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


Posted by Julianne Krutka on 6/8/2017

Between 30 and 70 percent of the water used by homeowners is used outdoors. Water usage in the summer time skyrockets as the heat rises and the grass starts growing. People are watering their gardens, their lawns, and themselves as a means to fight back against the heat of the season. Water usage, however, is becoming an increasingly serious issue as global temperature rises. In recent years, droughts have affected much of the continental United States, from California to the Carolinas. Most of us have become familiar with the concept of local water bans; limits on water usage for things like watering the lawn, washing cars, etc. However one good practice to get into is conserving water usage even when your area isn't in a time of drought. Follow these tips to start conserving water. They'll help you save money and help you do your small part for the environment as well.

Tips for conserving water outdoors

Since water usage peaks during the summer when we spend more time outdoors, we'll begin with tips for saving water in the backyard.
  • Sprinkler systems. Homes with sprinkler systems use significantly more water than those without. Sprinkler systems often water the grass when it doesn't need it or it overwaters. Properly setting up your sprinkler system will keep your water bill down.
  • Watering the grass. Before you water the grass, determine if it needs water. Will it rain soon? Step on the grass and see if it springs back. If it does, you might want to hold off.
  • Keep the grass long. The roots grow deeper when the grass grows longer. Deeper roots mean the grass taps into groundwater deeper into the earth, so you won't need to water as much.

Indoor water conservation

  • Replace old faucets and shower heads. Upgrading to more efficient faucets and shower heads will significantly cut down on water usage. If you're concerned about water pressure in the shower, go with a shower head designed for such a purpose.
  • Use a shower bucket. When you're heating up water for your shower, catch it in a bucket and use it to water your indoor and outdoor plants. Or, take the opportunity to wash your tub with this water.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it's full. Many people don't want to wait to wash the dishes, but doing so will conserve a lot of water in the long run.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and washing hands. These are habits that might take some time to break, but they're well worth the effort. Keeping the water running while washing your hands and brushing your teeth uses exponentially more water than is needed.
  • Go to the car wash. Instead of washing your car at home where the water you use runs off into the ground, head to a car wash that utilizes recycled water to wash cars.
  • Wash dishes by hand efficiently. If you don't own a dishwasher or only have a few dishes that need to be washed, do so efficiently. Don't keep the water running while you're scrubbing the dishes, or fill the sink with a couple inches of water and use this for washing all the dishes you have.





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 6/2/2017

Investors take note! This large 3 family home needs extensive rehab but could be a good money maker! Located on a dead end street and on a lovely level fenced in lot, you'll not have any trouble finding good tenants for this location! Fix and flip or fix and rent, either option means $$ for you! This needs to be a cash sale. Home being sold strictly "as-is" with contents. Inspections will be for informational purposes only, seller will make no repairs or improvements. Please note, The city of Springfield has issued some code violations related to the cosmetics on the exterior of the home that will need to be addressed quickly, details attached to listing in MLS. Motivated seller, bring us an offer today!

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 6/2/2017

Welcome to Hampden Village - a retirement community for persons aged 55 years of age or older. This well kept home in the Village features two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The open kitchen/living/dining areas are located in the middle of the home while the bedrooms are at either end. This home has a newer roof and replacement windows. Newer wall to wall carpeting too! The three season porch is insulated and offers a lovely area to enjoy outside of the home. This home has tons of storage with the built in hutch in the dining area and built in dresser in the front bedroom. The half bath is also included in the front guest bedroom. The park lot fee is 379.00/month and includes water and trash pickup and use of common areas including the newly remodeled club house and the heated inground pool! This is a well kept home in one of the most sought after retirement communities in Western MA! Call to set up your private showing today!

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 6/2/2017

Don't miss your opportunity to own this stunning home in Chicopee, not far from the South Hadley line. Much larger than it looks, this "L" shaped ranch is sure to please! 3 bedrooms and 1 bath with large living room, updated kitchen with granite counters, hardwood floors and slider to double deep back yard Oasis beckon you for indoor and outdoor entertainment bliss! The lower level offers in-law potential with full kitchen, full bath, living, dining area and a bonus room currently being used as a bedroom. Attached garage and double wide driveway for your parking convenience. Located close to schools and shopping and yet off the beaten path on a peaceful side street off Montcalm. Seller has done much improvement over the past few years! This home is move in ready and pottery barn beautiful! **Showings deferred until Open House SATURDAY, June 3 from 11:00-12:30!**

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 6/1/2017

Because you know how much time, energy and money it takes to buy, move into and furnish a house, you're more than ready to buy one or more great gifts for relatives or friends who are about to become new homeowners. You've even offered to help your friends pack at their current home and unpack at their new house.

Ideas that could help you find the right gifts for new homeowners

If only you could think of a great gift to give the new homeowners. If this is the first time that your relatives or friends have moved out and lived on their own, deciding on what to get them could be easy, as they might not have any appliances, linen or furniture.

It could be tougher to choose a great gift if your friends or relatives have been living on their own for awhile and are moving from an apartment to a house. Even if the new homeowners have lived in an apartment for one or more years, they may love receiving these gifts:

  • Family size washer and dryer - Apartment dwellers may have a washer and dryer, but not floor size laundry appliances. They'll appreciate being able to load enough clothes into a washer and dryer to go from washing clothes two or more times a week to only washing laundry once a week.
  • Dishwasher - Go for this gift only if you know that the homeowners will use the appliance. Everyone doesn't use a dishwasher, some people opting to wash and dry dishes and pots and pans by hand.
  • Dinette set - A dinette set is a great gift for new homeowners because this furniture can be used to dine with. A dinette set can also be used as furniture to accommodate guests. Chairs at the dinette set can also serve as makeshift living room furniture until the new homeowners get a sofa and chair.
  • Pots and pans - Stainless steel pots and pans can last years, even if the homeowners are avid cooks.
  • Lamps - Decorative lamps work well in so many rooms, including a living room, den, finished basement, attic and in a bedroom.
  • Window treatments - Visit the new homeowners' place before you get window treatments. Blinds and shades are safe gifts, because homeowners can always hang drapes or curtains over blinds and shades.
  • Towels - A set of six towels can give new homeowners enough bathroom linen to wash with for several weeks.
  • Vacuum cleaner - It might not sound like an attractive gift, but a vacuum cleaner is one of the more frequently used appliances in a home.

Get the new homeowners in your life great gifts and you'll leave a lasting impression. You can help to put your friends or relatives closer to being truly independent as they move into their own place. Don't be surprised to see your gifts in your loved ones homes months, perhaps years, after they move into their new house.




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