Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 11/13/2017

If you live in an older home or neighborhood thereís a good chance your house holds a rich history within. Aside from talking with the previous owners, most people donít look much further into the stories their house might have.

If youíre curious about your family history there are resources available so you can find long lost relatives and discover where your family lived over the years. Most people donít think to do the same research for their home, even though they might spend years in it.

?Why should I research the history of my home? 

There are many reasons why someone might want to learn more about the history of their home. The main reason is because itís fun and interesting. Your search will bring you to places youíve likely never been before, whether itís federal records on the internet, or to dusty microfilm archives in your basement.

Aside from the fun of researching, your work could also bring to light useful information. You might be able to add to resale value by discovering additional details about the home. Similarly, if you come across old photos of the home you could attempt to restore some architectural and design details to their original form. Whether you do this to stay true to the roots of your home or to attempt to add value is up to you.

Where should I begin?

Like most research projects, the internet is probably your best place to start. To learn more about the property your home sits on you could search the National Archives land records. These records detail when a piece of land was transferred from the U.S. government to private ownership. In other words, you might be able to find information about the first person to ever own your home.

A good place to head from there is to run a title search on your property. You will most likely need to visit the town clerk or your local courthouse to access titles. This will paint a fuller picture of who the people who owned your home were.

Now that you know who, learning about the home itself will be much easier. There are several genealogy sites online (some free, others paid) which will help you learn about the previous inhabitants of your home. Feel free to Google their names, especially if they were a public figure. You might even find photos of your home.

What to do if you canít find any information

Just because you canít find any photos or details online doesnít mean they donít exist. You might need to reach out to relatives of previous owners to find out more information. 

Another option is your local library. Not only do libraries have a local history section complete with town records, but the librarians are also trained researchers who will be able to help you navigate the stacks. You could discover books containing details like population, town meeting notes, and new ordinances, including building codes.

Once youíve learned a bit about the history of your home, see if you can spot the changes that have been made to it over the years.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 11/6/2017

There is always an undeniable appeal to move into a brand new home. After all, there shouldnít be any problems with a new construction home, right? While shiny new appliances and brand new flooring can be appealing, there are many advantages to buying an older home.


The Price


It may seem obvious, but older homes are less expensive than newer homes. You might be able to get a bit more for your money if you decide to buy an older home. 


Construction Quality


Older homes tend to have a bit better quality in their construction. Some aspects of older construction homes cannot even be reproduced with all of the technology that we have in the present day. Itís often true that ďthey donít build homes like they used to.Ē Certain building materials of the past are actually more sturdy than the materials that are used in the present day. Older homes have stood the test of time for a reason! 


The Location Is An Established Neighborhood


If youíre not looking to move into an up and coming neighborhood, you could be better off buying an older construction home. Youíll know that a neighborhood has already been established and that people have enjoyed living in the area for years before you got there when you find an older home to purchase. In finding a neighborhood, youíll look at the important factors like the school district, the walkability of the area and the crime rate. Older homes tend to be in more stable areas. Keep that in mind. 


Older Homes Have More Personality


Sure, you could move into a street with new construction and be happy there. Yet, if you move into an older home, you will find a lot of advantages. The landscaping may be more well-established, allowing you to find your favorite features on the outside of the home right when you move in. In a new home, it could take years to establish the same type of curb appeal that youíll get from moving into an older home.    

 

Thereís More Space In An Older Home


An older home may afford you much more yard space and overall square footage. As the world gets more and more developed, space runs short. Older homes were constructed at times when space was at a maximum. These homes were built on larger lots, giving homeowners the advantage of more space. 


While you may think that buying a new construction home is the way to go, older homes offer many different things that newer construction homes just canít bring to the table. Broaden your search and look for older homes, you could be very surprised!   






Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/31/2017

This Condo in Hudson, MA recently sold for $209,000. This Garden style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


425 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749

Condo

$220,000
Price
$209,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome to Whispering Pines! This beautiful 2nd fl open concept home boasts vaulted ceilings throughout. Stunning new kitchen w/beautiful cherry stained cabinets, granite counter tops, gleaming glass tile backsplash, SS appliances & laminate floor with deck access through a new storm door. Sun splashed spacious bedrooms are perfect for any décor. Master w/slider to deck & full bath. Convenient in unit laundry. Winter months are no worry. You'll be parking in the oversized 1 car garage under. Enjoy all Hudson has to offer! Miles of Rail Trail for jogging, biking or walking is just steps away. Foodie? Award winning restaurants, coffee, pastry, ice cream, brewery, martini bar and lovely boutiques all within walking distance and located in Hudson's quaint downtown area. New shopping plazas featuring supermarkets, home improvement, fitness facility, clothing stores and much more are just minutes away! Close to Centennial beach, Skate and Splash Park and more. HW access to Rts. 495 290.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/30/2017

The quaintness that comes with a small home can be irresistible and there are a lot of benefits to choosing a small home too. Not only do they usually come with a cheaper price tag but they are also cheaper to heat and keep cool as well. Homeowners often feel stumped, however, on how to make the most out of their new homes after move in day. Below are some tips for making the most of your small space. Whether it's just one room or your whole house, you'll feel like you've found some extra square footage. Master of illusions - choose curtain rods that are wider than your window frame and install them close to ceilings so that the entire window frame is visible when curtains are open. Curtains should also come two inches above the floor. This set up will allow maximum amount of light to enter the room and make the room appear larger than it is. Reflect - adding mirrors, glass and see-through furniture provides plenty of opportunity for more light to be reflected throughout the room and create the illusions that there is more space than there is. Be bold - choose large art pieces instead of opting for a gallery wall. Choosing a large landscape piece will add an "extra window view' while a statement piece adds extra oomph. In plain sight - in small spaces storage can be an issue. Instead of trying to cram everything away into nooks and crannies consider putting things right out in the open. By arranging things in the open in a thoughtful way, it will look like an intentional statement instead of a cluttered mess. Use hooks and shelves to your advantage. Make space - get creative and maximize the square footage you have. Placing counters over a washer and dryer and installing slide out drawers in cabinets are two great ways to make the most out of limited space Color matters - warm and dark colors eat up light and can make your space feel small. Choosing a color palette consisting mostly of neutrals, cool tones, and light colors will ensure your space stays bright and therefore, appears larger. Spread out - sconces and lamps placed throughout the room evenly spread light around as opposed to a single overhead fixture which creates dark corners. Quality over quantity - a few large pieces of furniture that fill up the room may seem counterintuitive but it will actually make the room appear larger than it is. Prioritizing important pieces will be key since it will mean less will fit in the room but the effect will be well worth the effort. Show some leg - furniture with exposed legs allows for visual space under furniture making the room appear less stuffed It can be overwhelming after move in day to figure out how to prevent your†cozy new home from feeling overcrowded with stuff. With these tips in hand you'll be able to create a space that feels spacious and homey, so you can sit back and enjoy your adorable new house!




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/23/2017

Your home's wood floors have experienced heavy foot traffic over the years. As a result, they are scratched and battered and must be improved before you can add your home to the real estate market. Unfortunately, it may prove to be costly to have a professional floor refinisher remove wood floor scratches. And as a home seller who has already invested in a number of home repairs, the last thing you need is another hefty home repair bill. So what does it take for home sellers to remove wood floor scratches on a budget? There are many fast, cost-effective ways to eliminate scratches on your wood floors, including: 1. Disguise the Scratches. You may be able to use a crayon or marker to camouflage your wood floors' scratches. Wax sticks also are available at just about any home improvement store and contain stain and urethane that can help you cover up scratches and safeguard your floors' finish. In addition, you may want to try mixing colors to find the right combination to match the color of your hardwood floors. But remember, hardwood floors boast a combination of hues and tones. Therefore, even if you're unable to find the right blend of colors, you should be able to cover up white scratches instantly if you apply similar colors from crayons, markers or wax sticks. 2. Leverage a Combination of Vinegar and Olive Oil. Using a mixture of vinegar and olive oil may help you minimize scratches on your wood floors as well as transform your ordinary floors into dazzling ones. Typically, you'll want to pour a mixture that is equal parts vinegar and olive oil onto the affected area of your wood floors. After 24 hours, wipe off the mixture, and you should notice a significant improvement. It is important to note that this mixture won't deliver instant results every time. However, applying a new coat of vinegar and olive oil onto an affected area of your wood floors over the course of several days may help you eliminate scratches altogether. 3. Use Sandpaper to Your Advantage. Lightweight sandpaper may prove to be an ideal option to fix wood floor scratches. For instance, you can sand the affected area of your wood floors, use wood filler on this area and seal the area accordingly. This may allow you to enhance the appearance of your wood floors and ensure they look brand new. Keep in mind that you may need to sand, fill and seal an affected area of your wood floors a few times to eliminate scratches. But home sellers who remain persistent can use sandpaper to their advantage and minimize scratches on their wood floors without delay. Getting your home ready to list on the real estate market sometimes can be tricky, but your real estate agent can help you find ways to help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market. In fact, this real estate professional can offer expert insights and ensure you can find ways to maximize the value of your house. Work toward improving the wood floors in your home, and you may be able to speed up the process of selling your residence.