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Thursday, September 16, 2021   /   by Alex Lee

What to Look Out for When Buying an Old House

Are you planning to purchase an old home? This could be a very smart real estate move, as old houses tend to cost less than modern builds. Additionally, if you're the type of person who appreciates the nostalgic appeal and charm of an older home, then this will be a gratifying choice for you.
Although older houses bring undeniable historical character and uniqueness, there are a few things you need to be aware of before buying one. Here is a list of important things to look for when buying an old house to avoid running into trouble:
Harmful Building Materials
The very first thing you should check before buying or moving into an old house is the presence of harmful building materials. Generally, houses built before 1978 are known to contain lead-based paints and asbestos. These chemicals pose a danger to both children and adults. Therefore, if you find the house to have these chemicals, you need to hire a professional to remove them before you settle in.
Foundation Issues
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Thursday, September 9, 2021   /   by Alex Lee

6 Important Steps to Take When Moving Into Your New Home

Moving usually brings up a whole mix of emotions–from excitement and stress to fatigue and fear. Once the moving process is over and you’re officially in your new home, the more optimistic feelings should start to take precedence over the negative ones, but your job isn’t done just yet. Here are a few essential steps you should take in your new home to ensure your safety and start to fully settle in:
Locate the Fuse Box
Finding your home’s circuit breaker box right away means you’ll be able to act quickly in case of a power outage or in an emergency situation, such as an electrical fire. Overloaded outlets, short circuits or even large appliances can blow a fuse or trip a breaker, which are common reasons for you to have to access the fuse box. Usually fuse boxes are located in places like the basement or garage, but sometimes they can be tucked away on the exterior of the home or in a closet. It’s a good idea to store a flashlight nearby in case y ...

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Friday, September 3, 2021   /   by Alex Lee

HOMEWARD BOUND SEPTEMBER 2021

In case you are not sure of the title… It's Labor Day. The Backwards
Holiday. Every year when it rolls around, I wonder why it is named Labor Day.
Since it’s a Holiday intended to be just that, a Holiday – I would think a better
name may be Relax Day or Lazy Day or Off Day or Sleep in Day, maybe even Do-
Nothing Day, something other than Labor Day. After all, we know what Labor
means. And many will likely be celebrating Labor Day by Laboring.
Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many
hours and days on the job.
In the 1830s, manufacturing workers were putting in 70-hour weeks on average.
Sixty years later, in 1890, hours of work had dropped, although the average
a manufacturing worker still toiled in a factory 60 hours a week.
These long working hours caused many union organizers to focus on winning a
shorter eight-hour workday. They also focused on getting workers more days
off, such as the Labor Day holiday, and reducing the ...

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Thursday, August 26, 2021   /   by Alex Lee

Thinking About Building a Pool? 4 Ways to Help the Process Go Smoothly

If summer's heat is getting to you, you may have finally decided it's time to install a pool. That's the easy part. Now you must make preparations for your pool. You can make the process go more smoothly by planning carefully and keeping the following tips in mind:
Choose a Site
There is more to choosing a pool site than simply scanning your yard and deciding where it will look the best. For most pools, you'll need access to electrical ports and an area that has soft soil. The site should be level, and you should ensure it isn't situated on top of septic tanks or utility lines.
Prepare the Site
Once you choose the perfect site for your pool, it's time to prep it. If the ground is not level, you'll need to level it out yourself. Don't forget to remove any debris from the area. To avoid headaches, find the dimensions of your pool and measure the exact location, marking it off with string or paint. This helps you ensure the entire area is properly prepared.
Hire a Professional
If yo ...

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Thursday, August 19, 2021   /   by Alex Lee

4 Reasons You Have Poor Air Quality in Your Home

When you and your family are inside your home, it is important that the air you're breathing be as high-quality as possible. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, which leads to you and others dealing with various kinds of allergies and other physical ailments. If you're experiencing poor air quality in your home, it can come from many different sources, including these common culprits:
Household Cleaning Supplies
Should you be using many different kinds of household cleaning supplies to keep your floors, counters, windows and other areas sparkling, you may in fact be contributing to your home's poor air quality. While cleaning supplies may do the job for which they're intended, the chemicals used in these supplies can accumulate in your home's air over time, leading to increasingly poor air quality.
Mold Accumulation
If you have areas within your home that are prone to being damp or have experienced water damage in the past, mold may have started to grow in these areas. Since; ...

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