Janet Cramb & Company/LAER Realty Partners



Posted by Janet Cramb on 5/20/2020


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A deck adds valuable outdoor living space to your home's square footage, but to be an asset, it needs to be well-maintained. If your deck has missed a few annual cleanings or is showing popped nails, splintered boards or water damage, consider resurfacing it instead of replacing it. The money you save will be significant. Here's how:

Inspect Your Existing Deck

Look for rot, termite damage, warped or weakened boards and missing screws. Fix any problems you find by replacing individual boards and railings with similar materials. Make sure everything is structurally sound and sanded smooth before moving forward with the next step. 

Choose the Right Deck Wash

Step two involves giving your deck a good scrubbing to remove all traces of algae, dirt, mildew or mold that may have formed. You'll need a good wire broom or brush, eye protection and waterproof gloves, because some deck wash can be damaging to skin. You'll want to protect any nearby plants as well. Cover them in plastic while washing down your deck. 

Deck wash can be painted on, sprayed on with a garden hose, or applied with a pressure washer. A simple mixture of laundry detergent, bleach and warm water may be all it takes to begin bringing your deck back to life. Once applied, work the cleaning solution into the wood using your brush or broom. Rinse clean and allow the wood to dry before proceeding to the next step in resurfacing your existing deck. 

Apply Deck Stain

Lastly, you'll need to re-stain to apply a protective coating to your freshly cleaned decking. For older wood that still shows imperfections, try using a semi-transparent stain, instead of something that's clear. This will help to hide flaws and resistant stains.

You can spray, roll or brush the stain onto the deck, or you can use a combination of techniques such as spraying the stain down, then using a brush or roller to even out puddles and to trim out around railings. Apply the stain evenly, and then add the second and third coats while the stain is still damp. This helps keep old, thirsty wood from absorbing all the stain. Once applied, you'll need to re-stain your deck every other year to keep it looking its best. 

The total cost to replace your old deck can run upwards of $10,000, says ProRemodeler. Compare that with the $4,000 you might spend to replace worn boards and connectors, and you're looking at a significant savings. If your existing deck is worth repairing, that's usually the better option. But it must be structurally sound by the time the work is done. If you're unsure, call in a pro for an inspection. 





Posted by Janet Cramb on 5/19/2020

This Single-Family in Pepperell, MA recently sold for $281,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Janet Cramb - Janet Cramb & Company/LAER Realty Partners.


11 Idal Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

Single-Family

$281,000
Price
$281,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
The perfect retirement home. Well maintained 3 bedroom ranch with one a car garage. Many updates include windows, water heater, garage door, outdoor shed, carpeting, exterior paint and more! One level living never looks so good. Over sized eat in kitchen with newer ss appliances and dining area. Living room offers space enough for large furniture and big screen TV. Master bedroom with double closets. 2 additional bedrooms currently being used as an office and den. One full bath. Utility room combines storage and laundry with access to the rear yard. Corner lot with new landscaping made way for a large level yard. Patio offers space for furniture and grilling. Two storage sheds 8x10 and 10x10. Public water, sewer and gas.






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Posted by Janet Cramb on 5/13/2020


120 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

Rental

$1,475
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Newly renovated first floor apartment offers 2 bedroom, eat in kitchen with stove, dishwasher and microwave, refrigerator. One full bath with tub/shower and ceramic tile floor. Plenty of off street parking. Common laundry in the basement. Pets allowed with restrictions. Rent includes water, sewer, snow and trash removal. Ready for occupancy.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Tags: Pepperell   Real estate   Rental   01463  
Categories: Price Change  


Posted by Janet Cramb on 5/13/2020

Selling a house sometimes can be complicated. But if you understand the home selling journey, you may be better equipped than other sellers to avoid potential pitfalls.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you simplify the home selling journey.

1. Analyze the Local Housing Market

The age and condition of your home may have far-flung effects on how much a buyer is willing to pay to acquire your residence. At the same time, the local real estate sector can have major ramifications on your property selling experience.

A home seller who analyzes the local housing market can identify real estate patterns and trends. Then, this seller can use housing market data to establish a competitive initial asking price for his or her residence something that may lead to a quick, seamless home selling experience.

Don't forget to review the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town too. By doing so, you can see how your home compares to these residences and price your house accordingly.

2. Assess Your Home

If you've maintained your home over the years, you may be in a good position to maximize your house sale earnings. On the other hand, if your home requires repairs, there may be no time like the present to complete property improvements.

Oftentimes, it is beneficial to conduct a home inspection and appraisal prior to listing a residence. During a home inspection, a property expert will examine your residence and offer insights into any underlying property issues. Meanwhile, during an appraisal, a property expert will craft a property valuation based on your residence and various housing market factors.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to navigate the home selling process, you may want to hire a real estate agent. That way, you'll have a home selling expert at your side to help you identify and eliminate assorted property selling hurdles.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to sell a home, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. He or she first will meet with you and help you create a property selling strategy. Next, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events to promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will provide recommendations and suggestions about how to proceed with this proposal.

In addition, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you can get the best price for your house. He or she is ready to negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf, and as a result, can help you optimize your home sale earnings.

When it comes to selling a home, complications may arise. Fortunately, the aforementioned tips can help you streamline the home selling process and ensure you can enjoy a fast, profitable property selling experience.




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Posted by Janet Cramb on 5/11/2020


120 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

Rental

$1,400
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Newly renovated first floor apartment offers 2 bedroom, eat in kitchen with stove, dishwasher and microwave, refrigerator. One full bath with tub/shower and ceramic tile floor. Plenty of off street parking. Common laundry in the basement. Pets allowed with restrictions. Rent includes water, sewer, snow and trash removal. Ready for occupancy.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Tags: Pepperell   Real estate   Rental   01463  
Categories: New Homes