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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/20/2019


276 Shore Road , Truro, MA 02652

North Truro

Condo

$519,000
Price

2
Beds
4
Total Rooms
1
Baths
Want to own a piece of Truro History and missed out on buying one of these Units when they first came to market? Look no further! ''Salvia'' is for sale! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Iconic ''Days'' cottage is located directly on the Bay in North Truro. The views don't get any better! Walk out the door and put your feet in the sand! Easy access to Provincetown and on the shuttle Route. This cottage has been meticulously cared for since these owners have purchased. The Living space was opened up by a beautiful cathedral ceiling and within the recent years the cottage has had several upgrades. Newer roof, windows, and doors, new electricity meter, heating system and on-demand hot water system was installed. Ask about the strong rental history! Don't miss out this time around!
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/18/2019

Carpeting gets a bad rep. As you well know from house hunting, or will soon find out, wood floors are valued far more. While wood flooring may be, debatably, easier to maintain and keep a low allergen profile, it’s expensive to install or restore. Carpeting adds warmth, softness, and flair to a room. So let’s put the arguments against carpeting to rest. Here’s how to properly care for and maintain carpeting.

Shoes off - This one should be a rule no matter your flooring choice if you want to maintain a tidy home. With that said, prevent visible track lines along your home’s most common traffic patterns. Create a designated place for family members to place their shoes sets your household up for success for instilling a no shoe rule. Be everyone favorite host and keep a basket of fresh socks and sandals for guests who aren’t the shoeless type.

Vacuum frequently - Meaning at least once a week. Keep dirt, crumbs, and dander from becoming ground down into your carpeting. Investing in a robotic vacuum will allow you to schedule a few clean times each week without having to lift a finger. And with AI on the rise, you can now control most from your home; which means if you have unexpected guests swinging by you can send a signal to your vacuum to get to work whether you’re in bed, at work or running to the store to pick up items for dinner.

Spot clean properly - Knowing how to properly spot clean any spills or messes is critical. For example, never rub or grind down when cleaning always gently sweep in upward motions to clean up before stains set in. If you don’t have one already add a carpet cleaning kit to your list for your next shopping run. You’ll want cleaner, a scraper, a bristle brush and a microfiber cloth. And, perhaps most importantly, keep all of these items together and on hand. The last thing you’ll want is to dig through your cleaning closet like mad while a wine stain is happily settling in.

How to steam - To truly maintain carpeting you’ll want to plan to have it professionally steamed at least once a year. For DIY-ers skip using store-bought solutions designed to be mixed with the water. This might seem counterintuitive but they tend to leave behind soapy residue which further attracts more dirt. As you can imagine this creates an unnecessary codependent cycle that I have a hunch you’d prefer to skip! You will also want to be mindful of how much water you use as you clean; use caution to not use so much that the carpet can no longer truly dry fully. If this sounds like too much to keep in mind you’ll find hiring a professional well worth the yearly investment.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/15/2019


276 Shore Road , Truro, MA 02652

North Truro

Condo

$519,000
Price

2
Beds
4
Total Rooms
1
Baths
Waterfront freestanding condo located in the Iconic Day's Cottages complex. These renowned cottages are part of Truro's history and are famously displayed by artists and photographers. This 2 bedroom one bath condo has some of the most spectacular views of Provincetown and Cape Cod Bay with the beach just outside your door. Take a nice long walk along the beach and when you return to the cottage enjoy your morning coffee from the comfort of your open and airy living room with vaulted ceiling as you watch the water roll onto the shore. After a great day on the beach a nice lobster dinner at the dining table is ideal as you appreciate the breathtaking skies while the sun sets over Cape Cod Bay. Don't miss out on this special cottage condo. Great rental income
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/15/2019


16 Highland Avenue , Truro, MA 02652

North Truro

Single-Family

$559,000
Price

3
Beds
5
Total Rooms
2
Baths
This well maintained Cape Style home is just what you're looking for with 3 bedroom and 2 baths. It's open and airy design with a cathedral ceiling and skylight in the living room brings in lots of light. The living/kitchen/dining areas are open to each other and ideal for all to gather, cook, eat and enjoy each other's company. The dining room sliders open to a large deck for relaxing, entertaining and grilling. After a great day at the beach, which is just down the road, put you're kayaks and beach toys in the walk out basement then rinse off in the outside shower and get ready for dinner. Later the adults can enjoy drinks and conversation on the beautiful patio and the kids can have fun sitting around the fire pit. When you're ready to retire for the evening there are 2
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/11/2019

Not all home improvements cost thousands of dollars. Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the most impact. So, if you’re avoiding putting your house on the market because you know it needs work, or if you’re passing over the house in your budget’s sweet spot because you think it might be a money pit, check out these inexpensive options for adding to your property’s value.

$999 and under

  • Give your appliance package an overhaul: Upgrading appliances to modern, energy-efficient versions gives your kitchen an instant update. Wait for the next holiday sale (New Years, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Black Friday) to hit up the big box appliance and DIY stores for deals on appliance packages. Stainless steel remains on-trend and complements any kitchen style.
  • Trick out your turf: Re-sod your lawn to replace the weed-prone mixtures to give your property instant curb appeal. Consult with a landscape professional to make certain the sod you choose is best for your property's soil, drainage, and sun/shade requirements.
  • Deal with the door: After all, your entry is the first impression of your home. Replace the outdated one with an architecturally advanced solid core beauty or give your home a needed decorative leaded window version. Then, stain or paint it with an eye-catching splash of color.
  • Lighten up: Change out all existing light bulbs for high-efficiency LED replacements. Not only will your utility bill go down, but if you choose “daylight” or “warm” bulb versions, your home will feel light and bright.
  • Add a fan: Replacing ceiling light fixtures for fans gives your room an instant upgrade. Choose from sleek metallic models for a modern look or beautifully detailed versions to match your home's authentic vibe. If you happen to live in a temperate climate, a whole-house fan is an excellent investment. These fans, installed in a hallway ceiling or at the top of the stairs, pull cold air from lower levels throughout the home reducing your need for air conditioning.
  • Fix the fixture: Okay, so sometimes they aren't fixable. But faucets and light fixtures are easy to replace. Check your local hardware store for sales, closeouts, and other discounts on lighting or faucets and you will give your home a whole new look for less.
  • Pitch the popcorn: If your home still has those outdated popcorn ceilings, invest a little elbow-grease into scraping them off. Over a weekend, using a softening solution available from your favorite DIY store (and some drop cloths), spray and scrape those ceilings smooth. Once your ceiling is clear of the texture, paint it a lovely flat white or complementary color to your walls. Trim them out with crown molding for an added touch of luxe. Paintable polyurethane versions become indistinguishable from wood when installed and brushed with a lovely glossy white.

Over time, a little change here, a little upgrade there and your home's value magically improves without breaking the bank. If you'd like a professional opinion about which updates and upgrades could add the most value to your home, schedule a consultation with a real estate professional.




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