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Since the dawn of the internet age, a growing number of homeowners and bill payers are asking themselves if they really need to keep paying for cable television.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cable. While there are many services that you can find most services and shows that cable TV provides, there aren’t any that offer the full package.

Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to cut the cord is down to personal preference. In this post, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can save by getting rid of cable TV, the services that you can use instead of cable, and what to expect from those services.

The case for cord cutting

We’re not at a point where you can usually bundle up services to get all of the things you watch on cable TV and then some. Some people argue, however, that to truly get a wide selection of sports, news, and TV shows you would end up paying the same amount as you do for cable. How do they arrive at those figures?

Say you pay about $20 per month for Netflix and Amazon Prime. But you still don’t have the sports channels you want so you have to add an additional service. Then you notice your video stream keeps pausing and lagging so you have to upgrade your internet.

If you want every channel under the sun and the highest internet to stream them on, yes it could cost as much to ditch cable as it would be to keep it. But the reality is that most people don’t want or need that many services or channels. People don’t have time to watch that many shows when they get home from work, and are more than happy with the selection that one $8 per month service offers them.

Alternatives to monthly streaming services

Another thing opponents of cord cutting ignore is the fact that there are a number of services you can get for free that would replace some of the things that cable TV offers.

A number of news channels, as well as entertainment services like YouTube are streaming online for free. You have to watch the occasional advertisement, but you have to do that with cable TV anyway.

If there are local channels you feel you’re missing out on, you can still use a TV antenna, which are broadcasting a higher quality than ever. For $30, you can have access to channels for free over the air (OTA).

OTA channels vary based on your location, so be sure to check to see what the signal is like in your area.

The decision

The best way to decide if you’re ready to ditch cable is to find out which channels and shows you still want access to and to see if you can get them cheaper online. That’s it.

Odds are your internet is going to be strong enough to stream a show (unless you have a house full of kids trying to do the same thing). So, look into the streaming options, do the math, and make the best informed decision for your household.



62 Kensington Park, Arlington, MA 02476

Single-Family

$1,650,000
Price

12
Rooms
6
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Elegant New Construction Colonial in Jason Heights! Thoughtfully and tastefully designed by the owner/architect, this custom home features 4054 sq. ft. of living space with appointed detail, quality materials and all amenities. Four floors of spacious and open living with a versatile floor plan.The main floor features the ultimate chefs' kitchen with Wolf cooktop, separate wall oven and all stainless appliances that complement painted cabinetry, quartz countertops, an island and pantry. The adjoining dining and living room with gas fireplace and rear deck are perfect for entertaining. Custom mudroom with built-ins and beautiful half bath complete this level. The 2nd level has a gorgeous master suite with 4 piece bath, multiple closets, 3 additional bedrooms, another full bath and separate laundry room. The 3rd floor and lower level have full suites with bedrooms and baths. All gas systems, central AC, direct entry huge garage, new landscaping and tree top views complete this gem.
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62 Kensington Park, Arlington, MA 02476

Single-Family

$1,650,000
Price

12
Rooms
6
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Elegant New Construction Colonial in Jason Heights! Thoughtfully and tastefully designed by the owner/architect, this custom home features 4054 sq. ft. of living space with appointed detail, quality materials and all amenities. Four floors of spacious and open living with a versatile floor plan.The main floor features the ultimate chefs' kitchen with Wolf cooktop, separate wall oven and all stainless appliances that complement painted cabinetry, quartz countertops, an island and pantry. The adjoining dining and living room with gas fireplace and rear deck are perfect for entertaining. Custom mudroom with built-ins and beautiful half bath complete this level. The 2nd level has a gorgeous master suite with 4 piece bath, multiple closets, 3 additional bedrooms, another full bath and separate laundry room. The 3rd floor and lower level have full suites with bedrooms and baths. All gas systems, central AC, direct entry huge garage, new landscaping and tree top views complete this gem.
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Maybe you have always dreamed of a big yard with lots of space. With a big yard comes significant responsibilities. Are you prepared to care for a large yard? Do you know the disadvantages of having a big outdoor space for your home? Take a look at the advantages and disadvantages to having a big yard below. If you’re shopping for a home or getting ready to sell and find a new place, this information will be beneficial to you. 


Positives


A Place To Play


One of the biggest reasons for wanting a big yard is kids. It’s nice to have a large area for kids to play in. It’s a safe space for your kids to be if you want to send them out to play. 


Another great reason to have a large yard is for pets- dogs in particular. They love to run around and will be much happier if they have a bigger domain to roam.


More Space Between You And Your Neighbors


If you have a large yard, you probably also aren’t right on top of your neighbor. There’s less of an invasion of privacy when your neighbors can’t see into your windows from their kitchen. A large yard gives you that sense of privacy. You can freely have gatherings in your backyard, so the whole neighborhood doesn't have a view of what you’re doing.


It Looks Nice


A big yard just has a bit more appeal than a smaller property. Your home will have definite curb appeal. The key is to keep your yard looking healthy and lush throughout the year.


The Negatives


The Upkeep Can Be Tough


Many homeowners who have a large property pay landscapers to pay for the property. It can be challenging to keep up with all the needs a large yard brings. From mowing to fertilizing and mulching, it can take a professional to keep the yard looking nice. Landscaping is an added expense to owning your property. If the previous owner had an intricate landscape, you might need to cut back on the complexity. Do you need that fish pond? Should you hire a person to care for the pool? 


Pro And A Con


At the core, a large yard can be a pro or a con when it comes to selling your home. Some buyers want a large yard for various reasons. Other buyers are deterred by large yard since they don’t want the responsibility of caring for these high maintenance properties. It’s understandable that different people will have different tastes.       



Elegant New Construction Colonial in Jason Heights! Thoughtfully and tastefully designed by the owner/architect, this custom home features 4054 sq. ft. of living space with appointed detail, quality materials and all amenities. Four floors of spacious and open living with a versatile floor plan.The main floor features the ultimate chefs' kitchen with Wolf cooktop, separate wall oven and all stainless appliances that complement painted cabinetry, quartz countertops, an island and pantry. The adjoining dining and living room with gas fireplace and rear deck are perfect for entertaining. Custom mudroom with built-ins and beautiful half bath complete this level. The 2nd level has a gorgeous master suite with 4 piece bath, multiple closets, 3 additional bedrooms, another full bath and separate laundry room. The 3rd floor and lower level have full suites with bedrooms and baths. All gas systems, central AC, direct entry huge garage, new landscaping and tree top views complete this gem.

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