5 Ways to have a Safe and Sound Home this Winter

5 Ways to Have a Safe and Sound Home This Winter

While our home chores this time of year tend to focus on fertilizing the lawn for next spring and battening down the hatches for energy savings, we should also be thinking about safety, especially for the seniors in our lives. Here are five steps to take, courtesy of Consumer Reports, to make your home a safe haven in the winter months.

  1. Prepare for ice. Reduce the risk of falls by stocking up now on snow melt, and putting a plan in place for shoveling. If no one at home is healthy enough to take on the shoveling chore, set up a standing arrangement with a snow-removal service or a neighborhood teenager to automatically come to your home when bad weather hits.
  2. Service your heating system. Hypothermia can occur in older adults even when the temperature is between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so have your thermostat checked and furnace serviced to make sure they’re functioning properly.
  3. Inspect space heaters. While they can be necessary in case of a heating system failure, space heaters are also a fire hazard, so be sure to check the cords and test them in advance to make sure they’re in good working order.
  4. Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Put new batteries in and make sure there are enough units throughout the home.
  5. Be smart about generators. If you have a generator or are thinking about getting one, know how to use it. Never operate it in an enclosed space and make sure it’s at least 20 feet from your home, windows and doors, with the exhaust pointing away from your home.

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Posted on November 29, 2018 at 11:42 am
Amy Harbeck | Posted in Amy Harbeck's Blog, Cape Cod | Tagged , , , , , , ,

4th of July on Cape Cod

One of the best times of the summertime is 4th of July. But getting to watch the many fireworks displays and having some hometown fun at a patriotic parade on Cape Cod is a real treat! What’s better than getting together with friends and family for some 4th of July fun with a gorgeous beach view? Here are this years’ Independence Day celebrations:

July 2nd
Pancake Breakfast at Orleans Fire Department 
7:00am – 11:00am 
Rock Harbor, Orleans
Fireworks at Dusk

July 4th
Wellfleet Town Pier
9:30am Antique Car Show
10:00am Parade
Orleans Parade 
10:00am
Shawme Pond, Sandwich
9:00pm Boat ParadeFireworks at Dusk:
Falmouth Heights Beach
Lewis Bay, Hyannis
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown

July 8th
12:30pm Chatham Boat Parade
Stage Harbor – Oyster Pond Beach
Thanks to CapeCod.com for the event information, please check there for updates and rain dates. 

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 7:31 am
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Top 5 Reasons to Support Farmers’ Markets

2017 Farmers’ Markets Schedule

The summer has finally started to show itself and that means farmers’ markets season! As Cape Cod starts to bustle with visitors and seasonal businesses start to open, our friends at all the local farmers markets gear up for a busy couple of months.

Did you know there are farmers markets open every day all over Cape Cod? You can get farm fresh, local produce from Bourne all the way to Provincetown. And if you’re in the mood for a little more fun, you can check out Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour over at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis.

PLUS, the Brewster Historical Society will be hosting a farmers’ market at Drummer Boy Park on Sundays this summer! Check out the vendors they have lined up!

Click to read the Top 5 Reasons to Support Farmers’ Markets over at freshfarm.org and be sure to visit www.EdibleCapeCod.com for updates on your favorite farmers’ market’s schedule. 

Local real estate is also ripe for the picking… it’s time to buy or sell before interest rates climb higher!  Please call or write to explore your options! Enjoy the harvest! 


Posted on June 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Amy Harbeck | Posted in Amy Harbeck's Blog, Cape Cod | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Should I wait until spring to list my Cape Cod real estate?

NO, LIST NOW!  Cold winds are blowing over the beaches, snack shacks are closed, and the boats are shrink-wrapped at the marinas, but the buyers are here–whether in person or on line!  You would think real estate would be dead this time of year, but I had several showings this week and I put a condo under contract after multiple offers!  Buyers are eager to buy before interest rates rise further, but there are very few listings to pick from right now.  Some buyers would also rather buy a vacation home now instead of book another rental for this summer.  It’s a sellers’ market!  So if you are thinking about listing your Cape Cod real estate, call or write now.  Now is the time!

 


Posted on December 31, 2016 at 9:23 pm
Amy Harbeck | Posted in Amy Harbeck's Blog, Cape Cod |