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Posted by Kimberly Allen Team on 4/5/2020

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Termites are one of the worst possible nightmares you can face as a homeowner. These common insects can cause major structural damage right under your nose and eventually lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Because they live in underground nests and inside the foundation of the home, it can be difficult for homeowners to identify termites before serious damage has already been done. However, it is possible to save yourself lots of time and money by preparing your home for a termite infestation before they strike. Keep reading to check out a few of our top termite prevention tips.

Termite Prevention: What to Do Before an Infestation

Although it’s not always possible, for those who are building their new home, termite prevention works best during the planning stages. If possible, utilize a Basaltic Termite Barrier (BTB) which is made of rocks that are packed together so tightly under the home that termites are unable to penetrate the barrier. For those who aren’t able to be part of the planning stage for their new home, you can still look for builds that include BTB, termite mesh, steel frames or termite-resistant wood framing materials.

Preventing Termites in Existing Homes

There are many other steps you can take to help prevent termite infestation in homes that have already been built. A good place to begin your termite prevention is to work at reducing all possible wood-to-soil contact around the structure. Homeowners should take the time to remover any wood, lumber, plants, cardboard and paper from around the foundation. If possible, create at least a 4-inch barrier with non-wood mulch around the perimeter of the home. As a good rule of thumb, only your concrete foundation should be touching the soil, ensuring that siding begins at least 6-inches above it.

Plants and foliage should always be kept a few feet away from the home. Structuring storm drains to empty several feet from the foundation will not only help to prevent moist soil but it can keep termites at bay as well. Excess moisture is the enemy of a termite-free home, so it’s essential to do everything you can to eliminate any sources of additional moisture on the property. This can include fixing leaky faucets promptly and staying on to of HVAC maintenance year-round.

Termite Signs to Look Out For

Regular termite inspections can also help to catch an infestation before it spirals out of control. Homeowners should inspect the property regularly for signs of “frass” or “carton,” two types of termite waste left behind by drywood and subterranean termites. Additionally, patterns in the wood around the home can help to identify different types of termite infestations. Subterranean termites prefer to eat softwood between the grains. But drywood termites much prefer eating across the grains without any distinguishable patterns.

Call in the Professionals

If you’ve followed these preventative steps and still think you have a termite infestation, you need to reach out to a professional extermination team. While DIY methods can be tempting, when it comes to protecting the integrity of your home, professional advice should be considered.




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Posted by Kimberly Allen Team on 4/3/2020

This Single-Family in Chicopee, MA recently sold for $224,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Kimberly Allen Team - Real Living Realty Professionals.


139 Casey Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020

Single-Family

$221,900
Price
$224,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
If you are looking for a 3 bedroom ranch in Fairview, then here it is. It even has a family room, a nice fenced in back yard, a two car garage and an extra shed/garage in the back. Near shopping, the highways and lots of fine restaurants. May need some updating, but the bones and layout are good. Call for an appointment; Do need a 24 hour notice because tenants have a dog. No Lease.

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Posted by Kimberly Allen Team on 4/3/2020


18 Palmer Rd, Monson, MA 01057

Condo

$174,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to this immaculate townhouse style condo. Conveniently located right off route 32, with easy access to routes 20 and the Mass Pike. Open living/dining room with a gas fireplace and large windows overlooking a peaceful private back yard, with sliders leading out to your own fresh air patio. Updated kitchen open to the living area, all stainless steel appliances less than 1 year old. First floor bedroom and full bath round out the main level. Spacious master suite encompasses the entire second floor, with full en-suite bathroom, large walk in closet and sliders leading out to your own private Juliet balcony overlooking the impeccably manicured gardens. The oversized unfinished basement is a blank slate, ready to be finished! Extra long one car garage provides extra storage space. This is one not to be missed! Be sure to check out the video tour!
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Posted by Kimberly Allen Team on 4/1/2020


26 South Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Land

$119,900
Price

6.32
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Create your own hilltop oasis! Beautiful lot in Sturbridge minutes from all amenities and easy access to both route 84 and the Mass Pike. Set back from the road with scenic views, rolling fields surrounded by tranquility, woodlands, rock walls and views of a hidden pond. Build your dream home atop this very private piece of heaven and surround yourself with the sights and sounds of nature. You won't want to miss this one!
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Posted by Kimberly Allen Team on 4/1/2020


201 Michael Sears Rd, Belchertown, MA 01007

Multi-Family

$399,000
Price

2
Units
4,190
Approx. GLA
This property has it all, and the most unique home you will find, designed and built by the current owners! Secluded and surrounded by nature, yet close to the 5 Colleges and minutes to Mass Pike. A "wall of windows" lets in an abundance of natural light, and a gorgeous fieldstone fireplace that flows all the way up to the loft area, for those cool crisp nights. Main home, including the in-law suite, has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, including 2 car garage that has been converted into a 2 bedroom 1 full bathroom bonus area. 1 bedroom 1 bathroom legal apartment in the walk out lower level with its own parking area. 3 kitchens, 3 hot water heaters, 4 laundry hookups make this home the perfect setting for your large or blended family! So many opportunities, this property is just waiting for you!
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