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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 5/13/2021

This Single-Family in Millbury, MA recently sold for $275,000. This Cape style home was sold by - Homestead Realty Group.

11 Hawthorne, Millbury, MA 01527


Sale Price

Welcome to this solid, well maintained home. Nestled on a desirable corner lot, this three-bedroom home is ideal for downsizing, starting out, or to use as a condo alternative. Step in through the side door into the kitchen that features a breakfast bar separating the prep and cooking area from your e.i.k. dining experience. As you enter the oversized living room, be pleasantly greeted by the charming built-ins and wood burning fireplace to help comfort you on those chilly New England evenings. The large space helps make things ideal for your entertaining purposes. The first floor also features a full bath as well as two bedrooms. From the kitchen, continue upstairs and you will find the home's third bedroom or use this space for your home office with convenient unfinished attic storage. The basement is wide open, yet unfinished. It features high ceilings and the location of the laundry room. Come bring your ideas and make this your next home. Convenient commute to Rt 20, 146, and 90.

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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 5/10/2021

When building a new home, builders put a water-resistant coating on any part of the block crawlspace or basement that is underground. This is typically good enough to protect your foundation for years. However, after time, or if you have a drainage problem, the coating becomes less effective. Moisture and even water can seep into your basement or crawlspace and cause issues.

What Does Waterproofing Do?

Besides the obvious of keeping water out of your basement, waterproofing reduces overall dampness and helps to prevent mold and mildew from forming. Concrete is porous, thus water can seep through it. If you have enough water against your foundation during the rainy season, it will eventually make its way through even the thickest concrete. Waterproofing can also help seal any cracks in a concrete basement, slab or crawlspace.

Keeping a Foundation Waterproofed

If you are building your house on a downslope, the construction company should put a grade against the foundation. However, grades erode over time, especially without properly installed gutters. Water will eventually pool against the foundation and get inside. When building your home, look at the lay of the land. Even though the construction company waterproofs your basement, you should add extra drainage near the house. You can install a French drain to move water coming toward the house away from the foundation. You can also ask your builder to put better waterproofing materials on the exterior of your basement or crawlspace. It's much easier to do this before they backfill.

Types of Waterproofing

The most common type of waterproofing in modern homes is a layer of tar painted or sprayed onto basement or crawlspace walls below ground. However, there are a few more types of waterproofing you can upgrade to:

Sheet-Based Membranes

The membranes come in a rolls. Builders use a hot tar-based adhesive to stick the waterproofing membrane sheets to the walls of the basement or crawlspace. Self-adhesive membranes are also available, but don't last as long as the membranes attached with separate adhesive.

Liquid-Applied Membranes

Most liquid-applied membranes consist of a primer coat and up to two coats of waterproofing. Builders can apply the primer and the liquid membrane via a brush, spray or roller. One advantage of liquid-applied membranes is that they don't have joints. However, if the builder doesn't apply the membrane in the right thickness, it could break or tear.

Cement and Bitumen-Based Waterproofing

These products are applied on the exterior or interior of a basement or crawlspace, but is usually used inside in areas that are often wet, such as bathrooms. Since these materials are frequently used inside, this option doesn't contract and expand with the temperature as much as they would outside.

Silicone Polymers

Silicone polymers are highly flexible, which makes them great for exterior use where hot and cold weather cause expansion and contraction. The builder can spray or brush a silicone polymer on. Since the liquid cures in the air, it creates a seamless membrane with no cracks.

Issues Caused by Poor Waterproofing or Cracked Waterproofing

If the builder doesn't properly apply the waterproofing or the waterproofing cracks over time, water will seep into your basement or crawlspace. The moisture then seeps into your home and increases humidity. If you don't control the humidity, mold and mildew form. In turn, the mold and mildew cause health issues, including asthma and allergies. Once mold and mildew form, it can be very difficult to get rid of it without professional help. If you have to spend money on mold remediation, make sure the company you hire can waterproof your foundation and, if necessary add additional drainage solutions.

It is advisable to take part in the planning stages, and to ensure that the builder uses sub-contractors who won't take short cuts in any part of the project. This applies especially to waterproofing.

Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 5/7/2021

This Single-Family in Millbury, MA recently sold for $383,838. This Ranch style home was sold by - Homestead Realty Group.

38 Prospect St, Millbury, MA 01527


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Prospect Hill in Millbury provides a mix of home styles and older neighborhood charm. This ranch is perfect for first time home buyers or folks looking to downsize with one level living. In close proximity to the center of town which has seen some nice business updates in the past year. Hop skip and a jump to Christopher's Ice Cream. Catch a little league or girls softball game with a walk to Windle Field. Check out the list of updates in this property that has been in one family for over 50 years. Pride of ownership with proactive maintenance. Add your stamp to style and update to your preference. The yard is an oversized lot for the neighborhood with plenty of room in the back yard for family gatherings or perhaps take up gardening, plenty of room for many options. Please schedule appointments on ShowingTime. Check out the 3D virtual tour.

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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 5/3/2021

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A dish just about everyone can agree on anytime is pizza, and this tasty recipe for veggie pesto pizza with a homemade cauliflower crust is a healthy alternative to delivery or frozen options. While it takes about an hour to prepare and cook, those extra few minutes of prep are well worth the results.

Ingredients for Cauliflower Crust

  • 1 Large Cauliflower Head, Stalk Removed
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella, Shredded
  • 1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • Crust Directions

    Get the oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment paper atop a baking sheet. Begin by breaking up cauliflower into small pieces and use a food processor until finely chopped. Give the cauliflower a gentle steam, drain well and allow to cool. Combine the cauliflower and the cheeses, spices and eggs into a bowl until well mixed.

    Place ‘dough’ onto the parchment lined baking sheet and begin kneading and spreading it into a circle or shape of choice. You can determine the thickness of your crust from thin to a hand-tossed style. Add any ‘extras’ to the crust if desired by brushing it with olive oil and sprinkling add-ons to the edges. Place atop a pizza pan. Bake for 20 minutes, and begin prepping the toppings.

    Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Pesto Sauce, Fresh or Pre-made
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach, Chopped and Packed
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Basil, Chopped and Packed
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms, Sliced Thinly
  • 1 Medium Yellow Pepper, Julienned
  • 1 Cup Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 Tsp. Oregano, Fresh or Dried
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Halved
  • Rub the prepared cauliflower crust with a side of open garlic clove until the top is fully covered or to desired taste. Spread the pesto sauce atop the crust, adding extra if a saucier pizza is preferred. Top your masterpiece with the prepped spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, yellow pepper and sprinkle with the basil. Evenly spread the cheeses across the toppings and sprinkle the oregano to finish it off. Place in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted or until the crust reaches desired crispiness.

    When cut into 6 pieces, this pizza is only 310 calories with an estimated 4 grams of saturated fat—so enjoy it guilt-free with your family and friends in your new home anytime the craving strikes.

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    Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 4/26/2021

    Making a good first impression on prospective home buyers is the key to getting your house sold within a relatively short period of time. Once your house is on the market, you'll want to make sure any major flaws, aesthetic issues, and potential buyer turnoffs have been fully addressed before the first prospects walk through your front door.

    Although serious house hunters often return for a second -- and sometimes third -- walkthrough of your home, first impressions determine whether they'll be back for another look.

    Since time is of the essence and you may be on a limited home improvement budget, it's necessary to prioritize the projects that will have the most impact on the image you project. When it comes to making cost-effective decisions on preparing your house for showings, your real estate agent can provide helpful insights and objective advice. Seasoned agents can size up a property within minutes and identify ways to improve the look and feel of your home. Although every homeowner is going to have a different set of priorities and issues to deal with, there are a few focal points that would apply to just about everyone.

    Curb appeal: To attract the maximum number of prospects to your home (and to put them in a receptive state of mind when viewing your house), it's essential that your property looks well maintained. In addition to having a manicured lawn and bushes that are neatly trimmed, your curb appeal also depends on the condition of your driveway, walkway, and house foundation. The appearance of weeds, cracked surfaces, and peeling or faded paint are sure to be seen as "red flags" to many people and will detract from the impression your home conveys.

    Clutter control: Getting a handle on clutter in and around your house is a vital aspect of enhancing its appearance and marketability. Whether you're dealing with storage areas that are jam-packed to the hilt, too much furniture in your living room, or a front yard that's littered with bicycles, lawn equipment, toys and junk vehicles, clutter is a visual cue to people that "something is wrong here!" Clutter inside your house can cause rooms to look smaller and living space to appear as chaotic and uninviting. Even clutter in garages, basements, closets, and attics can send the wrong message to potential house hunters. On the other hand, uncluttered space is like "a breath of fresh air," and can go a long way toward winning over one or more interested prospects.

    General recommendations: While everyone's situation is different and unique, cleanliness, proper room lighting, and basic home staging techniques can help maximize your chances for a successful showing. Applying a fresh coat of paint, where needed, also increases the eye-appeal of everything from your front steps and hallways to bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen areas. Thoroughly steam-cleaning carpets and refinishing faded hardwood floors can also be cost-effective ways to bring out the full potential of your home