Colleen Griffin - RE/MAX Vision



Posted by Colleen Griffin on 4/6/2020

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Does your bathroom look vintage but not in a cool or trendy sort of way? If so, and you don’t have the resources or time to give your bathroom a complete remodel, you can make some minor changes to your bathroom to freshen it up.

For instance, you can plan a weekend DIY project to refinish your bathroom cabinets and give them an updated look. All you need is a few materials, paint and some elbow grease.

Materials you’ll need:

Fine grade sandpaper, water-resistant (durable) paint, primer, painters’ tape, small tarp or drop cloth, small paintbrush, small roller and a screwdriver. 

If you’re looking to replace your visible hardware (an easy task and gives it some modern flair!), you’ll also need some new knobs and/or pulls.

Once you’ve gathered your tools and materials together, you can get started.

Step 1: Remove the hardware and position painters’ tape

Unscrew all of the cabinet’s hardware so you can remove any drawers, along with the cabinet door(s). Put these aside and lay them flat on the tarp or drop cloth in preparation for painting. Next, use painters’ tape to cover any areas you don’t want to accidentally get paint on.

Tip: Place any screws and other pieces in a small baggie so they don’t get lost.

Step 2: Sand down all surfaces

Take the sandpaper and gently sand down the cabinet, door and drawer surfaces. Next, thoroughly wipe them down to remove any residual dust, grime or dirt.

Step 3: Prime the cabinet

Once the drawers are clean, you’re ready to prime your surface. Give it a good coat, you might need two, depending on the current stain or paint of your cabinet. Let the primer completely dry.

Step 4: Paint the cabinet

Take your roller and paint the larger surfaces of your cabinet, including the front of the door(s) and drawers. Use the small paintbrush to catch any details the roller can’t properly reach. If there are still some tight grooves or other areas left the paintbrush can’t adequately cover, try using a craft paintbrush to dab the paint onto these areas. Let all surfaces thoroughly dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Keep in mind, if you go with an oil-based paint, which tends to last longer and is more durable, you’ll need extra time for the paint to dry, along with good ventilation. If not, you can go with a semi-gloss or satin paint that doesn’t have the same strong odor.

Step 5: Reattach door(s) & drawers

Reattach any hardware that was removed earlier and then re-screw the door(s) and drawers back onto the cabinet. If you really want a completely new look, go ahead and replace those knobs and/or pulls.

A new coat of paint can do wonders for any old bathroom, especially if a replacement isn’t in your near future. Try this easy makeover and see what a difference it really makes.




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Posted by Colleen Griffin on 4/1/2020

This Condo in Waltham, MA recently sold for $580,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Colleen Griffin - RE/MAX Vision.


81 Bishops Forest Dr, Waltham, MA 02452

Condo

$589,900
Price
$580,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
***OPEN HOUSE FEB 15TH NOON-1:30***Motivated Seller!!!***Here is your chance to own in the highly sought-after Bishops Forest Community. Attractively priced at just $589,900, this 2 bedroom, 3.5 Bath, open concept town home which boasts more than 2,200 square feet of living space features a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, soaring cathedral ceilings in the both bedrooms, shining hardwood floors in the kitchen, updated stainless steel stove, microwave and dishwasher, granite counter tops and central air. The Master Suite includes private bath and walk-in closet. Laundry is conveniently located on the second floor while the finished basement offers a large family room, more cabinets and storage space. Enjoy stunning sunset views from your private deck that overlooks wooded backyard offering plenty of privacy. ****

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Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/30/2020

You may keep a spare house key hidden somewhere around your home just in case you lose or forget your main set of keys. How does your hiding place measure up? Is it too obvious that anyone including thieves can find it? You can still have a spare key easily accessible to you without sacrificing the security of your home. 


Never sacrifice the safety of your home for convenience. If you fail to have an alarm system set as an added layer of security, you really could be in trouble if your spare key isnít well hidden. Burglars now have free and easy access to your home.  


The Most Obvious Places To Hide A Key


Under The Mat


Everyone (especially burglars) will look under the mat for a key to get into your home. If you see it in the movies, itís probably too obvious of a hiding place. 


The Flower Pot


This is a textbook area to hide a key in that can be easily accessed by intruders. Criminals know where to look, so you need to think ahead of them. 


Fake Rocks


If the rock doesnít blend in, itís not a good hiding spot! Many pre-fabricated hiding systems can be a bit obvious, so beware. 


On Your Person


Whether you put a spare key in a wallet or your purse, if that gets stolen, there goes your spare key. The perpetrator also has access to your home. Itís generally not a good practice to keep a spare key on your person. 


Good Places For A Spare Key


With A Trusted Neighbor


If the neighbor hides your key on their property, if a thief does find the key, they will assume the key goes to the neighborís house. This is a safe, convenient way to keep a spare key as long as the key is kept somewhere outside the home. You donít want to face a lockout only to find out that your neighbor isnít home.  


In Your Car


Surprisingly, most break-ins happen during the daytime when youíre not home. If you keep your spare key in your car, the key wonít be there while you arenít home.


Near The Dog


If a key is hidden near the place where the dog will be, youíll have little to worry about. Burglars really donít like dogs, mostly because dogs donít like them!  



Forget About Keys


Technology affords us one great option in the present day- keyless entry. If you are constantly forgetting your keys you should invest in a keyless lock system. These typically have codes that can be programmed. Just donít forget the code! 




Tags: Home Safety  
Categories: safety tips   Home Security  


Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/23/2020

When you think of your real estate budget, you should know that the more you spend on a home, the more overhead costs youíll face. Youíll need to pay for things like real estate agent fees, attorneys fees, and other closing costs. The more you pay for a house, the higher all of these fees will be since they are usually percentage based. So, the overarching question is how do you budget and find a reasonable amount of money to spend on a home? 


Prioritize


Your real estate agent may show you a myriad of homes across many different price ranges. Each property will have pros and cons. You can look at seeing these homes as an educational experience. Viewing properties could even help you hone in on what you want in a home. There are a few good reasons to look at homes above your budget range. 


Housing Prices Could Rise Or Drop


When housing prices begin to rise, people tend to believe that theyíll keep climbing. The panic couldnít be further from the truth. Eventually, the prices need to drop. The idea of buying a property and adding value is to make a bit of a profit back when you go to sell. You need to be prepared for anything when you head out to buy a home. Price changes will apply to you if you plan on living in your new home only for a specified period. If you donít have plans in your future to move, you may not worry about home value changes quite as much when shopping for a property. 


Mortgages End Eventually


If you plan ahead, you donít have to pay mortgages for the rest of your life. If you keep moving and taking out 30-year mortgages, you could be making mortgage payments forever. If the average family stays in their home for around a decade, that's not a significant amount of time. Here, youíll find a great reason not to max out your budget on a home. If you buy a less expensive house, you can get the mortgage paid off faster. You may even be able to take the mortgage out for a shorter term. Paying your home off more quickly allows your financial freedom. Itís simple, yet many people opt for a bigger house that they arenít planning on staying in, causing a bit of a financial headache.


You Need A Rainy Day Fund


If you avoid maxing out your budget to buy a home, youíll be able to save a bit for any emergencies that come up. You will be under less stress knowing that you have a little bit of money set aside in case your home needs major repairs, or you face a job loss or illness. In conclusion, itís never a good idea to max out your budget on a home purchase.                    





Tags: Buying a home  
Categories: budgeting  


Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/19/2020


4 Cobblestone Ln, Worcester, MA 01606

Condo

$219,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Location, Location, Location..Fabulous Town Home in Prime Commuter Location! ~ This Home Features a Brand New Full Bath ~ Water Heater 2018 ~ Eat-In Kitchen with Refaced Cabinets, Updated Counter Tops and Freshly Painted Interior. ~ Home features 2 Large Bedrooms with Large Walk-In Closets, Large Dining Room, Sunken Living Room and Screened in Patio with Privacy. This Desirable Home is Near Everything and Offers Great Highway Access~ Close to UMass Medical and Area Hospitals ~ Shopping ~ Golf Courses and the Commuter Station !
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