MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTOR® - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | Framingham, MA Real Estate

On average each person living in the Unites States uses around 90 gallons per day. That’s a lot of water. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we have easy accessible clean water, however, it is also something we easily take for granted. Using less water in our day to day lives not only means a smaller water bill each month and preservation of water, it leads to less energy usage as well . Here are some ways to save water, and energy, around the house: Upgrade - When it comes time to replace your old toilet look for a new one that is a low-flow model with a WaterSense label. This will ensure that each time you flush you consume less water without even thinking about it. Instant-gratification - Installing a recirculating water pump in your home will save on energy in a big way. Recirculating pumps create warm water the instant you turn the handle which means less time waiting for the water to heat up and less unused water running down the drain. Easy does it - Installing a low-flow shower head to your bath is another great way to limit how much water is used without even thinking about it. You can save up to 15 gallons of water per 10 minutes in the shower. Cool it - By washing laundry in cold water, you will not only prolong the life and color of your clothes, you will also be saving on energy. In fact, around 90 percent of the energy used during a wash cycle is from heating up the water. Make the switch, literally and figuratively, and the impact will be huge. Reuse - Most clothes are still clean after a first wearing. By getting more uses out of a garment before washing it you will prolong the lifespan of that item and use less water over time. Shirts can be worn a couple of times before washing while pants and sweaters can be worn up to five times before adding them to your next load. Speaking of, when you do wash your clothes ensure that you do a full load to further preserve water and energy with each cycle. Switch to off - The faucet that is. There are plenty of day to day scenarios in which we leave the water running when we really don’t need it. When brushing your teeth and while soaping up when washing hands be sure to turn off the water. Fill up the sink with water when washing dishes instead of leaving the faucet running. When rinsing fruits and vegetable fill up a bowl to wash them in instead of passing them through running water. Instead of running water till it is cold keep a filled (reusable) bottle in the fridge which will be chilled and waiting for you when you need a drink. By establishing more water conscious habits you not only save yourself some money each month but you also preserve water and energy and therefore shrink your impact on the environment. And with most of these habits being so easy and free to implement, you can’t lose!

171 Union St., Ashland, MA 01721



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When it comes to selling a condo, there is no shortage of real estate agents to help you.

Real estate agents are available nationwide, and many promise to help condo sellers get the best prices for their properties. As such, it can be difficult to select the right real estate who will ensure you can optimize the value of your condo.

What differentiates an excellent real estate agent from a mediocre one? Here are three factors that condo sellers need to consider when the pursue real estate agents.

1. Experience

Does a real estate agent have condo selling experience? If not, you may be best served selecting a real estate professional who knows what it takes to navigate the condo selling process successfully.

Remember, selling a condo is different from selling a house. There may be homeowners' association (HOA) conditions and fees that a condo owner will need to consider. Meanwhile, condo living usually affords less privacy in contrast to homes, and condos must be promoted to the right groups of property buyers accordingly.

A real estate agent with condo experience will know how to highlight the benefits of a condo to the right groups of property buyers consistently. By doing so, he or she will ensure a condo seller can get the best results possible.

2. Communication Skills

Will a real estate agent keep you informed during each stage of the condo selling journey? Communication is a key part of any successful relationship, and the same holds true for the relationship between a condo seller and his or her real estate agent.

A condo seller should be able to reach out to his or her real estate agent with concerns and questions at any time. Meanwhile, a real estate agent should be able to provide expert support as the condo selling process progresses.

Perhaps most important, a condo seller and real estate agent should feel comfortable working together. That way, both parties can maintain constant contact and work together to accelerate the condo selling process.

3. Attention to Detail

An average real estate agent may perform the bare essentials to sell a condo. On the other hand, an exceptional real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to promote a condo to a broad array of property buyers at all times.

Look for a real estate agent who is unafraid to think outside the box. This real estate professional likely is open to new ideas and will work with you to develop a personalized plan to sell your condo.

Also, find a real estate agent who strives for perfection. You don't want to settle for a standard offer on your condo, and you should find a real estate agent who won't settle for inferior results as well.

Take the guesswork out of selling your condo – consider the aforementioned factors as you evaluate real estate agents, and you can work with a real estate professional who meets or surpasses your expectations.

imagesGrowing Horseradish In The Home Garden Horseradish is a root vegetable that earned its name to set it apart from the ordinary garden radish used in salads and slaws. History also reports that horses are fond of the pungent greenery. In ancient Greece, the root was known as “wild radish” with the leaves and root prized as an antiseptic, diuretic and stimulant. Because of its exceptionally high vitamin C content, horseradish is a centuries-old cure for scurvy. Most folks think of horseradish as a spicy condiment, often served with beef, especially prime rib or as a compliment to seafood. The root of the horseradish, thinly sliced and pickled with herbs in vinegar, is a famous meat sauce in cultures around the world. Horseradish Cultivation Native to Europe, horseradish is a perennial herb, with huge, deep green to yellow-gold elongated leaves. The plant reaches a height of from two to four feet at maturity and does well in a sunny spot along a fence line. Horseradish is best planted in a corner in well-composted clay soil where it will receive lots of moisture. Horseradish needs one to two inches of water a week, so remember to water liberally during periods of drought. Horseradish grows well in United States Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 7. Reserve this spot in the garden for horseradish only, as even the tiniest root left at harvest time will develop into a plant. Once planted, you will have an endless supply of horseradish both for personal use and to share with friends and family. Horseradish plants can be started from seeds, but the easiest way to establish horseradish in the garden is to purchase a couple of established plants online or from a local home and garden supply store. In early spring, turn the soil, breaking up all clumps. Add garden compost and aged herbivore manure (cow, horse, pig, sheep, chicken, or goat) and work well into the soil. Water well to saturate the soil. Plant horseradish after all danger of frost is past. Plant twelve to eighteen inches deep. Space plants one to two feet apart. In the spring, the delicate new leaves are a tasty addition to a salad or slaw or use a few springs of fresh leaf to flavor to a soup or stew. Plan to harvest your horseradish in the fall, before the first frost. Dig the roots and remove excess soil. Store in a root cellar in damp sand or a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. Grate as needed. If you have an abundance of horseradish root, grind and pickle with apple cider vinegar, a sprig of fresh rosemary and a sprig of fresh thyme. Add honey or raw sugar to taste. Bring mixture to a mild boil and simmer until thicken and translucent. Pack in sterile hot glass jars and seal. Water bath for 15-minutes. Store for enjoyment during the winter. Homemade horseradish sauce is a worthy condiment to serve with a country ham.

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This Single-Family in Ashland, MA recently sold for $515,000. This Colonial style home was sold by MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.

48 Strobus Ln, Ashland, MA 01721


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This four bedroom colonial is located in a nice neighborhood close to everything including downtown, the commuter train station, route 9, and the town forest. This home has just under 2,200 sqft of living space plus more space in the finished basement. The kitchen has granite counters with a breakfast bar and opens up to the family room with gas fireplace. The living and dining rooms open up as one large room with glass doors that lead to a four season sun room which over looks an in ground pool with new liner, pump, and filter! Spacious master bedroom with lots of closet space and full bath. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are also spacious with nice closet space. Fenced in backyard, oversize shed, enclosed porch under the deck with hot tub, two car garage, central air, and farmer's porch. Recent updates include windows, high efficiency gas furnace, roof, vinyl siding, and garage doors.

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