Evelyn Doane - William Raveis Real Estate - Cape Cod



Posted by Evelyn Doane on 7/23/2017

Where to live is as important, if not more so, as choosing the size and type of house that you'll live in. And it's not just the neighborhood that will determine whether or not you like your house. The size of the town that you buy a house in is key.

In fact, you could love a house and a neighborhood, including the schools, retail stores and theaters, but hate where you live because the town's offerings and reputation. Truly knowing a town takes study.

Reasons to move to and stay away from big and small towns

A lot of that study can come through online research and discussions that you have with people who live in towns you're thinking about relocating to. It also helps to pay attention to the below pros and cons that are found in small and big towns:

Small town pros

  • Less traffic congestion
  • Chance to get to know more people on a first name basis
  • Neighbors who have lived in certain areas for decades
  • More focus on high school sports and arts
  • Shorter lines to grab lunch or make retail purchases

Big town pros

  • Greater job opportunities
  • Chance to walk to work
  • Better public transportation services
  • More entertainment options
  • Center of social and governmental activities
  • Wider variety of food options

Small town cons

  • Need to own a vehicle to get to schools, store and work
  • Less likelihood that bad neighbors will move soon
  • Fewer entertainment options
  • Greater distances between houses which could make it hard for young children to make and play with friends regularly

Big town cons

  • Higher crime rates
  • Longer work commutes due to congested traffic
  • Less yard space, especially in big towns that boast a population of more than a million people
  • More social temptations

Choosing between a small town and a big town

Small towns have a reputation of being easier to make friends in. Pace of small towns is generally slower than the speed of living in big, thriving cities. As good as it seems, you probably won't find the same excitement, opportunities or social engagements in a small town that you can find in several spots in a big town.

Consider your personality and your lifestyle before you buy a house in a small town or a big city. If you like being at the center of musical concerts, live stage plays, old and modern movie shows, food from diverse cultures and collegiate and professional sports competitions, buying a house in a big town might work better.

Be the type of person who appreciates quiet evenings spent sitting on the front or back porch, regular meals at your favorite diner and greater focus on high school sports, near empty two lane roads and you might be better suited for small town living. Both small towns and big towns offer rewards. The trick is to find a town that fits most of your lifestyle wants.




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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 7/16/2017

You know there are certain household items that need to be replaced regularly. But just how regularly is where things might start to get fuzzy. Especially those big tickets items that need to be replaced on a yearly span rather than months or days. Keep reading to discover how often you need to replace items around the home. Pillows. You want to replace the pillows in your home every couple of years. Youíve probably heard by now that up to a third of a regularly used pillowís weight can be attributed to dust and dead skin cells. You may not, however, made the connection that a dust filled pillow equals dust mites. While dust mites do not carry communicable diseases, they do pose as an allergy and/or asthma irritant. HVAC filters. During the summer and winter months when your system is working longer hours to maintain your homeís temperatures you will want to change your filters each month. Meanwhile, in the spring and fall, you can do so less frequently, changing it around the three-month mark. Changing your filter regularly will keep your system running efficiently and save you money on energy costs in the long run. Fire extinguisher. You have a fire extinguisher in your home, right? If you donít I suggest you run out and get one right away. Fire extinguishers can be replaced every ten years, however, they do need to be tested monthly and inspected regularly. Toilet brush. This is one not many homeowners think of, if ever. However, it advisable to replace your toilet brush every six months with regular cleanings in between. As you can image, toilet brushes are host to all kinds of germs and bacteria you donít want to hang around your home. Toothbrushes. If your family stays on top of their recommended regular teeth cleanings every three months this point shouldnít be an issue. However, it is one worth mentioning. Your familyís toothbrushes should be replaced every three months as they can develop bacteria that lead to gingivitis and/or tooth decay. And isnít that what weíre trying to avoid when we brush our teeth? Smoke detectors.†It is best practice to proactively replace the batteries in your smoke detector†twice†a year. With that said it is a good idea to also replace the smoke detector itself every ten years to ensure you have an up to date model. Throughout those ten years, however, you should be regularly testing your alarms. If you have recently moved to a new home and are unsure of how old your smoke alarm system is it is a good idea to plan on replacing them in the near future. Hopefully, you already regularly maintain these items. However, if you canít remember the last time you have replaced any of the items mentioned you should consider making a plan to invest in some replacements. Making a spreadsheet in your home binder or setting up alerts on your virtual calendar will help you stay on top of the regular maintenance your household items require.




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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 7/9/2017

After you have dotted your iís and crossed your tís to purchase a new home, you may have a million things running through your head. You probably want to buy new furniture and throw a house warming party, but thereís a few more pertinent things that you need to address just as you turn the key to enter your new home. The first thing that you should do when you move into a new house is create a checklist using the information in this blog post. 


Inspect Your Stuff


Moving can cause some damage to your furniture and boxed up things. Youíll want to take a look at everything thatís been moved into the house and make sure that itís completely in tact. If anything is damaged, youíll need to file a complaint with your moving company or replace any items that were broken by the move if you were responsible.


Turn On Your Utilities


Thereís a process in getting your utilities up and running. Youíll need to either have them turned on completely or just transfer their operations from the old owners to your name. 


Unpack


Itís important to unpack all of the essential things that youíll need at your new home. These items include sheets, pillows, blankets, kitchen items and coffee makers.


Organize


Moving into a home is a clean slate for you and your organizational skills. This is the time for you to get organized and put everything in a proper place. No one wants to move into a new home and immediately have a giant mess to clean up! Take your time and put everything in the right place. If you need to purchase shelving or other organizational tools, do so at this time to help you get off on the right foot.  


Inspect The House


Itís important to check out your house from top to bottom one more time shortly after moving in. If there are any problems that werenít there during the home inspection or any major issues that weren't revealed, youíll need to address them at this time.


Check For Pests


If there are any pests like mice or bugs in your home as you first move in, youíll need to take care of this ASAP. You donít want to have an infestation on your hands just as you move into your new home. You can either take on the problem yourself or call an exterminator for professional help.  


Secure The Home


From door locks to window safety, youíll want to check all around to ensure that your new home is safe and secure for you and your family. Thereís nothing more important the the health and safety of those you love, so you want to be sure that they are indeed protected from accidents and crime.           


Enjoy Your New Life!


Moving into a new home is very exciting. Youíll want to take the time to enjoy your new neighborhood and new surroundings. This also means taking care of your own well-being and your financial well-being as well. Make a budget so that all of your monthly payments are made promptly. Now that you have ďtaken care of business,Ē you can enjoy life!     





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 7/2/2017

Sooner or later, just about everyone invests in a major home remodeling project, like redoing a bathroom or updating a kitchen. Those kinds of changes almost always have a transformative effect on the appearance, value, and marketability of your house.

However, if you own a recently built home or simply aren't ready to spend $15,000 (give or take) for a major remodeling project, then there are still plenty of less expensive ways to make big improvements.

A piecemeal, but cohesive approach to upgrading and redecorating your home can spread out the cost for you, without having to wait years to enjoy the results. The perfect example is replacing outdated kitchen counter tops, sinks, and/or cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets look like they've been around since the era of black-and-white TV, then it might be time to replace or reface them. Refacing cabinets is an option many people consider because it's typically less expensive and time consuming than a full replacement. The finished result, however, can be almost as impressive as getting new cabinets. With a little imagination, small touches like a new back splash, cabinet pulls, or even a fresh coat of paint can breath new life into the appearance of your kitchen area.

But Where to Begin?

If you're unsure what area of your home to prioritize for redecorating or remodeling, the kitchen is often a good place to start -- especially if it's a frequent gathering place for family and friends. Bathrooms are another area of the house that are typically in dire need of some TLC. If one or more of your bathrooms are looking outdated and worse for the wear, there are many ways to spruce it up without having to spend a bundle of money. Repainting the walls and ceiling, installing a new sink and vanity, or even putting in fancy new faucets can help invigorate a tired looking bathroom.

Here's a simple fix: Replacing faded old bath towels with fluffy, colorful new ones is another small, but effective way to upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Another inexpensive way to upgrade the appearance of your bathrooms is to clean the dirty, discolored grout between your tiles. You can either hire a professional service to get it done or tackle the job yourself.

From a curb appeal standpoint, some relatively inexpensive enhancements you can make include repainting your front steps, replacing an old front door with a snazzy new one, or simply washing the outside of your house and windows. It doesn't take more than a few seasons of weather changes and other conditions for environmental pollutants, pollen, dust, bird droppings, and splatters of mud to give your house a very unappealing grunge look!

If your home improvement budget is too tight, right now, to invest in new counter tops, bathroom vanities, new kitchen appliances, and cabinet work, remember that a series of small changes done over a period of time can significantly enhance the appearance and beauty of your home -- both inside and out!
 





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 6/26/2017


253 Skyline Drive , Chatham, MA 02633

Chatham (village)

Single-Family

$695,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
The Place for Summertime Fun!Located in one of the most desirable areas of Chatham, this is a great place for active people. You will be close to the beaches and charming downtown Chatham and there are deeded rights to Lover's Lake where you can swim, fish and sail. With 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, there is room for all. You will love the flow of the home from the upgraded kitchen into the living room, dining area and the adjacent sun porch while the back deck is the perfect for barbecuing and admiring the view high above the trees. Being right next to seven acres of conservation land ensures privacy and makes this the perfect place for riding, jogging and walking on the nearby bicycle trail. This is a great opportunity to make this a summer to remember!
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