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Posted by Karen Adelson on 9/19/2017

Home renovations can make you fall in love with a house that you had spent years struggling to feel comfortable in. Another thing that home renovations can do is raise your house's value. But, you have to make the right home renovations,popular upgrades.

Check out these popular home renovations

Because popular home upgrades are often trendy, they may change every several years. Unless you have deep pockets, you may want to focus on upgrades that you and potential home buyers will appreciate for at least a decade or longer. Here are popular house renovations that offer benefits like more living space, better comfort, improved style and greater functionality:

  • Upgraded bathroom - You don't have to knock out walls and redo the entire bathroom. A great bathroom upgrade can be as simple as installing stylish, metal bathroom faucets or replacing bathroom counters with fashionable granite counters. You could also replace your bath tub, installing a classic marble tub or a standalone metal tub.
  • Kitchen counters - People love granite kitchen counters and unique back splashes. Another item that people appreciate is a kitchen island that's topped with a granite counter. These renovations add more space and personality to your kitchen.
  • Finished basement - Little upgrades add more sleeping, living or entertaining space to your house like a finished basement. Go as far as adding a bathroom and small kitchen to your finished basement and you could rent the space out as a small apartment.
  • Covered parking space - By adding cover to your current driveway, you'll enjoy added protection for your vehicles. The cover protects vehicles against hot summer's rays, hail, snow and hard rains.
  • Extra bedroom - Look to your attic, basement or den when you start thinking about adding a bedroom to your house. Use this space as a short or long term living space for guests.
  • Enclosed porch - Turn your front porch into a fascinating outdoor living space.
  • Customized bookcase - This is a popular apartment amenity. Add a customized bookcase to your living room, bedroom or home library. Fill shelves with family portraits, fresh or silk flowers, awards and artwork.

Home renovations do more than improve your living conditions

The right home renovations can shift your opinion of your house from disapproving to very satisfied. Make popular home renovations and you could shift opinions that home buyers have of your house too. If you've been struggling to sell your house and get it off the real estate market, one or more renovations may be in order.

Just make sure that you pay for renovations that lots of people love. Stylish bathroom tiles, fancy kitchen back splashes and newly installed living and dining room bay windows get a lot of appreciation. Other home renovations like roof solar panels empower your house with trendy style.

This type of popular home upgrade is also environmentally friendly. On top of that, it lowers utility costs for homeowners. It's just one reason why popular home renovations offer more than one benefit. It's why popular home upgrades pay for themselves over the short and the long term.




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Posted by Karen Adelson on 9/14/2017


1 Utica Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$929,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Location! Pristine colonial farmhouse steps from Minuteman bike path, 100+ acres of Lower Vinebrook conservation, and nearby Harrington school & Lexington Center. Set on a lovely corner lot at the top of a dead end street, this home is surprisingly spacious with nice light and an open floor plan for today's lifestyle. Updated kitchen with quartz countertops, center island, and new stainless appliances opens onto a breakfast area with vaulted ceiling. Flexible floor plan with front-to-back living area can be used as a large family room or living-dining combo, with another room for a formal dining, study, or playroom. Second floor offers 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths, including a master suite with spa bath and private stairway. Walk-up 3rd floor with high ceilings and basement with half bath offer potential for expansion. The porch leads to a patio and professionally landscaped grounds. This wonderful home has been meticulously cared for and thoughtfully updated. Move in & enjoy!
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September 16 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Karen Adelson on 9/14/2017


1 Utica Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$929,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Location! Pristine colonial farmhouse steps from Minuteman bike path, 100+ acres of Lower Vinebrook conservation, and nearby Harrington school & Lexington Center. Set on a lovely corner lot at the top of a dead end street, this home is surprisingly spacious with nice light and an open floor plan for today's lifestyle. Updated kitchen with quartz countertops, center island, and new stainless appliances opens onto a breakfast area with vaulted ceiling. Flexible floor plan with front-to-back living area can be used as a large family room or living-dining combo, with another room for a formal dining, study, or playroom. Second floor offers 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths, including a master suite with spa bath and private stairway. Walk-up 3rd floor with high ceilings and basement with half bath offer potential for expansion. The porch leads to a patio and professionally landscaped grounds. This wonderful home has been meticulously cared for and thoughtfully updated. Move in & enjoy!
Open House
Saturday
September 16 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 1 Utica Street, Lexington, MA 02420    Get Directions

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Categories: Open House  


Posted by Karen Adelson on 9/14/2017


1 Utica Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$929,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Location! Pristine colonial farmhouse steps from Minuteman bike path, 100+ acres of Lower Vinebrook conservation, and nearby Harrington school & Lexington Center. Set on a lovely corner lot at the top of a dead end street, this home is surprisingly spacious with nice light and an open floor plan for today's lifestyle. Updated kitchen with quartz countertops, center island, and new stainless appliances opens onto a breakfast area with vaulted ceiling. Flexible floor plan with front-to-back living area can be used as a large family room or living-dining combo, with another room for a formal dining, study, or playroom. Second floor offers 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths, including a master suite with spa bath and private stairway. Walk-up 3rd floor with high ceilings and basement with half bath offer potential for expansion. The porch leads to a patio and professionally landscaped grounds. This wonderful home has been meticulously cared for and thoughtfully updated. Move in & enjoy!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Karen Adelson on 9/12/2017

There are several different types of termites but one thing they all have in common is that they eat wood. By the time you've discovered that termites have infested part of your home it's often too late. That's because the damage that termites cause isn't easily noticeable. Termites travel randomly through the soil in search of food and can cause devastating damage to the wood of a home once they find it. Whether you're worried that your home may be vulnerable to termites or if you're looking for a way to get rid of them, this article will teach you everything you need to know about the wood-eating pests known as "silent destroyers."

Preventing termite infestations

There are several good practices to maintain that will keep your home termite-free. Some require work, and others are just good habits to build. Keep these tips in mind to make your home a less desirable treat to termites.
  • Don't stack firewood or lumber on the ground for long periods of time. If you do have to stack wood on the ground, keep it far away from your home foundation so termites won't eat their way up the wood pile and into the wood of your home.
  • Keep your foundation dry. Termites love moist soil. They'll use it as a vehicle to get to the wooden parts of your home. To keep them away, make sure the areas around your foundation are well-drained and stay relatively dry.
  • Don't let wooden parts of your home touch the ground. Whether it's a porch, deck, lattice-work, or even wood panel siding, make sure all of these surfaces are on a foundation and not just on the ground. Not only will this deter the termites but it will also help maintain the structural integrity of these items by keeping them dry and rot-free.
  • Go easy on the mulch. Using excessive mulch is like giving termites a roadmap to your home. When you do use mulch, make sure it's in a well-drained area. It may seem counter-intuitive, but termites are attracted to mulch mainly due to it's ability to maintain moisture and heat, rather than as a food source.

You found termites. Now what?

If you've noticed that termites are eating the wood on or around your home you have several options for getting rid of them.  Your method will depend on the location and severity of the infestation. Do-it-yourself methods If the infestation isn't in a dangerous place (somewhere that affects the structural integrity of your home) or if it isn't too severe you could try:
  • Applying a barrier treatment which stops the termites from entering and poisoning them at the same time
  • Setting a bait station that will attract all of the termites so you can remove them
  • Drilling into the infested wood and pouring orange oil into the holes
Call the professionals
  • If the infestation is bad enough to cause worry the safest bet is to call a pest control company in your area so you can rest easy knowing your home is safe.




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