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When you find the perfect home, you will probably make some changes in the décor since not everyone has the same tastes in colors and textures. Painting the interior, changing carpets and flooring and updating fixtures such as the showers, sinks, tubs and toilets are all updates many people make when moving into a new house.

Curb Appeal

If the house had a plain front door, upgrade to a door with sidelites. If the door is plain white and another color matches your home, you might change to another color at the same time. Adding a decorative door makes your home look more inviting and adds more value to the property as a whole.

If your home does not have a porch or a decorative entryway, adding one also increases the value of your home and makes it more inviting to your guests. A porch also allows you to decorate for the holidays, gives you a place to put shoes and boots if they are muddy or dripping with snow and ice melt. And, it allows you to do one of the most relaxing activities on the planet: Porch sitting. Whether you sit on the porch with a good book or a good friend for an in-depth discussion, you will find yourself relaxed and less stressed.

It’s the Little Things Inside

If you want to make the interior more luxurious, change the crown molding and the baseboards. You can choose from many designs. The taller the crown molding, the more luxurious it looks. Most baseboards are just flat boards, but you can find them with a beveled cut or other cuts that make them more decorative.

If you plan on replacing the flooring, replace the baseboards at the same time. That way, you won’t have to worry about damaging them when you remove them since you are putting another type there. Painting the baseboards and crown molding before you install them makes the job much easier – if you plan on doing it yourself.

Look at some of the new generation vinyl now available if you are looking for something that looks great, but is easy to maintain. It looks like real tile or wood – depending on what you choose – and it is very easy to keep clean. And, when you are ready for different flooring, it’s easy to remove and replace. Vinyl is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry if the kids spill something on it. If you install it without gluing it down – as a floating floor – it’s even easier to replace when you decide to change the flooring.

A little paint in the trendiest colors, new flooring, exterior paint, a new front door is sometimes all it takes to make an almost-perfect luxury home into the perfect luxury home.


This Single-Family in Maynard, MA recently sold for $441,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Sue Ryan - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


25 Old Marlboro Road, Maynard, MA 01754

Single-Family

$449,900
Price
$441,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
"Pride in ownership"! Nothing left to do but move in! This turn-key Ranch style home features a front to back 4 Season Sunroom with two entrances that lead to the backyard and front porch entrance off the second driveway. Bonus room with glass slider out to a generous sized mahogany deck leading to the backyard for entertaining and BBQ's. Both rooms flow nicely off the newly renovated kitchen as well as the living room with fireplace. 2020 Kitchen improvements include granite counter tops, tile backsplash, sink and faucet, gas range, dishwasher and microwave w/recirculating vent. Newly refurbished basement with fireplace and laundry room. 2 driveways with the main drive completely reconstructed along with a rough-cut stone finished retaining wall. 3 zone heating system upgraded with wall mount Buderus boiler 95% AFUE efficiency in 2009 and water heater 2019. New roof 2018. Floor plans with dimensions, brochure and home improvement history are attached or available upon request.





23 East Bluff Road, Ashland, MA 01721

Condo

$374,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Move in ready! Spacious Long L style end unit town home located in desirable Spyglass Hill features an open concept dining and living room with corner fireplace and beautiful new hardwoods. Cabinet packed eat-in kitchen with recently updated appliances. Two spacious cathedral ceiling bedrooms each with private full bathrooms and sliders to a balcony. Recently renovated finished lower level with office/playroom and separate laundry room. Enjoyable outdoor living on large deck with wooded views off kitchen and dining room. New neutral carpeting. Fresh neutral paint. Updated bathroom fixtures and lighting. Newer high efficiency dual zone gas furnace with whole house humidifier, central air conditioning and hot water tank. Great closets and 3 attic storage spaces. Sought after complex in convenient location just minutes to major routes, commuter rail and shopping! This is the one! A must see!
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There are a variety of different terms that you must become familiar with as you purchase a new home. You have to pay an application fee, underwriting fees, titles fees and more. But one that seems to leave many buyers scratching their heads is the recording fee. A recording fee is a normal part of the closing costs due when purchasing a home and may be paid by you or the seller.

What is a Recording Fee?

Recording fees are charged by a government agency whenever you need to register or record a real estate purchase. These fees allow the purchase to become part of the public record and are typically charged by the county in which the home was purchased, as this is where all records of property purchases and sales are maintained. Recording fees can vary greatly from county to county.

How Are Recording Fees Determined?

Different agencies can issue their own guideline for submitting documents and recording fees based on each document type. While the recording fee may be $10 in one county, it could be $16 in another neighboring area. Some agencies may charge a recording fee based on the size of the document submitted. For example, you may be charged $30 for the first page of the document, plus an additional $3 for each page that follows. In addition to the title for a property, your local county will also record any mortgages and liens against your home. Therefore, the final cost of recording fees required by the county will depend on the type and overall complexity of the real estate deal.

When a property is sold, a recording fee is usually included as part of the closing costs. Depending on how the sale of your home is structured, these closing costs may be the responsibility of the seller, or they could fall on you to cover before you get the keys. However, it is very common for the buyer to pay for the recording fees so their new mortgage and deed can be entered into the legal records.

Try Not to Stress Over Closing Costs

If you’re having a conversation about closing costs, that means you’re close to finally owning your new home. There are many costs associated with purchasing a home, but at the end of the day, a recording fee shouldn’t be something to be too stressed over.


You may keep a spare house key hidden somewhere around your home just in case you lose or forget your main set of keys. How does your hiding place measure up? Is it too obvious that anyone including thieves can find it? You can still have a spare key easily accessible to you without sacrificing the security of your home. 


Never sacrifice the safety of your home for convenience. If you fail to have an alarm system set as an added layer of security, you really could be in trouble if your spare key isn’t well hidden. Burglars now have free and easy access to your home.  


The Most Obvious Places To Hide A Key


Under The Mat


Everyone (especially burglars) will look under the mat for a key to get into your home. If you see it in the movies, it’s probably too obvious of a hiding place. 


The Flower Pot


This is a textbook area to hide a key in that can be easily accessed by intruders. Criminals know where to look, so you need to think ahead of them. 


Fake Rocks


If the rock doesn’t blend in, it’s not a good hiding spot! Many pre-fabricated hiding systems can be a bit obvious, so beware. 


On Your Person


Whether you put a spare key in a wallet or your purse, if that gets stolen, there goes your spare key. The perpetrator also has access to your home. It’s generally not a good practice to keep a spare key on your person. 


Good Places For A Spare Key


With A Trusted Neighbor


If the neighbor hides your key on their property, if a thief does find the key, they will assume the key goes to the neighbor’s house. This is a safe, convenient way to keep a spare key as long as the key is kept somewhere outside the home. You don’t want to face a lockout only to find out that your neighbor isn’t home.  


In Your Car


Surprisingly, most break-ins happen during the daytime when you’re not home. If you keep your spare key in your car, the key won’t be there while you aren’t home.


Near The Dog


If a key is hidden near the place where the dog will be, you’ll have little to worry about. Burglars really don’t like dogs, mostly because dogs don’t like them!  



Forget About Keys


Technology affords us one great option in the present day- keyless entry. If you are constantly forgetting your keys you should invest in a keyless lock system. These typically have codes that can be programmed. Just don’t forget the code! 




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