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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/13/2019

If youíre looking to save more energy and money around your home, perhaps one of the first places that you should look is your plugs. Take a look around your rooms and see what outlets are being used. If every outlet is full of plugs, you may have some adjustments to make. 


There are so many things in our homes that require plugs including TVís, microwaves, toasters, clocks, refrigerators, phone chargers, and more. 


Anything that is always plugged in actually adds to your electric bill whether youíre using it or not. This is known as phantom power usage. Even when a device isnít turned on, itís still using energy.


You donít want to go around your home and unplug everything, only to plug it back in when you need to use it. Use this handy guide to discover what you should unplug and what you can leave plugged in your home in order to save some energy and some money. 


What To Unplug


Small Appliances


Large appliances in your kitchen would be impractical to constantly plug in and unplug. Smaller appliances, however, are much easier to manage. These include toasters, coffee makers, food processors, and microwaves. The small digital clocks on many of these devices, for example, are constantly using energy. Do you really need the function? If you donít need to know the time, you should just unplug it and save your home some energy usage. 


Chargers


We need to charge just about all of our devices including laptops, iPads, phones, and even electric toothbrushes. these items donít need to be plugged in all the time. Once a device is charged fully, be sure to unplug it. Itís only wasting energy otherwise!  


Computers


Unplug your computer each and every night. Screen savers and sleep modes donít actually save much power from being used while your computer is plugged in. Itís a good idea to keep your computer unplugged for safety reasons as well. A strike of lighting hitting, for example, can cause your entire system to fry.


Keep These Items Plugged In


There are certain items that you can leave plugged in at your home without worry. These items include:


  • Power strips
  • Nondigital items
  • Items without clock or LCD displays




Power strips are particularly useful for items like entertainment centers and computer setups. Flipping the switch to the off position on the power strip helps to stop the phantom power usage. The convenient thing is that you wonít need to plug and unplug everything in individually, and youíll still save power. 


Saving energy and money is easy when you have the right strategies put in place.





Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/6/2019

Everyone had something ugly in their yard that they want to hide. For many, itís the oversized trash bins that donít really fit in the garage but are big and distracting when left out. Others may have utility boxes that mar your lovely landscaping. In some cases, itís lawn equipment or gardening tools that donít have a place you can tuck them away.

Here are some ideas of ways to hide your ugly stuff and beautify your home.

Trash Bins

If your oversized cans must be outdoors, create a trellis enclosure to surround them. Place pots with climbing plants such as ivy and trumpet vine along the sides so that they grow up and over the trash cans. However, remember to leave enough space for you to open the lids conveniently.

Another option for trash bins is to make a raised planter box that rises above the cans. Plant bright annuals, vegetables, or succulents in the box.

Utility boxes

To cover a utility box, vent pipe, or other smaller eyesore, purchase a faux stone or cluster of rocks to set on the street-side of it. Surround it with flowering plants or small bushes to give it a more pleasing look.

Disguise utility boxes with raised beds and fill them with taller perennials such as Iris or Agapanthus. The beautiful blooms distract from the ugly utility boxes and hide them in plain sight.

Tools

When a full toolshed is not an option, hide your tools in a patio chest. These chests double as extra seating for entertaining and can even hold a small lawnmower if necessary.Or, create a hideaway cabinet under the deck landing. Just wrap the area with siding to match the deck, add access doors and voila, your tools are hidden in an area that looks like it was meant to be there.

Fireplace Logs

When you have a wood-burning fireplace but donít know where to store the logs, build a bench seat similar to a crate and stack the wood under it. Use the bench for extra seating or as a display shelf for your favorite potted plants.

Use two pillars of your patio cover to stack the logs between, but place lattice on the patio side to hide the wood. Hang planters from the trellis to create a walled garden to bring cheery greenery to your patio area while hiding the logs.

Hoses

Hide your hose in a lovely pot situated near to the faucet. Most garden centers and DIY hardware stores offer choices specially designed to keep unruly hoses in check.

Whatever the problem area, you can find a way to keep it hidden from view with a little ingenuity and effort. Doing so improves your homeís curb appeal and increases your enjoyment of your outdoor living space.




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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/4/2019


23 Elm Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Single-Family

$617,500
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
OPEN Sat. & Sun! This ENCHANTING IN-TOWN HOME boasts trendy updates yet holds a mystique & charm of yesteryear. Set along an idyllic one-way street in one of Newburyort's premier neighborhoods, this adorable home has a Beacon Hill style patio, perennial beds for gardening & a large brick driveway. Once inside you'll be wowed by gorgeous pine floors, wooden window shutters, numerous built ins & many other original features. There's a sunny eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and a spacious living room with cozy wood fireplace. The 1st floor continues with a 3/4 guest bath, large utility closet & access to an ample-sized basement. The 2nd floor impresses w/ a large guest bedroom & a fun Master En Suite complete with remodeled full bath boasting a glass enclosed shower/tub, 2 vanities, 2 linen closets & a huge Walk-in Cedar Closet! An eclectic loft offers the home's 3rd BR which could be used as an home office or studio. There's a shed, a Brand New Fence & Newly Painted Exterior!
Open House
Saturday
October 05 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
FABULOUS SINGLE FAMILY HOME with an INTOWN LOCALE !
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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/2/2019


23 Elm Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Single-Family

$617,500
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
OPEN SATURDAY ! This ENCHANTING IN-TOWN HOME boasts trendy updates yet holds a mystique & charm of yesteryear. Set along an idyllic one-way street in one of Newburyort's premier neighborhoods, this Antique gem has a Beacon Hill style patio, perennial beds for gardening & a large brick driveway. Once inside you'll be wowed by gorgeous pine floors, wooden window shutters, numerous built ins & many other original features. There's a sunny eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and a spacious living room with cozy wood fireplace. The 1st floor continues with a 3/4 guest bath, large utility closet & access to an ample-sized basement. The 2nd floor impresses w/ a large guest bedroom & a fun Master En Suite complete with remodeled full bath boasting a glass enclosed shower/tub, 2 vanities, 2 linen closets & a huge Walk-in Cedar Closet! An eclectic loft offers the home's 3rd BR which could be used as an home office or studio. There's a shed, a Brand New Fence and a Newly Painted Exterior!
Open House
Saturday
October 05 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
FABULOUS SINGLE FAMILY HOME with an INTOWN LOCALE !
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 23 Elm Street, Newburyport, MA 01950    Get Directions

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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 9/29/2019

There is no feeling like the one associated with buying a house. If you know how to navigate the homebuying journey, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying an unforgettable property buying experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey.

1. Create Homebuying Criteria

For those who want to enter the real estate market, it generally is a good idea to establish homebuying criteria. That way, you can focus on properties that match your expectations.

Think about the features you want to find in your dream residence. For instance, if you want to own a house that offers a spacious backyard, you can narrow your property search accordingly. Or, if you want to purchase a residence close to some of the nation's top schools, you can hone your property search to a select group of cities and towns.

You may want to conduct extensive housing market research too. Because the more you know about the local housing sector, the better equipped you will be to find a home that you can enjoy for years to come.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

If you want to buy a house, you likely will need a mortgage. Lucky for you, banks and credit unions are available nationwide, and these financial institutions can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. By doing so, you can learn about all of your mortgage options and select a mortgage that corresponds to your finances.

Also, if you are uncertain about how a mortgage works or require other home financing insights, reach out to a bank or credit union for support. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who can teach you everything you need to know about home financing. As a result, you can work with these mortgage specialists to make an informed home financing decision.

3. Employ a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a must-have, particularly for an individual who wants to minimize stress during the homebuying journey. In fact, this housing market professional will do whatever it takes to help you find a terrific home at a budget-friendly price.

With a real estate agent at your side, you can streamline the homebuying journey. A real estate agent will help you establish realistic expectations for a home search, set up house showings and keep you up to date about new residences that become available in your preferred cities and towns. In addition, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive offer to purchase your ideal residence. And once you are ready to close on your dream house, a real estate agent will make it simple for you to do just that.

As you get ready to pursue your dream residence, it helps to prepare as much as you can. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you should have no trouble enjoying a fun, exciting homebuying experience.




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