Friday, July 29, 2011

A Reminder! Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law takes effect September

A Reminder!     Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law takes effect September (a re blog:  a reminder;    time is growing short!)

It's been gorgeous lately in Franklin, MA and no one wants to be thinking about their heating systems, but, here in Massachusetts, we are fast approaching the deadline for the law that requires you to have your oil heating system equipment upgraded.    The law enacted in 2009 takes full effect on Sept 30 of this year.  
Come the end of summer, my guess is that folks will be scrambling to get this done.     My suggestion would be to call your service guy and address it before the rush! 
(You know, end of September...
that's the start of "Oil Man weather" and those guys are going to be straight out!)       Wait untill the last minute and you could be waiting for longer than you want to!

What is it all about?Heating system upgrade diagram

In a nutshell, the MA law was designed to prevent leaks from oil tanks and the pipes connected to your furnace.  It requires an upgrade to your oil heating system equipment by September 30, 2011.  
There are two major provisions:
  • an installation of either an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with protective sleeve on systems that don't currently have them
  • insurance companies to offer coverage for leaks from oil heating systems

What exactly does it mean?

Not a big deal, but, if you are heating by oil, you will probably need the upgrade, and you can't do it yourself. It needs to be done by a licensed professional.
Additionally, insurance companies that write homeowner policies need to offer coverage that addresses possible leaks from heating systems that use oil.    Although it is mandatory that insurance companies offer this coverage, it is an optional purchase for homeowners (and, that has been in effect since 7/10).

What is the upgrade going to cost?

A conversation with my "go to" HVAC guy, Rich Palmieri, owner of Palmieri Mechanical.. 508 958-0523..  reveals that,  it won't be a major expense to have this done.... ball parking.... up to $350 or so, depending on your system...Palmieri Mechanical

It is not a bad idea considering the cost to cleaning up a leak if one should happen.....

What should you do?
Call your HVAC guy and make a call to your insurance provider to decide whether you want the optional coverage.
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ellen Degeneres goofs on Real Estate Ads!

Ellen Degeneres goofs on Real Estate Ads!    I hope you enjoy!  

Thanks Nancy for sharing this with me!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Open House Sunday July 10 from Noon to 2 at 27 Green Street Medfield MA

Open House Sunday July 10 from Noon to 2 at 27 Green Street Medfield MA

Offered at $379,900

This wonderful antique colonial is located in the heart of Medfield.    It is spacious, inviting and has all the character and charm we associate with a vintage home.     As you step up to the front porch you immediately recognize that this home has been taken care of and very much loved over the years. 
27 Green St  Medfield MA
There is over 2000 square feet of living space.   The ceilings are high, the windows are long.    There are ten rooms, four bedrooms and one and a half baths.    The formal dining room offers beautiful hard wood floors and opens to a "front" room that has custom built in shelves and cabinets and a wonderful walk out bay window.  (which by the way extends to the master bedroom above.)
27 Green St Medfield MA
The kitchen has gleaming rock maple floors, a tiled window seat and the original tin ceiling!    Such character and craftsmanship is hard to find.    This home has front and back staircases.    A recent addition sun room, and two more rooms on the first floor to be used as you wish!    The current owners use one as a den the other, an office.   There is a first floor laundry, a wood stove and a walk up "Grandma's" attic!    A full basement and a fenced in yard!  
27 Green St Medfield MA
The Town of Medfield is noted for it's wonderful community and school system.    This home is located within a beautiful stroll to the center of town where one would find nice restaurants and shops.    8 miles to route 128, a short drive to the Boston commuter rail and right around the corner to the Medfield Swim Pond!
Can't make the Open House Sunday July 10th from Noon to 2?   Contact me for a personal showing!

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group