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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/14/2018

When pests come into your home, there’s no creepier feeling that you may have as a homeowner. You may turn to your house insurance for assistance if the problem gets really bad. Let’s say that termites have taken over your home and gotten into your walls or foundation. Maybe mice have gotten into the walls of your home, or a squirrel has caused some major issues in the attic. Whatever the problem is, you want to remedy it quickly. It might be an expensive fix no matter what, but it has to be remedied for you to continue to live comfortably in your home. 


The Truth About Homeowners Insurance


Unfortunately, homeowners insurance doesn't cover pest infestations. It doesn’t matter if the termites have literally eaten you out of house and home, the insurance companies consider pests to be an avoidable problem. Even though you may wonder how bugs can be considered “avoidable,” it’s simple. The insurance company believes that regular maintenance and checking of your property can help to prevent bug infestations. This is why it’s so important to take care of your property and not neglect it. 


Collateral Damage


There are a few exceptions to the rule. If your ceiling caves in and it was caused by some of the pest damage, your insurance may cover the cost of the repairs to the ceiling. They may not cover the materials that are needed to repair the ceiling itself. Insurance claims can be tricky, so you’ll need to ask a lot of questions if these problems do occur for you.


What Homeowners Insurance Covers


There’s nothing more frustrating than paying an insurance premium to find out that it doesn’t actually cover anything that you need at a certain point and time. As a general rule, homeowners insurance policies cover things that are considered accidental. This would include natural disasters like hurricanes, hailstorms, or high winds. If a tree falls on your home due to a windstorm, there was really no way of preventing that from happening. Your insurance would cover this. Damage that happens over an extended period, like that of a pest infestation or an aging home generally is not covered by house insurance. 


Separate Policies


Some insurance companies do offer separate policies to cover damage from certain types of pests like termites. There are several varieties of insects that cause damage to wood structures, so these policies may be more general stating that they provide “wood destroying insect” coverage. If you live in an area that’s prone to termites, there’s a few options available to you including something called “termite bonds.”


Your best course of action as a homeowner is prevention. Keep up with regular maintenance around your home and inspect your home regularly for any problems that you may find.




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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/11/2018


599 Washington St, Walpole, MA 02032

East Walpole

Single-Family

$674,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Tired of cookie cutter colonials? This renovated 4 BR 3 ½ bath gem has a fabulous flowing floor plan! Approximately 2/3 of this home is completely brand new from the foundation up. Set on a level ½ acre+ lot w/endless possibilities for gardening & recreation, no detail has been spared to create the ultimate practical & beautiful home. Open concept center isle granite/stainless kitchen w/glass tile backsplash. Gracious covered front porch & spacious foyer w/loads of closet space. Master w/2 walk-in closets. 1st flr bedroom w/full bath boasts master, guest room or in-law potential & also makes the perfect office or playroom. Separate mudroom entrance w/walk-in closet. 2C garage w/pull-down storage above & extra half bay for workshop area. Rich, warm hardwood floors on 1st floor, staircases and upper hall. Luxurious tile work & stone counters in baths. Town water & sewer, natural gas & central air. This is the one you have been waiting for!
Open House
Sunday
October 14 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/11/2018


599 Washington St, Walpole, MA 02032

East Walpole

Single-Family

$699,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Tired of cookie cutter colonials? This renovated 4 BR 3 ½ bath gem has a fabulous flowing floor plan! Approximately 2/3 of this home is completely brand new from the foundation up. Set on a level ½ acre+ lot w/endless possibilities for gardening & recreation, no detail has been spared to create the ultimate practical & beautiful home. Open concept center isle granite/stainless kitchen w/glass tile backsplash. Gracious covered front porch & spacious foyer w/loads of closet space. Master w/2 walk-in closets. 1st flr bedroom w/full bath boasts master, guest room or in-law potential & also makes the perfect office or playroom. Separate mudroom entrance w/walk-in closet. 2C garage w/pull-down storage above & extra half bay for workshop area. Rich, warm hardwood floors on 1st floor, staircases and upper hall. Luxurious tile work & stone counters in baths. Town water & sewer, natural gas & central air. This is the one you have been waiting for!
Open House
Sunday
October 14 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 599 Washington St, Walpole, MA 02032    Get Directions

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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/7/2018

There's one thing all successful real estate agents, advertising executives, and marketing professionals know about human behavior: Many people make buying decisions for emotional reasons, and then justify those decisions with facts. In other words, they might say they bought a particular house because of all the updates and stainless steel appliances, but the real reason was that they could imagine themselves living there, being happy, entertaining friends and family, raising their children, and even growing old together there.

For some home buyers, the deciding factor is that it reminds them of fond childhood memories or perhaps the house they grew up in. Whenever a home for sale stirs up good feelings, happy  memories, or positive thoughts in the mind of prospective buyers, it increases the chances they'll make an offer on the house.

Home Staging Tips

If your house is now on the market or you're considering putting it up for sale, there are a lot of steps you can take to make it more attractive to buyers. Obvious improvements like doing a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning of the house can make a big difference, but there are literally dozens of other things you can do to attract more offers and get the highest possible price for your property. Sometimes it's something as simple as a creating a pleasing scent, like cinnamon, lavender, hot coffee, of freshly baked bread, cookies, or muffins, that can create a comforting and enticing ambiance for potential buyers.

Although your real estate agent should already be well versed in the nuances of home staging, it would be to your benefit to do some research on it and participate in the process. Some home owners hire a professional home staging consultant to make sure no details are overlooked.

Avoiding Home Staging Pitfalls

Attractively decorating your home can be one aspect of making a good impression on potential buyers, but it's necessary to cast the widest possible net, so to speak, when making decorating choices. In other words, you would want the appearance, style, and color choices in your home to appeal to a wide variety of different tastes, rather than just a select few. That's why it's beneficial to get an objective opinion from an experienced real estate agent, a professional decorator, or a home staging consultant. Since you've been living in your home for umpteen years, you're probably going to be "too close to the trees to see the forest."

Some things that homeowners often tend to overlook just before prospective buyers arrive to tour their house include the following:

  • Furniture that's arranged in a haphazard, disjointed, or cluttered way
  • 'Welcome' mats that are dirty, faded, and anything but welcoming
  • Overflowing or grungy-looking trash baskets
  • Overgrown shrubbery
  • Smudged or cobweb-laden windows
  • Kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the house that are disorganized and visibly unclean
Keeping your home in immaculate condition at all times is definitely one of the more challenging aspects of putting it up for sale. However, when you consider the cost of keeping a house on the market for longer than necessary and eventually having to lower the price, the extra effort is well worth it!


 





Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/2/2018


599 Washington St, Walpole, MA 02032

East Walpole

Single-Family

$699,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Tired of cookie cutter colonials? This renovated 4 BR 3 ½ bath gem has a fabulous flowing floor plan! Approximately 2/3 of this home is completely brand new from the foundation up. Set on a level ½ acre+ lot w/endless possibilities for gardening & recreation, no detail has been spared to create the ultimate practical & beautiful home. Open concept center isle granite/stainless kitchen w/glass tile backsplash. Gracious covered front porch & spacious foyer w/loads of closet space. Master w/2 walk-in closets. 1st flr bedroom w/full bath boasts master, guest room or in-law potential & also makes the perfect office or playroom. Separate mudroom entrance w/walk-in closet. 2C garage w/pull-down storage above & extra half bay for workshop area. Rich, warm hardwood floors on 1st floor, staircases and upper hall. Luxurious tile work & stone counters in baths. Town water & sewer, natural gas & central air. This is the one you have been waiting for!
Open House
Saturday
October 06 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 599 Washington St, Walpole, MA 02032    Get Directions

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