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Posted by Ben Esposito on 8/11/2019

Allergens can be annoying, even frustrating if you are unable to detect the cause of an allergic trigger in your home. Outdoor allergies are typical, but when these allergens come close to your personal space, it becomes a concern.

Even though experts have discovered many allergens commonly found hanging in the home, there are still measures which you need to take to further protect yourself from them. The number one spot to look is the grill. The grill harbors lots of substances, which can lead to watery eyes, runny, and stuffy nose. Here are more allergens commonly found in the home and how you can quickly fix them.

Cockroaches 

Cockroaches are huge allergens and can trigger an uproar in your body system if exposed to them. They can be anywhere, no matter whether the home is dirty or clean. Both dead and live cockroaches are potential threats and the dirt and waste they leave behind can cause allergic reactions.

Dust Mites

If you are allergic to dust, blame it on some microscopic organisms called the dust mites. According to medical experts, they feed off our dead skins cells. Most found in places like your bedding and upholstered furniture. The solution is to make sure you eliminate dust the best way possible. Similar to cockroaches, they can die, thereby leaving the waste behind. The best action in other to get rid of these allergic triggers.

Dander from animals (Dog, Cat, Mice, etc.)

For pet owners, you might be allergic to your pet’s dander without even knowing. If you are always having nasal congestion, sneezing or itching eyes, then you will need to find out if you are allergic to animal dander, like the furs.

If the pet is new, it might take a while for your system to adjust. If you are allergic to a pet, the solution is not to give the pets up because they are part of the family. What you need to do is designate certain areas of the house to them, as a pet-free zone.

Pollen

It is an outdoor allergen, but it can still enter the home through unlikely means. Most clothes you wear outside can be contaminated with pollen, taking them inside and dropping them on the sofa will only spread the pollen around. 

The solution is to make sure that clothes used for play or yard work outside do not end up on your bed or furniture. Perhaps, an indoor laundry room would be the best solution to tackle this common allergen.

There are so many allergens in the home that can mess up your health. Getting to know them and bringing a stop to them will ensure a home free of such triggers. Are you yet to discover them in your home? Now is the time.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 8/4/2019

When you plan to stay in your new home for years to come, you can buy just for yourself and ignore things that would otherwise make reselling the property difficult. However, if you know this home will be back on the market in a few years, you need to check different boxes on that list. Do you know you'll have to move on a tight schedule for work? That makes minding the view even more important.

A Room with a View (that you hate)

Not all homesites have the future view in mind and even those that do risk ruin by city planners adding new infrastructure to your area or new businesses opening. Here's what to avoid:

  • Railroad Tracks: Number one on many buyers "do not want" list, railroad tracks can be a huge barrier to a quick sale. Any train tracks with noisy, consistent business can be irritating to home buyers and reduce the draw for your home. If the property is walking distance from a local station with city access, however, use the local public transportation as a selling point to bring in new potential buyers. 
  • Water Towers and Wind Turbines: Unavoidable in most areas, especially those headed for greener energy or where water is scarce, the goal here is merely to avoid direct window views. If you notice one of these tall local structures blocking the homes' views, finding the house with a different perspective could be the key to your super-fast sale.
  • Power Lines: Electrical lines distract from the view similarly to wind turbines. However, there's a more sinister problem here. Many people believe that power lines emit a kind of radiation that causes health problems. Even though the American Cancer Society says that power lines emit only ELF (extremely low frequency) radiation which shouldn't cause health problems, just the belief in society can drag out your sale timeline or lower the price. 
  • Shops and Restaurants: The goal here is to be careful what businesses are nearby. Visit the property at different times of day to determine how much noise is generated by the nearby restaurants and what kinds of lights or signs might impact your view and living situation. Imposing privacy walls between your home and local businesses don't necessarily help since that can ruin the entire view without actually blocking the noise.

When you're looking at homes to purchase, make sure you check them out at a variety of times of the day. When possible, check the view from every window, both in the dark and during the day. Also, make sure you review the location on weekdays and weekends alike since the activity level of neighborhoods and businesses can change drastically.

I already bought it, what now?

Just because you didn’t consider the view when you purchased the property—or if the view has changed over the years—doesn't mean you're out of luck. You can adjust the landscape to your advantage, planting trees to add greenery while blocking a regrettable view. Be careful with power lines and trees though, planting trees that will cross over powerlines can increase maintenance costs on the property and could get you into trouble with the city or utility provider. You can even offset the sounds railroad tracks and local businesses by swapping out your windows with ones that are more sound-insulating. Or try investing in sound-proofing paints which have the added benefit of being more temperature insulating as well.

Let your real estate professional know if you plan to resell the home on a tight schedule so they can help you find the best resale property in your market.





Posted by Ben Esposito on 7/28/2019

Owning your own home is a beautiful feeling. However, this feeling comes with the responsibility of maintenance. This maintenance does not apply only to appliances, but also the small problems that you tend to overlook in an apartment. When you fail to address these little problems on time in a house, however, it may result in more significant problems with a bill of a few hundred dollars turning into thousands. To prevent the worst from happening, here are small homes issues that you need to catch on time:

Faucet and pipe Leak

A leaky faucet or a slight leak in a pipe in the wall may seem like nothing to be worried about, but if left unattended, it could lead to severe damages. Failing to fix a leaky faucet at a slow drip can lead to expensive water bills as well as resulting in drain clogs and overflow. Furthermore, if a pipe in the wall has even a slight leak, neglecting it can damage the walls which can cause a serious issue that can impact your home's structure negatively.

Stain on the ceiling 

A weird blemish or damp spot on your ceiling is typically a sign of roof leakage. However, if you neglect the stain, then your ceiling could collapse because the drywall lining won't be able to hold the weight of water. In a worst-case scenario, untreated stains may result in dry rot in the roof beams which may cause structural damage and illness from mold growth.

Sticking doors

If you have sticking doors, they may not seem not like a big deal, but they are caused by expansion because too much moisture gets into your home. If your entry does not close properly, it will be difficult for you to heat a room efficiently, leading to a higher energy bill. Also, the moisture that gets into your room can lead to the growth of mold spores which are harmful to your health.

Dull hardwood flooring

"What possibly could go wrong?" is the question many homeowners ask when they notice the protective top coat of their hardwood floor has dulled or worn out. However, leaving a dull hardwood floor untreated will make it prone to discoloration and dirt, and you could possibly end up spending several thousand dollars on replacing the entire floor.

Missing or damaged caulk around the tub

If you notice some water is seeping behind your wall tiles or your tub, you need to seek the services of an experienced plumber or tile repair person as soon as possible. Leaving damaged caulk untreated can lead to dangerous mold deposits and also ruin the floors of the bathroom.

Do not ignore small signs of issues in your home and call a general contractor if you are unsure of the cause.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 7/21/2019

Smart technology has changed how people live and communicate, not just in their daily lives but also within the comfort of their homes. Nowadays, it seems everyone has a smartphone, from teens to elders, and this has ushered some fantastic opportunities for new, comfortable and smart living. From living rooms to kitchens, every area of the house is now getting smart. And one area of the home that has joined the list of "smart" is the garden.  

Whether it is a small garden with plants in tiny containers or an expansive one with several species of plants around, one feature of having a garden is that it boosts your home aesthetic appeal. However, maintaining it can be a pain in the neck. Well, that is in the past as garden maintenance is now simple. From helping you figure out when to water your plants to keep tabs on the soil in your garden, here are four affordable and straightforward gadget that can make your garden smart. 

Netatmo Weather Station

If you want to have a good understanding of your indoor or outdoor environment, the Netatmo Weather Station is the perfect gadget. This module displays live information on outdoor air quality, relative humidity, and temperature. It can analyze previous readings, forecast variations happening around you as well forecast how things may turn out in the future. You can add a wind gauge or rain gauge for a proper understanding of the condition in your garden.

Edyn

Edyn is a one of a kind device built around providing you with information. You shove it into the ground of your garden, and it syncs with your smartphone to give you a different type of information about your garden bed. Furthermore, The device recommends plants to grow based on the conditions. It has an optional water valve, which automatically controls your sprinklers based on the information it gets from your garden soil.

Green Box

Greenbox is a fantastic device built to work with houses that have a sprinkler system installed. This device gives homeowners full control of their watering schedule from a computer, tablet or smartphone. The Greenbox can also be connected to the internet to get information about the weather. It will let you know when it is appropriate to activate your sprinkler and when you shouldn't.

Koubachi Plant Sensor 2

The Koubachi helps sense conditions of your garden soil and gives you tips on how to manage your plants. This device also forecasts weather to help you make useful decisions in your garden. Furthermore, you can connect this device to your smartphone so you can keep an eye on your garden when you are not home. The outdoor model of this device is water resistant, which means you need not take it inside during bad weather. You can as well get the indoor model to keep tabs of the plants in your living room and other areas of the house.

These devices won't cost you are a fortune. Ask your Local gardener for more information.




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Posted by Ben Esposito on 7/14/2019

Looking to add your condo to the real estate market? Ultimately, you'll want to set a "fair" price for your property. By doing so, you can stir up plenty of interest in your condo and boost your chances of a fast property sale.

List your condo at a price that meets the needs of both property buyer and seller – here are three tips to ensure you can price your condo properly.

1. Study the Housing Market

How does your condo rate against similar properties? Examine the housing market closely, and you can understand what differentiates your property from others that are currently available.

Check out the prices of comparable condos that have been added to the real estate market recently. That way, you can learn how other condo sellers are pricing their properties and map out your condo pricing strategy accordingly.

Also, evaluate the prices of condos that have sold over the past few months. This will allow you to identify real estate market patterns and trends and may help you establish a competitive price.

2. Hire a Property Appraiser

A property appraiser understands what it takes to assess a condo both inside and out. Therefore, if you conduct a condo appraisal, you can learn about your property's strengths and weaknesses.

During a condo evaluation, a property appraiser will identify problem areas across your residence. Then, he or she will provide a report that you can review to understand how you can enhance your property's value.

Take the results of a property appraisal seriously. If a property appraiser finds minimal problems with your condo, you may be good to go to establish a fair price for your residence.

On the other hand, if a property appraiser discovers a wide range of condo issues, allocate the necessary time and resources to mitigate these problems. In this scenario, you may need to lower your expectations for your condo's asking price based on the current state of your property. Or, you can perform assorted property improvements to bolster your condo's value.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Want expert insights into how to price your condo competitively? Work with a real estate agent, and you can receive comprehensive support as you prepare to add your residence to the housing market.

A real estate agent can make a world of difference for a condo seller, and for good reason. This housing market professional will teach you about the current real estate market and help you determine the right price for your condo.

Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent will provide throughout the condo selling process, either.

With a real estate agent at your side, you can receive help with condo showings, negotiations with condo buyers and much more. And if you ever have condo selling questions, a real estate agent will be able to provide instant responses.

Set the right price for your condo – use these condo selling tips, and you can move one step closer to maximizing the value of your property.




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