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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 9/18/2020

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If you're like many busy homeowners, you may not have a lot of time to cultivate a vegetable garden for the purpose of putting food on the family table. However, old-school culinary herb gardens are deceptively easy to grow, and they pull double duty by providing an exceedingly pleasing aesthetic. Not only do they add a flavorful element to any meal, but culinary herb gardens also present a picturesque appearance as well as perfume the surrounding air. If you plant your herb garden near a window, you'll be rewarded by a lovely aroma wafting through your home on warm days when you open the window. If you're thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future, an herb garden may increase its desirability to prospective buyers. 

As an added bonus, most culinary herbs require very little maintenance once established. Herbs are typically resilient plants capable of thriving in poor soils. They normally don't require extra summer watering except in times of drought, and their abundance of aromatic plant oils serve as natural insecticides. Here's what you need to do to get the most out of your culinary herb garden.

Consider How You Cook

The first thing to consider is which types of herbs you typically use the most in your kitchen. If you love using Mediterranean-sourced recipes when preparing fare for the family table, be sure to plant lots of thyme, oregano, and rosemary. If herbal tea is popular in your household, you can grow chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, and other herbs used for making teas in your garden. You can dry the herbs with a food dryer, by spreading them out on a cookie sheet and placing them in the oven on low heat, or by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry location.

Choose a Sunny Spot

Most culinary herbs used by modern cooks have their roots in the Mediterranean, which means they've evolved under sunny skies and prefer that kind of environment. Choosing the sunniest available spot in your yard for culinary herb gardens help ensure that they thrive. However, if you've got a few somewhat shady spots in the area you choose for your garden, some herbs, such as parsley and mint, do quite well with a partial sun exposure, especially in warmer climates.

Add Hardscaping

Adding hardscaping such as stepping stones, statuary, birdbaths, arbors, and decorative fencing provides a polished, pulled-together look that keeps the average herb garden from looking unkempt. Water features such as pools and fountains add classic accents, and a comfortable garden bench provides an ideal place to sit and read, dream, or just watch the world go by. 

Please feel free to reach out for more information on getting the most from your outdoor living space or other aspects of optimizing your homeowner experience. 




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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 9/11/2020

If you recently bought or sold a house, it may be only a matter of time before you need to move. Lucky for you, many moving companies are available to help you transport your personal belongings from one destination to the next.

What differentiates a good moving company from a great one? Here are three tips to ensure you can find the perfect company to help you with your upcoming move.

1. Get Multiple Quotes

When it comes to finding a moving company, there is no reason to break your budget. Fortunately, if you shop around, you can select a high-quality moving company that won't force you to overspend.

Reach out to a wide range of moving companies in your city or town. That way, you can receive multiple quotes.

Also, it is important to remember that the lowest price doesn't always guarantee the best service, particularly when it comes to moving companies. And even though price should be a consideration as you evaluate moving companies, it is essential to consider other factors.

The more you research that you perform into all of the moving companies that are available, the better off you will be. With plenty of research in hand, you should have no trouble choosing an affordable moving company that will exceed your expectations.

2. Look at a Moving Company's Experience

No two moving companies are identical, and in most cases, you can enjoy many benefits if you choose a proven moving company over an inexperienced one.

Ultimately, a proven moving company will have sufficient staff on hand to help you transport your belongings to your new address. This company likely employs customer service professionals who are happy to respond to any concerns or questions prior to moving day too.

A proven moving company also can help you alleviate stress as you prep for moving day. This company will go the extra mile to support you in any way possible, and by doing so, ensure you can receive comprehensive assistance when moving day arrives.

3. Ask for Client Referrals

If you're on the fence about a moving company, it certainly won't hurt to ask this business for client referrals.

In many cases, client referrals are difference-makers, particularly if you're struggling to decide between two moving companies.

A moving company should be able to provide you with client referrals at your request. Then, you can reach out to past clients to learn about their experiences with a particular moving company.

Client referrals offer excellent resources as you search for the ideal moving company. In fact, client referrals can provide you with moving company insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

Lastly, don't hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent for extra help. This housing market professional may be able to put you in touch with a variety of moving companies that can help you relocate your belongings.

Take the guesswork out of selecting a moving company use the aforementioned tips, and you can find the ideal moving company based on your personal needs and finances.




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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 9/9/2020

This Single-Family in Fitchburg, MA recently sold for $294,000. This Farmhouse style home was sold by T. Jay Johnson Jr. - Lamacchia Realty, Inc..


592 Westminster Hill Rd, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Single-Family

$284,900
Price
$294,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
BUYER FINANCING FELL THROUGH. Charming and newly RENOVATED 3 BED, 3 BATH antique farmhouse on a corner lot! Beautiful open kitchen with GRANITE countertops, a kitchen ISLAND, recessed lighting, breakfast bar, and exterior access to the porch where you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee! Formal dining room with H/W and recessed lights. Bright and sunny living room with a bay window, HARDWOOD FLOORS, and recessed lighting with another exterior door. Convenient 1st-floor laundry, full bath with tiled stand up shower to complete level 1. Upstairs provides a MASTER BEDROOM with plush wall to wall carpet and full bath w/granite vanity and tiled shower. 2 ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS with w2w carpet, plus OFFICE/PLAYROOM and another FULLl BATH to round out this level. The exterior offers plenty of YARD and parking space with some gardening areas. New HIGH EFFICIENCY BOILER, NEW WIRING, NEW ROOF & NEW WINDOWS! Close to public transportation, trails, conservation area, schools, and more.

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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 9/4/2020

Successfully selling your home in the shortest period of time is generally an achievable goal, but there are many potential pitfalls to be aware of. Although one of the most important steps you can take involves hiring an experienced, proactive real estate agent, your own attitude and beliefs can have a major impact on things like the final selling price and how long your house stays on the market.

While your real estate agent can provide valuable guidance, advice, and marketing help, there are certain things that only you, the home owner, can do. Maintaining a positive outlook is one of them.

If you have self-defeating attitudes and beliefs, you may be undermining the sales process and keeping potential buyers at a distance. Here are a few examples of how your own negative attitudes can be a major stumbling block to getting your house sold quickly and for an optimal price.

Unrealistic beliefs: Sometimes sellers are so emotionally connected to their homes that they're unable to relate to the viewpoint and perspective of potential buyers. Pricing, for example, should be based on objective criteria and comparative data, rather than emotional attachment or perceived value. If the price you're asking for your home is significantly above the actual market value of your property, then that will raise red flags in the minds of both prospective buyers and mortgage lenders. Although you want to get the highest possible price for your family's home, it has to be based on a realistic range that would be acceptable to both buyers and lenders.

False expectations: Homeowners who expect prospective buyers to recognize the intrinsic value of their home, even though the paint is peeling and the bathrooms have never been updated, are setting themselves up for disappointment and failure! When you factor in human psychology and the competitive nature of the real estate market, it becomes apparent how vitally important first impressions and overall presentation are to the marketing a home.

Pessimism: Although positive thinking, alone, is not going to get your house sold, it can help give you that extra boost of energy and motivation to make sure your home is clean, organized, and visually appealing. Pessimism, on the other hand, can cause you to be less thorough, attentive, and conscientious about keeping your home immaculate, fresh, and ready for potential buyers. If there's any hint of the house being unclean, in disrepair, or cluttered, then you've lost your opportunity to make a positive first impression.

Finding and working with a real estate agent who's got a solid sales record and a proactive approach to selling houses is among the key ingredients to getting your home sold quickly and for the best possible price. Although they'll be doing the lion's share of work when it comes to marketing your property and coordinating the details, your support and cooperation plays an important role in the ultimate success of their efforts.





Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 8/28/2020

This Single-Family in Sterling, MA recently sold for $350,000. This Colonial style home was sold by T. Jay Johnson Jr. - Lamacchia Realty, Inc..


19 Chace Hill Rd, Sterling, MA 01564

Single-Family

$374,000
Price
$350,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful Pastoral Setting w/ garden and an orchard plus conservation land nearby. Spacious and bright, the potential in this home is HUGE! .Eat-in kitchen w/ French doors to a heated Sunroom as well as atrium doors to wrap-around deck. Wonderful large D/R w/ hardwood floors - perfect for holiday entertaining. Living room w/ hardwood floors and wood burning fireplace. Hardwood stairs to 2nd floor w/ all new carpeting! Bedrooms & baths w/ soaring vaulted ceilings. Huge Master B/R w/ full bath. Master has walk-in closet, 3 skylites, vaulted ceiling and many windows. Bath has vaulted ceiling, skylite, shower stall and separate whirlpool tub ( not functioning) w/ tile surround. Two more bedrooms w/ vaulted ceilings & skylites. Family Bath has tub w/ shower & tile surround, vaulted ceiling. Wash/dry hook-up in 2nd floor hallway. Modifications/improvements over the years were made but unable to locate permits for same. See attached easement plan. Access to hwy , goods & services.

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