4 Bedroom Upgrades that Won't Break the Bank

Upgrading your bedroom might sound like a daunting task. You may assume it costs an arm and a leg, takes months and requires professionals to complete. However, upgrading your bedroom doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, or your back. Investing in a few quality upgrades to some bedroom essentials can make your life less stressful and more cost- and energy-effective. Whether... (more)

6 Home Maintenance Tasks You Didn't Know You Were Forgetting

In all likelihood, your home is the biggest investment you’ll make in your life. To protect that investment, turn to regular maintenance tasks to ensure that your home will be running efficiently for years to come. Most folks are already aware of this. But if you feel like you’re mastering your home maintenance, you may be surprised to learn that... (more)

6 Ways to Add Designer Style to Your Home

Want to add a bit of fashion-forward style to your home? According to celebrity designer Taniya Nayak, there are several steps you can take—both big and small—to put your dwelling on the cutting edge. Consider one of these DIY style trends, courtesy of Nayak and Frog Tape painter’s tape: 1. Create an oasis in your home by adding floral or banana leaf accents,... (more)

5 Ways to Springify Your Home

Winter got you down? Bring a little spring into your home long before the season arrives with these few simple tricks: Set a flower budget. While it’s certainly not a necessary expense, adding an arrangement of fresh flowers to your home weekly might be well worth the mood-boosting value they bring. Opt for your local supermarket instead of the florist... (more)

Spring into Lawn and Garden Care

If the cooler weather has you longing for sunny days outdoors, take heart. Once spring rolls around, you can safely begin the annual cleanup to prepare your yard for months of warm-weather enjoyment. Start by evaluating your lawn. Look for bald spots where grass has grown sparsely and needs reseeding or uneven areas that may need to be filled and leveled. Before... (more)

Cozy Habits to Help You Through a Long Winter

Winter seems to feel really long by the time February rolls around when we’re all bundled up and often stuck inside, and even the gym loses its luster. But the life coaches at, a blogging site for the active but thrifty, suggest six life-care rituals to help get you through the long winter. Best of all? They’re free. Embrace the harvest. The luscious... (more)

Is Your Bedroom Designed for Sleep?

Sounds like a dumb question, right? However, in reality, the reason you might not be sleeping as well as you should could have a lot to do with what’s going on in your bedroom. According to the Better Sleep Council (BSC), the nonprofit consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, getting adequate sleep can positively impact every area... (more)

Wood Flooring Trends to Watch

When it comes to trends in flooring for the year ahead, what’s old will be new as vintage and retro looks take center stage in the hardwood flooring arena.  Here are their top five hardwood trends to watch: Wide plank hardwood floors. Featuring planks that are five or even seven inches wide, this look works well with both modern and rustic decor. Added perk?... (more)

Having a Party? Prep the Plumbing

If you’re getting ready to host a house full of people, you’re likely focusing on a zillion details, from food to home staging, music and more. But have you thought about your pipes? Here are some recommendations for party hosts and guests to help avoid common plumbing mishaps and help ensure everyone has a great time…   Be mindful of... (more)

7 Secrets of Killer Home Decor

Want to make your home look like you hired an interior designer with some amazing home decor? Steal some of these secrets interior design pros recently shared and your abode will be cover-story ready in no time: Choose a color scheme. Boston-based designer Gary McBournie says to start with a basic color scheme for the whole house then let it play out a little... (more)

How to Stage Your Home On a Budget

Getting your home into prime showing shape is essential to helping it sell in the shortest amount of time for the best possible price. But while a professional home stager can work wonders, it just might not be in your budget. Don’t despair – here are some great ways to inexpensively stage your home all on your own: Get rid of the the excess. The first... (more)

5 Interior Design Details for Winter

Are you interested in adding a little seasonal oomph to your space? Below are a handful of cozy—and inexpensive—winter updates. Cozy blankets galore. Nothing is better than a snuggly blanket on a cool winter evening. Drape heavier blankets over sofas, chairs or reading nooks, and even fold one up by the fireplace for stretching out on the floor. Just make sure... (more)

How to Make an Open Floor Plan Work for You

Once a trend, open floor plans have become a staple of most modern homes. An open floor plan generally means the living room, kitchen, and dining room are combined into a large space or great room. Before taking a hammer to all interior walls, it’s important to know the structure of your home, as well as the benefits and ways you can accomplish an open... (more)

How-To Upgrade Your Entryway

They say first impressions matter, and the entryway of your home is the perfect example. Below are some helpful tips for making sure your space wows you–and your guests–every time you enter. Kill clutter. Clutter is a huge no-no in your entryway, as it impacts the entire vibe of your space from the moment you set foot in the door. However, this can... (more)

3 Strange Things to Clean With

When cleaning your home, look past the vacuum and mop to get the job done right. Below are three strange household items that can be a huge help when cleaning. Mismatched Socks You know those socks that seem to lose their partners in the wash? Put them in a pile and use them for cleaning! Unlike a rag, you can slip your whole hand inside the sock, which offers... (more)

5 Ways to Celebrate the Season of Giving

Giving is the true spirit of the holiday season. However, in addition to gift-giving in the traditional sense, there are other meaningful ways to make a difference in your community and give back to those in need – including the 3.5 million people who experience homelessness each year, according to the United States Census Bureau – during one of... (more)

4 Ways to Keep the Outside Activities Going

If you’re like a lot of people, that first nip in the air sends you running for the couch and the clicker, ready to start a binge-watching bonanza until the spring thaw signifies it’s safe to head outdoors again. But don’t relinquish your outdoor activities yet! The crisp autumn air and sun’s natural vitamin D dosage are important for... (more)

Fast, Easy Ways to Decorate for Fall

Fall is many people’s favorite season, especially if they live in one of the states known for its beautiful fall foliage… like we do! Check out this awesome collection of handful of ways to decorate your home for fall.  Natural style – Luckily, the colors of fall can be found naturally just about everywhere. Grab a few pumpkins to place on your porch,... (more)

5 Tips to Care for Your Floors

You may spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep your home tidy and up-to-date, but how often do you look down at your floors? Flooring is one of the biggest factors on overall feel of a space. It may be tempting to opt for cheaper flooring materials and methods in intermediary areas, but putting in a little extra time and effort can increase a property’s... (more)

7 Steps for a Healthier Home

As homeowners become increasingly aware of the impact their homes can have on the environment – and on their health – making eco-conscious choices is as important as ever. From controlling the types of materials used within your home to keeping an eye on indoor air quality, these tips can help you create a healthier, more earth-friendly indoor environment. Use... (more)

4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm

4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm Homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind of wonder wood that checks all the boxes. Designers, contractors and consumers have all taken... (more)

Odd Things to Run in the Dishwasher

Move over, dinner plates! The dishwasher can actually be used to wash a myriad of strange items. Below is a good rundown. A quick bit of common sense: if suds-ing up something super greasy or grimy (like an old hubcap), don’t mix your eatery into the same load. Rubber Boots and Flip Flops – Want to wash your favorite rubber footwear? Pop them in the dishwasher... (more)

Add Family Fun to Chores

When school is in session and just getting out the door is an accomplishment, having go-to routines can help make ordinary activities more exciting for the entire family. However, if you encounter resistance to everyday household tasks, you may just need a simple revamp to make activities more entertaining and engaging. Refresh your family routines with these... (more)

Tips for Prioritizing Your Fall Maintenance Projects

No matter what part of the country your home is in, the coming of fall signals an opportunity to do whatever necessary or voluntary projects need to be done ahead of winter weather, the coming holiday season, and the New Year. Have you been putting off re-staining or sealing your deck? Take advantage of the remaining warm, dry weather to clean and seal or stain... (more)

Just Bought a Home? Here's What Not to Do

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone, putting you on the path to a smart financial future. There are certain traps you can fall into as a new homeowner, however, that can put your financial well-being at risk. Avoid doing the following too soon: Remodeling. Unless there’s something in need of serious repair, hold off on any remodeling projects. This... (more)

5 Tips for Deck Design

5 Tips for Deck Design Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to planning an outdoor living space. By getting a jump-start on planning, you can afford yourself time to complete the process with maximum creativity and minimal stress. Try these expert tips and tricks of the trade to help make your dream deck a reality. Lay a Solid Foundation Don’t... (more)

58 Beacon Street, Arlington

Located on a quiet side street in one of E. Arlington’s most sought after neighborhoods is this tastefully renovated & well kept 6 RM, 2 BR condo. The bright & cheerful unit offers an elegant kitchen w/mounted pot rack, butcher block center island, gas cooking, newly added pantry, cbnts, grnte cntrs, wine fridge, as well as pendant & recessed... (more)

Most Important Features Millennials Want in Their Homes

There have been a lot of studies, think pieces and discussions trying to figure out millennials. Business owners were skeptical about hiring millennials a few years ago and now, as this younger generation continues to grow and succeed in life, the housing market seems to be the next millennial-facing industry. There’s no doubt that millennials have finally... (more)

8 Best Upgrades to Personalize Your New Home

Before you move into your new house, you may want to make upgrades. These add value to your investment, improve your home’s function and allow you to express your personality. Plus, making upgrades before you move in reduces inconvenience later. Consider the following upgrades to make your new house feel like home. 1. Enhance the Kitchen Quality kitchen... (more)

Last Minute Things to Do Before Back-to-School

For parents, back-to-school is looming on the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a bit more out of the season! Below are a handful things you can still do with your family before they head to school, offered by Plan a last-minute family vacation: They are so important not only for reducing stress, but for bonding and making... (more)

Save Money by Converting From Oil to Gas Heating: Here's How

If you have an aging, oil-fired heating system and are dreading the day you’ll need to replace or service  your heating system, you may want to explore converting from oil to gas. Heating your home with a cleaner, more fuel-efficient system will shrink your energy bill in the process. Converting from oil to gas is an increasingly common move. Here are... (more)

5 Simple Ways to Stage the Exterior of Your Home Before an Open House

If you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar. Did you know you should stage the exterior of your home, too? Failing to update the look of your home’s... (more)

Dog vs. Yard: How to Keep Your Landscape and Your Pet Happy

Any dog owner has likely watched their beautiful new garden dug up by their four-legged family member, or their beloved new grass become Spot’s outdoor toilet.  With this in mind, here are top five tips for ensuring the family yard is a place everyone can enjoy year-round. Consider your dog’s needs Each dog – senior, puppy, small, big, active breed... (more)

Personal Space: 4 Ways to Add Privacy Inside and Out

While a cabin in the woods may not be your thing, there are times when we all crave a little privacy. No matter what your living environs may be, there are several strategies beyond fencing for creating private spaces both inside and outside your home. Plant a tree wall. While this strategy takes a bit of patience, the payoff is big and permanent. Plant a border... (more)

Trendy Home Decorations to Consider This Year

The comfort level of your home is significantly influenced by the design of the interior setting. It’s important that you decorate with the latest trends to create a modern and contemporary setting that reflects your taste. If you’re looking to update your home decoration, here are a few designs to consider using this year. Marble Marble is a luxe... (more)

5 Ways to Create an Energy-Efficient Home for Under $500

Summer is a time filled with good times and warm weather. Unfortunately, it’s also a time for many homeowners when energy costs skyrocket as they attempt to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to help keep homes cool while saving energy and money. These five tips will help make the most of energy-efficient... (more)

How to Add Creativity to Your Walls

Looking to move past solid colors and boring family photos? Below are 5 creative ideas for adding flair and flavor to your walls. Get wordy. Whether you’re a logophile or are just looking to amp up the playful vibe of your space, adding large text to your wall can be innovative and inspirational. You can purchase a variety of word hangings online, or create... (more)

Simple Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying a home is always exciting, if a bit overwhelming. But when you’re a first time buyer, the process can seem even more complicated. The biggest hurdle for the housing market in the middle of 2017 is low inventory. Housing starts, housing permits, new home construction and pending home sales have all slowed this summer. This all adds up to fewer options for... (more)

Transform Your Front Porch

The lazy days of summer are peak season for front-porch sitting. But if your porch doesn’t quite match the iconic image of lazily rocking with a tall glass of lemonade, it may be time for a little design refresh. Start at the beginning—your front door. A fresh coat of paint in a bright, cheery color will act as a focal point and breathe new life into your entire... (more)

Gardening for Your Small Deck or Patio

Having limited outdoor space is no reason to curb your love of gardening or to settle for less than a thriving green space. From tasty fruits and veggies to flowering plants, trees and shrubs, container gardening is a great way to enhance your small deck or patio. Test your green thumb with these: Dwarf citrus trees – If your space provides a little sunlight,... (more)

Save On Utilities While On Vacation

We all like to save a little money, but many of us don’t consider saving money while on vacation. However, if you tweak some settings in your home before you jet off to your next adventure, you can return home to a small bundle of savings on your utilities. Below, Georgia Power lets us know how. Think about the Thermostat – If you have a programmable thermostat,... (more)

8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise

Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight simple suggestions. Inspect and Update Wooden Decks To... (more)

Winning Over Weeds

Gardening can be so idyllic – pruning abundant rose bushes, harvesting ripe tomatoes, nestling colorful annuals into window boxes … then there’s weeds. Even the most enthusiastic gardener can become overwhelmed and disgruntled by an onslaught of weeds, taking the joy out of yard work and wreaking havoc on one’s back. Here are some strategies from (more)

5 Tips to Beautify Your Bath on a Budget

Your bathroom is one of the hardest workers in your home. You want it to help you keep clean and comfy, but when company comes, you want it looking lovely and pristine. To maximize both its use and its beauty here are five thrifty tips for upgrading any bath on a budget: Try Granite – Because bathroom countertops are fairly small, you can swap out dated tile... (more)

10 Home Improvements to Make This Weekend

Want to transform the look and function of your home? It doesn’t need to cost a fortune or even require much time. There are hundreds of home improvements you can make to update your home over a weekend, from upgrading home security to giving your bathroom a much-needed makeover. Here are 10 impressive home improvement projects you can wrap up this weekend. Add... (more)

11 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling

When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you’ve put a lot of money into improving the house over the years and if the neighborhood is one that has historically attracted a lot of buyers. While you shouldn’t panic if the house doesn’t sell the moment you list it, you should begin to worry... (more)

10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills This Summer

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility bills and energy costs before you’re shocked by your first big bill this summer. Luckily, there are many steps you can take to prepare your home (and your wallet) for the summer heat without sacrificing comfort. So, before you crank up the AC,... (more)

23 Princeton Road Arlington

Abutting Spy Pond in E. Arlington’s sought after Kelwyn Manor neighborhood. This well maintained rear dormered Cape offers loads of potential. As you enter the home you are greeted by the living room with fireplace and mantle. The gorgeous oak HW floors will lead you to the formal DR which lights up every morning with tons of sunshine. The kitchen offers... (more)

How to Avoid a Home Robbery This Summer

Nothing will stunt the joy of summer faster than a home robbery. But as homeowners head out on daytrips or long vacations, their homes are ripe for robbers casing neighborhoods for empty houses. According to the FBI, summer is the peak season for burglaries as people head outdoors and on vacation. Use these following tips to help keep your home secure all season... (more)

10 Great Apps to Help Make the Big Move Easier

Congratulations! You have found the house of your dreams, and now as you scroll through your mental checklist, you might find yourself wondering how you are going to find reliable professional movers, locate a self-storage facility, or create a system to keep tabs on your boxes. Using any of the following moving apps, can help you facilitate much of the moving... (more)

14 Hastings Lane Medford, MA 02155

Turn of the Century Center Entrance Colonial located in desirable West Medford, just a short walk to the Brooks Elementary & Commuter Rail. This well maintained home offers beautiful period detail. The EIK has oak cbnts under lit w/LED lights, SS applncs w/gas stove, ceramic tile flr & backsplash, and a large walk-through pantry leading out to the back... (more)

Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes?

Proper watering nourishes lawns, just as proper hydration nourishes our bodies. Yet too many of us are failing at both. We’re not going to lecture you about drinking more water—we’ll leave that to your doctor or significant other—but we are going to give you a lesson about correctly watering your lawn. Here are five lawn watering mistakes that you’re... (more)

10 Tips for Making Your New House Smart

Flat design style modern vector illustration concept of smart house technology system with centralized control of lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, security locks and video surveillance, energy savings and efficiency. Isolated on white background. Whether you want automatic doors and windows or color-changing lights that can be controlled by... (more)

7 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Once a Year

When you bought your house, there were a million things you needed to do. Then real life set in, and those driveway pavers you always meant to replace are still staring you in the face. Stay on top of your home maintenance to-dos by making sure you tackle each of the following once a year. Clean your gutters. Old Frisbees. Dead leaves. Dead rodents. Nasty stuff... (more)

How to Ward Off Mosquitos From Your Property

Nothing kills spring and summer fun faster than a swarm of mosquitos. These bitey bugs are more than just an itchy annoyance – they can also carry disease. Orkin recommends the following tips to help residents protect against mosquitoes: Eliminate Mosquito-Friendly Conditions in and Around Your Yard – Remove standing water buckets, toys and other... (more)

Square Footage: It's Not the Size That Counts, but How You Use It

One of the first focuses for most people looking for a home is square feet. How many square feet are there? How does it compare to the rest of the neighborhood and area? Does size really matter? Size, of course, does have an impact. More square footage provides the opportunity to have more flexibility with design, room arrangements and features, but experience... (more)

Buying a New House? 5 Things to Check Before Moving In

Buying a new house is an exciting process that marks a new chapter in life. For many people, it’s fun to shop around and tour different properties. When you’re serious about purchasing a home, there are a few important parts of the property to check before you move in. The Neighborhood You should feel comfortable with the quality of the neighborhood,... (more)

Ranch-Styles, and Other Homebuyer Wishes This Season

Real estate season is underway, and house hunters have one goal in mind: a ranch-style home. According to a recent survey by®, ranches are the most in-demand style of home this year, with 42 percent of homebuyers eyeing a rambler in their search for a home. A distant 28 percent of homebuyers—the second highest share in the survey—are in the market... (more)

Refresh Your Space for a Brighter Season

As temperatures rise and springtime blooms, it’s time to wipe away winter and refresh your home. Spring is all about airing out your space and spending more time outside, which calls for cleaning and perking up your routine. While a seasonal overhaul can sound daunting, here are five simple steps to help make spring preparations a breeze. Clean Out the... (more)

Buying Property in Another Country? What you Need to Know

Maybe you have a close family member living in Mexico. Or perhaps skiing in Vancouver is your favorite winter vacation spot. Maybe you have a child attending school in London. Or maybe you want to retire to the small town in China that your ancestors are from. No matter what the reason may be, more and more Americans are looking to purchase property outside... (more)

10 Easy Home Improvements to Make on Your Fixer Upper

There is something awesome about buying a fixer upper and doing the renovations yourself. Some people fix them up a bit at a time, using cash as they have it available. If you want to make a big impact by doing small things, here are 10 things you need to include. 1. Change Out the Lighting Nothing says outdated like an old-fashioned gold chandelier. Lighting... (more)

5 Ways to Let Spring into Your Home

No matter how mild or harsh your winter may have been, spring is a rite of passage that should be recognized throughout your home with elements of renewal. This will not only serve as a refresh for your living environment, but for your state of mind as well. Here are some simple yet highly effective ways to infuse spring throughout your home: Lighten up…literally. One... (more)

Renovate or Decorate? 3 Things to Consider Before Choosing

If you are unhappy with the current look of your home, you may be thinking about redecorating to spruce the space up. For most, redecorating includes repainting the walls, refreshing the decor and even purchasing new curtains or furnishings. However, in some cases, redecorating is not enough to produce the desired results. The last thing you want to do is spend... (more)

Wallpaper Makes a Comeback

The term “wall paper” feels almost politically incorrect, so reviled has it become over the years as a design option. But upon further research, it seems like wallpaper is making a comeback. According to an article in The Washington Post, wallpaper’s renaissance can be attributed to a new swath of fashionable prints and interesting textures – not to mention... (more)

NEW TO MARKET! 72 Cedar Street - Unit 2, Waltham

Located in South Waltham, this large 3 bed, 2 full bath townhouse style condo lives like a single family with its spacious layout & private setting. The remodeled eat-in kitchen boasts contemporary design cabinets, quartz countertops, SS appliances including a gas stove w/hood, built-in wine rack, pantry, and leads to the open concept dining/living room area... (more)

How to Maintain Natural Stone Counters

Durability is one reason homeowners choose natural stone for their kitchens and bathrooms, but the greatest appeal is often the sheer beauty of the material. Maintaining that luster and shine requires a bit of effort, but the ability to enjoy the unique character of natural stone makes it all worthwhile. It’s important to understand the shine on granite... (more)

Five Tips for Easy Spring Cleaning

Is spring cleaning on your mind? It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Below are five tips for easy cleaning.   Decide what you are keeping Heard of the KonMari decluttering method?  Keep an item if it brings you joy and if you have room for it – if not, set it aside.  Start with a post-its to speed up the process as you go along – bite... (more)

How to Check Your Roof for Damage

Whether your roof is aged or just weathered a severe storm, staying on top of possible damage is key to extending the life of your home’s top half. Here are some tips to help detect and prevent water damage: Inspect your roof for damage after a severe storm. Remove any loose objects and debris. A clean roof eliminates leaves and other items. from accumulations... (more)

5 Ways to Make a Personal Statement at Home

There’s so much advice out there about neutralizing your home design for maximum resale value that our personalities are in danger of getting lost in the shuffle. Unless you’re getting ready to put your home on the market soon, go ahead and let your individuality shine through with interior design that reflects your tastes and interests. Here are... (more)

How to Maintain Marble Floors

Veins of color and unique patterns give marble tile a truly stunning appearance. However, maintaining that elegance may seem anything but effortless. Common advice cautions against using vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners, while taking care to prevent scratches from the wheels of an old vacuum or basic sand and dirt is paramount. With... (more)

New Job? New City? 4 Tips for Finding the Perfect New Home

Welcome on Green Road Sign You’re exploring life as a new employee in a city of which you know little. The last thing you want to do is blindly choose a house out of necessity. Here are four tips that can help you in your quest to find the perfect new home in your new city. Understand Your Personality and Desires Your personal characteristics, for the most... (more)

10 Things to Inspect before You Rent

Are you or a family member in the market for a rental? Make an informed choice by following this inspection checklist from the experts at RentHop: 1. Cellphone reception In today’s world, we tend to assume we can get great coverage anywhere and everywhere. That’s not necessarily so. When you’re touring a potential apartment, make a call or two on your mobile... (more)

Tips for Finding the Perfect Vacation Home

For many, a small, pricey hotel room is no way to vacation. Many would prefer instead the space and creature comforts of a home away from home. Renting a home, however, is not like booking a hotel.  Hotels come with a lot of predictability in terms of size, location and amenities. With a vacation home, however, you’re leaving a bit to chance. Follow these... (more)

5 Smarter Ways to Keep Your Home Warm

jack russell dog sleeping under the blanket in bed the bedroom, ill ,sick or tired, sheet covering its head When cool winds are blowing and the temperatures outside take a dive, even a well-insulated house may feel the chill. Simply kicking up the thermostat can be expensive and depending on your home’s circulation, you may still have areas that need an extra... (more)

Welcoming a Puppy Home

Nothing is more heartwarming than the first warm nuzzle from a new puppy. With new pets, however, come new responsibilities and opportunities. No matter the season, it’s always a moving and emotional experience when a puppy finds a new home. Find a Veterinarian A veterinarian should be your first call if your puppy gets into something that could potentially... (more)

Buying a Home in Winter? What to Look for

While spring and early summer reign as peek home-shopping seasons, there’s no good reason why you can’t find that perfect house in the middle of winter, too. In fact, you might even get a good deal from homeowners who are anxious to sell as soon as possible and don’t want to wait for the spring thaw. Looking at homes in winter, however, requires... (more)

Are You Giving Your Space Heater Enough Space?

Those of us living in colder states know the comfort of a space heater keeping our toes warm all winter long. But CPSC estimates that portable electric heaters are involved in about 1,100 fires per year, resulting in about 50 deaths, dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 32% of home... (more)

Home Issues That May Secretly Cost You Hundreds

It’s no secret that being a homeowner is a financial commitment. However, there may be places in your home that are secretly upping your expenses. Read on for a rundown of those secret money leaks, courtesy of Gentec Services. Air leaks. One of the biggest energy drains on a home is air leakage, which means the conditioned air in your home exits through... (more)

5 Home Office Upgrades to Make This Year

If you’re like many people, you tend to do at least a little work from home. Whether you full on run a business out of your living space or simply need a nook to work on your finances or groom your Pinterest board, the following tips can help you upgrade that home office. Splurge on something inspirational. Whether it’s an original piece from a favorite... (more)

How to Create a Paperless Home

Take a look around your office and you’ll probably notice there’s something missing: those teetering towers of papers that used to pile up on the edge of your desk. As we move further and further into a digital environment, paper is being tossed in favor of email, the cloud and text messages. While a paperless environment is becoming the norm in the work world,... (more)

Dodge Winter Lawn Damage

Winter conditions can present a wide range of challenges to your lawn and landscape, but there are precautions you can take to protect your lawn, as well as your trees and shrubs, from seasonal harm. Preventive steps from the lawncare experts at TruGreen can help your lawn survive the winter season’s harsh elements. Snow Plow Damage Install brightly-colored... (more)

Sales in the Snow: 5 Home Staging Tips for Wintertime

While winter isn’t traditionally considered the best time to sell your home, there’s no reason you can’t get an offer during the colder months with the right staging. In fact, a study found that homes sold faster and for more money in the winter months, even in cold cities like Chicago. Here are five winter home staging tips that can increase... (more)

The 2017 Color of the Year Is Fresh...and Prehistoric

Prepare to see a lot more green in 2017—and not the kind you get from a scratch-off. Pantone recently revealed next year’s Color of the Year, a “zesty” yellow-green named—what else?—Greenery. The hue, which immediately brings to mind The Land Before Time, will crop up in home decor and housewares, from accents and furniture to paint. The “refreshing... (more)

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Move

Are you planning for a move? Read on for five tips to save money and stress as you relocate. 1. Declutter first. Start your moving process by getting rid of as much as possible. This does two things: you will score some extra dollars by selling old items, and save money by transporting less. You will also save yourself the hassle of moving boxes from one musty... (more)

Why You Should Sell Your Home during the Holidays

Despite the fact that most shy away from listing their home during the holidays, it’s actually a great time to sell your home. Below are reasons you should deck your halls—and then sell them. Time Off – The holidays are a great time to sell! There can be people relocating before the New Year, or people who have time off to shop for a home. Weather – It can be... (more)

Keep Your Home Safe Without Compromising Style

Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift. People often think that home improvement projects mean a complete overhaul of a room, but there are dozens of smaller updates that people can DIY that can have a big impact on the room. It’s... (more)

What Millennial Homebuyers Want in a Garage

Millennials are the largest generation shaking the housing market, according to research by the National Association of REALTORS. Despite this great news, when compared with the generations that came before them, millennials remain delayed in purchasing their first home. One aspect of homes millennials are particularly interested in is technology. From smart... (more)

7 Considerations for Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many different reasons. Here are seven considerations that could alleviate the pressure. 1. If money is tight, set a realistic budget. If you know in your gut that you can’t afford a gift, don’t buy it! Take steps to manage expectations in advance. Let people know if you prefer not to exchange gifts... (more)

Tips for Buying a New Furnace

Whether you’re snagging a new furnace for your just-purchased home, or replacing your old clunker with an updated option, below are top tips for those looking into a new furnace for their home Size matters – One of the most important factors when buying a furnace is to have a professional installer examine the size of the house and then determine the size... (more)

4 Reasons to Improve Your Home This Fall

For nearly 74 million homeowners, a new fall tradition has emerged: home improvement. According to a recent Metrostudy Residential Remodeling Index, several factors point to a rise in home improvement projects this season. Energy-Efficiency — With colder weather on the horizon, homeowners shudder at the thought of higher heating costs. They upgrade windows, layer... (more)

5 Things to Look for in a Neighborhood, No Matter Where You Move

Since relocating is such a major undertaking, it’s vital to thoroughly research your options. This is especially essential regarding an overseas move. Here are five things to assess in a prospective neighborhood to ensure you’ll feel at home, no matter whether your new home is here or abroad. 1. Transportation One consideration is how you’ll... (more)

Keep or Shred? A Post-Closing Document Checklist

The transaction has closed! The sellers are eager to get on with their move. The buyers want to start unpacking. But when the handshakes are over, everyone will leave with a daunting stack of paperwork. How much of it needs to be retained, and what role should the agent play in ensuring the right documents are kept? “It’s important to me that clients understand... (more)

At Home: 8 Energy-Saving Tips

Energy costs account for a considerable amount of every homeowner’s budget. According to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the average annual utility costs are $2,200. Trimming that expense, even by a few dollars, can save hundreds each year—and save the environment from the effects of excess consumption. Start saving energy at home with these tips, shared... (more)

Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home

Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. Are you spending extra money unnecessarily on the upkeep of your home? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making. 1. Using Traditional Light bulbs If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its lifespan,... (more)

10 Favorite Haunted Houses

Some home purchases can be downright scary, but that can’t compare to these homes! In the spirit of Halloween…enjoy! Winchester Mystery House  The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, is a 160-room Victorian mansion brimming with bizarre architectural features and a very eerie origin. With features such as secret passageways, labyrinth-like... (more)

10 Paint Colors Designers Use Most

With hundreds of paint colors to choose from, selecting the shades just right for your home can be daunting. Good Housekeeping magazine recently rounded up the top 10 paint colors most often used by professional home designers. Get inspired by them: 1. Palladian Blue — By Benjamin Moore, this blue-green-grey shade can be used in any room, and is especially ideal... (more)

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a New Neighborhood

Whether you are looking for a hip enclave of bars or a quiet suburban street filled with families for your kids to play with, choosing a new neighborhood requires a lot of consideration. There are many things to think about when making the leap to new surroundings. From creating a helpful checklist of must-haves to uncovering crime statistics, the more information... (more)

New Data Shows How Student Loans and High Rent Impact Homeownership

 Student loan debt and high rent prices continue to burden the homeownership outlook, according to data from the fourth annual housing survey from NeighborWorks America. The national telephone survey found nearly one-third (30 percent) of Americans know someone who has delayed the purchase of a home because of student loan debt, up from 28 percent in 2015 and... (more)

Top 10 Leaf-Peeping Locales This Fall

The Long Rural Autumn Road Corridor On the road in search of color-changing foliage this fall? Take in awe-inspiring autumn vistas at these leaf-peeping locales, recently ranked by 1. Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee) Come for: 100-plus species of native trees Stay for: Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn & Spa, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 2. Aspen (Colorado)... (more)

The Future of Home Design: 4 Dominating Trends to Watch

Digitized manufacturing is emerging as a leader in home design trends. It’s becoming easier to customize homes with a variety of textures and colors thanks to sustainable materials like glass and new manufacturing technologies. In fact, 3-D manufacturing, or the third industrial revolution, is changing how homes are being built. As the path to sustainable... (more)

The Go-To Guide for Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing your home can provide you and your loved ones with some amazing benefits over the years. In addition to lower energy bills, keeping a smaller home clean and tidy takes just a fraction of the time. If you are planning on moving to a smaller place in the near future, then read ahead for some tips that will make the transition as smooth as possible. Assess... (more)

5 Tips for Saving Money on Your Next New Home

The process of buying a new home is stressful, even if you’ve already done it before. Looking at properties, researching areas, processing paperwork, etc., can all take a toll on your schedule and daily life. With all this going on, the last thing you should have to worry about is saving money when it actually comes time to buy the property. Use the following... (more)

Minimalism, Your Way

———–  A Panel Discussion  ———– Moving soon? Or just have too much stuff? Come learn from the experts what Minimalism is and how to make it work for you whether you’re: Moving or Downsizing De-cluttering Curious about the Minimalist Movement Looking to stage/sell your property You’ll come away from this free presentation... (more)

Buying a New Home? 4 Reasons Why Location Is Essential

Buyers are so hyper-focused on the home that they often cast aside surroundings. “Surroundings” do not equal trees, fences or landscape. The home’s surroundings are the houses around the home and the residents occupying them. Surroundings also include the neighborhood, the passersby and the city. Surroundings are the home’s location and... (more)

New Construction: How Building a Home Can Save You Money

Owning your own home is an important and some would say essential part of the American dream. However, once you’ve invested the time and hard work to save up enough to be able to finally afford your dream home, you might find that you are faced with a lot of difficult choices about the real estate where you could potentially spend the rest of your life. One... (more)

7 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

If you’re always short of cabinet and counter space, it’s time to de-clutter the kitchen—but that’s a chore that seems to get relegated to “someday.” The job may be easier if you know where to start, say consumer editors at Country Living magazine. If you want to give yourself more kitchen space, begin by getting rid of the following: Anything... (more)

10 Fall Home Improvement Tips

Now that summer gear has been stowed away, it’s time to focus on fall home improvement projects. Autumn is the key time to evaluate your home exterior and prepare it for the harsh winter months ahead. With cooler fall weather comes the realization that your home will soon experience cold, snowy weather. To get your house ready, start by giving your exterior... (more)


OFFERED AT $499,900 Beautifully maintained & well kept single family home located in Woburn’s highly desirable West Side, just a short walk from the Reeves Elementary School. The large EIK boasts a breakfast bar, exposed brick, plenty of countertop & cabinet space, and leads to both the formal dining room as well as living room which makes it perfect... (more)

Pros and Cons: Buying a Property for a College Student

There’s no way around it, supporting a college student can be very expensive. Food, books, and most importantly, housing — all add a hefty expense on top of tuition. That’s why the idea of purchasing a property for a college student can be a good investment strategy for families and an alternative to paying rent for four years. If you have clients with... (more)

Planning for Retirement: A Checklist

Planning for retirement is a manifold and ongoing process, with many variables to consider. Dive into it with this checklist, courtesy of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC): • Map out a yearly budget for each year you plan to be retired, up to age 100. Expect to need 80 percent of your current annual income each year, minus anticipated... (more)

3 Reasons to Remodel This Fall

Most house remodels occur in spring and summer, when the weather is unlikely to derail a project—but according to one expert, another season is just as ideal for remodels: FALL. Why fall? Dan Fritschen, product manager at and author of six books on home remodeling, lists three reasons: 1. The off-season means more contractors are available for... (more)

3 Tips to Keep in Mind as You Search for a Starter Home

Two generation family looking at a house for sale Buying your first home is an exciting milestone, one marked with a fear of the unknown and a level of excitement at what’s to come. And for many first-time buyers, a starter home is a great investment. A starter home is perfect for those who want the independence of living in their own home, but don’t quite have... (more)

4 Tips to Consider When Moving to a New State

Relocating to a new state offers the opportunity to start fresh and experience a life you may not have otherwise planned. But, like anything new, moving can present its own unique challenges, from organizing what to bring and discard, to deciding where to enroll the kids in school, to ensuring everyone remains happy and positive. Truly, the devil is in the details. But... (more)

5 Tips to Reduce Your Monthly Energy Expenses

Energy bills are way too high, and unfortunately energy-saving methods, like solar panels and high-efficiency appliances, cost money, too. However, there are many ways to reduce energy expenses without spending anything. Here are five practical, energy-saving tips. 1. Unplug Devices and Keep Lights Off The household appliances that tend to use the most energy... (more)

10 Stress-Less Tips for a Move

Do you know upwards of 15 million people move during peak real estate season? Moving is an exciting time, but can also be overwhelming. Take the stress out of the process with these tips, courtesy of Penske Truck Rental: 1. Prepare to pack. Save time by ordering moving supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, labels and tape in advance online. 2. Purge. Less is... (more)

What to Do If Your Home Has Radon

Do you know radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most homes with high levels of radon gas can be remedied. If you have tested your home for radon and have confirmed elevated radon levels (4 picocuries per liter in air [pCi/L] or higher), consult your local health agency or radon authority... (more)

Do You Know the 3 Keys to Home Staging?

  Staging your home while it’s on the market is one of the most effective ways to sell it for top dollar. Start by addressing natural light, say the experts at Ample natural light makes the home appear larger and inviting. Avoid minimizing natural light with heavy window treatments—instead, hang sheers, and open them during showings. Next,... (more)

3 Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Make

]Improving your home can grow the value of your investment—if the right upgrades are made. No matter which kind of home you own, these home improvements top the list. 1. Power Backup – Natural disasters are on the rise, and expected to become more impactful in the future. Installing a standby generator system is one upgrade that will pay dividends in peace of... (more)

3 Tips for Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Homebuyers traditionally face competition at the height of real estate season. Now, with market indicators reaching record post-recession milestones, competition is stiffer than ever. To gain an edge as a buyer, real estate professionals advise: Getting Pre-Approved – Getting pre-approved for financing will give you significant leverage in negotiations with the... (more)

Cheaper by the Dozen: Homebuying Tips for Large Families

Having a large family can be a source of joy and pride for both you and your several children. However, it will require more space to house everyone comfortably and to meet their needs. If you have a large household and are looking for a more suitable house to fit your growing family, follow the tips below in order to choose the most comfortable home option. Choose... (more)

5 Types of Eco-Friendly Pools You Hadn't Considered

Pools are perfect for summertime fun, but not all pools are great for the environment. Chemicals and other pool-related substances can negatively affect the landscape around you. Maintaining a pool can also get expensive and potentially impact your utility bills. Here are some eco-friendly pool alternatives to keep your bills down and the environment safe. 1)... (more)

When Packing a Storage Unit, Strategy Is King

Whether you’re in the process of downsizing or simply looking to open up your home a bit, self-storage units offer a practical solution to the lack of space issue homeowners are faced with on a day-to-day basis. While factors such as security, cleanliness, temperature control, customer service and price will likely play a large role in determining which self-storage... (more)

Is It Time? When to Replace Common Household Items

A lot of household items have a shelf life—even ones you wouldn’t expect. Do you need to replace any of these in your home? Mattress – Studies show mattresses more than eight years old can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as contribute to body aches and pains. Replace your mattress every eight years to ensure you’re getting a healthy night’s sleep. Microwave –... (more)

How Paint Colors Impact Sale Price

There are numerous factors that impact a buyer’s decision to make an offer on a home. One of those is color—a feature that may be positively or negatively received by buyers. A recent Zillow Digs® analysis found that listings with kitchens painted soft shades of yellow sold for $1,360 more than anticipated. Generally, listings with rooms painted in earthy hues... (more)

8 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Summer Party

Celebrations are moving outside for the summer. Green your next outdoor gathering with these tips, courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP): • Rent reusable tablecloths, tables and other event supplies to reduce your impact. • Use reusable plates, cups, and cutlery if possible—or look for disposable plates or napkins... (more)

7 Tips for a Healthier Home

A healthy home — one free of bacteria and pollutants — requires upkeep in several areas. Fortunately, many healthy home maintenance tasks are simple, and can be done in a matter of minutes. “Small actions can make a big difference when it comes to creating a healthier home,” says Sarah Norman, director, Healthy Homes and Communities for NeighborWorks... (more)

7 Tips for Bringing the Indoors Out This Summer

Now that the cold, wet dreariness of winter is in our rearview mirrors, it is time to rejoice in the “summery” outdoors. But what do you do if you’ve gotten so used to spending your days cooped up inside that you’ve forgotten how to take advantage of your backyard? The answer is simple: bring the indoors out! With a few DIY tricks, you can spend your summer indulging... (more)

Wood or Wood-Like Flooring: What's the Difference?

Traditionally, hardwood floors added warmth and natural beauty to the home. These days, hardwood competes with copycat laminates and engineered wood floors, which can cost less. The differences between wood and wood-like flooring, according to Melissa Maker, host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube: Hardwood — Hardwood flooring is made of solid, natural... (more)

Eyeing a New Appliance? Look Over These Tips First!

Are you getting ready to buy a major appliance, like a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher or dryer? The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers ( recommends the following tips: Get the specs. Ask your dealer for specifications from several manufacturers offering the type of appliance you need. Compare available features, designs and capacities. Know... (more)

5 Household Products Wasting Your Money

Household products account for a portion of almost everyone’s shopping list. You can save money by making smart choices about the products and services you buy, says consumer editor Nikelle Murphy of—in fact, there are at least five common household products you can strike from your list: 1. Air Fresheners – Air fresheners are a multibillion-dollar... (more)

5 Pre-Summer Checks for a Well-Insulated Home

One of the simplest ways to beat the heat at home is with adequate insulation. Most people associate insulation with keeping things warm, however, it is equally important when it comes to ensuring your family is cool and comfortable in the summer.  Insulation saves people thousands of dollars in energy costs,  making it one of the best investments you’ll... (more)

7 Easy Ways to Dress Up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the Power of Mirrors – A well-placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel.... (more)

Staging Secrets Revealed!

Staging can boost a sale price of a home by as much as 10 percent. The best staged homes strike the balance between lived-in and never-owned. How can you apply that science when staging your home? Look no further than model homes, which draw buyers by blending the form-follows-function principle with the preferences of today. Here are some tips: • Remove anything... (more)

A Luxury Laundry Room? It Can Be Done!

“Luxury” and “laundry room” are two terms rarely found in the same sentence—until now. Laundry rooms are goin’ glam! Get in on the lackluster-to-luxe trend with these tips, fresh from the pros: Luxe laundry rooms take location into account, so take time to assess your existing space. Could laundry be completed more efficiently if... (more)

How Valuable Is a New Front Door?

Some home improvement projects are bankable for the seller—some, unfortunately, are a bust. A new front door is one of the projects that can yield a high return on investment. A steel door, specifically, costs an average of $1,230 to install, but may increase the home’s value by $1,252—a 101.8 percent return. A fiberglass door, too, may boost a home’s... (more)

395 Appleton Street, Arlington MA 02476

Ownership pride at its finest with this beautiful & well kept single family home located in highly coveted Arlington Heights, just minutes to the Dallin Elementary. The butlers pantry EIK boasts shaker style maple cabnts, GRANITE cntrs, newer applncs including a gas convection stove & 1 yr old fridge, recessed lights, and custom built-ins w/spice rack.... (more)

6 Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Keeping your bathroom sanitary doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right cleaning techniques, you can enjoy a sparkling bathroom without spending all day cleaning. Here are six cleaning tips for a fresh bathroom: 1. Shine your mirror Your bathroom mirror can get pretty grimy. Thankfully, it’s easy to restore it to its former glory. Here’s how: Place rubbing... (more)

11 Nichols Avenue, Watertown

Extremely rare mixed-use 4 unit building including commercial space located in up and coming East Watertown! This home has been family owned and maintained for more than 40 years. All units are updated, in great condition, and have solid rental history. Unit#1 is a 5Rm, 2+Bed w/in-unit lndry and EIK w/pantry. Unit# 2 is a 4Rm, 2bed w/EIK and pantry. The larger... (more)

What You Need to Know about Solar Leases

With the rising cost of electricity, it’s no wonder we are seeing more creative ways to acquire energy through solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 2015 was the biggest year yet in solar-use history, and the industry is set to more than double the amount of installed capacity in the United States in 2016. As expected, California... (more)

Converting the Attic? 3 Pointers

Attics are a long-standing feature in American homes, their use evolving as homeowner demands shift. Serving initially as storage space, many attics have become “bonus” rooms, housing everything from home offices to master suites. Considering converting your attic into a new, useable space? Keep these pointers in mind: • Many attics have no source... (more)

6 Essential Things to Look for in a New Home

Investing in real estate is one of the most financially sound things you can do, but buying a new home might feel intimidating when it is your first time. It is understandable that you’d want to make the best decision possible. Here are six things to look for that can help with your decision. Efficient HVAC System Heating and cooling count for a large percentage... (more)

5 Ways to Grow a Garden... Without a Garden

Apartments and condos rarely offer much opportunity to garden, even with balconies or patios. recently rounded up container gardening tips that’ll help satisfy small-space green thumbs. Some are viable even in apartments with no outdoor space at all! 1. Ceramic Pots – Dwarf fruit trees, such as Calamondin Orange, Eureka Lemon, Improved Meyer,... (more)

10 Tips for Taking Care of Wood Furniture

Quality wood furniture can last a lifetime and is often a treasured heirloom, passed down through multiple generations. Still, even the highest quality wood is susceptible to scratches and abrasions if not properly cared for. When purchasing furniture, it’s always a good idea to ask for specific cleaning and care instructions. For furnishings already in your... (more)

Planning an Outdoor Makeover? 15 Popular Upgrades

Signs of spring (and summer!) are cropping up everywhere, and for homeowners, that means readying outdoor spaces for the season. Some, according to a report, are planning to renovate, as well. “Nearly half of outdoor renovators spend six or more hours a week in their yards, motivating them to invest in major features that transform the outdoors into... (more)

6 Kitchen Splurges Worth the Price

By Barbara Pronin A kitchen remodel can be expensive, and homeowners are justifiably careful about staying within budget. However, there are certain areas in every kitchen where a splurge may be worth the price in terms of efficiency, looks, and durability. HGTV suggests six areas where a few lavish touches are worth the extra expense: 1. Commercial-Grade Range... (more)

75 Green Street, Wakefield

If you are looking to get your foot into Wakefield then this could be your chance! This tastefully renovated well mantained ranch is move-in ready and just steps to the Greenwood Commuter Rail stop. The updated kitchen boasts GRANITE counters, SS applnes, over-sized ceramic tile flr, recessed lights, and opens into the formal DR w/original parquet HW flrs perfect... (more)

7 No-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Spring

By Barbara Pronin Ready or not, spring is here, and with it comes the urge to open up your home to fresh breezes and sunshine. The trouble with that, as some homeowners lament, is that the furnishings may look a little tired. Before you replace a few big-ticket items, take a few tips from the editors of Home & Garden Magazine to spruce up your home without... (more)

167 Barbara Road, Waltham - Offered at $549,000

Classic New England Cape style home located in highly coveted Warrendale neighborhood. Situated on a corner lot just steps to the Fitzgerald Elementary School, this home features an oak cabinet kitchen w/gas cooking, SKYLIGHT, and opens nicely into the dining w/built-in hutch. The breezeway is off the kitchen and leads to the garage as well as both side &rear... (more)

Have You Sprung for Flood Insurance?

Homes in high-risk flood areas are not the only ones that need flood insurance. Approximately one in four of all flood disasters occur in areas with low to moderate risk of flooding. Floods can happen anywhere, anytime—not just near the coast, lakes and rivers. Torrential rain, snow melt and mudslides can all cause flood losses, reminding homeowners that generally,... (more)

42 Benton Road, Somerville $899,900

This massive Philly style 2 family is surely the one you have been waiting for! Located in Somerville’s desirable Spring Hill, this home has been family owned and maintained for over 70 years! The 1st flr set up is LR,DR,K w/ 2 beds down and 1 upper bed. The 2nd flr is LR,DR,K w/1 bed down, and 4 beds on the 3rd floor. 2nd flr kitchen is updated with CHERRY... (more)

Spring Lawn Care Tips You Can Do Now

Warming temperatures, rainy days, sunny skies—these are just some of the signs that spring is here. While your lawn probably maintains its dingy brown winter look, soon, it will be blossoming with the rest of the flowers, shrubs and trees – but only if you provide the right care for it now. Set aside a few hours to maintain your lawn and you’ll be assured... (more)

Breaking Down Spring Home Project Costs

Before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional for spring projects this season, do your wallet a favor and conduct some research. HomeAdvisor’s most recent True Cost Report found that 38 percent of homeowners don’t know how much it will cost to hire a professional for home projects, and nearly 70 percent are concerned about overpaying... (more)

30 Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Yearning for the outdoors? We’re with you! Spring’s almost here, and quality outdoor time isn’t far behind. To get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor space, now’s the time to consider an upgrade (or two) while the weather’s still in between seasons. Need inspiration? Here are the most common outdoor upgrades and add-ons, according to the American Society... (more)

3 Simple Home Renovations that Your Spouse Will Love

House construction renovation abstract background More often than not, home renovations center around efficiency and what the family needs. We upgrade the bathroom and redo the cabinets in the kitchen because they often are the most used spaces in the home and often need some retouching. But maybe it’s time for a home renovation that focuses not on what... (more)

291 Shawsheen Avenue, Wilmington

291 Shawsheen Avenue, Wilimington Offered at $499,900 This expanded cape is certainly not a drive-by! Pride of ownership at its finest with this meticulously maintained 8 Rm, 3 Bed, 2 full bath home. The bright & spacious LR has a loft feel and features gorgeous oak floors, custom built brick fireplace w/granite mantle, CATHEDRAL ceiling w/SKYLIGHT, and dry... (more)

Renting? 5 Tips to Consider

For many, renting is a necessary stepping stone on the path to homeownership. Embark on the journey wisely with these rent-smart tips, courtesy of NeighborWorks America. 1. Be on alert for rental scams. Scammers often advertise rentals that don’t exist or aren’t available (“phantom” rentals) to trick prospective tenants into sending them money. Signs you may... (more)

How to Plan an Organized Move

Now that you’ve decided to move, the clock is ticking. While we all know that the moving process is extremely stressful, most people don’t realize that there is something you can do to help ease the stresses and better plan an organized move. 60 Days before You Move: Start strategically planning your move, step-by-step, to alleviate the stress of... (more)

5 Pesky Mistakes New Homeowners Make

From seasonal temperature fluctuations to excess rainfall, pests find any excuse to enter homes. The homes of new homeowners are especially prone to attracting pests, says Ron Harrison, entomologist with Orkin, partly because they are unaware of the best preventative measures. If you’re a new homeowner, avoid these 5 “pesky” mistakes. 1. Overlooking Tiny Cracks –... (more)

7 Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Going to the spa is an expensive proposition—not to mention costly in terms of time. Bringing the relaxation of the spa to your own home, however, means that you can kick back and relax whenever you like. A simple bathroom redesign can be enough to completely change the way your bathroom feels, leaving relaxation just a few steps away when you need it most. Less... (more)

15 Safety Tips when the Power's Out

Severe storm conditions may threaten structural damage to your home, but they can also result in electrical hazards. These dangers are most often associated with the use of portable generators and space heaters, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), and may exist long after the storm has ended if a power outage occurs. When operating... (more)

5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Home's Ambiance

When you first moved into your home, the walls may have been white with beige carpeting. Although this decor choice is classic for nearly every rental and brand-new home, you don’t have to live with the neutral colors. In fact, there are simple ways to improve your home’s ambiance with just a few creative changes. Take a look at these exciting ways... (more)

7 Tools Every New Homeowner Needs in Their Toolbox

If you recently purchased a home and have a big move looming in the not-so-distant future, preparation is key to ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible—and that includes making sure you have the right tools for the job. Here are some common tools you should have at the ready when moving to a new home. 1. Cordless Drill. From hanging shelves to photos—and... (more)

8 Ways to Boost Your Home's Value

Home and money on hand, vector By Barbara Pronin Improving the look and functionality of your home goes a long way toward boosting its value. But what types of renovation are today’s buyers looking for? If you are thinking of remodeling, a national survey by Consumer Reports reveals the most sought-after amenities: Kitchens top the list – Buyers want a clean,... (more)

Top 25 Most Romantic Cities in America

As we begin to fete love and romance ahead of Valentine’s Day, OpenTable released its 2016 rankings of the 25 Most Romantic Cities in America. Food trends may come and go, but OpenTable data indicate that Americans continue to have an appetite for romantic dining. In order to provide a ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture,... (more)

Repainting a Room? The Lighter, the Better

A fresh coat of paint is an upgrade well worth the effort. Your best bet for color…the lighter, the better. Deep, saturated shades have been popular for years, but the palette that’s in vogue right now is just the opposite. Interior designers and colorists are favoring lighter hues, including off-whites, that just tease the eye with traces of color. Interestingly... (more)

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016

By John Egan Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its... (more)

Three Foolproof Ways to Update Your Living Room

By David Glenn  The living room is the room where most families spend the majority of their time. The TV is usually there, the comfy couches are there, and oftentimes the living room has the best view of the backyard. Sometimes, though, the living room needs some sprucing up. Here are three things you can do to instantly revolutionize the favorite room in the... (more)

5 Home Improvements that Pay Off and 5 that Don't

By Suzanne De Vita Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. How should homeowners invest their remodeling dollars this year?  By and large, homeowners can expect to... (more)

Quick, Affordable Home Renovations

By Barbara Pronin Everyone gets bored with their surroundings occasionally—especially when the winter doldrums set in and we are spending more time at home. A quick renovation can help boost your mood, and doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. Designers offer four tips for giving your home new interest while spending minimal dollars: Use paint and... (more)

Gardening in Winter? It Can Be Done!

Ready…set…Spring! One way to beat the winter doldrums this season is to liven up your home with greenery. Green thumb or not, the key is to start small, says gardening author Ann Whitman, who suggests beginning with a terrarium, a miniature tabletop garden. “Terrariums invite you in for a closer look and provide a perfect escape from the winter... (more)

8 Cleaning Tips to Fight Off the Flu

Winter is here, and that means flu season is not far behind. To keep your home free of illness, it’s important to maintain a clean household. “With the flu season kicking into high gear, it’s important to make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to help reduce the spread of the virus in your home, at work and when you’re on the go,”... (more)

7 Ways to Cut Winter Heating Bills

By Barbara Pronin  High winter heating bills can make mincemeat of your budget. But a few surprising tricks can help keep you toasty warm this winter and keep heating costs under control. Home improvement experts suggest trying these seven ploys:  • Service the furnace — Seems like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forget or put off having the furnace checked... (more)

Want to Lower Energy Bills for Good? Small Improvements Equal Big Returns

There are several ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home—and many are too costly for the average homeowner to finance. The truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to reap the benefits of increased energy-efficiency. In fact, you can save up to 30 percent on energy bills every month with a simple, DIY home energy audit, plus the following... (more)

3 Ultra Modern Fixtures for a Futuristic Bathroom

As a homeowner, one of the most worthwhile investments you can make is to upgrade your home’s bathroom. Bathroom renovations enhance not only real estate value but also your overall enjoyment of the space, and appointments these days are light years ahead of the materials used in other types of remodels. If you’re considering an upgrade, go for one (or all!)... (more)

10 Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplaces are one of the most coveted features in homes today—but they can be hazardous if precautions aren’t taken. Whenever you use your fireplace, keep in mind these safety tips. 1. Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires... (more)

5 Ways to Switch Up Seasonal Decor

Looking to liven up the decor in your home? Beat the winter doldrums? Tie in signs of the season? How about all three? Winter is a season that naturally contains an abundance of inspiring color and decor, from the bold colors in a lit fireplace to the frosty weather outside. Color and decor trends this season aim to bring all of the best elements of winter into... (more)

Tips for Taking Stress out of Holiday Socials

By Barbara Pronin Most of us like to socialize with friends and neighbors during the holiday season. But with shopping, wrapping and family gatherings heading up many to-do lists, it may not be easy to find time to socialize without throwing a big, glitzy party. The consumer editors at Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggest simple party ideas guaranteed to... (more)

Tis the Season to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

Approximately one-fifth of homeowners insurance claims are brought on by damage caused by water or cold temperatures—much of which comes as a result of snowy conditions. Although standard homeowners and renters policies cover winter-related damage, such as that caused by burst pipes, ice dams and wind, as well as damage caused by either the weight of ice or snow,... (more)

Is Your Roof Reindeer-Ready?

The holidays are fast approaching! Amid the gift-giving, gathering with loved ones and decorating, the season serves as an important reminder for homeowners to make their roofs “reindeer-ready,” or review their roofs. To do that, the experts at the Metal Roofing Alliance advise completing the following 10 checks, which can be done without a ladder: 1. For homes... (more)

Holiday Shopping? 7 Bad Spending Habits to Avoid

Holiday shopping may be fun, but it can also negatively impact your finances if gone unchecked. Avoiding debt is the goal. The holiday season is an exciting and inspiring time of the year that promotes giving, but spending within your means is the best gift you can give yourself. Managing a realistic budget and developing a shopping list that compliments it... (more)

5 New Home Mistakes to Absolutely Avoid

By Andrea Davis A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. 1) Don’t sell too soon. Generally speaking, it takes at least three to five years to gain home equity. That... (more)

Five Ways to Protect Credit This Holiday Season

Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s important for shoppers to make informed decisions about holiday spending when taking advantage of Black Friday and other deals. According to the experts at Credit Sesame (, shoppers should keep in mind the following tips. 1. Avoid opening new retail store cards. Retail store credit cards often... (more)

5 Ways to Budget for Holiday Shopping

It’s not uncommon for shoppers to get a head start on purchasing gifts for the holidays, but shopping before the December rush is fast becoming the norm, according to American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC), a nonprofit organization. “More people realize that waiting until December to start your their holiday shopping can result in extremely high... (more)

7 Weird Ways to Clean Up Kitchen Messes

By Barbara Pronin  Everyone seems to gather in the kitchen, and that may be one reason why it’s ground zero for major messes. You may already rely on vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other areas, but, notes home projects guru Bob Vila, there is a world of other and more surprising cleaning options out there just perfect for making KP duty... (more)

3 Fresh Takes on Holiday Decor

Does your holiday décor need a reboot? Red and green will always be classic, but when it comes to holiday décor, rules are meant to be broken. Anyone can use inventive color schemes, fun patterns and smart home updates to create spaces that embrace the essence of the season. Trends to consider, Froelich says, are ones that blend holiday tradition with modern... (more)

6 Kitchen Design Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone. When redesigning or refreshing a kitchen, the goal is to create a space that is hard-working, yet beautiful.... (more)

'Chill Out' Colors Are Hot Picks for 2016 Painting Projects

As the leaves are falling around this time every year, I wait anxiously for the Paint Quality Institute to ‘drop’ next year’s list of the most anticipated colors being mixed for designers and DIY-ers to dress up their living spaces. According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, interior paint colors that will be hot... (more)

The Top 5 Energy-Saving Window Treatments

Did you know certain window coverings can provide energy savings of up to 10 percent a month? Advancements in window treatments have led to increased energy efficiency in many models manufactured today. The most energy-efficient of these include: Cellular Shades – Cellular shades are often called honeycomb shades. The shade is made of individual cells that trap... (more)

Maintenance, Proper Use Key to Efficient Home Heating

Homeowners should consider how to make the most of their home heating budgets before cooler weather sets in. Learning how to operate your home heating appliances and then taking care of them through routine maintenance are two of the best things a homeowner can do to save money on heating this season. Since most homeowners operate their heating appliances for... (more)

5 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Winter

By John Voket Getting a well-maintained home ready for winter isn’t difficult, but it’s wise to start early. The following pre-winter activities can help protect your home from the elements, make it more comfortable, and help prevent expensive repair bills next spring: 1. Touch up exterior paint.  Peeling or flaking paint can expose bare wood, subjecting it to... (more)

6 Designer Tips to Make Your Home Look Expensive

By Barbara Pronin Creating a stylish interior for your home is rarely a problem when money is no object. But when funds are in short supply, says interior designer Cheryl Eisen, there are plenty of tricks for achieving the luxe look you want. Eisen, a long-time New York-based home stager who works for high-end clients, shared six practical if inexpensive tips... (more)

Sunny Days: Controlling Natural Light at Home

No matter the level of natural light in your home, controlling the light is important, especially if limited privacy or damaging rays are concerning. Several blocking techniques can correct these matters, say the experts at ODL, Inc., a leading manufacturer of door and window products. Those techniques are: Trapping light with textiles — If you’ve always... (more)

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The Idahurst Mansion’s newest unit is now available! This is a direct access unit via your private stone patio. The kitchen features GRANITE countertops w/maple cabinets, tiled floor & backsplash. The living room boast gorgeous exotic HW flrs, crown molding, and recessed lights. The 2nd entryway has marble flrs, and a huge closet for storage. Bathroom... (more)

What to Buy in October

By Barbara Pronin  Summer’s over, and a fall chill is settling in over much of the country. Retailers, even with Halloween yet to come, are beginning to stock Christmas merchandise. For thrifty shoppers, it’s a good time of year to pick up some great bargains on current and out-of-season goods. From Bankrate, Consumer’s Report, and online consumer... (more)

5 Home Upgrades to Make This Fall

Fall is the perfect time of year to tackle home improvement projects, especially those that enhance existing features or add new functions to your home. This season, consider making cost-conscious upgrades, such as: 1. Revitalizing worn woodwork – Nothing ages a home’s appearance faster than tired, weathered woodwork on the front porch or back deck. Apply... (more)

10 Tricky Ways to Save for a Down Payment

By Barbara Pronin   Saving up enough money for a down payment on your first home can seem like a daunting task—and it can be. But, say consumer advocates at, you might try using a few of these odd little shortcuts to trick yourself into saving more—and faster: -Automatic transfers from your checking account to your savings account can help... (more)

Greener Pastures: 5 Lawn Maintenance Tips for Fall

Come autumn, caring for your lawn should go beyond a weekly mowing. In fact, there are many steps homeowners can take to ensure their lawn remains healthy, green and beautiful for many seasons to come. 1. Aerating Aeration involves removal of soil cores to improve water and air movement in compacted soils, and aids in promoting deeper and increased root growth... (more)

Is It Smart to Buy A Fixer-Upper as Your First Home?

Buying your first home can be very exciting. Among all the decisions you’ll have to make when you seek that home is whether you want to buy one that’s ready to move into and live in as is, or one that needs a little work. Many people buy fixer-uppers because of the lower cost, but sometimes those kinds of homes can end up costing you a lot more in... (more)

How to Preserve Character when Renovating Your Home

A self-taught home rehabber, licensed real estate agent and designer Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict,” has made an art of introducing the comforts and conveniences of modern living while restoring homes to their former glory. Whether you’re giving new life to a historic treasure or sprucing up a more modern home, there are... (more)

5 Design Tricks to Revamp Your Home

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a fortune or go to design school to revamp your home. “It’s all about simplicity,” says Susan Yoder, interior design expert for builder Clayton Homes. “A little goes a long way when it comes to home decor and living spaces. Only a few simple changes can make a big difference and... (more)

3 Ways to Customize Your Bathroom

Creating a custom bathroom doesn’t have to involve an extensive (and expensive!) renovation. To get the custom look for less, start with the shower, which is among the least costly components to upgrade. Simply replacing a utilitarian showerhead, for example, with one that features multiple settings can be a major improvement. Multi-spray, single-spray,... (more)

7 Ways to Cut Household Clutter

Keeping a household in order is no easy feat, especially for busy families. Homeowners can maintain an organized, clutter-free home by tackling clean-outs strategically. 1. Do spring cleaning year-round. Twice a year, go through your closets and clean out clothes, especially your children’s clothes. If items have not been worn in over a year, let them go. 2.... (more)

Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

Water heaters are energy-intensive appliances. In fact, they are the second largest energy user in the home, and as they age, they become less efficient, according to the Propane Education & Research Council. If you don’t know the age of your current water heater, or think it may be reaching the end of its lifespan, it may be time to replace it, says... (more)

5 Ways to Add Instant Fall Curb Appeal

To make the most of your home’s outward appearance, it’s important to implement seasonal curb appeal. With autumn approaching, consider sprucing up your home’s exterior with these fall touches: • Replace your front door with an ENERGY STAR® alternative, complete with decorative glass accents or sidelights to keep cool weather out and natural light in. For entry... (more)

Space-Saving Tricks to Open Up a Small Kitchen

A well-designed kitchen should offer minimum clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you are redecorating or totally remodeling, check out these space-saving ideas shared by noted kitchen designers with House Beautiful editors: Re-think the design – If your kitchen is not wide enough to add an island, rethink your existing counter. Jutting a small counter piece... (more)

Storm Watch: Severe Weather Tips for Homeowners

Severe weather has the potential to impact property more at this time of year than during any other season. “September is the ideal month to address proper storm preparedness,” says Generac Power Systems Senior VP of Marketing Clement Feng. “At the same time homeowners begin preparing for winter storm season, the potential threat from hurricanes becomes more... (more)

4 Home Maintenance Projects to Do This Fall

As summer comes to a close, this time of year is ideal for homeowners to establish a fall home maintenance checklist. While warm weather still permits, be sure to pencil in these tasks, recommended by the National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA), before cooler temperatures set in. 1. Turn off exterior faucets. Un-drained water in pipes can freeze easily,... (more)

7 Reasons Why You Should Use a REALTOR® to Sell Your Home

Digital Image by Sean LockeDigital Planet Selling your home can seem a daunting task. When you close that deal, you want to make sure that your home goes to the best buyer for the best price. It may seem cheaper to sell your home yourself, and many do; however, there are a lot of details to work through. “Selling your home through... (more)

Tastefully Renovated Penthouse!

This unit located in this remarkably restored Queen Anne Victorian, just steps to Arlington Center. This 5RM, 2BR unit boast a corian countertop kitchen, w/newer appliances including a SS fridge, and a combo W&D. The large living room is perfect for entertaining guests. There is a formal dining room for dinner parties. The turret room has a beautiful skylight... (more)

8 Ways to Bring Big Style to Small Spaces

As college students prepare to move into dorm rooms and apartments, they trim their packing lists and often sacrifice style due to space restraints. Although it may seem difficult to bring big style into tight quarters, there are several small things you can do to bring your personality to life on move-in day. “Dorm rooms can sometimes feel drab and uninspiring,... (more)

5 Ways to Prevent Mold at Home

Mold in your home is a serious matter that can cause not only substantial property damage, but also significant harm to your health. Mold can vary, but often, it has a white to greenish or black spotty appearance. You may also notice a damp, musty odor in areas where mold is growing. If you cannot see or smell any signs of mold, you can do some additional investigating... (more)

5 Patterns That Will Make Your Home Pop

No matter where you turn, pattern inspiration is all around you, from modern architecture and traditional flooring to animal furs, floral arrangements and fashion runways. As homeowners and designers look to personalize spaces and create impactful interiors, patterns are being replicated with paint on walls, floors, furniture and more. Here are five up-and-coming... (more)

Got Balconies? Check Out These Handy Decorating Ideas!

Large or small, a balcony is first and foremost, a place to enjoy fresh air and elevated views. Decorating these outdoor spaces can be challenging, especially if your balcony is small. A recent item at reviewed several small balcony decorating ideas that create cozy outdoor rooms while stretching and connecting your interior design with nature. According... (more)

5 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home in Today's Competitive Market

While it’s widely known that being present during a home showing can do more harm than good when it comes to getting your home sold quickly and for top dollar, many sellers are often unaware that there may be other ways they’re hurting their chances of unloading their home. Here are five things sellers should avoid if they want to attract prospective buyers,... (more)

Renting a Moving Truck? 8 Tips for DIY Movers

Moving to a new home? Instead of shelling out big bucks for a professional mover, do it yourself with a rental vehicle and these tips, courtesy of the experts at U-Haul. 1. Plan your move in advance. Since nearly 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, make your reservation for a rental vehicle at least two to four weeks prior to your... (more)

10 Quick Checks a Year Can Keep Your Home in Top Condition

No matter where you live, however, checking on – and maintaining – 10 areas of your home each year is one good way to ensure your home stays in peak condition. From the home maintenance consultants at Home Depot, here is where – and how – to begin: 1. Roof – In early fall, check around vents, skylights and chimneys for cracks or leaks and repair or replace tiles... (more)

3 Cary Place, Charlestown MA 02129

Located on a private gas-lit way in the heart of Charlestown, this expansive tri-level 3BR, 3.5BA home with TWO deeded parking spaces feels more like single family living. The gourmet kitchen boasts a massive brkfst island w/granite cntrs, SS applncs including a Viking wine cooler, & shaker-style cherry cbnts. The open concept kitchen/living area is perfect... (more)

Furniture Arrangement 101: Making the Most of Your Space

Filling your home with comfortable furniture that reflects your sense of style can be a joy for the new homeowner. But it can be a major headache unless you consider the basics for good furniture arrangement. Home designers at Ethan Allen offer five tips to help get your started: • Plan before you buy — Measure one room at a time and give yourself a little quiz.... (more)

8 Cheap and Easy Kitchen Facelifts

If there’s not enough money in the budget to remodel your kitchen, Lowe’s home designers suggest you browse the aisles of your home store for ideas and give the room a whole new look with a few cheap and easy makeover options. Paint the walls – Paint covers a multitude of sins and freshens up even the dullest kitchen. If you make one change to your kitchen, paint... (more)

Home Maintenance for New Homeowners

If you live in cold weather, fall is when you put in the storm windows. If you live in a warm climate, summer is when you step up the pool maintenance. No matter where you live, however, checking on – and maintaining – 10 areas of your home each year is one good way to ensure your home stays in peak condition.From the home maintenance consultants at Home Depot,... (more)

4 Ways to Erase the Most Common Household Messes

No matter how neat you keep your home, odors and stains will occur. These can be especially challenging to remove in areas prone to spills and smells. According to the KILZ paint and primer experts, here’s how you can freshen up even the most stubborn spots in your household. 1. Eliminate Refrigerator Odors – Refrigerators are subject to a variety of spills... (more)

Renting? 3 Savvy Storage Tips

Just because you don’t own your home or have a permanent abode doesn’t mean you can’t be neat and organized in the place you currently hang your hat. Even if you are not able to drill holes in the walls, even if you are always on the move and prefer not to invest in costly storage solutions, there are still plenty of portable and attractive options... (more)

7 Exterior Home Improvements That Increase Resale Value

Curb appeal is everything when it comes to selling your home, and that means your home’s exterior needs to be in optimal condition. In fact, 71 percent of prospective home buyers say that a home’s curb appeal is an important factor in their buying decision. Replace Your Front Door Believe it or not, a front door says a lot about you and your home. A quality front... (more)

7 Easy Ways to Dress up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the power of mirrors — A well placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel.... (more)

Striving to Host an Environmentally Friendly Summer Celebration?

  Handy tips for environmentally friendly summer celebrations:  • If you use disposable plates or napkins, look for those made from recycled content. Avoid polystyrene foam products. “Compostable” utensils and plates are only “greener” if you have made arrangements for composting them. • For light snacks, try to serve “finger... (more)

Top 10 Ways to Prep for a Remodel

Proper planning is essential before beginning a remodel, and may be the most critical step in the process, says the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To prepare for the project, NARI shares the top 10 steps you should take before breaking ground on your next remodel. 1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects will provide... (more)

Selling Your Home in Summer: Top Tips for Seasonal Sales

By John Voket With Summer upon us, I tapped a couple of experts for tips to help home sellers present their homes with maximum effectiveness this season. Here are some seasonal selling tips for summer from  • Highlight outdoor areas. Clean the deck, porch, patio or outdoor kitchen, and repaint or make repairs if necessary. • No deck? Arrange chairs... (more)

7 Ways to Wow Buyers with Outdoor Staging

As one of the busier times of year for real estate activity, summertime is ideal for sellers hoping to unload their homes for top dollar. If your home is on the market this summer, stand out from the pack with these outdoor staging tips, courtesy of the experts at 1. Invite Buyers In It’s no secret curb appeal matters to buyers, but too often, minor... (more)

Replacing the Roof? Add This Energy-Efficient Feature

Did you know a roof replacement can return nearly three-quarters of its cost when the home is sold? Homeowners can reap even more benefits by completing other roof work simultaneously, say the experts at If you’re planning to reroof your home, consider installing new — or replacing existing — skylights. This energy-efficient measure can not... (more)

Small Space, Big Impression: Using Space Wisely Key to Making Rooms Appear Larger

The latest report from the National Association of REALTORS® shows that members of the millennial generation are buying smaller homes than their parents did. In fact, for homebuyers 33 and under, 48 percent of all buyers purchased a home with 2,000 square feet or less last year. And for all buyers, the median home size was 1,900 square feet. While some buyers... (more)

Colors Jump from Fashion Runways to Your Hallways, Furniture

It’s lights, camera and time for action when it comes to freshening up your interior spaces this spring and summer. I was intrigued by a recent blog from Koket founder Janet Morais ( who among many creative projects—recently provided exquisite interior design ideas for the film, “Fifty Shades of Gray.” Morais conveyed how a lot of... (more)

Hot Trends in Outdoor Spaces and Which Ones to Retire

Want to punch up your patio this year? Set your sights higher with a vertical garden, light the night with a hurricane candle, add a splash of lime on seat cushions or table linens, and you’ll be right on trend with the most popular outdoor picks named by a recent Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast. Here’s how to incorporate them: Vertical Gardens – Vertical or... (more)

Should You Replace Your Roof? 5 Signs

Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until leaky ceilings and puddles form inside their home. Why think about your roof if there isn’t a problem? According to Metal Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bill Hippard, “Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or... (more)

21 Harlow Street, Arlington

This E. Arlington 2 family has loads of potential! Unit #1 is a Philly style with 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bath with 2 of the bedrooms located on the second floor. Unit #2 is bi-level with 8 rooms, 4 bedrooms, and 1.5 baths with 1 bedroom & half bath down, and 3 beds 1 full bath upstairs. Features for this home include eat-in kitchens, formal dining rooms,... (more)

52 Tyler Avenue, Medford MA 02155

A quality renovation at its finest! Located on a quiet West Medford street, this Colonial was totally gutted and added onto in 2008. The kitchen sports shaker style CHERRY cabinets, GRANITE countertops w/breakfast island, SS appliances including a gas stove, and opens directly into the DR/LR area which is just perfect for entertaining. Just off the kitchen you... (more)

8 Patio Upgrades That Will Add Sparkle to Your Summer

By Zoe Eisenberg Looking to upgrade your patio this summer? Consider the following DIY upgrades and come June, you’ll be sipping mimosas on your newly pimped out patio. Pizza oven. Make a summer tradition with Friday night pizzas, courtesy of your new outdoor pizza oven. You can purchase one ready to go, or for you weekend warriors, go the DIY route. Fresh... (more)

Outdoor Kitchens: Layout First, Design Second

One of the most popular features in backyard spaces is a fully-equipped kitchen suited for entertaining and outdoor living. But like its interior counterpart, designing an outdoor kitchen can be a challenge. Your first consideration should be location. Pay attention to the prevailing winds, says Ken Kelly, Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly. “Wind direction and... (more)

Remodeling? How to Choose a Contractor

By Barbara Pronin Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or landscaping the yard, choosing the right contractor for the job can make the difference between confidence and sleepless nights. The design professionals at Home and Garden TV offer tips to help you choose a good one: Get referrals — Referrals are, hands down, the best way to find a qualified professional.... (more)

To Sell or Not to Sell? 5 Signs it's Time to List Your Home

By Maria Patterson  If you’re like me, thoughts of putting your home on the market and moving up, down or out of dodge all together periodically float through your mind. These days, there’s extra incentive given the inventory shortage in most regions of the country—some areas are even experiencing bidding wars. After back-to-back years of a robust... (more)

What Every Homebuyer Should Know about Termites

It’s a cruel coincidence that spring homebuying season corresponds with another far less pleasant one – termite swarming season. When eager homebuyers emerge from winter hibernation to look for their dream homes, termites emerge, too, say the experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). If you’ll be buying or selling a home this... (more)

14-16 Bailey Street, West Somerville, MA 02144

14-16 Bailey Street, West Somerville, MA 02144 Massive 2 family with excellent rental history located on quiet tree-lined street in desirable W. Somerville. Unit#1 has 6 rooms, 2 beds, 1 bath including an eat-in kitchen w/cider maple cabinets, butlers pantry, formal dining rm, and an office/study off the back. Unit#2 is a bi-level unit consisting of 8 rooms,... (more)

5 Ways to Become Better Recyclers at Home

Living green isn’t just about saving energy. Sustainable living also means putting earth-friendly practices in place throughout your home, including recycling. Make recycling easier for the whole family with these tips from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). 1. Establish collection bins to make it easy to gather all your recycling in one... (more)

Your 4-Step Moving Plan

No matter the distance, moving is a big deal. Prepare now to move your belongings with this four-step plan from the experts at Penske Truck Rental. 1. Less is More — The less you have to move, the easier your move will be on your body and your wallet. It will also be easier to fit everything into your new house. While packing, create three piles: the first is... (more)

7 Efficient Tips for Downsizers

By Suzanne De Vita  Retirement goals have shifted for many since the recession, with one major asset hanging in the balance—housing. Though a burgeoning segment of boomers plan to “age in place” in their current homes, more than half will look to downsize, either by purchasing a smaller home or purchasing a home of equal size with reduced expenses,... (more)

Avoid 5 Spring Lawn Care Fails

As this year’s winter finally ends, homeowners will be faced with the same challenge they are faced with every single year: how does one keep a healthy, dark green lawn looking its best? Unfortunately, many homeowners will make mistakes that set back the health of their lawn and they don’t even know it. “When it comes to having a nice lawn,... (more)

3 Rooms to Redo This Spring

Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates to these three rooms can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors and revive any room in time for warmer weather.   1. Make Your Bathroom Bloom Relaxed modernity is... (more)

5 Great Home Improvements for $500 or Less

When it comes to upgrading our homes, there is a never-ending list of things to do, from buying new patio furniture to replacing the kitchen cabinets. But the editors of Money Magazine suggest five home remodeling projects that will vastly improve the look of your home without breaking the budget: Improve the curb appeal – Whether or not you are planning to... (more)

3 Ways to Maximize Garage Space

The U.S. Department of Energy cites 25% of homeowners with two-car garages have too much clutter to store vehicles, and 32 percent only have room for one vehicle. “It’s ironic that many of us would rather store our boxes of unwanted stuff in our garage, leaving our valuable cars outside to deal with the elements,” says Lorie Marrero, professional... (more)

How Does the Color of Your Home Affect Buyers?

It’s no secret that color is crucial when marketing a product. In fact, consumers come to a subconscious conclusion about a product within 90 seconds of viewing, and much of that judgment (62-90%) is based solely on color, according to the Institute for Color Research. Retailers apply these findings every day (think red sale signs) to encourage consumers to purchase... (more)

5 Bathroom Fixes To Do This Weekend

It’s no great secret that prospective buyers take their time looking at every room within a home when searching for the property that will best meet their needs. But one of the most important rooms that will likely sway their decision is the bathroom. Therefore, it’s crucial that the bathroom is portrayed in the best light possible. Even more important is the... (more)

To Stage or Not to Stage?

REALTORS® believe that buyers most often offer a 1 to 5 percent increase on the value of a staged home (37 percent representing sellers and 32 percent representing buyers). Additionally, 22 percent of REALTORS® representing sellers and 16 percent of Realtors® representing buyers says the increase is closer to 6 to 10 percent. NAR’s first-ever staging report... (more)

6 Low-Cost Steps to an Organized Kitchen

By Andrea Davis Keeping your kitchen organized is essential to cooking and a good room aesthetic. If your kitchen is disorganized, you’re likely scrambling to find what you need when you cook. That’s never good, and it’s completely unnecessary, too. There are various quick, low-cost ways to organize your kitchen and make it suitable to your needs. Here are some... (more)

3 Spring Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

By Rhonda Duffy Curb appeal can be the most important aspect when trying to attract buyers. As temperatures rise and spring begins to waltz in, take advantage of the warmth and set yourself and your family to work in the yard to improve your home’s curb appeal. Some ideas: 1. Create an immaculate space – During the winter, things can get out of hand in... (more)

How do you choose a good condo?

Seek ownership in a well-maintained building, and pay special attention to the financial health of the condo association. Lax maintenance may be a sign of financial trouble, which could result in higher maintenance fees and problems trying to resale the property later.     Things to consider: Get a copy of the latest financial statement from the condo... (more)

Reducing Energy Consumption in Cold Weather

Furnaces have been operating overtime in order to combat frigid weather, which likely has led to an increase in heating bills. By taking some simple steps, homeowners can reduce their costs without sacrificing warmth. – Open the blinds on the south side of your home during sunny days, but keep the blinds closed on cloudy days and at night. – Use a... (more)

Organizing Finances to Buy a Home

Buying a home is a major life decision. You’ll want to do everything in your power to make sure you’re financially secure enough to tackle the investment. If you’re planning to buy a home in the near future, organization is key. “Buying your first home can be a complicated and intimidating process, both emotionally and financially,” said Steve Trumble, “Buying... (more)

Winter Home Safety Tips

Because freezing temperatures and snowfall continue to impact much of the country this winter, homeowners must ensure their property stays safe throughout the season and beyond. Note these safety measures to protect against: Power Outages Install back-up generators to power all of your home’s critical systems including sump pumps, security and fire alarm... (more)

Tips to Maximize Space in Every Room

Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty-nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized. Designate a spot A crucial rule to always follow when trying to conserve space is to give every item its own... (more)

Three Ways to Become More Eco-Friendly at Home

Whether you’re motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly. Here are three ways you and your family can create positive environmental change starting today:   Recycle Research shows that less than 2% of waste in the United... (more)

8 Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back

By Barbara Pronin When you own a home, it seems like there is almost always something you would like to do to make it more comfortable, attractive, or eco-friendly. But, home remodeling experts tell us, if you plan to sell your home at some point, put your time and effort into one of more of these renovations proven to pay you back because they increase the value... (more)

Keep the Cold from Freezing Your Pipes, Ruining Your Home

Recently, I received a notice from Aquarion Water Company, one of the largest privately owned water utilities in the country, warning all its northern tier customers of a chilling fact – every winter, unsuspecting property owners experience catastrophic frozen pipe bursts. Unprotected pipes and water meters can freeze and expand within hours of the onset... (more)

A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

By Michael Neal NAHB hosted an economic and housing outlook seminar at its International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas inviting Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, and David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, to join David Crowe to discuss the outlook for 2015. Here’s the highlights. A strengthening labor market, low interest rates, improving... (more)

Setting a Household Budget and Sticking to It

Despite a growing economy, many Americans still struggle with money management at home. If you’re experiencing challenges financially, there’s hope. According to financial publisher, establishing a foolproof budget is key to eliminating debt, saving both short and long term, and building wealth. Here’s how to do it… 1. Record all expenditures.... (more)

7 New Ways to Make Your Home Look Larger

By Barbara Pronin Hanging large mirrors on one wall of the living room has been touted for years as a way to make the room larger. But, said New York designer Jeffrey Blum, mirrors reflect everything in the room, creating the illusion of clutter. Blum, the owner of SixZero6 Designs, suggests seven less traditional ways homeowners should consider to create the... (more)

U.S. Home Values Gain $1.7 Trillion in Value in 2014

The total value of all the homes in the United States is expected to end 2014 at $27.5 trillion, a 6.7% increase from last years and the third consecutive overall increase, according to Zillow. Homes lost $6.1 trillion in value between December 2006 & December 2011. The cumulative increase in home values is slightly smaller than 2013’s 8% increase, and that... (more)

5 Winter Fixes for a Warm Home

Financing the cost of the holidays with the cost of keeping your home warm and safe during the winter season may be more than many families’ budgets can handle. But keeping your family warm doesn’t have to break the bank. Generac recommends these cost-effective fixes: 1. Top Off Your Attic Insulation A high percentage of heat loss occurs through the roof... (more)

Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Christmas

Although many homeowners may not realize it, the holidays are a prime time of year for energy waste. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, holiday lighting consumes the equivalent electricity of 500,000 homes in just one month. And from Thanksgiving to New Years, Americans will throw away 25 percent more trash than they typically throw out the rest of the... (more)

Easiest Home Fixes with the Most Return Of Investment

By Barbara Pronin Whether you’re planning to sell your home, or you simply want a more updated look, there are a number o cheap, fixed, from new paint to new curtains, that will improve its overall appearance. But, said home contract Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Property, these seven relatively inexpensive fixes can give you more return on investment... (more)

Five Must-Haves for a Smarter Home

Consumer excitement about the smart home has reached epic heights, with hundreds of new devices on the market that monitor, notify, control and secure the home. According to Parks Associates, mobile ubiquity, technology innovation and industry standards and partnerships have contributed to more than 13 million U.S. households now owning a connected device. Based... (more)

Three Ways to Boost Home Air Quality

Because most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, the air in their home is a significant component to their overall health and wellbeing. Occasionally, indoor pollutants can accumulate to levels that pose health and comfort issues when too little outdoor air enters a home. These pollutants may include mold, bacteria, tobacco smoke, pesticides, volatiles... (more)

Four Better Ways to Cut Home Insurance Costs

While there are many smart ways to save money on homeowners insurance, there are also mistakes that can result in a highly detrimental lack of coverage. “Asking about available discounts and comparison shopping is an excellent way to cut insurance costs,” says Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and chief communications officer of the Insurance Information... (more)

Fall Is for Fireplaces

By the experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season: Annual Inspections – Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s obstruction free and clear... (more)

Prevent Home Burglaries This Holiday

Not many people associate crime with the holidays, but unfortunately burglary incidents increase this time of year. With a few simple safety precautions, you can protect your property, your family and your valuables now and well into the New Year. 1. Tone down decor and hide gifts – When it comes to holiday decorations, modesty is definitely the best policy.... (more)

Spruce Up Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

From tackling holiday stains cleaning the crevices most commonly inspected by mothers-in-law, keeping a clean home around the holidays can seem like an impossible task. Between entertaining unexpected guests and hosting get-togethers with friends and family, having a clean home is never more important than it is around the holidays. “The holidays are a fun, but... (more)

Budget-Friendly Ways to Fix Up Your Home for the Holidays

By Cannon Christian The holidays are around the corner and so are all those family and friends just waiting to visit and share a little holiday spirit. While playing host and celebrating the season’s cheer, you want to be proud of the spaces within your home. If you are like most Americans, you will spend an estimated $730 on gifts, food, décor and other festive... (more)

Six Ways Homeowners Can Prepare for Winter Weather

This year’s winter weather predictions vary on the amount of precipitation we can expect, but many of them agree that much of the country will experience below normal temperatures. Energy authorities encourage homeowners to take steps before these cold temperatures set in to help keep warm air in your home and money in your pocket. “Most winterizing... (more)

Hot Home Color Trends for 2015

It’s a strategy interior designers often use to create stunning rooms that wow the instant someone enters them: the use of creative color. Homeowners looking to deliver impressive interior style can take cues from what will be the trendiest of 2015 and beyond. Homeowners can covey a variety of emotions in their favorite rooms by embracing different color patterns.... (more)

Tips to Maximize Space in Every Room

Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty-nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized. Designate a spot A crucial rule to always follow when trying to conserve space is to give every item its own... (more)

Five Secrets to Savings This Holiday Season

With holidays often an expensive time for families, spenders should remain vigilant when shopping for gifts and household essentials. To score maximum savings, experts recommend shopping at specific times to take advantage of big sales or online bargains. 1. Beat Black Friday deals. The best way to score holiday bargains might be to wait for Cyber Monday. Last... (more)

Build a Social Kitchen

Today’s kitchens are built for entertaining, digital networks and cooking, but creating one that meets all of these needs can be a challenge. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports asked more than 1,000 Americans what activities they do in the kitchen at least once in a typical week and found that uses for the kitchen go beyond meal prep. Nearly half entertain... (more)

Winterizing Your Home Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

By John Voket With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won’t break the bank. Luckily, our partners at Better Business Bureau say that winterizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. We already learned in previous October reports that the installation... (more)

Clear Up Cluttered Kitchen Countertops

While homebuyers seek ample kitchen counter space when searching for a home, surface area tends to fill up quickly as homeowners settle in to their new digs. Reclaim your countertops in time for the holidays with these clutter busting tricks. Designate an area for paper. Adopt a storage solution for mail or loose papers, such as a kitchen desk, tray or basket.... (more)

How to Make Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters at your home this Halloween, take time to rid your yard of any potential hazards that can compromise a child’s safety. Follow these steps for a fun and safe Halloween in your neighborhood. The costumed crowd and their parents/guardians will thank you. Secure your entryway. Before trick-or-treaters come bounding up your doorstep,... (more)

6 Tips to Keep in Mind as You Prepare for a Home Inspection

By Keith Loria Preparing your home for its market debut can seem overwhelming, but making repairs or taking care of anything cosmetic that needs to be fixed is an important piece of the puzzle. And for those looking to sell, taking the time to prepare for an inspection is just as important—if not more so. Whether your inspection is right around the corner—or... (more)

Making a List and Checking It Twice - Top Features Today's Buyers Want

By Paige Tepping For today’s buyers, finding that perfect home goes way beyond locating the ideal neighborhood that’s a stone’s throw from the office. With must-have lists that can range anywhere from a few items to those that are more than a mile long, real estate professionals certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding buyers the home... (more)

Homeowners: Make the Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting

At the start of 2014, manufacturers of 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs ceased operations in a nationwide bid to support energy-efficient alternatives. As a result, homeowners seeking new bulbs can only purchase LED (light-emitting diode) or other comparable lighting. “LEDs use about 80% less energy than traditional bulbs and the average homeowner would... (more)

Stay Productive with Smart Home Office Design

Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees... (more)

Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check

As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages. “Many homeowners just assume the winter season means their bills will go up as systems work harder to keep... (more)

Five DIY Projects to Complete before Winter

The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter. Tackle the yard. Your yard will... (more)

7 Best Paint Colors for a More Soothing Bedroom

According to a Sherwin-Williams survey, 3 out of 4 consumers say their bedroom needs painting – but they want to be sure they choose a wall color that soothes & promotes more restful sleep. The paint company suggests that a black painted ceiling in a room with soft beige walls encourages a good night’s sleep. They also provide tips for 7 other color choices... (more)

10 Signs You Are Ready to Invest in Real Estate

When it comes to property investment, timing is everything. Ultimately, choosing the right time to enter the market will have a significant impact on the long-term success of your investment. But how can you as an investor know whether the timing is right? Global property portal Lamudi has compiled a list of 10 tell-tale signs that now is the time to start building... (more)

6 Homeowner Expenses Renters Must Consider

Transitioning from renter to homeowners means much more than simply having a place to call your own. Purchasing a home is well worth the investment, but it’s important for renters to be totally financially committed. Renters seeking to buy a one should budget not only monthly expenses but also these overlooked costs: Home maintenance – Unlike renters, homeowners... (more)

Trim Moving Costs by Planning Ahead

By Keith Loria Whether you plan to pack up and move your belongings on your own or hire a moving company to do all the heavy lifting, one thing’s for certain: moving isn’t cheap. A good moving company will cost thousands of dollars, and that number is likely to increase if you hire them to pack everything as well. Or, if you don’t have a new home yet and need... (more)

Bathroom Upgrades You Can Do in a Weekend

By Barbara Pronin Replacing the tile or refinishing the tub can be major bathroom projects, even for accomplished do-it-yourselfers. But when it comes to adding style and pizzazz, it can take just a few good ideas and a weekend or less to turn your frumpy bathroom into a beauty.From news and lifestyle journal Epoch Times, here are eight good ideas to help get... (more)

What should I take into account when buying a new home?

You can find out more about an existing property and neighborhood before you buy then you can a new home in a newly developed community. When the home is on the outskirts of town, ask the developer about future access to public transit, entertainment venues, shopping centers, churches and schools. Also review local zoning ordinances. A remote area can quickly... (more)

7 Things You Should Never Do To Your Home

By Barbara Pronin New homeowners can be overwhelmed with the list of things they should do to their homes – clean the gutters & replace the furnace filters, for example. But, say the Wall St. Journal’s home advisors, there are at least 7 things a homeowner should never do – and here’s why: Don’t do your own plumbing chores – No matter how... (more)

Off the Wall Tips for Repurposing Wallpaper

By Suzanne De Vita This week’s #TBT is Grandma Maxine’s wallpaper collection. Yes, my dear grandmother really collected wallpaper. And not just swatches or scraps here and there – I mean rolls and rolls of the stuff. Occasionally she’d scrapbook with it, but for the most part, it remained untouched. Until, that is, she gave them to me.I’m not a designer, nor... (more)

How do you decide whether to add on to an existing home or purchase a new one?

There are a few things to consider, including cost, individual needs, and what will add value down the road. Also important: your emotional attachment to the existing home. As designer and builder Philip S. Wenz, the author of adding to a house: planning, design & construction, notes, an addition is much cheaper than building a new home and can offer a “new”... (more)

Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home

Load the dishwasher first. When you’re throwing a get-together, the last thing you want is to open the dishwasher to find dirty dishes. Make sure to run the dishwasher the day before your guests arrive to ensure everything is clean when you need it. Prepare dishes for the wash cycle. To ensure dishes get clean and dry the first time, scrape away large piece... (more)

Late Summer is Perfect for Planting around your Property

By John Voket Recently, I chatted with Ed Hume ( for some ideas about the best things to put into the ground this fall, so you can enjoy the beauty and bounty of your property into winter and well into next season. Hume suggests late summer plantings should include: Fall Vegetables – Start fall and winter vegetables in late August. Green onions,... (more)

Beautiful Green Lawns Boost Neighborhood, Resale Values

By John Voket Curb appeal is one thing, but healthy green lawns also contribute to the amount of green homeowners might command when selling a home. A recent post from Grass Seed USA – a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists ( – reveals how homes and homeowners in neighborhoods flush with lush lawns... (more)

Cool & Easy Painting Projects for a Sizzling Summer Day

I know it’s one thing to intent to complete that little paint gin project, and it’s another to buckle down and do it – especially at the height of sizzling summer! But the folks at the Paint Quality Institute say there are loads of small-scale painting projects that can easily be completed early in the morning or late in the afternoon, times of the day... (more)

Be Wary of Fall Home Maintenance Scams

When autumn arrives, many homeowners prepare their homes for cooler weather by hiring specialists to clean and make repairs. Be mindful of cons during this time of year – scammers use this opportunity to swindle homeowners out of thousands of dollars for unnecessary work. Be way of these four scams typically advertised during the fall season. Chimney Repairs... (more)

3 Ways to Avoid Getting Outbid on Your New Home

“Bidding for a home can get pretty feisty in today’s market,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “In some cases, you may be competing with more than 12 other buyers who are bidding on the same property. ”Here are three potential solution to avoid getting outbid on your new... (more)

Why Replace It When You Can Paint It

By John Voket I recently became acquainted with Lisa Kaplan Gordon, a builder of luxury homes in McLean, VA. She has published a wonderful guide to help evaluate whether homeowners can refresh certain areas or furnishings with a new coat of paint. In this first of several segments, we’ll look at a couple of unconventional areas where a few cans of paint... (more)

New Kitchen Floor Choices: Is One Right for You?

By Barbara Pronin The kitchen floor, besides being practical, has becomes a major design statement – with a bigger choice of colors, styles and textures available today than ever before. “You need to consider practicality first,” said Home and Garden TV’s Katie Allison Granju. “How much time do you spend in the kitchen? What’s most important to you?” Granju... (more)

Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

Happy couple in their new home having fun – moving concept You’ve found the perfect neighborhood and the ideal house for your family. But before you can settle in you have to cross one more dreaded hurdle: moving day. “Finding a new home is a wonderful and exciting experience, but moving can be overwhelming — juggling packing, moving essential... (more)

Customize Your Home with Hassle-Free Design

(BPT) – Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods.... (more)

Four Renovations That Can Affect Your Home Insurance

Expensive home upgrades undoubtedly have an effect on a home’s resale value. They may also impact a home’s insurance value, no matter how costly the renovation. It is important to let your insurer know prior to making improvements, so that unforeseen circumstances, such as a fire or robbery, are covered during the renovation. Not sure which upgrades are worth... (more)

10 Investment Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

By Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry 1. View the home as a form of recreation, not an investment. If you buy one, make sure, above all, that this is a house and an area you enjoy. It will be worth the cost if you spend as much time there as possible, put your heart and soul into caring for it or plan to keep the home in the family for future generations. 2. Approach... (more)

Five Remodeling Projects That Add Resale Value

1. Kitchen – The best way to increase your home’s value is to do a complete kitchen renovation. Aside form stainless steel appliances and modern finishes on cabinets and countertops, upgrade the room’s electrical and plumbing to get the most bang for your buck. 2. Master Bedroom – Whether you choose a full renovation or simple cosmetic changes, updates... (more)

Three Must-Have Accessories to Accent Your Summer Soiree

There is plenty of summer left for partying and hosting guests and family at your home. So to make your summer gatherings more interesting, consider acquiring one or more of these summer party must-haves to spice up anything from an intimate get together, to a full fledged soiree. When pursuing, the Melamine Berry Colander from (more)

4 Ways to Keep Homes Energy Efficient While on Vacation

    The Energy Education Council offers these tips to help prepare your home for vacation: Change thermostat settings before you leave. When temperatures are warm outside, it is unnecessary to keep your home as cool as you normally would since you will not be in it. Turn the thermostat unto a warmer temperature or turn it off entirely. If you have... (more)

Keys to a Healthy Home on a Budget

The Healthy House Institute (HHI) has released Keys to a Healthy Home on a Budget, designed to inform both professionals and consumers alike about how to upkeep a healthy home on a budget. “Most healthy-home factors involve a prevention or ‘removal’ strategy hence are inexpensive or free to apply if addressed early,” said Allen Rathey,... (more)

Time to Try to DIY: Easy Outdoor Living Projects That Can Be Done in a Few Weekend

(BPT)—Spring is the perfect time to put your home’s best face forward. The good news is you can refresh your outdoor living space with easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in a few weekends. Whether you’re building a brand new deck from the bottom-up or updating your existing outdoor living space, the experts at Trex are sharing five simple tips to help do-it-yourselfers... (more)

8 Surprising Household Hints

Home store shelves are full of goop and gadgets for cleaning or fixing just about anything. But, says Julie Edelman, better known to readers and viewers as The Accidental Housewife, you can save a lot of money by cleaning and fixing things with the goop and gadgets you already have at home.
  Edelman offers specific tips in a recent issue of Bottom Line Personal: Polish... (more)

HVAC Safety as Warm Weather Approaches

For individuals owning furnaces and other HVAC units, it’s important to keep safety in mind as the spring and summer season approaches. “Many homeowners don’t realize the potential risk factors involved when their HVAC unit is not properly maintained after the cold winter months,” says Interstate Co-Owner Raymond Kishk. “Not only can heating and cooling... (more)

Sowing the Seeds of Spring: How to Start your Garden Indoors

(BPT)—While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring – and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don’t have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden... (more)

Spring Roofing Tips to Keep You Safe and Sound

Spring is here and it’s time to clean and get ready for the changing season. What simple steps can be taken to improve your home’s value besides dusting and vacuuming? Alyssa Hall from GAF, North America’s Largest Roofing manufacturer, is an expert on things related to homes and roofs.  Alyssa has provided the tips below to protect your roof this Spring as well... (more)

Freshen your Closet this Spring with These Tips!

Spring is the perfect time to give your home a fresh start, and one of the best places to begin is with your clothes closets. Admit it: There are items lurking there that haven’t seen the light of day in a very long time. Follow these tips from the cleaning experts at The Maids to rejuvenate your wardrobe and your storage spaces. 1. It’s time to... (more)

Latest Trends Heat Up Barbecue Industry

As the May-September peak outdoor cooking season approaches, consumers can expect to see grills, smokers and outdoor living products in high demand. The trends that will drive sales during 2014 and beyond include: Wood Pellets on the Rise: Made from compressed sawdust, wood pellets are heating up grills and smokers across the country. An all-natural product,... (more)

Deck Design: Bigger Is Better!

As homeowner’s look ahead to warmer weather, many are dreaming of summer days spent on a brand new deck. So what is new in the deck design section of home building? Builders and manufacturers agree, the current big trend in decks is just that: big. “People are wanting to extend the indoor living space to the outside,” says Tim Stephens, owner... (more)

Elegant Roofing Trend Colors

From calming grays to soothing purples, national color expert Kate Smith believes 2014 will be the year of “quiet elegance” for roofing colors across America. “Our homes provide us with a haven to satisfy a craving for a place to think and renew,” says Smith, president and chief color maven at Sensational Color. “Having all five... (more)

7 Bright Ideas for Your Kid's Room!

If your baby is fast outgrowing the nursery, it may be time to redecorate, turning the room into a bright, appealing space he or she can enjoy for years to come. From the decorating experts at HGTV, here are six stylish and inexpensive ideas any child will appreciate: Easy storage – “Clean up your room” becomes easier when closet space, coat racks, book shelves... (more)

Six Hot Home Design Trends for Spring 2014!

(BPT)—Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you’re looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home’s style? Whatever the case may be, here are some of this season’s most buzzed-about home trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project for this coming Spring! *... (more)

Vacation Homeowners: Do You Know the Top Amenities Renters Search For?

There’s one undeniable truth about vacation home renters: The early bird gets the worm—and she’s willing to pay top dollar for it! That’s why smart vacation rental owners set out to make their properties attractive to these oh-so-lucrative early birds, well, early. Yes, now is the time to start getting your ocean-view condo or woodsy cabin ready to stand out... (more)

Hottest Fireplace Trends for 2014

Hottest fireplace trends for 2014 are on this year’s agenda! Hottest fireplace trends for 2014 are on this year’s agenda! Over the years, fireplaces have been a familiar feature in many homes, however until very recently, they have undergone very little change from the traditional hearth. According to Napoleon Fireplaces, 2014 is heating up to be... (more)

Home Improvements? Yes, Please!

Want to spruce up your home this year? Well, I will start by saying that making a New Year’s resolution is common, and many people set goals for ways to improve themselves. If you have set a goal to lose weight, learn a new skill or get promoted, congratulations. But while you are striving to attain your personal goal, have you ever thought of setting a... (more)

Should I Always Get a Permit Before Making Home Improvements?

  Is getting a permit always a must before making home improvements? To save both time and money, some people avoid getting building permits. But most cities require them. Besides ensuring safety during construction – housing inspectors sometimes stop by to check on the progress of projects at key points – they are also a source of revenue. Cities charge... (more)

New Year, New Look: Home Design Trends of 2014

SONY DSC Cool, soft colors, open spaces with natural lighting and modern, angular details are the top home design trends of 2014, according to newly released information by Pulte Homes. “Many of the prevailing trends from 2013 will be seen in 2014, but with a softer and more modern edge,” said Janice Jones, vice president of merchandising for PulteGroup,... (more)

When to Repair and When to Replace?!

Deciding when to repair and when to replace a broken product often feels like an expensive guess. “Repairing broken items or keeping them going as long as possible isn’t always the best way to save money,” says Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman, Deputy Content Editor of Home and Appliances for Consumer Reports. “Our report spells out how much repairs... (more)

Why 2013 Might Be Housing's Best Year Ever!

After nearly a decade of disaster that reached levels of despair not seen since the Great Depression, 2013 was more than a turnaround year. Within its short life, it changed housing from a liability to an asset so favorable that it had the power to take the rest of the nation’s economy along for its ride upward, in the eyes of the Bernankes and Obamas. In some... (more)

5 Tips for Improving Financial Fitness in 2014!

credit New Year’s resolutions are nothing new, and, according to the credit reporting firm Transunion, nearly 40 percent of Americans say they will make at least one big financial change in their life next year. More than 32 percent say they will save more money, while 28 percent vow to pay down debt, and 27 percent saying they will eliminate unnecessary expenses. No... (more)

Looking for a New You in the New Year?

In January, the job search websites go crazy as people start the new year resolved to find work that’s more satisfying. “While thousands of people are dealing with the tragedy of unemployment, many others are looking for jobs that are more fulfilling than the ones they have,” says attorney and author Pamela Samuels Young. In January 2013, job search website (more)

Holiday Traditions to Start This Year!

Most families create annual holiday traditions that turn into life-long memories – backyard Easter egg hunts, July Fourth beach picnics, festive birthday dinners. But the end-of-year holidays can be so rushed and hectic that we fail to generate the togetherness events our children will always remember. Below are some very cozy and meaningful holiday traditions... (more)

7 Tips for Winter Storm Safety!

As Old Man Winter approaches, millions across the nation are threatened with heavy snow, ice storms and power outages. To help homeowners prepare for the iciness ahead, experts share some tips for winter storm safety! 1. Assemble a dedicated storm box or bucket. Having items on hand like batteries, candles, matches, flashlights, AM radio, water and even extra... (more)

For Sale - Well Maintained Single Family Colonial in Everett!

For Sale in Everett! First Open house Sunday December 15th from 11:30-1pm.  Spacious 5 Bed, 2.5 bath colonial located near the Malden/Medford line. This home has been well maintained over the years and includes a large eat-in kitchen w/oak cabinets, newer appliances, tile backsplash & floor, and a separate dining area. Other features include a brick fireplace,... (more)

Don't Let the Holidays Ruin Your Credit Score: 5 Tips for Success!

  credit Keeping up with your credit score during the holiday season?! Let’s face it, the holidays are upon us, and they may affect your credit score! One’s credit score could take a hit during the holidays in a number of ways. You may see a less than festive dip from overcharging and not paying your credit card bills in a timely manner or by... (more)

Tips for Buying Safe Toys During The Holiday Season!

Buying safe toys can sometimes be a very challenging thing to do, especially now that the holiday season is finally here and many people will be buying toys for children. It’s a nice idea to get children something they like, but it’s more important to buy gifts that are safe and age-appropriate. Before you go shopping, check a list of recalled toys.... (more)

Updating Your Kitchen? Five Steps to Create the Kitchen of Your Dreams

Large open kitchen in a luxury home Updating your kitchen…Overwhelmed?! Well, when you decide to tackle this often times daunting task, you want to do it right. And, you’re not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Regardless of... (more)

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips!

Holiday lighting safety could be sometimes challenging during the holidays especially when most people have more important things to worry about such as holiday preparation! Here at RE/MAX Leading Edge in Arlington we hope you will enjoy this festive season with family and friends while also remembering a few tips to ensure your holiday lighting displays remain... (more)

When is the best time to refinance your home?

Toy house and money on the graphs. Q: What should you know about refinancing your home?  A:  Refinancing your home can be a daunting task.  Many people flock to refinance while mortgage interest rates are low, especially when rates are at 2% below their existing home loans! Other dynamics, like when to finance, will depend on how long you plan to hold on to your... (more)

10 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holiday Season vs. Waiting Until January!

While there may be less buyers out there, people who look for a home during the holiday season are serious…they are ready to buy! There are fewer homes for buyers to look at during the holidays which means less competition for you…less competition equals more money.  After the holidays the supply of listings increases substantially, which lowers... (more)

Homeowner Tips: Preparing for Winter!

With the Winter months finally at our doorstep after a long and mild autumn, there are many ways to prepare for the often times frigid New England winters ahead. Surely, if you’ve been in New England for a bit you may know the weather is often times very unpredictable – so it is never too soon or too late to winterize your home! Below is a list of... (more)

Fall House Cleaning: Chores to Do Now

Everyone talks about spring house cleaning – a time to freshen up your living space to get it ready for fresh air and sunshine. But, advises a staffing supervisor for Molly Maids cleaning service, a clean house requires a fall cleaning routine as well: Deep clean the closets – Sort out your wardrobe and clean out clothes closets. Donate whatever you are unlikely... (more)

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