Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate



Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/23/2017

Many people think that if they live in a so-called "nice neighborhood" that they're immune to residential crime. While it's true that the probability of having their home or cars broken into may be lower than in urban or high-crime areas, there's always the outside chance that there's someone wandering through the neighborhood -- especially at night -- who doesn't have the best of intentions. While that does not mean you have to be in a state of "high alert" all the time, it does make sense to develop good habits with regard to home security. One thing to avoid is being lulled into a state of complacency by the the sight of manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, and the peaceful atmosphere of your neighborhood. Although those qualities are well worth appreciating and being grateful for, an ounce of prevention can help preserve the sanctity of your home and property. Typical Security Mistakes Homeowners Make Whether you're talking about highway safety, food safety, or home security, you and your family can lead a safer, more secure life by following a few basic guidelines. Unfortunately, all-too-many people tend to let their guard down and leave themselves vulnerable to threats, like home break-ins, burglary, and other residential crimes. Have you noticed any neighbors on your street who seem to "throw caution to the wind" when they're away? Maybe you, too, have gotten a little too complacent or forgetful about basic home security measures. Here are a few of the common mistakes many people make -- especially when they're on vacation -- which could be an invitation to trouble:

  1. Leaving a house key under the front door mat: Although it may seem like a convenient and somewhat discreet place to "hide" a key, it's one of the first places a resourceful burglar is going to look. Not only that, but every time a friend or member of the family accesses that key, they could easily be observed by someone passing by. The longer it's there, the more people are going to see it.
  2. Forgetting to suspend mail or newspaper delivery: When you go on vacation or visit relatives for more than a few days, your mind is already cluttered with travel plans and other arrangements. It's easy to forget about details like mail delivery and newspapers accumulating in the driveway. However, if either of those items start piling up in front of your house, it's equivalent to placing a flashing neon sign in your window, saying "Nobody's home!" Rather than contacting the post office and newspaper circulation department, an easier method is to have a trusted neighbor or friend gather your deliveries and store them in a safe place -- possibly inside your home. (If they're a really good friend, they can also water your plants, feed your tropical fish, take care of your pets, and turn on a couple lights at night -- but, maybe you don't want to test the limits of your friendship that much!)
  3. Leaving lampposts and outdoor floodlights on continuously: Again, it's like an advertisement that the house is unoccupied.
  4. Allowing the grass to get too long: It's amazing how a little sunshine and rain, while you're away, can cause an unexpected growth spurt in your lawn. Although it's not as obvious as the previous items, it can be a tip off that the family is on vacation, blissfully unaware of the security breaches that are occurring. The overgrown grass problem can be prevented by either hiring a regular lawn mowing service or recruiting an enterprising teenager in the neighborhood to keep your property looking well tended while you're away.
There are potentially dozens of home security measures you can take to ensure that your premises are completely burglarproof, but they can be expensive and complicated. However, if you just follow a few commonsense guidelines, both your possessions and your peace of mind should remain fully intact!





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/16/2017

Because you know how much time, energy and money it takes to buy, move into and furnish a house, you're more than ready to buy one or more great gifts for relatives or friends who are about to become new homeowners. You've even offered to help your friends pack at their current home and unpack at their new house.

Ideas that could help you find the right gifts for new homeowners

If only you could think of a great gift to give the new homeowners. If this is the first time that your relatives or friends have moved out and lived on their own, deciding on what to get them could be easy, as they might not have any appliances, linen or furniture.

It could be tougher to choose a great gift if your friends or relatives have been living on their own for awhile and are moving from an apartment to a house. Even if the new homeowners have lived in an apartment for one or more years, they may love receiving these gifts:

  • Family size washer and dryer - Apartment dwellers may have a washer and dryer, but not floor size laundry appliances. They'll appreciate being able to load enough clothes into a washer and dryer to go from washing clothes two or more times a week to only washing laundry once a week.
  • Dishwasher - Go for this gift only if you know that the homeowners will use the appliance. Everyone doesn't use a dishwasher, some people opting to wash and dry dishes and pots and pans by hand.
  • Dinette set - A dinette set is a great gift for new homeowners because this furniture can be used to dine with. A dinette set can also be used as furniture to accommodate guests. Chairs at the dinette set can also serve as makeshift living room furniture until the new homeowners get a sofa and chair.
  • Pots and pans - Stainless steel pots and pans can last years, even if the homeowners are avid cooks.
  • Lamps - Decorative lamps work well in so many rooms, including a living room, den, finished basement, attic and in a bedroom.
  • Window treatments - Visit the new homeowners' place before you get window treatments. Blinds and shades are safe gifts, because homeowners can always hang drapes or curtains over blinds and shades.
  • Towels - A set of six towels can give new homeowners enough bathroom linen to wash with for several weeks.
  • Vacuum cleaner - It might not sound like an attractive gift, but a vacuum cleaner is one of the more frequently used appliances in a home.

Get the new homeowners in your life great gifts and you'll leave a lasting impression. You can help to put your friends or relatives closer to being truly independent as they move into their own place. Don't be surprised to see your gifts in your loved ones homes months, perhaps years, after they move into their new house.




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/9/2017

There are many different ways that you can stay safe around your home. One of your top safety priorities should be to try to prevent a fire from happening at your home. Below, you’ll find some tips to reduce the risk in your home.

Pay Attention To Your Dryer


You need to prevent your dryer from overheating. To do this, clean the lint screens after each and every use. A dryer that overheats can cause a serious fire.


Keep A Fire Extinguisher On Hand


Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher accessible. Keep these out of a child’s reach. You’ll want to choose an extinguisher that is rated A-B-C. These extinguishers fight different kinds of fires including those that have been started by liquids, electricity, and combustible materials. You never know what could start a fire in your home. When using an extinguisher, think of the acronym PASS (pull the pin, aim, squeeze, and sweep across the fire.)


Smoke Detectors Are Incredibly Important


A smoke alarm should be installed on every floor of your home. It’s preferable to have these installed outside of and inside of bedrooms. Be sure that you test smoke alarms each month so that you know they’re working properly. 


Be Mindful When Burning Candles


When you light a candle, be especially careful. As the candle burns, the temperature of the outside of the glass gets very hot. This can start a fire easily. You’ll also want to keep the candle away from any combustible materials like paper and cloth. It’s a good idea to have the candle on a heat-resistant surface. You should also place candles in a place where they cannot be tipped over by children or pets in the house while lit.  


Never Leave Space Heaters On Unattended  


Space heaters can be very useful, but you should never leave them on unattended or while you’re sleeping. If you do choose to use a space heater, make sure that it is far away from combustible items like curtains, blankets, or papers. 


Keep Matches And Lighters Away From Children


Children get curious and tend to want to play with whatever they can get their hands on. This means that you should keep the matches and lighters in your home locked away in a space that’s preferably high up. This is an important safety measure for any home with kids. 


Have A Fire Escape Plan


You and your family should collaborate on a fire escape plan just in case of an emergency. You can even have periodic practice drills, showing children where they need to meet outside the home to have everyone accounted for. Help children to understand what the fire alarm sounds like. Younger folks should also understand that you never go back into a burning building once you have successfully escaped.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/2/2017

Want to boost your home's value? Completing home improvement projects enables you to do just that, as you can perform these tasks regularly to maximize the value of your residence. So which home improvement projects should you prioritize? Here's a closer look at three important home improvement tasks that every home seller should consider: 1. Painting the walls. Picking up a can of paint and various paint supplies ensures you can revitalize the walls in any room of your home instantly. Over an extended period of time, the paint on your home's walls may start to chip or peel. However, adding a fresh coat or paint (or two) to your residence's walls serves as an inexpensive way to transform bland, unattractive walls into visually appealing ones. Devoting even a few hours to paint the walls of your home can help you boost your home's value. And ultimately, your new paint job may allow you to receive multiple offers at or above your asking price, too. 2. Installing a water filtration system. Does your kitchen have a water filtration system? If not, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to increase your residence's value. A water filtration system offers multiple benefits, as it ensures a homebuyer won't necessarily have to worry about buying bottled water if he or she purchases your residence. Plus, this system is one of many features that may help differentiate your home from others in a highly competitive real estate market, thus making your residence that much more appealing to homebuyers. Installing a water filtration usually is fast and easy as well. Furthermore, you won't have to worry about breaking your home improvement budget to complete this project. 3. Cleaning up the front lawn. High grass and weeds will damage your home's curb appeal and may significantly reduce your chances of a quick sale. On the other hand, spending some time mowing the lawn, raking leaves and performing other essential front lawn care tasks can deliver long-lasting benefits. A clean front lawn likely is one of the first things a homebuyer will notice about your home. And home sellers who are committed to maintaining a pristine front lawn can improve their home's value and their chances of a quick sale. Also, maintaining your front lawn can be easy if you spend even an hour per day performing yard work. Or for those who want to avoid lawn work altogether, professional landscapers typically are available that can keep your front lawn in great shape until your home sells. As a home seller, you'll want to take the necessary steps to up your home's value before you add your home to the real estate market. And with any of the aforementioned home improvement projects, you'll be better equipped to boost the value of your home quickly and efficiently. Stay focused on increasing your home's value consistently and keeping your residence in excellent shape. By doing so, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the prize – maximizing your home's value and selling your residence to the highest bidder.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/28/2017


20 Bulter Avenue , Yarmouth, MA

West Yarmouth

Single-Family

$255,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This is a large home, over 4,000 Sq. Ft. that will need work. Located across the street form a town maintained Park with open space, basketball court, and swings. Also, just around the corner, .2tenths of a mile, form private deeded association beach on Big Sandy Pond!!! Well under the price of other homes on the street that are for sale. Be bold, be confident and bring your ideas. There is so many possibilities Being Sold ''AS IS''
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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