Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC



Posted by Elena Langlois on 7/9/2020

If your budget allows for it, hiring a good housekeeper is well worth the money. If you're like most professional couples, you probably already feel "maxed out" after you've put in 40 to 60 hours at your jobs . When you add parenting responsibilities into the mix, there's not too much time and energy left for cleaning the house! While certain basic house cleaning tasks are unavoidable on a daily basis, it's a relief to know that a paid house cleaner will be coming in to do a thorough job soon.

Finding a reliable housekeeper with whom you feel comfortable can be a bit of a challenge, but if you can get referrals from family, friends, and others you know, then your search should put you on the right track.

The Selection Process

Since the main reason you're hiring a cleaning person is to make your life easier, the last thing you want to deal with is dependability problems or substandard work. That's why it's important to get referrals from people you know and trust. It often pays to interview more than one prospective cleaning person because you want to find someone who is the best match for your budget and needs. When you have two or three prospects to choose from, you'll be in a better position to choose the one with the best attitude, top references, and the most agreeable personality.

Unless a cleaning person was referred to you by someone you know well, it's a good idea to request references and contact a couple of them before making any final decisions. Calling at least two of their current customers (or past bosses) should give you some helpful insights into their work habits, punctuality, and willingness to follow directions.

Although most customers will probably try to be complimentary, if you ask the right questions and look for "red flags" in their answers, you'll be surprised at what you can learn. While it may be too blunt to ask if their cleaning person is honest, a lot can be inferred from their responses to other questions. For example, if a housekeeper has been working for the same customer for several years and cleans their house while the costumer is at their office or other place of employment, then there's a good chance the cleaner does excellent (or at least satisfactory) work and can be trusted. One direct question that generally needs to be asked when talking with references is "Would you personally recommend this person?" Asking how their housekeeper responds to special requests, suggestions, or constructive criticism may also provide revealing answers.

When getting a quote from a cleaning person or house cleaning service, it's useful to get an itemized list of what chores or services would be covered in the price. There are two advantages to this. First of all, you'll be able to compare "apples to apples". Secondly, you'll be able to gauge your expectations to what was initially promised and agreed to. While there may be other issues to consider, like possible background checks and insurance coverages they carry, once you've found a house cleaner you like and trust, you've cleared the biggest hurdle in your search!





Posted by Elena Langlois on 7/8/2020

This Single-Family in Winchester, MA recently sold for $858,000. This Cape style home was sold by Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC.


89 Main St, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$799,000
Price
$858,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Winchester! This updated Cape has a large, corner lot adjacent to a tranquil cul-de-sac. The 1st floor layout has gleaming hardwood floors & a pleasing circular flow for entertaining & everyday living. The foyer is flanked by a front to back fireplaced living room w/a wall of built-ins, a dining room w/corner hutch, & half bath. The updated kitchen is the hub of the home w/granite counters, SS appliances, an abundance of cabinetry, & breakfast island open to cathedral ceiling family room. A separate entry to the kitchen has a mudroom area perfect for backpacks & jackets. A 3 season porch off the kitchen provides great play space. The 2nd level has hardwood floors, updated bath & 3 bedrooms including a master w/walk-in closet. The lower level offers a finished playroom & walk-out access to a fenced in backyard w/ awesome play structure! Amenities include central air, insulated windows, & newer furnace. ½ mile to Wedgemere commuter rail & 1 mile to the center; Lincoln School.

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Posted by Elena Langlois on 7/7/2020

This Condo in Carlisle, MA recently sold for $798,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC.


9 Garrison Way, Carlisle, MA 01741

Condo

$798,000
Price
$798,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
ACT NOW-Builder's SPECIAL Pricing. Savings of over $90K. Still time to choose colors on this unit. Garrison Place is a New luxury active adult (55+) townhouse community nestled on 30+ acres in the picturesque town of Carlisle. Featuring unmatched construction, style, ambiance & maintenance free living. The Amherst plan features a spacious, open concept floor plan with walls of windows & cathedral ceilings. All homes offer easy first floor living for great entertaining, whether in your gourmet granite kitchen w/SS appliances adjacent to the dining room with slider to the deck or on the scenic patio, or enjoying the large fireplaced family room you'll appreciate the ease of living with a grand first floor master suite. The second floor includes a bedroom, office/den, full bath & loft space. Built by nationally award winning builder w/beautiful details. Enjoy easy access to walking & hiking trails in the tranquil setting surrounded by acres of conservation land.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Elena Langlois on 7/2/2020

Ready to transform an ordinary kitchen into a stellar one? With a kitchen cleaning checklist, any home seller can revamp a kitchen's look and feel.

Ultimately, there are several things to include in a kitchen cleaning checklist, such as:

1. Countertops

If you cook regularly, your kitchen countertops may become messy. Plus, if you store a wide range of items on your kitchen countertops, these items may collect dust over time.

Fortunately, it usually doesn't take long for a home seller to clean kitchen countertops and improve their overall appearance.

It may prove to be worthwhile to clean the kitchen countertops daily. Wiping down the countertops regularly ensures that dust and debris can be eliminated before they cause long-lasting damage.

Furthermore, don't forget to eliminate as much clutter as possible from your kitchen countertops. This will enable you to show off the true beauty of your kitchen countertops, thereby increasing the likelihood that potential homebuyers will be impressed by your home's kitchen.

2. Floors

If food particles fall onto the floor while you're cooking and you fail to clean them up in a timely fashion serious problems may arise in your kitchen. However, a diligent home seller will know how to keep the kitchen floors looking great at all times.

Cleaning the kitchen floors typically is a weekly task that may require just a few minutes to complete.

If you have tile floors in your kitchen, warm water can be used to wipe down the floors as needed. Also, sweeping or vacuuming tile floors will enable you to get rid of loose soil and grit.

Comparatively, if you have hardwood floors in your kitchen, boiling water may prove to be essential. Wash your kitchen's hardwood floors thoroughly, and you can enhance their appearance in no time at all.

3. Sink

Believe it or not, the kitchen sink can make a world of difference in the eyes of potential homebuyers. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to clean the kitchen sink, you should have no trouble impressing homebuyers any time they check out your house's kitchen.

Using a general-purpose cleaner is all it takes to clean a kitchen sink. After you apply the cleaner, wipe the sink dry, and you're good to go.

Daily kitchen sink cleaning is paramount. If you spend even a few minutes each day cleaning the kitchen sink, you can maintain the sink's appearance both now and in the future.

If you need additional help with kitchen cleaning, don't hesitate to reach out to a home cleaning company for assistance. This business hires professionals who understand the ins and outs of cleaning a kitchen as well as other areas of a home and will help you revamp a house's appearance.

Lastly, feel free to contact a real estate agent for support throughout the home selling process. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you can boost your chances of getting the best price for your residence.





Posted by Elena Langlois on 6/27/2020


388 Cambridge St, Winchester, MA 01890

Single-Family

$724,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Designed by architect John G. Danielson, this custom built Mid-Century Modern style home is sited on .4 acres and set far above the road amidst a bucolic wooded setting ideal for birdwatchers & hikers. The most stunning feature upon entry is the vast open living room and dining room with soaring ceilings boasting exposed solid mahogany beams and rafters, & a floor to ceiling fireplace surrounded by rare pecan wood paneling, & walls of windows flooding the rooms with natural light. Simply breathtaking! Other amenities include solid oak hardwood floors in formal rooms, hallway & bedrooms. Lower level has a fireplaced family room with pecan paneling, office, laundry, & heated 1 car garage. Building's exterior has redwood siding. Updated electrical. Heating cables under the driveway. This home is being sold AS-IS, but has had critical recent updates: e.g., in 2019, new roof, hot water heater, chimney cap & fireplace dampers. Vinson Owen Elementary. Make this your dream home in Winchester!
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