Mar 25

I am hearing a common theme as I meet with real estate agents and their clients lately, that there are very few homes to choose from on the market right now.  When it comes to selecting a home for the long-term, finding one that suits all of your client’s needs is not always easy to do.

Select a lot, home plan, and add to our standard specifications

Select a lot, home plan, and add to our standard specifications

If your client has some flexibility to wait for a home to be constructed, not only will they get a floor plan of their desire, but the finishes and specifications will be tailored to their vision of home.

Call or visit me at the Academy Hill sales center to discuss your client’s needs.  I am always happy to co-broke with agents and brokers!

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Homes
Groton, MA
(877) 448-0055
@AcademyArthur
Marketed by StreamLine Communities
Mar 17

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The St. Patrick’s Day themed open house was another success with one new reservation in the detached condos, and formal interest being discussed in our model home.  “Thank You” to everyone who stopped in on Sunday.  I look forward to having new neighbors, soon!

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Homes
Groton, MA
(877) 448-0055
@AcademyArthur
Marketed by StreamLine Communities
Mar 13

Remember these? Yes, they are on the way!

Remember these things? Yes, they are on the way!

So this long winter is finally showing some signs of Spring.  A few more days approaching 60 degrees will quickly help to melt away all of this snow.  As a home owner, one thought that crosses my mind is springtime landscaping cleanup and preparation.  Before the first Crocus buds from the ground, plan ahead and consider taking the following steps to ensure that your yard is at it’s best this year:

Make a Landscape Plan

Plan ahead and consider what you would like to achieve, add, or change with your landscaping.  Are you looking to add any annuals?  Re-seed an area of grass? Create a mulched island?  Taking the time to plan ahead will help you achieve your goal and save you time.

Clean up of Branches, Leaves, and Debris

Even with the best Fall clean-up, leaves are likely to have been carried to your lawn and planting areas last year.  Take care to remove this from your grass with a good raking, as soon as possible, to encourage new grass growth and also to help keep the PH of the lawn consistent.

Add New Mulch

Mulch beds are a good place to start with Springtime lawn care.  A few inches of fresh mulch turned into your existing mulch helps the soil maintain a manageable moisture level.  Also, old mulch oxidizes, deteriorates, and fades with age, so new mulch and cleaned up mulch-bed edges are a great way to see some progress right away.

Prune branches and Remove Dead Material

Prune any dead branches and remove any plants that may have not made it through the winter.  This is another good opportunity to take an inventory of your plantings and consider adding to or revising the layout of areas with plantings, trees and shrubs.  Use quality, sharp, pruning shears and cutters to ensure that they are not detrimental to the health of the plants, shrubs, and trees.  Here is a link to an article on How and When to Prune trees and shrubs: http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/prime-time-pruning

Aerate the Soil

This is where I usually call my landscaping company with the big rollers that leave all of those plugs of soil and sod behind.  This can be done by hand, but is very tedious and should be part of a regular maintenance routine from a landscaping company.  Here are a few companies that have serviced our Academy Hill Homes:

P. C. Mayette in Groton

http://www.pcmyette.com/

(978) 448-3838

Cataldo in Littleton

http://www.cataldolandscape.com/

(978) 486-4331

Babin Landscaping, Pepperell

http://www.babinlandscaping.com/

(978) 433-5169

De-Winterize and Check Irrigation Heads and Lines
The sprinkler irrigation heads that are closest to the roads and driveways often encounter damage from snow removal.  Have a qualified irrigation specialist evaluate irrigation system needs and plan to test the irrigation system to ensure that it is working properly and providing suitable coverage of all areas during the drier months.  If equipped, test your rain sensor to ensure that it is functioning properly, and set and test any timing devices to lessen waste and improve efficiency.

image courtesy of James River Equipment

image courtesy of John Deere Landscapes, Chelmsford, MA

Check and Maintain any Landscaping Equipment

Riding mowers, motor-tilling tools, leaf blowers, motorized saws, weed-eaters, and spreaders all require regular attention to ensure that they are working at their best.  A local equipment sales and service company, familiar and qualified with your specific equipment, should be consulted at the beginning of the season.  A few great options for equipment sales and service companies are found near Academy Hill, but I personally have great experience with Shepherd’s Sales and Service in Townsend, MA:

Shepherd’s Sales and Service

http://www.goshepshop.com/

(978) 597-8907

If you take the time to address all of these things early in the season, you can be assured that your lawn and gardens will look better than ever as the warm weather progresses. Perhaps you will find yourself wanting to spend more time outdoors… a paver-stone patio, perhaps? Screen porch or 3 season room?  Enjoy the Spring and good luck with your landscaping endeavors.

Sincerely,

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Homes
Groton, MA
(877) 448-0055
@AcademyArthur
Marketed by StreamLine Communities


Mar 11

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From HouseBeautiful.com’s Lindsey Campbell this week, is an article that will help you choose just the right neutral color for your home.  At Academy Hill Groton, as a standard feature of your new home selections, we provide you with one selection of Sherwin Williams brand White for the entire home as a base color, and additional colors are priced as upgrades, depending on the selection and coverage areas.  The task of choosing a white or base color is more challenging thatn it would initially seem.

Have a look at the article for a good place to start for inspiration: http://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/interior-designers/a3474/best-white-paint/

Have fun!

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Groton
Sales@AcademyHillHomes
@AcademyArthur
(877) 448-0055

Mar 10

Please view recent Academy Hill buyer’s comments on our most recent blog post, viewable here:

Let’s hear from some of our neighbors!

http://academyhillgroton.blogspot.com/2015/03/lets-hear-from-some-of-our-neighbors.html

Sincerely,

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Homes
Groton, MA
(877) 448-0055
@AcademyArthur
Marketed by StreamLine Communities
Mar 8

I think that we are doing something right with our standard home specifications.  I say this because most people purchasing homes and condos here at Academy Hill request very few upgrades, feeling most everything that they could want is already included.  However, everything is virtually upgradeable!  Trends come and go, but some common themes seem to be upgrades from carpet to hardwood flooring in areas where carpet is standard, extra areas of electric light wiring is also popular, finished basements and/or finished third-floor walk-ups, too.  Another upgrade that is always popular is a site-built, tile shower such as the one pictured, here:

Site-Built, tile shower and jetted tub at Academy Hill Groton

Site-Built, tile shower and jetted tub at Academy Hill Groton

Here are some other ideas for your next home:

- Smart thermostat i. e. the NEST thermostat (among many “smart” features, it programs itself!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8TkhHgkBsg

- GE Profile, Monogram, or Cafe product-line appliance upgrades (Stainless GE appliances are provided, standard)

- Screen porch decks (upgrades also include Trex and Azek composite deck materials, as well as 4 season room additions to standard plans)

- French-style opening doors in areas where there is the desire to close-off a room for privacy

- Central vacuum system

- Additional electrical upgrades like outlets, USB-integrated outlets, dimmers, recessed, canister lights, or motion-sensing lighting for the exterior

- Media upgrades include integrated speakers for surround-sound, provisions for HDMI and other formats, built into the walls

- Paver stone walk ways and patios

- Tankless Rinnai-style hot water heaters

- Geothermal heat systems

This list could go on and on, but you can see that there are many fun things that you can add to a new home to make it more personal to your tastes!  Here is a list of our standard specifications: http://www.academyhillhomes.com/Features/default.aspx

Sincerely,

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Groton
176 Cherry Tree Lane
Groton, MA 01450
Sales@AcademyHillHomes.com
@AcademyArthur
(877) 448 0055

Academy Hill Selection Room Table

Academy Hill Selection Room Table

Mar 5

The Groton Line is reporting that chefs are preparing for the 14th Taste of the Nashoba Valley:

http://www.thegrotonline.com/2015/03/03/chefs-are-prepping-for-the-14th-taste-of-nashoba-valley/

“Chefs from one end of the Nashoba River Valley to the other are prepping for the 14th Annual “Taste of Nashoba Valley,” on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Produced by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, it will serve up the area’s finest food from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Academy Stone Athletic Center in Groton. The Groton Fire Department and the Groton-Dunstable Athletic Boosters are selling advance tickets; each group earns $5 from each ticket sold and returns the money to its community projects…”

I certainly plan to be there on the 24th. I hope to see you, there!

Nashoba Valley Chamber website link:
http://nashoba.preview.gochambermaster.com/events/details/taste-of-nashoba-18884

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Groton
176 Cherry Tree Lane
Groton, MA 01450
Sales@AcademyHillHomes.com
@AcademyArthur
(877) 448 0055

Mar 4

I know what you are thinking.  Another snow fall…will this snow ever melt away?

Springtime is just 2 1/2 weeks away, so take a moment to think ahead to what you will be doing once the snow melts and the green returns.  Here are some links to help you think of Springtime!

Riverdale Farm and Garden “…a family owned garden center located in beautiful Groton, Massachusetts. Come see for yourself the large selection of our very own grown plants from our greenhouses. The care we take in growing plants shows in the quality and healthiness of all of our robust flowers and shrubs.”


http://www.riverdalefarmandgarden.com/

The Nashua River Rail Trail ” …a former railroad right of way that travels 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The trail offers a 10-foot wide paved surface for the entire length, and a five-foot wide gravel equestrian path for seven miles of the trail from Groton Center to the New Hampshire border in Dunstable. The entire trail is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, inline skaters, wheelchairs, and cross-country skiers.”


http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/nashua-river-rail-trail.html

Nashoba Paddler “…rent quality Old Town canoes and kayaks and BIC stand up paddleboards on the beautiful, friendly Nashua River in West Groton, Massachusetts. Launch from our rental site and paddle for hours in either direction!”


http://www.nashobapaddler.com/

Sincerely,

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Groton
176 Cherry Tree Lane
Groton, MA 01450
Sales@AcademyHillHomes.com
@AcademyArthur
(877) 448 0055

Mar 3

Today is a Tuesday, and as some may have noticed, my on-site office is not open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. My open house hours are typically every other day, however, Thursdays through Mondays, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Most people are busy with work on Monday through Friday, and most people will typically have the weekend days off. As the only representative who is physically here on-site, I felt it best to make myself available at Academy Hill Groton on these weekend days, both Saturdays and Sundays, choosing Tuesdays and Wednesdays as my down time, to catch up with personal business and pleasure with my family.

Sometimes, I may have an interested person trying to contact me on a Tuesday or Wednesday. While I will try my absolute best to connect with incoming calls and emails on any day, another dedicated colleague is also typically helping me to answer any questions on the days I am usually relieved of on-site duty.

If she, too, is not there to answer your phone calls or emails, please just leave a message or an email, and I am happy to respond and answer any questions as soon as my schedule permits, typically responding right away, or within less than 24 hours on those two days I am off. It is always a pleasure to try to accommodate any request for a model home showing, but our regular Thursday through Monday office hour days are a guaranteed best time to ensure availability, even at last-minute.

I look forward to hearing about your interest in Academy Hill, anytime. We are here to discuss your interest so please call, visit, or email, with questions!

Sincerely,

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Groton
176 Cherry Tree Lane
Groton, MA 01450
Sales@AcademyHillHomes.com
@AcademyArthur
(877) 448 0055

Mar 2

I have been posting more regularly on Twitter and Facebook.  If you have not yet done so, please like us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Academy-Hill/113587045362636?fref=photo

and follow me on Twitter @AcademyArthur

https://twitter.com/academyarthur

Look forward to more photos of our site, construction, upcoming event announcements, and daily goings-on via social media.  I encourage you to post your own comments and experiences with us at Academy Hill Groton.

Sincerely,

Arthur Haskins
Sales Director
Academy Hill Groton
Sales@AcademyHillHomes
@AcademyArthur
(877) 448-0055

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