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


Posted by Julianne Krutka on 3/14/2019

The car, entryway, stairs, hallways, bedrooms, closets and cupboardsówherever you look, there it is. Clutter! You dream of life minus the piles, boxes, and bags of stuff. Onto the internet, you go to find that magic formula, the perfect system to tame that clutter chaos. Once in place, you believe your life will be one smooth ride. Four hours later, you have tons of information and pictures of neat ideas, and you are; overwhelmed. Mentally throwing in the towel, you move on with your day and wish the clutter would sort and organize itself.

Reality Bites

Well, welcome to the real world with your glorious clutter. Donít despair. You CAN tame the piles of papers, clothing, bags and other items. You will need to break it down into smaller bits and pieces. Everyone loves a dramatic overhaul that, through time-lapse camera work, happens almost instantly. In reality, changing the clutter habits that created the chaos takes time and strategy. Start in a couple of areas that irritate you the most. 

Start small

Pick one or two places clutter accumulates to start the decluttering adventure. For example, place a basket near the entryway to catch the keys as people enter. It will eliminate the jumble of keys in other places around the house and also the frantic looking for keys as you try to leave the house. Another idea is placing a small trash bin where people come in from outside so any trash they have, such as fast food wrappers, cups or junk mail, can go straight into the garbage. No system will succeed if you donít have the cooperation of those who contribute to the clutter. Have a brief discussion with the other household members about the desire for a more organized and tidier environment. Enlist their help in finding ideas that can reduce clutter. When you involve them, they are more likely to find changing their habits easier.

Real life rhythms

Only keep systems and routines that work over the long run. Remember to keep it simple and low or no maintenance. The goal is to create order and increase enjoyment of your space. Consider the whole household and how you all function on a daily level. Each person has individual habits, and a household its own rhythm. Each system you implement must fit your household rhythm. So, think of the big picture when putting your anti-clutter routines together. As the new systems begin to become habit make sure to celebrate your efforts to tame the clutter chaos. Make sure to check out ideas for clutter reduction when you browse through your next open house.





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 3/7/2019

Once youíre ready to sell your home, you want to be sure that your home is smelling fresh. Thereís a few sneaky odors that can creep into your home for various reasons. The consequences of horrible smells when youíre selling your home are really not good. Read on to prevent funky odors from turning off buyers from your home. 


Food Thatís Past Fresh


Whether your garbage disposal is a bit clogged and could use a cleaning or your fridge hasnít been purged in awhile, these things could be causing a stink. Make sure you stay on top of leftovers and take care of anything that may be in the refrigerator for too long. 


Clean your garbage disposal often. Itís simple to make a ďvolcanoĒ by throwing some baking soda down there and then pouring vinegar over it, allowing everything in the disposal to bubble up. You can even put a lemon or lemon juice in the disposal in order keep a good smell going.


That Wet Dog Smell


Any kind of animal will leave some sort of odor in your home. Whether you have a dog, a hamster, birds, or cats, youíre going to need to freshen up your space. Keep the litter box changed and add some baking soda for a bit of freshness. Make sure to remove any stains on your carpets or floors as well. If a piece of furniture or a carpet is to blame for the strong odors, you may need to remove that piece from your home completely to get the stench out. 


Your Air Conditioning Smells Bad


Since water can build up inside of your air conditioning unit, sometimes, a bit of maintenance is necessary. AC units must be cleaned regularly in order to keep strange smells away. 


Something Smells Musty


A musty smell usually spells a water leak. Whether itís in your basement or under your sink, you need to correct leaks in order to get to the root cause of musty smells.


Clean A Carpet With Vodka


You can put some cheap vodka in a spray bottle in order to clean a carpet. This technique can be used for more troublesome areas of the rug. As the alcohol evaporates, so wonít the odors that are filling your home. 


The Air In Your Home Is Stagnant

When the air in your home smells kind of stale, youíll need to get the air circulation back in the house again. This can be easily remedied just by opening the windows. Even if itís cold outside, itís good to get the air circulating in your house again. This simple action effectively changes the air in your home without any fancy chemicals or techniques.





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 3/5/2019

Great new listing to hit the West Springfield market! This well cared for ranch offers room to build instant equity with a few cosmetic improvements that won't break the bank. Located in a super convenient neighborhood, just minutes from all the conveniences of West Springfield and yet on a lot allowing tons of privacy with no immediate backyard neighbors. This home is currently configured as a two bedroom home but the dining room could easily be converted back to a third bedroom. This home features an oversized two car garage w/ extra space for storage or workshop and the basement has a huge finished room that is sure to please! Home has a super sized kitchen, updated windows, central vac, custom built-ins in the living room and a great neighborhood location! Oh, and the seller says there is hardwood under all the carpets!! Showings will begin at the Open House scheduled for Sunday 3/10 - 12:00-1:30.

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 2/28/2019

This is a lot of house and an oversized lot (more than half an acre) for under 200k in the City of Westfield! This home features hardwood floors in the living room hallway and all 3 bedrooms and updated vinyl windows in every room. The bathroom has been updated including new vanity, countertop and fixtures. The kitchen has a lovely dining space and features real wood cabinets, updated appliances and plenty of counter space! The three season porch off the kitchen allows for a lovely place to relax and enjoy the view of the expansive back yard. The walk out basement features a finished room for added living space and a great workshop for the handyman in your life as well as access to the garage. This home has an updated heating system, a highly efficient Buderus Boiler! This home has been well loved and cared for and promises to be a lovely find for it's new owner! Showings begin at the Open House on SATURDAY, February 23 from noon - 1:30.

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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 2/28/2019

Getting your home ready to sell entails quite a lot. Staging, taking photos, stocking the toiletries, and--in the case of an open house--entertaining guests. You want the visitors to your home to feel welcome and like they could live there someday.

To achieve this it takes planning and an eye for what really ďworksĒ in your home. To do this youíll have to let go of everything youíve made your home into and turn it into a blank slate where others can imagine it fitting their personal taste.

In this article, weíre going to give you some tips on preparing your home for an open house or showing to leave the best possible impression on your visitors.

Remove yourself from the picture

It might be sad to take down your family photos and personal effects, but imagine yourself in a visitorís shoes. When you enter a home youíre thinking of buying, you donít want to be distracted by what the previous family did with the home. Rather, you want to look forward and imagine your own family making a life there.

Declutter

Even the most minimalistic of homeowners tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. However, walking into a home filled with items is distracting from the features of the home. You want to draw peopleís eyes toward the best characteristics of your home--whether thatís spaciousness or architectural features.

We suggest packing your belongings by room and renting out a storage facility while you wait to move into your new place.

Stage appropriately

Working with someone to stage your home is a guaranteed way to make sure your house looks welcoming for your guests and photos. However, if you plan on doing the staging yourself take a look at some similarly styled homes online to find out what looks good in their photos. When we furnish our homes, we do it based on our personal taste, comfort, and utility. Staged homes are about aesthetics and atmosphere.

Once youíve finished staging, itís time to clean up after yourself. Wipe down surfaces, polish wood, and clean the windows.

Donít neglect the exterior

The outside of your home is as important as the inside. It will be visitorís first impression when they arrive at your driveway. To prepare, make sure your siding and windows are clear of dirt, the lawn mowed, the gutters cleaned, and the doors freshly painted, if necessary. Sweep the driveway and remove any yard tools from sight.

Welcoming guests

Your real estate agent knows how to run an effective open house. However, here are a few key things to remember on the day your guests will arrive.

First, light a candle and use air fresheners where necessary. A neutral smell is the best option, but an air freshener is better than a bad one if there are parts of your home that are prone to bad smells.

Next, make sure the bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper, tissues, and clean towels. If yours are getting old, it could be a good time to replace hand towels altogether.

Finally, welcome your guests with a new welcome mat at the front door to make a great first impression.