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Porch lighting is an essential part of a home's curb appeal. It offers much more than help navigating in the dark or a pretty accent for your front door. A brightly lit porch can enhance security and also save you money on your energy bill.

Where will you place it?

The location of your porch light helps you choose the right fixture. When updating an existing light, your choices may be limited if you don’t want to relocate your electricity or create additional patching or painting tasks. If your project is bigger or you are starting from scratch, your options are unlimited. In addition to the traditional placement on either side of the door, porch lights can be hung from above or be installed on posts.

What is the style of your home?

The architecture of your home also dictates the kind of fixture you should choose. If your home does not have any defining characteristics, your style is all you need. Porchlights can be found in several styles and designs with modern, casual and traditional options widely available. Consider a traditional style for a colonial home or a rustic fixture for a log cabin.

What is the size of your entry door?

The size of your porch light should balance with the size of your door. For example, if you have a standard-size door of six-feet eight-inches, it is recommended that your porch light be between 5 and 9 inches wide. A porch light that is 10 to 12 inches wide will balance with an eight-foot door. Choose the same or similar widths when installing multiple fixtures.

What are the features?

Motion sensitive porch lights feature a built-in sensor that turns on the light when a person or pet moves into the range of the sensor. A daylight sensitive light has a timer that automatically turns on the lights at dusk. Most decorative porch lights feature built-in dusk to dawn photoelectric eyes, which means you won't need to think about turning on the porch light. 

If you want a bright porch light, check the wattage recommendations for the fixture you’re considering. Do not exceed the fixture's wattage as this could cause damage. Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or outdoor-rated compact fluorescent bulbs.

Installing the right porch light can add charm to your home and significantly boost your curb appeal. If you need guidance or installation assistance, ask your realtor for recommended lighting professionals or contractors to help with your project.


 

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30 Ferncroft Court, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$589,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
As you enter your new energy efficient home, you'll notice the hardwood flrs throughout the 1st flr. Your culinary skills can be perfected in the large kitchen w/ white cabinetry, pantry, ss appliances, island, & granite counters. Enjoy those creations w/ your guests in the dining room with wainscoting. A slider leads to the composite deck w/ vinyl railings. As you enter the large fam rm you'll visualize yourself relaxing in front of the gas fireplace w/ a good book or morning coffee. The 2nd flr offers 3 bdrms, 2 bths, & laundry. Your master bdrm oasis is complete w/ w-i closet & bath. Ascend to the third floor where you will find potential for additional bedrooms or finished room. Your new home is located approx 2 mi from the Loop (Rte 213) & 1 ½ mi from the Merrimack Valley Gold Course. Allowing the golfer in you to enjoy the course & the adventurer in you to access Routes 93 & 495 which lead you to the mountains or the beach
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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This Single-Family in Billerica, MA recently sold for $480,000. This Multi-Level style home was sold by Cathy Lomasney - ERA Key Realty Services.


13 Ben Place, Billerica, MA 01821

Single-Family

$449,900
Price
$480,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
OFFER ACCEPTED- Open House Sunday 2/16 is for Back Up *** Welcome home to this beautifully well maintained multi-level home with farmer's porch on a dead end street! Eat-in kitchen with tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances opens to dining room with bay window and brick accent wall. Gorgeous great room with cathedral ceilings, recessed lights, half bath, and french doors to exterior deck. Second level features three bedrooms, all with hardwood flooring and ample sized closets plus a full bath. Lower level family room with carpet flooring. Fenced yard with deck, shed & patio with firepit. Plenty of off street parking. New oil tank in 2016. Showings begin at open houses Saturday & Sunday Feb 15 &16 from 11am to 1pm.

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Whether you plan on selling your house in the next few years, or if you just want to make some much needed updates to your home, renovations can be a great way to increase the value of your property.

However, not all updates will pay for themselves. Some upgrades that we want for personal reasons, such as building an addition for more space, could come back to haunt you if it isn’t to the taste of potential homebuyers in the future.

So, in this article, we’re going to talk about five simple updates to your home that have the best chance of increasing its selling price. That way, when you do finally decide to move on from your home, you can sell for the price you know your home is worth.

Improve your lighting

You don’t have to be a carpenter to increase the value of your home. When a potential buyer enters your home for the first time, two of the first things they’ll notice are the lighting and the spaciousness of the room.

Since lighting is an essential part of creating spaciousness, increasing the former will also increase the latter.

So, what are some ways you can increase lighting?

  • Add recessed lights to the ceilings of your home. It will open up space in the ceiling and allow for a greater number of lights overall.

  • Add lighting under the cabinets in your kitchen

  • Use large mirrors for decoration to increase lighting and create the illusion of spaciousness in smaller rooms

Painting for the modern homeowner

Home decor trends come and go. Not long ago, wallpaper was the go-to choice. However, the surest way to increase the value of your home is to use bright and neutral colors since, statistically, these appeal to the largest number of people.

Fresh paint and good lighting work together to make your home seem more polished and modern. And, for just a few hundred dollars, you can paint your whole home.

Remember, however, that it is easy to scuff up the walls in your home. So, it’s a good idea to paint closer to the date you think you’ll be trying to sell.

Low maintenance landscaping

While there are people who enjoy mowing the lawn on Saturday morning, those people tend to be few and far between. One thing potential buyers will consider when viewing your home is how difficult it will be to take care of the yard.

Adding an irrigation system, removing unnecessary obstacles, and planting hardy bushes and plants will woo potential buyers.

Upgrade the most outdated room in your home

If your home is in need of serious upgrades, it’s best to start with the room that needs it the most, especially if that room is a bathroom or kitchen. Replacing an old vanity or putting new tile down can be simple ways to spruce up a bathroom that’s looking dated.

Fix the little things

If you have a couple of years before you plan to sell, that gives you time to fix the small issues that you’ve noticed and will continue to notice. Maintaining your home now will give you less to worry about when the time comes to sell, and you don’t want to be dealing with leaking faucets when that day arrives.




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