Robin Spangenberg
Northeast Signature Properties, LLC | 508-277-4144 | robin@nesignature.com


Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 4/22/2018

Like any aspect of home maintenance, keeping your house safe for family and visitors requires awareness, planning, and attention. If you don't prioritize home safety and security, then there's a greater chance "Murphy's Law" will come into play when you least expect it.

Realistically speaking, the concept that "If something can go wrong, it will (and at the worst possible time)" certainly does not have any basis in fact. Everything that happens is the result of "cause and effect."

Fortunately, we can exert control over cause and effect and use it to our benefit. Here are several safety tips to keep in mind and implement to increase the probability that your home will be a safe place to live, visit, and perhaps grow old in.

  1. Fire safety is of paramount importance. It runs the gamut from making sure you have working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers to having second floor escape ladders and designated meeting places and exit plans.
  2. Proper lighting, both inside and out, can not only discourage burglars, but it also reduces the risk of mishaps, such as tripping, falling, or twisting an ankle.
  3. Shower and bathtub safety is important for everyone, but it's especially crucial for senior citizens and households that have elderly visitors, such as grandparents. A combination of safety railings and non-slip safety decals, stickers, or appliques on the tub floor would be your first line of defense against slips and falls in the bathroom.
  4. Stair safety is also well worth focusing on. It can be improved in your home in a number of ways, including the installation and reinforcement of hand rails. Making sure stairs are properly illuminated, especially at the bottom, can also help prevent falls and stumbles. Another preventative measure is to put a strip of brightly colored tape across the bottom step in your basement so that people realize there's one more step to go before they reach the floor. Any momentary confusion about that can result in falls and injuries.
  5. Protective equipment, such as goggles, work gloves, dust masks, and other safety gear may be necessary for certain types of cleaning, home repair work, tree pruning, or construction activities around the house and yard. Ladder safety and awareness is another important topic when it comes to reducing falls and injuries around the house.
  6. Ensuring child safety is a challenging priority, and can include everything from preventing access to dangerous household chemicals and medications to locking up gun cabinets and placing barriers around swimming pools, windows, and hot stoves. Hardware stores and other retail businesses often carry baby gates, child-resistant cabinet locks, toilet bowl safety clips, electrical outlet covers, and even rubber cushioning for the edges of coffee tables and fireplace hearths.

While this list of safety tips is not all-inclusive, it will hopefully encourage you to become more vigilant and attuned to all the different potential hazards in and around your home and property. If you're concerned about a specific area of home safety, there are free checklists, pamphlets, and articles available through government agencies, educational institutes, non-profit organizations, and the Internet.




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Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 4/17/2018

Sunny, Penthouse Condominium located close to Brandeis University on Weston line - minutes to commuter rail and major routes. Kitchen features granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, dining area, recessed lighting, high ceilings and stainless appliances. Spacious living room with hardwoods open to kitchen. Master with custom built window seat nestled in bay window, walk-in closet. Full bath with laundry. Spacious deck to enjoy in the warm weather to come! Ample off-street parking. Central Air, Gas heat and cooking. Lots of storage in attic and basement.

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Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 4/15/2018

You may think of downsizing as something that makes sense when you have an empty nest. Larger families do, of course, need more room. Downsizing can also be financially strategic and rewarding for you and your family if you have the opportunity to do so.


How Much Is Your Home Worth? 


There comes a point in your life when the amount of money that your home is worth is very important. Maybe you need the money for retirement and are looking to move to a cheaper city or state. Maybe it’s time for you to pursue your goals and dreams. Whatever the reason, your home is a very large asset.  


If you downsize, you’ll have a bit more money available to invest for your future. You may even consider buying an investment property. If all of your money isn’t tied up in a home, you’ll have a bit more freedom to do other things with your money.


A Smaller Home Means Smaller Expenses 


When you downsize your home you end up with much lower expenses for your housing. You’ll save big on both utilities and home maintenance. You’ll be surprised as to how much extra cash you’ll have each and every month that you’ll be able to use for other things like investing, travel, or other expenses. You’ll have the ability to do things beyond simply achieve that one dream goal of home ownership. 


What If You Don’t Already Own A Home?


There’s a lesson to be learned here for renters as well. If you’re getting ready to buy a home, you may want to think small. A smaller home that can suit your needs will allow you to save thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage on your home. Remember that a mortgage payment is more than just the cost of the home. You’ll need to include things like taxes, insurance, mortgage insurance, heating, electricity, and more. The smaller the house that you buy, the less all of these things will cost. Think of what you could do if you invested that extra money that you saved on all of these things each month. 


What Would You Do With The Money You Save?


Having a big, beautiful home is a fantastic goal to achieve. You may have other dreams that you want to pursue in addition to owning a home. While downsizing isn’t for everyone, many people use the money they save to do some pretty incredible things like:


  • Travel
  • Go back to school
  • Buy a vacation home


The Negatives Of Downsizing


If you move into a smaller home, there are a few drawbacks. For one, you’ll have less storage and will actually need to downsize your amount of belongings as well. You’ll also have less room for visitors if hey come to stay. If grandkids frequent your home, you may be hesitant to sell and find a smaller place. It may also be difficult to find what you’re looking for at a certain price in a specific area. Think carefully before you decide to downsize and see if it has the right benefits for you.





Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 4/11/2018


185 Main St, Medway, MA 02053

Single-Family

$259,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Story Book English Cottage set way back off Main Street. Charm abounds! Covered porch enters into sunny, country Kitchen with New wood floors, upgraded appliances and countertops, gas cooking, plus plenty of space for center island or an eat-in Kitchen area. Separate pantry off of the kitchen. Potential hook up for gas fireplace. Separate Dining Room with hardwoods, built-in wall storage cupboard and closet space. Living Room with hardwoods and lots of morning and afternoon light. Convenient, newly updated, main level Bathroom. The upstairs space is adorable with 3 cozy bedrooms, gorgeous woodfloors and skylights that open up the space. This is move in ready. Many updates have been done! Updated windows throughout - 1 car detached garage, town water/town sewer – excellent condo alternative!! Close proximity to major routes, shopping, public library and all the town of Medway has to offer.
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Posted by Robin Spangenberg on 4/11/2018

Story Book English Cottage set way back off Main Street. Charm abounds! Covered porch enters into sunny, country Kitchen with New wood floors, upgraded appliances and countertops, gas cooking, plus plenty of space for center island or an eat-in Kitchen area. Separate pantry off of the kitchen. Potential hook up for gas fireplace. Separate Dining Room with hardwoods, built-in wall storage cupboard and closet space. Living Room with hardwoods and lots of morning and afternoon light. Convenient, newly updated, main level Bathroom. The upstairs space is adorable with 3 cozy bedrooms, gorgeous woodfloors and skylights that open up the space. This is move in ready. Many updates have been done! Updated windows throughout - 1 car detached garage, town water/town sewer – excellent condo alternative!! Close proximity to major routes, shopping, public library and all the town of Medway has to offer.

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