Cathy Lomasney's Blog
New place, new town, new everything. Now, where to find the grocery store and the parks. Additionally, think about all those places you will have to visit at least once to complete your move like the DMV and school district administration offices. Your map app on your phone can get you places but are they the places with precisely what you want and the quality you expect? That is where you need the insider's perspective to get the scoop on your new neighborhood.
Not Your Mom’s Phone Book
Researching online can give you current reviews from actual customers and some insight into the services you are wanting. Chamber of Commerce website or the Better Business Bureau are also resources to use. What can help you is talking to people like your neighbors. If you are a pet owner, you can strike up a conversation with someone you see waking their dog about who they recommend for grooming services, pet supplies or even veterinarian services.
Maybe your online social network has connections in your new area, and they can direct you. Leverage any social clubs or civic groups you are part of, like college alumni or professional associations. You will be surprised how helpful having a network of people to ask can be. Everyone seems to have their favorite coffee place or corner bakery so don't be shy about asking for recommendations.
People All Around You
New coworkers and your children's schoolmates and their families are excellent resources for discovering things about your new locale. Since you will be spending a goodly amount of time together, it should be relativity easy to ask about services like auto repair and maintenance or lawn care. You can get the scoop on the best pizza in town and where to go to get a deal on furniture. People you interact with during your day are easily accessible and an excellent source for insider information. While grabbing a bite to eat, ask your server about local entertainment or personal services. It helps to keep a list of any recommendations you receive, so you don't forget. You surely do not want to miss any sweet local places that may become your new favorite place to frequent. Moving is stressful enough, no need to blindly stumbling through services and products in your new neighborhood. Go ahead and make that personal connection, that will not only get you what you need but will help you quickly become part of the new community.
Ask your realtor for their recommendations for living in your new neighborhood.
146 E Meadow Rd, Lowell, MA 01854
If you’ve done even cursory research on selling your home, you’ve heard “curb appeal,” “curb appeals,” and “curb appeal.” Since you know that buyers hear “location,” “location,” and “location,” the best thing you can do to make your location stand out is to flaunt your stuff. That doesn’t mean you have to undertake significant landscaping projects or renovations. Consider a few simple adjustments to your home’s initial presentation to see substantial results.
- Neat and tidy. Before launching into expensive outdoor projects, take a moment to view your home from the street. Better yet, step across the street and take a look at your house and those of your neighbors. Do you have weeds? Is your lawn trimmed? Do you edge it along the sidewalks and flower beds? Do you have dry, yellow, or bare patches? Start with greening up the lawn. Give it some water and fertilizer. Trim it up and neaten around the edge. If you’re considering selling your home shortly, hire a professional lawn service to get your green stuff in top shape.
- Next, look for cracks, broken hinges, shutters sitting askew, wobbly fence posts and other items that need some maintenance. You don’t need to remodel the outside if you’ve kept it sharply maintained.
- Check your walking paths. Are there loose bricks or stones? Reset them in place. Is the concrete chipped and broken? You can tackle filling in the cracks yourself with easy mix cement from your local DIY store or hire a pro to repair it for you. Often, you don’t need to tear up the whole walkway; you can fix only the broken section.
- Hide anything ugly. Often, it’s not what you’ve put in your yard, but things you have no choice about that hinder your curb appeal. If you have utility boxes, meters, and other eyesores that you can’t move, hide them. Place a flower bed with taller bushes to the street side of utility boxes in the lawn, or a couple of potted plants in front of a meter next to the front door. Make sure you don’t block the meter or box itself though since your utility provider needs access.
- Add some lipstick. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door and a coordinating color on the shutters. Make sure paint on any trim on the front of the house is not peeling or chipped.
Your property professional can advise you on the first impression improvements to complete on your home, so reach out and seek their advice.
32 Woodland Rd, Billerica, MA 01821