We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this year's local Relay for Life. With help from our friends, family, clients, and community, we were able to raise over $9,500 for the American Cancer Society. Watch the video above to see more fun from the event!
Starting a partnership with your real estate agent can often elicit similar emotions evoked by a romantic relationship. It starts out exciting; the beginning moments full of anticipation of the life changing events still to come. As some romantic interactions can go, however, n
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a revamp of your own home’s design, or just like drooling over the swoon-worthy rooms, these Instagram accounts are sure to please with their flawless style and impeccable taste. Follow one or follow them all!
It’s no news that homes exist in many shapes and sizes. The varying features can help categorize properties into existing styles that help differentiate one from another. Each style has their own notable highlights as well as things that may attract or deter prospective buyers.
With winter snowfalls just around the corner, we can’t help but remember the power packed storms that rolled through Massachusetts last year. To avoid damage to your home this year, be prepared for one of winter’s major hazards: ice dams. The icicles hanging off the sides of your home may be pretty, but they could spell out disaster.
With the holiday season nearly upon us, we turn our thoughts to those less fortunate and what we can do to make a difference. Dwell360 is happy to announce that again this year we will be collecting food, toiletries, and monetary donations to benefit the Newton Food Pantry.&nbs
With the crisp air of winter settling in, the temperature of the home becomes of more concern to homeowners. Thermostats will be turned up, heavy blankets taken out of storage, and firewood lit. In order to ensure safety when snuggled up indoors this winter, special attention should be paid to the chimney and fireplace to prepare for the cold season.
Being a homeowner is a worthy investment of money, time, and energy. Crafting a house into becoming a home can be such a rewarding task. This isn’t to say, however, that there are no bumps along the way. Among many challenges, pests like termites can be an issue. Knowing about what they are and the potential for harm they cause can be the first step in eliminating problems hopefully before they even begin.
For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transactions certainly seem appealing; it can appear that it is easier to sell without help and that you can maximize your profit by not having to pay an agent’s commission. The truth is, in fact, the opposite.
You Net More Money When Using an Agent: A recent study of the 2014 Real Estate Market by the National Association of REALTORS® show that a typical house sold by a homeowner s
It may be overwhelming to think of installing a solar energy system in your home, but rest assured that Massachusetts as well as federal credits, incentives, and financing options are available to help homeowners start their projects off on the right foot. In addition, your new photovoltaic (PV) system will be able to help
As time goes on, more and more people are becoming concerned with earth conservation and renewable energy. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming; what difference can one person or home make? Truth be told, the impact may be larger than you think.
In order to determine lead levels, the home in question should be professionally tested by a licensed inspector. As there are many ways to be exposed to lead, there are varying methods with which to test.
Testing Paint for Lead
Just because an entire house is painted, doesn’t mean everything is painted with the same paint. As such, some places could be contaminated with lead while others can be clean. Each different surface sh
Spring is here so you may already be thinking about what plants will best highlight your home and enhance its curb appeal. In New England, we’re very lucky to have a bounty of flowers and shrubbery that flourish in northern soil. We’ve picked out ten easy to maintain plants that would make any garden shine.
Mayor Setti Warren announced that the city of Newton has recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the former Aquinas College property on Jackson Street, subject to approval and a vote to fund the purchase from the Board of Aldermen. With the Angier School Project set to be completed in Decembe
You’re in the final stages of the home inspection process! With most inspections, this is the time where negotiations begin. No home is perfect, so there are bound to be issues that turned up during a home inspection. There are many ways to proceed, however, depending on the severity of the issues found.
Congratulations! If you’re preparing for a home inspection, you’re on your way owning a new home.This is a crucial part of the home buying and selling process, so it is important to be well informed and know what to expect.
It’s no secret that Boston is a great place to grab local eats. Delicious knows no prejudice, and as such, there is a wide array of superior restaurants in Newton to appeal to every palate and budget. Dwell360's family and friends love eating locally; here is a list of our thirteen favorite establishments!
Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friends Michele Adrian, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and Leonardi Aray, AIA, NCARB of Leonardi Aray Architects in Cambridge, MA.
Earlier this year Leonardi Aray Architects (LAA) met with Dwell360's team. We are very grateful for such a productive conversation. We learned more about their clients as well as Dwell360's current, real-life e
The last of the golden red leaves are falling off tree branches and mornings welcome cooler air where you can see your breath with each exhale. As you walk into your home, you want to make sure it is warm and cozy, ready to keep you and your family comfortable as winter fast approaches.
Radon is a serious issue plaguing homeowners. If an overwhelming presence of this element takes hold of a home, it can put the residents at risk for issues such as lung cancer. Finding radon and limiting exposure is the key to maintaining healthy levels in your environment.
It has been determined that one out of every fifteen homes in the U.S. has a problem with excessive radon exposure. As such, it is extremely important to test and see if your home falls under this ca
Radon. At first thought, one might imagine an evil villain from an after school special. This name however bears no such identity, though it can be considered the secret villain hiding in an unsuspecting homeowner’s abode.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemicall
When we think of hunger, it’s natural that our minds often imagine tattered third world children with huge eyes like those portrayed in relief organization commercials. Some might not even consider that hunger lies right in our own neighborhoods, affecting children, adults, and
After reading our Mass Save Series Parts I and II as well the informational infographic, it is clear that taking advantage of the offerings by the Mass Save program is a good choice. Not only will your home become more energy efficient, but you’ll end up saving money on your bills because of the changes made.
Last week we introduced you to the Mass Save home energy efficiency program and the potential savings for homeowners like you. To give an idea of what a Mass Save experience could be like, we consulted with two homeowners near and dear to the Dwell360 family who have made upgrades made to their homes through this program.
Alerica Aylward, a resident of West Roxbury and the Director of Operations of Dwell360, recently made renovations to her home using Mass Save:
Check out Dwell360's infographic below for tips on how to save energy all year long. Improving your home's energy efficiency is helpful not only to the environment, but also to your bottom line! To view larger, click here.
How your home uses and distributes energy can have a substantial effect on what your bills look like. What if you knew you were not only paying too much, but that there was a low cost way to ensure a future of savings?
You’ve chosen a moving company using our helpful tips in Part I of our series, and you’ve packed up your belongings using the organization system in Part II. After much anticipation, moving day has arrived! It is finally time to bring everything to your new home. As much as your mind may be scattered, there will be some
You’ve now chosen a moving company to assist with the big move to your new home using everything you learned in our Moving Series Part I: Hiring a Mover. With moving day approaching, there are still a few things to consider. Will you need storage for the move? What sort of packing system is best? On the day of the move, will there be any special considerations for parking? It all can be overwhelming, b
Making a successful move to your new home is reliant on the mover hired to get you there. With so many aspects to consider, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one is best, or even how to approach choosing. By breaking everything down, further examination of an individual company doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
First, you’ll need to establish your individual needs.
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker; “No Farms, No Food”. A four word saying whose importance is often understated and mildly ignored, it could not be farther from the truth. While what you see in a grocery store is often imported from foreign countries with strong agriculture, it
What should I look for when determining if I have a mold problem?
Testing for mold is not recommending, especially when evidence of growth is apparently present. There are, however, many signs of mold infestation to look for when determining if mold is a problem in your environment.
Pay attention to yourself! One of the first signs of mold could be health related symptoms before you even visibly locate the
Mold isn’t just white fuzzies growing on old bread in the cupboard; it can be a serious and damaging problem for homeowners. Being aware of what it is and what adverse effects it can have on one’s health is important. Read on to find out more!
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows naturally in the environment thriving on moisture and nutrients. Mold spores, similar to microscopic seeds, can be found anywhere suitable l
The mere mention of termites can strike fear into the hearts of homeowners. Most people know that termite infestation can cause severe damage to a home's structure. It can also cost thousands of dollars to eliminate the pests and repair any damage, requiring application of topical poisons that can be unpleasant as well as worrisome.
Termites thrive in warm, moist climates; they exist in all states of the country, except maybe Alaska! Worldwide, termites
As homeowners, we often find ourselves fully aware of the things going on around us, particularly in our own neighborhoods. We see the moving vans, service trucks, and even the utility repair crew as they move about among the neighboring houses. Despite this awareness, it can be very surprising to learn that most homes suffering from termite infestations have owners with no idea that a problem exists.
Prior to the widespread availability of central air conditioning, previous generations of homeowners learned to employ some simple strategies to keep as cool as possible during the long, hot, humid days of summer. Now that we have all become more energy-conscious, reviewing some of those ideas can be beneficial.
Make Changes on the Home Front
Here are a handful of simple things you can do at home to ensure more comfort this summer:
Whether retirement has arrived or the children have moved out to leave you with an empty nest, you may be considering downsizing your home. Frequently, life events lead to the decision to relocate to a smaller home. Some people choose this option to simplify life or reduce yard work. Whatever your reason for considering the move, answering some questions first will help you come to the right conclusion for you.
Popular home renovations will almost always bring you a higher selling price on your home. Therefore, it's very important that you do your due diligence when it comes to researching the upgrades that are best for your home. Learn which ones will bring you the biggest return on your investment and which ones will not.
Any sort of home renovation is a huge undertaking--especially if you are hoping to remain in your home during the updating process. Kitchen renovations are no exception to this, but when selling your home, a kitchen renovation might be worth the trouble.
Most homeowners enjoy the challenge of doing some of their own home maintenance and repair work. In fact, the DIY method can be a great way to save money on home repair bills while getting some exercise and developing your skill set. Projects like painting, landscaping, refinishing floors, and woodwork are well suited for the do-it-yourselfer, exuding significant savings for the sore muscles and splinters received along the way.
Some projects, however, have no tolerance for mista
Foreclosure rates are at an all-time high—and as a result, more sellers are looking to short sales as a way to avoid the impacts of foreclosures. Short sales can have both pros and cons for buyers and sellers. Here’s how it works and how to make the most of it.
What Is a Short Sale?
Short sales are now quite common in parts of the country where significant drops in home values have made it difficult to sell a home. In a short sale situation
Buying property usually means approval for a mortgage and maintaining those payments. It may be difficult for you to create a budget that not only looks good on paper, but also works well when applied to the reality of your finances. If you are trying to find ways to budget for your monthly mortgage payment, here are a few tips to help you get started.
Many adults find buying a home to be exciting and stressful. With the long checklists of tasks to accomplish, how to minimize the impact of the move on kids and pets may be way down on that list. However, following a few helpful tips will ensure a successful move with them.
Moving with Kids
1. Tell your children about the move early in the process. As soon as the decision has been finalized, conduct a family meet
White walls, basic carpet, run of the mill appliances—this is the story of most rental properties. When it comes to living in one, you’ll have to make the most of the situation you are presented with. There is no rule that says you need to put your household personality on hold until you purchase a home of your own. By finding ways to express yourself in temporary formats you can have a lot of
The lease is just about up and it is time to make that yearly decision once again. Is it time to purchase a home, or are you content signing a lease for one more year. This is a pretty big question to face, and it is one that requires quite a bit of serious deliberation by all parties involved before a final verdict is reached.
Making money from a rental property seems like a quick and easy investment—but it’s about far more than putting down an investment and waiting for the money to roll in. If you own a home, you already know that home ownership involves maintenance, time, and personal energy.
Consider these factors before you add another home (or homes) to your list of responsibilities:
Why worry about radon? In our two-part blog series on radon exposure in the home, we’re covering this sneaky gas—what it is, and why it matters. Last time in Radon 101 for the Homeowner | Part 1 we covered the basics on radon’s chemical makeup and health risks. This time, we’ll turn our attention to the details of radon testing.
Radon is a significant health risk. It’s enough of a risk that we’re actually going to take two blog posts to cover the issues relating to radon toxicity in the home. Today, we’ll have a look at the basics—what it is, how it can get into a home environment, and why it can be dangerous. Next time, we’ll cover potentially lifesaving information on radon testing.
Buying and selling real estate may not be as simple as some may believe. Most people should hire a real estate attorney to handle to a realty transaction from offer to closing. Contracts need to be written, earnest money collected, and final paperwork signed and recorded. A competent attorney will also thoroughly research the property, prepare necessary documentation, and will handle all legal matters as they arise.
When looking at selling your home, you'll want to increase its value. One way to do this is by creating more livable space, if possible, such as by finishing the basement. But do finished basements increase a property's value enough to make a difference and return the investment put into them? Yes and no, because the value of your home is
The front of your home is the first element that interested buyers see when they come for a visit and tour. This is often referred to as "curb appeal." If your home doesn't have good curb appeal, consumers may make a negative decision about their intentions before they even cross the threshold.
If you plan on living in your home while it is on the market, there isn't much you can do with the bedrooms that house the members of your household. Bedrooms are personal spaces that are often filled with personal tastes and touches. Eliminating your personality entirely from these spaces is next to impossible. It's also unnecessary. Interested home buyers know
Our relocation agents have had extensive experience with clients moving into or out of the suburbs and cities of the greater Boston area. We have been trained by top relocation companies and are certified to manage their clients.
Every year we have clients fly in, get in our car, and ask, “Where to?”