Matt Gamache - Touchstone Realty



Posted by Matt Gamache on 10/18/2019

This Condo in Ashland, MA recently sold for $400,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Matt Gamache - Touchstone Realty.


35 Half Crown Circle, Ashland, MA 01721

Condo

$387,000
Price
$400,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This is the one you have been waiting for! Beautiful 2 bedroom 2.5 bath sun filled galleria style townhouse with over 2200 sq ft of living space. In one of the best locations in the complex with private wooded views. Big and bright open kitchen with ceramic tile floor and loads of cabinet space. Dramatic two story foyer staircase leads you upstairs to an open floor plan with a fireplace living room. Luxurious master suite with sunroom, cathedral ceilings, double sided gas fireplace, walk-in closet, double-sinks, whirlpool tub, and a separate shower. Second bedroom also has a full bath and plenty of closet space. Bonus 4th floor loft upstairs is ideal for an office. Finished lower level is perfect for a den, playroom or extra bedroom. Nothing to do but move in!

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Matt Gamache on 10/16/2019

Plastic bags serve various purposes within and outside the home and made from polyethylene. Itís no news most items made from plastic end up in the sea - polluting marine life, causing death to the animals in the sea and polluting the ecosystem. 

Scientist says that before the year 2020, we should take caution to reduce the rate at which plastic items like straws, bags, and cups end up at sea to avoid animals in the sea perishing from suffocation and chemical ingestion. 

Going green and taking control of your environment is a great way to preserve the ecosystem. Certain types of plastics are not reusable without the risk of a health hazard. Recyclable plastics should be reused even after the first use. The plastic bag is a recyclable item, consider reusing a used plastic bag for the following function.

For Lining Garbage Bins

A great way to recycle a plastic bag at home is to use them to line your trash can. Because of its ability to hold water, itís perfect for this purpose. Cut the plastic bag open and arrange it at the bottom of your bin to keep trash and moist from leaking into your container. It can also serve as garbage bins around your home or in your car. 

Grocery Bags

Plastic bags are reusable as grocery bags so long they are still firm and hole free. Keep them in your car or take one from home when you go grocery shoppingĖas it saves you money if you have to buy another and also reduce littering your home with too much plastic bags. 

For Wraps

Plastic bags come in handy as wraps for delicate items. For packing or wrapping up of fragile items like heirlooms or glass figurines. Before storing away, consider using the plastic bag as it offers protection. The plastic bag is also an excellent choice for packing valuables when you are moving as it provides extra padding. 

Filling Up Your Pillowcase

Your plastic bag can replace your pillow stuffing. In place of pillow stuffing, ball up plastic bags and fill your pillowcase with it. Itís also a great choice in making your dog bed.

For Surface Protection

Using plastic bags to cover surfaces to avoid them getting dirty is a great way to keep the home neat and keep stains from permanently defacing a surface. Plastic bags would protect your countertop during craftwork and your kitchen counter while cooking. 

You can use any of these tips to reduce the amount of plastic bags you throw out into the trash.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 10/9/2019

Moving day; youíve waited months for this day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, pets, and belongings are ready for the big move.

With all of the preparations and various people involved, itís easy for moving day to become dangerous.

To ensure that you and your family have a safe and smooth moving day, Iíve provided some tips that every mover should keep in mind.

Make plans for pets and young children

The last thing you want on the first day in your new home is to be wandering around the neighborhood looking for your dog who slipped away during the move. If possible, make arrangements for pets to stay with friends or family for moving day to make things easier.

If you need to bring your pets along, itís a good idea to put them in a ďplayroomĒ with their toys, water bowl, etc. while you have the door to the house open. Not only will it stop them from running out, but it will also prevent you from tripping over them while you carry the couch.

Donít be a hero

Itís our tendency to want to do a job ourselves if we want it done right. But, when it comes to moving, that philosophy can lead to a thrown out back and a damper on your plans.

When it comes to getting large and heavy objects in and out of the house, make sure you have at least one other person ready to lift with you.

Stack from heaviest to lightest

It may seem obvious, but in the confusion of a move, it can be easy to pack your truck or van in a less-than-ideal way. Rather than playing Tetris with your boxes, try to focus on weight instead. You donít want heavy boxes near the roof in case they fall on you or on your other belongings.

Place the largest and heavier items in the van first. This will allow you to plan the rest of the load around them, rather than having to move them around to make room.

Take a breather

As tempting as it may be, you donít have to finish everything in one day. As long as your truck is locked and secure, itís okay if you donít bring in every single box. Resting throughout the day and staying hydrated, especially when moving in the summer, will help you stay sharp and ready to keep working.

Have an emergency plan

If you take precautions, you most likely wonít have to worry about emergencies. However, accidents do happen and itís best to be prepared for them when they do. If you or a family member requires medication, make sure itís handy and that everyone knows where it is.

Similarly, label your first aid kit and keep it with your necessities during the move.


If you follow these tips, your moving day should be a simple and safe process and youíll be enjoying your new home in no time.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 10/2/2019

Many of us will move home several times throughout our lives. Whether itís relocating for work, needing a bigger house for children, or a quiet place to retire to, itís likely that the home you live in now wonít be yours forever.

 As a result, many homeowners wonder what they can do to ensure their home will have a high resale value when the time comes to move on.

 The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do now that will give you a good return on investment when it comes to selling your home later. However, there are a few factors that affect a homeís valuation that are out of your control. Weíll talk about all of those factors below. So, read on for a list of the factors that affect your homeís resale value.

 The age of your home

Your house may not complain about it, but it isnít getting any younger. Homes tend to slowly decrease in value over time. A home built in the late 1970s, even if itís well taken care of, most likely wonít sell for the same price as a 15-year-old home.

There is one exception to the rule, however, and that is historical houses. Homes that are a century old can sell for top dollar because of the craftsmanship and history that the house contains.

Admittedly, this is a niche market, as many people just want a safe and efficient home to live in. However, there are some homebuyers who will put in a bit of extra work around the house for the chance to live inside of a piece of history.

Smart renovations

When youíre upgrading your house itís important to remember how that upgrade will pay off years down the road. Some renovations will almost always give a good return on investment such as a finished basement or attic and improving efficiency via added insulation or replacing windows.

Renovations that match a very specific decorative taste or style could come back to haunt you. This includes bathroom sinks, kitchen cabinets, countertops, and other expensive projects that are subject to the next ownerís taste. While these upgrades can give a good return on your investment, theyíre more likely to be successful if they fit the current trends of style and craftsmanship.

Neighborhood and town

One of the factors of home valuation that you have little control over is the town and neighborhood the house is located in. If there are closed down businesses, foreclosed and deteriorating homes then potential buyers might be turned off to the neighborhood.

Similarly, the town you live in has a lot to do with how much people are willing to spend. If you have easy access to interstate highways and large cities, highly rated schools, and good local infrastructure, then buyers are likely to take these into consideration when making an offer, as the average cost of a home in your town is likely higher than some surrounding towns.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 9/25/2019

It is always a beautiful and joyous feeling when you make an offer for a home, and the seller accepts it. However, you shouldnít be in haste to pay the seller yet. Donít be tempted to cut corners either by neglecting professional home inspection services all in a bid to reduce cost. Skipping home inspection should never be made because it will save you lots of headaches later on.

1. More Bargaining Power

A professional home inspection should reveal faults, or perhaps potential issues with the house. Knowledge gives you more bargaining power to ask for repairs or better yet, a reduction in the house price as compensation. But without such a professional inspection, you negotiate blindly, and when the deal is sealed, you find yourself paying additional money on things you know nothing of in the future.

2. For Safety

Here is another valid reason why you shouldnít skip a home inspection no matter the reason. Getting an inspection on your home provides you with peace of mind. The home inspector will check the house for carbon monoxide, mold, and radon. If any of these toxic or harmful substances are present, that is enough reason to pull out of the deal.

3. Insurance

Most insurance companies require certificates like wind mitigation and four-point inspection before you can finally be insured. If home insurance is one of the things you plan to do, make sure a professional home inspection is done in other to get those necessary certificates.

4. Protecting the House

The core functions of a professional home inspector aren't only to discover faults, as many assume. They can also offer tips on how to keep the house safe. Having a report definitely will save you a lot of money in return.

5. Future Cost Forecast

Another excellent reason to not skip home inspection is the insights to the future. A good home inspector can determine how long the plumbing will last, and also, the duration of the heaters or coolers before they stop functioning. With this insight, you can plan and negotiate properly with your seller.

6. Illegal Additions or Installation

In every region, there are building codes and regulations to which homeowners must abide. Otherwise, it will have a drastically negative impact on insurance, taxes, usability and overall value of the house. Through home inspections, rooms, garages or basements completed illegally will be exposed.

The advantages of not skipping home inspection are tremendous. To save yourself from future headaches, spend on a professional home inspection today. There are lots of licensed home inspectors in your locality, hire one before closing that new house deal.




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