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New to the market and SO MUCH NEW TO SEE! Open Sunday!

ImageThis one is for YOU! Completely remodeled spacious home on the Worcester / Auburn line sits at the end of a dead end street offering a wonderful view! But wait until you see the inside! New hardwoods throughout the open main level that offers tons of natural light with the french door from the mudroom. BRAND NEW kitchen with granite and stainless steel! Additional pantry space! NEW first floor half bath with laundry! Upstairs you’ll find three full bedrooms with restored hardwoods and a NEW full bathroom. Master bedroom has a BONUS room through the restored french door. NO LACK OF SPACE HERE! Full dry walk-out basement, level back yard and vinyl siding. NEW roof, NEW electrical, NEW plumbing, NEW kitchen, NEW bathrooms! Easy highway access by 290 and Holy Cross! NOTHING TO DO BUT MOVE-IN! Come see this home and fall in love with it! Make it yours today!

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For more information and pictures or to schedule a showing:

Mullen Real Estate

Amy Mullen, Realtor CPA CDPE MBA

Ann Mullen, Realtor CBR, Buyer Specialist

508-784-0504

annmullen@remax.net

http://www.amymullenrealestate.com

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7 Quick-and-Easy Winter Weather Preparations to Do Right Now!

October 21, 2017

By: Alaina Tweddale

A tiny $2 prevention could save big bucks later.

Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn’t even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulation How were you supposed to know that?

Here are seven things to do now to avoid costly wintertime mistakes:

#1 Buy a $2 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet:

The cost if you don’t: Up to $15,000 and a whole lot of grief

It’s amazing what a little frozen water can do damage-wise. An inch of water in your basement can cost up to $15,000 to pump out and dry out. And, yet, it’s so easy to prevent, especially with outdoor faucets, which are the most susceptible to freezing temps.

The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet and drain it. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. They’re really cheap (some are under $2; the more expensive ones are still less than $10). “Get these now,” says Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of the “Today’s Homeowner” television and radio shows. “When the weatherman says we’ve got cold coming, they’ll sell out in minutes.”

While you’re at it, make sure any exposed pipes in an unheated basement or garage are insulated, too, or you’ll face the same pricey problem.

Wrap pipes with foam plumbing insulation — before the weather drops. It’s cheap, too, just like the faucet cover (only $1 for six feet of polyethylene insulation). And it’s an easy DIY project, as long as you can reach the pipes.

#2 Add Insulation to Prevent Ice Dams:

The cost if you don’t: $500 — if you’re lucky; a lot more if you’re not.

Those icicles make your home look so picturesque, you just gotta take a few pics. But you better make them quick. Those icicles can literally be a dam problem. (Yes, dam — not the curse word that sounds the same. )

Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam, which is exactly what it sounds like: a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing through your gutters. That’s really bad news because these icy blocks can lead to expensive roofing repairs.

Depending on where you live, expect to pay at least $500 for each ice dam to be steamed off. Leave the ice and you risk long-term damage, which could ultimately cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your roof, depending on what type of shingles you have and the size of the damaged area.

How to prevent them? Insulation. “Ice dams, icicles, and ice buildup on the gutters is a symptom of not enough insulation in the attic,” says Chris Johnson, owner of Navarre True Value and several other stores in the Twin Cities area.

And “you need to have at least 14 inches of insulation in your attic, no matter where you live,” says Lipford. If you live in a colder climate, you’ll need more.

If you don’t have the cash to insulate, heated gutter cables, which run between $50 and $150 each, can be a less expensive alternative when temporarily affixed to areas prone to ice damming, Johnson suggests.

#3 Clean Your Gutters:

The cost if you don’t: You really don’t want to be in a position to find out.

It can be so tempting to skip gutter cleanups as winter nears. It seems like as soon as you clear your gutters, they clog right back up again. So what’s the point?

Well, if it looks like you’re living inside a waterfall when it rains, water is missing your gutter system completely. It’s being directed to your foundation instead. And a water-damaged foundation is never, ever cheap to fix.

A contractor can plug foundation cracks for $1,500 to $3,000, says David Verbofsky, director of training for exterior home products manufacturer Ply Gem. But a worse problem, one that requires a foundation excavation or rebuild, can set you back (gulp) $30,000 or more.

Suddenly, cleaning your gutters a few times each fall doesn’t seem so bad. A pro can do the work for anywhere between $70 and $250, depending on the size of your gutter system.

#4 Seal Up Leaks:

The cost if you don’t: Nights where you never feel warm, despite sky-high heating bills.

“If it were possible to take every crack on the outside of a typical home and drag them together, you’d have the equivalent of a three-by-three window open all the time,” says Lipford. Yikes.

Yet cracks can be easily and inexpensively sealed with a simple tube of caulk, and it’s available in hundreds of colors to match your window panes, outside siding, and even brick. Not sure where to caulk? Look for visible cracks around:

•Window sills

•Baseboards

•Fireplace or dryer vents

•Anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside

#5 Program Your Thermostat:

The cost if you don’t: Money you could spend on something else besides heating.

We all know we should, but we seem to have some mental block when it comes to programming our thermostats to align with our schedules. It’s not that hard, and sometimes all it takes is buying a new one that suits you. (Like maybe a Wi-Fi one that’ll give you a little money-saving thrill each time you swipe your app.)

“From a cost-savings perspective, a programmable thermostat is a great investment,” Lipford says — as much as 10% off your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

#6 Get a Furnace Tune-Up:

The cost if you don’t: A furnace that’ll die years before it should — and higher energy bills.

“Forget to service your furnace and you could easily cut five years off the life of your system,” says Lipford, who added that five years is a full third of the typical unit’s life span. New units can cost around $4,000 installed, making the $125 annual maintenance charge a no-brainer.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can shave up to 15% off your energy bill. Johnson suggests at least every three months, but possibly as often as monthly if you have allergies, pets, or smoke cigarettes at home.

#7 Get a Fireplace Inspection:

The cost if you don’t: Possibly your life — and your home

“A cozy fire is great, but if you don’t maintain your chimney, a fire can cost you thousands of dollars,” says Johnson, not to mention the risk to you and your family.

Schedule your maintenance appointment as early as you can.”If you wait until the busy season, you’ll have a hard time getting them out there, you’ll pay more, and you’ll get a lower quality job,” says Lipford.

Just listed on Grafton Street in Shrewsbury!

October 20, 2017

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Just listed! 8 Grafton Street, Unit 23 in Shrewsbury! This 2 bed, 1 bath condo is listed for $164,750 by RE/MAX.

Just listed on Howe Avenue in Shrewsbury!

October 20, 2017

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Just listed! 108 Howe Avenue in Shrewsbury! This 3 bed, 2 bath ranch is listed for $438,900 by Century 21.

Just listed on Knollwood Drive in Shrewsbury!

October 20, 2017

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Just listed! 39 Knollwood Drive in Shrewsbury! This 4 bed, 2.5 bath ranch is listed for $359,900 by RE/MAX.

Just listed on Brigham Street in Northborough!

October 20, 2017

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Just listed! 313 Brigham Street in Northborough! This 4 bed, 2.5 bath colonial is listed for $849,900 by RE/MAX.

Just listed on Main Street in Holden!

October 20, 2017

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Just listed! 302 Main Street in Holden! This 3 bed, 1 bath ranch is listed for $289k by Keller Williams.

Just listed on Bullard Street in Holden!

October 20, 2017

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Just listed! 320 Bullard Street in Holden! This 4 bed, 2.5 bath colonial is listed for $460k by Coldwell Banker.

Kitchen Remodeling: How Much Does it Cost?

October 18, 2017

Without the right plan in place, kitchen remodels can overwhelm even veteran homeowners. Fortunately, developing a renovation strategy isn’t difficult — just start with your budget! Here’s a look at the primary cost considerations to include in your remodeling plan.

COUNTERTOPS:

Your countertops are your kitchen’s functional centerpiece. Here’s a look at the installation costs associated with each material:

Affordable materials:

• Laminate: $3,000 – $4,000 Laminate is affordable and offers a huge variety colors and designs. Some laminate is vulnerable to chipping, scratching, fading and aging. Replacing old or damaged laminate is cheap and even DIY-able.

Mid-range materials:

• Butcher Block: $1,700 – $3,100 Wooden countertops go well with any design style and offer DIY-friendly installations. Butcher block countertops require regular maintenance and are susceptible to heat and moisture.

• Solid Surface: $2,200 – $5,000 Solid surface countertops mimic the look of more expensive materials at a fraction of the price. Solid surface is also resistant to scratches, burns and water damage.

High-end materials:

• Stainless Steel: $3,000 – $6,000 Stainless steel is the ideal material for hardcore cooks or modern décor. While stainless is practically indestructible, avoiding scratches and smears can be difficult.

• Granite: $3,100 – $4,500 Granite doesn’t require massive amounts of upkeep and when compared to other high-end materials, its costs are reasonable.

• Quartz: $5,900 – $14,000 Silestone or CaesarStone (the brand names typically associated with quartz) are popular alternatives to marble and granite. While quartz is still expensive, it doesn’t require the sealing or constant maintenance that its competitors do.

  • Marble: $8,000 – $11,000 Marble is a classic choice for high-end countertops. But, unlike granite, marble is highly susceptible to stains and etching.

CABINETS:

Your cabinets are one of the primary features that will define the aesthetics and functionality of your new kitchen. How much you pay for your new cabinets will depend on their material and fabrication. Here’s a look at the costs associated with each:

Affordable materials:

• Wood Veneer: $1,930 – $13,000 Veneers are strips of wood glued to a plywood or particleboard frame. Wood veneer cabinets aren’t as durable as solid wood, but they do offer similar looks without the additional cost. The construction of veneer cabinets makes them susceptible to humidity and excessive moisture.

Mid-range materials:

• Laminate: $4,000 – $15,000 Laminate construction is similar to veneer fabrication: Laminate sheets are glued to a plywood or particleboard frame. Laminate cabinets come in both high-pressure and low-pressure options. High-pressure laminate is higher quality and longer lasting. Formica and Pionite are sought-after high-end laminate brands. Like wood veneer, excessive moisture can damage laminate cabinets.

High-end materials:

  • Wood: $5,000 – $25,000 The durability, looks and longevity of wood cabinets make them the top choice for many homeowners. Here’s a breakdown of popular wood cabinet options according to cost:

Fabrication Costs:

Cabinet fabrication breaks down into three categories. Here’s a look at each:

Affordable:

• Stock: $60 – $200 per square foot. Stock cabinets are pre-fabricated and sold as a ready-to-install unit. Stock construction offers fewer design and layout alternatives, but costs less than semi-custom or custom designs. Quality and measurement issues are sometimes an issue with stock alternatives. Always measure your kitchen before purchasing your cabinets.

Mid-range:

• Semi-custom: $100 – $650 per square foot. Semi-custom cabinets require a larger budget, but offer custom sizing, aesthetics and more design options than stock alternatives. Pre-fabricated elements still exist within with semi-custom cabinets, so it’s important to measure your kitchen before making a purchase.

High-end:

  • Custom: $500 – $1,200 per square foot. Custom cabinets are built to meet your exact spatial and design needs. This construction is perfect for homeowners with specific design and functionality needs. Installing custom cabinets is also an ideal solution for oddly shaped kitchens.

Hardware Costs

Cabinet hardware is an important part of creating a seamless look in your new kitchen. Here’s a look at popular hardware materials and their costs per knob:

Cabinet Installation Costs: $1,971 – $7,202

The construction and size of your new cabinets will determine your installation costs. Large, custom or oddly shaped cabinets will take longer to install and require a larger a budget. Pre-fabricated and conventional designs are easier to install and will cost less.

FLOORING:

Your flooring will play a key role in defining the aesthetics and practicality of your kitchen. The price of new kitchen flooring will break down into installation and material costs. Here’s a look at your options.

Flooring Material Costs

The costs of flooring materials vary widely. Here’s a breakdown of popular flooring options according to price:

Affordable materials:

  • Vinyl and Linoleum: $2.50 – $3.30 per square foot (vinyl), $3.30 – $4.20 per square foot (linoleum). Vinyl and linoleum hold up relatively well over time and don’t require significant upkeep. But, unlike heavier materials like wood and tile, vinyl and linoleum are more susceptible to cuts, burns and wear. Repairing vinyl is cheap and sometimes even DIY-able. Modern vinyl and linoleum also come in simulated wood, tile and stone designs.

Mid-range materials:

• Ceramic and Porcelain Tile: $1.30 – $7.50 per square foot. Tile is a long-lasting, low-maintenance option that comes in a variety of looks and price points. Tile is vulnerable to cracking, chipping and grout discoloration. Most tile and grout upkeep is simple and even DY-able. Tile is also perfect for creating backsplashes and easy-to-clean walls near sinks or prep areas.

  • Natural Stone Tile: $7.50 per square foot. Natural stone’s durability and classic looks make it a popular choice for many homeowners. Stone tiles come in a huge variety of materials, including granite, marble, slate, travertine, limestone and quartz. You can repair most minor damage to natural stone with mineral oil and re-polishing. Certain materials like marble will require special care and consideration.

High-end materials:

• Laminate: $5.50 per square foot. Laminate flooring is designed to provide the look of higher-end materials without the extra cost. The composition of laminate also makes it resistant to scratches and dents. Laminate cannot be refinished or stained. A complete replacement is necessary for a new look or to repair major damage.

  • Hardwood: $8.00 – $10.00 per square foot. Hardwood flooring is the number-one flooring choice for many homeowners. Wood is durable, long-lasting and able to withstand several refinishes. Most hardwood flooring is susceptible to scratches and moisture. Older homes with shifting foundations can also cause wood flooring to buckle and break apart.

Flooring Installation Costs: $1,524 – $4,241

Installation costs are a major part of your overall flooring budget. How much you spend will depend on the size of your kitchen and the type of flooring you choose. You can DIY your flooring installation to lower costs if you have the experience, but do-it-yourself mistakes can lead to pricey mistakes and repairs. It’s best to hire a qualified pro to handle your flooring installation.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:

• Appliances Installation Costs: $115 – $274. The price of appliance installations varies based on the type and size of the installation. Swapping outdated appliances with newer, similarly sized replacements will require minimal installation time and eliminate the need for major renovations. Moving the location of appliances will require rerouting utilities and moving cabinets and countertops, which will significantly increase your costs.

• Fixture Installations: (lighting) $141 – $711, (plumbing) $154 – $331. No kitchen remodel is complete without new lighting and plumbing fixtures. These installation costs are typically low if you’re replacing existing fixtures. But adding new fixture locations will require moving electrical and plumbing systems, which will increase costs.

• Plumbing and Electrical Lines. Many kitchen remodels require moving water, electricity and gas lines. Be sure to outline any utility relocation in your plans before you begin your remodel. Moving utilities will increase your remodel budget and require the help of a pro.

Just listed on Barnard Street in Shrewsbury!

October 18, 2017

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Just listed! 46 Barnard Street in Shrewsbury! This 4 bed, 2 bath ranch is listed for $374,900 by Park Place Realty.

Just listed on Shirley Road in Shrewsbury!

October 18, 2017

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Just listed! 51 Shirley Road in Shrewsbury! This 2 bed, 2 bath ranch is listed for $249,900 by Thrive Real Estate.