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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/21/2018

Any pet owner will tell you that their pets are a part of the family. They bring joy to new families getting their first dog, and companionship to people who would otherwise live alone. However, they also bring the pet odors associated with having them around the house.

Since we spend so much time in our own homes, we oftentimes donít even notice pet odors. So, even if you think your home is free of odors, itís a good idea to get an unbiased opinion of the various odors of your home so that you can address them if necessary.

In this article, weíre going to teach you how to identify and neutralize those pet odors before the open house or first home showing. That way you can make the best impression on potential sellers and leave them feeling like your home has been well-maintained.

Identifying pet odors in your home

Whether youíve got a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster, odds are your little friend puts off some amount of odor. To discover where, if any, odors can be found, invite a friend over to your home who isnít familiar with the smells and ask them their honest opinions about the various rooms in your home. This will give you a good idea of where you need to focus your efforts.

Important areas to clean

First thingís first: the fabrics, surfaces, furniture, and carpet in your home in your home hold onto odor the most. Renting or buying a carpet cleaner, mopping the hard surfaces, and washing or refreshing curtains is a great place to start.

Many steam cleaners can be used on various surfaces, making them a good solution to get the most value out of your cleaning budget.

Donít forget the carpet pad

If your pets have ever had ďaccidentsĒ on your carpets, itís vital to remember that their mess likely soaked through the carpet onto the carpet pad. While it may seem like a lot of effort to pull up the carpet just to clean the pad, it may be your only option in severe cases of pet odors.  

Painting

Repainting is a guaranteed way to remove any lingering odors in your home. Try to time your painting so that the room has the chance to air out and the smell of fresh paint isnít overpowering.

Repainting is also the perfect opportunity to brighten up the rooms of your home, making them feel more spacious. Sticking to neutral, proven colors will give you the most bang for your buck.

Let some fresh air in

Before showing your home, open up the doors and windows and doors to closets and basements and let a draft run through the house. This can eliminate any musty smells that have accumulated in the lesser used parts of your home, as well as help mitigate the effect of pet odor.

Last minute additions

The day of showing your home, use a high-quality scented candle or two in places that your pets frequent. You donít want it to be obvious that youíre trying to mask any bad odors, so donít use anything overpowering. Rather, opt for a pleasant-to-neutral fragrance that isnít too noticeable.




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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/19/2018


43 Middle, Newburyport, MA 01950

Condo

$367,500
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
OPEN THIS SUNDAY MORNING AT 11:30...Bring your coffee! Cool In-Town Condo / Nestled down along idyllic Middle Street in Historic Downtown Newburyport, this 2nd floor Garden Style Unit could make for a cozy year round residence, seasonal get away or VRBO investment rental. This charmer is situated less than a block from the thriving sidewalk-community of Newburyport boasting eclectic shops, fine eateries, galleries & marinas as well as the much admired Waterfront Park & Boardwalk. This great locale allows for quick access to the South End, The Tannery and, the Brand New Rail Trail! Once inside, this cozy unit offers 2 good sized bedrooms, a spacious full bath, bright n sunny living room, in-unit laundry & an open concept (renovated) galley-kitchen, complete w/ dining area, brick wall accents & access to a back deck. This unit has newer windows & 1 off-street parking space (great for winter snow-ban days)...there's also on-street parking. Fairly easy to show!
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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/16/2018


435 Exeter Road, Hampton, NH 03842-1004

Single-Family

$987,500
Price

5
Bedrooms
15
Rooms
5/1
Full/Half Baths
FABULOUS NEW PRICE CATEGORY! Elegance & Tradition abound on this mini estate which majestically served as the Batchelder Family Homestead for many generations. Purchased by its current owners in 2010 this landmark property underwent extensive renovations & mechanical improvements. The owners took care to preserve historical details yet thoughtfully infused today's modern amenities such as: central air, a luxurious master suite, a well-appointed kitchen & trendy family spaces. This spacious home offers discretionary buyers a more traditional layout yet provides a vast array of Extra Living Spaces, perfect for work-at-home professionals, extended family, care-givers or guests. A spacious barn retains authentic features yet boasts a renovated Great Room, studio/loft areas and an huge workshop. In addition to 6+ acres of a level landscape this home continues to impress w/ its very own INDOOR-POOL HOUSE! This multi-use building sits just beyond the main house & boasts: heated pool, guest space, 3/4 bath, kitchenette & a HUGE YOGA/WORKOUT STUDIO, stunning w/a wall of windows showcasing garden views. Commuters will enjoy nearby services such as: The Exeter NH train station, the C&J Coach Bus Lines (located in Ptsm. & Newburyport) as well as convenient travel routes to either Manchester or Boston International Airports.
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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/15/2018


435 Exeter Road, Hampton, NH 03844

Single-Family

$987,500
Price

15
Rooms
5
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
FABULOUS PRICE POINT! Elegance & Tradition abound on this 6+ acre mini-estate. Purchased by its current owners in 2010 this landmark homestead underwent extensive renovations & mechanical updates. The owners took great care to preserve historical details yet thoughtfully infused modern amenities such as: central air, a luxurious master en-suite, well-appointed kitchen & trendy living spaces. The home has a traditional layout yet provides a vast array of additional living spaces perfect for work-at-home professionals, extended family, caregivers or guests. The main level of the original barn offers a great workshop area, tons of storage & garage parking while the renovated 2nd floor wows w/ a super cool Great Room! The property continues to impress w/ an INDOOR-POOL-HOUSE complete w/ heated pool, entertainment space & a huge YOGA/WORKOUT ROOM! Avid Travelers/commuters will enjoy nearby train & bus lines & short travel times to Portsmouth, Newburyport, Boston & Beyond!
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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 10/14/2018

Owning a second home or vacation home is the dream of many Americans hoping to retire in style. However, owning a second home can also be a huge financial asset and even an added form of income if youíre savvy with the rental process.

What stops most of us from buying a vacation home in our ideal getaway? The funding, of course. But, there are ways to plan ahead to ensure youíll be ready to take the plunge and purchase a second home when the time comes.

In todayís blog post, weíre going to be talking about the steps to buying a home away from home and give you some tip on how to accomplish this goal in the most financially-sensible way possible.

1.  Location is Key

When you buy a second home, you take on all the responsibilities of homeownership a second time. Since you wonít be around every day to tend to maintenance tasks and troubleshoot problems, you risk discovering costly repairs that could otherwise be avoided.

The most common issues to be concerned with are frozen pipes in northern climates, flooding in coastal areas, and problems like pests that can be found just about anywhere.

Depending on your budget, you might want a home you can drive out to on the weekends, meaning somewhere close by to your primary home. This option also makes it easier to stay up-to-date on home maintenance tasks before they become an issue.

2. Try before you buy

If your ideal vacation home is in an area youíre not totally familiar with, itís a good idea to visit the neighborhood, talk to the locals, and gain their perspective on the area before buying.

This trip will also give you a sense of what you can expect to spend each time you visit the home. And, if you plan on renting out the property when you arenít using it, youíll be able to gauge what a reasonable rent price is for the location.

3. Earning income from your vacation home

Making extra cash from a home that you get to use pretty much whenever you want. Sounds like a dream, right? It can be if done properly, but youíll need to ensure a few things before you can start earning income from your vacation property.

First, be aware that investment properties often require a larger down payment (typically 30%). Lenders also charge extra interest on homes that will be rented out.

Finally, there are local and state-level laws youíll need to adhere to. These laws are designed to protect your interests as well as the people who rent out your property, so make sure you use a standard rental agreement for your area.

4. Making an offer

Youíve been here before. Once youíve decided on a home, itís time to start crafting your offer and negotiating with the sellerís agent.

However, before you pick a number, do some research on all of the expenses youíll be paying on the house in question. Property taxes, homeowners association dues, utilities, and any other costs should be on your radar before determining if itís the right home for your budget.

Youíll also want to be aware of the stipulations of renting out a property you own. This includes reporting income from renting your home to the IRS.


Now that you know the steps youíll need to take to move toward your goal of buying a vacation home, youíll be better equipped to make decisions that are best for you and your familyís future.