Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc

Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/24/2021

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With summer upon us, many are feeling the heat of pandemic life. Working from home, social distancing and other health precautions have meant canceled plans for millions of families and individuals. Even for those without trips planned, staying at home might get old. Luckily, you have options for getting away. Local travel with family or housemates can be a valuable breath of fresh air and change of scenery while still taking care of everybodyís health. Here are a few safe travel tips for the summer:

Timing Is Everything

Most people are already familiar with the idea of avoiding peak travel times for the sake of convenience, but now you can do the same thing to stay safe. If possible, plan your getaway during the week or toward the end of a weekend. Avoid travel on large holidays when others are traditionally out and about. Look at the calendar and plan for times when you have less chance of encountering large groups of people. As a bonus, you might also avoid the traffic.

Avoid Public Transportation

If you have the means, driving in your own car is the safest way to travel during a pandemic. Your personal vehicle is basically a social-distance structure that will keep you safely apart from others, even in gridlock traffic. Public transportation has always had its health risks, but now more so than ever itís a good idea to avoid using it entirely if possible. Choose destinations you can drive, walk or bike to rather than take a bus or train.

Seek Out Nature

Even with other people around, your health risks are far lower in the great outdoors. Find somewhere remote for a camping trip or plan a day at the beach. Hiking trails, parks and other outdoor locations with the potential for close-quarters interaction should be avoided on busy days. If you encounter others in your journey, keep up your social distancing and mask-wearing practices just in case. The fresh air and change of scenery will be worth the caution.

Try a Private Vacation Rental

Rather than stay in a hotel, consider a private vacation rental. While many hotels have enacted strict sanitation and health precautions, you still are in a place with more people. A private apartment or house rental has not housed as many guests and might be even cleaner. This also gives you more opportunities to travel with pets if you have them. Inquire about cleaning and safety details before booking a stay so you know the measures the owner is taking to keep you healthy.

Do Your Research

No matter where you go, itís crucial to do your research beforehand. This goes not only for the travel plans but for the current state of your local areaócity and state mandates, closures and other rules. A great place to start is with your local government travel agency. Get all the facts about what kind of travel is and isnít allowed, as well as any areas of higher risk you might want to avoid. Following these tips will help you plan a vacation that is safe and healthy for everyone involved.

Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/21/2021

This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $310,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc.

410 Mower St, Worcester, MA 01602


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Welcome home! This charming, well maintained ranch is in the very desirable West Tatnuck side of Worcester. Enjoy this move-in ready, one level living home with an oversize well-kept yard. The light filled large combination living/dining room features a built in cabinet, fireplace, and large picture window overlooking the front lawn. This home has gleaming hardwood floors in the two upstairs' bedrooms and the living/dining room. The kitchen boasts a breakfast nook while the finished basement includes a bonus room. This home has a newer furnace, hot water heater, roof, and chimney and is close to all the amenities of the city, schools, and all major routes.

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/17/2021

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Forty years ago every house had some paneling. Some more than others. Paneling can bring the look of natural wood and the great outdoors into a home. But unless your home is a cabin in the woods, chances are that's not what you're going for. Just like many home trends, paneling has fallen out of favor. And you're ready to replace it. 

Removing it is the easy part. What to do next is where many get stuck. We're here to help with how to prepare your wall in the four most common wall condition scenarios.

How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After a Clean Removal

If you were lucky, when you removed the wood paneling, you found that you have drywall back there. And they nailed the paneling to it rather than gluing it, so you could quickly get it off.

If the drywall is in good shape, you're ready to:

  1. Purchase supplies (primer, paint, brushes, rollers, plastic, paint pans, putty knife, spackling paste for nail holes, safety goggles).
  2. Lay down plastic to protect your floors.
  3. Remove baseboards or use painter's take to protect them if you don't want to paint them.
  4. Sand the surface.
  5.  Apply spackle to fill nail holes or other damage and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat if needed. 
  6. Sand the spackled area again to smooth it.
  7. Prime your wall.

And you're ready to paint.

*Note* If you find dark paint like black, hunter green or cranberry, you'll need a special primer to prime over it.

How to Prepare a Wall for Painting After Glued Panel Removal

If the panels were glued, you have a little more to do here. The paper face of the drywall may have come off, sometimes in chunks.

You might be able to salvage it. But you'll probably be much happier if you just skin it. That means you'll hang a very thin (1/4") drywall over the existing drywall.

  1. Purchase or gather 1/4" drywall, screws, safety glasses, drywall knife, drill, drywall tape, drywall taping knife, setting-type joint compound, hammer as well as the items listed above.
  2. Remove baseboards, outlet covers, door frames, etc..
  3. Measure and cut drywall if needed.
  4. Screw the drywall to the studs. Screws should be flush but not sunken. Drag a putty knife over the screws to feel if any are protruding.
  5. Use your drywall knife to cut around outlets, etc.
  6. Apply drywall tape over the seams.
  7. Apply compound, smooth and sand.
  8. Apply painter's tape.
  9. Prime the wall for painting.

How to Prepare a Wall for Painting When the Wall is in Rough Shape

If you find nasty wallpaper or hard-to-peel paint back there, your best bet is to skin the wall just like we did for glued panels. Follow the instructions above. 

How to Prepare a Wall if the Paneling was Nailed Directly into the Studs

In rare instances, you may have started pulling paneling and there's no drywall back there. In this case, you have a larger drywall project and may want to defer to professionals.

For more home projects you can DIY to improve the look and feel of your home, follow our blog.



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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/10/2021

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Every room inside your home provides you with an opportunity to adopt a fresh, green lifestyle. When you focus on each individual room within your home, you can quickly create a sustainable space to live and grow.

These tips can help you improve every room in your house until you have a created an eco-friendly home:

Create a Green Bathroom

The bathroom is the perfect place to begin your new, eco-friendly adventure. As one of the most frequently used rooms in your house, it also can be the biggest drain on your resources. These tips can help you improve the sustainability of your bathroom:

  • Upgrade your toilet to a high-efficiency toilet that will use less water per flush.
  • Purchase toilet paper that is created from recycled materials. Don't forget to recycle or reuse the toilet paper roll.
  • Opt for all-natural toiletry products that will not add harsh chemicals and other toxic materials to the water.

Transform Your Kitchen Into a Sustainable Space

The kitchen is another room in the home that has a lot of potential when it comes to sustainability. Here are a few ways that you can make your kitchen into the most eco-friendly spot in your house:

  • Buy energy-efficient appliances. Your kitchen appliances use a significant amount of the energy and electricity in your home. Energy-efficient units reduce the amount of energy used while also providing you with cost savings on your utility bills.
  • Wash your dishes by hand when you can, and run the dishwasher every couple of days. Washing dishes by hand uses less water than the dishwasher does in order to clean your pates and utensils.

Design an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

The bedroom is not usually the first place that people look to when they want to create an eco-friendly home, but there are a lot of ways to transform your bedroom into a green space. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Use organic bedding or bedding made from recycled materials. Invest in high-quality bedding in a timeless color or style, so that you do not have to replace it quickly.
  • Donate clothes that you do not use, and be mindful about how much you purchase. The textile and clothing industry has a significant impact on the environment, and by buying less, you can have an impact on the production cycle.

Live and Thrive in an Environmentally-Friendly Living Room

Your living room should be a relaxing space where you can be yourself. In order to feel good about reading, writing or watching TV in your living room, you should make it an environmentally-friendly area. Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Buy houseplants to use as decorations. Houseplants can improve the indoor air quality of your home, and they also make it a more peaceful place for you to live.
  • Use your fireplace to heat the room rather than relying on the furnace. Be sure to purchase sustainable wood to burn.

It's important to remember that you do not have to transform your home into an eco-friendly haven in a matter of days or weeks. By breaking down your sustainability goals into bite-sized chunks, you will be able to better manage the small steps that will help you accomplish your long-term targets.

Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 6/7/2021

32 Bailey Rd, Oxford, MA 01540



ATTENTION CONTRACTORS! This spacious colonial with farmers porch is in need of substantial rehab but sits at the end of a dead-end road on 1.75 acres and is located moments to the highway! Main floor has kitchen in need of some repair but with updated cabinets and granite counters, living room with slider and a first floor bedroom option with full bath & laundry. On the second level there are 2 bedrooms with hardwood floors that share the second full bath. The large back portion is gutted and has a large fireplace in the lower level. SALE IS SUBJECT TO LICENSE TO SELL AND SELLER IS UNSURE OF HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE.
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