Linda Mossman - Marlborough MA Real Estate, Hudson MA Real Estate, Sudbury MA Real Estate


Your pets adore you, rushing to greet  you as soon as you walk through the door. They’re cuddly, cute and incredibly affectionate. The way that your pets respond to you can blind you to bad habits that your pets engage in, habits that damage your property value. What about those nasty pet hairs? After several months, we can get used to the smell, allergens and pests that our pets bring indoors, allowing hard odors and contaminants to fester in our furniture and especially in carpet fibers. Buyers with allergies pick up the scent of pet hairs and turn away. Other home buyers may request that their realtor not show them houses where pets live. But, that doesn't mean that you don't have options. To reduce pet dander, preventing pet hairs and scents from getting embedded in your home, regularly wash and brush your pet’s hair. Feed your pet a healthy, protein rich diet. Use flea repellants as needed and keep veterinary appointments. To keep furniture and rugs free of pet hair, pick up stray hairs as soon as you spot them. The longer pet hair is left on the floor and on furniture, the deeper it can sink into carpet and furniture fibers. Hardware stores have plastic covers that you can place on furniture which is another solution to reducing pet hairs. When you vacuum, use vacuum extensions to clean furniture fibers. Consider using pet carpet shampoos for a deep clean. Training yields lots of rewards If your pet isn’t properly trained, you could deal with more challenges. For example, your cat or dog might go to the bathroom behind decorative plants, the sofa or a chair that’s placed in a room corner. When dogs and cats feel anxious, they could chew on furniture or claw at the bottom of doors. Some pets have clawed holes into carpet as they anxiously tried to work their way inside a room or out of the house. Outside your house, pets may regularly splash mud and dirt along your home's bottom trim, creating hard to remove stains. Get in the habit of washing your house, especially areas where pets linger, to keep the curb appeal of your home at peak levels. Pets could also dig holes in the yard, a natural instinctive habit for dogs. Let these poor pet habits go and you could end up needing to re-sod your entire back yard several years later. Hunger, smelling scents under the ground and hearing sounds are some reasons why dogs dig. Workarounds include taking your four-legged pets to the vet to ensure that their diet is adequate and taking pets for walks and runs. Exercise can help eliminate the buildup of stress in your pet. To prevent pets from digging holes in the yard, you could also place large rocks near base of the fence and place chicken wire under the ground near the fence. Reward your pet for positive behaviors. Massage can help to calm an anxious pet. So too can relaxing yourself and speaking in a calm voice to your pet. Monitor the results. Taking action now could save you hours of washing and scrubbing or a hefty professional cleaning bill to get your house in good condition should you decide to move.

Move into a smaller home and you’ll quickly see how many accessories, furniture pieces and memorabilia you’ve been holding onto. Have an attic or basement and the amount of items that you have could more than double what you had when you first moved into your own place. It makes downsizing your home with style a challenge. But,it doesn’t make it impossible.

Get ready to downsize without feeling like you're living space is shrinking

To prepare yourself for downsizing, walk inside a model home. A model apartment works too.Pay attention to how you feel while in an uncluttered space. Does the model have the furniture and accessories that you would need without adding all of the items that you’ve collected over the years? Be honest. If so, consider removing items at your home that you really don’t need. You can donate these items to charity.

Watch online videos and television programs that show people downsizing. Check out before and after videos and pictures of the homes. Listen to interviews of people who downsized with style. You may hear someone who reminds you of yourself sharing their story about how downsizing with style improved their home’s functionality and how they feel.

Get your family together and discuss downsizing. Talk about which items you’re thinking about letting go of. See if anyone has emotional ties to the items. If they do,consider allowing each family member to keep up to two items that they feel emotionally connected to. Let them know that other unused items will be donated to charity.

After you donate furniture or accessories to charity, give your floors and walls a good cleaning. Consider painting and installing new carpet. If you have hardwood floors, you could polish them. You could also sand down pieces that have started to bubble or that have become warped.

By removing heavy drapes and curtains from windows, you’ll welcome more natural light inside your home. Adding light colored blinds to your windows can make a room feel bigger. Downsizing with style includes letting go of clothes and shoes that you haven’t worn in two or more years. You should actually be able to walk in your walk in closet.

Get rid of enough unused and unnecessary items and you may be able to move into a smaller house. You’ll be part of a trend, as small houses are popular. Another way to downsize with style is to hang one picture, quote or design on a wall. Avoid hanging three or more pictures on a wall, cramming walls with too many decorations.Focus on living light and clutter free.

Living clutter free has rewards. You may feel freer and lighter on the inside. If you tripped over furniture and accessories before, the number of times that you do so after you downsize may drop significantly. Dancing, exercising at home and playing floor games will be a lot easier. You also won’t spend money on furniture and other merchandise that you already own but couldn’t find when your house was over crowded. Your home will also look and feel a lot bigger



125 Chapin Road, Hudson, MA 01749

Condo

$195,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Two bedroom, 1.5 bath garden style condo at Riverside Estates. Bright and sunny living room features bay window and closet for extra storage. Large kitchen has lots of counter space, dining area, pantry closet and all appliances are included. Master bedroom suite has a walk-in closet and half bath. Good sized second bedroom. Brand new floor in full bath. Laundry in unit. Washer and dryer also included. Over sized one car garage on basement level with plenty of room for a work area and storage. Low condo fees. Shopping plazas in all directions! Nice walk to town center with several great restaurants. Walk to high school. Great location for commuting conveniently located near 290 and 495. Perfect alternative to renting!
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Single-Family

$549,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning retreat on 6+ acres! Spacious 5 bedroom 4.5 bath colonial boasts an open floor plan, two story great room w/stone fireplace, good sized kitchen w/stainless steel appliances,granite counter tops, dining area & skylights. Lots of natural light from bay windows and french doors overlooking back yard. Relax and entertain on your 53' x 16' deck or on the amazing covered wrap around porch. Fully finished walk out basement features a family room with fireplace, exercise room, second office and full bath. Potential in law/au pair suite w/ hook up for kitchenette,washer/dryer. Over sized two car garage has a full second floor for storage or future finished space and work area. Remarkable views from all around the property. .Fantastic property for entertaining. Easy commute to Mass Pike and 290. Shopping and restaurants nearby. Do not miss this opportunity to live in a home where you feel like you are on vacation every day!
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Single-Family

$549,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning retreat on 6+ acres! Spacious 5 bedroom 4.5 bath colonial boasts an open floor plan, two story great room w/stone fireplace, good sized kitchen w/stainless steel appliances,granite counter tops, dining area & skylights. Lots of natural light from bay windows and french doors overlooking back yard. Relax and entertain on your 53' x 16' deck or on the amazing covered wrap around porch. Fully finished walk out basement features a family room with fireplace, exercise room, second office and full bath. Potential in law/au pair suite w/ hook up for kitchenette,washer/dryer. Over sized two car garage has a full second floor for storage or future finished space and work area. Remarkable views from all around the property. .Fantastic property for entertaining. Easy commute to Mass Pike and 290. Shopping and restaurants nearby. Do not miss this opportunity to live in a home where you feel like you are on vacation every day!
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Sunday
March 12 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 511 Rochdale St, Auburn, MA 01501    Get Directions

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