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Posted by St. Martin Team on 1/13/2022

Your HVAC system is one of the most important systems in your home. It's also one of the most expensive to replace, with the average cost of a new HVAC system easily ranging between $5,000 and $10,000. By taking care of your home's HVAC components, you can keep your living space comfortable all year round while also minimizing repair costs.One of the best ways to maintain your HVAC system is with an annual inspection/tune-up.

What is an HVAC Inspection?

An HVAC inspection is a service that is performed on a home's heating and cooling systems by an HVAC technician. Each system is typically inspected once a year, with heating inspections taking place in the fall and cooling inspections occurring during the spring.

While the exact services included in an HVAC inspection can vary from one company to the next, most will include such services as:

  • checking/changing air filters
  • checking refrigerant lines for leaks
  • voltage testing
  • lubrication of moving parts
  • thermostat assessment
  • condensate drain inspection
  • airflow evaluation

Benefits of Annual HVAC Inspections

Annual inspections can alert you to minor problems with your heating or cooling system before they turn into major issues. By making small repairs as the need arises, you can save yourself money on major repairs down the road and possibly extend the life of your heating and cooling systems.

HVAC inspections also provide you with peace of mind as you enter a cold winter or a sweltering hot summer. When you know that your home's systems have been properly maintained, your heating and cooling systems will be ready to keep your living space comfortable no matter what the weather brings.

Finally, having a record of regular HVAC inspections can come in handy when you try to sell your home down the road; this documentation can demonstrate to potential buyers that you have taken good care of your HVAC components.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 1/6/2022

Houseplants add another level of complexity and stress to a move. After all, you want to make sure they survive the trip and thrive in your new space. Even hardy plants get damaged easily when moving from one place to another. However, there are some ways you can pack and prepare your plants for moving to make sure they arrive safely.

Here are 3 expert tips for moving your houseplants:

Group by Care Needs

Grouping and packing your plants together based on their needs will help them adjust to your new space more easily. If youíre loading up a box with multiple plants, consider the convenience of placing that box somewhere in your new home where they get exactly the amount of light they need. You can even water them together more easily if theyíre together.

Combine plants based on the basics like watering frequency, light requirements and humidity. Succulents and cacti can go together in the same box, while you may want to keep your tropical foliage plants together in another.

Protect Delicate Foliage

Many houseplants have delicate foliage that can get damaged during your move. To prevent this, you can use your packing materials to protect them. One common approach that growers use to transport plants is to create a tube or cone-shape with packing paper. Wrap the paper tightly around the base of the plant and let the paper stick up to gather the foliage into a contained space. While itís not perfect for every plant, it will help you keep trailing vines or long stems from being broken in transit.

Leave Boxes Open

Your plants will travel better with good airflow and a little sunlight. Therefore, donít bother closing the tops of your plant boxes. Instead, leave them open so light and air can get to them while in your car or other mode of transportation. You can adjust the temperature accordingly and make sure they can get in a bit of photosynthesis on the drive. If itís going to be an especially long and sunny drive, consider bringing a white sheet or sun cloth with you to drape over the tops of the boxes. This will still allow airflow but filter the sunís rays to prevent damage.

While moving houseplants can be tricky, you can make it easier on yourself and the plants with the right strategies. Use these tips to help your plants have a successful move.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 12/30/2021

If you're on the fence about whether to attend an open house, there is no need to worry. Ultimately, it is always better to err on the side of caution, especially if you're on the hunt for your dream home. And if you attend an open house, you may be better equipped than ever before to determine whether a particular residence is right for you.

There are many reasons why you should attend an open house, and these include:

1. You can assess a house both inside and out.

An open house provides a stress-free opportunity to walk through a house and examine it on your own. As such, an open house is a can't-miss event, particularly for a homebuyer who is actively seeking the perfect residence.

Of course, an open house enables you to learn about a home's condition both inside and out. And if you find that you like a home after you attend an open house, you can always set up a one-on-one home showing with a seller's agent or submit an offer to purchase.

2. You can envision what life may be life if you purchase a particular home.

It's one thing to look at pictures of a home and imagine what it would be like to live there. However, homebuyers who want to do everything possible to find the right residence should attend an open house to fully capture what it may be like if they purchase a particular residence.

Remember, how a home makes you feel can have far-flung effects on your decision about whether to submit an offer. And if you attend an open house, you may quickly discover whether you can picture yourself as the owner of a residence. Or, if you find that you are uncomfortable with a home, you can instantly move on and pursue other houses.

3. You can obtain home insights that you won't necessarily find in a house listing.

A home listing often contains details about a home's age, recent house upgrades and other pertinent information. But a home listing alone rarely provides you with all of the insights you need to make an informed decision about whether to submit a homebuying proposal.

During an open house, you can ask a seller's agent lots of questions about a residence. This will enable you to obtain insights that you otherwise may struggle to discover in a home listing. And as a result, you'll be able to make the best-possible decision about how to proceed with a residence.

Clearly, there are many reasons to consider attending an open house. If you need extra help as you pursue residences and debate whether to attend open houses, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer expert guidance throughout the homebuying journey. By doing so, a real estate agent will make it easy for you to find your ideal residence in no time at all.




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Posted by St. Martin Team on 12/23/2021

Indoor gardening involves a lot more than plants and soil. In order to have successful indoor plants, you need the proper tools to help you care for them in the best way possible. If youíre not sure where to begin or if youíre looking for a gift for the gardener in your life, here are the basics to get you started.

Small Pruners

Houseplants need just as much regular pruning as their outdoor counterparts. However, itís more likely youíll be pruning much smaller plants indoors. This is where a small set of pruning scissors comes in handy. Clipping away dried stems and foliage and separating roots while repotting a plant are some of the most common uses for small pruners. Rather than use household scissors for these tasks, using a dedicated tool will help keep them sharp and prevent the spread of bacteria.

Planter Trays

Many plant pots come with matching saucers, but for those that donít itís helpful to have a few simple planter trays. Planter trays help prevent water damage to surfaces when a freshly watered plant is still draining from the bottom of the pot. While letting your plants drain in the sink can work, those with a lot of plants or busy sinks will find that having some simple plastic trays available makes watering days quicker and easier.

Plant Caddies

Some houseplants can grow to be enormous with age and proper care. Larger plants need larger pots with more soil and when all combined itís easy to end up with an extremely heavy plant. Plant caddies are essentially small platforms on wheels that you can place under your larger plants to make them easier to move. They come in a variety of materials and sizes depending on style preference and weight you need to support. While your every day 6-inch house plant likely wonít need its own caddy now, get one before it grows too large to move comfortably.

Moisture Meter

Many new plant owners learn the hard way that itís easier to kill houseplants with over-watering than with under-watering. Unfortunately, even with best intentions it's difficult to determine how much water a plant actually needs. A simple moisture meter has a long sensor attached to a gauge you can use to read the moisture levels in the soil. A quick check into the planter will tell you immediately whether itís time to water or if itís time to hold off and can also help troubleshoot drainage issues with potting mixes or containers.

Thereís a good reason outdoor gardeners keep potting benches. Having a dedicated work space and area for your tools makes caring for your indoor plants easier too. Regardless of where you store your supplies, make sure you consider these suggestions to make sure you cover all the basics of plant care.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 12/20/2021

This Condo in Burlington, MA recently sold for $599,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by St. Martin Team - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


63 Villagewood Drive, Burlington, MA 01803

Condo

$599,000
Price
$599,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Delightful 2 BR condo located at the popular Villages at Maple Ridge. Immaculately maintained, this townhouse offers easy living & is completely move-in ready. Three levels to spread out, with a gracious floor plan & private outdoor space. The lovely entry foyer leads to a bright eat-in kitchen & spacious LR, with wood-burning fireplace. LR flows to DR with french doors that open to the peaceful deck with gorgeous wooded views. Several oversized closets on 1st floor to meet all of your storage needs, 1/2 bath & brand new washer / dryer. Upstairs youíll find an expansive primary BR with vaulted ceiling & double closets adjoining the full bath. Generous second BR with hallway access to large pulldown attic. Partially finished lower level can be used as family room, den or office with workshop & extra storage space. Deeded parking space and detached garage. Unbeatable location close to area highways, Burlington Mall, Lahey Hospital, town center & all The District & 3rd Ave have to offer!






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