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Posted by Kathie Palm on 8/18/2017

In the heat of the summer, sometimes you feel as if you have to choose between your budget and your comfort. It doesnít have to be scorching both inside and out and you donít have to break the bank. Below, youíll find some ways to help you cut costs and keep cool all summer long.


Close Your Windows And Keep Them Covered


Look around your home. If your windows are letting a lot of light in, theyíre also letting a lot of warmth in the home. You can easily cut the extra heat thatís being let in from the outside by shielding your windows and using insulated or darkening window treatments. This can be especially useful if youíre not home during the day. This simple measure can help to keep your home cooler. 


When The Temperatures Dip, Take Advantage


Many regions throughout the United States have warm temperatures during the day but cool down considerably in the evening hours. You can use natural cooling and just open your windows in order to bring the temperature of the house down. The best part is that fresh air is free!  


Install Ceiling Fans


Ceiling fans are useful the whole year through when it comes to circulating air. If the air is cooler, but stagnant, putting a ceiling fan on can make a huge difference.  


Turn Off The Oven


Try to avoid using any kind of appliances that generate heat when thereís a heat wave. Donít use your oven to cook. You can either grill, use a slow cooker, or make no-cook meals on these days. Even running the dryer can increase the temperature of your home. If you must do laundry, make sure the area is well-ventilated with some type of fan.  


Use The AC Only When Youíre Home


You can save on energy costs by simply limiting your use of air conditioning to only when youíre home. If the temperature becomes unbearable then use the AC, but try to use the techniques mentioned above before you run the air conditioning.


Get A Programmable Thermostat


Modern technology has provided us with thermostats that can be set to a certain temperature. The AC system will only turn on when the temperature reaches a certain level. You could even get a thermostat that allows you to control the temperature in your home remotely.       

  

Have An Energy Audit Performed


Many energy companies will provide you with an energy audit for little or no cost. This helps to identify any areas of your home where you can do better as far as energy conservation and lessening the utility bills your home incurs. Since heating and cooling takes up a good majority of your homeís utility costs, this can be a very worthwhile measure to take in saving money during the summer months and the whole year through.   






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Posted by Kathie Palm on 8/11/2017

After you accept an offer on your house, it may be only a few weeks before you have to pack up your belongings and move. And if you know exactly which packing supplies to pick up, you should have no trouble getting ready to relocate to a new address.

Ultimately, there are several must-have packing supplies to pick up before an upcoming move, and these include:

1. Boxes of Varying Sizes

Transporting items of different sizes can be difficult. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to find moving boxes of varying sizes.

Typically, you can buy moving boxes at any home improvement or hardware store. Depending on how much you own, you may need to pick up tiny, small, medium and large moving boxes in assorted quantities.

For those who are looking to save money on moving boxes, you may be able to pick up various boxes from local convenience stores and supermarkets as well.

Contact local convenience stores or supermarkets to find out if they offer free boxes. Be sure to reach out to these shops at least a few weeks before your move; that way, you can pick up free boxes and still have plenty of time to pack up your belongings.

2. Packing Materials

Bubble wrap, polyurethane foam and other packing materials guarantee that your personal belongings will stay safe as you travel from Point A to Point B. Therefore, you should purchase a variety of packing materials to protect antiques, glassware and other fragile items during your move.

Of course, it never hurts to be creative with packing materials, either. And if you have old clothing or towels, you may be able to use these items as packing materials too.

3. Colored Markers or Stickers

If you commit significant time and resources to pack up your belongings, you surely want to know where to place these items in your new home. Luckily, colored markers and stickers make it easy to label your moving boxes.

Colored markers and stickers can help you keep track of your personal items during your move. Plus, these markers and stickers are inexpensive and easy to use, making them exceedingly valuable for those who want to streamline the process of getting unpacked at a new address.

Clearly, there are many essential packing supplies to pick up prior to moving day. If you require extra help as you prepare for an upcoming move, it never hurts to reach out to a professional moving company for support.

A professional moving company can help you pack up your belongings and take them to your new address. Also, this business employs friendly, diligent moving professionals who will help you take the guesswork out of getting ready for moving day.

Lastly, don't hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent for moving advice. This housing market professional can help you sell your house, put you in touch with professional moving companies in your area and much more.




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Posted by Kathie Palm on 8/10/2017

This Single-Family in Plymouth, MA recently sold for $502,500. This Colonial style home was sold by Kathie Palm - RE/MAX Spectrum.


54 Bowsprit Lane, Plymouth, MA 02360

Single-Family

$519,500
Price
$502,500
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
LIKE NEW! 3/4 bedroom Colonial privately set on a wooded 1.42 acre lot. Located in a great neighborhood, just minutes to the Cape, beaches, highways, T-station & schools . Totally remodeled w/upgrades throughout! You'll love entertaining in the brand new kitchen w/granite, stainless steel appliances, farmers sink, stainless vent hood, island, porcelain tile floors and a pantry. Lovely living room w/wainscotting & fireplace. Family room has built in cabinets & a closet - would easily be 1st fl. bedroom. Huge master suite w/his & hers walk-in closets & private bath. Very energy efficient w/new roof, windows, doors, lighting, appliances. Garage has new Pella doors & large unfinished bonus room above plumbed for heat. Special features include 8 1/2 ft ceilings, pocket doors, new oak flooring, custom moldings, built-ins, porcelain floors, granite counter tops in baths & kitchen, & walk up attic that could easily be two additional rooms. Basement is framed & ready to be finished

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Posted by Kathie Palm on 8/4/2017

Trappings of fame have caused several celebrities to build a fortress around them. Itís reached the point where it has become a status symbol to live in a massive house and to go nowhere without armed guards.

This phenomenon dates back decades, if not longer. Queens and kings, monarchs and princes sequestered themselves in massive castles. Todayís presidents keep a constant entourage of security around them, some presidents not daring to venture outside, not even on their house porch, absent a guard.

Signs your house has become mentally toxic

From the outside, these happenings can appear as hallmark events that signal you made it, that youíre a big success. Yet, humans need to connect with one another to remain emotionally and mentally healthy. In fact, studies have shown that when people connect in-person and communicate more, play together and share concerns, it can lead to improved health.

But, how do you know that your house has become mentally toxic? Check out these signs:

  • You only go outside to commute to work
  • Your friends have started to tell you that the only time they see you is when they visit you at your house
  • Your dog or cat is starting to nudge you, pushing you toward the front or back door and not just because they have torelieve themselves
  • When new dust forms on your living room tables, you spot exactly where the dust is almost immediately
  • An eerie or uncomfortable feeling comes over you when you do venture outside on non-work days
  • Sleeping in all day sounds like a perfect thing to do to you. In fact, youíre starting to sleep in all day at least two to three times a month
  • In the last year, youíve packed on 15 to 30pounds, and all because youíve taken to spending most of your days and nights inside your house
  • Excuses are what you give your family and friends whenever they invite you to go with them to a fun place away from home
  • Most of your spare money goes to add on another room or to buy a new gadget for Ė you got it, your house

Love your house without turning it into your prison

A house should provide protection from natural elements. It should offer a sense of security from weather storms, intruders and strangers passing in the night. Your sweetest memories could well be created in your house, family and friends circling your kitchen or dining room table as you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or the ringing in of a new year.

But, a house should not become such a fortress that it isolates you and prevents you from meeting new people and enjoying rewarding experiences. As tempting as it might be, you also probably donít want your house to become so comfortable that you view it as a hideout. Yes. You want a home that meets your dwelling needs. You want a place thatís beautifully designed, a perfect match for your personality.What you donít want is for your house to entice you into a rut and cause you to become bored with life.





Posted by Kathie Palm on 7/28/2017

Having a family changes a lot. For one, your priorities about where youíd like to live change. This shift could be from a desire to live near restaurants and bars to parks and the best schools in a safe neighborhood. If you want to find a good neighborhood to search for a home in, there are a few things that you can research ahead of time before you even start your search for a home.


Research School Districts


For most parents, the school district in which they choose to live is an important part of the decision where to live. If you donít know the area, or arenít sure how the schools are, there are plenty of tools to help you. A quick online search can help you to compare and contrast neighboring school districts. Another important question to ask to find a suitable school district is if they actually have room for all of the students that would like to be enrolled in the school of your choice. You can also talk to people in the community about the schools and how they feel about them. Even a visit to local schools can help you to see what the education system in a certain neighborhood is all about.


Safety


Once you have a family, safety becomes even more of a priority. You do all of the right things from feeding your family well to baby-proofing the home. Yet, one thing thatís sometimes hard to control is the safety of the area that we live in. Youíre going to want to find a neighborhood with low crime rate. Thereís a few different tools online that help you to check the crime rates in certain areas. Donít assume that the city is less safe than the suburbs, or even a rural area. Doing research and getting to know the area is key to finding a safe place to settle down in. 


Shortcuts And Speedways


In the same realm as safety, you want to check out the actual street that you hope to settle down on. Some streets can be used as shortcuts and can end up being a speedway. You should check to make sure that the street you choose isn't a high traffic route. Youíll never feel comfortable having your children outside playing if you know that traffic is so dangerous on your street. 



Community Sense


Once you have a family, you suddenly find a need to build a network of other parents and families that are just like you. A good way to tell a family friendly neighborhood could be just taking a peek through it. If you see families outside for a walk together, toys in the front yard, or a thriving neighborhood park, itís a good bet that your home will be in a family-friendly community.