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When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If you bought the house from family or people known to you, they might want to come check out the changes you’ve made. Sometimes, though, you notice a former owner driving by, and because you don’t know them, you don’t know what to think.

Should You Worry?

It’s doubtful. People move from a home for many reasons. Sometimes, it’s because they’ve improved their income and moved to a bigger home. Other times, the move was due to financial hardship, divorce or death. In the case of the latter three, the former owner naturally needs a time of grieving to deal with their loss and the home may represent a place of happiness for them. Or, it may be a reminder of their lost spouse or family member. Some folks like to drive by the homes they’ve lived in merely because they’ve moved away and are home for a visit. If the former owner built the house, seeing it may evoke a sense of pride that something they created still stands and shelters another family. If the house belonged to their grandparents or parents, they may simply need to see it to be in contact with their roots now and again. Humans form an emotional attachment to their homes and, even though they’ve moved on, might find it hard letting go.
Some families stay in the same neighborhood when they move so that children remain in the same school. Or, they may still have family and friends in the neighborhood, so driving past is incidental. It could simply be happenstance that they must drive past the old home to get to the new.

Does It Matter?

It might be worth your time to meet them and find out. They may have stories about the house that inform how you proceed with a remodel. What you thought of as an odd niche may be a boarded up dumbwaiter or fireplace. Each tree in the yard may have been planted at the birth of a child. Knowing your home’s history might give you a sense of its place in the community and even make it more valuable when you go to sell it.

Safety First

If you feel unsafe, for any reason, contact the police. There’s likely no cause for concern. In fact, you may find yourself doing the same thing when you move away. Make the effort to change a few things like painting the front door a vibrant color. Or, change out the garage door. Rearrange the flowerbeds and plant some bushes or a hedge. The more it visibly becomes your home, the less it will seem like theirs.
If you’d like to meet the former owners, talk to your real estate agent to see if they can arrange a meeting for you. Who knows, they might have a wealth of information that saves you from renovation mistakes down the line.

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What is natural ventilation? It's utilizing wind with the "chimney effect" to draw warm air out of the home and replacing it with cooler air from outside. As the wind blows against your home, it forces air into open windows on one side of the house while a vacuum effect draws the air out of the windows on the other side. The vacuum effect relies on convection. As cool fresh air is pulled into the home it absorbs heat from the room, the warm air rises and exits through rooftop vents or skylights on the upper floors. As the warm air moves out of the space, cooler fresh air is pulled in behind it. When mechanized to operate by a thermostat, natural ventilation systems modulate the temperature in your home efficiently. Countless benefits come with natural ventilation. Here are a few:

Low utility bills

One of the primary advantages of using a natural ventilation system is the decrease in your energy bills. Natural ventilation and hybrid ventilation consume much less energy (or no energy at all) compare to these mechanical systems. To save more on energy consumption, perhaps going for a natural hybrid ventilation system that cuts down on your energy use would be best.

Efficiency 

Natural ventilation systems have a low energy consumption level. This makes them the best choice when looking to increase efficiency in a building or home. You can save up to 70 percent of your emissions, much more than the traditional mechanical ventilation.

Maintenance

The overall cost of maintaining HVAC ventilation is high, compared to natural ventilation systems. Natural systems generally come with fewer, more affordable parts.

Space saving

A natural ventilation system takes very little space, especially as compared to an automated system. If you don’t want bulky components, a natural system is the better option.

Natural ventilation systems work best in areas where the days are warm and the nights are cool. If you live in an area that is very humid or where day and night temperatures are similar, natural ventilation systems are less effective.


This Single-Family in New Boston, NH recently sold for $309,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Office Manchester - CENTURY 21 Dumont and Associates.


277 Cochran Hill Road, New Boston, NH 03070

Single-Family

$309,900
Price
$309,900
Sale Price

5
Bedrooms
10
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Lovely Colonial, A+ Location, Gorgeous Backyard. Beautiful antique 1790 home located on quiet scenic road just minutes from the center of New Boston. 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, in-law potential. Numerous updates throughout while maintaining many original antique home features. Enter the expansive mudroom custom designed with barn wood throughout and plenty of storage space - even a built-in boot bench! Renovated eat-in kitchen features hand-scraped island and table, hand-scraped hickory floor and granite mantle over wood stove. Formal dining room with double built-in hutches and fireplace. Living room astounds with exposed beams, hardwood floor, wood stove and lovely mantlepiece with original Parson's cupboard. 3-Season sunroom overlooking flower gardens. 1st floor also has a convenient bedroom with 1/2 bath - in-law potential. 2nd floor is complete with 3 bedrooms with original wide-plank floors, full bath and office. 3rd floor boasts fabulous bedroom or studio space with abundant built-in storage and scenic views of Joe English Hill. Almost 3 acres of well-established grounds with perennials, fruit trees, mature sugar maples and striking stonewalls. 14 x 20 shed with loft. New roof and exterior paint 2017. Updated main electric panel with generator hookup. Post and rail fence along the road adds to the charm of this wonderful home.




This Single-Family in Pembroke, NH recently sold for $246,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Office Manchester - CENTURY 21 Dumont and Associates.


857 Borough Road, Pembroke, NH 03275

Single-Family

$246,900
Price
$246,900
Sale Price

4
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Looking for privacy? Home is tucked way back off the road and located on 3.35 ac. This is a true 4 bedroom 3 bath home, with all the bedrooms on the second floor ! Master with master bath. Large living room, eat-in kitchen and dining room, plenty of room to entertain with this floor plan. French door to back deck. Fenced in back yard, with shed. Newer roof and septic. Easy commuting to north or south... Subject to seller finding suitable housing.





154 Woodbine Avenue, Manchester, NH 03109

Single-Family

$212,900
Price

4
Bedrooms
6
Rooms
1
Baths
Cute 4 bedroom Cape. Applianced, eat-in kitchen. Living room and bedrooms on first floor have hardwood floors. Cute little side entry also offers sliders to a large deck overlooking the landscaped yard with shed. Nice commuter location, close to the highway but in neighborhood setting. Daylight windows and walk out basement add to the potential of future living space? A little tlc would make this a great home.
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