Single-Family – 54 Mellon Hollow Rd Sterling, MA 01564 is now new to the market!

GREAT COMMUTING AREA FOR THIS 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH TRI-LEVEL IN NEIGHBORHOOD SETTING JUST OFF ROUTE 12 AND MINUTES TO I-190. * FIREPLACE WITH BUILT IN BOOKCASES IN LIVING ROOM * HARDWOOD FLOORS * LARGE KITCHEN WITH RECENT CERAMIC TILE BACKSPLASH * DINING ROOM HAS CARPET BUT HARDWOOD UNDER ACCORDING TO SELLER * STEP UP A FEW STAIRS TO 3 GOOD SIZED BEDROOMS WITH HARDWOOD (MB CURRENTLY CARPET) * A NEWLY RENOVATED FULL BATH WITH DOUBLE BOWL SINKS, GRANITE COUNTERTOP, CERAMIC TILE FLOORING, NEW TOILET, LIGHTING AND MEDICINE CABINETS * STEP DOWN A FEW STAIRS FROM THE MAIN LEVEL TO A FAMILY ROOM WITH MORE BUILT-INS * FULL BATH WITH SHOWER AND AN OFFICE * BASEMENT COULD ALSO BE FINISHED * 1 CAR GARAGE * PRIVATE BACK YARD WITH PATIO – ROOF NEW IN 2012 * TITLE V DONE

This is a Multi-Level style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 0.61 Acres, and is currently available for $317,900.

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Dog Fencing

“Oh give us a home where the dog can roam”. Now that you are moved in and thinking about getting a pet, you need to ask yourself a few questions: invisible fence, visible fence or dog run?

Invisible fences are the new rage or fab, if you will. For good reason these fences have taken off as the most popular and useful pet containment.

Costs vary and are dependent upon your yard size or area to be fenced. Will you be hiring professionals to install an underground fence or are you planning on an in house unit that can be set to the yard radius of your choice. Invisible fences are usually used outdoors out but, if your pet does not mind their manners and they head for the kitchen table or counter top, this is the answer to your problems.

A wooden or metal fence is just as useful for pet containment but sometimes twice if not three times the cost dependent on material, height, placement and of course a gate or two for easy access.

The hardware store bought dog run may be a quick fix for those of you looking for instant use. Dog runs have come a long way in the past years and quite easy to find online or locally.

In the end, your decision must be one that suits you, your dog and your location.

What to Do After the Move

If you are moving soon you have probably thought about packing, hiring a mover and moving day but, have you considered what to do after the move? After the money has changed hands and the boxes are piled up in your new home, the question is… now what?

1. Create a game plan for unpacking

First determine which rooms you will unpack first. You may want to choose one room to unpack and make feel “homey” before moving on to other areas of the house. This way you will have one room in your new home that feels settled.

2. Make the kids feel at home

If you have kids you might want to put unpacking a “kid zone” at the top of your priority list. Moving can be stressful on children. Set up space with their familiar items to help make them feel at home in the new house.

3. Meet the neighbors

Take time to introduce yourself to the neighbors. Become involved in area events and activities as soon as you can. Sign the kids up for sports, after-school activities or other community events.

Buying a new home and making the move can be stressful, but it is what comes after the move that matters most.

Roof Replacement Tips

Most properly installed roofs have a useful life of greater than 20 years. Tile, slate, tin and copper roofs can last for decades longer before requiring replacement. The actual useful service of a roof is dependent on climate, snow load, material quality, design, proper installation and adequate roof maintenance.

When purchasing a new home, always include a complete roof inspection; making your offer contingent on the condition of the roof. A roof replacement is a big investment. Inquire about the age of the roof; ask if it is still under warranty and if the warranty is transferable to a new owner. A licensed home inspector can evaluate the roof or you may contact a professional roofing contractor for a certified inspection.

To safeguard against an unexpected financial expenditure, make sure that your homeowner’s insurance coverage provides for the replacement cost of your roof in the event of a major storm, fire, food or devastating event. Read the small print when buying a homeowner’s policy. Some plans only offer reimbursement of the depreciated value of the roof. In the case of an older roof, the coverage can be virtually nil.

A leaking roof does not always mean the roof of your home needs replacement. Leaks can occur from leaking flashings or damage to shingles. A complete roof system failure is rare and is the result of faulty installation techniques, the improper choice of materials or a type of roof system installation that was inappropriate for the design of the home.

If you are concerned that you may have damage, a leak or missing shingles, do not risk “life or limb” by crawling on the roof. The fastest and easiest way to examine your roof is with the use of a high-powered pair of binoculars. Check for cracked, warped or missing shingles and damaged flashings. Inside the home, look for discolored plasterboard, cracked paint, stains on the ceiling or peeling wallpaper; visual signs that the roof is compromised.

Many times, problems with the home roof system are not discovered until substantial damage has occurred. A preventive annual roof inspection by a licensed and insured roofing company is the best way to avoid having a small problem turn into an expensive project. If you find indications of a roofing problem, call a professional roofing contractor for an evaluation of the damage.

If your roof is compromised and a replacement is required, you have two options. Your roofing contractor will suggest either a complete replacement of the roof system or a re-cover of the existing roof. If you own an older home, check to see if the roof has been previously reroofed. Many city building codes only allow one reroofing before the roof must be completely replaced.

The National Roof Association advises, “The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as the materials selected, contractor doing the work, home or building, location of the home or building, local labor rates and time of year. To get a good idea of price for your roof system, get three or four proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.”

If you are an experienced “do-it-yourself” homeowner, there are many remodeling and repair jobs around the home that you can readily accomplish without professional assistance. Repairing or replacing the roof isn’t one of them. It’s dangerous work requiring specialized equipment. A certified professional roofing contractor is experienced, licensed, bonded and has the equipment to do the job safely right. If you are tempted to tackle the job yourself, keep in mind that most homeowner’s insurance policies will not cover damage from a compromised roof if a certified and licensed roofing contractor did not perform the work.