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This is the age-old interior design question that keeps coming back. Moreover, the answer will never be to simply declare one superior to the other. The question needs to be dissected from several angles; where is the house situated, how long do you intend the flooring to last? How much are you ready to spend on maintenance of the floor? There is also the little matter of personal taste. 

Solid wood flooring is better when…

  • You want that eye-catching natural look to go with a rustic or modern theme.
  • You want an economical choice but still want a decent, homely look.
  • You live in an area with colder temperatures for most of the year. Hardwood floors are better at retaining heat than porcelain or ceramic tiles. Over and above you and your family's feet, you should consider your pets, which spend more time on the floor than you. 
  • You need a floor that is easier on the foot. In addition to losing heat quicker, porcelain tiles are harder on the soles of your feet, and on your back by extension.
  • You don't mind the noise of feet slamming onto floorboards. 

Ceramic/porcelain tiles are better when…

  • You are a resident of California or any other locality where it's mostly hot all the time. Such flooring is cooler to step on.
  • You want a floor that is easy to keep clean and maintain. Solid wood floors, especially if not well finished, can be tricky to clean. They may also be affected by changes in temperature and develop problems when exposed to moisture. Not to mention the fact that such floors are more easily disfigured by scratching or spills. This may require you to refinish your floor several times. 
  •  You want more variety to choose from. Much as you can have solid wood flooring in a variety of widths and stains, you will get far greater variety when shopping for tiles. You can even get ceramic tiles that are textured to look like wood flooring.
  • You have people with allergy issues living with you. Wood flooring tends to retain dust and other allergens, whereas ceramic, and porcelain tiles don't.
  • You don't mind the hardness and attendant discomfort of tiled floors when you stand on them for long.

Speak to a professional contractor about the advantages and disadvantages of both kinds of flooring before you make up your mind.

This Single-Family in Merrimac, MA recently sold for $345,000. This Bungalow style home was sold by Jay LeClerc - RE/MAX On The River.

4 Belmore Road, Merrimac, MA 01860


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Sought after Pentucket School district! This won't last long... This cozy 3 bdrm, 1 ba, home with a detached garage and a large yard is located on a quiet side street. The home has been recently painted and has an updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances. The large deck and spacious yard are great for entertaining or just simply family outdoor fun. The square footage does not include the office/den area, which is perfect if you work from home or just could use additional living space.

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Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered).

In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on to other options.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the reasons you might want to get a home inspection whether you’re buying or selling a home.

Home inspections for buyers

There’s a reason most real estate contracts come with an inspection contingency. Expensive, impending repairs on a home can greatly affect how much you’re willing to offer on a home, or if you’re willing to make an offer at all.

Some buyers opt out of an inspection. This can be done for numerous reasons. The most common reason is that the buyer has a personal relationship with the seller and has faith that they are getting the full story when it comes to the state of the house. The other reason is that a buyer is trying to gain a competitive edge over the competition on a home, sweetening the deal by waiving the inspection and paving the way for a quick sale.

Both of these reasons have their flaws. For one, the seller might not even know the full extent of the repairs a home may need and an appraisal might not catch all of the issues with a home.

Another reason a buyer may waive an inspection contingency is because the seller claims to have recently had the home inspected. While this may be true, buyers should still opt to hire their own professional. This way, they can guarantee that the inspection was done by someone who is licensed and has their best interests in mind.

Home inspections for sellers

As we’ve seen, home inspections are typically designed to protect the interest of home buyers. However, sellers also stand to gain from ordering their own home inspection.

If you’re planning on selling within the next six months to a year, it will pay off to know exactly what issues the home currently has or will have in the near future. This will give you the chance to make repairs or address issues that could cause complications with your sale. You don’t want to be on your way to closing on an offer to suddenly realize you need to pay and arrange for a new roof.

So, whether you’re a buyer or seller, home inspections can be immensely beneficial to learn more about your home or the home you’re planning on buying. It will help you be prepared to make repairs if you’re a buyer. Or, if you’re a seller, you can make a plan to negotiate repairs with the seller based on the findings of the inspection.

231 High Rd., Newbury, MA 01951



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This gorgeous shingled colonial with its wrap-around porch, well-manicured yard and inviting hardscaped pool/entertainment area is a must see. The interior finishes are spectacular! The first-floor master suite is breathtaking, and the lower level entertainment area will blow your mind. All of this is located just 7 mins from downtown Newburyport and 5 mins from the Parker River, which offers access to Newburyport Harbor and then the Atlantic Ocean! Drooling yet... quick, come and see if it is the perfect home for you! First showing at Sundays OH 1-3 PM
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July 14 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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Location: 231 High Rd., Newbury, MA 01951    Get Directions

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22 Grove St, Merrimac, MA 01860



This recently refreshed, 3 level townhome in the sought after Pentucket school district is looking for a new owner. This end unit has period charm and all of the modern conveniences; updated Kitchen and baths, heating, etc. New carpet and some fresh paint are also part of the refresh. The abundance of outdoor space makes this a special unit. Price to sell, so don’t miss out!
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July 13 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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Location: 22 Grove St, Merrimac, MA 01860    Get Directions

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