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Sept. 13, 2021

Home Organization Tips for the Unorganized

 

Being unorganized can make life tough in a number of ways. Disorganization in your home can cause an unending, overall sense of stress, because you're lacking a certain amount of order in your life. It also causes unsightly clutter and makes it hard to find things. 

 

The good news is that with some easy home organization tips, you can have your home whipped into shape in no time. It may seem like an impossible task right now, but when broken down into smaller projects, organization is inevitable. 

 

Try these simple organization tips: 

 

1. Get rid of your clutter. There's no use in organizing items that you're not going to keep, so getting rid of them first is a good initial step. It's best to live by the rule that if you haven't used an item in over a year and it doesn't hold sentimental value, you should probably consider letting go of it. 

  • Make piles for trash, donations, and things to sell. You can use websites like eBay or Craigslist to sell unwanted items for extra cash.  

 

2. Start small. It's important to set small goals for yourself, room by room, throughout your house. When you focus on everything as a whole it can get so crazy that it might just seem like a lost cause. 

  • Try starting in your bathroom, or better yet, just start by going through the cabinet underneath your bathroom sink. Throw out old items and organize the rest. Afterward, you can call it a day and then work on another small project another time.  
  • As you move to new rooms, maintain the organization of the rooms you've already done. You don't want to complete a few rooms only to find out that your bathroom cabinets are disorganized again.  

 

3. Learn how to store things. Just because you've gotten your things out of sight, it doesn't mean that you've got an organizational method. Plan a strategy to store similar things together in marked storage bins.  

  • Once you follow through on your storage strategy, then you'll know where things are. You can also benefit from learning how to store things in sight. Make good use of shelves, baskets, or furniture with built-in storage space to keep things neat and where you're likely to need them. 

 

4. Create a cleaning schedule. Once you have your home in order, it's all about maintenance. You'll need to find a way to keep things in order. Make a schedule to keep track of what chores are done and when. You can even schedule in a time to deal with clutter to get everything back into its proper place. 

  • Dividing up the cleaning tasks throughout the week will make it easier to maintain the order you worked so hard to attain. This limits "chore time" to short increments of time. Instead of spending an entire Saturday cleaning, clean a room each day, and then you can have fun on the weekend while your home is still neat and tidy. 
  • Establish the habit of picking up as you go. When you take something out of its place to use it, put it back when you're done.  

If you really want to change your life, you can make it so. Even if you've been unorganized forever, use these tips to help you turn things around and enjoy the lovely home you've created. 

 

 

Posted in News
Aug. 19, 2021

Create a More Energy Efficient Home When Remodeling

According to Home Advisor, Americans spent upwards of $4 billion remodeling their homes in 2020. So if you’re planning to renovate, you may want to remember one point: It can pay to make your Sudbury home more energy efficient while you remodel.

 

“Homeowners are putting extra emphasis on energy cost savings when remodeling their homes,” explains Danny Lipford, homebuilding expert and host of the television show “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford.” “Projects that provide more energy efficiency have proven to help reduce heating and cooling costs, in some cases by up to 15 percent.”

 

Lipford says that homeowners would be wise to seek every possible way to keep their homes energy efficient and resistant to moisture. He recommends that early in the remodeling process you should ask the contractor plenty of questions. Find out where he thinks you can maximize energy savings, where energy can be lost during a renovation, how to protect against potential weather damage and if he plans to use innovative products such as DuPont Tyvek Weatherization Systems Products that can help save energy while protecting your home.

 

The three key zones Lipford identifies as those to focus on to cut energy costs are:

 

ZONE #1: The Attic

 

Attic insulation can result in significant energy savings, reducing heating and cooling costs by using innovative building materials like DuPont Tyvek AtticWrap. “Some of the most effective solutions that help make homes more efficient are the ones you can’t see and are important to focus on early in the remodeling process,” says Lipford.

 

ZONE #2: The Walls

 

During construction, contractors can use a house wrap-such as DuPont Tyvek HomeWrap, which meets ENERGY STAR standards-under the siding. The wrap protects the house like a windbreaker, forming a protective skin around the walls, doors and windows. Installing house wrap can help lower heating and cooling costs by keeping outside air and water out while allowing moisture to escape. Without a quality house wrap, homes are more vulnerable to exterior deterioration, air and water infiltration and possibly mold.

 

ZONE #3: The Windows

 

Vinyl windows have become one of the most popular choices for superior energy efficiency and moisture management, especially when flashed correctly and installed with insulated glass panels.

 

If you have any questions on how to make YOUR home more efficient, let’s talk about it. 

Posted in News
July 12, 2021

Shopping in a Tight Market




Last year forced people to put their plans on hold, and that included many real estate decisions.  While the Metro West market stayed strong in 2020 there were many homeowners who delayed either buying or selling due to health or economic concerns.   That is just one of the reasons that this year’s housing market around Sudbury and Wayland is quite competitive.

 

Experts point to other factors as well--

  • In order to help the economy recover, interest rates have been kept low, but experts keep hinting that it may soon start to rise, so now is a good time to take out a new mortgage.  
  • Millennials are starting to enter the time in their lives when they are ready to start buying their first homes.  And for some 2020 was a year when they were able to save up for a down payment.
  • With the rise of working remotely, more urban dwellers are able to move out into the suburbs and into a larger home with room for a home office.
  • Even before 2020, the years spent in a home were trending longer.

If you’re a seller you welcome people competing for your home.  Chances are good that you will sell quickly, over your asking price, and without worrying about inspections sinking your sale.  Because you can find a buyer willing to forgo demanding contingencies.

 

Though, if you are trying to buy,  you don’t much care about the reasons.  You want to know how you can improve your odds, beyond just paying more and risking no inspections.  

 

Before I give you some tips for navigating the tight market I want to warn you about Buyer Fatigue.  Many home shoppers are simply giving up without even making an offer on a home.  An open house may have 20 or 30 people go through and only receive 1 or 2 offers because many shoppers just don’t expect success. They are reading so many articles about the market being tight they assume it is everywhere.   So...

 

Don’t Give Up!

 

Not all markets are the same.  There are many where the old rules still apply.  So if you can’t afford to go over the asking price, make your best offer anyway. (Here's a video on how to get your offer noticed)  If you are nervous about skipping the inspection, make an offer with contingencies.  Rejection does get frustrating, but don’t let it stop you from trying because you don’t really know if you’ll be successful or not.  


If you do find yourself in a tight market I’ve got a few ideas to help:

 

Use a realtor

 

Especially one familiar with the local area/market.  Make sure you contact your realtor early so they can keep an eye and ear out for new listings to help you get a jump on the competition.  A realtor can also be your advocate in case there is a bidding war.

 

Get pre-approved/Have a downpayment ready

 

When you find something you like you need to be ready to move.  In a tight market a seller doesn’t have to wait for you to get your stuff together, they can simply move on to the next buyer.  

 

Also, be aware that in a competitive market savvy investors will use cash to buy properties in order to beat out those who are taking out a mortgage.  (Here's a video on making an offer when you are up against cash buyers)

 

Know your wants vs needs

 

You may need to temper your expectations a little and be willing to compromise.  It’s very difficult to find everything you want in one perfect house, but in a tight market you really don’t have the time to debate one home’s perfect kitchen over another’s perfect bathroom.  

 

You might even want to consider buying a fixer-upper.   Though this one will require consultation with your realtor on which improvements are worth it and which are risky.  Potentially with a contractor, on how much improvements may run you.  And, with your lender on getting approval for home improvement loans.

 

Consider expanding your geographical area

 

Are you going to be working from home more often?  Maybe a short commute doesn’t have to be number one on your list if you aren’t going to be making it every day.  

 

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of living in “neighborhood A” but “neighborhood B” has homes just as nice closer to your price range.  

 

One way to help you with this is to do some virtual shopping of your interest areas. Seeing the different homes for sale will give you an idea of what the market has to offer.  

 

Tell all your friends and family to keep their ears open

 

The more options you have the better your chances of snagging a winner.

 

It’s easy to get frustrated when your offers are being rejected or homes sell before you’ve even had a chance to see it in person.  The best way to avoid that frustration is to prepare, prepare, prepare.  Yes, you want to be able to make your decision quickly but you want that decision to be made smartly, and with all available information.  

 

Here's a quick video on getting yourself noticed when you are up against multiple offers.

 

 

I am here to help you plan, and then when you are ready, help you get that new home!





Posted in News
June 14, 2021

Smart Home Automation Features You Want in Your House

When you make modifications to your home, you should always have one question in mind: “Will this make my home more desirable if it ever goes on the market?” If a project doesn’t make your house easier to sell, there isn’t much point in making the investment of your time and money. If you’re looking for projects that make your house more enjoyable and convenient while you’re there and more sellable down the line, smart home features are the way to go. 

 

Many of today’s smart home features have already gone through their first-generation growing pains, and they’ve been tweaked and updated to truly make your life more convenient. Imagine how cool it will be controlling electronics using voice commands through Alexa. Think about the peace of mind you’ll have when you can check a security feed from the convenience of your smartphone when you install a Ring Doorbell security system. The more you integrate these features, the more efficient your smart home will be.

When installing smart home automation products, you want to make sure the job is done safely and correctly the first time. Hiring an electrician in your area to help with installment ensures just that. The cost to hire an electrician is nominal compared to the time and trouble it will save you. 

 

Smart Security Features

 

All homeowners want more security. There are tons of smart security systems and products on the market, but what interests a lot of homeowners are the more affordable options that do not require a contract for service. When it’s time to sell the house, the new homeowners don’t have to start up a new one and pay monthly fees for the kind of security we all want and deserve. Look for easy-to-set-up security devices that don’t require a contract: all-in-one security systems, cameras that show footage night or day, motion-sensing lights, video doorbells, and contact sensors that will notify the homeowner when a door or window has been opened.

 

Smart Kitchen Features

 

The crown jewel of any smart kitchen will always be the smart refrigerator. These handy appliances do so much more than keep your food fresh. They can help you plan your meals based on the ingredients you already have on hand. Some models let you program expiration dates into its internal clock so the machine can alert you when something’s gone bad. Many models support Alexa and Google Assistant so they can be fully integrated, too. 

 

Smart Energy Saving Features

 

Smart home features appeal to millennials for many reasons, but a big one is because they’re looking for the environmental sustainability and energy savings that they offer. Features like smart thermostats learn household habits and adjust the temperature based on the weather and consumption to help homeowners save money on energy bills. Many versions also allow homeowners to change the temperature from the convenience of an app — no more getting out of bed to make it cool enough to sleep! Smart lighting systems can also help homeowners save money on energy bills. First, the LED bulbs these systems use last longer and use less energy overall. When integrated with security, some systems can even alert homeowners to let them know if lights are on with no one in the house to use them. Homeowners turn them off with their smartphone apps, and the savings are reflected on their next power bill. 

 

Smart home features make your house more enjoyable today and easier to sell in the future. Rather than buying the latest and greatest things, look for features that appeal to what potential buyers would want. Many smart kitchen gadgets are too specialized to appeal to a wide audience, but a smart refrigerator can help with meal planning and grocery shopping. Millennial homebuyers want energy efficiency — smart thermostats and lighting systems give them just that. Finally, there are a lot of smart security systems out there, but one that doesn’t necessitate a contract is easy to pass on to new homeowners when the time comes. 

 

Looking for the perfect Massachusetts home? Connect with Rachel Bodner by calling 978.505.1466. Rachel’s track record speaks for itself, as she is one of the top agents from Coldwell Banker in New England — out of approximately 4000 — and is in the top one percent of agents nationally. She has also been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters” and brings over 30 years of experience in marketing, managing and promotion to the table. Visit Real Estate of Mass to learn more! 

 

Guest author Katie Conroy is the creator of AdviceMine.com. She particularly enjoys writing about lifestyle topics and created the website to share advice she has learned through experience, education, and research. 

 

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Posted in News
May 12, 2021

The 9 Biggest Mistakes of Millennial Savers

Millennials are less interested in money and finances than any previous generation. Even so, it’s still important for Millennials to take steps to avoid the common financial mistakes committed by younger folks. Placing too much emphasis on financial wealth can be a shallow way to live, but having financial challenges isn’t a lot of fun either.

 

Avoid the common mistakes of Millennials that can derail your financial future:

 

Waiting to get started saving. Sure, you want a new car or a big-screen television instead. However, if you take the time to do the math, it’s obvious that the most important part of saving is getting started now.

  • Every seven years that you delay cuts your retirement nest egg in half.

Failing to take advantage of full matching in your 401(k). Your employer may give you free money for your 401(k). It’s crazy not to take full advantage of this generous offer. Get in the habit of saving by contributing to your 401(k) as soon as possible.

Underestimating the value of a budget. No one enjoys making and sticking to a budget. But what happens when you don’t have a budget? You do whatever your emotions of the moment dictate. A budget keeps you grounded and on track. You’ll spend more than you should, and save less, if you don’t have a sensible budget in place.

Ignoring the importance of an emergency fund. A single, unforeseen, financial mishap can derail the best of financial plans. For most Millennials, this will probably result from a major car repair or medical bill. Even with health insurance, the deductible can set you back thousands of dollars.

Failing to realize that retirement isn’t that far away. High school may have seemed endless, but you’ll be surprised by how quickly the next few decades go by. Avoid being shortsighted. Start saving and preparing for a bright future.

Underestimating the value of establishing and protecting your credit. Poor credit can be very expensive. You’ll pay more in interest on credit cards and any other type of loan. It can even cost you a new job. Higher interest payments leave less money for your savings.

  • Avoiding credit cards altogether might be admirable, but it’s important to build your credit in some fashion. How will you ever purchase a car, home, or condo without any credit?

Not calculating student loan payments before taking the loan. Art history is a wonderful field of study. But if you’re going to be stuck paying $850/month on your student loans at graduation time, it might not be the best option. Ensure that your eventual salary can cover your loan payments adequately.

  • You might find that you need a less expensive school or a better paying career path.

Failing to have adequate insurance. Millennials are the most likely to skip health insurance. This can be a grave mistake. Under the current laws, you’ll pay for not having insurance. You may as well get the coverage you need. Ensure that your possessions are covered adequately, too. If you’re married or have children, life insurance becomes important, too.

  • Without insurance, your savings can be wiped out in an instant.

Accumulating unnecessary debt. Debt is the albatross around your neck. Most of us need to borrow money to purchase a car or home. However, accumulating debt to purchase unnecessary items is foolhardy. Debt has a way of growing and creating sleepless nights. Do yourself a favor and avoid silly debt. Debt will ultimately steal from your savings.

There are many advantages to being young. There are also many opportunities to make your future challenging. Avoid committing errors in your youth that will haunt you for the rest of your life. Making saving a priority.

 

If you have questions or concerns about being able to save for a home give me a call, I'd love to chat about it!

 

Posted in News
April 14, 2021

Home Buyer Tax Credits

Are you a home buyer or even a first-time home buyer in the Metro West Boston area looking for homebuyer tax credits? Then you are going to want to read this! 

Let’s talk about possible homebuyer tax credits & a few other plans that the new Biden Administration has to help home Buyers in 2021. 

1) A Proposed Tax Credit for First time home Buyers-

The Biden Administration is proposing a $15,000 credit for first-time homebuyers to help families purchase their first homes. 

The refundable credit would be received by homebuyers at the time they buy their home, offering more financial flexibility after a major purchase rather than forcing them to wait to receive the benefit until they file taxes the next year. 

First-time buyers are defined by the federal government as people who have not owned a residence within the previous three years.

The National Association of Realtors stated that they are a little concerned that the tax credit could cause demand to rise higher, and without additional supply, this could send prices even higher. 

Therefore, if you are a first-time home buyer and this passes you will want to make sure that you take advantage of it right away!

2) State and Local Tax Changes-  

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 implemented a $10,000 cap on deductions of state and local taxes. That aspect of the law disproportionately hit high-tax states such as Massachusetts where tax bills typically exceed $10,000. 

Property taxes alone can be several times that amount.  The Biden Administration is proposing to eliminate the cap thus making more of our property taxes deductible!

3) Student loan forgiveness-

While it is unclear how much The Biden Administration is thinking in terms of student loan debt forgiveness, the end result is the same. It will go a long way towards freeing up millennial incomes, which means that money will be more available to pay for a mortgage and get into the housing market sooner.

4)Creation of a Public Credit Reporting Agency-

Being able to obtain a credit report is a critical step for homeownership. But today credit reports, which are issued by just three large private companies,  often contain errors. 

The Biden Administration plans to create a new public credit reporting agency to provide consumers with a government option that seeks to minimize racial disparities, and by accepting non-traditional sources of data like rental history and utility bills to establish credit.

This is also an interesting concept since during this past year I have had more than a few buyers surprised by their credit score only to dig further to find errors and thus needing to wait to get their credit score up before purchasing.

 

I hope you enjoyed this quick blog about possible Buyer Tax Credits and other plans the new Biden Administration has for 2021 that could have an effect on our Local Real Estate Market. If you’d prefer to watch it in video form or want to share this with someone, my YouTube version is below.

All these policies still need to be passed into law so we will need to stay tuned to see what will happen!

Feel free to reach out with questions about your Buying and Selling Real Estate plans- even if you are not planning a move in the near future. It is never too early to plan for the future!

 

Posted in News
March 5, 2021

Top 10 Spring Maintenance Items to Perform

We’ve had an unusual winter on the East Coast this year with Sudbury and Wayland seeing more storms than usual. This might have left your home with a few things that need to be updated or repaired. Now is the time to start making plans for those “honey-do” lists. 

 

And, if you are planning on buying or selling your house this season, it’s especially important to make sure you check these 10 maintenance items off of your list.

  • Gutters - Pull leaves and debris out of the gutters, run a hose on the roof and check if there are any leaks that need to be fixed. 
  • Siding - Power wash vinyl siding to prevent mold from forming. If you have wood siding, there may be areas that need a paint touch-up!
  • Windows & Door Screens - Check screens for holes and replace them if necessary. Clean windows inside and out. Let buyers focus on the view! 
  • Water Heater - Lubricate the circulating pump and motor. If you are not familiar with these parts, you may want to call in a professional for maintenance. 
  • Roof - Inspect the roof for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles that need to be replaced.
  • Deck or Porch - Check the deck or porch to see if they need to be weather treated or re-stained. Check railings for sturdiness and adjust if needed. 
  • Sprinkler System - Replace or fix any valves that are leaking or not working.
  • Landscaping - First impressions are important. Whether you do it yourself or call in a pro, make sure to trim any overgrown plants and remove weeds. Don’t forget to add a pop of color with seasonal flowers!
  • Foundation - Check floors, concrete, and walls for any cracking or deterioration. If needed, call a foundation professional who can help.
  • Bathrooms - Inspect the caulking around the base of the shower and sinks. If it is deteriorating, scrape it out and replace it. Buyers want to see a fully-functioning bathroom, not worry about water getting through the shower or sink.

If you need suggestions on the above or would like to find out how much your home is currently worth in the new season, let me know. I’m happy to be of assistance.

Posted in News
Feb. 9, 2021

How Home Improvements, Repairs, and Taxes Go Together

 

It’s getting to be that time of year - tax time in the Metro West! 

 

Do you wonder about the difference between home improvements and home repairs? There is often confusion on whether home improvements and repairs are tax-deductible. Is a new roof tax deductible? What about an addition?

 

Surprisingly, in most cases, it simply doesn’t matter unless your house increases dramatically in value during the time you own it.

 

Improvements vs. Repairs

 

Whenever money is spent on your home, it will generally be either an improvement or a repair. An improvement is anything that adds additional value to your home or increases its lifespan. There’s not a specific list of improvements.

 

Things like an addition to your home or a new furnace are certainly improvements. Adding an alarm system would count, too. Other common improvements would be re-plumbing your house, adding an in-ground pool, or making your home handicap accessible.

 

Home improvements can impact your tax situation, but only at the time you sell your home. Improvements are included in the tax basis of your home. A $20,000 swimming pool would decrease the profit you realize upon the sale of your home by $20,000.

 

Repairs don’t provide the same benefit. Repairs would include things like painting a room or fixing a leaky sink.

 

Does this tax advantage really matter?

 

For most people, it doesn’t. Under the current tax law, you don’t have to pay any taxes on the profit generated from the sale of your home, for up to $250,000 for singles and $500,000 for married couples filing jointly.

 

So, the tax benefit from home improvements is only relevant if you receive profit beyond these thresholds. It could even be argued that keeping records of your improvements is a waste of time. But maintaining good records is still a prudent idea.

 

Keeping records

 

Keep all of your home improvement and repair receipts. You don’t know what the housing market will do in the future. Keeping these records could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in some circumstances.

When you sell your house and determine the amount of profit, you can subtract the original sales price and the cost of your home improvements. Unless you’ve made a lot of improvements or the market has gone through the roof, you’re unlikely to see any tax benefits.

Exceptions

 

Some home improvements actually are tax-deductible, such as energy-related home improvements or any losses you’ve suffered due to theft, act of nature, or accident. In the case of the latter, only the amount not covered by your insurance is tax-deductible.

 

If you rent out part of your home or qualify for a home office deduction, you have some additional tax advantages. Any repairs specific to the parts of your home used for these purposes are tax-deductible.

 

Any whole-house repairs can be partially deducted. For example, if your home office accounts for 10% of your total square footage, you can deduct 10% of the cost of a new a/c unit from your taxes. Similar rules are followed if you rent out part of your home.

 

Conclusion

 

Improvements can be tax-deductible, but only when you sell your home. Repairs are only tax-deductible if you rent part of your home or have a home office that qualifies as a tax deduction.

 

Otherwise, tax deductions only exist if you realize more than $250,000 of profit when selling your home. Remember that amount increases to $500,000 if you’re married filing jointly. If you have any additional questions, be sure to contact a tax professional. For most of us, there won’t be a tax deduction from any home improvements or home repairs.

 

Keep in mind, all the above information is not to offer any advice in any way but just general information. We suggest you have an accountant on your contacts list to be sure you are always getting the most you can for your tax dollars. 

Posted in News
Jan. 13, 2021

14 Ways to Make Working Out at Home More Effective

 

14 Ways to Make Working Out at Home More Effective

With 2020 behind and KNOWING we will probably still be at home more for a while, it’s time to find new ways to stay active.

 

Working out at home has a lot of advantages compared to visiting a gym. You cut down on driving, you skip the long lines, and you control the playlist. Plus, regardless of the weather, you can remain warm and dry. And, let’s not even mention the fact that COVID has closed or limited many local gyms and exercise facilities anyway.

 

Maybe the only thing that would make staying home even more rewarding would be making your exercise sessions extra effective.

 

Try these suggestions for creating and using a home gym that will help you to become slimmer and fitter in less time.

 

How to Design an Effective Home Gym:

  • Designate a space. Being able to set aside an entire room may be ideal, but you can make any layout work. If you’re short on space, arrange a gym in one corner of your basement or studio apartment. You can even put your equipment out of sight when you’re done.
  • Clear away distractions. Make it easier to concentrate by storing work materials and children’s toys elsewhere. Turn your phone off if you’re tempted to text.
  • Stock up on equipment. There’s plenty of gear that you can pick up even on a tight budget. Maybe you want a deluxe treadmill or just some resistance bands and a yoga mat.
  • Go online. For endless variety, use your phone or set up a monitor so you can watch fitness videos. Sign up for a Crossfit program or visit your library for free titles. YouTube, Amazon Prime and even Netflix have exercises online that you can indulge in.

How to Use Your Home Gym:

  • Focus on whole-body movements. Compared to exercises that target single muscles, compound movements are more efficient. You may want to spend more time doing push-ups instead of bicep curls.
  • Be comprehensive. Train for strength, heart health, flexibility, and balance. Vary your workouts instead of sticking to just the exercises that you like.
    Try interval training. You may have seen studies that show that interval training increases the benefits of exercising. To get started, alternate between high-intensity activities and less demanding movements. Gradually make your workouts more challenging by increasing the intensity, pace, or resistance.
  • Find a buddy. When you workout with a friend, you can share feedback, encouragement, and laughs. Invite a neighbor or coworker to join you. You can even “Zoom” to workout together if need be.
  • Set goals. It’s common to reach a plateau after you’ve been working out for a while. If you want to stay motivated or keep making gains, give yourself targets to strive for. You might decide to work out for at least 30 minutes at least 3 days a week or take an inch off your waist within 30 days.
  • Track your progress. Once you establish goals, you can measure them. Keep a journal about your workouts and performance. Reward yourself when you reach each milestone.
  • Have fun. Remember to have a good time. If you love training with kettlebells or watching nature shows while you’re running on the treadmill, you’ll be more likely to stick to your workout program.
  • Use good form. Protect yourself from injuries by doing exercises properly. If you’re a beginner, you may want to take a class or work with a trainer to receive the instructions you need.
  • Rest up. Giving your body adequate time to recover will also help you to stay safe and strong. If you have no signs of overtraining like fatigue or persistent muscle soreness, you may prefer active rest like going for a gentle walk on your days off.
  • Talk with your doctor. Discuss any individual concerns with your physician. That’s especially important if you’ve been sedentary or you’re trying to manage a chronic condition.

Enjoy the comforts of home while you maximize your workouts. A well-planned space and a balanced exercise program will help you to shape up faster than you expected.

Posted in News
Jan. 7, 2021

Valuable Resources for Moving to MetroWest

 

If you love the idea of living near Boston without dealing with some of the expenses and challenges that come with city life, you may have discovered the charms of the MetroWest area! New residents of this region just outside of Boston quickly discover that the fantastic school systems, tight-knit neighborhoods, and a variety of things to do make MetroWest the perfect place for families to settle down. Consider Sudbury and Wayland if you are looking to live here. 

 

Have you recently closed on a MetroWest home?  If so, you might be curious about what you can do to make the most of your first few months in your new community. Moving can be stressful, but the perks of living in MetroWest will make all of your efforts worthwhile! These resources will explain everything from registering with an electric company to getting a gym membership.

 

Settling Down at Your New Home

 

Contact Local Utility Providers

Unpack Your Moving Boxes

Hire a Contractor for Renovations

Choose New Car Insurance Policy

 

Relocating Your Business

 

Smooth Business Transition Tips

Join the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce

Paying Taxes in Massachusetts

Forming a Massachusetts LLC

 

Necessary Services

 

Research MetroWest Schools

Find a Primary Care Doctor

Make an RMV Appointment

Locate Your New Post Office

 

Explore the Area

 

Historic Boston Area Landmarks

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Go Shopping in MetroWest

Best Restaurants in MetroWest

 

Connecting With Community

 

Attend Worship Services

Hang Out at Coffee Shops

Getting Fit in MetroWest

Volunteer With Your Neighbors

 

Whether you’re a young professional or a parent looking for an idyllic place to raise your children, you’ll find what you’re looking for in MetroWest. As a new homebuyer, you’re probably eager to get settled in at your property, begin meeting your neighbors, and spending your weekends enjoying everything that MetroWest has to offer. With these informative resources, you’ll quickly adapt to life in your new home, and you’ll feel truly welcomed in MetroWest!

 

Ready to make your big move to MetroWest? I can help you with your search! Call me today at 978-505-1466 to learn more.

 

 

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Guest author Katie Conroy is the creator of AdviceMine.com. She particularly enjoys writing about lifestyle topics and created the website to share advice she has learned through experience, education, and research. 

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