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Spending time away from your house is a great way to feel energized and refreshed. Just a week on a tropical island, foreign soil or another invigorating out-of-town location can find you ready to take on new challenges, hopeful about your future. The one thing that can put a damper on the joy of getting away from home is the worry that your house will be tested and found to be less secure than you wished.

Actions that can lead to a more secure home

Remove this unnecessary worry by taking steps to secure your house well in advance of your departure. You could even ask a relative to test the security of your locks and other safety measures to validate that they hold. Below are specific actions that you can take to enjoy a more secure and a safer home.

Lock all doors and windows before you leave. Actually walk through your home and check each lock. Pull on door handles and pull up windows to ensure that the lock is secure. Make this a daily habit that you perform even if you only plan on being away from home for 30 minutes.

Turn on your house security alarm system. If you don’t have a security alarm system,consider getting one. To save money, you could buy a home security alarm system from a house goods store and install the system yourself. Just make sure that you have solid DIY skills and install the system the right way. For extra peace of mind, you could get a security system through a major provider. If you take this route, check out the service that allows you to see the exterior and interior of your house using a smartphone.

Additional ways to a more safe and secure home

More home security and safety steps include:

  • Ask a neighbor that you know and trust to pick up your newspapers, magazines and mail.
  • Place boxes for new products that you bought or ordered in the basement, attic, garage or another room at your house that cannot be peered into from outside.
  • Close window treatments, again, so people cannot see inside your home.
  • Install and turn on light timers.
  • Tell at least two relatives that you trust that you’re going to be away from home. Also, let these family members know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Park your vehicle on the street or in another area a week or two before you leave for an extended period. On other days, park your vehicle in your garage. This way, people won’t be able to use seeing or not seeing your vehicle as a way to know whether or not you are home.
  • Don’t announce that you’re going away on any social media or internet sites. Also, don’t leave messages in your email or voice mail that you’re going to be away.
  • Make sure that the stove, oven and other electrical products are turned off before you leave.
  • Take pets to the sitter. A barking dog or meowing cat could help to deter people who choose to steal. But, after a while these pets could signal that they are alone.
  • Ask a relative or friend to stop by your house once a day or once every other day.

Whether you’re going on vacation, a day trip or out of town to visit with family or friends, you should have the peace of mind that your house is secure while you’re away. After all, what’s the purpose of going away if you’re only going to stress about your house the entire time? By getting into the habit of taking home security actions, you could keep your home safe regardless of where you are. Good home safety habits can also protect your family at night.


This Single-Family in Grafton, MA recently sold for $450,000. This Cape,Contemporary style home was sold by Robyn Nasuti - CENTURY 21 Commonwealth.


8 Bedford Dr, Grafton, MA 01536

Single-Family

$449,900
Price
$450,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
Welcome to Bedford Drive in North Grafton. The place where friends gather, bicycles are ridden, T-ball games are played, trick or treats are handed out and memories are made. Stunning custom Cape in a fantastic neighborhood located on dead-end street.Open floor plan includes front to back living room. Hardwood flooring throughout the home. First floor hardwoods have been newly refinished. Second floor addition, heating, hot water heater, roof, and front windows all were completed eleven years ago. Gorgeous landscaped yard, perennial gardens, and raised vegetable beds overlooking inground heated Gunite pool with newer shed/pool house for changing room and storing pool items. Shed has electricity and lighting. There is also plenty of storage in the basement and additional 700+ square feet (just needs flooring). You have to see to believe all the care the owners have put into preparing the home.

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This Single-Family in Northbridge, MA recently sold for $432,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Robyn Nasuti - CENTURY 21 Commonwealth.


79 Brookway Dr, Northbridge, MA 01534

Single-Family

$437,900
Price
$432,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Situated in a beautiful neighborhood of estate sized lots, this lovely Colonial is convenient to Upton, Hopkinton and major routes. Backing up to woods and the award winning Shining Rock Golf Club community. This home is positioned perfectly in a quaint neighborhood in the Blackstone River Valley. This fine home is non traditional with many features. The seller has finished a room on the 3rd floor with a pool table for entertaining and added irrigation system to enhance the well cared for lawn. They also added a large screened porch with composite decking to enjoy natures bounty. Inside you will enjoy the spacious open floor plan and warm fires in winter from the fire place in the living room. The kitchen offers a pantry and cabinet packed kitchen, gleaming hardwoods throughout. There are soundproofed walls on 2nd story and a bonus room off master bedroom that could be used as an office, dressing room or nursery. There is a 3rd bay propane heated garage/custom work shop. A must see!

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Being a first-time home seller can be exhausting, especially if you want to maximize your house's purchase price. Fortunately, we're here to help you understand what it takes to succeed as a home seller, regardless of the real estate market's conditions. Here are three factors that every first-time home seller needs to consider before adding his or her house to the real estate market: 1. Your Home's Condition You've completed many home improvement projects over the years, and as such, you may have boosted the value of your house. However, despite these improvements, there may be a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure you're able to generate plenty of interest in your residence among prospective homebuyers. Getting a home appraisal often serves as a great first step on the home selling journey. A home appraiser will be able to give you a better idea about your house's worth as well as potential areas of improvement. As a home seller, you'll need to consider the value of any repairs you complete. Ultimately, a home improvement project may help you boost the value of your house, but it also may mean that it takes longer for you to add your house to the real estate market. Consider the pros and cons of home improvement projects. And if you need extra support, be sure to consult with an experienced real estate agent. 2. Your Home's Price Are you selling your residence in a seller's or buyer's market? Ideally, you'll want to be able to offer your house in a seller's market, i.e. a period in which there are more homebuyers than home sellers. Conversely, even if you're selling your house in a buyer's market (a market that includes more home sellers than homebuyers), you may be able to make your house more attractive to potential buyers if you offer a competitive price. Look at what similar homes in your area have sold for over the past few months. Also, be sure to work with a real estate agent who can provide insights into home selling and homebuying trends in your area. By doing so, you'll be better equipped to list your house for a fair price and improve your chances of a fast sale. 3. Your Post-Sale Plans If a homebuyer makes an offer on your residence that exceeds your expectations, how will you proceed? You'll need to consider your post-sale plans, as this will ensure that you're ready for any home selling scenario that comes your way. You may want to de-clutter your home as much as possible to make it easier to finalize a sale and relocate to a new address. In addition, you should try to work with a real estate agent who can help you sell your current home and find a new one that meets your needs going forward. Just because you're a first-time home seller doesn't mean you can't prepare like a pro. Consider the aforementioned home selling factors, and you may be able to improve your chances of optimizing the price of your home and speeding up the home selling process.


27 Howarth Dr, Upton, MA 01568

Single-Family

$627,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to the desirable community of Glen Echo Estates near the Upton/Westborough line. This bright and sunny Huntington model boasts a two story entry w/oak staircase, wainscoting, 4 generous bedrooms, including a master bedroom with tray ceilings a sitting room, huge walk in closet and gorgeous master bath that features a stunning glass tile shower, double sinks, granite counters, commode room and soaker tub. The open concept kitchen was renovated in 2015. Here you'll find stainless steel appliances, granite counters, recessed lighting, kitchen island, a pantry and tons of sunlight in the Florida room off the backside of the kitchen. The home also has a home office w/ French doors and front to back formal living/dining room separated by columns. If that's not enough there is an enormous walkout basement for finishing if you need more space. There are neighborhood block parties, and lots of fun to be had here in Glen Echo. And the views of sunset are amazing!
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