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The home inspection may seem like a standard thing that you need to go through in the process of buying a home. Really, you’re paying for the home inspection, and it’s a huge opportunity for you. As a home buyer, you should look at the home inspection as an educational event for homeowners. You’ll learn a lot about the history of the property that you’ll be living in. From water that may have been present in the basement to a leaky roof, you’ll get to know your new home and how everything works.


When you hire your home inspector, he or she may seem like they are talking to experts. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask questions during the inspection so that you can clarify what the inspector is talking bout.


Is This Problem Urgent?


It’s a good idea to see how soon any problems in the house need to be fixed. If the roof needs to be replaced within 3-6 months and your finances are tight, it’s something that you’ll want to know about. While home inspectors will reserve their opinions about a property overall, professionally, they can tell you how big of an issue certain things are. You may need to hire a certified professional who specializes in a certain area like plumbing or electricity for further evaluation in many cases. For your own knowledge, it’s a good idea to know what needs to be done around the property and when.             


Take Notes


You’re never going to remember where everything is in the house on the first pass. It’s a good idea to carry a notepad with you when you’re going through the home. Make notes of any major issues, where they are, and how to fix them. This way, even after the inspection report is sent, you’ll have something to refer back to.  


Is This At The End Of Its Lifespan?


Your home inspector will take a look at all of the moving parts of the home that you’re about to purchase. This includes the appliances. Is the dishwasher on its last leg? Will you need a new refrigerator very soon? Is that creak in the floor more than just a problem with a floorboard? If you find out what to expect from both the major and minor issues in the home, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the property overall. 


Home inspectors give you an overview of the condition of a home. Inspectors will tell you that there is no home that comes completely clean when it comes to an inspection. Even a brand new home that was just built will have some issues. While it may not be the most fun to find out that your new home needs a new roof, at least you and your realtor will know what needs to be brought to the negotiation table if you decide to go through with the purchase of the home.


This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $205,000. This Colonial,Farmhouse style home was sold by Kristine Gaffney - ERA Key Realty Services.


116 Farrar Ave, Worcester, MA 01604

Single-Family

$199,900
Price
$205,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Open House Saturday 4/6/19 from 2 to 4 pm! The perfect starter home to build equity and call your own can be found at 116 Farrar Ave. Home features 4 large bedrooms with plenty of closet space, spacious eat in kitchen with pantry and first floor laundry. Open living room and dining room is ideal for entertaining. Seller states hardwood floors under carpets. Natural gas line already connected inside the house. Roof about 15 years old. Large level fenced in yard is perfect for children & pets to safely play. Excellent commuter location - near all major routes, I-290, I-190, Rt 20, Rt 146, Rt 9, Mass Pike and less than 2 miles to the MBTA Commuter Rail at Union Station. Conveniently located to shopping, restaurants, U Mass Medical Center, skating rink & Lake Quinsigamond State Park for many outdoor activities. Lovingly cared for and very well maintained home so with a few cosmetic updates and adding your own personal touch will go a long way here! Quick close possible.

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What room gets some of the most traffic in your home? The bathroom. It’s one of the most used places in any house by both residents and guests. Nowadays baths and showers are as well-decorated as any other room in the house. Many homeowners are making their bathroom stylish, and one common way of doing so is by installing a bathroom vanity.

A bathroom vanity comes in an endless variety of styles - single or double sink, traditional or on-trend, and so much more. Making a choice can be a very daunting task. If you can honestly answer the questions below, then you are on the right path a to installing bathroom vanity you will enjoy for a very long time.

What is your bathroom style?

The first thing to do when looking for a bathroom vanity is sorting out the kind of style you need. Do you want a sleek and minimalistic design or are you the type that is on the trend? You need to be clear on the kind of style or design you want if you want a bathroom vanity that you makes you happy.

How much space do you have?

Get a measuring tape and take note of the amount of space in your bathroom you will be working with. Consider the width and depth of your vanity top especially, it is vital. Your vanity drawers and cupboard should be easy to open, and there should be plenty of space to move around.

What are your needs?

Your bathroom vanity should be stylish as well meet all your needs. Plan your budget and know the cost. If your bathroom is likely to be for the whole family, you should consider an extra bench space and a double sink. Do you need sockets for handheld appliances in the cabinetry? If you have a young family, choose a material that is durable and easy to maintain.

Which material do you like?

The materials you will use for your bathroom vanity depends on your personal preference, your needs, and your budget. Stone top, marble, plastic, laminate, and timber are common materials for bathroom vanities. Stone tops have a long-life span; laminate is excellent for practicality while a timber vanity can offer a classic look.

Where would you place it?

Once you've chosen between a single or double basin, think about where to position your countertop. Your sink can be mounted on the wall, above the cupboard or placed as a stand-alone vessel. Remember to set your vanity where it will be most functional.

If you’re ready to get started on your bathroom renovation, Get in touch with your local interior designer to help you choose a lovely bathroom for your home.


This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $250,000. This Bungalow style home was sold by Kristine Gaffney - ERA Key Realty Services.


194 Fairhaven Rd, Worcester, MA 01606

Single-Family

$239,900
Price
$250,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Charming 3-4 Bedroom Bungalow with 2 Car Garage located in very desirable Burncoat area of Worcester is ready for new owners! Spacious eat-in kitchen with pantry & stainless steel appliances. Open living room and dining room have so much character with built in china cabinets adding charm and storage. Gleaming hardwood floors and beautifully maintained original woodwork throughout. Fenced in level backyard is perfect for pets, children, gardening or cookouts. Recent updates include completely remodeled bathroom, remodeled 1st floor master bedroom, freshly painted exterior and interior newly plastered walls, some of the windows & exterior doors have also been replaced. Newer natural gas heating system & updated electrical. Full walk out basement could be used for storage or additional living space. Easy access to major routes (I-290, I-190, Mass Pike, Rt 146) & local amenities. Home is well maintained & move in ready! Quick close.

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11 Eric Way, Dudley, MA 01571

Single-Family

$370,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Open House Saturday 5/18/19 from 11 am to 1 pm. Rare opportunity to own a Young 3-4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Colonial 2 Car Garage w/ 1.42 acres located at end of cul-de-sac in desirable Perryville Estates. Spacious living room has cathedral ceiling & picturesque views of Packard Pond. Cabinet packed kitchen w/ center island, plenty of counter space, convenient pantry closets & stainless steel appliances. Sunny dining room has sliders that open to large deck overlooking nicely landscaped private backyard. First floor laundry w/ separate half bath & bonus room for your home office. Finished walk out heated basement offers approximately 500 sq ft of additional living space & access to 2 car garage w/ storage space. Irrigation system. Security system. Refreshing outdoor shower. Close proximity to I-395, I-290, Rt 146 & Mass Pike allows for easy commuting to MA, CT & RI. Enjoy your summer entertaining at this incredible home! Low Dudley taxes plus highly regarded schools. See attached Floor Plan
Open House
Saturday
May 18 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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