Posted by Pamela Crawford on 8/20/2017

Are you a procrastinator? If so, you're not alone! It's human nature to postpone tasks which you consider to be boring or unpleasant. However, it's also frustrating when you're making little or no headway on a project you know needs to get done ASAP. Whether it's cleaning out the basement, painting a bedroom, or pruning those overgrown shrubs in front of the house, it can sometimes take a lot of resolve to get the project underway and completed! In most cases, the longer you wait, the harder it is to get started. Perhaps Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion explains why it's so difficult to start a project and stick with it: He stated that ďA body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.Ē* Motivating Yourself to Get Started So the question is: What kind of "external forces" do we need to overcome procrastination? After all, those closets aren't going to clean themselves! Well, the following techniques aren't rocket science, but they can produce the psychological nudge you may require to get that home project started and wrapped up.

  1. Make a list: If you don't have a to-do list that you revise and update on a daily basis, then many of your objectives and goals will fall by the wayside. When you commit something to writing and place it high on your list, it has a much stronger likelihood of getting done. Maybe it's the "squeaky wheel" principle or just the power of suggestion, but when you're reminded to do something on a daily basis, you almost feel compelled to take action and get the process underway. (The exception to that would be if you're opposed to doing it for any reason, or you're being nagged.)
  2. Invite friends or relatives over: For some people, nothing motivates them to mow the lawn, paint the bathroom, or clean the house more than knowing that company's coming over in a few days! Since most of us have been conditioned to care about what other people think of us, then why not use that impulse to your advantage? (Maybe that's the reason some people tidy up before the cleaning person arrives.) Schedule an upcoming dinner party, family gathering, or backyard barbecue, and watch how fast that lingering project gets prioritized, acted on, and completed!
  3. Announce your intentions: If you tell your spouse, your parents, or your best friend that you're going to tackle an overdue project, this weekend, then you almost have to do it -- or your credibility will be at stake. When you share your intentions with someone else -- especially a person whose opinion you care about -- you're taking accountability for your plans. It's a technique that's often used for getting started on an exercise program or diet, but it could be equally effective for motivating yourself to fix the back steps or clean the garage.
If you're having difficulty getting started on household projects, sometimes all you need is a little push from an "external force" to spark that extra bit of motivation. *Source: Livescience





Posted by Pamela Crawford on 8/15/2017

This Single-Family in Webster, MA recently sold for $113,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


3 Black Point Rd, Webster, MA 01570

Single-Family

$99,000
Price
$113,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
PREVIOUSLY APPROVED SHORT SALE~BUYER WALKED. Home needs work and finishing touches. Home features cab. packed kitchen open to din. rm, formal liv. rm, and three nicely sized bedrms, and walk out basement with potential to finish. Overlook your fenced in yard from your master bedroom deck! Views of Webster Lake! Great 3 bedroom 2 bath starter home!






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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 8/13/2017

Youíre serious about maintaining a clean home. Everyone who knows you compliments you on your housekeeping habits. Some of your friends even ask you for advice on how they can create a safer and a healthier home. What you and your friends may not know is how unsafe the inside of your walls are. Thatís right. Your house walls could harbor dangers that you donít know about.

Pests do severe damage to your house

Hear that your walls could be harboring unsafe elements and creeping insects might be the first thing that pops into your mind. If such images did come to the front of your thoughts, youíre on the right track.

Termites are among the most damage causing insects that live in your walls. Different types of termites are attracted to different types of material. For example, drywood termites also live in roofs and floors. Get them and they can chew away at the very structure of your home. These determined insects also get into furniture,swimming pools and paper products like books. Unfortunately, you may not notice that you have these pests until after they have bred into one or more colonies.

Cockroaches are another insect that bred inside house walls. Although they donít destroy wood like termites, they are not pests that you want hanging around in or outside the walls of your home. Why?

Cockroaches carry germs like bacteria and viruses. They donít mind nibbling on the same food youíre eating. Let one crumb hit the floor and a dozen cockroaches can show up within seconds, scurrying out of your house walls to the food. These pests can cause diarrhea and food poisoning. Get too many of them and you might start itching, not to mention becoming anxious.

Pests arenít the only dangers that could be lurking in your house walls

Poor wiring is another danger that could be lurking in your house walls. Cause of poor wiring is generally the faulty work of a contractor. You may not spot this problem until an outlet sparks, not once but several times. Faulty wiring can also cause power outages and fires.

Let it leak in your house after hard rains and mold could form on the interior and exterior of your walls. Mold can trigger allergies. It can also contribute to an asthma attack. Other symptoms that mold is in your house include skin rashes and difficulty swallowing or a scratchy throat. You may be able to treat small amounts of mold that show up on the exterior of your house on your own. These are places like a bathroom shower stall or kitchen sink back splash. For larger mold spaces, call a professional.

Everything that could put you and your family at risk of developing an illness is not in plain sight. Pests, harmful chemicals and unsafe wiring could be lurking in your house walls. Despite your regular cleanings, these harmful elements may remain. In fact, the only way to rid your home of these dangers may be to contact a home inspector and request a thorough examination of your house. Money and well being that you save in the long run may well be worth it.




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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 8/11/2017


29 Standish St, Worcester, MA 01604

Condo

$235,000
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Fabulously updated large eat in kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, granite counter top, back-splash, and tiled floor. Newly installed hardwood floors throughout living room & bedrooms. All 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. All bathrooms newly updated. There's a full size basement where you can put washer/dryer in. Good size deck and level lot for summer fun. 2 off street parking spaces. Great for commuting! Won't last!
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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 8/11/2017


29-B Standish St, Worcester, MA 01604

Single-Family

$235,000
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Fabulously updated large eat in kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, granite counter top, back-splash, and tiled floor. Newly installed hardwood floors throughout living room & bedrooms. All 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. All bathrooms newly updated. There's a full size basement where you can put washer/dryer in. Good size deck and level lot for summer fun. 2 off street parking spaces. Great for commuting! Won't last!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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