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Posted by Alyx Akers on 12/1/2019

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Do you buy plants for your home – just to find them shriveled up and browning just a few short days later? You may be purchasing plants that require too much care – or that are known for being tricky to keep alive.

Whether you’ve been cursed with a black thumb, have a busy schedule (that barely allows time to care for yourself, let alone plants) or are simply new to house plants, the following varieties may serve you best.

5 Plants that are Tough to Kill

Jade Plant: This emerald beauty looks stunning in just about any planter and is ideal for a desktop or tabletop. It is also nearly impossible to kill with neglect. The jade plant grows so well that simply poking a cutting of it into the soil will result in a new plant.

Air Plants: They don’t need dirt to survive – and need only occasional mists of water. If your plants die because you are too busy to care for them (or you simply forget about them) consider trying some air plants instead. These small beauties are particularly fun to work with, too. Tiny, artisanal pods, planters and baskets designed specifically for air plants can be found from a variety of vendors and make unique home accents.

Barrel Cactus: Most succulents are tough to kill, but this variety is particularly hardy. Round with large spikes, a barrel cactus stores water so it does not need to be cared for often at all. It also has natural defenses against pets and other plant predators, those spikes make it difficult and uncomfortable to pick up, but don’t cause lasting damage. Shallow roots make this one easy to transplant as it grows and ensure it can thrive even if left unpotted for days.

Aloe: This fast-growing, low care beauty has some medicinal properties, too. Just snap off a stem to treat sunburn or other mild burns. While aloe is incredibly easy to grow and care for, it is toxic to pets, so try this one as an office plant if you have pets at home. Short of setting it on fire, you can’t kill this one.

Spider Plant: This is a houseplant staple, and it is easy to see why. Spider plants are powerful air purifiers, very difficult to kill and even produce their own offspring. You can forget to water this one for days at a time (weeks in cooler weather) and it will not only survive, but grow and thrive. Spider plants are inexpensive and available pretty much anywhere plants are sold, so this is a solid choice if you are new to houseplants or have a few victims to show for your plant growing efforts.

Choosing one of these varieties can make it easier for you to enjoy the benefits of having houseplants, without the guilt that comes from throwing away another shriveled, dried up victim.




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Posted by Alyx Akers on 11/24/2019

Finding the ideal home for your family's needs is no easy task, but if you stay organized and focused, the right property is sure to come along!

One of your most valuable resources in your search for a new home is an experienced real estate agent -- someone you trust and feel comfortable working with.

They'll not only set up appointments for you to visit homes in your desired price range and school district, but they'll also help keep you motivated, informed, and on track. Once you know and have shared your requirements (and "wish list") with them, your agent will be able to guide you on a path to finding the home that will best serve your needs -- both short- and longer term.

In addition to proximity to jobs, good schools, and childcare, you'll probably want to pick a location that's close to supermarkets, recreation areas, and major highways. If you have friends or family in the area, then that would also be a key consideration.

While your immediate needs are a good starting point for creating a checklist of requirements, it's also a good idea to give some thought to what you may need in the future. Plans to expand your family, possibly take care of aging parents, or adopt pets are all factors to consider when looking at prospective homes to buy.

If you have college-age children or recent graduates in the family, you might have to save room for them in your new house. Many grads need a couple more years of financial and moral support from their parents (not to mention home-cooked meals) before they're ready to venture out on their own. Houses with a finished basement, a separate in-law apartment, or even a guest cottage on the property are often well-suited for multigenerational households.

In many cases, people tend to buy a home based on their emotional reaction to it, and then justify the purchase with facts. For example, if the price was right and a particular house reminded you of your childhood home, then that combination of elements could prompt you to make an offer on the house -- assuming those childhood memories were happy!

Sometimes prospective buyers might simply love the look and feel of a neighborhood or the fact that there's a spacious, fenced-in back yard in which they can envision their children or dogs happily (and safely) playing.

According to recent surveys, today's buyers are attracted to homes that have energy efficient features, separate laundry rooms, and low-maintenance floors, counter tops, and backyard decks. Gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, a home office area, and outdoor living spaces are also popular features. Although your tastes may differ, many house hunters also like design elements such as subway tiles, hardwood floors, shaker cabinets, pendant lights, and exposed brick.

When it comes to choosing the home that you and your family will live in for the next few years, your top priorities will probably include a sufficient amount of space, plenty of convenience, and a comfortable environment in which you and your loved ones can feel safe, secure, and happy for the foreseeable future!





Posted by Alyx Akers on 11/13/2019

This Single-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $379,000. This Cape,Bungalow style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


67 Vernon St, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$379,000
Price
$379,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Adorable bungalow in one of Northampton's most desirable neighborhoods. Zoned for Jackson St schools, this 3 bed, 1.5 bath home is not to be missed! Beautiful landscaping welcomes you to front sitting porch. First floor features living room with Vermont Castings wood stove, and dining room with hardwood floors. Bedroom with access to rear deck with view of the deep, private backyard and adjacent walk-in closet space that is ready for your customization. Simple yet functional kitchen with vinyl flooring and an expansive pantry area. First floor laundry, and full bath. Escape to the upstairs master bedroom with half bath, and second bedroom with wood flooring. Barn/storage building with owned solar panels too! Must see.

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 11/13/2019

This Single-Family in Northampton, MA recently sold for $277,000. This Bungalow style home was sold by Alyx Akers - Five College REALTORS ®.


324 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Single-Family

$284,000
Price
$277,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
BEST DEAL IN TOWN! Check out this classic 1920's Craftsman Bungalow with lots of updates and charm to spare! The original woodwork trim remains along with the 10' ceilings on the 1st floor and hardwood floors throughout. Complete roof replacement in 2016! Enjoy the remodeled kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances and island with sink and new dishwasher. Also a beautiful brick fireplace with wood stove insert, There are 4 large bedrooms including a 1st floor BR and full bath. Upstairs are 3 more bedrooms with wood floors, walk-in closets and another full bath. Multiple windows in each room allow the sunshine to pour in! Outside there are 2 covered porches, 2nd floor deck, manageable yard and a 3 CAR GARAGE with electric and new doors. Located on the bus route, walking distance to downtown, Amtrak, ball fields, Bridge St Scool. Great rental history. Formerly a two family home, could be converted back. ELECTRIC HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED! OPEN HOUSE WED, 10/2, 4:30-6

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Posted by Alyx Akers on 11/10/2019

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Often, you cannot choose the timing of your move. If the rainy season happens to be in full swing, moisture could become an added challenge to your relocation strategy. Even a drizzle could cause damage to your property but you can avoid issues if you are prepared. Below are tips on how to have a successful move on a rainy day.

Wrap what you can

The best way to protect your valuables from moisture is by wrapping your boxes with plastic wrap before they leave the house. Moving blankets are not usually water-resistant and as such would do little to protect your belongings when it rains. Place smaller boxes in trash bags. For larger cartons and furniture, purchase spools of stretch wrap from your moving store or DIY retailer. In a pinch, use cling film to cover boxes and small furniture. Cover large furniture items such as sofas and mattresses with tarps as you move them from your home into the truck or vice versa.

Line inside your boxes

If you haven’t started to pack yet, consider lining the inside of your boxes before loading them. Line your boxes with trash bags, secure the bags tightly and seal the boxes afterward. For additional protection, wrap the exterior of the boxes.

Have a plan

Have a plan to ensure the rain comes in contact with your property as little as possible. Map out how to load the truck before you begin to avoid having to unload your belongings onto wet pavement or grass and reload in the rain.

Reinforce weak or damaged boxes

Discard or reinforce boxes that might be thin or ripped to prevent damage to the contents inside. Tape the seams completely then apply another line of tape opposite to the seams for added strength.

Line the truck bed with tarps

Water will likely collect on your belongings as they are transported to and from the truck. Arrange tarps around your items as they are loaded to protect them from getting soaked by water puddling on the floor or dripping from other items.

Dry items as you load them

To minimize puddles inside the truck, dry your belongings as soon as you load them into the vehicle. Keep extra towels in the truck bed to wipe off items and keep them as dry as possible during the trip. Monitor the weather closely, whenever possible, schedule your loading and unloading during a clear moment or when the precipitation is lighter.

Moving in the rain might seem very discouraging but it’s an activity that can be completed successfully with a carefully crafted plan.

If you are working with a moving company, check for professionals with experience moving in inclement weather. Secure insurance for your belongings to protect against moisture damage. Your realtor is an excellent resource for finding professionals to make your relocation run smoothly.




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