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Posted by Kathy Portway on 4/19/2021

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Are you overpaying for water? 

You could be, if your home is not running as efficiently as it could, or if you have undiagnosed leaks or damage. Cutting your water consumption can help you save money every month, and in many cases, you won't have to change your habits at all. Try one or more of the following ideas for an immediate reduction in your water bill every month:

Seek out Leaks

A running toilet, a slow drip from a faucet or even a leaky fridge can cost you money every month, but provides no benefit at all. in some cases, that leak will get even more expensive over time, as standing water can damage your floors and allow mold and mildew to develop. Take a walk through your home and check these areas for leaks -- any problem you find and repair will reduce the water your home wastes each month and will prevent mold growth or damage, too:

  • Listen for leaks: Turn off anything that makes noise and visit the kitchen, bathroom and any room with a faucet. What do you hear? Ideally, you won't hear anything -- if you hear drips or running water, your home is wasting water. A single running toilet can boost your water bill by hundreds of dollars each year, so pay special attention to bathrooms.
  • Look for water damage: Appliances that have water or stains underneath could be leaking. The most common culprit is a fridge that has an icemaker and water dispenser. If you see or feel water, double check the lines to ensure there are no leaks. Check under sinks for moisture and note any problems. 
  • Head outside: Your outside faucets should be tightly closed and the ground below them should be totally dry. if there are drips or moisture, you are paying for a steady stream of water you are not using. You should also walk by your sprinkler heads and make sure the ground is not soggy; this could mean you have a costly leak in your sprinkler system,

Go Low Flow

Using less water when you flush, shower or wash dishes can help you save money every day. Simply switching your shower heads takes just moments, and can cut your water consumption without making a difference in your shower. Converting your toilets to low flow models or even adding some weight to the tanks can help reduce the amount of water used by each flush, according to Nerd Wallet.

Change your Habits

Your laundry and dish washing schedules will have a huge impact on your water bill. Reducing the amount of laundry you do (by decluttering and only keeping essentials you love) can help lower your energy costs and your water consumption. Hand washing small loads of dishes or rinsing and waiting for the dishwasher to be full before running allows you to use this power and water consuming appliance fewer times each week. 

Monitoring your home for leaks and running water, converting some areas to more conservative models and changing your own habits can have a significant impact on your water bill. Do all three and you'll save hundreds of dollars each year -- and run a more eco-friendly home, too.





Posted by Kathy Portway on 4/15/2021


20 Boutas Drive, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$519,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This custom 4 bedroom Colonial sits back off roadway on a beautiful tree lined lot. Front of the home boasts a pretty farmers porch overlooking well maintained yard and winding drive. Inside is immaculate. Main level has hardwood flooring throughout the open floor plan with stunning entry with open foyer and large windows pepper each room. Kitchen spans the back of the home and includes plenty of cabinetry, breakfast bar, granite counters, eat in area and stainless steel appliances. Brick fireplace adorns family room adding to warmth of home. Dining room is perfect for entertaining. Master bedroom is huge with cathedral ceilings, walk in closets and large en suite. Master bath is a great place to relax in the jacuzzi tub or the lovely tiled shower. Lower level is finished with pellet stove and can be used as additional family room, office or gym. Large decking looks out to private back yard with loads of room to gather family and friends. It really is an amazing home, Call today.
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Posted by Kathy Portway on 4/12/2021

If you have been looking to give your home a bit of pizzaz, you may be worried about the cost or the time investment. The good news is that you donít need to put in a huge amount of work or money in order to make a big difference in your home. Below, youíll find some of the easiest projects that you can complete in a hurry. Youíll be enjoying a new view of your home in no time! 


Change Up The Mantel


We often grow comfortable with the decor in our homes. Itís a good idea to change those pictures and displays that you have along the top of your fireplace from time to time. For a more dramatic change, you can replace the entire mantel.  


Bring Out The Front Entryway


The entry to your home is all a part of the curb appeal. You can easily paint the front door or part of the entryway to enhance the look of the front of your home. If you want to go even bolder, try and replace the door with something a bit different than what you already have.


Refresh The Paint


Whether you look at the inside or the outside of your home, you can easily bring about change to the look of your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Take a tired looking room and change the paint color of the space. Taking things room by room can be less time consuming than trying to take on the entire house at once. If the exterior of your home needs some fresh color, this project can be expensive, yet rewarding as the amount of curb appeal that you have will increase dramatically.       



Try Some New Lighting


Itís easy to get some new lighting fixtures. It could be as simple as switching a lamp or installing a few new light fixtures. For an even more dramatic change, add some dimmer switches or energy efficient lightbulbs. Checking in on the lighting in your home can be beneficial for both your home decor and the practical use of lights. 


Donít forget the outdoors as well. It can be very refreshing for your landscape to have some outdoor lighting that highlights the more dramatic pieces of the outdoor space. 


Plant Something New


If you take the time to plant something new, you can bring a whole new look to the exterior of your home. Whether you take the time to plant one simple bush or are able to place down a whole new flower bed, small changes make a big impact. 


However small your home improvement projects are, they are a part of working towards making your home a better place to live.     

 







Posted by Kathy Portway on 4/8/2021


15 Park Lane, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Over 2,000 square feet of living awaits you and your personal touches in this spacious 4 bedroom 1.5 bath Colonial situated at the end of a cul de sac in Norton. This home is perfect home for entertaining with the open floor plan. Kitchen has plenty of cabinetry, tile flooring and granite counters. Skylights, fire places and decorative windows lend natural sunlight throughout the beautiful great room. Large basement can easily be finished to add even more living space to the home. At any time of the year you can enjoy your surroundings. In the winter months, you can relax in the warmth of the sunroom and in the summer cool off on the expansive wrap around porch. With a little bit of sweat equity you can make this home your home! Seller to install new septic prior to closing.
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Posted by Kathy Portway on 4/8/2021


4 Rumford Road, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$340,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath Ranch style home is now available. As you drive up you are sure to notice the well maintained lawn and wide paved driveway. Beautiful brick stairs lead through to spacious living room with pretty bay window giving abundance of lighting. Kitchen is tiled with great cabinetry and pantry. Although there is only 1 bath it is quite large, tiled and updated. Just like new hardwood flooring throughout living room and all 3 bedrooms. And there is even more living space in the finished tiled basement. It's a great area for additional family room, office or home gym, complete with separate walkout to the fenced in backyard. Wonderful setup outside for gathering family and friends with large deck, perfect for those summer cook-outs and nights by the fire pit. Wonderful lot is just shy of an acre. Town water and town sewer are an added bonus. Conveniently located to highways and shopping. Call today and make this home your home!
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