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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/17/2019

In many ways, the quality of your life is determined by the condition of your home. If it feels like your home is in disrepair, messy, or cluttered, you're not going to feel comfortable or satisfied with your living situation. While perfection is an unattainable standard, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your home in good condition and prevent problems.

Train Your dog. Although many people own dogs and consider them to be a cherished part of the family, not everyone takes the time to properly housebreak, exercise, and train their pets. Dogs are very eager to please, but they need clear guidelines to understand what you expect of them. Some dogs also tend to express frustration or restlessness in destructive ways if they're not given enough attention, exercise, or toys/treats to chew on. It's not uncommon for dogs to chew on furniture, shoes, or other valued possessions if their needs are not met. Ideally, people should research dog breeds before actually purchasing a household pet. That way you can know more about temperament, exercise requirements, and training potential before you bring a puppy into the family. In addition to helpful online videos on raising obedient dogs, pet supply stores periodically offer low-cost training classes for dogs and their owners. Effectively housebreaking your pet in the first few days and weeks of adopting them is a key aspect of a harmonious pet/owner relationship. Otherwise, your furniture, hardwood floors, and carpeting could be subject to irreparable damage!

Use Furniture Sliders: Hardwood floors can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, they're a high-quality, nice-looking material that enhances the look and feel of your home. On the other hand, it can be difficult to prevent scratching, scuffing, and even gouging of those beautiful surfaces. One solution, which is easy on both your floors and your pocketbook, is to put felt or plastic furniture sliders under the legs of your tables, chairs, and ottomans. Not only can you prevent or reduce hardwood floor scratching that inevitably happens when furniture is dragged across a floor, but it also makes it easier to rearrange furniture.

Maintain Your Rain Gutters: Properly working rain gutters serve the useful purpose of channeling water away from your roof, eaves, and foundation. By making sure your gutters are not clogged up with leaves, branches, and other debris, you can help protect your home from water damage. If the downspout of your rain gutter empties water too close to your house, you can often correct that by purchasing and attaching an inexpensive extension. Routing water away from your foundation can help prevent basement leaks, cracking, and crumbling. It can also be part of a multi-faceted approach to preventing basement mold.

Control Clutter: Household clutter not only degrades the appearance of your home (for both you and your guests), but it's a known source of psychological stress. Taking the first step to reduce clutter is usually the most difficult part of the process, but once it's a habit, maintaining a clutter-free home becomes infinitely easier!





Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/15/2019

This Single-Family in Chicopee, MA recently sold for $189,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


123 Newbury, Chicopee, MA 01013

Single-Family

$189,900
Price
$189,900
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
FANTASTIC RENOVATION! Four Bedrooms! Lots of Room! Totally new kitchen, baths, roof, electrical, heating. Totally redone stem-to-stern! New siding! New roof! New everything! Totally redone - you won't believe your eyes! Lots of space - very roomy! Pictures speak for themselves! One year American Home Shield warranty.

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/15/2019

This Single-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $690,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


21 Woodlawn Avenue, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$749,900
Price
$690,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Walk to Childs Park, the YMCA, schools and downtown. Charming Georgian colonial that has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. Recently updated this brick home has a beautiful flag stone porch off the dining room which overlooks one of the nicest back yards in the entire city. Situated on almost an acre of land it is very private with all kinds of different types of vegetation with many possibilities. A stately formal living room with built-in bookshelves and a great fireplace. The oversized windows throughout the house bring an abundance of natural light. There is a finished basement with plenty of storage. There is also a walk up attic that has many possibilities. An oversized two car garage, tile and wood floors are some of the features. This home is for ready for immediate occupancy!

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/15/2019


8 Bayberry Ln, Hadley, MA 01035

Single-Family

$929,000
Price

16
Rooms
5
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home spanning over 5500 sq ft, located on one of Hadley's more desirable streets! First floor features chef's kitchen with Viking stainless steel appliances, formal living with fireplace and exquisite attention to detail, formal dining room, welcoming family room with pellet stove, home office, first floor bedroom with full bath, additional half bath, and laundry room! Second floor offers 1000 sq ft master suite with 2-sided fireplace, sitting room, room-sized walk-in closet, and exercise room! Each of the other three bedrooms on this level have their own baths and generous closet space. 3rd floor loft, bonus room, and storage room! Rear screened porch and deck, gorgeous front porch, 3-car garage, full unfinished basement. So much to see here! Extras include: Hardie siding, composite decking, and stone exterior. No detail has been overlooked here...a must see!
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Posted by Alyx Akers on 2/14/2019


Lot 6 Higgins Way, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$558,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Customize this one-of-a-kind bungalow featuring first floor master suite! Northview at Village Hill: Northampton's only walk-to-town new-construction neighborhood offering single family homes! Open floor plan features family room, dining and kitchen all with hardwood floors. First floor master suite with walk-in closet! Chef's kitchen offers generous storage in your choice of cabinets, center island, and granite countertops. First floor laundry and half bath complete the main level. Upstairs you'll discover 2 bedrooms and a full bath with tub/shower, tile flooring and upgraded countertops. Side entry 1-car garage. Full, unfinished basement adds possibility for more living space. Forced air heat +central A/C w/ fresh air exchange (HRV system), on-demand hot water. Walk to town, connect to the bike path, enjoy the nearby community gardens, or stroll along the many lovely paths to Smith College directly from your home at Village Hill! Schedule your personal tour today.
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