Tagged : Home Safety & Security

Found 13 blog entries tagged as "Home Safety & Security".

by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker 

First question: When is Radon Awareness Month? If you said "January", you would be correct!  And if you are from Colorado, chances are radon is a household word.  If you are not from a part of the country that has large levels of radon, then radon may need an introduction.  That said, let's start with a refresher course for all of us on what radon is. 

Overview of Radon - Radon is an invisible and odor free radioactive gas, which is present in several parts of the United States. Radon is commonly found in Colorado and most estimates report that up to 50% of homes in our state test positive for radon.  Since you cannot see, smell or taste radon, it can be very dangerous if not tested and mitigated.  Unlike

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by Jessica Smith, House Doctors

Buying a house is a huge decision - one that obviously requires great care. Every family has its own specific needs and expectations for a home and here I want to share some practical aspects of buying a home.  If these steps are neglected it may lead to a move you might regret later. Here are 12 things to keep in mind before buying a house!

1. Plan Ahead - Plan your financials for a while before you actually make the move. This ensures lasting financial security and better decisions in the longer run. Even beyond your loan, save up for the extra costs that are bound to crop up after you move to a new home as increasing your credit card bills with an already existing mortgage on your head won't do you any favors.

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker 

It is always a good time to re-evaluate various security and safety practices we have in our daily lives, both in the digital and physical world. One of the areas that I advise folks to take a look at, especially during their early home searches, is how to protect their credit from any fraudulent actions by unsavory characters. There are several ways protect yourself and your family. 

Here are a few tips I recommend that could help you streamline the process! 

1) Freeze Your Credit: One effective approach to protecting your credit is to request a security freeze with all three nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.  This action will prevent anyone from opening up a new

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Sometimes the urge to clean hits us spontaneously!  Now that the kids are back to school, you may be facing some major post-summer clean up efforts, we thought we would share this infographic on how to cut through the grease and get your house spic 'n span with ingredients and products you probably already have at home.  

Check out this infographic for nine, easy-to-make homemade cleaners you can make yourself plus more ideas on DIY clean up ideas! Hint: vinegar seems to be a very common ingredient! Scroll to the end to see more links. 

Homemade

Thank you to The Pressure Coach, a professional pressure washing & decorative concrete business, who has been servicing home in the USA for over 5 years, who

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by Maria Villeza, Elder Impact

Whether your parents are downsizing to a new, smaller home, a senior living community, or an assisted living facility, the process of downsizing can be a lengthy and emotional one. Leaving a family home, friends and neighbors, and a community they have been part of for so long is not easy, even if they are excited to start a new chapter of their lives or be closer to family. If you are helping your parents downsize, this article will be of great help.

Start as Early as Possible

Beginning the downsizing process sooner rather than later helps in a few ways. First, it gives you more time to help your parents sort their belongings and determine what to pack long before you have to start finding boxes. Your parents

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Mold is definitely a subject we would all like to avoid. For the average person, mold can conjure up a lot of negative imagery. Fortunately in Colorado, thanks to our dry climate, mold is not usually an issue we expect to see arise during a typical real estate transaction. However, since the Colorado floods of 2013, we have heard an emerging question that is standard for buyers and their agents ask home sellers when starting their due diligence, which is "Was there any flood damage to your home in 2013?". Even if the answer is no, home sellers should be prepared and get a little education in the event any moisture issues existed in the history of the home. 

There are over 100,000 different types of molds,

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by Jackie Friesth, Bolder Insurance

Make Activities and Food, Not Alcohol, the Party's Focus

Planning a party can be a big task, especially when you consider your responsibilities as host extend beyond when your guests walk out the door. The perfect ending to any gathering is a safe trip home for all of your guests. Remember, too, if your intoxicated guest is injured or injures someone else on the way home, you could be held legally responsible. But you can take steps to ensure the safety of your guests and, ultimately, the success of your gathering.

Provide the Right Environment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration encourages these precautions when hosting a party: Avoid making alcohol the main focus of social

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by Marie Villeza, Elder Impact

Living far away from your loved ones can be very difficult, especially if they require assisted living. Unfortunately, you can’t always drop everything to go take care of your family no matter how much you might want to. With today’s advances in technology there are many ways that you can take care of your loved ones from a distance. It may not be the same as being in the same room as them, but it’s possibly the next best thing. The following are a few ways that technology, apps, and services help us care for those most important to us from afar.

1. See and Talk to Our Elderly Loved Ones Without Being Physically Present

Applications like Skype and Google Hangouts are great ways to let your loved ones see your face

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By Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Fall is, by far, my favorite season.

I fully enjoy the fiery, autumnal colors every day this time of year.  I know that the leaves crunching under my boots will only last a short time before they need to be swept up. It is the time of year when I prepare to settle in for cooler weather and know that soon our cozy fireplace will get a lot of use. I get out the handmade quilts and place them on the beds in our home. It can also mean less social interaction since it is darker earlier and the temperature drops outside.  It may be tempting to isolate ourselves and be less productive, but if you are a home owner are thinking about selling your home during the upcoming spring season, you will want to start

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by John Stuart, Daily Poppins 

Are you ready for the big day? Have you done all you can to impress potential home buyers? Are you sure?

Selling a home requires a combination of psychological tricks and realistic facts. I’m not saying you’re lying to buyers. But you have to showcase the best parts of your home. Buying a home is subjective process. The moment a negative feature pops up it minimizes the probability of a sale. No one wants to commit money to a house they’re not sure about. No home will ever be perfect right? But what if the positive features can overshadow the negative characteristics? This is your goal. Direct buyers’ thoughts to every remarkable thing in your home. They have to see potential. They’ll start dreaming of building a

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