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120 Hillside Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170

Wollaston

Rental

$3,000
Price

14
Rooms
6
Beds
4
Baths
This colonial brick home is situated in Forbes Hill Wollaston! Convenient to all nearby amenities and public transits. Endless features include grand-scale living areas and functional spaces, large living room with a fireplace and beamed ceiling juxtaposed to dining room, custom designed kitchen embraced with the large family room or second dining area opens to the sun room with brick patio and backyard areas. Each floor has its own bath and electrical panel. Second floor consisted of 4 grand-scale bedrooms and a large beautiful fullbath. One of the bedrooms on 2nd floor has a french door leading out to the balcony/roof deck. Third floor has two additional bedrooms and a fullbath as well as a sitting area. Finished basement includes a playroom or family room, 3/4 bath and laundry, a home office, wine cellar, an utility room, and storage areas.
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Paint is the magic elixir when it comes to inexpensive home makeovers. It rejuvenates space in a way few other things can do. Yet many homeowners have blinders on when it comes to the places they can paint. Namely, they only see the walls as a palette. Let's challenge that notion and remind you of a new way to use paint -- on cabinets.

Step One: Prepping

Whatever you do, don't skip step one — prepping. Though tempting to overlook, the risks of ruining your cabinetry if you do are simply too high.

To prep your cabinets, begin by labeling each cabinet opening and door front with corresponding numbers marked on painter's tape. This will save you countless headaches when it comes time to reinstall. You'll remove the labels before spraying with primer and paint, and then replace the tape when you're ready for reinstallation. You can place the labels just above wherever you've set the pieces to dry so you don't lose track.

Remove all hardware, including hinges and screws. If you're getting new hardware, it likely won't align properly, so be prepared to redo these holes later.

Wipe each cabinet front with a bonding solvent. Allow 1 1/2 hours of drying time before troweling a thin layer of spackling compound over the entire surface to fill holes, blemishes and wood grain pores. Use a second coat if deep holes are evident.

Next, it's time to sand. Doing so eliminates any existing sheen or protective sealant from your cabinets, thereby allowing primer and paint to bond appropriately to the surface. Fine-grit sanding blocks or pads work best for most cabinet and drawer fronts; however, rough-grit sandpaper is acceptable for cabinets with a lot of lacquer or shellac.

Step Two: Add Primer

After vacuuming or wiping down the cabinets, add primer using pigmented shellac sealer and a 2-inch brush. Pour about 1 1/2- inches of your primer into a small can and dip the brush about 1-inch. Press the brush against the side of the can to remove excess primer. Don’t wipe it across the rim, as this removes too much primer. Shellac dries quickly, so move fast and avoid going back over areas that have started to dry. Try to avoid heavy buildup and runs, but don't be overly concerned with uneven patches.

Step Three: Paint

Brush on the first coat of paint, then smooth it out with just the tip of the brush. Follow each layer by sanding lightly using a fine-grit sanding sponge.Allow at least 8 hours for each layer to dry before going over it again. Work from top to bottom to avoid dripping on finished areas. Likewise, paint the insides of the cabinets before moving to the outside. If any paint spills onto a finished area, simply dab it with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits.

Step Four: Reinstall Hardware

Finally, it's time to reinstall door hinges, handles, pulls, mounting plates, and other hardware removed for the project. Once this is complete, attach the door fronts and reset the cabinets in place.

Getting ready for a move or remodel can be stressful. Call, email or use the contact form on the site to schedule a consultation today.


Home appraisals are an important part of the buying and selling process. Lenders use appraisals to make sure that the home is worth what the borrower is paying. A home’s appraisal value is based on a number of factors, all of which we’ll discuss in this post.

Whether you’re a buyer, seller, or are just learning about the process of buying a home so you’ll be better equipped in the future, this article is for you.

How is a home appraisal different from an inspection?

While home appraisals and inspections are performed by licensed or certified professionals, they have to different functions. An inspection ensures the safety of a home, as well as whether or not it will need repairs in the immediate or near future.

Appraisals, on the other hand, aim to value a home based on its property value, the size of the property, and the location of the property. The condition of the home is a factor in valuing a home, which is why some people confused appraisals with inspections.

Who pays for appraisals?

Like most closing costs, a home appraisal is a burden that falls on the buyer. Typically, the lender you choose will work with will actually order the appraisal. The cost, which usually amounts to a few hundred dollars, can be added to your closing fees. You can find the cost for an appraisal listed on the Closing Disclosure document provided by your chosen lender.

Which factors determine the home’s value?

To appraise the house itself, appraisers will look at the condition of the home. They’ll also weigh the features of the home in their valuation--things like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, for example.

However, the two key characteristics of a home that contribute to its value are its age and size.

Which external factors contribute to the home’s value?

As you might suspect, the location of your home matters greatly when it comes to appraisals. Homes are appraised based off of average prices for their neighborhood and region.

Other location factors include how accessible the home is, if it’s located on a waterfront, and whether it has desirable views.

When does a home get appraised?

While your experience may vary based on your specific circumstances, most appraisals occur after a buyer has signed a purchase contract. One this is done, the lender will take the steps necessary to order and process the appraisal.

How long is the home appraisal process?

Once the buyer has signed a purchase contract, the appraisal is usually completed and processed within 7 days. The appraisal report will be sent to the lender. This report contains the appraised value of the home. Buyers are entitled to a copy of this report, and should keep one for their own records.



165 Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA 02171

North Quincy

Rental

$2,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Sought After Location! Condo Unit Is Close Approximate To Transportation, Wollaston Beach, And Nearby Amenities. Unit Features Open Floor Plan Concept, Stainless Steel Appliances, Master Bedroom, Grand Scale Rooms, Balcony Overlooks Boston Sky-lite, And Secured Parking. Access To On Site Laundry Facility, In Ground Pool, Tennis Court, and Workout Facility. No pets please.
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63 Holyoke Street, Quincy, MA 02171

North Quincy

Rental

$2,100
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Renovated unit features updated bath, modern kitchen with custom-built cabinets with granite countertops and stainless appliances, freshly painted, functional floor plan invites comfortable living areas, private deck, ample of storage, good size bedrooms, and hardwood floors throughout. Situated in prime location that is convenient to Wollaston beach and Quincy Shore drive, .06 mile to North Quincy redline, close proximity to public transits, expressway, schools, and retail center. In building laundry and storage are allowed. No pets/non-smokers.
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