Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 11/11/2018

Chimney maintenance and repair is incredibly important. You need to complete certain tasks to ensure that your fireplace is working safely and effectively. Thereís no better time than the off season to get these tasks in order. 


Remember that you should only burn dry wood in your fireplace. Although fireplaces arenít high on the technology spectrum, they do require some effort to keep in working order. Failure to do so can result in smoke and even a chimney fire. Soot build up can put a damper on the proper ventilation of the chimney. The soot is partly a result of creosote- a combustible, tar-like substance. Itís a natural by-product of wood that has been burned. With reduced ventilation, the creosote will cause potentially dangerous build up.


While creosote itself is not flammable, it can cause the chimney to clog and structural damage could result. Itís important to properly maintain your chimney in order to prevent dangerous oil build-up that can cause a chimney fire.


Inspections


A professional can come and inspect your fireplace and chimney. They can check for damage, obstructions, build-up, or soot. The inspector will be able to determine if you need a sweep of your chimney. The inspector will be able to do the sweep on the spot in most cases. An inspection of your chimney should take place every year.   


There are different levels of chimney inspections that occur. Basic inspections are a visual look at anything that could be in your chimney from soot to a birdís nest. More complex inspections could involve taking the chimney apart and physically reconstructing the structure. This would occur after some kind of a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado. The cost of these inspections depends on how extensive they become.


Other Maintenance


You can improve your fireplaceís functioning with a few basic steps. Fist, you should only burn dry wood. Logs should be split and dried for 8-12 months. You should also burn certain types of wood especially hardwoods like hickory, oak, beech, maple and ash. These woods burn the longest. The most important thing about wood to be burned in the fireplace is that it is dry.       


Burn Only Wood


It can be tempting to throw things into your fireplace to burn, but you should keep away from burning construction wood, plastics, or other things that could let off odors. Even burning paper can be dangerous because of the embers that result as the fire burns.


If you keep on top of your scheduled chimney maintenance and replace parts as needed, youíll be able to have lovely fires all winter long with peace of mind.





Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 11/9/2018


12 Deer Run Rd, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$1,250,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
BOXFORD'S BEST KEPT SECRET...NEW LUXURY HOME BUILT BY BOYLE CONSTRUCTION!! STUNNING...4 bedroom Colonial style home to be built on a beautiful cul-de-sac street! SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: hardi plank siding , spray foam insulation, GORGEOUS double sided fireplace, built-ins, custom cabinetry, custom trim through our, walk in pantry, bead board in hallway and half bath, wainscoting and crown molding in dining room and study, light and bright sun room with wood ceiling, hardwood on 1st floor and in master bedroom and second floor hall, tile in bathrooms and laundry-sun room. FABULOUS floor plan! DETAILS rarely seen in today's new homes! ALL PHOTOS ARE FACSIMILE PHOTOS.
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Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 11/8/2018

This Condo in Salem, NH recently sold for $230,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Mary Lou Buckley - Coco, Early & Associates.


473 Route 111 Route, Salem, NH 03079

Condo

$234,900
Price
$230,000
Sale Price

2
Bedrooms
4
Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...Adorable 2 bedroom townhouse in a great commuter location! Spacious family room with open concept to the large kitchen with newer cabinets, breakfast nook and countertops! 2 spacious bedrooms on the second floor and a partially finished lower level. You will LOVE the private backyard while sitting on your back deck! SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Harvey windows and door, newer--solid wood kitchen cabinets and breakfast bar, Jennair Electric stove, pantry, partially finished basement with laundry area, LOW condo fee which includes dumpster, snow plow, gutter cleaning and septic pumped! You will LOVE THE LOCATION of this impeccably maintained condo! PETS ALLOWED!!






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Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 11/7/2018

This Condo in Salem, NH recently sold for $230,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Mary Lou Buckley - Coco, Early & Associates.


473 Route 111, Salem, NH 03079

Condo

$234,900
Price
$230,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...Adorable 2 bedroom townhouse in a great commuter location! Spacious family room with open concept to the large kitchen with newer cabinets, breakfast nook and countertops! 2 spacious bedrooms on the second floor and a partially finished lower level. You will LOVE the private backyard while sitting on your back deck! SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Harvey windows and door, newer--solid wood kitchen cabinets and breakfast bar, Jennair Electric stove, pantry, partially finished basement with laundry area, LOW condo fee which includes dumpster, snow plow, gutter cleaning and septic pumped! You will LOVE THE LOCATION of this impeccably maintained condo! PETS ALLOWED!!

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Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 11/4/2018

Sellers who are eager to attract serious buyers and maximize the value of their home often utilize home staging as a way to leave a good impression.

Homes that are skillfully staged look better in photos online, creating more leads, showings, and ultimately, offers. Furthermore, prospective buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in a home. Staging makes it easier for them to understand what it would look like and how spacious it will feel once it has been furnished.

Home staging by the numbers

You donít, however, have to take my word for it. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) releases an annual report which collects and analyzes survey data from nearly 2,000 agents regarding their experience with home staging.

In their findings, they note that 62 percent of agents agree that staging a home lessens the time the property is for sale. Furthermore, 77 percent of agents said home staging makes it easier to visualize living in a home that would otherwise be empty.

Which rooms should be staged?

Staging an entire home takes an enormous amount of time and money. One way to simplify the process is to stage a select few rooms. In the NARís study, they asked agents which rooms they typically staged when selling a home. The results:

  • 83% Living Room

  • 76% Kitchen

  • 69% Master Bedroom

  • 66% Dining Room

  • 53% Bathroom

  • 31% Yard Space

  • 25% Childrenís Bedroom

  • 21% Guest Bedroom

From these results, we can ascertain that itís important to stage the main rooms of your home. Lesser used a multi-purpose rooms (like offices and guest rooms) arenít as important to stage.

Can staging your home increase the sale price?

Itís difficult to say with certainty if, and by how much, home staging affects the sale price of a home. However, if staging your home is successful at getting the attention at a greater number of prospective buyers, thereís a good chance youíll be able to go with the highest bidder.

When the NAR asked agents if staging increases the amount buyerís offer on a home, their responses were somewhat mixed.

  • 29% of respondents thought it increases the offer by one to five percent

  • 21% of respondents say it increases the offer by six to ten percent

  • 8% said it increases the offer from between eleven to twenty percent

  • 14% said it had no impact on the dollar value of the home

  • 27% were unsure if it had an impact on the dollar value

In general, it would seem that most agents feel that staging a home not only improves a buyerís opinion of a home, but also increases its sale value. If youíre planning on selling in the near future, staging at least part of your home could be something to consider to give your property a competitive edge.