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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 2/14/2020

Homeowner’s insurance allows you to have financial protection if your home or the contents of your home have been damaged. If you or your family member are held legally responsible for injuries that have occurred on your property, you are also protected. Insurance is generally required by most mortgage lenders in order to secure a loan. 


There are many different types of insurance policies that you can use to cover your home. You can get anything ranging from a basic insurance policy that just covers your home overall or you can go for broader protection for your home. The types of coverage that you can get will vary from state to state.


Natural Disasters


Most insurance policies will cover damage caused by fire, wind, lightning, theft, or vandalism. Floods and earthquakes typically require additional coverage, so if you live in an area that is susceptible to these issues, then you should inquire about additional coverage. 


The Standard Policy


Most insurance policies include certain basic coverages like dwelling coverage which is the allowance for you to either repair or rebuild your home. This includes the electrical systems, the plumbing systems, and the HVAC systems. You need enough coverage for your home in order to rebuild in the event that such an event would cause a need for it. Your insurance agent can help you to find a comfortable number that will allow you enough coverage for rebuilding.


Standard coverage also may include “other structures” which can include fences, garages, cottages, and sheds. You’ll also be covered for your personal property which includes clothing, furniture, and electronics that may be damaged in your home due to theft or disaster. 


Loss Of Use Coverage


This type of coverage will pay for your living expenses if you need to move out of your home while it’s being rebuilt or restored. This would allow you to find alternative arrangements when you need it most, so it’s an important aspect of home insurance coverage. 


Liability Coverage


This coverage is one of the most important aspects of purchasing home insurance. Having liability will help to protect your assets and cover defense costs in the event that you have been held liable for causing and injury to other people or property. 

Additional Coverage Options


There are many different types of additional coverages that you can add to your homeowners insurance policy to help you get the right umbrella of coverage for you.




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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 2/7/2020

Many times the house that people initially buy isn’t the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While “something” is a bold statement, it’s true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you don’t want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is you’re doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If you’re feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




Categories: home renovations  


Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 1/31/2020

Making a good first impression on prospective home buyers is the key to getting your house sold within a relatively short period of time. Once your house is on the market, you'll want to make sure any major flaws, aesthetic issues, and potential buyer turnoffs have been fully addressed before the first prospects walk through your front door.

Although serious house hunters often return for a second -- and sometimes third -- walkthrough of your home, first impressions determine whether they'll be back for another look.

Since time is of the essence and you may be on a limited home improvement budget, it's necessary to prioritize the projects that will have the most impact on the image you project. When it comes to making cost-effective decisions on preparing your house for showings, your real estate agent can provide helpful insights and objective advice. Seasoned agents can size up a property within minutes and identify ways to improve the look and feel of your home. Although every homeowner is going to have a different set of priorities and issues to deal with, there are a few focal points that would apply to just about everyone.

Curb appeal: To attract the maximum number of prospects to your home (and to put them in a receptive state of mind when viewing your house), it's essential that your property looks well maintained. In addition to having a manicured lawn and bushes that are neatly trimmed, your curb appeal also depends on the condition of your driveway, walkway, and house foundation. The appearance of weeds, cracked surfaces, and peeling or faded paint are sure to be seen as "red flags" to many people and will detract from the impression your home conveys.

Clutter control: Getting a handle on clutter in and around your house is a vital aspect of enhancing its appearance and marketability. Whether you're dealing with storage areas that are jam-packed to the hilt, too much furniture in your living room, or a front yard that's littered with bicycles, lawn equipment, toys and junk vehicles, clutter is a visual cue to people that "something is wrong here!" Clutter inside your house can cause rooms to look smaller and living space to appear as chaotic and uninviting. Even clutter in garages, basements, closets, and attics can send the wrong message to potential house hunters. On the other hand, uncluttered space is like "a breath of fresh air," and can go a long way toward winning over one or more interested prospects.

General recommendations: While everyone's situation is different and unique, cleanliness, proper room lighting, and basic home staging techniques can help maximize your chances for a successful showing. Applying a fresh coat of paint, where needed, also increases the eye-appeal of everything from your front steps and hallways to bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen areas. Thoroughly steam-cleaning carpets and refinishing faded hardwood floors can also be cost-effective ways to bring out the full potential of your home





Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 1/28/2020


1 Papanti Ct, Newburyport, MA 01950

Single-Family

$685,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
$5,000 BUYER CREDIT with acceptable offer by Valentine's Day!!! This smaller single family home has been completely transformed making efficient use of space throughout and is a perfect alternative for buyers who prefer their own single family home to a condo. Tucked onto a quiet dead end street and loaded with curb appeal, this charmer has everything you need and nothing you don't! The open concept 1st floor allows the living room to flow into the kitchen with custom cabinetry, white quartz countertops, KitchenAid appliances and a contrasting island with seating for 3. Both bedrooms on the 2nd floor feature their own beautifully tiled full baths. Marvin Integrity windows, Boral TruExterior siding, Azek decking all ensuring no to low maintenance. Hardwood flooring throughout, central A/C, fully fenced bricked patio area, 2 separate driveways, full unfinished basement great for storage or workshop space. Minutes to downtown Newburyport, beaches of Plum Island, commuter rail
Open House
Saturday
February 01 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 1/28/2020


1 Papanti Ct, Newburyport, MA 01950

Single-Family

$685,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
$5,000 BUYER CREDIT with acceptable offer by Valentine's Day!!! This smaller single family home has been completely transformed making efficient use of space throughout and is a perfect alternative for buyers who prefer their own single family home to a condo. Tucked onto a quiet dead end street and loaded with curb appeal, this charmer has everything you need and nothing you don't! The open concept 1st floor allows the living room to flow into the kitchen with custom cabinetry, white quartz countertops, KitchenAid appliances and a contrasting island with seating for 3. Both bedrooms on the 2nd floor feature their own beautifully tiled full baths. Marvin Integrity windows, Boral TruExterior siding, Azek decking all ensuring no to low maintenance. Hardwood flooring throughout, central A/C, fully fenced bricked patio area, 2 separate driveways, full unfinished basement great for storage or workshop space. Minutes to downtown Newburyport, beaches of Plum Island, commuter rail
Open House
Saturday
February 01 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 1 Papanti Ct, Newburyport, MA 01950    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Categories: Open House