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Posted by Susan & Brian Dicks on 1/24/2020

This Single-Family in Uxbridge, MA recently sold for $218,000. This Antique,Farmhouse style home was sold by Susan & Brian Dicks - ERA Key Realty Services.


371 Aldrich St, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Single-Family

$219,900
Price
$218,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Enjoy the summer breezes in the 3 season porch or watch the kids as they ice skate on Aldrich Pond in this picturesque 1800's Farm House style home situated on a level lot on a beautiful country road just moments from 146! This antique home features a large eat-in kitchen with lots of cabinets and counter space, a good size living room with access to the enclosed 3 season porch and access to the walk up attic which features a lot of storage space and potential. The two bedrooms are a good size and offer large closets. The home is structurally sound, has been freshly painted on the inside and there are wood floors under most of the carpets. With some updating to your taste this is a perfect home to move into and do the updating as you go.






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Posted by Susan & Brian Dicks on 1/22/2020

Although not everyone is a fan of carpeting, there are definitely benefits to having it in your home. The big question is, "Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?"

Well, that answer depends on a lot of variables, but if you happen to like the look and feel of carpeting, then it's probably worth having. Assuming the carpet fibers are made of a soft material, it offers an extra layer of comfort for walking barefoot and sitting on the floor. It also provides some minor benefits, in terms of both sound absorption and heat insulation.

One of the negative aspects of carpeting is that it tends to conceal dirt, allergens, and food crumbs. Depending on whether it's a stain-resistant carpet, keeping it looking clean could be an ongoing challenge. That, of course, would be especially true if you have children, pets, or a spill-prone spouse!

Although stain-resistant carpets are supposed to be easy to clean, you can't help but wonder if that applies to pet accidents and grape juice spills that aren't immediately cleaned up. Another possible pitfall of carpeting involves the risk of using carpet spot-cleaning sprays and solutions. Some cleaning products could cause the color of your carpeting to fade in the treated areas. So while it may remove the stain, it may also leave permanent faded spots in the area you cleaned -- hardly the effect you were aiming for!

If you or a member of your family has allergies or asthma, a carpeted floor could potentially trigger unpleasant symptoms, too. Since carpeting is known to harbor everything from dust mites and mold spores, to pet dander and pollen, it could be the source of discomfort for allergy sufferers and others.

From the standpoint of improved air quality and reducing allergens, carpets made of nylon, short fiber strands, and/or tightly woven strands are said to be less of an issue. Another partial solution is to ask family members and visitors to remove their shoes before entering a carpeted area. Pro tip: this is much easier to accomplish if you get everyone in the habit of removing their shoes at the front door.

For homeowners planning to put their property on the market in the near future, the presence of carpeting could have a negative effect on its marketability. That's not to say that carpeting is going to prevent you from being able to sell your home, but it may reduce the number of prospective buyers who are actively interested in it. If you happen to have hardwood floors underneath that carpeting, it may pay to remove the carpeting -- a sometimes difficult task, which is often best left to the professionals.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, remember, it's essential to clean your carpeting as thoroughly as possible before real estate agents show your home to the public. Hire a professional carpet cleaner, or check out some DIY articles on how to get those carpets clean.




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Posted by Susan & Brian Dicks on 1/17/2020

This Single-Family in Millville, MA recently sold for $311,000. This Cape style home was sold by Susan & Brian Dicks - ERA Key Realty Services.


223 Chestnut Hill Rd, Millville, MA 01529

Single-Family

$329,900
Price
$311,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Situated on a country road on 1.65 acre lot bordered by awesome turn of the century stone walls sits this quaint 2,000+ sq ft Cape. Entering the front door, the spacious living room is a great first impression with wood stove on brick hearth leading to charming 3 season porch. Country kitchen boasts tremendous storage, counter space & room for big farmers table. There are TWO bedrooms on 1st flr, 1 being used as a master with space for large bedrooms set & both with large closets. Den is warmed by T&G pine walls & custom built ins. Gleaming hardwoods throughout! That's just the first floor! 2nd floor features 2 enormous bedrooms with custom built-ins & good sized closets. Every inch of space utilized- the closets have closets! Both baths are in incredibly good shape. Basement offers game room, 1/2 bath & more storage. Plaster walls in fantastic condition. C/A 1st flo. Lighting in all closets & eve storage. 1 car garage. Lots of parking. Great floor plan & Amazing value at this price






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Posted by Susan & Brian Dicks on 1/15/2020

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Whatever your priorities are, before you take on the purchase of a home, answer these questions for yourself:

  • Why do you want to purchase a house? Is it for financial reasons? Is it less expensive than paying rent? Until you’re certain about your reasons for buying, take it slow and make a plan. It’s your money, your time and your effort that goes into maintaining a home. Buying for the wrong reasons leads to buyers’ remorse and dissatisfaction.
  • Where do you want to own a home? Is extra land important to you? Or, do you want to be near other family members? Farther away? Can your lifestyle support the commute? Buying a house that requires an extensive commute changes your life in ways you may not foresee. Moving away from friends, entertainment and shopping areas you enjoy can tarnish the pleasure of a new home. Pick your location based on what you want most, even if it means a smaller house or less land.
  • What type of home do you want? Do you prefer a maintenance-free condominium with a view? A single-family home in an HOA-controlled neighborhood? A townhouse with an attached garage and street-level entry? Be clear about what living style suits you. If hearing the neighbor’s alarm clock raises your stress level, a flat-style condominium or attached townhome might not be the best option for you. A duplex with only adjoined garages could fit the bill nicely though. Let your agent know which things are deal-breakers and which are merely preferences.

Once you decide, with absolute certainty, what you want, you can set about finding just the right home in the best location at the correct time and for the optimal price. When it’s right, you’ll know it. Start by finding the right agent. Reach out today for a consultation.




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Posted by Susan & Brian Dicks on 1/8/2020

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Outdoor living areas give you opportunities to spend more time outside during the year. Instead of a traditional patio or deck, consider adding an elaborate outdoor living room, kitchen and dining area. These are a just a few ideas to think about including in your high-end outdoor living area, so you’ll have a spacious and comfortable place to entertain guests outside or relax with your family. 

Outdoor Gourmet Kitchen

Your outdoor kitchen can go far beyond a simple gas grill. With the right setup and equipment, you can prepare full meals outside. Outdoor kitchens can have ovens, cooktops and side burners that allow you to make side dishes or desserts while you’re grilling your main entree. You can also invest in a double-sided grill that lets you grill meat and vegetables separately or use charcoal on one side and gas on the other side. Other outdoor kitchen features to consider include a wood-fired pizza oven, warming drawers to keep food heated, full refrigerator and freezer, sink and even a dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Outdoor Dining Room

An outdoor dining room for your luxury home offers an inviting place to savor meals with family and friends. Set up a rustic dining area with a reclaimed wood table and chairs, or arrange an elegant, classic outdoor dining area with a wrought-iron table and chairs. Your outdoor dining room can be uncovered and open, so you can enjoy plenty of sunshine or views of the night sky at evening meals. For a more secluded feel, you can add a roof to your outdoor dining area, and use drapes or curtains around it to create a cozy atmosphere. 

Outdoor Living Room

Having an outdoor living room provides you with a place to read, watch a movie or show or sit with others while enjoying fresh air. You can fill your outdoor living room with an upscale furniture set that’s designed for use outside. Your living room can also have a large stone or brick fireplace or hearth for a rustic look that keeps this area warm when it’s cooler out. Place a fireplace or hearth at one end of your outdoor living room with your TV over it, or have a fireplace or hearth installed in the middle of this area with built-in seating all around it.

If you’re using your outdoor living room for watching movies or TV, consider installing a state-of-the-art entertainment center that can be used outdoors. Depending on space and your personal preferences, you can even set up an outdoor movie theater area with plush seating, a popcorn machine and a high-end sound system.




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