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KeySince the kids will be out of school soon and many people will be planning vacations, it is time to start thinking about the best ways to protect your home from a possible burglary while you are away. The most obvious things most people do are stop the mail, stop the newspaper delivery, lock the house up tight and leave a light on. The following ideas go a step beyond these old stand-bys:
  • If you happen to be going away on an extended trip, you may be better off asking a neighbor to pick up your mail and newspaper and bring it into your home each day.
  • Invest in  a couple of timers. You can set them to turn a light on and then off at the same time each day. You can also use a timer on a radio or stereo.
  • Hire a house sitter in the form of your neighbor’s responsible teen, or work out a system with your neighbor where you can cover their house when they go away and they look after yours when you are away.
  • If your neighborhood does not already have a “neighborhood watch” program, be the one to start it. That way you will always have someone to tell your travel plans to.
  • Consider purchasing a home security system. Your home will be regularly monitored and many companies offer a neighborhood patrol.
For more information about home security tips go to HowStuffWorks for additional ideas

Basic Information About ‘Going Solar’

by lheraty
Sunrise in the CityThe idea of ‘going Solar’ is incredibly intriguing to most people but until we become more comfortable with understanding the technology, many of us will continue to pay utility companies the ever-growing costs for our electricity. Here are some interesting things to know about ‘going solar’:
  • You can calculate how much solar energy your home will need by simply looking at your utility bill.
  • You can choose to supplement your power needs or go “off the grid” completely.
  • Your numbers will help you determine what size PV (photovoltaic) modules you will need. Photovoltaic is the method most all solar cells use to convert sunlight to energy.
  • Night time darkness and cloudy days reduce the amount of “insolation”. Most people will opt for a battery storage system to supplement these uncontrollable sunlight reduction factors.
  • If your system generates more power than you need, many utility companies will buy any excess back.
  • All systems must be inspected by your local utility company to ensure that it is safe for their linemen. They must be guaranteed that during a power outage, your system was installed properly and that it will have no power running through the lines.
  • All in, solar panel systems can cost between $30,000 and $50,000. This is a costly up-front expense. But don’t forget that cost will be offset against what you would have paid for electricity over your lifetime, the ever-rising cost of electricity, the nice tax credits that are now available AND the improved systems that are coming down in price.

6063 Butterfield Loop, Monon, IN 47959

by crussell

Make a change - move to Lake Shaffer. Spend the rest of your life doing what you like best – fishing, boating, water sports! If it's lakefront property you want - this is it. A great open concept, 2 BR home overlooking Bedford Bay on Lake Shaffer is waiting for you. A very nice home with a white picket fence and beautiful perennial flowers and tasteful landscaping is pleasant to the eye.  There is a 2-car detached garage.  A new well has been drilled, the hi-efficiency furnace, air conditioner, and water heater are only 2 years old. A Kinetco water filtration system is installed. Year-round living on Lake Shaffer - fish 'til you are tired of fishing. Spend countless days on the large patio overlooking the bay – plenty of room for entertaining family and friends.  Or, just sit back and enjoy the sunsets!!! 45 ft. of water frontage comes with the home. Life is good on Lake Shaffer!!        


4502 Doe Path, Lafayette, IN 47905

by crussell
See supplement. Home warranty available.

Quality built home has a lot to offer you.

Shaded by mature trees make the front porch perfect to sit outside and enjoy those hot summer evenings. Hardwood floors in formal living and dining room add to the charm of this home. Located in the basement is a large family room, half bath, a bedroom and large laundry room.  For those crisp cool evenings you can warm up by the charming fireplace, play board games and maybe even roast marshmallows in the family room

The newly remodeled kitchen offers plenty of storage also has a bright cheery nook.

In the master suite is a spacious shower.

The yard has been well landscaped with a vegetable garden area and your own grape arbor. A great place for kids to explore. This four bedroom, two and a half bath home is perfect for your growing family.


3337 Brenner, Lafayette, IN 47905

by crussell
Totally remodeled inside. Maple cabinets, stainless appl., tile counters, screened porch, huge family room, fireplace. Home warranty available.

Cute home totally remodeled on the inside. This spacious kitchen will be the heart of your home.  You’ll have loads of room for family and friends to sit and visit without getting into the cooks way.  Lovely maple cabinets with tiled counter tops and all new stainless steal appliances add to the charm of this kitchen. The huge family room is a great place for your family to spend time together.  If you like to roast marshmallows you’ll be able to do it with your fireplace.  The master bedroom has a full size master bath. You can enjoy bug free summer evenings in your screened-in patio.  Watch the kids play on the play set in your large fenced in back yard. This three bedroom, two full baths home is worth your time to CHECK IT OUT!


3487 Tunbridge, West Lafayette, IN 47906

by crussell
Awesome, very well kept ranch w/loads of space, 3 car gar. Formal DR, corner FP, Huge kit, MBA has corner, garden tub. SUN also listed as FR. Corner lot. Home warranty available.

A well-kept, family friendly home with a flowing floor plan will be a great addition to your lifestyle. The kitchen is the heart of the home.  Stunning cabinetry, tile flooring, loads of storage along with the spaciousness of the kitchen are a few of the attributes.

Formal dining room will make it easy for you to entertain. You can be whisked away to your master suite and indulge yourself in a relaxing whirlpool garden tub. After the kids are in bed, you can enjoy a crackling fire in your corner fireplace.  This lovely West Lafayette home is located on a corner lot in Arbor Chase subdivision. and is waiting for you.


3331 Poland Hill

by crussell
Great family home w/ HUGE master bed room, upstairs family room, Lots of room to entertain, storage under stairs, Elec & gas to range, Appl < 5yrs old--Maytag, fenced yard, Home Warranty avail, play set neg., pre-approval w/ offer.

Fun abounds in this distinctive, two story home on family friendly Poland Hill Drive! Lots of room inside for formal or informal entertaining. Enjoy the great outdoors in the fully fenced-in back yard complete with deck. If you’ve always yearned for a special place in your home you’ll love this house!  Mom and Dad can get away from it all in their HUGE master suite or join the family in the upstairs family room. Everyone will appreciate the newer appliances and extra storage under the stairs. You’ll be close to Tecumseh Middle School, Jefferson High school and shopping areas any way you turn. This home offers a Home Warranty for peace of mind! Don’t let this one pass you by. You’ll WANT to come home to 3331 Poland Hill Drive.


3181 Trego Ct.

by crussell
Home is complete ex. grading, landscaping, cement work.

New Construction.  This 3 bedroom 2 full bath home is waiting for your family to move into.  The awesome kitchen has a lot of cabinet space, a nook and tile flooring.  The half wall between the kitchen and great room gives a friendly feeling to the space.  In the master bedroom there is a spacious walk in closet and full bath.  This intimate family home is waiting for you.



2520 Kickapoo

by crussell
2 yr old roof. Courtyd area in back yd w/ beautiful shade plants & annuals. Basement is somewhat finished. Surge protector on elec meter. Home warranty avail. Must have preapproval. formal dining room in living area.

This four bedroom, three full bath home is a ‘doll house’. The living room is great for visiting with your guest. The family room is open to the kitchen so you can interact with family and friends.  You’ll be able to enjoy the corner fireplace during cool evenings. A finished basement with kitchenette and a bathroom offers your family extra breathing room-great for the kids to hangout or entertaining. The workshop in the basement could also double as a craft room. Enjoy summer evenings in the intimate courtyard in your backyard.  The fenced-in yard is an added bonus. This well maintained older home in an established neighborhood situated on a shaded corner lot is a must see!


1900 Danielle

by crussell
Your executive retreat nestled in the woods. Beautiful home in a relaxed/ wooded setting. Hardwood floors, 2- story cathredal ceilings in family room w/stone FP. Home warranty available. If you want serenity, woods, wildlife AND a large home with a walk-out basement, this is it.  First impression as you ascend the driveway through the woods is the beauty of the landscaping and you anxiously want to see what the inside has to offer.  Walking up to the home on the brick sidewalk, you enter the foyer with the glamour of a slate floor, you instantly feel the warmth.  When you see the family room, you are taken away.  Cathedral ceilings, wood floors with stone fireplace nestled between two large windows and an unusual wood plank ceiling.  Now you see the open concept being offered and glance toward the formal dining room and kitchen, you also notice the windows, so many windows.  The office/sunroom is off the kitchen and has an outside exit to the deck overlooking the ravine. Your eyes wonder back to the kitchen - more wood floors, center island, built-in refrigerator, the sink overlooking the woods and a large pantry.  Climbing the stairs, you will notice the beautiful stained bannister and the uniqueness of the stairs and upstairs hallway.  The large master bedroom has cathedral ceilings and a large Japenese-style shower.  The other four bedrooms are very large to accommodate your very best furniture.  Last but not least, descending to the walk-out basment by way of the curved stairway, you once again notice the openness, many more windows, and a 2nd fireplace. There is an abundance of storage space in addition to a 3+ car garage.  What a wonderful home that you could call your own!       

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Cathy Russell
The Russell Company
2522 Covington St.
West Lafayette IN 47906
(765) 426-7000
(765) 335-5588
Fax: (765) 497-1003