Rob Dino DeNault - Century 21 North Shore/Storrs & DeNault

Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 2/21/2017

Finding your dream home can be an uphill climb, one that may prove to be both costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, real estate agents are available that can help you discover your ideal residence without delay. There are many great reasons for a homebuyer to work with a real estate agent, including: 1. Industry Insights A real estate agent understands the lay of the land, and as such, can offer insights that you might struggle to find elsewhere. For example, a real estate agent likely works with peers to understand the homes available in certain areas. As a result, this professional may be able to offer comprehensive insights into areas where home values are rising and declining. Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to share his or her industry insights with homebuyers to help these buyers simplify the process of finding the right residence at the right time. 2. Broad Reach A real estate agent may be able to help you explore recently listed homes, houses with prices that recently were reduced and other residences that meet your criteria. Typically, a real estate agent will work with you to understand your wants and needs and help you extend the scope of your home search. And ultimately, working with this real estate agent will ensure that you can discover a wide range of great homes that will fit your lifestyle perfectly. For homebuyers who want to expand their real estate searches, collaborating with a real estate agent is ideal. With this agent at your disposal, you'll be better equipped to find a vast assortment of houses that deliver exactly what you want and need. 3. Support with Home Sellers As a homebuyer, how will you approach a situation where you want the home seller to complete repairs before you move into your new residence? This can be an extremely tough situation for any homebuyer, but those who hire a real estate agent won't have to worry about dealing with this scenario on their own. Comparatively, working with a real estate agent ensures that you have a friendly, hardworking real estate professional at your side, one who will help you take the guesswork out of the homebuying process. A real estate agent will serve as the liaison between you and a home seller. Thus, any time you need repairs before you finalize the purchase of a new residence, your real estate agent will work with the home seller to ensure these tasks are completed quickly and efficiently. Many real estate agents are available to homebuyers, and finding real estate professionals who possess the skills and know-how to help you discover your dream home can be quick and simple. In fact, homebuyers who evaluate the real estate agents in their area are sure to find a great agent to work with at any time. Choose a real estate agent to guide you along the homebuying process. By doing so, you may be able to speed up your search for the perfect residence and find a home that meets all of your criteria immediately.

Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 2/14/2017

Disorganization habits start early. As a kid, you may have tossed clothes across the back of the sofa or across the foot of your bed. Back then, your mom picked up after you. When you forgot where you put your house keys, a sibling helped you find them or told you were you last left your keys. Being disorganized didn't change the way you thought about your childhood home. That's changed.

Being disorganized comes at a high price

Now that you're grown and have moved into your own house, hardly a day goes by when you don't complain about lack of space. The layout of your house isn't the reason why you're feeling cramped when you rush through your house early in the morning, just before you retire to bed or on busy weekends.

Lack of organization is robbing you of space. Pile enough clothes up in a corner of your room, closest or basement and you could lose a quarter or more floor space in the room. As your family grows or you move your work from the office to home, you might think that the only way to get the extra space that you need is to buy a larger, more expensive house.

That's just one way that disorganization can cost you money. Other financial costs associated with being disorganized include unpaid bills, late fees, fatigue and frustration. Concerning the financial costs, disorganization can cost you by:

  • Causing you to misplace invoices. If you don't find invoices within the general 30 day limit, you might be responsible for late fees and penalties.
  • Give utility companies authority to turn off your heat or air conditioning if you pay bills beyond the grace period because you forgot to pay the bills after you lost the invoices.
  • Lowering your credit rating (again, those late payments due to lost invoices)
  • Buying clothes, office supplies, toys and shoes twice (because you couldn't find them in a disorganized space and forgot you already had them)

The financial damage is bad enough. But, loss of personal energy is even worse. It could take you 15 to 20 extra minutes to get ready and rush out the door for work in the mornings if you're disorganized. You'd be in the habit of searching and hunting for things.

You probably don't want to. But, the rushing and searching could frustrate you. Let frustration combine with impatience and you might shout at your spouse or kids. You might start to tear at your relationships.

Fortunately, it doesn't take a lot of work to get organized. Start by clearing out closets and the basement. Fill large, moving boxes with clothes, shoes, toys and other items that you don't use. Get clear, plastic storage containers. Place shoes, supplies and toys that you plan to keep inside these storage containers.

Keep going until you can see most, if not all, of your floor space. To do this, you may need to move chairs and the sofa close to walls, away from the middle of the floor. Also, get in the habit of cleaning your home weekly. Stay away from buying items that you won't use, that will only cramp your space.

Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 2/7/2017

Taking ownership of an older house could save you thousands of dollars. In fact,ticket prices on houses built during the 1940s are generally half the ticket price on modern homes. Think of buying an older house the way that you approach buying a used car. As with a used car, because the house has experienced wear and tear, you won’t be asked to pay top dollar to move into the home.

Age could provide you significant cost savings

Pick an older home that’s not located in an area that’s overseen by a homeowners association and you could save thousands of dollars a year. Other ways that buying an older house could save you thousands of dollars are in structural maintenance costs.

Houses built around World War II were built to endure hard blasts. Punch a wall in a house that was built during the 1940s and you could break your hand. On the other hand, you could tear a hole in a house built during the 1980s or later if you accidentally jam the end of a broom handle against the wall.

Walls of houses built in the 1940s were made of cement. Modern homes may be constructed with fiberboard or plasterboard panels. Fiberboard and plasterboard are thinner than cement walls. You may have heard a relative or friend refer to the walls as being “paper thin”.

As a note of caution, get walls of older houses you’re thinking of buying inspected. Many walls in houses built during the 1940s were made with asbestos cement. To save money on an older home also ensure that the house is well ventilated.

Making the most out of buying older houses

If you don’t, you could buy a house that, although durable, is not well insulated or ventilated.Poor ventilation can cause a house to feel uncomfortably warm during summer months and far too cool when it gets cold outside. Also, make sure that the older house you want to buy has central air conditioning.

Of course,if you spend a lot of time outdoors, central air may not be a priority. To keep your older home cool during summer without turning on central air, close the doors to rooms that you are not using. Place chairs and sofas near windows and vents. And use window air conditioners and efficient floor fans.

You may love the privacy that you’ll gain with an older home, as older houses are generally not designed with open floor plans. Each room may have a separate archway or door. Houses in older neighborhoods tend to have a similar floor plan.Depending on when you grew up, you may recall how your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents homes’ were laid out the same.

After you get an older house that you want to buy inspected, you can always modernize the home. For example, you could install solar panels in the house. Upgrade the insulation and knock down walls and create an open floor plan to give the home a more spacious look and feel.

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Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 1/31/2017

While there are several home improvement projects to enhance your enjoyment of your patio, building a backyard fire pit is one of the easiest weekend projects the handy “do-it-yourself” homeowner can tackle that adds both enjoyment and value to your home. Would You Utilize A Fire Pit? If you and your family enjoy barbecues in the backyard or roasting marshmallows around the campfire at the beach, a fire pit is a great addition to either an urban or rural landscape. A gathering place for friends and family, a fire pit extends the summer season by providing a delightful warmth that allows you to spend more days comfortably in the backyard in spring and fall. Planning Your Fire Pit To orientate the fire pit, consider the view, then factor in the direction of prevailing winds, and the note the fire pits visibility to neighbors and the street. Once you have chosen a location and determined the approximate size, visit local home and garden stores or go online and look for plans. Fire pits can be constructed from stone, brick, concrete blocks , or a re-purposed metal stove. (Do not use rocks from a streambed or river because rocks gathered from a water saturated site my contain water that could cause them to crack or explode when heated.) Select rock or bricks that blend with or complement your home décor and landscape features. You may wish to install a fire pit that is a simple as a grouping of large rocks surrounding a campfire or opt for a fire pit requiring masonry and wired and plumbed as a gas-burning fire pit. Once you familiarize yourself with plans and installation procedures, building a fire pit is a project that, with a little help from friends, you can finish and enjoy this weekend. Safety First Before you rush out and acquire materials, you will want to sketch out a plan showing the location and size of your proposed fire pit. Make sure to locate your fire pit safely away from combustible materials such as a wooden fence, garden shed where you may store flammables such as lawn mower gas and oil, or near a wooden deck: a good rule of thumb is at least 35-to-30 feet. Be sure to call your local utility company to determine if there are any buried lines, pipes or cables under the site of the proposed fire pit. Before constructing your outdoor fire pit, it is also a wise idea to run the idea past your homeowner’s insurance agent to make sure there are no clauses in your policy that prohibit outdoor backyard fires or if the installation of a fire pit will increase your premiums. City/County Regulations And Laws A call to your local fire department will clarify the ordinances and any county or city restrictions that may apply. Homeowner association rules or local zoning requirements may restrict or prohibit open burning in urban areas. Urban area ordinances typically restrict home fire pit use to recreational use and specify size, location restrictions, and fuel. If your home is in a rural location, county/state regulations impose less restriction.

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Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 1/24/2017

If you are planning to paint a room or multiple rooms in your home, remember these 4 steps: Prep, Ceiling, Walls and Trim. If you take your time and follow these steps, you will be pleasantly surprised at your painting talents. Cleaning the walls and trim with a damp rag and a bit of dish soap is step one. In essence, you are removing all dust and dirt so that the paint you apply is not bumpy or disrupted by a lone spider web. Once the wall has been cleaned, it is time to cut the edges in on the ceiling. Begin in a corner and use a cutting brush. Best technique is to apply a two to three inch strip of paint where the wall and ceiling meet. Rolling the ceiling will be a synch once this step is complete. Remember to roll the ceiling going width wise across your body. Painting lengthwise will tire your wrist, neck and head. I know this fact from experience and traction. Painting the walls is the next step. Again beginning in a corner, extend out at least three inches using a brush before you begin rolling on the paint. Also rolling width wise versus length will not tire out your wrist and neck as quickly. Last but not least, the trim needs to be touched up, painted or stained. Then spend some time away from this room. The next time you enter you will be so happy your followed these steps and did not end up in traction.