Megan Tolland - Realty Executives, marketing specialist & buyers agent


Having a small outdoor space doesn’t have to put a damper on your enjoyment of certain parts of your home. The outdoors should be a place of peace and serenity, not a place for disdain of your home’s layout! You may even feel that having a small outdoor space will deter you from entertaining guests there. That doesn’t have to be the case, as every outdoor space is useful in one way or another. There are so many ways to make use of any size outdoor space. Even the smallest outdoor spaces have great potential. Here, we’ll break down some of the ways that you can make better use of your outdoor space. These tips may also even enhance the way your outdoor space is currently set up, no matter what its size. Use Drapery or Fabric Certain patios and outdoor spaces allow for objects to be hung. Plants aren’t the only thing that should be hung outside. There’s plenty of options available to you. Using outdoor curtains or a piece of fabric is a classic way to make a space appear larger. The reason for this is that the cloth draws the eye’s attention away from the size of the space, making it appear larger than it actually is. This technique is also useful when it comes to separating part of your outdoor space or creating privacy. If your small space includes a balcony with nosy neighbors, hanging some pretty fabric may be just the solution you need to enjoy the outdoors with some privacy. Hang A Mirror Outside The same principle of hanging a mirror inside the home works outside the home. Mirrors also draw the eye’s attention away from the space itself. This will make any outdoor space feel more open. Mirrors have the same effect as cloth in that they help make rooms and spaces appear larger. Hanging a mirror outdoors is also an “out of the box” idea, so you’ll impress guests when they see this idea put into action. It’s not typical to see mirrors in outdoor spaces, so you’ll seem like a decorating genius. If you have a wall somewhere in your outdoor space, a mirror can be useful there to make your space appear larger than life! Hang String Lights Or Lanterns Outdoor lighting is great for brightening dark corners in both small and large spaces. String lights also fill an otherwise unused space and draw the eyes upwards, creating the sense that the space is larger than it actually is. Outdoor lighting also just makes sense. It makes an outdoor spaces safer for people to enjoy as there’s more visibility. Outdoor lighting is a practical, decorative way to fill a space.

While there are plenty of weekend projects to take on that would be more satisfying to complete than “age-proofing” your home taking the time to make these upgrades will make your home more accessible. Both to older family members visiting and even for your future self. These small changes will make a big difference and you might just find them helpful for your life now!   

Replace doorknobs with handles. It’s easy to take what, to us, feels like the simplest of actions for granted. The twisting action of a doorknob can be difficult and even painful for arthritic hands. This is a quick project and one that can add a fresh new look to the doors in your home. IF you’re looking to switch things up or modernize your home opt for a different, more modern finish for your hardware. Bronze and satin finishes are very popular choices.   

Turn a first-floor office into a guest bedroom. And move the office upstairs. Stairs can be an issue for those with limited mobility. Be proactive now by establishing a first-floor bedroom that can be easily accessed by older guests staying the night and by you down the line. Having a bedroom on the first floor can save you the cost of installing a chair lift down the line if stairs become a serious obstacle.

Install a hand held shower head. This is a shower feature that really is useful for the whole household, even the dog. But choosing a model with a sliding tube and optional side mount for the handle makes for an easier experience for those with limited mobility. It allows the ability for the shower head to be reached when sitting and also to be placed within arm's reach without having to stretch overhead.

Railings along stairs, ideally on both sides. When mobility and balance are an issue stairs can become dangerous. If your staircases don’t already have railings installed this is an ideal feature to add. Make note of the dimensions of each of your sets of stairs and research what sort of style would best fit that area of your home. This is a project that adds an element that is seamless to a home and doesn’t stand out. In fact, you may find guests of all ages will appreciate this addition.    

Less furniture in each room. Keeping less furniture in a room makes it easier to navigate a room and ideally fit mobility aids like wheelchairs and walkers. It also can bring new life to a room as well as make it feel more open and spacious. Keep only the most necessary elements to a room and take out shelves or bulky furniture designed to hold and/or hide knick-knacks. Make each element in the room really count. You’ll have a much more chic, magazine-esque room on your hands when you're finished.


This Condo in Southborough, MA recently sold for $366,500. This Townhouse,Half-Duplex style home was sold by Megan Tolland - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


46 William Onthank Ln, Southborough, MA 01772

Condo

$369,900
Price
$366,500
Sale Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
You’ll love this beautiful & bright town home! Upgrades & amenities abound in this well maintained home with a first floor master bedroom. The kitchen boasts plenty of counter and cabinet space, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting & breakfast bar. The stunning living room features a cathedral ceiling, skylight & ceiling fan! The ample-sized master suite features a full bathroom, large walk-in closet & ample space for your furniture. Don’t miss the family room located off the living room, which features a wall of windows that affords a beautiful panoramic view! Discover the spacious lower level that offers a den and a full bath, and a room that could be a guest bedroom or home office. You’ll appreciate the convenience of the first floor laundry. Southborough Meadows is a vibrant active adult community with amenities that include a clubhouse & lovely landscaped grounds. Its wonderful location is just minutes to commuter trains, buses, shopping & all major routes. Act today!




Buying a home is one of the more complicated purchases that you’ll make in your lifetime. It’s not something that you can just open your wallet, pull out a wad of cash and buy. There’s a warm-up period for a house hunt. You need to prepare before you even start the process of the purchase. There’s a lot of different things that you should do to ready yourself to buy a home. You’ll need to organize your finances, find a real estate agent and ready yourself. If you’re looking to buy a home in the near future, it’s time to get busy! 


Keep Your Credit Score In Check


Your credit score is so important for so many reasons. The highest your credit score can be is 850 and the lowest it can be is 300. You’ll get a really good interest rate on a home if your credit score is 740 or above. A lower interest rate can save you a lot of money over a year’s time. 

The good news is that you can spend time repairing your score. This will include paying down debt, asking for credit limits to be raised and correcting errors that may be on your credit report. You want to be sure that you’re using 30% or less of your total available credit. As always, if your bills are paid on time, it will help you to keep that score up. Also, stay away from opening new credit cards, as this can bring your score down due to frequent credit checks. 


Put Gifts To Good Use


Whenever you get a financial gift, whether it be for a wedding, a Christmas bonus, or a birthday gift, make sure that you save it for your home purchase. You’ll need quite a bit of capital between closing costs, fees and down payments. You’ll be glad you saved the money once you start the home buying process. You’ll also want to make sure that you have and emergency fund built up. You don’t want to buy a home without some sort of a financial cushion behind you. 


Research Real Estate Agents 


Your real estate agent will be your right hand person when it is time to buying a home. You’ll want to know that your agent is knowledgable and can help you in this big decision. Your real estate agent is the person who will help you reach your goals, and you want to feel comfortable with them. Ask for recommendations and do your research.  


Get Preapproved


Sellers love buyers who have been preapproved. This shows that they’re reliable and financially able to buy a home. A preapproval can be done a few months in advance of buying a home. It will take an in-depth look at your finances including:


  • Proof of mortgage or rent payments over the last year
  • W2 forms for the past 2 years
  • Paycheck stubs for the past 2 months
  • List of all debts including loans and court settlements
  • List of all assets including car titles, investment accounts and any other real estate you may own.


Buying a home is a big deal but with the right preparation, you’ll be on the road to success and ready to secure a home purchase.


This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $380,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Megan Tolland - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


59 Sloane Drive, Framingham, MA 01701

Single-Family

$349,900
Price
$380,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Lovely, bright and expanded 8 rm, 4 brm, 1.5 bth ranch w/1 car attached garage in wonderful neighborhood location! Lovely fireplaced living rm with large picture window opens to formal dining rm with picture window! Master brm w/half bth and brand new carpet, 3 additonal brms w/brand new carpet! Updated eat in kitchen w/tile floor! Huge addition off the back includes 4th brm and large family rm w/brand new berber carpet! Mud room off garage with tile flr and washer & dryer! Updates & features include, security system, whole house fan, replacement windows, 100 amp electric, oil tank in 2005, driveway in 2007, attic insulation in 2011, architectural roof in 2012, vinyl garage door in 2015 & more! Gorgeous private half acre plus lot with large shed in wonderful location, close to all major routes, schools and shopping!

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