Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 9/17/2017

If you've been putting off organizing your closets for months -- if not years -- you're not alone! Since closets are not usually a "high visibility" area of the house, cleaning them often ends up being relegated to the bottom of people's priority lists.

It's easy to postpone tackling the project because you can simply close the door and forget about what a disaster area it's become!

There are, however, several sound reasons for bumping it up on your "to do" list.

  • First of all, you'll probably find valuable things you thought were lost forever. Depending on how long it's been since you last cleaned out your closets, there's a good chance you'll find miscellaneous valuable items ranging from missing gloves and address books to lost photo albums and unopened gifts. There's no end to the possible treasures you could stumble upon in a closet that you haven't organized for a while. You may even find lost items you were considering replacing. In that case, you can save your money or spend it on something else!
  • It's an opportunity to help others. All communities have charitable organizations that distribute warm clothing, shoes, essential kitchen supplies, school backpacks, and other useful items to underprivileged families in your area. By giving away things you no longer need and use, you can accomplish two objectives: clearing out the clutter in your home and helping needy families or organizations in the community.
  • You'll enjoy a sense of accomplishment. On one hand, when you keep putting off a project that you know needs to get done, it creates an underlying feeling of frustration. However, once you get the task underway and completed, you'll feel like you're making progress with your goals and moving forward. (Not only that, but your closets will no longer be an eyesore that cause you to cringe every time you go to grab a jacket or hang up your clothes!)
  • Completing one project helps create momentum for getting started on something else. As Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist, stated more than 300 years ago, "A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.” (Source: Live Science) That principle applies as much to human behavior as it does to inanimate objects. Once you force yourself to get started on a project -- whether it involves organization, cleaning, repair, or home improvement -- you'll discover new-found energy and motivation for other tasks.

While it may seem as if cleaning your closets is a monumental task that makes you feel physically and mentally drained just thinking about it, the hardest part is getting started -- taking those first few steps. By picking one closet to organize and setting aside just an hour or two to do it (and creating a semblance of order), you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one session!





Posted by Kathy Foran on 9/15/2017

Move right into this beautiful, bright and expanded 3 brm, 1.5 bth brick front Cape with 1 car attached garage in wonderful neighborhood location! Large updated eat in kitchen w/granite counters, stainless steel appliances & large closet/pantry opens to huge lovely 17x12 family rm addition w/slider to large brick patio overlooking gorgeous private, level back yard! Formal dining rm w/chair railing and hardwood floors under carpet, lovely fireplaced living rm w/bay window & hardwood floor under carpeting! 1st floor master brm w/large double closet, 2 additional brms on 2nd floor w/recently finished hardwood floors! Convenient 1st floor laundry! Central Air! Updated windows throughout! 200 amp electric & more! Wonderful convenient location, walk to shops and minutes to all major routes, schools and shopping!

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Posted by Kathy Foran on 9/10/2017

If you're in the process of trying to find a dependable contractor for a home improvement project, there are several steps you can take to ensure a positive outcome. Since clear and frequent communication is the foundation of any successful relationship with a contractor, knowing what questions to ask can make all the difference. Here are some general guidelines for screening potential contractors and determining which one would be the best match for your budget, your home improvement needs, and your personality. Not only is it important that the contractor be experienced, dependable, and conscientious, but it's also crucial that they're easy to work with and customer service oriented. If they're too abrasive or don't seem genuinely interested in ensuring your satisfaction, then you'd probably be better off looking elsewhere. Being competitively priced is also very important. Questions to Ask Contractors Although each situation is different when dealing with home builders, handymen, or home improvement contractors, here's a list of questions that would apply to most companies:

  1. "How long have you been in business?" One of your top priorities is to avoid fly-by-night operations that are in business today, and nowhere to be found, next week. Longevity in business is usually a sign that the contractor is conscientious about customer satisfaction, that they care about doing good quality work, and that they're in compliance with the legal requirements of running a contracting business. It's certainly not a guarantee of any of those things, but it's a good starting point in evaluating their qualifications.
  2. "Would you provide me with some recent customer references -- preferably ones who had the same type of work done as what I'm planning." If the contractor balks at this, then they may have something to hide -- like a trail of dissatisfied customers or a just a lack of customers. The ideal scenario, of course, is to get a contractor recommendation from a trusted family member, a friend, or a neighbor. When that isn't possible, a brief telephone conversation with a couple current or past customers of a contractor you're considering can provide a lot of insights into key factors like timeliness, professionalism, the quality of their work, whether they leave their work site clean, and their level of customer service and communication. By the way, one online source for neighbor recommendations is a social networking site called Nextdoor.com.
  3. "What type of insurance do you have?" If they're not current on their personal liability insurance, Workers' Compensation, and property damage insurance coverage, then you could potentially be liable for any injuries and damage that take place on your property during the project. However, reputable contracting companies recognize the importance of carrying the necessary types of contractor insurance, and they make it their business to keep those policies current and up to date. As a side note, it's also wise to find out if there will be any subcontractors working on the job, and if they also have the required licenses and insurance coverage. Asking for copies of insurance certificates is generally the only way to make sure the needed coverage is in place.
While many home improvement or construction projects come with their share of frustrations, setbacks, and minor headaches, if you take the time to screen and compare potential home contractors, your chances of getting the best value for your money and the highest possible quality will be greatly increased.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 9/3/2017

After a long, challenging journey, you've managed to get your home ready to add to the real estate market. Now, you'll need to start thinking about your long-term plans, i.e. what you'll do after your home sells. For instance, what will you do with that massive tube TV that sits in your basement? This TV has served you well for years. At the same time, it requires at least two people to pick it up, and you'll need to move it up your stairs simply to get it out of your house. And if you decide to take your tube TV to your new residence, it may prove to be more trouble than it's worth. Fortunately, you have a lot of great options if you want to get rid of your TV before you relocate, including: 1. Sell It Websites like Craigslist make it easy to take photos of your TV, provide information about it and offer it to the highest bidder. Plus, these sites usually are hyper-local, ensuring you can find local buyers who can pick up your TV, remove it from your home and pay you for the TV. Of course, you'll want to make your TV as attractive as possible if you decide to sell it online. As such, be sure to include high-resolution images of your TV, along with up-to-date information about it in any online advertisement. Typically, you'll want to make it as easy as possible for buyers to find your TV in a crowded marketplace, so you should try to incorporate information about your TV's condition and age into your online advertisement as well. 2. Donate It to a Charitable Organization Depending on the size and condition of your TV, you may be able to find a charitable organization near your home that will pick it up and take it away from your home. Although you may not receive any money for your TV, you'll know that your TV is going to a worthy organization. Also, there is a chance that you could receive a tax deduction for your charitable donation. 3. Offer It to Friends or Family Members If you can't find an interested buyer or a charitable organization to accept your TV, you may be able to give it to a friend or family member. Your TV might be far from perfect, but if it is in working condition, a friend or family member may be able to use it in his or her home. In addition, you may want to consider offering the TV to your neighbors before you relocate. By doing so, a nearby neighbor may be able to stop by your residence, pick up the TV and wish you well on your upcoming move. Think about what you will do with your large tube TV before it's too late. The process of selling a home can go quickly, and you'll want to prepare as much as possible for an upcoming move. Therefore, dedicating time and resources now to determine how you can get rid of your tube TV may help you streamline your efforts to pack up your belongings and move to a new address after your house sells.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 8/27/2017

Choosing an exterior color for your home can be a challenging task. You want your house to stand out, but not in a bad way. You need to consider the neighborhood and area that you live in to find the most appropriate choices of colors for your home. There is such a thing as color psychology. This means that certain emotions and feelings arise from looking at certain colors. Keep this in mind when choosing a paint color and color scheme for your home. Cool colors and neutrals, for example, provide a calming, soothing affect on your mood. That’s the kind of home you want to “come home” to! Here’s some tips for choosing a paint color scheme for your home. Choose A Powerful Color Scheme There are certain colors that just work well together. These colors are like celebrity power couples. Try these combinations on for style: White+ Light Blue Brown + Yellow Gold Taupe + Olive Green Light green + Yellow White + Dark Brown Light Green + Light Blue Dark Brown + Light Brown Black + White Gray + Light Blue Red-Brown + Cream Gray + White You can work any other number of colors into these suggested color schemes as well. Every color in fact has undertones. This is why you should view a color more than once before choosing to paint your home that color. Blue and green accents, for example, work well with shades of tan and white. However, you can’t blindly chose the shades to make them work. Use Shiny Finishes For Highlighting Higher gloss paints and more highly reflective colors can be used on your home’s trim. You wouldn’t want these colors used as a main color on your home’s surface. Keep in mind the type of paint and the way in which the colors will be used when planing to paint. Consider Your Home’s Architectural Design There’s certain colors that will appear jarring when it comes to the exterior design of your home. In a neighborhood of neutral color homes, it may look strange to pick fire engine red for your exterior paint color. Certain homes and neighborhoods even have codes that must be adhered to when it comes to the home painting process and choice of color. Choose colors based on the type of home you own. Remember Your Front Door Counts The color of your front door is a part of the exterior paint job of your home. If you love your white house, but are looking to add a bit of color, try painting the door a shade of blue. While it will stand out, the contrast of color can work well. This is especially true if the color of the front door matches the color of your home’s trim.