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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/23/2018

One recurring problem all parents deal with -- especially on weekends and school breaks -- is keeping their children entertained and engaged. (Sound familiar?)

While you can sometimes take your kids and their friends bowling, to the movies, or roller skating, those type of activities are only short-term fixes. Once you've expended all the possibilities, you're back to square one! The ideal scenario is to be able to fill in some of those gaps with fun, recreational activities at home.

If you have a finished basement or are talking about renovating an unfinished area, then that part of the house can provide the space for a dedicated rec room. The cost of finishing a basement can be expensive -- with estimates ranging from $10,000 to around $35,000. The final cost would depend on factors like the square footage of your basement, contractor pricing, materials used, and whether you're willing or able to do any of the work yourself. For growing families with active children, remodeling a basement or buying a house that already has a finished basement could prove to be a priceless resource for years to come!

Setting Up a Game Room

Outfitting a rec room with items like game tables is an additional expense that could have an impact on your budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep a lid on those costs. One idea would be to spread out those purchases over a period of time. For example, one year you could buy a billiards table; the next year, you could add a ping-pong table, air hockey game, or a foosball table to the room. Many of these items also make excellent birthday or holiday gifts for the kids, so you can potentially include those purchases in your gift-buying budget. With a little online price comparison, you'll also discover that you don't have to pay top dollar for any of those game tables. It's rarely necessary to get the "deluxe" version of a pool table, air hockey game, or foosball table, and there's a wide range of sizes and prices available -- both online and off. You may also stumble upon opportunities to buy used versions of those popular rec room games, and save a lot of money in the process.

Two inexpensive ways to expand the range of activities available in your recreation room (and keep your kids happy) is to stock up on board games and age-appropriate craft supplies. A television with a DVD player, popular channels, and video games is also sure to provide hours of entertainment on rainy days, school holidays, and unstructured weekends. Finished basements can also be a great place to host children's birthday parties, sleepovers, and club meetings. A TV in the basement can also help maintain family harmony. When the grownups want to watch one program and the kids want to watch something entirely different, you don't have to draw straws or pull rank!





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/22/2018

FANTASTIC NEW CONSTRUCTION. FOUR FINISHED LEVELS INCLUDING TWO THIRD FLOOR SEPARATE ROOMS! This natural gas home, on almost a half acre, is full of surprises and wonderful features! The first floor offers a lovely living room and adjoining dining room space as well as a GRAND gas fireplaced family room, private office, large mudroom with built-in cubbies and separate laundry room. The stainless steel kitchen has a large quartz island, high performance gourmet Thor appliances, including a built-in coffee machine and access to the composite maintenance free deck which overlooks the large yard! The second floor has 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full baths and access to two separate staircases to the the third floor Bonus Room and a third floor Great Room. There is a huge finished lower level with walkout to the yard! The home has central AC, alarm, sprinkler system and hardwood on the first, second and third floors. This home is conveniently located to walk to town and train. Move in!

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/21/2018


456 Chestnut Street, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,499,000
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
FANTASTIC NEW CONSTRUCTION. FOUR FINISHED LEVELS INCLUDING TWO THIRD FLOOR SEPARATE ROOMS! This natural gas home, on almost a half acre, is full of surprises and wonderful features! The first floor offers a lovely living room and adjoining dining room space as well as a GRAND gas fireplaced family room, private office, large mudroom with built-in cubbies and separate laundry room. The stainless steel kitchen has a large quartz island, high performance gourmet Thor appliances, including a built-in coffee machine and access to the composite maintenance free deck which overlooks the large yard! The second floor has 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full baths and access to two separate staircases to the the third floor Bonus Room and a third floor Great Room. There is a huge finished lower level with walkout to the yard! The home has central AC, alarm, sprinkler system and hardwood on the first, second and third floors. This home is conveniently located to walk to town and train. Move in!
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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/21/2018


456 Chestnut Street, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,499,000
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
FANTASTIC NEW CONSTRUCTION. FOUR FINISHED LEVELS INCLUDING TWO THIRD FLOOR SEPARATE ROOMS! This natural gas home, on almost a half acre, is full of surprises and wonderful features! The first floor offers a lovely living room and adjoining dining room space as well as a GRAND gas fireplaced family room, private office, large mudroom with built-in cubbies and separate laundry room. The stainless steel kitchen has a large quartz island, high performance gourmet Thor appliances, including a built-in coffee machine and access to the composite maintenance free deck which overlooks the large yard! The second floor has 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full baths and access to two separate staircases to the the third floor Bonus Room and a third floor Great Room. There is a huge finished lower level with walkout to the yard! The home has central AC, alarm, sprinkler system and hardwood on the first, second and third floors. This home is conveniently located to walk to town and train. Move in!
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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/16/2018

If you're planning on making the transition from apartment renter to homeowner in the near future, you can be sure that the experience will be both exciting and challenging!

While some first-time home buyers are fairly well prepared for the changes that accompany homeownership, others encounter a myriad of unexpected expenses, neighbor problems, and household emergencies. Keeping surprises to a minimum and knowing how to handle difficulties when they come up are two strategies for keeping your life on an even keel in your new home.

When taking your initial plunge into homeownership, here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid problems and get the most from your new home.

Budgeting for expenses: When you're a renter or living with your parents, three things you generally don't have to concern yourself with are home repairs, appliance replacement, and yard maintenance costs. The longer list of homeowner expenses that could take a bite out of your paycheck or bank account includes furnace and AC services, chimney cleaning, snow removal, landscaping, exterminator services, plumbing leaks, and lighting installation. Many first-time home buyers also need to buy items like a lawn mower, clothes washer and dryer, and furniture. Although you can delay or spread out some of these expenses, they do need to be considered when creating a household budget.

Privacy is a factor: Depending on the proximity of houses, the openness of your yard, and the extent to which you want to get to know your neighbors, you might find yourself wanting to have some fencing installed or privacy hedges planted. Ideally, these are alterations you'd want to have done shortly after you move in -- if not before. That way, next door neighbors will have less of a tendency to take it personally when you erect barriers between you and them. And speaking of privacy, curtains and blinds are often a priority that needs to be taken care of immediately. While some homes for sale may include window treatments, there's a good chance your home decorating shopping list may include curtains!

Neighbor relations matter: If you happen to have neighbors who are easy going, relatively quiet, and likable, then consider yourself very fortunate! Being a good neighbor is, of course, a two-way street, so try to keep your noise level down to a "dull roar" and be the kind of neighbor you'd like them to be! That's no guarantee, of course, that everyone's going to get along famously and be the best of friends, but mutual respect and showing a modicum of friendliness to neighbors does help establish a cordial neighborhood atmosphere.

By creating a realistic household budget, being neighborly, and factoring in your need for privacy, you can begin setting the stage for a satisfying and fulfilling homeowner experience.