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7 Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips that Every Homeowner Should Know

October 23, 2018

Some Halloween tricks can really cost you.

 

Plenty of people love a good Halloween scare — as long no one gets hurt. And that includes your house.

Hot lights and large crowds present some real risks to homeowners. Follow these seven tips for trick-or-treat safety:

#1 Make Your Outdoor Lights as Bright as Possible

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John Pettibone, curator of Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, Mass., suggests checking the label on your outdoor light fixtures and using the highest wattage bulbs they can safely handle. You can always switch them back after the holiday for a softer glow.

#2 Prop Open the Storm Door for Trick-or-Treaters

Pettibone suggests propping open the screen or storm door so it doesn’t get in the way when there’s a big group of kids congregated on your stoop. Yellow caution tape can do the trick while keeping with your Halloween theme. A 1,000-ft. roll of 3-inch-wide tape is about $8.

#3 Use LEDs Instead of Real Candles

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Pettibone warns against lighting real candles in carved pumpkins or paper lanterns; they’re a fire waiting to happen. LED-bulb faux candles are much safer, and the light looks a lot like the real thing. Before you purchase Halloween decorative lights, be sure to look for safety certifications such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories).

#4 Use Motion Lights After the Trick-or-Treaters Have Left

When the trick-or-treaters go home, the vandals often come out. Motion sensor lights that illuminate the whole house can help scare away mischief makers out to egg your house or do more serious damage.

#5 Tighten Railings

Fixing wobbly or broken porch railings is a trick-or-treat safety must, as they can cause severe injuries if anyone leans on them a little too hard. Hire a contractor or handyman to fix the problem before your guests arrive.

#6 Use Friction Tape on Steps

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Steps can get slippery in damp weather. Prepare by applying friction tape ($16 for a 60-foot roll of 1-inch-wide tape) to steps.

If your neighborhood is at risk for an early freeze, stock up on ice melt, too ($20 for a 50-lb. bag).

A related Halloween trick-or-treat safety tip: Clear your walk, steps, and stoop of any obstructions like potted plants – and even jack-o’-lanterns. Move them where no one can accidentally stumble on them.

#7 Clear the Curb — It’s the Most Important Trick-or-Treat Safety Tip

Here’s a scary statistic: Four times as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween night than a normal night. Of all the trick-or-treat safety guidelines, this one could be the most important.

Reduce risks to little pedestrians by clearing parked cars from the curb for better visibility and placing a reflective “Watch for Children” sign at the edge of the road. On busy streets, consider having adults take turns maintaining safety in the street with a hand-held traffic control light.

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Coming Soon in Sturbridge, MA

October 22, 2018

COMING SOON! Sellers will take a pre-market offer!

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This quiet oasis is a commuting dream! Sitting on 1.5+ acres with deeded lake rights you can enjoy country living and enjoy an easy commute to the 84/90/20 interchange.

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This house has been tastefully updated to open concept living but maintains all the character.

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The chef style kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double wall ovens, center cooking island and gathering island is open the fireplace living room and upper deck.

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Full pantry and plenty of storage! The main level master has a walk in closet, accessory office space, separate side entrance and private bath with tiled shower and jetted tub. The lower level has been updated for a wonderful gathering space. The double fire place wall accents the room with a separate entrance, wet bar and stove.

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There is also additional space for a guest room or office. Two generous sized bedrooms and a full bath complete the top floor! The property is also being sold with a .78 acre lot on Leadmine Road for additional frontage!

 
Check this out before we are fully on market!

Cold Weather Got you Down?

October 18, 2018

Here’s a few tips to keep that cold air out of your home!

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Open House in Clinton, MA

October 18, 2018

Are you tired of looking at houses that are just not the “right one”? Here you are! Don’t miss the Open House Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM.
This young raised ranch on the southern side of Clinton is in a nice neighborhood location of newer homes with quick highway access.

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The large yard with custom patio and pergola offers you an outside oasis with plenty of trees and privacy.

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There are three bedrooms

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The custom mud room provides plenty of space for storage.

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The open room can be a anything you’d like!

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Can’t make the open house? Click the photo below to take a 3-D interactive tour!

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Don’t Miss this Leicester, MA Listing!

October 17, 2018

This home is ready for you-take a look at some pictures below!

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Great outdoor space.

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Updated kitchen.

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Living room and entrance to the deck.

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Bathroom.

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Three bedrooms!

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6 Creative Hacks to Put a Shoe Organizer to Work!

October 15, 2018

Simple over-the-door shoe organizers are brilliant hacks when it’s time to tame the clutter in your home.

 

Bulk shoppers and anyone with more stuff than storage, rejoice: You can reclaim your home from clutter with hanging shoe organizers. Sure, they’re amazing tools for wrangling homeless sneakers and ballet flats. But there’s another reason pro organizers adore them: Their numerous cubbies are perfect for containing odds and ends that drive homeowners mad. You know, that mass of knotted cords, your messy cabinet full of cleaning goods, that one disappearing mitten.

Pick up a few of these genius inventions and let your inner neat freak take over. Here are six shoe organizer ideas to get you started.

 

#1 Keep Bulk Buys in Check

Instead of piling up towers of paper towels or toilet paper, hang a cloth shoe organizer from your basement or bathroom closet rod and store each roll in its own individual cubby to free up floor space. As a bonus, you won’t have to fumble around trying to extract a roll from its plastic covering — just open the closet, grab, and go. (This tip applies to all kinds of bulk purchases, from canned goods to seltzer water.)

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#2 Corral Gift Wrap

Not sure where to tuck away your collection of festive wrapping paper? Don’t waste precious floor space by stuffing those awkward tubes in a box. Homeowner Angie Holden used a standard over-the-door organizer to keep her gift wrap in order after her under-the-bed storage system grew “too cumbersome to get out when I need it.”

Reserve three rows of the organizer’s slots for the long wrapping paper tubes. The rolls will sit in the lowest one. To keep those puppies upright, attach elastic bands to the organizer, between the upper two rows of slots, and slide the tubes down through the elastic before they reach their resting place in the lower row. Make it a complete gift station by sewing a catchall bag to the bottom of the organizer for ribbon, tape, and bows.

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#3 Cut the Cord on Clutter

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Don’t let tangled tablet chargers and extra iPhone cords rule your home. Instead, use a shoe organizer to keep your electronic accessories out of sight and ready when you need them. Organization blogger Stefanie Sliger divided her various cables by type, stuffed each set into its own pocket, and labeled accordingly. (Think “iCables,” “outlet adapters,” and “HDMI.”) “It’s definitely easier to see, grab, and store cords using the shoe organizer,” Sliger says. If you have extra space, those additional pockets are perfect for batteries and lightbulbs.

 

#4 Feed Your Kids

Tired of your little ones leaving a trail of displaced soup cans and sideways pasta boxes as they dig through the pantry in search of something to snack on? Using a shoe organizer to sort your snacks “makes it easy for kids to snag grab-and-go snacks,” like granola bars, applesauce, raisins, and juice boxes, says personal organizer MaryJo Monroe. Hang it over the pantry door for easy access.

#5 Tame Winter Garb

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As fall becomes winter, figuring out how to keep your endless collection of mittens, gloves, and extra fluffy socks organized and accessible can be a nightmare. After a basket storage system failed to keep her family’s winter accessories under control, blogger Jamie Rannila turned to a shoe organizer — a solution that has been particularly popular with her triplets. “This way of organizing makes it so easy for them to reach and put their items in their own compartment,” Rannila says.

#6 Create a One-Stop Cleaning Station

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Is your under-sink space cluttered with myriad sponges and half-empty spray bottles that needed to be pitched months ago? Stop digging through the dark to find the glass cleaner. A hanging shoe organizer in your pantry can make life so much easier — just stick each product and cleaning accessory in its own pocket. Voila! No more hunching and hunting.

Check out this Rental in Millbury, MA! COMES WITH SOLAR PANELS!

October 15, 2018

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Available November 15th! Lovely colonial home in Millbury featuring a large cathedral ceiling family room with fireplace, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths is now available for rent!

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Additional 4th bedroom off the Master makes a great nursery or office. Large flat back yard, deck and 2 car garage. Commuter friendly location with quick access to shopping, Mass Pike, UMass Memorial BUT on a wooded side street.

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Oil heat, central a/c, solar panels for low energy costs and appliances included (Range, Dishwasher, Disposal, Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer). No trips to the laundromat with this home!

 

Think FSBO Will Save You Money? New Study Says Otherwise

October 12, 2018

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When a seller prepares to put their home on the market, they have one of two choices: working with a real estate professional to sell their home, or attempting to sell it on their own (aka “FSBO” – for sale by owner).

The reason most sellers decide to go the FSBO route is to avoid paying a commission to a real estate agent. But turns out, FSBO doesn’t save money at all. In fact, in the end, it may cost you.

According to the 2017 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, homes sold using an agent sell for significantly more than FSBOs. In fact, the study found that the median price of a home sold by an agent was $250,000, compared to $190,000 for FSBOs—an astounding $60,000 difference.

Will you avoid paying a commission fee if you go the FSBO route? Yes. But if your home sells for $60,000 less than it would have with an agent, it’s not worth it. The math simply wouldn’t add up in your favor.

The Takeaway

FSBO might help you avoid paying a commission to a real estate agent, but when you factor in the expertise an agent brings to the table and the higher price they’ll be able to get for your home, FSBO isn’t a way to save money. In fact, it’s the opposite.

In conclusion…..

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Price Reduced for a Great Opportunity in Leicester, MA

October 12, 2018

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Nicely renovated large farm house style colonial on a tree lined country road is now reduced to $279,999 and READY FOR YOU!

Large rooms and high ceilings provide a light and airy flow to this house.

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Great outdoor space with a wrap around farmer’s porch, flat yard and 3 bay garage. Updated kitchen includes granite counters, mud room/pantry, stainless steel appliances and propane cook stove.

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The living room has newly refinished parquet wood floor, a fireplace with gas insert, beamed wood ceiling and entrance to the deck. Dining room features newly refinished hardwoods, a pellet stove and is bright with multiple front windows!

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Master bedroom has a dedicated staircase and cathedral ceilings with decorative window. 2 additional bedrooms are also generously sized. NEW well! NEW septic! Great yard! Great commuter location! 3 bedrooms, large general living space and over 1700 sq feet!

Click the photo below to take a 3-D interactive tour!

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Single Family Home Available in Blackstone, MA!

October 10, 2018

Who doesn’t love an antique style cape in New England in the fall? In a picturesque setting in Blackstone on 1.83 acres with wraparound porch and barn style garage this is will be the house you fall in love with!

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The first floor layout is perfect for entertaining or just staying home featuring a large eat-in kitchen, full dining room with hardwoods and front to back living room. Three bedrooms in the upper level with optional fourth (no closet) with adorable built-ins and plenty of closet space. Enjoy the 3 season screened- in room off the farmer’s porch that overlooks the back yard and barn.

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Oversized two and a half bay garage (1,152 sq ft) with steel beam so there are no column supports has room for all your items! Unfinished loft area above the garage bays can be your new workshop/office/hobby room. This home has so much to offer!

Click the photo below to take a 3-D Interactive tour!

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