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Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 6/28/2017

If you have a list of home contractors that you use and are satisfied with, consider your yourself lucky!

Many homeowners find themselves in the unenviable position of having to blindly search online for reputable contractors, sort their way through dozens of miscellaneous reviews, and then hopefully find a handful of promising candidates to interview.

Even after all that, there's no guarantee you'll be 100% satisfied with your choice!

Although picking a contractor may sometimes feel like a gamble, there are strategies for lowering your risk factor.

A personal recommendation from someone you know and trust is usually the most reliable method of finding the right person for the job. If a relative or friend has had a positive experience with a roofer, bathroom remodeler, or plumber, then there's a good chance, you'll be satisfied with them, too. It's still a good idea to get two or three contractor estimates, but a good starting point is to have at least one recommendation from someone who has your best interest at heart.

Do Online Reviews Help?

Online review sites can also provide helpful information and feedback, but they're not always the "unvarnished truth". In spite of efforts by review sites to discourage biased reviews, some are probably going to slip through. For example: Have you ever read a review that sounded like it was an advertisement for the contractor? Sometimes when the praise sounds just a little too glowing and over the top, you can't help but wonder if those reviews are genuine and unbiased. Although the majority of online reviews are probably legit, the best way to view them is with a healthy dose of skepticism.

When it comes to the occasional scathing review by a disgruntled customer, one has to put it in context and look at "the big picture." There are some customers who are literally impossible to satisfy and will always find something to complain about. However, if a contractor has more than one or two negative reviews online, and they're not offset by a couple dozen positive ones, then that could be a potential red flag. Since you don't know the reviewers personally, and the reviews are often posted anonymously, the credibility factor is much lower than if you got a recommendation from one of your parents, a close friend, a next-door neighbor, a sibling, business associate, or your real estate agent.

The point at which you should be able to separate the "wheat from the chaff" is during your face-to-face meetings. If a contractor gives every you indication of being professional, honest, knowledgeable, experienced, ethical, and customer-service oriented, then they're probably a good prospect for the job. Other factors include the price they quote, their Better Business Bureau rating, and their willingness to provide references, proof of insurance coverage (such as general liability and Workers' Comp, if applicable) and direct answers to all your questions





Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 6/23/2017


165 Howe St., Natick, MA 01760

Single-Family

$719,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Drive up through the stone pillars onto a cobblestoned-lined driveway, feeling like you are away on vacation, to this beautifully landscaped, impeccably maintained home and fall in love! Bluestone stairs provide an elegant front door entrance this home deserves. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the whole first floor. Updated kitchen has new SS appliances with granite c-tops. Kitchen open to the DR & access to the outdoor deck w/ views of your private, impressively landscaped back yard, complete w/ a gazebo, pool and koi pond - you can't help but relax in this environment! The kitchen is open to the DR and the DR is open to the living room so regardless of whether you are inside the house or outside, this home is perfect for entertaining family and friends. Both bathrooms on the first floor have been remodeled & the full bath downstairs allows the spoiling to begin in the jacuzzi bath complete w/ a towel warming rack! All of this plus a super convenient location!
Open House
Sunday
June 25 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 6/21/2017


199 Ash St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Come see the beautiful transformation of this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath split level home! NEW windows, NEW vinyl siding, NEW 96% high efficiency gas furnace, NEW septic, NEW central air, NEW hot water heater, NEW garage doors, NEW electrical fixtures, outlets & switches just to name a few! Stunning, remodeled kitchen shines with all new stainless steel appliances, granite counters and tile floor. Kitchen opens to the dining room, complete with new sliders allowing access from the dining room to the remodeled deck and private back yard. Living room has a newly tiled fireplace and bay window, flooding the area with natural light. Refinished hardwoods throughout the 3 upstairs bedrooms. Newly enlarged master bath perfect for some pampering time! Lower level has a generously sized family room, play room, laundry room and storage, all remodeled. Access to the 2 car garage as well. Come take a look for yourself - you won't be disappointed!
Open House
Saturday
June 24 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 6/21/2017


199 Ash St., Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Come see the beautiful transformation of this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath split level home! NEW windows, NEW vinyl siding, NEW 96% high efficiency gas furnace, NEW septic, NEW central air, NEW hot water heater, NEW garage doors, NEW electrical fixtures, outlets & switches just to name a few! Stunning, remodeled kitchen shines with all new stainless steel appliances, granite counters and tile floor. Kitchen opens to the dining room, complete with new sliders allowing access from the dining room to the remodeled deck and private back yard. Living room has a newly tiled fireplace and bay window, flooding the area with natural light. Refinished hardwoods throughout the 3 upstairs bedrooms. Newly enlarged master bath perfect for some pampering time! Lower level has a generously sized family room, play room, laundry room and storage, all remodeled. Access to the 2 car garage as well. Come take a look for yourself - you won't be disappointed!
Open House
Saturday
June 24 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 199 Ash St., Hopkinton, MA 01748    Get Directions

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Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 6/21/2017

Let's face it you're tired of your current living situation and are ready for a change. Luckily, there are many homes available in your area you just need to find a residence that fits your needs and budget. The homebuying process sometimes can become time-consuming and exhausting, but we're here to help you take the guesswork out of finding a residence and ensure you can discover your dream home quickly and effortlessly. Here are three tips that you can use to speed up the homebuying process: 1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage. Why should you look at homes you cannot afford? Instead, you can get pre-approved for a mortgage and search for residences that suit your budget perfectly. Many lenders are available that offer financing for homebuyers nationwide. As a result, you may be able to evaluate a variety of lenders to ensure you're able to get the lowest interest rate on your mortgage. Before you begin your home search, get pre-approved for a mortgage you'll be happy you did! And remember, if you are pre-approved for a mortgage, you may be able to improve your chances of a home seller accepting your offer over others (i.e. from homebuyers who still need to get financing) as well. 2. Employ a Home Inspector. After you submit an offer for a residence, you'll want to hire a home inspector who can evaluate this property to the fullest extent. A home inspector serves as an unbiased third-party who possesses the experience and know-how needed to evaluate a residence. Therefore, this inspector will be able to identify any problem areas before you buy a house. With the right home inspector at your side, you can boost your chances of finding the right home without delay. This inspector will empower you with the insights you need to make an informed homebuying decision, one that could deliver significant benefits both now and in the future. 3. Work with a Real Estate Agent. Although you'd like to find a home as quickly as possible, you may lack the time and resources needed to fully review the real estate market. By hiring a real estate agent, however, you can streamline the process of exploring the real estate market in your area. A real estate agent will collaborate with you, learn about your wants and needs and provide information about residences that match your preferences. This professional can even set up home showings and keep you up to date about open houses in your area. Thus, your real estate agent serves as a dedicated housing market resource and will do everything possible to ensure you can find the perfect home. You'll likely discover a broad assortment of real estate agents available in cities and towns across the United States. And to find the right real estate agent, you'll want to meet with this professional and make sure you're comfortable working with him or her as you embark on your search for your dream residence. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble accelerating the homebuying process.




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