There are many easy ways to protect your home, but they are often overlooked.
Each summer, domestic burglaries increase 10% and outdoors burglaries increase 40%, due to the fact doors and windows are left open because of the heat. To ensure you don't find yourself in one of those statistics, keep all doors and windows locked even when you are at home! 33% of all home burglaries are a result of an unlocked window or door. In addition to this, if you have a sliding window or glass door, consider using a door stopper such as a pole or rod.
If you are in an area where theft is a bit more common, a home security system may be your best option. Often times people stray away from them because of the costly installation and equipment, however we have listed the top 5 cheapest and well reviewed systems for you. 1. SimpliSafe from $14.99 a month, 2. Abode from $20.00 (or $200.00 a year!), 3. Ring from $10.00 a month, 4. Scout from $19.99 a month, and 5. Cove from $14.99 a month.
Thieves are not the only threat to your home and family. It is important to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detector alarms regularly, and replace the batteries every 6 months. A working smoke alarm reduces the chance of a fatality by 50%. These are often overlooked, but can make all the difference in the event of a tragedy.
Did you know 15,000 fires are sparked each year from faulty clothes dryers? All it takes to prevent this is making sure you thoroughly clean and maintain them! Ensure you clean out the lint trap after every use (yes this seems excessive but it is the only way to ensure this does not happen), in addition to cleaning lint out of the trap also make sure you check the vent pipe for any lint at least once a week. Make sure the dryer is installed correctly by a professional, reducing as many bends in the dryer vent pipe as possible as bends allow a larger build up of lint. Dust, sweep and remove combustibles around your dryer! Consider switching your foil or plastic ducts to a metal duct as this also allows for less lint buildup. If your clothes feel extra hot after a dry cycle or even still damp, that is a telltale sign something is wrong. Check the outdoor vent to make sure nothing is covering it such as snow or debris. Finally, do your best to not have laundry running when you are not home. (TIP: keep a fire extinguisher in your home)
Keep all your chemicals, soaps, and hazardous materials out of reach of your kids or pets, you can also install childproof locks or doorknobs. It is also a good idea to keep products in their original packaging as to not be mistaken for food. Any flammables or fertilizers should always be kept in a high cabinet or locked where children cannot get them.
Lastly, electrical fires are becoming a leading cause of household fires. Make sure you so not run any extension cords under mats or rugs, cover any electrical outlets not in use, and finally discard or replace damaged electrical cords and appliances.
We hope these tips help keep you, your home and your family a bit safer for years to come!
We have all had our fair share of Spring cleaning over the years. It is so refreshing to de-clutter during the warm months when the days are longer and happier.
Moving provides an abundance of opportunity to clean and sort through the nic nac's we once loved, but no longer need.
If you have been thinking about selling your home, Spring is the perfect time. The flowers are blossoming and the world around us is changing, so why not change up your scenery as well?
In today's market, there is a high demand from homebuyer's, because there are simply not enough homes for sale. " "According to NAR, agents are reporting an average of 3.7 offers per house and an increase in bidding wars." Sellers have more leverage to negotiate the most favorable contract."
Selling now is also the perfect way to use your home's equity! The average homeowner gained thousands in equity over the past year, and homes only continues to appreciate in value as time goes on.
Most of our lives have completely changed in the past year, including what we need in a home. Your dream home is out there and we can help you find it.
The market today belongs to sellers. Take the steps to start the process with us today and be delighted with fresh new beginnings this Spring.
Whether you have lived in Portland your whole life or are just settling in, you would know Portland is the headquarters for silly attractions, beautiful hiking spots, and culinary delights. It seems every time you turn a corner there is something new to enjoy.
Although there are not too many attractions, museums or tours open at the moment, there are still plenty of amazing restaurants offering takeout or outdoor seating. Take it from your local Portland Real Estate Experts, the list below includes food you have got to try.
Starting with dessert, of course, some of our favorites include:
Who can start their morning without coffee and a snack? Visit the list below for all your caffeine needs.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Make sure to stop by:
Pickup a delicious and time-friendly lunch from:
Dinner is last but not least. Pick up/ Get delivery from:
This beautiful piece of land in Medford is perfect for your own private, serene ranch. The best/ highest use has been identified as a home site or forest-related uses. The property features marketable timber and with electricity on site, who could pass this up? The Eastern end of the property line has a dividing fence along the open meadow.
Located at 0 Griffin Ln, Medford OR
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