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Posted by John Colby on 3/18/2018

You honestly may not get the chance to deep clean your home very often. When you do clean your house, there are a few places that are harboring many germs that are easily overlooked. Below, youíll find some of the dirtiest areas in your home that need to be scrubbed well.


Handles And Knobs In The Kitchen


Youíre handling everything in the kitchen from dirty dishes to raw meat. After touching these items, youíre grabbing drawers, refrigerator door handles, oven doors, and more. All of the bacteria that is on your hands is transferred to these items. You should scrub these areas down on a weekly basis with a simple vinegar and water solution.


Your Computer And Accessories


If youíre like most people, you spend a lot of time at your computer. You eat drink, talk on the phone, and everything else right in front of your computer. Itís a good idea to rid the bacteria that are collected all over your computer and accessories. You can detach the attachments from your computer a dab them with a mild soapy water solution, or just wipe them down with a pre-moistened anti-bacterial cloth. 


The Toothbrush Holder


You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth, but do you ever clean the place where it sits? You can quickly place your toothbrush holder in the dishwasher once a week, or sterilize it with hot water and soap. As a bonus, you should clean your toothbrushes by boiling them in water for a few minutes. 


The Handrails And Doorknobs 


Everyone uses the railings on the stairways, but itís a good bet that no one cleans them very often. You can use a simple hot water and vinegar solution to scrub railings and doorknobs down. Wipe them dry, and theyíll be as good as new with less germs. 


The Light Switches


As you go in and out of rooms, you probably donít think of cleaning off the light switch panel. Germs are easily spread there as people go in and out, turning a light on just to wash their hands. Vinegar and hot water will do the trick here as well. Just wipe switches down with a cloth soaked in the solution and pat dry. 


The Sinks


While you may wipe down around your sink often, the faucet and surrounding areas may need a little love. Faucet handles should be scrubbed on a daily basis with hot soapy water. As a bonus, if you want to make your sink shine, create a paste with vinegar and baking soda. Once you scrub it on the faucet, rinse off for a fantastic shine.     



         




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Posted by John Colby on 3/11/2018

When it comes to making a good impression on prospective home buyers, small details can make a big difference! Not only do you want prospects to see your home as being clean, neat, and well organized, but it should also leave them with a good overall feeling.

Even though it can be a bit of a hassle to continually prepare your bathrooms for house showings, there's no bigger turnoff to prospective buyers than a grungy bathroom! Generally speaking, if people cringe at any aspect of your home (especially the bathrooms or kitchen), then they're probably not going to make an offer on your property.

In addition to making all fixtures and surfaces sparklingly clean, winning over potential buyers also involves making your home look inviting.

One thing many home sellers overlook is the condition of their bathroom towels and washcloths. If they're wet, bedraggled, or ragged looking, then that's going to send the wrong message to buyers. There are a variety of ways to overcome that, including putting out brand new, colorful towels that have never been used before (Just make sure to take off the store tags before putting them on display!).

If they're neatly folded and strategically placed, then they'll convey an impression of freshness, cleanliness, and neatness. Those are among the key qualities people want to see when they're considering buying your home. By making sure your house is well organized, uncluttered, and tastefully decorated, you're also giving the impression that you and your family take pride in the appearance and upkeep of your home. This is sure to score many Brownie points with potential buyers!

Besides ragged-looking towels, another subtle, but powerful turnoff for buyers is old-looking curtains. Although you may be so accustomed to your old curtains that you don't even notice or see them any more, there's a good chance they'll stand out like a sore thumb to other people! If the appearance of your curtains degrade the rest of the room, then that one aspect could literally be a deal killer. As the expression goes, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." People may not know exactly why they weren't favorably impressed with your home -- even though it met all their basic requirements --but it could be something as simple as grungy, faded, tattered-looking curtains, rugs, or towels. It's often an easy, relatively inexpensive fix, but you have to be aware of the problem before you can take corrective action.

Working with a real estate agent to help you present your home in its best light can make the process go much more smoothly and result in a faster sale. Experienced agents will also provide you with valuable advice, guidance, and marketing assistance that can favorably affect the actual selling price and the length of time your home remains on the market.





Posted by John Colby on 3/10/2018

This Single-Family in Athol, MA recently sold for $193,000. This Ranch style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


662 Spring St, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$199,900
Price
$193,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS NICELY LAID OUT HOME IN A SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD HAS THE BEST BONES ! As they say "You could never build this home today for this price".... Recent updates include a Forced Hot Water Boiler. This home has Central Air Conditioning ! Recent Exterior trim painting has changed the homes personality ! The siding is low maintenance vinyl. This Spacious Single Floor Ranch style home has a recent architectural shingle roof , & Andersen windows along with brand new Stainless kitchen appliances ! Oversized 2 car attached garage and walkup attic. There are very few single level homes available as in reality very,very few have been built in our area in the last 10 years ! Huge walkout basement with double door access for bigger items like your car or boat . Town Water & Sewer and 1.7 acres of land . Large Laundry room with 1/2 bath.

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Posted by John Colby on 3/10/2018


92 Jasmine Rd, Orange, MA 01364

Single-Family

$625,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
A Once in a Lifetime property for even the most sophisticated Waterfront Buyer. Naturally occuring quality features are nearly impossible to find on wholesome Waterfront & make this One of the Most Important listings in the area w/ Nearly 1000 feet of Waterfront with a Generally level and usable 3 acres.The Full featured Southern exposure Contemporary 8 room home has a finished lower level w fireplace, wet bar,full bath, cedar closet,laundry room & walk out basement to landscaped yard ! There are 2 Private beaches and 2 floating docks ! Water views from every room, living area leads to spacious deck overlooking full recreational use Packard Pond (although the lake is generally very quiet). The 3 bay detached heated garage has a lightly used 1100 sq ft spacious Private access apartment & features office, bedroom, eat-in kitchen, living room, full bath with laundry hookups. Some of the other Systems include 2 hard wired Generator backups , Irrigation system, Central Air & Oil Heat
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Posted by John Colby on 3/9/2018


3 Scout Rock Rd, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$327,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Price has been reduced !..Why not take a look at this ? Make your own Memories Here ! Queen Lake has lots of History .. Come here and enjoy the Summer and Winter seasons ! This Owner says sell Now ! Price slashed ! Substantial Renovations at this Waterfront Cottage on the East Side of Queen Lake facing the Sunsets ! (Lots 24 & 25 on attached plan) ! This Prime location gives you the prevailing Westerly breezes and longer days of Sunshine . Great swimming and boat dock, Fantastic Exposure & 3 bedrooms plus a loft that make for many years of Enjoyment. Property has Tremendous recent Improvements including :Newer Roof, Updated Kitchen, New Windows, Updated wiring, Lots of Great Stonework and Landscaping ! Very seldom do properties on the East side of Queen Lake become available. Call us to schedule an appointment
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