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You may not notice odors in your home, but buyers and their agents are sure to sniff out any little smell!  While you can try to mask odors with a room freshener or perfume, that masking smell itself may come across as offensive.  Instead, you'll need to actually refresh rooms.  Here are some tips for the most stubborn and common odors found in a home.

The Kitchen:

- Refrigerator: Once a month place an open box or small dish of baking soda on a shelf in the back of the fridge
- Sink: Pour 6 tablespoons of baking soda and 6 tablespoons of salt down the drain, followed by a small pan or kettleful of boiling water. This is great for clogged drains too.
- Cooking Odors: Open the windows in good weather, and throughout the year, boil a few tablespoons of vinegar in water. 
- Trash and Recycling Bins: Remove the bag (if you use a bag to line the bin) every tie you empty the bin and sprinkle in come baking soda.  Every third or fourth time, rinse the bin out with soapy water and put it out in the sun to air out and dry. 

Laundry and Bathroom:

- Washing Machine: Add a scoop of baking soda to every few washes. Not only does it remove smells, it brightens clothes too.  Front loading machines are known to create more mildew and odors than top loading machines, so be sure to wipe the rubber door gasket with a cloth with baking soda on it and leave the door open between washes. 
- Toilet: sprinkle some baking soda around the back of the seat at the tank and place a couple of lemon halves in the bowl. Let sit for a few hours, then discard the lemons and flush away the baking soda.  Have you noticed yet that baking soda has a great number of uses besides cooking?

Around the House:

- Carpet: Sprinkle with baking soda and leave for several hours, then vacuum up.
- Furniture: If you have removable seating covers, wash them (if washable) with baking soda.  Febreeze spray also eliminates odors and leaves a soft fresh smell behind.  For fabric sofas and chairs you can use a carpet cleaning machine.  Or sprinkle the cushions with baking soda, let sit, and vacuum the baking soda up.
- Closets and Bedrooms: Place a small dish of used coffee grounds or cinnamon in a small dish in a discreet place.  Sprinkle baking soda in shoes.  Keep sports equipment (especially hockey!) outdoors in a shed if possible, or at least in a garage or someplace where air can easily circulate. 





If you’re hunting for a new home, it can be tempting to make an appointment to view as many as possible. However, it can be a better use of your time to narrow down the search beforehand and eliminate houses from your list based on some at-home research. That way you can use those extra hours for fine-tuning your home search and make sure you visit only the houses that will suit your every need.

In this article, we’ll teach you some ways to research a home, neighborhood and town before you take the time to visit.

Things to Research about Your Potential New Neighborhood

So you’ve found a listing that looks nice. Your next step should be to find out as much as possible about the area the home is in to make sure it suits your needs.

A good first step is to head over to Google Maps to find out which amenities are in the area. Schools, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, parks… the list goes on. This is also a good time to map out how long it will take you on average to drive to work from this house and to see if it will lead you through any high-traffic areas that might affect your daily schedule.

You can also research other homes in the area to see if the house is selling higher or lower than average. This will give you a question to ask the real estate agent if you choose to reach out for further information.

Town statistics

Another step to take on Google for this home is to look up statistics for things like neighborhood crime, ratings for the school district, and the state of local businesses.

Is the area up-and-coming with healthy businesses and low crime? If so, it could be worth pursuing further.

If you’re planning on having children or already do, the quality of the education could be of importance to you.

Finally, get an idea of the local tax rates so you know how much you’ll owe the government for your property and excise taxes.

Researching the house itself

If you’re comfortable with the town and neighborhood, there’s still some research you can do online before you schedule a showing.

See if you can find out if the house belongs to a homeowner’s association. Look up their rules and fees to see if they’re agreeable to you and your family’s lifestyle and plans for the future.

Look up the sale history for the home. If there are several recent sales, this could be a sign of problems with the home or neighborhood. Similarly, if the price has increased or decreased dramatically more than nearby houses, consider asking the real estate agent why this is.

Finally, see if you can view the number of days the home has been on on the market, commonly abbreviated as “DOM.” This will give you some insight as to how desirable the home and neighborhood are.


Once you have all of the information at your disposal, you’ll be in a position to decide whether or not to schedule an appointment to view the home.



7 Gleason St, Andover, MA 01810

Single-Family

$469,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Opportunity knocks! Spacious Ranch home in High Plain/Wood Hill school district in need of cosmetic updating. Features include eat in kitchen, formal living and dining rooms with picture window and fireplace plus 3 nicely sized bedrooms with ample closet space. The family room is oversized, includes a 2nd fireplace and access to outside patio.Excellent opportunity to add value to a well built home in a desirable location.
Open House
Sunday
December 16 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Location: 7 Gleason St, Andover, MA 01810    Get Directions

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7 Gleason St, Andover, MA 01810

Single-Family

$469,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Opportunity knocks! Spacious Ranch home in High Plain/Wood Hill school district in need of cosmetic updating. Features include eat in kitchen, formal living and dining rooms with picture window and fireplace plus 3 nicely sized bedrooms with ample closet space. The family room is oversized, includes a 2nd fireplace and access to outside patio.Excellent opportunity to add value to a well built home in a desirable location.
Open House
Sunday
December 16 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 7 Gleason St, Andover, MA 01810    Get Directions

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12 Willard Cir, Andover, MA 01810

Single-Family

$899,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Paradise found with this waterfront South Andover location on beautiful Foster's Pond! Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming & winter skating all in a natural setting. Located in the much sought after South/Doherty School District, this easy commute location home offers a tranquil setting at the end of the workday at only 18 miles north of Boston, and functions as both a private home & a vacation resort. This property includes a 1st floor master suite with slider access to deck overlooking the water, a fabulous open concept floor design with high ceilings and skylights and so much more! The 1,500 sf detached garage with loft storage is perfect for all your sporting gear and the outside screened Gazebo, situated right by the water, allows hours of enjoyment in a serene setting. Great floor plan, condition & location add to the allure of this special contemporary home with in-ground gunite pool & 4 car garage. Wonderful opportunity in a desirable location with just a short ride into Boston!
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December 16 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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