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


Feeling stuck is awful. It doesn't matter if you feel stuck because you're working a job that meets only one of your needs, your ongoing financial responsibilities.It doesn't matter if you've settled into patterns that are working hard grooves into your daily experiences. Stuck is stuck. Buying a house could worsen the problem. But, it doesn't have to.

Homes that travelers and eclectic folks can love

A house in a communal environment increases the chances that someone will be home even when you're not. Communal homes may involve two families sharing the same house. Another communal living option may find you sharing a communal garden, an apartment or a house with several single people.

Moving into a communal house can keep you from feeling alone, especially if you are new to a city. Other people living in the house can introduce you to popular, cultural and educational hot spots. It could be why Millennials are moving into communal properties. This living takes the guesswork out of a getting around a city.

But, your personality might not fit communal living. You might want more privacy. Yet, you don't want to feel stuck. Try moving into a house that has plenty of bay windows. landscape views and windows encased in picture frames. You may feel more connected to nature and outdoor experiences happening right outside your home.

Go for a house with lots of space options

Long, wide front and back lawns will give you the space to roam without having to leave home. On mild weather days, spend as much time outdoors as you can. Enjoy reading a good book, de-weeding your garden and finishing a hobby or personal project outdoors.

Houses with large porches fit these needs. If you live alone and don't want to rush into a relationship just so you won't feel lonely, you could turn your basement into an apartment and rent out the space. Money from the rent could cover the cost of airline tickets to visit faraway historic sites.

You could also spend the rent money to buy another property in a town or country that you visit frequently. To open yourself up to more space, opt for a house that's on enough land to let you add on rooms. Use these rooms to pursue your dreams. As an example, if you've always wanted to design video games, you could add a room onto your house and use this space as your design studio. For dreams like operating a greenhouse or pet training facility, choose a house that has several acres of backyard room.

The right house will meet most, if not all, of your personal, work and hobby needs. There will be enough space to accommodate your gig work, growing family, visiting relatives and your pets. You'll feel connected to your neighbors without losing privacy. Find the perfect house and you won't feel afraid to leave home while you venture on domestic and international travels. Friends will love hanging out with you at your new house. You definitely won't feel stuck.


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This Condo in Ashland, MA recently sold for $355,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


52 Arrowhead Cir, Ashland, MA 01721

Condo

$364,900
Price
$355,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully updated Half Moon Village townhouse located in one of the most private areas in the complex. First floor offers a spacious open concept living room and dining area with hardwood floors and a gas fireplace. Sunny, spacious kitchen with newer stainless appliances, granite bi-level counter, tiled backsplash, gorgeous cabinets and dining area. The powder room has been tastefully renovated. Second floor boasts a huge master suite with hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling, ceiling fan, double-sided gas fireplace and plenty of closets. The master bath has double sinks, tile floor, Jacuzzi tub, and a beautifully updated tiled shower! Generous sized second bedroom with cathedral ceilings, ceiling fan and its own full bath with tiled floor. Even more storage in third floor closet. Finished lower level offers space for a guest bedroom or an office/playroom, and also has hardwood floors. Two car garage. Relax on the spacious deck and enjoy the wooded views. Pack your bags. Welcome home!!

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This Single-Family in Northborough, MA recently sold for $300,000. This Cape style home was sold by MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


20 Hamilton Rd., Northborough, MA 01532

Single-Family

$319,000
Price
$300,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
First time ever for sale. Original owner in desired Northgate neighborhood. Unique Cape style home with some hardwood flooring, multi-cabineted kitchen, first floor den or 4th. bedroom. Two large front to back bedrooms on second floor. Partially finished lower level. Enclosed seasonal porch overlooks large level lot. Needs some updates but well worth the effort.

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planting flowersWe all want our yard to look perfect, or at least better than the neighbor's. But taking care of the yard takes a lot of work and many of us come to depend on harsh weedkillers or insect deterrents to keep the yard looking pristine. What many don't know is that there are other, more eco-friendly options that will keep the pests at bay. Better yet, many of these solutions are easily made from household items. Follow these tips to keep your yard looking great without filling the ground and air with chemicals.

Killing weeds

What is a weed? Ralph Waldo Emerson lovingly describes a weed as "a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." While this may be true, it doesn't mean we have to let them take over our grass each year. Weeds are invasive because they spread--quickly--and kill off the plants and grasses we want in their place. To combat weeds there's no need for harsh chemicals that harm your yard and break your wallet. Instead, try diluting some white vinegar with water and pouring it on the weeds. This should take care of most of the weeds. However, the vinegar will drastically change the pH of your soil, so you don't want to rely on this for the rest of the season. The next time you see a weed popping up, pour some boiling water directly on it. It will kill the weed but keep your soil healthy so your grass or flowers can keep growing normally.

Insect deterrent

Having bugs in your yard is a good thing. They're part of the natural ecosystem that helps maintain your soil and pollenate your plants. Sometimes, however, insects can become invasive and destructive to the vegetation in your yard. If you notice beetles eating all of your plants' leaves, dilute some plain Dawn dish soap with water and spray it onto the infected leaves. The soap won't harm your plants but it will drive the beetles crazy, sending them off to someone else's yard. Nature has its own insecticides that few of us take advantage of. Plant marigolds, for example, around the perimeter of your property to deter scores of insects and other pests from ever entering your yard. See this helpful list for many other pest controlling plants.

Bug Repellant

We've talked a lot about protecting your yard from invasive pests. But what about protecting yourself? Whether it's pesky flies or biting mosquitos, there are many natural ways to keep the bugs away when you're out in the yard. Most effective commercial insect repellants contain DEET, a strong smelling chemical insecticide. We've all heard about the dangers of DEET, which was developed by the U.S. Army in the 1940s for use in warfare. The chemical compound has been approved and re-approved for use by the EPA since then, but studies have raised questions of its safety. Many people object to using DEET based on its potent smell alone. So, what are the alternatives? Many have taken the bug spray conundrum into their own hands, mixing various herbs and essential oils to keep the bugs away. Check out these recipes and let us know which one works for you!

A garage sale represents a great opportunity for a home seller. This event enables you to eliminate clutter from your home as well as earn extra cash that you may be able to put toward your future residence. As such, a garage sale should not be taken lightly, and you should do everything you can to prep for this event. So what does it take to host a successful garage sale? Here are three tips that you need to know: 1. Make Your Garage Sale a Family-Friendly Event. It's tough to put together a garage sale on your own. However, you may be able to enlist family members and friends to help you transform an ordinary garage sale into an instant success. Family members and friends can help you organize the items you'd like to sell, offer assistance to shoppers who may be interested in various items and ensure you're able to clean up after your garage sale is complete. Of course, you should offer incentives to encourage family members and friends to help you with your garage sale, too. Whether it's hosting a barbecue in conjunction with your event or offering each helper a share of your garage sale profits, it's important to show your family members and friends that you appreciate their hard work and dedication as they work toward making your garage sale a success. 2. Avoid the Dangers of Overpricing. As a home seller, the goal of your garage sale should be to get rid of any excess items in your house. Thus, you need to avoid the dangers associated with overpricing, because asking too much for numerous items will do little to generate interest among shoppers. Try to be flexible about pricing during your garage sale. Typically, shoppers may ask to negotiate a price on an item, and you should be willing to reconsider your initial price if necessary. A successful negotiation will result in a win-win situation in which both you and the shopper are happy with the results. And with a flexible approach to pricing, you should have no trouble getting rid of a wide range of items at your garage sale and earning substantial profits along the way, too. 3. Don't Forget About the Importance of Customer Service. A customer-oriented approach is paramount throughout your garage sale, and it may enable you to maximize your sales during the event as well. If a shopper has a question, try to respond immediately. Or, if a shopper is ready to check out, provide service with a smile. A friendly, positive attitude can make a world of difference during a garage sale. Therefore, you should remain courteous and approachable during your event and be ready to assist shoppers in any way you can. Hosting a garage sale may seem like a major challenge, particularly for home sellers who lack extensive time and resources. But with the aforementioned tips, you can get organized and make the most of your garage sale.



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