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Posted by Sally Malsch on 7/1/2020


 


Every winter, your home faces harsh weather, and it may benefit you to examine your home during the warmer months for any areas that may need maintenance to avoid excessive and costly repairs to your home during or after the winter. Here are few things to check before the snow starts to fall.

1. The Roof: Excess snowfall on the roof during winter adds weight to the structure, which is why it's imperative to check its integrity often. Thoroughly examine it for leaks and erosion. Check the soffits and eaves for damage. Look on the ground for loose shingles. If you see any, have the roof inspected by a qualified roofer and schedule repairs as soon as possible. Correcting potential issues early could prevent any catastrophic emergencies later on.

2. The Garden: It is a known fact that the winter is unfavorable for most flowering plants. Check your garden for any plants that may need to be pruned or given any special attention before the cold months hit. Remove dead trees; add hardy hybrids and be sure to give your garden enough attention to watch it flourish even through the winter months.

3. The Garage: Even though your garage is well-secured and covered, you'll still want to maintain its upkeep during the winter. Your cars may bring in snow, mud, deicer, sand and debris. Be sure to keep the floors cleaned and check the walls and corners for any place that may house rodents or other pests.

4. The Pipes: Your water pipes are another essential thing to check after winter. During winter, pipes are prone to freezing and can split, crack, or burst, which becomes a hard problem to fix. Ensure they are in good condition before winter and recheck them after the season to fix any issues as soon as possible.

5. Chimney: Take a cursory look at your chimney after winter. There's a good chance it may have been damaged during the season. Ice can be very destructive, especially to your chimney's mortar and flashing where the chimney joins the roof, and may cause problems in the long run. Check your fireplace to ensure proper ventilation and cleanliness to avoid fire and smoke damage. Make sure to clean the creosote from the fireplace after seasonal use to promote your fireplace's longevity and maintain safety standards.

6. Garden Shed: For people that have a separate building for their garden tools, it is vital that you check this place after winter. Ensure that the ice and excessive wind haven't caused damage, and just as you did for your primary home, check the roof, eaves and flashing for damage.


Check all these places after each winter season and before the summer heat drives it from the forefront of your mind. You may want to dedicate at least one day to checking your home for early signs of damage or for areas that may need to be updated and reinforced. Your Realtor« may have a few other suggestions for maintaining your home or preparing for any regional hardships that may arise during the winter.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/24/2020


35 New South St, Northampton, MA 01060

Condo

$384,900
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Seldom found, always sought after in the center of Northampton by Smith College: 2 bedrm, 1 bath garden style, end unit condo boasting private backyard patio in prestigious Old School Commons. The remodeled interior reflects a classy, modern aesthetic. The kitchen features quartz counter-tops, cherry cabinetry, peninsula seating for four, SS, high end appliances, set off by artisan crafted Hawaiian teak, sliding closet. In the LR your gaze is drawn upwards & outwards to patio views of mature perennials bordered by stone wall & gated, back entrance/exit to above ground, common space. Enjoy dinner parties for 6 with gas grill. Custom blinds deck windows & patio door; remote controlled blinds in MBR for either queen or king bed. Artful & practical use of space: 2nd bedrm/office sports Murphy bed & 2 office desks, plus custom book & display shelving along w/ sliding door to hall. Other perks: new HVAC system, new Bosch dishwasher, freshly painted interior (except kitchen & bath).
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/24/2020

There is no set amount of time that you will need to allocate to sell your residence. In certain instances, a seller can generate lots of interest in his or her house and receive an offer to purchase within one day of listing a home. On the other hand, a seller sometimes requires many weeks or months to stir up interest in his or her home.

Ultimately, you should strive to commit as much time as you can to sell your home. If you do everything possible to promote your residence to potential buyers, you could reap the benefits of a fast, profitable house selling experience.

There are many things that a seller can do to ensure a seamless home selling experience, and these include:

1. Improve Your Home Both Inside and Outside

Remove clutter from inside your home ľ you'll be happy you did. In addition to making it easy to show off the true size and beauty of your home, eliminating clutter could help buyers envision what life may be like if they purchase your house.

Meanwhile, your home's curb appeal can make a world of difference during the property selling journey. If your house boasts a stunning front lawn and other exceptional home exterior features, your home may be better equipped than ever before to make a positive first impression on prospective buyers.

2. Establish an Aggressive Initial Home Asking Price

Take a look at the prices of comparable houses in your city or town. In addition, evaluate the prices of recently sold houses in your area that are similar to your own. This housing market data may help you establish an initial home asking price that falls in line with the current housing market's conditions.

Furthermore, it may be beneficial to conduct a house appraisal. With an appraisal report in hand, you'll have a property valuation that you can use to establish an aggressive initial asking price for your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is an expert guide for selling homes. He or she can help you list your residence, promote it to prospective buyers and much more.

Of course, let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent provides at each stage of the property selling journey, either. A real estate agent will help you create a house selling strategy and put this plan into action. He or she will be ready to respond to any of your home selling concerns or questions too. And if you're unsure about how to proceed at any point during the house selling journey, a real estate agent can provide property selling recommendations and suggestions.

For those who want to add a house to the real estate market and streamline the home selling journey, it may be a good idea to hire a real estate agent. By collaborating with a real estate agent, you can get the support you need to quickly navigate the home selling journey.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/19/2020

This Single-Family in Pelham, MA recently sold for $572,000. This Contemporary,Raised Ranch style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS «.


123 N Valley Rd, Pelham, MA 01002

Single-Family

$589,900
Price
$572,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Nature lovers & refuge seekers, welcome to this Contemporary Split Level situated in an idyllic, private setting on 6.3 acres with circular drive, stone walls and Brook. Extraordinary are the many points of access to expansive deck overlooking the babbling, Buffam Brook. Located only minutes to Amherst Center this 3-bedroom, 3-bath home has it all. The gracious foyer invites you into this two level home with impressive Great Room, a superb gathering space. Perks include: plethora of Pella windows & sliders; gleaming oak floors; living room with gas fireplace; dining area with slider to deck; kitchen with mahogany cabinetry; expanded Master bedroom with en suite bath & sitting area, slider to deck; second bedroom & full bath. The lower level features bedroom suite, den with gas fireplace, 2 generous office spaces. Access two-car garage and walk-outs to bucolic surroundings. Enjoy efficient Buderus, propane heating system, central air (main floor) and detd 3-car garage. In sum, a GEM!






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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/17/2020


65 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

Multi-Family

$439,900
Price

2
Units
3,424
Approx. GLA
Winner for investor OR home owner occupied: versatile, value added, 3424 sq. ft. SF executive ranch with legal apartment OR two-family (5 bedroom, 3 baths) set apart on scenic, large, 1.93 acre lot abutting Fort River and across from Groff Park. Primo nexus of roads; take the PVTA at your doorstep north to Amherst Center and UMass or south to Atkins Country Market and Mt. Holyoke College. Easy drive west to Hadley shopping, or take close by bike path to Northampton. Besides 2 car garage, there are 9 off-street parking slots on asphalted driveway. Solar panels, transferrable to buyer, don the south facing roof in sunny, open yard and provide electricity and hot water. Gardeners will delight in planting in the verdant soil; children will feel the allure of the outside for play, while others will soak up sun on the deck and enjoy a summer barbecue. Life, as you like itů
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