Vera Oliveira | Framingham Real Estate, Marlborough Real Estate, Natick Real Estate


There's no question about it: Being a homeowner can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience! However, enjoying that added privacy, control over your environment, and pride of ownership does not come without a price.

When you go from being a renter to an owner, a lot of things change! In additional to being responsible for property maintenance, repairs, and improvements, home ownership requires an investment of time. For many people, devoting a block of time to painting a room, organizing a closet, or cleaning out the basement can be the trickiest part of getting a project done!

One of the biggest obstacles to starting a home project is the natural human tendency to procrastinate -- especially if the project infringes on your relaxation or recreation time! On the other hand, the satisfaction you'll experience when the job is done will more than justify the time and effort. The overriding question is: "How can I motivate myself to tackle the project and get it done?" While there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to self-motivation, here are a few ideas which might help!

Create a To-Do List: Writing down a list of priorities and revising it several times a week is a tried-and-proven method of getting things done around the house. Writing down your short-term (and long-term) goals engages your attention, serves as a visual reminder, and sets an intention for taking action. When you create a to-do list and look at it a couple times a day, it helps to focus your mind on what you want to accomplish. By organizing your thoughts, it makes it much easier to organize your home and your life. It's definitely not a panacea for all of life's ills, but it can be a darn good starting point!

Announce Your Intentions: Once you tell your spouse, your best friend, or your mother that you're going to clean out your garage or paint the spare room on Saturday, it makes it a little harder to wiggle out of it -- especially, if you've used that project as a reason for declining an invitation or postponing a favor. By stating your intention, it's almost like you're promising to do something. Since most of us are inclined to live up to our promises, announcing your intentions to complete -- or at least start -- a home-improvement or organizing project may be all it takes to get the ball rolling!

Buy or Gather the Supplies: Whether you need supplies for cleaning, painting, or screen repair, having them on hand will make it much easier to get started. On the other hand, not having them in the house makes it all-too-convenient to say, "I'll get to it tomorrow!" And as you may know, "tomorrow" either never comes or it turns into "next year!"


This Single-Family in Methuen, MA recently sold for $449,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Vera Oliveira - LAER Realty Partners.


15 Renfrew St, Methuen, MA 01844

East Methuen

Single-Family

$449,900
Price
$449,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Vacation at Home! Your PRIVATE oasis awaits set far off the street & with in-ground pool! This 4BR, 3 full bath Contemporary home is truly special & welcomes you w/soaring cathedral ceilings, several skylights & large windows. This home has huge potential for 1st floor in-law w/full bath & separate entrance. Updated granite kitchen with HWF, large pantry and adjacent dining room overlooks the pool. Beyond the living room is french pocket door to an office/den with slider to pool. First floor bath has steam sauna/shower, blue tooth enabled w/Jacuzzi & foot massage. Separate laundry room. Freshly painted throughout & brand new carpet upstairs w/updated full bathroom with tiled shower, laundry chute in hall. Master bedroom retreat with cathedral ceiling, huge walk-in closet, master bath with Jacuzzi tub, and a slider that leads to upper roof deck overlooking the pool! Two additional BRs upstairs and a walk up attic. Lot consists of 2 parcels. Front yard has been level and graded

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This Condo in Haverhill, MA recently sold for $379,900. This Townhouse style home was sold by Vera Oliveira - LAER Realty Partners.


11 Ordway Ave, Haverhill, MA 01830

Riverside

Condo

$379,900
Price
$379,900
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
You’ll LOVE this MODERN new construction unit located in highly desirable RIVERSIDE near the Groveland bridge and only minutes from downtown! OPEN FLOOR PLAN with fireplaced living room, perfect for entertaining. CUSTOM kitchen features stainless appliances, large granite island that seats SIX, built-in breakfast nook and BARN DOOR pantry. Entire first floor is LOADED with natural light! The second floor offers a large Master suite with walk-in closet, tiled shower, floating vanity and built-in shelves for linens, 2 additional bedrooms (or home offices) as well as full bath and laundry. Oversized garage along with ample storage space. THIS NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL STAND OUT FROM ALL THE REST!

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Arranging furniture in your home can be a real puzzle. There’s so many different mistakes that can be made in how you set up the seating, tables, and bedding in your home that you probably don’t even realize it. Below, you’ll find some of the most common furniture arranging mistakes and how to fix them. 


All of Your Furniture Is Against A Wall 


It may seem like a way to make your room feel bigger to push everything against a wall, but this thought process is flawed. You want your rooms to feel cozy, not spaced out. You’ll be surprised what floating furniture can do for a room. 


You Put Too Much Furniture In A Room


Whether you have a small space or a giant room, plan what kind of furniture you put in the room very carefully. Overcrowding a space makes it feel stuffy and claustrophobic. While you hope to have enough seating in a room for everyone, you don’t need to overdo it. Put the furniture in a room that makes sense for you to have. There's also no harm in having big, open spaces in a room. As long as the purpose is served, sometimes an airy space can be quite a stress reliever.


Putting more furniture in a space won’t help a room to magically grow either. Be realistic about how many square feet you have in a room. From there, you can decide what goes where. If you still feel that you have too many pieces of furniture around, it’s time to sell or donate some of the chairs and tables that don’t get as much use. 


You Tend To Block Windows With Furniture


Using your sofa or a bed to place in front of a window may seem like a good idea. Whether your purpose is to block some light, or if it’s your only option for placement, you may need to do some refiguring. One problem is that the light coming in the window will cause some serious fading to any material that’s in the path. If it’s a bed that’s placed across a window, you also face a lack of privacy. 


You can fix any of these issues quite simply with some drapery. Drapery helps to filter the light, reducing the heat in the room. Using curtains will also help you to reduce the incidence of fading on your fabrics. Curtains also help to keep your privacy. While it can be difficult to arrange a small room where a window is your only option for furniture placement, the simple addition of curtains really makes a difference.



165 Cottage Street, Chelsea, MA 02150

Rental

$2,350
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Beautiful & Sunny 2 bds/ 2 baths condo located on the 5th floor of highly desirable Mill Creek condominium complex . This unit offers large rooms, fully applianced kitchen, in unit washer & dryer, walk out private balcony with city line views, parking, storage & much more. The amenities include in-ground pool, gym. Convenient access to Logan Airport, public transportation, shops and major routes. The unit is a gated community with on-sight management.
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