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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 3/22/2019

It goes without saying that buying a home is time-consuming.

 First, thereís the financial planning to determine when youíre ready to buy a home. Then you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage and start looking for homes. After viewing several homes you finally find the perfect home. Then comes the difficult process of making an offer and negotiating the cost of the home. If all goes well, your offer is accepted and you get to enter the lengthy mortgage closing process. However, your work is not yet done. Youíll have to move out of your current residence and into your new home. All of this while juggling your work and social life.

 After all of this, it might seem like the only thing left to do is relax in your new home. While it may be true that you certainly deserve a break, there are some things you should do sooner rather than later when you move into your new home.

 In this article, weíll cover ten things you should do right away once you move into your new home.

1. Home security

Your chief consideration when moving into your new home should be making sure itís safe. The best first step to take is to change all of the locks on your house. In spite of how trustworthy the previous homeowner may have seemed, you can never be 100% sure who had spare keys to their home. Changing locks is quick and inexpensive, especially considering whatís at stake.

Another important step in home security is to put new batteries in and test all smoke detectors, make sure fire extinguishers are up-to-date, and ensure air filters are cleaned.

2. Set up your utilities

One of the first things you have to do when moving into a new home is to call your utility companies and transfer services into your name. Make a list of the services youíll need to set up (electricity, water, garbage removal, internet, home security, heating, etc.). This is also a good time to set up online accounts and autopay for these services. It will save you time each month and make it easier to keep track of your bills if you simplify this process from the get-go.

3. Self-inspection

You should have already had the home inspected by a professional prior to closing on the house. However, things can change in the time that someone moves all of their belongings out of a home and you move all of yours in. Wiring can be damaged, pipes banged, windows cracked, and so on. Do a thorough inspection of your home to check for leaks, broken wires, and fire hazards to be sure that your home is in good condition.

4. Deep clean

It might be tempting to just move your belongings into their new places once you arrive at your new home. However, the best time to clean a room is when itís empty. Before you set up your furniture or fill your cabinets, give them a thorough cleaning.

5. Familiarize yourself with circuit breaker and water valves

When disaster strikes, youíll want to be ready for it. Get to know your circuit box before the first power outage. Store flashlights in easily accessible places and make sure they have fresh batteries. Similarly, familiarize yourself with the main water shutoff valve in case you have a pipe burst. If the former homeowner lived alone and you have a large family, thereís a chance that the sudden surge in power and water usage could reveal issues with plumbing and wiring that the former owner wasnít aware of.





Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 3/15/2019


141 Tyngsboro Rd, Dracut, MA 01826

Single-Family

$289,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
First time buyers this 3-4 bedroom home just needs a hug. Newer heat and roof, most windows have been replaced, vinyl siding, 200 amp electric. Huge kitchen, great for entertaining. Great yard which includes swing set and hot tub as gifts from seller. Going to need some paint and cosmetics but overall a very nice home.
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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 3/15/2019

Historic homes are coveted by many for their charm. Some want a home with history while others one with ďgood bonesĒ of bygone construction methods. Whatever your motivations one thing is clear: owning a historic home is a rewarding experience.

This is usually due to the effort, time and investment put into maintaining the homeís old world charm. Those who take on a historic home should be ready for a project in some capacity either right after buying or down the line.

Maintaining, and sticking to, the classic style and shapes while working under stylistic limitations takes time and effort. Be sure that when purchasing a historic home itís one of an era whose style you really like. This is because many historic homes have what is called an easement in place. What an easement does is dictate what owners of that particular estate can and can not do to the home to maintain its historical integrity. This can limit everything from additions to siding color.

Historic homeowners should also be ready to get creative during the renovation process. Old houses have their quirks, itís best to embrace this when making changes and to work with them - not against them. Knocking out walls and shaving down flooring to be perfectly symmetrical compromises the entire structureís historic roots. If you absolutely must have perfect walls and flooring a historic home is probably not for you.

With that said when viewing homes ensure that any crookedness is from settling over time and not from damage to the sill plate. The sill plate is the topmost part of the foundation and especially vulnerable due to this placement along ground level. If there is damage to the sill plate know that the entire structure of the home is also compromised and in need of serious, and expensive, attention. If this is the case, itís best to walk for most homeowners.

A warped or compromised sill plate can also mean water damage. Another sign to look for water troubles is a sump pump in the basement. You want to keep an eye out for water damage, as this is a very serious threat to the structure and can also attract all kinds of bugs.

If you have your heart set on a historic home but find all of this overwhelming a historic home expert, either a contractor who specializes in historic homes and/or a local historian that restores homes, can help you significantly through the process. In fact, overwhelmed or not itís best to bring an expert on board during your buying process. This person should be in addition to your home inspector - not in place of. You also want to be sure to find someone who understands that you want to preserve and restore a historical home and not just gut the building.

Plan your budget well. While restoring a home is usually a passion project for many you still donít want to overinvest and end up taking a huge loss if you eventually resell. Know what restoration projects in your area typically go for and use these as a guideline for your own budget.

Donít be afraid to start small if you are on a tight budget or this is your first restoration project. These projects can take years so when planning start here first: roof, windows, and masonry. Create a watertight home first to prevent any further potential damage.

The good news about historic homes is that there are plenty of grants and tax programs for homeowners planning on restoration. Not every loan option will be available to you if the home requires major work but there are loans available specifically for major repairs such as the 203k. Know your options before you start looking as this will a major determination factor of your budget and the degree of work youíll be able to put into a home.





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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 3/14/2019


55 Curtis St, Reading, MA 01867

Single-Family

$595,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
On the coveted WEST SIDE of Reading with easy access to Route 95, 93 and 28 is this desirable Cape home on a large lot of land! Surrounded by newer homes, this Cape offers a flexible floor plan with a 1st floor master bedroom. Hardwood floors thru-out most of the home. Formal dining room off kitchen that leads to the fireplaced living room. The second floor was recently remodeled and sports the most adorable children's reading nooks. Great closet space and remodeled bathroom. A finished room in the basement provides for additional living space to have "man town", a play room, or a teen retreat! One car attached garage - very large deck off the kitchen overlooking the most generous back yard. Reading has been consistently dubbed as a top rated school system; with a commuter rail to Boston's North Station in 20 minutes and a very family friendly community. Come see for yourself the value in this home!
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March 16 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 3/14/2019


55 Curtis St, Reading, MA 01867

Single-Family

$595,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
On the coveted WEST SIDE of Reading with easy access to Route 95, 93 and 28 is this desirable Cape home on a large lot of land! Surrounded by newer homes, this Cape offers a flexible floor plan with a 1st floor master bedroom. Hardwood floors thru-out most of the home. Formal dining room off kitchen that leads to the fireplaced living room. The second floor was recently remodeled and sports the most adorable children's reading nooks. Great closet space and remodeled bathroom. A finished room in the basement provides for additional living space to have "man town", a play room, or a teen retreat! One car attached garage - very large deck off the kitchen overlooking the most generous back yard. Reading has been consistently dubbed as a top rated school system; with a commuter rail to Boston's North Station in 20 minutes and a very family friendly community. Come see for yourself the value in this home!
Open House
Saturday
March 16 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 55 Curtis St, Reading, MA 01867    Get Directions

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