Eleanor Osborn | Norfolk MA Real Estate, Medfield MA Real Estate, Wrentham MA Real Estate


When buying a house, especially your first home, it's all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to "see the forest for the trees."

Although it's impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it's vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over.

For example, if the foundation of the house looks unstable or the surrounding neighborhood is showing signs of deterioration, it's ultimately not going to matter how much you love the layout of the kitchen or the convenience of a first floor laundry room. Major problems can overshadow the desirable features of a home and have long-term implications on your finances (and sanity).

Even though the future marketability of a house may be the last thing on your mind when you're searching for your next home, it's a factor worth giving some serious thought to. When that aspect of home ownership is overlooked, it could result in headaches and possible financial loss down the road. While real estate generally has a tendency to appreciate in value over time, there are exceptions.

The good news is that many potential problems can be prevented by combining common sense with the advice of qualified professionals, such as an experienced, certified property inspector. If you're wondering what's covered in a typical home inspection, the American Society of Home Inspectors offers this overview: "The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components."

So while inspectors can't look behind every wall or accurately predict the remaining lifespan of an existing HVAC system, they can provide you with a lot of valuable tips, recommendations, and insights into the condition of a house for sale. Working with a top-notch real estate (buyer's) agent will also help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying a home.

While nobody wants to move into a "money pit," the likelihood of finding a home that's absolutely perfect and doesn't need any repairs, updates, or improvements is extremely low. Home buyers who are too focused on perfection may eventually realize that their standards are unattainable. A successful search for a new home hinges on the ability to distinguish between a minor cosmetic problem, such as an unappealing paint color, and a major problem, like a basement that floods regularly or a roof that's been compromised by storms, falling branches, or long-term neglect.

Although home buyers have differing expectations when it comes to repairs, remodeling, decorating, and renovations, one thing's for sure: Everyone wants to add their own personal touches to a new home and make it feel and look like their own!



15 CROSS STREET, Medfield, MA 02052

Single-Family

$550,000
Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
QUICK CLOSE POSSIBLE! Move right in to this 5 Bedroom, 3 BA, 3 Level RANCH, expanded up to a COLONIAL in the late 60s. Here you have 1st or 2 nd Floor Master BR options- great IN LAW potential - Gas Heat, Town H20 & Sewer. Location is ideal - convenient to the Top Rated Schools & Town Center; you're in your own private world right in the heart of Medfield! You'll absolutely LOVE spending time in this LR with views of nature out the large front window. The hardwood was laid in a "picture frame" pattern & complements the fireplace, the focal point of the room- perfect timing w/ chilly temps. Bedrooms & Baths on the 1st & 2nd Floors suggest possibilities for multiple generations. Added living space can be found right off the Kitchen and Dining Room in a spacious 3 Season Sunroom w/ access to the rear yard, & in the Lower Level Family Room w/separate Office and Laundry. Create a Mudroom as you come in from the Garage w/ new doors- contain the outerwear! Train ~10 min away. OH SUN 12:30-2PM
Open House
Sunday
February 17 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Put your own stamp on this one! Great town w/ strong school district, desirable location, private lot convenient to schools, playing fields, and short distance to town center. This could just be your ticket into Medfield!
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A pantry is a coveted feature for many homeowners. Especially those come from small apartments or houses. No more stacking items like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or reaching back into the endless depths hoping to land on your favorite spice mix.

However, all the extra space can cause a new organizational problem - there’s so much that you don’t know what to do with it. If finding ingredients has become an aerobics exercise from searching them top to bottom each time you cook today’s article is for you.

Instead of tall jars opt for flat square stackable containers. By taking up more surface space and less height they can’t hide behind one another. Label each container so you know at a glance which is flour and which powdered sugar.

Take advantage of the space your pantry door provides. Install hooks to hang pans or lids down the length of the door. Or for a weekend craft project install a large magnet and put spices in little jars with metal lids. You’ll just want to make sure your magnet has a strong enough hold that all of your jars don’t come crashing down each time the kids inevitably slam the door shut.

For ultimate organization install a chalkboard along the inside (or outside) of your pantry door for an ongoing shopping list. Add a small lip to hold some chalk so anyone in the family can add on to the list when they finish up the last snack of the bunch. This helps cut down on time spent taking inventory of your home staples and which need to be restocked.

Take advantage of space below shelving in your pantry with crates. These are great for storing the aforementioned kid snacks, baking items and extra items you stock up on to stretch the time between shopping trips. Install wheels on the bottom to make them easier to pull in and out or into the main kitchen area.

Create zones throughout your pantry with items like under-the-shelf racks, stacking shelves, lazy susans, and clear bins. These not only help you keep like-items together but also to capitalize on the space you have. Label bins to help the rest of your family keep things tidy. Under-the-shelf racks are great for more delicate items like bread and root vegetables to stay up and out of the way from the threats of cans and jars.

Alternatively get creative and use a shower caddy or magazine rack hung from the inside of the door for your root vegetables and bread. Measure the space between the door and shelf when closed to ensure the correct depth or match the spacing between each so the height of bins matches that of shelf spacing.


This Single-Family in Walpole, MA recently sold for $485,000. This Cape style home was sold by Eleanor Osborn - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate.


18 Park Ln, Walpole, MA 02032

Single-Family

$499,000
Price
$485,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Wonderful 4 bedroom/3 full bathroom home in the much sought after Park Lane location. Close to highway and lots of stores nearby. Must view to appreciate all this home has to offer. Living room with wood burning fireplace, lovely updated kitchen with new quartz counter tops and appliances. New "window world" windows with custom blinds throughout and recently finished music room. Freshly painted with two living rooms for your entertainment needs. Large second floor bedroom with bathroom and a walk-in closet. Fenced-in yard with shed and a great mahogany deck for your summer barbecues. Central air, gas heating and so much more. Lots of recent landscaping updates.

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This Single-Family in Norfolk, MA recently sold for $410,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Eleanor Osborn - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate.


16 PARK STREET, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$445,000
Price
$410,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
4+ Acres is the setting for this spacious Craftsman Style Home w/ a Floor plan that "makes sense" with good flow. The house was expanded in the 80s & updated ~10 yrs ago w/ a reconfigured Chef's Delight Kitchen featuring a huge Island w/ prep sink & 1st Floor Full Bath/Laundry, This is a home for all seasons! 2 Fireplaces plus wood burning stove in the Kitchen create a warm environment for today's cool weather; a private screened porch is there for summer. 2nd Floor offers 2 Full Baths & 5 Rooms, including Master, for BRs/Office, & 3rd Fl Walk-Up includes 2 add'l rooms w/ Elec BB heat. Sellers have made several improvements during ownership: Roof, Chimney, Decking, Heat System, Electric, Main Drive, Fencing, Windows & Trim, Walkway. The land could be suitable for horses, animals, gardens. Town Center/Train to Boston ~2 mi. Great Opportunity to build equity in this quintessential NE town & continue where these sellers have left off! Need Space/ Want Land? Act now!

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