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Posted by Tom Ruble on 7/12/2019

A fire pit can go a long way in affording homeowners the luxury of the comfortable outdoor living they want. It provides an avenue to bond with loved ones, sharing intimate moments and even be one with nature. There is a lot to enjoy when you decide to fit a fire pit in your yard. However, just like everything, installing a fire pit should be approached with considerate caution. This is especially true if you are a fan of do-it-yourself methods.

Here are some ways to ensure that your fire pit is in the best possible condition when being installed in your home:

Use the best materials

Whether you are settling for a fixed or portable fire pit, don't let the thought of acquiring something inferior and cheap cross your mind. Cheap materials put you at risk of starting a disastrous fire which could damage your properties and even harm people. Go for quality; it's worth it!

Keep a safe distance

Ideally, a fire pit should be at least 10 meters away from any structure or neighboring yard. Proper positioning will help in curtailing the spread of fire to combustible parts of your yard like bushes and fences.

No flammable materials around

The fire pit should be placed on a non-flammable surface, preferably patio blocks or concrete. Also, be sure to pick up any materials around the fire pit that can quickly catch fire like dried leaves, paper bags, and the like. 

Fire pits shouldn't be placed on wooden decks or directly on the grass. It's best to keep them in the open. That is, don't consider putting them beneath low hanging tree branches or under a covered porch. Not only will low-hanging tree limbs or deck roofs be a fire hazard, but they also trap smoke around the fire pit making it less enjoyable for you and your guests.

Remove the vegetation

Landscaped yards will, most likely, have grasses and shrubs lying around. Of course, they add to the aesthetics of the yard. However, after selecting the spot for the fire pit, the vegetation around it should be removed. If no combustible materials are accessible, the fire has no chance of spreading.

Get the right depth

Ideally, the pit should be, at least, 6 inches deep and 2 feet wide. Having a fire pit of this dimension allows the structure to contain embers. After fitting the fire pit, pile dirt or rocks around it to stop fire spread.

Have a garden hose and fire extinguisher handy

Fire is a surprising element that can go out of hand at any time. For extra safety, keep a source of water, preferably a garden hose, nearby. With it, you can extinguish any escaping fire before it becomes something big to deal with.

There you go! While you plan to share special moments with people around your fire pit, remain safe. A quality fire pit will serve you and your family for years to come.




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Posted by Tom Ruble on 7/11/2019

You can be just the 2nd. Owner of this Beautiful, Bright & Sunny Custom Built Home. Located in a cul-de-sac near the back of a secluded, well maintained neighborhood. This spacious home boasts 2 fireplaces, gleaming hardwood flooring on the 1st. level, an Open Concept floor plan & an Unbelievable Heated Sunroom. Enjoy year round views of nature from the comfort of your home. This property also features 3 good sized bedrooms, 2 full and one 1/2 baths, 1st. floor laundry, solid counters and lots of storage. You can access your private backyard either through a slider from the Sunroom onto a maintenance free deck or use the walkout from the basement. The downstairs also contains a not to be missed electric sauna off of the full bath, the large Family Room and an office. There are also 3 built in air conditioners for those muggy New England Summers. Located within walking distance to Dunn State Park, close to Route 2 and Downtown Gardner. The Gardner area offers a Great Quality of Life.

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Posted by Tom Ruble on 7/5/2019

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Ready to buy a house? It pays to be proactive, especially if you hope to streamline the process of acquiring a terrific residence at a budget-friendly price.

A superb house is likely to stir up interest from large groups of homebuyers. Fortunately, with a proactive approach, you can stay ahead of the homebuying competition and boost your chances of securing a wonderful house.

Ultimately, there are several best practices for proactive homebuyers, and these practices include:

1. Search for Homes Early and Often

The early bird catches the wom. Much in the same vein, a proactive homebuyer is better equipped than others to achieve his or her desired results.

Keep a close eye on the housing market – you'll be glad you did. If you monitor home listings in your city or town, you can quickly identify potential properties that you may want to buy.

In addition, evaluate housing market trends and patterns. With this housing market data in hand, you can differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Meet with several banks and lenders in your area. By doing so, you can explore a variety of mortgage options and select one that complements your finances.

There is no shortage of mortgage options at your disposal. For example, many homebuyers prefer a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which guarantees they will pay the same amount each month for the life of a mortgage. On the other hand, some homebuyers choose a 15-year adjustable-rate mortgage, which features lower upfront payments that gradually increase over time.

If you're uncertain about which mortgage option to select, there is no need to worry. Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage professionals who can help you make an informed decision.

Perhaps best of all, meeting with mortgage professionals guarantees you can receive expert responses to your concerns and questions. These mortgage professionals will devote the necessary time and resources to assist you and make it simple for you to select a great mortgage.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

If you want to enter the housing market, there is no reason to wait. In fact, if you contact a real estate agent today, you can immediately launch a successful homebuying journey.

A real estate agent is dedicated to your homebuying success. He or she first will learn about your homebuying goals, ensuring you can start the homebuying journey on the right foot. Then, this housing market professional can help you narrow your search for your dream residence.

In most instances, a real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you up to date about new residences as they become available and help you submit home offers. This housing market professional also provides a one-of-a-kind homebuying resource. And if you ever have homebuying concerns or questions, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them.

Don't wait to kick off a homebuying journey. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you can become a proactive homebuyer.




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Posted by Tom Ruble on 7/4/2019

Large, Brick Colonial in the same family for years. Needs some updating, but well worth the effort. This stately home is set back nicely from the road. It offers 4 - 6 bedrooms, many with hardwood floors, 2 1/2 baths with subway tile floors in the 2 full baths. A large, eat-in kitchen overlooks a huge, level backyard. Newer roof & heating system. A new electric system is in the process of being updated. The home also features a large living room with fireplace, a formal dining room with custom built-ins & a year round sunroom with slate floor. The amazing woodwork found throughout the home will dazzle you with the level of craftsmanship not readily found in today's construction. There is a full basement & 2 car garage. Plenty of space for everyone. Close to Downtown, Route 2 & Dunn State Park. Gardner offers a quality way of life & is close to the many recreational & cultural opportunities the area has to offer. 1st. showing deferred until Open House Saturday 7/6 from 11:30 - 12:30.

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Posted by Tom Ruble on 6/28/2019

Window shutters are a very old form of home improvement. Since there have been windows or openings in the walls of houses, shutters have been around. While they don’t serve much of a practical purpose in the present day, they once were very important to homeowners.  Early shutters were meant to protect the interior of a home from things like intruders, weather, and animals. 


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Present day shutters are often used as the finishing touch for a home. Many homes just wouldn’t look complete without them on the outside of the house. So, how do you find the shutters that are right for your home?


The Size And Placement Of The Shutters


You need room on your house for shutters to work on it. You shouldn’t consider putting shutters on your home if the pieces will come too close to the corner or stick out beyond the trim of your home. Your windows also shouldn’t be too close together. The space between windows and shutters should be about half of the width of one shutter. If you don’t have the appropriate space, you shouldn’t put shutters up. Even though you’re not actually using the shutters for practical purposes, you want them to look authentic, as if they could actually be closed. Keep in mind too that a small window may only need one shutter to make it work.


The Hardware 


Even though you won’t actually be using the shutters for your home, they should always be hung with the proper hardware. This allows the shutters to be attached appropriately and give the authentic look that’s needed to make them look true to form. If the shutters are hung any other way, they run the risk of looking cheap and fake. Even though you’re not actually going to use the shutters, the right hardware makes them function as they would if you really needed them.  


The Materials


As far as materials go, real wood shutters are unmatched in their authentic look. The problem with real wood shutters is that they can become weathered quickly. If you go with wood shutters, they will require frequent painting and replacement, which can become a tedious task as a homeowner.  


Vinyl shutters will last longer but choose them carefully. You still want a high quality shutter even though this material will be able to withstand the weather longer. The better the quality of your shutter, the more genuine they will look on your home. 


Color Choice


Typically, the color scheme on the outside of a home includes 2-3 different colors. Your shutters should be the accent color of the home. This means that they should match some other color that’s present on the outside of the house whether it’s your front door or your window trim, the shutters should always be a different color than the siding of a home.




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