Four Tips For Saving Money and Managing Change

Trying to successfully manage the many demands of a growing family, a high maintenance home, and a stressful career is no easy task, but most of us seem to get the hang of it after a while! With so many priorities to handle, though, things don’t always work out as planned. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to help smooth out the rough spots and avoid some of the pitfalls of modern life. Here are a few miscellaneous ideas to help you accomplish that.

  1. Be security conscious. Even if you live in what you consider to be a safe neighborhood, all it takes is one incident to rob you of your sense of security — not to mention any valuables that might be lying around. While there are a handful of small, close-knit communities out there where folks feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked, it’s still better to exercise a little caution. Unless you can depend on your neighbors to keep a close eye on your house when you’re not at home, locking doors and windows before you leave is a smart safety practice.
  2. Get at least three estimates. Whether you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, repaving your driveway, or having the exterior of your house painted, you can often save thousands of dollars by getting and comparing three written quotes. When you talk to contractors and other service providers, you’ll also get a sense of how easy or difficult they are to work with. If they’re impatient with your questions or slow to respond to emails and phone messages, then you’re probably seeing a preview of what they’d be like on the job.
  3. Get a dehumidifier for your basement. If your basement is dry and you don’t have any drainage issues outside your house, then this suggestion may not apply to you. However, if your basement humidity level is approaching 60%, a dehumidifier may be necessary to help prevent mold growth, indoor air quality problems, and other issues. (Monitoring tip: Inexpensive humidity gauges are available at hardware stores and online.) Preventing mold growth before it takes hold can potentially save you thousands of dollars in mold remediation costs. If your basement is wet, musty smelling, or has visible signs of mold or mildew, consulting with a certified mold assessor or a basement waterproofing company can help you identify the extent of the problem, as well as what to do about it.
  4. Research dog breeds before choosing a family pet. All dog breeds have different characteristics, personality traits, exercise needs, and training requirements. Unfortunately, some families choose a puppy based on how cute it is, rather than how well it will fit into their lifestyle. Dogs generally need a lot of attention, especially when they’re being housebroken and acclimated to daily routines. To help ensure a successful relationship with your new dog, it’s important that every member of the family understand the responsibility that comes with pet ownership: It’s a labor of love and a long-term commitment.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned property owner, there’s always something new learn. Stay tuned to this blog for more homeowner tips, helpful reminders, and money saving strategies!

The Benefits of Mulch

Not only does it make your landscaping look good but mulch is important to the health of your plants.  Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering and is most commonly made of compost, bark, wood chips, leaves, seed hulls, grass clippings, nut shells, newspaper, cardboard, or straw.

Besides improving the look of your landscape mulching has lots of other benefits here are just a few:

-Helps maintain soil moisture.

-Helps control weeds. Use a layer of mulch that is 2- to 4-inches to reduce weeds.

-An insulating blanket for plants by keeping the soil warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

-Improved soil aeration and drainage over time.

-Improve soil fertility.

-Plant diseases can be inhibited.

-Attractive look for landscaping.

-Replenish nutrients for the soil.

So go ahead and mulch away!

 

Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Hudson, MA 01749 Real Estate – For Sale

Curb appeal galore is what you’ll find as you pull up to this pristine picture perfect cape sited on a generous level lot in desirable and convenient location within walking distance of Danforth Falls. Sophisticated, chic and stylish. Handsomely detailed with tasteful and numerous updates. Spacious and bright white kitchen with all GE Profile appliances that remain. French door out to deck overlooking private back yard. Gleaming hardwood flooring, elegant formal fire placed living room and dining room with elegant moldings. Bathrooms are thoughtfully updated and the second floor has an extraordinaire walk in tiled shower, mirrored wall with medicine cabinet and exquisite cabinetry and counter top. Sky-lit master with cedar closet. Come see the charm and character of yesteryear blended seamlessly with quality updates throughout. An absolute beautiful turn key home!

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Single-Family – 30 Plant Ave. Hudson, MA 01749 is now new to the market!

Curb appeal galore is what you’ll find as you pull up to this pristine picture perfect cape sited on a generous level lot in desirable and convenient location within walking distance of Danforth Falls. Sophisticated, chic and stylish. Handsomely detailed with tasteful and numerous updates. Spacious and bright white kitchen with all GE Profile appliances that remain. French door out to deck overlooking private back yard. Gleaming hardwood flooring, elegant formal fire placed living room and dining room with elegant moldings. Bathrooms are thoughtfully updated and the second floor has an extraordinaire walk in tiled shower, mirrored wall with medicine cabinet and exquisite cabinetry and counter top. Sky-lit master with cedar closet. Come see the charm and character of yesteryear blended seamlessly with quality updates throughout. An absolute beautiful turn key home!

This is a Cape style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 0.34 Acres, and is currently available for $410,000.

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