Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 8/28/2016

Going Green We live in a world with finite resources. It makes good sense to live in a way that is aware of the environment, going green, while working to leave a better, cleaner planet for our grandchildren. You may say that sounds good, but what can one person do? The answer is a whole lot! Going green does not have to be a struggle. The choices we make daily affect our impact on the earth, so make good choices. There are many ways that you can start to live a greener life today! Trees As Gifts Next time you decide to brighten someoneís day with a silly gift or a delivery of flowers, why not buy them a tree. Planting a tree is fun, an earth-friendly way to celebrate a milestone event that lives for years and years, and benefits the environment in a way that truly keeps on giving and giving. You can choose a lovely shade tree or a flowering fruit tree for someone that has room for a new addition to their landscape, or give a gift of a container planted dwarf tree for greenery indoors or on the deck or balcony. Greenery indoors helps to remove toxins and pollutants from the air and celebrates life in a way that cut flowers never can. Shop Locally Forget purchasing food that has traveled miles to get to your house. Buy local and buy fresh. Shop at the farmerís market and support local businesses. Much of the food purchased at supermarkets is prepackaged, and you end up paying for wrappings, plastic trays, tape, and plastic wrappings that end up in the landfill. Be part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Always use recyclable bags for shopping and avoid foods with excessive packing materials. Let There Be Light Take advantage of natural light to set the rhythm of your day. Get up early to do your chores using natural light rather than waiting until evening when you have to turn on lights to see to work. If you are building or remodeling, consider adding lots of windows to take advantage of natural light in all seasons. Choose eco-friendly lighting fixtures and bulbs to reduce energy consumption and save money. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce energy consumption by 75 percent over standard light bulbs. Turn down the thermostat to save energy. Keeping the home two to five degrees cooler than normal during winter months has a significant impact on fuel consumption and energy use. Put another blanket on the bed or wear a sweater and you will be more than comfortable. Stop Wasting Food While millions of people in the world are starving, most people in America waste a huge percentage of the food they grow or purchase. As much as 40 percent ends up in the compost bin or landfill. Make it a family goal to not over purchase when shopping: buying only what you can consume before produce, meat and products start to spoil. Walk More, Drive Less Not only will you save money, walking or bicycling to work is a great way to lose a few pounds, get in shape, and ease up on the amount of fossil fuels you use. If you canít walk or bike to work, ride in a carpool or use public transportation whenever possible. Get Rid Of The Clutter In Your Life Clean out closets and drawers, getting rid of clothing and items that no longer serve a purpose. Recycle useable items and let them serve someone else.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/17/2016

As a home seller, you recognize that your house is one of many that is available to prospective homebuyers. However, unlike most home sellers, you're willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your residence represents an attractive choice to homebuyers. Although you may commit significant time and resources to get your house ready for a home showing, there are several factors to consider as you prep your residence. Some of the most common factors to consider include: 1. Appearance Of course, your home's interior and exterior should look pristine so they can help your home make a great first impression on homebuyers. Furthermore, you should clean and declutter your house as much as possible before a home showing. This will allow you to highlight how your house represents a spacious, immaculate oasis that a homeowner can enjoy for years to come. Don't forget to hide personal items like photographs before you show your home, too. Ideally, you'll want homebuyers to envision what it's like to live in your house as they walk through it. And by removing personal items, you'll make it easier for homebuyers to imagine a wonderful future in which they buy your home. 2. Smells Strong smells may linger, and ultimately, impact a homebuyer's impression of your residence. Thus, you'll want to pay close attention to any smells that may turn homebuyers off. Focus on using air fresheners and candles that deliver warm, inviting aromas throughout your house. Whether it's lighting a candle that fills your home with a rich natural scent or spraying an air freshener that brings an unparalleled citrus aroma to your residence, you can use odor eliminators to disguise unpleasant smells quickly and effortlessly. You also should consider smells that may develop on the day of a home showing. For instance, cooking bacon on your kitchen stove may be part of your morning routine but can leave a lingering smell. Conversely, home sellers who try to maintain pleasant aromas throughout their houses day after day should be able to minimize repugnant smells immediately. 3. Lighting Illuminate your residence's interior and exterior as best you can, and you'll likely find that homebuyers may be more attracted to your house over others that are available. From dazzling pendant lights in the kitchen to recessed lighting in the hallways, you can make a bold statement with the right types of lighting throughout your home. Also, you should open the windows prior to a home showing to let sunlight fill your residence. By doing so, you can use natural light to illuminate your house and allow fresh air to filter through your home simultaneously. For home sellers, it is essential to devote time and resources to prep your house for an upcoming showing. And if you need extra support along the way, working with an experienced real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert assistance as you add your home to the real estate market. Consider the aforementioned factors as you get your house ready for a home showing, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your house.