Maureen Roberts | Billerica Real Estate, Chelmsford Real Estate, Dracut Real Estate


Selling a home comes with some challenges that can frustrate a homeowner's sales effort without care. It is possible to think that your home will sell as soon as you put it up for sale. Sometimes it does not work that way, and a house may be on the market for several months or even years. Faults or problems around the house may repel the right buyers. Therefore, it is essential to get all identified problems fixed before making your house available for sale. Here are some issues that may hinder your home from selling: 

Water Problems

Prospective buyers walk away immediately when they discover that the house is having water issues. Home buyers do not want to deal with problems associated with basement flooding and roof leakage. Plumbing and leaks can degenerate into more significant issues which why they are quite dangerous. Water has the capacity to destroy most of the materials of the home. Most buyers will pull out on any deal once they discover there is water problem because it can cause damage in all areas of the house.

Structural Issues 

These are problems related to the foundations, walls, support system and other things that support a house. Buyers will be worried about their safety in the house. Also, they will be concerned about the longevity of the house. They consider it safer and wiser to walk away from a house with structural defects instead of buying it and trying to fix it.

Foul Smells

Home sellers should get rid of all foul smell before inviting buyers for inspections. The smell of pets puts off most home buyers. Therefore, if you have a smelly dog or cat, it is advisable to keep them away while trying to sell your house. 

Failed Septic system 

Sellers should be knowledgeable of the fact that they cannot sell a home without a properly functioning septic system as it is one of the most critical parts of a house.The fact that septic systems are costly to repair makes most prospective buyers avoid a house without a proper septic system. 

Poor water source 

There should be safe drinking water in a house at all times. Buyers will not go for any home without a functioning water system. If the source of water supply in your house is a well, you should make sure that it is working correctly and can supply safe drinking water at all times before putting the house up for sale.

Speak to a real estate agent today to get your home ready for sale.


Most fundamental of yard work chores is the mowing of the lawn. Whether you enjoy yard work or just want to get it done quickly, the right tools will make the job go smoothly.

Push lawn mower type

There are three types of push lawn mowers that you can use. Manual reel mower, electrically powered push mower, and gas-powered push mower. Choosing the kind of push lawn mower that you will need can be determined by several factors: your lawn size and level (is it flat or uneven). A lawn size that is less than a ½ acre is ideal for using a push lawn mower. 

A manual reel mower is best for small lawn patch sizes that are flat and under 500 square feet. These mowers are quiet, environmentally friendly, low maintenance, and good for the health of the lawn. They require greater diligence in keeping a regular mowing schedule. It can be difficult to cut an overgrown yard with a manual reel mower. 

The electrically powered push mower is ideal for small to medium flat lawns that are under 1/3 acre. They are environmentally friendly and quiet. Electric mowers can be corded or cordless. The cordless electric mower is limited to the charge on the battery. With a corded electric mower, you are restricted by the length of the power cord. Even though these mowers are powered, it can still be challenging to mow an overgrown lawn. 

Gas-powered push mower can be used for any lawn size and level. Gas mowers have a longer runtime and offer more power. They can be messy, require maintenance, and they are loud. Oil and gas levels will need to be checked and refilled often. With a gas powered mower, an overgrown lawn is more manageable to mow, and a regular mowing schedule is not as important.

Push or self-propelled

Self-propelled lawn mower provides more assistance on uneven lawns but can be heavier and difficult to maneuver. With a self-propelled lawn mower, the job can get done faster with less effort. A non-propelled lawn mower will take more physical effort to operate. 

Cutting type

Push lawn mowers deal with grass clippings in one of three ways side discharge, mulching, and bagging. Side discharge the clippings are distributed back onto the lawn. Mulching cuts the clippings into very fine pieces which helps it to breakdown into nutrients for the soil. Bagging collects the cuttings into a bag that can be emptied into a yard waste bin or compost pile.

Visit the local hardware home improvement store and take a look at the options in the lawn and garden section.


You thought that working from home was the ideal solution to your crazy daycare and commuting routine. You discussed it with your partner for weeks, spent hours convincing your boss, and her boss, and here you are in your pajamas two months later wondering what you've done. The house is a wreck. There are dishes in the sink. You haven't had a shower in what seems like days (it was only yesterday). The dirty laundry has piled up so high that it spills out the door of the laundry room … and the baby's crying … and the phone's ringing … and that project is due! 

How could such a great idea, that works perfectly for so many others, be such a disaster for you?

Take a deep breath! Let it out slowly.

The truth is, most first-time telecommuters or from-home contractors experience complications in the first few months. Many do not realize that their commute time indeed was productive in a way because they could plan and focus in their heads so that they can start right in a soon as they reach the office (after that cup of coffee, though). At home, you tend to jump right in, directly after you've thrown in a load of laundry, the baby's fed—and you hope will play happily for the next 45 minutes—and do the dishes. The first few days go so great that you feel entirely productive. You got more work done because you didn't have that side trip to daycare on your commute to the office.

Within a few weeks or so, however, this house of cards tumbles down. Now, you not only have a chaotic household, but you're also feeling less productive than you did in the first week and you hope no one wants to Skype because you don't look or feel like the professional you once were.

Get back that commute time

Reclaim your commute time. Even though the commute is only from your kitchen to your home office, take back the 20-30 minutes you need to get your head in the game. Sit down with that extra cup of coffee and mentally run through your to-do list.

Become hyper-focused

When managing a workload with at-home parenting, control the time baby is asleep or occupied by focusing entirely on work. The baby doesn't mind you folding laundry while he's awake. Do household chores when you're in mommy or daddy mode, but as soon as the baby is asleep or with someone else, focus only on work.

Your original plan was a good one. It will work, just a little differently than you'd planned.

If your home isn’t suited to a home office, ask your real estate professional to show you some options in your neighborhood.


Homeowners have become increasingly aware of the dangers that face them and their homes. More Americans than ever lock their doors at night and own home security systems to protect themselves and their homes from intruders.

However, one danger that many homeowners aren’t prepared for is posed by scammers. These scammers are innovative and use tools like the internet and the semblance of authority to their advantage. What’s more, the nature of their scams is always evolving.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common scams affecting homeowners. We’ll talk about how to protect yourself from these scams and recognize them so that you and your home can avoid potential disaster.

Foreclosure scams

There are few things more concerning to a homeowner than the thought of losing their home. Scammers take advantage of these fears by promoting “relief programs” that promise to reduce your monthly payments or otherwise protect you from being foreclosed on.

The scam here is that these companies might not help you at all but will still charge for their services. They’ll often browse public foreclosure notices or post ads online. When they reach out to a homeowner they’ll do so via a letter that seems personal and professional. They could also call your phone or send you an email offer.

By U.S. law, such companies cannot charge you for any services unless they successfully help you gain relief from your lender, and even then you must still accept the offer before the relief company can ever charge you.

Home maintenance and repair

One of the more dangerous scams on our list involves something seemingly innocent--a knock on your door to let you know your roof needs repair. While some startup companies may go door-to-door offering their services, most of the time this should send up a red flag. There are a few potential scams that come in the form of a person in work uniform knocking on your door.

First, a company might be selling real services, but they could be services you don’t need. Make sure you understand facts about your home, such as the last time your roof was repaired. This will help you avoid making a bad deal to replace something that doesn’t need replacing.

Also be sure to never let someone into your home, regardless of their uniform, if you are alone or it’s late at night. Someone may be dressed like a salesperson or utility worker, but they could in reality be doing research on your home and your valuables. Would-be burglars can often spot your valuables, and see how secure your home is before coming back when no one is home.

Protect your identity

The issue of identity theft has been in the public eye with the rise of online communications. However, one of the easiest ways to steal your valuable information could be sitting right in your mailbox or in your garbage can.

Always be sure to shred papers that have personal information on them. And, if you go away on vacation, ask a neighbor or relative to bring in your mail for you. Not only will this help keep your identity safe, but it will make it look like someone is at home by keeping the pile of mail and newspapers outside low.