MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTOR® - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | Framingham, MA Real Estate


Nothing beats the warm, inviting feeling that you get when you enter your kitchen. However, failure to keep your kitchen clean can impact the quality of your kitchen. This ultimately can make a big difference in how homebuyers perceive your kitchen, along with whether they decide to submit an offer for your home. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to keep your kitchen looking great day after day, including: 1. Use baking soda to clean your tile floors. Your tile floors were beautiful after they were installed. But since that time, they've become dirty, grimy and tough to clean. But we have a surefire solution to help you revamp your kitchen's tile floor – baking soda and water. The combination of baking soda and water serves as a wonderful tile floor cleaner that is easy to apply with a mop. And within minutes of using it, you may notice that your kitchen's tile floor looks as good as new. 2. Eliminate wall splatters. Over the years, you've prepared a wide range of meals in your kitchen – everything from spaghetti and meatballs to sloppy joes. Unfortunately, not every dish has been an instant success. And as such, there have been many splashes of various ingredients that have landed on your kitchen's ceiling, floors and walls. Eliminating wall splatters may seem impossible at first. Luckily, there are numerous viable options to help you remove them without delay. For stains on painted walls, you may want to use a wet cloth or paper towel. The combination of a wet cloth or paper towel and tough scrubbing will allow you to eliminate stains on painted walls immediately. Comparatively, oily stains may require water and dishwashing soap. This mix is powerful and will ensure that you can remove cooking grease and other oily stains. 3. Disinfect the garbage disposal. Your kitchen's garbage disposal has served you well, but bad garbage disposal odors may persist if you're not careful. On the other hand, home sellers who focus on keeping their kitchen's garbage disposal clean can avoid such odors altogether. Looking for a great way to clean your kitchen's garbage disposal? Using a mix of vinegar, water and ice cubes can help you clean and deodorize your kitchen's garbage disposal quickly and effortlessly. Dedicate the necessary time and resources to disinfect your kitchen's garbage disposal, and you can guarantee that this disposal remains clean and performs consistently. 4. Wipe out the refrigerator. In many cases, home sellers may include a refrigerator in a home sale. As such, you'll want to keep this refrigerator looking and performing great. Wiping out your refrigerator and removing expired items regularly is essential. By doing so, you can remove the risk of bad odors from escalating in your kitchen. Of course, don't forget to keep an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator, too. This box should be changed periodically and will provide a fresh scent any time you open your refrigerator door. Keep your kitchen clean, and by doing so, you may be able to boost your chances of a quick home sale.

Social media, cell phones and hundreds of television channels may have brought the world closer, a whole lot closer. In fact, because of these devices, it only takes the click of a button to keep up with what’s going on in the world. It seems impossible to perceive of yourself as ever being alone with the constant connections. Yet, there are downsides to relying on technology to connect with another person, especially when it comes to community relationships.

Good neighbor relationships don’t happen on their own

It’s not just that rewarding neighborhood relationships help to strengthen trust inhumanity. It’s also not just that good neighborhood relationships give you a support network, people to contact should you need someone to look after your children.

There are health benefits to developing good relationships with your neighbors. Deeper human connections have been reported to ward off feelings of isolation and loneliness. By becoming friends with your neighbors, you also gift yourself with a positive feeling each time you see your neighbor.

You can also have someone to talk with should you deal with a personal or work related challenge. This can help to reduce stress as well as lower your chances of developing a stress related illness or disease. Also, if you have rewarding relationships with your neighbors, you can create incredibly loving, exciting and lasting memories that extend beyond your immediate family.

Steps to great neighbors

But, good neighbor relationships don’t just happen. Similar to rewarding relationships between colleagues, a spouse or beau, it takes effort to make a neighbor a friend. Because you live within close physical proximity of your neighbors, it won’t take mileage and transportation expenses to keep in touch.

What it will take is commitment, patience and understanding. A simple first step is to speak with your neighbors when you see them, even if it takes a few times before your neighbors take the initiative and speak to you first.

If your neighbors have children, encourage your kids to make friends with the youngsters. You could also form a neighborhood block party to kick in spring and bid farewell to summer.

When neighbors share information with you in confidence, keep the information to yourself. This means not telling anyone what was shared with you unless the information would put someone in danger. In that event, you may have no choice except to share the information with a professional.

This next tip goes beyond living with neighbors. Get in the habit of practicing active listening skills. For example, don’t interrupt your neighbors when they are speaking. Also, avoid framing your response to a question or comment that a neighbor shares with you while your neighbor is speaking. Active listening is a great way to build trust.

As you get to know your neighbors better, consider inviting them over to your house to enjoy a chat on the front porch. If your neighbors reciprocate, they should start to invite you over to their place as well. Right now, it may sound far fetched, but your neighbors could become among your very best friends if you put in the effort to get to know them better.

Even more good news is that it’s never too late to start to make the effort to become friends with your neighbors. It may be as simple as saying “hello” each time that you see your neighbor. Finding out what your neighbor’s name is also helps. So too does practicing active listening skills and valuing your neighbor’s ideas, opinions and thoughts.


This Single-Family in Milford, MA recently sold for $380,000. This Colonial style home was sold by MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


20 Penny Ln, Milford, MA 01757

North Milford

Single-Family

$379,900
Price
$380,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome Home to This Beautifully Maintained, Spacious 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Colonial in A Very Desirable Location! Exterior Has Been Recently Painted, New Windows, New Energy Efficient Gas Furnace, New Kitchen Featuring Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances and Large Farmers Sink! First Floor Features Spacious Living Room and Dining Room-- Both with Hardwood, Half Bath and Laundry. Second Floor Features Over Sized Master Suite with Hardwoods, Double Closets and Master Bath. Three Additional Large Bedrooms with Hardwood Flooring. Partially Finished Basement with Two Rooms Gives this Home Even More Space! Nice Backyard Features a Tranquil Koi Pond. This House is a Must See!

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Condo

$300,000
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Ashland! A wonderful community, w/ COMMUTER RAIL to Boston, & Ashland Farmer's Market! GREAT location for this BRIGHT, INVITING Townhouse! Relax on your spacious deck and enjoy the TRANQUILITY of your private garden and fruit trees. OPEN FLOOR PLAN w/ GAS Fireplace in Living Room. Spacious eat in kitchen w/ lots of cabinet space and large breakfast bar. Two oversized bedrooms upstairs, each w/ CATHEDRAL ceilings. Sliders from each room lead to the upper SUN DECK. Lots of closet space. Located in a desirable neighborhood that is super CONVENIENT to shopping, public transportation and major routes, yet is situated in a quiet peaceful setting. Awesome finished room in the lower level is PERFECT for an office, family room, or guest room. All appliances included. The heating system is newer and was replaced a few years ago. Garage! Central Air! Great Condo Community! Very walkable, and well managed association! Beautifully landscaped! Don't miss out!! Welcome Home!
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