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Posted by on January 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


New Year To Dos for Your Home

With the start of a new year, it’s always a good idea to assess your home and its needs. Taking stock of appliances, home systems, and other items that make a house a home will help guide you to home improvements needed, appliances that may be near the end of their lives, and any other updates that can help to boost your home’s worth. Listed below are major home systems to evaluate in the new year to help give you peace of mind.


In the winter and summer months a home’s HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems are put to good use. January is the perfect month to replace disposable filters or wash permanent ones in your home’s HVAC or humidifier systems. Filters should be regularly replaced or washed when use is high or during peak seasons.

The start of a new year is an excellent time to vacuum all heat vents, especially those that are located on the floor. The vents are overly susceptible to dust, dirt, pet hairs, and other particles that float through the air. Vacuuming heat ducts helps clean your home’s HVAC system and can help with any problems brought on by indoor pollutants, mold, pollen or anything else that finds its way into an air duct. Vacuuming has also been known to help with any heating or cooling issues related to clogged air ducts. January is also a good time to check for any leaks in your home’s forced air heat ducts. If any are found, seal the leaks with duct tape.

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. Checking alarms and detectors is especially important when cold temperatures in the winter leave homes closed up. This month inspect, clean and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and be sure to replace any that are faulty, no longer working or old.

Fire Extinguishers

Very few homeowners actually have to use a fire extinguisher; many times these important tools get overlooked for maintenance. January is a great time to inspect and charge any working fire extinguishers you may have in your home. Fire extinguishers should also be placed in all accessible areas of the home where fires are more likely to occur: kitchens, garages or areas that house furnaces, boilers, fireplaces and stoves.


Fire Evacuation Plan

Do you have a plan in place in case of a fire in your home? January is the perfect time to form a fire evacuation plan. Go over the plan with anyone who might live with you, and if you have kids dedicate a time to have a practice fire drill. Should your home’s bedrooms be on a second or third floor, invest in a fire escape ladder, many of which can be found at your local hardware store.

Leaking Windows and Electrical Outlets

With winter setting in, finding the weak points in your home will not only help keep your home warm, but it will also help cut down on heating bills. Identify any windows that may have broken seals by looking for condensation on the inside of the window. Examine electrical outlets throughout your home for any drafts, and insulate those that may be letting in cold air.


Check and Test GFCI Outlets

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are a must have in your home. These special outlets protect people from electric shock by monitoring the amount of current flowing through the outlet. If there is an imbalance of current, the outlet trips the circuit of the appliance, cutting off the electricity. You can test GFCI outlets with a circuit tester that has its own GFCI test button. GFCIs do wear out, and their lifespan is about 10 years. Replace GFCIs that no longer function properly — these outlets save thousands of lives each year.

Many homeowners have home safety and preparedness at the top of their priority list, and the New Year stands as the perfect time to discover what improvements and fixes your home will need in the coming months. Other items to look at in a new year:

  • If you’re in an area that is known to have inclement weather, make sure you have proper snow removal equipment and have alternative energy options in case of power outages
  • January is also a great month for reviewing warranties and product information on a furnace, large appliances, and any other big ticket items in the home

Preventative maintenance will not only save you money and keep your home safe, but houses that do not keep up with maintenance have been known to lose up to 10% to 12% off their appraised value. The US Census has estimated that annual maintenance can cost between 1% and 3% of a home’s initial costs dependent upon the geographic location of the home. With the New Year, getting a head start on yearly to dos, and anticipating yearly maintenance, will put you ahead of the issues and have you prepared for any upcoming and unforseen fixes.

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in DIY, Home Safety, Seasonal


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Homes for Sale – 61 Wright St, Unit 105, Stoneham, Ma 02148

Ideal and rare offering, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit at Emerson Square. This ground level condo sits in a converted brick school house with only 15 total units and high owner occupancy. The unit features an open floor plan, spacious master bedroom with full bath, second generous sized bedroom and an additional full bath! Stackable washer and dryer in the unit, separate storage area, one deeded parking space and guest parking complete this offering. The low condo fee includes plowing, landscaping, master insurance, and trash removal. Minutes from 93/128 and walking distance to downtown Stoneham including banks, post office, churches, public golf course, MBTA bus and more! 

For more information and property details and photos visit the 61 Wright St Unit 105 listing page

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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Homes for Sale


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Homes for Sale – 1-A Harvard Ave, Wilmington, MA 01887

Catch the excitement, young gambrel style cape on a corner lot priced to sell quickly! Open floor plan with front to back living room includes gleaming hardwood floors, gas fireplace and sliders to your own private over sized deck. Enjoy cooking in your new updated kitchen, with granite counters, stainless steal appliances, ceramic tile flooring and recessed lights. Ceramic tile full bath completes this level. Simply Beautiful!! Upper level has huge master, two other spacious bedroom and a full bath. Lower level has additional space to entertain, family room and/or study. Other features included for your summer time enjoyment, flat fenced in yard, petite apple trees in the front and a one car garage. Convenient location, close to the T, and shopping.

For more information and property details and photos visit the 1-A Harvard Ave listing page


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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Homes for Sale


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Homes for Sale – 153 Maple St, Methuen MA 01844

Picture perfect Colonial loaded with custom details! Situated on a spacious lot outside of Homestead Acres, this amazing young home is beautifully kept and showcases a stunning & spacious eat in kitchen with granite, large dining room with wood burning fireplace, living room with custom built-ins & sliders to deck, great room with gas fireplace, surround sound & cove lighting, master suite with cathedral ceilings, large walk-in closet & private bath, and a private home office with wet bar & bathroom. Other outstanding features include: over-sized rooms including generous sized bedrooms, hardwood floors, central air, walk up attic for future expansion, beautiful patio, irrigation system, wiring for generator, 2 car garage, farmers porch, back deck, attached storage & much more! Come see why 153 Maple St is a truly amazing property to make your home!

For more information and property details and photos visit the 153 Maple St Listing page



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Homes for Sale – 7 Edgehill Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

Traditional two family located behind St. Charles school on a dead end street. Ideal opportunity for the owner occupant or savvy investor. Enclosed front porch with a quiet area to sip your morning coffee. Cleverly designed, large entrance way with laundry tucked away for use by both units. First floor owners unit consists of living room, newer eat in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and three bedrooms, one off the kitchen and the other two in the front of the unit. Upstairs unit has a huge living room/dining room combo, three bedrooms and good sized kitchen. Over sized driveway will accommodate six plus cars. Conveniently located close to transportation, shopping and private school. 

For more information and property details and photos visit the 7 Edgehill Rd Listing page

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Homes for Sale – 71 Hume Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Come visit 71 Hume Ave where Restoration Hardware meets Pottery Barn. Beautiful and renovated for easy living. Step up to the porch with bead-board ceiling, sit and enjoy your morning coffee overlooking your new Tufts neighborhood. Start at the foyer area with handy closet and then enter into your spacious living room with wood-burning fireplace. Kitchen is a knock out with granite, recessed lights, stainless steel appliance and breakfast bar area. Gleaming hardwood floors through out and high ceilings. Bathroom has heated floor and original clawfoot tub. Two tastefully decorated bedrooms complete this home. Basement could be finished for additional space. Detached one car garage and Security System. Prime Medford Location, Walk to TUFTS UNIVERSITY and one block away from the new Green line extension currently scheduled for 2018.

For more information and property details visit the 71 Hume Ave listing page

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