Eliane Consalvo - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley



Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 8/20/2017

The quaintness that comes with a small home can be irresistible and there are a lot of benefits to choosing a small home too. Not only do they usually come with a cheaper price tag but they are also cheaper to heat and keep cool as well. Homeowners often feel stumped, however, on how to make the most out of their new homes after move in day. Below are some tips for making the most of your small space. Whether it's just one room or your whole house, you'll feel like you've found some extra square footage. Master of illusions - choose curtain rods that are wider than your window frame and install them close to ceilings so that the entire window frame is visible when curtains are open. Curtains should also come two inches above the floor. This set up will allow maximum amount of light to enter the room and make the room appear larger than it is. Reflect - adding mirrors, glass and see-through furniture provides plenty of opportunity for more light to be reflected throughout the room and create the illusions that there is more space than there is. Be bold - choose large art pieces instead of opting for a gallery wall. Choosing a large landscape piece will add an "extra window view' while a statement piece adds extra oomph. In plain sight - in small spaces storage can be an issue. Instead of trying to cram everything away into nooks and crannies consider putting things right out in the open. By arranging things in the open in a thoughtful way, it will look like an intentional statement instead of a cluttered mess. Use hooks and shelves to your advantage. Make space - get creative and maximize the square footage you have. Placing counters over a washer and dryer and installing slide out drawers in cabinets are two great ways to make the most out of limited space Color matters - warm and dark colors eat up light and can make your space feel small. Choosing a color palette consisting mostly of neutrals, cool tones, and light colors will ensure your space stays bright and therefore, appears larger. Spread out - sconces and lamps placed throughout the room evenly spread light around as opposed to a single overhead fixture which creates dark corners. Quality over quantity - a few large pieces of furniture that fill up the room may seem counterintuitive but it will actually make the room appear larger than it is. Prioritizing important pieces will be key since it will mean less will fit in the room but the effect will be well worth the effort. Show some leg - furniture with exposed legs allows for visual space under furniture making the room appear less stuffed It can be overwhelming after move in day to figure out how to prevent your cozy new home from feeling overcrowded with stuff. With these tips in hand you'll be able to create a space that feels spacious and homey, so you can sit back and enjoy your adorable new house!




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 8/13/2017

Everyone likes to keep their home smelling fresh. At the very least, it assures us that when our guests come they have a pleasant aroma that welcomes them into the home. However, fragrances can be beneficial in other ways.

Some are calming, while others stimulating and invigorating. They can help you set the tone you’re aiming for, whether it’s a relaxing bath or sitting down to get some work done in your office.

At one time, you didn’t have many options when it came to giving your home a pleasant fragrance. You could burn candles, which can be dangerous if you have children or pets running around. Or you could use a plug-in air freshener, which are expensive and smell artificial.

Recently, however, a third option has been gaining popularity--essential oil diffusers.

Essential oils have a number of uses. They’re in the cologne and perfume we spray on our bodies, they’re in the room spray we use to freshen up our homes, and they’re an ingredient in a number of other cosmetic and therapeutic products.

Many are said to have medicinal value, such as a decongestant or a sleep aid. Others are used simply because they smell great.

In this article, we’re going to talk you through using an essential oil diffuser in your home and what oils you might want to start with.

Methods of oil diffusion

There are a number of ways you can spread the aroma of essential oils in your home. One of the quickest and easiest ways is to put a drop or two of essential oils on a tissue and simply wave it around in the room.

For a more far-reaching effect, you’ll need to find a longer lasting way of diffusing the oils. Many people choose steam. You can either purchase a steam oil diffuser or just put a few drops into boiling water.

Another option is to use a heat source. You can buy tea light to heat the oils or, if you want to avoid open flames, buy an electric heat diffuser.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and if you’re new to essential oils, it might be a good idea to start small by simply buying a starter pack of oils, smelling them to see which you like, and putting a couple drops in a boiling pot of water or dabbing them on a tissue.

A note of caution: essential oils are strong. Getting them on your hands or clothing, especially if undiluted, can mean your hands or clothes smelling like that oil for several days. You should also avoid putting them near your eyes or mouth as many essential oils can be dangerous.

Which oils to use

Oils have a range of scents--floral, citrus, earthy, spicy, minty, and so on. Knowing which oil you want for a given scenario is a matter of preference and trial and error. However, there are several blends or “recipes” that people prefer.

Common pairings include:

  • Orange and peppermint

  • Lavender and lemon

  • Bergamot and patchouli

  • Basil and sage

  • Cypress and cedarwood

  • Lemongrass and eucalyptus




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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 8/8/2017

This Single-Family in Ayer, MA recently sold for $585,000. This Cape style home was sold by Eliane Consalvo - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley.


9 Partridge Run, Ayer, MA 01432

Single-Family

$629,000
Price
$585,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Picture perfect custom, Open Concept, Cape situated on a professionally manicured corner lot in sought after Pingry Hill neighborhood. Relax in your private backyard in the screened in gazebo overlooking a granite waterfall attached to a gunite pool. Landscaping is breathtaking. Home features a lst flr master with ceiling fan,custom and spacious walk in shower, and walk-in closet. Large bedrms with ceiling fans and walk in closets. Living room features a gas log fireplace and kitchen hosts a gourmet Viking stove. The sun room is just the place to enjoy reading or an afternoon treat while admiring the gorgeous surroundings. Custom blinds and hardwood floors throughout. Oversized 2 car garage. If you love entertaining, this is the perfect house for you. Many wonderful features, come and see it. Ready for immediate occupancy.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 8/6/2017

If you're ready to sell your house, it's time to think like a fashion designer. Fashion designers know the importance of standing out. They know how to take simple designs and turn heads. It's that same awareness and skill that you could use to sell your house.

It's time for your house to stand out

To make your house stand out from other houses on the market, study the market. Unlike areal estate agent, you don't need to study pricing, size and type on a large number of houses that are for sale in an entire community or county.

But, you should study pricing, size and type on houses in the neighborhood that your home is located in. Results of this study will help you to spot specific ways that your house automatically stands out from other area houses. For example, you may find that your house is the only house in your community with:

  • Modular build for one or more rooms
  • Solar panels
  • Energy efficient windows that have earned the highest rating
  • Bay windows in the master bathroom
  • Original hard wood floors that date back morethan 100 years
  • An in-ground outdoor swimming pool
  • A full size finished basement and a finished attic

If your house doesn't have existing distinguishing elements, you could add distinguishing qualities to your house. Quick ways to place your house center stage include:

  • Painting your house a different exterior color than other houses on your street (go with a popular color)
  • Another quick tip to spotlight your house is to focus on landscaping. Plant colorful flowers near the edges of your front walk. But, don't just plant the flowers, plant flowers in a rarely seen design.
  • Add rarely seen trees that thrive in the area where the house is located to your front and back yard
  • Install different styles of windows at your house, especially in rooms that face the street. Energy efficient bay windows may be great choices. Set windows off with exquisitely designed or colorful window frames.
  • Bring your house center stage with unique roofing shingles. For example, you could install roof shingles in a reddish hue or another color that's different from roofing shingles on other houses in your neighborhood. Shingle texture is another area where you could set your house apart.

Center stage offers home sell advantages

Set your house apart and you could attract more buyers simply because people are drawn in by the uniqueness of your house. You will still have to share winning details about your house with potential buyers.

If you have repaired your house and met home inspection suggestions, your confidence could soar while you showcase your home. It is powerful to know that your house is in good condition both at the interior and exterior.

Pricing your house so that it's competitive and reasonable is another way to bring your house center stage. Honesty, value and competitive pricing might take you over the top after you do what it takes to bring your house center stage.





Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 7/30/2017

A garage door protects your vehicle from the elements of nature. It could keep your vehicle’s paint and body from getting dented during hard storms. If you have an attached garage, you could stay warm longer on cold days and nights, as you’d only have to walk a few feet from the comforts of your house to your vehicle.

To continue enjoying these benefits, you have to know what to look for in your garage door. You have to know how to spot issues like those highlighted below before they become too big for you to handle on your own.

Signs that your garage door needs some TLC

Binding – If your garage door is hard to open or close, you may have a binding problem. Other signs that the door is not binding properly include the door getting jammed, the door not fully closing or the door making loud noises when it is opened or closed. For example, your garage door might start to close then stop closing half an inch from the ground.

Cracks or holes in the garage door – Strong storms, rocks being thrown at your garage door or a vehicle, including a bicycle, ramming into your garage can create cracks and holes. You could have cracks or holes in the door if you see chipped paint or dents.

Uneven or imbalanced garage door – Your door should safely open and close with the automatic opener turned off. Test the door by turning the automatic opener off and raising and lowering the door. If the door raises but does not stay open, it could be off balance.

Pests – The main portion of your house isn’t the only place that pests enter and turn into a cozy dwelling. Pests could enter your house through your garage door. Check your door for nests and small openings.

Sensors – If garage door sensors are missing or become damaged, your automatic door opener may not work properly. This could cause the garage door to lower when someone presses the up lever, the very thing that could lead to a minor or major injury. If sensors are not functioning property or are missing,your garage door could also keep lowering after it has touched an object or the ground.

Dry rolls and tracks – When garage door rolls and tracks become dry,the door will not open and close efficiently. Signs that rolls and tracks are too dry include squeaking, squealing or clanging noises. Repairing this problem should be an easy fix. Simply lubricate the rolls and tracks.

Loose joiners – In addition to lubricating rolls and tracks, make sure that hinges are properly lubricated. Also, make sure that garage door bolts and screws are tight. Loose screws and bolts could cause the door to raise and lower slowly or off balance.

Generally, a few minutes a week is all it takes to check your garage door. More thorough inspections should be conducted annually. You can spot signs that there is a problem with your garage door quickly if you know what to look for. Keep your family safe by repairing the door or replacing parts as needed.




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