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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 12/8/2019

Before you sell your home, you may wonder if there are any areas that you can improve on before putting the home on the market. Kitchen renovations have one of the highest return values of any changes that you make to your home. It’s worth investigating what areas of the room could use some improving. Some of these upgrades don’t even require you to start a construction project.

Clear Off The Counters

You don’t even have to replace the countertops to add some value to your home. Making it appear as if your counters have the maximum amount of space before you show the home can really impress potential buyers Simply clear your counter, clean it, and make any small repairs that you notice may need to be done. If you have time and the budget, you can always replace tired old countertops. Simply showing that your counters have more room can really make a big difference.  

Add A Backsplash 

You can add a backsplash or update your existing one in order to breathe some life into your kitchen. Make sure that the tiles you choose coordinate with the theme of the kitchen. This is purely cosmetic but a kitchen with a fresh backsplash sells much faster than a tired, worn looking kitchen backslash, or even a kitchen without a backsplash at all.

Add Some Technology To The Kitchen

Buyers like simplicity and convenience in their potential homes. Consider adding some technology to the kitchen like USB outlets and smart appliances. If you can save a buyer from needing to upgrade their appliances and meet their 21st century needs at the same time, your home will be a very attractive sell. There are few things more enticing to buyers than brand spanking new appliances in the kitchen! These updates will surely add value to your home before you sell.   

The Floor 

While floors offer the least return for your investment, buyers don’t like looking at old, dirty floors! Take the time to clean up your floor and replace it if needed. It’s not a difficult do-it-yourself project and can really make your kitchen look more attractive.       

Clean The Cabinets

Buyers are very into looking at every nook of the home they may potentially buy. That means if you have nice looking cabinets, you can have a leg up as a seller. Whether you need to clean and stain the wood on your cabinets, add a fresh coat of paint, or do a larger project and replace the cabinets altogether, there are plenty of ways that you can give your cabinets a fresh look, drawing attention to this part of the room. Be sure that whatever you do to your cabinets will bode well with the style of the kitchen.  

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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 12/1/2019


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One of the benefits of hardwood floors is their durability. When they start to look worn, refinishing takes time, but is much less of a hassle than replacement. Yet sometimes, stains won't simply buff out of the surface of your hardwoods. If you’re dealing with tough stains, like juice or wine spills or ink stains, and need to prep your hardwoods for new finish, bleaching is the answer. Whether you bleach the entire floor and refinish it or simply bleach the area with the stain, this process is not difficult and can restore the look of your beautiful floors. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1 – Prep the Floor

Sand the floor to remove the finish, using a chemical stripper if necessary. You need to remove all of the finish for the bleach to soak in well.

Step 2 – Mix the Bleach

Oxalic acid crystals, which you can purchase at a hardware store, are the best material to use for bleaching hardwood. Mix these crystals into water until no more crystals dissolve. This will take some trial and error, and hot water works best. Be sure to use gloves to protect your skin.

Step 3 – Apply the Bleach

Use rubber gloves, safety goggles and a respirator mask, then grab a sponge and apply the solution on to the stain. Allow it to dry completely. Apply a second application if needed to completely eliminate the stain. Wash off all of the bleach crystals that remain with clean water.

Step 4 – Neutralize

Make a solution by mixing two heaping tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of water. Apply this to the wood to neutralize the bleaching solution, and allow the area to dry.

Step 5 – Refinish

Once you are sure the stain is gone and the wood is dry, refinish the floors as you see fit. If you only bleached part of your floor, take some sandpaper and sand the area, fading the edges of the repaired area to the edges of the rest of the floor. Then, find a matching stain and refinish the area you treated.

Whether you are getting a house ready to stage for sale, have purchased a home and discovered hardwoods under the carpet that need a little TLC, or simply want your existing home to look its best, bleaching the hardwoods is often the best way to get rid of stubborn stains. Before you assume that your stained hardwoods have to be replaced, consider trying this easy DIY solution.

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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 11/27/2019

21 3rd Street, Amesbury, MA 01913



Full/Half Baths
Welcoming Showings this Friday & Saturday...OPEN SUNDAY AS WELL ! Nestled inside the well-established neighborhood of the coveted Lake Attitash Community, this MOVE IN READY RANCH home offers single-level living, NEWER ROO, NEW MECHANICS & TONS OF INTERIOR UPGRADES! Located mere minutes from Historic Downtown Amesbury & close to several highway routes this tidy property boasts a new driveway (w/ plenty of parking), a handy shed, semi-fenced yard, basement for storage & a large back-deck. Once inside you'll find freshly sanded hardwood floors, newly painted walls, lots of natural light & a remodeled Open-Concept Kitchen complete w/ new cabinets, new granite counters & a trendy waterfall-island! This charmer continues to plz. w/ a spacious Master BR (with its own 1/2 bath!), a good sized 2nd BR, an updated main full bath & a cool 3rd BR which could serve well as a home office, den or laundry room! If you're looking to get into a New Place before the New Year, this could be the one!
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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 11/25/2019

Whether you’re a movie buff, like playing the latest video games, or just appreciate high-quality video and audio when you’re binging shows in Netflix, your experience can be greatly enhanced with a home theater system.

 Technologies are ever-changing when it comes to home audio and video. The quality of DVDs now seems laughable next to 4K resolution HD videos. Similarly, bulky home audio systems that once required several huge speakers have been reduced to small “sound bars” that sound excellent and take up hardly any room at all.

 If you’d like to turn your living room, basement, or any other room in your home into a home theater, read on.

Location of your home theater

The obvious choice for many when it comes to choosing a location for their home theater is the living room. And that might make the most sense for people who have small or mid-sized houses who spend much of the time in their living room.

However, if you’re looking for an immersive, distraction-free viewing experience, you may want to consider other rooms in your house, such as a finished basement or office.

What you’ll need

 If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to invest some time and money in your home theater. First, you’ll need an HDTV or projector and screen. Projectors can be a fun way to achieve the movie theater experience and are particularly useful in large rooms where you’re sitting far from the screen. However, quality projectors are quite pricey ($600 or more, not including the cost of a screen).

Choosing a television

If you go the television route, you have several options. Shopping for a TV is no easy feat. There are LED, OLED, 4K Ultra, and curved televisions. If you’re looking for the highest video quality and plan on streaming HD video with a high resolution, a 4K Ultra would be the best option.

 However, if you aren’t particular about video quality and will be happy with anything that plays your old DVD collection, most LED televisions will do the trick at an affordable price point.

 Home audio

When it comes to audio quality, you might be surprised with the variety of systems on the market.

For the classic home theater experience, a multi-speaker surround sound system is the closest you’ll get to the cinematic experience. Since the rise of the sound bar, home theater systems have become much more affordable.

However, with most surround sound systems you’ll need to buy a receiver. You’ll need to set it up and find a place to put it (they tend to be pretty large).

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of installing speakers around the room and finding a place for a big audio receiver, a sound bar could be a great alternative. Starting at around $100 and scaling up to $1,000 depending on your audio quality needs.

Most decent sound bars come with a small subwoofer, but other than that they are small, lightweight and typically Bluetooth-ready, so you can just plug them in and start listening.

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Posted by Jamie Dee Frontiero on 11/22/2019

101 West Branch Road, Waterville Valley, NH 03215



Full/Half Baths
Nestled inside the enchanting town of Waterville Valley this thoughtfully constructed home was designed by the late world-renown architect Donald Jasinski. A fine craftsman, Jasinski oversaw every detail of the build & thoughtfully infused a spacious/casual flair to this Adirondack Style villa. Snuggled back in the established neighborhood of West Branch Rd. this 1+ acre property offers a TON OF LIVING SPACES, SPECTACULAR VIEWS & an incredible 1,144 sq. ft. TWO-LEVEL WORKSHOP. This newer build outbuilding could be finished to accommodate additional living space but as it stands now, it provides a vast array of work areas for a craftsman of almost any medium! Once inside you'll be impressed by gorgeous woodwork, a great wall of windows, soaring ceilings & a massive stone fireplace. The main level boasts open concept living & wows w/ a slider to the 70' deck out back, showcasing panoramic views of black diamond ski-trails and, the bubbling river below. This first floor continues w/ an elegant library area, well appointed kitchen, dining area & a FIRST FLOOR MASTER EN-SUITE! There's a huge mudroom (w/ boot heaters), a powder room & direct access to the huge 2 car garage (w/ a ski tuning room)! Up on the 2nd floor you'll find 4 spacious BRs (all w/ double closets), 2 full bathrooms & a bonus room. The finished lower level boasts a fitness center, huge family-game room, 3/4 bath, laundry room, a huge storage center & a walkout to the back yard!
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