Brian O'Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I



Posted by Brian OíNeil on 5/22/2020

This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $250,000. This Bungalow style home was sold by Brian OíNeil - RE/MAX Advantage I.


6 Electric St, Worcester, MA 01610

Single-Family

$239,900
Price
$250,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances and new backsplash. The formal dining area flows seamlessly from the kitchen and provides a great space to entertain. The living room showcases amazing built ins and plenty of windows that let in an abundance of natural light. Upstairs, there are two generous sized bedrooms that have been freshly painted and offer plenty of closet space. There is also a home office on the 2nd floor- making working from home no problem! The hardwoods throughout have been refinished, roof is less than 2 years old, new sink in the bathroom, and the porch has been freshly painted. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee on the exterior deck that overlooks the spacious backyard. Located in a great commuter spot with easy access to 290, Route 122, Route 146, Route 20, and a short distance to Holy Cross.

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Posted by Brian OíNeil on 5/17/2020

Many homeowners have a difficult relationship with their homeowners association. On the one hand, the HOA helps your community stay safe, clean, and makes it a desirable place to live which improves the property value of your home. But, on the other hand, homeowners associations can be a problem if you want to make a change to your property that they disagree with.

 In this article, weíll talk about some common issues that homeowners face in their dealings with homeowners associations and give you tips on how to handle them so that youíll have the best possible outcome.

 Study the rules carefully

It may seem like a nuisance, but your best defense when dealing with the homeowners association is to understand whatís expected of you. Not only will it help you stay on good terms with the HOA, but it will also make it easier to understand what your options are.

Itís a good idea to understand these rules and bylaws before you ever move into the neighborhood, but itís never too late to learn them. It might help you later on down the road should you want to paint your house or build a new structure in your yard.

Introduce yourself to the members

Itís best to get off on the right foot with the other members of your homeowners association. You donít want your first meeting to be a complaint against you, nor do you want to introduce yourself to someone only to make a complaint against someone else.

It will also give you a chance to ask questions about the community and to get an understanding of how easy or difficult it is to deal with the regulations of the homeowners association.

Donít assume ill-will

If you find that a complaint has been raised against you, donít act immediately. Take some time to compose your response and be sure to acknowledge the complaint. Odds are that the other members of the HOA arenít there just to give you a hard time.

Choose your battles

There are some things worth fighting for when it comes to your home. However, you donít want to be repeatedly challenging the HOA on small issues. Stick to the rules on the things that arenít hugely important, that way other members wonít come to expect issues from you.

Follow protocol

When youíre required to get permission from the board before making a change to your property, be sure you follow the steps laid out in your agreement. Doing so will avoid any unnecessary conflict.

Pay all dues and fines on time

Even if you are in the middle of a disagreement with the HOA, itís better to continue paying your dues and fines that to leave them outstanding. If you donít pay, you risk further penalty, including fees.

Plan ahead if you want to change the rules

If youíre dissatisfied with some or man of the rules of the homeowners association, odds are youíre not alone. First, start by talking with other neighborhood members. If they have similar views on the rules in question, you can bring them up collectively at the next meeting.

Your second option would be to run for the board and try to enact the changes yourself. However, you should never seek a position out of spite or anger. Only volunteer your time and effort if you want to lend a hand in your community and make life better for all of the inhabitants.

 




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Posted by Brian OíNeil on 5/10/2020

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Did you just park your car on top of your septic tank? If you're not sure, it's time to pull together a home maintenance binder. Your home maintenance binder contains important information, such as where your well and septic are located and the location of your drain field. It's a running tally of all the home improvements you've done and all the maintenance you've had performed on your home. For various reasons, every homeowner should have a home maintenance binder. Here's everything you should know about the why and how of creating your own. 

It Keeps Track of Important Upgrades

When you buy a new, energy-efficient appliance, such as a refrigerator or stove, you need to keep that information handy for several reasons:

  • You may need the receipt to register the warranty.
  • You'll want to remember the date you purchased it in case it needs servicing. 
  • You'll need the owner's manual if you ever need to troubleshoot the appliance.
  • Prospective buyers will know when you purchased the appliance and how much energy it saves.

Information like this can help you sell your home a few years down the road, when buyers realize they won't need to shell out money for new appliances right away. 

It's a Convenient Record of Service Visits

Is your furnace serviced annually? If so, you'll want the dates. This proves to prospective buyers that you maintained your home well, meaning everything is likely to work just as well as you say it will. Keep your service records, dates and providers. When you have parts replaced, keep the receipts. Keep the papers your technician gives you that lists the work performed. This is valuable information for you, for the next person who services your home and for someone who might consider buying your home in the future. 

It Records Valuable Home Improvements 

Did you recently upgrade the brick in your fireplace to stacked stone? What about those old, leaky windows you replaced last summer? You'll want to keep proof of home improvements like these because they raise the resale value of your home. You may also need your receipts to take advantage of tax credits when it's time to file. 

It Maps the Important Areas of Your Home

You may think you'll have no trouble remembering where the septic tank is when it's time to have it pumped clean again, but years typically pass before you'll need to have someone back in for that particular chore. Write down the location, and log it in your home maintenance binder. You'll also want to include the locations of water shut-off valves, well caps and gas mains. 

It's easy to start your own home maintenance log. All you need is a file box or a binder that you store in a safe place. It will help keep you organized, and it can be quite the lifesaver in the event of a gas leak or broken water pipe. 




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Posted by Brian OíNeil on 5/3/2020

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Hurricanes can bring some of the worst destruction known to man. These incredible storms put millions of lives at stake every single year. But by properly preparing your home for a hurricane, you can help to limit the damage to your home and increase the protection of your family. Take a look at three simple ways to prepare your home for hurricane season:

Install Surge Protection

Power surges are one of the most dangerous factors of serious storms. These can occur instantly and can do great damage to your home electronics. To offer protection from these surges, it's very beneficial to install a surge protector for your electrical panel, and it's best to use power strips that come equipped with surge protectors.

Seal Windows & Doors

Another tip for preparing your home for hurricane season involves properly sealing your windows and doors. If your doors or windows aren’t sealed correctly, water can infiltrate your home, which could lead to mold growth and severe water damage. In addition, an improperly sealed home can really drive up those energy bills due to a lack of energy-efficiency.

Clean Out Gutters

In order to properly prepare your home for hurricane season, it’s always a good idea to clean out your gutters. These areas easily collect water during a storm if they aren’t cleared properly, which could lead to a collection of water around your home. As the water can accumulate at a rapid rate during a hurricane, this can easily lead to flooding in areas around your residence.

Hurricane Preparation is Key!

By paying attention to the tips mentioned above, you can ensure that you have a safe home and a safe family during hurricane season. These storms can bring a lot of destruction to anywhere in their path, but taking care of certain precautionary steps can lead to less damage and a safer hurricane season overall.





Posted by Brian OíNeil on 4/26/2020

If you want to help your house stand out to prospective buyers, it may be beneficial to give your residence an exterior makeover. Because if your home boasts outstanding curb appeal, your residence could stir up lots of interest from potential buyers as soon as it becomes available.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you give your residence an exterior makeover.

1. Eliminate Clutter

Lawn gnomes, plastic flamingoes and other home exterior decorations are unlikely to help you sell your residence. In fact, these lawn decorations may prove to be major turn-offs to buyers. However, if you remove home exterior decorations and assorted clutter from outside your home, you could make your residence more attractive than ever before.

Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on a buyer. If you eliminate clutter from outside your house, you can help your house make a great first impression on buyers. And as a result, many buyers could be drawn to your residence when they see it for the first time.

2. Take Care of Your Lawn

Tall grass, weeds and other lawn problems may make it tough for a buyer to fall in love with your house. Fortunately, if you take care of your lawn, you may be able to differentiate your residence from comparable houses in your city or town.

Spend some time mowing the lawn, trimming hedges and removing debris from walkways outside your home. Of course, if you want expert lawn care help, you can always hire a professional landscaping company too.

3. Consider the Buyer's Perspective

How buyers perceive your residence likely will have far-flung effects on your home selling experience. For example, if your home has a pristine lawn and beautiful siding, a buyer may be drawn to your residence. On the other hand, if your home has a messy lawn and damaged siding, a buyer may shy away from your house.

Think about how a buyer may perceive your residence when he or she sees it for the first time. Then, you can prioritize home exterior upgrades and improve your residence's exterior accordingly.

As you prepare to list your residence, you may want to employ a real estate agent as well. This housing market professional will work with you to develop an effective home selling strategy.

Usually, a real estate agent will learn about you and your home selling goals. He or she next will provide recommendations and suggestions so you can upgrade your residence before you list it. Finally, after you list your home, a real estate agent will promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent will help you make an informed decision about this property buying proposal.

For home sellers, it often is beneficial to upgrade a residence's exterior. If you start home exterior improvement projects today, you can take the first steps to enhance your house and maximize your property sale earnings.




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