Home Tips of the Month

Home Tips of the Month

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Home Tips of the Month
from Bonny Lamb

As summer winds down and locally grown foods are in abundance, do keep in mind that strawberries, blueberries, peaches and apples have a good chance of being contaminated by pesticides, according to “Nutrition Action.”

The good news is that “Nutrition Action” lists watermelon, which we all/almost all love, as a “heavyweight in the nutrient department.” Watermelon, basil leaves and feta cheese make a quick and fun-eating salad.

Because we agents continuously see houses
without carbon monoxide detectors, here’s a reminder regarding placement: within 10 feet of any bedroom; at least 1 detector for each 1,200 square feet of space on “living” floors without bedrooms; the Cambridge Fire Dept. considers an unfinished basement habitable space, so a detector in the basement is needed, too. (If your properly placed and properly installed smoke detectors are combination smoke/co, the detectors are required to emit an audio alarm.) CO detectors can be plug-in; need to have battery backup; and don’t need to be affixed to the ceiling like smoke detectors.
 
The City of Cambridge no longer permits the removal of trees on private property without City approval. Effective March, 2019, an amended City Ordinance restricts removal of “significant trees” on private property. “Significant trees” have a diameter of 8 inches or more (measured 4 feet above ground). Removal of any significant private property tree requires a permit from the City.
 
Another reminder about English ivy, an invasive species, which strangles and kills trees. It’s our local kudzu, all too evident in Cambridge, Belmont and Somerville, taking over gardens and climbing trees. At the beginning of the climb, the roots can be pulled from the trees; once securely attached to the tree or wedged within the interstices of the trunk, the roots of the plant need to be sawed to destroy it.

 

Off-Market Listings

224 & 226 Lexington Avenue
Cambridge 02138
 
These dazzling duplexes, gut renovated, exude quality throughout. Meticulously and thoughtfully designed, the L-shaped living areas are delightfully expansive, the BRs are generously sized; the interior is light-flooded with good window privacy and pleasant views. Sliders lead to the private patios and yard space. These beauties are not cookie-cutter. 

226 Lexington Avenue, First floor and lower
level: 7 rooms, 4 BRs; media/family/flex room; 3 full baths; 1 pkg; private outdoor space; 2,150 sf. $1,475,000. 

224 Lexington Avenue, Second and third floors: 6 rooms, 3 BRs, flex room; 3 full baths; 1 pkg; private outdoor space; 1,812 sf. $1,425,000. 

UNDER AGREEMENT

Coming Soon Listing
September 11

22-24 Traymore Street
Cambridge 02140
 
Dynamite location in sought-after Agassiz neighborhood, a delightful, cozy enclave with its own newspaper. This 2-unit house, newly painted and with a surprisingly large fenced yard, is near Harvard, the shops and restaurants on Mass. Ave., and provides a choice of the Harvard or Porter Square T’s. Each apartment has an open floor plan, high ceilings, abundant windows and wonderful natural light. The first floor apartment has open living room/dining room/white kitchen; 1 bedroom; a full bath; was recently painted; has a lead compliant certificate; w/d in basement. The second floor of the upper apartment has open living room/dining room/kitchen; full bath with washer/dryer; 1 bedroom; and a front porch. Third floor has 3 bedrooms, one with exposed brick, a full bath with newly replaced fixtures and flooring; and a fire escape. This special home has a variety of uses: a rental property; live in one apartment and rent the other; or turn the house into a fine single-family home. 1 parking space. $1,750,000
 
 
 
Enjoy the remaining summer!
 
Very best,
Bonny

 
Vice President

1073 Mass Ave, Cambridge 02138

m: 617.803.8080
bonny.lamb@compass.com

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Home Tips of the Month

It’s hard to believe how few homeowners have annual pest inspections. Pest inspections are inexpensive, especially when one considers the cost of repairs from termites, carpenter ants, etc. Carpenter ants love wet wood; we have a lot of rain in the Boston area; your house is a magnet for carpenter ants. Termites live in the ground and “visit” your house and garage via sand tubes, which are very hard to see. If you live in a wood frame house, your house could be “attacked” by carpenter bees. When you plan your annual home maintenance, do add a pest inspection to your list.

I haven’t done this before but I wanted to share with you the names of a few people/companies whose service, work, products have been outstanding in my interactions with them:

Gibbons Electric – Stephen is the owner. 

781-648-7771

Bloom – shades, blinds, plantation shutters

694 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown

Alex Carpia Flooring – for installation of engineered wood (can’t use traditional wood on concrete floors) 

617-606-8108

Daniel Tringale – wood flooring installation 

781-861-7343

Nam Floors – he’s a magician at repairing wood flooring 

617-861-5607

Hub Leather and Repairs – they revive your leather furniture and repair any areas where the leather has flaked 

617-489-0315

If/when you call any of these, please use my name. I don’t get any compensation, but you’ll get better/quicker service. Contractors appreciate broker referrals.

Please remove English ivy from your trees (and garden) and pass the word along to your friends, family, and neighbors. English ivy is an invasive species, strangling and killing our beautiful trees. Besides being lovely to look and an awesome product of Nature, the leaves help to purify the air.

Best,

Bonny

 

Home Tips of the Month

When the inside of your microwave is messy with stuck-on food, spray it with Fantastik; put the microwave on High for 1 minute; and wipe it clean with a wet sponge or cloth. Oh so easy! 
 
Through trial and error, I think I have found the best way to make a cut lemon last. The most important part is to cut a wedge or slice to suit your needs (don’t make a slit in the lemon and squeeze some juice and put the lemon back in the refrigerator). To store the cut lemon, just put it, as is, in the vegetable crisper until you want to use it again. If there is a long time between uses, you  might need to slice a thin section off the surface; but the lemon could last for weeks with this procedure. It doesn’t work with limes.
 
If you look around your house and would like to divest of some items for a simpler, less cluttered lifestyle, I’d be glad to email you my list of sources for selling or donating your artwork, furnishings, books, clothing. The list also includes sources for people to haul your junk. 
 
When putting flowers in a vase, cut the bottom of the stems on the diagonal; remove any leaves below the water line; have warm water at an upper level in the vase and continue to add as the water evaporates. Your flowers should last longer.
 
Please remove English ivy from your trees (and garden) and pass the word along to your friends, family, and neighbors. English ivy is an invasive species, strangling and killing our beautiful trees. Besides being lovely to look as an awesome product of Nature, the leaves help to purify the air.
 
 
Happy Spring!
 
Very best,
Bonny

September Home Tips

Hello, Everyone,

 
Safety first:  In Massachusetts, a recent Law requires that when you replace your battery smoke detectors, the replacement detector must have a 10-year battery. Please don’t assume the battery will last 10 years; for your safety, test the detectors regularly. It’s probably a good idea to keep the the receipt so that if the detector doesn’t work for 10 years, you might be able to get it replaced for free. Another reason to keep the receipt is for a record of its installation, especially if you might sell your home. That thought then then brings up the question: When you buy a property, how much time has lapsed since the installation of the “10-year” detector in your new home? Test your detectors regularly! 
 
Be aware that detectors have a shelf life, even hard-wired detectors. If you have a hard-wired system for smoke, security, etc., have the metal box containing the mechanicals checked regularly to be sure the fuses are working. Just because your electricity is on doesn’t mean that your system is in working order.
 
Photoelectric detectors were developed for installation within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom. These detectors are not as sensitive to steam from showers and cooking smoke; the detectors were created to keep residents from dismantling nuisance detectors and having no alarm at all.
 
 
Buy king-size pillows for your single, double, queen-sized beds–much more comfortable and luxurious than regular-sized.
 
 
When you buy a bunch of radishes, add the green tops to your other salad greens. Radish greens are chock full of vitamins. Your radishes will last longer with the greens topped, too. Click Here
 
 
Alea Air has developed a little machine to clean the air and to regulate the temperature of your room. The product won’t be available until January, but early orders are possible. https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/alea-air-smart-vent-system/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-brief
Have a good end of summer!
 
Best,
Bonny Lamb