Cori Oehley
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Posted by Cori Oehley on 7/23/2019

In the internet age, we’ve all seen dream homes on Google, Pinterest, or Instagram that seem to encompass everything we’ve ever wanted in a home.

Sometimes, obsessing over dream homes can be detrimental to us--making us feel bad about our own living situation or discouraged about ever being able to afford the home we truly want.

However, dream homes can serve a purpose when it comes to identifying what we really want out of a home.

In today’s post, we’re going to use the idea of a dream home “wish list” to help you narrow down what really matters to you and your family in your next home.

Step 1: Start by making a list of your dream homes

This is the easy part. If you’re like me, you probably have a Pinterest board or bookmark folder just for home inspiration.

Put all of the dream homes on your list. The order doesn’t matter, and you’ll find out why below.

Step 2: For each home, write down one or two of your favorite things

Is it the square footage? The location that’s perfect for your commute or for trips to your favorite places? Or, is it just the color scheme of the kitchen?

No aspect is too small for this list--it all depends on what you like, not what the price tag is.

Step 3: Go over your list and try to put the items in order of how much they matter to you.

An example would be:

  1. A cheerful, bright colored kitchen

  2. A cozy office to wok quietly in

  3. A two-car garage

  4. A playroom for the kids

  5. A location that’s close to the water

Looking over these five things, there are only two items that can’t be found in most houses, a two-car garage and a location that’s near the water. And, this house-hunter didn’t even list those items as the most important.

So, what can we learn from this exercise? Oftentimes, the things we’re looking for the most in a home can be things that we can do later, like interior decorating or designating spare rooms to serve as an office or playroom.

Step 4: Use your top 3 when house hunting

Now that you have the top three things that you’d find in your dream home, take this list with you on your house hunt. Try to seek out a home that has a combination of these items and one that will be the most practical for your family.

You might find that these conveniences, such as being closer to your work for a shorter commute, will pay off in the long run, as they’ll let you spend more time with our family and make each day a little bit easier.




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Posted by Cori Oehley on 7/16/2019

Changing locations is daunting. There are a plethora of exciting things to learn and do. One that might not be on your radar ahead of the move is finding a place to source your food. Most people have a favorite grocery store. You know, it's your go-to place because you know exactly where to find things. You get what you need and are in and out in a flash.

If your chain is national, you're in luck, because most modern grocery chains have similar layouts and offer similar, if not the same, product lines. Some chains, however, go by different names in different states. In this case, each brand may have its quirks, local products, and unique layout while still offering some of the nationally branded items. If you have a loyalty card from your current store, comparable "sister" stores may be on a list on the back or the connecting website. Visit the sister store to see if it appeals to your comfort level but check out other local stores as well. Some grocery conglomerations allow you to use your loyalty points interchangeably among all their stores, while others limit access to local stores. 

For those that typically shop at farmers' markets, co-operatives, and directly from the source, finding local alternatives may be a little more difficult. Many area farmers' markets list hours and locations online, but you also might discover your local library is a better resource for information.

Some cities also boast small "mom and pop" shops that specialize in regional foods or ethnic products and spices. You might find the best ready-to-bake chicken parmigiana you've ever had at that tiny shop around the corner. And if your taste runs to more exotic fare and African, Hispanic, or Asian markets might have just the specialty items you need.

Check out local butchers, bakers, well, and even candle-stick makers for regionally sourced produce, locally baked bread, and farm-to-table livestock.

And if you prefer a more extensive, one-stop-shop type store, you may find local versions with higher quality goods or locally sourced products than the nationwide brands. Some stores even offer special-order products unavailable from other sources.

Some local stores may offer special events such as cooking classes or live music and outdoor seating with a dine-in option. Plan to explore new culinary experiences in your new home by branching out from the national chain stores to include local produce and spices, ethnic stores, and farmers’ markets.




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Posted by Cori Oehley on 7/12/2019


48 Peach Tree Dr, Sutton, MA 01590

Single-Family

$549,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORCHARD ESTATE COLONIAL SET ON AN IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED 2.72 ACRES WITH THE PRIVACY YOU DESIRE. Enjoy the lifestyle at Orchard Estates, where every home is a show piece and children play outside while neighbors chat into the evening. This tastefully updated colonial is set back to give that perfect level of separation from other properties. Every window frames the nature that surrounds this home. Spend time with friends grilling on the deck or enjoy glorious privacy on the patio for quiet evening around the fire. Designed for entertaining, the first floor plan flows around the spacious and inviting kitchen with gorgeous quartz counter tops. Invite the gang to watch the game comfortably in your family room this fall. Teens will appreciate their own finished game room. Family fun spots? . Purgatory chasm, Breezy picnic water park, The shoppes at Blackstone Valley. Minutes to Rt 146 &90 Showings start at Open House Sunday 1-3
Open House
Saturday
July 13 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 48 Peach Tree Dr, Sutton, MA 01590    Get Directions

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Posted by Cori Oehley on 7/9/2019

Hopefully, you've made plans in case of emergency and prepared your family by discussing your arrangements and creating an emergency kit. However, surviving the crisis is only part of the battle. The recovery takes a lot longer and requires even more early planning. You can prevent a lot of damage to your home by designing it or updating it to handle whatever comes.

Check and Reinforce your home.

If your area is subject to hurricanes, you need to be careful about choosing the right windows, doors, and roof. Have a professional check out your roof and determine how well-braced it is. They can provide suggestions on the best way to reinforce or add bracing to protect your roof from strong winds. If your windows or doors break and open during the storm, the interior damage to your home will be much more significant. Review your doors and windows to determine if storm shutters and reinforcing bolts are necessary improvements. Don't forget about the garage door. If you're at risk, your local government probably requires wind-resistant garage doors so check your building codes and make sure your door comes appropriately equipped. If it's not, get a retrofit kit to stabilize the door.

Live in tornado alley or an area with high thunder and hailstorms? Plan a yard that will be safe in case of disaster. Keep trees away from your home to prevent them from falling in and causing damage and consider wood chips or mulch instead of gravel which can act like additional hail in high winds. Review your roof and determine its impact resistance to see if you can make any improvements. If improvements are not an option, then be aware of how much damage you might suffer so you can plan for the financial ramifications. High storm areas are subject to flooding, but you might be in a flood-risk area just due to your altitude or if there is nearby water. If you live in a flood-risk area, ensure that your furnace, water heater and electrical panels are off the floor or foundation. Use waterproofing compounds to seal basement and ground floor walls and install "check-valves" in your sewage lines to prevent backup into your drains.

If you're likely to experience an earthquake, you need to check the stability of the entire home. Have a professional check the whole property from roof to walls to the foundation and any brickwork to determine if you need any fortification. If its an older home, especially pre-1935, ensure the house itself is bolted to the foundation. Once you've stabilized the house, you need to do the same thing with your belongings. Use wall and floor fasteners to secure heavy furniture that could be dangerous if it slides around or tipped over. Also, secure large appliances and look into breakaway cords to allow smaller devices to disconnect from the wall instead of pulling on your utility lines. Make sure you have an extra secure space for your family to retreat to in case of danger.

Everyone is in danger of fire, no matter what your location or weather. Protect yourself by installing smoke alarms on every floor, specifically near all sleeping areas and near any appliance with an open flame. Regularly check the batteries on your alarms, ensure they work all the time and replacing batteries if necessary. Make sure all sleeping areas have an available exit to the outdoors, especially upstairs bedrooms. Any window that opens can have an escape ladder nearby or installed to allow for quick and safe exits.

Check Your Insurance and Save Just in Case

All homeowners' insurance is different. Triple check that your policy covers all the disasters you possible in your area. Most policies cover tornadoes and fire, but hurricanes, hail, storms, and flooding are often not covered at all. Check with your insurance carrier about your options to increase your protection. Even the best insurance has a deductible, but it usually requires additional funds to recover your property after a disaster. It is not too early to establish funds in case of a rainy day (or a flaming day, shaking a day or windy day) by putting aside money regularly. You've put so much into the home, that you don't want to lose it. Research the likely damage and replacement costs given your location, risks, and home construction. Once you have the appropriate information, you can start estimating possible expenses and set a reasonable goal amount for your fund.

Always find out your risks before purchasing or building a home when possible. Ask your real estate agent for help finding a home prepared in case the worst happens.





Posted by Cori Oehley on 7/3/2019


48 Peach Tree Dr, Sutton, MA 01590

Single-Family

$549,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORCHARD ESTATE COLONIAL SET ON AN IMPECCABLY MAINTAINED 2.72 ACRES WITH THE PRIVACY YOU DESIRE. Enjoy the lifestyle at Orchard Estates, where every home is a show piece and children play outside while neighbors chat into the evening. This tastefully updated colonial is set back to give that perfect level of separation from other properties. Every window frames the nature that surrounds this home. Spend time with friends grilling on the deck or enjoy glorious privacy on the patio for quiet evening around the fire. Designed for entertaining, the first floor plan flows around the spacious and inviting kitchen with gorgeous quartz counter tops. Invite the gang to watch the game comfortably in your family room this fall. Teens will appreciate their own finished game room. Family fun spots? . Purgatory chasm, Breezy picnic water park, The shoppes at Blackstone Valley. Minutes to Rt 146 &90 Showings start at Open House Sunday 1-3
Open House
Sunday
July 07 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 48 Peach Tree Dr, Sutton, MA 01590    Get Directions

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