"This house smells!" Houses 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 selling before the end of the lease. This led to lots of smelly
What should a house cost? When we see properties in the Metro Boston area, it is impossible to judge their value without considering the cost of repairing and maintaining them. That’s why electronic valuation programs are so wildly wrong; they can’t tell the difference between a not-renovated house, a badly maintained house, or a maintained-but-not-updated
It is baby squirrel season. Sometime this winter, squirrels find romance in attics and other indoor spaces. Babies start moving around in April or May. So, if you are hearing squirrels now, likely you have a family of squatters. What to do? Seriously, hire someone! We know a few good people in the Boston area.
When temperatures cooled down in early September, mice started house hunting. They will close on a new place before Halloween. If you ignore one mouse, there will be even more. If you think mice are cute, think again. One may be cute, even two of three. Cute or not, mice reproduce at a rate of
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
Is that a termite? Relax! That’s a flying ant. Flying ants don’t eat your house, but termites do. Here’s how to know the difference. Flying ants have a body shape like any other ant. Ants have three distinct sections. Their antennae do not come directly forward; they bend. Termites, on
Chimneys get no love. In the cities, they hardly get any attention, since they are hard to see. They sit up there, in all kinds of weather, in wind and rain and freezing. How chimneys age: Flashing: The most short-lived part of a chimney is where it attaches to the roof. When the roof is
Here are four things to do to make sure you and your house survive a frigid winter night. Close and lock all your windows. They seal better that way. Close draperies on cold and windy nights to reduce the feel of drafts that invite you to raise your thermostat temperature. If you have insulated drapes
Tuesday, November 12 will be the first very cold night of the season! What does your house need from you? If you are off today for Veteran’s Day, do yourselves a favor and do these things: Close and lock all your windows. They seal better that way. Last chance to turn off your outdoor spigot.
Hello buyers! The National Association of Realtors® studies which renovations will excite you into spending more for your next house or condo. What will buyers pay a lot for, and what falls in the “nice to have” but does not add cash to the seller’s pockets? The defense, for you as buyers, is to keep