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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 8/14/2017

Home is the place where you go to really let your hair down. The first thing that you do as soon as you get home might be to kick your shoes off. It doesn't matter whether you are returning home from work, a social event or school.

Your home should be a place that you associate with relaxation. Home should be a place that you associate with acceptance and peace. Once you get home, you don't have to concern yourself with what other people think of you.

Keeping home comforts from becoming dangerous health traps

These are benefits. They can also become stumbling blocks. Associate home with the pursuit of comfort and relaxation too much and you might get home, kick off your shoes, start snacking and lounging across the sofa.

Even worse, you might head to bed early, snacking in bed while you spend hours watching one television program after another. Two to three months of this behavior could cause you to develop a habit. It could also cause your health to decline.

Avoiding health declines at home is an ongoing process. To stay fit, you can't just exercise on weekends. You also can't just workout rigorously every day for several weeks then stop. Instead, you have to create an exercise routine, one that you can stick with. Ways to do this are relatively simple. They include:

  • Consider using a fitness tracker watch.
  • Set a goal with the number of hours or miles that you are going to engage in physical exercise each day. Track your progress using your fitness tracker watch.
  • Exercise at a time of day when you feel more vibrant (morning may prove to be a good time to exercise; it may keep you from excusing yourself from exercising after you put in a full day of work).
  • Limit the amount of time that you spend watching television.
  • Use an ergonomics sit and stand computer workstation when working on projects at home, especially if you work full-time from home.
  • Find a friend or relative to go walking, running or bike riding with. Just knowing that someone is coming to your house to go for a walk, run or bike ride could motivate you to stay on track with your exercise routine.

Self-deception aids health declines at home

The path to avoiding health declines at home is not magical. If you work out of a home office, the path might include removing sugary foods and beverages from your home. It also might involve a morning stretch and weight lifting routine.

What the path to avoiding health declines at home doesn't involve is self-deception. It won't do you good to tell yourself that you're exercising enough if you really aren't. It also won't benefit you to tell yourself that it doesn't matter what you eat and drink as long as you don't gain weight.

Honesty is important when it comes to avoiding health declines at home. Consider creating a spreadsheet to track your exercise activity and your food and beverage intake. This way, you can see where you are doing well and where you could benefit from making changes.

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 8/7/2017

A small space can seem to be an unsolvable challenge. There are ways that you can work with your home and adapt to the space to suit your needs.

Arrange Furniture Wisely

If the furniture in a room isnít arranged properly, it can really put a damper on a small space. You donít want your furniture to be so far apart in a room, that people canít carry on a conversation, but you also donít want the room to appear cramped. 

In the living room, for example, youíre going to want to keep some open space but also have a strategy to arranging the furniture to set it up for company and space. This means that you need to pull furniture away from the walls. This will create more depth for the room, without adding anything. Also, donít fill any room with too much furniture. If a room feels stuffy, see what pieces of furniture aren't essential and take them out. 

Use Solid Colors For Your Base In A Room

If a small room has large pieces of solid color on the wall open, youíll have the freedom to add patterns if you want. This also gives the room the illusion that itís larger and has more open space available. 

Place Your Bed In Front Of A Window

It may seem strange to place a bed in front of a window, but in many small bedrooms, this is your only option to give you space for both furniture and a bed. The bed actually becomes the focal point of the room when you arrange it this way. 

Get Key Pieces To Help Maximize Space

 There are a few pieces that you may not even think belong in your living room that actually can help you to maximize the space. Instead of a sofa, for example, get a love seat. There are even pull-out versions of love seats that can accommodate overnight guests. Now, youíre saving space with a purpose. 

An armoire is typically thought of as being in the bedroom for clothing storage. You can use an armoire to hide things like games, liquor and bar tools, or even books. This can help you to hide things, reducing clutter, creating the illusion of more space in the room. There are dozens of other great pieces that save space and serve a purpose in a living room. These include sofa tables and side tables.

The Basics

In small rooms, the most important thing to remember is that simple is best. You donít want much beyond the essentials. If you get creative with the space, youíll be able to make the most of every inch that you have to work with.

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 8/5/2017

INVESTORS TAKE NOTE: Money to be made! Remodeled is the nice 3 family home featuring; New floors, ceilings, walls, electric, newer kitchens, baths and heating systems, two first floor units, the third unit spans across the entire 2nd floor. Conveniently located in the heart of Shirley, near, stores and restaurants. The train station is down the street for a great commuter location! Each unit has a Laundry room with washer & Dryer hook ups. This property has been well maintained, and it's ready for it's next owner, call today. No showing until the Open House Sunday- Aug 6th 12:00-1:30PM. Agents send your buyers.

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 8/4/2017

Colonial with So much POTENTIAL! This Large 4 bedroom Colonial boasts a sun drenched living room, Office, dining room, half bath, kitchen with island peninsula and a enclosed back porch. All generous size rooms, beautiful upstairs full bath, huge master bedroom with a good sized closet. Nice flat back yard to garden, play or just relax and enjoy. This home has an updated electrical panel, newer oil tank and some freshly painted rooms. The walk-up attic, adds even more space. Bring your imagination... and with some work, this house can be an amazing home! Open House Sunday 12:00-1:30 PM.

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Posted by Nancy Whitehouse-Bain on 7/31/2017

You may not think much about your hot water heater. Unless of course, your hot water heater ends up breaking down. Hot water is so important in our homes, yet we take this resource for granted. Hot water does a lot in our homes from clean our laundry to disinfect our dishes to heat up our showers. We use it without thinking about it.  

If you neglect your hot water heater it can cause some costly damage to your home. Your basement could end up flooded. Pipes can burst. You can be without the use of hot water for days- even weeks- if youíre not vigilant about taking care of your hot water heater. 

Once water is gushing from the source, the best course of action is to simply shut the water off to your home. Before you even get to that point there are some tell tale signs of damage to your hot water heater that can be detected before major issues arise. First, if you notice any type of water around your hot water heater, you should get it checked out. Donít look at it as ďno big deal.Ē Any type of moisture or water stains around the water heater itself are a sure sign that something isnít right with the unit.

As a homeowner, you should know just how old your hot water heater is. Usually, the installation date on the heater is noted somewhere along with the serial number. The typical hot water heater lasts about 9-11 years. If you live in an area with hard water, this number can vary.   

The Cleanup

Once the damage is done to your hot water heater youíll likely have a large cleanup project on your hands. Youíll need to call water extraction services that will help dry out the area and clean up any baseboards that can become hazardous. Sometimes, these projects can get a bit bigger than youíd ever expect. After the water is pumped out, the cleanup has only just begun.  

Why Hot Water Heaters Fail

The minerals from water tend to build up (especially in the case of hard water) and cause the unit to rust out form the inside. While the inside of the tank contains glass, it does have metal pieces that can rust. You can replace certain parts of the hot water heater from time to time to keep it in good working order, the best prevention is to replace your water heater when the time is right. Donít let the unit sit until way past its expiration date.

Being The Homeowner

As a homeowner, you probably wonder if something like a broken water heater were to happen if your insurance would cover the cost of the damage. The insurance will cover the cost of cleanup and repairs. The insurance will not cover the cost to replace the hot water heater or any labor costs. The only way the entire cost would be covered is if you have a home warranty. 

A simple thing that you can get to help alleviate major damage to your home from a hot water heater is to get an alarm. This little device is inexpensive and will alert you when any water hits near the areas of the alarm. This could save you a lot of costly damage and repairs. The most important thing that you can do in your home to prevent major damage from a hot water heater is to stay vigilant and keep on top of maintenance and replacement timelines.           

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