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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/21/2017

Injuries, physical disabilities, surgeries and bone density issues can make it difficult to be mobile. They can also make it challenging to get in and out of a home, including the home of a relative or friend. With a few changes, your home can present less of a challenge for people with unique physical needs. Ensure that banisters outside and inside your home are secure. When you pull on banisters or place weight on them, make sure that they don’t pull away from the ground or wall. This could keep people with physical disabilities safe. It could also help to keep children safe. Although banisters are often used by people who are injured, aging or disabled, ensuring that your banisters are sturdy isn't the only step that you can take to create a home that supports people with unique physical needs. Additional ways that you could create a home environment that supports people with physical disabilities include: Wide walkways – Walkways that are at least 36 inches wide offer added accessibility to your home. Exterior coverings should be high enough to prevent tall people from having to bend over to enter your house without bumping their head or shoulders. Sidewalks should be free of debris, boxes and items that children and adults would have to climb over or maneuver around. Wheelchair ramp – A wheelchair ramp needs to be sturdy and wide enough to support several hundred pounds. During inclement weather, including hard rains and icy conditions, the ramp should be cleared and kept dry. Bathroom support rails – People with conditions like sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s may need to hold onto a railing to get in and out of the tub or shower. So too might someone who suffered an injury or who is recovering from surgery. Hardware stores sell steel bathroom support rails, but, they must be properly installed. You could hire a professional to install support rails. Adequate lighting – Motion detector lights outside your home serve multiple purposes, including deterring burglars and preventing falls. The lights can be installed near front and back walkways and along roof corners. Nonslip surfaces – Keep sidewalks shoveled and salted in the winter. You could also place rubber mats on porches and inside doorways year round to prevent slips and falls after a rain or whenever people get their feet or shoes wet. Open floor plan – An open floor plan is great at making it easy for parents to keep an eye on young children. An open floor plan also reduces the numbers of doors that people have to push through to go from room to room. Keyless door entry – Similar to benefits derived from an open floor plan, keyless door entry can take the strain out of fumbling with keys. You can also opt for door handles that operate with levers rather than knobs to reduce the numbers of times people with arthritis and other tissue and muscle issues have to work to open doors. Level flooring – Uneven flooring can cause people to stumble, trip and fall. Whether floors are carpeted, tiled or hardwood, ensure that they are even or level. Replace areas that have started to curl or bubble. Security alarms – Install security alarms that not only alert first responders to burglaries but that also alert first responders to falls and accidents on your property. Cabinets – If needed, lower cabinets so that shorter adults can reach plates, cups and glasses. However, avoid placing frequently used items in bottom cabinets that require adults to bend to the floor, potentially making it hard for aging adults or people recovering from injuries to reach the items. The National Directory of Home Modification Resources and state agencies list organizations that provide tools that you can add to your home to make it easier for aging parents, injured people and children and adults with physical disabilities to visit or live in your home. Who knows? Modifications that you make today could allow you to remain in your home years from now.




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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/19/2017


57 Bay Rd, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Buyers, grasp this opportunity before it eludes you! The original owner has lovingly maintained her ranch style home on an attractive corner lot, where she enjoys one level living & convenient access to points south (BLCH center & Mass Pike) & to points north & west (Amherst & Five Colleges). 1560 sq. ft. comprise living room; kitchen with dining area & slider to deck & yard; family room with wood stove & 3/4 bath; 3 bedrooms & full bath. For yet more space, windowed walk-out basement lends itself to finishing. Large, refurbished, west facing deck off the kitchen draws you to the outdoors esp. for sunsets & to a lovely yard for gardening or any fun activity. Major work is all done for next owner: EXTERIOR: newer roof; Harvey replacement windows & storm doors; vinyl siding; custom front steps; INTERIOR: kitchen with breakfast bar & walnut cabinetry; updated baths with tile floor & cherry vanity in main bath, upgraded lighting; first floor laundry, etc. PUBLIC SEWER hook up as well!
Open House
Wednesday
June 21 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rt. 9 south, sharp right onto Bay Rd, house on the left
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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/19/2017

This Single-Family in Belchertown, MA recently sold for $335,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


1 Trillium Way, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$335,000
Price
$335,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
New Price reflects finishing the bonus room above garage (which can be negotiated to leave unfinished) BRAND NEW Visually Appealing Colonial Style Home on one of Belchertown's newest rural cul-de-sac neighborhoods. You will enjoy the open feel and separation of master suite from the other bedrooms. Nestled in the country and yet minutes to Amherst or the Center of Town. Close to Knights Pond. Be the first owner of this care-free, low maintenance home being built with the new energy stretch code. Generous allowances to help you make this one your own. Make this your own peaceful sanctuary. Only 2 lots left before this development is sold out.

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/19/2017

This Single-Family in Shutesbury, MA recently sold for $285,000. This Cape,Antique style home was sold by Sally Malsch - Five College REALTORS ®.


27 Wendell Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072

Single-Family

$299,900
Price
$285,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Embrace the best of both worlds, country living in a college hub! This 1843, historic Greek Revival Cape, bounded by stonewalls & fencing, captivates you with its New England charm. One of the oldest homesteads in Shutesbury, in a superb location at the top of the sunny hill and within walking distance of the town hall, post office, farmer's market & just 4 miles from the popular Lake Wyola area, a nature's lover's delight. The floor plan of this 1800 SF house makes family living easy, as it both connects & separates the large country kitchen (with adjacent pantry & workshop), the LR, DR, family room, study & bath. Light streams through abundant windows. Mixed hardwood & wide plank, pine floors & provides passive solar heat in the enclosed entryway. 3-4 bedrms (MBR Suite) & 2nd full bath + laundry complete the 2nd floor. Amenities include: built-ins, 1 car garage, newer well, new 4 BR septic, oil tank, generator, Goshen stone walkway & patio.

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Posted by Sally Malsch on 6/19/2017


57 Bay Rd, Belchertown, MA 01007

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Buyers, grasp this opportunity before it eludes you! The original owner has lovingly maintained her ranch style home on an attractive corner lot, where she enjoys one level living and convenient access to points south (BLCH center & Mass Pike) & to points north & west (Amherst & Five Colleges). 1560 sq. ft. comprise living room; kitchen with dining area & slider to west facing deck (sunsets!); family room with wood stove & 3/4 bath; 3 bedrooms & full bath. For yet more space, windowed walk-out basement lends itself to finishing. Large, refurbished, east facing deck off the kitchen draws you to the outdoors & to a lovely yard for gardening or any fun activity. Major work is all done for next owner: EXTERIOR: newer roof; Harvey replacement windows & storm doors; vinyl siding; custom front steps; INTERIOR: kitchen with breakfast bar & walnut cabinetry; updated baths with tile floor & cherry vanity in main bath, upgraded lighting; first floor laundry, etc. PUBLIC SEWER hook up as well!
Open House
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