Susan Revis - William Raveis R.E. & Home Services


Whether you've recently purchased a new home or are in the process of doing so, one of the most satisfying aspects of becoming a homeowner is customizing your living space.

Half the fun of moving into a new home is "making it your own," which can include everything from painting the walls to remodeling the kitchen.

Although it may feel a little odd at first to move into what was recently "someone else's house," it won't take long before you and your family feel a sense of belonging and pride. In many cases, that feeling is instantaneous. While there are dozens of things you can do to create a feeling of coziness, comfort, and security, here are a few tips worth keeping in mind.

Empty those moving boxes. Once the moving crew leaves, the first thing many people do is take a deep sigh of relief and order a pizza -- and why not! If you have all your immediate essentials packed in separate, clearly labeled boxes, then there's no urgent need to set up your household right away. Relax, take in your new surroundings, and enjoy the accomplishment of purchasing and moving into a new home! Once you've taken that initial breather and acclimated yourself to your new living space, however, getting organized and unpacked is one of the next orders of business. If you leave stuff in boxes for more than a week or two, it may delay your feeling of being "settled in."

Add your own decorating touches. If your walls seem sterile, stark, or empty looking, two solutions immediately come to mind: Consider changing your paint color to a warmer shade and hang up some framed paintings or pictures that reflect your personality. In addition to wall art you already own, there are several websites and well-known retail outlets that can help you update and personalize your home décor. Over time, you can also check out local art exhibits, antique shows, and craft fairs.

Landscaping: Depending on the season and the climate in which you live, planting colorful flowers, bushes or ornamental trees can help beautify your property and make it feel like your own. Hedges and fencing can also enhance your sense of privacy and create a backyard retreat that's ideal for relaxing and entertaining.

Security matters: Regardless of how safe and secure your new neighborhood seems, it's always better to be safe than sorry! Since you don't know how many people may have been given keys to your house, such as housekeepers, contractors, neighbors, or friends of the previous owner, it makes sense to change the locks on your doors, as soon as possible. You may also want to do a security audit, which might include testing your window locks and trimming shrubbery that covers windows. Installing a couple motion detector lights in strategic places is another home security measure that can increase your peace of mind and make your new house feel more like a home.


This Single-Family in Concord, MA recently sold for $2,337,500. This Colonial style home was sold by Sue Revis - William Raveis R.E. & Home Services.


336 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742

Single-Family

$2,599,000
Price
$2,337,500
Sale Price

15
Rooms
6
Beds
5/2
Full/Half Baths
Superbly located on nearly five glorious acres abutting 40 acres of conservation land this classic family home is just over half-mile walk to Concord Center with shops, restaurants, commuter rail and roads easily accessible. Sunny, spacious open floor plan has fantastic sun room overlooking lawns, meadow and stone walls from a wrap-around deck. Gorgeous eat-in kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances is open to the family room. Both rooms have gas fireplaces-designed for family living at its finest. Private cherry paneled library off the fireplaced living room provides a quiet haven. The banquet size dining room is perfect for formal entertaining. A floating staircase leads to an exquisite master suite with cathedral ceiling, dressing room, sitting room with fireplace and romantic balcony overlooking the rear. There are five additional bedrooms and beautiful, finished walk-out lower level opening to two patios. A family haven in the heart of Concord!

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Many people define self-confidence as the feeling of trust in your own abilities and judgment. While that may be true, it doesn’t really describe the progressive continuum in developing confidence in yourself. That means, you may not be confident in one area, but gradually are becoming more confident as you go through the process of trying, failing, tweaking, trying again, succeeding a little bit, etc. Confidence in yourself is not a yes/no, on/off deal.

It’s a feeling

Some days you feel more confident, others you don’t even if you’ve felt confident in that area in the past. Many things can contribute to how you’re feeling about succeeding in one area. If you’re ill or under the weather, your confidence may ebb. If your skin broke out or your hair isn’t cooperating, that might dent your confidence. But, sometimes it’s just that you haven’t done something recently that you’ve done well at in the past. For most people, the challenge isn’t in trying something for the first time. It’s working it a second time and failing after they’ve already succeeded to some degree. They don’t want to not live up to themselves.

Talking down to yourself promotes this feeling. The only way around this is to step out and do it. Of course, if you fall flat on your face, you may not want to do it again, but really, failing gives you an opportunity to make adjustments and improvements.

Who’s in charge?

The challenge is that your feelings aren’t always controlled by you. Sometimes they’re controlled by your gut microbes. “What?” you say. Bugs? Well, yes, the bacterium that lives in your gut. The growing body of evidence says that the feel-good hormones in your body like serotonin and dopamine. That means if your gut flora is not healthy, you may feel less confident.If confidence eludes you even though you know you can do it, perhaps you should work on a gut-friendly diet.

Stop over-training

When you over-train a muscle, it ends up sprained or strained and needs time to heal. When you over-train your psyche, you fill your mind with so much information that you overwhelm yourself. Don’t think you have to do it all or try it all at once. Instead, try things the way a baby does. A little at a time, a step up, a fallback—do that until you know you can take that second step. If you’re always a “no” person, try to say “yes” every third time. If you’re a “yes” person and therefore get taken advantage of, practice saying “no” until you can say it firmly.

If one of the things you’re not confident about is buying a home, don’t try to do it on your own. Utilize the expertise and experience of your professional real estate agent.


This Single-Family in Concord, MA recently sold for $909,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Sue Revis - William Raveis R.E. & Home Services.


106 Bristers Hill Rd, Concord, MA 01742

Single-Family

$899,000
Price
$909,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Superb Location! Great Space! With its sprawling lawn and mature trees, this home is on one of the best lots in Concord at the end of a wonderful neighborhood cul-de-sac. It's a short walk to Concord's great high school as well as the natural beauty of the 78-acre town forest and Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond. The home is also convenient to Concord Center with restaurants, museums, boutiques, the Beede Swim and Fitness Center, the Hunt Recreation Center, Arts Centers and an abundance of rich historical sites. The spacious home includes five rooms and a screened porch on the ground floor, four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a walk-up attic, and even room for a pony in the charming backyard barn and paddock. With easy access to Route 2 and the Concord commuter rail, this is a perfect location to raise your family for generations. This is an opportunity for the new owner to create the home of their dreams and lasting memories located in a coveted Concord neighborhood.

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224 Stow Rd, Harvard, MA 01451

Single-Family

$849,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Beautiful family home located in lovely Harvard atop a knoll and approached by a winding driveway. Enter the home and fall in love with the gorgeous great room with warming brick fireplace and custom mantle, two French doors opening to large deck beyond; two sides of seating benches are perfect to enjoy the tranquility of the grounds and your morning coffee. The kitchen with granite counters, upscale appliances, eat-at center island, double sink, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer and walk-in bay is a joy. The first-floor master suite welcomes you to a lovely sanctuary complete with walk-in closet and luxurious master bathroom while a private entrance to the study provides a quiet haven for work or being together. The mudroom entrance has two double closets, laundry room and full bathroom. Three good-sized family bedrooms and office/guest room, all with double door closets, family bath and family room, the perfect spot to enjoy a family movie night, are located on the second floor.
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August 11 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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