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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 10/12/2017

Baking soda is something that most of us have in our homes. We use it for cooking, but have you ever thought that you can use it for cleaning as well? Baking soda is actually a fantastic thing to clean with. It deodorizes and is non-toxic, so it’s safe for kids, pregnant women, and pets. Below, you’ll find some of the household chores that you can complete using baking soda.


Scrub Down The oven


Since ovens can become really dirty, really fast, you need something that can take on the grease. Baking soda is great for this purpose. Make a paste using baking soda and water or vinegar. Let the paste sit in the oven for up to 24 hours. Then wipe the mixture down with a sponge or cloth. You can heat the oven after you do this initial cleaning to help you loosen any additional grease, grime, or food particles. Let the oven cool and wipe it down again. 


Keep Drains Clear


If you notice that your drains are a bit slow, you may want to avoid harsh chemicals and start with the baking soda right in your kitchen. Pour some baking soda into your drain. Then, run some warmed vinegar down the drain immediately afterwards. After you let that mixture go to work for about 10 minutes, you should flush the drain with boiling water. This won’t work on already clogged drains, but it’s great for maintenance on your drains that may be a bit slow. 


Keep Your Fridge Fresh


Your fridge can become a breeding ground for germs, crumbs, and spills. All you need to clean the  refrigerator up is a simple solution made up of baking soda and dish soap. The soap will help to cut any grease that has built up in the appliance, and the baking soda acts as an abrasive to get the gunk up. Just create a paste and apply it in the refrigerator. Then wipe down the shelves with warm water and a sponge. You can even disinfect your sponge in the microwave after you do this. Just place the sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes and you have a sponge that’s like new! 


Freshen Your Washing Machine


Baking soda helps to deodorize things. To deodorize your washer, just pour half a cup of baking soda into the detergent dispenser of the washing machine. Run a cycle through with hot water. Your clothes will be cleaner than they have been in months! Make sure you do this to your washer about once per month to keep it smelling fresh and deter those funky odors from building up in your laundry room. The only thing that should be smelling funky in there are dirty socks!




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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 10/5/2017

Working in your attic may not be a chore you perform frequently but it is one that must be done on occasion. Whether you use yours as a storage space or are performing an energy assessment in your home, safely accessing your attic should be a top priority. Below are some tips you can practice the next time you need to go up into the attic to ensure a safe working experience. Before you begin working make sure you have dressed appropriately. Wear a long sleeve shirt tucked into pants and gloves to avoid materials sticking to your skin which can cause irritation. You will also want to wear a dust mask and protective eyewear to avoid inhaling airborne fibers or other harmful debris that could be airborne in your attic. Attics can house mold and mildew among other hazardous materials that can bring you harm and/or make you sick when not properly protected against them. If your attic requires a fold-down ladder to access it check that the ladder is safe to support your weight. Look for any missing or loose screws that are intended to hold the ladder together and tighten/replace them before using it to get into your attic. You will be climbing up and down it as you work so you want to make sure that it will be safe to use. Adding a railing around the opening of your attic access will also add extra safety measures against falling. If your attic is unfinished and/or has potentially unsupportive flooring consider installing a safer floor by laying plywood down. Add walk boards or temporary platforms to an unfinished attic that doesn’t require permanent flooring. Always be cautious of where you step to avoid stepping on wires, ductwork or areas lacking trusses and joists. This precaution will save you from accidentally breaking through the ceiling which will put you at risk of serious harm and some major repairs. You will also want to be aware of any roofing nails poking down or old faulty wiring that requires repair. Be sure to check for signs of any animals that may have decided to move in over the winter months. If you do discover unwelcome tenants take the proper course of action by hiring a professional to rid your attic of them safely for both you and them. Some animals, like bats, may be protected by federal law so you will want to rid your house of them responsibly. When you are finished working in the attic for the day be sure to change and wash your clothes to avoid spreading hazardous debris over the rest of your house. Before you begin working spread an old sheet under the hatch and vacuum the surrounding area afterward for easy clean up. Attic safety practices are crucial to avoid harming yourself and preventing damage to your home. With some simple preparations and an active awareness, you can get chores done in your attic effectively and safely!




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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 9/28/2017

This Single-Family in Carver, MA recently sold for $326,000. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Shellye Blake REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


32 Great Meadow Dr, Carver, MA 02330

Single-Family

$319,000
Price
$326,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Comfy, cozy raised ranch in established neighborhood. Offering many updates with in the past 6 years including, furnace and central air, windows, siding, kitchen. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout first floor. Basement is ready to finish with rough plumb for half bath and full walk out slider. Nice sized deck off dining room to large/ private fenced in yard and 2 year old above ground pool. A few personal touches would make this home picture perfect.

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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 9/28/2017


10 Bertino St, Wareham, MA 02571

Single-Family

$269,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
READY TO GO! Get into this affordable NEW CONSTRUCTION! Open floor plan features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. House includes hardwood in living and dining rooms, tile floors in kitchen and eating area, granite in kitchen and baths, Walk in master closet. Huge deck to private back yard. These area actual photos.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Shellye Blake REALTOR® on 9/28/2017

Stuck in a rut? Consider giving your house a stylish makeover. Unlike total upgrades,makeovers can be finished in a single day. In fact, some house makeovers don't cost a cent. If you're ready to refresh your home, check out these home makeover ideas.

Walls that pop - Hang framed portraits of relatives and friends on a wall in your den. Don't just hang the pictures.Put each picture in a different colored or different size frame. If you're feeling especially gutsy, paint the wall an attention grabbing yellow, orange,blue or green. This wall pickup works well with children's playrooms too.

Double up in the bedroom - Grab bolts,washers and a drill. Get support beams, slats and safety rails. Get ready to turn your children's twin beds into bunk beds. Add a ladder, so your children sleeping on the top bunk can easily climb in and out of bed. Decorate the space where the other twin bed formerly was with a rustic chest. Fill the trust with your children's toys.

Lay new carpet - This simple home makeover will make your entire house feel different. For weeks, you might feel as if you bought a new house or had another room added onto your existing home.To save money, shop at discount carpet stores. You can also save by getting the carpet from a wholesaler.

Re-purpose your basement - Desire for more space is a leading reason why couples move into bigger houses. But, you may not have to buy a larger house if you clear old furniture, old clothes and boxes out of your basement. Donate the goods to a charity that serves people living in your community. Use your basement as a play room, family room or home office. All you need is a sofa, two chairs, bookcase and rugs. Place furniture in your basement as if you were furnishing your upstairs family room. Add in an office desk if you're converting your basement into a home office. Decorate the space with plants, family pictures and framed motivational quotes.

Rearrange living room furniture - Move your living room sofa away from the window. Put it against an opposite long wall. Add new upholstery to living room chairs.

Take advantage of craft stores - Visit craft stores in search of items like elegant silk flowers, hand woven baskets and wreaths. String colorful, silk ribbon through wreaths. Hang a self-decorated wreath on your house's front door. Place a crystal vase or handwoven basket filled with elegant silk flowers on your coffee tables and bathroom counter tops.

Wallpaper works  wonders - Line your bathroom walls with decorative wallpaper. Think seashells, black and white etchings and turtles.

True. You spend a lot of time at work. You also spend a lot of time at home. Whether you realize it or not (like work), your home influences your mood, attitude and your energy. Give yourself a boost by refreshing your house, particularly rooms that you spend the most time in.







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