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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/19/2017

Buying a house is only the beginning when it comes to spending money on a residence. Buy the wrong house and you could incur heightening costs that you hadn’t planned or budgeted for. One of the best ways to avoid stepping into a house financial minefield is to avoid buying a house based solely on emotion.

Start saving on housing costs early

For this reason, a first step to save on housing costs starts during the house hunting process. While you are house hunting pay attention to more than just the square footage, layout and design of a house. Ask to see the furnace, boiler and air conditioning unit, whichever utility type the house operates off of.

If you’re not knowledgeable about appliances, bring someone who is appliance savvy house hunting with you. The same goes for the roof, flooring and walls. The right construction knowledge could prevent you from investing in a house that has termites, roaches or other creepy crawly pests hidden in the walls.

Don’t let realtors or housing agencies only show you the model if you’re buying a house that’s in the process of being built. Make sure that you get it in writing that you can stop by and check on the home while it’s being built. Bring someone you trust who knows the ins and outs of a home, including the best way to build and wire a house, when you visit the property.

Keeping housing costs down is an ongoing effort

After you buy the right house, develop a schedule that highlights when you will perform certain types of maintenance on your new home. For example, decide whether you will mow the lawn on a Wednesday or a Saturday.

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your house or washing down the siding are other items to add to your house maintenance schedule. De-weeding your lawn, painting the interior of your home, replacing floor tiles as needed and inspecting the insulation and appliances are other maintenance activities.

You also have to clean your gutters and inspect your roof. Again, if you don’t know what to look for during a roofing inspection , consider hiring a professional to do this work for you. In addition to performing regular maintenance on your home, practice safety habits.

Make sure that there is a properly functioning fire extinguisher in your house, preferably at least one extinguisher on each floor of your home. Smoke alarms are another must. Avoid floor or space heaters, as these devices can become afire hazard. Also, clean out fireplaces.

Each of these steps helps to maintain and protect your home. It’s also important to buy and keep payments current on your homeowner’s insurance. Get enough homeowner’s insurance coverage to protect your house from natural events that occur in the area where you live.

For example, if you live in California, you may want to get coverage for mud slide damage.In Florida, you may want coverage for hurricanes and floods. Even if the additional coverage raises your monthly homeowner’s insurance premiums, the added protection could be worth it.




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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/12/2017

Show Stopper Located On The West Bridgewater Line! This Expansive Ranch Has Updates Galore! Newer Kitchen w/ Open Floor Plan, Newer Cabinets & Stainless Steel Appliances; Huge Living Room & Family Room, Hardwood Floors, Updated Full Bathroom; Plenty of Space w/4 Bedrooms! Fenced In Backyard is an Oasis, Massive Deck & Patio Area w/Firepit Is Perfect For Entertaining or Just Letting the Kids/Dog Run Around! Oh, There Are Also 2 Sheds... 1 Is A Man Town (Check Out The Photos)! Newer Roof & Heating System (Gas) With Central Air!!! This Home is So Close To The West Bridgewater Line That You Will Think You Are In West Bridgewater. One Look At This Home & You Will Want To Make An Offer So Bring Your Check Book!

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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/12/2017

Finding out the quality of furniture at a furniture store can be difficult. Product descriptions are written with the goal of getting you to buy. What’s more, floor sales employees will boast about the quality of their “genuine bonded leather,” how easy it is to clean and how long it lasts.

What many people don’t know is that words like “genuine” don’t mean “real” leather, but rather a grade of leather. Genuine leather is, in fact, the second worst type of leather in terms of quality and durability.

To help you avoid this and other blunders at the furniture store, we’ve written a simple guide to furniture leather that aid you in making the most informed decision possible the next time you’re at the furniture store. After all, furniture is expensive, and you want to make sure you get the best option for you and your family.

Leather grades

Bonded. The most basic thing to understand about leather are the grades. At the bottom of the list, or the lowest grade leather, is bonded leather. The word “leather” is actually generous in this scenario because bonded leather is really made up of fragments of leftover leather that have been glued together (or “bonded”) with latex or poly.

Bonded leather is often used for furniture because large items like sofas require so much of it. Manufacturers won’t soon tell you just how much of the sofa is comprised of leather and how much of it is composed of latex, so be wary of spending a lot of money on bonded leather furniture.

Genuine. Genuine leather, also known as “corrected grain” leather has artificial grain applied to its surface. This top grain is designed to increase the visual appeal of the leather by changing the texture and pigmentation to create different colors.

While genuine leather is a step above bonded leather, it is also subject to wear as the surface isn’t true leather.

Suede. Suede is a type of “split grain” leather, meaning that the top of the piece of leather has been removed and sanded forming the soft, suede texture and color we are all familiar with.

Top and full grain. The highest quality leathers are top and full grain. Top grain has had the split removed which makes it both easier to work with as well as softer and more flexible. Full grain, on the other hand has not had the split removed and is often unbuffed and unsanded. It isn’t as common to see this type of leather used in furniture because the imperfections are often removed in favor of a more visually congruent leather. However, since full grain hasn’t had any layers removed, it is easily the most durable type of leather.

Shopping tips

Now that you know more about the types of leather, here are some tips for when you hit the furniture store.

  • Each manufacturer may use their own numbering system for grading leather, so don’t count on them being accurate.

  • Treated leather, in spite of seeming lower quality, may be more resistant to stains and thus preferable for a family with kids and pets.

  • Leather furniture that has received minimum treatment and includes the top grain requires specific cleaning. Don’t attempt to condition the leather with oils like you might a leather shoe that has been subject to the elements. Rather, use warm, damp, soft cloth to wipe down the leather every month or so. Soaps and cleaning solutions can do more harm than good to quality leather.




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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/5/2017

This Is The ONE!! 4 Levels Of Living In This Beautiful Townhouse Condo! If You Are Looking For A Condo w/Space Then Look No Further; This Stunning Unit Features A Newly Carpeted Lower Level Family Room w/Slider To The Backyard; 1st Floor Living Room w/Hardwood Floors & Bay Window; Kitchen Has Modern Cabinets w/Newer Stainless Steel Appliances, Slider Out To The Private Deck; Updated Half Bath w/Ceramic Tile; 2nd Floor Boats 2 Large Bedrooms & An Updated Full Bath; 3rd Floor I Finished & Makes For A Great Master Bedroom w/Cathedral Ceiling & Skylight! New Vinyl Windows Already Done & Brand New Hot Water Heater! 2 Deeded Parking Spaces... What More Could You Ask For? Don't Miss The Open House This Weekend Or You Might Be Wishing You Didn't!

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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 10/5/2017

Lighting is one of those home musts that can change the way that you feel. Ask anyone who struggles with seasonal affective disorder and you'll learn the powerful impact that light has on you. Yet, indoor lighting is often overlooked when it's time to shop for furniture and home decor. That could be because lighting isn't large like a sofa, king size bed, coffee table or kitchen island.

Lights play a bigger role in your life than you think

For what maybe the first time, pay attention to the lighting in your home. Think about which is best for you and your family, floor or table lamps. Consider LED,natural spectrum, full spectrum and linear light bulbs. Spectrum lights offer benefits similar to natural, outdoor light. They have been used to help treat seasonal affective disorder. Although the bulbs are gentle on the human system,they provide an ongoing mood boost. Stronger spectrum lights are generally only used for about one hour a day.

In addition to light bulbs, another feature to consider is whether you want a floor or a table lamp. Here are benefits and styles to weigh when considering floor and table lamp options.

Tall floor lamps reach up five feet and more. Spines on tall floor lamps are narrow, at times going straight up. Other tall floor lamps have a curving spine. Colors that floor lamps come in range from black to brown to silver and gold. Make sure that the base of floor lamps are sturdy and heavy enough to prevent them from easily toppling over should someone bump into the lamps.

Floor lamps built into a table offer storage space. These lamps are generally the same height as traditional end tables that you place a lamp upon. There are floor,table lamp combos that have a magazine rack at the bottom of the table. If you want to save space, this lamp might be a perfect choice.

Let table lamps light up your home

Table lamps come in a variety of shapes. There are round bodied and square table lamps.Clear, solid and opaque table lamps are other available choices. Some table lamps are designed with delicate detail. The height of table lamps start as short as one foot and top out at more than three feet. Choose table lamps that aren't too weighty for your end tables, especially glass end tables.

Color options for table lamps tend to be much larger than they are with floor lamps. Despite bright and soft color options that the body of table lamps come in, it's the shade that you and your guests won't miss. There are straight sided, linen,bell shaped, drum and round lamp shades. There are so many options, to make the best choice, you need to take your time shopping for indoor lighting.

Few furniture pieces impact the look and feel of your home the way that lighting does. Before choosing between floor or table lamps, think about how much room you have in your home. If your favorite furniture store doesn't have the lamp styles that you love, check flea markets, consignment stores and interior design shops.




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