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Posted by Bill Hoey on 6/21/2017

There are many benefits to installing a security system in your home. It gives you a sense security and safety for you and your family. You’ll be able to be away from your home for both short and long periods with a peace of mind. The one choice you’ll need to make is the type of security system that you want to be installed in your home. Some alarms are manned by commandoes while others have much more simplistic designs.   


While some systems are installed by a professional, others are easier to install and can be done with a DIY approach. Remember that you can always start small and install a more complicated system as time goes on. You don’t even need to know how to use a drill or have any kind of technical expertise for most DIY install security systems. Below, you’ll find the basic steps that you should know before you install a home security system.


Basic Components In Your Home Security Package


  • The main panel complete with keypad
  • Sensors
  • Motion detectors


These are the basic things that will come with every home security system no matter how simple or fancy you get in your alarm system selection. The number of sensors that you need will depend on the number of doors and windows that are in your home. It also is based on your own personal preference. Remember that these sensors will be activated every time a door or window is opened when they are installed in your home. 

 

Install The Security Panel


Security panels are often wireless and should be placed near a power source to plug the panel in. These should also have a backup battery of some sorts. You can either place a nail on the wall or put an adhesive on the back of the panel. It’s really that simple to put the panel up!


Install The Sensors In Your Home


Security systems will come with door and window sensors and possibly along with some motion detectors. They will be placed with a moveable adhesive for your convenience. Every security system will come along with instructions for the optimum locations to place these sensors in. 


Test Your System


Once you have completed the above steps, you’ll need to test your system to ensure that it has been properly activated and that everything is working properly. The specific system that you’re installing should also come along with some instructions for testing purposes. 


While DIY home security systems seem fairly simple, they aren’t for everyone. Some homeowners prefer more complex systems to suit their needs. If a professional installation is for you, you should avoid self-install security systems altogether.    


 




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Posted by Bill Hoey on 6/14/2017

When you think of making improvements to your home, you probably often turn to the inside of your home to bring the value of your home up. The outside of your house provides the same type of opportunities and adds value at the same time. People not only like to live in the indoors of their homes, but the outdoors as well. Maximizing the outdoor space allows for entertainment opportunities and increased living space without maximum costs.


Spruce Up Your Garden And Landscapes


The landscape of your home is a revolving battle. You’ll need to continually maintain these areas of the home. Choose your plants based on the climate you live in. Keep the grass looking green, or plant a drought-tolerant yard. Adding trees for shade, shrubbery for beauty, and other types of plants not only helps increase the curb appeal of your home, but plants and trees can lower energy bills and keep your home cool at the same time.      



Build An Outdoor Space


Building something like a deck or a patio to your home can really be effective at adding living space and value to your home. Whether you decide to go all out and attach a deck to your home for you to step out on, or do things a little more simply and pave a patio, you’ll find a return on your investment. Most homeowners look for a nice outdoor space to hang out on, so this improvement can make a big difference. 


Curb Appeal Matters


The curb appeal of your home is what it looks like when people pull up tot he front of the house. Having a better looking home from the outside can increase the value of your home and the future appeal it has to buyers. Your home will be more inviting by doing improvements like repaving the driveway or adding a stone wall. Whatever you think the front of your home needs to make it more inviting should be done not only if you’re planning on selling your home, but for your own enjoyment as well. 


Add Other Touches


There are certain luxuries in a yard that can make a big difference. Add a small waterfall or a fountain to add a lot to a yard. Along with your deck or patio area, you should also consider adding a fire pit or an outdoor fireplace. These items attract people for their immense enjoyment. The design doesn’t even need to be elaborate. These can be some of the biggest, yet most inexpensive improvements that you can make to your yard. 


Remember that no matter how you want to spruce up your yard, it’s all about enjoyment and the ability to make use your yard. Add the personal touches that you know will make your yard special and purposeful.




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Posted by Bill Hoey on 6/7/2017


501 Main St., Medford, MA 02155

Tufts University

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
AWESOME LOCATION on the MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE Line. Just steps from NEW GREEN LINE STATION to be opened in the near future. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants in MAGOUN SQ., BALL SQ. and Tufts University is nearby. DAVIS SQUARE is also just a short walk.. This classic colonial has beautiful natural woodwork and beamed/coffered ceilings. Hardwood floors throughout and a great kitchen with custom solid oak cabinets and SS appliances. Inviting dining room with French Doors leading to the foyer. Lots of windows make this home very bright inside. Just off the kitchen is a recently updated tiled bathroom and a large master bedroom which could also serve as a family room. An elegant wooden rail staircase leads to the 2nd floor with a full bath .... "retro with subway tiles is in!" Three nice, light splashed bedrooms complete the 2nd floor. 3rd floor offers the potential of future expansion with over 800 sq. ft. of floor space. FIRST SHOWINGS at Open Houses Sat. & Sun. 12 to 2PM.
Open House
Saturday
June 10 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Beautiful Classic Colonial near Ball sq. and Magoun Sq. Short walk to Tufts University and Davis Square. Stop by this weekend.
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Posted by Bill Hoey on 6/7/2017


501 Main St., Medford, MA 02155

Tufts University

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
AWESOME LOCATION on the MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE Line. Just steps from NEW GREEN LINE STATION to be opened in the near future. Easy walking distance to shops and restaurants in MAGOUN SQ., BALL SQ. and Tufts University is nearby. DAVIS SQUARE is also just a short walk.. This classic colonial has beautiful natural woodwork and beamed/coffered ceilings. Hardwood floors throughout and a great kitchen with custom solid oak cabinets and SS appliances. Inviting dining room with French Doors leading to the foyer. Lots of windows make this home very bright inside. Just off the kitchen is a recently updated tiled bathroom and a large master bedroom which could also serve as a family room. An elegant wooden rail staircase leads to the 2nd floor with a full bath .... "retro with subway tiles is in!" Three nice, light splashed bedrooms complete the 2nd floor. 3rd floor offers the potential of future expansion with over 800 sq. ft. of floor space. FIRST SHOWINGS at Open Houses Sat. & Sun. 12 to 2PM.
Open House
Saturday
June 10 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Beautiful Classic Colonial near Ball sq. and Magoun Sq. Short walk to Tufts University and Davis Square. Stop by this weekend.
More Open Houses
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Location: 501 Main St., Medford, MA 02155    Get Directions

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Posted by Bill Hoey on 6/7/2017

For the generation that grew up at the height of the subprime mortgage crisis, buying a home is a scary concept. Many young people in the 18-34 age range are dealing with high rent, a poor job market, unpaid internships, and student loans the size of a home loan. Yet, others are finding their footing and realizing that owning a home is advantageous in the long run. If you're thinking of delving into the world of home ownership for the first time here's a crash course in Home Buying 101.

Figure out your finances

You should be an expert at you and your significant other's personal finances if you are thinking about buying a home. The first thing to look at is your income and expenditures. Put the following information in a spreadsheet:
  • Total monthly income
  • Total monthly expenditures (bills, gas, food, etc.)
  • Total monthly savings
  • Total savings and assets
  • Credit and FICO score (request both of these online)
When crunching these numbers you should (hopefully) find that your income is higher than your expenditures and your savings should account for most of the difference. If your savings is lower than it should be, you either missed something on the expenditures list or you are spending more than you should be if you want to buy a home. Down Payments Down payments on a home, post-financial crisis, range from anywhere between 0-25 percent of the price of the home, 20 being the median. A down payment ideally shouldn't break your savings in case you have any unforeseen expenses once you buy your home. Moving is time-consuming and can be pricey, so you'll need to account for this in your finances.

Lock Down Your Financing

There are several types of mortgages that you'll need to choose from, and you'll want to learn about fixed and adjustable mortgage rates. This information should be informed by your long-term plans. Are you looking for your first home or your forever home? If you don't plan on fully paying off the home you might look for a low, adjustable rate while you earn money. But if you want to stay in your home until it's paid off, a fixed rate might be better for you.

Finding and buying your home

Once you've determined your price range, start thinking about things like location and the kind of home you can afford. If you're handy with tools and have the time, it might be in your best interest to buy a home than needs some work at a lower cost. If you'd rather put in more hours at work, go with the home that needs less work and save money that way. Depending on whether or not you're in a buyer's market or a seller's market, the ball can be in your court or the seller's. In a seller's market, which is more likely today in many parts of the country, the seller will have more leverage in negotiations, including closing dates and move-out dates. Due to high competition, you should also be prepared to miss out on some offers. But be patient, and you should find the home you're looking for.