Julianne Krutka
Park Square Realty | 413-297-6718 | julianne.krutka@gmail.com


Posted by Julianne Krutka on 1/17/2019

How many times have you heard yourself say (or think) something very similar to this: "One of these days, I'm going to organize my closet(s)"? If not your closets, then it's your basement, attic, or garage that needs decluttering, organizing, and/or cleaning.

Question: Are you one of those homeowners (or apartment dwellers) who keeps saving things you don't need, and then finally gets around to sifting through it all when mountains of clutter have taken over your valuable storage space? If that sounds all-too-familiar, then don't worry; you're not alone! Unfortunately, the easiest thing about organizing your home is putting it off until another day.

There comes a point, though, at which clutter takes over your life. Symptoms you're moving in that direction include an inability to find things and the inexplicable disappearance of storage space (actually, there's a perfectly rational explanation for it)! So if the "clutter monster" has been rearing its ugly head in your home in recent months, here are some causes and possible solutions to the problem.

  • You know you have a lot of junk, but you're not sure what to do with it. Well, first of all, "one man's junk is another man's treasure," so things you no longer have any use for may be very useful to charitable groups, community fund drives, or homeless shelters. In addition to giving stuff away, you could also offer free or inexpensive things to people in your social media network, hold a yard sale, or offer gently used hand-me-downs to relatives and friends. If your unwanted stuff is actually junk (by anyone's standards), then it might be worth it to have a local junk hauling service pick it up at your house and properly dispose of it. An alternative is to rent a dumpster for a few days and fill it up at your convenience. The cost may be surprisingly affordable, and the amount of living and storage space you'll reclaim in your home will make it all worthwhile. You never know until you get a quote or two!
  • You just can't seem to motivate yourself to get started! Procrastination is one of the leading causes of household clutter, but there are solutions. One strategy is to announce to your significant other, best friend, or parents that you're going to devote two or three hours on Saturday (or Sunday) to straightening out your closets, basement, or garage. The value of telling someone else of your intentions is that it sort of puts you on the hook and makes you accountable. A similar approach is often used for dieting, exercising, or spending quality time with your kids. Even though two or three hours of work probably won't transform your home into a model of organization, you'll at least have gotten started and made a dent in the project. For most people, the biggest hurdle to getting organized is getting started!
Picking up a supply of inexpensive bins, storage compartments, and shelving at your local discount outlet, hardware store, or even neighborhood garage sale may also give you the nudge you need to get your decluttering plans moving forward!





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 1/14/2019

This Single-Family in Westfield, MA recently sold for $295,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Julianne Krutka - Park Square Realty.


118 Elizabeth Ave, Westfield, MA 01085

Single-Family

$294,900
Price
$295,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
TOTAL PRIVACY IS WHAT? YOU'LL HAVE IT AT THIS PROPERTY! AT FIRST SIGHT YOU'LL KNOW THIS PROPERTY IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE WITH 5.25 ACRES. CUSTOM BUILD CONTEMPORARY WITH A TRANSITIONAL FEEL, THE PERFECT HOME FOR ENTERTAINING FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THE SPACIOUS OPEN FLOOR PLAN, GORGEOUS HARDWOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT! PICTURE WINDOWS THAT BRING IN LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT! LARGE EAT IN KITCHEN WITH WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE, GRANITE COUNTERS AND A PANTRY. THE FORMAL DINING ROOM IS OPEN TO THE LIVING ROOM. THE SECOND LEVEL HAS 3 BEDROOMS ONE WITH ITS OWN LOFT AND LOTS OF CLOSET SPACE. JUST A FEW STEPS DOWN TO THE FINISHED LOWER LEVEL WITH DAYLIGHT WINDOWS THERE'S A 4TH BEDROOM OR BONUS ROOM, MAN CAVE, PLAYROOM, A OFFICE AND LAUNDRY ROOM. THERE'S AN OVERSIZED 2 CAR GARAGE, NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM NOV 2018, SPACIOUS DECK, PERENNIAL GARDENS, UNDERGROUND UTILITIES. DON'T MISS THIS RARE WESTFIELD FIND! THIS HOME IS NOT VISIBLE FROM THE ROAD, TOTALLY PRIVATE!

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 1/10/2019

When you sell something, you expect to make a profit on the sale. It doesn’t quite always work this way when you sell a home. While you may count the sale of your home as “all profit,” there will be some significant upfront costs that you’ll incur when it comes to selling your home. Planning the sale of your home can help you to manage these expenses and sell your home faster.  


Upfront Costs


The first costs that you will incur when you’re selling a home will usually be of the cosmetic and repair nature. These will include things like painting, small fixes, and 


Paint Your Home


Although you may love the bright green living room, another homebuyer may not. It would be worth your investment to stage your home well. An important renovation might include painting the rooms on the inside of your home neutral colors. Refreshing the trim on your windows also helps to make the interior of your home shine. You can paint around the windows for a quick update to the inside of your home. Paint can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000.  


Clean Everywhere


If you wash your windows, it could add some value to your home and help it sell faster. When the windows sparkle, they will undoubtedly make a very positive impact on the buyer. Get rid of dust, dirt and grime, especially from the obvious spaces in your home.  


Landscaping


The outside of your home is also very important. Do some quick yard maintenance for a better look for the exterior of your home. Rake up the leaves. Trim the bushes. Mow the lawn. Make your home appear as pristine as possible. 


Repairs


Anything that needs to be repaired in the home should be. This will help you out during the inspection period. Things like leaky sinks, cracks in the walls, and holes in the roof are obvious and should be addressed before your home even goes on the market.                  


Stage Your Home


Take the time to make sure all of your furniture is arranged in a neat manner. The rugs should be streamlined with the chairs and tables. If things look a little cramped in any room, either take a piece of furniture out or move the room around in order to make it appear more spacious. 


Keep Your Utilities Running


If you need to move out before you get your home sold, make sure that you leave your utilities on. This way, there’s lights and heat available for potential buyers as they walk through the home to discover if they can see themselves living there.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 1/4/2019

This Mobile Home in Westfield, MA recently sold for $41,500. This style home was sold by Julianne Krutka - Park Square Realty.


12 Fair Lane, Westfield, MA 01085

Mobile Home

$49,900
Price
$41,500
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Affordable retirement living awaits here at Hampden Village. This well cared for home has a bumpout which lends itself to an oversized living/dining area and a kitchen that is sure to delight! A double wall oven means you can cook for a small army and the dining space affords plenty of room for that sit down Holiday meal. The lot of this home is nicely landscaped with an abundance of perennials and pretty bricked pathways to the shed around back. The 3 season porch welcomes you to enjoy the outdoors and view the open space across the street. This home is located on the backside of the park and is on a dead end street. The master bedroom is spacious and just outside the bedroom door you'll find a full bath with a soaking tub and shower. This home features replacement windows including the bow window in the front living room and the gorgeous side bow window in the kitchen! Buyer must be age 55 or older and is responsible for obtaining park approval.






Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Julianne Krutka on 1/3/2019

Buying a house is a life-changing decision. As such, you should perform extensive home evaluations before you make your final purchase decision.

There are many questions to consider as you review houses, and these questions include:

1. Does a home match my expectations?

Entering the housing market with homebuying criteria usually is a good idea. If you know what you want to find in your dream house, you can tailor your home search accordingly. As a result, you can speed up the homebuying journey.

When it comes to establishing homebuying criteria, it helps to consider your short- and long-term goals. For example, if you want a house that is close to your current office in the city, you can search for residences in towns and cities near your workplace. Or, if you are willing to upgrade a house on your own, you may want to focus on "fixer-upper" properties.

2. Can I afford a house?

Home prices vary based on many factors. Fortunately, if you create a homebuying budget, you can narrow your house search and review properties that fall within your price range.

Oftentimes, it helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Banks and credit unions are happy to provide you with a wide assortment of mortgage options. Once you assess the different types of mortgages, you can choose one that will ensure you can acquire your dream home in no time at all.

3. Will a home require in-depth repairs in the near future?

How a home looks today may not match how this residence looks in the years to come. As you evaluate residences, it may be beneficial to consider potential repairs.

For instance, if a house likely will require a new roof in the next few years, you may need to budget for this expense. Conversely, if a home is brand new or recently has been upgraded, you may be able to avoid costly, time-consuming repairs in the foreseeable future.

If you want to streamline your home search, you can hire a real estate agent too. In fact, if you employ a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive support throughout the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent has a simple goal: to help you find a great house at a budget-friendly price. To accomplish this goal, a real estate agent will learn about you and your homebuying criteria and craft a personalized homebuying strategy. Plus, a real estate agent will set up home showings, offer expert homebuying recommendations and help you submit an offer to purchase your dream residence. And if you have homebuying concerns or questions, a real estate agent is available to respond to them at your convenience.

Lastly, be careful as you evaluate available homes in your preferred cities and towns. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, and any residence you buy may increase or decrease in value over time. And if you find a home that you want to buy, prepare a competitive offer, and you can boost the likelihood of receiving an instant "Yes" from a property seller.




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