Posted by Marie Presti on 5/16/2021


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Virtual reality, or VR, has increased in popularity and accessibility over the last few years. With multiple comparable devices and platforms available, what might have seemed like science fiction is now part of some peoplesí regular gaming routines. VR is something you can have in your own home and use anytime, but it might not work for everyone. Here weíll go over the important things to consider when setting up VR in your home.

Floor Space

While each VR device on the market is different, most have basic requirements for physical space. Most companies recommend a minimum of 3 feet by 3 feet space to sit or stand and ideally more. Because a VR headset will completely disguise your surroundings, you wonít know if youíre about to bump into an end table or even a wall. Setting a clear boundary on the floor will help keep you (and your furniture) safe.

Ceiling Height

Itís a common misconception that you need high ceilings for a successful VR setup. In actuality, only one of the VR sets available on the market has sensors you attach to ceilings or walls. Otherwise there are no height requirements beyond what makes sense for your personal height. Some sensors you can attach to the top of a computer monitor, while others you can place using free-standing mounts like camera tripods.

Internet Connection

Not all VR games require the internet, but a solid connection is essential for multiplayer gaming. Connecting directly via wired Ethernet connection is ideal, though Wi-Fi will also work as long as the signal is powerful enough. This is another thing thatís important to factor in to your VR design plans, as having the router nearby can give you an advantage.

Cable Management

Unfortunately, VR comes with a lot of cables that can cause frustration and even safety hazards if not properly managed. The most common issue is the head mounted display cables that connect to your PC or other platform. While these cables are typically extremely long to allow for flexibility and movement, itís easy to trip over them. Some VR enthusiasts use ceiling-mounted cable management systems to keep these cables off of the floor and out of the way.

Flooring

Technically, there is no type of flooring required for using VR. However, a lot of VR games and apps available encourage physical movement and exercise. Depending on the game, you might be jumping, crawling, jogging in place or crouching on the floor. Most experts recommend setting up your VR system in a room that has carpeting, ideally with thick padding underneath. Other options include large foam mats or interlocking tiles, which come with the added convenience of movement and storage when VR time is over.

If youíre considering bringing VR into your home gaming life, itís important to be mindful of your environment. Staying safe is key, but the better outfitted your room is for VR, the more fun youíll have. Measure carefully and look for retailers that have rental options so you can give this technology a try.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/13/2021

This Single-Family in Burlington, MA recently sold for $730,000. This Contemporary,Multi-Level style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..


6 Crowley Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

Winnmere

Single-Family

$699,900
Price
$730,000
Sale Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This large multi-level 5 bedroom, 3 bath, home sits on a private corner lot. It features 5 levels of living space with two large additions. The home was recently painted, has newly refinished hardwood floors, and solar panels. The main level is perfect for entertaining with several large rooms. The family room has vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting, and gets a ton of natural light. The entire top floor can be used as master suite. The basement has additional finished space with laundry. There's plenty of storage space with two sheds, a 1 car garage, and extra space in the basement. The backyard features a large patio, above ground pool, and two generous side yards perfect for hosting in the summer.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/12/2021

This Single-Family in Boston, MA recently sold for $725,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..


20 Richardson St, Boston, MA 02135

Brighton

Single-Family

$749,900
Price
$725,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Rarely available three bedroom single family with detached garage parking located in convenient North Brighton. Situated on an oversized lot on a quiet side street in a in residential neighborhood near the Boston Landing Train Station as well as easy access to the 70 and 70A bus lines. This location also provides very easy access to Downtown and Logan Airport via Soldiers Field Road and the Mass Pike. The property has loads of potential with 3 good size bedroom and a walk up, unfinished attic with potential for expansion or adding an additional unit, and VERY LOW TAXES! The second floor has three bedrooms and large bathroom. The property is within close proximity to two Supermarkets and many shops and restaurants (Star Market & Stop & Shop) as well as Trader Joe's. Property must be owner occupied. Open houses Saturday and Sunday from 12-2PM.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/9/2021

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House flipping projects typically take between 45 and 90 days to complete. But when subcontractors have to put your renovations on the back burner, they might incline entrepreneurs serving as general contractors with the right skills to roll up their sleeves. Such scenarios beg whether fix-and-flip business owners are better off going it alone or relying on other construction professionals. It may come as something of a surprise, but the best course of action may lay somewhere in the middle.

What Does A General Contractor Do?

Taking on the role of a general contractor involves coordinating every moving aspect of the construction renovation. Most general contractors provide either blueprints or explicit directions to subcontractors who usually have specialized skills. Examples of subcontractors include:

  • Electricians
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers
  • Masons
  • Sheetrock Crews
  • Roofers
  • Painters

The contractor maintains a master set of plans and answers wide-reaching questions about how to overcome unanticipated obstacles. Experienced subcontractors run solutions by the general contractor because they understand critical next steps and how changes impact other facets of the project.

People in the house flipping industry routinely serve as general contractors. It allows them to track expenses such as material costs and keep the project moving along on time. On the other hand, it’s not unusual for one subcontractor to miss a deadline and disrupt the entire project’s timeline. In such cases, the entrepreneur/general contractor may have no choice but to strap on a tool belt.

When Does It Make Sense For General Contractors To Conduct Renovations?

The previous scenario highlights the fact that sometimes a need arises to get things done. But general contractors must also tread lightly. Stepping on a subcontractor's toes by completing a portion of their work can lead to financial disagreements. Sometimes workers feel like you’ve encroached on their territory. But because house-flipping general contractors don’t necessarily spend all day answering questions and resolving problems, there will be opportunities to take on work and lower labor costs.

For instance, most people with construction experience can take down a non-structural wall with a sledgehammer and Sawzall. Putting tasks on your plate that won’t delay subcontractors makes a certain degree of sense. You can also speed along the process by carrying materials or running out for coffee instead of sending one of the crew members.

These types of efforts also go a long way with subcontractors and crew members who recognize you’re a hard-working individual. That construction "credibility" alone is worth its weight in gold. However, the last thing a fix-and-flip professional wants to do is insert themselves out of necessity.

How To Avoid Doing Renovations Yourself

Nobility, necessity and saving money remain driving factors that prompt general contractors to wade into the fray. But that trails back to general contractors not having their ducks in a row. Subcontractors gravitate to two essential things: Highest paying jobs and consistent work.

House flippers who also serve as the general contractor would be wise to maintain a small orbit of quality subcontractors. Build relationships by providing consistently good-paying work and develop a family-like atmosphere. When subcontractors feel confident that you can keep them busy, they’ll prioritize your business. Then you won’t have to make renovations out of necessity.   





Posted by Marie Presti on 5/2/2021


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Buying land can be a tricky matter for many people, especially when they're first getting started. No matter how valuable a property may seem at the time, it may not take very long to realize there were more strings attached than you thought. But while there are a few red flags to keep in mind, you don't have to let your nerves get the better of you. Before signing a contract, here are a few facts to keep in mind. 

Zoning Laws 

Chances are, you've likely already confirmed that the land has been zoned for building, but what you may not have considered is the extent of the zoning laws. Building in certain neighborhoods may be difficult to do, depending on the size and configuration of the property. You also may want to consider how future laws will affect your building. For example, if the neighborhood is likely to pass new laws to protect the environment, you need to keep in mind the expense and effort of compliance. Zoning hiccups may not prevent you from buying the property, it can just help you prepare for what's ahead. 

The State of the Land 

If you're buying property, you need to do more than just look at the site. You need to know if the soil has been contaminated while the land sat vacant, how fast the tree roots are growing, and whether the ground can support certain infrastructure. If the roots are moving close to the property site, you'll need to factor in the cost of removal. Buyers should also consider how the sunlight (or lack thereof) will affect the eventual inhabitants. If there are sun-blocking hills near the area, it could significantly reduce the demand of the property. 

The Neighborhood 

If you're looking for a bargain, it's likely going to come in the form of a fairly undesirable neighborhood. Building in an area like this may pay off in spades, or it may end up being a major mistake. Some people will jump on neighborhoods that are "up-and-coming" only to find that the wind changes direction soon after buying. Or they find that it takes too long for the neighborhood to become valuable. You need to think about what you'll do if you can't sell for the price you want (e.g., rent, etc.). Not every developer can wait a decade or more before the market shifts. 

Buying land can be a great way to both meet the housing demand in an area while generating profit for you. The key is to consider the most common scenarios (and problems) that may occur before moving forward. 







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