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Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 5/23/2017

The bathroom isn't the only place where mold develops. Your kitchen is another room that can store mold. Because food is stored in the kitchen, bacteria is almost always a danger in the kitchen. You could have mold in your kitchen and not notice it. Colors that mold come in are black, yellow, brown, green and pink. Mold may also appear in your kitchen in a gray, mushroom looking form.

Harmful Effects Of Kitchen Mold

Least harmful of kitchen mold dangers is the smell. More dangerous mold causes are allergic reactions, skin rashes, breathing complications, coughing and swallowing issues and headaches. Some people may feel fatigued, nauseous or develop diarrhea should they come in contact with mold, especially overextended periods. The human immune system can be attacked by mold, weakening a person's ability to ward off sickness.

If one or more of your relatives has asthma, severe allergies or an immune disorder,ridding your kitchen of mold is not an option. To reduce the mold and bacteria in your kitchen, examine your kitchen. Look behind appliances, at kitchen walls and around water sources for signs of mold. Spot mold that spans across 10 feet or more and it's time to call a specialist.

A specialist can examine mold spores and determine if the mold has extended to the air. A specialist can also rid of mold in your kitchen without causing the mold to spread to other areas of your home. Top mold inspection, removal and remediation specialists are certified. Consider getting references before you hire a mold specialist.

Say Good-Bye To Kitchen Mold

Small mold spots can be reduced and rid of using a blend of water and bleach. Use a sturdy pair of rubber gloves while cleaning mold away from sink splashes, drains,walls and other parts of your kitchen. Scrub mold away with a brush. Clean in intervals, stepping away from the cleaning every several minutes.

Let the areas dry fully. This is important because a primary cause of mold is moisture.

Ammonia is also a good cleaning agent. A mix of baking soda and vinegar are effective at cleaning mold. However, the cleaning must take place at the base of where mold is. For example, if you see mold on your kitchen back splash or other wall tiles, you may need to remove the tiles to ensure that the mold isn't growing beneath the tiles.

Your work isn't over after mold is removed from your kitchen. Open vents, put a humidifier in the kitchen and use overhead oven fans when cooking. Keep clean air circulating in your kitchen.

As comfortable as it might feel, avoid putting carpeting in your kitchen. Use a vinegar and water or bleach substance to keep kitchen floors. Be careful. Don't inhale too much of a cleaning solution.

If your home is designed with an open floor plan, your kitchen may have improved air flow. Even so, get in the habit of opening your kitchen windows to keep moisture to a minimum.

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Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 5/16/2017

Let's face it Ė selling a home in a buyer's market is far from ideal. In this scenario, a home seller likely will compete with many property sellers to promote his or her residence. And despite a home seller's best efforts, there are no guarantees that he or she will be able to maximize the value of a residence.

A buyer's market often is a dream come true for property buyers and a worst nightmare for property sellers. Lucky for you, we're here to help you navigate a buyer's market and ensure you can get the best price for your home.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that every home seller who is operating in a buyer's market needs to know.

1. Complete a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal offers a valuable opportunity for a home seller because it enables this individual to identify a property's strengths and weaknesses. That way, a home seller can find the best ways to enhance a residence and help it stand out from other available properties.

Typically, a home appraiser will inspect a residence both inside and out. After the evaluation is completed, the home appraiser will provide a home seller with a report that describes problem areas that were identified during the assessment.

A home appraisal report can make a world of difference for a home seller, particularly in a buyer's market. With this report in hand, a home seller can work toward enhancing a house's interior and exterior.

2. Establish a Competitive Price for Your Residence

What you paid for your home a few years is unlikely to match the value of your house today. Meanwhile, a home seller should set a competitive price for a residence to ensure that his or her house stirs up plenty of interest from homebuyers.

To determine a competitive price, examine the prices of comparable homes that are currently available in your area. This will help you establish a price range for houses similar to your own.

Furthermore, check out the prices of recently sold homes in your city or town. This housing market data can help you make an informed decision about how to price your residence.

3. Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

An experienced real estate agent is unafraid to list a home in a buyer's market. In fact, this housing market professional knows exactly what it takes to sell a residence in any real estate market, at any time.

Thanks to an experienced real estate agent, you can streamline the home selling process. This real estate professional will showcase your house to the right groups of property buyers consistently. He or she also will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with property buyers on your behalf and do everything possible to help you optimize the value of your residence.

Take the guesswork out of selling a home in a buyer's market. Use these tips, and you can keep things simple as you sell your residence.

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Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 5/9/2017

When you move into a house, the aisles of paint at the hardware store can seem awfully overwhelming. How will you ever choose a color for each area of your home? Adding color to a home is part of what will make it your own. One of the last things that you may think of is the color of your front door. Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, it might be a good idea to look at your front door. 

Itís not a sin to think outside of the box when it comes to the color of your front door. Why not let your house stand out from the crowd? Thereís many different colors that pop out and make great additions to any front door. Weíll break down some of the great possibilities for your front door here.


Red is a great color because it goes well with many neutral tones. It brings a bit of life to a sometimes rather bland exterior color of the home. You can put a red door on a home that is a shade of tan, gray, or even white. Keep in mind that thereís also many different shades of red for you to choose from that allow you to find the tone and feel that works for you. 

Yellow Or Orange

You can certainly welcome visitors with a touch of cheeriness right at your front door. Yellow brings a certain kind of warmth to the entrance of your home. Yellow goes well with white, grays, tans, even brick and stone exteriors.

Orange needs to be used carefully. With the right tones surrounding it, you can make use of orange on your front door to make your home a bit more welcoming. Shades of orange work well with grays, blues, greens, and white exteriors. 

Earthy Tones: Green And Blue

Green and blue are great colors to help your home stand out from the crowd and provide a touch of style and warmth right at the front door. There are so many shades of green to choose from. You can go with a light green such as mint or lime. You can also choose a darker shade of green like olive or avocado. 

Green shades on a door pair well with whites, browns, tans, stone, cream, grays, and even shades of blue. 

Blue is often a color that we use more indoors. Thereís so many different shades of blue that are available. Blue doors pair well with an exterior that is gray, white, tan, stone, brick, or gray.

You can really use the front door of your home as an element of surprise. When you think of what colors go together, itís hard to go wrong with a bold front door.

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Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 5/2/2017

One of the worst mistakes you can make when looking for a new home is to allow yourself to become discouraged. Once that happens, your energy level drops, your optimism wavers, and your standards slide.

Searching for just the right house for you and your family may take longer than you expect, but success is often right around the corner! In the mean time, persistence and mental focus will help you get past the rough spots and detours. If you decide to work with a real estate buyers' agent, they will help keep you motivated, encouraged, and updated on new listings.

Although a certain amount of flexibility is necessary when you're in the market for a new home, there are advantages to having a clear picture in your mind of what you're looking for. There are a lot of factors that can play a role in your degree of happiness and comfort in a new home, and it's vital to recognize exactly what those key features and characteristics would be.

Here are a few things to mull over as you visit homes for sale and compare the pluses and minuses of each.

  • Location: In addition to seeking out a neighborhood that's convenient for shopping, commuting, and meeting your family's needs, it also pays to keep investment value in mind. While nobody can look into a crystal ball and say with absolute certainty that property values will increase in the foreseeable future, there are educated guesses and projections that can be made based on trends and available data. An experienced real estate agent can be one of your best resources in determining whether a neighborhood is growing or declining. Very often there are telltale signs that are worth paying close attention to when evaluating different homes for sale.
  • Architectural style: While many house hunters are only interested in features like square footage, lot size, and the quality of the school district, you may have preferences for specific architectural styles. Finding a house that conforms to your architectural preferences can make a big difference in your level of satisfaction. Although there are more than thirty different styles from which to choose, many people lean toward Colonial houses, Craftsman style homes, Contemporaries, Ranch houses, Tudors, Victorians (Queen Anne, for example), Cape Cods, Art Deco houses, Split Levels, and Bungalows. Other style possibilities include Dutch Colonials, Georgian-style houses, and Spanish-influenced architectures , such as the Monterey, Spanish Eclectic, and Pueblo. While some styles tend to be mostly confined to certain areas of the country, most communities have a wide array of architectural styles available to home buyers.
  • Condition of the Home: Some of a house's flaws are easy to spot, while others may require the expertise of a certified house inspector. The extent to which you're willing to make repairs, updates, and renovations to a new home will be one key factor that will determine which house is best for your needs, goals, and budget.
There are literally dozens of features, characteristics, and quality standards to keep in mind when shopping for a new home, but location, structural condition, and style are three factors that are well worth including on your priority list.

Posted by Rob Dino DeNault on 4/25/2017

Apartment living attracts the Millennial generation and older adults. People are attracted to apartment living, in part, because apartments are generally centrally located. Apartments are near public transportation, shopping centers, grocery stores and restaurants.

Make apartment living do more than put a roof over your head

Better yet, there are generally no maintenance costs associated with living in an apartment. Live on the top floor of an apartment building and experience a roof leak, and all you generally have to do is pick up the telephone and call the management or maintenance office.

Although you won't have to pay to get a problem fixed, when you live in an apartment, you learn about repairs that are typically needed around a home. This makes apartment living more like owning a home than staying with your parents does. If you're thinking about renting an apartment, you could be making a smart move. Checkout these other ways that apartment living can prepare you for buying and maintaining a house:

  • Gets you accustomed to managing a budget so that you can meet your monthly rent
  • Lets you find out firsthand how important it is to meet your financial obligations. If you don't pay your rent on time, you could receive an eviction notice.
  • Shows you how not taking care of household appliances can leave you without dish washer, clothes washer, dryer and other conveniences. For example, if you over load a washing machine, you could cause the machine to break or flood. Over load your clothes dryer or not clean out the filter and  you could cause the appliance to over heat. Although you can put in a maintenance request, you may have to go a day or longer without the appliances before they are fixed.
  • Teaches you about the importance of having residential insurance. Many apartments recommend or request that you have renter's insurance.
  • Is a great way to see what your home will look like if you don't clean up after yourself. Leave food on the counter, the floor dirty and clothes laying on the floor and you could run out of pants and shirts to wear to work. You could also attract pests into your home.
  • Prepares you to deal with neighbors directly and indirectly. You'll learn how to communicate with people with diverse interests.

Buy a house could be easier if you start out in an apartment

Living in an apartment can serve as a step toward home ownership. Apartment living makes you aware of residential repairs needed to maintain a property. While you live in an apartment, you can also learn about non-typical repairs, including unexpected appliance breaks.

Other outcomes of apartment living are the chance to learn whether you're better off living at a property that has uncovered or covered parking. You can also learn how to deal with neighbors, manage pets and accommodate guests. Most of all, apartment living prepares you for the financial responsibility of paying a monthly mortgage.