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9 Home Hacks to Ease Daily Billerica Homeowner Hassles

You don’t have to be holding a showing or Billerica open house to appreciate time-saving maintenance and organizational tips. Nowadays, many of these are being called “home hacks”—but no matter what you call them, when you find yourself repeatedly dealing with recurring cleaning and household organizational problems, simple shortcuts are what is called for.

Without further ado, here are 9 home hacks for Billerica householders. I’ve noted them as briefly as possible so you can quickly spot familiar situations in your own household:

  1. Oil-stained garage floor? Some recommend sprinkling with cat litter—but it can get messy. Try Coca-Cola first!
  2. Don’t throw out those plastic clips that keep bread bags closed—label them with the names of the electronic devices plugged into the media center’s power strip. They’ll hang perfectly on the cords—and let you know which is which without unplugging (and triggering a date/time reset).
  3. When you are doing all the bedrooms at once for a showing or open house, you’ll be glad if you’ve kept the separate sheet sets in their matching pillowcases.
  4. Curtain rod hack ONE: Suspend a curtain rod from ceiling hooks near the washer/dryer. All you need is a bunch of coat hangers—and see how handily they organize the clean shirts!
  5. Curtain rod hack TWO: Too much cleaning stuff jammed together under the kitchen sink? Install another curtain rod near the top, and hang all the spray-nozzle-type bottles from it. Now there’s plenty of room for all the rest of the stuff below.
  6. Stubborn water spots on shower doors and mirrors? Use dryer sheets.
  7. If you’ve stashed family board games in storage containers, label them. It’s easy to forget how family board and card games can make family gatherings—but without labels, all those old games are out of sight and out of mind.
  8. Cleaning Billerica properties that have lots of stainless steel appliances can be frustrating unless you’ve heard about using rubbing alcohol with a microfiber cloth. Always wipe with the grain.
  9. Tie a baggy with vinegar around a clogged shower head and leave it overnight— sometimes this actually works!)

These are nine of the “home hacks” that can save Billerica householders time and frustration. Saving my Billerica real estate clients both is part of my job description!

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary

LAER Realty Partners     cell 978-376-3978

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Open House Sunday July 1st Noon to 1:30pm Westford MA

Another Sunday here and time for another open house – Join us at 16 Stoneview Drive in Westford MA

#16 enjoys the privacy of a quiet cul-de-sac at the end of Stoneview Dr. The backyard is embraced by a stand of tall pine which goes back for many acres. Many varieties of birds populate the area and the yard itself is generously landscaped with weeping cherry trees, peach trees, rhododendrons, and colorful day lilies and other perennials.

The kitchen flows out to a deck which is convenient for entertaining & outdoor cooking on the grill, keeping the outdoors near at hand. The stairs that lead from one floor to the next consist of 2 half-flights connected by a landing – this translates into a nearly effortless climb (compared with a straight flight of stairs).

The house received numerous upgrades when it was built. The kitchen and baths have tile floors and you’ll find a new custom tiled backsplash in the kitchen and custom tiled floor in the family room downstairs. The livingroom and upstairs hallway have recently been re-done in light oak hardwood.

The house boasts central A/C and a new hot water heater and furnace.

There is a community-based septic system which the Stoneview Association keeps current with Title V certification.

Westford is nicely distanced from the hectic city centers, yet still convenient to major shopping areas like Nashua,NH. Schools are closeby and the town beach at Forge Village is only a couple minutes’ drive.

We’ve put a lot into this house over the years and in return it has totally accommodated us and our extended family.

What better testimonial but from the seller’s themselves.  Stop by today.  Make an offer.

Joan Parcewski  Woods Real Estate   978-376-3978

Open Houses Today – April 7th – Bedford and Westford

Don’t miss today’s open houses – drop in – one of these could be your next home

from 11:30am to 1:30pm 343 South Rd in Bedford MA – New Construction
completed in January – move in ready

from 3pm to 4pm – 16 Stoneview Drive in Westford – 15 year young in cul de sac location – short ride to 495 and the Butterfly place – ready to move in

If you are unable to attend an open house, contact Joan directly at 978-376-3978 or by email at for a private showing.

Open House Today – Friday – April 6th – 4pm to 5:30pm

With a busy weekend many of you are out and about – shopping, perhaps stopping to eat or have a coffee with friends and family.

While you are out don’t miss our open house tonite – That’s right – Friday, April 6th, from 4pm to 5:30pm in Billerica – at 9 Glenwood
Location right outside of Billerica center and a short hop skip and a jump to Rte 3 and points North and South. Stop by and say hello and take a look around. Could be your next house – or perhaps a family member or friend. And did I tell you it is NEW CONSTRUCTION!

Before the Stager comes the Organizer

There are a lot of steps to get your house ready for the market to get the best price. One of those steps may include an organizer. Welcome to our newest guest blogger, Karen Kenney from Organizing Works. And where did I meet Karen – at a Health Fair where helping people to destress includes getting organized!

Attention: All Real Estate Agents and Homeowners

Does your home stager scare or upset your clients? Are things prematurely tossed out, or boxed up for a better open house?

After the open house does the homeowner want to start using the some of the things that were packed away, making for another round of staging?

Do you feel pressure to clean up your home before the stager comes and starts boxing up and throwing your things out? Some of your things may be moved to different parts of your home, misplaced or broken. Trying to work with your agent to de-clutter and simplify is very overwhelming, you may have gotten rid of something you could use right now but can’t locate it.

PSST Want to know a Secret?

Hire a professional organizer, before the home stager, starts working on your home. Meet with your Real Estate Agent and your organizer to get the list of what needs to be done within the home to make it SELL.

A professional organizer can box up the things that are not needed right now, and inventory the contents so that you can find everything after the open house. Once everything is packed up and put someplace safe, the home stager can really make your home shine!

Karen Kenney of OrganizingWORKS is an experienced professional organizer, who can help get your home ready to sell. Karen can help the whole team, the homeowner, the real estate agent and the home stagers. It will be WIN-WIN for everyone, and isn’t that what selling your home is all about?

For free consultation call Karen at 781-275-8915.

For information and testimonials check out Karen’s websites – &

New Construction Open House Weekend – Bedford MA – Sunday & Monday

Don’t miss the open house on this new construction at 343 South Rd in Bedford MA – Open Sunday, January 1st  1230 to 2:30 AND Monday, January 2nd, 11:30 to 1:30

Home nearly complete – just looking for its first owners – If you are looking for your first home, looking to upsize, maybe moving into the area – stop by and say hi

Open House – New Construction

Join me for my open house at 343 South Rd  Bedford MA Saturday 11/26 and Sunday 11/27  – click here for more info

If you are unable to attend (doing that holiday shopping) – give me a call at 978-376-3978 to arrange a more convenient day and time

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