Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away

When leaving your home, whether for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, you’ll want to take some basic safety precautions to keep your house and belongings safe.

  • Keep windows and doors locked at all times. Exterior doors should have deadbolts. Lock all garage doors.
  • Windows and doors should be secured with auxiliary locks. Special door pins, available at most home improvement stores, can prevent sliding doors from being lifted from their tracks during a burglary attempt.
  • Never hide or store keys or tools outside. Disconnect automatic garage door openers.
  • Make your home appear occupied by attaching timers to lights and televisions and set them to turn on at different times.
  • Have your newspaper and mail held. Open some of the drapes or blinds on windows. During daytime hours, it gives the appearance that someone is home, and during the evening, lights inside the house are more visible.
  • Never announce your vacation plans on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Consider hiring a house or pet sitter or have a trusted friend or neighbor periodically watch your house for anything out of the ordinary.


Keep Your Home Safe With This Home Safety Checklist

It’s safe to say we all love the space we live in. Whether you own or rent, our homes are a sacred space for most of us. After all, they don’t say “home sweet home” for nothing. Our homes are our comfort spots and where we long to spend time relaxing. That’s why it’s important to take care of the place we call home.

Beyond organizing our homes or decorating our space, caring for our homes also means ensuring the place where we live and sleep is safe. Though we cannot guarantee that emergencies will never happen, we can certainly prepare for them and do our best to help avoid certain scenarios. Read on to find a thorough safety assessment checklist you can use to keep your home and family safe.

Review Electrical Cords and Outlets
Inspect Home Heating
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Use Fire Extinguishers
Develop an Escape Plan… 

Must-Have Safety Rules at Home For Your Family

Maintaining safety at home is something that cannot be accomplished by a single person but needs participation from everyone. There are various aspects that need to be looked into to ensure that the home is a safe place for all the members.

Safety features like smoke alarms, lockable cupboards for firearm safety, and keeping hazards out of the way to ensure the health and safety of your family is imperative. Likewise, having safety rules at home is another way through which all the occupants at home are able to ensure that safety is maintained.

Usually, each home has its own safety rules and, though some may differ from one home to the other, most of these rules can apply to almost every home.

It is, therefore, important for each family to be to identify what safety rules are needed to be adhered to in order to make the home a safer place to live in. Another area that is often overlooked, but just as important, is food safety.

Foodborne illnesses can severely affect family members and so measures should be put in place to ensure that everything is clean to avoid food poisoning… READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 12:00 – 2:00pm

FOR SALE – 307 Birch Ridge Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,154sqft/4,321sqft Lot

$425,000 – Updated Carmel model, in the active adult community of Trilogy. Just bring your furniture to this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with prepaid solar. Sellers have just finished with new interior paint, laminate flooring w/wider baseboards throughout, & painted cabinets. Kitchen has white cabinets, granite counters, electric stove top, stainless appliances & 2 pantries. Primary bedroom closet has built-in organizer & 2nd bath has walk-in tub w/shower over. Laundry room has additional storage, & 55 gal hot water heater. Shutters through out makes this a very cozy home. Fenced back yard for your pet and patio with all weather cover . This makes for a cozy backyard, and your within walking distance to the dog park & path around the lake. Water softner & reverse osmosis. This community offers many ammenities & social clubs, such as, tennis, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, beautiful gym overlooking the golf course, 2 swimming pools & spas, billiards, & computer room. Have coffee or lunch in the cafe & lunch/dinner at the Monarch Restaurant. Various clubs such as cycling, RV, dancing, drama & more. Refrigerator, washer/dryer convey with sale. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 623 California St, Rio Vista
2 bed/1 bath/934sqft/4,792sqft lot

Price Reduced to $315,000 – Adorable cottage/bungalow, 2 bedroom, 1 bath and has been updated. Larger backyard with patio & raised garden beds for your vegetables. The kitchen has been remodeled & there is an inside laundry & single car garage. Convenient location, walk to town for breakfast, snack, and/or dinner. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista
3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

$514,999 – Gorgeous home, shows pride of ownership, and has been renovated since purchased. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths with all new flooring/baseboards, interior paint, light fixtures, etc. The kitchen has newly painted cabinets with quartz countertops with an island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & living room. Whole house water filter with under-the-sink reverse osmosis. The front yard has been totally relandscaped with a new walkway to the front door, with drought-resistant landscaping, a drip system & timer. The driveway extended as well as the sidewalk to the backyard. The backyard has a sprinkler system as well as a patio. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint town located on the Sacramento River, close to SF, Sacramento & bay area. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 295 Sage Meadows Drio Vista

3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lotF

$559,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

FOR SALE – 731 Turnberry Ter Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1410 sqft

$410,000 – NO BONDS-Spinnaker model with private backyard. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home feels like a very relaxing cottage for a retirement home. The patio provides a quiet place for morning coffee & afternoon beverage. Den has built-in book/curio shelves & bay window. The Master bedroom has a bay window, which creates room for a sitting area. New hot water heater. Enjoy amenities such as golf, tennis, bocce, pools/spas & a new gym, and more. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 710 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2bed/2bath/2,065sqft/5,345sqft lot

NEW PRICE $445,900 – Solar owned & No Bonds!! Can’t get much better, this Hatteras model located in the Rio Vista Active Adult Community, Trilogy, offers drought-resistant landscaping & cozy backyard. Start the day with coffee on the patio & watch the sunset on the front porch. This home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with blinds throughout. The home has a living room/dining room combo and a family room/kitchen with tile floors in the kitchen/nook. Full patio with cover & is very private. The laundry room has a sink, washer/dryer convey with the sale, as well as refrigerators. Walking distance to Delta clubhouse, pro shop & Monarch Restaurant. Trilogy offers 2 swimming pools/spas, a cafe & restaurant, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, billiards & more. Just bring your furniture and enjoy your retirement life. READ MORE

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday 1:30 – 3:00pm
FOR SALE  – 689 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista

2 bed/2 bath/1,837sqft/5,436sqft lot

NEW PRICE $570,000 – Breathtaking views as you step into this beautiful home, located on the 11th green & pond. Popular Reflect model with quartz counters, white cabinets, 5 burner gas stove top & refrigerator are included. Tile floors with carpet in bedrooms. A double-sided gas fireplace makes for a cozy den & living room. The primary bath has double sinks with a walk-in shower with w/bench seating. Shutters throughout the home. Walk out either slider onto the covered patio that is the full length of the home. Small piece of turf for your pet, low maintenance landscape (front & back) & fenced. The backyard is lovely & a great place for a BBQ. Washer/dryer are included & there’s a laundry tub in the garage. Prepaid solar lease, transferrable to the buyer for the remaining years of the lease. Just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, such as 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce ball courts, tennis & pickle ball courts, horseshoes, billiards, a library, a computer room, etc. So many activities to enjoy, you can be as busy as you want or idle. There is a club for just about all your hobbies. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft


181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista

$540,000 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Mardi Gras Carnival

Sat, February 18, 2023, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM PST
Old Sacramento 1014 2nd St Sacramento, CA

Mardi Gras Carnaval – Second Line Sunday – Live Bands – Family Fun – Specialty Foods & Drinks – Beer Garden – DJs; Ent. for the whole family!

We are excited to announce Mardi Gras weekend. This year we have a full weekend of Parades, Food, Drinks, Live Music & More. A combined audience of 10,000+ people throughout Mardi Gras Weekend. A parade with an audience of 25,000 people lined up at Sacramento Capital Mall down to Old Sacramento ending at our Mardi Gras Carnaval Festival at the Freeway Gardens. Second Line Sunday Festival to close out the Mardi Gras weekend in Old Sacramento Waterfront.





LOCATION: Freeway Gardens the parking garage under the Freeway or Entrance 2nd & J St. Next to Pony Express READ MORE

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures

                     Friday, February 17                     7:00 PM

                     Saturday, February 18                11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

                     Sunday, February 19                  12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

                     Monday, February 20                 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA

Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti.  Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa.  Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.”  Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals while singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana to the ice. READ MORE

Canadian Brass

Sun, Feb 19, 1 – 8 PM
Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore, CA

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.

Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts will show the full range from trademark Baroque, and Broadway hits to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentations to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity, and, most of all, fun – but never at the expense of the music. READ MORE

The Modesto Spring Home Improvement Show

February 17-19 ,2023, Friday: 12PM – 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 10AM – 5PM
Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto

Updating and improving your home is easy when you visit The Modesto Spring Home Improvement Show! We offer homeowners and future homeowners the opportunity to visit local vendors in one place at one time. Guests can get tips and new ideas to help improve and beautify their homes and yards.

You will find everything you need. Custom kitchens & baths, windows & doors, sunrooms & patio covers, cabinets & flooring, pools & spas,  gutters & roofing, HVAC & solar, painting & coating, cash & carry items and much more!  Show specials and discount prices at the show!

Shop, compare & save!! Show prices are the BEST prices!

Adult $8.00
Senior (60 years or older) $6.00
Military $6.00
Kids 12 and under Free


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