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Posted by John Colby on 10/10/2021

While your property may be well insulated, there are a few things you can do to elevate your home’s winter efficiency. By following these suggestions, you can save money on your energy bills, protect your home from the elements and keep your home warm all winter long. 

Check the Fireplace

Your fireplace is a prime location for birds to call home. However, the nests they create can be a serious hazard and safety concern. During an annual inspection, a professional can look, remove any issues and effectively clean the space. It’s essential to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned before starting your first fire of the year. Also, be sure to sweep up any debris or ash that accumulates after the cleaning process.

Add Weatherproofing

Whether you install storm doors and windows or add weatherstripping, weatherproofing tasks can make a vast difference. These help to prevent cold air from entering your home, while also reducing the amount of heat that escapes from your home. Weatherproofing not only keeps your family more comfortable, but this improved insulation also leads to lower energy bills.

Clear Out Gutters

Dirty, clogged gutters present a serious fire hazard and can lead to inefficient storm drainage. Cleaning your gutters should be an annual maintenance task before the cooler weather arrives.

If you would rather not worry about this maintenance, you can install gutter guards. Typically made of stainless steel or polyvinyl chloride (PVC), these products prevent leaves, pine needles and other debris from getting stuck in your gutters. While these must be brushed off occasionally to ensure effectiveness, the cleaning process is much easier compared to gutters without guards.

Protect Those Pipes

Bursting pipes is a common situation that homeowners deal with. Not only can this result in costly damages, but dealing with an emergency repair in the heart of winter can be stressful. Luckily, there are some easy winterizing tips to prevent this problem. From sealing up openings to adding insulation, there are various ways to keep these pipes flowing correctly.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

If you want to maintain a comfortable home temperature while keeping the bills down, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat. These products allow you to customize the indoor environment, leading to less energy consumption and more personalized heating comfort. To help you save even more, drop the temperature on your thermostat when you’re sleeping or away from home. The Department of Energy suggests setting the temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re not inside your property.

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Posted by John Colby on 8/22/2021

If you intend to buy a house in the foreseeable future, it pays to prepare. That way, you can enter the real estate market as an "extraordinary" homebuyer, i.e. someone who knows exactly what it takes to find a great house at an outstanding price.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help any homebuyer go from ordinary to extraordinary.

1. Learn the Ins and Outs of the Housing Sector

The real estate market is complex, particularly for someone who is pursuing a house for the first time. Fortunately, plenty of housing market data is available that can help you gain the insights that you need to make an informed home purchase.

Take a look at homes that are currently available in your city or town. By doing so, you can better understand the prices of houses that match your expectations. Then, you can tailor your home search accordingly.

Furthermore, don't forget to assess the prices of recently sold residences in your area. This housing market data will help you determine whether you're about to enter a real estate market that favors buyers or sellers.

2. Get Your Finances in Order

Meet with banks and credit unions to learn about your mortgage options you'll be glad you did. If you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you can begin your home search with a budget in hand, thereby reducing the temptation to spend too much on a house.

Lenders are happy to provide you with information about a broad range of mortgage options. Also, if you ever have mortgage questions, lenders employ friendly, professionally trained mortgage specialists who are ready to respond to your queries.

In addition, it usually is a good idea to evaluate your credit score prior to applying for a mortgage.

You can obtain a free annual copy of your credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). If you review your credit report closely, you can identify and resolve any potential credit problems and increase the likelihood that you can obtain a favorable mortgage.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to becoming an extraordinary homebuyer, it is important to note that it can be difficult for even the most diligent homebuyer to succeed on his or her own. However, if you employ an expert real estate agent, you can streamline the process of acquiring your dream residence.

A real estate agent is committed to your homebuying success, and as such, will do everything possible to help you find the perfect residence.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations. This housing market professional will even help you alleviate homebuying stress and ensure that you can quickly go from homebuyer to homeowner.

Ready to embark on the homebuying journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can become an extraordinary homebuyer in no time at all.

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Posted by John Colby on 8/20/2021

This Single-Family in Warwick, MA recently sold for $300,000. This Colonial style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.

82 Shepardson Rd, Warwick, MA 01378


Sale Price

House needs significant work. Bring it back to its Glory or Tear it Down and Build your Dream Home on your own private 100+ Acres of land! The home has some Features Worth Saving, like the Large Stained Glass Windows! Gorgeous Open Field and Beautiful views all around! All but 4 acres of Land is Classified in 61 and 61A (Forestry and Agricultural). Also included with this property is a Boat House, Just down the road on Moore's Pond with approximately 15' of water frontage. Boat House also needs work, but even if you tear it down, you will have your own water frontage. Taxes reflect 61 status

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Posted by John Colby on 8/15/2021

If you plan to sell a house, you should allocate time and resources to remove clutter from the attic. By doing so, you can show off the true size of your house and increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.

Ultimately, there are several best practices to help home sellers declutter an attic, and these practices include:

1. Separate Clutter from Items That You Want to Keep

Your attic may be filled with a wide range of items. As a home seller, you'll want to differentiate attic items that you want to keep from those that need to be removed from your home.

With items that you intend to keep, you should package these items safely. Then, you can store these items neatly in your attic. Or, you can move these items into a storage unit.

For home sellers who encounter a massive collection of attic clutter, there is no need to worry. You may be able to sell or donate excess items that work properly and are in great condition. Furthermore, be sure to dispose of any damaged or broken items immediately.

2. Get Plenty of Help

The temptation to tackle attic cleaning on your own may be overwhelming, but it is important to remember that Rome was not built in a day. Thus, if you try to remove attic clutter on your own, you risk myriad problems along the way.

Attic clutter can range from small and lightweight to big and heavy. If you're operating on a strict timeline, you might struggle to quickly get clutter out of your attic if you work alone. And if you're forced to remove large items on your own, there is a risk of injury as well.

When it comes to decluttering an attic, caution is key. As such, you should enlist the help of family members and friends to ensure you can remove attic clutter quickly and safely.

In addition, if you want to avoid the hassle of decluttering your attic, you may want to hire professional help. With friendly, knowledgeable cleaning professionals at your side, you should have no trouble eliminating clutter from your attic.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Clutter is a major problem in many attics, and few h

Posted by John Colby on 8/15/2021

This Single-Family in Royalston, MA recently sold for $399,900. This Cape style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.

80+81 Winchendon Road, Royalston, MA 01368


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
1800's restored/renovated for those who love the antique, but require modern conveniences! Country location near Royalston Community School and Eagle Reserve Conservation Area. Excellent workmanship and materials, a flexible floorplan, and two original fireplaces. The kitchen is huge, with room for an eating area. Upgraded cabinets, hard counters, and a handy island highlight your dream kitchen. A one car garage/barn would fit a horse or two, or other livestock if you wish. A brook runs alongside, where you may sit and listen to the water and relax. There is a useful shed which has a coverd woodshed area behind it. The yard is pleasant, with conservation views in the rear, and even has a goldfish pond. Across the street is your workshop or storage building waiting for your ideas for its use. This home was just finished, and you will be its first really modern occupants!

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