Happy Home Ownership

Winter House Preparation

What does your house need from you as winter approaches? Before the first frosty night, do these things: Close and lock all your windows. They seal better when they are locked. Turn off your outdoor spigot. If you don’t, it might freeze and break. It’s easy. Find the shut off in your basement. Turn it

By |2020-10-22T11:35:37-04:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , |

Pod people in 2020

Creating a Pod During this pandemic, extended families of blood or affinity are forming. The term “pod” is being used to describe small groups of households who are sharing tasks like shopping and childcare. Modern pods are usually neighbors or parents of school-chums. Being in a pod involves a good deal of trust that the

By |2020-08-07T14:32:08-04:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Health and safety, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , |

Two Households, One Two-Family House

House hunting idea: two households band together and buy a two-family house together. Massachusetts allows owners of two-family and three-family houses to convert them into two or more condos. This is not typical in other parts of the country. There are lots of advantages to buying a two-family house, especially in our high-price condo market.

By |2020-07-27T12:24:26-04:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, buying process, Pearl|

Smelly house. It’s Summertime.

Summers in the real estate business used to be unpleasant, sometimes because houses were dirty. Houses also collect and hold odor in the heat of the summer (and in the dead of the winter). Most summers, in the cities and college towns, rental property was shown while the tenants were still there, in hopes of

By |2020-07-23T06:32:54-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Summer clean living ideas

Water Not everyone likes water. However, clear fluids are extra good for you during the summer. Here are some ideas about how to make your water consumption more fun, and healthier. https://www.facebook.com/diplyvideo/videos/1737679586469653/ Summertime recipes The Huffington Post collected some recipes for the summer, including some vegan ones. If you are looking to replace the Covid

By |2020-07-23T06:38:51-04:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: , , , , , |

Urban or Suburban: How to Choose

Because of Covid-19, people are changing the way they think about home life. City people are now starved for outdoor space. Suburban people feel more isolated. When house hunting, how high should outdoor space be on your list of priorities? Has being home 24/7 changed your mind about what is important?location City dwellers choose walkability

By |2020-07-23T07:00:20-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

Section 8: It just got better in Somerville

Lest it be forgotten in our virus-obsessed state, April in Fair Housing Month. I have been on the Fair Housing Commission in Somerville for seven years. This year, our events were cancelled. There are two things that need to be said: Fair Housing and affordable housing are interrelated in our communities. That is why I

By |2020-07-23T07:10:04-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , , , , |

After the storm, who pays the bills for fallen trees?

Yesterday's dramatic storm poses this question for homeowners: If a tree falls in a neighborhood, does it make a sound? You bet! It sounds like this: “@%@^#$” What happens if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house? Which insurance company will foot the bill? Damage to property from falling trees or branches Every time a

By |2020-07-23T07:11:03-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: , , , , |

Modifying your home for older and disabled people

Here's the first of a series of guest posts from Terri Williams, of reviews.com. According to 2017 U.S. Census population estimates, there are nearly 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older, and by 2060, that number will surpass 98 million. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that older Americans experience