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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 6/5/2018

Once you've lived in your home for a while it's easy to become relaxed on security. Maybe it's because you live in a safe neighborhood, or maybe you just have a habit of not locking doors. Regardless of the reason, practicing good security can pay off in a huge way protecting yourself, your family, and your belongings from harm. In this article, we're going to cover some home security basics that you might be forgetting and help you build a habit of taking care of them. Read on to learn some tips for security at home.

Safety hazards

Some of the most common safety hazards to your home are completely preventable. Hazards like fire and carbon monoxide are both easily averted by safe practices when it comes to cooking, electronics, and using open flames of any kind. Follow these tips to protect yourself from fire:
  • Install fire and CO detectors throughout your home. Set a reminder in your calendar to check the batteries yearly or however long is recommended on the detector.
  • Make sure your family knows basic cooking an electronics safety such as how to properly use ovens, microwaves, and power outlets.
  • Teach your family the proper use of fire extinguishers and have a fire safety week at your home where you cover the aforementioned topics, as well as how to evacuate the house in case of a fire.

Burglary

According to the FBI, break-ins are the number one most common threat to a home. There is a break-in every 15 seconds in America. Follow these tips to prevent break-ins at your home:
  • Don't leave spare keys outside your home or on your porch. Similarly, don't leave spare keys on or in your vehicle.
  • Make sure your doors and windows lock properly. Burglars will often move past a home if they cannot easily enter through the front or back doors. Installing a deadbolt will add to the integrity of your doors.
  • Don't keep valuable items like laptops, televisions, or expensive sound systems in plain sight from the road.
  • Change the locks when you move into a new home and keep track of the number of key copies that are made.
  • Keep a fireproof, waterproof, heavy safe in your home with important or dangerous items stored inside. This includes jewelry, important documents, and firearms & ammunition.
  • Get to know your neighbors and agree to keep an eye on one another's homes, especially when one of you is away. Install motion sensor lights and find out if your neighbor uses them. Similarly, have them pick up your mail when you're away so it doesn't seem obvious that your house is empty.

The Role of the internet and technology

Technology can be a useful tool in making your home safer or it can be an easy way to advertise that you are vulnerable to a break-in. Follow these tips when it comes to technology-related security:
  • Don't post pictures of valuable items on social media
  • Don't advertise to your social media "friends" when you are going away. This could be an invitation to break in.
  • Installing a security system or even some dummy cameras and alarms can be a great deterrent.
  • Use encrypted cloud storage to keep your data safe. That includes copies of birth certificates, social security cards, family photos, wills, and more.
 





Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 6/4/2018


11 Red River Road , Harwich, MA 02645

Harwich (village)

Single-Family

$429,000
Price

5
Total Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Located on a quite street around the corner from Red River Beach in South Harwich. The home has a new kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances that overlook the wood burning fireplaced Living Room. A door off the Kitchen leads to a large deck with a view an plenty of privacy. Gleaming Hardwood floors throughout. A full bath with new fixtures and tile floor. A 2 car garage is attached to the home.Other noteable upgrades include windows, doors, heating system, roof and septic system and lawn .
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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 5/30/2018


7 Pheasant Run , Harwich, MA 02645

East Harwich

Single-Family

$596,900
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Pride of ownership and turn key. Many new improvements to this over 2500 square feet residence, set on large lot with 2 car garage and outbuilding. Separate office space above garage. Lovely perennial gardens, ready for the spring thaw, on private cul-de-sac, in close proximity to Pleasant Bay for both swimming and boating.First or second floor master ''en suite'', first floor laundry, cathedral ceilings,skylights,much storage and privacy.Irrigation, hardwood floors,outdoor shower, full dry basement and furnished if desired.
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June 03 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 5/29/2018

Window shutters are a very old form of home improvement. Since there have been windows or openings in the walls of houses, shutters have been around. While they don’t serve much of a practical purpose in the present day, they once were very important to homeowners.  Early shutters were meant to protect the interior of a home from things like intruders, weather, and animals. 


Ornamentation


Present day shutters are often used as the finishing touch for a home. Many homes just wouldn’t look complete without them on the outside of the house. So, how do you find the shutters that are right for your home?


The Size And Placement Of The Shutters


You need room on your house for shutters to work on it. You shouldn’t consider putting shutters on your home if the pieces will come too close to the corner or stick out beyond the trim of your home. Your windows also shouldn’t be too close together. The space between windows and shutters should be about half of the width of one shutter. If you don’t have the appropriate space, you shouldn’t put shutters up. Even though you’re not actually using the shutters for practical purposes, you want them to look authentic, as if they could actually be closed. Keep in mind too that a small window may only need one shutter to make it work.


The Hardware 


Even though you won’t actually be using the shutters for your home, they should always be hung with the proper hardware. This allows the shutters to be attached appropriately and give the authentic look that’s needed to make them look true to form. If the shutters are hung any other way, they run the risk of looking cheap and fake. Even though you’re not actually going to use the shutters, the right hardware makes them function as they would if you really needed them.  


The Materials


As far as materials go, real wood shutters are unmatched in their authentic look. The problem with real wood shutters is that they can become weathered quickly. If you go with wood shutters, they will require frequent painting and replacement, which can become a tedious task as a homeowner.  


Vinyl shutters will last longer but choose them carefully. You still want a high quality shutter even though this material will be able to withstand the weather longer. The better the quality of your shutter, the more genuine they will look on your home. 


Color Choice


Typically, the color scheme on the outside of a home includes 2-3 different colors. Your shutters should be the accent color of the home. This means that they should match some other color that’s present on the outside of the house whether it’s your front door or your window trim, the shutters should always be a different color than the siding of a home.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 5/28/2018


7 Pheasant Run , Harwich, MA 02645

East Harwich

Single-Family

$596,900
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Pride of ownership and turn key. Many new improvements to this over 2500 square feet residence, set on large lot with 2 car garage and outbuilding. Separate office space above garage. Lovely perennial gardens, ready for the spring thaw, on private cul-de-sac, in close proximity to Pleasant Bay for both swimming and boating.First or second floor master ''en suite'', first floor laundry, cathedral ceilings,skylights,much storage and privacy.Irrigation, hardwood floors,outdoor shower, full dry basement and furnished if desired.
Open House
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