Stunningly renovated warm colonial in the heart of downtown with a rare spacious, useable level lot is perfect for entertaining and/or expansion. Wrap-around farmers porch welcomes you and your friends to this in-town village colonial which seamlessly blends modern conveniences while retaining the character of the circa 1860 home. Gorgeous 9″ wide hardwood throughout most of first floor, with recently refinished hardwood on second floor. Updated eat-in kitchen features stainless appliances, farmhouse sink, and quartz counters. Large step down family room with rustic wood beamed ceiling. Three bedrooms and full bath on second floor. Much of the heavy lifting has been done, new furnace, electrical, windows, kitchen, flooring, painting and more. Walk to schools, town center, library, town common in just minutes. Paver patio and side screened porch. Custom oversized shed with electricity. All this and Hopkinton’s award winning schools! Welcome Home!

This is a Colonial/Antique style home and features 7 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.27 Acres, and is currently available for $775,000.

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You and your agent invested hours, days, weeks and even months searching for the right house. Time spent visiting open houses. But now all your efforts pay off. You’ve found the one. It’s the right size, the right neighborhood and within the budget parameters. This is the home of your dreams. It’s time to make an offer.

First Things First

Let your agent guide you. A great agent knows what the market will bear. They also have the experience and know-how to save you thousands on your home purchase. When you work with an agent, you can submit an excellent offer that the buyer wants to accept.

Don’t make the mistake many first-time homebuyers do of low-balling the offer. Of course, you want to pay as little as possible for the house, but too low of an offer, one that doesn’t account for proper market analysis, just frustrates the seller. If nearby, comparable homes recently sold for five to six percent less than the asking price, you can reasonably offer seven to nine percent less, leaving both of you room for negotiation. But if this is a seller’s market, offering less than the asking price exposes you to the risk of being outbid by other buyers. Your agent knows the temperature of the market. They’ve already experienced what buyers accept and what they reject. If this is the house you want, follow the guidance of your agent when making the offer.

Dot the I’s

Submitting a bid for real estate is a legally binding document. You don’t want to make a costly mistake that jeopardizes your purchase or forces you to buy a home that requires a lot of repairs and renovations to be livable.

Cross the T’s

Having a pre-approval sets you up for negotiating power. Remember that the seller actually wants to sell. And you actually want to buy. This is where a little give-and-take compromise wins the day. Once you make the offer, the seller counters, you resubmit, and they accept, your next action includes a home inspection. Your knowledgeable agent will have written contingencies into your offer for failures in significant systems that the inspection reveals. At this point, any HVAC, plumbing, electrical, foundation and roof systems that need repair are negotiable. Do not let anyone talk you out of doing an inspection. It is well worth the cost to protect yourself from major but hidden issues. Your agent can recommend a home inspector, or you can hire one yourself. Make sure they have all licenses and certifications.

The other primary contingency should be the final appraisal. To qualify for your loan, your lender will require an appraisal of the property’s fair market value. While the inspection protects you from future problems, the appraisal protects you from overpaying. If the appraisal comes in lower than your accepted offer, your agent will begin renegotiation for you.

Now you’re on your way to closing. The best day in the process. Use your professional real estate agent’s abilities to get you to the finish line.

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Cider Mill Road neighborhood! This charming colonial sits within the cul de sac neighborhood offering a large lot and privacy. Beautiful wide pine floors. Cathedral ceiling family room with beams, gorgeous two story brick fireplace, remote controlled skylights and views to the yard behind. Open plan includes the kitchen with lovely granite counters and loads of pantry and storage space. Dining room (currently being used as a home office) has french doors for privacy. Front to back living room has tremendous light and space. The second floor includes primary bedroom suite with walk in closet, double vanity bath, plus three more bedrooms and double vanity family bath. Lovely exterior patio and many blooming trees. New roof in 2020! Exterior house was painted and trim replaced in 2020. New hot water heater in 2022. Easy out for commuting plus Hopkinton’s highly rated schools.

This is a Colonial style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 1.41 Acres, and is currently available for $669,900.

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Organic gardening supplies include more than hoes and shovels. While the basic garden tools are important, there are other things gardeners should have to make their experience more successful and comfortable.

Here is a quick guide to more essential organic gardening supplies:

Protective apparel

Odds are that your organic garden is outside and exposed to the elements. That means that every moment you spend working in your garden is time in the hot sun or cold. Protective apparel such as a wide-brimmed hat and breathable, long-sleeved tops are crucial in keeping you comfortable and preventing sunburn.

Gardening gloves not only keep your hands clean, but protect you from minor pokes, cuts and splinters. Proper footwear is also essential to make sure you have the fitting support and protection against soggy ground cover.

Pots & containers

Having a supply of pots and other containers available for transplanting and taking special care of plants is extremely helpful in organic gardening. Whether you’re attempting to grow vegetables from seeds or protecting tender flowers from the cold, you can use containers to move plants where they need to go.

Burlap

Burlap is a strong and useful material to have in your organic gardening supplies. A great way to use burlap is in place of sun cloth or protective frost covering. The weave allows for air circulation while still blocking damage from the elements. Even better: burlap is biodegradable, making it a sustainable choice over synthetic cloths or coverings.

Moisture meter

Over watering is a prominent reason why plants die and organic gardens fail. To avoid this, have a moisture meter in your gardening tools. You can use these convenient mobile testing devices to measure the amount of water in the soil before you water, a key element for any organic gardener.

Compost

Compost is a valuable fertilizer for organic gardening. Made from kitchen scraps, fallen leaves and other organic matter, compost feeds your garden with essential plant nutrients and nutritious food such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

 

While the amount of recommended tools might seem exhaustive, having these essentials available will improve your gardening experience. If you’re interested in starting or maintaining an organic garden of your own, keep these supplies on your list.

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