The Peggy Patenaude Team | Andover Real Estate, North Andover Real Estate, Boxford Real Estate


If you live in what's considered a "safe neighborhood", it's all too easy to be lulled into a false sense of complacency. Although the crime rate in your part of town may be low, the chances of living in an area that's totally crime free are very small.

Burglars and other would-be criminals are often opportunistic, so it pays to take precautions and avoid being an "easy target." Here are a few home security tips that can help protect your property, your family, and your valuables.

  • Make it a habit to lock your doors at night and every time you leave the house for even a short period of time. If you're behind schedule and in a rush, stop and take one more minute to do a quick security check and -- while you're at it -- make sure hot appliances, such as stoves, ovens, and irons, are turned off.
  • Even in the best of neighborhoods, bicycles that are left out in your driveway or front yard can and often do get stolen in seconds. When a bicycle gets stolen from your property, it can be a painful and expensive lesson. Fortunately, those types of losses can be avoided by having your family get in the habit of concealing bicycles in secure locations (like a garage or shed) or padlocking them to a stationary object, such as a tree or well-anchored fence post.
  • Leaving a house key in your mailbox, under a welcome mat, or in a flower pot may seem like a good idea at the time, but those hiding places can easily be discovered by the wrong people.
  • Allowing mail or newspapers to pile up while you're away for the weekend or on vacation is a tip-off to burglars that no one is home. Having a checklist that reminds you to suspend mail and newspaper delivery while you're away can help you avoid that risk. If you plan on being gone for the weekend, a trusted neighbor or friend can often be depended on to gather deliveries that might otherwise advertise your absence.
  • Teaching your kids home safety and security measures at an early age is another vital component of crime prevention. They should be taught and reminded what to say and do if a stranger either asks for personal information over the phone or asks if they can come into the house. It's important for kids to know that they can and should be assertive with adults when protecting themselves and their home.
When it comes to home security, your four most important strategies are awareness, taking preventative measures, educating yourself and your family, and being consistent. Sometimes the best approach to keep in mind and tell your children is to follow the anti-drug advice of former First Lady Nancy Reagan: "Just say no!" There are plenty of instances when no further explanation is required.
 



599 Main Street, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$899,900
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
NEW VIDEO ADDED!! Looking for something rather unique? You like new construction, but don't want that same cookie cutter house? Well, Stop the Search! This home originally built in 1886, was recently renovated & is now a magnificent, timeless treasure w/rich details throughout. The stunning high ceilings, dramatic built-ins, gracious stairway blended w/the professional kitchen & baths, creates an amazing architectural delight! The once-upon-a-time farm house was transformed into a highly functional, tasteful home w/the focus on the gourmet Eat-in Kitchen which flows into the Family Room with its wall of windows & spectacular views. There is an incredible amount of natural light to keep you in a happy place & show off the historical wood floors, too. You will LOVE the Master Suite w/ walk-in closet & bath w/ tile shower. Fabulous office is large enough for 2 people to share.This is the home you have always dreamed of owning & it's even BETTER in person! Don't miss this opportunity
Open House
Sunday
January 21 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Magnificent home with all the updates!
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Location: 599 Main Street, Boxford, MA 01921    Get Directions

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If you intend to purchase a great house at a budget-friendly price, you should craft a homebuying timeline. That way, you can decide the best ways to achieve your homebuying goals.

Ultimately, creating a homebuying timeline can be simple – here are three tips to ensure you can develop a successful homebuying timeline.

1. Know When You Want to Move

For those who want to buy a house, it helps to consider your current living situation. By doing so, you can determine the necessary steps to relocate from your current address and acquire your dream residence.

If you presently own a house, you may need to sell it before you purchase a new home. Or, if you currently rent, you may need to give your landlord sufficient notice prior to your relocation. But if you consider the aforementioned factors closely, you can set a deadline for your move.

With a deadline in place, you can start your dream home pursuit. And once you find this residence, you can submit an offer and proceed with a home purchase.

2. Get Your Finances in Order

If you want to develop a successful homebuying timeline, it generally is a good idea to consider your financial situation as well. Because if you lack the necessary home financing, you are unlikely to be able to acquire a wonderful house any time soon.

As you develop your homebuying timeline, you may want to meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can teach you about a wide range of mortgage options and help you get the financing that you need to buy your dream house.

Furthermore, you should check your credit score when you craft your homebuying timeline. If your credit score is low, you may need to improve it prior to buying a house. Thankfully, you can account for this factor as you map out your homebuying strategy and plan accordingly.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Developing a homebuying timeline may prove to be challenging. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can help you take the guesswork out of purchasing a house.

A real estate agent can teach you the ins and outs of buying a home. As a result, this housing market professional will enable you to enjoy a quick, seamless homebuying experience.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can make it easy to acquire a terrific house on your timeline. This means if you want to purchase a top-notch house as quickly as possible, a real estate agent will do everything possible to make your homeownership dream come true. Comparatively, if you want to take a slow, gradual approach to buying a house, a real estate agent is ready to respond to your homebuying needs.

When it comes to buying a house, it helps to have a timeline in place prior to starting a house search. Fortunately, if you use the aforementioned tips, you can streamline the process of establishing a successful homebuying timeline.



599 Main Street, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$899,900
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
PLEASE VIEW VIDEO! Looking for something rather unique? You like new construction, but don't want that same cookie cutter house? Well, Stop the Search! This home originally built in 1886, was recently renovated & is now a magnificent, timeless treasure w/rich details throughout. The stunning high ceilings, dramatic built-ins, gracious stairway blended w/the professional kitchen & baths, creates an amazing architectural delight! The once-upon-a-time farm house was transformed into a highly functional, tasteful home w/the focus on the gourmet Eat-in Kitchen which flows into the Family Room with its wall of windows & spectacular views. There is an incredible amount of natural light to keep you in a happy place & show off the historical wood floors, too. You will LOVE the Master Suite w/ walk-in closet & bath w/ tile shower. Fabulous office is large enough for 2 people to share.This is the home you have always dreamed of owning & it's even BETTER in person! Don't miss this opportunity
Open House
Sunday
January 14 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Magnificently updated home!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 599 Main Street, Boxford, MA 01921    Get Directions

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599 Main Street, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$899,000
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Looking for something rather unique? You like new construction, but don't want that same cookie cutter house? Well, Stop the Search! This home was originally built in 1886, was recently renovated & is now a magnificent, timeless treasure w/rich details throughout. The stunning high ceilings, dramatic built-ins, gracious stairway blended with the professional kitchen and baths, creates an amazing architectural delight! The once-upon-a-time farm house was transformed into a highly functional, tasteful home with the focus on the gourmet Eat-in Kitchen which flows into the Family Room with its wall of windows and spectacular views. There is an incredible amount of natural light to keep you in a happy place and show off the historical wood floors, too. You will LOVE the Master Suite w/ walk-in closet & bath w/ tile shower. Fabulous office is large enough for 2 people to share.This is the home you have always dreamed of owning but now it is even BETTER! Don't miss this opportunity.
Open House
Sunday
January 14 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Magnificently updated home!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 599 Main Street, Boxford, MA 01921    Get Directions

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