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Changing Your Locks.
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )

If you are a new homeowner and haven’t changed your locks yet, then you should strongly consider doing so as soon as possible.  You  have no way of knowing who holds keys to your new home.  Thankfully, there are really cheap ways to go about accomplishing this.  Hiring a locksmith to come into your home and change the locks can be expensive, but is an option if you are pressed for time.  However, you can take your locks to a local locksmith shop and have them changed for a fraction of the price.

If you have different keys for different doors, you can use this as an opportunity to make all of your locks match.  Additionally, you can choose to purchase knobs and deadbolts that suit your decorative flair a little more.  Sets can be ordered online, or through your local hardware store.  Styles like egg-shaped bronze, handle pulls, oil-rubbed bronze, and riverwind doorknobs can add a touch of personality to what can ordinarily be a home fixture easily looked past.

After refitting your home with new locks, be sure to pay attention to the placement of your new keys.  Wait until you get to know your neighbors a little better before you leave a spare key with them.  Until you become a part of the neighborhood, keep a spare key handy, but hidden.  Hideaway rocks, potted plants, and magnets can all be employed as a good hiding place, provided they aren’t too conspicuous-looking.

 
 

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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Clean Your Home In No Time
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )
Clean Your House in No Time

You could clean your entire house clean in just 30 minutes a day? If you let the house cleaning slip It becomes overwhelming. By doing just a little bit every day it will help keep your home neat and clean in no time. Here is a basic plan to keep your home clean in just one half-hour a day.

 

Start in the Kitchen
Getting started right after breakfast may be the perfect time to spend a few minutes tidying up.

  • Clear out and wipe down the sink.
  • Wipe down countertops and stove.
  • Put dirty dishes immediately into the dishwasher.
  • Run a quick wet mop over the floor.
  • Take a moment to fold and put your dish towels away.

Tackle the Bathroom
After your shower while you are still in the bathroom do a quick clean.

  • Swipe out the sink bowl and faucet handles. If you use a premoistened cloth to wipe your face, use it for this too.
  • Clean splatters off the mirror. Use the same cloth you used on the sink.
  • Wipe the toilet seat and rim using the same cloth. Just do the toilet last.
  • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush.
  • Before getting out of the shower squeegee the shower door.
  • Spray the shower and curtain liner with a shower mist.

Bedroom
Once your back in your bedroom to get dressed for the day, you can make a quick round there too.

  • Make your bed.
  • Fold or hang clothes.
  • Straighten out the night-table surface, remove any glasses or dishes.

Living Room
Get the heart of your home in order in a jiffy.

  • Tidy the sofa.
  • Use a microfiber cloth to pick up dust.
  • Straighten coffee table and remotes

Doing these simple tasks will save you much more time in the end and allow you to enjoy your clean home every day.

 
Tagged with: cleaning checklist • cleaning tips • organization tips
 
 

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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Parenting Your Child and Social Media
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )

Parenting has become more and more complicated and adding the internet to the mix makes it scary. Social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have parents scrambling with what to do. Social media sites are advancing so quickly that it often seems impossible for parents to keep up.

Here are some hints on how to parent kids when it comes to technology:

1. Almost all social media sites have age requirements; follow and enforce them with your children. Most sites require children to be 13 to sign up, while other like Vine require users to be 17.

2. Just because the minimum age requirement is 13 or 17 your child should be mature and responsible enough to use good judgment offline before becoming active online.

3. Use social media. As a parent become active on social media sites. Join the same sites your children are using and learn how they work. Follow, friend, like them or do whatever the site requires for you to monitor their activity. Don’t embarrass them by commenting on their posts just be there.

4. Review and implement privacy settings on social media accounts with your children. Remind your children not to share personal information about themselves, their family or their friends online. All profiles should be set to private. Kids should only accept friends or followers that they know in real life.

5. Stress manners. Remind children that interactions on social media are just like the “real world”. Practice respect, good judgement, kindness, and always use proper language.

6. Social media is a privilege. If your children are misusing social media take the privilege away.

 
 

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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For Sale by Owners Net Less In A Sale
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )

Have you ever thought of selling your home on your own? If so, you may want to think again. It is not just the expense, time and legal issues you will have to worry about you also need to worry about getting a buyer.

According to the National Association of Realtors, ninety percent of all real estate transactions happen with the help of a real estate professional. Why? Besides the legal challenges of representing yourself in a sale, buyers just don’t trust the homeowner when it comes to selling a home. Real estate professionals have a legal and ethical obligation to disclose defects in the home. Buyers know that it is impossible to remain unbiased when selling your own home.

Often times buyers who attempt to buy from an unrepresented seller will only try to deduct the commission from the home price in the negotiation process. According to the National Association of Realtors, sellers who use a real estate professional actually net 16% more in the sale of their home.

 

 

 

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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Do I Need a Home Inspection?
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )

When you are buying a home the costs really add up and you may start thinking about where you can save money. One question that many buyers ask is do I need a home inspection?

Most often the answer to the question is yes! A home inspection is an objective examination of the home and its systems. The inspection covers the entire house from the roof to the foundation.

A home inspection will cover the home’s foundation, basement, structural components, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors windows and doors. It will also examine the heating system, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems.

Because a home is often the largest single investment you will ever make it is important to know as much as you can about the home before you buy it. A home inspection will help you identify any needed repairs as well as what is needed to regularly maintain the home. The home inspection will help you proceed with the purchase with confidence.

When choosing a home inspector cost shouldn’t be your first consideration. Look for the inspector’s qualifications, experience, training and compliance with state regulations.

Remember, that no house is perfect. There are bound to be issues with almost any home use the information to decide if the house is right for you.

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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Should I Go Solar?
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )
Should I Go Solar?
  • Everywhere you turn people are saying “go green”. More and more people are looking for alternatives to heat and power their homes. One alternative is solar energy. There are both benefits and pitfalls to solar energy.

The Benefits

•Solar power is predictable. It is easy to predict how much electricity your system will produce because the amount of sunlight that hits your roof doesn’t vary that much. This means it is also easy to predict how much you will save in electric bills.

•Solar power will lower your electric bill. Solar power will offset the usage of conventional electricity especially in places where the price for grid power is high — like California, Hawaii and much of the northeast.

•Solar power is safe and clean. Solar energy systems produce emissions-free electricity.

•Installing solar panels may also help you qualify for a tax credit. For more information on energy tax credits click here.

The Pitfalls

•Solar power can be predictable but it is also variable. In other words, it can be predicted on a long term basis but not on a daily or even weekly basis. For example, solar panels won’t produce electricity at night.

•Solar power can be a more expensive alternative in the short term. The price of solar panels continue to fall but there are many aggressive financing options. If your state has no tax incentives and electricity prices are relatively low solar would be an expensive option for you.

•Some homes just don’t work. The roof must be in good condition with an unobstructed southern exposure. If the house is surrounded by trees and tall buildings solar panels will probably not work. A ground-mounted system is an option only if you have sufficient space in your yard.

 

 

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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Seniors: Is it Time to Move?
Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )

 

There comes a time when families start to think about senior members moving. Factors such as retirement, finances, lifestyle, health or the distance between family members are just a few of the reasons why seniors may decide to relocate.

Moving is a big decision especially when a senior has lived in one place for a very long time. Many things must be considered, including access to health care, recreation, social activities and practical concerns, such as grocery stores, libraries, climate, etc.

Access to Quality Care

For many seniors access to health care or options for health care assistance is the primary reason for moving. When considering options it is important look at the short-term solutions, but also consider long term scenarios. Options may include drop-in help, moving closer to a family member that can assist when needed or retirement communities that offer fully independent living to supportive assistance as required.

Community Services

It is also important to research the area community services. You will want to make note of services such as homecare, cleaning services, snow removal, transportation and home repair. Some individuals may want access to volunteer organizations or senior centers where they can be involved in the community.

Support

As an older adult, moving is an especially difficult transition. Finding the support the senior needs in the new community is imperative. Groups that seniors can connect with will help the transition go smoother. Connect with church groups, home visit solutions or perhaps meetings that would be conducted in a home setting.

Here are some websites that may help you in your transition:

Eldercare Locator
AARP
Elder Web: Online Eldercare Sourcebook
American Society on Aging (ASA)
Senior Resource Housing: Information on Housing Options

 

Pat Baker, Realtor, ABR

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

617-435-3471

pat.baker@nemoves.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/patbaker

 

 

 

 

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