V.R.P.-Seller to entertain offers frm $399,900-$419,900. For the first time since it was built, this meticulously maintained & original owner ranch home is available! You will be pleasantly surprised w/the pride of ownership & attention to detail throughout. Located in a quaint ngbhd in the desirable Marsh School district this setting is perfect for everyone. Great rm is your new hangout w/soaring cathedral ceilings, plenty of windows for natural light, and hdwd flrs. Convenient buffet set up w/gorgeous cabinets, plenty of counter space for entertaining & rm for dining. Situated right outside is your back deck and sparkling in ground pool. Lot is generous in size and allows for outdoor play or lounging-your choice! Formal dining rm & living rm offer beamed ceilings & beautiful hdwd floors that travel down the hallway & into your bedrms. Fully finished walk out lower level, you will find a bonus rm, bedroom, half bath, & storage space! Not enough space here to list all of the amenities!

This is a Ranch style home and features 10 total rooms, 1 full bath, 2 half baths, 3 bedrooms, 0.46 Acres, and is currently available for $399,900.

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Child-Proofing Your Home.

Unintentional injury is one of the leading causes of death in children under 14. That should be enough to make any parent shudder. Child-proofing a new or existing home can be quite the headache, but it’s an incredibly neccessary step in making sure your home is safe for all members of your family. Luckily, by following a simple checklist, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve covered most, if not all of your bases. While there are extra steps that may need to be taken on a house-by-house basis, most of these steps are applicable to just about every kind of residence.

Smoke Detectors – While this may seem like an obvious step, you’d be surprised how many people don’t follow through with their fire alert system. Low batteries, improper placement, and broken detectors can all spell potential tragedy for you and your family. Pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should have at least one smoke detector per level of your home, including the basement and attic. One very important step you can take these days is to purchase batteries that are designated for electronic devices.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors – These need to be placed near sleeping areas, and at least 15 feet away from any fuel-burning appliances.

Anti-Scalding Devices for your faucets – Contact your local plumber to get an estimate.

Door Stops and Door Holders – If your home already comes equipped with these, then make sure they are all in good working order.

Outlet Covers and Plates – Ensure that covers and plates aren’t easily removable.

Edge and Corner Bumpers – These come in a variety of styles, and are easily installed on the sharp edges and corners of your home. Pay special attention to the corners in your kitchen, as many child injuries take place here.

Safety Latches and Locks – These need to be installed in cabinets that would be accessible at your child’s level. These will prevent your child from gaining access to areas that hazardous cleaning materials are stored, like under your sinks.

Doorknob Covers and Door Locks – Use these on rooms that aren’t child-proofed. If you can prevent unsupervised access to a room, you don’t have to worry about keeping it in perfect working order in regard to child proofing.

Child Gates – Stair-related accidents can be avoided by implementing a gate system. Pay special attention to the types of gates used…..Pet gates are NOT the same product, and may lack the level of protection needed to ensure proper safety of your child. Childen are resourceful individuals, and can breach many systems that your family pets cannot.

Ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to help with the heating and cooling of your home. You can find many that cost under $100 and they have little ongoing cost. And for those of you who like DIY projects, this one will take you a couple of hours to upgrade an existing light fixture.

While ceiling fans don’t drastically lower the temperature in a room, they do help to reduce it slightly as well as produce a light breeze which makes you feel cooler. The result? Less use of the air conditioner that results in 3-8% savings on cooling costs. Remember that in the summer months, your fan’s blades should be moving counter clockwise.

In the winter months, ceiling fans can take on a whole new role. When you reverse the fan’s blades to rotate clockwise, you cause the air to circulate without causing that chilly breeze. This allows for better circulation of the warm air that naturally rises to the ceiling. It’s often best to have the fan speed set to low in the winter to avoid too much air movement and the effects of a breeze.

Lastly, and maybe the most important, is the decision on which fan to purchase. There are few things to keep in mind when you are out shopping for a ceiling fan. 1. The size of the room – ceiling fans come in all sizes and choosing one that is meant for your home’s room dimension is key. It’s recommended that you choose a 40-42 inch blade span for a room 70-100 sq feet and a 42-48 inch for 100-140 sq feet. A room that’s bigger may need two small fans to be effective. 2. The location of the installation – for rooms with lower ceilings, a flush mount ceiling fan will work best, while rooms with high ceilings will need a down rod so that the fan is in the right place. You also want to make sure for areas such as an enclosed porch, that you check out the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) rating to ensure the fan has either a damp or wet rating. 3. Finally, you want to pick a fan that fits your decor and life style. Fans come in all sorts of styles and can have features from various lighting to remote controls.

Changing a current light fixture in your home to a ceiling fan can saving you hundreds over the life of the fan. Especially with Energy Star rated ceiling fans available, savings can add up quick.

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