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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 10/14/2017

No Showings till Open House Sat Oct 14, 2017 from 12-2 PM ! WELCOME HOME TO DESIRABLE INDIAN HILL AREA! This spacious Colonial features 7 room, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath with panoramic views of the City. Move in ready as buyers will enjoy the new carpets and paint throughout. Cabinet packed Kitchen equipped with all new stainless steel appliances. The new slider door is spilling out to a private deck overlooking a stone patio for more outdoor living space all surrounded by a fenced yard on a quiet cul de sac. This home also has a 1 car garage under, Commuters will enjoy easy access to shopping, schools and highways. This one will not last! This is a homepath property.

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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 10/11/2017

There are many different ways to upgrade and create the perfect outdoor space. You can upgrade what you already have by adding simple things to it, you can accessorize, or you can overhaul the entire area by starting from scratch. Itís always a good idea to take these three approaches and use a mix of the strategies.    


Go For Durable


Sometimes many different types of patio furniture end up being a little stuffy and high maintenance. While these sets can be beautiful, they may not be practical to suit your needs. If you live in an area where you need to put away your furniture for the fall and winter season because you donít have use of the outdoors, plan accordingly with the type of outdoor accessories that you buy. 


Youíre better off going for value and finding durable, yet stylish furniture that will stand the test of time. Otherwise, youíll be replacing your furniture every year without fail. Go a bit more traditional than bold and work your outdoor style around that.


Choose Your Colors First


If you start with furniture, youíre left to figure out how to accessorize. Thereís no rule that says you canít find the accessories you want first before you begin to buy furniture. Find your cushions and outdoor rugs first. Then, move on to finding furniture that meshes well with those colors and styles.


Use The Outdoors To Accessorize


Whether youíre replacing your existing patio furniture, or just looking to recreate your space, you can use more than throw pillows and an outdoor rug to accessorize. Find planters that match well with the style youíre looking to achieve. Add in greenery and flowers that will only accent the look. There are a number of options of the types of planters that you can choose from hanging plants to large pots to planters on pedestals. Get creative with your plants and spice up your space. Is your outdoor space near your vegetable garden? Be sure to highlight your hard work and use that as a sort of focal point for your entire outdoor space.


Be Practical


If youíre spending a lot of time outside grilling, youíre going to want a table and chairs available, so thereís no need to truck food in and out of the house each night for dinner. It also would be a good idea o have some storage for food prep items like grilling tools, extra plates, and more just to keep everything you need in one place. These storage items are an important piece to your outdoor space. Whether you are primarily using a deck, patio, or the pool area, thinking practically can really be a big help in decorating.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 10/7/2017

Vinyl sided Cape near Rt. 146. This cozy 4 bedroom home has a finished 3rd level with 2 bedrooms, newer heat and hot water as well as hardwood floors. Enjoy the enclosed porch and the location near center of town. Close to highways, schools and commerce. This is a homepath property.

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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 10/4/2017

When you buy a new sofa or chair, itís a big investment. You want to know that whatever kind of fabric that you choose will be a good color and texture for a long time to come. When youíre shopping for upholstery, the most important thing is practicality. You may not want to buy a leather sofa with a toddler running around, for example. Any kind of fabric that could get dirty easily, or rip and stain, may not be the best choice when you have kids around the house. There are plenty of durable fabrics available.  


You also need to worry about any pets that you have in the home. Cats and dogs tend to scratch things, rip them, or relieve themselves where they arenít supposed to. This can cause beautiful, expensive furniture to be ruined in minutes. Youíll want to choose something that is easy to clean the pet hair off of and even easier to clean. 


Choose A Durable Fabric


Even if you donít have kids, since the majority of people donít live in a bubble, youíll want to choose a fabric that is both comfortable and versatile. Adults spill things too! Donít forget that slipcovers are always an option as well.  This allows you to change your fabric anytime that you wish easily and inexpensively.


If Youíre Free Flaunt It


If pets and kids arenít arenít a worry for you, you should flaunt your freedom! You can go a bit more elaborate in your choice of fabric and materials. You wonít need the same types of fabrics and colors that a household with kids would need if youíre on your own. Go for that white sofa and own it! 


Consider How The Material Will Age


When shopping for furniture, ask a lot of questions about the lifetime outlook for certain fabrics. Youíll also want to understand how difficult maintaining certain types of fabrics will be. Leather, for example, is a bit more high maintenance than other types of fabric. If the sofa will be near windows, the sun can easily wear through the color of a material. You should have all of these things in mind while youíre shopping for the perfect sofa or chair. 


Take A Look At Everything In Person


While online shopping can be great for many things, you probably donít want to choose your fabrics for furniture solely based on an internet search. You should be able to see and feel the material to help you decide how it will fit into your home. Itís also important to know how sitting on a certain material feels to you. A material may look nice in a picture, but may not work at all for your needs when you see it in person. Ask for advice from the associates at the furniture store as well. They can help you to find the right material to suit your needs and wants.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 9/27/2017

When youíre buying a new home, one of the first things that youíll examine closely in the home search are the kitchens. The kitchen is often the center of most homes. It is also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. People tend to gather in the kitchen. This makes the kitchen a heavily weighted factor in the home buying process. Whether youíre buying your first home or youíre a seasoned home-buyer, the kitchen is an important room to consider because of how much youíll be using it. Think of the following items with follow up questions when youíre searching for a home with a great kitchen. Some items have less impact on your buying decision like the color of appliances. However, you donít want to be stuck with a refrigerator taht you canít stand to look at.

Cabinets

Are they in good condition?

Are they the color and material youíd like?

Can they be restored?

Countertops

Are they made of high quality material?

Flooring

Note the color and material of the floor

Note the condition of teh floor

Stove

How old is the stove?

Does it function well?

Refrigerator

How old the refrigerator?

Does it work well?

What color is it?

Microwave

How old is it?

What color is it?

What is the size and wattage of the microwave?

Dishwasher

What is the color and make of the dishwasher?

Does it function well?

How old is the dishwasher?

Garbage Disposal

Do you want a garbage disposal?

Does the home have one?

How old is the unit?

Does it function well?

All of these things are great areas of concern to consider in a home search when looking at the kitchen. You should note any problems with any of these areas. Finding out how much needs to be fixed or replaced as well as the cost of these repairs could be a deciding factor in your home selection. Keep in mind some things are easier and less expensive to replace and repair than others. Countertops in particular can be really expensive to replace. Other items like cabinets are easy to touch up and refinish. Material quality often matters as well. Remember that some more expensive materials stand the test of time whereas cheaper alternatives may need to be replaced often. Sellers are often required to disclose functionality issues with any appliances in the home before the closing papers are signed as well.

Itís important to conduct your own assessment of the kitchen in addition to home inspections and sellerís reports. This way you have seen the issues that you may have in front of you with your own eyes. Thereís no better assessment of a homeís condition than your own! Hopefully, these tips will help you to find a home with a kitchen that is right for you!







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