Importance of annual heating system service made clear by recent boiler explosion Reply

A boiler explosion in Springfield is a stark reminder of the importance of servicing your boiler or furnace annually.

A boiler explosion in Springfield is a stark reminder of the importance of servicing your boiler or furnace annually.

Imagine that you are enjoying your Saturday morning in your home when an explosion from your basement knocks your house off of its foundation. This is what happened to a Springfield homeowner over the weekend and is a stark reminder of the importance of having your furnace or boiler serviced every year. More…

Removing a tree close to your home can save you money in house repairs Reply

A tree crew removes a tree between a house and power lines in South Amherst

A tree crew removes a tree between a house and power lines in South Amherst

A tree that is too close to your house can be dangerous and costly for a number of reasons. It could fall on your house, it could create a fire hazard, tree roots could penetrate underground drainage pipes, they could facilitate access of wood-boring insects, and limits the lifespan of your roof as a tree too close could promote moss growth.  A tree can even fall on your car, adding to your headaches.  Removing a tree before it becomes a problem will save you money. More…

Save money on energy costs with insulated curtains Reply

The Curtain Shop in Hadley offers an array of insulated curtains.

The Curtain Shop in Hadley offers an array of insulated curtains to help you save money on energy costs.

There are many ways to reduce one’s heating costs.  One could replace an inefficient furnace or boiler for a more efficient one, replace inefficient windows, or install a wood burning stove or a pellet stove.  While these improvements may pay for themselves over time, the initial investment may be out of reach.  Therefore, homeowners may want to consider less expensive improvements to save on their energy costs with something as simple as curtains. More…

Some considerations when shopping for a generator for your Pioneer Valley home Reply

A display of a standby generator at Valley Generator in Sunderland.

A display of a standby generator at Valley Generators in Sunderland.

Home generators are great to have during a power outage. When the power goes out, we may miss our favorite tv show or an important game, our refrigerated food can spoil, we lose running water when we have a well, and it can get really cold in the house during the winter months. For some, power is essential to their very survival if they have a medical condition that requires electronic medical equipment.  There is no arguing the benefits of owning a generator. More…

A home warranty can add value to your Pioneer Valley home for sale; knowing the terms equally equitable Reply

Home warranties are a great way to add value to your Pioneer Valley home for sale, while providing a level of confidence to a home buyer.   They can save the future owner of your home money on costly repairs and save them time searching for a contractor.   If you are selling your Pioneer Valley home, including a home warranty is a worthwhile investment.   However, it is important for the home seller and the home buyer to understand the terms of the warranty because they aren’t blank checks.  More…

How much should you invest in improvements when selling a Pioneer Valley home? Reply

Whenever I speak to a Pioneer Valley home seller, I am usually asked what they can do to improve the value of their home, and subsequently, the list price.  While many improvements may add value, home sellers need to consider how much value will be added relative to the amount invested in the improvement.  Once a home seller performs this calculation, it is likely that they will find it more cost-effective to simply go after the low-hanging fruit. More…

A “smart thermostat” that can save Pioneer Valley homeowners money Reply

As the mercury starts to drop with autumn upon us, many are starting to budget for increased energy costs. People have been saving on their energy bills by utilizing programmable thermostats for years, but there is another programmable thermostat that is easier to use and will likely save you more money.


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Sherwin Williams ColorSnap® app makes choosing paint colors easier Reply

Smartphone apps can be great tools for buying or selling a home.

Choosing a paint color for a room can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. The trip to the hardware store alone to pick up the paint chips with the various shades of grey―or any other color that you may be considering can take a big chunk out of your day.

Sherwin Williams just made things a little bit easier with a new smartphone application available for IPhone, Blackberry, and Android. The app is called ColorSnap® and it allows you to simply take a photo of a wall with your phone and identify the exact color of that wall and then adjust it to suit your needs. More…