Posted by Marie Presti on 7/15/2018

Trying to choose colors for the inside and outside of your home can be awfully tricky. Finding which shades mix in order to decorate your rooms can seem dizzying. With a little confidence and some knowledge, youíll be able to find colors that youíll love for a long time to come. Hereís some tips to help you find the right mix for your homeís color scheme. 

Look For Inspiration


Whether youíre in your friendís living room and see a color combo that you really love, or are looking in a magazine and see something unique, make note of it for your own uses.  


Find Colors That You Can Live With


While bright green and orange may look cool together, can you really live with these hues in a room? Discover what colors make you feel a certain way. If the room is meant to make you feel calm and collected, youíll want to find colors that are soothing to you and your soul. If the room is meant to be more energizing, youíll want to pick a more vibrant, energetic color. Keep in mind that the color in a room affects the mood of the room. 


Get Plenty Of Samples


From sample color swatches to small cans of paint samples, thereís plenty of resources at your local hardware store to get you started on finding the perfect colors for a room. Be sure to hold the swatches up in different lighting and see how they look in the space by going around the room from wall to wall. This will help you to see how the color will look once itís actually painted on the walls in different lighting.


Find Matches


The next question that youíll have once you get your paint up is what kind of colors will go well in this room. Itís good to have a few ideas in mind. If you already own a sofa, for example, start by working with that color. If the sofa is brown, for example, you may not want brown walls as well. Work with what you have first. If youíre buying new furniture and accessories, you may want to work with what youíre hoping to put in the room. The task of choosing colors for the interior of your home involves thinking about both design and function.           


Nature Has Some Answers For You


If you really love the beach, think of the colors that are present there. Thereís tan colored sand along with blue skies, blue water, and touches of green from seagrass, trees, and other plants. Natureís color palette is quite extensive and the good news is that all of the landscapes match! It you look around in nature, you can get a great idea for the beginnings of a fantastic color scheme for any room in your home.





Posted by Marie Presti on 7/8/2018

Appliances have a certain lifespan of use, and then, unfortunately, they tend to break down one way or another. Depending on the age of the appliance and the amount of the repair cost, you should make an informed decision as to what will be a good for your finances and your home.


So, when the fridge stops producing cold or the dryer stops drying things, you may go into panic mode and try to either buy a new appliance or call a repair person. Before you make a snap judgment, you should take a step back. Itís important to ask the question: 


Is it worth getting this repaired?


If you are able to get an estimate of how much the repairs will cost, this will give you a good place to start. This is the fastest way for you to get the answers that you need. If the life of the appliance is going to only be a few years, you may be better off investing your money in a new appliance. The cost of a repair can run somewhere around 20-30 percent of the cost of replacing the appliance completely.


Understand The Life Expectancy Of Each Appliance


Some appliances are meant to last for a decade, others will last for a shorter period of time. As a general rule of thumb, if your appliance is over 7 years old and breaks down, you should probably replace it rather than repair it. It will be a better investment in the long run. Some typical lifespans for appliances are:


  • Dishwasher 9 years
  • Freezer 13 years
  • Range 15 years
  • Dryer 13 years
  • Washing Machine 10 years


Before you replace your broken appliance, there are a few things you should understand. First, sometimes, it really isnít broken. A plug could be loose or a circuit could have tripped. You would hate to spend the money on a new appliance rather than deal with a simple problem. Troubleshoot the problem yourself by taking a peek at the ownerís manual first.              


Pricing Appliances 


Once you have repair estimates, you should find out how much it will be to replace your appliance completely with a similar model. Make sure that you factor in things like the removal of the old appliance, the taxes, and the installation. By running the numbers, youíll know if you can afford a new appliance or not compared to the repair costs. 


New Features


If you have been dreaming of a refrigerator with an ice maker, it may be a good decision for you to spring for a new model. If you love the features you have, youíll want to either price similar units or do the repairs. Really, your budget and needs very much dictate your decision for new appliances. Consider the options and make the repair or replacement call based on your needs.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/1/2018

Need to relocate from one address to another? In all likelihood, you'll need to pack a variety of small kitchen appliances before moving day arrives. Luckily, we're here to teach you what it takes to safely and effectively pack up your microwave, toaster and other small kitchen appliances.

Now, let's take a look at three best practices for packing small kitchen appliances.

1. Clean and Disassemble Your Appliances

Before you start packing, spend some time cleaning your small kitchen appliances. This will ensure your appliances are neat and tidy prior to storing them in assorted moving boxes.

Unplug a kitchen appliance prior to cleaning. Then, allocate the necessary time and resources to wipe down your appliance's interior and exterior. After you clean your kitchen appliances, make sure they are completely dry before you pack them.

In addition, remove any loose parts from your small kitchen appliances. This will allow you to secure all associated appliance components in moving boxes.

2. Choose an Appropriate Moving Box

If possible, use a small kitchen appliance's original box for moving day. The appliance will fit perfectly in this box, thereby reducing the risk of damage while your appliance is in transit.

For those who failed to save the original boxes for their appliances, there is no need to worry. You can purchase moving boxes in a wide range of sizes, ensuring you can find a moving box that will hold any small kitchen appliance.

In most instances, small and medium-sized moving boxes are ideal for myriad kitchen appliances. Use plenty of packing or sealing tape on the bottom of these moving boxes to ensure the boxes won't fall apart. Also, prepare these moving boxes with packing paper to further protect your small kitchen appliances.

3. Wrap Your Appliances in Bubble Wrap or Packing Paper

When it comes to small kitchen appliances, it always is better to err on the side of caution. Therefore, you should wrap each of these appliances in bubble wrap or packing paper and secure it with packing tape. This will help you minimize the risk that the appliance will get damaged during your move.

If you need extra help with moving small kitchen appliances or other items, it never hurts to reach out to a professional moving company for assistance, either. This moving company will learn about your moving needs and help you plan accordingly.

Lastly, if you require assistance with buying or selling a house, it pays to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you enjoy a fast, seamless homebuying or home selling journey. Furthermore, if you are uncertain about the best ways to prepare for moving day, a real estate agent can offer expert recommendations.

Take the guesswork out of packing your small kitchen appliances Ė use the aforementioned best practices, and you should have no trouble getting your small kitchen appliances packed up and ready to go for moving day.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 6/24/2018

Renting is a short-term solution to finding a place to live. It can be a good way to move into a new area and live inexpensively for a short period of time. But financially, renting doesnít make much sense as a long-term plan.

Owning a home is a valuable asset--one that is likely to rise in value over time due to inflation and increasing land value. When you pay rent each month, your only return on investment is that you have a place to live. With home ownership, however, your mortgage payments go toward something you can sell later on.

Deciding if youíre ready to buy a house is not an easy task. Not only do you need to ensure that youíre financially prepared for homeownership, you also need to determine if it makes sense for your personal and professional life.

In this article, weíll talk about some of the ways you can tell if itís a good time to take the plunge into the housing market or if you should keep renting.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Aside from being a question youíll likely be asked at a job interview, this is also something you should ask yourself before considering buying a home. When you buy, youíre making a down payment, paying closing costs, and devoting a lot of time and energy into the process.

Initially, it typically costs more to buy than to rent. But, over time, youíll likely end up paying less for your mortgage payments than you would for a 1-bedroom apartment. Furthermore, those costs go towards an important financial asset.

A big question you should ask yourself when deciding whether to rent or buy is how long you plan on staying in your next dwelling. Typically, if you plan on living there for over five years, it could be a good idea to buy.

To find out which makes more sense for you, try out this useful Rent vs Buy calculator.

What type of lifestyle do you want to have?

Owning a home means caring for a home. If you want to focus on your career or education, you might not have time or funds to pour into maintaining a home. Itís important to remember that home maintenance isnít just a matter of mowing the lawn every other week. Youíll also have to be prepared to spend on hiring professionals for issues like plumbing and electricity.

Calculating whether it makes more sense to buy a home or rent an apartment can be difficult because there are a number of variables when it comes to buying a house. Closing costs, down-payment, property taxes, HOA fees, should all be figured into your calculations. On top of that, youíll need to consider the state of the housing market, whether you can get a good interest rate, and what type of mortgage you can receive.

If you want to live in a large home and you want to do it sooner rather than later, you might want to rent and save for a longer period of time.

However, if youíre happy in a small house and donít need lots of storage space and bedrooms, taking a small mortgage can be a good investment.

Thatís a lot of variables to consider, but fortunately this calculator from the New York Times makes it easy to plug in your numbers.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 6/23/2018

This Condo in Waltham, MA recently sold for $506,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..


47 Chestnut St, Waltham, MA 02453

Condo

$459,900
Price
$506,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Prime Moody Street locale! This meticulously maintained luxury townhouse has a granite/stainless kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, open floor plan, central air conditioning, upstairs in unit laundry, deck and interior access garage parking. Two bedrooms plus loft area. Custom plantation shutters and window treatments included. 2nd parking spot in front of garage and additional guest parking. Enjoy all that Moody St has to offer; short walk to restaurants, pubs, commuter rail, shops, movie theater, the newly opened Peter Gilmore Playground and the Charles River. Easy access to Rt 2, 128 and the Mass.Pike. Easy Living - move right in. 1st OH Sat & Sun May 5/6 12-1:30pm.

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