Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc



Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 11/7/2019

When it comes to making your home and property safer for your family and others, the Boy Scouts motto says it all: "Be prepared!"

While it's next to impossible to completely eliminate all risks and potential hazards in and around your home, there are dozens of things you can do to make your property safer.

Every family's safety needs are unique, but here are a few basic precautions that can help reduce the chances of home accidents occurring -- both large and small.

Stair safety: All things being equal, it's riskier to walk down a flight of stairs than it is to walk on level ground. While that may seem obvious, most people don't stop and think about the potential risks of descending stairs as they're about to do it. Although tripping and falling on stairs can be injurious to just about anyone, it's especially dangerous for elderly people. From a homeowner's standpoint, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of family or friends stumbling on your stairs. On an ongoing basis, it's necessary to make sure there are no loose objects on the stairs that could cause someone to lose their footing. Keeping stairs clear of toys, building blocks, and slipping hazards can be challenging if you have young children. Until they're taught to pick up after themselves -- which might occur sometime between now and college -- stair safety is an important issue to be aware of. Another key strategy for preventing household accidents is to make sure railings are properly installed and firmly anchored. Basement stairs can pose additional risks because they're sometimes inadequately lighted. Concrete floors at the bottom of some staircases can make a fall even more hazardous (not to mention painful). Increasing lighting, if needed, and making the bottom step more visible so that it's not accidentally skipped, are two preventative measures for reducing the chances of anyone falling on basement stairs.

Fire safety: Most people are aware that it's essential to have several working smoke detectors placed in strategic locations in your kitchen, bedroom area, and other parts of your house. Even though it's common knowledge, people don't always remember to install enough of them, replace worn out batteries when necessary, or test them every few months to make sure they're in good working condition. Some people remove the battery to silence smoke alarms while they're cooking, which can be dangerous if they don't remember to put them back afterwards. If your kitchen smoke detector has a "push to hush" button, then that can be a safer way to temporarily quiet a smoke detector when you're cooking dinner. Home fire safety also entails several other precautions, including having a fire extinguisher in the kitchen (and other areas), having a second-floor fire-escape ladder available, and teaching children how to avoid and respond to potential fire dangers. More detailed information and educational materials on fire safety is available from government agencies and non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association.

Stay tuned to this blog for more helpful tips, pointers, and ideas for keeping your home safer and more secure.





Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 11/5/2019


71 Britney Dr, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$489,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful & spacious 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial! Main floor offers front to back living room with hardwood floors and fireplace, stainless steel applianced kitchen with movable center island, formal dining room with hardwood floors and french doors to gorgeous vaulted family room with 2nd fireplace, wired for surround sound with double sliders to fenced yard with heated, salt water in-ground pool, Bose speakers, composite decks, patio and fire-pit area! Main level also features a tiled pool 'mud room' with wet bar and access to a half bath/laundry room! Second level features 3 spacious bedrooms including master suite with walk-in closet and private bath. Lower level includes finished family room with 3rd fireplace, also wired for surround sound and a full bath making it a perfect teen/guest suite or home theatre and a 2 car garage. This home is set on a beautiful, professionally landscaped lot with public utilities in a neighborhood setting yet close to shopping and town center!
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November 10 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 11/3/2019

Beautiful & spacious 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial! Main floor offers front to back living room with hardwood floors and fireplace, stainless steel applianced kitchen with movable center island, formal dining room with hardwood floors and french doors to gorgeous vaulted family room with 2nd fireplace, wired for surround sound with double sliders to fenced yard with heated, salt water in-ground pool, Bose speakers, composite decks, patio and fire-pit area! Main level also features a tiled pool 'mud room' with wet bar and access to a half bath/laundry room! Second level features 3 spacious bedrooms including master suite with walk-in closet and private bath. Lower level includes finished family room with 3rd fireplace, also wired for surround sound and a full bath making it a perfect teen/guest suite or home theatre and a 2 car garage. This home is set on a beautiful, professionally landscaped lot with public utilities in a neighborhood setting yet close to shopping and town center!

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 11/2/2019


71 Britney Dr, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$489,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful & spacious 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial! Main floor offers front to back living room with hardwood floors and fireplace, stainless steel applianced kitchen with movable center island, formal dining room with hardwood floors and french doors to gorgeous vaulted family room with 2nd fireplace, wired for surround sound with double sliders to fenced yard with heated, salt water in-ground pool, Bose speakers, composite decks, patio and fire-pit area! Main level also features a tiled pool 'mud room' with wet bar and access to a half bath/laundry room! Second level features 3 spacious bedrooms including master suite with walk-in closet and private bath. Lower level includes finished family room with 3rd fireplace, also wired for surround sound and a full bath making it a perfect teen/guest suite or home theatre and a 2 car garage. This home is set on a beautiful, professionally landscaped lot with public utilities in a neighborhood setting yet close to shopping and town center!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 10/31/2019


4 Pioneer Rd, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$419,000
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully updated colonial home on lovely landscaped corner lot in neighborhood setting within walking distance to town center! There is nothing left to do but move in and enjoy this exquisite home! Main floor features beautifully updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, open to dining room and vaulted sitting room with skylight. Other main level features include living room with hardwood flooring, fireplace and built-ins, home office/den, gorgeous 4 season vaulted sunroom and half bath. Second level offers 3 spacious bedrooms including front to back master, all with hardwood floors and a main bath. Other features include walk-up attic for easy storage, lower level semi-finished room with 2nd fireplace, beautiful deck, public utilities and updates including kitchen, baths, exterior & interior paint, deck, windows, roof, driveway, garage doors, gutters and more, see attached document for dates and details. Showings begin 9/29!
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