Where to Move

As they say real estate is about 3 things: location, location, location.  Finding the perfect city, town, or village to live can be difficult especially if you have a family to take care after. If you are still midst-career and not looking to retire you probably want to live close to work (maybe not too close) , family, and to what is important for you to live in town.

The first tip is simple, you can use sites such as city-data.com to find out more about the area.  City websites with a .gov domain can provide a lot of insight, but don’t forget to do a simple google search or look at the Wikipedia page of that place when they are available.  You can find out just about anything these days:  population, school systems, cost of the average house, and even average city income of the residents.  Most of this information is available thanks to the census of course, so this is a great time to do research as the information was last collected in 2010 as part of a 10 year cycle.

Google maps has a great feature called my places.  Other maps offer similar features if you prefer another, but essentially what you do is create your own map.  There is a link to take an interactive tour underneath the big red create map button if you need help.  It is a very well made tour.  After all of your important locations are marked and labeled you can zoom out a bit and see all of the locations clearly.  There are certain exceptions such as highway access, but somewhere in the middle is generally a good place to start looking.  Combine this with the town information you can find and suddenly you are well on your way to being an expert on the area.  You can even generate driving directions and estimates to and from each location. This is great news of course, because the more you know, the better your decision will be.

How To Make Your Home Friendly For The Whole Family

When you have a family, there’s many different needs and personalities at play within your home. Trying to please all of those different ways of life can cause some confusion. There are many ways that you can create an all-in-one space without creating a major construction zone. You need to think in terms of spaces that accommodate large groups of people from entertaining to gathering around the television for a movie or sporting event.

Combine Several Rooms Into One

When rooms aren’t connected, sometimes bringing the rooms together can bring more flow into the home. Consider knocking down walls or bringing aspects of one room into another room, like a countertop or island through parts of kitchen and living spaces. Get creative! In some spaces, simply knocking down just one wall can make the entire floor of the home feel bigger.

Make The Use Of The Square Footage You Have

One wall can cause you to miss out on the full use of the space your home provides. Clearing away walls between rooms not only allows your home to feel more open and airy, but it gives you as a homeowner more use of your space. You don’t always need to add on to your home in order to make the home feel bigger.

Tuck Things Away

Keeping stools under countertops, for example, is a great way to have a multi-use and multipurpose area. A television will be perfect in a cabinet. The cabinet can be used for both storage and TV viewing. Make sure you position it in a place where the TV can be seen from all corners of the room. This way everyone will have a space for their DVDs and there’s not a bad seat in the room to watch TV from.

Use Furniture As Room Dividers

Your furniture can multi-task by serving as a room divider. If you need to have a study in your living room, use a bookshelf to separate the area. It’s easy to do and will keep the flow of a room without disturbing your established setup.

Use Rugs For Unity

Nothing unifies a room quite like an area rug. Everything on or near the rug signifies a space. If you need to separate areas within the room, try an area rug for one purpose and hardwood, bare floor for the other use. Rugs are always cozy in reading rooms, for example. Hardwood floors may work better for a computer desk and rolling office chair. The position of everything in a room helps to identify what that part of the room will be used for.

Marry The Rooms That Are Used Together

If your family tends to hang out and use the kitchen and living room the most, make sure they have open space between them. You should consider adding a study for the students of the house in either room to make it easier to call everyone for dinner and provide homework help. As a bonus, it’s a great idea that you can keep an eye on the kids’ computer activity while you’re cooking!

Most of all, no matter what room you’re working with, you want to make sure there’s a space for everything and everyone. That’s how you please an entire family with home design!

Buying a Home with a Well

If you have a water well in your home or you are considering buying a home with a well there are some things you need to know. When purchasing a home with a well the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends an initial water quality test. The test should include coliform, bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, and pH. Additional recommendations for well testing include arsenic, lead, copper, radon, a gross alpha screen, and volatile organic compounds. While living in the home the well should be tested annually.

If the home has a water treatment system, a test should be done on both the raw water coming into the house before the treatment system and after the water has passed through the treatment system. This will identify contaminants in the water and ensure the treatment system is functioning properly.

If the home is being financed with an FHA or VA loan, the lender will most likely require a well test. The FHA Scan tests for coliform, lead, nitrates and nitrites. Prospective buyers should also hire an independent professional to have the water tested at a state certified lab. For more information on drinking water quality standards, visit EPA’s website: www.epa.gov/safewater.

In addition to a well quality water test, the mechanical workings of the water system should also be inspected also known as a quantity test. The pump, pressure tank, water treatment system, condition of the area around the well, and the well’s proximity to potential contamination sources will all be examined.

Single-Family – 181 & 185 Sunset Drive Charlton, MA 01507 now has a new price of $209,900!

Glen Echo Lake waterfront cottage PLUS extra lot with shed. Two separate, abutting lots on this fully boatable lake have town sewer and is just off RT 31. The camp has an open kit/LR with sliders to deck overlooking lake. It’s like you live in the trees here and have a bird’s eye view of the lake. Sunsets are right across the lake. Slow down and relax here. Minutes to highways yet miles from the hustle of everyday life. Excellent weekend getaway and investment opportunity. 105 feet of sandy, level shoreline for the two lots. Town sewer is connected at the cottage, look into sewer tie in for the shed. The shed is on it’s own lot with dock and electricity. It is currently used as a changing room/boat house. No well, the owner uses a pump in the lake for toilet flushing. Heat is from old propane parlor heater. Steep stairs down to the water. Please have appointment. Cash buyers, pls. Sold in as is condition. It’s being sold/priced as a summer camp.

This is a Ranch/Other style home and features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 2 bedrooms, 0.33 Acres, and is currently available for $209,900.

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Video Tour – Land Home – Charlton, MA 01507 Real Estate – For Sale

Enough frontage to easily get two house lots with Planning Board approval! 20+ Acres of open fields, trails and woods. Conveniently located close to Dudley line, Dresser Hill Tree farm and back roads into Southbridge shopping area. This quiet residential area is zoned Agricultural, requiring 175 foot frontage and 60,000 square foot lots. It has potential for a cluster zone subdivision. Priced for permitting/ percing at buyers’ expense. The 357 feet of frontage of the property is clear and has a gentle grade. It opens into a field that was once the playground area for a campground. The majority of the property is wooded and has trails winding throughout the property. Please consider timber value here. Realtors, please open “paperclip” for additional information and plot plan. Please have an appointment to walk the land and be aware of ticks and hunting season.

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Land – Lot 79C4 King Rd Charlton, MA 01507 is now new to the market!

Enough frontage to easily get two house lots with Planning Board approval! 20+ Acres of open fields, trails and woods. Conveniently located close to Dudley line, Dresser Hill Tree farm and back roads into Southbridge shopping area. This quiet residential area is zoned Agricultural, requiring 175 foot frontage and 60,000 square foot lots. It has potential for a cluster zone subdivision. Priced for permitting/ percing at buyers’ expense. The 357 feet of frontage of the property is clear and has a gentle grade. It opens into a field that was once the playground area for a campground. The majority of the property is wooded and has trails winding throughout the property. Please consider timber value here. Realtors, please open “paperclip” for additional information and plot plan. Please have an appointment to walk the land and be aware of ticks and hunting season.

This property features 20.62 Acres, and is currently available for $100,000.

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Home Energy Saving Innovations

Reducing your home’s energy consumption not only saves money, but it also increases the value of your home.

Installation of a metal roof with a remotely controlled mechanical venting space, solar powered fans to induce attic ventilation, and a properly sized roof overhang that shades exterior walls from hot summer sun can substantially reduce peak of summer air-conditioning requirements by keeping the roof, attic and walls cool with little energy drain. Working with your architect and landscape professional, you can incorporate existing natural features such as embankments, established trees, and boulders presently in place to serve as erosion control, provide shade and serve as a windbreak.

To promote energy conservation, the home should be orientated on its site to take advantage or bring abundant sunlight into the home’s interior reduce lighting requirements and to take advantage of prevailing breezes. Skylights, windows, light shelves and light monitors are used to bring daylight into dark interior spaces while outdoors the exterior is fitted with shading devices such as green screens, sunshades, canopies, and trees to block hot summer sun.

The use of dual glaze windows reduces heat loss during the cold days of winter and reduces heat gain during the dog days of summer.

Installing a lighter colored roof saves money by lowering rooftop temperatures of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, thus providing an HVAC annual energy use reduction by up to 15 percent. Known in the construction industry as “cool roofs” light-colored roofs reflect twice the amount of sunlight, as does a traditional dark-colored roof, keeping home rooftops substantially cooler.

Competitively priced Insulfoam HD Composite Roof Insulation is another strong competitor in the green roof insulation market. Offering strong R-values, sustainable qualities such as no formaldehyde or HCDC, and 100 percent recyclability and available in various densities, Insulfoam HD Composite Roof Insulation is a popular construction material suitable for new construction or refits.

Another popular roofing option for green building is Radiant Barrier OSB Roof Sheathing, designed to reflect up to 97 percent of the sun’s radiant heat and to prevent it being from being absorbed into the attic of the home; potentially lowering energy consumption. Although the summer heat is certainly an issue, the winters are cold, and the warm of the sun is valued. This type of roof is most popular in regions where the sun is fierce year-around.

Many green home building contractors employ alternative energy sources to cut back on utility bills through the use of natural power. There are innovative systems designed to directly generate electricity, usually through wind power or solar power. Geothermal and solar hot water systems can also be used to heat or pre-heat water for use in showers, sinks, laundry, or even to supplement heating and cooling.

Another new advance in technology incorporates passive solar collection with attractive ceramic solar collecting roof tiles. The tiles are installed the same way as conventional roofing tiles but provide a home with supplemental free electricity.

Incorporating passive solar design features capture the sun’s energy to keep the home interior warm and toasty while reducing energy costs. Thick interior concrete walls and floors crafted of plaster, brick or concrete soak up the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night when the sun goes down. Employing passive solar helps to stabilize temperature fluctuation and make room, or the entire house, more comfortable.