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Posted on 09/19/2021
New Neighborhood? Try These 5 Quick Tips for Feeling Out Your New Surroundings
Photo by David McBee from Pexels When you’re considering where to build a new house, much of your focus will go into researching specific lots of land you might build on. While extensive due diligence into specific lots is certainly necessary and appropriate, don’t forget to consider the broader neighborhood the lots are in. Here are five tips...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
Strategies to Minimize Storm Damage to Your Landscape
Photo by Yves via Pixabay High winds and heavy rainfall have the potential to cause serious harm to your lawn, flowers, shrubs and trees. Fortunately, strategies exist designed to minimize the damage. If a storm has been forecast for your area, here's what you need to do before it hits. Mow Your Lawn Mow your lawn if at...
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Posted on 09/16/2021
Another Property Sold - 9 Rustic Way, Sterling, CT 06377
Convenient Ranch style home featuring a good size dining room, living room, three bedrooms and one bath. There is a finished family room or office in the lower level. One car garage and additional car port. There are beautiful gardens, a private yard and large deck. This lovely home has updated flooring in the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms, a newer wood stove, newly installed energy efficient Low-E storm windows, outside generator hook-up, new mini-split low temperature heat pump for heating and central air conditioning, new heat-pump hybrid hot water heater, updated kitchen appliances - dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator all less that 5...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your New Home
Photo by Vivint Solar from Pexels Home automation is not only convenient for you, but it’s also one of the most eco-friendly things you can do. Putting things in your home on autopilot can help you stop wasting energy on heating or cooling the home when you’re not actually in it or forgetting to turn off lights when...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Liven Up Your Landscape With These Garden Wall Ideas
There are many reasons a garden wall can be beneficial to your outdoor space. Garden walls can help define and separate areas of the yard, add privacy and improve the view. You can even combine other features like outdoor fireplaces, lighting or water features to efficiently use the space while adding functionality. If you’re thinking about building a...
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Posted on 09/11/2021
Another Property Sold - 19 Samuel Hill Road, Columbia, CT 06237
Welcome home to this spacious colonial situated on 5.38 acres of land that includes a professionally designed heated pool (with a copper ionizer to keep the water clear with minimal chemicals), and hot tub for retreat like enjoyment. The sunset view by the pool is something you won't forget. The first floor offers a stunning two story entry foyer, large kitchen, home office room or formal living room, dining room with French doors to sunken, spacious family room with wood stove, and a half bath with laundry. The kitchen features a large granite island, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a dry-ager (for dry aging steaks), walk-in...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Mild Kitchen Features to Spice Up Your Space
Photo by Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels Home designers are seeing a pretty specific dream sheet of most-desired features in contemporary kitchen design. And those features aren’t as surprising or innovative as you might think. Here’s a brief overview of today’s most popular (and useful) kitchen features. 1. A Kitchen Island For many people building a home, the dream...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
HOAs: Could They Truly Benefit a Neighborhood?
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock An HOA — or Homeowners' Association — is an organization in your subdivision or community that creates and enforces regulations and rules for the properties and residents. If a property is part of an HOA's jurisdiction, buying it automatically makes you a member. Therefore, you are required to pay HOA dues that cover...
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Posted on 08/31/2021
Video Tour - 14 Mai Road, Hebron, CT 06231
Conveniently Located 3 Bedroom Ranch. This lovely home has open living areas and a vaulted ceiling for a spacious, airy feeling. Natural lights floods the living room, dining area and kitchen. The updated kitchen has cherry cabinets and granite counter tops. The master bedroom has a private entrance into the full bath. There is an additional 508SF Family Room in the lower level, with so many possibilities. Also in the lower level is a separate combination laundry room/workshop. Outdoor features include a beautiful front yard, an upper back yard perfect for play, a 14 X 17 deck, a 17 X 18 patio space, and fenced area in back. This house...
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Posted on 08/31/2021
14 Mai Road, Hebron, CT 06231 is now new to the market!
Conveniently Located 3 Bedroom Ranch. This lovely home has open living areas and a vaulted ceiling for a spacious, airy feeling. Natural lights floods the living room, dining area and kitchen. The updated kitchen has cherry cabinets and granite counter tops. The master bedroom has a private entrance into the full bath. There is an additional 508SF Family Room in the lower level, with so many possibilities. Also in the lower level is a separate combination laundry room/workshop. Outdoor features include a beautiful front yard, an upper back yard perfect for play, a 14 X 17 deck, a 17 X 18 patio space, and fenced area in back. This house...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
How to Get Home Financing as a Freelancer
Photo by 200 Degrees via Pixabay The gig economy has exploded over the past decade. Today, around 36% of the US workforce is freelancing and many more or self-employed small business owners. While being your own boss does afford you great freedom to set your hours and often work where you want, you may face extra scrutiny when...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Packing & Moving Guide: Expert Tips to Help
Packing up your home for a move might seem simple but there are ways to make it even simpler. With some extra planning, organization and creativity you can make your packing process easier and more efficient. Here are some essential packing tips to remember when it’s time to move. Gather Supplies First Before you pack, make sure you...
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