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Since there are so many things to keep in mind when searching for the right home, it can be very helpful to create a priority list. If you're at the beginning of the house-hunting process, one of the best ways to clarify your thoughts is by organizing them in a notebook or on a computer screen.

As is the case with creating any kind of plan, you need to start with the basics and then branch out from there. While a house-hunting plan can and should change as you proceed forward, once you start visiting listings, your insights will begin to deepen. If you happen to be working with an experienced real estate agent, they will help you refine your search and zero-in on listings that are the best match to your needs.

Although you probably already know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, it may be time to come up with a more specific picture of what you're looking for, in terms of square footage, lot size, neighborhood walkability, and distance from neighbors.

As you revise your list of requirements, you may decide to rank the importance of items like a screened-in porch, a backyard patio, a wood-burning fireplace, yard size, the age of the house, and whether you'd like a finished basement or attic.

Many people prioritize the size, layout, and functionality of the kitchen, too, so take into consideration your decorating tastes, the size of your family -- both today and five years from now -- and how often you expect to be entertaining guests. Perusing kitchen layouts and remodeling ideas online can help you clarify the type of counters, flooring, appliances, and cabinets that would please you the most.

Other features that will determine your level of satisfaction with a new home may include the architectural style of the house, the quality of the school district, and various convenience factors, such as nearby grocery stores, public parks, and medical/dental services. Commuting time to your job or business can also have a huge impact on your lifestyle, as well as your weekly budget and personal stress level! When choosing a neighborhood in which you'll feel comfortable, you'll also want to pay attention to first impressions, the amount of traffic on the street, and miscellaneous noises you hear while visiting the neighborhood.

Above all, try to avoid making snap decisions based on emotional factors, time constraints, or the fear of not being able to find "anything better." Although there may be days in which the prospects seem slim, it's essential that you maintain a positive outlook and be confident that new listings and fresh possibilities are always cropping up. Working with a seasoned buyer's agent who's familiar with the local market and is responsive to your needs will also help immeasurably in your search for the perfect new home!



683 Old Greenwich Plains Rd, Hardwick, MA 01082

Single-Family

$269,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Colonial Home with 6 rooms, 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths situated 1.38 is the home and 25.44 acres in Chapter 61 Forest. Located in a desirable area of Hardwick just a short distance to the Quabbin Fishing area and the Hardwick Winery backs the Quabbin!! There is a lovely 3 Season Room with access to the interior of the home and access to a large wrap around deck. The first floor has a spacious living room with a Wood Burning Fireplace ,eat in Kitchen with slider to the deck, dinning room bath and a first floor laundry . 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and a full bath. The basement has a workshop area a walkout 2 car garage under. This home had a new roof in 2008, there is a back up generator and you can use the Beckett oil Burner or Wood Furnace for Heat! This home has much to offer the right Buyer.
Open House
Sunday
March 17 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Open House Sunday March 17th 11 - 1 PM Colonial Home with 6 rooms, 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths situated 1.38 is the home and 25.44 acres in Chapter 61 Forest. Located in a desirable area of Hardwick just a short distance to the Quabbin Fishing area the land in 61 Forest backs the Quabbin!! There is a lovely 3 Season Room with access to the interior of the home and access to a large wrap around deck. 2 Car Garage Under.
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If you’re looking to make changes to your home in a big way but don’t have the time or the budget, there’s plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your home to another level without breaking the bank. 


Look From The Outside In


Enhancing the landscaping and curb appeal of your home can be an easy project to add value and comfort to your home. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you just want to feel more at home, making your home look more inviting from the outside is a worthwhile project. 


Open Some Space


Just knocking down a wall can make a huge difference in your home. Once a wall is removed, it can really transform your space. Be careful though, as knocking down a wall where plumbing is or electrical work is can disrupt a lot. This can become very costly, so you may not want to undertake such a big project. Also be mindful of reconnecting floors or moving features like a kitchen island. Be sure to get a few quotes from contractors for these jobs before you settle with one.


Get New Windows


Putting in new windows is a great project that can add a lot of value to your home. You should really replace the windows in your home every 20-25 years. Updating the windows in your home not only changes the look of your home but makes it more energy efficient as well. The extra insulation can also help to keep out noise disturbances and keep your home a quiet place to live. If you live near a main road, new windows are a must. 


Upgrade Appliances 


There is nothing more attractive to buyers and homeowners alike than new appliances. These are fairly cheap investments considering their returns. You can replace one appliance or go for a whole new kitchen if you’d like. It all depends on the condition of the appliances. Even simply replacing the washer and dryer can make your life easier and also make your home more attractive to buyers when you decide to sell.


Change Up The Floors


Simply switching your carpet or ripping up carpets to put in hardwood floors can be a huge game changer for your home. The costs of these improvements can vary greatly. The size of your rooms and the type of materials that you choose can affect the costs as well. 


Get Organized


Putting in shelving or other organizing systems to help you and your family keep organized can be invaluable. Not having to deal with constant clutter can reduce stress and make your home look more presentable. This is another improvement project that is totally worthwhile for you to complete.



425-431 Main St, Hardwick, MA 01031

Multi-Family

$179,900
Price

4
Units
4,930
Approx. GLA
Investors take notice! Multi Family, Estate being sold AS IS! Come take a look at this huge multi family - 4 unit side by side. 3 bedrooms each unit. On Rt 32, minutes from RT 9 , short commute to Worcester or Springfield. Across from Rose 32 Bakery, Lost Town Brewery and walking distance to the Whistle Stop Restaurant in Hardwick. Located in Gilbertville a village of Hardwick this unit is in the Quabbin school district. This is a money maker all day long for the right person. Call today for a showing because units like this do not come along everyday!
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No scheduled Open Houses





209 Osborne Rd, Ware, MA 01082

Single-Family

$249,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Ware , New Cape featuring 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths. The first floor features a large master bedroom with walk in closet and master bath, 1st floor laundry & half bath, gleaming wood floors throughout home, a living room with cathedral beamed ceiling, a beautiful kitchen with granite counter tops, sliders access your back deck. The second floor has another full bath, 2 bedrooms with wood floors with another area that could serve as an office or family room. Metal Roof, Farmers Porch, walkout basement , central air, one car garage and all this on 1.42 Acres with the privacy of Osborne Road. Basement has enough room for a workshop or finished room with a walkout . Minutes to downtown with all the convinces to restaurants, shopping and 15 minutes to the Ma Pike for commuters. Call today and be in before Christmas, you will fall in love with this home!
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