Erin Callahan | Holyoke Real Estate, South Hadley Real Estate, Northampton Real Estate


Arranging furniture in your home can be a real puzzle. There’s so many different mistakes that can be made in how you set up the seating, tables, and bedding in your home that you probably don’t even realize it. Below, you’ll find some of the most common furniture arranging mistakes and how to fix them. 


All of Your Furniture Is Against A Wall 


It may seem like a way to make your room feel bigger to push everything against a wall, but this thought process is flawed. You want your rooms to feel cozy, not spaced out. You’ll be surprised what floating furniture can do for a room. 


You Put Too Much Furniture In A Room


Whether you have a small space or a giant room, plan what kind of furniture you put in the room very carefully. Overcrowding a space makes it feel stuffy and claustrophobic. While you hope to have enough seating in a room for everyone, you don’t need to overdo it. Put the furniture in a room that makes sense for you to have. There's also no harm in having big, open spaces in a room. As long as the purpose is served, sometimes an airy space can be quite a stress reliever.


Putting more furniture in a space won’t help a room to magically grow either. Be realistic about how many square feet you have in a room. From there, you can decide what goes where. If you still feel that you have too many pieces of furniture around, it’s time to sell or donate some of the chairs and tables that don’t get as much use. 


You Tend To Block Windows With Furniture


Using your sofa or a bed to place in front of a window may seem like a good idea. Whether your purpose is to block some light, or if it’s your only option for placement, you may need to do some refiguring. One problem is that the light coming in the window will cause some serious fading to any material that’s in the path. If it’s a bed that’s placed across a window, you also face a lack of privacy. 


You can fix any of these issues quite simply with some drapery. Drapery helps to filter the light, reducing the heat in the room. Using curtains will also help you to reduce the incidence of fading on your fabrics. Curtains also help to keep your privacy. While it can be difficult to arrange a small room where a window is your only option for furniture placement, the simple addition of curtains really makes a difference.



221 Walnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Single-Family

$199,000
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Need a big house at a great price? This is the one. This 5 bedroom, two and half bath colonial with first floor laundry has everything! Updated kitchen with huge island, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances. First floor master with tandem closet and master bath (walk in shower.) Half bath off kitchen and living room has washer and dryer hookups. Completely rewired with new light fixtures! Replacement windows on 1st and second floor. New Roof. New Boiler. New back deck!! New vanities. New toilets. Refinshed hardwood floors! High ceilings soak the house in light. Original staircase has breathtaking intricacies. Premium off street parking for 4 cars. 2 car garage and alley way access. Don't just drive by! Come inside and see what you can do with all this space!
Open House
Sunday
December 08 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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Location: 221 Walnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040    Get Directions

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741 Prospect St, Chicopee, MA 01020

Single-Family

$189,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Adorable 3 bedroom Cape on Prospect Street. First floor master with walk-in closet. Refinished hardwood floors on first floor. New Kitchen includes new cabinets, counter tops and appliances. New Bathroom sparkles with new sink and shower. Updated Utilities. New floors in second level bedrooms. Good closet space. Spacious 1 car garage. Lovely breezeway looking onto fenced in backyard with beautiful shady trees, arborvitaes planted for privacy and a stone walk way. The black doors and white walls give the space a hip and modern feel. Open concept from kitchen to living room makes it great for entertaining.
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Sunday
December 08 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Most Americans dream of owning their own home. The size of that pictured house is often spacious. As the housing market gets tighter, the prices of homes go up. The bigger the home you wish to buy, the larger the price tag. Keep in mind that the bigger the house you buy is, the more everything else will cost. That means you have to look deep into your budget and far beyond the list price of a home to understand what you have to work with financially. Some things that a more prominent home might bring are:


Higher utility bills due to more space that you have to heat and cool

Increased property tax

Higher insurance premiums

More expensive repairs

More expensive renovations

Bigger yard to landscape


These are all additional costs that you should consider before you take the plunge to buy a larger home. The longer you live in the house, the more these expenses can add up. Many things like flooring, carpet, concrete, and roofing materials are priced by the square foot. While living large can be a great decision, the additional expenses can really add up.  


If You Have Kids, Reconsider


Raising children is expensive. While you may want your child to have a large room and a lot of amenities right inside their home, there are so many other things that kids need. Consider your child’s hobbies. How much of your budget do you devote to those? Do your kids hope to attend college? How much extra money in your budget do you have for vacations and other activities that you may want to do as a family? Buying a bigger house could mean that you have less money in your budget for these things. Understand all the ways that you need to stretch your money before you have your eyes set on a larger home. 


Consider The Rest Of Your Needs


A more massive home means a more substantial monthly mortgage payment. That leaves less for you to save for things like retirement, rainy day funds, and other financial goals. Don’t let the fact that you have your eyes set on a big house shadow the rest of your life and your needs. A large part of buying a home is planning ahead. It will be a smart decision all around for you and your family to buy a home that’s affordable.            


Buying a larger home fulfills a dream for many homebuyers, but don’t let that idea become a singular goal.       




221 Walnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Single-Family

$199,000
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Need a big house at a great price? This is the one. This 5 bedroom, two and half bath colonial with first floor laundry has everything! Updated kitchen with huge island, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances. First floor master with tandem closet and master bath (walk in shower.) Half bath off kitchen and living room has washer and dryer hookups. Completely rewired with new light fixtures! Replacement windows on 1st and second floor. New Roof. New Boiler. New back deck!! New vanities. New toilets. Refinshed hardwood floors! High ceilings soak the house in light. Original staircase has breathtaking intricacies. Premium off street parking for 4 cars. 2 car garage and alley way access. Don't just drive by! Come inside and see what you can do with all this space!
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