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November 28, 2016

Gratitude Gathering 2016

Gratitude Gathering 2016

As our way of showing our appreciation for our wonderful family of clients – many of whom have become good friends – we held our Gratitude Gathering for 2016 just before Thanksgiving. We had great conversations and terrific snacks and beverages.

Many of our clients are from the Midwest and so they found they had much in common. Others are living near each other and we were able to introduce neighbors to each other. Some clients attended that I have not seen in many years.

As an added bonus we offered a choice of Free pies for people to take home for their own Thanksgiving meals. We are so grateful to be able to host this event. We are so grateful for all the good in our lives and for each other. This is our favorite time of year when we can express how much we care about our clients and how much we appreciate those that introduce us to the people they care  about.

We love celebrating our clients. Maybe you can join us next year?

Visiting at Gratitude Gathering

 

Enjoying the Gratitude Gathering 2016

Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home

Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home

Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it as safe as it can be?

Your home should be your haven: the place where you will be protected from harm. It should be a top priority, and yet every year 1200 people or more visit the emergency room during the holiday months due to accidents and unintended injuries sustained from hidden dangers around the home.

With a sharp eye and preventive action you can reduce the chances of lurking safety dangers for everyone who visits your home.

The Top 12 Home Safety Tips

  1. GOOD LIGHTING— Adequate lighting reduces the risk of tripping and falling both inside and outside your home. This is especially important in winters when days are shorter. Critical areas that need to be illuminated are the stairs, outdoors, and foyers. Make sure your street number is well lit and visible from the street to aid first responders find your home. The fix: Make sure adequate wattage is utilized and long-life bulbs and motion detectors are in place.
  1. ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS?— Electrical issues, like a flickering light or a dead outlet, can be mild annoyances that actually signal serious dangers. If not addressed promptly, a faulty electrical system can result in house fires and shocks. The fix: If you’re experiencing any problems with your electricity, contact a professional right away. In your daily life, make sure electrical cords are not frayed or pierced and extension cords are securely connected. Do not run too many cords to a single outlet. Unplug small appliances, space heaters, and power tools when not in use.
  1. DO ROUTINE CLEANING— Not maintaining your appliances leads to a greater chance of accidental home fires. The fix: Do simple tasks regularly like cleaning grease off your stovetop, emptying the lint trap on your dryer, and keeping your chimney clean and clear.
  1. SMOKE AND GAS DETECTORS— Every home needs functional warning devices that detect smoke and gases. The fix: When purchasing smoke alarms, make sure they also detect carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that is especially dangerous because it is colorless and odorless. Replace the batteries every six months—or whenever you change your clocks. Create an emergency evacuation plan, build a preparedness kit, and practice regular safety drills with your family to ensure awareness of procedures.
  1. SECURE YOUR HOME— Many homes now have the latest technological advancements but still rely on locks and hardware from decades ago to keep you safe from intruders. The fix: Do an audit of all entry points to your home—doors and windows and screens. If any do not have secure screens, locks, and deadbolts, have them installed. For those entry points that do already have door knobs, handles, and locks, make sure that they are in good working condition.
  1. WHEN YOU ARE AWAY— We all enjoy long weekends and out-of-town vacations, but unfortunately that leaves your home vulnerable to intruders. The fix: Create the illusion that someone may still be there. Leave a TV or stereo on in the room where a burglar would most likely break in. Have neighbor pick up mail and the daily paper. Turn down phone ringers, keep blinds drawn, and don’t leave unsecured valuables in the home even if you think they are well-hidden. Never hide keys around the home or garden, and don’t leave notes on the door that suggest you are out of town.
  1. HOUSEHOLD REPAIRS— Even if you are an expert and know your way around electrical, plumbing, car or other household repairs, proceed with caution. A poor repair could be a recipe for disaster. The fix: Call a professional or ask me for a referral from our trusted sources.
  1. VEHICLE CAUTION— Remember that there is danger even before you drive on the street. If you are backing your car up, watch out for children and pets on the sidewalk and road. The fix: Be cautious and proceed slowly when driving vehicles in or out of your driveway. If your driveway does not have good visibility in both directions, walk down and look in both directions before you get in your car.
  1. MAKE IT SAFE FOR VISITORS— If you are hosting friends and family, consider what additional safety challenges they may face. The fix: Put yourself in the shoes of a small child and look for low, hard edges, sharp objects, easy-to-open cabinets with chemicals and cleaning agents. Look for falling and tripping hazards that may fell seniors.
  1. BRACE YOURSELF— Heavy objects are rarely braced in the home. Appliances, artwork, televisions, and aquariums present real hazards if they are knocked down by a person or a natural disaster. The fix: Strap and brace heavy objects and use security hardware for large artwork.
  1. UNCOVER HIDDEN DANGERS— If your home was built before the late seventies, there’s likely lead in the paint under the top coats on your walls and windows, and there might be traces in the varnish used on many hardwood floors. In addition, asbestos often can be found in insulation and “popcorn” ceiling textures. The fix: Hire a licensed contractor to test for possible contaminants and remove them safely, especially prior to a remodel.
  1. MOTHER NATURE— Your homeowners insurance will cover you in many instances, but did you know that you may not be insured against natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes? They typically require an additional policy. The fix: Contact your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate replacement coverage as home values escalate and coverage amounts can stay static. Discuss costs for adding disaster policies for the natural disaster most likely to hit your area. Finally, having a disaster and communication plan can minimize the risks.

Safety Dangers to Kids You May Not Think About

Do you have small children who live with you? Even if you don’t, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, your home may welcome friends with young children and older family members. This makes now the ideal time to survey home your home for potential safety problems.

OPEN WATER

Did you know that as little as an inch of water can be a major hazard? A pail of water in the yard, large puddles from a storm, even a washing machine can induce a small child to trip or fall into and become at risk. The fix: Watch for open ice chests and other standing water, and don’t leave toilet seats open.

SMALL BATTERIES

Button-sized lithium batteries power small electronic devices, including remote controls, watches, musical greeting cards, and ornaments. When accidently swallowed, they can get stuck in the esophagus and generate an electrical current that can cause severe chemical burns and tissue damage. The fix: Only let small children play with mechnical devices and toys under supervision, and make sure to put these items away when not in use.

WINDOWS AND STAIRS

Every year, more than 5,000 kids end up in the emergency room after tumbling out of a window. Combat that by installing window guards or window stops so kids can’t fall out. Stairs are another potential hazard for youngsters with less-than-perfect balance. The fix: Baby gates can prevent young kids from venturing up or down. Steps should always have firm footing and be clear of objects as even older people can slip and fall or trip on items left on the stairs.

FAMILY PETS

Cats can scratch a child not used to playing with finicky felines. The family dog may be big and loving but can outweigh a child by five times. Children can be easily knocked down, nipped, or even bitten by a dog not used to the activity of small children. The fix: Monitor play activity and make sure your pet is not getting anxious or annoyed.

CORDS

Babies can be strangled by cords on blinds and shades. The fix: Excessive cords of all types should be removed or secured down. Always keep cribs away from windows with loose cords.

Now’s the Time

With the upcoming holidays at hand, now is the perfect time to survey your home and address potential safety hazards to yourselves, your family, and your friends. It doesn’t take long, most fixes are very inexpensive and simple to do, and your efforts will pay dividends in peace of mind for years to come.

If you would like our advice on how to make your home safer and need a list of trusted sources for home repairs, please contact us today. It’s our business to ensure that your home is safe and secure for your family.

Choose Joy,

Beverly and John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7026 Prosperity Cir. Sarasota FL 34238 – Check Out This New Offering Palmer Ranch

Arielle on Palmer Ranch condo for sale

Relax and Enjoy Life!  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo at 7026 Prosperity Cir. Sarasota FL 34238 is a wonderful place to come home to.

You will find an updated kitchen with wood cabinets, stainless appliances and solid surface counters. There is a dining area, living room and bonus gathering room located off the eat-in-kitchen. Be sure to notice the interesting curved wall and plant shelves too.

Escape the twirls and stress of everyday life in the community heated pool and spa. Someone else takes care of it and you get to enjoy it.

Pool at Arielle on Palmer Ranch

Pool at Arielle on Palmer Ranch

Pool at Arielle on Palmer Ranch - 7026 Prosperity Cir. Sarasota FL 34238

Pool at Arielle on Palmer Ranch

Pool at Arielle on Palmer Ranch

Then come home and enjoy the beautiful lake view from your lanai at 7026 Prosperity Cir. Sarasota FL 34238

Lake view at Arielle on Palmer Ranch - 7026 Prosperity Cir. Sarasota FL 34238

Lake view at Arielle on Palmer Ranch

 

Arielle is a quiet, gated community on popular Palmer Ranch with an ideal location. Arielle is situated on 38 acres with 2 lakes and 9 acres of preserves.

Just minutes away is the Legacy Bike Trail, lots of shops, restaurants, world famous Siesta Beach, a fabulous YMCA, golf and interstate access. Sarasota is well known as the cultural capital of Florida and there are endless opportunities of attractions, water sports, and interesting things to see and do.

This condo with it’s new A/C in 2015, Pergo floors, tile roof and your own private garage combine to make a great place for seasonal or year round living. Arielle on Palmer Ranch is pet friendly. The fees include basic cable, water, sewer, landscaping, pool maintenance, gates, roofs, exterior painting and exterior pest control.

List Price – $280,000. Call us today at 941-321-3916 for more information and to arrange a private viewing. Click Here for more photos and map.

So just bring your flip flops and your dreams and be happy.