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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 10/16/2017

Rising numbers of creative artists, freelancers and contractors are working from home.The numbers are expected to increase. Leasing agents, employers and manufacturers of home amenities aren't the only people who have to accommodate for shifts that America's changing workforce will bring. Real estate agents,home builders, mortgage lenders and home buyers may also have to adjust to the changes.

Home amenities must keep up with changing times

The shifts that may have far reaching impact are expected to see half of America's workforce earning income from the contractor and freelancer ranks. According to Forbes, 53 million workers in the United States already freelance. By 2020, that number is expected to double.Many of these workers will work from home.

Add in telecommuters, and don't be surprised if members of the gig and freelance economy start looking for home amenities and home floor layouts that fit their work-from-home needs. Following are 10 home amenities that contractors may start looking for more and more in home designs.

  1. Open floor plan - Houses that are designed with an open floor plan make it easier for contractors to multi-task. Whether they are working from their home office, the living room or the kitchen island, contractors can keep an eye on young children, pets or a meal that's cooking in the oven while they work.
  2. Solar energy - Homes built with solar energy panels help to cut down on utility expenses for work-at-home professionals, and who doesn't love opening a utility bill and seeing that the costs has dropped?
  3. Great outdoor views - Of all home amenities,this one is tops. Great views can keep freelancers from feeling isolated. Outdoor views help contractors feel connected to the world around them, even as contractors work for 8 or more hours a day from home.
  4. Built-in bookcases - Apartment management companies are already designing apartment units with built-in bookcases. Not only are built-in-bookcases visually attractive, they are space savers.
  5. Large home office - A large home office is a contractor's bread and butter. Contractors may start asking real estate agents to only show them houses that have a large home office. These rooms need to be big enough to fit a desk, chair, two filing cabinets, a printer and computer inside. The space shouldn't be cramped.
  6. Indoor exercise space - A large extra room or a basement could serve as an indoor exercise space. Because contractors tend to be independent thinkers, they value and take care of their health.
  7. Wifi access - This is a must when it comes to home amenities. Even houses in the country may need Wifi access to land a sell with freelancers.
  8. Stylish home lighting - Task, accent and general or natural lighting are winners. Home offices should be designed with at least task and general lighting.
  9. Wall computer stands and monitor stands - Similar to built-in bookcases, these home amenities computer and monitor stands are attractive space savers. Houses designed with these two home amenities also keep contractors from having to spend money on separate computer and monitor stands.
  10. Finished basement - Documents, videotapes,artist equipment and supplies and additional filing cabinets can be stored in a finished basement. A portion of a finished basement could also serve as a home office, especially if both people buying the same house are contractors.

Location is also important to contractors and freelancers. Homes that these workers,particularly full-time contractors, live in come with real advantages if the homes are located within walking distance of public train and bus stations. If the houses are not within walking distance, contractors should not have to drive more than 10 to 15 minutes to reach public transportation facilities.

Until the shifts change, these home amenities may seem far fetched. Manufacturers,home builders and real estate agents who see and prepare for these shifts now,may find themselves ahead of the curve now and in the future.




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 10/9/2017

There are few things for a home seller that are more stressful than the home inspection. You hope and pray that everything will come out a-OK in your house so that your buyers will want to continue with the sale without asking for too many contingencies. There’s a few simple things that you can do to make sure your home inspection goes smoothly. The good news is that these tasks won’t cost you a lot of time or money. A few simple actions can save you a lot of grief in unnecessary service calls. Check out these tips to help you get through the home inspection with flying colors:


Check Your Light Bulbs


If you have a light bulb that’s simply burnt out, that could prompt the need for a check of the entire electrical system in your home. Avoid a costly visit from an electrician just by checking your light bulbs and replacing them where necessary. 


Check Your Air Filters 


The air filters in your home can be easily neglected and be a big problem in the home inspection process. Even if a filter looks a little gray, take the time to replace it. You should check your air filters and furnace filters for any potential problems like tears or excess dirt. For bonus points, you may want to just replace the filters before the inspection no matter how little dirt they have on them. Otherwise, a clogged filter can be a sign that your furnace or heating and cooling system isn’t working properly. 


Check Your Sinks


A few dollars spent on some drain unclogging chemicals is a few hundred dollars potentially saved on a plumber. Fill up your sinks with water and see how they drain. If they’re a bit slow, get the chemicals that you need to work on unclogging the drains (such as Drain-o). If there’s a funny smell coming from the drain, be sure to address it. Lemons also work wonders on everything from drains to garbage disposals. Even some baking soda and vinegar can help to clean a drain wonderfully. 


Fix Major Repairs Before Your Home Goes On The Market


If you know something pressing needs to be fixed or replaced in your home, be sure to fix it before the home even goes on the market. It’s much easier to take care of things before a buyer’s contingency and a time limit is involved. Although you may be hesitant to spend the money, you should replace certain appliances, fix the roof, or address that creaky floor before the “For Sale” sign even goes out front.




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 10/3/2017


Lot 10 Cutting Lane, Number 22, Sudbury, MA 01776

Single-Family

$1,495,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
READY FOR OCCUPANCY! Very popular North Sudbury new construction. Refreshing floor plan designed around a turned staircase at center of home. Beautiful 19 x 24 custom, gourmet, center island kitchen. Convenient butler's pantry services the large dining room. Open and sunny entertainment sized family room with gas fireplace. Large activity-friendly mud room adjacent to the 3 car garage. Also, a private first floor study. The 2nd floor offers a 5 room master bedroom suite w/matching walk-in closets, sitting room and fabulous bathing spa. There is a "Jack and Jill" bathroom for bedrooms 2 and 3, plus a 4th bedroom with private bath. Large bonus room with custom built-ins could be the 5th bedroom. Natural gas. Walk out basement. 5 bedroom septic. Lots of "new home" low maintenance and energy saving features. Convenient access to the South Acton and West Concord Train to Boston. You will not be disappointed. Additional lot available for a custom built home.
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Sunday
October 08 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION. NEW HOME READY FOR OCCUPANCY..BE IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Fabulous floor plan and very high quality custom finish work. Hardwood in all bedrooms. High ceilings, big windows and an open floor plan Five room master suite. Jack and Jill bath. Custom butler's pantry leads to entertainment sized dining room. Living room with coffered ceiling. Walk out basement to spacious back lawn. Natural gas heating. Very energy efficient. Use of low maintenance exterior siding and trim.
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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 10/2/2017


Lot 10 Cutting Lane, Number 22, Sudbury, MA 01776

Single-Family

$1,495,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
READY FOR OCCUPANCY! Very popular North Sudbury new construction. Refreshing floor plan designed around a turned staircase at center of home. Beautiful 19 x 24 custom, gourmet, center island kitchen. Convenient butler's pantry services the large dining room. Open and sunny entertainment sized family room with gas fireplace. Large activity-friendly mud room adjacent to the 3 car garage. Also, a private first floor study. The 2nd floor offers a 5 room master bedroom suite w/matching walk-in closets, sitting room and fabulous bathing spa. There is a "Jack and Jill" bathroom for bedrooms 2 and 3, plus a 4th bedroom with private bath. Large bonus room with custom built-ins could be the 5th bedroom. Natural gas. Walk out basement. 5 bedroom septic. Lots of "new home" low maintenance and energy saving features. Convenient access to the South Acton and West Concord Train to Boston. You will not be disappointed. Additional lot available for a custom built home.
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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 10/2/2017

There’s a certain recipe for successful home lighting. Lighting can make a room feel smaller or larger. There should be a mix and match of about 4 layers of lighting throughout the house. These layers should be:

  • Ambient light
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lights
  • Decorative lights


These 4 layers of lighting are perfect to mix and match for a well lit room. Ambient lighting includes natural light sources like windows, pendant lighting and overhead light fixtures. Task lighting includes under-counter lighting, desk lamps and reading lamps. Accent lights include recessed lighting and adjustable lighting. These lights will highlight certain areas of a room. Decorative lighting includes chandeliers and other types of ornamental lighting. After you have your layers set up, you’ll want to use your lighting to the advantage of your home’s decor.   


Bring The Drama To A Room


You can highlight anything you wish in a room using the right kind of lighting. It can be a fireplace or a painting or a ceiling. Use a soft spotlight to highlight a painting. Uplighting adds a softer effect to the scheme of a room. You can create this effect with wall mounted sconces or rope lights. You’ll see quite a warm glow.  


Dimmers Are Your Friend


Installing dimmer switches on your light fixtures can help to save energy and will allow you to bring down rather bright ambient lighting or help you to create a different kind of lighting scheme with the flip of a switch. As a plus, a dimmer will extend the life of your light bulbs and will maximize the time you need to change lightbulbs that require a ladder to reach. 


Don’t Put All Of Your Lights In One Place


Don’t just stick one or two bright lighting fixtures in a room and say that it’s all set. You’ll get more shadows and glare than would be desirable. This is where our blend of lighting recipe comes into play. Using that 4 step-formula will help you to spread your lighting out accordingly. This way no type of lighting will be overwhelming. 


Look Outside


Remember to use the daylight. Natural daylight is the best type of lighting. It brings in fresh color and complements any landscape. You can add natural light to your home through installing skylights, widening windows or thinking about how to redress the windows that you already have.


Choose Quality Fixtures


High quality light fixtures are better all around. They’re clearer and the fixture will be more attuned to your home’s style. When choosing lighting make sure that you see if the shade covers any part of the light, is made of good materials and that the connections are sound. 


When it comes to creating a well-lit home, you need to look everywhere from the windows to the ceilings. You want to be sure that your lighting is set up to be energy efficient and practical. Consider the many different kinds of lighting that are available and plan each room to ensure that you’ll have all the light that you need.  

      

   







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