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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 11/17/2017

A house fire is a parent and home owner's worst fear. Many people see tragic house fires as a case of very bad luck, but in reality most house fires can be avoided by practicing good fire safety. To prevent house fires and to know what to do in case you have one, you'll need to learn and teach your children about the main causes of house fires, how to prevent them, and what to do when a fire occurs. We'll cover all of that in this article, plus give you some tips on making it easy and fun for kids to learn.

How do house fires happen?

The eight most common causes of house fires are:
  1. candles
  2. smoking
  3. electrical/lighting
  4. dryers and washing machines
  5. lightning
  6. kids playing with fire
  7. tree decorations
  8. kitchen/cooking

Play investigator

To prevent some of the causes of fire listed above, gather your children and put on your investigator hat. Make a checklist of the following and scour your house together to search for clues of fire hazards, taking care of them as you go along. Look for:
  • Overloaded power strips and damaged power cords
  • Dryer vents that are clogged up or dirty
  • Stove burners that are near flammable items like curtains
  • Smoke detectors checked
  • Extra batteries located
  • Escape route noted (see below)
  • Ensure kids know the rules about candles, cooking, playing with fire, etc.

Plan your escape

Teaching kids a fire escape route can be tricky. It might get confusing for them or they might forget or panic in case of an actual fire. Therefore the best way to teach kids a fire escape plan is to practice it often. Have monthly or bi-monthly fire safety checks with your kids and go over your escape plan and test your smoke detectors. Yearly, participate in fire safety week, which also covers escape plans and best practices but turns it into a weeklong series of activities you can do with your kids. When it comes to the actual fire escape plan, grab some graphing paper and colored pencils and sit down with your kids to create your home. Include in your plan the names and escape routes (2 minimum) of each room and the outdoor meeting place. Have kids draw their own (age appropriate) to help them understand the plan better and get them involved. Once you've drawn the plan, run through it a few times with your kids. If you have infants or very young children who can't get themselves out of the house, plan who will retrieve them from their room in case of a fire. Remember to tell the kids not to wait for others before getting outside, and to not try to take belongings with them.

Stick to your routine

The hardest part about fire safety is making it a habit. At school, your kids have mandatory fire drills. At home, however, parents get busy with work or forget and tend to ignore fire safety. So, you'll have to find ways to make sure you and your family stick to the plan. If you have a family calendar hanging in your home, make sure you pencil in your bi-monthly fire safety meeting. Similarly, anyone in your family who uses a calendar on their phone or computer should add it there as well and invite the other family members. Make sure the event is fun for everyone to ensure no one dreads it. You could make a plan to take the kids out to dinner or somewhere fun after to make it a night everyone looks forward to every couple of months.





Posted by Cove Real Estate on 11/14/2017

This Condo in Provincetown, MA recently sold for $750,000. This style home was sold by - Cove Real Estate.


48 Bradford Street A, Provincetown, MA 02657

Provincetown

Condo

$759,000
Price
$750,000
Sale Price

3
Total Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
West End New Construction..This energy efficient, 930sf townhouse has many great features....open living floor plan, cook's kitchen with large island, French doors leading to the landscaped outdoor space, 2 ensuite bedrooms upstairs, wood floors throughout, tiled baths, propane heat, central a/c, washer/dryer in the basement, a 435 sf unfinished walkout basement, 1 car parking, and sewer betterment has been paid in full. The 3 new townhomes in this association are very conveniently located on a small private lane just a short distance from the Boatslip, Joe Coffee, the gym, restaurants, shops, galleries and the beach. It doesn't get much better than this. This is the only condo left and it's almost complete!! Easy to show. So, come take a look.

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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 11/10/2017

Your thirties are a time of many important financial decisions. Many people are starting families, buying homes, and getting settled into their careers by the time they turn thirty. The following ten years are often marked by salary increases, moving into larger homes, and saving for retirement.

It’s vital to have a solid grasp on personal finance in your thirties, as it is in many ways the foundation of your finances for the decades to come. So, in this article we’re going to give you some advice on buying a home and managing your money in your thirties.

Straighten out your credit

If your twenties were a volatile time of incurring debts from student loans, car loans, and other expenses, then it’s paramount to get your credit in order in your early thirties. Having a high credit score can secure you lower interest rates on a home loan or let you refinance your loans at lower rates.

Start by making sure your bills are on auto-pay, and be sure to settle any older debts from your younger years. You can also use a credit card for recurring expenses, such as gas to get to work or groceries, and then pay them off in full each month. This way, you’ll build credit and avoid accruing  interest at the same time.

Reevaluate your lifestyle and long term goals

A lot can change from the time you turn 25 to the time you turn 35. Your goals might shift from finding a home near the ocean to finding a home near a good school district for your children. You might also have the shocking realization that your children will be heading to college sooner than it might seem, and that you’re still working on paying off your own student debt.

Consider things like the size house you’ll need for your family, where you want to live and whether that involves being close to aging parents, and reallocating money depending on your retirement goals.

Rethink your insurance coverage

Gone are the days when all you needed was a car insurance policy to get by. As you age and your responsibilities grow, you’ll need to think about the future for you and your family. That may include a more comprehensive health insurance plan for your family, a life insurance policy for yourself, or increased covered for home and auto insurance.

Automate the headaches away

With all of these growing responsibilities, it can be easy to get frustrated with the time you’re losing to keeping your finance in order. Fortunately, there are many tools at your disposal in the internet age that will make all of those responsibilities an afterthought.

First, get a budget planning app, like Mint or You Need a Budget (YNAB). Next, set up your bills to auto-pay if you haven’t yet. Then, put reminders in your phone to periodically check your credit score and reassess whether you need to pay for certain monthly services (do you still watch Hulu?). Finally, if you haven’t yet, make sure you have your paychecks direct deposited into the accounts you’d like them to enter so you don’t have to worry about them.





Posted by Cove Real Estate on 11/9/2017

This Multi-Family in Provincetown, MA recently sold for $724,000. This style home was sold by - Cove Real Estate.


48 Shank Painter Road , Provincetown, MA 02657

Provincetown

Multi-Family

$779,500
Price
$724,000
Sale Price

Centrally Located Two Family with Pool. Live in one unit and rent the other, the potential exists for a healthy rental income. The 3 bedroom/2 bath main unit has a wood burning fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. There are granite countertops in the eat-in kitchen. A sliding glass door leads out to the back yard with an 18'x36' heated, in-ground pool. There is an attached, light and bright 1 bedroom unit with cathedral ceilings and a deck offering a spectacular view of Shank Painter Pond. Easy, single-story living, other amenities include a full basement and plenty of parking. Located in the GC Zoning District, this property allows for a high visibility office or retail space. Great central location and walking distance to downtown Provincetown.






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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 11/9/2017

This Single-Family in Provincetown, MA recently sold for $1,665,000. This Cape style home was sold by - Cove Real Estate.


27 Pleasant Street , Provincetown, MA 02657

Provincetown

Single-Family

$1,699,999
Price
$1,665,000
Sale Price

6
Total Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
West End Single Family with Guest CottageThis lovely 3 bedroom home was newly constructed in 2006-2007 to replace an original 1890's Cape style home. Reminiscent of times gone by, this home was designed by the current owner to retain the character and charm of the original home while offering today's modern conveniences. The first floor of the main house features a large living room with gas fireplace; gourmet kitchen complete with gas cooktop, double electric ovens, refrigerator and dishwasher; butler's pantry; an informal sitting area; formal dining room; and half bath. A large deck off the sitting room has wonderful monument and garden views. The second floor consists of the master bedroom; large walk in closet; guest room with large antique window; and a spacious bathroom. The ground

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