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Posted by Dino Rossi on 3/7/2021

Allergies are extremely common in America with millions of Americans suffering from symptoms.

The most common household allergies are seasonal, which run from February to early summer, and animal allergies which can pose a risk at any time.

There are some ways you can limit some of the allergens in your home, whether you want to make your house more allergy-proof for yourself and family or your guests.

Seasonal allergies

There are a number of plant pollen and mold allergies that are common throughout the United States. During pollen season, especially on dry, windy days, these pollens are spread everywhere.

Many people who experience seasonal allergies watch local pollen levels in their area to prepare themselves for peak days when they are most likely to experience symptoms. During these times, itís best to keep doors and windows completely shut. This includes your home, garage, and vehicle.

To clean up after times of high pollen levels, itís a good idea to first vacuum and then use a damp cloth to dust household surfaces. The moisture will trap pollens and prevent them from escaping back into the air.

When it comes to mold, there are a number of preventative measures you can take in your home. The most important thing you can do is avoid excess moisture in your home. You can do this by using a dehumidifier, monitoring water pipes, and cleaning spills and leaks immediately after they happen.

Animal allergies

Pet owners love their pets. But the pet dander that comes with them is a leading cause of allergies. To help mitigate pet allergies in your home, focus on the areas where your pets spend the most time. If your pet sleeps on your bed or has their own bed, wash the bed linens frequently.

Since most pets spend their days inside your home, roaming the floors, itís important to vacuum frequently with a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner. High-efficiency machines that are sealed properly and use effective filters are much better at reducing the amount of dust that escapes during vacuuming and when you empty the vacuum itself.

Air filters

The filter on your vacuum isnít the only one necessary for reducing allergy-causing particles in your home. Heating and ventilation systems also come with air filters that need to be cleaned or replaced.

When replacing your filter, look for one that is HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) certified to remove the most allergens possible.

Donít forget the backyard

Since many allergies are carried in on the wind and shoes entering your home from the outside, itís important to understand which allergens you might be growing in your backyard. Some trees, grasses, and plants cause higher levels of allergies and are more likely to cause symptoms to you and your guests.

Even the most common trees like pine and maple can be problematic for some people, so itís important to know what youíre allergic to and whether you should take steps to landscape away some of those allergens.




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Posted by Dino Rossi on 2/28/2021

Not all smart home devices are created equal. If you wind up paying a high price for a smart home gadget you do not need, you risk wasting precious time and resources.

Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to make informed smart home device purchases, such as:

1. Consider Your Smart Home Device Needs

The needs of one property owner for a smart home device may vary from those of another.. If you consider how you can use different smart home devices, you can boost the likelihood of making smart home gadget purchases that will serve you well for years to come.

For example, if you find your electricity bills are on the rise, investing in smart light bulbs may prove to be a great choice. These light bulbs can help you optimize your house's electricity consumption and lower your electricity bills.

On the other hand, if you are concerned about home security, a smart house security system may be an excellent investment. This security system can help you simultaneously safeguard your residence against theft and lower your home insurance rates.

2. Perform Comprehensive Research

New smart home devices are becoming available every day, and as such, determining which ones are right for your house sometimes is difficult. If you perform in-depth research into the smart home devices at your disposal, you could find gadgets that you can enjoy day after day.

Conduct online research into assorted smart home devices Ė you will be happy you did. Once you learn about different smart home gadgets, how they work and their benefits, you can choose the right devices for your residence.

Also, it may help to consult with family members and friends as you assess myriad smart home devices. If a family member or friend recently purchased a smart home device that works perfectly, for instance, you may want to consider buying the same gadget for your house.

3. Evaluate Your Budget

As more smart home devices are released, the prices of various smart house gadgets are falling accordingly. Yet it is still crucial to evaluate your budget closely before you make smart home device investments. If you understand exactly how much money you can spend on smart house devices, you can take steps to get the most out of your available finances.

Don't forget to shop around for smart home devices, too. Online and brick-and-mortar retailers occasionally offer sales on smart home gadgets. Thus, if you search far and wide for smart home devices that fall in line with your budget, you could avoid spending too much to acquire top-notch smart house gadgets.

As you get set to invest in smart home devices, it generally pays to be diligent. If you take an informed approach to smart home device shopping, you can find gadgets that will deliver long-lasting benefits. Best of all, you can use assorted smart home devices to lower your electricity costs, secure your residence and much more.




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Posted by Dino Rossi on 2/21/2021

The home inspection may seem like a standard thing that you need to go through in the process of buying a home. Really, youíre paying for the home inspection, and itís a huge opportunity for you. As a home buyer, you should look at the home inspection as an educational event for homeowners. Youíll learn a lot about the history of the property that youíll be living in. From water that may have been present in the basement to a leaky roof, youíll get to know your new home and how everything works.


When you hire your home inspector, he or she may seem like they are talking to experts. For this reason, itís a good idea to ask questions during the inspection so that you can clarify what the inspector is talking bout.


Is This Problem Urgent?


Itís a good idea to see how soon any problems in the house need to be fixed. If the roof needs to be replaced within 3-6 months and your finances are tight, itís something that youíll want to know about. While home inspectors will reserve their opinions about a property overall, professionally, they can tell you how big of an issue certain things are. You may need to hire a certified professional who specializes in a certain area like plumbing or electricity for further evaluation in many cases. For your own knowledge, itís a good idea to know what needs to be done around the property and when.             


Take Notes


Youíre never going to remember where everything is in the house on the first pass. Itís a good idea to carry a notepad with you when youíre going through the home. Make notes of any major issues, where they are, and how to fix them. This way, even after the inspection report is sent, youíll have something to refer back to.  


Is This At The End Of Its Lifespan?


Your home inspector will take a look at all of the moving parts of the home that youíre about to purchase. This includes the appliances. Is the dishwasher on its last leg? Will you need a new refrigerator very soon? Is that creak in the floor more than just a problem with a floorboard? If you find out what to expect from both the major and minor issues in the home, youíll have a better idea of what to expect from the property overall. 


Home inspectors give you an overview of the condition of a home. Inspectors will tell you that there is no home that comes completely clean when it comes to an inspection. Even a brand new home that was just built will have some issues. While it may not be the most fun to find out that your new home needs a new roof, at least you and your realtor will know what needs to be brought to the negotiation table if you decide to go through with the purchase of the home.





Posted by Dino Rossi on 2/14/2021

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Are you overpaying for water? 

You could be, if your home is not running as efficiently as it could, or if you have undiagnosed leaks or damage. Cutting your water consumption can help you save money every month, and in many cases, you won't have to change your habits at all. Try one or more of the following ideas for an immediate reduction in your water bill every month:

Seek out Leaks

A running toilet, a slow drip from a faucet or even a leaky fridge can cost you money every month, but provides no benefit at all. in some cases, that leak will get even more expensive over time, as standing water can damage your floors and allow mold and mildew to develop. Take a walk through your home and check these areas for leaks -- any problem you find and repair will reduce the water your home wastes each month and will prevent mold growth or damage, too:

  • Listen for leaks: Turn off anything that makes noise and visit the kitchen, bathroom and any room with a faucet. What do you hear? Ideally, you won't hear anything -- if you hear drips or running water, your home is wasting water. A single running toilet can boost your water bill by hundreds of dollars each year, so pay special attention to bathrooms.
  • Look for water damage: Appliances that have water or stains underneath could be leaking. The most common culprit is a fridge that has an icemaker and water dispenser. If you see or feel water, double check the lines to ensure there are no leaks. Check under sinks for moisture and note any problems. 
  • Head outside: Your outside faucets should be tightly closed and the ground below them should be totally dry. if there are drips or moisture, you are paying for a steady stream of water you are not using. You should also walk by your sprinkler heads and make sure the ground is not soggy; this could mean you have a costly leak in your sprinkler system,

Go Low Flow

Using less water when you flush, shower or wash dishes can help you save money every day. Simply switching your shower heads takes just moments, and can cut your water consumption without making a difference in your shower. Converting your toilets to low flow models or even adding some weight to the tanks can help reduce the amount of water used by each flush, according to Nerd Wallet.

Change your Habits

Your laundry and dish washing schedules will have a huge impact on your water bill. Reducing the amount of laundry you do (by decluttering and only keeping essentials you love) can help lower your energy costs and your water consumption. Hand washing small loads of dishes or rinsing and waiting for the dishwasher to be full before running allows you to use this power and water consuming appliance fewer times each week. 

Monitoring your home for leaks and running water, converting some areas to more conservative models and changing your own habits can have a significant impact on your water bill. Do all three and you'll save hundreds of dollars each year -- and run a more eco-friendly home, too.





Posted by Dino Rossi on 2/7/2021

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Nothing brings nature into the home like utilizing fresh herbs in culinary masterpieces to make them as special as those you’ll share them with. Sensational herbs can be grown with ease, as some of the most savory and flavorful ones are disease, pest and drought resistant.

Furthermore, most herbs will even grow in poor soil conditions, but they are also available ready-to-consume from local nurseries. Prepare to get cooking with six herbs either in dried form or fresh from the garden.

1. Chives: The Chillest Herb of All

While seedlings grow fast, this affordable flavorful herb can be grown amidst the garden with little effort. Situating collections of the small onion bulbs in landscaping beds adds lavender blooms and greenery every growth cycle. They mature quickly and make zesty additions to dishes like soups, omelets, potatoes, dips and more.

2. Pinches of Parsley

Delicious in stews, atop vegetables and almost a staple in Italian cuisine, parsley is a relatively hardy biennial that can be grown from seed or via plant transfers. Best in pots placed in sunny southern-facing windows, cut back parsley routinely and keep it watered well to enjoy a fresh supply all year long.

3. Aromatic Sage

Popular in Mediterranean dishes and ideal in both meats and broths, sage is widely appreciated for its rich, hearty flavor and diversity for culinary uses. As a lovely perennial that will grow three feet or taller, sage can be employed in soothing teas, tinctures, and side dishes or even as a decorative edible to spruce up plate presentation.

4. Tasty Thyme is Great Anytime

This dainty perennial herb only grows about 8 inches high but packs a big punch making just a wee bit on meats and dishes enough to indulge the palette in a treat. Just a teaspoon seasons a 5 pound roast and 1/4 teaspoon is a scrumptious addition to meatloaf and burgers.

5. Transform Bland to Bold with Basil

Dried or fresh basil is a highly diverse herb that bursts with aroma and spicy flavors. Fresh basic is best, especially for stews, soups or slow cooked dishes of any sort. Add a leaf or few pinches of dried basil to quickly transform a bland meal into something truly special. As a bonus for fresh growers, the aroma straight from the planter is simply amazing.

6. Savor Every Taste with Summer Savory

True to the savory family is the original…summer savory, which is often used along with other herbs to warm up the taste of beans, vegetables and soups. A bit goes a long way, so about a tablespoon of fresh summer savory is adequate for about a quart of stock or liquid bean mixtures. The slender foliage grows about 15 inches high and works well in most flowerbeds or potting situations with well drained soil and ample light.

The wonderful world of herbs can add beauty, fragrance and flavor to your new home. Consider starting a small garden with these six essential savory culinary helpers.




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