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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 12/13/2019

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When youíre relocating you search for a property and learn the real estate market in your new area. Are you also looking at what the general cost of living is in your new city? The cost of living can be very different from state to state and city to city. Here are some common daily expenses you may want to research as part of your relocation planning. 

Groceries

The cost of groceries and home goods can vary drastically from place to place. If youíre moving to a new city or state your general cost of goods may increase or decrease depending on where you move. This is a cost many people donít consider when thinking about the affordability of a new area. The price of milk might be 50% more or even double the cost from where you live now. The same shampoo you purchase in California might be half of the cost in Arizona. A change in sales tax will also make a difference in what you pay for goods. To gather information about how this may impact you, check into a few retail stores in your target area (or online if you canít be local) and make some price comparisons based on the products you purchase regularly.

Transportation

Gas prices can make a difference to your monthly costs. On the coasts, prices can be as high as $4.00 or more per gallon, but in the Midwest and South prices can be under $2.00 a gallon. If youíre moving to a location where gas prices increase consider those additional fill-ups when determining what commute you can manage. Is it most cost-effective for you to live further away from your workplace in a less expensive home? Does it make more sense to find a home closer to work allowing for a shorter commute or the use of a public transportation option? Consider also the amount of time youíre willing to spend on your commute each day.

Food and Entertainment

The amount you spend on entertainment and dining each month may change when you move. In some places a higher minimum wage is set for service industry workers, so a lower tip percentage is common. In other locations the service industry wage is quite low, so a higher tip percentage is the norm. Explore the activities you enjoy while you house hunt to get a better idea of what differences you might experience in your new location.

Services

Finally, the cost of general services can affect your bottom line. From your new hairdresser to housekeeping services to home repair companies you could see a change in pricing. If you frequently use these types of services or would like to, consider how the average cost for them fits into your monthly budget. 

These cost differences may not seem like a big factor, but they can impact your monthly expenses. If youíre moving to a more affordable place you may save enough on basic goods and services that you can increase your mortgage budget. However, if youíre relocating to a city with a higher cost of living, you may need to revisit your monthly budget to see what you can really afford.




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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 12/6/2019


31 California Ave, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Fitchburg

Single-Family

$225,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
NEW YEAR...NEW HOME. Come see this remodeled home in a nice LOCATION. Many updates including....New ROOF, New SIDING, New HEATING SYSTEM w/ 95 percent efficiency rating, Upgraded ELECTRICAL, New KITCHEN w/stainless appliances, and New BATHROOM. TILE FLOORING AND GRANITE COUNTERTOPS. Fresh PAINT throughout and NEW CARPETING in all bedrooms. Nothing to do here but move in. Seller offering up to $5000 CLOSING COST CREDIT.
Open House
Saturday
December 07 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 31 California Ave, Fitchburg, MA 01420    Get Directions

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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 12/6/2019


31 California Ave, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Fitchburg

Single-Family

$225,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
NEW YEAR...NEW HOME. Come see this remodeled home in a nice LOCATION. Many updates including....New ROOF, New SIDING, New HEATING SYSTEM w/ 95 percent efficiency rating, Upgraded ELECTRICAL, New KITCHEN w/stainless appliances, and New BATHROOM. TILE FLOORING AND GRANITE COUNTERTOPS. Fresh PAINT throughout and NEW CARPETING in all bedrooms. Nothing to do here but move in. Seller offering up to $5000 CLOSING COST CREDIT.
Open House
Saturday
December 07 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 31 California Ave, Fitchburg, MA 01420    Get Directions

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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 12/6/2019

While some home improvement projects are done purely for aesthetic reasons, window replacement projects offer a wide range of benefits.

If your current windows are decades old, they're probably difficult to clean, provide poor insulation, and get stuck every time you try to raise or lower them.

Old wooden window frames also tend to deteriorate over time, which negatively impacts both their appearance and their ability to seal out drafts and outdoor temperatures.

Modern, energy-efficient windows make older models look like they're straight out of the Stone Age! Many windows manufactured today meet strict U.S. government standards for energy efficiency and durability, which can help you save money on your home energy bills. These new features include multiple panes of glass, which provide improved insulation and impact resistance. Instead of using just plain air, many of these advanced windows are insulated with non-toxic gases, such as argon and krypton. (As long as you're not Superman, you'll do just fine!) If you're willing to pay extra, there's also the option of having mini-blinds inserted between the panes of glass.

Reducing Home Energy Costs

According to the EPA, "Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house's carbon footprint."

Energy Star-certified windows also have special coatings that reflect both infrared and ultraviolet light. That not only helps keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it helps stop the sun's rays from fading furniture colors, flooring, and other materials.

Some of the newer windows are available with three or more layers of glass panes, which can help make your home more comfortable and quieter. If external noise is an issue, installing well-insulated windows with multiple panes can reduce that problem significantly.

Although many of the new window products are constructed of wood, they're often covered with vinyl or aluminum to be more weather resistant and durable. Fiberglass is another low-maintenance, durable material that offers good insulation qualities.

Cost Versus Benefits

While a window replacement project can take a big chunk out of your home improvement budget or bank account, it does provide a return on your investment. In addition to the fact that your home energy costs should decrease, installing new, energy-efficient windows will improve your home's marketability in the future. If and when you decide to put your home on the market, the fact that you've installed energy-efficient, easy-to-use window replacements will be a major selling point in the minds of prospective buyers.

As is the case with all home improvement contractors, it's always a good idea to get several estimates and check references, read online reviews, and take a look at Better Business Bureau ratings before choosing someone to handle the project.





Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 11/29/2019

This Land in Fitchburg, MA recently sold for $16,500. This style home was sold by T. Jay Johnson Jr. - Lamacchia Realty, Inc..


Lot 12-13 St Peter Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Land

$29,900
Price
$16,500
Sale Price

0.22
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Potential building lot for your new home. Located in an established neighborhood with access to highways, shopping, parks, schools, and more.






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