John Colby's Blog

Posted on 08/03/2022
Cottagecore Ideas for Your Home
If you’re a fan of the cottagecore home-style trend and want to try it yourself, there are many ways you can begin. While it might seem complicated, there are some simple decor changes you can make to your space to bring out the cottagecore aesthetic. Here are some ideas for how to use cottagecore style in your own...
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Posted on 07/27/2022
How to Make Planters From a Wine Barrel
If you’re looking for a satisfying garden DIY project, try repurposing an old wine barrel. Wine barrels are made of sturdy materials and built to last even long after their original purpose has ended. This makes them excellent candidates for outdoor planters. Here we’ll go over the process and materials you’ll need to make your very own DIY...
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Posted on 07/20/2022
Things Homeowners Need To Know About Installing A Driveway
Paved driveways are widely credited with increasing curb appeal and improving real estate values. However, dirt, gravel or driveways suffering from disrepair can negatively impact home sales. If you rank among homeowners who need a new driveway installation, these are things worth considering. What driveway material should you use? The best material for a driveway is driven by...
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Posted on 07/13/2022
DIY solutions to water in your basement
More than a few homeowners are surprised to discover water leaks and moisture in basements pose a substantial risk. Molds tend to flourish in dark wet environments, which can negatively impact the health and wellness of household members. Consistent or large amounts of water damage may also impact structural supports underneath the home. These rank among the many...
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Posted on 07/12/2022
432 Conant Rd, Athol, MA 01331 is now new to the market!
Super Convenient yet Country location ! This recently remodeled home sits on 1.2 acres just 3 miles to Rt 2 and shopping at North Quabbin Commons. The Open concept Kitchen/ Dining area has Granite countertops, Contemporary lighting and a brilliant adjoining exterior Grilling deck. Relax in the Spacious Beamed Cathedral ceiling living room with slider leading to an oversized private low maintenance deck overlooking the backyard. A detached oversized (864 sq. ft) garage provides extra storage or workshop for woodworkers or the mechanically inclined ! Overall this is a low maintenace property built with vinyl siding and composite decking...
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Posted on 06/29/2022
The best indoor trees for growing fruit
If you're interested in taking your edible gardening to the next level, consider growing fruit on an indoor tree. There are many varieties of fruit trees you can grow in your home environments with the right care, providing you with a personal source of fresh fruit and a beautiful indoor plant at the same time. Here are some...
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Posted on 06/22/2022
Home sewing projects perfect for beginners
If you’re a budding DIY enthusiast wanting to create custom home decor, home sewing projects are an excellent way to begin. There are plenty of beginner-friendly and inexpensive home decor sewing projects to choose from and stretch your creativity. With a basic sewing machine and a quick trip to the fabric store, you have everything you need to...
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Posted on 06/15/2022
3 Reasons to consider refinancing your mortgage
Homeowners refinance their mortgages for an assortment of reasons. Some reasons center around strictly wanting to pay off their homes faster and at better interest rates, while others may fall along practical life events or emergencies. If you find yourself asking, “should I refinance my mortgage,” try checking off a few boxes to help come to a decision....
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Posted on 06/08/2022
3 Ways to Avoid Common Renter Mistakes
Renting a home is a complicated process. Whether you’re a first-time renter or a seasoned pro, navigating the rental market can be overwhelming. Just like with buying a home, it’s easy to make mistakes or miss important details. Here are some tips for avoiding common renter mistakes. Read the Entire Lease When you’re choosing a place to live,...
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Posted on 06/05/2022
2478 Petersham Rd, Athol, MA 01331 is now new to the market!
You will fall in Love with this 13 acre property ! The Post and Beam home needs work so bring your Energy to this property and make this your awesome project opportunity. The main house has Cathedral ceilings w/ exposed Chestnut Beams and wide hard pine floors. This early former farm site was chosen in the 19th Century for a reason. The land is generally level w/ Southwest exposure and has many garden areas. A spacious in law apartment , Large Barn, and a detached extra deep garage. . Property is large enough to subdivide with Privacy ! Property is being sold as is with lots of Barn finds ..Call for an appointment to see this. Photos...
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Posted on 06/05/2022
6 & 19 Samuel Dr, Phillipston, MA 01331 is now new to the market!
When do you have the opportunty to own a Waterfront Boathouse, a 4 bedroom house and a Waterfront cabin on Queen Lake LOOKING straight down the Lake ? People friendly access to the Water for Swimming, Sailing and Motorboating ! Living at this year round home is like being on vacation all year. Recent 5 bedroom septic system. Interior Photos are forthcoming. Don't miss this chance to beat rising...
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Posted on 06/01/2022
Protect your lawn with these natural grub control methods
Grub control is something many homeowners have to deal with as part of their lawn care. Lawn grubs are the larval form of insects like Japanese beetles and scarab beetles, and a naturally occurring part of the ecosystem. However, when there are too many, they can cause serious damage to your lawn. If you’ve noticed more than a...
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