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Posted by John Colby on 10/16/2018

3 Scout Rock Rd, Phillipston, MA 01331



This is the opportunity for the right buyer to own a prime waterfront property on pristine Queen Lake. Come here and enjoy the seasons ! Substantial Renovations at this Waterfront Cottage on the East Side of Queen Lake facing the Sunsets! (80 feet of Waterfrontage and TWO Lots 24 & 25 on corrected and attached plan)! This Prime location gives you the prevailing Westerly breezes and longer days of Sunshine and a longer Summer Season !. Great swimming & boat dock, Fantastic Exposure & 3 bedrooms plus a loft that make for many years of Enjoyment. Property has Tremendous recent Improvements including Newer Roof, Updated Kitchen, Windows & Wiring, Lots of Great Stonework and Landscaping ! Very seldom do properties on the East side of Queen Lake become available. Call us Now to schedule an appointment
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Posted by John Colby on 10/14/2018

When many homeowners set out to declutter their home, they aren’t quite sure of what they’re getting into. Decluttering is a big job that requires some planning and an understanding of your end goals.

Some homeowners are setting out to declutter their home because they’re moving in the near future and want to simplify their move or make their home more appealing to potential buyers. Others have just noticed the junk piling up in their drawers and on their countertops and are fed up.

Regardless of your situation, if you want to declutter you’ve come to the right place.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about one of the best ways to set out on your mission of decluttering your home.

Why room by room?

Decluttering a home can take a lot of time and can be demotivating if you aren’t seeing a lot of progress. One way to break this process down into more manageable pieces is to declutter your home one room at a time.

This method also helps you manage the time you plan on spending decluttering. If your goal is to declutter one room per week until you move, then make sure you have 4 or 5 weeks to complete your cleaning and decluttering.


We’ll start with one of the smaller and easier rooms in your home, the bathroom. A good way to start is by going through your closet and cabinet and getting rid of old supplies and medicines.

Have a first aid kit that you haven’t touched in five years? There’s a good chance most things in it are expired anyway.

Once you’re done throwing out expired items, see if you can reorganize what’s left. A good way to take advantage of the space in a small bathroom is to use door hangers on the inside of your bathroom closet for hanging brooms, dustpans, mops, etc.

Does your bathroom also have messy stacks of assorted towels? One good solution is to roll up your hand towels and store them vertically in a basket that will be kept in your closet. This prevents your stacks of towels from tumbling over, never to be straightened again.


It’s amazing how kitchen utensils and appliances can add up over the years. Do you have a garlic clove grinder that’s been sitting in your drawer for years? Chances are you can toss it out.

Once you’ve made some space in your kitchen drawers and cabinets, bring some order to what’s left by using compartments and stackable organizers. This will help keep you on track by giving each item in your kitchen a “home.”


You probably already guessed it, but the most disorganized area in most bedrooms is the closet. A good rule of thumb when cleaning out clothes is to ask yourself if you’ve worn the item since this time last year. If not, there’s a good chance you can safely donate it to a thrift store.

Have a tendency of throwing dirty clothes in piles on the floor? Make things easier on yourself by keeping a clothing bin nearby that you can toss all of your dirty clothes into and worry about sorting them later.

Posted by John Colby on 10/11/2018

0000 Ridge Rd Extension, Athol, MA 01331



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Tremendous Western Views with Panoramic Sunsets and the prevailing Westerly Breezes ! This 5 Acre Building Lot has been cleared, has Town Water and Town Sewer Connections. A perfect site for the sought after walk out lower level living and basement area. Sunset views possible from Lower level walkout basement as well.. Take advantage of the opportunity to utilize your basement as an inviting , spacious and real living area with lots of Natural Light options that are not available on a traditional flat lot !
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Posted by John Colby on 10/10/2018

37 South Main St, New Salem, MA 01355



Full/Half Baths
Open House this Sunday Oct 14th Noon till 2 PM ! On the Common w/ over 2 Acres & less than 20 minutes to the 5 College Area in the Easterly foothills of Western Massachusetts ! This Second Empire Mansard Designed home was built in 1871 at the outset of this Fabulous Design Era ! To say this home is Unique is an Understatement ! Tastefully & Uniquely Refurbished w/ Architectural Artifacts this home is both Elegant and Practical. A quintessential example of the Highest Quality Construction Stylings having been used to insure the discerning Buyers sustainable livability in today's lifestyle. Having 4 bedrooms plus a separate 2 bedroom wing w/full bath this home will make a Wonderful Family Compound or perhaps a Bed and Breakfast that an owner can be proud of with no apologies to anyone ! A Spectacular Observation deck w/Commanding Views overlooks Quabbin and is just a short walk to the Great Reservoir serving greater Boston ! Lots of Local Flavor & History Click on Docs
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October 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Open House this Sunday at this Spectacular Property ! Co sponsored by John Colby of Colby Realty and Susan Getz of Coldwell Banker Leominster
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Location: 37 South Main St, New Salem, MA 01355    Get Directions

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Posted by John Colby on 10/7/2018

Let's face it – a first-time home seller may encounter many problems as he or she tries to navigate the home selling journey. Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline the process of listing your residence and ensuring you can maximize your house's value.

Now, let's take a look at three common challenges that first-time home sellers might face:

1. You don't know what your home is worth.

What you paid for your house several years ago is unlikely to match your home's value today. Fortunately, a property appraisal can help you gain the insights you need to better understand your house's current value.

During a property appraisal, a home inspector will evaluate your residence from top to bottom. Then, this inspector will provide you with a report that highlights your house's strengths and weaknesses so you can plan potential home improvement projects accordingly.

When it comes to figuring out what your home is worth, don't forget to assess the prices of homes that are currently available too. With this housing market data in hand, you can find out how your residence stacks up against comparable houses.

2. You don't know how to enhance your residence's interior and exterior.

Consider the homebuyer's perspective as you examine your house's interior and exterior – you'll be glad you did. This will enable you to think about the best ways to enhance your house and ensure it will dazzle homebuyers consistently.

Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on property buyers. And if you allocate the necessary time to mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and remove dust and debris from walkways, you may be able to boost your house's chances of generating substantial interest from property buyers.

Don't forget to declutter your home's interior, either. By doing so, you can make it simple for property buyers to envision what life would be like if they purchase your residence.

3. You have no idea what it takes to add your house to the real estate market.

Adding a house to the real estate market should be simple, but myriad problems may arise that prevent you from listing your residence and getting the best price for it. However, if you work with a real estate agent, you can avoid any potential pitfalls throughout the home selling journey.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a house. As such, he or she can serve as an expert guide through each stage of the home selling cycle.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses, market your house to potential homebuyers and negotiate with property buyers on your behalf. This housing market professional also will be happy to respond to your home selling concerns and queries at any time.

For first-time home sellers, there's no need to panic. Use these tips, and you should have no trouble getting the optimal results during the home selling journey.

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