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Guest rooms, often unused most of the year, all too often end up as a holding area for clutter you're too attached to toss but not quite in love with enough to put out in a frequently used room. Moving into a new home creates the perfect clean slate for setting up a guest room that is a luxurious home away from home for visiting friends and family. Keep reading to learn how to set up a guest room that wows visitors.

Start with the essentials:

If nothing else, be sure to put out plenty of blankets and pillows for your overnight guests to sleep comfortably in your home. Make sure to have at least one lightweight blanket and one heavy one to suit varying temperatures.

Try spending at least one night in your guest room to get a feel for the room. Is it extra drafty? Is the sun overbearing in the morning or maybe the room is poorly lit for the nighttime. Having first-hand experience with staying in your guest room helps you to thoughtfully furnish the room. 

If your guest bedroom doesn’t have its own bathroom hang a mirror up for guests to get ready in the comfort of their own room. 

Put items for guests to use out in plain sight so that they do not need to feel like a snoop going through drawers to find an extra blanket or spare toothbrush. When setting up the room get creative with ways you can tastefully leave these items out instead of just cluttering up available surfaces.

Speaking of a spare toothbrush, earn bonus hospitality points by leaving out spare and travel size personal care items for your guests who may have forgotten their own. You’ll also want to stock the bathroom with extra toilet paper, tissues, and towels.

Little extras that make a big impression:

For guests who are staying for a few days or longer, you should provide plenty of available hooks and hangers as well as at least one empty drawer. You may also want to include a bedside clock with an alarm feature.

Bring in the comforts of home by providing a bedside light, books and magazines as well as a comfortable chair to sit in with a side table. Fresh cut flowers or houseplants always make a room feel more pulled together and lived in.

Leave out some entertainment options for guests who may be night owls or early risers. Whether you add magazines, books or a few movies make sure they are current and interesting. In the age of the mobile phone be sure to also include your home’s wifi password out in the open, perhaps even framed, and spare charging cords.

Add lastly, you can add a touch of luxury by including an electric kettle, mugs, packets of tea, instant coffee and packets of creamer and sugar. Consider also putting out a few snacks and drinking water.

When having friends and family stay overnight the hope is always for them to feel at home. You can avoid a cold, unwelcoming guest room by employing just a few of the above tips. After all, it’s the little things that count and your extra efforts surely won’t go unnoticed!


Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered).

In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on to other options.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the reasons you might want to get a home inspection whether you’re buying or selling a home.

Home inspections for buyers

There’s a reason most real estate contracts come with an inspection contingency. Expensive, impending repairs on a home can greatly affect how much you’re willing to offer on a home, or if you’re willing to make an offer at all.

Some buyers opt out of an inspection. This can be done for numerous reasons. The most common reason is that the buyer has a personal relationship with the seller and has faith that they are getting the full story when it comes to the state of the house. The other reason is that a buyer is trying to gain a competitive edge over the competition on a home, sweetening the deal by waiving the inspection and paving the way for a quick sale.

Both of these reasons have their flaws. For one, the seller might not even know the full extent of the repairs a home may need and an appraisal might not catch all of the issues with a home.

Another reason a buyer may waive an inspection contingency is because the seller claims to have recently had the home inspected. While this may be true, buyers should still opt to hire their own professional. This way, they can guarantee that the inspection was done by someone who is licensed and has their best interests in mind.

Home inspections for sellers

As we’ve seen, home inspections are typically designed to protect the interest of home buyers. However, sellers also stand to gain from ordering their own home inspection.

If you’re planning on selling within the next six months to a year, it will pay off to know exactly what issues the home currently has or will have in the near future. This will give you the chance to make repairs or address issues that could cause complications with your sale. You don’t want to be on your way to closing on an offer to suddenly realize you need to pay and arrange for a new roof.

So, whether you’re a buyer or seller, home inspections can be immensely beneficial to learn more about your home or the home you’re planning on buying. It will help you be prepared to make repairs if you’re a buyer. Or, if you’re a seller, you can make a plan to negotiate repairs with the seller based on the findings of the inspection.


This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $255,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kate Hogan - Sawicki Real Estate.


554 State St, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$250,000
Price
$255,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
HOME SWEET HOME! Look no further, this home is for YOU! Very well cared for 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath cape nestled back on 3.44 acres. Open floor plan with a fully applianced kitchen offering a dining area which leads to the back deck overlooking the private property. The "3rd bedroom" is currently being used as a formal dining room. 1st floor laundry and 1/2 bath. 2 oversized bedrooms on the 2nd floor with the master offering a balcony with beautiful views. Forced air oil heat and central air. The above ground propane tank is for the hot water and cooking stove. 2 driveways...One driveway to the 2 car under garage and one driveway to the main door . No showings until the open house Sunday Feb.18th from 12-2. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TOUR.

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This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $255,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kate Hogan - Sawicki Real Estate.


554 State St, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$250,000
Price
$255,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
HOME SWEET HOME! Look no further, this home is for YOU! Very well cared for 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath cape nestled back on 3.44 acres. Open floor plan with a fully applianced kitchen offering a dining area which leads to the back deck overlooking the private property. The "3rd bedroom" is currently being used as a formal dining room. 1st floor laundry and 1/2 bath. 2 oversized bedrooms on the 2nd floor with the master offering a balcony with beautiful views. Forced air oil heat and central air. The above ground propane tank is for the hot water and cooking stove. 2 driveways...One driveway to the 2 car under garage and one driveway to the main door . No showings until the open house Sunday Feb.18th from 12-2. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TOUR.

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This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $255,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kate Hogan - Sawicki Real Estate.


554 State St, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$250,000
Price
$255,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
HOME SWEET HOME! Look no further, this home is for YOU! Very well cared for 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath cape nestled back on 3.44 acres. Open floor plan with a fully applianced kitchen offering a dining area which leads to the back deck overlooking the private property. The "3rd bedroom" is currently being used as a formal dining room. 1st floor laundry and 1/2 bath. 2 oversized bedrooms on the 2nd floor with the master offering a balcony with beautiful views. Forced air oil heat and central air. The above ground propane tank is for the hot water and cooking stove. 2 driveways...One driveway to the 2 car under garage and one driveway to the main door . No showings until the open house Sunday Feb.18th from 12-2. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TOUR.

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