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Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/16/2017

The stronger your roof is the safer and more healthy your entire home can be. A roof serves as the crown of your home. Certain roofs offer an elegant, historic or modern look to your house. Metal roofs tend to cost more than wood roofs. They can also be noisier, especially during hard rain and hailstorms.

Another factor that the material your roof is made of contributes to is how long your roof will stay healthy. Generally, a roof will stay healthy for up to 20 years. However, harsh climates could shorten the life span of your roof. Inadequate ventilation and moss build up can also reduce the time that your roof endures.

It’s important to spot roofing damage early

Cost to repair or replace your roof depends on several factors, including the extinct of damage to your current roof, the size of your roof and the material that your shingles are made with. Knowing what to look for in your roof could help you to spot issues early, potentially saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Among the signs that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced are:

  • Curled shingles – The ends of your shingles should generally be flat. Curled shingles could be a sign that the nails that secure your shingles to your house are loose. It could also signal that your shingles are rotting.
  • Discolored shingles – Colored spots or streaks are a sign of wear and tear. You could replace a few discolored shingles on your own.
  • Missing shingles and missing granules – Entire shingles can create weak spots in your roof. While inspecting your roof, also look for missing granules.
  • Wet floors – What happens to your roof can affect your entire house, all the way down to your basement. Check your roof if your floors become wet for seemingly no apparent reason, meaning no one spilled liquid on the floor. Also, check your roof for leaks or damage if your floors become wet following a rain or heavy snowfall.
  • Cold attic – An exceptionally cold attic could be a sign that the ventilation in your roof is eroding.
  • Damp rooms – Should the rooms of your house feel damp, it could be a sign that shingles are missing or damaged. It could also be a sign that roofing ventilation needs to be repaired or replaced.
  • Stained walls – Among the signs that your roof is leaking are stained walls. If you notice streaks or water stains on your walls, check your roof or call a professional roofer to inspect the roof for you.

There are steps that you can take to extend the life of your roof.Inspecting your roof at least once a year is an important part of those steps. It’s important to replace or repair damaged or missing shingles early.

Taking the above actions could save your several thousand dollars, a sit can cost between $6,500 to more than $9,000 to replace a roof. Some roofing companies will inspect your roof for free. You may have to participate in a special offer to get this free service. You could also work with a roofing company or contractor who provides an additional service like exterior lighting. After you pay for exterior lighting, you could qualify to receive a free, professional roof inspection.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/15/2017

This Single-Family in Medway, MA recently sold for $318,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


32 Pond Street, Medway, MA 02053

Single-Family

$304,900
Price
$318,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Looking for one level of living area? Great option for a first time buyer or someone looking to downsize. 7 Room Ranch located on beautiful 1/2 Acre Lot. Hardwood Flooring. Family Room addition off the Kitchen. Fireplaced Living Room. Playroom in the finished lower level. Central Air. Gas. Town Water & Sewer. Vinyl Siding. Some Replacement Windows. Kitchen Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer Included in the Sale. Walking distance to both the Elementary School and Downtown. US News ranked Medway High School 10th in the state on their list of Best High Schools in 2017. Don't miss this one!

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/9/2017

Many homeowners or soon-to-be homeowners are anxious about making big purchases online. However, there’s a lot to be said for the perks of online shopping for things like furniture and appliances for your home.

As technology progresses and more and more retailers build their online presence, the selection has never been bigger. That’s why we’re going to show you how to find the nicest furniture and appliances online, get the best deals, and ensure that you’re buying from a trustworthy seller.

Read on for our tips on online appliance and furniture shopping.

The efficiency of online shopping

If done correctly, shopping online is much faster than driving to your local furniture store. The best way to achieve this is to know exactly what you’re looking for before ever opening up your browser. This will help you avoid scrolling endlessly through Ikea’s or Best Buy’s websites wondering what’s worth clicking on.

You’ll need to determine the following:

  • Your budget. This will narrow down the selection immensely and keep you from dreaming about unnecessarily expensive items.

  • Your style. Is there a specific color that you’re hoping to match? Does your furniture need to meet a specific style, such as mid-century modern? Using these search terms will help you find very specific results.

  • Practicality. There’s a difference between buying a washing machine and refrigerator for yourself and buying one for a family of five. Knowing the size and load specifications you need will help you narrow the search.

Take advantage of user reviews

One of the immense benefits of online shopping is the wealth of reviews that can be read. User reviews help the consumer and the company--it tells the company what products people prefer and it tells the consumer if the product met the description and quality standards of other customers.

It’s best to purchase items that have a higher number of positive reviews. A refrigerator that has a single five-star review might be of good quality, but I would trust that the refrigerator with twenty four-star reviews is consistently a top-quality item.

If you’re buying from a smaller online store, check out reviews for the retailer itself. Websites like Yelp and Google+ are both good places to look before hitting the “checkout” button.

Try before you buy

The internet is just one tool used for online furniture and appliance shopping. If possible, make a list of your favorite products and visit a local retailer who has them in stock. This will allow you to compare how the products look and feel in real life, as sometimes photos don’t quite portray the color and texture correctly.

This is also a good time to make sure the items are sized correctly to fit your home. Before leaving for the store, measure the space you have to work within your home. Remember that there often needs to be room behind your appliances for wiring. At the store, check to see if the products you looked at online will meet your space requirements.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 8/2/2017

Looking to purchase your first home? Not sure if you want to purchase a single-family home or a condo? What you purchase will be determinant on your thoughts about the below information. Take a look at the various differences between single-family homes and condos and decide the pros and cons for yourself. Location: Based on your price range, you will typically be able to purchase a condo in a location where you would otherwise not be able to purchase a home. But in return, you are often getting less square footage, closer by neighbors, and smaller outdoor living space. If you sacrifice a downtown city location for a location right outside of the city, you will get more for your money. Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants, shops and maybe work or is a home with free parking a more attractive option to you? It all depends on what is most important to you. Privacy: There will be less privacy when owning a condo versus a home, as neighbors are much closer. Condos typically share a wall with one another, some on just one side and some on both sides. This is an important detail to take into consideration when deciding between a condo and single-family home. Additional Costs: HOA fees or homeowner association fees are monthly fees that condo owners must pay. The fees cover things such as utilities, reserve and contingency funds, amenities, maintenance and repairs, which includes lawn care, snow removal, trash removal, exterior upkeep, etc. These costs vary depending on the condo amenities and policies. However, it’s important to be aware that there is the possibility that these fees increase if there is not enough in the reserve to cover unforeseen costs. When owning a home, there are no HOA fees. This means that a homeowner needs to be cognizant of the additional costs of owning a home. Will you purchase a lawnmower and snow blower or hire a service? Will you have the additional funds to pay for unforeseen expenses? These are important questions to consider. Restrictions: Owning a condo has some limitations as there will be restrictions that would not exist when owning your own home (unless you purchase a historical home). There are often restrictions dealing with the exterior of your home, parking restrictions as well as having certain barbecues on decks. Condos are an attractive choice for those looking for a low maintenance lifestyle. And owning and maintaining a home will take more work on the homeowner’s part. It’s important to figure out exactly what you want out of a home before you decide on one or the other, but knowing the difference between a single-family home and a condo is a first step.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 7/30/2017

This Single-Family in Dedham, MA recently sold for $515,000. This Colonial,Garrison style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


31 Edison Ave, Dedham, MA 02026

Single-Family

$485,000
Price
$515,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome home to this meticulously maintained colonial tucked in to a quiet neighborhood. The home features a beautifully updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Right outside the kitchen door is a large deck great for grilling and entertaining. The deck overlooks a fenced backyard and gardens. The front-to-back living room has a slider out to the deck as well as a picture window allowing natural light to stream in. Completing the first floor is a wonderful dining room with chair rail and large picture window. Upstairs you will find three good size bedrooms including the large master with walk-in closet. On the lower level is a nicely finished room with a fireplace, built-in office area & separate entry. The home also features a one car garage and hardwoods under the carpets. All this and a quick walk to elementary, middle and high school, close to three commuter rail stops, 9 miles to Fenway and not far from the downtown or Legacy Place.

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