Maintenence & Cleaning

Nov. 28, 2019

Clean Up After the Holidays in No Time

The holidays are a time for reflection and love--surrounding yourself with your chosen family and creating new memories.  But for many hosts and hostesses the holiday season also comes with the unwanted quality of stress.  Check out these tips that’ll make your kitchen cleanup faster and easier when ...

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Nov. 21, 2019

3 Ways to Lower Your Winter Energy Bill

Cozying up in a warm house is my most beloved winter activity, but long after the holiday cookies are gone, I'm left with soul-crushing energy bills. The average monthly residential electricity bill in Massachusetts is $94, which is actually one of the lowest in the country. It's certainly ...

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Nov. 14, 2019

How to Tell if a Home Has Good Bones

The term “good bones” has become synonymous with opportunity when it comes to buying a home in Greater Boston. A house with good bones is a solid structure with good systems that allows a buyer to renovate the interiors and make improvements to create the ideal living space. However, the ...

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Oct. 24, 2019

To Stage or Not to Stage: Why Staging and Professional Photography is a Game Changer

A few weeks ago, The Boston Globe published an article decrying the overuse of staging in the Boston real estate market, and in doing so portrayed agents who express the importance of staging as nothing more than uncreative monkeys just parroting quick one-liners like "buyers have no imagination".

But here ...

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May 2, 2019

Quick Tips to Add Curb Appeal

Many buyers know what Open Houses they are going to ahead of the weekend, but in markets like Brookline and Newton, many potential buyers (or people who know potential buyers) wander in off the street because a home "looks cute". So, how do you make a good first impression when ...

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March 21, 2019

Get Top Rent with these 5 Improvements

Getting top rent may seem like a passive activity in the Greater Boston area, but rents are starting to flatten in general. With an influx of luxury apartment buildings coming  throughout the city, many individual condo owners are having a harder time maintaining consistent tenancy through transition periods.  Some landlord ...

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Nov. 1, 2018

Natural Air Fresheners to Use at Home

Coming up on the holiday season, your home is bound to be filled with the smells of cooking, old food, or trash. But before reaching for an air freshener that may contain potentially harmful ingredients consider using a do-it-yourself, green alternative. Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages ...

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Sept. 20, 2018

Issues to Consider when Buying an Older Home

Buying a single family home in Boston, Newton, or Brookline can seem like an enormous task. In general, the home-buying process can be arduous, confusing, and anxiety-provoking, but when you add into the equation the fact that many of the homes built in this area are of the 1900-era, you ...

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Sept. 6, 2018

6 Recipes for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Last week, I alluded to cleaning products in my post on eco-friendly kitchens. How can you clean with natural, non-toxic products and save money? Make your own. It is easy and straightforward. As a bonus, you will also recycle fewer bottles and jars as you won’t be buying as much ...

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Aug. 30, 2018

Bring your Kitchen up to speed with eco-friendly choices

If you are bored by the current state of your kitchen and about to remodel, make sure you move forward with eco-friendly choices in mind. Sure, going green might seem somewhat expensive now, but it’s worth it in the long-run.  Making the right choices now is good for the ...

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