Home



Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 8/15/2017

Moving is stressful at the best of times. But when you’re moving across the country rather than across town, it adds to the number of preparations you’ll need to make.

In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to best prepare for your long-distance move, whether it’s across the state, across the country, or to another country altogether.

Packing and moving

One of the biggest concerns you’ll have during a long distance move is the condition of your belongings.

If you’re using a moving company, you’ll want to make sure you trust them to handle your belongings with care. To ensure that they’re responsible movers, read over their reviews online. It’s also a good idea to review their contracts and to make sure you have enough insurance to cover any costly damages or losses. Speaking of moving companies, be sure to shop around to find out which one offers the best prices and delivery windows.

When it comes to packing your items, air on the side of caution and start boxing items well in advance of your move. Not only is it a good idea to label your boxes by room, but you should put your name and contact information on your boxes if they’re being shipped by a large moving company.

Remember that not everything needs to be in boxes. Soft items like clothing and towels can easily be packed in trash bags, suitcases, and duffel bags. You’ll be able to squeeze in more items and they’ll take up less space in the moving truck.

When filling the moving truck, be sure your fragile items aren’t the top box on a stack of boxes. Similarly, you don’t want fragile belongings underneath too many heavy boxes. Your movers likely have their own way of securing boxes, so be sure to indicate to them which boxes are the most fragile with labels.

Downsize your belongings

The month leading up to your move is a good time to sell or donate items you no longer use. It could save you space on the moving truck, and you could earn a few extra dollars before your big move.

Larger items should be your top priority. Bicycles, lawnmowers, and other big items that you’ve been thinking of replacing can be sold now and you can buy new ones at your future home. However, don’t discount the weight and size of things like DVD and book collections. Many people lug around bookcases from house to house and hardly ever touch the books on them. Furthermore, technology like Kindle and Netflix are making owning physical copies of your media less of a necessity.

Before you start packing the rest of your items into moving boxes, make sure you set aside a “survival kit” filled with your daily use items. Things like cell phone chargers, glasses and contacts, and sanitary items should be in your vehicle or carry on, not in the moving truck.

Saving money

Moving is expensive, but there are a number of ways you can squeeze some savings out of the experience. First, take advantage of free boxes from local stores and restaurants. Then, ask for friends and family to help you pack rather than hiring professionals, offer them lunch in exchange for their help.

When it comes to getting to your new home, don’t rule out flying as being the most expensive option. Hotels, gas, and eating out add up quickly if you’re making a road trip out of your move.

Finally, see if your move is tax-deductible. If you’re relocating for work, there’s a chance some of your moving expenses will be. If so, be sure to keep all of your receipts along the way.




Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 8/8/2017

When you move into a new home, perhaps one of the first things that you’ll want to do is paint. Really, there’s no right way to choose a paint color. There’s many different methods to find colors that are going to match with your rooms. When you get to the hardware store, you may end up feeling a bit overwhelmed by the hundreds of shades of each and every color that appear on swatches. You can go through many different thought processes in order to choose the color that’s right for each room in your home. 


Don’t Paint First


Sometimes, the best thing to do is to paint after everything else is done. This may seem like a less-than-ideal way to approach moving into your new home, but it works. Paint can always be changed. You can use the strategy of moving into the house first. Then, you’ll buy the furniture to match the room or get your existing furniture reupholstered if needed. If you’re starting from scratch, it’s much more effective to put the larger pieces in and then decide on a paint color.


If You Like It, Paint it!


You really have to like a color for it to be on your walls. You can always get some sample paints and try it on your walls to see if you like the colors. Remember that all the advice in the world can’t replace what you love. You’re the one who has to live with the paint on your walls!


Study Paint Chips


 The overwhelming wall of paint chips at the local hardware store is a necessity when it comes to choosing paint colors. Those little swatches are very useful. Don’t forget about the paint samples mentioned above as well. These small samples can help in really pinning down the color that you like. Remember that you’ll need to ignore the messages that your brain is trying to send you when comparing a sample color to the existing color on the wall. You’ll definitely want to look at samples more than one time for you to really know how you feel about a paint color in a room.   


Don’t Rush


Take time in your space and think about what colors you visualize in the space. Ask yourself, “What kind of mood am I trying to create in this room?” Take your time when making paint color decisions. Sometimes rushing leads to poor decisions.   


Know Your Accent Colors


Understanding how your accent colors will work with certain paint colors will allow you to make a better decision about what kind of paint color to choose. Your paint color will have a relationship with your sofa, the trim, the flooring, the fixtures, the curtains, and more.  Knowing what kind of colors you have to work with from the start can help you to choose the right color to feature in the room.




Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 8/4/2017

Bellingham, MA:

This Single-Family in Bellingham, MA recently sold for $245,000.
This is a Bungalow style home and features 6 total rooms, 1 full bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.11 acres, and was sold by
Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi - RE/MAX Executive Realty




Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 8/1/2017

Looking to add your home to the real estate market in the near future? Home interior improvements are a must, especially if you want your residence to stand out from the competition.

Believe it or not, your bathroom can serve as a key differentiator for your home. With a neat, tidy bathroom, you may be able boost your home's appeal to potential homebuyers. On the other hand, a messy bathroom is unlikely to do you any favors in a fierce housing market.

If you spend some time cleaning your house's bathroom from top to bottom, you could increase your chances of a quick home sale. Lucky for you, we're here to provide simple, effective bathroom cleaning tips so you can enhance your house's bathroom.

Here are three bathroom cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Use an All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner on the Sink

Dirt and grime may form in your bathroom sink over an extended period of time. Thankfully, an all-purpose bathroom cleaner will make it easy for you to eliminate residue from your bathroom sink.

An all-purpose bathroom cleaner is a great option to remove light soil and film from a bathroom sink. And if you need extra help, you can always use an abrasive or soft-scrub cleaner as well.

2. Scrub the Shower and Bathtub

When was the last time you cleaned your shower and bathtub? If it's been several years, then there's no time like the present to scrub down every inch of your shower and bathtub and give them a fresh look and feel.

Abrasive scrubbing pads are ideal to remove bathroom rings or deposits on shower floors. Also, tile brushes will enable you to scrub tile grout and clean cracks and corners as needed.

3. Spend Some Time Cleaning the Toilet

Let's face it – no one likes cleaning the toilet. However, a home seller will need to spend some time cleaning the toilet to ensure a home's bathroom stands out for all the right reasons.

Toilet bowl cleaner dissolves deposits and kills germs, and as such, can help you speed up the process of cleaning a toilet. Plus, you can use a toilet bowl cleaner in conjunction with a strong, durable toilet bowl brush to eliminate all deposits with ease.

Lastly, don't forget to use a disinfecting spray cleaner on the toilet rims, seat, lid, tank and bowl exterior. Wipe down these areas, and you'll be able to enhance your toilet's overall appearance.

If you're unsure about how to improve your bathroom, be sure to consult with a real estate agent before you list your home. This real estate professional is happy to provide home selling tips and ensure you can revamp your house's interior and exterior.

A real estate agent can serve as an expert guide to the home selling process and will offer tips along each stage of the home selling journey. Therefore, if you work with a real estate agent, you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your house.





Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi on 7/25/2017

Finding the perfect bedroom mattress is a must if you want to feel and function at your best. The right bedroom mattress can also have a positive impact on your relationships. Your health will also thank you after you get and start sleeping on the right mattress.

What to look for in the right bedroom mattress

After all, poor sleep doesn't only cause you to feel fatigued, as if you're literally dragging your body around, during the day. Lack of sleep or poor sleep can also contribute to irritability, heart disease, high blood pressure, dizziness and difficulty concentrating. 

Avoiding these problems is as simple as finding the right mattress. Be patient. You could sleep on a mattress for eight years or more. Features to look for in a great bedroom mattress include:

  • The right amount of firmness - You want a mattress that supports your entire body, all of your weight
  • Room to roam - The perfect bedroom mattress is wide enough to allow you to roll from side to side. If you move a lot while you sleep, go for a king size bed. Also go for a bedroom mattress that is long enough to support your head, arms, calves and feet. The perfect bedroom mattress will not require you to draw up your legs or hang your feet over the bottom of the mattress.
  • No sag - Ensure that the mattress does not dip,sink or sag when you lay on it. If you're married, try both sides of the mattress. It's best to visit a mattress store with your spouse, so that you both can try out the mattress.
  • Consider your box springs - If you're only replacing your bedroom mattress, measure your box springs before you head to the store. You want a mattress that easily fits your box springs.
  • Design - If decor is important to you, go with a mattress that has the type of design that you appreciate.
  • Accidents - A good mattress can sustain minor water spills. Ask the retailer that you work with how well the mattress handles spills. Find out if the mattress stains easily if a liquid is spilled on it.
  • Comfort - Lay on a mattress for several minutes. To get the real feel of a mattress, give yourself several days to try out different mattresses. You could even create a simple spreadsheet to chart and compare how different mattresses feel. Don't rely on television, magazine and other advertisements. Actually try several mattresses out yourself before you make a purchase.

Sleep deprivation is nothing to take lightly. There are physical, emotional and mental health risks associated with poor sleep. Finding the perfect bedroom mattress can help to reduce those risks. When you sleep on the right mattress,the type of bedroom mattress that fits the weight and shape of your body, you may wake in a better mood which can, in turn, lead to better communications and relationships.




Categories: Uncategorized