You’ll lose your heart to this transformed antique post and beam! Follow the curb appeal to the open space created in the modern gourmet kitchen that opens to the antique charm of the beamed living & dining rms with their gleaming wide board flrs. Kitchen professionally redesigned into a chef’s dream with Viking range, quartz countertops, creative custom cabinets that maximize use of space, deep farm sink and bright lighting. With the kitchen at the center, you can move easily to the airy family room addition or through the French door to the very private fenced backyard with oversized composite deck which creates additional living, cooking, entertaining or just taking it easy space. Gardens will delight, & there is more room on the 2.77 acres for animals or just more privacy. Charm follows upstairs on beautifully finished wide board floors to three bedrms, each with a distinctive look & a remodeled bathrm.Traditional front porch, also private shielded by mature trees and shrubs.

This is a Colonial/Antique/Farmhouse style home and features 7 total rooms, 1 full bath, 3 bedrooms, 2.77 Acres, and is currently available for $273,000.

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It is no surprise that first impressions matter, and with a home, curb appeal is where it is at. Curb appeal at every budget point is a meaningful discussion to have, because who doesn’t like pretty things?

Here are a few affordable curb appeal ideas that will work for most types of New England homes.

Go Green

The first thing you will likely think about to enhance curb appeal is adding fresh flowers and greenery. This upgrade can include adding window boxes and planters, which use foliage to bring out critical visual points such as entryways and windows. A hanging planter can be used in place of a standing flower box if space is an issue.

Lawn Care

Back and front yard maintenance is also an essential part of home improvement. A large part of that is lawn care. Pull up creeping weeds, rake away leaves and clip your lawn from time to time- preferably at least once a week. To keep your garden a glistening green, be sure to turn your sprinkler on, especially during summer. If you don’t actually have a green thumb, you could opt for artificial turf or shrub beds.

Add a Bit of Door Zest

Rather than a front door that blends in with those of all your neighbors, try one that offers a striking contrast. Cut your expenses by painting the door yourself, as it is not a difficult task (get on YouTube if you’re not a DIY enthusiast). Go for bold colors that contrast tastefully with the home’s exterior theme. There are apps available for virtual color testing as well.

Light it up

Dark entryways are not at all welcoming. For those with a hanging pendant or sconce by the front door, switch it with something more fresh and fun. Clear out all debris and cobwebs around the outdoor fixtures to brighten up that space and give it a clean, inviting ambiance. For additional light sprucing for a walkway, invest in solar-powered lanterns or porch-string lights.

Symmetry is your friend

Symmetrical patterns create focal points, and as such, look pleasing and visually satisfying. Achieve this look by placing matching plants or lanterns on both sides of the front door. The outside of the property can be similarly jazzed up by doing the same on either side of the garage door.

Mailbox Makeover

A stylish mailbox is a relatively easy DIY project that can produce a noticeable but understated difference to a house’s curb appeal. Instead of the conventional wall mountable one, install a stand-alone one for a complete front yard makeover.

Begin collecting plants to spruce up your yard whenever you’re near a gardening store, and take those first steps to spruce up your home’s curb appeal.

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This Condo in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $265,000.
This is a Townhouse style home and features 6 total rooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, 2 bedrooms, and was sold by
Bay Path Team – Jones Group REALTORS®

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If summer is your favorite season of the year, then you probably wouldn’t mind having your home smell like summer all through the year, seeing as most people wait all year to breathe in summer’s scent. Follow simple tips to keep your home smelling fresh and summery all through the year.

  1. Make a Gel Freshener Yourself. Making a gel freshener isn’t hard at all. All you need are a couple essential oils like citrus and grapeseed, depending on the exact scent you want to reproduce, and some other natural ingredients in your kitchen such as gelatin, salt, and lemons; mix them, and you have an excellent freshener for your home. Check the internet for more detailed instructions and proportions.
  2. Secret Jars. It is simple to do, and the results last for even longer. Pick up some stone jars and fill them up with a mixture of baking soda and any essential oils you have around. Put them up in different corners of your house and watch the walls of your home begin to give out the scents by themselves seemingly. However, you might need to keep the jars out of sight, as they are not the most perfect decorative accessories.
  3. Use Cleaning Products with Natural Ingredients and Flavors. Don’t just buy any cleaning liquid. You should go for the ones that incorporate natural elements into their contents. Many cleaning products are plant-based and infused with the scents of ingredients like citrus, cedar, and lavender. Constant use of such products for cleaning the floors, windows and even clothes will all add up to give every room in the house a distinct pleasant fruity smell.
  4. Scent of Potpourri. Add any food items with pleasant smells onto a pan. You can use apple cider, lemons, vanilla extract, etc.; they all work perfectly. Add a few cups of water to the pan and then heat very slowly over the cooker. The hot mixture will begin to give off a warm and welcoming scent for anyone that comes into the home. These work best at night as they’re sure to make dinner look enticing.
  5. DIY Lavender Air Freshener. Add dried lavender leaves and baking soda into a small jar and shake the mixture thoroughly. Add drops of lavender oil too and seal, then punch a few holes into the jar cover so the scent can escape into the house.

Try out all these ideas and watch your home smell like summer all day, every day. If you need more options for essential oils, visit any apothecary shop that is close to you.

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