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


Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/13/2020

Let's face it Ė the thought of entering the home selling market can be stressful, even if you don't plan to put your house on the market for several weeks or months. However, there are many simple ways to ensure you can enjoy a fun, exciting and successful home selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to kick off an unforgettable home selling journey.

1. Examine Your Home's Interior and Exterior

How will a potential homebuyer view your residence when he or she sees it for the first time? This is a question that you'll want to consider closely, as a homebuyer's first impression of your residence may dictate whether he or she moves forward with an offer.

Take a close look at your house's interior and exterior from a homebuyer's perspective. If home improvements are necessary, now may be the ideal time to complete these tasks. That way, you can enhance your house's interior and exterior before you add your residence to the real estate market.

Also, a home appraisal may help you identify problem areas with your residence. This appraisal enables a property inspector to examine your residence from top to bottom and can help you better understand your house's strengths and weaknesses.

2. Declutter Your Residence

Unfortunately, clutter can accumulate in a home over an extended period of time. But if you start decluttering your home today, you may be able to avoid the stress of cleaning out your residence as you get closer to adding your home to the housing market.

To declutter effectively, consider items that you need to keep and store them safely. Then, take the items that you no longer require and consider all of your options to get rid of them quickly and safely.

In many instances, you can sell excess items or donate them to charity. Or, you can always offer these items to family members and friends as well.

3. Meet with a Real Estate Agent

What does it take to get your house ready for the real estate market? Meet with a real estate agent, and you can learn everything you'll need to know about selling a house.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the real estate market. As such, he or she can answer any questions that you may have about the home selling journey and help you plan accordingly.

In addition, after you list your residence, your real estate agent will streamline the home selling cycle. This housing market professional will set up home showings and open houses, promote your residence to large groups of potential buyers and much more. By doing so, your real estate agent will do everything possible to help you maximize the value of your residence.

When it comes to getting ready to sell your home, there is no need to worry. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you'll be able to enjoy a memorable home selling journey.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/6/2020

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An outdoor entrance that provides an attractive, welcoming appearance not only has the ability to enhance the curb appeal of your property, it also makes household residents and visitors with a warm visual reception to your home. You probably already know that hanging baskets and planters brimming with blooming flowers provide vibrant accents from spring through autumn, but entryways need more than flowers, particularly during late autumn, winter, and early spring. Here's what you can do to keep your outdoor entry area looking pulled together and appealing no matter what the season.

Plant Evergreens

Whether you place a dwarf spruce or Norfolk pine in a planter or plant arborvitae or another upright conifer tree in the ground near your steps, some kind of greenery is usually necessary to make an outdoor entryway look fully dressed. It also helps keep a bit of color going during the cold season. As an added bonus, you can decorate your evergreens with holiday lights and other embellishments during the celebratory season.

Create a Small Seating Area

Even if all you've got is a set of steps leading to a tiny landing, try to find room for a chair or a bench. This is functional as well as welcoming because it provides a place for people to sit and remove outer footwear before entering the home or to simply sit and relax for a minute or two before going inside after a long day at work. If you've got the room, a small bistro set made from weather-resistant materials adds a nice touch and provides a fun way to enjoy a casual family meal or round of beverages.

Install an Exposed Aggregate Walkway

Exposed aggregate walkways do double duty by serving as a highly attractive introduction to your home and providing a slip-proof surface that helps keep household residents and guests safe from potentially harmful slip-and-fall accidents. You can get as creative as you like with these and use aggregates in a variety of colors or simply stick with an understated, monochromatic look. For instance, you can use agate aggregate for a multicolored effect and oyster shell aggregate for a lustrous look. Add ground-level solar lights along the sides to show it off after dark.

Other ideas for creating a fabulous outdoor entryway include hanging a decorative door with features such as carved floral accents or stained glass, putting down rustic outdoor rugs  in front of the door, and placing accent items such as basketry or statuary on each side of the door. Have fun with it and don't be afraid to put some personality into it.

Please feel free to reach out to us for more advice on making the most of your home's appearance.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/30/2020

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Living green is the goal of many young homebuyers. Once in their new home, they want to take steps toward improving their homeís efficiency. The first step to improving your homeís energy efficiency is to choose the right house.

Solar panels and LED light fixtures aside, the most efficient form of housing is an attached home. When your house nestles between the walls of adjoining homes, you share their heating and cooling through ambient temperature exchange. When a home sits above another home, their heat rises in the winter to warm that home. If itís below another home, itís cooled by the temperature set by the neighbor above. When energy efficiency remains a high priority for your home location, choose a condominium, townhome or duplex to improve your heating and cooling properties.

Improving an Existing Home

If you own a typical single-family, detached home, youíll find a lot of wasted space being heated and cooled. But address these areas, and youíll see a marked improvement in your energy consumption and costs:

  • Pile on the insulation. Many homes have expansive attics with high roofs above the ceiling joists. The deeper the insulation, the more your winter warmth stays in your home to keep you cozy. But along with adding insulation to your attic, improve its airflow so that summer heat escapes to the outdoors, helping your cooled air circulate.
  • Smarten up the windows. Older homes often have single-paned windows, and even those with double panes leak or have broken seals. Replace windows with thermal dual or triple-paned options to see an immediate improvement to those drafty winters and summers where youíre forced to keep the blinds closed. Along with thermal panes, look for smart windows. Buy windows coated with a substance called vanadium oxide (VO2) that adjusts to the temperature to either reflect or let pass infrared light to keep your home warmer or cooler.
  • Monitor your HVAC with a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats adjust your homeís temperature based on learning when youíre at home and when youíre away. Some can also detect the humidity and adjust the temperature to compensate.
  • Install automatic blinds. Adjustable powered window coverings open and close automatically throughout the day to offset outdoor temperatures.

Try These Simple Things Today

While they wonít make a drastic different, you will see an improvement in your energy bills.

  • Change incandescent bulbs for LEDs throughout the home.
  • Turn the thermostat up two or three degrees in the summer and down two or three degrees in the winter.
  • Lower your water heater to 120įF.

If your goal is to purchase an energy-efficient home, let your real estate agent know. That way, you wonít waste energy looking at ones that donít fit your desire to leave a lighter footprint.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/29/2020


58 North Circle Drive, East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Single-Family

$225,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
This is a lot of house at this price! Don't let your buyer miss this one! FOUR great size bedrooms and TWO FULL baths! Wood floors throughout and fresh paint in most interior rooms. The kitchen could use a facelift and with a little creativity this could be your dream kitchen/entertaining space, or leave it as is, the upgraded countertop offers plenty of work space and the separate dining room is perfect for serving up the every day or the Holiday meals! Cozy up to the fireplace in the living room this winter or simply enjoy the ease of a gas heating system! The location of this home is a huge piece of the value here. The backyard offers a nice level of privacy with a lightly wooded area and the street dead ends at a conservation area! The basement is wide open and ready to be finished and the attached two car garage offers ample space for storage in addition to all season coverage for your vehicles. Showings begin on Friday 7/31 at 10am.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/23/2020

This Single-Family in Westfield, MA recently sold for $211,000. This Cape style home was sold by Julianne Krutka - Park Square Realty.


152 Montgomery Street, Westfield, MA 01085

Single-Family

$200,000
Price
$211,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
**Multiple Offer Deadline has been set for Monday 3/2 5PM!** If you've been looking for your place to call home in Westfield, look no further! This home has seen a good number of updates in the past few years including but not limited to a new roof, new hot water heater, updated bath, new kitchen appliances, new filter and liner for the pool. This three bedroom one bath home has more space than you might imagine! The master bedroom has not one, but TWO walk in closets, or one of those closets could actually be a small home office if you so wish! The kitchen is spacious enough to host it's own dining table or you can continue to use the formal dining space that adjoins the living room. The LARGE lot is entirely fenced in the rear of the home affording plenty of space for your four legged furbabies! And don't forget the oversized garage for your vehicles and/or all your toys!

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