Mary Cusano
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate | 508.561.5411 | [email protected]


Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/17/2019

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isnít important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who donít have one yet.

And if you canít think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when youíre done using this ďstationĒ of your home.

Practice not being ďlazyĒ. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isnít a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what youíre allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, itís important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.

 





Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/10/2019

Once you have bought a new house, you may feel lost as to where to start. Thereís a long checklist of things that you should do to get yourself established in a new space. Here, you'll find a plan on what to do next. 


Get Recommendations On Local People You Can Work With 


Your realtor is a good place to start in asking who they recommend for many types of workers including plumbers, electricians, contractors, and more. You may even want to talk to your next door neighbors and see who they have used in the past for these types of handy work jobs. Even if you donít need any kind of work done immediately, itís a good idea to have some names and numbers on hand for future reference.


Donít Paint Right Away


Although it seems much more practical to paint an empty house, once you live in your new home for awhile, youíll get a sense of where the light hits and what colors will complement your furniture. When you pick colors in a rush, you run the risk of choosing shades that you may not love in the long term. Focus on properly lighting your rooms before you even start to paint.


Donít Forget The Housewarming Party!


If you plan a housewarming party for a date thatís not too far after you move in, it will give you motivation to get things done in the house. The housewarming party is your accountability partner to get you to unpack those boxes and get decorating. Try to plan the party somewhere between one and two months after your planned move-in date. This will give you time to get things done, just not too much time!  


Meet The Neighbors


You should take some time very soon after you move in to meet your new neighbors. They can be a great resource for you as to what happens in your new neighborhood. Find out if any of your new neighbors have dogs that your own dog could meet for a friendly walk. Your new friends will even give you information about a neighborhood watch or important community activities as well.


Safety First


Youíll want to check all of your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and alarm systems. Be sure that they work. Then, change the batteries in each system to start fresh. You should also equip your house with a fire extinguisher or two. You can never be too prepared for an emergency. 


Next, you should check all of the door and window locks. Replace anything that used a key. You never know who had keys to the home before it was sold.

When you start small in a new home, things will begin to come together slowly but surely just like puzzle pieces.




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Posted by Mary Cusano on 3/3/2019

Choosing an interior decorator to handle your home remodeling project can be tough. You want to have the best result and everything to look exactly as you dreamt it. Because you will be spending a large amount of money on the project, it is crucial that you choose the perfect person or company to take charge of the job for you.

Here are a few things to contemplate so that you hire a great interior designer for your home or living space:

Communication

Any successful interior design project depends on the client and the designer being able to communicate well. The interior designer must able to provide regular updates and ask for the clientís opinion in all areas of the job. When interviewing an interior designer, ask about their design process to see how they involve you in the process.

The Rule of Three

To pick the right person for a job, the rule of three suggests that you should meet at least three designers. Meeting several designers allows you to get a feel for different styles, personalities, and quotes. After seeing three designers, chances are you may not have found the "chosen one" but you would have learned what you definitely don't want.

Be prepared for the meeting.

Bring your mood board, inspiration pictures and your existing floor plan to the meeting with the interior decorator so that you can have an informed conversation. Your preparation also means that they have to speak based on what is available so you can easily tell if they are learned or not. It also passes along the impression that you know precisely what you want and won't be pushed around. While it also creates a design bias, it's a practical way to find out bad fits for you.

Budget

Be honest about how much you want to spend on your project so that the designer can give you options that are achievable for you. The budget determines what the designer will recommend. It also leads to the conversation of which rooms are the priority or high rollers. All these help you to know what the discussion and final project will look like if you hire the person.

Follow your guts.

If you don't like the person upon first impressions, chances are you may not work well with them no matter how great a fit they are. You must be comfortable with whoever you choose to design your home.

Now that you know how to pick an interior decorator for your project start that process today.




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Posted by Mary Cusano on 2/24/2019

Like any house hunting wish list, certain items take precedence over others. A lot depends on your lifestyle, the age of your family members, and even your health. If, for example, you need to visit your doctor regularly or pick up prescriptions every other week, living a short distance from a pharmacy and medical offices will make your life a lot easier.

Since grocery shopping is something everyone does at least once a week, finding a home within ten to 15 minutes of a supermarket will save you time and gas money. Your real estate agent or listing agent should be able to give you a good rundown of nearby amenities -- but you'll be better able to evaluate those conveniences if you have a clear idea of what's important to you and your family.

  • Transportation: Short commutes to work are high on most people's house-hunting "wish lists." City dwellers often need to be a short walk from bus stops, subway stations, and other modes of public transportation. Frequent travelers prefer a short drive to local airports, train stations, and major highways.
  • School district: Whether your children walk to school or take a bus, proximity to schools can be a very desirable feature. That's especially true if they're running late in the morning or participating in after-school programs.
  • Daycare: Working couples with babies and preschool children are often dependent on friends, relatives, or commercial daycare facilities to keep a watchful eye on their kids while they're at work. With busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, having a caregiver who's just a short distance away can make your daily routine much less stressful.
  • Fitness and recreation: It's all-too-easy to ignore our need for regular exercise when the nearest public park, golf course, or tennis court is 45 minutes away. However, when your home is located just a stone's throw away from walking paths, biking trails, and fitness facilities, you'll have much more of a tendency to stay healthier and more active.
  • Houses of Worship: While everyone is different when it comes to religion, proximity to the church, synagogue, or mosque of your choice can be a major convenience factor.
  • Banking: Although more and more banking tasks can be done online, having access to a nearby ATM is sometimes a necessity!
Other necessary services and conveniences to consider when searching for your next home may include everything from a reliable dog groomer and veterinarian to a trusted family dentist and car maintenance shop. While it's not possible to find a home that's located within a short drive to all resources, conveniences, and essential services, your ideal location will be reasonably close to as many of your family's routine needs and desired destinations as possible.





Posted by Mary Cusano on 2/17/2019

Home sellers may encounter problems as they try to get the best prices for their residences. Fortunately, there are lots of things that sellers can do to reduce or eliminate hurdles that otherwise may slow down the house selling journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you tackle various home selling hurdles.

1. Analyze the Local Housing Market

The local housing market may play a major role in how much you ultimately receive for your residence. Thus, if you analyze the local housing sector closely, you may be able to gain deep insights that you can use to guide your home selling journey.

Oftentimes, it helps to differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market. If you find out how long houses generally are available before they sell in your city or town, you may be able to determine if a buyer's or seller's market is in place. Then, you can tailor your house selling efforts accordingly.

2. Know Your Home

A buyer will assess your home's condition before deciding whether to submit an offer to purchase your residence. If you understand the current state of your residence, you can correct house problems right away. And if you quickly address these home issues, you may be able to accelerate the house selling journey.

It may be beneficial to conduct a house inspection prior to listing your residence. With an inspection, you can receive in-depth insights into any underlying house issues. Next, you can use an inspection report to prioritize home repairs and upgrades.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to navigate the home selling journey, you may want to hire a real estate agent. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive the support you need to instantly identify and resolve assorted property selling issues.

A real estate agent is committed to client satisfaction, and he or she will do everything possible to help you alleviate house selling issues. First, a real estate agent will learn about you and your house selling goals and craft a personalized property selling strategy. He or she then will work with you to promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent is happy to provide a recommendation about whether you should accept, reject or counter this homebuying proposal.

In addition, a real estate agent goes above and beyond the call of duty to minimize home selling stress. If you ever have concerns or questions during the home selling journey, a real estate agent is ready to address them.

For those who want to resolve home selling problems, it helps to plan ahead for the property selling journey. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can prepare for any home selling problems that may come your way. As a result, you can use these tips to address home selling issues and achieve the best-possible results during the house selling journey.




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