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Posted by John Colby on 7/21/2019

Having to change the roof is a decision most homeowners shy away from, itís time-consuming, can generally be a stressful process and often requires a large budget. Most homeowners do not know when their roofs are due for a change until they experience damages to the house and property. 

There are basic signs a homeowner should look out for when they are unsure how long to go between roof replacements. A house or property built a long time ago will require constant maintenance and renovation to keep it looking good and attractive. The points outlined below will help you decide on when to change your roof.

Leaks

Having water drip into your home from your ceiling or water running down your wall is a clear indication that you need to change your roof. The first thing on your list is to find the cause of the leak. The most common reasons are as a result of a damaged roof or condensation. 

Water Stains

Water stains around the interior ceiling of a house destroy not just the general appeal of a home, but also the furniture, paint and trim in the affected area. If you notice water stains around your ceiling or wall, you should investigate the cause of the moisture. A leaking roof doesnít necessarily mean you must change the entire roof; other methods can be used to stop leakage depending on the severity of the damage.

Paint Damage

Do you see paint blisters or peeling paint on your walls? Swelling woodwork or trim either indoors or outdoors? These are all signs of water pooling where itís not supposed to be. Tracing these leaks to the source is essential since the issue could be anything from a small plumbing leak to severe roof damage. 

Mold

Mold is not only unsightly; it also harms your health and the quality of air in your home. The growth of mold on a ceiling or wall could be a sign of a faulty roof, a plumbing issue or a condensation problem. First off, check that your insulation is not soaked, your bathroom fixtures and plumbing are in good condition, and also that your home has enough ventilation. Itís a lot easier to correct these than a leaky roof. 

Granule Loss

Loss of granule should not be a cause of concern especially if the asphalt shingle is a new roof. However, if these are noticed ten to fifteen years after roof installation, then it might be a cause of worry. The granule keeps the sun off the shingles, once they out, the shingles will begin to bake and deteriorate in a hurry.

If you experience any of these problems and track them back to roof damage, itís advisable you inspect your roof for damage and if youíre in doubt, to get a professional roofer to check it over.




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Posted by John Colby on 7/20/2019


54 Spa Road, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$189,900
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
.OPEN HOUSE... THIS SUNDAY July 21st,...NOON TO 3 PM... ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! EXTEND YOUR VACATION BY COMMUTING TO WORK FROM QUEEN LAKE. QUEEN LAKE IS ONLY 50,MINUTES FROM WORCESTER AND ABOUT 75 MINUTES TO BOSTON. Located on a wooded lot, a perfect seasonal one bedroom, one bathroom cottage to get away from it all is waiting for your personal touch. Enjoy the beautiful view of the almost undeveloped forested area on the Western side from inside the cottage, from the porch or from the lakefront area. Enjoy the excellent water quality while swimming to the nearby island. Enjoy boating, fishing . sailing and waterskiing this summer. There is a NEW 2000 gallon septic tight tank presently being installed by Seller for Title 5 Compliance.
Open House
Saturday
July 20 at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by John Colby on 7/18/2019


54 Spa Road, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$189,900
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
.OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY JULY 20 TH,...NOON TO 3 PM..OWNER ON SITE. ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! EXTEND YOUR VACATION BY COMMUTING TO WORK FROM QUEEN LAKE. QUEEN LAKE IS ONLY 50,MINUTES FROM WORCESTER AND ABOUT 75 MINUTES TO BOSTON. Located on a wooded lot, a perfect seasonal one bedroom, one bathroom cottage to get away from it all is waiting for your personal touch. Enjoy the beautiful view of the almost undeveloped forested area on the Western side from inside the cottage, from the porch or from the lakefront area. Enjoy the excellent water quality while swimming to the nearby island. Enjoy boating, fishing . sailing and waterskiing this summer. There is a NEW 2000 gallon septic tight tank presently being installed by Seller for Title 5 Compliance.
Open House
Saturday
July 20 at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by John Colby on 7/14/2019

Buying a home should be a problem-free experience. Yet issues may arise that make it tough to acquire the perfect house at an affordable price.

Common problems that come up during the homebuying journey include:

1. Lack of Home Financing

Before you search for a home, it generally is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can kick off a house search with a budget in hand.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can teach you about a variety of mortgage options and help you get approved for home financing in no time at all.

Of course, if you have questions as you pursue a mortgage, don't hesitate to ask a lender for assistance. Lenders employ courteous, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who are happy to respond to your queries without delay.

2. Temptation to Submit a Lowball Offer to Purchase

Once you find your ideal residence, you may be tempted to submit an offer to purchase at or below a house seller's initial asking price. But doing so may be problematic, particularly for a homebuyer who wants to acquire his or her dream residence as quickly as possible.

If you submit a lowball offer to purchase a house, a seller likely will reject the proposal. Worst of all, a rival homebuyer may swoop in with a competitive offer to purchase this residence Ė something that may cause you to miss out on the opportunity to buy your ideal home.

Ultimately, it is beneficial to submit a competitive homebuying proposal. If you allocate time and resources to learn about a home's condition and how a residence stacks up against comparable houses in the same city or town, you can craft a competitive offer to purchase. And as a result, a competitive offer to purchase may receive an instant "Yes" from a home seller, leading to a fast, successful homebuying experience.

3. Failure to Identify Problems During a Home Inspection

A home inspection is paramount because it gives you the opportunity to walk through a residence with a property expert and learn about any underlying house issues. Then, if you discover major problems with a house, you can ask a seller to complete property repairs, reduce your initial offer to purchase or walk away from a residence altogether.

Hire a home inspector who possesses comprehensive expertise Ė you'll be glad you did. With the right house inspector at your side, you can get the help you need to identify problems during a property inspection.

Lastly, as you get ready to search for a house, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. This housing market professional can provide extensive guidance throughout the property buying journey and ensure you can mitigate homebuying problems before they escalate.

Reach out to a real estate agent today, and you can receive plenty of support as you navigate the homebuying journey.




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Posted by John Colby on 7/13/2019


54 Spa Road, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$189,900
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
.Open House this Sundayy July 14 th,...Noon till 3 PM...Owner on site..Enjoy this Summer !..Extend your vacation by Commuting to work from Queen Lake ! Queen Lake is only 50 minutes from Worcester and about 75 minutes to Boston. Located on a wooded lot, a perfect seasonal one bedroom, one bathroom cottage to get away from it all is waiting for your personal touch. Enjoy the beautiful view of the almost undeveloped forested area on the Western side from inside the cottage, from the porch or from the lakefront area. Enjoy the excellent water quality while swimming to the nearby island. Enjoy boating, fishing . sailing and waterskiing this summer. There is a! A New 2000 gallon septic tight tank presently being installed by Seller for Title 5 Compliance.
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Saturday
July 13 at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
oWNER ON SITE ! Enjoy....
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