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In today's real estate market, hardwood floors are a highly desired feature in a house. Potential buyers are often turned off by homes with carpeted floors because it's almost impossible to keep them clean. Time is not on your side when it comes to maintaining nice-looking carpeted floors!

No matter how careful you are, sooner or later someone's going to knock over a glass of grape juice or wine -- and that's only the short list of accidents waiting to happen! While dogs and cats can be a wonderful addition to any family, they are not a friend of floors -- either carpeted or hardwood.

In theory, hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpeting because of the absorbency factor. If your carpeting hasn't been treated with a stain-resistant chemical, it will quickly absorb stains, spills, and pet accidents faster than you can clean them up! Although the latest carpeting materials are much more stain resistant than earlier versions, spills that are not noticed and cleaned up quickly may cause permanent damage.

Spills, water, and pet urine can also wreak havoc on hardwood floors, so a quick response is essential to preventing damage. Here are a few other tips for keeping your floors looking clean and beautiful.

  • Door mats can be helpful in minimizing the amount of dirt and grit that gets tracked into your home. What homeowners and even housekeepers sometimes forget is that door mats need to be shaken out on a regular basis. If they're not, dirt, soil, and other debris will accumulate on the mats, causing them to create more of a problem than a solution! Door mats need to be replaced periodically, too, when they become too worn down or wet to be of any use.
  • Shoe removal: This is a difficult policy to enforce, but it will make house cleaning and floor maintenance easier and more effective. Whether you're talking about carpeting or hardwood floors, shoes are invariably going to track in dirt, grime, water, mud, and other miscellaneous contaminants!
  • The right cleaning methods: Although it's always a good idea to follow manufacturer recommendations when cleaning any type of flooring, hardwood floors often need to be treated with more care than their carpeted counterparts. Since there are a lot of ways to scratch, dent, or gouge hardwood floor surfaces, it's crucial to avoid trying to scrub away spills or stains with any abrasive material. To remove potentially damaging grit, floors should be regularly cleaned with a soft dust mop or broom with soft bristles. Ideally, your vacuum cleaner should also be padded on the bottom to avoid scratching the finish of your wood floors.
While any kind of flooring can be subject to wear and tear over time, the good news is that you can take preventative steps to protect your floors and keep them looking great for many years to come!



175 N Main St, Deerfield, MA 01373

Single-Family

$275,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Great location! Close to town, schools, area amenities, Mt Sugarloaf, and Rt 91. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse located on beautiful North Main St in Deerfield has been well cared by one family for years with endless possibilities. Horses? A mini farm? Both would work here. Spacious 2.8 acre lot, attached carport garage, large attached barn, garden and farming options, and screened front porch for those relaxing days. Inside you will find a formal front entry with a large living room, 2 full baths, dining room, eat in kitchen, sun room, breezeway, side entry and back entry. Two sets of stairs take you to the second story where there are 4 bedrooms. Versatile space. Sunlit rooms. Enjoy a nice stroll on a warm summer night. This gem of a property has so much to offer. Come see it today!
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Sunday
August 18 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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1300 Federal St, Belchertown, MA 01007

Condo

$125,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Great location. Amherst/Belchertown Line! Efficient and affordable 2 bedroom, 1 bath, condo in a lovely complex. On bus route. Inside you will find living room, eat -in kitchen, newer appliances, pantry, 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath upstairs with plenty of closet space. Nice outdoor common area with gardens. Basement for storage with laundry on site. Newer siding, roof (2017), and water heater. Windows have been updated from original. Perfect starter home or investment. Come see it today!
Open House
Sunday
August 18 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Location: 1300 Federal St, Belchertown, MA 01007    Get Directions




A home is one of the biggest purchases that an individual can make in his or her lifetime. It also may prove to be expensive, particularly for those who fail to plan ahead for the property buying journey.

There is no need to break your budget to acquire your dream residence. In fact, there are many quick, easy ways to guarantee you can keep you finances in check and avoid the risk of spending too much to purchase your ideal house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can buy a quality house at a budget-friendly price.

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

You want to buy a home, but you still have no idea how much you can spend on a residence. Thankfully, if you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand. As a result, you will know exactly how much you can spend on a house and can plan accordingly.

Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who are happy to meet with you. These mortgage specialists can review your income, credit score and other relevant financial data. Then, they can provide you with mortgage options based on your finances.

2. Narrow Your Home Search

Although most people want to buy a mansion, it is important to establish realistic homebuying expectations. Because if you narrow your home search to properties that fall within your price range, you can speed up the property buying journey. Perhaps most important, you can shop around to find a terrific home that corresponds to your budget.

Don't forget to consider homes in a variety of cities and towns too. In some instances, it may prove to be more cost-effective to purchase a house in a small town than a residence in a big city.

3. Evaluate Your Short- and Long-Term Plans

Think about your short- and long-term plans, and you may be better equipped than ever before to map out your home finances for the foreseeable future.

For instance, if you plan to raise a family in the years to come, you may want to consider the costs associated with childcare and other child expenses. This will allow you to budget properly as you search for your dream home.

On the other hand, if you recently accepted a work promotion, your income soon may rise. In this situation, you may be able to increase your homebuying budget due to the fact that extra income will be coming your way.

Lastly, as you get ready to search for a house, you may want to hire a real estate agent. In addition to helping you find a home that matches your budget, a real estate agent will offer expert guidance throughout the property buying journey. He or she will help you prepare for a home inspection, closing and other important steps during the homebuying process. By doing so, a real estate agent will help you seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey and achieve the optimal results.



1300 Federal St, Belchertown, MA 01007

Condo

$125,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Great location close to the Amherst town line. Efficient and affordable 2 bedroom, 1 bath, condo in a lovely complex. Inside you will find living room, eat -in kitchen, newer appliances, pantry, 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath upstairs with plenty of closet space. Basement for storage with laundry on site. Newer siding and roof. Perfect starter home or investment. Come see it today!
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