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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 3/19/2019

Just because your new house doesn’t have room for a gym doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout there. Items all over your home make perfect gym props, so all you need is a little floor space—no special rooms required.

Built-in Workouts

The most natural workout in your home is to use the stairs. If you have more than one floor, design your day so that you make several trips up and down the stairs. No, don't practice economy by trying to get everything in one load. Instead, make multiple trips and get all those steps in for the day. Work it fast for cardio or carry loads to build muscle. Either way, your steps are your workout friend.

If you don’t have a second story or basement to get your workout in gear, a single porch or patio step does nicely for an aerobic step workout. Just make sure your step’s tread is deep enough that you can keep your balance as you step on and off.

Another built-in prop is the kitchen (or bathroom) counter. In just a few strategic minutes a day, you can tone your core, chest, and arms. Place your hands on the countertop—about shoulder-width apart—and step back with your feet until your feet are as far as they can reach while flat on the floor. Creating a straight line from head to toe and with arms fully extended, press into the counter as you bend your elbows and allow your weight to shift to your toes. Do two or three sets of 10-15 “push-ups” as you stand in the kitchen waiting for your coffee to brew or dinner to cook.

Provided that your shower has a non-skid floor, get in a few reps of wall presses as you take your morning rinse.

Other items on hand

  • Cans: No need to buy costly weights. Add a full can in each hand as you do your steps to increase your workout.
  • Jugs: Milk, juice, or laundry soap jugs work great for getting a good arm workout. Try bicep curls or overhead presses. Just in case you drop one, though, it's better to re-fill an empty one with water rather than the one fresh from the store. A full milk jug supplies about eight and a half pounds to each arm: for best results, use identical jugs left and right.
  • Chairs: Give yourself a full-body workout with a sturdy chair (kitchen or dining room chairs that don’t tip when you press on the back). Standing in front of the seat, facing away and about one foot in front of the chair, slowly lower yourself toward the chair and grab the seat with your hands. Raise and lower your body to give your arms and core some love. Or, stand beside the chair back and use it as a support when you lift one leg out to the side, front, and back.
  • You: Remember that your body weight is the perfect piece of equipment for toning and strengthening exercise. Check out online Pilates, yoga, Zumba, or kickboxing routines or do your squats, pushups, burpees, or lunges.

If a full home gym is on your wish list, reach out to your real estate professional to keep an eye out for the perfect setup for you.





Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 3/12/2019

Tile work can be a beautiful way to revamp a space in your home. The design or color of the tile can accent an area. Designing an eye-catching layout of tiles may also be a way to create a statement throughout a room. Many different materials comprise the term "tile."

Pick the Perfect Fit 

Tiles may be ceramic, stone, porcelain, or glass. Those are just a few of the options you can readily find on the market. Not all materials will be appropriate for every project. When researching what tiles to use, pay attention to the environment for the tile project. Bathrooms, for instance, will need tiles rated for exposure to high levels of moisture. Entryway and kitchen floors will need to be very durable in those high-traffic areas. Tile work that is more decorative as in a backsplash or alcove may be less about function and more about design. Some materials can be glazed or sealed to help with durability. Others are only decorative in nature and useful just in places where somewhat protected. 

Inspired Creativity

Choosing the size and shape of the tile may be fun and exciting with so many unique and creative tiles on the market. Research current design ideas that may appeal to your style. Many new-construction model homes can give you great inspiration. Home improvement stores have design centers where you can look, touch, and ask your questions about any tile project you have in mind. Remember, however, that if you are not living in your forever-home, a final product that is too unique may be a detraction when putting your home on the market.

Holding it all 

Together The grout that holds your tiles in place is another thing to research. Grout comes in many colors, and so you should include it as part of the design element. Most of the grout you see will be visually neutral to the overall tiling project. Most of the time you will see a grey or white grouting. Other color grout options add a more unique, creative finished product. Or check out some of the new groutless tile projects available. 

Take your Time

Planning a tile project takes careful measurements. You may want to sketch it out on graph paper a couple of different times to triple check measurements and math calculations. These types of projects are a significant investment, and incorrect measurements can cause costly mistakes. Tiling projects will require patience and time.




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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 3/5/2019

Finding the ideal moving company to help you transport your belongings from Point A to Point B should be simple. However, no two moving companies are identical. And if you select an inferior moving company, you may encounter many problems when moving day arrives.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of finding the perfect moving company.

Now, let's take a look at three red flags to consider when you evaluate moving companies.

1. Lack of Experience

Search for moving companies that boast many years of experience – you'll be happy you did.

Moving companies that possess comprehensive industry experience understand the ins and outs of moving day and may be better equipped than rivals to deliver the best results.

Typically, a moving company that has extensive industry experience will employ friendly, knowledgeable professionals. This business also will provide fair prices and personalized support, ensuring you can get the assistance you need to seamlessly and effortlessly get your personal belongings to your new address.

2. No Licensure or Insurance

Regardless of whether you're moving within the same state or out of state, it is paramount to employ a licensed, insured moving company. By doing so, you can minimize risk of damage or destruction of your personal belongings.

Remember, a moving company will be responsible for transporting your appliances, electronics, furniture and other items to a new location. And if you fail to employ a licensed, insured moving company, you might struggle to protect your belongings in the event of an accident during transport.

Ask moving companies for verification of licensure and insurance. This will enable you to work with a moving company that will do everything possible to safeguard your belongings on moving day.

3. Poor Customer Reviews

What are past customers saying about a moving company? Take a look at customer reviews, and you can gain a better understanding of what it's like to work with a moving company.

In many instances, an online search of a moving company will allow you to learn how this business stacks up against the competition. Or, a moving company may even provide customer reviews on its website.

Of course, don't hesitate to reach out to a moving company to ask for client referrals, either. This will enable you to obtain first-hand insights from previous customers so you can select a moving company that will meet or surpass your expectations.

For recent homebuyers or home sellers, your real estate agent may be able to help you identify moving company red flags as well.

A real estate agent understands the challenges associated with moving day. As such, he or she may be able to help you find a top-notch moving company and ensure you are fully prepared for your upcoming move.

When it comes to finding a moving company, there is no need to worry. Consider the aforementioned warning signs, and you should have no trouble choosing a first-rate moving company to help you out on moving day.




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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 2/24/2019

This Condo in Springfield, MA recently sold for $155,000. This Garden,Mid-Rise,Brownstone style home was sold by - Landmark, Realtors.


235 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Condo

$164,900
Price
$155,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
This historic landmark is an architectural icon in the city of Springfield. Elegant is an understatement as you enter the grand foyer of Classical High School built in 1899. Rare 5th floor, one level condo is loaded with character and old world charm, laundry hook-up & deeded garage too. Huge entry way welcomes you to this one of a kind home. Walk up to a truly unique observatory, turret with original woodwork ! Would be a great hide-away or office. Master bedroom has large bathroom & walk-in closet and it's very own balcony/deck Large living room opens to dining room with sliders to another outdoor private deck. Huge pantry/wet bar off dining room for storage and entertaining. This friendly community hosts regular events, parties and social gatherings !! small storage space in basement. Centrally located with easy access to highways, walk to library, museums,Mass Mutual Center, restaurants and now MGM Casino.

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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 2/19/2019

Building your own home can be a big undertaking, and when you're considering this option, as opposed to buying a finished house, you'll consider several factors like design features, cost to design, building quality and timeline. When it's completely said and done the numbers certainly add up, and you'll be looking at several additional months to a year before you can move into your new home. While you're looking at building your home, consider going modular. Far from the off-putting idea of living in a trailer or mobile home, prefab home design and construction has come a long way in the last decade, and there are some genuine advantages to selecting a modular home for your new property. 

Affordability.Modular home builders are constructing multiple homes at the same time, in a controlled environment. They have readily available materials, workforce and time that cut down on the initial costs to build your home. Even with the expense of transporting the pieces of your home to your land modular homes are incredibly cost-effective. Whether you are looking for a home you can buy under 100k or looking to get a 12 million dollar mansion for 2 million dollars buying a prefab home helps you stay within your budget and get more bang for your buck.

Timeline. Your prefab home construction takes place in a controlled weather environment. Builders aren't subject to changes in weather that damage materials and delay deadlines. Unlike residential builders who specialize in stick-built homes, your modular home builder is building many houses at the same time, at the same location, so they usually have an abundance of materials on hand and recurring order and delivery dates with their suppliers. This process helps to prevent the delays caused by delayed deliveries to the build site, sold out suppliers or lack of accessibility to the build site. If an accelerated timeline is important to you a modular home can help you make that expedited move-in date. 

Quality control. Here again, a controlled building environment is a tremendous positive of prefabricated homes. You don't have to worry about finding warped or rotted boards or a crew working through miserable weather. Prefab building facilities can employ more technology to assist builders and ensure exact measurements, cuts, and precision of craftsmanship. Stable factory conditions improve the health and safety of workers allowing them to produce their best work. As with all homes, your modular home will be reviewed by an independent inspector to make sure it meets all building codes.

If you've found a property that you like and are considering building your own home speak with your lending agent and realtor about your modular home building options.




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