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Allergies, Asthma, and Your Home
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018, 02:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Allergies, Asthma, and Your Home

Allergies, Asthma, and Your Home

Although many people greet the first signs of Spring with enthusiasm, others are first alerted to the tree sap rising and plants blooming by red, itching eyes and fits of sneezing. While it may not be possible to change the outdoor environment, and few of us would want winter to last all year, it is possible to control your home environment to minimize allergens. When buying a new home, you can choose features that minimize allergic symptoms and once you have moved into a house, you can take many steps to ensure your home environment minimizes is free of things which might exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms.


Allergy and Asthma Basics

Both allergies and asthma can be exacerbated by two different categories of substances, irritants and allergens. Some common examples of these are:

  • Irritants: smoke, wood dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), strong fumes and odors
  • Allergens: molds, pollens, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches


Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms requires minimizing indoor exposure to both allergens and irritants.


Outdoor Issues and Indoor Air

You may not be able to do anything about outdoor air quality, but you can reduce the way it affects indoor air. On a warm spring day, during which your car is covered with golden pollen, it might be tempting to throw open your windows to enjoy the beautiful weather. Resist this temptation. Keeping your windows closed and using air conditioning will help filter out both pollen and urban air pollution. Consider airing out your house by opening windows only at night when pollen counts tend to be lower. Newer houses, with fewer leaks and fresh caulking, admit fewer pollens and irritants than older more leaky homes, but also may have more VOCs. Taking off your shoes when you step inside will also reduce the spread of outdoor pollutants in your home.


Floors, Walls, and Window Treatments

Your choice of flooring, paint, and window treatments can have a major affect on your allergy or asthma symptoms. Wall-to-wall carpeting tends to accumulate allergens and irritants. Although regular steam cleaning may help, wood, bamboo, tile or granite floors which can be damp-mopped are a much better choice. For paint, chose low-VOC latex paints to minimize irritants. Surfaces painted with satin or glossy paints are easier to clean than those with flat paints; mold resistant paints in washrooms reduce another possible allergen. Avoided textured walls or ceilings, as they accumulate dust. For window treatments, choose either machine washable drapes that you will clean regularly or metal or wood blinds that can be dusted or wiped down with a damp cloth. Ovoid fabric shades or blinds that accumulate dust and any unnecessary fabrics such as valances.


HVAC Systems

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is your first line of defense against indoor allergens and pollutants. Simple steps such as remembering to change your furnace filter every month and having your air ducts cleaned annually can make a significant difference in indoor air quality. Regularly inspect your HVAC system for mold and moisture to avoid spreading them through your house. During warm summer months, dehumidifiers, especially in basements, can reduce or eliminate mold.

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Questions To Ask Your Sales Representative When Selling Your House
Posted on Sun, 30 Jul 2017, 09:00:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Selling your house can either be a breeze or it can be a nightmare. Selling your home should be an easy process if you know which questions to ask your sales representative at your next meeting.


What Experiences Can You Share With Me?ask your rep

Many sales representatives know how to both sell homes for clients and help buy homes for their other clients. Rarely may you find a sales representative that specializes in one side or the other, but all representatives should have a list of experiences that they can use to help you feel more comfortable with selecting them to sell your home. If you aren’t convinced, then look for a sales representative that will be able to share these comforting experiences with you.


Do You Have A List Of References That I Can Contact?

If you like to do your research and would like to know more about the sales representative that you are interested in hiring, consider asking for a list of references to contact. Make sure that you actually speak with these references before you hire your sales representative.


Are Your Fees Negotiable

Many sales representatives have a baseline that they draw from in order to establish their fees. They do this so that all customers feel as though they are being treated fairly. Unfortunately, there are circumstances that may arise for you that do not always arise for everyone including delays and complications with the sale. For this reason, your sales representative should be willing to negotiate their fees with you.


What Is My Home Currently Valued At?

Your home may or may not be worth what it was when you originally purchased it however many years ago that you had purchased it. If you have done many updates or if the market is in your favor, you may actually be able to get more out of your house than you originally purchased it for. Your home may or may not be competitive with the other homes on the market in your area for one or more reasons that your representative will explain to you. For all of these reasons, you should always ask what your home is valued at.


What Can I Do To Increase The Value Of My Home?

If you are not satisfied with the amount that your sales representative suggests that your home will be worth, consider asking what you can do to change it. It may be simple things like staging the home or getting it professionally cleaned. You may also hear that you should replace appliances, pave the driveway, or replace the tub in your upstairs bathroom. You may or may not be surprised to hear what your representative tells you.


Do You Know Buyers Looking For Homes In My Selling Range?

You may wish to ask if your sales representative works with potential buyers that are looking for a home in the range that you are selling yours for. This can both speed up the process and help to secure a few home visits right away. This will also help those looking to buy a home just like yours.


Does The Market Currently Favor Buyers Or Sellers?

The market is always changing. One year it will tend to favor those that are looking to sell homes, other years it will favor those that are looking to buy homes, and still other years it will offer a unique balance that satisfies or dissatisfies both parties.

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