Cheryl Fleming - RE/MAX Executive Realty


Did you every hear the old expression, "Trust in God, but lock your door"? Not only has that adage been passed on from one generation to the next, but it's a lyric in an old Kenny Rogers song, and you'll occasionally see it on bumper stickers. Although keeping your home safe from intruders is a serious topic, that old saying reminds us, in a humorous way, that we shouldn't take home security for granted. In addition to high tech approaches to home protection, there are also easy and inexpensive steps you can take to discourage burglars. Although many of these safety measures seem like common sense, you'd be surprised at how many homeowners forget to lock doors, leave lights on, and take other simple precautions when they're away. Here's a handful of smart steps you can take to substantially reduce the risk of having your home broken into.
  1. Make a habit of locking your doors and windows. While this piece of advice may sound like a "no-brainer," many reports of home break-ins mention an unlocked window or door as the point of entry for burglars. The first thing you can do to tighten up security and feel safer in your own home is to increase your awareness of potential threats, and emphasize to your family the importance of taking precautions. The ideal scenario involves reinforcing positive habits, without instilling a sense of fear. After all, your home should be a peaceful place where your family always feels safe and comfortable.
  2. Shine a light on the problem. You would think that everyone would leave lights on when they're not home at night, but -- for one reason or another -- many don't. Keeping your home well lit, both inside and out, is a good strategy for thwarting crime. To save money on energy bills and to avoid the appearance of always having your lights on, you can purchase inexpensive lighting timers. Leaving a radio or TV on when you're not home, or connecting it to a timer, is another way to create the illusion that someone is home.
  3. Barking dogs are a known burglar deterrent, as are "Beware of Dog" signs. The actual dogs are obviously more effective than the warning signs, but many people bring their pets to a boarding facility when they're away on vacation. One solution is to arrange for a house sitter or an on-site pet care service to stop by. If you have a trusted neighbor or family member who can feed and walk your dog while you're away (maybe, water your plants, too!), then your canine security guard can remain on duty in your absence. Many communities also have licensed and bonded pet care services that can stop by and take care of your dogs, every day, eliminating the need for your pets to be away from home.
  4. Landscaping features can be a risk factor. Be aware that high bushes and hedges can make it easier for burglars to hide while breaking into windows. Keep shrubs and branches trimmed back as much as possible to eliminate this chink in your security plan. If you're still concerned about the effect of bushes on home security, then make sure your window locks are sturdy and fully functional. Inexpensive battery-operated window and door alarms are also an option.
One method that can virtually eliminate the problem of forgetting to lock your doors and turning on lights is to have a high-tech security system installed. This technology enables you to activate locks, lights, and even thermostats from any location with your cell phone, laptop, or other mobile device. While these automated systems and monitored alarms incur a monthly service fee, the peace of mind and added control you get over your home environment is often more than worth the expense.


7 Sean Mikeal Way, Grafton, MA 01519

Single-Family

$559,900
Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
This impressive 5 bedroom colonial is located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Cortland Manor. Home features include a beautiful white kitchen with granite open to spacious family room with built-in bookcases, vaulted ceiling, skylights and fireplace. This home also offers the elegance of a formal dining room and living room. An additional room on the first floor is currently being used for an office. Located on the second floor are 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master suite has a full bath and huge walk-in closet with extra storage over the garage. The lower level has an additional bedroom with full bath and large family room which would make a fantastic teen suite, man town or a possible in-law.... This home has central a/c, sprinkler system & electric fence. The exterior deck runs the length of the house & overlooks a stunning in-ground pool situated on a beautifully landscaped lot. Roof, 2009, a/c condenser, 2 years, town utilities.
Open House
Sunday
November 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Send or bring your buyers to see this beautiful colonial in a lovely neighborhood setting. Price reduced to $559,900. 4-5 bedrooms with 3.5 baths. Well maintained home with 20x40 in-ground pool. Town utilities. Great commuter location minutes to the Mass Pike, Route 146, 20, 290, 495 and the Grafton Commuter train!
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7 Sean Mikeal Way, Grafton, MA 01519

Single-Family

$559,900
Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
This impressive 5 bedroom colonial is located in the highly sought after neighborhood of Cortland Manor. Home features include a beautiful white kitchen with granite open to spacious family room with built-in bookcases, vaulted ceiling, skylights and fireplace. This home also offers the elegance of a formal dining room and living room. An additional room on the first floor is currently being used for an office. Located on the second floor are 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master suite has a full bath and huge walk-in closet with extra storage over the garage. The lower level has an additional bedroom with full bath and large family room which would make a fantastic teen suite, man town or a possible in-law.... This home has central a/c, sprinkler system & electric fence. The exterior deck runs the length of the house & overlooks a stunning in-ground pool situated on a beautifully landscaped lot. Roof, 2009, a/c condenser, 2 years, town utilities.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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253 Riverlin, Millbury, MA 01527

Single-Family

$280,999
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This fully dormered traditional 4 bdrm cape has plenty of room for the whole family! As you enter this home a convenient cozy nostalgic pine wood mud room offers additional space for relaxing. The eat-in kitchen has a bright new ceramic tile floor. The family room has a trio of windows offering ample natural light. Lovely original natural wood work throughout the house is in wonderful condition. Detailed swirled pattern ceilings add extra charm to this home. Hardwood floors are located on first and second floor. Huge bedrooms on second floor. New carpet runner on stairs. Updated windows, hot water tank, 2016, oil tank replaced 2015. This property is in a prime commuter location minutes to the Commuter train, Mass Pike, Route 20, 290 and 146.
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