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Posted on 05/25/2022
Save Energy & Stay Warm With These Simple Cold Weather Tips
For most homeowners, lower temperatures outside mean a spike in utility bill costs. Gas and electric bills can skyrocket with extra use from HVAC systems and hot water consumption in order to stay comfortable. This can be especially problematic for homes with subpar insulation. Whether you live in a drafty house or you just want to save some...
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Posted on 05/18/2022
Tips for using your fireplace safely
Chilly fall and winter nights are a great time to use your fireplace, but it's important to do so safely. Fireplaces can be hazardous regarding house fires, burns, carbon monoxide leaks and other dangers. Before using your fireplace, make sure you're familiar with the following safety tips. Schedule a cleaning and inspection Your fireplace should be cleaned and...
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Posted on 05/11/2022
Companion planting: Your secret to a healthy garden
Companion planting is the practice of placing certain plants next to each other in your garden for various benefits. While some plants don’t play nicely together and should be planted far apart, others thrive in proximity with specific companion plants. If you’re interested in taking your vegetable garden to the next level, here is some information about the...
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Posted on 05/04/2022
How to Use an Unfinished Basement
If your home has an unfinished basement, it may seem like the space is useless until you take the steps to finish it. However, unfinished doesn’t have to mean useless. There are some simple and inexpensive ways you can make an unfinished basement work for you with no remodeling. Here are some inspiring ideas to try in your...
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Posted on 04/27/2022
61-63 Newhall St, Lowell, MA 01852 is now new to the market!
Come visit Lovely Spacious 2-Family this Weekend!! Enjoy this Side-by Side well-maintained home w/large Fenced-in Yard, Gardens, Naturally shaded Patio Area, & Gated Off-street Parking! Family owned/occupied, 10&6-yr High-Efficiency Gas Heating Systems, 11-yr young Roof, Separate Electric, & part fin Walk-Up Attics. Unit 1 (#61): Lg Kitchen w/5+Stool Counter + Dining Area, Den w/Gas Stove (separate wall thermostat), Lvng Rm, 3 Bds, 1.5 Bths, & 2nd Kitchen area in Basement (w/Gas Stove hook-up). Unit 2 (#63): Lg Kitchen w/Corian Countertops, Living Rm w/French doors, Den, 3 Bds, 2 full Baths, & Basement w/Kitchen and 1/2...
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Posted on 04/27/2022
Home ideas to bring your whole household together
Spending time with those in your home is often a difficult task, especially if everyone else has their own schedules and to-do lists for their day. However, you can remodel a few choice areas to attract everyone else in the home to spend some good, old-fashioned quality time together. Here are a few key strategies to help bolster...
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Posted on 04/20/2022
Expenses to Plan When Buying Your First Home
Buying your first home can be an exciting process, but with so many different expenses to account and plan for, it can also be overwhelming. Not sure where to begin with it comes to saving for your first home? There are a few expenses you won't want to overlook. Down Payment First, make sure you have enough money...
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Posted on 04/16/2022
Another Property Sold - 20 Victory Drive 20, Methuen, MA 01844
Welcome Home to this spacious, move in ready, duplex-style home offering 3 levels of living space & gorgeous river view from the 2nd and 3rd floors! Upon entering the sun filled living room you are going to love the warmth of this wonderful home. The eat in kitchen is a place you can easily entertain while cooking that delicious meal featuring ample cabinet and countertop space. Sliding glass door in the dining area leads to the back deck. 2 good sized bedrooms and the full bath are located on the 2nd floor whereas your master bedrooms is tucked away on the 3rd floor offering a bonus alcove w/ a skylight for additional storage! NO CONDO...
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Posted on 04/06/2022
The Most Common Types of Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands have been popular in modern homes for decades. The appeal of the open-concept kitchen creates a need for more counter space while still keeping an open and inviting feel. There are many types of kitchen islands and different ways to implement them in your own space. If you’re thinking of adding a kitchen island as part...
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Posted on 03/30/2022
Understanding millage rate & other important tax terms
Millage rates are just one of the many specialized tax terms property owners are likely to encounter. While it's often used interchangeably to mean "tax rate," millage rates have some key differences. Here is a guide to understanding millage rates and a few other important pieces of property tax terminology: Millage rates Millage rate has nothing to do...
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Posted on 03/23/2022
The 5 Questions Every Renter Should Ask Before Signing a Lease
Whether you’re renting for the first time or not, there are important questions to ask and think about during the process. Asking the right questions can make an enormous difference in how successful you are in finding the right place and being happy in it once you do. Here are some questions every renter should ask while searching...
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Posted on 03/16/2022
Home renovations that can make your home more comfortable
Home improvements are made to improv your quality of life and your home's potential values. While there is no wrong way to approach home renovations, consider the following recommendations. 1: Replace loose heating and venting registers Loose and inexpensively made heating and venting registers have a way of rattling just enough to bother homeowners. But they also tend...
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