Best Places to Live in Rhode Island

Niche has announced the best places to live in Rhode Island and our favorites are on the list.

https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/?state=RI&sort=best

Here’s how they calculated the top towns https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/rankings/places/best-places-to-live/methodology/

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Do This One Thing

There is a right way and a wrong way to paint:

Some would say the right way to paint is to hire professionals.

If this isn’t an option then do this one thing before you start to paint:

Prep, Prep and Prep

It’s all about the preparation and planning: Clean the surfaces completely. Don’t just dust but scrub clean and let dry for 24 hours. Tape areas not to be painted. Buy the right brushes and rollers for the job. Prime first. Remove furniture, area rugs and drapes. Use cloth, not plastic drop clothes. Fix blemishes both big (holes) and small (scratches). Remove outlet covers (then clean or purchase new ones). Test a couple of small areas to make sure the paint color is what you want in different lights at different times of day.

Part of the planning process is learning: What’s the difference between matte and gloss finishes? What is “cutting in“?  “What kind of paint brush is best and how should the brush be loaded? Why is priming important? What is “laying off“? How does humidity affect the painting process? What is the “W” technique? Talk to your paint supplier whether your hometown hardware store or a big box retailer – ask questions, get tips all before you dip the brush into the paint.

 

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Moss on your roof

Why Remove Moss?

Removing the moss is important because over time the shingles become damaged which may lead

to roof leaks and sometimes the damage is so significant the entire roof must be replaced.

How to Remove Moss?

Hire a professional to remove moss from a roof. Without the proper

tools and techniques the roof shingles can be easily damaged.

John Krekorian advises homeowners on a variety of home maintenance concerns such as moss removal.

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It’s Time To Let Go

Top things to throw away

Kitchen sponges,

plastic cutting boards,

air filters, chipped dishes,

food storage containers  …

It’s time to let go.

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5 Home Upgrades That Make You Feel Like A Movie Star

Sandy Bliven’s March 10, 2015 Newsletter

5 Home Upgrades That Make You Feel Like A Movie Star

 

Hollywood interior designer James Blakeley has the inside track when it comes to movie stars. Growing up in a four-generation film family that includes Oscar and Emmy winners, he specializes in creating home interiors with the luxurious comforts that movie stars crave. His design clients include Kiefer Sutherland, Tom Selleck, David Giler, Donald P. Bellisario and Dino De Laurentiis.

You, too, can have a star-worthy home, by following Blakeley’s five strategies for upgrades that make you feel like a movie star:

1. Pamper yourself with opulent bathrooms.

Hollywood stars lead hectic, scattered lives. “They’re pushed all day long and when they’re making a movie, they might work 18 or 20-hour days,” Blakeley confides.

When they come home, they want creature comforts including a spa-like bathroom where they can zone out. You can get that feeling by installing heated floors, a big tub and a shower with multiple jets.

2. Oversize furniture makes for a relaxing environment.

Stars like oversize furniture because they’re all about relaxing and putting your feet up. “Instead of having a club chair that would be 32” x 32” they want things that are 42” x 42” or a sofa that’s 46” deep that you can get in and curl up,” Blakeley says. “It goes back to creature comforts. They want to sit in a big chair, push a button and watch a big TV.”

3. Trust your designer to get a good deal on furniture, fixtures and decorative items.

Give your designer your budget and then don’t worry about how much any one item costs, Blakeley says.

You might think you can find a good deal on the Internet, but your designer is going directly to the manufacturer and will usually get it for less, he says. “I’m going to mark it up 20 percent above cost, but I guarantee that 20 percent is still going to be less you can find it for on the Internet,” he says.

4. Splurge on fresh flowers.

Stars do like flowers in the house all the time, it’s part of their desire to totally relax when they’re home.

“They have people putting flowers out every single day even when they’re not there – in case they decide to come home,” Blakeley says. “Everyone can afford flowing houseplants or flowers for $6.95 from the farmers market. What it does is amazing to your psyche.”

5. Invest in a big screen television and a top-notch sound system.

Since they’re in the industry, stars want a big television with surround sound and music throughout the house.

Blakeley likes Sonos products. “Most clients don’t want to see the speakers,” he says. “We have them buried in the wall and cover them with a membrane that’s like drywall and paintable so it blends into the wall. “

Looking to spice up your home décor? Contact me and I’ll put you in touch with a talented local designer.

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Easy Curb Appeal when your home is for sale

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Moving to New Home made easy

Moving to a new home can be a stressful yet exciting task. Moving requires careful planning and attention to detail — from improving or staging your home to help it sell, to packing up all of your stuff, and finding your new place. Make the process of planning your next move easier for the entire family using our Resources. We have an array of professionals that you can use to make selling your home, Packing, and moving easier than ever.  From staging professionals to moving companies we have developed a great relationship with these qualified individuals. See a sample list below or visit our full resource page.   And of course you can find homes for sale in your new community with our property search tool on the home page.

Architect

Laura D. Krekorian (my beautiful, talented wife) – 401.789.0039

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Clean Rite – 401.788.0932

Electrician

John McLaughlin- 401.265.3805

Home Inspectors

Home-Rite Home Inspections Ed Gardner 401.783.1655

Hearthstone Home Inspections Frank Hopton 401.635.2242

AmeriSpec Home Inspections Tom Watson 401.232.5445

Priority Building & Home Inspection Ernie Silvio 401.294.4994 www.priorityhomeinspection.com

Home Loans

Residential Mortgage Bill Huggins 401.574.0999

Maverick Funding   Jeffrey Kosiorek – 401.692.1108

 Staging

Inside Style,  Lee Chartier  401-783-7800  www.insidestyleri.com ,  insidestyleri@gmail.com

Moving Company

Astro of New England Chuck Lamendola 401.397.8484

Painter

Aaron Smith Enterprises – 401.932.8833

Plumber

Coastal Plumbing – 401.788.0355

Legal Services

Baruti Law Offices Daniel Baruti 401.789.5100 www.bsbv.com

John V. McCloskey – 401.783.9333

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