Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/31/2018

"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home!" That saying (and old song) has been around for generations, but it's as true today as it was a century ago. Almost everyone would agree that your home should be a refuge from the calamity and dangers of the outside world.

A related saying which has been repeated for even longer is "A man's home is his castle." That age-old concept not only emphasizes that fact that we all deserve to be safe and secure in our own homes, but it's also the basis for certain legal principles. Unfortunately, the mere existence of our rights as homeowners does not prevent burglaries, break-ins, and criminal intrusions from happening, so it's necessary to take steps to help protect your home and family from crime.

The good news is that there are literally dozens of things you can do to make your home a safer, more secure place. While it can be costly (but often worth it) to implement an elaborate, high-tech home security system, there are plenty of inexpensive measures you can take to discourage burglars. Here are a few crime-prevention tactics which can greatly reduce the chances of a break-in or intrusion taking place at your home.

Be security minded: If you live in a low-crime area, it's easy to let your guard down and become complacent. When it comes to keeping your property, family, and possessions secure, though, it's much better to "err on the side of caution." One regrettable mistake many people make is to leave their doors unlocked when they go out to "run a few quick errands." Not only can errands take longer than originally planned, but experienced burglars can be in and out of your home in minutes. By being consistent with locking doors and securing your home before you leave, you'll significantly reduce the chances of becoming a crime statistic. Instilling that awareness and those habits in your children is also an important element of any effective home security strategy.

Simple security solutions: Although glass panels alongside a front door can be an attractive design touch, it can provide potential intruders with a glimpse of the inside of your home -- including its layout, a view of valuables left out in the open, and whether your security system is activated. There are several ways you can obscure the view people have of your home's interior, including frosting the glass using a special spray, temporarily attaching a decorative window film, or installing etched glass. Customized window blinds may also do the trick.

Innovative ideas: Burglars generally tend to target homes that appear vacant or unsecured. Half the battle is creating the impression that someone is home, even if you're not. While you've undoubtedly heard about the technique of hooking up timers to your lights to make them go on and off at designated times, here's an interesting variation on the theme: You can purchase a device for $20 or $30 that simulates the flickering light that a TV gives off when it's being watched. While this is not a standalone or foolproof technique, it can be a low-cost part of an overall home security strategy.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/30/2018

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $453,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


93 Karen Circle, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$449,900
Price
$453,900
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Amazing opportunity presents itself in this 4 bedroom Brentwood colonial with two car attached garage and brand new roof, located on a quiet street tucked into a large neighborhood; close to pool, golf course & more. Kitchen features granite countertops, double ovens, beautiful white cabinetry & pantry space. Living room has fireplace, large bay window & hardwood flooring. Lovely formal dining room w built-in hutch. French doors lead out to amazing light filled sunroom w cathedral ceiling, recessed lights and slider out to fabulous wrap around porch with pergola. Second floor has four bedrooms w hardwood flooring and closets. Full bathroom & linen closet complete the second story. The large, flat, private corner lot abuts a cul-de-sac road. All this plus Holliston's highly ranked school system offering French Immersion, Montessori & Traditional programs.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/25/2018

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $795,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


25 Winston Rd, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$829,000
Price
$795,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This gracious 4,000+ sf. home is supremely sited on over 3 private acres in an end of cul-de-sac location.Central a/c and heat updated in 2014. 3 Car garage. Brand new spa like master bath.4 large bedrooms each with walk-in closet.Finished lower level.4 fireplaces, including one in the master suite which also features separate dressing room/nursery/office.The main floor has a large eat-in kitchen with a fireplace, family room, home office with fireplace and built-ins, large living room with fireplace and a dining room. A large screened in porch off the kitchen looks out over the stunning backyard with outside fireplace, patio and in-ground gunnite pool, perfect for entertaining on the hot summer days and cool evenings.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/24/2018

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $665,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


48 Briarcliff Ln, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$665,000
Price
$665,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Discerning buyers take notice! Extensively renovated four years ago, this beautiful, center entry colonial has it all... from the welcoming foyer you see the gorgeous hardwoods running throughout the home, family room has a fireplace, living room is open to the large kitchen and dining area. The incredible kitchen island is the center piece of this vibrant space which boasts custom cabinets, granite counters & stainless appliances. Completing the first floor is a half bath and dedicated laundry room which is perfectly situated as you enter the home from the garage. All four bedrooms are upstairs and boast great closet space. The master suite has two closets and a gorgeous bathroom with double sinks and stunning tiled shower. Great attention to detail, modern color palette, lots of recessed lights. Rounding out this home are the screened-in-porch, deck, two car garage, play room on lower level, central air and nice lot with large backyard. Plus, great location on quiet side street!

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/24/2018

No matter how much experience you have as a gardener, mistakes happen to everyone. Some gardening mistakes are actually avoidable. Below, youíll find some of the most common gardening mistakes and how to stay clear of them. Next time around that you decide to plant, youíll have an even greener thumb than you did the season before. 


You Planted Too Early


When the springtime hits, itís easy to feel eager to plant and get your crops going. Planting too early without proper grow cloths or warm enough temperatures can be completely detrimental to anything that is trying to grow. 


Watering Too Much Or Two Little


There is a finite amount of water thatís required for plants to thrive. The general rule is for plants to receive about an inch of water per week. Plants that have not been watered enough will show certain signs including yellowing leaves and wilting leaves. Any fruits that are produced will be deformed. Be sure that you make up for the deficit of water during dry spells that occur by watering accordingly.   


Plants that have been overwatered can also cause yellowing leaves. You donít want your water to pool or cause puddles in the garden. If this happens, youíll need to add a bit more organic matter to the soil itself. 


Not Planting In A Bright Enough Place


Itís a basic scientific principle that plants need sunlight to grow properly. If you have planted things in the shade, they may not thrive. If you donít have a sunny spot to plant your garden, try using portable gardening containers that you can move around. Shoot for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for your plants.       


Not Weeding


Weeds can obviously choke your crops, sucking moisture and food away from the plants. If you donít actively work to eliminate weeds, your plants will suffer greatly. Eliminate weeds as soon as you spot them. Allowing one weed to flourish is to allow them all to take over! Mulching can be a great start in helping to keep weeds away. If any weeds are found after the mulch has been put down, be sure to move them promptly. 


Planting Too Much


If you plant too much, space can become a problem. Focus on planting what you and your family like to eat and will actually use. This problem comes down to a matter of preference and taste. You donít want to spend a ton of time gardening just to realize that  youíve completely wasted your efforts. 


Keep in mind that thereís always something new to learn when it comes to gardening. Know that no matter what level of gardener you are mistakes are inevitable but not completely unavoidable.         





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