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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/25/2019


258 Little Alum Rd, Brimfield, MA 01010

East Brimfield

Single-Family

$234,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Amenities include Central A/C, Backup Generator, Hot Tub, Nest Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors, two main level bedrooms, Sunsetter Retractable electric deck awning, new Bath Fitter Bathtub/Shower enclosure (2nd floor), and a 12x26 covered patio with audio speakers on 1.5 acres of land (some wetlands) . Property is zoned AR (Agricultural/Residential) allowing you, if you wish, to farm with pens, chicken coops, milking barn, and hay bale barn. In the Tantasqua School District. This home offers you proximity to the noted Brimfield Antiques Fair. Home only 2.6 miles to Route 20 and 6.4 miles to Rt 84 and the Mass Turnpike. New septic (which should just be the leach field) at buyers expense, Eligible for FHA 203K Renovation Loan Program. New price reflects work needed on septic..
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June 30 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/19/2019

The garage can be a haven for your vehicle or a total dumping ground for everything else under the sun. Sometimes that space can become the black hole that you just toss items at when you're in a hurry to move on with other activities. 

Then Spring cleaning fever hits and you are determined to get the garage cleaned out and make it more useful to you and your family. Envisioning space for your car(s), sports equipment, tools and holiday decorations you dive into the weekend project of sorting through and organizing all the stuff.

Useful and Necessary

Emptying everything out of your garage space out into the light to sort through can be half the battle, so enlist the help of the entire able-bodied household member. Put your items in categories when you take them out, this will make evaluating what to keep easier. Take your lifestyle into consideration and then rank each grouping by how often you use them. By the frequency of use, you can assign the proper location. 

Once empty, you can see the layout of your garage space and how to create areas for storage. Frequently items up front towards the garage door for easy access. Holiday storage or seasonal items stored in the back or even up high on shelves or ceiling racks. Once you understand what things will be going back into your garage and the space you have available for storage you can decide how to keep your items organized.

Containers galore

You may dream of neat and tidy boxes all in a row, clearly labeled and uniform in size. That is mostly just a dream. Your items are of all shapes and sizes and need their own individual way of storage. Try to stay away for cardboard boxes since garages can be damp. Clear boxes can help you find your items quickly without having to label. Remember that you can hang things on the wall like yard tools or sports equipment. 

Many creative storage options can be found out there to help you make the most of your garage storage possibilities. Taking a look online can help you find what may work for you. Whatever you choose make sure it has ease of use for those individuals that will be assessing those items on a regular basis.

Take a tour of your local open houses and make sure to peak into the garage space and note the storage possibilities.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/12/2019

When you decide to sell your home, thereís a long list of things that youíll need to do from finding a real estate agent to making repairs around the home. Itís nice to have a to-do list handy to help you figure out what you need to do and when throughout the course of the sale of your home. 


Find Out The Estimated Value Of Your Home


You should do a quick search online to see what your property is valued at. Some websites even have the number of views that your property has gotten over its lifetime on the site. This will give you an idea of how much you might get for the sale of your home as well as how much interest there may be in buying the home to begin with. If you see what your, home has listed in a basic online search, youíll be able to tell what needs to be updated when the home is actually listed by your realtor.   


Get Things Fixed


If there have been issues in the home, you should work on getting them fixed. Youíll also need to know what has happened in the home over the years in order to put together a proper disclosure. Has the basement flooded? Did you face an electrical fire?  All of these problems need to be listed. You can also disclose what you did to remedy the issues. The buyer has a right to know and understand that they are moving in under good conditions. 


Learn About Potential Real Estate Agents


Itís so important to hire the right agent when youíre selling your home. You are getting a return on your initial investment, so you want it to be a good one! Youíll also want to know that you have someone who will be there to do home showings, process paperwork, and be your advocate throughout the process. You can contact various references that real estate agents provide and ask how they felt about the agentís work. 


Find Out How Your Home Will Be Marketed


In Todayís technology-based world, there are so many ways that a home can be marketed. This includes the use of websites, social media, open houses, video tours, and photos. Your agent should be well-versed in all of these areas, or be able to hire people who do know how to best use these areas of marketing. Every avenue that is used to get buyers for your home is beneficial to you as a seller.



Understanding the process of how a home is sold can help you to be prepared when youíre ready to sell.





Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/10/2019


258 Little Alum Rd, Brimfield, MA 01010

East Brimfield

Single-Family

$234,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Amenities include Central A/C, Backup Generator, Hot Tub, Nest Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors, two main level bedrooms, Sunsetter Retractable electric deck awning, new Bath Fitter Bathtub/Shower enclosure (2nd floor), and a 12x26 covered patio with audio speakers on 1.5 acres of land (some wetlands) . Property is zoned AR (Agricultural/Residential) allowing you, if you wish, to farm with pens, chicken coops, milking barn, and hay bale barn. In the Tantasqua School District. This home offers you proximity to the noted Brimfield Antiques Fair. Home only 2.6 miles to Route 20 and 6.4 miles to Rt 84 and the Mass Turnpike. Eligible for FHA 203K Renovation Loan Program.
Open House
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Posted by Bob Falter, CRS, GRI on 6/5/2019

A three season room can be a really great investment for your home. This addition really allows for the enjoyment of the great outdoors without exposing you to the elements. Itís an investment that gives a maximum return.  


When you decide to install a three season room, there are a few things that you should consider. First, youíll need to estimate the costs of building the room. How much youíll spend varies based on the finishes that you choose, the materials used, and the area of the country that you live in.


Estimates


When you undertake any kind of home improvement project you should obtain estimates first. This way, youíll have an idea of just how much the project will cost. Contractors will also give you an idea of how they will go about completing the project in order to meet your needs. Itís a good idea to know how much demolition is needed and how long the project will take. This will vary by contractor.


Think Of Using Existing Structures


Using existing structures on your home can really help to cut down the cost of building a three season room. Your current porch or deck area may even have the ability to be enclosed. If the structures are sound, itís a great option. Remember that a three season room needs glass, a sturdy floor, screens and windows to be complete! 


Match The Roof


Youíll want to match the roof of your three season/sunroom with the existing roof of your home. Choose from a variety of styles from simple to the elaborate. Just be sure that the new roofing doesnít stick out too much. You can even add a skylight in the new addition to let more light in. 


The Estimate


You want to be sure that you get an accurate estimate for building your three season room. The contractor should include all of the following areas in the estimate:


  • The foundation
  • The frame
  • Electrical
  • Molding
  • Drywall
  • Skylights
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Screens
  • Fans
  • HVAC hookups


It should be noted that along with building materials, the cost of labor should be included along with the estimate. Carpenters charge a set rate per hour as do electricians and plumbers. Youíll most likely need a few different contractors in order to complete your three season room, so take that into account. 


No matter what part of the country that you live in, you will always be happier if you maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors. Completing a 3 season room can help you and your family to enjoy nature all year round.




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