Posted by Muneeza Realty Group on 6/23/2018

If you have a list of home contractors that you use and are satisfied with, consider your yourself lucky!

Many homeowners find themselves in the unenviable position of having to blindly search online for reputable contractors, sort their way through dozens of miscellaneous reviews, and then hopefully find a handful of promising candidates to interview.

Even after all that, there's no guarantee you'll be 100% satisfied with your choice!

Although picking a contractor may sometimes feel like a gamble, there are strategies for lowering your risk factor.

A personal recommendation from someone you know and trust is usually the most reliable method of finding the right person for the job. If a relative or friend has had a positive experience with a roofer, bathroom remodeler, or plumber, then there's a good chance, you'll be satisfied with them, too. It's still a good idea to get two or three contractor estimates, but a good starting point is to have at least one recommendation from someone who has your best interest at heart.

Do Online Reviews Help?

Online review sites can also provide helpful information and feedback, but they're not always the "unvarnished truth". In spite of efforts by review sites to discourage biased reviews, some are probably going to slip through. For example: Have you ever read a review that sounded like it was an advertisement for the contractor? Sometimes when the praise sounds just a little too glowing and over the top, you can't help but wonder if those reviews are genuine and unbiased. Although the majority of online reviews are probably legit, the best way to view them is with a healthy dose of skepticism.

When it comes to the occasional scathing review by a disgruntled customer, one has to put it in context and look at "the big picture." There are some customers who are literally impossible to satisfy and will always find something to complain about. However, if a contractor has more than one or two negative reviews online, and they're not offset by a couple dozen positive ones, then that could be a potential red flag. Since you don't know the reviewers personally, and the reviews are often posted anonymously, the credibility factor is much lower than if you got a recommendation from one of your parents, a close friend, a next-door neighbor, a sibling, business associate, or your real estate agent.

The point at which you should be able to separate the "wheat from the chaff" is during your face-to-face meetings. If a contractor gives every you indication of being professional, honest, knowledgeable, experienced, ethical, and customer-service oriented, then they're probably a good prospect for the job. Other factors include the price they quote, their Better Business Bureau rating, and their willingness to provide references, proof of insurance coverage (such as general liability and Workers' Comp, if applicable) and direct answers to all your questions





Posted by Muneeza Realty Group on 6/16/2018

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $386,000. This Cape style home was sold by Muneeza Realty Group - Keller Williams Realty.


48 Janet Cir, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$385,000
Price
$386,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
Wonderfully updated 5 bedroom, 2 full bath home on a great neighborhood street. This 2,033 square foot home features a beautifully appointed kitchen with granite counter tops, new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Large tiled mudroom perfect for removing shoes in inclement weather or dropping off sports equipment out of the way. Main level also features a living room with cozy fireplace, updated full bathroom and two nice sized bedrooms, which offer flexibility as an office/den/guest bedroom/playroom. Proceed upstairs to three spacious bedrooms, all with brand new carpeting, and a lovely updated bathroom. Laundry closet conveniently located in upstairs hallway. Freshly painted inside, great yard outside with patio. Large driveway and a one car garage! Close to Routes 9, 290, 140, new Lakeway Commons and restaurants, UMASS campus.

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Posted by Muneeza Realty Group on 6/16/2018

New England is infamous for its old homes and with old homes comes gorgeous, original hardwood floors. Maybe homebuyers have original flooring at the top of their wishlist when home shopping. While you may know how much you adore your hardwood floors, you may not know how to properly care for them. Keep reading for tips on how to keep your new to you hardwood floors in boast-worthy shape. Preemptively prevent scratches and tough to clean buildup by adding mats to any doors leading outside. Not only do they add a nice visual touch, but more importantly they help prevent dirt and outdoor grime from being tracked over your hardwood floors. You will make daily clean up easier on yourself while saving your floors from potential scratches. Institute a no-shoes in the house policy to further prevent any debris from finding their way throughout your home. You will especially want to avoid wearing high heels and cleats in any rooms with hardwood flooring. These types of shoes can put dents and scratches in to the floor that will require a professional to help resuscitate your floors back to their former glory. Create a mudroom area in your home with a bench and shoe rack. This will make it easy for your family members to follow the no shoe rule. Investing in a mat that catches water and slush run off from shoes on bad weather days is also a great way to prevent water damage to your floors. Sweep your floors daily to catch any dirt they may have found itís way into your home and onto your hardwood floors. Vacuum once a week for a more thorough clean. Once a month you will want to clean your floors with a microfiber cloth and light mist of water. Ensure that you do not soak your floors as water can cause them to swell and become damaged with time. Avoid cleaners for tile or vinyl surfaces and never steam clean your hardwood floors. Install felt pads to the bottoms of any furniture you have in rooms with hardwood flooring. This will help prevent scratches from everyday furniture use. You will want to regularly replace these pads however since dirt can build up on the bottoms and create a sandpaper-like surface that can lead to damage. When rearranging furniture lift the piece off the floor to carry it over to where you would like it placed and then carefully set it down instead of pushing it across your hardwood floors. While this may entail extra help from a family member to do, it will prevent unsightly gashes along your floors from dragging your furniture across the room. Original flooring in an old New England home is a major selling point for many homebuyers. Restoring old hardwood floors to their original condition can be pricey, however, by taking preliminary measures to prevent damage you can avoid bringing an expert in to fix your mistakes. And when all it takes to maintain your floors is a few minutes each day itís a win-win situation!





Posted by Muneeza Realty Group on 6/14/2018


196 Oak St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$739,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
You will fall in love with this two year young colonial. Meticulously well maintained and cared for, this home features over sized windows that provide a great amount of natural light. Given the open floor plan, the main level is perfect for entertaining as the high end kitchen flows into the family room which features a cathedral ceiling, a fireplace and hardwoods throughout. High ceilings, white cabinetry and tile backsplash keep the kitchen feeling open and airy, while the wood floors warm up the room. Large study/5th bedroom with a closet and access to full bath is perfect for guests.The upstairs offers 3 large bedrooms, laundry room and a luxurious master suite featuring two walk-in closets, a large master bath with tiled shower, double vanity and soaking tub. If you are looking for more space the walkout basement is perfect for finishing. Conveniently located minutes to Route 9, Umass, Route 20, shoppings and restaurants. Welcome home!
Open House
Saturday
June 16 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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Location: 196 Oak St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545    Get Directions

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Posted by Muneeza Realty Group on 6/13/2018


712 South St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$849,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
4/2
Full/Half Baths
Exquisite Brick front Colonial in sought after Shrewsbury neighborhood & sited on 1.50 acres~Hardwoods thru-out the house~2 story foyer~1st Floor oversized Master suite loaded w/custom built cabinets,Fireplace,Large walk-in~Stunning Master bath w/heated floors,Skylights, Double sink vanity,Steam shower,Jacuzzi~1st floor laundry room w/custom built cabinets~Big elegant family rm w/cathedral ceilings, Gas Fireplace~Formal dining rm~Large kitchen w/coffered ceiling featuring SS appliances, Granite counters,newly painted cabinets~ Sunroom w/heated floors and windows galore~2nd Floor bedroom suite w/walk-in closet and attached bath w/Jacuzzi and separate shower~2 good size bedrooms with huge closets~Walk-up attic that could be finished~Partially finished area in basement w/full bath~Oversized heated 5 car garage w/plenty of storage~Massive flat yard w/inground heated fenced in pool~cabana w/kitchenette,1/2bath,outdoorshower~Basket ball Ct~Mins to Rte 9, Umass & T.
Open House
Saturday
June 16 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Location: 712 South St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545    Get Directions

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