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Posted by Brian OíNeil on 10/25/2020

In todayís world, many people are concerned about the harm that chemicals may do. Especially in homes with pets and children, families may want to do everything to protect their loved ones from harm. Having chemicals in your home may not only be hazardous, but they could also aggravate certain health conditions like asthma and allergies. There are many things that you can use that are right inside of your own kitchen cabinets to do the same job of cleaning that industrial strength cleaners do. The best part s that you wonít need to worry about your kids or pets getting into dangerous materials. You may also be surprised at what a great job all of these natural cleaners do in cleaning up your home. If youíre trying to save money, you might also   


Stock Up On Supplies


The first thing youíll need to do if you want to have all natural cleaning supplies is to stock up on the essentials. Specific items do a great job of cleaning that a part of any cleaning recipe. Youíll be surprised at how much you can scrub in your home with just a few simple items.  


Baking Soda


Baking soda is such a versatile cleaner. It does everything from deodorizing to act as an abrasive. You can use it in many places in your home from the kitchen to the bathroom to the plumbing.  


Vinegar


Vinegar works to dissolve scale, gets rid of mold, and cuts down on soap scum. Itís also a fantastic stain remover. Itís a great base to use in many cleaners from the kitchen counters to your shower.  


Hydrogen Peroxide


Peroxide is an eco-friendly cleaner that helps to whiten surfaces. You can even find this substance in your toothpaste!


Borax


This substance helps to cut grease, oil, and dirt. Itís great to clean stainless steel with and is a great stain remover.   


Essential Oils


Essential oils are great to add scent to any homemade cleaners that you have. Get anything from tea tree oil to lemongrass to lavender to eucalyptus scents and use them as a part of your natural cleaning recipes.

Homemade cleaning supplies can save you money, time and even space in your closets! Itís easy to see why stocking up on a few essentials can not only keep your home clean but your home and family safe from harmful compounds as well. Try cleaning with something natural and notice the difference in your home!       






Posted by Brian OíNeil on 10/23/2020

This Single-Family in Petersham, MA recently sold for $360,360. This Contemporary style home was sold by Brian OíNeil - RE/MAX Advantage I.


84 South Street, Petersham, MA 01366

Single-Family

$349,900
Price
$360,360
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Private oasis! This beautiful 3 bedroom,1.5 bath, Habitat Post & Beam is set well back from the road on over 7 acres of land approximately one mile from the Petersham Common. High speed internet connected! You will feel at home the moment you step into the sizable mudroom that is furnished with ceramic tile and a Jotul wood stove. Boasting an open first floor layout with sliding doors leading out to a large deck, a kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, this home is perfect for entertaining! During warmer months, enjoy the coolness of the mini-split system. Surrounded by the tranquility of nature, you can enjoy spending your time outside on your bluestone patio/firepit, having breakfast on the deck, or brushing up on hobbies in a beautiful timber-frame barn.This home also has a fully owned solar panel system with SREC income well as a locally built 97% efficient Masonry Heater for winter comfort-making this home a one of a kind property!

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Posted by Brian OíNeil on 10/18/2020

If youíre a first-time homebuyer you might be worried or anxious about the process of making an offer on a home. After all, negotiating isnít something most of us look forward to on a day to day basis and we try to avoid it when possible. When it comes to buying a home, however, negotiating is usually part of the process.

One of the benefits of working with a real estate agent is that they have the knowledge and expertise to help you out through the negotiation process. Not only will they help you formulate your offer, but theyíll also present the offer for you and handle the in-person negotiations.

Buyerís vs sellerís market

Whether or not the odds are in your favor depends on many things. One important factor is the state of the real estate marketing. In a sellerís market, which is what weíre in right now, there are more buyers looking for homes than there are sellers trying to sell them.

However, you can still edge past the competition in a sellerís market if you plan accordingly. This is when negotiation comes into play, and when effective negotiation can get your offer accepted where others are declined.

Time is of the essence

When youíre shopping for a home in a sellerís market, youíll need to be swift with your offer and counteroffers to stay ahead of other prospective buyers. However, being too hasty with your offers can seem imposing or reckless. Itís better to take a day longer to come up with a more effective offer than it is to make an offer that looks bad to the seller.

Be clear and concise

Just as youíre nervous making offers on a home, sellers are usually nervous fielding them. So, if you want to make things easier for you and your seller, make sure your offer is simple and straightforward.

This involves removing unnecessary contingencies and sticking to the contract basics--inspection, appraisal, and financing. If the seller receives another offer that is riddled with contingencies, they might prefer to work with you since you presented them with a simple contract.

Be prepared

Having your paperwork in order, getting preapproved, and making yourself available as much as possible will go a long way in the negotiation process. Now more than ever itís important to be well-organized.

Do your homework on the house and neighborhood youíre interested in. Make sure you know if there is a lot of interest in the area and the house in particular. This will let you know how much breathing room you have.

Getting preapproved will not only help you know the limits you can offer but it will also signal to the seller that youíre a serious buyer.





Posted by Brian OíNeil on 10/11/2020

Purchasing a home in a buyer's market may seem like a fast, simple process. However, it is important to realize that homebuyers constantly compete for the best residences in cities and towns nationwide. And if you're not careful, you risk missing out on an opportunity to acquire your dream house.

What does it take to secure a home in a buyer's market? Here are three tips to ensure that you can do just that.

1. Study the Housing Market Closely

A buyer's market features a large assortment of top-notch residences and a shortage of property buyers. As such, this market heavily favors homebuyers, and property buyers who examine the real estate market closely may be able to boost their chances of purchasing a terrific house at a budget-friendly price.

For homebuyers, it is essential to establish criteria for your dream residence. With homebuying criteria at your disposal, you can narrow your search for the ideal residence and accelerate the homebuying process.

Don't forget to check out homes in-person, either. If you set up a home showing or attend an open house, you'll be able to envision what it's like to own a home and determine whether a residence is right for you.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

What good is shopping for a house if you cannot afford to pay for it? Fortunately, you can get pre-approved for a mortgage to understand exactly how much you can spend on a new house.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you'll want to meet with several banks and credit unions. These lenders will be able to offer insights into a variety of mortgage options, respond to your mortgage concerns and questions and help you select a mortgage that suits you perfectly.

Pre-approval for a mortgage is vital for homebuyers, particularly in a buyer's market. If you have a mortgage in hand when you explore available homes, you may even be able to avoid the temptation to overspend on a residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to navigating a buyer's market, a real estate agent can deliver outstanding support.

A real estate agent can teach you about the intricacies of buying a home and help you streamline the homebuying process. He or she also will be available to respond to your homebuying questions, ensuring you can make informed decisions as the homebuying journey moves forward.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can help you alleviate stress as you search for your dream home. This housing market professional will keep you up to date about new properties as they become available, set up home showings and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. By doing so, a real estate agent enables you to focus on what's important Ė purchasing a first-rate house at a price that matches your budget.

Buying a home can be challenging, even in a buyer's market. But with the aforementioned tips, you can simplify the homebuying process and move closer to securing a house that meets or exceeds your expectations.




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Posted by Brian OíNeil on 10/4/2020

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Ever had to move in a hurry? The job offer is great, but the training starts in a week Ö three states away. Time to pack up the houseóquick! Here are some tips to make the process of relocating all your possessions easier and faster.

Buy Your Boxes

If possible, buy your moving boxes. Compare prices. The moving store might not have the best price, but a home improvement store might have excellent prices. You may find your catch-all grocery store has a better deal. When it comes to packing and loading a truck, having uniform square boxes is much better than dealing with different sizes and shapes.

Moving Supplies

Vacuum seal bags are a terrific way to shrink down many puffy items, like comforters, sheets, pillows and winter gear. This is a great space saver and worth the extra expense, even if only for the bedding. While youíre purchasing your boxes, donít forget all the other moving supplies. Youíll need several rolls of tape, paper for wrapping, bubble wrap for fragile items and some moverís wrap to protect furniture and electronics. And donít forget the markers!

Pack or Purge?

Some people like to purge as they pack, but remember youíre on a tight deadline. If you can quickly make decisions and toss some items you no longer need as you pack, great! But it you need to stop and think or if thereís an attachment to certain things, you may want to just move it for now and purge when you unpack. The goal is to get it in a box and get it moved to the new place.

A Box for Everything

Remember everything must go in a box, so try not to ignore closets and other nooks and crannies till the last minute. Itís easier to focus on the big stuff, but it all has to go. Depending on how far youíre going and if youíre driving vehicles in addition to your moving truck, you may be able to lay some things in the back of a car, like clothes or large pictures. Otherwise, just get it in a box, tape it and mark it.

New Home

As youíre packing and pulling all the details together for your new adventure, be sure to look up the local real estate office in your new town and ask them to be on the lookout for your new home. They can do some advance research based on your preferences and have some places ready for you to view when you arrive with all your quickly and neatly packed belongings.




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