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Posted by Pat Baker on 8/4/2017

The realization that a family dog or cat has gone missing can be a scary, if not panic-inducing moment. While some cats seem able to fend for themselves in the outside world, if they're gone for more than a day, it's only natural to assume the worst. It goes without saying that cats kept indoors stand the best chance of staying safe and living a long life. However, many cats are determined to explore the outside world regardless of your good intentions, and trying to prevent them from doing so may ultimately be an exercise in futility. To further complicate matters, many cats and dogs are quite resourceful when it comes to spotting and taking advantage of open doors and unlocked backyard gates.

Once they're outside, cats can easily jump over fences, and dogs -- especially puppies -- have a knack for finding and escaping through small openings in the fence (often at the bottom) that you may not have noticed. There are a lot of different possible causes for the disappearance of a pet, but the sense of loss families experience when a beloved pet doesn't return is universal. Since prevention only goes so far with adventurous cats and dogs, it can also be helpful to have a quick response plan ready. Making sure your pet is either micro-chipped or wearing a collar with up-to-date ID tags can increase your chances of getting a lost pet returned to you quickly.

One vital resource to be aware of and connected with is neighborhood social media sites. By finding out if there are any active ones in your area, you can be in a better position to quickly alert your neighbors, in the event your pet suddenly disappears. Since many people are pet owners, they'll be very sympathetic and responsive to an online post of a missing dog or cat. The bottom line is this: Your prospects of a speedy reunion will often improve in direct proportion to how many neighbors know about your missing animal friend and how to contact you.

There's also the relatively old-fashioned, but often effective method of printing out and posting "lost pet" flyers. In addition to posting them in various locations, such as dog parks, neighborhood stores, and pet-oriented businesses, you can also hand them out to neighbors you see when conducting your initial search. For maximum effectiveness, the flyer should say "Lost Cat" or "Lost Dog" at the top of the flyer, and include a good photo of your pet, as well as your phone number and information about when and where they were last seen. Other features, such as breed, color, markings, age, weight, gender, your pet's name, and any unique characteristics should also be included in the flyer to help neighbors identify your pet. Additional tactics and tools for recovering a lost pet are also available through the ASPCA.





Posted by Pat Baker on 7/28/2017

Many home sellers face a dilemma. In most instances, it is important to set a competitive price for your property to stir up plenty of interest in it. Conversely, it is essential to explore ways to maximize the value of your residence.

For home sellers, establishing the right price for your house is key. By doing so, you can set a price for your home that meets your needs as well as homebuyers'.

What does it take to establish the right price for your residence? Here are three tips to ensure home sellers are equipped to do just that.

1. Study the Housing Market Closely

The housing market fluctuates constantly. As such, what your home was worth yesterday may not be what it is worth today.

If you study the housing market closely, you can price your residence based on the current real estate sector's conditions. Thus, you'll be better equipped than other home sellers to garner attention from homebuyers and accelerate the home selling process.

Examine the prices of comparable houses in your area, along with the prices of recently sold houses similar to your own. This will make it easy for you to establish "fair market value" for your property and price it accordingly.

Also, don't forget to conduct a home appraisal before you add your home to the real estate market. With a home appraisal, you'll be able to receive comprehensive insights into your home's condition and complete home repairs to boost its value.

2. Set Home Selling Goals

Do you want to sell your house as quickly as possible? Or are you looking to optimize the value of your home, regardless of how long it remains on the real estate market?

Set home selling goals prior to adding your house to the real estate market, and you can establish a fair price for your residence.

For example, if you want to sell your house so you can relocate quickly, you may want to price your residence competitively. On the other hand, if you can afford to be patient, you can always wait out a buyer's market to maximize the value of your residence.

3. Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent will play a key role in your ability to sell your house and get the best price for it. And if you employ an experienced real estate agent, you should have no trouble accomplishing your home selling goals.

With an experienced real estate agent at your disposal, you can receive extensive support throughout the home selling process. This real estate professional will offer expert tips and advice to help you get your property ready for the real estate market. In addition, he or she can offer guidance about how to price your home competitively, whether to accept or reject a homebuyer's offer and more.

Collaborate with an experienced real estate agent, and ultimately, you can simplify the process of selling your home.




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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/21/2017

There’s a certain recipe for successful home lighting. Lighting can make a room feel smaller or larger. There should be a mix and match of about 4 layers of lighting throughout the house. These layers should be:

  • Ambient light
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lights
  • Decorative lights


These 4 layers of lighting are perfect to mix and match for a well lit room. Ambient lighting includes natural light sources like windows, pendant lighting and overhead light fixtures. Task lighting includes under-counter lighting, desk lamps and reading lamps. Accent lights include recessed lighting and adjustable lighting. These lights will highlight certain areas of a room. Decorative lighting includes chandeliers and other types of ornamental lighting. After you have your layers set up, you’ll want to use your lighting to the advantage of your home’s decor.   


Bring The Drama To A Room


You can highlight anything you wish in a room using the right kind of lighting. It can be a fireplace or a painting or a ceiling. Use a soft spotlight to highlight a painting. Uplighting adds a softer effect to the scheme of a room. You can create this effect with wall mounted sconces or rope lights. You’ll see quite a warm glow.  


Dimmers Are Your Friend


Installing dimmer switches on your light fixtures can help to save energy and will allow you to bring down rather bright ambient lighting or help you to create a different kind of lighting scheme with the flip of a switch. As a plus, a dimmer will extend the life of your light bulbs and will maximize the time you need to change lightbulbs that require a ladder to reach. 


Don’t Put All Of Your Lights In One Place


Don’t just stick one or two bright lighting fixtures in a room and say that it’s all set. You’ll get more shadows and glare than would be desirable. This is where our blend of lighting recipe comes into play. Using that 4 step-formula will help you to spread your lighting out accordingly. This way no type of lighting will be overwhelming. 


Look Outside


Remember to use the daylight. Natural daylight is the best type of lighting. It brings in fresh color and complements any landscape. You can add natural light to your home through installing skylights, widening windows or thinking about how to redress the windows that you already have.


Choose Quality Fixtures


High quality light fixtures are better all around. They’re clearer and the fixture will be more attuned to your home’s style. When choosing lighting make sure that you see if the shade covers any part of the light, is made of good materials and that the connections are sound. 


When it comes to creating a well-lit home, you need to look everywhere from the windows to the ceilings. You want to be sure that your lighting is set up to be energy efficient and practical. Consider the many different kinds of lighting that are available and plan each room to ensure that you’ll have all the light that you need.  

      

   







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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/20/2017


5 Stonehill Terrace, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park

Single-Family

$419,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun-drenched and well maintained raised ranch in a great location on a cul-de-sac in the Dedham side of Hyde Park. Gleaming hardwood in the living room, hall and bedrooms on the first level. Fenced in yard with patio and a freshly painted deck. The glass in the windows have been replaced in 3 bedrooms with double pane glass in the winter of 2016, and the bathroom window glass was replaced with frosted glass. New Roof, gutters, downspouts spring 2017 (warranty will follow new buyer), electric hot water heater 2 years old, solid wood doors, central air, newer main bath, walk out basement, and two sheds included. Easy Boston commute. So close to all the city of Boston offers. Shopping and dining at Legacy Place in nearby Dedham. First Showings begin Sunday 7/23 11:30 to 1:00 PM
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Sun-drenched and well maintained raised ranch in a great location on a cul-de-sac in the Dedham side of Hyde Park. Gleaming hardwood in the living room, hall and bedrooms on the first level. Fenced in yard with patio and a freshly painted deck. The glass in the windows have been replaced in 3 bedrooms with double pane glass in the winter of 2016, and the bathroom window was replaced with frosted glass. New Roof, gutters, downspouts spring 2017 (warranty will follow new buyer), electric hot water
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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/20/2017


5 Stonehill Terrace, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park

Single-Family

$419,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun-drenched and well maintained raised ranch in a great location on a cul-de-sac in the Dedham side of Hyde Park. Gleaming hardwood in the living room, hall and bedrooms on the first level. Fenced in yard with patio and a freshly painted deck. The glass in the windows have been replaced in 3 bedrooms with double pane glass in the winter of 2016, and the bathroom window glass was replaced with frosted glass. New Roof, gutters, downspouts spring 2017 (warranty will follow new buyer), electric hot water heater 2 years old, solid wood doors, central air, newer main bath, walk out basement, and two sheds included. Easy Boston commute. So close to all the city of Boston offers. Shopping and dining at Legacy Place in nearby Dedham. First Showings begin Sunday 7/23 11:30 to 1:00 PM
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