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Posted by George P. Goulas on 8/21/2019

If you have walked into your kitchen at midnight, put on the lights and watched an army of cockroaches scatter into the dark crevices of your cabinets, then you know you have a bad situation on your hand. Cockroaches are not just terrible insects, but they can contaminate food and spread germs around the home. Follow these simple process to get rid of cockroaches in your home once and for all.

  • Eliminate food and water sources. Cockroaches need stores of food and water to survive, so the first step in getting rid of them involves cutting them off from food and water. Always clean up spilled or leftover food or use sealed containers to store them. Your kitchen appliances, cabinets and even behind the refrigerator should be cleaned thoroughly every night to remove grease and spilled food. Their water sources include leaky pipes and wet drains, so they should be fixed and dried respectively. Place wet items like sponges and toothbrushes in an airtight bag to dry.
  • Eliminate hiding places. Roaches love hiding in dark and damp places during the day, so you should focus on ridding your home of spaces like these. Clean up any clutter you have around such as cardboard boxes. You should also seal up cracks and holes in your walls with caulk to prevent entry. Make sure your under-cabinets are not damp and inviting for them.
  • Use bait. Applying cockroach bait is also a simple and effective way of getting rid of cockroaches. While pesticides are not always advisable because of their likelihood of contaminating surfaces like countertops and appliances, baits are more straightforward and safer to use. Place bait in the areas of the highest cockroach traffic such as behind cabinets and countertops, around the sink and bathroom fixtures and pipes that come into the home.
  • Use Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). Insect Growth Regulators are synthetic chemicals that work to disrupt the natural life cycle of insects, functioning as a form of birth control for them, the idea being that if an insect cannot reach adulthood, then it becomes impossible for it to reproduce.

When finished with all these, there is the need for patience in waiting for results to become complete. Always bear in mind that getting rid of cockroaches is a constant process that has to be carried out regularly. Not sure of what kind of bait or IGR to buy, ask for recommendations at your local supermarket.




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Posted by George P. Goulas on 8/14/2019

Aside from your realtor, your lender will be one of the people that you work the most closely with when youíre buying a home. Before you even sign on with a lender, thereís a few questions that you should ask. Donít feel pressure from a certain lender before you understand what their areas of expertise are. You donít want to end up with homebuyerís remorse because you didnít do the right research before you signed the deal on a home.   


Can You Tell Me About Programs For First Time Homebuyers? 


There are so many great programs for first-time homebuyers. If the lender you choose canít help you with these programs, maybe this isnít the right lender for you. If your lender lacks knowledge in the areas that you need, you probably want to shop around.


How Can You Help Me Qualify For The Loan I Need?


Many times, loans have very specific qualifications that you need to meet. Even if you think you might not meet those requirements due to things like a low amount of down payment or a job change, your lender can often help you to find the details in your situation to help you qualify for a loan. For example, you may have recently changed jobs, but if you have stayed in the same field, your lender can help you to explain these circumstances so that you can still qualify for the loan. 


Are There Downpayment Assistance Programs Available?


There are also many programs and loan types available to help buyers get a home with less than a 20% downpayment. Some loans offer good interest rates with less than a 20% downpayment. There are also many grants and downpayment assistance plans available. Itís important to ask questions to know the right information for your loan circumstances.


What Fees Do You Charge?


Some lenders do charge an array of fees. You donít want to sign on with a lender and then close on the loan, only to find out that youíre knee-deep in fees in addition to all of the closing costs that you have to pay along with the home purchase. 


How Will You Communicate With Me


Just like your Realtor, itís important that your lender communicates with you in a timely manner. Buying a home requires that documents and offers are in on time to secure your home. Donít let anything fall through the cracks by hiring people on your home search that may lapse in their communication with important information.




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Posted by George P. Goulas on 8/8/2019

This Commercial in Charlton, MA recently sold for $107,000. This style home was sold by George P. Goulas - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY.


21 N Main Street, Charlton, MA 01507

Commercial

$114,900
Price
$107,000
Sale Price

2
Buildings
Commercial
Type of Comm.
11,472.00
Lot Size
Net Selling Price: $100,000 ($107,000 less $7,000 for Buyer's Closing Costs). Public water will be connected by ExxonMobil at no cost to the owner. Here is your opportunity to build your business in the Great Town of Charlton and rehab this antique home into your commercial property. The property is ideally located near the center of Town, in the Village-Zoned section, across the street from Harrington Health Care & 350 yards from CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Rt.20 & North Main St. This spacious antique colonial needs to be completed rehabbed, but is well worth the effort for the right buyer who is looking for a location where you can run your potential business and/or live in the property if that is your objective. The property seems to be structurally sound and would make an excellent property for a new owner with vision who could make it shine again. The garage seems unsafe and should be torn down. Sold as-is.






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Posted by George P. Goulas on 8/7/2019

Early attempts at dressing where you arrived in a striped top and polka-dot bottoms may not have earned your rewards when you were little. In fact, it may have put you off mixing patterns at all. After all, playing it safe with solids and neutrals is much less intimidating. But in your home, all that seamlessness leaves you somewhat uninspired. Here are simple, and less angst-causing ways to mix it up in your home.

Throw pillows:

Add life to the party with one stripe and one floral or geometric in similar or coordinating colors. If you want a display bolder look, use contrasting colors such as a bright red stripe with a chartreuse green geometric against your gray sofa. Or pick one large print and one small print in the same or reverse colors. Then, add a third pattern such as a stripe or plaid to pull it all together.

Change up the fabrics and textures too. Put a crisp black canvas or duck weave with a soft green and blue velour print. Or mix a paisley pattern with stripes or blocks. The variety draws the eye to multiple places and can even camouflage a dated sofa or chair.

Carpets:

Mix up your carpet styles too. If you have a traditional carpet pattern in the living room, liven it up with an overlapping sea-grass weave in high traffic areas. Place florals and paisleys within eyesight of each other or put a bold stripe in the entry to the living area.

Blankets:

Mix up those plaid plush blankets with a lovely vintage granny-square crocheted afghan or hang a hand-made quilt over the arm of a pattered high-back chair. 

Vintage pieces:

Experiment with mixing different wood colors and textures too. Place a Victorian table in a dark wood next to a mid-century arm or slipper chair with light legs. Lean a decorative brass screen against the fireplace next to a glass urn from a completely different era. Stack re-discovered suitcases as a side table and set a modern lamp with a mod-print shade on top.

The thing about mixing stripes and patterns or delicate prints with geometrics is that is the balance can come from either the design or the piece. So, a large cushion in a subtle pattern next to a smaller one with a bold stripe works because neither one outdoes the other. The key is to pick things you like, then balance them with other items that share a color or feature or are their direct opposite on the color wheel.




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Posted by George P. Goulas on 8/3/2019


286 Auburn Street, Leicester, MA 01611

Cherry Valley

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
STATELY & MAGNIFICENT PROPERTY THAT IS TRULY UNIQUE. THIS PICTURESQUE PROPERTY WITH JUST UNDER 10 ACRES OF LAND IS A FULLY FUNCTIONING HORSE FARM WITH A BIG CONTEMPORARY RANCH THAT IS TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND WITH REAL HARDWOOD FLOORS, OPEN FLOOR PLAN, A GOURMET KITCHEN WITH GRANITE COUNTERS, MASTER SUITE WITH HUGE WALK-IN CLOSET & PRIVATE OFFICE THAT CAN BE USED AS NURSERY, A MASTER BATHROOM WITH A JET TUB, SHOWER & DOUBLE VANITY & PRIVATE WATER-CLOSET. THE 3-CAR GARAGE HAS BEEN PLUMBED WITH HEAT & RUNNING WATER SO YOU CAN WORK ON YOUR CARS ALL YEAR LONG. YOU WILL LOVE YOUR GRAND LIVING ROOM WITH DOUBLE TRAY CEILING & PICTURE WINDOW LEADING TO YOUR CONCRETE DECK OVERLOOKING YOUR COMPLETELY PRIVATE BACK YARD. THE HOUSE WAS DESIGNED WITH PLENTY OF FORETHOUGHT & TO INCLUDE ALL THE CONVENIENCES & DESIRABLE FEATURES ON YOUR WISHLIST. THERE IS ALSO A BIG BARN WITH 3 STALLS & A RIDING RING FOR YOUR HORSES TO TRAIN. THE BASEMENT IS BIGGER THAN SOME BANQUET HALLS. ALL THIS & JUST MINUTES FROM WORC
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