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Plants can enhance the look and feel of your home, and some can even improve your indoor air quality. But if you have pets, you need to be selective about the plants you bring into your home. Choosing the right plants allows you to enjoy a lush indoor herb garden or a striking bowl of succulents without worrying about your pet's health. Choose one of the plants below to ensure you can beautify your space risk and worry-free.

Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

  • Spider Plants: Lush, full and capable of spawning dozens of offspring at a time, spider plants add a delightful splash of green to any location in your home. Long a favorite of veterinarians, spider plants are safe, easy to grow and can even help improve the air quality in your home, according to Architectural Digest.
  • Indoor herb garden: Many of the same culinary herbs humans enjoy are safe for pets. Liven up your kitchen and your meals with an indoor herb garden using some pet safe herbs, including mint, chamomile, thyme and basil. You can also add catnip, but this will attract your cats to your herbs, even in its natural, undried state.
  • Air plants and succulents: Add air plants of any type and choose from a wide variety of succulents, the vast majority and the most common varieties are pet safe. Avoid jade plant and aloe, but other popular succulents, like Christmas cactus, Hens and Chicks and Echeverias are all pet friendly. Place in a terrarium or enclosure to keep pets away; succulents have short roots, and a curious pet could easily dislodge them, killing the plant you've been caring for and enjoying.

Dangerous Plants if you Have Pets

There are plenty of plants that are hazardous to pets and that should be enjoyed in another setting, not your home. Check any plant you are considering bringing home for pet-friendliness -- and avoid the plants below; these are considered dangerous to animals:

  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Begonia
  • Poinsettia
  • Lily, most varieties
  • Tulips and daffodils (potted, the bulbs are the dangerous parts)
  • Philodendron, most varieties
  • Snake Plant

Choosing the right plants lets you enjoy the benefits of greenery indoors, without risk; choose from the first list above to ensure you add a colorful accent to your home without worrying about your pet's health. If you're not sure about a plant, check the ASPCA list of toxic plants to ensure the pieces you bring into your home are truly safe.

Harwich, MA 02645

Harwich (village)



Total Rooms
Full/Half Baths
Nestled in a quiet East Harwich neighborhood, 40 Driftwood Circle, is 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and nearly 1,200 sq. ft. Gleaming hardwood floors run throughout this freshly painted home with recessed lighting. The level yard and back deck are perfect for summer BBQs. Ideal for either year round or seasonal use. This is easy one floor living in a convenient location.
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170 Rock Harbor Road , Orleans, MA 02653

Orleans (village)



Total Rooms
Full/Half Baths
A short distance to Rock Harbor, boating, sunning, & swimming is this renovated 4 bed 2.5 bath Cape is sited to enjoy marsh views from the back deck. Enter through either the 2 car garage or porticoed side door. Extensively renovated between 2009 & 2011, all major components including gas heat, air conditioning, roof, & septic were upgraded. The spacious and vaulted kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances including double wall ovens & wine fridge. The dining area is completed by a wood burning fireplace. Wood floors run throughout the entire house. The living room has marshviews and a second fireplace. One floor living at its finest, an en suite master, with radiant heat, double sink, tile shower & tub. Two more bedrooms and an updated bath are upstairs. A large 4th bedroom is over the garage. This home is truly move in ready, do not wait to come see for yourself. Watch 4th of July fireworks from your own back yard!
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July 11 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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When you’re shopping for a new home, the prospect of a fixer-upper being on the market for an unbeatable price sounds great! There are a few things that should be on your checklist to make sure that the juice is worth the squeeze when purchasing a home. A fixer-upper that needs mainly aesthetic repair is usually a good deal. Just make sure you ask your real estate agent or the property owner about some costly, but necessary, repairs.


First off, any home that is worth its weight in gold needs to have a good foundation. Foundation issues can be quite expensive, depending on the type of repair needed. For example, all houses will settle over time. It’s only natural. But if your prospective home has settled too much it can lead to slab leaks, cracks and serious structural issues; which may lead to expensive repairs. 


Plumbing issues can range from a minor leak in the faucet to a cracked supply or drain line, which can either be a slight nuisance or a major flooding issue (and flood damage is not a cheap fix on its own). Along with the immediate cost of the plumbing repairs themselves, plumbing problems can cause higher monthly water bills.


Electrical issues can not only be costly to repair but very unsafe. If you are shopping for a home, make sure to check with the homeowner or agent about the quality of wiring, electrical sockets, etc. to avoid both the costly repairs.

Remember, when shopping for that great fixer-upper in your new neighborhood make sure to check these three big boxes before choosing your soon-to-be dream home.

This Single-Family in Brewster, MA recently sold for $520,000. This Cape style home was sold by Joseph Hartung - Gibson Sotheby's International Realty.

Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)


Sale Price

Total Rooms
All the best of Brewster within a mile of this 4-bedroom 2 bath Cape. North of 6A, on scenic Lower Rd, with a yard ready for beanbag toss this house sits on .73 acres, with a bit of wetlands for privacy & your nature viewing. On your way to Breakwater beach (.8 miles) stop at the Brewster General Store for coffee and a newspaper. Then at night, hop on over to the Brewster Scoop for some ice-cream, before enjoying the entertainment at the Woodshed. The central air will keep you comfortable all year long in your updated kitchen with glass subway tile, sile-stone counter tops, and stainless-steel appliances. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the 1st floor, with beamed ceilings to give you that old Cape Cod style. The laundry is conveniently located on the 1st floor. You have an open floor plan for entertaining and enjoying the fireplace. You can enjoy an outdoor shower then sit by the firepit on the patio, before grilling on the deck out back. An attached garage to store all your extra toys. The Classic Cape design with 2 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 on the second floor, both with new full bathrooms. The property has a successful history of summer rentals.

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