worcester county: Save Money with Your Edible Garden - 04/03/11 12:21 AM
I want rhubarb pie!  It was in the 50′s yesterday and now I am looking forward to SPRING and SUMMER!  That means fresh veggies!  An edible garden featuring vegetables and herbs can save you a bundle if you keep it simple and raise plants that offer high yields.
How much can you save?
A backyard edible garden will trim costs from your grocery bill while providing you and your family with the freshest produce possible. According to Bruce Butterfield, research director for the National Gardening Association, a well-maintained garden can produce a half-pound of fresh vegetables for every square foot of … (3 comments)

worcester county: The Contractor Agreement: 7 Steps to an Iron-Clad Contract - 03/21/11 10:56 PM
It's spring!  Not only do we get outside to freshen up the gardens and lawns but we also take on larger home improvement projects.  We can have the windows open, walls open and roofs re-done.  Be careful!  There are many "contractors" out there and some of them are not our friends.  Follow these seven tips to make sure your contractor agreement works in your favor-not your builder's.
Step 1: Hire a lawyer
Contractors use their own forms, which are drafted for their benefit, not yours. You'll benefit from hiring an attorney to review your contractor agreement or draft one that's you-friendly. … (3 comments)

worcester county: Appliance Maintenance: Clothes Washer & Dryer - 03/10/11 10:03 PM
This is a big one for me because I do a lot of laundry.  Apparently I have an abnormally large wardrobe.  I'm okay with that!  Recently it was brought to my attention that I am creating a fire hazard with the dryer exhaust because it is too long and can trap lint.  Keep your clothes washer and dryer running efficiently and reliably with this simple maintenance routine.
Here's a list of maintenance tips to keep your washer and dryer running smoothly and safely:
Replace vinyl dryer exhaust ducts with metal ductwork to reduce fire hazards. Before every dryer load, clean out … (4 comments)

worcester county: Appliance Maintenance: Refrigerators - 03/08/11 11:45 PM
Maintaining your home is vital...but so is maintaining what is inside your home!  Appliances can be very expensive depending on what you choose when you purchase them - make them last!
This week I am focused on keeping your appliances running smoothly.  Your day-to-day life will be less stressful in the long run!  Your refrigerator is an essential to your kitchen and life, keep it running efficiently and reliably with this simple maintenance routine.
Here's a list of maintenance tips to make sure your refrigerator stays cool and calm:
Every three months, vacuum the fan and condenser coils on the rear … (1 comments)

worcester county: And here we go! - 02/28/11 10:45 PM
WOW!  It's a busy week this week!  Please join me at any one of the following events:
TUESDAY:  RE/MAX Professional Associates and Lowe's :  This is a weekly event at the Lowe's in Ware where we combine their know-how to keep your house in tip-top shape and our know-how to tell you how it affects your sale price (now or in the future) as well as the local market conditions.  Every Tuesday evening in Lowe's there is an in-store demo on a different topic at 6pm and Mark Seymour, the store manager, extends special discounts for the people that stop in.  THIS … (1 comments)

worcester county: Repair and Replace Kitchen Counters to Stay on Top of Scratches - 02/18/11 10:24 PM
The spring market is upon us!  It seems a tad early this year but with all the news articles about rising interest rates many buyers are making their choices now instead of waiting.  As a seller or soon-to-be-seller, don't wait!  Get your home ready and on the market now to take full advantage of this early market.
This is the first in a small series of articles to help you get your home "sale ready".  The kitchen is often the first room that a buyer will go to during a viewing and is vitally important to the overall impression of your … (2 comments)

worcester county: Marlborough Twilight Open this Wednesday! - 02/13/11 01:59 AM

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worcester county: Millbury Broker's Open Thursday! - 02/13/11 01:52 AM

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worcester county: New Listing! VALUE in Hopkinton with a WorkShop! - 02/13/11 01:49 AM
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worcester county: 2011 Energy Tax Credits: What You Need to Know to Collect - 02/10/11 11:36 PM

2011 Energy Tax Credits: What You Need to Know to Collect
Yes, taxes continued.  I know, I know...how could we make Friday any more exciting?
The Energy Credit has been a great way to save net money on your home improvements.  Looking ahead to this time next year, make sure you are choosing the right places to invest your green money.  Washington is giving you less green for going green, as the feds reel back the 2011 energy tax credits from a lavish $1,500 to a paltry $500.  Keep your receipts and be ready this time next year.
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worcester county: Ack, I want help filling out Form 5695! - 02/09/11 10:51 PM
What is a Form 5695??  Your energy tax credit! This is a great tax credit that encourages energy upgrades in our homes.  Sidestep snares in the complex IRS Form 5695 to get all the 2010 energy tax credits you've got coming.
Fill out the right part of Form 5695
What type of system did you install? If it's one of the following, complete Part 1 for Nonbusiness Energy Tax Credits.
Biomass stoves Insulation HVAC systems Roofs Non-solar water heaters Windows, doors, skylights Storm windows and doors Max credit: 30% of the cost of the improvement, up to $1,500.
If you installed … (2 comments)

worcester county: 10 Common Errors Home Owners Make When Filing Taxes - 02/08/11 09:28 PM
As promised!  More on taxes!  I know, I know...it's crazy to talk about such exciting stuff without a party hat on but an IRS audit or missed refund money is no party either!  Here are the ten most common errors that home owners make on their tax returns.  Don't rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary-know the score on each home tax deduction and credit.
Sin #1: Deducting the wrong year for property taxes
You take a tax deduction for property taxes in the year you (or the holder of your escrow account) actually paid them. Some taxing authorities … (2 comments)

worcester county: Schedule A Form: 6 Home Deduction Traps - 02/07/11 10:39 PM
Yes it's that time of year again!  The snowbanks are getting higher and taking on a "brownish" tint - the joy of winter has passed with the holiday season and we're all looking forward to spring - why not spend this time doing something fun!  Like taxes!  Woot!  No really...it's a chore but it's necessary and as a taxpayer you are entitled to every deduction available to you.  That's right, the IRS WANTS you to have an accurate number for your total tax liability.
This week I will have a series of articles on "Don't Miss Tax Breaks" for home owners.  … (2 comments)

worcester county: Saving for the Super Bowl: How to Throw a FREE Game Day Fiesta (and win a $100 gift card) - 02/01/11 09:13 PM
This is a great contest sponsored by HouseLogic.  HouseLogic is a free site for homeowners (houselogic.com) that is full of how-to articles, Facebook links and home ownership information.
Get 6 smart tips to save big on your game-day party-and share some of your own tips for a chance to win a Super Bowl bash on us.
1. Cheer for charity
Have fun watching the game with friends and family while supporting a good cause-and take a tax deduction, too. Here's what to do:
Choose a charity or cause you love. Provide guests with suggested donations. For example, if you want to … (1 comments)

worcester county: 7 Tips for Staging Your Home - 01/20/11 10:46 PM
It's been an exciting week! I listed two new houses this week and have been discussing this topic so much that I thought it was time to make a post. It's a fine line to walk when you are both living in your home and showing it to potential buyers.  You don't want to feel like you are living in a hotel but at the same time would like to ensure a quick home sale.  There are a few things you can do to help the process and still maintain your life style  In general, make your home warm and inviting … (2 comments)

worcester county: New Listing! 4 bed, 2 bath in Shrewsbury - You have to see this house to appreciate it! - 01/20/11 02:32 PM
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worcester county: Bills target rules on Massachusetts foreclosures - 01/19/11 12:35 AM
Bills target rules on Massachusetts foreclosures
Updated: Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011, 8:23 AM ESTPublished : Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011, 11:02 AM EST
BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Advocates on Beacon Hill are targeting predatory lenders with new bills, intended to save family homes from foreclosure.
If the legislation passes, it would affect many families in the Bay State, like the Muses, who live in Chelsea. They told our Frank Mallicoat yesterday that the proposed legislation is important because they can help hardworking families who are down on their luck.
The Muses have both lost their jobs and have three foster … (1 comments)

worcester county: Low-Cost Kitchen Storage: Cheap Stress Reduction - 01/14/11 10:07 PM
Low-cost kitchen storage strategies bring calm to your kitchen, banishing stress-inducing clutter and leaving the space calm and orderly.  Good news for budget-minded cleaning compulsive:  Getting organized in the kitchen won't drain your piggy bank!  Stash more cash and control the chaos with these low-cost kitchen storage solutions, all readily available at home centers, discount stores and online.
Rack attack: Store pots, everyday dishes, spices, and wine on racks that are freestanding, wall-hung, and ceiling-hung-and voila! Everything is in its own location, visible, and easily accessible!
Position the racks where they make sense: A pot rack above the cooktop; a dish … (5 comments)

worcester county: Preventing Ice Dams - 01/10/11 10:24 PM
With the storm fast approaching, I thought this would be a good topic for the blog.  My first winter storm in my house I was enjoying a cup of hot steamy beverage on my couch when I heard (and felt) a large BANG on the wall behind me.  The addition to my house, that I had closed off to conserve heat because it was only being used as a work room, had developed a massive ice dam - which I was unaware of.  The ice dam, with the inches of snow piling up on it, slide off the roof of the … (0 comments)

worcester county: Adams Street – Modern Loft-Style Condos – Open Sundays - 01/08/11 12:30 AM
Welcome to the Adams Street School House Condos! These are beyond what you usually see in Worcester and you really HAVE to see them! Renovated from an 1894 closed school-house and having top of the line amenities but still retaining the character of the past - these are amazing!
The Adams Street School is a Classical Revival / Victorian Eclectic brick building first constructed in 1896.  The interior spaces - classrooms, corridors, and stairwells - share generous ceiling heights, quality finish materials, and a durability that have served the school well throughout its lifetime.  The loft-style units in the former Adams … (1 comments)

 
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