Posted by Liberty Real Estate on 7/21/2021

Houseplants may seem like a strange thing to bring into your home. Plants belong outside, donít they? Plants and people actually have a relationship where they need one another. Plants produce much-needed oxygen for humans. Humans release carbon dioxide, which plants need to perform photosynthesis. Plants should be placed throughout the home, especially in bedrooms, to release fresh air throughout the night when sleeping. Essentially, the right plants in your home can help to improve your overall health and well-being. 


Increases Humidity


Many people complain of having dry air in their homes. Plants actually release about 97 percent of the water that they take in. This moisture is released back into the air and increase the humidity in the air. This means that putting several plants together can really help to increase the moisture levels in a room. Having a more moist room helps to keep respiratory symptoms from flaring up as well as decreases the number of colds, dry skin flare ups, and other ailments associated with dry air.     


Natural Air Purifiers


Plants are natural air purifiers. They remove toxins from the air and even get rid of a large percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds can be found in everything from paint to newspapers and textbooks. VOCs are actually transformed into food for the plant. 


Just How Many Plants Should You Have?


To improve your health and the air quality in your home, youíll want to place plants about every 129 square feet. For air purification purposes, youíll want to place about 16-18 plants in an 1800 square foot space. This may sound like a lot, but if you consider spreading plants throughout your home, you'll fill the quota fairly quickly. Larger plants can also be used, placing one or two per room to fill this suggested requirement.  



Best Houseplant Choices:


  • Gerbera daisy
  • Spider plant
  • Boston fern
  • Philodendron
  • Snake plant
  • Peace lily


These plants all have different benefits but most are best known to purify the air, improve happiness, and increase well-being.

If you donít have a green thumb, you should definitely get one. Most houseplants are not that hard to take care of. Itís easy and fairly inexpensive to equip your home with a good number of houseplants. The greenery will also add to the ambiance and decor of your homeís overall theme. Every room, including the bathroom, can benefit from these plants. Think of houseplants like another member of the family- one that gives you oxygen and clean air to breathe!       


 





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Posted by Liberty Real Estate on 7/14/2021


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If you're like most homeowners who enjoy cultivating an attractive yard and garden space and perhaps even providing some tasty treats for the family table, you probably appreciate tools and amenities designed to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable. Many home gardeners make do with whatever available surfaces that happen to be on hand when it comes to potting plants, creating hanging baskets or starting seed trays. As you may already know, this is inconvenient, messy and can even be uncomfortable if you're working on surfaces that are too low or too high. 

However, it doesn't have to be that way. With a hammer, some lumber and nails, you can craft a sturdy, functional and attractive potting bench over the course of a weekend. Here's what you need to know:

Decide on the Proper Height

The most important thing about constructing a potting bench is determining the right height. Most people find themselves most comfortable when the work surface is level with the middle of their waist. This way, you won't have to stoop or reach.

Decide on the Right Location

The next step is to decide where you want to locate your potting bench. If you've got a big garden shed, you might want to place it inside. Another option is to have a standalone potting bench outside the shed, but with this alternative, you run the risk of being rained out when doing potting chores. You can circumvent this by placing it along the side of your home exterior under an awning. You can also give yourself the best of both worlds and build your potting shed on wheels so that you can take it in and out of the shed as weather permits.

If you do decide to place your potting shed in a stationary outdoor location, be sure to find a level spot. If possible, install a slab of concrete to place the bench on -- this will make any necessary cleanup go much more quickly.

Decide What Features You Want Your Potting Bench to Have

Basic potting benches generally feature a three-tier structure. The top functions as a work surface while the middle and bottom tiers hold supplies such as potting soil, seed trays and tools. If you want something more elaborate, consider adding a pull-out drawer, a sink and possibly a seed-starting bed with bottom heat. If you go this route, you'll need to place your bench near an electrical outlet. 

After you find the right customizable plan for your potting bench, you should be able to put it together within a day or two. After you get it build, you'll undoubtedly find yourself wondering how you managed without it. 





Posted by Liberty Real Estate on 7/9/2021

This Single-Family in Athol, MA recently sold for $353,000. This Cape style home was sold by - Liberty Real Estate.


69 Edward St, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$330,000
Price
$353,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This classic Cape is quintessential New England at its best - with countless quality features in an impeccably well-maintained single owner home. The combined living room/dining room is perfect for entertaining, complete with a beautiful fireplace. The bonus room on the first floor could serve as an office, guest space, craft room, etc. Three bedrooms upstairs, and one full bath on each floor. Beautiful dark hardwood floors continue throughout most of the living space. The lovely well-established neighborhood at the end of a dead end street is perfect for quiet relaxation outdoors by the in-ground pool, or for sipping your morning coffee in the screened in porch overlooking the lush back yard with plenty of mature trees and perennials. The basement is ready for an organized workshop space, and the two car attached garage features ample upstairs storage. This is a terrific location with easy access to Route 2, schools, shopping, restaurants, hospital, Country Club, etc.

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Posted by Liberty Real Estate on 7/7/2021

Fireplaces are often seen as a necessity for homebuyers. It adds charm and decorative as well as physical warmth to a home. More than half of new homes have a fireplace. If your home doesnít have a fireplace, you may wonder if installing and maintaining a fireplace is worth it. Will it add value to your home? There are a few things you need to consider before you decide to take on this project.


Value


Keep in mind that fireplaces are not directly accounted for during a home appraisal. Yet, they add value to a home. Home buyers will pay more for homes that have fireplaces. Depending on the location of your home, a fireplace can increase the value of the property by a significant amount- up to thousands of dollars.


Location


The location of a home really has a direct effect on how much value it adds it a home. When added to other amenities in your home, a fireplace can compound to make the home appear more luxurious. A fireplace is a must in a higher end home.  


On the flip side, more modest homes may not need fireplaces. If a home needs many other improvements, a fireplace may not add much to the property. The amount of value a fireplace adds is very much dependent on the type of property itís being added to.       



Cost


Itís possible to add a fireplace to just about any home. The cost will vary by a large amount ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Specific requirements may exist within your city dictating how fireplaces must be installed. Keep in mind that everything from the type of fireplace thatís being installed to the height of the chimney must be considered. Look into things like:


  • Emission limits
  • Chimney height
  • Construction requirements
  • Permits
  • Type of installation

Each requirement will add a bit more cost to the project, so itís best to do some research beforehand. 


Getting The Maximum Value


If you decide that adding a fireplace is the right decision for your property, there are a few ways to get the maximum return on your investment. First, you should build the fireplace in the room of your home thatís most used. This space would most likely be the living room or family room in most cases. Keep in mind that adding a fireplace can drastically change the look of a room.


Whether youíre adding a fireplace or putting in an initial one, you can be sure that it will add value to your home in the form of attraction and home price.  





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Posted by Liberty Real Estate on 6/30/2021

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When you choose a private community, you likely do so because of some of the more visible amenities -- the pool, tennis courts and clubhouse are difficult to miss. Which amenities matter most to you -- and which are just nice additions? A look at some of the potential private community amenities and what they do for the community can help you determine your personal "must have" list. 

5 Amenities Every Private Community Needs

Swimming Pool: One of the most visible and used amenities for any private community is the swimming pool. If you dream of lounging by the pool in summer, want the kids to have swim lessons and want a place to hang out on the weekends, a pool is likely on your list. Ideally, the pool will be large enough to serve the community -- a small pool will not be enough for a large neighborhood with lots of families. 

Clubhouse: It is often a focal point of the community, and when used the right way, can be an incredible asset. Before you make a decision, you should know what the clubhouse can be used for. Are residents able to book it for parties, hang out and read or use gym equipment for the HOA fees the community assesses, or is there an extra cost for access? A community with a good, accessible clubhouse offers a true asset for entertaining and will enhance your enjoyment of the space.

Landscaping and grounds keeping: Most residents don't realize how much behind the scenes work goes into creating a striking and welcoming living space. From adding seasonal plants to trimming grass and maintaining the public areas, a private community should have its own dedicated landscape team or a commitment to providing these services. 

Security: Whether your community is gated or not, having a security patrol on the premises can help make you feel more secure at home and prevent crimes in the neighborhood. A manned security booth and regular patrols can give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy all the community has to offer. 

Playground: If you have kids now or they are in your future, then a playground that is well designed and made from the latest materials is a must. Even if you do not have kids, a playground can help cut down on the number of kids roaming the neighborhood and on wear and tear of other public areas. An appealing and welcoming play space is a plus for anyone in the community and will help if you decide to sell your home later. 

The best private community amenities make residents feel safe, enhance the look and feel of the neighborhood and provide additional perks and things to do for the people who live there. Make sure you spot the accessible amenities of any community you are considering and that the neighborhood you choose has the items that matter to you most.