Posted by Marie Presti on 7/23/2017

Used car dealers aren't the only people who try to pass a product off as being in tip top condition when it's worn and in need of repairs. People who sell houses independently and,  unfortunately, also some real estate agents, sell houses that are in need of more than a fresh coat of paint.

The less you know about house problems, the more it could cost you

Unless you are an experienced contractor, like an electrician, construction worker or plumber, you probably won't notice the problems regardless of how many times you walk through the house before you buy it. This is because expensive hidden house problems are often buried beneath a layer of brick, metal or plaster.

Problems that the naked eye can't pick up operate like viruses. They keep spreading and damaging your house. Included among hidden house problems that can cost you big are:

  • Poor electrical wiring - This hidden problem can cause a host of issues. Result of poor electrical wiring ranges from power outages to fires to rising utility bills.
  • Septic tank issues - It cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace a bad septic tank. Move into a house that has a bad septic tank and the toilet may flush slowly. After you flush the toilet, waste may resurface, creating a potential health hazard.
  • Plumbing problems - Days or weeks could go by before you notice that the house you just bought has plumbing problems. There could be a delay before you experience plumbing problems because the former owners may have poured drainage openers or cleaners down the pipes. Actually fixing or replacing the pipes may fall into your lap.
  • Roof damage - You might not even spot water stains on the ceiling or walls if you buy a house that only leaks during hard weather storms. Buy the house during autumn or winter and you might wave off the cool, damp feeling that brushes your skin as you review a house with your realtor.
  • Flooring issues - Uneven flooring or rotting hardwood floor panels can go unhidden if the floor is carpeted. You might not even think to test the floor for durability by applying weight to the floor as you walk across it.

Response options if there are hidden house problems

You do have options should you find hidden house problems after you move in. For example,you could contact the insurance company of the professional who inspected your house if you uncover hidden house problems after you move in. If the inspection was performed through the lender, reach out to the lender. You could also call an attorney. But, this option could require you to pay the attorney a retainer.

To avoid encountering hidden house problems that could cost you big, while you shop for houses, bring a friend with you who has deep experience inspecting and repairing houses. This isn't a guarantee that you'll spot all problems before you buy a house. But, it can reduce the chances that you'll get blindsided with expensive repairs a few days, weeks or months after you move in. Also, make sure that you receive a disclosure form from the seller.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/21/2017

This Single-Family in Newton, MA recently sold for $1,950,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

112 Brackett Rd, Newton, MA 02458


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Full/Half Baths
Welcome Home! Absolutely stunning new construction located in the much sought after Ward School district of Newton. Impeccably designed and finished w/ all high end amenities. This home is flooded with natural light, open floor plan, great ceiling height, and wired for Smart House Technology. The primary living level has a formal sitting room, dining room, expansive family room and a gourmet kitchen. The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous with all the bells and whistles! Custom cabinetry, professional grade appliances, highlighted by the 6 burner range and built in refrigerator. Powder and mud room, as well as direct access into the attached heated 2 car garage and sliders to the sizable patio and rear yard. The second floor has a guest room with en suite, 2 other large bedrooms and an elegant master with walk in closet and spa like master bathroom. The lower level has high ceilings, an additional bedroom, full bath, and spacious family room.The back yard features a deck and private patio

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/16/2017

If you're anything like me, your household pet is like a member of the family. Most of us have a soft spot for our pets. When they're hurt we feel their pain. When they're sick we get worried sick about what might be wrong. A difficult part of owning a pet is that since we can't verbally communicate (aside from some commands and accolades) we aren't able to always read how they're feeling. Fortunately, much work has been done when it comes to understanding the nonverbal languages that our animal companions speak. Reading body language and understand your dog's bark and cat's meow can help you be a better pet owner and a better companion to your dog or cat. In this article, we'll let you in on some little known facts about what the body language of your pet means.

Do you speak dog?

Our canine companions tend to let us know how they're feeling. When they're scared they lower their tail and cower. When they're happy they attach us while licks. However, there are many misconceptions about the body language of dogs. Here are some important ones every dog owner should know:
  • Yawning. As humans, we yawn when we're tired. Dogs also share this trait. But if you own one you've probably noticed them yawning much more frequently than we do. This is because they also yawn when they're unsure of a situation, if they're around someone new, and if they're trying to diffuse tension.
  • Whale eye. This is phenomenon occurs when your dog tilts her head and stares out of the corner of her eye, exposing the whites of her eyes. This can be mistaken for a "cute puppy" look, but it normally means they are afraid.
  • Face-licking. As humans we tend to see face-licking as a sign of affection. In dogs, however, it is more likely a friendly sign of appeasement. It is usually seen in puppies and if it carries on into adulthood it can be problematic if your dog frequently licks other dogs' faces who might not appreciate the gesture.
  • Tail position. Horizontal can mean the dog is alert. Facing upwards can mean dominance and aggression. Tail down can mean the dog isn't feeling well or is sad. Tail tucked can mean fear and aggression.

What's your cat thinking?

Cats tend to be a bit more subtle in their communication than dogs (with the exception of when they're hungry and meowing incessantly). However, if you pay attention you can still get a glimpse into how your cat is feeling. There are three main indicators you should notice when trying to read your cat: the tail, eyes, and ears.
  • Tail. A cat's tail will tell you a lot about their mood. A tail standing up and wagging means a cat is happy. However, a straight up, rigid tail can mean a cat who is aggressive. Similarly, a cat who is thumping their tail or waiving it with force can also be trying to show dominance and aggression.
  • Eyes. Cat's eyes are very intense and expressive. Dilated pupils and a focused look can mean the cat is surprised or scared, but can also mean it is hunting something. Relaxed pupils, blinking eyes, or closed eyes, however all mean that the cat feels comfortable and not threatened.
  • Ears. Ears pointing up are somewhat ambiguous; it can mean playfulness or attentiveness. Ears pointing back, however, are a sign of fear and aggression.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/9/2017

All winter we look forward to summer time... the warm weather, the sun, the outdoor activities. However, when the sun starts to dip down on the first warm night we get a reminder of the price we pay for all of those outdoor luxuries: bugs. First come the May flies, then the June bugs, and all throughout the summer we have bees and mosquitos keeping us company at every cookout, campfire, and football game we go to. Aside from being a nuisance, mosquitos can also carry dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases like West Nile virus and yellow fever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, mosquito-born illnesses kill over a million people each year. In spite of their danger, our entire livelihood depends on insects like bees and mosquitos. Biologist Jonas Salk is reported to have said, "If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish." What Salk meant is that insects are the bottom of the food chain on which we and other animals depend. Flies, mosquitos, bees, and other insects serve as food for other animals and as pollinators for plants. To us, they may seem like pests, but our lives actually depend on them. So, how do we protect ourselves while also protecting the species of insects we want to avoid? Read on to find out.

Responsible Insect Control

Fortunately, there are ways for us to stay safe while also looking out for insect populations. Let's go down the list, bug-by-bug, and talk about some of those methods.
  • Mosquitos  Mosquitos repellant is one option. However, as you may have heard, one of the strongest repellants, DEET, has been shown to cause health problems when used often and in large amounts. We also know that many gimmicky mosquito repellants don't work at all. Among these are "ultrasonic" repellants which claim to use sound waves to repel the bugs, and mosquito repellant wristbands. They might protect your wrist, but probably aren't strong enough to keep mosquitos away from the rest of you. There are mosquito repellants that do work and haven't been shown to have adverse effects on your health. Lemon eucalyptus is a natural mosquito repellant that is often found in bug sprays. Picaridin is a new chemical alternative to DEET that doesn't come with the health risks. And, finally, you should always wear layers and thick clothing when outdoors in mosquito territory.
  • Bees and wasps  No one wants to have a bees' nest where they walk every day. However, you might be surprised to find that those bees are keeping your flower beds blooming each year.  To protect the bees in your yard, avoid using herbicides and pesticides in your lawn and garden. In terms of bee hives, we recommend that you only move the nest if it is in a particularly inconvenient location like around your door. Otherwise, leave it be. Do some research on the type of bee or wasp you're dealing with and decide if you're really in any danger before deciding to remove the nest.
  • Other insects  Just like bees and mosquitos, when you're dealing with other insect issues, be it in your lawn or garden, it's best to avoid chemical insecticides when possible. Not only are they bad for your lawn and for the insect population, but they can also enter groundwater and become harmful to humans as well.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/5/2017

This Single-Family in Mansfield, MA recently sold for $450,000. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

109 Branch St, Mansfield, MA 02048


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Wonderful Home with over an acre backyard for entertaining, gardening & summer games! A very versatile home with 4-5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, Maple Cabinet Kitchen & plenty of space to spread out when cooking or entertaining! Living Room has a beautiful Bellfires Fireplace & hardwood flooring with open concept to Dining Room. Upstairs offers Master bedroom, 2 additional bedrooms- all with large closet space &wood parquet floors, a pristine main bath with tile floors. Lower level offers 2 additional large bedrooms, a great family room, separate laundry room & full bath or In-Law! CA, NEW ROOF, NEW VINYL SIDING and NEW WINDOWS in 2013! Home has an incredible oversized Two Car Garage with lots of room for storage and/or workspace! The Backyard is so beautiful, serene and the options are endless with possibilities: gardening, pool, baseball games & natural sunlight all afternoon. A must see home within walking distance to downtown community events, commuter rail, bike path & school complex!

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