Lynne Eliopoulos
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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 2/23/2020

The daily commute can be a daily grind. What if you could commute and get a workout in at the same time? You can if you take on the task of commuting by bicycle. Whether youíre established in your current neighborhood or searching for a new home, you should always consider your location in relationship to your work in addition to your preferred mode of transportation. Especially in regions where the weather is nice the whole year through, youíll want to check on your options for commuting by bike. Below, youíll find some tips that can make commuting to work by bicycle from your home a bit easier. 


Plan Ahead


Depending on weather conditions, youíll need to plan ahead. If you have a longer commute, youíll most likely need to bring a change of clothes to work. You donít want to spend an entire day at the office in sweaty, smelly clothes. If you need to dress professionally, you should plan to bring clothing that wonít wrinkle easily. Also keep some items to help you freshen up in your work bag including deodorant and wipes. As temperatures get warmer throughout the year, this will become ever important. If the weather looks like it might rain, you might want to bring additional gear or just skip the commute by bike altogether on those days. You can even store some spare clothing or toiletries in your desk in case you forget to pack something one day.  


Have A Space To Keep Your Bike


Both at home and at work, youíll need to find a spot to keep your bike. Itís important to find a place where the bike will be secure and is able to be locked down. Depending upon the type of area you work in, youíd hate to ride to work on your bike only to find out that when youíre ready to return home your bike has been stolen. Your bicycle should also have a convenient location where you can store it around your home as well. 


Keep In Mind That You Still Could Encounter Problems


Even though youíre riding a bike and not driving a car, you can still encounter problems on your ride to and from work. Hit one bump the wrong way and youíll end up with a flat tire. This means that youíll need to have a kit ready in case of any kind of issues that you encounter during your commute. Keep this commuter kit with your work things so that you donít need to worry about where the spare tubes and bicycle pump are. 


When you choose a commuter friendly neighborhood, youíll be surprised at how much fun and how easy commuting to and from work by bicycle can be. Just heed some convenience and safety tips and youíll be well on your way to a good workout to and from work.      





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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 2/16/2020

When it comes to moving, how do you pack up food and ensure it will safely make it from Point A to Point B? There are many challenges associated with packing and storing food while you move. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing up food so that you can enjoy it once you reach your new home.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can quickly and effortlessly pack your food and transport it to a new address.

1. Get Rid of Any Expired Food Items

Go through your pantry and remove any expired or soon-to-expire food items. That way, you won't have to worry about transporting these items to your new address on moving day.

In addition, you should try to eliminate food waste. For soon-to-expire foods, consume them before it's too late. Or, you can always offer these items to friends or family members.

2. Pack Fragile Food Items Carefully

Flour, sugar and other fragile food items likely require extra attention when you pack. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to pack fragile food items carefully, you can eliminate the risk that these items could leak or spill while you're moving.

Heavy-duty, sealable containers are ideal for storing fragile food items. These containers usually are easy to find at supermarkets and retail outlets and will ensure your food items will remain safe and secure at all times.

Furthermore, don't forget to cover salt and pepper shakers. Place a piece of masking tape over the top of these shakers, and you can prevent the shakers from spilling out.

3. Use Appropriate Moving Boxes

Moving boxes come in many sizes, and when you're packing food items, you'll want to use the right-sized boxes. By doing so, you may be able to store various food items in the same box Ė something that may help you unpack quickly once you reach your final destination.

In most instances, small and medium-sized moving boxes are perfect for food items. These boxes offer plenty of space. Plus, with the right-sized moving boxes in hand, you may be able to avoid the temptation to stuff too many heavy food items into a single box.

If you need additional support with packing food items or other belongings, you may want to discuss your options with a professional moving company. This business employs friendly, knowledgeable staff members who can help you prepare for moving day.

Lastly, it never hurts to collaborate with a real estate agent, either. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can offer recommendations about moving companies in your area. Therefore, a real estate agent can provide extra help as you search for ways to streamline the moving process.

Simplify the process of moving your food items from one location to the next Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can ensure all of your food items will arrive intact at your new address.




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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 2/13/2020

Welcome to Orchard Hills - wonderful community for active adults. Walk in the front door and and great room and be transfixed by the amazing westerly wooded views. Vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors invite you to just sit, relax and take it all in. Open floor plan includes large kitchen, dining room with sliders out to your peaceful three season porch. Large master on first floor w/ensuite bath and walk-in closet. Second family room up large enough for many different uses, huge walk-in closet/storage area, second bedroom and a perfect office away from it all. The walk-out basement is finished with half bath, recessed lights and sliders out to a private patio. There is an additional finished room in the basement perfect for a hobby room, den, etc. Workshop in unfinished basement space is another added surprise. Plenty of room for just about anything abounds in this wonderful unit. Two garage detached garage, central air, the list goes on and on. Come see!

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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 2/9/2020

When youíre shopping for a home, itís essential to find a balance between being respectful of the ownerís privacy and being open enough that you ask the right questions and find out what you need to know about the home.

In todayís post, Iím going to cover all of the etiquette and best practices when it comes to viewing someoneís home that youíre interested in buying.

Basic etiquette

Before we get into the fine details of questions to ask and what areas are okay to explore, letís take a minute to discuss the basic etiquette of entering someoneís home.

First, make sure you arrive on time and ready to tour the home. Being late will give the seller and their agent the perception that you might not be a serious buyer if you arenít arriving at the showing on time.

Additionally, when you first enter the home, itís a good idea to ask if you should take off your shoes. Some homeowners have a no-shoes-in-the-house policy that they extend to guests as well as friends and family. But, at the very least, make sure that your shoes are clean so you donít track mud around the home.

In terms of cleanliness, make sure you dress appropriately for the showing and that you donít bring in food or drinks. You donít want to be dropping crumbs or spilling coffee in a home that is being kept meticulously clean for house showings.

Ask the right questions

As you are viewing the home, itís appropriate to ask questions that may come up. Feel free to ask about the age of the home and when repairs and renovations were made.

Itís also fine to ask questions about the neighborhood and town if youíre unfamiliar with the area. Traffic and noise levels are pertinent information for any serious buyer. And these are questions that will be vital to understanding the home better and whether itís a good fit for you at the moment.

Where can you snoop?

Itís a good idea to ask before opening cabinets, closets, and doors the first time. But these are all reasonable things to expect to be able to look inside of when buying a home.

Itís not a good idea, however, to look inside nightstands, dressers, and other compartments that are more private and personal.

If a homeowner or agent asks that you donít enter a room entirely, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or basement, this is a major red flag that thereís an issue with the room in question. Every room of the home should be in-bounds when it comes to viewing a home that you might someday buy.

At the end of the viewing

Once the viewing is over, itís best to simply compliment the home, offer your thanks for the tour, and head home to consider your experience.

Avoid making any sharp criticism of the home before leaving, and donít mention any negotiations or ask questions about the pricing at this point. Itís better to leave on a positive note and have these discussions in private with your family before taking your offers to the seller.




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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 2/5/2020

Must see this lovingly cared for home. A wonderful farmer's porch with swing greets you as you enter. Gorgeous, huge family room addition w/window seat that looks out onto expansive well maintained yard. Great sized country kitchen w/new granite countertops, updated appliances, fireplace, and amazing pantry. Formal dining room with pocket door. Five full bedrooms up - all hardwood floors on the second floor. Updated baths, windows, roof, state-of-the-art heating system, the list is endless. Second floor laundry for great convenience. Fully finished basement with gym and play room. Workshop space in basement as well. Lovely three season porch, two sheds, garden area and fire pit. Two car garage with direct entry into the mudroom. This house has it all. A true gem in every sense of the word. Close to Nipmuc Regional Middle and High School and Memorial Elementary.

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