Why You Should Get a Housekeeper

Cleaning a medium sized house single-handedly could take three hours. It only gets worse if you clean up after a spouse and two or more children. Forget trying to clean the way your mother or grandmother cleaned when you were a kid. Your life is probably different from your mother’s and grandmother’s. You might be juggling a job,homeschooling your children or managing your own business.

Here’s what a housekeeper can take off your shoulders

Whether you work in or outside your home, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you put in more than 40 hours a week. The last thing you need at the end of a grueling workweek is to have to clean the house. Over time, the added chore of housecleaning could cause you to feel overwhelmed. Help could come in the form of a housekeeper.

Depending on the agreement that you make with a housekeeper, the professional who cleans your house can do several things. Among the tasks that a housekeeper could perform for you are:

  • Cleaning carpet and hard wood floors (Don’t expect a housekeeper to buff hardwood floors. If you want the housekeeper to perform this type of work, state that upfront before you and the housekeeper enter into an agreement.)
  • Dusting and cleaning furniture
  • Washing clothes and bed linen
  • Cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, including mopping floors
  • Washing windows (This is another item that you may have to clearly state that you want completed before the housekeeper starts working for you.)
  • Folding laundry and ironing clothes

Getting more from a housekeeper

To get more work completed by a housekeeper, you may need to hire a live-in housekeeper. Alive-in housekeeper might watch your children for you, in addition to cleaning your home. A live-in housekeeper also might prepare meals. Be prepared to pay more for a live-in housekeeper. Also, have a designated living and sleeping space for the housekeeper.

Should your elderly parents or grandparents live with you, let your housekeeper clean your parents’ or grandparents’ living space. Purpose of hiring a housekeeper is to relieve you of work, to free you up to do other things.

If you love to entertain, ask your housekeeper if he would be willing to clean the area that you are going to entertain in, both before and after the event. Don’t assume that your housekeeper will be available to clean for you after his regular work hours. Respect your housekeeper’s personal time. If you value your housekeeper and show it, you could develop a true friendship with this person.

Go with a housekeeper you trust. Do a background check on prospects before you hire a housekeeper. Ask friends, relatives and colleagues to suggest a housekeeper for you. Make sure that the housekeeper is good with children if you have kids. The housekeeper won’t babysit, but will need to be patient with kids to make the working relationship rewarding. If your housekeeper is good but is afraid of cats or large dogs, let your pets go outside or into the basement while your house is being cleaned.

Finding The One, Your Real Estate Agent Works for You!

Four candidatesInterview different agents before hiring the real estate professional who will act as your representative in the purchase or sale of your property.

Find an agent who will work for you. Don’t be afraid to interview different prospects. The person you hire will be the individual you are relying on to uphold your desires, preferences, and best interests in all real estate matters. Find out whether the real estate agent works full time or part time and how available to you the agent will make him or herself.

If you are a first time home buyer make sure your agent is knowledgeable and experienced, as you may not want your representative to be going through the same learning process that you are. If you are selling, or if you’re looking to buy in a certain town, find an agent who does a lot of business in the area and may have an office nearby.

Find an agent who will work with you.  Real estate transactions are relatively detailed and sometimes can become lengthy processes. You want to hire someone you feel comfortable with and someone you will get along well with on a professional level. Make sure the real estate agent you hire is someone you aren’t afraid to express your opinions to. You don’t want to be afraid to ask questions of your agent because whether you’re a seasoned real estate veteran or a first time buyer, questions may arise.

Interviewing different agents to suit your needs is necessary. Certain agents may feel more comfortable with certain clients. Some agents may love working with first time buyers, are familiar with the first time buying experience, and have the ability to point these clients in the right directs, while some agents may prefer to deal strictly with sellers. In this case it would be important to be on the same page as an agent before signing any binding contracts with him/her.

Determine your criteria and start interviewing!

You Need Confidence When Dealing With Realtors

As happens in any industry, there are professionals who work in the real estate industry who don’t mind cutting corners. Protections against working with inexperienced realtors and mortgage brokers comes through local and state realtor licensing requirements.

You may not be real estate savvy, but you deserve to be heard

The realtor licensing requirements vary from state to state, but generally mandate that realtors complete educational training and pass a state approved licensing examination. Ethical and legal issues may be covered during the training. What training seminars, study guides and tests may not give realtors are strong communication skills.

A study guide may not show realtors how to respect mortgage borrowers and house hunters. This training may fall into your lap. To be effective when dealing with realtors and mortgage brokers, you need to be confident. When you are confident while house hunting, you can increase the likelihood that you will:

  • Search for houses that fit within your financial range (confidence can help you to communicate to realtors the importance of not wasting your time and only showing you houses that are below your maximum budget)
  • Avoid giving into realtor or mortgage broker requests to buy houses that have amenities that you don’t really want or need
  • Stick to looking for houses that are located in areas that match your personal tastes
  • Get the chance to buy houses that your entire family will appreciate (this means that you won’t be talked into buying a house that may be great for adults but injury provoking for children)
  • Steer clear of attending open houses where former pet owners lived if you don’t want to live in a house that was once home to several dogs or cats
  • Receive a thorough explanation of each expense associated with owning a house. For example, if you’re confident, you could clearly and respectfully communicate to a realtor that you want all costs associated with a house to be level with or below your budget. In this case, expenses like your mortgage principal and interests, homeowners association fees,closing costs, broker fees, title fees and loan fees and insurances will not exceed your maximum budget.
  • Work with a realtor who takes the initiatives to update you on the status of the house shopping process.

House hunter confidence yields its own rewards

Reliable and respectable realtors and mortgage brokers are honest. They value house hunters and borrowers, whether these adults are their clients or not. They research directories, conduct smart marketing for their clients and look for quality houses that match their clients’ requests. Sharp realtors and mortgage brokers aren’t pushy or demanding. They listen to their clients.

If they exhibit enough respect and self-confidence, smart house hunters could help to sharpen realtors and increase their chances of working with realtors who find them houses that they will afford and appreciate. They could also help realtors gain the very skills that strengthen and lengthen realtor careers, skills like active listening, focused question asking, thorough research and welcomed communication skills.

Single-Family – 51 City Depot Rd Charlton, MA 01507 now has a new price of $278,900!

Solidly built sprawling split could easily have an in-law area with big windows and no-step entry! Pretty and bright beamed cathedral family room will hold a crowd plus! Don’t worry about typical noise to the rest of the house because it has a door between it and rest of living area. There are 3 good sized brs and open floorplan on the first level. The heated lower level is easy to use as an in-law area. It was used as the entire living area for a family while the rest of the home was finished in stages over the years. It needs some updating, but adds a lot of value and living area! There are a lot of options for the use of the space that was a garage. One side has sliders to the driveway. The ramp to the lower level is here. It could be completed as more living area or a great workshop. Central location is close to Glen Echo Lake, highways and easy to get everywhere from here. Plenty of parking, level and private yard surrounds the house. Ask-work still being done on property

This is a Contemporary/Split Entry style home and features 9 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 1.00 Acres, and is currently available for $278,900.

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Single-Family – 15 Number 10 Schoolhouse Rd Charlton, MA 01507 now has a new price of $274,900!

5 bedroom home has complete in-law apt set up above the four car garage! Its a 7 year old addition and at that time, sellers installed a new five BR septic system and replaced the roof, kitchen, windows, siding & added a warm touch of white Italian patterned ceiling that means “Friendship.” The lot is very private and is a quick ride to RT 84, Mass Pike and Sturbridge shopping. The main level is a wide open kitchen/living room and two brs were combined to be a front to back master bedroom. There are 2 more bedrooms and a family room with coal stove in the lower level. These rooms are not counted in the size of the house. The garage has very high (12′?) ceilings and walk thru doors front and back. The inlaw above is a full set of stairs up and has 2 exits. The inlaw has open kitchen/living room and two bedrooms. Double appliances are included! House needs minor cosmetic updating. Quick occupancy is possible. Ask your buyer agent about showing instructions restrictions.

This is a Contemporary/Split Entry style home and features 11 total rooms, 2 full baths, 5 bedrooms, 1.31 Acres, and is currently available for $274,900.

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Open house on 6/11/2017 at 51 City Depot Rd Charlton, MA 01507


Date: 06/11/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM  
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Solidly built sprawling split could easily have an in-law area with big windows and no-step entry! Pretty and bright beamed cathedral family room will hold a crowd plus! Don’t worry about typical noise to the rest of the house because it has a door between it and rest of living area. There are 3 good sized brs and open floorplan on the first level. The heated lower level is easy to use as an in-law area. It was used as the entire living area for a family while the rest of the home was finished in stages over the years. It needs some updating, but adds a lot of value and living area! There are a lot of options for the use of the space that was a garage. One side has sliders to the driveway. The ramp to the lower level is here. It could be completed as more living area or a great workshop. Central location is close to Glen Echo Lake, highways and easy to get everywhere from here. Plenty of parking, level and private yard surrounds the house. Ask-work still being done on property