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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/21/2019

Sustainable landscaping, while often called “green” on labels and in the media, usually comes in a variety of other colors. The idea behind dry-scaping or xeriscaping is to use less water, conserve and protect local wildlife, promote the local environment and use less energy. That doesn't mean you're stuck with the desert look though. Most environments support a wide variety of plants, so just think about what grows naturally in your area. Before you get started on updating your home from a high-water consumption—though beautiful—green lawn to modern eco-friendly desert-scaping, dry-scaping or xeriscaping in a variety of reds, blacks, blues, and browns (and some green too) it's essential to plan. 

Who is going to Use it?

Think about who uses your existing lawn or patio. Do the kids play on it? What about BBQs with outdoor games? It’s important to ensure that your new dry-scaping features serve similar purposes, or you could end up with useless outdoor space, which is not good at all. Stay away from harsh gravel for kids play areas, and try something like recycled tire rubber, mulch, or sand for softer landings and fewer skinned knees. Use paving stones to create paths and borders around local flora you don’t want visitors to walk through and combine it with various gravels for a stylish look.

Where Should Each Part Go?

When setting up your new yard, think about what elements you currently have, and how shade, sun, natural water, and wind fit into your yard. Pay attention to how the ground slopes, using the lowest points for plants since water pools there. Keep any existing trees and other local flora and include additional shade tolerant plants around them. Anywhere wind is likely to blow away your ground covering, go with heavier ground cover such as rocks, paving stones, or plants that are anchored in by the roots.

What Should You Use? 

In addition to natural ground coverings such as rock, mulch, and paving stones, try alternative recycled materials to add some color to your landscape. Recycled tires make soft, brightly colored additions for play areas; recycled concrete and brick can be used in retaining walls and rock gardens; even glass gets recycled and tumbled into colorful "mulch" which is excellent for adding designs to pathways or as borders to raised rock gardens and flower beds. Ask at your local gardening shop, find an eco-certified landscaping company or just search the internet to find out what plants are best to use in your area for water and soil conservation. Double check their water usage requirements, and if they need a boost in the driest seasons, try installing a drip-irrigation system that adds water in a slow and controlled manner which helps reduce waste caused by overwatering. 

How to take care of it?

There is no lawn to mow all the time, so it should be easy, right? Yes and no. Keep an eye on your new xeriscape to ensure it doesn't become a bed full of weeds that quickly get out of control. Before using any old weed killer, check to make sure the herbicide works within the environment and may safely be used around children and animals. As a preventative measure, try covering the ground underneath any gravel, mulch, or stones with water-permeable landscaping fabric. The larger rocks or ground coverings will hold it down, but for lighter materials use garden staples for extra security. Never, ever use plastic underneath your gravel or mulch. It will collect water, slide around and eventually end up in a landfill, which is what you've tried to avoid in the first place. 

Whether you want to know if your current property value will increase with xeriscaping or want your agent to choose homes with “green" landscaping just ask! Your real estate agent will happily assist you.




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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/17/2019


213 Dresser Hill, Charlton, MA 01507

Rental

$1,100
Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Here is your chance to live in the desirable town of Charlton. This charming unit boasts wood flooring throughout, newer updated bathroom and off street parking. Enjoy watching the sunrise from your private back porch. The office could be used as a 2nd bedroom.......Rent for this unit includes all utilities and WIFI!!!!
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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/14/2019

Retirement is something all workers should look forward to doing. It is a period of rest after many years of exemplary service. Retiring from service is not only applicable to government workers, those working in a private establishment, as well as other non-governmental organizations, will also retire at a particular time. 

While the retirement period is a period of rest, it can be frustrating if there is no financial preparation. It is therefore essential for workers to prepare adequately for their retirement not minding the retirement package put in place by their employer. An excellent way to put up a secure financial backup for retirement is saving. It pays to focus on how you can save towards your retirement. 

Here are some useful pointers and suggestions that will help you start to save effectively towards your retirement:

Start Early 

The most useful advice on how to save money for retirement is by starting early. When you start early in your career, you would have saved a considerable amount of money before retirement, giving you something worthwhile to fall back on when you retire. A lot of workers start saving late thinking that they have plenty of time ahead of them. Most of those workers end up saving nothing at the end of the day.

Clear all debt 

Debt is one of the hindrances to retirement savings. Though it is not comfortable paying off your debt as soon as you can but clearing all your debt means freeing up more money for retirement savings. So, to ensure you have enough money to save, try to be debt-free to enable you to have enough funds for your upkeep and your retirement savings as well.

Prioritize your Pension 

There are lots of reasons to save; you can save for a home, car, holiday, retirement and many other things. You must decide what your priority is, whether you are saving toward buying a new car, building a new house or you concentrate on your pension. Focusing on your pension funds may seem to be of no benefits while you are still working, but you will understand better when you retire. 

Set a goal

Setting a firm and realizable goal is a way of motivating yourself to put a particular sum of money aside for your retirement. There are numerous benefits of setting a goal when it comes to retirement savings. Apart from motivating you to do your best, a goal will always give you a target to meet.

Speak to a certified financial advisor if you have trouble figuring out a viable retirement plan.





Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/9/2019


56 Edgeworth St, Worcester, MA 01605

Condo

$84,900
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
ATTN: FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS, WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN! THIS IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO START! TWO PARKING SPACES OFF STREET, SECURED BUILDING, NICE AND CLEAN! MAIL IS KEPT AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING. AS YOU ENTER YOU ARE WELCOMED BY AN OPEN LIVING ROOM KITCHEN. LIVING ROOM IS BRIGHT AND SUNNY WITH SLIDERS THAT LEAD TO A GREAT BALCONY, GREAT FOR SITTING AND RELAXING. WASHER AND DRYER HOOKUPS ARE LOCATED IN THE LIVING ROOM CLOSET AREA, ADDITIONAL CLOSET FOR EXTRA STORAGE, TWO GOOD SIZE BEDROOMS WITH FULL BATH, NEED MORE STORAGE? THERE IS ATTIC STORAGE AS WELL, PERFECT FOR ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! SOLD AS IS.
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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/7/2019

Getting a professional inspection is one of the most important parts of closing on a home. An inspection can save you endless time and money if it catches repairs that need to be made, and it can draw your attention to any problems that could be dangerous to you and your family.

Many buyers, especially those who are buying a home for the first time, aren’t sure what to expect during a home inspection. They might have questions that they’re afraid to ask the inspector, or they might feel like they should be asking questions but don’t know the right ones to ask.

In this article, we’ll give you the rundown on the home inspection process. We’ll explain how to get started, what to expect on inspection day, and what to do with your findings.

Contingency clauses

Before closing on a home, it’s important to make sure your offer involves a contingency clause, otherwise known as a “due diligence contingency.” This section of your contract gives you the right to perform a home inspection within a given number of days.

Sellers may inform you that they have recently had the home inspected and even offer to show you the results of the inspection. However, it is best practice to have your own inspection performed with a trusted professional.

After your offer is accepted, you should begin calling and getting quotes from inspectors immediately.

Before the inspection

Once you’ve considered your options of inspectors and chosen an inspector, it’s time to schedule your inspection. Both you and your real estate agent should attend the inspection.

You’ll both have the opportunity to ask questions. However, it’s a good idea to write down your minor questions and ask them before or after the inspection so that the professional you’ve hired is able to focus on their work to do the best possible job inspecting your future home.

During the inspection

The inspection itself is pretty straightforward. Your inspector will examine the exterior and interior of your home, including several vital components and then will provide you with a report of their findings.

They will inform you of repairs that need to be made now, parts of the home that should be monitored for future repairs, and anything that poses a safety concern to you and your family.

The parts of your home the inspector will review include:

  • Roof

  • Exterior Walls

  • Foundation

  • Garage

  • Land grading

  • Plumbing

  • Electrical

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning

  • Appliances

There are some things your inspection won’t include. For example, mold, termite damage, and other issues that aren’t easily observable without causing damage might be missed by your inspector and will require a specialist.

After the inspection

Once the inspection is complete, you will have the chance to ask any remaining questions. You can review the findings of your inspection report and make decisions about how you want to handle any repairs that need to be made.

You may choose to ask the seller to make the repairs noted in your inspection report. If they refuse, you can withdraw from your contract at any time.


Ultimately, the choice will be yours what to do with the findings from the inspection. But having one can save you immeasurable money on impending repairs that you may not have been aware of.




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