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How Well is Your Home and Family Protected at Night?

by Sandi Pressley

We all hear more and more on the news or from a neighbor that someone had a home invasion. We all may think, “no that will never happen to me.”  But the reality is that it can happen to anyone at any time. Here are some tips and tricks to help ensure that you and your family stay safe at night.

Install a Home Surveillance System. These might be expensive, but well worth the price. But you can get a camera and a recording unit setup for under $200.  Hidden home security cameras with nighttime vision are the most recommended, while readily visible ones can be easily destroyed. To help, you can tie most of these systems right into just about any device or devices you want. Now you can find out if that strange noise was simply a stray animal or someone lurking about your home.

Motion Sensor Lights. These are handy even when you’re just coming home from a late shopping trip. These can also be of great importance to home safety at night. It might help deter a break in from someone who is easily deterred.

Always Lock Up. This may seem obvious, but many people simply forget or don’t bother to lock up all the windows, doors and even garage doors, simply because they don’t think they are at risk. Sure the neighborhood is safe and you know your neighbors really well, but the threat most often comes from outside your neighborhood. So, make sure to lock up. It could mean lives.

Safety is never overrated, so be safe and check out these other great tips and tricks for nighttime safety for your home, and most importantly, your peace of mind. Be safe!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8719 Springhill Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM  $299,000

4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms (3 full, 1 partial) / 3230 Square Feet

Lovely Brick Home in desired Richland Hills. Open & functional floorplan w/ soaring ceilings, cozy brick fireplace & stunning kitchen. Downstairs Suite with relaxing covered patio & oversized Master-baths & walk-in closets.

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Preventing Electrical Fires in the Home

by Sandi Pressley

Home safety is important, especially if you have a family. One thing most people overlook is electrical safety. Home electrical fires are estimated at around 51,000 fires a year, with nearly 500 deaths, over 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in damages. Naturally there are ways to reduce the risk to you and your family. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

  • Outlets: When it comes to outlets it is always best not to overload them with extra adapters and power cords. Especially so in older homes that may not have a large enough power supply causing breakers to trip or overheat and very possibly cause major fires.
  • Light Bulbs: When using light bulbs be sure to use a bulb with the correct wattage for the fixture you are using it in. A higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat and possibly cause the bulb itself to explode.
  • Appliances: We own many more appliances now than used to be in the average home 50-60 years ago. Appliances from a simple clock to a computer generate heat. So be sure to give the appliance plenty of circulation space and never leave blankets, towels or anything that will cover them so that they do not overheat and cause an overload or short out an electrical socket.

Electrical fires can be such a dangerous and devastating occurrence that following some simple tips can save you or your family’s lives and your family’s livelihood. Here are quite a few more suggestions on how to minimize the possibility of an electrical fire in the home.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10001 San Francisco Road NE, Albuquerque, NM  $1,250,000

6 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms (2 full, 4 partial) / 5750 Square Feet

This dream home is a slice of paradise at over 5800SF! Open concept floorplan showcasing arch accents,columns,gleaming tile, & hardwood flooring, and lush carpet. Renovated Spa-Like master bath offers many amenities including Steamroom.

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Great Décor Tips for Fall in New Mexico

by Sandi Pressley

Pumpkins. A definite sign that fall is on your doorstep or is already falling much great gusto from your trees. Matching this cheerful end-of-summer New Mexico sensation with fresh homey décor ideas is an absolute must. For starters, an awesome pumpkin or two on your porch and strategically placed saucer pumpkins will add to the effect.

Don’t forget the trees outside shedding their spring and summer growth. Now is the best time to take advantage of their seasonal molting to brighten up your home with some gorgeous New Mexico colors, like leaf art. Let’s not forget the fun twigs and variety of berries and that become art pieces to make entertaining fall vases and fun DIY welcome wreaths.

Don’t forget that wood stove that’s been sitting quietly over summer. Bring out your best for the fall as New Mexico nights start getting cooler, giving you a reason to hang out around the warm and mesmerizing flames with friends or family remembering the good times, and looking forward to more to come.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

2012 Fraser Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM  $250,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (1 full, 2 partial) / 2020 Square Feet

Fabulous Energy Efficient Home by D.R. Horton built in 2012 features spacious and open floorplan. Features Higher Efficiency Furnace, Tankless Water Heater, Refrigerated Air, Granite Counter Tops, Custom Security Door and so much more. 

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Stay Safe This Hallows Eve in Albuquerque!

by Sandi Pressley

Halloween is almost here! A time of treats, crazy costumes for the kids and scaring each other silly. It’s also a time to remember a little caution and safety preparation can go a long way for our crazy little monsters of the night. Let us share some tips on safety for this year’s Halloween in Albuquerque.

Risks of car accidents with children go up unfortunately on this night more than any other, so we have a few ideas on how to keep the children as safe as possible.

One way is to try incorporating reflective tape or stickers into bags and costumes, as well as using face paint, non-toxic of course, as an alternative to visually obstructive masks. The kids are certain to find it fun to get their faces painted! Also try giving the kids some glow sticks, glow bracelets and whatever fun little glowing things you can find for them. Not only will extra fun be added to their costumes, but will help with added visual for drivers.

The younger children, 12 and under should never be out alone without their parents or a trusted adult to supervise. Try too to remind the older ones to stay in areas that they are familiar with, are well lit and give them the idea that going trick-or-treating with friends would be more entertaining. They’re certain to go for that!

Have a peek at this link for a few more tips on safety this Halloween. More importantly, don’t let them forget to have themselves a scary fun time this Halloween in Albuquerque!  

 

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

9320 Modesto Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM  $1,325,000

4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms (2 full, 3 partial) / 5285 Square Feet

Immaculate custom single level home in sought after North Albq.Acres. 2 car garage, laundry rm, 2BDRMs each w/private 3/4 Bath. In the West wing you will find another 2 car garage! Master Suite w/ ensuite is every homeowners DREAM. 

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