Ellen McNees' Blog

Posted on 04/19/2021
Keep Car Insurance in Mind
Image by Suphaksorn Thongwongboot from Shutterstock When relocating to a new home, you’ll need to plan to pack, hire movers, and to change your address with the post office but don’t forget to update your car insurance. If you’re moving to a new state or just to a new zip code, you will have to make some changes to...
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Posted on 04/12/2021
Another Property Sold - 16 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Welcome to 16 East Avenue! Nestled in an enclave of handsome vintage homes, this exceptional 1920's colonial is located intown, just north of the Norwalk Green. Exquisite architectural details throughout including wood floors, crown molding, double-wide staircase & an array of period windows & French doors, add to the charm & beauty. The first floor is surprisingly open with a terrific layout for everyday living & entertaining. Inviting glassed foyer opens to a gracious living room w/wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-ins. Formal dining room w/French doors & built-in hutch opens to enclosed porch w/views of the...
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Posted on 04/12/2021
Living Walls: What They Are and Why You Should Consider One
Photo by Dayvison de Oliveira Silva from Pexels If you're still in the construction phase of your new dream home, or if you'd like to improve your existing home with a small project that gives you back more than just a monetary return, consider adding space for a living wall. A living wall not only gives you something...
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Posted on 04/05/2021
Condo Questions - How is the Property Managed?
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay When inquiring about renting a home or condominium, you may not immediately be aware if the property is being self-managed by the owner or by a property manager or management firm that the owner has hired. There are some benefits and downsides to each. You should first ask who and...
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Posted on 03/29/2021
Preventative Steps to Take Before Breaking in Your New Kitchen
Photo by CongerDesign via Pixabay You recently purchased a home, and as a new homeowner, you’re itching to get moved into your new kitchen so you can get settled and start entertaining. Wait! Before you get caught up organizing your pots and pans, do a little preventative care. If you want a kitchen you can entertain in hassle-free,...
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Posted on 03/22/2021
What Criteria Determine If You Should Buy a House?
Photo by Athitat Shinagowin via Shutterstock You’ll often hear it stated that paying rent is throwing money down the drain. As a motivation to buy a home, however, that might not be the best idea. A rule of thumb is that if you can purchase a home for fifteen times what you currently pay annually in rent, buying...
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Posted on 03/15/2021
3 Tips for Choosing Sensical Rentals
Photo by Photo Mix via Pixabay For many investors, purchasing a property to rent out just makes sense. But finding properties that'll help you meet your long-term goals can be tricky. Whether you're considering a turnkey property or a property to rehab and rent yourself, keeping these tips in mind will help you weed out low-performers while you're...
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Posted on 03/11/2021
88 Dwight Street, Fairfield, CT 06824 is now new to the market!
Location, location, location...quiet cul-de-sac, in "the box" at Fairfield Beach, this cute Cape is ready for a new owner to create their beach dream house, just minutes to downtown Fairfield and Penfield Beach! First time on the market in over 30 years, the home has amazing potential for renovation and expansion or raising and new construction. The first floor flows from the Living room with wood burning fireplace to the kitchen with separate dining area and into the generous, sun drenched Family room overlooking the private back yard. Currently 2 bedrooms downstairs could be combined to make a fabulous first floor master suite. 2...
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Posted on 03/08/2021
Indoor Herb Garden: A Quick Guide
Photo by congerdesign via Pixabay Do you love the idea of having fresh herbs available all year round but don't live in an area where it's possible to grow them outdoors in all seasons? You don't have to give up cooking with fresh herbs just because the weather outside is frightful — and you also don't have to install...
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Posted on 03/01/2021
4 Ways to Clean Out Bad Smells
Have you ever walked into a room and wondered, "What is that smell?” Perhaps it's the kitchen trash, or maybe a clogged drain or the moldy-smelling washing machine. No matter what might be giving off that foul odor, there are tricks that you can use to bring a halt to it. Here are simple tricks to seek and...
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Posted on 02/22/2021
Painted Brick Décor for a European Look
Photo by Karsten Bergmann via Pixabay Take a tour through the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or Holland, and you’ll see beautiful historic homes with painted brick exteriors. Wander down streets of hundreds-of-years-old houses, and the most memorable ones are those with painted brick exteriors. But if your brick is in perfect condition, why would you paint it? Odd-Colored...
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Posted on 02/15/2021
How to Use Native Stones for a Rustic Walkway
Image by Nancy Buron from Pixabay If you're like many homeowners who prefer a natural landscape plan, your outdoor living space undoubtedly features lush vegetation and bright, blooming flowers. However, you might also have the sense that something is missing but can't quite put your finger on what it might be. If this describes you, the missing element...
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