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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 6/13/2019

That feeling of rest and happiness you feel when you pull up at the front of your house after a long stressful day is indescribable. Now you can rest, shower, unwind or do nothing. If you live in a detached single family home, chances are you would have your driveway and would solely be responsible for its upkeep. 

When building or remodeling a house, one of the overlooked features is the driveway. Your driveway is a part of your home and should reflect that warm, welcoming feeling of your home. Because your drive is the first thing people notice when coming into your home, itís advisable you select the right type of driveway material for your home.

Suggested driveway materials best suitable for your house are... 

Asphalt

Asphalt is a common and highly practical driveway material thatís inexpensive compared to stone and concrete, its two primary solid-surface opponents. 

Asphalt is very high-maintenance, especially in harsh climates. Professionals recommend sealing asphalt driveways within a year of fitting and resealing every three to five years. Resealing can be quite expensive: The cost to reseal on the average is about $400, the price is lesser for shorter driveways and more costly for longer ones. You may also need seasonal maintenance depending on driveway usage, quality, and stability. Asphalt driveways are stable, of excellent quality, easy to plow during the winter season and with a higher traction quotient.

Gravel

Gravel is the cheapest and most sturdy of the other common driveway materials. It cost less than $300 to install and doesnít require much time; Gravel driveways will last for a long time if given proper care.

The gravel driveway is very affordable and can cost about $0.50 per square foot, itís durable, and with the right maintenance, it will last a lifetime.

Pavers

Pavers are the most expensive of the other driveway materials. Itís also considered the most attractive. Pavers blend well with different exterior and design elements, such as fountain fall, driveway islands, and stone walkways. 

Pavers improve your home appeal and give your home entrance a great look. It is durable, clean, stable and affordable to maintain.

Concrete

At first glance, concrete and asphalt have similar characteristics, but concrete is relatively durable and require less maintenance cost. A concrete driveway can last 100% more than the asphalt driveway depending on the climate and use. 

The concrete driveway is stable with surfaces not prone to mud, it doesnít require much to maintain especially during the winter season, and it has a long life span. 

Having a beautiful and adequately maintained driveway will not only provide your home with that alluring curb appeal, but it will also boost the resale value of your property in the market if you decide to sell.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 6/6/2019

Deciding whether to set up a home showing sometimes can be a tough decision. Yet a home showing can make a world of difference for a buyer as he or she searches for the ideal residence.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to schedule a home showing, and these include:

1. You can look beyond a home listing.

A home listing generally offers details about a house's age and features, as well as photographs of different areas of a residence. But a home listing can only provide so much information. Fortunately, a home showing enables you to assess a house in person and decide whether a residence is right for you.

During a house showing, you can walk around a residence and view each room. If you want to further pursue a residence after a showing, you can submit an offer to purchase. Or, if you find a house fails to match your expectations, you can always continue your search for your dream home.

2. You can gain comprehensive insights into a house's condition.

When it comes to evaluating a house's condition, it typically is a good idea to attend a showing. That way, you can get an up-close look at a home's condition and determine whether a residence needs major or minor repairs.

A home showing enables you to analyze a residence both inside and out. After a showing is complete, you can decide whether you are satisfied with the condition of a home and map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

3. You can imagine what it would be like if you purchase a home.

A home showing makes it easy to envision what life may be like if you purchase a particular house. As such, a showing may prove to be crucial as you pursue your dream residence.

If you feel good about a house following a showing, you should not hesitate to submit a competitive homebuying proposal. Conversely, if you feel uncomfortable with a residence, you may want to pursue other options.

Of course, hiring a real estate agent may be exceedingly valuable as you search for your ideal house. A real estate agent can schedule home showings at your convenience and provide plenty of tips to help you pursue residences in any housing market. By doing so, a real estate agent will empower you with the insights you need to make an informed decision about a house.

Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent will provide after you find your dream house, either. At this point, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive offer to acquire your ideal residence. And if you have any concerns or questions as you move along the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them.

Ready to find your dream residence? Schedule a home showing, and you take the next step to acquire your ideal house.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 5/30/2019

Youíve read all those articles on how to organize, how to arrange, how to store, and yet your home still looks a mess. Perhaps youíve tried to follow too many ideas and consequently havenít succeeded at any of them. Here are a few ďorganizational hintsĒ that you can do without so that you truly succeed in your goals.

Countertop containers

Despite the lovely magazine spreads and reality TV reveals, piling the top of your counter with jars, floral arrangements in vases, decorative cake-stands and other beautiful pieces readily contributes to even more clutter. If the item on your countertop isnít something you use regularly, itís likely to collect dust and water spots. If itís near your meal prep and wash-up areas, youíll often find it has interesting food spatters too. That just means more washing, dusting, cleaning for you to do.

Empty landscape

Of course, making the countertops too clean can make life, in general, more of a chore. So, if you make smoothies every day, keep that blender on the counter in a handy location. If you always bake, make room on the surface for your mixer. And if youíre a crockpot or insta-pot chef, keep it right where you use it. Otherwise, youíre regularly cleaning, clearing, and putting things away that youíll turn right back around and take out just a few hours later. Instead, be sure to wipe your countertop appliances down every day in case they caught some of those food splashes.

Glass-front glare

Installing beautiful glass-front cabinetry can add value to your kitchen, but unless you have room in other cabinets for your regular stuff, mismatched items piled into your cabinets add to a messy look. If you have glass-front cupboard doors but not enough space, simple line the glass with a decorative film to give it a frosted look while it hides your clutter.

Rethink your space

Just because your mom always kept the dishes in the cabinet to the left of the sink and the glasses on the right doesnít mean you have to. In fact, if your kitchen has large drawers, stacking plates and bowls in them. Having dishware lower down allows children to participate in setting the table and emptying the dishwasher. If you use plastic ware for extra storage, put it in a plastic basket along with the lids in a lower shelf to make it easier for little ones to reach it when theyíre being helpful.

Of course, if the only solution to finding more organization space in your kitchen is to have a new kitchen, talk to your real estate agent and start looking today.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 5/23/2019

If your children's playroom is also the guest room or family room or office, you need lots of organization to keep all its uses available at a moment's notice. But busting your budget for fancy boxes and bins is entirely out of the question. A quick trip to the dollar store offers up a trove of options to fit your needs.ē Use shower caddies to hold toys and craft items.

  • Plastic bins work great to organize blocks, Legos, and other building pieces.
  • Small bins separate pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and brushes from other supplies.
  • Over-the-door shoe holders hold action figures, fashion dolls or dollsí dresses.
  • Large tubs make great homes for stuffed animals.
  • Square cubby bins hold dress-up clothes and costumes.
  • Plastic crates make an excellent home for play kitchen sets and dishes. Hang smaller containers on removable hooks alongside the play kitchen.
  • Place a hanging organizer in the closet and fill it with games.
  • Keep color books or comic books in magazine boxes.

Often, baskets and bins come in matching or contrasting color groups. If they are visible in the room, mix and match the larger items artfully on shelving or along the wall, under a table that doubles as a desk or in a closet. Stack lidded bins to keep them organized and label them to make putting items away easier. All these containers are easy grab-and-go items when you need to switch your room's use.

If youíre setting up a play place for grandchildren, fill the baskets and bins with a variety of color books, crayons, and games. Keep a stock of small toys and make each visit special by offering up a new surprise. Then, when the grandchildren are away, whisk the bins into a cabinet or under a bed and, voila, you have your office or guest room back. 

As children mature and move on to crafts and hobbies, add a magnetic spice rack to hold beads and baubles, model parts, and other small objects. Place a clear strip of tape on each container and write on it with a permanent marker, so you know what's in it. If you change out the contents, peel off the tape and add a new piece with the new label.

When they reach the age they no longer need a playroom, re-purpose the bins into a homework station to hold pens, tape, paper, and notebooks.

If youíve always wanted a dedicated playroom in your home, your realtor can show you homes that fill the bill.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 5/18/2019


346 Salem Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Old Center

Single-Family

$849,000
Price

7
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
The Unexpected Colonial is ready for ownership! 346 Salem Street, NA has been created and built as space you never want to leave. The soft gray color palette and classic features recreated throughout this home reflect a gracious colonial that has been brought back to life. The outstanding features are complemented by the huge addition that provides living space to accommodate the 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths while creating an open light filled 2-story foyer, private master en suite with a cathedral ceiling and skylights, a modern design kitchen with oversized island, stainless steel farmers sink, laundry room on the second floor. Now is your chance to see this breathtaking home.
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