Mary Ellen Maloney's Blog

Posted on 05/15/2022
Grass seed: Fescue lawns & how to maintain them
Knowing how to care for your lawn means knowing how and when to fill in gaps with grass seed. Fescue grass is a popular variety of perennial lawn grass that, despite being tolerant of many climate zones, is prone to brown patches during hot, humid summer months. Using grass seed effectively is the best way to remedy the...
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Posted on 05/13/2022
127 Pinehurst Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053 is now new to the market!
Great opportunity to own this well maintained multi-family home. This well constructed home has spacious eat in kitchens, living rooms and 3 bedrooms in each unit. Walk up attic within the 2nd floor unit provides lots of extra storage space and the first floor unit has access to the basement. New roof installed in 2021, first floor boiler is approximately 5 years old, hot water heaters are approximately 2 years...
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Posted on 05/08/2022
Trends: Great Paint Colors for Home Improvement Projects
Much the same as architectural styles and interior design themes, color trends have a tendency to rise and fall with each passing season. However, there are a few that seem to persist throughout the years. If you're planning to paint your home this year, here are a few colors that have withstood the test of time and keep...
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Posted on 05/01/2022
Moving out of a rental house: Cleaning guide
Thorough move out cleaning is the only thing standing between you and your security deposit. While many rental companies and landlords might provide a checklist for house cleaning at move out, it's still easy to miss important details. Unfortunately, some of these details can be costly. Moving is high on the list of life's most stressful events, and...
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Posted on 04/24/2022
DIY Ways to Integrate Solar Energy to Offset Cost & Improve Backup Power
Although adding solar energy systems to single-family dwellings can reduce utility bills and improve property values, a large installation's price tag sometimes proves prohibitive. Spending tens of thousands of dollars on state-of-the-art panels, wiring and equipment necessary to convert the sun's rays into lighting can easily exceed one's budget. However, increasing your renewable energy footprint does not necessarily...
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Posted on 04/17/2022
Your Guide to the 3 Types of Interior Design Lighting
Lighting is an extremely important but often overlooked element of interior design. No matter the style or setting, lighting choices can make or break the entire look and feel of a room. However, achieving great lighting in your interior design isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Here we’ll go over the three main types of lighting used...
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Posted on 04/14/2022
883 Farmington Avenue, Berlin, CT 06037 is now new to the market!
Renovated space in historic building at an optimal location on Farmington Avenue. This building was the original Kensington Fire House. Newer carpet, window treatments, and a new heating and cooling split unit which compliments the base board gas heat. This space offers so many possibilities. Past uses included, an attorney's office, a travel agency, a driving school, a nail salon and a hair salon. The plumbing for the hair salon is still intact behind one of the walls. All utilities are included in the monthly rent. 2 months...
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Posted on 04/10/2022
Green Decor Ideas for Your Next Bathroom Makeover
If your bathroom needs a refresh, consider going green—literally. While environmentally conscious materials and sustainable practices are excellent choices for your bathroom, so can the rejuvenating and calming choice of color. Bathrooms are more than a utilitarian space and should inspire a sense of comfort. Green might seem like an unexpected or intimidating choice in a world so...
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Posted on 04/03/2022
The most common residential projects requiring a build permit
Before you make any major changes to your property, investigate what type of build permit you need. Even if you’re just remodeling your home, construction permits are required for most projects. Here is a basic guide to the types of major home remodeling projects requiring a permit: Demolition If you’re demolishing any outdoor or indoor structure, you’ll need...
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Posted on 03/27/2022
Add Natural Charm With These Wood Slice DIY Projects
Arts and crafts with wood slices are the perfect thing to add a natural element to your home decor. There are countless crafting projects you can accomplish with wood slices and most of them require only a few materials. If you’re wanting to try this hot crafting trend yourself, we’ve put together some ideas to inspire you. Where...
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Posted on 03/20/2022
How to Choose the Most Energy-Efficient Windows for Your Home
If your energy bills are high, your windows could be partly to blame. Windows allow the sun’s heat to warm up your home in summer, which means your air conditioner has to run more. Windows can let cold air in during winter through drafts while heated indoor air seeps outside, causing your furnace to run more. In fact,...
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Posted on 03/13/2022
Top Gift Ideas for Console Gamers
For the ideal console gaming experience, there are a lot of pieces beyond the games themselves. While it might be difficult to buy games for people on your list, it’s easy to find gifts that will enhance and improve their time spent doing what they love. Here are some gift ideas for console gamers to help them make...
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