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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 7/10/2018

Your dishwasher is one of the best appliances that you own. It saves you tons of time and aggravation from hand-washing all of the dishes each and every night after dinner. Itís not an appliance that we replace often, so you need to make sure that we maintain it correctly in order to get a good lifespan out of your investment. Taking good care of your appliances can also help to keep up the value of your home when you go to sell it. Homebuyers prefer to have appliances that are updated and well maintained. Below, youíll find some tips for extending the life of your dishwasher. You may not think that an item that cleans needs to be cleaned itself, but thereís plenty of things that you can do to keep your dishwasher clean and working well in order to have sparkling dishes.  


Load It And Use It


This may seem obvious, but itís important to actually use your dishwasher. Running cycles regularly can help you to keep the machine running smoothly and keep away debris and food particles. If you donít have a full load, try and run the dishwasher at least every other day. Youíll save money and energy if you wait to run the washer on a full load, so donít overdo it. You just donít want to go a week or more without running the dishwasher, as it will allow a lot of buildup to occur, making the dishwasher work harder to clean the dishes that are loaded in it.     


To keep the washer running effectively, youíll want to always load it correctly according to the guidelines for your particular dishwasher. For a thorough clean, use a commercial dishwasher cleaner from time to time when you run the washer on its own without any dishes in it. This will keep a stench from building up and allow your dishes to clean more thoroughly.  


Scrape Food Debris


Although your dishwasher and the detergent are equipped to get rid of food debris, scraping food off of plates prior to loading them into the dishwasher can help to prevent damage and maintain proper drainage from the washer itself. The dishes will also come out of the cycle a bit cleaner than if you have left a ton of food and sauce debris on your plates. Scraping the food rather than pre-rinsing the dishes also is a good way to conserve water. While pre-rinsing your dishes may seem like a good idea, over the life of your dishwasher, you can save tens of thousands of gallons of water.





Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 7/3/2018

If you want to sell your home, it generally is a good idea to enhance your residence's exterior. That way, you can improve your house's curb appeal and make your residence an attractive choice to prospective buyers. Furthermore, with a terrific home exterior, you may be able to help your residence stand out to potential buyers and increase the likelihood of a fast house sale.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you revitalize your house's exterior.

1. Repair Damaged Siding

Cracked or chipped home siding is unlikely to do you any favors, particularly in a competitive real estate market. Fortunately, home sellers who allocate time and resources to repair damaged siding can transform an ordinary home exterior into a pristine one.

Oftentimes, it can be simple to correct home siding damage on your own. On the other hand, if you require professional assistance, there is no shortage of home exterior experts available in cities and towns nationwide.

2. Perform Home Landscaping Tasks

Let's face it Ė a lawn that is loaded with weeds and high grass is an eyesore that a home seller can live without. Thankfully, you can mow the lawn, trim the hedges and complete other home landscaping tasks in no time at all.

In many instances, home landscaping tasks can be finished over the course of a few hours, depending on the size of your home and the tasks you need to complete. Of course, you should continue to perform home landscaping tasks weekly or bi-weekly to ensure your lawn looks great at all times.

3. Remove Lawn Decorations

Lawn decorations may help you distinguish your residence from others. At the same time, they may make it tough for a buyer to envision what life may be like if he or she purchases your residence.

When it comes to lawn decorations, it usually is beneficial to err on the side of caution. If you remove lawn decorations, you can instantly bolster your home's curb appeal.

As you explore ways to upgrade your house's exterior, you may want to consult with a real estate agent too. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you can streamline the property selling process.

Typically, a real estate agent can serve as a guide throughout the home selling journey. He or she is happy to teach you about the home selling journey and ensure you can prepare your residence accordingly. Plus, a real estate agent will promote your residence to prospective buyers, offer home selling tips and recommendations and more.

For those who want to enjoy a seamless home selling experience, it may be helpful to upgrade your house's exterior sooner rather than later. Remember, a dazzling home exterior may make it simple for you to differentiate your residence from the competition. And as a result, a stunning house exterior could help you generate lots of interest in your house and maximize your home sale earnings.




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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 7/2/2018

This Condo in Clinton, MA recently sold for $345,500. This Garden style home was sold by Maureen Harmonay - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


817 Ledgewood Way, Clinton, MA 01510

Condo

$349,000
Price
$345,500
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Stunning Trieste model end unit designed for gracious living at The Woodlands! Gorgeous granite and cherry kitchen with stainless steel appliances, under-cabinet lighting and a breakfast bar/peninsula for casual dining. The elegant dining room opens to a covered deck overlooking the private patio and tranquil views. An open, light-filled living room with picture-perfect hardwood floors and a gas fireplace offers a great place for relaxing or entertaining. There are two large bedroom suites, each with a walk-in closet and a beautifully appointed full bath; the master bath has a double granite vanity and a tiled shower. A bonus room that can serve as an office, den, or playroom completes this flexible floorplan--it offers lots of options. There are closets galore, and a separate laundry room with extra storage. This impeccably maintained home is in move-in ready condition, with neutral colors and a lovely flow.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 6/29/2018

This Single-Family in Harvard, MA recently sold for $906,000. This Gambrel style home was sold by Maureen Harmonay - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


42 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard, MA 01451

Single-Family

$928,000
Price
$906,000
Sale Price

13
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This is the home you've been waiting for! In an A+ location, within walking distance to schools and the town center, this quiet gem was tastefully expanded, redesigned, and re-imagined by noted Concord architect Elise Stone. Blessed with an abundance of natural light, it's been thoughtfully furnished with exquisite kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances, custom cherry cabinetry, quartz countertops, recessed lights--all on dimmers--and french doors to a delightful screened mahogany porch with plantation fan and to a stone patio for outdoor parties, with built-in speakers, fire pit, and wiring for a gas grill. Highlights include a spa-like master bath with radiant heat, luxurious soaking tub, and glass/tile shower; a welcoming mud room with beadboard, built-in cubbies, window seat, and radiant-heated tile floors; closet systems; and a beautifully finished lower level. The overall feeling is one of relaxed elegance and comfort--you'll love it as soon as you walk through the door.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 6/26/2018

Determining the fair market price for your house can be a challenge for even the most diligent home seller. As such, it is important to conduct plenty of research before you add your house to the real estate market. Home sellers who perform comprehensive research into the real estate market can find out how similar houses are priced and plan accordingly. Furthermore, home sellers will be able to assess the real estate market in general and get a better idea about how homebuyers may view their residences. Ultimately, it is paramount for a home seller to consider a number of factors to ensure he or she lists a residence at a fair price, including: 1. The Home's Condition A two-bedroom home that requires extensive repairs likely will sell for less than a similar two-bedroom house that has been well maintained over the years. As a result, you'll want to look closely at the condition of your house, and if necessary, complete any home repairs before you add your residence to the real estate market. To fully evaluate your house's condition, you may want to employ a home appraiser to evaluate your residence. This appraiser can help you identify potential home issues that may prevent you from maximizing the value of your house and ensure you can fix these problems quickly. 2. Your Timeline Are you looking to move out of your current residence and into a new house immediately? If so, you may want to consider a below-average price that helps your home stir up interest among a wide range of homebuyers. Conversely, if you're looking to optimize the sale price of your house, you may want to spend some time improving the interior and exterior of your home. By doing so, you'll be able to boost your chances of generating widespread interest in your residence among homebuyers. Consider your timeline as you prepare to list your residence. And remember, if you are in no rush to sell your house, you may be able to wait out homebuyers and ensure you receive an offer that fulfills your needs. 3. Potential Negotiations There are no guarantees that a homebuyer will offer you the asking price of your house, regardless of how long your residence has been available. But if you price your home and are willing to negotiate with a homebuyer, you may be able to improve your chances of a fast sale. For instance, a home seller who leaves is open to negotiations may be willing to settle for less than his or her initial asking price under the right circumstances. And if you work with a real estate agent, this professional could help you find many interested homebuyers in a short period of time. A real estate agent can help you handle any negotiations and ensure you are fully satisfied with any offer you accept. Therefore, this professional can play an important role in the home selling process and enable you to determine the best price for your residence as well. Dedicate the time and resources necessary to price your house, and you should be able to improve your home's chances of garnering interest from homebuyers far and wide.