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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 2/10/2019

Okay, everyone knows those people … the born organizers. You know the ones, they have a place for everything and a mental file card system reminding them where everything is. These are the people that live by “a place for everything, and everything in its place.”

You, conversely, are lucky to get out of the house with your keys and handbag or wallet. You often leave behind the lunch you painstakingly made the night before, and you root through the dirty laundry looking for the blouse to go with the suit you need to wear TODAY for a presentation you're about to give. Oh, and the notes for the presentation … you're writing them on the train on your way into work.

You open your favorite magazine only to find one more article extolling the virtues of organization and you resolve to start right away.But where do you start when you’re so naturally disinclined to organize?

Start small

Trying to implement everything you read in that latest article or blog post by the perfect mommy, choose just one area. Work on your new habit a little each time you think about it until it becomes a habit.

While many people tout the belief that habits form in about 21 days, the truth is that creating automaticity (what psychologists call habit formation) may take much longer than that to develop. A 2009 study by Phillippa Lally, et al., at the University College London, participants averaged 66 days to establish a new healthy habit such as changing their diet or exercising.

As entrenched as your current bent toward messiness and disorderliness is, making the switch to organization won't come overnight. Nor should you expect it to come naturally.

Pick one

Consider starting with just one of these items. Add it into your life in as seamless a way as possible so that it becomes “organic.”

  • Place a wastebasket in each room, near the doorway. If the receptacle is not handy or visible, using it won't be automatic. Set another trashcan near where you sort mail. Notice, this is not a new place to sort mail that has a trash can, it is moving a trashcan to where you already sort mail, but it on the sofa, the kitchen table or just inside the back door.
  • Add hooks to the back of each door. Dropped sweaters, jackets, scarves, and backpacks quickly clutter a space. A liberal quantity of hooks encourages hanging up at least some of these.
  • Use plastic tubs. Chances are if you're organizationally challenged, your family members are as well. Place a basket or container for each person in the mudroom or on the way up the steps. In goes shoes, toys, books, and anything else that one might leave behind in another room. At the end of each day, each person only has one thing to grab on their way to bed.

Organization habits are especially important when your home is on the market and needs to quickly become "show ready" at a moment's notice. Your real estate professional may have other ideas to help you quickly "stage" your home, so ask.




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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 2/7/2019

Property is being subdivided currently and will be approximately 3/4 acre. This lovely one level ranch is in move-in condition. Home was renovated about 8 years ago with new kitchen, new baths, upgraded electric 200 amp service, new boiler, new oil tank, recessed lights, hardwood throughout, new windows, new stainless steel appliances, insulated with Mass Save, crown molding throughout the home. With this large three season porch and large deck you'll be able to enjoy the summers in privacy. Family Room located in basement with a stone wall and set up for a future wood or coal stove. And for the man a large basement or work area. Only minutes to Rt 24 and 495, and the T around the corner this home is truly a bargain. FIRST VIEWING IS THIS SATURDAY AT THE OPEN HOUSE 2/9/2019 AT 11 TO 1 PM. Workmanship is second to none here. Check it out this Saturday.

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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 2/3/2019

During certain times in the year, it might be less desirable to be outside, and we may find ourselves feeling stuck in the house. How do you get out and enjoy your community without having to be out of doors? One great way is to plug into your areas museums, galleries, and other local indoor attractions.

Months of discovering 

Depending on who and where you are you may find it undesirable to be outside for even long enough to go from the building to the car during either winter or summer months, but that doesn't mean that you want to hibernate at home for the whole season! It can be during these times that you set out to discover your area's indoor attractions.

Museums of all shapes, types, and sizes

There are many kinds of museums, geared for a variety of audiences.Examples of museum types include science, art, oddities, auto, music, heritage, etc. In each of these categories there include sub-categories and focus on an equally varied range of folks from experts to families and everyone in between. Some museums have sponsorships making them free to the public while others offer specials that are meant to draw patrons in during certain times or days of the month.

Exhibition halls 

Exhibitions can refer to art and usually move through and pop up at different times and places throughout the year. A lot of times exhibition halls will host a variety of shows or collections of businesses or ideas, that can be wide-ranging including anything from bridal, gun, RV, toys, and home and garden. The timing of a show coming together can correlate to when they are popular, like bridal and home and garden in the spring. Although shows typically charge admittance, they can give a wealth of ideas, chances to meet folks and opportunities to become aware of local professionals to fill your needs when the time comes.

Aquariums 

With such a wide array of sea creatures, you can usually find an indoor aquarium without traveling too far. These can be delightful places to enjoy no matter the weather outside and give you a chance to tour the globe with its beautiful colors and lively creatures right from your backyard. 

Seek a professional’s help preventing the not so inevitable fever 

Ask your local real estate agent for a list of local indoor attractions that they have put together and inoculate yourself from the dreaded cabin fever. You never know if you may find your favorite new place to visit time after time.





Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 1/27/2019

A home inspection may make or break the property buying journey. If you attend a home inspection and find no major issues with a residence, you may choose to move forward with your house purchase. However, if a home inspection reveals significant problems, you may decide to rework a home purchase agreement or walk away from this agreement altogether.

If you plan to purchase a home, it generally is a good idea to include a home inspection in your property buying strategy. And if you know how to plan for a house inspection, you can use this evaluation to gain the insights you need to make a data-driven decision about a home purchase.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare for a home inspection.

1. Hire an Expert Home Inspector

With an expert home inspector at your side, you can gain comprehensive insights into a house's overall condition. Then, you can obtain an in-depth inspection report to help you weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a residence.

It is important to conduct an extensive search for the best home inspectors in your area. Search for home inspectors who boast many years of industry experience and come highly recommended from past clients. By doing so, you can find a home inspector who will meet your expectations.

2. Craft a Home Inspection Checklist

It often helps to enter a home inspection with a checklist. If you have a checklist in hand, you should have no trouble conducting a full home evaluation.

You should include all areas of a residence's interior and exterior in your home inspection checklist. Furthermore, you should include a home's heating and cooling system, roof and other key parts of a house in your checklist.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Preparing for a home inspection may prove to be stressful. Thankfully, a real estate agent can help you get ready for a home inspection and ensure you can make the best-possible decision regarding a house purchase.

A real estate agent is a homebuying expert who is happy to help you at all stages of the property buying journey. In the days leading up to a home inspection, a real estate agent can respond to any of your concerns or questions so you can prepare for the evaluation. Next, on the day of the inspection, a real estate agent will attend the evaluation with you. And after the inspection is complete, you and your real estate agent can discuss the assessment results and determine how to proceed.

Ultimately, a real estate agent can help you streamline the home inspection process. He or she may even be able to put you in touch with the top house inspectors in your area, thereby increasing the likelihood that you can identify any major property issues before you finalize a home purchase.

Ready to conduct a home inspection? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can enter a home inspection as an informed property buyer.




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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 1/20/2019

While home ownership can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience, it does bring with it a new set of responsibilities and demands. Whether you're buying a brand new home or a fixer-upper, several things will have a major impact on your lifestyle.

One of them is the need is to personally handle or manage your own repairs, decorating, and home improvements. In many cases, you can (and should) hire a professional to do the actual work, but there are a lot of projects you can do more cost-effectively on your own.

The first one that comes to mind is interior painting. If you want to keep your home looking fresh, well maintained, and visually appealing, repainting your walls and ceilings every few years is a necessity. How often you need to break out the paint brushes, rollers, and drop cloths depends on several factors. For example, some rooms are subjected to more wear and tear than others. Bedroom walls, hallways, and bathrooms often seem to need the most attention, but kitchens, family rooms, and other areas of the home are usually not far behind.

If you've been noticing that one or more of your rooms are starting to look scuffed, faded, or dull, then it may be time to roll up your sleeves and give those walls a fresh coat of paint! It always makes a dramatic difference in the look and feel of that room, and it typically can be completed in less than a day -- especially if you team up with an energetic spouse, friend, or family member. If you're focused and organized, a room-painting project can often be completed by lunchtime. (Depending on who's providing the help, however, you might be expected to provide lunch!)

When procrastination is a problem, taking small steps will often help you gather momentum and keep moving forward on your painting project. An easy, but necessary first step is to pick out and bring home an assortment of color samples from your local hardware or paint store. Holding them up to your walls and seeing whether they complement existing furniture, flooring, and decorating schemes will help you choose a color you'll be satisfied with.

If you're not ready to tackle the project right away, you can still purchase the paint, rollers, and other supplies. Assuming you're not going to postpone the project indefinitely, you'll be a lot more likely to get started in the near future if the supplies are already in the house. You'll be streamlining the process and nudging yourself to get the job done soon by purchasing the painting supplies and having them close at hand.

While motivating yourself to do projects around the house may sometimes seem to be the biggest hurdle to clear, starting small and gaining momentum as you go is often an effective way to keep your home looking its best at all times!