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Jan. 14, 2020

Preventing Mold

Mold is all around us. It grows in nature, so it often ends up on the exterior of our home and in our basement if the conditions are right. It can thrive in your soil and blacken your brick. While that doesn’t bother us much, the issues arise when it finds its way inside our homes. From our sink drains, to the shower grout, and items like kitchen sponges, mold can thrive indoors as well. A little mold isn’t much to worry about, as long as you treat it promptly to keep it from spreading. No matter the amount, you should always wear a mask and rubber gloves, making sure that the area is well-ventilated to prevent causing any illness, including allergies or asthma.

KNOW THE FACTS

While we are told repeatedly that black mold is to be feared (which it should be), it is quite unusual among household molds. Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, requires constant moisture to survive. Black mold itself isn’t toxic, but produces mycotoxins which are what make it so dangerous. You shouldn’t worry too much about black mold unless you have a major leak, which should be your first concern. With that in mind, you need to get rid of mold if you can see it. There is really no acceptable amount of mold, and even tiny amounts can cause allergic reactions. Get it taken care of, ASAP!

PREVENT + REMOVE MOLD

The best way to prevent mold is to not allow it to get the moisture it needs. Make sure any spots in your house that regularly see moisture (like your shower) are dry and ventilated when not being used. Keep drains unclogged and keep bleach on hand to mix with water to treat any mold that may start to grow. If you find mold on soft or porous items, like furniture or carpet, it is best to get rid of the affected portion before it has the opportunity to spread. If you have flood-related mold, it is time to call in the professionals.

Posted in Market Updates
Jan. 13, 2020

Is Tiny living for you?

Is Tiny Living For You?

As conservative lifestyles and living ‘small’ becomes more and more popular, tiny homes and other downsized living have become a normal choice in the home buying process. If you have considered tiny home living, you may need to ask yourself a few questions before taking the leap. Here are 6 questions to check off before going “tiny”!

 

1. Can you build it? Smaller homes offer different challenges than building a full home, and you need to consider those differences before taking on the build yourself.

 

2. Do you have $20,000? If you don’t have or can’t easily get $20K, you may need to put the tiny dream on hold. Tiny homes typically require an upfront cost. 

 

3. Can you wait for the build? They usually take a year or two from start to finish, so it is important to keep in mind you will need somewhere to stay.

 

4. Will you have enough room? While this seems like an obvious question, sometimes tiny home buyers don’t realize just how small the space will be. If you can live in the space of a one car garage, you will be fine.

 

5. Where will you park it? Do you have land to put the home on? This is a key step in your planning process.

 

6. Will you have a bathroom? Some tiny homes have running water capabilities, some do not. This is also a key choice to make if you are building your tiny home. 

Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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