Blog :: 08-2016

Broom Clean

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It is customary for most real estate contracts to specify the home to be left “broom clean” by the sellers. There is often confusion about what this means.  

Broom clean DOES NOT mean that the house has been professionally cleaned, or even cleaned by the seller. It means that the premises have been emptied of all contents except items previously agreed upon and specified in the contract. No visible debris should be left on the floors or other surfaces. The seller should also not assume that left over cans of paint or tools are wanted by the buyer. Ask before leaving them.  

While every buyer would like to move into a sparkling clean home, this is not the legal responsibility of the seller. The buyer should assume that the house will need a thorough cleaning before occupancy. Having said that, it is a wonderful gesture for the seller to have the house cleaned, and much appreciated by any buyer.

Locally, we have some wonderful cleaning services that are reliable and thorough. If you are busy and/or not inclined toward cleaning, you may want to engage a regular cleaning service anyway. Ask your agent for a referral.

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    Expanding Your Home

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    Enlarging your home can lead to a spectacular result…or not. Here are five steps to consider if you are contemplating an addition:

    1. Many of us begin by calling our real estate agent and friends for contractor referrals when we should be asking for referrals to architects. An architect can suggest renovations that will meld your current space with the addition to give your home the curb appeal you’ll want for resale. Your architect can provide names of local contractors. 
    2. Make certain that whomever you choose is insured and gets proper permits from your local building inspector.
    3. When planning your budget for the addition,  work closely with your contractor to develop an all in budget. Many budgets end up growing by 30 to 50% or more.
    4. Before starting the process, it’s nice to let neighbors know that you will be renovating so they’ll be prepared for the noise and traffic.
    5. Know your renovation will change your town assessment and your property taxes will likely increase. And contact your insurance carrier because coverage will need to be reassessed.

    Understanding the expansion process can make the planning more manageable.

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      Fabulous Farmers' Markets

      Summer is more than half over and if you have not yet visited one of our local farmer’s markets, there’s still time!  Millerton and Amenia in NY, and Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, and Winsted, in CT each offer a weekly summer farmer’s market with products ranging from locally-grown fruits and vegetables to organic meat and poultry to vegan Indian food to fresh baked goods and crafts.

      Amenia - May-Oct, Fridays 3-7 pm, Town Hall parking lot, Rt. 22. ameniafarmersmarket.com

      Millerton - May-Oct, Saturdays, 9am-1pm, Millerton Methodist Church at Dutchess & Main. millertonfarmersmarket.org

      Cornwall - May-Oct, Saturdays 9am-12:30pm, 413 Sharon Goshen Tpke./Rte 128, Wish House. cornwallfarmarket.org

      Kent - May-Oct, Fridays 3-6pm, Saturdays 10–noon, Rt. 7, across from the Fife ‘n Drum.  FB: @KentCTFarmersMarket

      Norfolk - May-Oct, Saturdays 10am-1pm, 19 Maple Ave., live music. NorfolkFarmersMarket.org

      Winsted - June-Oct, Fridays, 3-6 pm at East End Park. winstedfarmersmarket.org

      Stop by to enjoy the freshest food while supporting your friends, neighbors, and local farmers!

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        Something New at The White Hart Inn!

        Kudos to the creative new owners of the White Hart Inn. It’s been almost two years since I sold this Salisbury, CT landmark to the current innkeepers and they have been experimenting with various menu changes, great speaker programs, and remodeling ever since.    

        I think they have hit a real home run with their brilliant new café/general store, Provisions, with a separate entrance on the Undermountain Road side of the Inn, which opened this past week. I was treated to a delicious preview last week, including a yummy Asian noodle salad with chicken and cucumbers and a quinoa salad with the perfect amount of spicy kick. I still miss good bagels and lox from my NYC days but Provisions will fill that gap which you can enjoy while you work on your laptop or read the New York Times. They also offer a variety of old-fashioned games, penny candy, and unique gifts along with gourmet healthy take out options.     

        Welcome, PROVISIONS

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