How You Can Create A Home That is Healthy!

Having a healthy home is so important. After all it is where you spend most of your time with your loved ones.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you create a healthier space.

Let in the fresh air.

Open your windows twice per day to let fresh air into your home. Did you know that people in Germany do this no matter the weather? This is called "frisches Luft"

Choose cleaning products carefully.

Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals or fumes, you may want to avoid this for your families/ pet’s sake. Harmful chemicals  absorb through our skin. When inhaled it can lead to respiratory distress, especially in those with health conditions or young children. Try baking soda or vinegar mixed with fresh lemon juice or essential oils for cleaning. (It gets the job done!)

Live with plants.

Plants can help filter your air since they absorb CO2, and they are stress-reducing. That's a win-win!

Wash your bed sheets often.

Some of the 500 million cells we shed daily could be coming to bed with us, so washing your sheets on a regular basis, once per week, can make everything clean and fresh.

Consider adding an air purifier and/or dehumidifier.

Indoor air pollution is a problem that you can't see, but it can control odours, chemical vapours, and pollutants in your home. Investing in a dehumidifier is almost mandatory for our Newfoundland climate. You may not even realize your home needs one, until you plug it in and watch watch it pull the access humidity from your home.

Keep your home dry.

Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaking.

Keep it Well-Ventilated

Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.

Keep it Pest-free

Before we know it, that time of year will be upon us. All pests look for food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest-resistant containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with least toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder.

Keep your home Maintained

Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems

Don’t forget to control the temp.

Houses that do not maintain adequate temperatures may place the safety of residents at increased risk from exposure too extreme cold or heat. Not to mention health concerns.

We hope you found these tips helpful, feel free to comment below with other tips you may have.

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Buying With The Listing Agent : What obligations do they have to the Seller ?

Unlike some other provinces in Canada, Newfoundland  is one of the provinces that still permits Dual Agency

What is Dual Agency you ask?

A dual agency is when a real estate salesperson represents both the buyer and seller for the same transaction.

Is it a Good Idea to Buy with the Listing Agent, or is it better to have your own Buyer's Agent? 

The listing agent is required  to disclose to you that they will be putting their vendors interests first nor do they  have any obligation to act in your best interests. The listing agent is hired by the seller, and their job is to get the best possible price for the property. The listing agent can also prioritize the buyer's best interest, whether its on price, home inspection, etc.  Like I said their first obligation is to the Seller. You may not get the best deal if you try to negotiate directly with the listing agent.

Buyer agents are licensed real estate professional who represents your interests in the transaction. They can help you find the right property, negotiate the best deal, and guide you through the entire home-buying process. A competent buyer's agent will have your best interests in mind, always!

Selling Agent and Listing Agents Role in a Real Estate Transaction

The listing agent's job is to use their extensive resources to effectively market the property and answer any questions related to the listing.

On the other side of the transaction is the buyer's agent, who represents the buyer's interests and helps them find them a home.  The buyer’s agent can help with searching, setting up showings, asking the right questions and negotiating on the buyer’s behalf. 

Finding a Buyers Agents

To find a buyer's agent that is right for , start with asking friends and family for recommendations or searching online for agents in your area.  Look for someone who is experienced, knowledgeable about the local market, and genuine.

Once you've found an agent you're comfortable with, it's important to establish clear communication and trust in that agent, remember they are there to help you through one of the most important decision you will make.   Be upfront about your budget, preferences, and timeline, and be willing to listen to their advice and guidance. Remember that the buyer's agent works for you, and their goal is to help you find the right home and make the best possible deal.

If you're considering buying a home, it's essential to weigh the pros and cons of working with the listing agent  and ensure you have a clear understanding of the agent's obligations to the Vendor and the risks of dual agency.

If you have any questions about buyers' agents, consider connecting with us, we have over 25 years experience between us . Working with both home buyers and sellers, we will work with you from start to finish and guide you through the process. Our goal is to ensure you feel confident in your purchase or sale.

We operate in an industry built on trust. This can only be achieved through communication and great experiences - from the first contact until the closing of the transaction and beyond!

Contact us today, we will help guide you HOME!

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