RE/MAX Preferred Properties



Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 12/14/2015

Did you know that indoor air pollution is actually worse than outdoor air pollution? Indoor pollution can in fact be 2 to 10 times worse depending on the materials in your home. Many of the materials in your home omit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's). According to the EPA, VOC's are in the air that you breathe and can have long term health effects, including liver, kidney and central nervous system damage and cancer. Here is a list of some of the indoor air pollutants that you may want to reduce or remove in order to have a healthier home. Cleaning Supplies The things that clean your home may be making you sick. In fact, bleach is one of the biggest offenders. In order to have a truly clean home, remove all of these chemicals and start replacing them with natural ones. Check the labels of everything. Many sheets that are made for your dryer have formaldehyde in them. Some of the most dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and esophagus. Air Fresheners Air fresheners may smell sweet but their effect can be anything but. Some air fresheners can send chemicals into the air that contain VOCs. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology looked at plug-in fresheners and found more than 20 VOCs' and more than one-third were considered toxic or hazardous. VOCs can increase the risk of asthma in kids. At high enough levels, they can also irritate the eyes and lungs, trigger dizziness and headaches, and even lead to memory loss. Furniture Believe it or not the place where you sit or sleep could be harming your health. Furniture is such a big part of our life, we eat on it, sleep and sit on it. Furniture also can emit VOCs. Furniture is often made with flame retardants, finishes, adhesives and foam cushions that give off harmful chemicals. Paint You often hear about the dangers of lead paint. You should also be worried about the brand new fresh paint you just put on the walls. Paint, paint strippers, varnish removers and floor stains all emit VOC's into the air. These chemicals don't go away once the paint has dried or once it stops smelling. The harmful chemicals can last for as long as two years. New Flooring That new carpet smell is not good for you. As pretty as it may look new carpet, wood floors or even linoleum flooring give off VOCs. Purchase flooring produced from renewable materials such as linseed oil, rosins, wood flour and jute. Look for wood flooring that is FSC Certified (it came from a Forest Stewardship Council Certified Forest which helps protect old growth forests from being clear cut). For more information read about Sources of Indoor Air Pollution on the EPA site.





Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 11/29/2015

If you are selling your home or just looking to redecorate, one thing you may want to do is make the rooms look bigger. Here are some tips on how to make the rooms in your home appear larger: Use an oversize mirror to enhance the effect of light. Mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light making a room bigger and brighter. Glass-topped tables and see-through furniture can create an illusion that enhances the room with a more open flow. Clear the clutter. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel even more cramped than having too much stuff. Rooms with everything in place have a certain flow to them. A room without clutter has a more streamline look and a larger appearance. Light colored walls will also make your rooms appear bigger. Colors such as cream, beige, light grayish-blue and lavender will reflect and multiply the light giving the room an airy feel. Use dual-purpose furniture. Furniture that doubles as storage increases the function of each space.  Pieces like an entryway bench with storage space or a flip-top ottoman are great ways to combine furniture and function. Use vertical space to create storage and maximize those out-of-the-way areas in your home. Utilize those out-of-the-way nooks like the area under a flight of stairs.  





Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 11/1/2015

They were all the rage in the 80's and 90's but now wallpaper borders are an annoying eyesore and can also be difficult to remove. Here are four quick and easy steps to follow to get your home back into a newer decorating millennium. Step 1 – Get out the hairdryer First, heat the border with a hairdryer. Gently pull at the border to see if it will come off. If the border doesn't budge move on to the next step. Step 2 – Mist and scrape Mist the border with warm water in a small spray gun. Next, scrape it gently but firmly with a plastic scraper. If it is still difficult to remove use more warm water and a sponge. Once the border is moist, it should feel soft to the touch and should be easier to scrape off. Step 3 – Using a Steam Wallpaper Stripper If the above steps still are stripping a stubborn border. Use a steam wallpapers stripper. Steam from the bottom of the border to the top. You may need to use the wallpaper scraper to remove any excess. Step 4 – Clean Down the Surface After the border has been removed, clean the surface and check that the wall is free from any trace of adhesive. Leave the wall bare overnight so that the surface can dry out before new paint or paper is applied.





Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 10/11/2015

It gets dirty easily and can be a pain to clean. It is your microwave and you may think closing the door is the best solution. There is a quick and easy way to get your microwave like new and you probably have everything you need in your cabinets. The recipe is natural, low cost and very effective so go ahead and open the door to your microwave and clean away. Here is the recipe to a clean and shiny microwave: Ingredients Vinegar Water Essential Oil (if desired) 1. Combine the vinegar and water in a microwave safe bowl.  If you would like a pleasant smelling microwave you can add a few drops of essential oil. 2. Place the bowl in the microwave. Heat the water and vinegar mixture until it is boiling. 3. Let the bowl stand in the microwave for a few minutes. The steam will soften any dried splatters of food. 4. Remove the bowl and wipe down the walls of the microwave with a damp sponge or a soft absorbent cloth.





Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 8/30/2015

According to recent statistics, one in five people suffer from allergy and asthma symptoms. If you are one of these people, chances are that you've had an allergy attack in your home, with no clear definable cause as to what exactly set your symptoms in motion. Reducing the amount of allergens in your living space is not only beneficial from a cleanliness perspective, but in cleaning your home of potential allergens, you decrease the chances of having another spontaneous attack in your home. Floors - If you live in a home with hardwood floors, then consider yourself lucky. They attract much less dust than carpeting, and are much easier to clean and maintain. If you are in a carpeted home, then consider upgrading your vacuum to one that touts itself as being able to remove microscopic particles and allergens from the carpet. An upgrade in vacuums will usually work wonders for a house with allergy sufferers. Plush toys - Whether they belong to your pet or your child, plush toys are often overlooked as potential carriers of allergens. Make sure you wash them thoroughly on a regular basis. The same is true for pet bedding. Create an (almost) allergy-free room - Designate a room in your home to be the go-to place if you need a break from allergy symptoms. Use your bedroom if possible. Purchase allergen covers and casings for your bedding, keep pets from entering the room, and clean the room more often than you do the rest of the house. Curtains - Drapes, while being an attractive addition to the home, can collect dust, pollen, and mold spores. If you plan to add drapes to your windows, or refuse to give up the drapes you have, be prepared to give them the attention they'll need to keep them dust and allergen-free. Air - If you live in a home with central air, be sure to replace your air filters regularly. Keep your windows closed on days that seem to be giving you trouble, and keep your air setting on recirculate. This will ensure that the air in your home is constantly being scrubbed of potential allergy triggers.







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