Ann Bennett - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan



Posted by Ann Bennett on 10/11/2018

Moving into your first home can mean steeper electric bill than you are used to. All those small differences can feel like they have added up quickly. Or perhaps it’s not your first home but you want to start this one off on the right, economical foot.

Here’s your guide to using electricity wisely and start saving on your bill each month.

Cut back on hot water use.

Heating water is expensive. Cut back on how much you spend by taking shorter showers or cooler ones if you like a particularly hot shower. Purchase laundry detergent designed to clean well in cooler temperature water and start running your loads on the cold or warm cycle instead of hot.

Unplug unused electronics.

You might think that when a device is turned off it is no longer using power but if it is still plugged into the wall it is still taking it in. Instead of just switching off corded devices unplug them after use too. Alternatively, plug systems into a power strip to make it easier to manage and not have to unplug five different devices each time you power down. You can also invest in new technology that allows you to create smart outlets. You’ll be able to turn off devices from the other room or even while out of the house. You will also be able to hone in on which electronics are using the most energy and create a plan of action to course correct the problem.

Manage your home’s temperature.

If you have electric heat lowering the temperature by even just a couple of degrees can make a big difference in the long run. Make it even easier to manage and monitor by installing a smart thermostat like Nest. You’ll be able to set up schedules and reminders as well as see actual data to your energy usage.

It’s also wise to invest in smart blinds which can be scheduled to open and close at certain times of the day. Namely, you want them to be closed to keep the afternoon sun out in summers and let in during the winters.

Ditch big energy hogs.

Unplug your second fridge and/or freezer. At the very least do a cost analysis to determine the extra space truly saves you in the long run in comparison to the expense on your electric bill. Hang dry your laundry to really save on energy usage. Install a line outside for fresh, sun-warmed laundry and pick up a rack for those cold and rainy months.

There are a lot of different ways to save on energy each month. Some add up to just a few dollars of savings over the year while others make an impact you can see month to month.





Posted by Ann Bennett on 10/7/2018

This Condo in Derry, NH recently sold for $140,000. This style home was sold by Ann Bennett - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan.


7 Lancelot Drive, Derry, NH 03038

Condo

$140,000
Price
$140,000
Sale Price

2
Bedrooms
4
Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Great condo alternative at a fab price! Create equity by doing the work your self in this spacious 2 bedroom condex. No condo fee low taxes ,close to shopping and restaurants with excellent access to rte 93 . Dont delay see this one today!






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Posted by Ann Bennett on 10/6/2018

This Single-Family in Manchester, NH recently sold for $225,000. This Cape style home was sold by Ann Bennett - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan.


46 Chase Avenue, Manchester, NH 03103

Single-Family

$229,900
Price
$225,000
Sale Price

4
Bedrooms
8
Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This Charming 4 Bedroom Cape, located in a quiet neighborhood near Elliot Hospital is welcoming with lots of charm. The downstairs is perfect for family time or entertaining with large, open rooms. The 4 season sun room off of the living room adds even more space. The upstairs has 4 small bedrooms and full bathroom. This home features beautiful detailed woodwork, a brick fireplace and hardwood floors hiding under the carpets! There is an additional finished room in the basement too! The home has been freshly painted and a 50 year roof was just put on! In addition, the sellers will provide the buyers with a 13 month home warranty so move right in with piece of mind!






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Posted by Ann Bennett on 10/4/2018

Having lived in several tiny apartments, I know firsthand the struggle of having a cluttered bedroom. The bedroom is the room of your home you'll probably spend the most time in. You sleep there, get dressed there, and it's where you go to unwind before bed. It also houses some large furniture items: your bed, your clothing storage, and maybe even a desk or television. However, there are ways to declutter your bedroom to make it feel more minimal, open, and spacious. In this article, we'll go over some of the ways you can arrange, paint, and decorate your bedroom to create space and build a more open and comfortable environment.

1. Colors are important

Interior decorators will tell you all about the need for light colors to make a room feel spacious. We naturally associate darkness with closed spaces--a shady patch of wood, a dark cave--whereas bright spaces tend to be much more spacious--a sprawling field or open body of water. To emulate this openness indoors, decorate your home like you would find in a field. Keep the darker colors lower to the ground like the dirt and grass in a field, and the lighter colors up higher on the walls and ceiling, like the sky above.

2. Mirrors make a difference

Most people know about the mirror trick to adding space in a room. However, the location and size of the mirror also matter. One tiny mirror in the corner of a room won't make much of a difference. However, grouping mirrors together, especially vertically from floor to ceiling, will make the bed room appear much larger, plus you'll be able to use the mirrors while getting dressed in the morning.

3. Use storage furniture

A bed frame, desk, or ottoman with storage space will allow you to keep objects out of sight and help declutter the room. For best results, use furniture items that are light in color or paint them a slightly different shade of the color of your walls.

4. Modular furniture

Modular furniture is minimal and can be built to fit your needs. With modular furniture you won't ever have more drawers in your dresser than you need. If you want a desk in your bedroom, you can buy a fold-up wall mounted desk that helps clear up room when not in use.

5. Store inside, not on top

Bedrooms tend to accumulate a lot of clutter. Before I got rid of my bedside table it was usually covered with any range of items--keys, water bottle, opened mail, pens, etc. However, now that I store everything in a bedroom drawer, I don't have to worry about those items being visible and making the room feel cluttered.

6. Ditch the big bed

Mattresses and bed frames have come a long way in recent years when it comes to minimalism. Since your bed is probably the largest item in your bedroom, it is the most important item to change if you really want to make the room more spacious. The obvious solution is to buy a smaller sized bed. However, if that isn't an option there are also many slim mattresses and bed frames with a sleek, minimalist look.





Posted by Ann Bennett on 9/28/2018

This Single-Family in Concord, NH recently sold for $305,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Ann Bennett - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan.


8 Lovage Place, Concord, NH 03303

Single-Family

$299,999
Price
$305,000
Sale Price

3
Bedrooms
6
Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Pristine Colonial that has been updated throughout. Perfectly situated on the cul-de-sac in an excellent neighborhood offering a fully fenced back yard with privacy for the inground pool. This home was completely renovated with Cherry Cabinets, Granite Countertops, SS appliances and Gleaming hardwood floors though-out. The Living Room has a fireplace/natural gas, with a bonus room that offers versatility. The bonus room has a separate entrance to back yard and makes a great space to entertain. The Master bedroom has his and her walk in closets (potential to add a master bathroom). All the bedrooms are on the 2nd floor with an updated Full bathroom. The lower level is partially finished and offers additional storage and access to back yard. This is the type of home that draws you in right away, its solid and stunning! Not a thing to do but move in and enjoy!






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