Do you have a home buying strategy? Buying a home can be a risky and expensive proposition so you will want to make sure you have a plan.  In order to put a plan in place you will want to ask ask the following questions:

How long do I plan to live here?
You will need to consider how long you plan to live in your home to determine if it makes financial sense. Consider what changes you might make during that time frame. Will you be starting a family? Will elderly parents need to move in with you? You may need a larger home or need to find a community with better amenities for children, and that will increase the likelihood of you moving.
How is the local market?
All real estate is local.  Find out all you can about the neighborhoods you’re considering. Look at the inventory of homes, how have properties gone up or down in value, and how much homes are selling for compared to the listing price.

What is my financial stability?
Consider factors like the stability of your job. Will you still be there in five years? What kind of future does your industry have? Does climbing up the career ladder mean you might have to move elsewhere to get ahead? Look at your current debts and income, not your future salary, to determine whether you can afford to buy.

imagesMold is nasty stuff. Homes with water damage and visible mold are unhealthy for people and pets. The unsightly fungus can produce irritants, allergens, and potentially toxic substances. The presence of mold in a home can substantially lower both the visual appeal and value of the property.

The United States Center For Disease Control reports that for persons sensitive to mold, exposure to moldy and damp environments may cause a diverse array of health problems including coughing, wheezing, throat and nasal passage irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye or skin irritations, headaches, depression, and nervous system disorders.

Do You Have A Moldy Home?

Mold is all around us, both indoors and out; you can’t get away from it. Mold is carried into our homes from the outdoors through open windows and doorways, through the heating and air conditioning ductwork, and through vents such as an attic fan. Mold in the outdoor environment also enters the home by attaching itself to pets, shoes and clothing.

Mold thrives in moist locations such in a cabinet with a dripping pipe, in damp basements, from leaks in the roof, or in places where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on most any surface including fabric, upholstery, carpeting, paper products, wood products, bedding, and porous ceiling tiles.

Mold is much more than a repulsive patch of disgusting fungus; it’s a health hazard in the home that requires removal and standardized preventive measures to inhibit regrowth. However, before you attack the problem with caustic chemical sprays that can cause more problems than they cure, consider addressing the issue with organic measures that do not damage the environment.

Reduce Dampness And Humidity

Increase air circulation in moisture-prone areas such as the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. When cooking, run the exhaust fan to remove steam from boiling pots of pasta and simmering stews.

Make sure that moisture from the dryer is properly vented outdoors. Clean the dryer filter and vent after each use. Drain and clean all drip pans under water heaters or washing machines on a regular basis.

If your home tends to be high in humidity, use portable dehumidifiers in closets and closed areas or consider adding a dehumidifier to your HVAC system.

Always run the bathroom exhaust fan during and after showering to remove excess moisture in the air. If moisture pools on the bathroom shower stall, tub or tiles, wipe dry after use. Damp towels turn sour and moldy quickly. Always put wet towels in the laundry or hang to dry. Rinse and wring out bath sponges, hang to dry. To make your bathroom sparkle and shine, wipe all surfaces with a rag saturated with white vinegar. Vinegar removes hard water deposits and mold and helps prevent regrowth of the black fungus.

Have your heating and air-conditioning system checked semi-annually, cleaning ductwork, checking for dampness and leaks and replacing all filters.

Fix All Leaks Immediately

Repair dripping faucets, shower heads, and pipes as soon as a problem appears. Once the source of the water has been fixed, scrub the area with a solution of 1 part white vinegar, 1 part baking soda, the juice of a lemon, and three parts water. Dry thoroughly. If moisture has saturated a wooden cabinet bottom, dry with a portable fan after cleaning. If any moisture remains in the wood, mold will reappear.

Examine the attic careful to check for any leaks in the roof and make needed repairs.

Drain Water From Foundations

If water collects around your home’s foundation, contact your plumbing contractor about installing a drainage system to divert water away from the foundation and into a catchment pond or sewer drain.

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