Shawn Burgess | Dorchester Real Estate, Roxbury Real Estate, Mattapan Real Estate



15 Victoria Heights Rd, Boston, MA 02136

Condo

$299,999
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
"Hidden Oasis" in a 55+ community!  Perfect opportunity to own this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom on two levels in a gated community. Expansive living room that could also accommodate office/family room or other uses. Sliding door off the kitchen leads to separate outdoor patio space.  Spacious master bedroom with cathedral ceilings and ample closet space.  Association amenities include an inground swimming pool, club house and parking!  Short distance to downtown Boston, hospitals, educational institutions and shopping centers.  Make your appointment today before it is gone.
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A bathroom renovation represents a major decision, especially for those who plan to sell their homes in the near future.

Ultimately, there are many questions to consider before you embark on a bathroom renovation, including:

1. When do I plan to list my home?

Consider your home selling timeline – you'll be glad you did. If you understand when you'd like to list your residence, you can plan home improvement projects accordingly.

If you intend to list your home in the next few months, there is plenty of time to overhaul your bathroom if necessary. Or, if you want to sell your home as soon as possible, a bathroom renovation may slow you down.

2. Is a bathroom renovation necessary?

Although your bathroom may seem small and messy at times, only minor bathroom upgrades may be needed to transform your ordinary bathroom into an exceptional one.

Performing an extensive bathroom cleaning will enable you to eliminate shower scum, wipe down a bathroom countertop and enhance the bathroom floor. Plus, cleaning a bathroom often represents a fast, easy and cost-effective alternative to a major bathroom overhaul.

Furthermore, a home appraisal may help you better understand your house's strengths and weaknesses. After this appraisal is finished, you can identify problem areas in your home and determine whether a bathroom renovation is a priority.

3. How much will a bathroom renovation cost?

The cost of a bathroom renovation may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars based on the size of your bathroom, the renovations that are needed and other factors. As such, you'll want to evaluate the cost of a bathroom renovation to determine how the project may impact your property's value.

Meet with several bathroom renovation experts. That way, you can receive multiple bathroom renovation estimates to see what it will cost to enhance your bathroom's appearance.

Also, you may want to consider do-it-yourself (DIY) bathroom improvements. A DIY bathroom renovation can be rewarding because it will enable you to learn new skills and revamp your bathroom's appearance on your own. At the same time, you'll want to ensure that any bathroom upgrades you complete are done safely and effectively.

Still unsure about whether you should perform a bathroom renovation? Discuss your concerns and questions with a real estate agent, and you may be able to gain unparalleled insights into whether a bathroom renovation is worth your time.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market. He or she can help you assess the pros and cons of a bathroom renovation. As a result, you can make informed decisions about a bathroom renovation and other home improvement projects.

In addition, a real estate agent can serve as an expert guide along the home selling journey. This housing market professional can help you get your home ready and ensure it will generate plenty of interest from property buyers as soon as it becomes available.

Take the guesswork out of a bathroom renovation – consider the aforementioned questions, and you can decide whether a bathroom renovation is right for you.


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Smart home tech makes it easy to find information in an instant, turn on or off the television without getting up and even see who just rang your doorbell, but it can also help you be more energy efficient. Saving energy does more than just cut your electric bills, it allows you to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Incorporating one or more of these energy saving smart home tools into your own routine can help you save money, live comfortably and conserve energy, all at the same time. In most cases, simple upgrades or changes are all that is needed to make the switch to updated, convenient and eco-friendly home tech.

Smart Thermostat

Designed to automatically adjust your home’s temperature to your specified settings, a smart thermostat ensures you are not overpaying to heat or cool your home. Because you can set it and forget it, you can enter your preferred temperatures and not worry about constantly adjusting the thermostat to get comfortable or to try to cut your electric bill.

Smart thermostats help you save in other ways. If you need your home to be cozy and warm when you get home, but don’t want to pay to heat an empty house while you are at school or work, then you can use your smartphone to set the thermostat to the setting you want before you head home. You’ll arrive to a cozy house at the perfect temperature, but won’t have to pay for the home to stay warm all day.

Alexa, Siri and Google Home

No matter what smart home technology you have in place, a virtual assistant like Alexa makes it easy to make the most of your technology. Ask Alexa to dim the lights, control the security systems or even adjust the thermostat. Being able to interact with Alexa allows you to make immediate changes that let you use energy more wisely, without a lot of added effort.

Apps for Energy Saving

Your specific home setup could have some distinct energy benefits you are not aware of or taking advantage of. Install a smart phone app to let you know what you could be doing at home to conserve energy. Some track your existing use so you can identify your peak consumers of energy (are you doing too many loads of laundry or cooling the home while you are not even there). Others help you assess your current energy use and help you find additional savings.

Lighting and Smart Bulbs

Switching out conventional bulbs for smart versions takes only seconds, but can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home. Once you install smart bulbs, you’ll be able to control your lights from your phone, even when you are not at home. This allows you to turn off those forgotten lights or switch lights on just before you arrive home. Using smart bulbs you control from your phone also enhances your home security, because it is easy to turn lights off and on so it looks like someone is home.

Using one or more of these innovative smarthome devices for more than convenience can help you cut your energy consumption and lower your energy bills. You'll love the savings and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are doing your part for the environment. 


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It's probably much easier and less expensive than you realize to improve your home's curb appeal. Simple fixes such as replacing rickety porch railings or giving trim a fresh, bright coat of paint go a long way toward making prospective home buyers smile. And when you create a welcoming pathway, that leads right to your door from the street or driveway, you may get more than smiles. Depending upon how professionally it's done and how cozy it appears, you just might get more money for your home. Try these five attractive options for creating the perfect, welcoming walkway:

Pavers

They come in all shapes and sizes, and they're relatively inexpensive when you catch them on sale at your local home store. Pavers can help you design a walkway that looks upscale and unique to your home. Place them on the diagonal, or lay them with small stretches of grass or gravel in between for a one-of-a-kind look that's unlike any other home in the neighborhood. A paved walkway gives guests traction on rainy days and can help keep the path to your front door mud-free. 

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete lasts forever, and you can customize it to create many different looks. Mimic cobblestone or slate, brick or natural stone, simply by stamping different designs into your concrete before it's fully set. Once cured, your design is there forever. And if your stamped concrete was dyed before it was poured, no one will even recognize that it's concrete. 

Stamped concrete brings texture and form to your front yard. It also provides nice, clean edges for placing annual border plants such as petunias or marigolds. Add color and function all in one, when you install a stamped concrete walkway. 

Mulch

A mulched pathway is an improvement over no pathway at all, but it may not raise your property's value. Mulch keeps mud at bay, and it delineates where guests should walk as they move from driveway to front door. It's an economic choice, however. And if budget is an issue, mulch is a perfectly acceptable material to use in building walkways. You can always up the wow factor of your mulched walkway by evenly nestling single, large pavers on top for feet to land on.  

Natural Stone

Natural stone such as shale or slate gives walkways an immediate boost. It can be a bit slippery when it rains, however, so be careful building natural stone walkways on slopes. Natural stone is one of the more expensive building materials to use inside or out, but its distinct appearance adds value anywhere it's used. 

When you're ready to bump up your home's curb appeal, whether for your family's convenience or to impress prospective buyers, consider the formidable power of the front walkway. It's a gorgeous few steps in the right direction. 


If you encounter home selling challenges, there is no need to worry. In fact, if you know how to approach potential house selling hurdles, you may be better equipped than others to enjoy a seamless property selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you hone your approach to home selling challenges.

1. Remain Calm

A home selling challenge may seem like the end of the world. But it is important to remember that home sellers like yourself likely have faced similar problems in the past. And as such, there is probably a viable solution to address any home selling challenge, at any time.

When a home selling challenge presents itself, it often helps to take a deep breath. Then, you should try to remain calm, cool and collected and approach the challenge from an objective point of view. By doing so, you may be able to find a way to resolve this challenge in no time at all.

2. Be Persistent

Let's face it – no one said selling a house would be easy. But for those who are persistent, even the toughest home selling challenges can be overcome.

If you approach a home selling challenge with persistence, you'll be ready to explore every potential solution to address this issue. As a result, you may be able to quickly identify the right solutions to various home selling challenges and move one step closer to achieving your property selling goals.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

For those who face a home selling challenge, it generally is a good idea to seek out expert guidance. Fortunately, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals are happy to help you address any home selling challenges head-on.

Typically, a real estate agent offers plenty of support throughout the property selling journey. He or she first will learn about your home selling goals and provide a personalized home selling strategy. Next, a real estate agent will promote your residence to the right groups of prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent will help you analyze this proposal and decide whether to accept, reject or counter it.

A real estate agent is prepared to respond to any concerns or questions that you may have during the home selling process too. If you are unsure about how to price your home, for example, a real estate agent can offer housing market data to help you establish a competitive initial asking price. Or, if you face a time crunch to sell your residence, a real estate agent will do everything possible to help you sell your house as quickly as possible.

There is no reason to let home selling challenges get the best of you after you list your residence. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, however, you can boost your home selling confidence and determine the best course of action to resolve any house selling challenges.