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Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 2/25/2020

Once youíre ready to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is smelling fresh. Thereís a few sneaky odors that can creep into your home for various reasons. The consequences of horrible smells when youíre selling your home are really not good. Read on to prevent funky odors from turning off buyers from your home. 


Food Thatís Past Fresh


Whether your garbage disposal is a bit clogged and could use a cleaning or your fridge hasnít been purged in awhile, these things could be causing a stink. Make sure you stay on top of leftovers and take care of anything that may be in the refrigerator for too long. 


Clean your garbage disposal often. Itís simple to make a ďvolcanoĒ by throwing some baking soda down there and then pouring vinegar over it, allowing everything in the disposal to bubble up. You can even put a lemon or lemon juice in the disposal in order keep a good smell going.


That Wet Dog Smell


Any kind of animal will leave some sort of odor in your home. Whether you have a dog, a hamster, birds, or cats, youíre going to need to freshen up your space. Keep the litter box changed and add some baking soda for a bit of freshness. Make sure to remove any stains on your carpets or floors as well. If a piece of furniture or a carpet is to blame for the strong odors, you may need to remove that piece from your home completely to get the stench out. 


Your Air Conditioning Smells Bad


Since water can build up inside of your air conditioning unit, sometimes, a bit of maintenance is necessary. AC units must be cleaned regularly in order to keep strange smells away. 


Something Smells Musty


A musty smell usually spells a water leak. Whether itís in your basement or under your sink, you need to correct leaks in order to get to the root cause of musty smells.


Clean A Carpet With Vodka


You can put some cheap vodka in a spray bottle in order to clean a carpet. This technique can be used for more troublesome areas of the rug. As the alcohol evaporates, so wonít the odors that are filling your home. 


The Air In Your Home Is Stagnant

When the air in your home smells kind of stale, youíll need to get the air circulation back in the house again. This can be easily remedied just by opening the windows. Even if itís cold outside, itís good to get the air circulating in your house again. This simple action effectively changes the air in your home without any fancy chemicals or techniques.





Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 2/18/2020

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While house-flipping in general is slowing down, and profits are slowly decreasing, there are still a few places left worth flipping. Here, real estate investors can score big returns by buying foreclosed or distressed properties, renovating and then selling them. If you're an investor who's looking to dive in, these five U.S. cities are tops in the nation for home-flipping profits.

Pittsburgh, Scranton, Reading

Pennsylvania is a big player when it comes to the best cities for home flippers. Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Reading all consistently average well above a 100-percent ROI for investors brave enough to take the plunge, with Scranton topping the list at 134, according to AnchorLoans. Pittsburgh is second at 132.5 percent, and Reading comes in at an impressive 129.3. Several factors combine to make these areas ideal for home investors:

  • Pennsylvania hovers near the top of the list for home foreclosures, meaning plenty of properties are available.
  • Home values in these cities are beginning to edge up. Once you've flipped your home, you won't have any trouble selling it. 
  • These towns are riddled with older homes that sell low because they need renovation. Once flipped, the market for reselling them is prime. 

If you're considering entering the house-flipping industry, these three towns in the Keystone State are good places to begin. 

Kingsport, Tennessee

Kingsport, TN boasts high livability scores, thanks to its strong economics, sweeping Smokey Mountain vistas, and tons of green space. The average annual income here is around $37,500, lower than other cities in the U.S. But it's high enough to make the average home highly attainable at just over $135,000. Kingsport is right in the middle of a huge tourism industry that's built around country music, and you can't fault the view. House flippers who come to buy up older homes, renovate and then sell them are earning up to a 104-percent ROI. This makes Kingsport a major attraction for investors looking to flip. 

Augusta, Georgia

Home flippers in Augusta are still clearing an average profit of 101.1 percent -- even as the flipping industry continues to decline. This is due, in part, to the downtown area that's rapidly under development. Augusta University and the Cyber Training and Innovation Center are huge draws for this area, and rental properties are in great demand. This makes downtown Augusta a prime real estate market for anyone hoping to buy high and sell higher. 

If you've always wanted to try your hand at real estate flipping, you're getting in near the end of the game in 2020. Still, if you snap up the right properties in the right areas, there's money to be had. These cities are great jumping-off points.





Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 2/12/2020


27 Circuit Ave E, Worcester, MA 01603

Single-Family

$245,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Open House - Sunday, February 16, 12:00 - 2:00. Beautiful, Victorian Craftsman Colonial with newer roof, and fine hardwoods and crown molding throughout the house. Hardwood floors on all of the 1st and 2nd floors. Architectural detail adorns the entrance hallway of the house with beautiful scrollwork on the fabulous mirrored coat stand. A natural gas heating system drives steam to ornate radiators in each room. The dining room boasts fine boxed-wood paneling, and the Victorian fireplace draws your eye as soon as you enter the living room. The sun drenched kitchen contains a new gas stove, butler's pantry, and dining areas. Situated on a quiet residential street, yet close to shopping and restaurants on Park Avenue. Nearby Columbus Park provides a walking and recreational area including a beach.
Open House
Sunday
February 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 2/12/2020


27 Circuit Ave E, Worcester, MA 01603

Single-Family

$245,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Open House - Sunday, February 16, 12:00 - 2:00. Beautiful, Victorian Craftsman Colonial with newer roof, and fine hardwoods and crown molding throughout the house. Hardwood floors on all of the 1st and 2nd floors. Architectural detail adorns the entrance hallway of the house with beautiful scrollwork on the fabulous mirrored coat stand. A natural gas heating system drives steam to ornate radiators in each room. The dining room boasts fine boxed-wood paneling, and the Victorian fireplace draws your eye as soon as you enter the living room. The sun drenched kitchen contains a new gas stove, butler's pantry, and dining areas. Situated on a quiet residential street, yet close to shopping and restaurants on Park Avenue. Nearby Columbus Park provides a walking and recreational area including a beach.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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Posted by Chris Werme and Mike Boland on 2/11/2020

Photo by Thijs van der Weide from Pexels

You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets. 

Save hardwoods from years of damage and wear.

On top of that, a bench can double as storage. Never again will you be racing around your home trying to find your mittens, scarves, rain boots and other outdoor essentials on your way out the door. It's now all in one convenient place. 

You can even store backpacks and lunch bags on the weekend -- whatever makes sense for your family.

You might think that making an entryway storage bench is complicated. But we'll show you the easy way to build your bench in less than a day.

What you'll need

*Pro tip* Borrow tools that you may never use again before buying. If you find you want to take on more new projects, you can buy one then.

  • 18-gauge nail gun
  • Miter saw
  • Framing square
  • Pneumatic framing gun
  • Hammer drill for concrete/brick or regular drill
  • Circular saw
  • 6 3/4" plywood
  • 8 2x4" boards
  • 3" strap hinges
  • 3" concrete screws or regular screws
  • 6 1x4" boards
  • Wood screws
  • How to build a DIY storage bench for your entryway

    Here's your guide.

    Gather materials & supplies

    The amount of material varies by the bench size you choose the make. Be sure to measure twice and cut once so that everything fits perfectly.

    Frame your bench

    Your frame becomes your guide for the project. Cut your 2X4's the desired length of the bench. Then cut more for the height. Find the studs. And use that hammer drill to attach the 2X4s to the back wall. Build out from there.

    Construct the front and sides

    Now build around your frame, using your plywood. Be careful with any tools you use. Just take your time to get it right. 

    Add the hinges

    Measure and drill for your hinges. Then simply screw them in. 

    Place the lid on the ground and drill holes for hinge screws. Then connect the top to the other side of the hinge with screws. You might need a partner hold the lid steady while you to screw in the lid.

    Add your finish of choice

    You can stop with a basic box. But while you're at it, it won't take much more effort to add some trim and paint it. Then place some hooks above for coats and backpacks.

    And now, you have a beautiful DIY storage bench. For more helpful tips on home maintenance and improvement, follow our blog.




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