Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk
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Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 4/16/2018




Are you thinking of selling your home? Some projects have more impact than others on resale value. Here, weíll take a look at the best way to spend a few hundred dollars and a long weekend, and also the projects you should leave to the professionals.


Do it Yourself


Beautiful backsplash. Thanks to pre-cut tile sheets (and YouTube), you can transform the look of your kitchen by adding a colorful mosaic backsplash behind your counter. This is a simple project that anyone can do and, depending on size and tile selection, will cost around $200 and take the better part of an afternoon. The most important thing here is to measure and make sure you have enough product to complete everything in one session.


Landscaping. Not only does working in the lawn give you the opportunity to get some much-needed fresh air and exercise, your curb appeal adds significant value to your property. The vast majority of landscaping chores are simple and inexpensive DIY projects.


Kitchen cabinets. Hereís a do-it-yourself project that can really pack a punch. Outdated kitchen cabinets will look years younger with a simple coat of paint and a few pieces of modern hardware. A gallon of high-quality cabinet enamel will run you about $50. It takes two to three days to do it right but will dramatically increase the visual appeal of your interior.


Power washing. Pressure washing moss- and dirt-covered hard surfaces will instantly brighten the exterior of your home. It takes about an hour and a half to properly power wash a 50-foot walkway and another hour to seal it, if necessary. The average cost to rent a medium-duty pressure washer for a day is $71 versus $350 or more to pay someone else to do the dirty work for you.


Storage solutions. Storage space is something every homeowner wants and every home buyer seeks. Increase yours by getting creative in utilizing the design of your home to increase storage capability. A simple $32 project recommended by This Old House is to simply add a small shelf above the doorway. Do this in a few key areas to add visual interest as well as storage.


Leave it to the pros


Gutter cleaning. This task often gets overlooked but cleaning out your gutters is so important for the maintenance of your home. A cluttered gutter can encourage mold to grow, do damage to your roof and cause foundation issues, among other things. However, this is a job best left for professionals who understand ladder safety and can alert you of any potential problems with your gutter system. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost for gutter and downspout cleaning in the city of Worcester is between $123 - $226.


Changing a light fixture. Did you know that the majority of home fires are due to faulty electrical wiring? A significant portion of these can be attributed to DIY wiring projects and failure to comply with codes. A licensed electrician may charge around $50 per hour to install a new light fixture or change antiquated plugs and sockets, but itís worth it compared to the cost of losing your home and irreplaceable family heirlooms.


Installing a new toilet. Your plumbing system is more important than you may give it credit for. Not only does it wash away waste, properly installed pipes will keep moisture from building up behind your walls. Improperly installed plumbing, however, can lead to mold, mildew, and wood rot. Most big-box retailers offer toilet installation services for around $100, which is a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing itís done correctly.


Your home is an asset that you must invest in regularly in order to see the most gains. These and other simple home improvement projects can help. So get out your tools and get to work. Youíll be glad you did, especially when itís time to sell.




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Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 4/15/2018

Buying a new home is a commitment. Not just to a mortgage but to the house itself, the neighborhood and your local community. And for many, this is part of what makes purchasing a new home so rewarding. To have a place to truly settle into and call their own. Part of that settling in includes crafting a timeless interior that will welcome you home for years to come.

But going about creating a timeless home can feel intimidating. Magazines and television shows focus on the trends and how to keep up with whatís current. Following these cues will only leave you with a home that will become quickly outdated.  

The key is to mix a variety of styles both old and new. Resist settling for one particular style for a home that seamlessly transcends the decades to come. And while you donít want to fully jump into any one trend, adding a few accent pieces will keep your home fresh and modern. Art, throw pillows, and small details are the perfect decor pieces to take advantage of trends with. Large investment pieces, however, are best kept neutral and in a style that has already proven itself to be classic.

Styles that earn the title of classic are usually simple with just one element that reflects the era of its inspiration. Think a couch with tufting but in a warm beige or a table with ornate millwork that boasts its natural wood coloring. Whereas a tufted couch in a print or ornate millwork painted a color from a trend that has come and gone will date the look of your whole room.

Neutral colors are best used for the majority of your color palette, leaving color for your accent pieces. That doesnít mean your home needs to lack depth, however. Choose different tones for your paint swatches and reach for a variety of textures when adding fabrics. Having a diverse range of tones and textures will add visual interest without depending on color to do the job.

Natural elements such as wood, stone, and glass also help to bring depth to your neutral color palette and maintain a timeless look. Wood flooring is well worth the cost in the long run both in terms of maintenance and style. An exposed brick wall makes a statement without becoming dated. A leather couch or armchair adds warmth and sophistication. While cotton, linen and wool textiles add natural texture to your furnishings.

Homebuyers often dream about the decades to come spent in their new homeís rooms. They want to spend time living lifeís moments to the fullest and not fussing over decor every ten years. Creating a timeless look for your home doesnít have to be difficult or expensive. Keeping to a neutral color palette and natural elements guarantee a classic home that you will love coming home to for years to come.  




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Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 4/8/2018

You've sold your house, and now, you have only a few weeks to pack up all of your personal belongings and move them out of your current residence. Time moves quickly, especially in the days after you accept a homebuyer's offer to purchase your house. Thus, you'll need to pick up essential packing supplies so you can prep your belongings and ensure you're ready to relocate without delay. So what are some of the must-own packing items for those who need to move out of a home? Here are four essential packing supplies that you'll need to take your belongings from one location to another quickly and safely: 1. Cardboard Boxes No packing checklist would be complete without cardboard boxes, as these boxes enable you to pack up items big and small and transport them between locations. Ideally, you'll want to pick up cardboard boxes of all sizes before you relocate. By doing so, you'll be ready to pack up a wide range of belongings, place them in cardboard boxes of different sizes and streamline the process of getting ready for an upcoming move. 2. Bubble Wrap Want to protect valuable antiques and other delicate items? Pack them in bubble wrap, and you'll be able to minimize the risk of damage to these items when you relocate to your new address. Bubble wrap is readily available and affordable, and it can make a world of difference when you're moving. Ultimately, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to bubble wrap, too. And if you're uncertain about whether an item should be placed in bubble wrap, you may want to use as much bubble wrap is needed to safeguard this item and minimize the risk that it could break or be damaged during your move. 3. Duct Tape Duct tape is paramount because it enables you to seal any cardboard boxes instantly. Plus, the seal that duct tape provides is strong and will ensure that your belongings will stay in place throughout your move. Like bubble wrap, duct tape is easy to find and inexpensive. As such, you should pick up multiple rolls of duct tape as you begin packing, because doing so will guarantee you're able to pack up your belongings and store them in cardboard boxes safely. 4. Pens and Markers Want to label your moving boxes and ensure you're able to put them in the right place at your new address? With bright, vibrant pens and markers at your disposal, you can label your moving boxes to your heart's delight. Having a large array of pens and markers may make it easier to categorize your belongings as well. In fact, you can even use a color-coded labeling system to organize your belongings by room to ensure you can unpack quickly after you arrive at your new home. When it comes to relocating from one address to another, you'll want to do everything you can to make the moving process as simple as possible. And with the aforementioned packing supplies, you should have no trouble preparing for your move and guaranteeing all of your belongings reach your new home.





Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 4/5/2018

This Single-Family in Holden, MA recently sold for $430,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk - RE/MAX Vision.


61 Jennifer Drive, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$459,000
Price
$430,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome Home! Introducing this custom built, well loved home, situated at the end, corner lot , which affords you both the extra land and the privacy in this well sought after neighborhood! This sun-splashed home offers a versatile and open floor plan accommodating multi-generational needs. Recent improvements include brand new furnace, Andersen windows and roof. Fully applianced eat-in kitchen with corian counters, cherry cabinets and plenty of pantry storage. Large yet comfortable family room with fireplace and cathedral ceiling. Enjoy a second fireplace in the spacious formal living room. Hardwoods throughout first floor. Walk up attic is plumbed for bath and electric. Finished room in lower level. Open floor plan with an abundance of natural lighting! An entertainers delight! Walk to high school. Be in for Spring! Desirable Dawson School district!!

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Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 4/4/2018


33 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562

Rental

$1,700
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Large family home now available for rent. Newer wiring, carpets, ceilings, walls etc. Young roof, replacement windows and a garage situated on over four acres of park-like grounds. Located on main road, yet offers nice privacy. Loads of off-street parking, close to shopping, schools and parks. First, last and security needed up front.
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