Monthly Archives: April 2014

Are you moving? Not sure what to do with your unwanted household items. Multiple organizations are looking to help the less fortunate. Why not donate? If your household item is too old to donate consider recycling it.

Who to contact is the major issue. Here are some great websites that can help:

Best Buy:  Best Buy accepts most electronics and large appliances, with a few exceptions, and will take them at no charge. Best Buy will also take your computer monitors and TVs up to 36”, charge you $10, and give you a gift card.

NSTAR: Refrigerator or freezer costs up to $150 a year to run. If you are looking to get rid of your second refrigerator or freezer, let NSTAR pick it up and they will give you $50. The refrigerator or freezer will be recycled into new products, keeping materials out of landfills while also saving you energy and money. You must be an NSTAR customer.

Freecycle.org: Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Consider giving to others.

Bikes not Bombs: Consider donating your old bikes that are sitting in your garage. Each year they collect roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from their supporters around Greater Boston and New England. They ship most of these bikes overseas.

Bikes that don’t get shipped often land in their Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves.

Their retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop’s profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding their youth and international work.

Cars for Kids’ Sake: Donate your old car that is left rusting out in the drive way. Whether your car starts or not, donating it can certainly start something in your community. Big Brothers Big Sisters Cars for Kids’ Sake helps them raise funds through the donation of your unwanted vehicle. Donated vehicles may qualify as charitable gifts and may be eligible for a tax deduction.

My Brothers’ Keeper: Consider donating the furniture you don’t need that is still in good condition. My Brother’s Keeper accepts donations of basic residential furniture in very good condition. In keeping with their mission, high-quality items are important because they allow them to serve families with dignity and respect.

Don’t forget your local churches and charities.

JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is interested in recycling. For more ideas and to learn more about Janine visit her website at www.woburnhousesforsale.com


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Years ago, when I purchased my home in Woburn, I didn’t think about the possibility of having dogs nor did I care about which veterinarian or medical facilities were available for them.
Fast forward 10 years later and my home has been taken over by two lovable and adventurous  dogs, Eddy and Louie.  As I’m sure my fellow pet lovers and owners can attest, your priorities change a bit when these furry creatures are a part of your life.

 

2013-03-28 07.43.01A few months ago, my youngest dog Louie collapsed without warning and lay lifeless on my kitchen floor.  As I rushed to his side, he regained consciousnesses most likely due to my high pitched scream :)    You can imagine how concerned and traumatic this was especially since it was late in the evening and my vet was closed.

 

Thankfully, I live near the 24 hour Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital which I was able to rush him to and be seen right away. In retrospect, I lucked out! I had no idea that I would need such a facility when I purchased my home.  Louie is fine and back to his usual antics around the home.

 

eddyBeing in real estate, my new challenge to all my home buyers is “Don’t forget your pet”!  Sure things like schools, neighborhoods and area amenities are important but if you have pets, make sure you have the necessary care for them as well.
You can be sure that the next home I buy a property, much thought and consideration will be given to what is available for my dogs.

 

Here are some helpful links for dog/pet owners:
Find an American Animal Hospital Association certified hospital at www.aaha.org
Find a VCA Animal Hospital at www.vcahospitals.com
Find a Local Veterinarian at www.vetstreet.com

 

ant5 (1)About the author: Anthony Giglio is one of the broker/owners of RE/MAX Legacy and enjoys working with pet owners to find the perfect place to live. You can learn more about him or contact him directly on his website www.myhomeMA.com

No matter how outdated your bathroom, there is always a way to make it look fresh and fun. With the right color paint on the walls, the right accessories and — most important of all — the proper attitude, you can take your bathroom from outdated to outstanding. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on materials and labor to renovate your bathroom, spend a few hundred dollars for a simple transformation.

To make this transformation even easier I found a fantastic product! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®paint sticks to just about any surface… wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and much more, inside and outside the home. It dries fast too so you can add second or third coats quickly, and move on to the next project.  These kind of results have never been so simple and straightforward.  This paint takes no sanding, no primer, that’s right nothing needed before you paint any surface…. you can paint just about everything.  Could not get any easier, which is my perfect home project!

 

Below is a picture of an outdated bathroom given an inexpensive face lift!  With a can of Chalk paint and a can of spray paint (for the brass fixtures)   – in just a few hours the paints gives it that updated look. The added home value outweighs the total cost immensely.

BEFORE

before

AFTER

after

Another example of a future yet easy project is the plain old wood stairs to the basement. Dress them up with paint!

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Next Project… the Kitchen!!

Small changes like this can set your house apart of the others when you are ready to sell!

 

SarahAbout the author: Sarah Ferguson is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is excited to share her do it yourself project ideas.  You can contact her on her website www.sarahfergusonre.com

 

 

 


firsttimeAre you new to the home buying process and do not have a clue on where to start? Would you like to be educated on the process so you know what to expect? A first-time home buyer seminar might be a good place to start.

Usually these seminars provide information on how best to get pre-approved, why it is important to work with a Realtor, why you need an attorney, the role of a home inspector, and various other people who will cross your path during the process.  The process can become overwhelming at times so it is good to know what to expect.

With all these professionals together you have an opportunity to ask questions and also to benefit from the experiences of others.  Traditionally these seminars occur in the evening or on Saturday morning.  Getting up early could definitely work in your favor.

If you decide you would like to attend a buyer seminar, contact your local bank to see if they have any plans to do one soon.  For example Cathy Dyl , a mortgage broker at Stoneham Bank, does seminars periodically during the year.  Also you could contact our office. We would be very happy to point you in the right direction.

The spring market is going to be very competitive.  Educating yourself on the process will help alleviate stress along the way!

sharonAbout the Author: Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and looks forward to working with first time homebuyers. You can contact her directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com

 

 

 


What do you do in San Diego, California after you have gone to the world famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the beaches? My son moved to San Diego from the Boston area and I have had the good fortune to be a tourist in San Diego several times. Here are some recommended side trips:

san diego trolleyYou should first go on a trolley tour for an overview of San Diego and Coronado. Check out the Old Town Trolley Tour.  You can stay on the trolley the entire trip (approx. two hours), or hop off and on at specific stops throughout the day. Some of the stops include Old Town, Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, walking distance to Hotel del Coronado, San Diego Zoo and Little Italy. After taking the tour you may have some new ideas on what to see on the rest of your trip. http://www.trolleytours.com/san-diego/old-town.asp

My favorite stop is the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. It is the longest serving Navy USS Midwayaircraft carrier of the 20th century, having spanned a 47 year history from 1945-1992. Take the Self Guided Audio Tour, and allow a minimum of two hours. There is lots to see and lots to learn! Make sure you wear your sneakers and take the guided tour of the bridge. It is very challenging going up and down the narrow steps! My father was in the Navy during World War II, so I found the cramped living quarters to be a challenge and wondered how he was able to adjust to the long periods out to sea.  http://www.midway.org/

basiloneAnother attraction is the Piazza Basilone Memorial located in Little Italy at the corner of Fir and India. This public open space honors Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone and the “boys that never came home” from all of the wars of the 20th century. John Basilone is a relative of my brother-in-law so this was a must see for me. John Basilone was the only enlisted Marine during World War II who received both a Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He was killed in action during the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima. You might remember him from the HBO movie The Pacific which featured him. http://www.littleitalysd.com/points-of-interest/piazza-basilone/

Just across the San Diego Bay is the city of Coronado best known for the Hotel Del CoronadoCoronado Beach. This luxury hotel is a must see.  Stroll through the lobby and stores and you will be taken back to an elegant older time. It was built in 1888 and has been the symbol of Victorian elegance and refined luxury since it opened. It occupies 28 acres of ocean front property and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The exterior scenes of the movie “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon were filmed at the hotel in 1958. https://hoteldel.com/

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the author- Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy.  She can be contacted through her website at www.GaleSpadafora.com


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