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Posted by John Colby on 9/18/2018


600 Cobb Hill Road, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$899,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Spectacular Views Location ! This Charming Open Concept Contemporary Energy Efficient home has 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths .Enjoy dramatic views of Mount Monadnock. Hardwood floors w/radiant heat are throughout the 1st floor w/ Tiled Kitchen and Baths, Fireplaced Living room w/Andersen windows and Sliders lead to Screen Porch and Deck overlooking the fields and paddocks. Both Oil and Wood boilers provide consistent forced hot water heating. A quiet country road leads to this 28.5 acre site with a Charming High Quality Contemporary 4 bedroom home adjoining hundreds of miles of trails. The Professionally designed and spotless horse barn has every feature horse owners desire. Click on the paperclip to See the attached list of barn features and brochure.. The Solar System yields a nearly zero balance annually for both the house and barn.
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Posted by John Colby on 9/18/2018


898 Cottage St, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$194,400
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
No showings till Saturday August 11th,......Quiet neighborhood yet conveniently located. House are well separated from each other ! Well maintained Single Floor home with recent Upgrades including: Architectural Roof, Upgraded Thermal windows, and Vinyl siding, Generally level grassy yard with over an acre including a wooded area . Stay warm this Fall and Winter with the Desirable Buderus FHW x oil heat and domestic hot water system. The Lower Level has a half bath with a Walkout finished basement with separate access ! Basement could be used as a drive under garage . Detached storage shed. Town Water and Town Sewer ! Fenced in Vegetable Garden ! Lots of Usable Yard
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Posted by John Colby on 9/16/2018

Having a cat turns a house into a cozy home. The mess they bring with them, however? Not so much. If only they could keep your house as clean as they do themselves. Iíve got six of tips for you today to keep your home clean so you enjoy your catís company without resenting them for the disorder they can create.

1. Start with a little pampering for your feline friend. Groom your cat regularly if not daily to stay on top of shedding fur to ensure it ends up in the trash instead of all over your furniture. You may also want to trim claws regularly or invest in a set of claw caps to prevent your cat from scratching up furniture or snagging on fabrics. 

2. Vacuum your carpets, drapes, and furniture weekly to prevent hair from building up on every possible surface. You may even want to vacuum high traffic areas a few times a week to maintain your carpetings condition. Investing in a handheld vacuum is a great way to easily swoop in on messes throughout the week without lugging your main vacuum out several times a week. 

3. Dusting regularly is also ideal to cut down on fur and dander from building up on surfaces. Dusting one room per day is an easy way to stay on top of the chore. Keeping a microfiber cloth tucked away in each room makes it even easier to get the job done and keep surfaces clear of debris.

4. Wipe down counters and tables regularly with disinfectant. While you canít guarantee your cat isnít strolling over your counters when you arenít looking and wiping surfaces down at least daily ensures they are clean. Keep germs at bay especially from paws that may have just recently left the litter box by keeping disinfectant on hand at all times.

5. The litter box. The source of the most dreaded of cat messes. Obviously, scooping daily and doing a full clean out every two weeks cuts down on odor. But putting a litter mat underneath the litter box catches litter outside the box right away and prevents your cat from tracking it throughout the house. Some clever placement can also keep cat litter from finding itís way throughout the house. Place the box in the furthest corner from the door and in a low traffic area.  

6. Clean up hairballs asap. Pick up solid messes with a towel and scrape any excess off with a butter knife. Youíll also want to use an enzyme based odor neutralizer to prevent odors from settling into carpeting. Grooming your cat regularly is a not only a great way to keep hair from clinging to every surface as mentioned in tip number one but also prevents hairballs from happening in the first place.

Owning a cat is such a rewarding experience. The messes they leave behind, however, can feel anything but. With a regular cleaning schedule and the right tools, you can keep a tidy home in a manageable way so you can get back to snuggling up with your cat faster.




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Posted by John Colby on 9/11/2018

This Single-Family in Phillipston, MA recently sold for $255,000. This Cottage style home was sold by John Colby - Colby Realty.


5 East Rd, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$264,900
Price
$255,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
..Out on a Peninsula Facing the Warm Southern Breezes On Queen Lake ! One of the Most Dramatic Views Looking South Right Down the Lake ! Great Swimming and Boating on Queen Lake in the Summer and Tremendous Southern Exposure during the Winter from the Sunroom and Decks overlooking Queen Lake ! Accessible in Winter ! Detached Shed is approxiamately 20 ft by 12 ft ! This Cottage needs work but what a gorgeous spot on the Waterfront ! Seller Installing new Septic System..! Drilled Well producing 20 plus gallons per minute. Create your memories here ! Come and see this Gorgeous Site ! (Grandfathered site)

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Posted by John Colby on 9/9/2018

The number of American employees who work from home, at least part of the time, is increasing year after year. Some 38% of Americans say theyíre currently able to work from home at least one day a week, and that number is set to continue increasing.

Working from home can pose a few problems, however. Notably, trying to find a place within your home where you can sit down in peace and get to work.

In todayís article, weíre going to talk about home office design. So, whether youíre working from home full-time, part-time, or just want a quiet place to go over the bills in the evening, so can ensure you have the best possible environment to be productive in.

The balance between focused and comfortable

Ideally, a home office is a place that is well-lit, distraction-free, and minimal in decor. However, each of us has our own process when it comes to being productive.

So, when planning your office, itís important to choose a style that will help you work but will also make you want to spend time in the room.

Lighting conditions

Another trait of a home office that is largely dependent on your work-preferences is the lighting quality. This covers anything from the lights you use to the windows, curtains, and even the color of your walls.

If youíre the type of person who could easily fall asleep in a dimly-lit room, itís probably a good idea to choose a bright paint color and ample lighting. This is especially true for people who find themselves spending long hours in the evening.

Decorating your office

Now that youíve determined what type of home office you need, letís think about how youíre going to furnish it.

The key here is to minimize distractions. A television is probably a bad idea. But, quiet music playing on your laptop or headphones could help you focus.

In terms of decorations, a good design principle to go by is that you should decorate with a few large items rather than several small items. This will help you prevent the room from feeling cluttered.

Set yourself up for organizational success

When you envision an office, you probably picture file organizers, paper clip holders, notepads, and countless other office-related tool and accessories.

However, if you tend to do most of your work on your computer, odds are those things will just get in your way.

Instead of filling up your cart at Staples, think about the type of work youíll be doing in your home office and purchase only what you need. This will help you stay organized and help you from losing documents and losing time trying to find those documents.

With these tips in mind, youíre ready to start creating your home office haven of productivity. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips and advice.








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