Jane Cheetham - RE/MAX Acclaim

Posted by Jane Cheetham on 6/2/2020

85 Park St., Mendon, MA 01756



Full/Half Baths
What an impressive offering! Impeccable hip roofed colonial sited on 1.4 ac private lot on scenic road near the Uxbridge line.This home could easily pass for a brand new build, due to its meticulous condition and detailed care by owners.To name a few features: stunning hardwoods throughout, contemporary open flr plan in kit/fam rm areas (perfect for lg gatherings!), well sized bdms (the one over the garage could have multiple uses), neutral tones and colors, plenty of natural light, maple kit cabinets with granite counters,1st fl laundry.The home is recessed appx 200' off road and offers gorgeous landscaping and gardens.The rear expanded deck and gardens (filled with native plants integrated on rock outcroppings) provide a lush oasis for anyone looking to relax.Truly a nature lover's paradise!The rear yard extends well beyond the stone wall (see att. map) and provides extensive space for any future project.10 x 16 shed, paver and slate pathways amongst the plants complete this beauty!
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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 6/2/2020

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In a perfect world, every HOA would find an amazing property management company, and the union of the two organizations would last forever. Unfortunately, this world can be imperfect sometimes, and there are many reasons why the agreements between property management companies and HOAs may need to be dissolved from time to time. If your HOA is switching property management companies, you might be facing a lot of unknowns. If there's a change of property management companies looming in your not-too-distant future, here are some things you should keep in mind:

1. Print All of Your Financial Records

Maybe you've paid ahead a little, perhaps you're behind a smidge, or conceivably, you're all paid up and in good standing with a zero balance. No matter the case, you don't want any confusion to take place regarding your account. Print or save copies of your ledger balance on the last day in which it's accessible to you; it's a good idea to print copies a few days before the expected termination date, too, in case you unexpectedly lose access to your account.

2. Obtain Contact Information of the New Company Immediately

You don't need to wait until someone gives you the new company's contact information. As a homeowner, it's your right to have the contact information of the new property managers. If you've been given the name, you should easily be able to find contact information online. If you've not been given the name of your new property management firm, talk to your board of directors to clear up any confusion and ensure transparency within the community.

3. Continue Making Payments

Just because you haven't received an invoice, it doesn't mean you're not on the hook for your HOA fees. Just as you'd have to pay your car payment or cell phone bill even if you didn't receive a statement, your community expects you to make timely payments whether you're receiving a bill or not. The tricky part when new companies take over management of properties usually boils down to timing: which company is responsible for taking your money and cashing your checks at the time you send it in? If you're unsure, reach out to your board or the most recent property management company for direction. Again, be sure to keep record of all payments you make in case there's a discrepancy when management changes hands.

Don't let the fear of the unknown keep you from protecting your property. There are a lot of moving parts when HOAs switch property management companies, but once you've done your homework and have a better understanding of what the process looks like, you'll be better prepared to put your real estate investment in the best position possible.

Posted by Jane Cheetham on 5/26/2020

Are you a productive homebuyer? If not, you may miss out on an opportunity to acquire your dream residence.

A productive homebuyer understands the ins and outs of the real estate market. As such, this individual may be better equipped than others to purchase a top-notch residence at a budget-friendly price.

Ultimately, operating as a productive homebuyer may be easier than you think – here are three tips to ensure that you can become a productive homebuyer in no time at all.

1. Narrow Your Home Search

If you know what you want to find in a dream home, you can maximize the time and resources at your disposal.

For example, if you prefer a home in a big city, you can start searching for houses in the city of your choice. Or, if you enjoy the unparalleled serenity of small town life, you may want to focus exclusively on houses in various towns.

You also should consider your day-to-day activities as you kick off your home search. If you attend college classes every day, you may want to find a house close to school. Comparatively, if you regularly take the bus to work, you may want to consider homes that provide quick, easy access to public transportation.

2. Establish a Price Range

Although you know that you want to buy a home, you may have no idea what it will cost to obtain your dream home. However, if you enter the housing market with a home price range in hand, you can quickly and effortlessly navigate the homebuying process.

Meet with banks and credit unions in your area. That way, you can learn about myriad home financing options and choose a mortgage that complements your finances.

Don't forget to ask bank and credit union professionals for mortgage recommendations and suggestions as well. These mortgage specialists are happy to teach you about many mortgage options and ensure that you can make an informed home financing decision.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a homebuying expert who will do everything possible to help you optimize your productivity. If you collaborate with a real estate agent throughout the homebuying process, you can increase the likelihood of getting the best possible results.

A real estate agent will set up home showings, negotiate with a home seller's agent on your behalf and help you get the best price on a home. By doing so, this housing market professional will ensure that you can enjoy a seamless homebuying experience.

Let's not forget about the advanced housing market knowledge that a real estate agent possesses, either. A real estate agent understands the challenges of buying a home and will help you identify and overcome these difficulties. He or she will even answer any homebuying questions, at any time.

Become a productive homebuyer today – use the aforementioned tips, and you can maximize your productivity as a homebuyer and reap the benefits of a quick, efficient homebuying journey.

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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 5/19/2020

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Just as your car needs regular maintenance, so does your home. It may not be the highlight of your weekend, but home maintenance is crucial. Keeping your home in tip-top shape will help prevent problems down the road and give you an edge when you decide to sell.

Check Your HVAC System

A general guideline is to swap your HVAC filters every two to three months. If you have a large household and/or pets, you may need to replace your filters more frequently. New HVAC filters can better trap dust and allergens and improve airflow throughout your home, benefiting both your health and your wallet. Service your HVAC system in the spring and fall before extreme temperatures hit.

Clean Kitchen Appliances

Freshen and de-grime your sink disposal. You can do this with conventional cleaners or with vinegar ice cubes. Grind up some orange peels to make the disposal extra fresh. Next up is the range hood filter. A degreaser mixed with hot water should do the trick. Lastly, you'll want to vacuum your refrigerator coils. Doing so will make your fridge run more efficiently and cut down on your electricity bill.

Check Your Fire Safety

Make sure your fire extinguisher is accessible and has sufficient pressure. This should be visible on the gauge. Next, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most modern systems have a test feature that will sound an alarm if all is good. Clean the detectors and replace the batteries as needed.

Check Your Water

Inspect your water heater to make sure all valves are working properly. While you're at it, check your water softener and add salt if needed. Inspect your faucets, tubs and toilets for leaks and water pressure issues. Any problems will most likely stem from the aerator, which is a simple fix.

Test Your Electricity

Check that all your outlets are working properly. You can follow various online guides on how to re-wire dead outlets. If you feel nervous about working with electricity, call an electrician.

Deep Clean Your Home

At least twice a year you'll want to dust, vacuum and scrub your interiors as thoroughly as possible. Remove stains and caked-on dirt from floors, carpets and countertops. Get into the nooks and crannies. Clean tile grout and showerheads.

Don't Forget the Outside

Hose and sweep your patio, clean your gutters and clear debris from around entrances. Trim overgrown plants. Inspect roofing, siding, paint, and brick for damages. Use caulk to patch up minor damages and seal gaps in window and door frames.

With proper maintenance, you can keep your home in excellent condition regardless of its age. Make a checklist of what you need to do monthly, seasonally and yearly. Fix seemingly small issues now before they turn into big, costly ones. If you have a busy schedule, consider hiring a professional to keep your home well-maintained.

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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 5/12/2020

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Nothing says spring like fresh-turned earth, the tender green of young shoots, and a brand-new DIY project!  

Building a raised bed is a great idea for a number of reasons.  First, your soil may be rocky or have high percentages of clay or sand, in which case it makes sense to put down topsoil.  Raised beds are also one way of leveling sloping land and cordoning off sloping topsoil.  Finally, raised beds look neat and keep your plants neat: within reason, they prevent your plants from spreading to your grass and vice-versa.

Choosing Your Location

Make sure that you are choosing your location such that you receive enough sunlight for your plants to thrive.  Veggies and many flowers require sun or part-sun, so be sure you don't shade your bed overmuch.  If you intend to build more than one bed side-by-side, try to arrange the long sides of your bed north-south so that they don't shade each other!

Choosing Your Wood

The very best wood for raised beds is cedar, redwood or juniper: they're bug- and mold-resistant and have a lovely color and smell.  Raised beds made from these woods can last as long as 10 - 15 years.  It's possible to use less expensive wood, but you should expect to do more frequent repairs.  Other appropriate wood includes pine, fir, black locust or hemlock.


1) Assembling the Bed

You can make the bed any size you choose, but make sure that the bed is elevated at least 6" from the ground.  To make a bed in which you can access plants easily, be sure it's no more than 4' across, so you need no more than a 2' reach on either side.

Cut four, 2x4 anchoring posts cut to a height such that, when you set them down, they are level with the top of the bed.  You may choose to add additional posts alongside the bed, but this is not typically necessary.  Set your finished posts aside.

Next, take clamps and press the boards for each wall together.  Set the corner posts atop these boards, lining them up with the ends of the longer walls and set back 1.5" from the shorter ones.  Once the posts and walls are arranged properly, drill pilot holes and then screw together.

Finally, repeat this process with all four sides to make a box, with the posts on the inside of the raised bed.

You can calculate how much soil you will need by multiplying the length, width and depth of your new raised bed together.  For example, if your raised bed is 6' by 3' by 1.5', you'd multiply (6 x 3 x 1.5) to get 27 ft3.  A common size for topsoil is a 1.5 ft3, so purchasing 18 bags of topsoil would fill your new bed (27ft3 for your whole bed / 1.5ft3 per bag = 18 bags).

2) Setting the Bed

Take your frame and place it in the correct location.  Use a shovel to mark the outside of the raised bed.

Move the frame out of the way and use the shovel marks to tear out the sod, weeds and larger rocks.  If your soil quality is adequate, you can stop here.  If your soil quality is very poor, you may need to keep digging until you have an extra foot of depth.

You may choose to anchor your bed by digging post-holes and even reinforcing with a small amount of concrete at the bottom of each hole.  Make sure you use a level before you finalize the position of your bed!  If you use concrete, be sure to let it cure for 24-48 hours.  

3) Preparing Your Bed to Hold Soil

If you did not choose a rot-resistant wood, line the edges of the bed with heavy-duty plastic along the inside walls and staple with a heavy-duty staple gun.  Otherwise, you may skip this step.

Finally, roll out landscaping fabric along the bottom of your prepared bed with a slight overlap between your sheets, and pour your soil mix inside.  Water the bed with a fine mist to allow the soil to settle into place; then, rake the bed to be sure that the soil is more-or-less level. 

4) Finishing touches

Once you've planted your chosen plants, consider mulching around them, especially if they are perennials.  This can help keep out pests and help retain moisture, as well as keeping weeds away.

If your bed is for annuals, consider mulching the walkway between plant beds!  This can help prevent the spread of weeds.


Best of luck in this and all your new spring projects!

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