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Just as your car needs regular maintenance, so does your home. It may not be the highlight of your weekend, but home maintenance is crucial. Keeping your home in tip-top shape will help prevent problems down the road and give you an edge when you decide to sell.

Check Your HVAC System

A general guideline is to swap your HVAC filters every two to three months. If you have a large household and/or pets, you may need to replace your filters more frequently. New HVAC filters can better trap dust and allergens and improve airflow throughout your home, benefiting both your health and your wallet. Service your HVAC system in the spring and fall before extreme temperatures hit.

Clean Kitchen Appliances

Freshen and de-grime your sink disposal. You can do this with conventional cleaners or with vinegar ice cubes. Grind up some orange peels to make the disposal extra fresh. Next up is the range hood filter. A degreaser mixed with hot water should do the trick. Lastly, you'll want to vacuum your refrigerator coils. Doing so will make your fridge run more efficiently and cut down on your electricity bill.

Check Your Fire Safety

Make sure your fire extinguisher is accessible and has sufficient pressure. This should be visible on the gauge. Next, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most modern systems have a test feature that will sound an alarm if all is good. Clean the detectors and replace the batteries as needed.

Check Your Water

Inspect your water heater to make sure all valves are working properly. While you're at it, check your water softener and add salt if needed. Inspect your faucets, tubs and toilets for leaks and water pressure issues. Any problems will most likely stem from the aerator, which is a simple fix.

Test Your Electricity

Check that all your outlets are working properly. You can follow various online guides on how to re-wire dead outlets. If you feel nervous about working with electricity, call an electrician.

Deep Clean Your Home

At least twice a year you'll want to dust, vacuum and scrub your interiors as thoroughly as possible. Remove stains and caked-on dirt from floors, carpets and countertops. Get into the nooks and crannies. Clean tile grout and showerheads.

Don't Forget the Outside

Hose and sweep your patio, clean your gutters and clear debris from around entrances. Trim overgrown plants. Inspect roofing, siding, paint, and brick for damages. Use caulk to patch up minor damages and seal gaps in window and door frames.

With proper maintenance, you can keep your home in excellent condition regardless of its age. Make a checklist of what you need to do monthly, seasonally and yearly. Fix seemingly small issues now before they turn into big, costly ones. If you have a busy schedule, consider hiring a professional to keep your home well-maintained.



4 Roaen Dr, Chelmsford, MA 01863

North Chelmsford

Single-Family

$469,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This stunning three bedroom home located on a cul-de-sac is everything you are looking for inside & out! Walk through the front door to be greeted with hardwood floors and a cathedral ceiling living room that is open to the dining area and kitchen. The kitchen features newer stainless steel appliances with access to the new trex deck overlooking the leveled and landscaped backyard. The main level features three bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level has more storage and entertaining space with the oversized fireplace family room. The lowel level full bath has been recently updated. A laundry room and additional bonus room currently being used as a walk-in closet finish off the lower level as well as provides access to the backyard or the one car garage. Other features include a seven zone irrigation system, central air and storage shed. Easy access to schools, highway & shopping. Offers are due Tuesday, May 12th @ 4 p.m.
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2 Morrison Ln, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$765,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This beautiful colonial in Greystone Estates is everything you're looking for! Cared for by the original owners, this home is the perfect blend of elegance and comfort. The sun filled eat in kitchen features stainless steel appliances & granite countertops with custom cabinets. The slider in the kitchen takes you to the sun room over looking the meticulously maintained backyard. The living room, dining room & cathedral living have hardwood floors. The family room features a wood fireplace and skylights to bring in even more natural light. The first floor also features a half bath with laundry and a home office. The second floor boasts four generously sized bedrooms including a master suite with his & her closets and a full master bath. Completing the second floor is a second full bath to accommodate the other bedrooms.The lower level has a bonus room, workshop & ample storage space as well as access to the two car garage with exterior access. This home has it ALL!
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With more and more people abandoning cable television in favor of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go, having a reliable internet connection is more important than ever. However, as much as technology has improved in recent years, many people across the nation still have poor WiFi reception in their homes.

There are ways to improve your home WiFi reception that you may not be aware of. There are also many common mistakes that homeowners make in setting up their routers that might cause them connectivity and reception issues.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the reasons your home WiFi might not be performing as well as you’d like, and how to address those problems so you can stream and download at higher rates with better quality.

Testing your internet speed

Before we start diagnosing your internet problems, it’s a good idea to find out how your reception compares to others in your area. While there are a few good online resources to do this, one of the most respected tools is the free Speedtest by Ookla.

You can take this speed test on your laptop, desktop, cell phone, and any other decides that you connect to your router. You can also move your devices to different parts of the home to determine if your issue is a matter of reach.

If all of your devices perform poorly, try plugging your computer directly into your cable modem and taking the speed test. This will help you determine if your router is possibly malfunctioning.

Update firmware and devices

If you have an older router, it may need to be updated. To do this, you’ll need to login to your router’s administrator interface. Find out how to do this by visiting the router manufacturer’s website.

Once you’ve ensured that your device is updated, it’s a good idea to diagnose your devices. If you have one device that is performing worse than others, you may have to do software updates or maintenance to that device.

Change the placement of your router

Sometimes poor WiFi reception is simply a matter of the location of your router. Wireless routers should be elevated off of the ground and away from any large appliances that may interfere with reception.

Change your router channel

Just like radios, routers work on wireless frequencies or “channels.” This means that they can sometimes interfere with one another. If possible, switching your router to the 5GHz band can improve your connection and limit the amount of interference from other routers. Then, experiment with different channels to determine which one gives you the best reception.

Upgrade your hardware

If none of those quick fixes did the job, you might need to consider upgrading your wireless hardware. This includes purchasing a newer router, a range extender, or a mesh router system. Since newer homes tend to be larger, a mesh router system is a way to ensure coverage throughout your home via multiple access points.



50 Wentworth Avenue, Lowell, MA 01852

Multi-Family

$539,000
Price

2
Units
4,500
Approx. GLA
This is a remarkable legal two family home per property card located in historic Belvidere that is surely to impress those who appreciate an antique home. The open and inviting living room has gleaming hardwood floors and a fireplace that lead you into the dining room. The oversized eat in kitchen brings in an abundance of sunlight. First floor also includes a formal family room that has custom built ins, and a full bath. Upstairs leads you to four bedrooms all with hardwood floors including the master with an ensuite full bath. This property has a large flat lot including a two story carriage house that has an open floor plan with a kitchen, living room and bath all on the first level. The finished second level that has endless possibilities as one large room . The carriage house would be a great as an in-law suite whether you want a two floor or single floor living. Located minutes from the highway, shopping, restaurants & Shedd Park.
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