Cindy Gordon
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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/28/2017

Moving to a new home quite literally uproots your entire life. From moving day on, youíll be learning to navigate your new home and rebuilding your daily routines.

The first week in your new home is both the most excited and the most chaotic. Boxes are likely still scattered around the house, youíre constantly forgetting where the light switches are, and trying to figure out how to arrange your furniture.

With all of these changes going on it can be easy to get overwhelmed in your new home. Thatís why weíve put together this list of things you should do in your first week at your new house to get settled in and prepared for your new life.

On Moving Day

Day one of your move can only run so smoothly. As a result, itís important to try and relax throughout the day. Remind yourself that you donít need to unpack and arrange everything today. Itís also a good idea to keep a checklist of everything you need to accomplish on moving day, whether thatís paying movers, handing over keys, or turning on utilities.

Since the majority of your belongings will likely be in disarray for the next few days, you should make sure you have a box of your daily essentials clearly labeled that you can unpack first. Weíre talking about toothbrushes, toiletries, and anything else youíll absolutely need to get your day started.

The First Week in Your New Home

Once youíve made it past the first day the hardest part is over. It will soon be easier to get a good nightís sleep in your new bedroom, and your morning routine will run more smoothly.

To be best prepared for the first week in your new home, weíve prepared a checklist of important items to tackle so that youíre fully settled in as soon as possible.

  • Familiarize yourself with the home. Safety should always be your first priority, even at home. Take the time to find out where your circuit breaker is, your water main valve, light switches, fire extinguishers, and so on. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, or just change the batteries so you know the exact date they were changed.
    Itís also a good idea to develop a fire escape route. Since you and your family arenít as familiar with the layout of your new home as your old one, itís important to understand where the best exits are in case of an emergency. Pick a landmark outside that youíll meet at in case of a fire.

  • Change your locks. A top priority for your first week should be changing out your locks. Not everyone is careful with their keys and discriminate in who they give them to. Whether you choose to hire a locksmith or buy and replace the locks yourself, itís better to get this task accomplished sooner rather than later.

  • Deep clean. You wonít soon have another opportunity to clean a house that isnít filled with meticulously arranged furniture. The first week in your new home is a good time to clean the carpets, scrub the corners of each room, and do a thorough cleaning of your refrigerator and cabinets. Itís tempting to start putting items where theyíll go as soon as you arrive, but cleaning first will save you time later. The same principle applies for painting your walls.




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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/24/2017

This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $328,700. This Raised Ranch,Split Entry style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


3 Stonehouse Lane, Worcester, MA 01609

West Side

Single-Family

$325,000
Price
$328,700
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
This beautifully remodeled, move-in ready home with a contemporary flair is located in Worcester's desirable west side! The open floor plan, high ceilings and lots of natural light in kitchen, living, and dining room, make this a most delightful and welcoming home! Entertain while cooking in this fabulous fully remodeled kitchen with granite counters, Bosch appliances, and center island. Savor the views and sunsets from your four season sunroom and large deck. You'll love the 3 totally remodeled tiled full bathrooms including a master spa like bath. A nicely finished lower level with windows provides different options for use. Unwind in the private yard/corner lot with a koi pond, perennial gardens & plenty of room to play. So convenient to all Worcester has to offer, yet you'll feel miles away in this quiet neighborhood. Central AC, irrigation system, security system plus a powerful hard wired whole house gas generator to keep power on in NE winters. Make this your home!

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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/22/2017

This Single-Family in Sterling, MA recently sold for $492,000. This Colonial,Cape,Contemporary style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


174 Chace Hill Rd, Sterling, MA 01564

Single-Family

$499,000
Price
$492,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This gorgeous home on a scenic country road is perched on a hill with views! A move-in ready spacious custom cape has been lovingly transformed with high end finishes throughout. Relax with family/friends in the enormous great room with cathedral ceilings and stunning granite fireplace surround flanked by french doors leading to a substantial deck. Cook in beautiful kitchen has a tiered granite center island, new ss appliances, pantry; while you chat with guests in adjacent great/family room. Office/living area lets the light stream in with sliders to stone patio and back yard. Your first floor master suite is complete with walk-in closet and a spa like bath with soaking/jet tub, shower, water closet, granite vanity. Second floor has open media/playroom with hardwood, full bath and 3 newly carpeted bedrooms. Gleaming hardwoods throughout first floor! Just in time to be in this enjoy the outdoors with professionally landscaped grounds, perennial flowers,and views! Don't miss this gem!

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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/22/2017

This Single-Family in Southborough, MA recently sold for $561,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


11A Bigelow Road, Southborough, MA 01772

Single-Family

$575,000
Price
$561,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Tranquility and privacy are yours! This wonderful 2500+ sq.ft. ranch home is surrounded by 5 acres. The natural wooded setting w/ landscaped grounds, grass lawn, in-ground pool, & spa make it an oasis from all, yet so close to town, highways, train. Step inside this open concept, light filled home with it's spacious living areas, you may not want to leave! The kitchen boasts a large peninsula island with ample seating and granite countertops, abundance of cabinetry and countertop space, in this "heart of the home" area w/ cathedral ceilings. Off the kitchen is a great room with cathedral ceilings, beautiful stone/brick fireplace/pellet stove, built-ins, sliders & views. The heated sunroom addition w/ handy bathroom/laundry is perfect for entering the pool/patio/spa, relaxing, viewing nature. Finished 700sq ft LL for hobbies, play, office. Tons of storage. This is a great value in desirable Southborough with top rated schools! Don't miss out!

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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/21/2017

If you're searching for a new home open houses can present many learning opportunities. It's your chance to gather information--not only about the particular home you're touring, but also about buying homes in general. It's also your chance to get used to working with real estate agents to learn what they can offer you. Many people arrive at an open house with an open mind. This isn't a bad thing, but it is good to be prepared with some questions for the agent. In this article, we'll talk about some important questions that will help you make the most informed real estate decisions as possible. But first, let's talk open house preparation in general.

Open House Etiquette

Many people expect to be pounced upon by an agent at an open house like a salesman in a furniture store. However, you'll most likely find that the agent is hands-off at the open house, letting you take a look around unbothered. Here are some tips for good open house etiquette to leave a good impression as a potential buyer.
  • Sign in to the guestbook. Or, if you do decline, do it politely
  • Ask for permission before you take photos
  • Ask the real estate agent your questions casually and give them time to speak with other guests--interrogating the agent will make it an uncomfortable meeting for everyone
  • Save probing questions or criticism until you leave. You'll get a chance to speak with the agent again, but don't want to seem rude at your first meeting.

Top Five Questions

  1. Why are the owners selling the home? This one question will give you several details about the home. If they are selling because of the neighbors or problems with the home this question will give you insight into those important buying factors.
  2. Has the listing price changed?† Fluctuation in the price of the home can mean the seller is on a timeline or that the house isn't receiving any offers at the original price. This information could mean that there is some flexibility in the price of the home.
  3. Are there any problems with the home? Most states require the seller to disclose problems with the house. There are many issues that could affect the value of a home that aren't in plain sight, such as plumbing and electrical work. Don't be afraid to ask when the last time the roof was repaired or when any other major work was done on the house.
  4. What is the neighborhood like?† If you aren't familiar with the area you're moving into this is a very important question to ask. Real estate agents should be experts on the area they work in and will be able to give you information about noise levels, schools, traffic, and so on.
  5. What is the cost of utilities?† Everyone uses different amounts of electricity and water. That being said, each home also has its own level of†efficiency. If the home has outdated lighting and appliances or if the faucets let out a high volume of water, you might be surprised at how much your future utility bills will be.