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According to recent data, allergies affect up to 30% of adults and 40% of children in the United States. Over-the-counter medications can provide some relief, but allergies persist and are a source of discomfort and annoyance for many of us.
One place we can all agree should be a place of comfort and relaxation is our homes. However, allergies are at their fiercest in most homes from dust, pets, pollen, or even mold.
In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some common household allergens and how to protect your home against them.
Safeguard your home against mold
Mold is gross at its best and dangerous at its worst. Caused by excess moisture, the most important thing you can do to prevent mold in your home is to identify areas that are at risk.
Bathrooms, basements, and around faucets are all prone to water damage and mold. Usually, the best intervention to take is to provide proper ventilation. A well-ventilated room dries out quicker and prevents mold from growing in the first place.
Many surfaces in your home, such as wood, drywall, paper, and cardboard are all susceptible to mold growth. Use a mold-inhibiting paint to prevent the mold from growing in the first place.
Prevent indoor pollen
Protecting your home from pollen is trickier than you might think. Most of us like to open doors and windows in the summer time to let fresh air in. The problem? We inadvertently let the pollen in as well.
There are a number of ways to decrease pollen inside of your home. Using HEPA complaint filters in your home and vacuum cleaner can help.
Vacuuming often and emptying the vacuum outside can also have an impact on reducing pollen indoors.
Defend against dust mites
Arguably the nastiest item on the list, dust mites feed on dead skin and love warm temperatures and moderate humidity. This makes the interior of your home the perfect place for dust mites to thrive.
Frequently washing your bedding, dusting your home, and vacuuming with a HEPA certified filter are among the best things you can do to help reduce dust mites in the home.
Protecting against pet allergies
The most important thing you can do to prevent pet allergies is to make sure you aren’t allergic to a pet before bringing them into your home. However, if an allergy does arise, it can often be managed with the use of air and vacuum filters and a strict cleaning regimen.
Some people who suffer mild pet allergies are able to cope with them by simply making their bedroom a no-pet zone and keeping up with cleaning.
Finally, keep in mind that outdoor pets can often bring in pollen from outside. So, when letting your pets in the home in the spring and summer time, try to give them a quick brush down.
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Home showings are valuable parts of the property buying cycle. If a homebuyer knows what to expect during a showing, this individual can get the information that he or she needs to determine whether a particular house is the right option.
Now, let's take a look at three things that buyers need to know about home showings.
1. A home showing is a commitment-free experience.
There is no obligation to submit an offer to purchase a house following a showing. Instead, a buyer can review his or her options and proceed accordingly.
In some cases, a buyer may want to set up a follow-up home showing as well. A follow-up showing enables a buyer to get a second look at a residence to determine whether it matches or exceeds his or her expectations.
It also may be beneficial to prepare lots of questions before a showing. That way, a buyer can gain deep insights into a home to help him or her decide the best course of action.
2. A home showing enables a buyer to get an up-close look at a house.
During a home showing, a buyer will walk through a house with a real estate agent. A buyer can ask a real estate agent questions about a residence, and he or she may even choose to take notes as the showing progresses.
It generally is a good idea to check out all areas of a house during a showing. Remember, a home purchase probably is one of the biggest decisions that an individual will make in his or her lifetime. With a comprehensive home showing, an individual can gain extensive insights into a residence's age, condition and more.
In addition, a buyer should not place a time limit on a showing. Depending on the size of a home, a showing may last a few minutes or a few hours. But a buyer who allocates the necessary time and resources to analyze a residence during a showing may be better equipped than others to make an informed decision about a house.
3. A home showing is one of many steps during the homebuying journey.
If a home showing is successful, a buyer may be inclined to submit an offer to purchase. Or, if a showing reveals a house fails to hit the mark with a buyer, this individual can continue his or her pursuit of the perfect residence.
Lastly, when it comes to setting up home showings, it often helps to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional will make it simple for a buyer to navigate the property buying journey.
A real estate agent will schedule home showings for buyers and keep buyers up to date about open house events. Plus, a real estate agent will help a buyer submit an offer to purchase a home and ensure that a buyer can seamlessly acquire his or her ideal residence.
Reach out to a real estate agent today, and you can kick off the homebuying journey.
If you have a beautiful lawn, it is also right to assume that you have your own lawn mower. This tool is essential for people who always want to make sure that their lawn is well taken care of. The same goes for your mower, but the question is to keep in excellent condition all summer long.
Use fresh gasoline
The higher the octane, the better as it affects engine performance. Always use a clean funnel to fill the mower's gas tank to avoid injecting debris along with the fuel. Use certified plastic gas tanks as they won't rust and will last almost forever. Try to stay away from the five-gallon tanks as they contain much more gas than a 30-day supply. Gas any older than 30 days can adversely affect engine performance due to moisture buildup and octane degradation.
You should change the mower's oil every 50 hours of use, at least. Verify the owner's manual for the correct type to use and follow specific guidelines of the manufacturer. This should be easy enough provided you didn't throw away the manual.
Replace the spark plug every second oil change. Again, look to your owner's manual for specifications. Depending on the extent of the lawn you cut, this should be done every two years or more often if you have a large lot.
Get in the habit of Checking the air filter. A clogged, dirty air filter can lead to engine degradation and poor performance. Clean or replace the air filter every season or when judged necessary.
Clean the mower's under deck area
Debris accumulates quickly under there and can cause havoc on the blade and engine. Always disconnect the spark plug before getting your hands near the edge or the under deck of your mower. Remove any loose debris that has accumulated under there and use a scraper on the tougher, encrusted spots.
Lawn mower blades
Keeping your mower blades sharp will ensure a Clean cut of grass and a healthier mower engine as it needs to work a lot less to get the job done. You can do the sharpening yourself, using a file but remember to remove the blade first. Never sharpen a blade that is still attached to the mower. If you decide to do it yourself, remember that it must remain balanced after sharpening. An unevenly balanced blade will not cut properly and can reduce engine performance and longevity.
If you're unsure of how best to care for your lawn mower properly, have a professional do it or buy a new one, they tend to be quite affordable. Also, speak to a landscape contractor on the best ways to manage your lawn.