Sandy Lucchesi | Hopkinton Real Estate, Southborough Real Estate, Westborough Real Estate


Although not everyone is a fan of carpeting, there are definitely benefits to having it in your home. The big question is, "Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?"

Well, that answer depends on a lot of variables, but if you happen to like the look and feel of carpeting, then it's probably worth having. Assuming the carpet fibers are made of a soft material, it offers an extra layer of comfort for walking barefoot and sitting on the floor. It also provides some minor benefits, in terms of both sound absorption and heat insulation.

One of the negative aspects of carpeting is that it tends to conceal dirt, allergens, and food crumbs. Depending on whether it's a stain-resistant carpet, keeping it looking clean could be an ongoing challenge. That, of course, would be especially true if you have children, pets, or a spill-prone spouse!

Although stain-resistant carpets are supposed to be easy to clean, you can't help but wonder if that applies to pet accidents and grape juice spills that aren't immediately cleaned up. Another possible pitfall of carpeting involves the risk of using carpet spot-cleaning sprays and solutions. Some cleaning products could cause the color of your carpeting to fade in the treated areas. So while it may remove the stain, it may also leave permanent faded spots in the area you cleaned -- hardly the effect you were aiming for!

If you or a member of your family has allergies or asthma, a carpeted floor could potentially trigger unpleasant symptoms, too. Since carpeting is known to harbor everything from dust mites and mold spores, to pet dander and pollen, it could be the source of discomfort for allergy sufferers and others.

From the standpoint of improved air quality and reducing allergens, carpets made of nylon, short fiber strands, and/or tightly woven strands are said to be less of an issue. Another partial solution is to ask family members and visitors to remove their shoes before entering a carpeted area. Pro tip: this is much easier to accomplish if you get everyone in the habit of removing their shoes at the front door.

For homeowners planning to put their property on the market in the near future, the presence of carpeting could have a negative effect on its marketability. That's not to say that carpeting is going to prevent you from being able to sell your home, but it may reduce the number of prospective buyers who are actively interested in it. If you happen to have hardwood floors underneath that carpeting, it may pay to remove the carpeting -- a sometimes difficult task, which is often best left to the professionals.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, remember, it's essential to clean your carpeting as thoroughly as possible before real estate agents show your home to the public. Hire a professional carpet cleaner, or check out some DIY articles on how to get those carpets clean.


This Condo in Bellingham, MA recently sold for $265,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sandy Lucchesi - RE/MAX Executive Realty.


131 Bellwood Circle, Bellingham, MA 02019

Condo

$265,000
Price
$265,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This beautifully maintained & updated townhouse located in the highly desirable Bellwood Circle, has convenient access to rtes 140/126/495, Forge Park rail, restaurants, coffee shops, stores, a park & much more. Spectacular major updates – 2019 - completely renovated – stunning - main bathroom w/new tub & subway tile, new faucets/shower head, 12 X 24 floor tile, new style vanity w/granite counter & brush nickel hardware, new mirror & lighting. 2015 – New roof, new kitchen cabinets, SS appliances, AC & heating systems w/built-in air purifier, new hot water heater & a new 1st floor bathroom. 2016 – new screen door & bulkhead w/entry door. This spacious townhouse has a very nice eat in kitchen w/terrific natural light. The family room has beautiful hardwood flooring & a French door to a deck & huge backyard. The large master bedroom has 2 closets & the 2nd bedroom is good size w/a generous closet. The finished LL has 2 nicely finished rooms & easy access to the washer/dryer. Very Nice!

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32 Ash St, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$449,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Location~location~location. Your chance to live downtown within walking distance of the town common, Hopkinton's top ranked schools, parks, restaurants, shopping, Hopkinton Center for the Arts & the Boston Marathon. Enjoy this charming village colonial & its lovely setting w mature, lush landscaping in one of the best in-town lots! Bring your personal touches to make this lovingly maintained home your own. This 3-bedrm home boasts 2 updated full bathrms (one per floor!). The oversized garage has a great room above waiting to be finished, the fabulous breezeway offers many options & the kitchen has a terrific pantry. The living rm w/ a FP & the family rm w/lovely built-ins, offers lots of great space to relax or entertain. There are beautiful wide pine flrs throughout. Updates include Roof (2010), windows, bathrms, oil tank, hot water tank, furnace & the electric. Enjoy all that Downtown Hopkinton has to offer. Close to all major routes & mins to the Southboro & Ashland Commuter Rail.
Open House
Sunday
October 20 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FIRST OPEN HOUSE! Come view this wonderful Antique Colonial in the heart of Downtown Hopkinton and enjoy restaurants, shops and quick access to schools! Steps to the historic Hopkinton Common and minutes to commuter rail.
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Location: 32 Ash St, Hopkinton, MA 01748    Get Directions

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9 Canterbury Ln, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$1,089,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Located in a pristine cul-de-sac, this elegantly appointed custom home is sited on beautifully landscaped 1.5 acs w/stone walls & walkways. A private setting - yet less than 5 mins to rte 495, groceries, Starbucks, restaurants & retail. The 2 story foyer opens to a spacious kitchen perfect for one that loves to cook w/a large center island, granite counters, walk-in pantry, wet-bar, gas cooking & double ovens; the open floor plan leads to a dramatic 2 story FR w/a gas FP & view of the spectacular salt water pool. The 1st floor office has custom built-ins & wainscoting, front to back elegant DR/LR & a well-organized mudrm. The 2nd level has 3 full bathrms, a laundry rm w/sink, fabulous master suite w/a huge Calif. closet, master bath w/frameless glass shower, sitting area/office & 3 gd sz bedrms. The bright W/O LL w/gas stove & full bath is freshly painted w/new carpet. Features: front & back staircases, stunning refinished hardwoods, 3 car garage, large composite deck. Spectacular!
Open House
Sunday
October 20 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 9 Canterbury Ln, Hopkinton, MA 01748    Get Directions

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Many times the house that people initially buy isn’t the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While “something” is a bold statement, it’s true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you don’t want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is you’re doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If you’re feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




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