Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/16/2019

Gardening is one of the outdoor activities that are relaxing and pleasant to undertake. It comes with a unique feeling especially when you see the beautiful green spot you created.  Apart from the physical commitment, cultivating a green area requires financial involvement. It needs a substantial amount of money. Don't be scared; there are more affordable and faster alternatives to growing an attractive garden.  You are about to know the secret to more affordable gardening.  Here are some money-saving tips you should consider when looking after your garden:

Water 

Water is one of the essential resources that your garden needs to flourish. You can save extra cost when you use it correctly. Watering your lawn must be done appropriately. It must not be too much or inadequate. Over-watering your yard is not beneficial to the plant and also uneconomical. Professional landscaper advised that you should water your garden in the morning. Watering your lawn in the morning is ideal because the colder air will not allow it to evaporate. 

Grass 

The height of the grass is essential since it can reduce your water requirement. The higher the grass, the lesser the amount of water needed because it has covered a significant portion of the soil, preventing evaporation of water from the ground. Also, taller grass stops weeds from developing. Therefore, you can cultivate a taller lawn to spare you additional money on weed control.

Natural care 

Homemade solutions are preferable because they reduce excessive spending on a highly toxic product. Also, it is healthier to go for natural ingredients. For instance, you can get rid of weeds with a mixture of dish soap and vinegar. Sugar is also a valuable natural product for gardening. It can strengthen grass with no adverse effect on nature, pet, and people. Sugar is straightforward to apply; all you need to do is to sprinkle it at the spot you feel it is necessary.  You only need to do this twice in a year if your lawn is not having an issue. It is essential you wet your yard immediately after sprinkling the sugar.

Plants 

If you have too many plants, caring for them may be time consuming. One crucial factor you should consider when selecting your plant is the climatic condition.  Choose the ones that will thrive in your climate and get them from a trusted grower. When you take this guideline, your plants will last, and your effort will not be fruitless.

Having a well-kept yard might not be as expensive as it seems, follow the tips above to have significant savings when looking after your garden.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/14/2019

Move right into this beautifully updated and expanded 3 brm, 2.5 bath contemporary split level in convenient location! Lovely fireplaced living rm w/cathedral ceiling & wood floor! Bright cabinet packed kitchen w/corian counters & tile floor opens to dining rm w/cathedral ceiling, 2 skylights & slider to huge, 536 sf deck overlooking private backyard w/shed & patio, great for outdoor entertaining! Large master bedroom w/large closet, wood floor & updated tiled full bath! 2nd brm w/wood floor, 2 closets & full updated bath! 3rd bedroom w/cathedral ceiling, skylight & wood floor! Lower level has family room, laundry room w/half bath and mudroom! Gas heat, Central air, vinyl siding, architectural roof & more! Wonderful commuting location, close to all schools, shops and minutes to train and all major routes!

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Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/9/2019

How a home seller approaches the real estate market may dictate his or her success. For example, if a seller allocates time and resources to learn about the property selling journey, he or she may be able to plan ahead and sell a house in a single day. On the other hand, a seller who fails to showcase his or her residence to the right groups of potential buyers may struggle to achieve the optimal results.

As a home seller, it is essential to do whatever it takes to streamline the property selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you speed up the home selling journey so you can accomplish your desired property selling goals faster than ever before.

1. Improve Your House's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a key tenet of the home selling journey. If your home has amazing curb appeal, it likely will generate lots of interest from prospective buyers. As a result, your house may stand out from similar properties in your city or town, and you could accelerate the property selling journey.

To enhance your home's curb appeal, you should repair any damaged siding, mow the lawn and conduct assorted home exterior upgrades. If you need help with home exterior improvements, you can always hire professional contractors as well.

2. Eliminate Clutter

Let's face it Ė clutter is a problem that can be tough for home sellers to eliminate. Yet a seller who spends time removing antiques, paintings and other clutter can make it easy for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase a residence. As such, sellers should devote time to eliminate clutter so they can show off the true size and beauty of their houses.

Sometimes, it helps to rent a storage unit prior to listing a residence. A storage unit allows a home seller to safely store various personal belongings until his or her house sells. Then, this individual can move his or her personal belongings from a storage unit to a new residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is willing to do whatever it takes to help you seamlessly navigate the house selling journey. He or she will promote your residence to prospective buyers, offer tips and guidance during the home selling journey and much more. By doing so, a real estate agent will help you get the best-possible results during the home selling journey.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides as you determine whether to accept or reject an offer to purchase your home, either. At this point, a real estate agent will provide an honest, unbiased recommendation about how to proceed with a homebuying proposal. He or she also is happy to negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf to help you maximize the value of your home sale.

Want to streamline the home selling process? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost your chances of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/6/2019

Absolutely beautiful & completely remodeled 3 brm 2 full bath Cape w/1 car attached garage in great neighborhood location! Elegant fireplaced living rm w/hardwood fl & crown molding! Gorgeous white kit w/Quartz counters, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appl & wood tile fl opens to lovely family rm w/cathedral ceiling, bead board & wood tile fl opens to spacious dining rm w/cathedral ceiling, picture window, wood tile fl & slider to private backyard oasis w/heated gunite pool w/waterfall! Expansive patio area, great for outdoor entertaining! Gorgeous landscaped fenced yard w/shed w/elec & Gazebo! Lovely expansive master suite w/wood fl, lg bathroom w/dbl sinks, walk in closet, recessed lts & picture window! 2 additional bedrooms on 1st fl w/hardwood flrs! Play rm & office in lower level w/wood laminate floor & recessed lts! More updates include, garage door & opener in 2019, heat & hot water in 2015, interior & exterior doors & more! Great commuter location, mins to everything!

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Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/2/2019

In a not-so-distant future, American homeowners may not have to worry about blackouts any longer. Teslaís giant battery recently powered up Australiaís grid after a power outage in just milliseconds. And, with new, green technologies, constantly being pursued, it could be within reach to say goodbye to blackouts once and for all.

However, weíre not quite there yet. And, if you live in the colder areas of the country, youíre also at the beginning of the worst season for snow and ice that can wreak havoc on power lines.

So, to help get you prepared, Iíve written this list of things you can do to start preparing yourself, your family, and your home for your next power outage.

Read on for the list.

1. Emergency supplies list

Itís vital to have the supplies on hand before a power outage hits so that you donít have to be wandering around your home in the dark fishing for things you might not even have.

To avoid this, itís a good idea to keep a supplies bag packed and tucked away somewhere safe. Itís also important that your family knows where this bag is located in case youíre away when the power goes out.

Now, letís make your list:

  • Flashlights and batteries - Two quality flashlights with batteries should be on everyoneís emergency list. Make sure your batteries were recently bought and that they are of high quality that wonít run out of juice in just a few minutes. Also, consider including a wind-up flashlight that doesnít require batteries for use in case you forget to replace your old batteries.

  • Radio - Most of us keep our cell phones charged up, but weíve all been guilty of letting them get too low on charge. In these situations, itís good to have a battery-powered radio to listen to the news.

  • Power bank - Speaking of cell phones and their poor battery life, consider buying a power bank and keeping an extra charging cord in your bag. Make a note to charge up your power bank every few weeks to ensure it will be charged when you need it most.

  • Cash - If the blackout effects more than just your neighborhood, many storesí ATM and credit card machines may be down. Itís a good idea to have a stash of cash for emergencies.

  • Optional: generator - while you donít need to buy a generator for your average power outage, it can help if you live in an area that experiences them frequently.

2. Familiarize yourself with your home

Find out where the shutoff valves for water are, learn the layout of your circuit breaker, and learn how to use the manual release on your garage door.

If you have an electric stove, consider purchasing and learning how to use a small propane grill for emergencies.

3. Best practices during a blackout

If you have children, make sure they know what to do if the power goes out when youíre not home. Especially during the winter months, it gets dark out early enough that many parents havenít even arrived home from work yet. So, be sure your kids know not to start lighting candles in dangerous places and keeping the refrigerator open for extended periods.

Finally, itís a good idea to turn off power strips and unplug appliances that were turned on when the power went out. This can stop surges from damaging your appliances and save you money.




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