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This Single-Family in Melrose, MA recently sold for $593,000. This Garrison style home was sold by Bill Aibel - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
117 Sycamore Rd, Melrose, MA 02176
Outstanding opportunity to bring your own ideas and designs to this well built Garrison in Melrose! Lots of natural light in the living room with a great flow to the dining room, spacious kitchen and half bath. Enjoy grilling this summer on your deck overlooking the backyard. Upstairs you will find a full bath and three good sized bedrooms with a ton of closet space. The basement boasts high ceilings and access to the yard. Conveniently situated near Mt. Hood Golf Course, less than a half mile to the Melrose Common and steps to the bus stop, this house is in a fantastic location!
You know there are certain household items that need to be replaced regularly. But just how regularly is where things might start to get fuzzy. Especially those big tickets items that need to be replaced on a yearly span rather than months or days. Keep reading to discover how often you need to replace items around the home. Pillows. You want to replace the pillows in your home every couple of years. You’ve probably heard by now that up to a third of a regularly used pillow’s weight can be attributed to dust and dead skin cells. You may not, however, made the connection that a dust filled pillow equals dust mites. While dust mites do not carry communicable diseases, they do pose as an allergy and/or asthma irritant. HVAC filters. During the summer and winter months when your system is working longer hours to maintain your home’s temperatures you will want to change your filters each month. Meanwhile, in the spring and fall, you can do so less frequently, changing it around the three-month mark. Changing your filter regularly will keep your system running efficiently and save you money on energy costs in the long run. Fire extinguisher. You have a fire extinguisher in your home, right? If you don’t I suggest you run out and get one right away. Fire extinguishers can be replaced every ten years, however, they do need to be tested monthly and inspected regularly. Toilet brush. This is one not many homeowners think of, if ever. However, it advisable to replace your toilet brush every six months with regular cleanings in between. As you can image, toilet brushes are host to all kinds of germs and bacteria you don’t want to hang around your home. Toothbrushes. If your family stays on top of their recommended regular teeth cleanings every three months this point shouldn’t be an issue. However, it is one worth mentioning. Your family’s toothbrushes should be replaced every three months as they can develop bacteria that lead to gingivitis and/or tooth decay. And isn’t that what we’re trying to avoid when we brush our teeth? Smoke detectors. It is best practice to proactively replace the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year. With that said it is a good idea to also replace the smoke detector itself every ten years to ensure you have an up to date model. Throughout those ten years, however, you should be regularly testing your alarms. If you have recently moved to a new home and are unsure of how old your smoke alarm system is it is a good idea to plan on replacing them in the near future. Hopefully, you already regularly maintain these items. However, if you can’t remember the last time you have replaced any of the items mentioned you should consider making a plan to invest in some replacements. Making a spreadsheet in your home binder or setting up alerts on your virtual calendar will help you stay on top of the regular maintenance your household items require.
Keeping your Closet organized can be a huge headache. There’s so many components to a closet that it can be hard to tell where to start in the space to create that sense of organization that you’re looking for. With a few of these tips, you can become an organizational wizard! The problem is that we need to know how to organize. If we’re not taught how to organize our own space, we have to learn it somehow! Keep that messy closet at bay and try these suggestions for a well-equipped and organized closet: Use The Spaces You Have The backs of doors are brilliant places to maximize your storage. By using simple pieces that you can purchase at the hardware store, you can make a closet space of your own on the back of a door. You can attach containers and hooks for storage on the door, ensuring enough room for clearance. This is a great place to keep all of your things that you may need to get ready for the next day like outfits, makeup and other essential items for your morning routine. Use The Floor The floor is a great place to store all of your shoes. Since dirt and mud often accumulate on your shoes, the floor of the closet is a great place for them to keep the rest of the house clean and free of mud. Use a tray to keep the dirt at bay inside the closet and keep your shoes organized. Color Code And Label You can actually color code your hangers to group your clothing by season or occasion, the choice is up to you. This can help you to always be able to find that piece of clothing that gets lost in the abyss of your closet. You’ll also always know what you have. You’ll also be able to see what you don’t wear more easily so you’ll be able to get rid of those pieces of clothing. By labeling bins that are stored in your closet, you’ll always know what’s in them and never have to rummage through a bunch of bins to find what you’re looking for. When it comes to using plastic containers, the see-through versions are often best. Even when you’re labeling boxes, being able to physically see what is in each container is an added bonus. Consider Using A Dresser In order to maximize your storage space and organization, consider keeping a dresser inside of the closet. You can label the drawers and have the ability to know what each drawer holds. Even shelving or a bookcase can be helpful in maximizing your storage space inside of an otherwise small closet. Hooks Are Your Friend Although we already talked about placing hooks on the backs of doors, hooks really can be useful anywhere when it comes to closet storage. Place hooks on the inside walls of the closet for additional hanging space for items like purses and bags.
Outstanding two level condo in a top location outside of Davis and Porter Squares just two blocks from the bike path at Cedar St. This home was completely renovated in 2013 with a fresh open floor plan on the first floor and a large finished area in the lower level. The floor plan is smart with light filled spaces. The living room adjoins the dining area which opens into a very efficiently designed kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hardwood flooring. Two generous bedrooms, a very large, full bath with a long run of cabinets and double sinks, a rear "mud" area with enormous storage closet and access to the back yard round out the first floor. A very clever, finished lower level adds a number of potential uses and adds so much floor area and flexibility and includes private laundry, more closets and storage. Gas heat, central AC, replacement windows throughout, off street parking, private patio and shared yard complete the perfect package!
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Great opportunity to break into Melrose. Excellent value on this jewel three "plus" bedroom colonial on a beautiful, bright corner lot. Fabulous location offers proximity to Mount Hood, Winthrop Elementary, Melrose Center, commuter rail and all car routes. Move right in and enjoy the flexible floor plan, period details, great condition and the outdoor space this home offers. Large living room with fireplace. Separate dining room (currently used as a "craft" room) has direct access to the deck and yard and adjoins the retro kitchen with painted cabinetry, stainless countertops and a new gas range. Heated sunroom offers great bonus space for the perfect home office or playroom. Driveway entry, mudroom and half bath augment the first floor. The 2nd floor features three generous bedrooms, good closets and a full bath. Basement with laundry, workshop space and storage. All gas systems, newer driveway, bluestone walks, irrigation, fenced yard and newer shed with power complete the package.
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