Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/17/2018

Whether new or old, many homes can have issues that arenít obvious from photos. Many of the most common problems in a home have to do with the plumbing system. Since water can be so damaging, itís especially important to get these issues out in the open prior to sale.

Some sellers might be aware of their plumbing issues, others may have no clue at all. Oftentimes, if a home was previously occupied by only one or two people who didnít entertain many guests, they may not be aware of the strain that a larger family could have on things like the septic system.

In this article, weíll cover some of the most common plumbing issues that a home has and help you identify these issues before you buy a new home.

The small fixes

Letís start with some problems that are common and simple to address. When touring a home or performing an inspection, test all of the homeís faucets. Dripping faucets might not seem like a big issue, but the cost of wasted water can add up on your utility bill.

Leaking pipes are another issue that is seemingly harmless, but can lead to bigger problems that could cost thousands of dollars to repair. Check ceilings, floors, and underneath cabinets for signs of water damage.

Flush the toilets in the house to see if they continue running. Toilets that continue running water is often a simple fix, like replacing the chain or flapper in the tank. However, a leaking toilet could be symptomatic of a bigger problem that could include having to replace the toilet.

Sewer line and septic systems

Ask the owner about the history of the sewer or septic system. Find out if theyíve had problems recently and when the last time they were taken care of. If there is a septic tank or field on the property, look for signs of issues such as the grass having been dug out, water pooling in the yard, or foul smells in the area.

When it comes to septic and sewer issues, always reach out to a professional. They will be able to give you an accurate assessment and estimate of costs.

Inspect the pipes

Spot-checking the pipes in the home will tell you a lot about the state of the plumbing. Pipes that are old, worn, and lacking insulation are signs that plumbing issues could be coming. Rust is a major red flag. The water lines that lead out of the house for lawn faucets should also be wrapped to avoid freezing in the winter months.

Hot water heater

Just like the septic system, youíll want to ask about the history of the homeís hot water heater. If itís over ten years old, you might have to replace it soon after purchase.

You should also consider the size of the hot water heater. Youíll want to be sure it can accommodate your expected water usage. If children are in your future, having a bigger hot water heater might be something you want to plan for to avoid cold showers in the morning.





Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/15/2018

*Location, Location, Location* Very well maintained 3 family - perfect for an investor/owner occupant. Great commuter location with easy access to 290, 190, and Rt. 12. Many features will make the new owner happy - each unit has separate heating source and separately metered electric (plus landlord box) and much more! First floor features 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bath - owner unit. Second floor features 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Third floor features 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Coin - op laundry on the first floor. Quiet and private fenced-in backyard. Per seller: roof ~7 years old; 1st floor hot water heater ~3 years old; 2nd and 3rd floor hot water heater ~1 year old; 1st floor furnace - original from purchase, works well; 2nd floor furnace ~ 6 years old; 3rd floor furnace ~ 10 years old; replacement windows

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/13/2018


7 Ruthven Ave, Worcester, MA 01606

Multi-Family

$349,900
Price

3
Units
3,834
Approx. GLA
*Location, Location, Location* Very well maintained 3 family - perfect for an investor/owner occupant. Great commuter location with easy access to 290, 190, and Rt. 12. Many features will make the new owner happy - each unit has separate heating source and separately metered electric (plus landlord box) and much more! First floor features 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bath - owner unit. Second floor features 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Third floor features 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Coin - op laundry on the first floor. Quiet and private fenced-in backyard. Per seller: roof ~7 years old; 1st floor hot water heater ~3 years old; 2nd and 3rd floor hot water heater ~1 year old; 1st floor furnace - original from purchase, works well; 2nd floor furnace ~ 6 years old; 3rd floor furnace ~ 10 years old; replacement windows
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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/10/2018

The factor that has the most impact on your home search is your finances. Youíll need to save a significant amount of money. Itís not easy to save when you have continuous monthly bills and responsibilities. Read on for tips on how to get your finances under control in order to save the amount of money it takes to buy a home.  


Do A Budget  



Once you have decided to buy a home, the first thing you should do is take a good look at your finances. A budget is critical when you buy a house because it tells you how much youíll have to spend on your mortgage. Doing this ahead of time will allow you to maximize your income and make adjustments ahead of time as needed. Donít forget that even though youíre buying a home, you still need some savings in addition to all of your other monthly expenses. Your budget should be outlined as follows:


  • Necessities
  • Monthly utility spending 
  • Insurance bills
  • Entertainment expenses
  • Grocery spending


Basically, you want to write down how much money is coming in and where all of the money is going. Thatís a budget in a nutshell. See where you can cut back. What youíre left with is the amount you can save each month. You may want to do this on a percentage basis rather than a flat dollar amount. 


Get A Separate Account


The most straightforward things to do when you start saving for a home is to put all of your money for your house fund into a separate account. This way you can automatically transfer money in, and youíll be less likely to spend any of the money if you donít see it.


Sacrifice The Small Things


Can you take some hand me downs for your kids? Maybe you can start packing a lunch for work instead of buying lunch. Can you cut the cord on cable? It may be hard to sacrifice small luxuries, but these expenses can add up. If you cut these out of your budget, youíll have a little more wiggle room to save for a home purchase. Youíll be surprised how much money you can save just by doing little things. Your morning latte is probably around $5. You could save at least $25 per week by merely making coffee at home! Thatís a saving of over 1,200 per year!   


While saving for a home can seem overwhelming, if you take it in small chunks, youíll be see the results of your efforts rather quickly. 





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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/8/2018

Very spacious 7 room home just of the main st in Oxford. Close to every thing, this well maintained home first floor features large cabinet packed eat in kitchen, leading into formal dining room with built in china closet and slider that leads to deck, very large living room, 1st floor bedroom which would also make great office and bright sun room. 2nd floor features 3 very large bedroom and full bath with jetted tub. Lots of up dates include newer windows, newer buderus boiler and more. Deck overlooks flat back yard great for the summer cook outs. Easy access to highway. Don't miss this one.

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