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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 4/26/2019

Many home buyers seek out fixer-uppers or older homes as a way to save money. And, while this method can be a great way to save, it does come with a few caveats.

Upgrades and repairs can vary greatly in price. Some might be simple, whereas others can take weeks or months, require permits, and uproot your plans. For these reasons, it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into with home repairs.

In this article, we’re going to cover the most expensive home repairs and upgrades. That way when you find a home listing that you’re interested in, you can rule out these costly repairs early if you aren’t willing to spend the extra money on them after buying the house.

1. Sewer and septic

Finding out you need to replace a sewer line or a septic system can be a nightmare. Sewer lines are most often damaged by tree root growth, leaving older homes the most vulnerable. On average, homeowners spend around $2,500 to repair a main sewer line.

If you move into a new home that previously only had one inhabitant, you may find that the septic system can’t keep up with the increased workload. Repairs for a septic system average around $1,500. And to replace the septic system and install a new one? You can expect to spend around $5,000 or much more, depending on your needs and location.

2. Foundation repair

Older homes are also subject to foundation damage over the years, which can cause many problems, including safety concerns and water damage.

Houses that have poor drainage and high soil moisture are particularly vulnerable to foundation damage. And, like sewer and septic issues, tree roots can also pose a problem.

For minor cracks, foundation repairs can cost as little as $500. However, more severe damage can cost up to $10,000. On average, Americans spend around $4,000 when they repair a damaged foundation.

3. Roof replacement

Roof replacements are inevitable, but there are ways to ensure you won’t have to install a new one anytime soon. For example, slate and metal roofs can last over 50 years. And concrete? A hundred years or more.

The most common type of roofs, however, are made from asphalt shingles, which last around 20 years. In terms of price, asphalt tends to be the cheapest as well, costing as low as $2,000 to replace. Metal and slate roofs are significantly more expensive, starting at $5,000 and $17,000 respectively.

4. Heat pump installation

Installing a heat pump can be quite costly, with the national average being around $5,300. However, if you live in a moderate climate, a heat pump can replace both your furnace and your air conditioning unit.

Furthermore, if you plan on staying in the home for several years, a heat pump tends to be much more energy efficient than older alternatives.

5. Kitchen remodel

Of all the household remodeling projects--basement, bathrooms, etc.--a kitchen remodel tends to be the priciest. Americans spend about $21,000 on a kitchen remodel. The most expensive part? Cabinetry and hardware at $6,000.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 4/25/2019

This Condo in Waltham, MA recently sold for $670,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by - Coleman & Sons Real Estate.


94 Bishops Forest Dr, Waltham, MA 02452

Condo

$684,000
Price
$670,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Highly coveted, luxury Exeter ranch style condominium end-unit @ Bishops Forest located in Wayside Village. Care free single level living at it's finest! Large open floor plan features first floor master suite with walk in shower, dual sink vanity, as well as 2 walk-in closets. Kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space, pantry and sun-drenched dinette nook. Cozy wood burning fireplace in living room with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors. The generous dining area includes a slider leading directly to the private deck. A fully finished lower level offers significant additional private living space: huge family room, kitchenette w/island, bedroom, and full bath. Absolutely perfect for guests. The attic provides massive storage accessed via a full set of pull down stairs. Additional amenities include direct entry one car garage, central A/C, security system and more. This is the unit you've been waiting for, don't miss out!

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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 4/19/2019

When you are one of those very busy types with travel, projects, and meetings, it’s often difficult for you to cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner for yourself. The only option is to eat out in the office cafeteria or restaurants. Eating out can be fun and enjoyable when you know how to order a healthful meal. If you are worried about not eating a balanced diet, below are tips on how to eat a healthy dinner outside the comfort of home.

Tips on how to eat healthfully when eating out:

Order your meal how you like it: You can order your food the way you want it by changing the menu to your taste. Ask your server about healthful exchanges such as extra vegetables instead of the starch. You can also eat healthily at a restaurant by telling them the way you want your food prepared.

For example, if the menu says the side is French fries, you can request a salad, and instead of fried or breaded entrees, let the chef know you want your meat grilled or baked. 

Always take water before, during and after eating: Drink water throughout the entire meal. It slows you down, helps you enjoy the food more, and lets the message get to your brain that you're full—before your plate is empty. Taking water at intervals makes your system work better especially during eating. When you take water while eating, it helps you taste your meal and enjoy it more. Taking water also satisfies your hunger sooner than food alone.

Be careful of the drink you take: You can merely take water, tea, or a fruit juice to complement your food after eating. If you want an alcoholic beverage, request wine or a clear liquor and avoid cocktails that have extra calories.

Select a plate of mixed fruit as your dessert: With fruit, you are sure of eating healthy food. Fruit aid in digestion and add beneficial nutrients.

Before eating check for the calories and the fat: Many states now require calorie-counts and nutritional values on the menu. You can ask the server about how they prepare meals: is it fried with butter or a partially-hydrogenated oil? Breaded? When you do this, you will be able to decide what is best for your health.

If you’re concerned about the healthfulness of a local restaurant, ask about restaurant ratings in your area.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 4/12/2019

Outside exercise like running a certain distance can be a great way to workout, be physically fit, and even reduce weight. You don't need any gear or pay an excessive fee just to be a member of a gym.

Running is the perfect outdoor exercise. Running not only makes you physically fit but also gives you a chance to have an expanded view of your new city. Running new routes allows you to be more familiar with your new town.The only tricky problem attached to running in a new town is finding safe, secure, less crowded, and enjoyable running paths.

Below are tips that will help you in mapping out a safe 5k run in a new town:

  1. Have a chat with a local: Make friends with the people who have been living in that town for a while. Ask them about the safe routes in the city suitable for a 5k run. The locals already know their town inside out. Make sure you ask them if there's a popular running path that is totally safe and not too crowded.
  2. Use a mobile app: With the technology advancements, you gain access to almost any information needed. There are lots of mobile applications to help you map safe 5k routes. For example, check out All trails, Realbuzz, Strava's global heat map, iSmoothRun, Endomondo, MapMyRun, Runkeeper, Runstatic, or Couch to 5K.
  3. Check online for recommendations: You can research online for a specific trail you want to map out for a safe 5k run. People's reviews and testimonies go a long way in helping you. Try using Yelp to searching for “running trails.” Local runners use the site to post their recommendations.
  4. Find a running friend or a running group: You can run with a friend or a group to be able to check the environment personally to know if it is indeed safe or less crowded. Local athletic shoe stores often know of running trails and groups to join. Check at work, the local library, or Meetup to see if they keep a list.
  5. Do adequate research on the route: If the path you’ve chosen leads through public parks, neighborhoods, or trails, take time to locate any posted rules. Certain courses may have hour restrictions, and some locales may have regulations about running on school property during school hours. Introduce yourself to the school office or stop by the city’s parks and recreation department. You’ll meet new friends while finding the information you need.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 4/5/2019

Keeping preschool-aged children busy and engaged takes some creative thinking. Having an abundance of options on hand is a must. In addition to the blocks, pretend play, puzzles and picture books there is a place for arts and crafts. Recent studies have confirmed the importance of playing in the 0-5-year-old age range. Crafting can help not only with the development of fine and gross motor skills but also with creative problem solving and expressing and communicating their emotional health. Having some basics on hand at all times can help stave off boredom and reduce screen time during those critical first five years. 

Their Own Stuff

The crafting industry is vast and can be somewhat of a money pit for intense crafters. You may not want to share those supplies you have spent considerable money to purchase with your little one(s). In that case, you will need to stock up where you get the most for your money. For example, picking up holiday specific craft supplies when they go on clearance. Store them well marked and use them the next time that holiday comes around. Buy in bulk and split the cost with a friend. Many craft supply online stores offer bulk pricing. Host a craft supply exchange amongst other preschooler families, this can keep you supply fresh with variety. 

Just the Basics Ma’am

If you are just starting your preschoolers crafting supply, keep in mind your preschooler’s skill level. Also, keep in mind some items need extra supervision due to a choking hazard. You can start your collection at your local dollar store for a few basics.

- Construction paper

- Large glue sticks

- Washable crayons/markers

- Round-tipped scissors

- Foam shapes stickers

- Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)

- Pipe cleaners

- Modeling clay

- Paper lunch bags

- White paper plates

You can also browse your favorite thrift store for over-sized t-shirts to use as art smocks and flat sheets to use drop cloths. You can also find other items to use as craft supplies like picture frames, clay pots or skeins of yarn. 

Now What?

There are endless websites and blogs to use for inspiration and ideas for craft time with your preschooler. You can choose to go with a theme like zoo animals or camping and focus all creative projects on that for a few days. Or decide to do crafts that reflect the season of the year you are currently experiencing. Really, any time you spend being creative with your preschooler can be fun and an opportunity to learn from creative play. 

Before the next rainy day forecast gather some supplies put them in a box and plan an arts and crafts time surprise for your preschooler.




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