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Posted by Nelson Zide on 3/24/2021

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Proper insulation not only helps you save on your energy bills. It reduces your energy impact on the environment and may create a great selling point for your home when the time comes. But knowing were to insulate an existing home can be a project. Here's what you need to know.

How to Do an Insulation Assessment

First, you'll need to turn off the power at the breaker box. Have your flashlights ready. 

Remove outlet covers around your home and look inside to see if you have insulation. You might not have to check every outlet, but do check them on multiple floors and one on each wall to understand how well walls are insulated. 

If you have a wall that gets hot in the summer or cold in the winter, you may want to dig deeper. Pull a little out to see what kind it is and how thick it is.

Next, check your attic, basement and crawlspaces. This insulation you can more easily see. Use a yardstick to measure its depth and look for areas that are thinner than others.

Additionally, you may consider insulating:

  • Around storm windows
  • On band joints
  • Around pipes that might freeze
  • Between the studs on a finished attic floor
  • What You'll Need to Install Installation

    There are many insulation projects you can DIY. For example, re-caulking leaky windows and sealing drafty doors can help tremendously. But you can also add insulation in the attic and basement with either loose-fill or blanket insulation. Here's what you need.

  • LED lamp clip-on. You need your hands, so flashlights won't cut it.
  • Insulation of choice
  • 1-2 3/4" plywood panels to stand on if there's no floor
  • Goggles and a mouth/nose mask to protect your eyes and lungs
  • Long sleeves and gloves to reduce residue settling on your skin. Some materials cause terrible itching and bleeding if scratched.
  • Staple gun (for rolls) or insulation blower (for loose)
  • Prep the Area

    Take this opportunity to look for leaks. If you see signs of active water damage, you need to repair it before laying insulation. Now, place your plywood so you have somewhere to stand safely.

    Lay Insulation

    Lay insulation in areas where it's lacking. You can staple it to roof beams and beams on the floor. Just cut it to size if needed. 

    Keep in mind that when you open a pack of roll insulation, it expands. So please don't open it until you have it in the general area where you want it.

    *Pro tip* To cut blanket insulation more easily to fit, lay a two-by-four over the place where you want to cut it. This temporarily compresses it there so that you have a thickness that's easier to cut through.

    If using loose insulation, power up your insulation blower and aim where padding is needed. Always, carefully rinse off after applying insulation to reduce skin and lung exposure.

    And you're ready for lower energy bills through winter and summer. For more tips DIY home maintenance tips, follow our blog.





    Posted by Nelson Zide on 3/17/2021


    150 2nd Street, Framingham, MA 01702

    Condo

    $129,900
    Price

    3
    Rooms
    1
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    Great investment opportunity! There is currently a tenant who would like to continue renting so we have take the guesswork out of you needing to find a tenant. First floor unit with wall-to-wall carpeting in the hall, bedroom, and living room. Bedroom is king-sized with good closet space. Kitchen has ample cabinets and vent hood over the stove. Show and sell!
    Open House
    No scheduled Open Houses

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    Tags: Framingham   Real Estate   01702   Condo  
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    Posted by Nelson Zide on 3/17/2021

    You know you want to make your homeownership dream come true sooner rather than later. At the same time, you still have no idea about how you'll acquire a great house at a budget-friendly price.

    Navigating the housing market can be tricky, especially for those who are operating with limited finances at their disposal. Lucky for you, we're here to take the guesswork out of the homebuying journey and ensure you can discover a wonderful residence at a price that won't break your budget.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you buy your dream house at the lowest-possible price.

    1. Analyze the Housing Market

    The real estate market may seem complicated at first. Fortunately, homebuyers who collect and review housing market data can become real estate experts in no time at all.

    Ultimately, homebuyers who know the ins and outs of the real estate market may be better equipped than others to get the best price on a house. These buyers can identify patterns and trends within housing market data and determine whether they're operating in a buyer's or seller's market. Then, once a buyer finds his or her dream house, this individual can submit a competitive offer to purchase that meets the needs of all parties involved in a home sale.

    2. Get Pre-Approved for Home Financing

    Getting pre-approved for home financing allows you to enter the real estate market with a good idea about how much you can spend on a residence. Thus, you'll be able to determine exactly how much you can afford to pay for a residence and avoid overspending on a house if you obtain pre-approval for a mortgage.

    To receive pre-approval for a mortgage, you should meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. These financial institutions employ courteous, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who can teach you everything you need to know about home financing. That way, you can get the information you need to make an informed mortgage decision.

    3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

    Hiring a real estate agent is essential for a homebuyer who wants to purchase his or her dream house at the right price. In fact, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that you can avoid paying too much for your ideal residence.

    Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your homebuying goals. He or she next will craft a personalized homebuying strategy, one that allows you to quickly and effortlessly discover a high-quality and affordable residence. After you find your ideal house, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive offer to purchase too. And if a seller accepts your homebuying proposal, a real estate agent will guide you along the final stages of the property buying journey.

    Ready to make your homeownership dream a reality? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can find a top-notch house at a price that matches your budget.




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    Posted by Nelson Zide on 3/12/2021

    This Condo in Framingham, MA recently sold for $133,000. This Low-Rise style home was sold by Nelson Zide - ERA Key Realty Services.


    150 2nd Street, Framingham, MA 01702

    Condo

    $139,900
    Price
    $133,000
    Sale Price

    3
    Rooms
    1
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    This terrific, newly-renovated condo is turn-key ready for you to move right into or as an investment property! This welcoming unit offers an open floor plan, oversized windows and many updates including a new roof, new modern LED light fixtures and fresh paint throughout in neutral hues. The tiled eat-in kitchen features oak cabinets, new GE stove and all new countertop, sink, garbage disposal and Delta faucet. You will enjoy the plush new carpeting in the king-sized bedroom with ample closet space. The updated bathroom offers a stylish new vanity, faucet, wall light, medicine cabinet and surround for the tub. In the warmer months, you will be thankful for the new wall air conditioner that is coming too! Convenient location to the commuter rail, shopping, restaurants and more. Potential rental income up to $1400 per month. Heat and hot water included in the condo fee. Show and sell!

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    Tags: Framingham   Real Estate   01702   Condo  
    Categories: Sold Homes  


    Posted by Nelson Zide on 3/10/2021

    This Condo in Natick, MA recently sold for $575,000. This Hi-Rise style home was sold by Nelson Zide - ERA Key Realty Services.


    10 Nouvelle Way, Natick, MA 01760

    Condo

    $599,000
    Price
    $575,000
    Sale Price

    4
    Rooms
    2
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    Stylish and Sophisticated describes this Contemporary 2 bedroom, 2 full bath condo at desired Nouvelle Natick. This 6th floor corner unit features gleaming hardwood floors and an open floorplan for today's discerning buyer. Stainless/Granite Kitchen with seating. Separate Dining Area open to Living Room. The Primary suite has a full bath with a tiled shower, glass door enclosure, double sink vanity, and a generous walk-in closet. The spacious guest bedroom is flooded with natural light with ample closet space .In-unit Washer/Dryer, Private balcony. Amenities include Club Nouvelle with a 1.2 acre rooftop garden, and Fit Nouvelle. Owner has meticulously maintained this unit - and kept it in "like-new" condition. It comes with a deeded storage room, Nouvelle Natick is right off of Mass Turnpike, Route 9 and close to all the shops and restaurants at Natick Collection. Professional on-site management company, 2 deeded garage parking spaces and open guest parking, 24 hr concierge.

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