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If you've ever traveled through the United Kingdom, the phrase "mind the gap" conjured up trips across London's Underground or disembodied voices calling out the warning as your elevator doors open or close. It's wise to heed those voices since gaps between an elevator, and the floor of an older building could be wider than you expect, and trains don't touch the sides of the platforms, so you could step off into thin air if you lead with your heel.

Other gaps need mending as well. When it comes to your home, gaps can cause the most lost to energy efficiency.

Common gaps

  • Door gaps. If your exterior doors do not line up in the frame, you’ll have gaps around the door and jamb that allow cold air to leak in during the winter, raising your heating bills, and warm air to radiate in during the summer, jacking up your air conditioning bills. Adjust your door so that it fits snugly in the frame. Most modern thresholds and door shoes (the rubber or vinyl cushion on the bottom of the exterior door) can adjust to fill the gaps. If space remains, use weather stripping to fill it in. If the gap is in the jamb or frame, caulk should do the trick.
  • Window spaces. Energy efficient windows should not have gaps, so if yours do, contact the manufacturer to see if they are reparable under warranty. Older windows, just like doors, may have crevices due to poor installation, shrinkage, or age-related misalignment. Where gaps are not correctable with weather strip or caulk, consider budgeting to replace them. NOTE: do not seal a bedroom window shut. Bedroom windows must offer egress in case of a fire or other emergency.
  • Roof gaps. As the roof gets older, spaces may form from movement in the home's walls and foundation. If your roof leaks, there is a gap someplace, and a professional roofer should be your first call. Leaving a roof leak can damage your entire home and weaken its structure.
  • Indoor gaps. One of the most frustrating gaps appearing in the kitchen is one between the stove and the countertop next to it. These gaps become filled with gunk and debris. If yours is a built-in range, close the gap with caulk. If, however, you have a freestanding range, look for countertop extenders or gap-fillers at your local hardware or DIY store or search online for silicone counter gap guards or spill guards.
  • Backsplash gaps. If your kitchen or bath backsplash has separated from the countertop, fill the gap with a waterproof caulk immediately. Water running between the counter and the backsplash can cause considerable damage to counters, walls, cabinets, and even subflooring if the water finds its way down the pipes.

If you think you may have energy-leaking gaps in your home, check with your local utility to see if they provide a free energy assessment. Repairing gaps protects your home and maintains your home’s value.


This Condo in Quincy, MA recently sold for $360,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Office Office - ICON Realty Group.


100 MARINA DR, Quincy, MA 02171

Marina Bay

Condo

$369,900
Price
$360,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 17TH 1-2:30PM **HUGE PRICE REDUCTION TO SELL!!!!! MARINA BAY - VACANT Assessed for 2019 at $375,000 for tax purposes! Why buy a one bed when you can own 2 bd !! Incredible corner, end unit residence with lots of light, an open floor plan and water views at the desirable Seaport! Low condo fee includes all but electric utility. Heat pumps are water sourced and that portion is covered by condo fee. Wood floors shine in the living/dining room area with recessed lighting! Beau tiled entryway and kitchen floor. A sunny private balcony space overlooks the beautifully landscaped gardens. Two nice sized bedrooms. Put your finishing touches to the kitchen and bath ready for you to move right in. Deeded parking space #121 in a secure underground garage, well equipped fitness ctr. Covered entryway to bldg., a spectacular 2-story lobby and ample guest parking! FREE SHUTTLE to the Red Line, walk beach, boardwalk to rests, shop and full service marina. NO PETS, SORRY

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39 Norwell Ave., Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$749,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
OH Friday 11:30-1pm, Sunday 12-2pm! MUST SEE THIS NEW HOME!. Ideally located one block off Hatherly Rd. in a well estab neigh walking distance, 2 blks to ocean and close to Harbor amenities such as awesome restaurants, gift stores, hardware, grocery, movie theater, school. Everything you could ask for! Gas heat/cooking and central air throughout. This 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath home is beautifully finished with an open floor plan concept featuring hardwood flooring throughout 1st and 2nd floors! Gas ready for FP, enjoy all generous room sizes. Gorgeous kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, soft-close cabinets, Quartz countertops, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and a kitchen island for those casual meals and entertaining. The cozy 4th bedroom placement on the first floor offers many possibilities; den,bedroom or office? Full basement area features a large semi-fin rvoom,playroom or gym? A generous garage rounds everything out. Lots of storage in attic and over garage.
Open House
Friday
May 17 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to craft an effective property listing. Instead, a seller needs to allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure a house listing hits the mark with buyers. In fact, failure to do so may make it tough for a seller to generate interest in his or her home. Perhaps even worse, an ineffective home listing may make it virtually impossible for a seller to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience.

Ultimately, there are many things a seller can do to create an effective home listing. These include:

1. Provide Accurate Information About Your Home

Include pertinent information about your home in your property listing – you'll be glad you did. If you can provide lots of relevant information about your home to prospective buyers, you may increase the likelihood that buyers will set up showings to view your residence in-person.

There is no need to stretch the truth in your home listing, either. Conversely, if you strive to include accurate information in your home listing, you can help a buyer make an informed decision to determine if your home meets his or her expectations.

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Although you want your home listing to capture buyers' attention, you should try to avoid jargon. Otherwise, a buyer may be turned off by your home listing shortly after he or she starts to read it.

When it comes to crafting an effective home listing, keeping things concise and precise is ideal. If you use your home listing to engage and inform buyers, you may be able to differentiate your listing from others.

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Including high-resolution images of your home's interior and exterior may make a world of difference in your listing. These images allow you to highlight the size and beauty of your residence. As a result, they may lead to many property showings in the near future.

Of course, before you take pictures of your home, you may want to clean both inside and outside. Remove clutter from inside your home and ensure each room looks pristine prior to taking photographs for a property listing. Meanwhile, you should take photographs that show off your house's dazzling front lawn, spacious driveway and other stunning exterior features too.

For those who want to craft a home listing that garners buyers' attention, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well. This housing market professional can offer tips and recommendations to help you prepare an effective property listing. Plus, he or she can help you promote your residence to dozens of prospective buyers and ensure you can streamline the property selling journey. Best of all, a real estate agent is ready to respond to your house selling concerns and questions at any time.

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39 Norwell Ave., Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$749,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
MUST SEE THIS NEW HOME!. Ideally located one block off Hatherly Rd. in a well estab neigh walking distance, 2 blks to ocean and close to Harbor amenities such as awesome restaurants, gift stores, hardware, grocery, movie theater, school. Everything you could ask for! Gas heat/cooking and central air throughout. This 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath home is beautifully finished with an open floor plan concept featuring hardwood flooring throughout 1st and 2nd floors! Cozy up to the gas fireplace, enjoy all generous room sizes. Gorgeous kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, soft-close cabinets, Quartz countertops, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting and a kitchen island for those casual meals and entertaining. The cozy 4th bedroom placement on the first floor offers many possibilities; den,bedroom or office? Full basement area features a large semi-fin room ready for a playroom or gym? A generous garage rounds everything out. Lots of storage in attic and over garage.
Open House
Friday
May 17 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 39 Norwell Ave., Scituate, MA 02066    Get Directions

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