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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/13/2017

Bedrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You bedroom is more than a place for sleeping. They have become multi-purpose rooms over the years. Depending on your circumstances, bedrooms may need to house a home office, a playroom, or a tv and movie hub in addition to a bed. The most important role your bedroom plays is providing you with a good night’s rest. We have a bunch of different ideas here to help you maximize your space and style in the most comfortable way possible. Consider What The Space Will Be Used For Will your bedroom be used as a reading room? If so, you need to add a comfy chair to the space. If your bedroom has a multi-purpose as a home office, you’ll need to add a comfy desk and chair to the room for your working hours. Plan the room around the pieces that must be in there. Many pieces of furniture can also be double purposed like a table that can also be used as a desk. It’s All In Where You Place Things The biggest decision that you’ll need to make is where to put the furniture. If you place things strategically, you’ll be able to fit everything you need in the room without sacrificing charm and style. Placing the bed near the windows is a great way to save space and let light in, since a bed won’t completely block the window. Add Your Character To The Space If your bedroom represents the things that you love, you can’t go wrong in the space. While it’s usually not recommended that we work and sleep in the same space, sometimes it’s unavoidable. There are ways that you can separate the two worlds with a room screen, for example. Whatever your bedroom space is being used for, be sure to provide balance to the room. As long as an object is pleasing to you, you can’t go wrong placing it in the bedroom. Think outside of the box with objects like benches, love seats and even antique radios. If you can use it and it makes you happy, there’s a way to make the object fit within the purpose of your bedroom. Lighting No matter what your bedroom will be used for, lighting is extremely important. Make sure that there’s lights near each side of the bed. These will be useful for many different things from early morning risers to reading in bed to night owls. Planning Makes The Process Smoother Remember that the most important thing that you can do for your bedroom furniture arrangement- or any room for that matter- is to plan. With careful measurements of the pieces that must go into the room and careful thought of what you’d like to go into the room, you can create the perfect bedroom.





Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/6/2017

Working in your attic may not be a chore you perform frequently but it is one that must be done on occasion. Whether you use yours as a storage space or are performing an energy assessment in your home, safely accessing your attic should be a top priority. Below are some tips you can practice the next time you need to go up into the attic to ensure a safe working experience. Before you begin working make sure you have dressed appropriately. Wear a long sleeve shirt tucked into pants and gloves to avoid materials sticking to your skin which can cause irritation. You will also want to wear a dust mask and protective eyewear to avoid inhaling airborne fibers or other harmful debris that could be airborne in your attic. Attics can house mold and mildew among other hazardous materials that can bring you harm and/or make you sick when not properly protected against them. If your attic requires a fold-down ladder to access it check that the ladder is safe to support your weight. Look for any missing or loose screws that are intended to hold the ladder together and tighten/replace them before using it to get into your attic. You will be climbing up and down it as you work so you want to make sure that it will be safe to use. Adding a railing around the opening of your attic access will also add extra safety measures against falling. If your attic is unfinished and/or has potentially unsupportive flooring consider installing a safer floor by laying plywood down. Add walk boards or temporary platforms to an unfinished attic that doesn’t require permanent flooring. Always be cautious of where you step to avoid stepping on wires, ductwork or areas lacking trusses and joists. This precaution will save you from accidentally breaking through the ceiling which will put you at risk of serious harm and some major repairs. You will also want to be aware of any roofing nails poking down or old faulty wiring that requires repair. Be sure to check for signs of any animals that may have decided to move in over the winter months. If you do discover unwelcome tenants take the proper course of action by hiring a professional to rid your attic of them safely for both you and them. Some animals, like bats, may be protected by federal law so you will want to rid your house of them responsibly. When you are finished working in the attic for the day be sure to change and wash your clothes to avoid spreading hazardous debris over the rest of your house. Before you begin working spread an old sheet under the hatch and vacuum the surrounding area afterward for easy clean up. Attic safety practices are crucial to avoid harming yourself and preventing damage to your home. With some simple preparations and an active awareness, you can get chores done in your attic effectively and safely!




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 12/1/2017

This Condo in Northampton, MA recently sold for $350,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


35 New South St, Northampton, MA 01060

Condo

$375,000
Price
$350,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Crisp, clean and cool describes this New York inspired downtown Northampton condo. Soaring 12 ft ceilings accentuate the modern industrial feel, while the 8 NEW 8 foot high windows bath the unit in light and let the fresh air in. This one owner custom built out unit originally had 2 bedrooms, and while you could easily add the wall back...the open concept kitchen, dining and living space is absolutely stunning. Beautiful granite counters, mix of glass front kitchen cabinets with special accent lights, tile floors, clever storage options, in unit laundry, economical gas heat and central a/c; plus a custom wall gas fireplace are some of the reasons this one will WOW you. Smith College, the Academy of Music and Pulaski Park are just steps away. The entrance to I-91 with easy access to points north or west, east to Boston or south to New York is just 5 minutes away.

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Tags: Northampton   Real Estate   Condo   01060  
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 11/29/2017

This Single-Family in Amherst, MA recently sold for $285,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


25 Lantern Lane, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$289,900
Price
$285,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Come and view this classic Colonial on a quiet cul de sac, a perfect location close to Amherst center. A short drive to UMass, Amherst or Hampshire Colleges! This one owner home offers plenty of space, five bedrooms and 21/2 baths! The expansive living room has a fireplace for cozy gatherings, a formal dining room, nice kitchen and family room on the main level. Hardwood floors under the carpeting in the original house. The handicapped accessible additional space with a sitting room, bedroom and full bath is also on the main level. The second floor has four generous bedrooms and full bath. The rear deck and spacious rear yard offers great outdoor space. Bring your ideas, needs updates but this is a great opportunity for a wonderful home in a great location!!

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 11/29/2017

This Condo in Amherst, MA recently sold for $178,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


29 Webster Ct, Amherst, MA 01002

Condo

$179,900
Price
$178,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
ENTIRE INTERIOR PAINT JOB BY AUGUST 2ND. Well-maintained, updated, end-unit townhouse in the sought-after Echo Hill community. Perk: One designated carport, one parking spot in common area and plenty of guest parking. On FREE bus routes (Rt. 30 and Rt. 45) to Amherst Center & UMASS.  Hardwood floors throughout (tiles in kitchen and bathroom). New Anderson, casement windows, sliding door to patio and storm door (2015). New hot water heater (2017). New GE, stainless steel refrigerator and microwave (2016). Partially finished basement has wet bar and heat.  Washer (2015) and dryer (2012) in basement remain. Updated wall-unit ACs (2014) in the living room and master bedroom. New equipment on nearby children's playground.  Walk to Hampshire Athletic Club with indoor swimming pool, basketball court and tennis courts, or walk throughput Echo Hill & on the Robert Frost Conservation trails.

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