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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/9/2018

Planning to sell your house in the next few weeks or months? If so, you likely will want to declutter to improve your house's appearance and make it easy for potential homebuyers to envision what life might be like if they purchase your residence.

Ultimately, donating items may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for those who want to declutter and move in the near future.

By donating items that you no longer need, you can quickly and easily remove clutter from your residence. Plus, you may be able to secure a tax credit for your charitable contributions.

Before you donate your items, however, you should take a close look at your personal belongings and decide which things to keep and which to give to charity.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you can donate to charity:

1. Clothing

If you intend to move from Florida to Alaska – or vice-versa – there may be a wide range of clothing that you can donate before you move.

Ensure that any clothing that you plan to donate is clean. If necessary, wash any dresses, t-shirts and other apparel that you intend to donate.

Also, it is always better to err on the side of caution when you donate clothing. And if you have clothes that are faded or torn, you should dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

For those who plan to downsize, donating electronics is ideal. That way, you can get rid of electronics that won't fit into your new home and do a good deed at the same time.

Evaluate your electronics and make sure they work correctly before you donate them. In addition, it often pays to tape any electronics cords, wires and accessories to the items themselves.

Check out a charity's electronics donations policies prior to scheduling a donation pick-up too. By doing so, you can guarantee that a charity can pick up and use your excess electronics.

3. Appliances

In many instances, an individual may move into a new address that comes equipped with a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and other appliances. If this happens, you may want to contact local charities to see if they can pick up your current appliances.

Reach out to a local charity to find out whether it can pick up your current appliances – you'll be glad you did. If the answer is "Yes," you may be able to avoid having to move big, heavy appliances on your own.

As the aforementioned list shows, there are lots of great items that you can donate to charity. Conduct an in-depth search of charities in your city or town, and you can work with a local charity that can use your excess items.

Lastly, if you ever have questions about which charities in your area will accept donations, don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations directly. And if you're looking for extra assistance as you declutter your residence and prepare to list your home, it certainly helps to contact an expert real estate agent as well.




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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/5/2018


3A Nowers Road, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$2,489,000
Price

13
Rooms
5
Beds
4/2
Full/Half Baths
Distinctive young Shingle Style Colonial in private estate-like setting in desirable Manor Neighborhood. Exceptional home enhanced w/sunlit rooms, tastefully appointed w/exquisite millwork & quality features throughout including oversized windows, dramatic open 2 story foyer overlooking a wall of glass, front and back staircases & so much more. You'll love the airy, flowing floor plan w/spacious rooms, oversized entryways, classic formal living & dining rooms, flexible music room or 5th bedroom. Open kitchen w/ample granite counter space & island, high end stainless steel appliances, walk-in panty, breakfast nook with plantation shutters overlooking family room w/ vaulted ceiling, cheerful fireplace, lovely French Doors to terrace, serene grounds. Impeccable home improved by seller with addition of two 3rd floor offices, 1/2 bath and a finished lower level game room, gym, full bath, cedar closet. Heated 3 car garage, near bike path, middle school, neighborhood park & Willards Woods!
Open House
Sunday
December 09 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
First public open house! Amazing young shingle style Colonial in private setting in desirable Manor Location!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 3A Nowers Road, Lexington, MA 02420    Get Directions

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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/2/2018

Buying a home is the mark of an important milestone in your life. While you’re very excited, you need to be prepared for all of the costs that are associated with buying a home. There are a few different costs that go into buying a home that are often overlooked. Before you dive into the home buying process, you’ll want to be prepared.



The Closing Costs


Many homebuyers have gone smoothly through the process of buying a home until they get to the closing table. They suddenly realize that they need a bit more cash than they anticipated. You probably were more than prepared with your down payment, but there’s other costs that are associated with buying a home. Some costs that you should be prepared for include:


  • The home appraisal
  • Attorney’s fees
  • lender’s fees
  • Underwriting fee
  • Processing fees
  • Inspection fees



You’ll receive a disclosure up front to help you understand all of the charges and cash that you must present when your signing the final documents for the purchase of the house. Keep in mind that many of these fees can be negotiable. 


Decorating Your New Home


Once you move into a new home, you’re going to want to decorate the space. You may need a some new furniture. Perhaps you own no furniture and need to furnish the entire house. You’ll want to budget for this. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to fill up your home with items that won’t break the bank yet look good in the home. Places that you can shop include online sources like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You can even check out local second hand stores for some great deals on furniture and decor that is in good condition. The important thing is that you understand how much you’ll need to buy as you move into the home.   



Escrow Accounts


The escrow account typically holds the insurance and taxes for the home. Funds are withdrawn as premiums and payments are due. Not every lender has these set up, but you should be prepared to have the money up front for the home insurance and even the taxes at the closing table.  


Improvements Around The Home


There will be plenty of things that you’ll want to do around your new home to spruce up the place and make it your own. From planting bushes in the front to flower gardens outside to fresh coats of paint, you’ll quickly discover how expensive it is to be a homeowner. 

     

If you’re preparing to buy a home, now you understand why saving is so important! Investigate all the costs that you’ll need to pay up front while you’re in the midst of buying a home to avoid any surprises.





Posted by Judy Moore on 11/29/2018


337 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$979,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
New Colonial! Wonderful Lexington opportunity! Enjoy an open concept kitchen with a pretty granite covered island and counter tops, breakfast area, two story family room with streaming sunlight, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1st floor laundry, 2 car garage and room for expansion in the unfinished lower level. This brand new home with custom millwork and gleaming hardwood floors, features a private backyard, a convenient location abutting the popular Manor neighborhood, steps to public transportation, walking distance to the bike path, conservation land, neighborhood park and so much more. Enjoy all that Lexington has to offer just move in and enjoy!
Open House
Saturday
December 01 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 337 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420    Get Directions

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Posted by Judy Moore on 11/29/2018


8 Foster Road, Burlington, MA 01803

Single-Family

$499,000
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
A terrific value in Burlington! Don't miss out on this charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath Cape with an attached two car garage in a desirable neighborhood not far from Wildwood Park and 3rd Avenue restaurants and shopping. Enhanced by several improvements that include an updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, newer roof, vinyl sided exterior, spacious tiered composite deck, replacement windows, insulation and so much more. You'll love the gleaming hardwood floors, built-ins, fireplaced living room, oversized upstairs bedrooms with double closets and most of all the enclosed porch with numerous windows and slider overlooking a peaceful, serene backyard oasis with numerous plantings and garden areas. As an added bonus, the lower level game room and offices are heated by a wood burning stove and create additional options for potential living space. Welcome Home!
Open House
Sunday
December 02 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 8 Foster Road, Burlington, MA 01803    Get Directions

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