Boujie On a Budget: Home upgrades that I’ve seen work wonders

It’s time to go *Boujie on a Budget*

In all my time real-estating, I’ve seen some impactful upgrades that give the homes a fresh look AND are easy on the wallet.

These are a few of my favorites:

• Replace faucets and cabinet hardware. Estimated cost: $150-$400 for a kitchen faucet and $5-$25 per cabinet pull.

• Upgrade door knobs and hardware. Estimated cost: $28 per passage door and $31 per privacy lock.

• Swap builder-grade switch plates for decorative ones. Estimated cost: $5-25 per plate, depending on style.

• Refresh rugs. Check out Rugs USA or Loloi on Amazon. Both sites partner with designers, like Rifle Paper Co and Arvin Olano for elevated looks. Estimated cost: $189 for a 5×8 rug.

I’m a huge proponent of making small changed that go a lonnnng way.

Want more tips about small projects with big impact? Reach out – I’ll share what I’m seeing local DIYers take on these days.



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t: 781-860-7300
1 Militia Drive, Suite 204, Lexington, MA 02421


Preparing Your Home for Winter

Winter is coming in just a few short weeks. Are you ready? Is your home ready?

If you’re a homeowner, it’s important to take steps to prepare your home for the cold weather. By following a few simple tips, you can save yourself money and headaches down the road.


Follow these tips to prepare your home for winter:

1) Inspect your roof and gutters. Make sure there are no holes or leaks in your roof and that your gutters are clean and free of debris. Try using a telescoping gutter wand to keep the job quick and easy.
2) Check your heating system. Have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional ahead of winter temperatures.
3) Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that they are working properly and that the batteries are fresh.
4) Insulate your home. Make sure your attic and walls are properly insulated. This will help to keep your home warm and reduce your energy bills.
5) Seal air leaks. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any air leaks around your windows and doors.
6) Protect your pipes. Wrap exposed pipes with insulation to prevent them from freezing — and bursting. Also, ensure every family member knows where the main water shutoff is to access it in an emergency.
7) Stock up on winter supplies. Firewood, salt, shovels, and snowblowers, if needed.
8) Winterize your deck and patio. Protect patio furniture with weatherproof covers or, better yet, store it away in a garage or shed. If you have a wooden deck, apply a fresh coat of sealant.
9) Plan for power outages. Make sure your emergency supplies are accessible and that you have a way to heat the house and prepare food without electricity.

As a long-time resident, I know the challenges our homes face when temperatures drop. So feel free to give me a call, text, or DM me if you have questions about winterizing your home – that’s why I’m here!


m: 617-285-7300
t: 781-860-7300
1 Militia Drive, Suite 204, Lexington, MA 02421


Guest Room Essentials

5-Star Hotel, who is this?! — that’s my motto when it comes to hosting family and friends!

How do I do it?

Here’s how:

My list of guest room necessities that I’ve fine-tuned (and, maybe? perfected) over the years.

Now I’m sharing it with YOU!

✓ Visible WIFI password
✓ Phone charger
✓ Luggage rack
✓ Q-tips
✓ Makeup wipes
✓ Lotion
✓ Body wash
✓ Full-length mirror
✓ Wastebasket
✓ Tissues
✓ Extra towels
✓ Extra hangers
✓ Clothes steamer
✓ Sound machine
✓ Jewelry dish
✓ Wall or door hooks
✓ TV remote
✓ Extra blankets

Plus, you can take it to the next level:
Include a handwritten welcome note on the bedside table. Share a few places to grab a coffee, breakfast, groceries and 1-2 local shops you love!
They’ll feel like you’ve really gone above and beyond as a host!

The only downside? With this list, your guests may never want to leave!!

Happy hosting — and, of course, bookmark this for later, or share it with a friend who wants to up their guest room game!


m: 617-285-7300
t: 781-860-7300
1 Militia Drive, Suite 204, Lexington, MA 02421


Renovating Your Home? Check My FAQ’s!


How do I pick a contractor?

Ideally, you want to build the same kind of relationship with your contractor as you do with your real estate agent: one built on trust that makes you want to go back to that person for any future needs. Your contractor should be a very good listener and communicator. You want them to “get” your vision for your home, and to keep you in the loop every step of the way. Do your due diligence by checking out contractors’ reputations, talking with other clients, and looking at work they have done previously before you make your selection.

How much will my project cost?

Of course, the answer depends upon the scope of your project, but in order to get the best estimate from your contractor, take time to write down each detail of your plan so that the contractor can include everything in their estimate. Renovations are famous for taking longer and costing more than originally planned, but this is often because the homeowner makes additions or changes along the way, or they don’t realize that, for example, if you move a wall in your home, you may have to then reroute electricity and outlets. One item often leads to another, so you have to look at everything piece by piece.

How long will renovations take to complete?

As I said above, this depends on the amount of work being done– and how many changes are made along the way. The more pre-planning you do, the better estimate your contractor can give you.

How do I prioritize projects?

If you are living in your home during renovations, you may want to plan out the project in phases, so you can live out of some rooms while others are being worked in. You may also need to phase projects based on cost and availability of funds.

Where do I begin?

You begin by conducting a lot of research. Start a look book for your home, either in a notebook or online, collecting pictures of the look and finishes you want. Talk to different contractors, and visit kitchen, bathroom, appliance, and flooring showrooms to get ideas on selections and pricing.

Do I need permits?

Your contractor will know what projects require permitting. Make sure that you do abide by permitting regulations, as failure to secure proper permits can come back to bite you if further work is needed down the road.

How much will renovations increase my home value?

Every homeowner hopes that making improvements will increase their home’s value, and this is usually the case, but sometimes what homeowners view as improvement can turn out to be liabilities to future buyers. For example, don’t put so much money into the house that it becomes more expensive than the rest of the neighborhood. And be careful not to add personal style preferences that can’t be easily changed, like ornamental fixtures, radical architecture, or unusual landscape features.

How should I pay for renovations?

If you have the cash to pay for your renovations, that’s certainly a good way to go. Otherwise, you might consider a home equity loan with a manageable monthly payment or a revolving line of credit that you can use for renovations as well as emergencies that may arise later.


m: 617-285-7300
t: 781-860-7300
1 Militia Drive, Suite 204, Lexington, MA 02421


Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Family

On Earth Day, April 22nd, we celebrate our celestial home, planet Earth. It is a day to give thanks for the world around us and to take action to protect the natural resources we depend upon.

This year, I encourage you to spend Earth Day with your family, doing one of these fun activities designed to bring awareness of the ways we can all work to better our earthly home, reduce our carbon footprints, and build lasting family memories at the same time.

1. Go Plogging! It’s the new fitness craze: Picking up trash while jogging. Go for a family jog, walk, bike ride through your neighborhood armed with rubber or gardening gloves and trash bags. Have a contest to see who can collect the most trash.

2. Have an energy-saving scavenger hunt. Send your kids throughout your home to list all the ways they can find to save energy. You can hide treats at key points, such as that drippy outdoor faucet, the light switch everyone forgets to turn off, or the appliances that can be unplugged when not in use.

3. Make recycling fun. If you are not already recycling, now is the time to start. Hold a recycling workshop with your kids but make it fun with a gameshow or contest theme. If your family is already recycling, step up your game to reduce your family’s use of recyclable materials. Kids love a challenge, so offer a prize to whoever comes up with the best plan for reducing single-use plastics. Check out for more ideas.

4. Plant a vegetable garden. There’s no better way to teach kids where their food comes from than to teach them how to grow it, and it may just expand their taste for vegetables! Whether you plant in pots on the back porch or build raised beds, any amount of growing is good. Find your local gardening experts or check out a local nursery for resources about what to plant and how.

5. Compost your food scraps. That garden will need fertilizing, so go ahead and start composting. After all, what kid doesn’t like dirt and worms? Composting is easy and it makes a great science project. Watch as things like vegetable peelings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and paper scraps turn into black, nutrient-rich soil. There are many tutorials online to help you get started.

6. Find an event near you. Go to to find an event you and your family can participate in and help bring awareness to your community.

7. Stay home and watch a movie! Here is a list of some kid-friendly, nature documentaries you can share with your family while you conserve energy at home.

  • Dodo Heroes.
  • Xploration Awesome Planet.
  • Wonders of Mexico.
  • National Parks Adventure.
  • The Planet Earth.
  • Blue Planet.
  • Earth.
  • Born to be Wild.

Teaching your family about nature, animals, and our planet will help broaden their view and motivate them to become ambassadors for the Earth.


m: 617-285-7300
t: 781-860-7300
1 Militia Drive, Suite 204, Lexington, MA 02421