, consider how it will work with your lifestyle and your family, as well as what look you are seeking for your home. Of course, budget will also be an important consideration. No matter what you choose, look for quality flooring that will last.


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5 Ways to Use Your Tax Return to Update Your Home

It’s tax season! What better way to use that tax refund than to invest it into your home? Maybe you’ve been dying to update your kitchen, or put new tile into your master bath. Invest your tax refund money back into your home – it could help increase the value of your home! Here’s fix ways to put your tax refund to good use: Read more

Simple Weekend Home Projects

Upgrade your cabinets by adding a fresh coat of paint. Add new knobs and hardware to update to a modern look.

Dress up your entryway by adding potted top-10-home-improvement-projectsplants, outdoor seating and a welcome mat. Paint your door a bright color and switch out the handle for new hardware.

Add storage to your home by installing organizers in your drawers, cabinets and closets.

Install window shutters on the exterior walls of your home for a colorful touch.

Repair holes in your walls with a putty knife and some spackle. Add fresh paint over the repairs to match your wall colors.

Start a vegetable garden. Plant vegetables in a raised planting box to keep the area neat and protected from accidental damage.

Paint a room in your house to give it a pop of color or a fresh new atmosphere.

Declutter messy areas in your home – desks, drawers and closets are top culprits for excess clutter. Use a trash bag for disposable items and a box to collect items for donation.

Repair your bathroom by re-caulking your bathtub and shower. Chip away old caulking and add a fresh lining to stop leaks and give your bathroom a clean, finished look.

 


 

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Pre-Autumn Home Fixes

As the warm months of summer come to an end, consider these quick — but important — home maintenance tasks to finish before fall:

  1. Check window seals. Examine the edges of your windows to ensure the caulk shows no gaps. You can tell if a window needs new glaze by lightly tapping the window pane. If it rattles in its frame, new glaze needs to be applied, which will save on your heating bill come fall.
  2. autumn-houseSwap out summer plants. Transition your yard from the high maintenance flowers of summer to more hardy plants that will survive the first frost. Good plants for cool weather include pansies and garden mums. Also, now is a good time to prepare for spring blossoms, so plant your tulip and daffodil bulbs.
  3. Safety check your chimney. If you have a chimney, regular maintenance is a must to ensure safety. Have it professionally cleaned and inspected this year, and don’t forget to gather enough firewood to get the season started!
  4. Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Dangerous carbon monoxide leaks can lead to serious harm when a home is sealed up as it is during cold weather. House fires are most likely to occur during the cold months when people use candles, Christmas trees and fireplaces. Make sure your safety detectors are in proper working order before the cold weather arrives, and rest easy.
  5. Store outdoor items. Do a clean sweep of your yard, tidying away garden hoses and patio furniture for next year. This gives your curb appeal a boost and also helps you avoid frozen hoses and moldy furniture later in the season.

Are you thinking of selling this fall? Give me a call so we can discuss what else you can do to get your home ready to sell.


 

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Declutter Your Kitchen

Who hasn’t had a cupboard full of Tupperware come crashing down on their head? And don’t we all have a drawer in our kitchen that holds every scrap of paper and useless knickknack we have ever owned? While kitchen clutter may be a universal truth, it can also make using your kitchen a time consuming and frustrating task. Though de-cluttering your kitchen may seem like an equally unpleasant job, a few simple tricks can get it organized and keep it that way.

Clear Off The Countertops

Kitchen-Counter-BS-Tropico_Island_KitWhile some appliances, such as the coffeemaker and toaster, have a home on a countertop, usually appliances that we rarely if ever use also end up there. Find a cupboard in which to keep all the small appliances you don’t use often, and be sure to put them back after using them. Also, while fruit bowls and flowers can make a kitchen a more inviting space, too many decorative items can create clutter and reduce the usable counter space in your kitchen.

Rearrange Cupboards

Are your dishes and glasses miles from the dishwasher? Storing the kitchen items you use in drawers and cupboards closest to where you actually use those items makes good sense. And more importantly, it also makes putting them back easier. This is also a good opportunity to get rid of all the things you don’t use!

Invest In Organization

Purchasing a few useful gadgets for the kitchen can make organization easier. A lazy Susan for a bottom cupboard can make getting to your pots and pans easier. Also, drawer trays to separate utensils and Tupperware that stacks can make using your kitchen a more pleasant experience.

Eliminate The Junk Drawer

While it may be hard to let go of that convenient place to put all the things that don’t have a home, in most cases what ends up in the junk drawer is just that—JUNK. If you haven’t used it in the last few months, odds are you never will!

Create A Kitchen Office Space

Whether it is just a notepad to write the grocery list, takeout menus, or a complete home office, we all have some paper that ends up in the kitchen. Organizing your bills, receipts, and menus all in one space and not in piles will make for a more functional and a neater kitchen.

These few simple tips can make your kitchen a more inviting and functional room, and by creating purpose for the space, and purchasing a few tools to do that, you can keep your kitchen clutter free!

 


 

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Home Staging: The Ten Best Do-It-Yourself Tips For $100 Or Less

Staging your Metrowest home can truly help expedite the sale of your home. Giving your home a cozy look really attracts buyers and helps them imagine themselves in your home. Here’s a few tips to give your home that welcoming feel with these inexpensive tips!

  1. Potted Plants, small or large, are one of the Home-stagingeasiest and least expensive ways to create visual appeal.
  2. Home Fragrance— such as scented candles, sprays, and plug-in type fragrance gadgets in delicate scents can work wonders.
  3. Steam Cleaning—Rather than investing in a professional service, rent the machine for one day, and rejuvenate carpets and drapes.
  4. Baskets and Decorative Containers can help organize scattered items and eliminate clutter.
  5. Light Bulbs and Dimmer Switches—Brighten dark areas and rooms or soften harsh light with dimmers and the newer soft light bulbs.
  6. Paint over unusual colors or update stark white walls with a contemporary neutral tone.
  7. Fresh Flowers—Inexpensive arrangements in vases you already own look beautiful and will smell naturally fresh.
  8. Throw Pillows will instantly update an old sofa or chair or make a plain bed look luxurious.
  9. Maid Service can be costly, but hiring one for a day or a few hours is affordable—and it’s worth it to make a kitchen or bathroom sparkle!
  10. Snacks! A bowl of polished apples, a bunch of grapes or a plate of fresh cookies makes your home look warm and inviting.

 

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What To Consider Before Buying An Older Property

Home-MaintenanceWhether it’s the character and charm of an older home with its original features, hardwood floors, and wood burning fireplace, or the quaint historic feel of the Metrowest neighborhood in which it is found, there is a certain appeal to older property. But purchasing an older home may involve additional work and costs that a newer home may not. With a little research and preparation, however, you may find that purchasing an older property may be the right decision for you. Here are a few things to consider before making an offer on an older home.

Age Of The Home

Depending on where you live, an older home can mean 30 years to 300 years. Naturally, this is the first point to consider when deciding whether an older home is right for you. The age of the home, the foundation, and the roof can make a big difference in the type of maintenance it will require, how frequently things may need to be replaced, and the difficulty and expense of replacing them. You will also want to know what kinds of materials were used in the construction of the home.

Age Of The Features

Older homes can sometimes have very old features and appliances lurking within them. Be sure you consider whether or not you will have to replace the kitchen appliances, and be sure to ask when features such as the furnace were last replaced. The age of the home you are looking to purchase may also mean that your decoration budget will have to include costs that you might not have originally anticipated.

Importance Of Home Inspection

The importance of getting a home inspection cannot be understated when purchasing any home, but when in the market for an older home this is a step that should also be done with the utmost care and by a true professional. A home inspection can find problems that are more common in older homes, such as electrical and plumbing issues.

Knowing what you are getting yourself in for when purchasing an older property can make all the difference in finding a home that is right for you. Older homes can certainly be a rewarding purchase, and if you recognize the maintenance costs and any potential renovation costs you will be prepared to make your new house a home.


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Can A Bathroom Remodel Increase Your Home’s Value

When you are planning to sell your Metrowest home, a bathroom remodel may be one of the best places to increase your home’s value. Depending on the existing condition as well as the style and age of your home, here are a few things to consider before tearing out that sink!

Does The Bathroom Age The House?

It could be a black toilet or avocado tiles, but Bathroom-Remodeling-008if your answer to this is yes, then a bathroom remodel can really make a difference. Prospective buyers will look at this space as a liability rather than a feature, and this can decrease the value of your home. It may also scare away buyers who are looking for a home that is in move-in condition. The trick is to keep the remodel modern, but timeless. The white toilet will likely always be in style, and tiles made of natural or neutral materials will keep the space fresh.

Do The Features Match The Price?

Depending on the location of your home and the value of the property itself, it is important to match the features of the bathroom to the rest of the home in order to get the most value out of a remodel. Large homes with big price tags benefit from the bells and whistles of a master suite with a whirlpool tub, but you will likely not get your money back for this kind of remodel in a smaller home that attracts first-time buyers or those looking to down-size.

Does The Design Match The Home?

While you may love the look of the minimalist bathroom, if you own a colonial home in a historic neighborhood, making this decision could cost you in the long term. While you can get creative in designing a new space, keeping the style of the bathroom remodel in the same overall style of the house will make potential buyers more likely to appreciate the investment you have put into the property.

Ultimately whenever making a decision to remodel a room in your home, the change has to work for you and your family. Though you may not get back the investment of installing that overflow hydrotherapy tub, if it is what you want then go for it! Balancing these tips with your personal taste and needs can make any remodel a more pleasant experience.


 

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