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Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 5/2/2020

Appliances have a certain lifespan of use, and then, unfortunately, they tend to break down one way or another. Depending on the age of the appliance and the amount of the repair cost, you should make an informed decision as to what will be a good for your finances and your home.


So, when the fridge stops producing cold or the dryer stops drying things, you may go into panic mode and try to either buy a new appliance or call a repair person. Before you make a snap judgment, you should take a step back. Itís important to ask the question: 


Is it worth getting this repaired?


If you are able to get an estimate of how much the repairs will cost, this will give you a good place to start. This is the fastest way for you to get the answers that you need. If the life of the appliance is going to only be a few years, you may be better off investing your money in a new appliance. The cost of a repair can run somewhere around 20-30 percent of the cost of replacing the appliance completely.


Understand The Life Expectancy Of Each Appliance


Some appliances are meant to last for a decade, others will last for a shorter period of time. As a general rule of thumb, if your appliance is over 7 years old and breaks down, you should probably replace it rather than repair it. It will be a better investment in the long run. Some typical lifespans for appliances are:


  • Dishwasher 9 years
  • Freezer 13 years
  • Range 15 years
  • Dryer 13 years
  • Washing Machine 10 years


Before you replace your broken appliance, there are a few things you should understand. First, sometimes, it really isnít broken. A plug could be loose or a circuit could have tripped. You would hate to spend the money on a new appliance rather than deal with a simple problem. Troubleshoot the problem yourself by taking a peek at the ownerís manual first.              


Pricing Appliances 


Once you have repair estimates, you should find out how much it will be to replace your appliance completely with a similar model. Make sure that you factor in things like the removal of the old appliance, the taxes, and the installation. By running the numbers, youíll know if you can afford a new appliance or not compared to the repair costs. 


New Features


If you have been dreaming of a refrigerator with an ice maker, it may be a good decision for you to spring for a new model. If you love the features you have, youíll want to either price similar units or do the repairs. Really, your budget and needs very much dictate your decision for new appliances. Consider the options and make the repair or replacement call based on your needs.




Tags: appliances  
Categories: repairs   personal finance  


Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 5/1/2020

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Those men and women from the millennial generation are now the largest segment of first-time home buyers. A full 66 percent of people who are purchasing their first home fall into this age group. Not only that, but millennials also comprise more than one-third -- 34 percent -- of the overall home buying market. It's crucial that you learn how to appeal to them. 

1. Opt for an Open Floor Plan

Today's millennials love to entertain and have guests in their homes. In order to accommodate their desire to offer people the best chance to mingle and get to see everyone, they prefer an open floor plan to separate spaces. This is especially true when it comes to the kitchen, living and dining areas. 

2. Updated Bathrooms and Kitchens 

Millennials prefer that the home they purchase has already been updated instead of them having to do it themselves. In many cases, this generation will have to use nearly all of their savings in order to put the down payment on their new home. This will leave them with little money to make any updates or improvements. 

3. Low Maintenance

While opting for low-maintenance features has always been a driving force for many home buyers, there is no generation that has embraced this concept more enthusiastically than millennials. Instead of spending their free time doing chores and home maintenance jobs, millennials would rather be entertaining or exploring their neighborhood's amenities. 

4. Add Home Office Space

Remote work isn't just the trend of the future. It's the way many millennials advance their careers these days. Carving out a dedicated space means that these young home buyers can simply move it and set up their work station without any lag time. 

5. Invest in Home Technology

Not surprisingly, millennials tend to be very comfortable with technology. Not only that, but they expect to connect with technology at every juncture in their lives. Opting for smart home features can help them save money, keep tabs on their investment and enjoy access to Wi-Fi throughout the home. 

6. Aim for Energy Efficiency

Millennials want to save money while also protecting the environment. Solar panels and smart thermostats are just two ways to help them do that. 

Many of the above tips will also make your home more attractive to nearly everyone who is in the market for a new home. However, they'll hold particular appeal for those who are millennials. 




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Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 5/1/2020

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You don’t have to worry about putting on a pot of coffee after dinner when you use these recipes. Make coffee part of your dessert for a delicious treat with just a touch of caffeine.

Coffee & Whipped Cream Brownies

A bit of instant coffee and some heavy whipping cream can spruce up regular brownies. Give this recipe a try for creamy brownies with a caffeine kick. To make this, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:

  • 3 oz chopped unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 3 tbsps heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsps softened butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Start making this tasty brownie recipe by melting the unsweetened chocolate and butter in the microwave. Stir the chocolate and butter, and let this mixture cool a little. Beat eggs, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl, then add the chocolate mixture. Add flour and baking soda to the mixture, then stir. Grease an 8-inch baking pan, and add the brownie mix. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove the pan from the oven and let it cool.

    To make the coffee and cream layer, add the coffee to the heavy whipping cream. Let the coffee dissolve, then add the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Beat this mixture until it’s light, then spread it over the brownies. Place the brownies in the fridge until the coffee and cream layer sets.

    To make glaze for your brownies, cook the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream in a small pot on low heat. Let the melted chocolate mix cool, then spread it over the coffee and cream layer on the brownies. Let the glaze set for about 30 minutes before cutting and serving the brownies.

    Coffee Ice Cream Cheesecake Pie

    When you can’t decide between ice cream and cheesecake, combine both with this simple recipe. All you need to make it are the following ingredients:

  • 2 8-oz packages of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 pint of softened coffee ice cream
  • 1 pre-packaged graham cracker pie crust
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • To make this recipe, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until it’s smooth. Add the milk, vanilla and sugar to the cream cheese, then beat until it’s creamy. Add the softened ice cream to this mix, then beat until it has a smooth texture. Add this ice cream and cream cheese mix to the graham cracker pie crust, then place in the freezer for up to 4 hours. Once the pie is firm, it will be ready to eat. Melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave, then pour the chocolate mix onto the pie before serving.




    Tags: dessert   Cooking   meal planning  
    Categories: Food  


    Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 10/21/2019

    This Single-Family in Wilmington, MA recently sold for $432,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kimberly Zecher - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


    2 Muse Avenue, Wilmington, MA 01887

    Single-Family

    $399,900
    Price
    $432,000
    Sale Price

    7
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    ~ OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 11:00-1:00 ~ CONVENIENT LOCATION for this traditional Cape style home. Enter through a sunny, 3 season porch leading into kitchen and dining area. 1st floor den/office or could be used as a 4th bedroom, nicely sized family room and full bath complete the first floor. The second floor has 3 bedrooms and another full bath. Brand new septic to be installed prior to closing. Newer furnace & freshly painted interior. Basement has a B-Dry system and could easily be finished for additional living space. Home is located across the street from the newly constructed Yentile Farm Recreational Park, complete with a playground, beautiful ball fields, playing courts and walking tracks and is also situated on a corner lot abutting desirable Allen Park Drive. Move right in and with a few updates this would make a wonderful family home.

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    Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 9/6/2019

    This Single-Family in North Reading, MA recently sold for $505,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Kimberly Zecher - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


    4 Malm Rd, North Reading, MA 01864

    Single-Family

    $474,900
    Price
    $505,000
    Sale Price

    6
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    Tranquil and private describe this well maintained, beautifully remodeled & decorated 2-3 bedroom colonial on a quiet dead end street abutting Harold Parker Forest! Features include an open concept living room/dining room with a gorgeous gas fireplace and slider out to a deck overlooking the private fenced-in yard. Living room abuts the gorgeous kitchen with a cathedral ceiling and skylights, large island & stainless steel appliances, plus an adjacent mudroom for storage. Updated and spacious full bath with tub round out the first floor. Second floor includes a master suite that features a cathedral ceiling bedroom, his & her closets, and a newly remodeled 3/4 bath, a very large second bedroom and a bonus room plus laundry. The outdoor space is so tranquil whether you are sitting on your deck looking at your tree-lined fenced-in yard or on your patio sitting around the fire pit. If you are a nature lover, you will love this house and yard! OH Sat & Sun and showings start Friday.

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    Categories: Sold Homes