How to Child-Proof Your Kitchen

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Your busy kitchen can be the most accident-prone place in the house. Here’s how to child-proof your kitchen, starting with the most essential and simplest steps.

Purge the problems

If it’s not in your house, you don’t have to worry about it. So get rid of stuff you don’t use or that poses a threat.

  • Throw out seldom-used cleaning products, such as bleach and drain cleaner. Use inexpensive green cleaners instead, and toss unused portions when you’re done.
  • Small kitchen magnets are a choking hazard; if you must post childproofphotos on your fridge, use magnetized vinyl pads.
  • Old kitchen blinds with free-hanging pull cords pose strangling dangers. Replace with wooden shutters or peel-and-stick vinyl window films.
  • Did you know that dry dog food pellets are a choking hazard? When Bowser is done chowing down, clean out leftovers by dumping the doggie dish.

Put it out of reach

Use childproof locks (more on that later in this article) to secure all kitchen cabinets. A good safe place for chemical cleaners and hazardous items is a cabinet over a refrigerator.

  • Move the cleaning products you still use to cabinets or shelves that are above a child’s reach.
  • Elevate knives, medicines, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Keep salt and vanilla extracts out of reach. Salt is easy for a kid to pour out and eat (it’s surprisingly poisonous to children even in relatively small doses). Vanilla and other extracts, such as almond and lemon, contain alcohol.
  • Some houseplants are poisonous and need to go on a high shelf — or out of your house. Check out the New York Botanical Garden’s advice on poisonous houseplants.

Change your habits

For infants, the greatest dangers in a kitchen are having things spilled on them or being tripped over, so changing your habits is a critical part of child-proofing.

  • Never carry an infant and hot food at the same time. An infant’s skin is far more tender than yours. Even 1 second of skin contact with a 140-degree drink can burn an infant, so if you spill tea or coffee at a common serving temperature, 160 to 180 degrees, a burn is almost inevitable.
  • Set your baby in a safe place while you cook and serve. Car carriers work great for infants. For toddlers, you might need a playpen or kitchen gates.
  • Heat baby bottles in a pan with warm water, and always test the milk temperature by dribbling some on your skin before you begin feeding your baby. Remember that drinks heated in a microwave may be much hotter than their containers.
  • Place pots at back of the stove, with the handles turned inward.
  • Keep electrical cords for small appliances up on the counter so a coffee pot or toaster doesn’t land on a kid’s head.
  • Use placemats instead of tablecloths; tablecloths have corners that are so much fun to tug on.

Lock out

Time to invest in some of the clever products that help make kitchens safer for kids. Many of these focus on blocking kids’ access to dangerous things, such as electrical systems.

Outlet covers: The common plug-in types are simple to install. Socket Lockits have squeeze-type locking guards that adults can remove ($9.95 for a pack of 8) but kids can’t. The Mommy’s Helper Safe-Plate electrical outlet cover ($4.99) has plates that slide into place as plugs are removed.

Cabinet locks: If you want something that’s visible and easy to operate, Kiscords Childproof Cabinet Locks ($4.95 for 2) gets high ratings. If you prefer a hidden mechanism, consider Tot Lok magnetic cabinet locks, which come with a magnetic key that’s too big to be a choking hazard ($29.99 for 5 locks and 2 keys). Pass the key over the cabinet to unlock it. Installation requires drilling into the back of the cabinet doors, and you’ll also need a foolproof place to store the magnetic key.

Safety gates: Depending on how your kitchen is set up, safety gates can be godsends in keeping kids out of the kitchen or the cooking area when meal prep is under way. For kitchen duty, you’ll probably want the type that presses into place and is easy to set up and remove. Look for one that’s certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Good bets are the AutoLock Pressure Gate by Cardinal Gates ($92), and Evenflo’s Memory Fit gate ($29.99).

Other safety tips

  • If you have a slide-in range, make sure it’s securely attached to the wall. Otherwise, a kid could open the oven door and cause the range to tip. If you have kitchen bookshelves, strap them to the wall as well.
  • Tape a note with the poison control number for your area and emergency contact information to your refrigerator, or post the note by phone.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm if your stove burns gas or propane. Carbon monoxide is odorless and invisible, and it can kill or make children seriously ill in small doses that might not noticeably affect adults.
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Copyright 2014 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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JUST LISTED – 3 Bedroom Home For Sale in Shrewsbury

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JUST LISTED by your Best Option Real Estate Team with EXIT Realty Partners!  This lovely 3 bedroom bungalow style home located at 4 Pineland Ave. in Shrewsbury Massachusetts has just been listed for $165,000

List Price:  $165,000
Bedrooms:  3
Bathrooms:  1
Living Area:   890 SQFT

If you are thinking about buying or selling real estate, we’d love to work with you!  Let Best Option Real Estate show you what we do to get homes sold fast and to negotiate the best price on your next home purchase.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Shrewsbury, click the link to get started or give us a call.  We are happy to help.

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

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Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.

1. Have a home inspection

Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Make repairs before putting your home on the market. In some states, you may have to disclose what the inspection turns up.

2. Get replacement estimates

If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t saletipsfund, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you expect to remain with the house.

3. Make minor repairs

Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems—sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets—as you can. These may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your house isn’t well maintained.

4. Clear the clutter

Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Install closet organizers to maximize space. Put at least one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big televisions. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage or basement.

5. Do a thorough cleaning

A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service.

If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.

Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too.

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Copyright 2014 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Worcester YPN ‘Appy Hour’ App List For Real Estate Professionals

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THANK YOU to all of the people who attended, supported and sponsored our first ever YPN event yesterday – Appy Hour!  It was a huge success and we are so excited to bring you some more great events this year.  
 
As promised, here is a list of the apps we went over on the panel.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
 
Cartavi
DropBox
HomeSnap
OpenHomePro
DocuSignInk
MileIQ
Google Drive
YouTube
SignMyPad
PDF Expert
Copy
Cubby
OpenHomePro
Contactually (For a FREE 30 Day Trial click the link: http://www.contactually.com/i/qjwzkbki)
Thank You Attorney Jessica Albino & Bryan Larson from Fairway Independent Mortgage for being our generous sponsors for this event!
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JUST LISTED – 2 Bedroom Short Sale Condo in Southbridge

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JUST LISTED by your Best Option Real Estate Team with EXIT Realty Partners!  This lovely 2 bedroom short sale condo home located at 115 Riverview Place Unit D in Southbridge Massachusetts has just been listed for $69,900

List Price:  $69,900
Bedrooms:  2
Bathrooms:  1.5
Living Area:   1121 SQFT

If you are thinking about buying or selling real estate, we’d love to work with you!  Let Best Option Real Estate show you what we do to get homes sold fast and to negotiate the best price on your next home purchase.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Southbridge, click the link to get started or give us a call.  We are happy to help.

 Best Option Real Estate Team!

508-444-2673

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JUST SOLD – 4 Bedroom Foreclosure Just Sold in Worcester

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JUST SOLD by Best Option Real Estate with EXIT Realty Partners!  This 4 Bedroom  foreclosure home located at 22 Rob Roy Rd. in Worcester Massachusetts SOLD for $100,299!  Congratulations to our buyers!

Sale Price:  $100,299
Number of Bedrooms:  4
Number of Baths:  1.5
Living Area:  1463 SQFT

If you are thinking about buying or selling real estate, we’d love to work with you!  Let Best Option Real Estate show you what we do to get homes sold fast and to negotiate the best price on your next home purchase.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Worcesterclick the link to get started or give us a call.  We are happy to help.

This was one of many sales made by Best Option Real Estate Team!

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JUST SOLD – 3 Bedroom Home Sold in Uxbridge

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JUST SOLD by Best Option Real Estate with EXIT Realty Partners!  This 3 Bedroom  home located at 50 Elm Street in Uxbridge Massachusetts SOLD for $180,000!  Congratulations to our buyers!

Sale Price:  $180,000
Number of Bedrooms:  3
Number of Baths:  1
Living Area:  1249 SQFT

If you are thinking about buying or selling real estate, we’d love to work with you!  Let Best Option Real Estate show you what we do to get homes sold fast and to negotiate the best price on your next home purchase.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Uxbridgeclick the link to get started or give us a call.  We are happy to help.

This was one of many sales made by Best Option Real Estate Team!

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