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Steuben County Real Estate Guide - February 2011

Steuben County Real Estate Guide - February 2011

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Anchor Realty - Agents ........................................................31Anchor Realty - Jeff Smith............................................32-36Anchor Realty - Larry Clark .................................................37Anchor Realty - Bill Bryan .............................................38-39Anchor Realty - Lake James - Team David .............40-41Anchor Realty - Lake James - Gordon Grabill ..............42Booth Rose Krebs ............................................................54-57Century 21 Bradley - Sherri Recht ....................................19Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Agents............46Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly GraberTeam Gundy ...................................................................48-49Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber 
Kirk Kohart ..........................................................................50-51
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Kay Kunce .....47Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly GraberRose Carmer ..........................................................................53Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Don Wise .......52ERA Hansbarger ...............................................................44-45Farmers & Merchants ............................................................64Freedom First Real Estate ....................................................43Hamilton Real Estate .............................................................53Homestead Acres ...................................................................59Huntington Mortgage ..........................................................62KDT Moving LLC ......................................................................30Lakefront Real Estate .....................................................20-22Mike Thomas Associates ...............................................24-26Mike Thomas Associates - Pam Doty .......................27-29New Image Real Estate ........................................................30Oberlin Real Estate ................................................................60Rainbow Clean Credit, LLC .................................................60ReMax Results - Agent Page ................................................4ReMax Results - Larry Bassett............................................17ReMax Results - Commercial .............................................18Remax Results - Patti Couperthwaite .............................13ReMax Results - Jane Kearns .............................................10ReMax Results - Diane Stock ...............................................8ReMax Results - Jim Stock ...........................................12-13ReMax Results - John Stock .................................................9ReMax Results - Todd Stock .............................................5-7ReMax Results - The Right Group .............................14-16ReMax Results - Tim Zank ..................................................11RES Realtors .............................................................................23State Bank and Trust ............................................................63
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Babies and toddlers are curiouscreatures. Something captures theirattention — a stuffed animal, a shinyobject or a noisy rattle — and they’regoing after it.Just make sure they aren’t chasing ateddy bear on top of a dresser, the bladeof a knife or a pill bottle.Babyproofing is key to keepingchildren safe at home.“Parents should realize that injuriesare the leading cause of death inchildren over one year of age,” andmany are preventable, says Dr. GarryGardner, chairman of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics’Committee onInjury, Violence, and Poison Prevention.The most common injuries are burns,cuts, bruises, and head and other injuriesfrom falls, he says.For generations, new parents madehomes baby-ready themselves. Thesedays, you can do it yourself, hire aprofessional or both. It’s part of a largertrend toward more watchful, safety-conscious parenting.“Using professionals saves time andgives peace of mind, but diligent parentsare capable of babyproofing their ownhomes,” says Shannon Choe, who offershome safety assessments as founder of Premier Baby Concierge in Berwyn, Pa.She says her clients are about evenlysplit.New parents have some time beforethey need to babyproof, since newbornsaren’t going anywhere just yet. But timepasses quickly. Experts recommendstaying ahead of a baby’s development
Parents have moreproducts to choosefrom, can even hireprofessionals
Babyproofing key to a safe home
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This product image courtesy ofDorel Juvenile Group shows theSafety 1st ProGrade Lever HandleLock.
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by a milestone; for instance, blockingthe top and bottom of the stairs before achild’s on the move.Eventually you’ll need to lock upcleaning products, medicine and plasticbags, clear the house of choking andstrangulation hazards (including thecords of drapes and blinds) and block access to dangerous areas, among otherthings.Furniture or TVs that could toppleshould be anchored to the walls.Toddlers might use dresser drawers“like stepladders,” and an accident canhappen in an instant, says ColleenDriscoll, executive director of theInternational Association for ChildSafety, a professional organization forbaby- and child-proofers that wasfounded in 1997.Proofers may be called for a top-to-bottom job or just to install a singlegate, she says.“Most of our clients aren’t verycomfortable drilling holes in their ownhome and they usually have us do that,”says proofer Jack Smith, founder of Dallas-area InfantHouse. “Some of thelighter installation they can elect to dothemselves.”The babyproofing industry beganabout 20 years ago. Driscoll’s associa-tion has about 110 childproofers asmembers in the United States, she says.It is launching a certification program,with the first certifications expected in2011.Professionals are familiar with safetyproducts and can determine which onesare right for a home, saving parentsmultiple trips to the store, Driscoll says.Pros also can teach parents aboutdangers they might not think of.“Children grow and develop veryquickly, and sometimes parents arecaught off guard in what they’re capableof doing,” Driscoll says. “We want themto understand and be ahead of theirchildren before they find the trouble.”The cost of professionalbabyproofing varies. Smith charges$100 for a room-by-room consultationand product recommendation, whichclients receive whether they hire thecompany to do the installation or not.To babyproof an entire 4,000-square-foot house — the average size of hisclients’ homes, he says — he charges$3,000 to $4,000, while a single-storyranch smaller than 2,000 square feetwould cost around $800. The pricesinclude products and installation.To take on the task yourself, expertsrecommend the age-old trick of dropping to all fours and looking forhazards from a child’s vantage. To learnwhat you’re looking for, check onlinesources such as the academy’s healthy-children.org, babyproofing checklistsand do-it-yourself books.“People say it’s very easy if youhave the right tools,” says DebraHoltzman, author of “The Safe Baby”(Sentient Publications, revised edition2009). “It is overwhelming if you haveno guidance.Her book offers chapters on nursery,kitchen and bathroom safety, andpreventing falls. No matter who doesthe safety improvements, she urgesparents to pay attention.“If someone else does it for you andyou’re not involved, you may not haveskills to do it later on,” she said.Parents should research products,and choose those certified by theJuvenile Products ManufacturingAssociation, Holtzman says.Avoiding products recalled by thegovernment is also important. Check recalls.gov or sign up on the site to benotified when recalls are issued,Holtzman says. And send back productregistration cards to be notified of company recalls.Once the home is proofed, don’t putyour feet up for long. Safety expertssuggest reassessing periodically becausethe hazards change as a child grows.“It’s wonderful to watch them growand learn … but their own naturalcuriosity can do them in if you’re notsetting some boundaries,” says Choe.And gates, latches and locks are nosubstitute for a parent’s watchful eye.As Holtzman cautions: “No child safetydevice is 100 percent perfect.”
The First Years shows their Single Set Pressure Gate.
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“Using professionals saves timeand gives peace of mind, butdiligent parents are capable of babyproofing their own homes.”
Shannon Choe
founder of Premier Baby Concierge inBerwyn, Pa.

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