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Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 12/14/2018

While some home improvement projects are done purely for aesthetic reasons, window replacement projects offer a wide range of benefits.

If your current windows are decades old, they're probably difficult to clean, provide poor insulation, and get stuck every time you try to raise or lower them.

Old wooden window frames also tend to deteriorate over time, which negatively impacts both their appearance and their ability to seal out drafts and outdoor temperatures.

Modern, energy-efficient windows make older models look like they're straight out of the Stone Age! Many windows manufactured today meet strict U.S. government standards for energy efficiency and durability, which can help you save money on your home energy bills. These new features include multiple panes of glass, which provide improved insulation and impact resistance. Instead of using just plain air, many of these advanced windows are insulated with non-toxic gases, such as argon and krypton. (As long as you're not Superman, you'll do just fine!) If you're willing to pay extra, there's also the option of having mini-blinds inserted between the panes of glass.

Reducing Home Energy Costs

According to the EPA, "Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house's carbon footprint."

Energy Star-certified windows also have special coatings that reflect both infrared and ultraviolet light. That not only helps keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it helps stop the sun's rays from fading furniture colors, flooring, and other materials.

Some of the newer windows are available with three or more layers of glass panes, which can help make your home more comfortable and quieter. If external noise is an issue, installing well-insulated windows with multiple panes can reduce that problem significantly.

Although many of the new window products are constructed of wood, they're often covered with vinyl or aluminum to be more weather resistant and durable. Fiberglass is another low-maintenance, durable material that offers good insulation qualities.

Cost Versus Benefits

While a window replacement project can take a big chunk out of your home improvement budget or bank account, it does provide a return on your investment. In addition to the fact that your home energy costs should decrease, installing new, energy-efficient windows will improve your home's marketability in the future. If and when you decide to put your home on the market, the fact that you've installed energy-efficient, easy-to-use window replacements will be a major selling point in the minds of prospective buyers.

As is the case with all home improvement contractors, it's always a good idea to get several estimates and check references, read online reviews, and take a look at Better Business Bureau ratings before choosing someone to handle the project.





Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 12/13/2018

This Multi-Family in Gardner, MA recently sold for $76,640. This style home was sold by Office Orange - Millers River Real Estate.


572 West Broadway, Gardner, MA 01440

Multi-Family

$90,000
Price
$76,640
Sale Price

2
Units
1,791
Approx. GLA
HUD Home. FHA Case #251-392493. Sold ďAS ISĒ by electronic bid only. Property available 10-16-2018. Bids due by 10-20-2018, 11:59 PM Central Time then daily until sold. FHA Case #251-392493. Uninsured. Eligible for FHA 203K. Interesting 2-family configuration of a single-family home with attached structure containing a second "studio" apartment unit. Very suitable for owner-occupant homeowner seeking some additional income. "House" unit contains three bedrooms and large family room with walk-out to spacious deck. Large backyard area. Great opportunity here and a value at this price.

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Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 12/12/2018


180 Mount Pleasant St, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$89,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
Nice private corner lot, close to downtown with a two bedroom home with a one bedroom in-law apartment downstairs. Potential and options are great on this one. Could be a three bedroom home or maybe even a two family for rental income. Electrical has been updated. Both bathrooms have showers only. Take a Look. Good - Day !!!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 12/10/2018

This Single-Family in Winchendon, MA recently sold for $165,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Office Orange - Millers River Real Estate.


212 Baldwinville State Rd., Winchendon, MA 01475

Single-Family

$168,000
Price
$165,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Three (could be four) bedroom, two-bath split-level with finished basement. Spacious and well-maintained, central air conditioning, deck, large backyard. Set well back from the road and near Lake Dennison. Well worth a look.

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Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 12/7/2018

You think a lot about ways to keep your family and property safe, but there are so many little things that need to be secured. If your home has sliding glass doors, you may not know how to secure them properly. Read on for steps on how to get your sliding glass doors completely secure.


Know The Risks


While sliding glass doors and windows provide your home with a lot of light, without the right coverage, thieves can see right into your home and view all of your belongings. Visibility is one of the most apparent security risks with sliding glass doors. 


The other fundamental risk is that these doors can slide off the track. If youíre unaware of it, it can be an easy way for criminals to get right into your home. Keep in mind that the locks on your sliding glass door may not be as secure as a traditional deadbolt lock that you have on your door.  


The Fix


A dowel rod is one of the easiest ways to secure your sliding glass door. This rod fits in the track of the sliding door to prevent the door from sliding at all. To make this fix efficient, youíll need to measure the track and get a dowel thatís the perfect size to fit in the track. You also should ensure that the rod is thick enough.


Sensor alarms also exist that help you to identify when the door is open. An alar like this deters thieves and even alerts you as to when the door is being opened. This feature can be helpful if you have young children as well. 


Another security option for your sliding glass door is to install more heavy duty locks. Typical locks on sliding glass doors have latches that are shaped like a hook connecting to the door frame. These latches can be easily forced open. There are double bolted locks that allow for a more secure door. These locks can be a great addition to security along with the dowel rod since the locks are harder to break.


Check Your Door


Although it sounds painfully obvious, checking that your sliding glass door is locked every night before you head to bed will be an extra layer of security for your home. Make sure that the dowel rod is in place and any alarms that you have are set. Diligence is one of the best forms of security that you can have. Itís also vital that your door is functioning properly. Any problems that exist with the door should be addressed promptly.       




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