Jackie Da Rosa - Century 21 North Shore/Storrs & DeNault



Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 7/21/2019

Are you trying to keep cats out of your garden to protect your birds or to stop them from defecating in your yard? Or perhaps to keep wandering cats from mingling with your cats. Whatever the reason, with the correct approach, you can successfully keep cats out of your garden for good and stop them from using it as their private litter box.

1. Preventative planting with chicken wire

Place chicken wire down on top of your soil or mulch, across the garden bed before you plant. Cats dislike walking on the chicken wire, so this will keep them out. Using your wire cutters, you should be able to open up pockets in the chicken wire sufficiently large for your plants to grow.

2. Cat repellent plants

Some plants give off smells that repel cats. One good example is the plant known as scaredy-cat plant. Other plants that work just as well at keeping cats away are rue, lavender, and pennyroyal. You can plant these and also the other plants in your garden for all-around effectiveness. 

3. Ultrasound devices

Some ultrasound devices function on a high frequency that is imperceptible by humans but is rather intolerable for cats. You just position the device so that it faces the garden. A motion sensor detects the intruder's presence, and the device gives off its high-pitched sound, frightening off the cat. 

4. Smelly substances

Cats apparently don't like dried blood as is present in blood meal fertilizer, or citrus scents. Place peels of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit in your garden to repel stray cats. You can also use mothballs or cayenne pepper flakes although they sting.

5. Keep your yard, garden, and property clean. 

Clear gardens decrease visits from all stray and wandering cats. Be sure to avoid feeding your own pets outside as the food odor serves to attract other animals, including cats. You should also keep your outdoor grill and any other outer eating areas clean to prevent food smells. Secure your trash bins so cats cannot gain access. If you observe urine spray on your garden walls, wash them with odor neutralizer to stop the cats from returning. 

If your community has laws, ordinances, or homeowner association restrictions, that prevent you from taking any of these steps, you can ask what can be done legally to stop wandering cats.




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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 7/18/2019

This Single-Family in Marlborough, MA recently sold for $450,000. This Cape style home was sold by Jackie Da Rosa - Century 21 North Shore/Storrs & DeNault.


5 Blanchette Drive, Marlborough, MA 01752

East Marlborough

Single-Family

$459,900
Price
$450,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
** Open House cancelled! Please send your highest and best offer by 5pm today (May 9th) ** Delightful East-side Cape! Minutes to the Wayside Inn Historic District!  From the curb this home shows pride of ownership! This 2179 sq ft home has the space to accommodate a large family. 4-5 bedrooms/ 2 full baths. Official living room with wood burning fire place and beautiful maple hard wood flooring. Modern eat-in kitchen with granite counter-tops, back splash, SS appliances and french doors opening to the Family room.  Office and a guest bedroom on the first floor. 3 bedroom and 1 bath on the 2 Nd floor. Amazing Family Room with exposed beams, gas heating stove and sliding doors opening to an over-sized  deck and back yard.  Lots of character, immaculate home in a desirable location.

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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 7/14/2019

For those who want to sell a house, it helps to plan ahead as much as possible. By doing so, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and address such problems.

To better understand how to prepare for the house selling journey, let's take a look at three questions that every home seller needs to consider before listing a residence.

1. What is my home worth?

What you originally paid for your house likely is very different from your home's current value. Fortunately, a home appraisal makes it simple to receive an accurate property valuation based on the current condition of your residence and various real estate market factors.

A home appraisal report generally can be prepared in just days. To obtain this report, a home seller will need to hire a property appraiser to analyze his or her residence. Also, a property appraiser will evaluate the current state of the real estate market, the prices of comparable residences that recently sold and other relevant housing market data.

Once you receive a home appraisal report, you can establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence. And with this price in place, you may be able to speed up the home selling journey.

2. Is my home an attractive option?

Think about what sets your house apart from others you'll be happy you did. Because if you can differentiate your residence from the competition, you may be able to stir up lots of interest in your house as soon as it becomes available.

Oftentimes, it is beneficial to conduct a house inspection prior to listing a home. An inspection enables you to identify any underlying problems with your home. You then can prioritize and complete home repairs based on the inspection results.

You may want to allocate time and resources to bolster your house's curb appeal too. Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a great first impression on prospective buyers. If you enhance your residence's curb appeal, you can boost the likelihood that potential buyers will immediately fall in love with your home.

3. How can I maximize the value of my house?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to promote a house to buyers. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you craft a custom home selling strategy.

A real estate agent is a home selling professional who understands what it takes to promote a house to the right groups of buyers. He or she will work with you throughout the home selling journey and do everything possible to ensure you can optimize the value of your house.

Best of all, a real estate agent is an expert home selling resource. And if you ever have concerns or questions as you sell your house, a real estate agent can respond to them at any time.

Want to streamline the home selling process? Hire a real estate agent today, and you can move one step closer to listing and selling your house.




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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 7/12/2019


3 Avon Place, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Single-Family

$150,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Close to commuter rail, Fitchburg University, and shopping, this home was renovated when Seller purchased it in 2004, has 3 bedrooms 2 baths and nice 1st floor lay out with dining room living room and kitchen, and full bath. Condo alternative.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Jackie Da Rosa on 7/11/2019

This Single-Family in Leominster, MA recently sold for $450,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Jackie Da Rosa - Century 21 North Shore/Storrs & DeNault.


99 Constitution Dr, Leominster, MA 01453

Single-Family

$465,000
Price
$450,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Victorian influence custom quality built home Charming, Grand and Dignified from the Porch to the decorative exterior and asphalt slate style roofing shingles Expansive use of Windows allowing lots of natural light - located in a desirable neighborhood on the West Side. This well laid out interior floor plan offers a formal entry foyer with turned stairs and marble flooring, which leads you thru French doors into Dining Room and Living Room designed for entertaining. Cook for and with the family in this gracious kitchen layout - walk in pantry, dining nook surrounded by windows and tray ceiling. Family room with Cathedral Ceiling, Gas Stove, built in Cabinetry and picture frame Wood floor. Rear Stairs up to the second-floor heads to Master Suite with dressing room, built in's, walk in closet, Bathroom with jetted corner tub, shower and custom tiling. Enjoy the deck and three season porch overlooking Beautifully landscaped grounds. Conveniently located to major rtes.

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