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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/11/2017

When you budget to buy a home, you sit down, do the math, and try to estimate what all of your monthly costs will be. There are so many monthly costs that come with being a homeowner that can make the whole process complicated. Sure, you have taken the standard costs into account like home insurance, property taxes, and even utilities. But there are a few out-of-the-box costs that youíll need to consider for your house hunt.


Flood Or Other Natural Disaster Insurance


Natural disasters are costly and devastating. Many homeowners who live in areas that are affected by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes often opt for additional coverage for their homes. Premiums for earthquake and flood insurance often end up being very high. As a natural disaster strikes, these premiums can go up even more. If you live in one of the high-risk areas for natural disasters, youíll want to check with your insurance agent ahead of time to plan for the additional costs that these special kinds of insurance will incur.


Water Costs During A Drought


There are many areas across the US that suffer drought conditions from time to time. Your water bill can skyrocket during these times. Itís best to continue conserving water and watch your bill closely in order to try and save some costs. Thereís not a whole lot you can do otherwise to control your bill. Youíll need to stay prepared with some extra cash on hand in case of these emergencies and know that costs can rise due to different environmental conditions.  


Tax Hikes And Special Assessments 


As a homeowner, youíll need to prepare for different kinds of assessments and tax increases. If your condominium complex needs significant repairs then youíll probably end up paying an assessment to help offset the costs. This is what comes with belonging to a homeownerís association. 


You canít prevent that the town is building a brand new school that requires a tax increase, nor can you prevent roof damage on one of the buildings in your complex. Financially, this is a hidden cost of homeownership that you should be prepared for. 


Unexpected Maintenance Costs And Home Furnishings


Once you move into a home, youíll need to prepare for the unexpected. The dishwasher may need to be replaced. The roof may need repair. The walls may need some paint. 


When you buy a home you may also need a bunch of things to furnish the home. These could include dishes, pots and pans, sofas, beds, and more. You donít want to leave your new home completely empty! You also donít want to be without vital appliances like an oven or a sink for too long if they are outdated or in disrepair. This is why itís a good idea to have extra money on hand to deal with any of these costs.


The best rule of thumb to follow when buying a home is to always be prepared with a but of extra cash on hand to avoid major issues down the road.           






Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/11/2017

Absolutely stunning reproduction antique that sits proudly on a 4.5 acres lot atop of one of the most coveted streets in Sutton. The character abounds both outside & inside this unique home! The lot offers scenic views, a detached barn/garage, inground pool w/ cabana & gardens that include antique apple trees, pear trees, blueberry & raspberry bushes, a colonial herb garden & abundant perennial flowers. The cozy interior welcomes you w/ pine floors through out,vintage hardware & locally salvaged woodwork. The remodeled country kitchen is the heart of the 1st floor and boasts custom cabinets, granite counters, tile backsplash,ss appliances, pantry & a 1905 wood cooking/heating stove. The family room is quintessential NE and has a wood burning masonry fireplace and leads to both the office and kitchen. The 2nd level offers amazing views off the deck, a large bonus room plus 3 bedrooms & a spacious master suite that offers a wood stove & private bathroom. Great schools & commuter access!

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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/4/2017

Your bathroom can become the  most relaxing room in your home. It starts with the decor. Colors, textures, scents and wall artwork are star players that take your bathroom from humdrum to amazing. Many of the below winning bathroom redecoration ideas can be implemented in less than a day, some in less than an hour.

Upgrade your bathroom in six, easy steps

These six winning bathroom redecoration ideas are also cost efficient. Think about what you want your bathroom to look and feel like as you read through the below ideas.

  1. Highlight your bathroom with calming wallpaper. Ocean shores, birds flying over soothing bodies of water and abstract artwork are great. Choose light colors. Focus on wallpaper that has a soothing effect instead of wallpaper that would impress an art connoisseur.
  2. Install chic sink and tub water faucets. Retro faucets take you back to a simpler time. Long neck faucets are easy to turn and off with your foot, preventing you from having to sit up to turn the water off after your tub has filled with scented bubble or oil bath.
  3. Add a white marble sink. The deeper the sink,the better. Marble is easy to clean and shine. Hang an oval mirror over the sink to spotlight the marble sink's features.
  4. Go for a large walk-in or garden tub. These two tub types are almost a must if you love soaking in a bubble bath. Freestanding acrylic or stone bath tubs are stylish. Set the tub off with a braided rug.
  5. Feature your bathroom window treatments. Traditional four-pane bathroom windows that open and push up with the turn of a knob are trendy. So too are bare single pane windows. If you do hang curtains in front of bathroom windows, stick with lightweight curtains.
  6. Place a colorful bouquet on the bathroom counter top. You could even add fresh flowers to a woven basket once a week. Consider placing decorative wall magnets over the bouquet. Doves and geese are wall magnets that bring out bathroom colors and style.

More ways to make your bathroom a winner

As comfortable as it would feel against the soles of your feet, don't install carpet in your bathroom. Carpet soaks quickly. Once carpet gets wet it can stain and smell musty, not what you want in your winning bathroom.

Other ways to gain soothing comfort while you're in your bathroom are to keep Epsom salt in the cabinet and to turn your bathroom radio to a station that pours out smooth sounds. For example, you could set your bathroom radio to a smooth jazz station or to your favorite orchestra station.

Although it's not showcased like your living room, dining room or kitchen, your bathroom is a center stage space at your home. It's the one place where you can unwind. It's where you shower and bathe away the day's stress. Your bathroom is probably also where you sing like a rock star, work through challenges and soak away physical ailments. This room deserves to be beautiful; it deserves to be amazing.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/3/2017

Providence Road Commons - Grafton's newest luxury town homes! Spectacular condos built with quality craftsmanship and materials*High end amenities including site finished hardwood floors, beautiful cabinets, granite counter and vanity tops, stainless steel appliances, custom moldings and wainscoting - all standard!*Open first floor plan offers large family room with fireplace*First floor master*Formal dining room*Loft area wonderful for additional family room or office*Exceptional value and design*Pets are welcomed!

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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/3/2017

The quintessential cape in a perfect location!! This classic home sits perfectly on a lush 1.1 acre lot that offers a fenced-in back yard and easy commute to 146/MA Pike! The owners have taken meticulous care of it and it shows! The first floor offers an open front to back living/dining room area with gleaming hardwood floors, wood stove and lots of natural light. The updated kitchen has white cabinetry, a large eating area, access to the covered back deck and the convenience of a first floor laundry room and full bath. A first floor bedroom completes the first floor. Upstairs offers 2 spacious bedrooms with beautiful hardwood floors and great closet space. The second floor bathroom is updated and offers a tub/shower combination. The house has been thoughtfully updated with the roof (2011), driveway (2010) insulation updates (2014) and young forced hot air furnace...to name a few things. Centrally located in town with shopping and schools near-by. A true must see!!

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