Susan Stivaletta - RE/MAX Executive Realty, Franklin, MA Real Estate, Norfolk, MA Real Estate


Welcome to one of Franklin's most desirable neighborhoods Franklin Woods!! First level has eat in kitchen with granite counters, separate dining room, living room, family room full bath and laundry area. Second level has master bedroom with walk in closet and private bath. Three other bedrooms and full bath. Large finished basement with 3 separate rooms for use in so many ways!! Seller has been busy with a new roof in 2011, 2017 ALL NEW...carpeting throughout, 2 furnaces, 2 a/c units, microwave, dishwasher, fresh painted interior and exterior, new lighting including basement and exterior, garage doors, granite counters kitchen and all three baths. toilets and plumbing fixtures. All you have to do is move in and be set for the holidays!! Keller-Sullivan School District, close to shopping, highways and commuter rail! No showings till Tuesday evening 9/19 5:30-7:00 Open House

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For better or for worse, the kitchen is the most fragrant area of the house. It’s where we cook and store our food, but it’s also where we throw away our garbage.

 In this winter months, people do most of their cooking indoors, which can lead to an increase in grease splatter. In the summer, the high temperatures in the kitchen can cause garbage to smell and fruit to become overripe more quickly.

 Regardless of the time of year, we can all use some help when it comes to reducing kitchen odors. In this article, we’ll give you some advice on how to do just that.

 Read on for tips on eliminating odors in your kitchen.

Air quality

The odors in your kitchen, both the good and the bad, come in the form of tiny particles floating in the air. So, it follows that one of the ways to remove lingering odors would be to remove them from the air in your kitchen.

One way to do this is with the use of an air purifier. These appliances come in a number of different sizes and can vary in price from under $100 to several hundreds of dollars. Depending on the size and layout of your home, you’ll want to search for a purifier that can safely handle the number of square feet that you’ll need to purify.

One benefit of using an air purifier is that it can also help you remove dust and other allergies from the air while removing unpleasant odors. However, keep in mind that most air purifiers run 24/7, so expect a few extra dollars added to your electric bill each month.

Cooking surfaces

One of the most common causes of kitchen odors are the surfaces of your counters, oven, and appliances. There are a few ways to handle this problem, but the best solution is to take preemptive measures.

When cooking items with grease, oil or butter, use a splatter screen. This will help you keep most of the grease inside the pan and off your surfaces where they will later emit a smell.

It’s important to frequently wipe down surfaces in your kitchen and clean them with a degreaser. If you don’t have kitchen tile or some other form of easy to clean surface around your cooking surfaces, consider installing one.

Dishes and garbage

We get it, after working all day, cooking dinner, and finally sitting down to relax no one wants to clean dishes. However, leaving dishes in the sink is one of the leading causes of kitchen odors. This is also true for people who don’t run their dishwasher frequently.

Speaking of dishwashers, be sure to check the drain at the bottom for debris, which can cause your dishwasher to smell badly.

When it comes to garbage, it’s often better to have a small garbage can that you empty more frequently than a larger one that will start to smell. Try to find a smaller can that has a cover, and consider scented bags to help mask any odors that do find their way out of the garbage can.


All houses have character. All houses have personality. Yet, some houses are filled with more history, the type of history that is publicly known and celebrated, than others. Once houses are placed on the national history registry they are rarely, if ever, lived in again.

Living in a history rich house

One such house that is nationally recognized that has been lived in is Biltmore House and Gardens. Some members of the Biltmore family continue to spend time in the house, even if only for a few hours a day, week or month.

The chance to live in a house that's rich with history could come by surprise. You could move into a house and later find out that a famous person once owned the house. Or you might learn that a crime was committed in the house.

Depending on where you reside, you might live in the birth house of a future government leader. An innovative business leader who goes on to develop a worldwide popular product or service might have spent her childhood in the house that you go on to buy.

Let a reporter start digging into this person's past and you could look up and see television cameras posted in your front lawn. Another thing that you might see is pictures of the house highlighted on the Internet. You might even be asked to participate in radio, television or newspaper interviews, sharing personal stories about experiences that you have had since you moved into the house.

Finding houses with history

Agencies that list celebrity homes that are for sale are great resources if you're looking to buy a house with history. Interior designers may also know where celebrity homes in areas that they service are located.

Companies like Zillow also list celebrity real estate directories. Magazines and websites that are geared toward upscale communities and money management also post celebrity homes for sale. If you're simply looking for a house that has lots of history, ask your realtor to tell you about the history of homes that attract you.

Online registries and history sites might have details on whether or not a house was in a historic natural event like a hurricane, earthquake or tornado. Historic registries could also reveal whether or not a house was constructed and lived in during historic events like the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, women's suffrage movement or American Revolution.

To buy and live in some of these homes, you might have to move to another part of the country. For example, you could live in a house that existed during the American Revolution if you move to the Northeast.

Just know that many historic homes, especially houses that were once lived in by a celebrity, are larger and more expensive than an average house. Views that these houses offer can be breathtaking. You also  might land a house that is large enough to comfortably operate a home business out of. Some houses that are loaded with history still have clothes and other belongings once owned and worn by a famous person hanging in the closet or another part of the house. These items can easily drive the value of the house upwards.


For home sellers, accepting a homebuyer's offer represents one of many steps you'll need to complete to finalize your home sale. In fact, accepting a homebuyer's proposal provides no guarantees, and a homebuyer likely will conduct a home inspection that may determine whether he or she moves forward with a home purchase.

Ultimately, a home inspection may make or break your home sale. But if you spend some time preparing for a home inspection, you can improve your chances of accelerating the home selling process.

Here are three tips to help home sellers get ready for a home inspection.

1. Clean Up Your Home's Interior and Exterior

A home inspector will investigate every nook and cranny of your house. As such, you'll want to ensure your residence dazzles when a home inspector visits, as any flaw could damage your chances of finalizing your home sale.

Conduct an extensive clean-up of your house's interior and exterior – you'll be happy you did. With a neat, tidy home, you'll be able to improve your chances of making a positive impression on a home inspector.

Plus, evaluating your residence before a home inspection ensures you can identify and address any minor flaws before the evaluation. That way, you'll be able to eliminate any problems and improve your chances of a fast, seamless home inspection that won't jeopardize your home sale.

2. Ensure All Areas of Your Home Are Easily Accessible

A home inspector will want to examine your hot water heater, your home's siding and more, so you'll want to make every area of your home easily accessible to a home inspector to guarantee he or she can perform the assessment properly.

Although a home inspector may uncover a variety of problems with your residence, the assessment represents a valuable learning opportunity for both you and the homebuyer. Thus, if all areas of your home are easily accessible, you may be able to make the most of this opportunity, learn about hidden problems with your residence and work to resolve these issues accordingly.

3. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

Let's face it – a home inspection can be stressful, particularly for home sellers who want to finalize a home sale as soon as possible. Luckily, your real estate agent can help you minimize stress and ensure you know exactly what to expect before, during and after a home inspection.

Your real estate agent can answer any of your home inspection questions and ensure you are fully prepared for the assessment. In addition, your real estate agent will collaborate with you and the homebuyer. And if problems are discovered during a home inspection, your real estate agent will help you determine the best course of action.

When it comes to a home inspection, there is no need to worry. If you use the aforementioned tips to prepare for a home inspection, you'll be able to improve your chances of speeding up the home selling process.


Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods do not occur where you live every day. Yet, these natural disasters do happen, often catching homeowners and their family members by surprise. Storing the right tools and resources at your home that you may need should natural disasters strike could impact your ability to survive these events. Knowing what to do during an emergency can also reduce the amount of exposure that you and your family have to dangerous elements like smoke, rushing water and unstable foundations. Details Are Essential When Dealing With Natural Disasters As a homeowner, one of the first things that you’ll want to do is to take pictures of your home. Walk through each room of your house, taking pictures of the furniture, walls, flooring and other valuable items like jewelry, computers and wide screen televisions. These pictures can help your case when you file an insurance claim. Regarding insurance claims, at least once a year, review your insurance coverage packages. Look over your homeowners insurance and auto, health and life insurance policies. If you recently had a child, have you added your child to applicable insurance policies? Do the limits on your homeowners insurance cover the costs of your entire house and all goods inside your home? Keep critical documents like mortgage papers, insurance policies, retirement packages, wills and birth certificates at home inside safe deposit boxes or fire retardant safes. You could even keep a copy of critical documents in a post office box or a bank safe deposit box. For easy retrieval, consider adding names and telephone numbers of insurance representatives in your cell phone contact lists. Identify emergency exits at your home. Educate your entire family on the emergency exits and when they should be used. For example, you might use your front and back doors as emergency exits in the event of a fire and your attic window as an emergency exit in the event of a flood. Make sure that you have a ladder in the attic, so your relatives can escape. If one emergency exit is blocked during natural disasters, have a second (and potentially a third) emergency exit established. Practice evacuating your home. Try to simulate an actual emergency when you practice evacuating your home with your family. Incorporate Relatives In Your Home Natural Disasters Plan Let two to three relatives who do not live at your house know about your emergency plan. Make sure that these relatives have your current email addresses and telephone numbers, including numbers to land line and cell phone devices. Consider giving your email addresses and telephone numbers to a neighbor that you trust. Stock non-perishable foods like canned goods and bottled water at your house and in your vehicles. Replace these items to ensure that they remain fresh. Other items to stock at home and in your vehicles include prescriptions, vitamins, a first aid kit, a can opener, matches, an extra pair of clothes, two or more flashlights, batteries, a battery operated radio, towels and blankets. Replace batteries so that they stay ready to power up equipment. Keep matches in a concealed container to avoid getting the matches wet. During earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, stay clear of windows and objects that could easily break or be lifted into the air. At the onset of any emergency, call 911 and provide your street address and details about the event, how many people are at your house and the condition of occupants. Listen to weather reports and start preparing to respond to natural disasters early. To avoid getting trapped should objects move during disasters, clear walkways inside and outside your home. Keep two or more people aware of your whereabouts.



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