Broken Appliances: Should You Repair Or Replace Them?

Appliances have a certain lifespan of use, and then, unfortunately, they tend to break down one way or another. Depending on the age of the appliance and the amount of the repair cost, you should make an informed decision as to what will be a good for your finances and your home.

So, when the fridge stops producing cold or the dryer stops drying things, you may go into panic mode and try to either buy a new appliance or call a repair person. Before you make a snap judgment, you should take a step back. It’s important to ask the question: 

Is it worth getting this repaired?

If you are able to get an estimate of how much the repairs will cost, this will give you a good place to start. This is the fastest way for you to get the answers that you need. If the life of the appliance is going to only be a few years, you may be better off investing your money in a new appliance. The cost of a repair can run somewhere around 20-30 percent of the cost of replacing the appliance completely.

Understand The Life Expectancy Of Each Appliance

Some appliances are meant to last for a decade, others will last for a shorter period of time. As a general rule of thumb, if your appliance is over 7 years old and breaks down, you should probably replace it rather than repair it. It will be a better investment in the long run. Some typical lifespans for appliances are:

  • Dishwasher 9 years
  • Freezer 13 years
  • Range 15 years
  • Dryer 13 years
  • Washing Machine 10 years

Before you replace your broken appliance, there are a few things you should understand. First, sometimes, it really isn’t broken. A plug could be loose or a circuit could have tripped. You would hate to spend the money on a new appliance rather than deal with a simple problem. Troubleshoot the problem yourself by taking a peek at the owner’s manual first.              

Pricing Appliances 

Once you have repair estimates, you should find out how much it will be to replace your appliance completely with a similar model. Make sure that you factor in things like the removal of the old appliance, the taxes, and the installation. By running the numbers, you’ll know if you can afford a new appliance or not compared to the repair costs. 

New Features

If you have been dreaming of a refrigerator with an ice maker, it may be a good decision for you to spring for a new model. If you love the features you have, you’ll want to either price similar units or do the repairs. Really, your budget and needs very much dictate your decision for new appliances. Consider the options and make the repair or replacement call based on your needs.

25 Frost St, Framingham, MA 01701 has an Open House on Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM








25 Frost St,



Framingham, MA 01701

Single-Family

$529,900
Price

6
Rooms

3
Beds

2
Baths

Spectacular Northside Location~ A major make-over has given this home a crisp updated NEW look including neutral tones of grey painting. The beautiful newer maple kitchen with granite counters, tiled back-splash & SS appliances offers a custom built-in peninsula for eat-in dining. Opens into the formal dining room w/crown molding. Egress off kitchen to a great size deck and patio. The spacious family room greets you with a brick fireplace & 2019 refinished hardwood floors! A nice size bedroom/den and 2018 updated full bath/laundry complete this fabulous first floor~Upper level offers you two great size Bedrooms/Master & renovated 2018 full bath with hardwoods. Fenced in backyard & two sheds! Solar panels on rear roof! A semi-finished basement waiting for your finishing touch! Enjoy miles of walking trails close by and middle school also nearby..In the heart of Framingham with so much at your finger tips. Stellar schools make this a great place to call HOME!

Open House

Saturday

April 13
at
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

First Open ~Stop by and view this fabulous updated Northside Gambrel!

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Gambrel – 25 Frost St Framingham, MA 01701 is now new to the market!








25 Frost St,



Framingham, MA 01701

Single-Family

$529,900
Price

6
Rooms

3
Beds

2
Baths

Spectacular Northside Location~ A major make-over has given this home a crisp updated NEW look including neutral tones of grey painting. The beautiful newer maple kitchen with granite counters, tiled back-splash & SS appliances offers a custom built-in peninsula for eat-in dining. Opens into the formal dining room w/crown molding. Egress off kitchen to a great size deck and patio. The spacious family room greets you with a brick fireplace & 2019 refinished hardwood floors! A nice size bedroom/den and 2018 updated full bath/laundry complete this fabulous first floor~Upper level offers you two great size Bedrooms/Master & renovated 2018 full bath with hardwoods. Fenced in backyard & two sheds! Solar panels on rear roof! A semi-finished basement waiting for your finishing touch! Enjoy miles of walking trails close by and middle school also nearby..In the heart of Framingham with so much at your finger tips. Stellar schools make this a great place to call HOME!

Open House

Saturday

April 13
at
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

First Open ~Stop by and view this fabulous updated Northside Gambrel!

Cannot make the Open Houses?

Location: 25 Frost St, Framingham, MA 01701    Get Directions

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Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Framingham, MA 01701 Real Estate – For Sale

Spectacular Northside Location~ A major make-over has given this home a crisp updated NEW look including neutral tones of grey painting. The beautiful newer maple kitchen with granite counters, tiled back-splash & SS appliances offers a custom built-in peninsula for eat-in dining. Opens into the formal dining room w/crown molding. Egress off kitchen to a great size deck and patio. The spacious family room greets you with a brick fireplace & 2019 refinished hardwood floors! A nice size bedroom/den and 2018 updated full bath/laundry complete this fabulous first floor~Upper level offers you two great size Bedrooms/Master & renovated 2018 full bath with hardwoods. Fenced in backyard & two sheds! Solar panels on rear roof! A semi-finished basement waiting for your finishing touch! Enjoy miles of walking trails close by and middle school also nearby..In the heart of Framingham with so much at your finger tips. Stellar schools make this a great place to call HOME!

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25 Frost St, Framingham, MA 01701 has an Open House on Saturday, Apr 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM








25 Frost St,



Framingham, MA 01701

Single-Family

$529,900
Price

6
Rooms

3
Beds

2
Baths

Spectacular Northside Location~ A major make-over has given this home a crisp updated NEW look including neutral tones of grey painting. The beautiful newer maple kitchen with granite counters, tiled back-splash & SS appliances offers a custom built-in peninsula for eat-in dining. Opens into the formal dining room w/crown molding. Egress off kitchen to a great size deck and patio. The spacious family room greets you with a brick fireplace & 2019 refinished hardwood floors! A nice size bedroom/den and 2018 updated full bath/laundry complete this fabulous first floor~Upper level offers you two great size Bedrooms/Master & renovated 2018 full bath with hardwoods. Fenced in backyard & two sheds! Solar panels on rear roof! A semi-finished basement waiting for your finishing touch! Enjoy miles of walking trails close by and middle school also nearby..In the heart of Framingham with so much at your finger tips. Stellar schools make this a great place to call HOME!

Open House

Saturday

April 13
at
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

First Open ~Stop by and view this fabulous updated Northside Gambrel!

Cannot make the Open Houses?

Location: 25 Frost St, Framingham, MA 01701    Get Directions

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Easy-Peasy Curb Appeal for a Condo

When you own a condominium, even if you’re entrance is street level, you’re not really in charge of the common area or the building’s exterior. All the entries look alike, and some even enter from hallways. So, how do you differentiate your home from the four or five others that are for sale in your complex?

Try these simple steps to give your place the edge:

  • Mind the door. While you may not be able to paint your condominium door a bright, trendy color, you can take a few moments to make sure it is clean and free from scuffs and finger marks. Use a whisk broom to brush off all dust, debris, and detritus that collects in the grooves and trim. If the door is wood, use a mild solution of a wood-safe soap to wash down the door, inside and out. Then, shine the door up with furniture polish so that it glows. If the door is metal or painted, use a gentle mixture of dish soap and water to remove grease and grime.
  • Make it shine. Clean any glass in the door or sidelights with a vinegar and water solution or an appropriate glass cleaner. Use a metal cleaner on the door handle, deadbolts, and any metal trim, including the trim around the peephole, and shine up the fisheye lens too.
  • Don’t forget the threshold. With a clean door, you’re already ahead of the game, but take a moment to sweep off the threshold (the wood or metal strip below the door), and all around the edges of the stoop or entry. Even when your doorway is in an interior hallway, the regular building cleaners may not get that extra dust and leftover dirt in the corners. Use your vacuum cleaner to suck away the last crumbs.
  • Be welcoming. Set a fresh new welcome mat in front of your door and add a flower pot of bright blooms if you’re allowed. For interior doors, a tasteful wreath or swag on the door highlights your entry. Be careful to avoid going “over-the-top” though. Simple and elegant is best.
  • Clear the entry. Your real control of the “appeal” starts once the door opens. Keep the entryway as open and uncluttered as possible. Move furniture away from the entry area to give it a more expansive feel. Keep décor simple, warm, and inviting. Avoid anything the potential buyer might bump into upon entering as that tends to leave the impression of small and crowded. 
  • Lighten things up. Put the best possible light on the subject. Take time to upgrade the bulbs in your entry lights (inside and out) to “daylight” LEDs for a friendly, well-lit glow.

A warm, inviting entrance sets the tone for the rest of the home, so give yours the edge it deserves.

Why Stay in Touch With Your Real Estate Agent

Because real estate is a people-oriented business, most agents are happy to answer questions and provide advice after the sale. Whether you’ve enlisted their help to purchase a house or sell one, your working relationship does not have to end the moment you sign the final papers.

Professionals in the real estate business are generally service-oriented and interested in cultivating ongoing client relationships. If you’ve been fortunate enough to find a real estate agent who exceeded your expectations, then they’ll most likely be a resource you’ll want to use down the road. Assuming you had good rapport and that you’re satisfied with their service, here are a few solid reasons to keep in touch.

Reliable source of advice: When you consider the training, knowledge, and experience that a seasoned real estate agent has, having them as a professional contact can benefit you in a number of ways. As an example, many agents are familiar with the impact home improvements can have on resale value. In other words, if you’re thinking about upgrading, expanding, or altering your property, a knowledgeable real estate agent can provide insights into how that might affect your home’s current and future market value. Since every type of home improvement brings with it a potential return on investment (ROI), it’s an important aspect to consider when remodeling, adding an addition, or making a major change to your property. Many real estate agents have cultivated relationships with dependable contractors, remodelers, and installers to whom they may be happy to refer you, too. As a homeowner, you will invariably need reliable recommendations, sooner or later, and real estate agents are often a great source of contractor referrals. As you may have already discovered, it can be a frustrating experience to try to find a good home improvement contractor or other service provider when you’re starting from scratch or relying on the credibility of online reviews.

Help for friends and family: If you’re not planning on buying or selling a home in the near future, there’s a good chance someone you know would benefit from the help and advice of a proven real estate professional. Even if a family member or acquaintance just needs assistance in finding an affordable apartment or house to rent, real estate agents often have the connections and resources to provide options that others may have overlooked.

Income and Investment properties: After shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to landlords, over the years, some homeowners consider “turning the tables” and becoming landlords and real estate investors, themselves. While this is certainly not a guaranteed path to financial independence, some people do become quite successful at it. If you have a tolerance for risk and the tenacity to pursue it, then your real estate agent may be able to help you find some worthwhile income properties. It’s not for everybody, though!

Finding a real estate agent who’s results oriented, experienced, and a pleasure to work with is not an everyday event, but when it does happen, they’re worth keeping as a trusted advisor for many years to come!

Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Hopkinton, MA 01748 Real Estate – For Sale

Nature abounds in this Bright & Sunny Contemporary that overlooks acres of woods, tucked away on a private “Hillers” hilltop! Welcome to this stylish home w/a flexible floor plan for every modern family. Enjoy three inviting & dramatic living levels, Bright & very spacious kitchen w/an inspiring wrap around deck. Adjacent is the cathedral Family room w/palladian window, sky lights, brick FP/Wood-stove & hardwood floors! The back to back formal rooms w/newer hardwoods. The second level boasts a beamed cathedral Master bedroom, sky-lights, master-bath suite w/sky light, jetted tub/shower. Three more awesome size bedrooms & full bath. The lower level has 2 walk out sliders & finished w/playroom, office & storage area. A basketball court outside! Recent updates:2017-Roof, 2016-Exterior siding painted, 2017-2nd fl heating/cooling system, 2015-Extended driveway, 2014-hardwoods in formal rooms & more~Right off of Rt 495/ Walking distance to Lake Whitehall. Stellar Schools~

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5 Tiffany Trl, Hopkinton, MA 01748 has an Open House on Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM








5 Tiffany Trl,



Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$675,000
Price

10
Rooms

4
Beds

2/1
Full/Half Baths

Nature abounds in this Bright & Sunny Contemporary that overlooks acres of woods, tucked away on a private "Hillers" hilltop! Welcome to this stylish home w/a flexible floor plan for every modern family. Enjoy three inviting & dramatic living levels, Bright & very spacious kitchen w/an inspiring wrap around deck. Adjacent is the cathedral Family room w/palladian window, sky lights, brick FP/Wood-stove & hardwood floors! The back to back formal rooms w/newer hardwoods. The second level boasts a beamed cathedral Master bedroom, sky-lights, master-bath suite w/sky light, jetted tub/shower. Three more awesome size bedrooms & full bath. The lower level has 2 walk out sliders & finished w/playroom, office & storage area. A basketball court outside! Recent updates:2017-Roof, 2016-Exterior siding painted, 2017-2nd fl heating/cooling system, 2015-Extended driveway, 2014-hardwoods in formal rooms & more~Right off of Rt 495/ Walking distance to Lake Whitehall. Stellar Schools~

Open House

Sunday

March 31
at
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

First Open House….Stop by and check out this new listing in the popular Valleywood neighborhood!

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Contemporary – 5 Tiffany Trl Hopkinton, MA 01748 is now new to the market!








5 Tiffany Trl,



Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$675,000
Price

10
Rooms

4
Beds

2/1
Full/Half Baths

Nature abounds in this Bright & Sunny Contemporary that overlooks acres of woods, tucked away on a private "Hillers" hilltop! Welcome to this stylish home w/a flexible floor plan for every modern family. Enjoy three inviting & dramatic living levels, Bright & very spacious kitchen w/an inspiring wrap around deck. Adjacent is the cathedral Family room w/palladian window, sky lights, brick FP/Wood-stove & hardwood floors! The back to back formal rooms w/newer hardwoods. The second level boasts a beamed cathedral Master bedroom, sky-lights, master-bath suite w/sky light, jetted tub/shower. Three more awesome size bedrooms & full bath. The lower level has 2 walk out sliders & finished w/playroom, office & storage area. A basketball court outside! Recent updates:2017-Roof, 2016-Exterior siding painted, 2017-2nd fl heating/cooling system, 2015-Extended driveway, 2014-hardwoods in formal rooms & more~Right off of Rt 495/ Walking distance to Lake Whitehall. Stellar Schools~

Open House

Sunday

March 31
at
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

First Open House….Stop by and check out this new listing in the popular Valleywood neighborhood!

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Location: 5 Tiffany Trl, Hopkinton, MA 01748    Get Directions

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