Mark Maraglia
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Posted by Mark Maraglia on 6/20/2019

You've probably heard the word minimalism within the past few months. It's a trending lifestyle that people everywhere are trying to adopt. Many people have the idea that to be a minimalist they must rid their households of anything that isn't essential for life. Only living on essentials is not what this minimalism movement is all about. 

Many people view this lifestyle as one that has many restrictions on what you can or cannot have, but the truth is, there is no rulebook to minimalism. Minimalism is solely about finding freedom. You can access this kind of freedom by ridding yourself of the unnecessary stress that comes along with owning so much stuff. Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with possessions. The problem arises when we give meaning to these items that don't contribute anything back into our lives. For instance, if you have a collection that has significant meaning to you and makes you feel proud to own them, you should keep them. But let's say you have a living room with so much furniture in it that cleaning day is dreadful, you should minimize your home.

Here are three simple ways you can apply minimalism to your everyday life:

  • When going through your things, ask yourself "Does this item bring me joy?" "Are special memories attached to this item?" "Why am I keeping it?" If none of these questions provoke any reason as to why you should keep this item, then throw it into the donation pile!
  • When it comes to birthdays, holidays, or any occasion that invites loved ones to give your family gifts, ask for experiences rather than items. Activities can especially be fun for children! Family members could gift them with a lasting memory of going to the zoo rather than giving them a toy that will only bring temporary happiness. 
  • Go shopping with an intentional list of the items you truly need to purchase. Doing this will help you only go into the stores that you need things from rather than window shopping and leaving with way more than what you intended to buy. Intentionality will automatically help you declutter your overflowing closet and boost your bank account! 

Everyone can adopt minimalism into their everyday lives. Minimalism is not just for people who want to live in small spaces. Whether you have a large house or a small home, you can start today by reducing the things you keep and genuinely enjoying the things you have. If you need help de-cluttering your space, ask your realtor for a recommendation.





Posted by Mark Maraglia on 6/13/2019

When moving into a new home, the first thing you want to do is make it your own. That means painting, upgrading fixtures, and the all-important window coverings. Instead of just looking for the most stylish option, take this chance to go with curtains, shades, blinds and screens will improve your bottom line. Most of the energy lost in your home goes through your walls, roof, and windows. You can enhance your walls and roof with well-made insulation, but unless you want to remove the windows entirely, your only option is thermal window coverings.

Now, typically, "thermal" is associated with keeping heat in, think "thermal underwear," but thermal window coverings are designed to block heat from both directions. That means they keep warm air inside in the winter and warm air outside in the summer. In this way, the blinds help control the temperature in your home year-round, reducing your heating and cooling energy costs.

The Four Top Options

While there are a wide variety of energy saving window coverings, and even energy saving windows themselves, the mostly break down into one of four categories.

  1. Thermal Drapes and Curtains: These are the easiest to install of all the options. The installation is, in fact, the same as for non-thermal drapes or curtains. Just hang the rod and slide on the curtain. While not tight to the windows, curtains do work to reduce the amount of heat that travels through your windows. A secondary feature of most thermal drapes is that they create "blackout" conditions. Blocking as much light as heat, they produce more comfortable conditions for sleep or to stop the glare on your forty-two-inch television screen. There are a wide variety of blackout or thermal drapes on the market, but you will get the best results from those with an acrylic backing layer. The more layers of acrylic, the thicker and more effective the curtain will be at blocking both light and heat. 
  2. Thermal Interior Blinds: Mini-blinds, plantation blinds, Venetian blinds, there are so many from which to choose. Each type's fabrication is from of different materials leading to various levels of thermal protection. Slatted blinds are useful because they give you greater control over the amount of light let into a room. Depending on the curve of your slats, you may also be able to create an air buffer between the blinds and the window, changing how the cooler or warmer air flows into your room.
  3. Cellular Shades: Halfway between curtains and blinds, these “honeycomb” shades trap air in hexagonal pockets between at least two layers. The more layers in the blinds, the more efficient they will be at stopping heat or cold from traveling through into your rooms. Unlike slat blinds, cellular shades create an air barrier in front of the window without needing to be adjusted for a particular angle.
  4. Thermal Exterior Blinds: Exterior blinds work similarly to interior blinds. They are mounted above your windows and lower or raise through channels mounted to either side. Made of a variety of faux and natural materials including bamboo, wood, vinyl, steel and aluminum you can find an amazing style to match your home's needs. In addition to adding thermal protection to the outside of your windows, external blinds increase the shade and privacy of your home. Make certain you check with your homeowner's association first though. Some HOAs don't allow outdoor blinds since they change the exterior appearance of your home.

Want to block even more heat and light? Or just have more control? Look for reflective window films, awnings, roof overhangs, and screens to augment your interior window coverings. Getting ready to sell? Ask your real estate agent about the best choices to improve the value of your home.





Posted by Mark Maraglia on 6/8/2019

BRIDGEWATER TURN KEY PENTHOUSE CONDO in MINT-MOVE-IN-CONDITION. REHABBED TO PERFECTION offering 3 BEDROOMS, HIGH EFFICIENCY THERMAL HOT WATER, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, & A GRANITE COUNTER TOP KITCHEN WITH BRAND NEW CABINETS PLUS A PANTRY & IN UNIT LAUNDRY HOOK UPS. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL CONDO! COME GET YOUR FIRST SNEAK PEAK at OUR COMMUTER OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY JUNE 13th 5:30PM until 7PM with ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED (ONLY IF NEEDED).

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Posted by Mark Maraglia on 6/8/2019

BRIDGEWATER TURN KEY FIRST FLOOR CONDO in MINT-MOVE-IN-CONDITION LOCATED on a QUIET SIDE STREET. REHABBED TOP to BOTTOM offering 3 BEDROOMS, HIGH EFFICIENCY THERMAL HOT WATER, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, & A GRANITE COUNTER TOP KITCHEN WITH BRAND NEW CABINETS & A KITCHEN ISLAND. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL CONDO! GET IT BEFORE IT IS GONE! COME GET YOUR FIRST SNEAK PEAK at OUR COMMUTER OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY JUNE 13th 5:30PM until 7PM with ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED (ONLY IF NEEDED).

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Posted by Mark Maraglia on 6/8/2019

BRIDGEWATER TURN KEY TWO FAMILY in MINT-MOVE-IN-CONDITION LOCATED on a QUIET SIDE STREET. REHABBED TOP to BOTTOM offering 3 BEDROOMS ON EACH FLOOR, w SEPARATE UTILITIES, TWO HIGH EFFICIENCY THERMAL WATER SYSTEMS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, & GRANITE COUNTER TOP KITCHENS WITH BRAND NEW CABINETS. WOW, IT DOES NOT GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS! LIVE LIKE A KING & QUEEN IN ONE UNIT & RENT OUT THE OTHER UNIT TO HELP PAY YOUR MORTGAGE! DON'T WAIT! GET IT BEFORE IT IS GONE! COME GET YOUR FIRST SNEAK PEAK at OUR COMMUTER OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY JUNE 13th 5:30PM until 7PM with ADDITIONAL OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED (ONLY IF NEEDED).

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