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Update your window treatments to add a different feel to your home. You can choose from more than a dozen treatments, styles and designs. While shopping for window treatments, focus on color, texture and size. Thickness and material are two other important features to focus on when choosing window treatments. Important points and styles to consider include:

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As a starting point, consider the number of windows that you have at your house. Also,ask yourself a few questions. For example - Do you want to leave any of the windows uncovered or decorated with only a top hem? How many single panes do you need to get treatments for? Walk through every room at your house. Your kitchen may have short, double pane windows, while your bathroom may have a short, single pane window.

Fabric and rods

Fabric that window treatments are made in vary, ranging from silk to cotton, lace, linen and polyester. Heavier fabric adds extra insulation to your house. On the flip side, heavier fabric blocks out natural light. After you choose the fabric that you want, it's time to measure your windows.

Measure the length and width of your windows before you buy window treatments. You want enough material to cover a single or double pane, depending on the type of windows you have. Before you measure your windows, decide if you want to mount a rod outside or inside the window frame.

To mount your rod outside the window frame, take measurements horizontally from the top edge of the window. To mount the rod on the inside of the window frame, measure the actual window. Also, measure the length of windows.

Regarding getting the treatments that you want, you could buy two single pane treatments and use them on a double pane window. Just make sure that the top border fits both rods, as some double pane windows are designed to fit one long window rod instead of two short rods.


Cord blinds are traditional window treatments that make it a cinch to invite natural light into your home. A downside of installing cord blinds is that the cords could get tangled or become a safety hazard if young children play with them. Cordless blinds lower this danger. Just know that there are cords in cordless blinds.They stream through the blinds instead of hanging off a side of the blinds.


There are wood, bamboo, Roman, roller, cellular and metal window shades. Too add personality to shades, you could get custom designs on the shades. Darker shades can reduce outside noise at your house. To truly soundproof your home,consider installing soundproof windows. If you like a natural look, you could install bamboo or natural wood shades. It's a great way to get an island look and feel.


Panels on shutters are thicker than panels found on traditional shades. Shutters work well with cottages and beachfront homes. A drawback with shutters is that they may bang during high winds or storms.

Headers to top off window treatments spotlight your design choices. There is so much that you can do with window treatments. You could even change window treatments in one to two rooms of your house every several years. It could give you the sense that you're living in an upgraded space.

5 Hydro DR, Westerly RI, 02891



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Move right into this adorable remodeled ranch located on a quaint cul de sac. New Cherry cabinets with Cambria quartz counters & stainless appliances. Laundry on first floor. Completely renovated full bath with whirlpool tub. Beautiful handcrafted stone granite fireplace. Hardwood floors, 200 amp service, central air, Thermopane windows, 10 year old furnace and a 1 car garage. Full finished lower level with bath. Relax on your front porch or walk to Wilcox Park and downtown Westerly. Half a Mile to Westerly Yacht Club and just minutes to beaches.
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Custom home on private .99 acre lot offers master bedroom suite on first floor with sitting room and 19 x 6 mahogany deck. Great room with wet bar, 1/2 bath and 25 x 9 mahogany deck. Large eat in kitchen with ceramic tile and sliders to 16 x 15.5 mahogany deck for outdoor entertaining. Living room with fireplace and hardwood floors. First floor laundry. Bonus area in lower level with summer kitchen and overflow for family and guests. Outdoor shower. Cedar impression shingles, central air, central alarm system, solid oak doors, top of the line remodeling in 2002 to include windows and 40 year architectural shingles. Only .8 of a mile to beautiful beaches and Weekapaug Breechway.
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Custom 4BR 3.5B home on private .99 acre offers master suite on 1st floor. Great room w/wet bar & deck. Large kitchen w/deck for entertaining. Living room w/fp & hdwds. 1stfloor laundry. Lower level w/summer kitchen & overflow for family & guests. Outdoor shower MLS#1167093
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You may have the notion as you’re searching for a house that the first bid will win when it comes to jumping at the chance to buy a home. That’s not always true. however, can waiting too long to put in an offer on a home be detrimental to your home search? We’ll go over some of the best advice as to what makes a good offer, and when the best time to put that offer in is.  

There’s actually no real set timeline for when you should put an offer in on a home. The real determination of this is the type of housing market that we’re in in at any particular time. A fast moving housing market can equate to the need for you to make an offer quickly. Most realtors will agree that you shouldn't wait too long to put in an offer on a home that you like. 

If you have a good realtor, and you have done your homework as well, you’ll be able to make an educated offer. You’ll have done your due diligence if you have a pre-approval letter ready and understand a bit about the market itself, along with the pricing typical of the neighborhood where you’re interested in buying. Your realtor can help you to understand as to whether the offer you want to put in is a good one or not. 

Know What You Want

The most important part of putting in an offer on a home is knowing what you want in a  home. Before you get to the point where you actually want to put in offers, it’s a good idea to have searched a bit online, and even attended a few open houses in the area where you’re searching. This will give you a better idea of what’s out there in your price range.     

The First Offer Is The Best One

This is an old adage in the real estate business. If you’re a seller, you have to assume that what a buyer is offering is their top number. If other offers come in at a higher price, then buyers who were really interested in the home may be fresh out of luck. That’s why putting in a strong offer is so important. You don’t want to lose out on a home that you really want because you haven’t taken the time to understand what a good price point for a home in your neighborhood of choice is.

New Listings Have More Interest

Homes that have just been listed generate the most enthusiasm. Sometimes, the biggest part of putting an offer in on a home is trial and error. Many people will put in 2 to 3 offers before they finally secure the home of their dreams. Newer listings typically expect more for the price point the house is listed at. If a home has been listed for a short time, buyers can expect to pay close to the asking price for the home. Homes that have been on the market for a longer period of time have more negotiating power, giving the buyer a bit more wiggle room in their offer.  

The bottom line is that if you see a home that you love, you’ll want to put an offer in as soon as possible. When the market is hot, no home will last long. Be prepared to make an offer when you find that property you want so that the process will be a lot easier for you.  

If you're moving homes, odds are you have a lot on your mind. You're trying to keep track of all your boxes, making sure the moving truck arrives at both locations on time, and focusing on getting all of your belongings to your new home in one piece. In all of this chaos, it's easy to overlook basic safety precautions. If you have a moving day coming up, read these important safety tips to make sure you and your belongings arrive safely.

Packing boxes

  • Practice good lifting technique. It has long been taught that you should "lift with your knees" when picking up heavy objects. However, if you look at the people who lift things for a living, professional weightlifters, you'll notice that they use a combination of muscles.Before lifting, test the weight of the object to see if it's feasible for you to move alone. Then make sure you can get a good grip on the box. When lifting, be sure to keep your chest facing the object and avoid twisting your back. Lift from a squatting position relying mostly on your leg muscles.It's also a good practice to stretch and warm up your back before lifting to avoid injuries.
  • Pack properly. To ensure the safety of you and your possessions during the move, be sure to use boxes that are the correct size and pack them fully. Empty space in boxes can cause them to crush one another and tip over in the moving truck, harming you or your fragile belongings.Double up on tape on the bottom of your boxes and tape a "plus" sign so that the box is reinforced fully. This will stop heavy objects from falling out of the bottom of the box and breaking, and from hurting your feet.

On the road

  • Stack smart, not higher. When stacking boxes, always put the heavier boxes on the bottom. Don't stack them too high or too close to the door of the truck. Think of stacking boxes as playing a game of Tetris--an organized stack will have much better stability than a disorganized one.
  • Test drive the route. Driving in an unfamiliar place is difficult enough without having to do it towing all of your most valued possessions. Travel the route beforehand to get a feel for the roads and for safe places to stop for gas or food.

In your new home

Once you arrive at your new home it's easy to let your guard down and start dreaming about relaxing on the sofa in your empty living room. However, you should ensure the safety of you and your belongings first.
  • Don't leave things unattended. Even if your neighborhood is a safe place you should still keep track of where your boxes are outside at all times.
  • Unpack the truck safely. If you can't reach a box, use a step ladder to get it down. If boxes are too heavy to move, use a dolly.
  • Clear the path. It's easy to lose track of objects and trip over a box in the hallway when carrying your bed frame in. Make sure you and your helpers keep the paths clear while moving.