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It's vitally important that you prepare yourself appropriately for the freezing temperatures that winter brings with it, and getting your home ready for this season cannot be understated. Here are a few things that you need to put in place to get your home prepared for the winter season.

  1. Increase your lighting - While natural light is abundant during summer, it's normal to experience indoor gloom during the shorter hours of daylight in the winter months. So, you will need to get additional sources of lighting in your home to tide you through this season. An overhead light will most likely not be enough, so it won't be a bad idea to invest in some secondary light options that can fit in with your décor.
  2. Store up a lot of blankets - While you could afford to be loosely clothed in the summer months, winter requires you to layer up your entire home. If you have got blankets in storage, then they have to come out, and if you need to get some new ones, take a trip to your neighborhood marketplace today. Your best options for winter blankets are heavy 100% cotton or wool blankets or down (or down-alternative) comforters.
  3. Inspect your furnace, boiler, and chimney beforehand. - You don't want to find out that your heating doesn't work when winter rolls around in its fullness. Now is the time to sign a contract with a heating company and get them to supply you with enough oil or propane to see you through this season. Your chimney also needs to be cleaned out thoroughly. It is advisable that you get a chimney sweep every year, and this might be an excellent opportunity to get it done.
  4. Make sure your home is properly insulated - You might need to pay attention to cracks and broken joints around your house as they can serve as outlets for heat escape in the winter. Broken and cracked windows should also be fixed promptly and caulked where appropriately so that the entire home is more energy efficient. Thick, high-quality window drapes can also add some extra protection against cold air coming in.
  5. Consider investing in a backup generator. - It’s not unheard for storms to cause a power failure in the winter season, some of which might last for as long as a week. Having a backup generator might turn out to be a lifesaver for you and your family.

Are you thinking of getting a generator? Do well to consider its proper placement because of the noise it can create for your neighbors.



20 Spring St, Ware, MA 01082

Single-Family

$176,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This home has a unique character you will notice the moment you walk in and see the spiral stairway! Full of character and charm, cozy yet spacious rooms. First Floor Bath and Laundry. Prepare to fall in love with the sun-room in the front of the house for reading and open back porch nook to enjoy a warm summer evening. Living room ,Dining-room and Kitchen finish the first floor . 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and another full bath! Charming, Comfortable and Conveniently located. Move right in and enjoy! All this can be yours - Call today!
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Sunday
October 06 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Open House Sunday 11-1 PM This home has a unique character you will notice the moment you walk in and see the spiral stairway! Full of character and charm, cozy yet spacious rooms. First Floor Bath and Laundry. Prepare to fall in love with the sun-room in the front of the house for reading and open back porch nook to enjoy a warm summer evening. Living room ,Dining-room and Kitchen finish the first floor . 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and another full bath! Charming, Comfortable and Conveniently
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23 Curtis Ave, Warren, MA 01083

Single-Family

$219,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Total Renovation from Top to Bottom by a local contractor. This is a custom redesign to this once Antique home to now this beautiful and efficient Open Concept Home! Attention to detail with vaulted ceiling first floor Bedroom ,mudroom, crown moldings and hardwood floors. Energy efficient Windows, doors, new roof, natural gas heating system, plumbing, 200 amp electrical service. You will love the Open and sun filled kitchen area with new granite kitchen counters and Butcher Block Island and kitchen packed cabinets! Nothing to do to this home except move in and enjoy sitting on your porch. Did I mention it is the last house on a dead end street? Quick commute to Ma Pike, Rt 9 and Worcester. Call me directly for a showing today!
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20 Spring St, Ware, MA 01082

Single-Family

$176,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This home has a unique character you will notice the moment you walk in and see the spiral stairway! Full of character and charm, cozy yet spacious rooms. First Floor Bath and Laundry. Prepare to fall in love with the sun-room in the front of the house for reading and open back porch nook to enjoy a warm summer evening. Living room ,Dining-room and Kitchen finish the first floor . 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and another full bath! Charming, Comfortable and Conveniently located. Move right in and enjoy! All this can be yours - Call today!
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September 30 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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When moving with children, or with family planning in mind, house hunting goes beyond finding the right house. You want to also find the right neighborhood and community to raise your child in. You want to find the right place for your child to happily and safely grow up.

Here's your guide to choosing the best neighborhood for your kids.

When you start house hunting draw up a list of towns and neighborhoods that catch your eye.

Having a list of priorities will help to make the house hunting process in each neighborhood much easier. Decide on your top 3 neighborhoods and towns in addition to your non-negotiable house features.

Many couples start to be researching the town’s schools. Look into the budget, what extracurricular activities are available, and if there are any recent news articles profiling the school.

Don’t just look into the kindergartens and elementary schools - look at the middle and high school as well. What are their reputations?

Visit the community center and library to find out what groups and activities are available. This is a great place to find out how involved the community is. Pick up any local newspapers or magazines and spend time flipping through the pages.  

Search Meetup.com and local Facebook groups to see what kind of involvement community members have. This is also a great way to connect with other parents and ask them any questions you might have.

Take a drive through your potential neighborhoods at different times of the day. This will help you to see what each neighborhood has to offer. Are there lots of younger children at pickup and drop off times at bus stops? Or are there older children riding their bikes around?

Are there playgrounds and parks within walking distance? If your child is in extracurricular activities, or you plan for them to be, are there dance or martial arts academies with good reviews in the area?

It’s also important not to discount the importance of proximity to family and friends. We’ve all heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. Keep distance and travel time from family in mind when making your choice.

Take the future cost of raising a child into consideration while drawing up your budget. Finding the right neighborhood and community is a process of checks and balances. You might have to be willing to compromise in some areas to check off those non-negotiables. This could look like finding a slightly smaller house in a nicer neighborhood or living further away from the city.

Knowing what your priorities are before you begin house hunting and what to look for in each neighborhood will make the process much smoother. It can be a lot of pressure to find the perfect home but when we define our own version of perfect things can fall together much more easily.




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