Past Stories

How can we be certain that we are getting the best possible deal on a flipped home?

There are several telltale signs you’re dealing with an investor-owned property.  If the home is vacant and professionally staged, you can bet an investor is involved.  Owner-occupants rarely install brand new landscaping i...


What are the three most important projects we should consider when renovating our home?

Windows:   Remodeling Magazine estimates the average cost to replace ten double-hung windows with energy efficient vinyl windows to be $9,924.  The average regional cost was $9,531.  Homeowners will recoup about 72 percent ...


Preventing Water Damage

Water damage is the number one culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together. You’ve heard about the core strength of your body.  Well, water damage hits at the core strength ...



How to Protect Yourself During a Move

“Last year, Massachusetts officials sued one moving company and New Jersey officials sued two for providing low-ball estimates and then grossly inflating fees after loading the trucks,” said Consumer Reports.  “One of th...


What are the latest trends in decorating and color palettes? (Part 2)

Bathrooms continue to become more luxurious, says Deb Dumel, showroom manager of the Frank Webb Bath Center in Boston.  She sees several trends coming on stronger in 2014 – TVs integrated into medicine cabinets to avoid havi...


What are the latest trends in decorating and color palettes? (Part 1)

Wood floorboards are getting wider, often up to five and six inches, stained warm gray and cut from several tree species.    We’re also seeing less of the hand-scraped look, which was costly to produce.  Yet, boards can b...



Any suggestions on making over our garage?

Here are some tips for a successful garage rehab. Daydream and plan:  What do you want the space to be?  What does it need to be?  If you don’t need to park cars in the garage and have ample storage…


Can you suggest some natural cleaners for the home?

There are several cleaners that you probably have on hand right now. For instance, it’s tough to beat white vinegar.  You can use it all over the house to clean, disinfect and deodorize just about anything.  Mix it with equ...


What tips can you give me before I rent out my home?

Answer:    First, what’s the current state of your estate?  If you feel like the property has pricey upgrades that would be relatively destruction-prone, factor that into your decision-making, and into the deposit and mon...



What are some of the ways I could “go green?”

Start with your light bulbs.  “Installing a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) is the quickest, easiest way to save energy – and money,” says Better Homes and Gardens. “Unlike incandescents, CFLs convert most of the energy...






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