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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 6/28/2017

One aspect of house hunting that some prospective home buyers overlook is security. Perhaps it's because they're looking at homes in "nice neighborhoods, where you shouldn't have to worry about that sort of thing happening." Maybe another reason they're paying little or no attention to security issues is that they're more preoccupied with the layout of the kitchen, the size of the backyard, and the condition of the master bathroom.

Even though there are dozens of details to compare and think about when you're house hunting, security features are important enough to include in your checklist. By letting your real estate agent know that home security is a high priority for you, they'll hopefully point out security features that they notice and perhaps ask the listing agent for any additional information on things like installed alarms systems, deadbolt locks, or security lighting on the property.

As a side note, if the present owner has recently installed an extensive security system in the house, you can also use that as an opportunity (excuse) to inquire about crime in the neighborhood and whether there have been any recent incidents in the area. Additional research may need to be done to ferret out that information.

As you check out different houses that your buyers' agent shows you, here are a few security-related checkpoints to keep in mind:

  • Do the doors look solid and are they secured by deadbolt locks?
  • Do first-floor windows have functional and securely locking mechanisms?
  • Are there any outside floodlights, lamp posts, and/or other forms of illumination around the house?
  • Are there any overgrown bushes next to the house that could conceal a burglar's attempt to enter the house through a window?
  • Are there any fences on the premises that might discourage a burglar from entering the property?
  • Do the main entrances have locking storm doors that provide an extra layer of security?
  • Are there any other security vulnerabilities that you or your real estate agent think need addressing, either now or in the immediate future?
While that list may not include every possible security feature and potential weakness to look for when touring homes for sale, it will hopefully heighten your awareness about the need to prioritize home security -- even before you actually close on a house and move in.

When you do find the ultimate house for you and your family, it's always a good idea to change the locks on all external doors as soon as possible. You never know how many duplicate keys have been circulated over the years to contractors, neighbors, cleaning people, pet sitters, house sitters, and family members. One way to take control of your new home's security situation is to make sure there are no extra house keys floating around in the hands of people you don't know.





Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 6/23/2017


85 Fairhaven RD, Cumberland RI, 02864

Single-Family

$495,000
Price

4
Beds Total
9
Numberof Rooms
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Arnold Mills, Community School District. 4-5 Bed Plus Den, 2 Full 2 baths, 2 Car Garage, EIK w/ Quartz Counters Soft Close Cabinets, Formal Dining Room, Living Room with Brick Wood Burning Fire Place, Master Suite with 2 Large Rooms Master Bath and Large Walk-in Closet. Dry Basement with Family Room, Office, Bath, Cedar Closet, and Workshop. New Tankless On Demand Hot Water, Gas Heat, New Central AC, Large Shed, Large Deck, Newer Roof, Sprinklers. A Must See. Call For Private Showing.
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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 6/23/2017


60 Torrey RD, Cumberland RI, 02864

Single-Family

$485,000
Price

3
Beds Total
10
Numberof Rooms
3
Baths
Welcome to Northern Cumberland, Community School District. Very Private & Unique 3-4 Bed Plus Spiral Staircase to Private Office, 3 Full Baths, 2 Car Garage, Open Floor Plan, Beautiful Gourmet Kitchen w/ Granite and Stainless Steel Appliances, Hardwoods, Living Room w/ Propane Granite Fire Place, Dining Room, Master Suite w/ Master Bath with New Shower, Jacuzzi Tub, Walk-In Custom Closet, Washer & Dryer in Master Closet, & Central Air. This Home Was Renovated in 2010. Deck, Fenced Yard, Shed with Loft & Electricity, 4 Bed Septic, Newer Water Filtration for Well. A Must See. Call Today For A Private Showing.
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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 6/22/2017


60 Oswald ST, Pawtucket RI, 02861

Single-Family

$264,900
Price

4
Beds Total
9
Numberof Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Summers Coming and the Flowers will be Blooming in this Front Yard Soon. Come visit this Dormered Cape w/ 4 Bedrooms, 1 on the first floor with Office & Dining Room with Built in, 1.1 Baths & 2 Brick Wood Burning Fire Places. In 2017 Refinished Hardwoods put New Carpets, Painted Basement & Updated Electrical. Dry Basement. Heated & Insulated Back Porch. Wood Burning Stove in Garage, 2016 Painted Outside, Fenced, Garden, Flowers, Nice Back Yard. A Must See, Call For Private Showing. Just Move In.
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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 6/21/2017


10 Winsor LANE, Johnston RI, 02919

Single-Family

$325,000
Price

6
Beds Total
11
Numberof Rooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Move Right In To This Brick Front Split Level w/ 6 Bedrooms 3 & Baths, 2 Kitchens & 2 Car Garage. With Cathedral Ceiling & 2 Skylights, Dining Room, Cedar Closet, Updated Electrical, 2Decks , Mater with Mater Bath and Deck, Dry Basement, Brick Wood Burning Fireplace in Family Room which Opens to patio, Build-in Book Case, New Central Air in 2014, Taxes Reflect 20% Homestead Savings. Call For Private Showing.
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