As we wrap up the year, some of us try to take a holiday break, but for real estate agents, this Season has us in bidding wars, dealing with record-breaking home price increases, and a lack of inventory –all indicators of a Seller’s market!
With that said above, being busy beats the alternative and although most of us are tired of it, we are told that we are still in a pandemic and need to keep our customers, ourselves, family, and friends healthy! While dealing with COVID and its variants has us all on edge in different ways, I think we can all agree on one thing, that being and staying healthy is the most important thing we can do. After all, as the saying goes, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.
So, here we are…we made it, hello to 2022 and the slew of messages that bombard us from ways to reduce stress, lose weight, be financially savvy, and on and on. Let’s face it, the reason we are targeted by masses of advertisements is that most of us buy into products to keep our minds and bodies in tip-top shape, not to mention our pocketbooks, but what about our house?
Yes, you read it correctly, a healthy home is important for everyone, whether you own or rent. So, here are a few things to do throughout the year to maintain a healthy home along with reasons to support these tasks:
- Clean — seems simple, but cleaning your house helps ensure that you and your loved ones are not exposed to contaminants and that pests don’t have food, water, and a place to live. So, it is helpful to wash, dry, and put the dishes away instead of leaving them overnight in the sink — after all, we dont want to make the critters fat! According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, there’s a causal relationship between mice and cockroach exposure and asthma episodes.
- Be safe — most childhood injuries occur at home, so safety is of the utmost importance. Poisoning, falls, and burns are the three most common residential injuries for children. For example, make sure cleaning supplies are kept out of childrens’ reach instead of under the kitchen sink. Position cribs away from windows and blinds. Bolt heavy furniture like dressers to the wall so a child doesn’t end up underneath the heavy piece. Keep boiling pots and pans on the back burners instead of on the front burners of the stove.
- Ventilate — respiratory health is related to access to fresh air and increasing a home’s fresh air supply reduces moisture, improves air quality, and increases respiratory health. Open the windows occasionally on cool, dry days to “air out” the house, but make sure you have screens on the windows so the lizards can’t come in!
- Maintain the house (buyers love houses that are meticulously maintained) — neglected homes are more at risk for moisture, pest, lead paint, and accidental injury than homes that are properly maintained.
- Reduce contaminates — lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, and asbestos are the most common contaminants known to cause health issues. Also, when buying and selling a property, it is important to hire inspectors to identify contamination and rectify any issues.
- Get rid of moisture — moisture in homes cause a wide range of health problems, from respiratory problems to lead poisoning, from accidental injury to asthma. Moisture creates a favorable environment for mites, rodents, molds, and roaches, all which are associated with illnesses as mentioned above.
If you need assistance to maintain a healthy home, please don’t hesitate to call — I have a list of vendors I can provide you to help make your New Year a healthier one. Call 239.631.2561.
SOLD Buy Side — $712,500 before it hit the market!
Naples Park is a desired North Naples location near the Gulf of Mexico’s pristine, powdery-white beaches and all that Southwest Florida has to offer. Everything is biking distance from this neighborhood that consists of approximately 3500 homes. The popular Mercato and Pavillion are blocks away and offer a plethora of wonderful restaurants, night life, and upscale shopping. This house is nestled on one of the most desired streets (95th Ave N) in the Park and is walking or biking distance to Vanderbilt Beach and Wiggins State Park! No HOA. No restrictions for vacation rentals! Naples Park is one of the only neighborhoods left West of 41 where buyers can find properties priced under $1 million dollars. For more information, please call 239.631.2561.
6300 Trail Blvd.,
Naples, FL 34108