Single-Family – 5 Kingsbury Rd Webster, MA 01570 now has a new price of $285,000!

Recently excavated back yard and freshly laid sod!! Come take a look at this young and wonderful contemporary split level home set back nicely from the street!! The open living room dining room and kitchen makes for a very spacious entertaining area.The rich floors and cathedral ceiling will welcome family and guest. The kitchen offers granite counters, ss appliances and an island with room for a breakfast table.Walk through the French doors to enter your private living quarters. There you will find the large master bedroom with master bath as well as two other good size bedroom. The lower lever has full size windows and can be easily finished off and nearly double your living space for what ever your additional needs might be.

This is a Raised Ranch style home and features 6 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 2.03 Acres, and is currently available for $285,000.

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Is your House a Good Home for a Dog?

It has been said that owning a dog is like having a two year old that stays two for his entire life. There is some truth in this statement. Dogs–like children–have many needs, and each dog has a unique personality. But, as any dog owner will tell you, there is no greater joy than coming home to your tail-wagging, slobbering best friend.

There are several factors you should consider before getting a dog. You’ll want to think about how much time you have to spend with the dog, your family’s ability to contribute to caring for him or her, and how suitable your home and yard are.

Your dog’s new home

If you’ve always wanted a large, playful dog, you should think about the size of your home and yard. Big dogs and dogs with high energy need a lot of room to run around in.

If you live on a busy road would you consider putting up a fence to keep your dog safe from traffic? If not you might have to tether your dog to a run in the backyard, which is significantly less fun and exercise for the both of you.

Inside the home poses another challenge. If you are considering a puppy, know that there is much training involved to keep your dog safe and your house in one piece. One of the many benefits of adopting an older dog is that they tend to already be housebroken, avoiding a lot of clean-ups and chewed furniture.

Raising a dog is a team effort

If you are thinking about getting a puppy or a high energy dog (in other words, a “permanent puppy”) it’s important to recognize that your whole family will have to be on the same page when it comes to training.

Your dog takes cues from your family’s behavior. So if one person in your family allows the dog to jump up on them when another doesn’t it will give the dog mixed signals. This is also true for rewarding good behavior. Your dog should obey each member of your family because they trust them, not fear them or feel dominant over them. Play-time and treats are a great way to build that trust with every member of your household.

Please consider adopting

We all have the image in our heads of our children playing with a new puppy. But the same joy and bonding can come from adopting an older dog. When you adopt, you can teach your kids the value of rescuing and caring for animals that have been neglected. What’s more, adopting is also a way to show support for shelters rather than puppy mills who often breed puppies in poor conditions.

Guidelines for dogs and your home

  • If you have a small home and yard, get a small dog or an older, low-energy dog
  • Likewise, take the dog on lots of walk to make up for missed exercise in the yard
  • If you have a wooded yard be extra vigilant about ticks and fleas
  • Training never ends for you or your dog. Make sure you are constantly working with your dog

Hi-tech Light Switches

Odds are, you don’t give your electrical outlets and switches much thought beyond safety and an occasional surge protector purchase.  However, many new kinds of switches and outlets are now on the market, any one of which could be a major boost to your home’s convenience and ambiance, and could even make your home a little more fun to be in.

USB Outlets – Many of our cell-phones, laptops, tablets, and other personal electronic devices utilize a USB port for charging purposes.  With the addition of an outlet with a built-in USB port, the days of trying to find room to charge your electronic devices is over.  No more unplugging items in order to charge your phone or laptop.  If you choose to wire this new outlet yourself, you’re only looking at spending $20-$40 dollars per outlet.

Programmable outlets and light switches – Not only are these outlets and switches a great way to manage your home’s power usage, they are also quite affordable.  These types of outlets safely turn off power after a certain amount of time, and most come equipped with a built-in surge protector.

Programmable light switches work in the same fashion, which makes them ideal for kid’s rooms.  Both of these will run an average of $25-$50, depending on the features.

Hands-free light switches – These have been around for a while now, but while the idea isn’t new, the technology has improved greatly.  Some come with body-heat detection, motion sensors, AND a time delay, which fixes the earlier issue of the lights shutting off once they didn’t detect movement.

The infrared light switches are paired best with smaller rooms, but sound-triggered switches (remember The Clapper?) work very well in large rooms.  For versatility, look for a unit that offers multiple lights settings.  Also, be sure that spontaneous noises, such as a loud TV or crying baby, won’t accidentally trigger the lights to shut off.  These switches start at $20 dollars for simple sound-trigger options to as much as $200 for the infrared models.

LED touch panel lighting – LED touch panels allow you to simply touch a panel to turn on a light, or a stroke of a finger to adjust the amount of light in a room.  Not only do these varieties make your home look sharper, they also save a lot in utility costs.  While these have been enjoyed in Europe for some time now, American manufacturers are starting to take a keen interest in developing these technologies here.  These can be ordered online for about $70-$100 per panel, and are starting to catch on here in the states.  The price will eventually become more affordable once domestic manufacturers start churning them out.

Poor Draining Soil

Does water pool and puddle in your garden and is the soil is slow to drain? Soil drainage is one of a gardener’s biggest challenges.

Soil Drainage

A term used in both home gardening and landscape as well as in commercial agriculture and farming, soil drainage refers to the soil’s ability to process either water from irrigation or rainfall. Ideally, soil should absorb normal amounts of rainfall rather quickly with no standing water remaining nor leaving an excessive amount of water to run off.

If your soil meets this general description, it could be said to have good drainage. Compacted soil that exhibits problems absorbing and ingesting normal rainfall is said to have poor drainage.

Improving Soil Drainage

The reasons for poor soil drainage are varied and many. Poor drainage can be an indication of organic matter in the soil such as humus, which absorbs a large amount of water. One of the best things to do to improve your soil is to add well-aged manure on a regular basis until the organic matter content has been significantly enhanced.

Have you noticed areas in your garden that never produce significant growth? It may be an indication of poor drainage. When drainage is inadequate, rain water runs off and soil become powder dry during periods of drought. In areas like this, plants cannot survive unless provided with supplemental moisture.

Causes Of Poor Soil Drainage

In cases of poor drainage, an investigation will typically reveal a layer or layers of rock or shale a foot of more below the soil surface. Obviously, in this case, the water absorbing ability of the topsoil is limited, and plant root growth is confined to these few inches of soil. If it isn’t possible to break up the rock and remove the impediment, the only solution is to move the location of the garden.

One of the primary reasons for poor soil drainage is caused by a build-up of hardpan created by excessive applications of chemical fertilizer over an extended period. Water-soluble salts are taken into the soil by rainwater and leached into other elements such as iron, forming a compacted, impermeable layer that separates topsoil from the subsoil.

This type of layer under the topsoil is a major cause of frost heaving during the winter or of plant death in the summer when plants fail to thrive, drowning with their roots in standing water. Soil layering is another reason to avoid the application of chemical fertilizers. You will not have this problem if you establish the garden is a fresh location of the landscape that has not been treated with chemical fertilizers, and you use only organic gardening methods.

If you are stuck having to work with garden soil with hardpan layering, the only solution is to try to bust it up mechanically and incorporate age-manure into the soil to provide missing nutrients and texture.

Planting rotating cover crops of plants with deep tap roots can help to break up a hardpan layer. Known as pioneering herbaceous plants, horseradish, fennel, alfalfa, root parsley, false indigo, and Angelica produces taproots that create channels in the soil that allows moisture to penetrate.