For most people, their pets are a part of their family. It's important to take care of them when moving also! If you own pets and your house is listed for sale, it is most likely going to be recommended that you get the pets out of the house during showings. This sometimes can be easier said than done depending on work schedules, but communicate with your agent the times that would be easiest for you to accommodate showings. Agents will understand and will hopefully encourage their buyers to view your house at a time that is most convenient for you.
In terms of actually moving with pets, sometimes pets can get anxiety when they see boxes or things changing around their current house. New environments can be scary for pets also. Here are five tips for success when moving with pets:
Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home? If so, have you checked the batteries recently? Just like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors are important to have in your home. Here are some myths and facts to help you understand why it is so important.
MYTH: Carbon monoxide can be smelled when the furnace is on.
FACT: Carbon monoxide is actually colorless, tasteless, AND odorless.
MYTH: Carbon monoxide is heavier than air, so CO detectors should not be placed on the ceiling or high on the wall.
FACT: CO is slightly lighter than air. However, studies have shown no significant difference in measurements based on what height CO detectors are mounted.
MYTH: Carbon monoxide is not dangerous.
FACT: CO poisoning is the most common type of fatal indoor air poisoning in countries where cooking and heating is still dominated by fires. More than 500 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning.
MYTH: Carbon monoxide poisoning is like any other kind of poisoning.
FACT: CO bonds to hemoglobin, and instead of carrying oxygen the hemoglobin is then occupied with CO - creating carboxyhemoglobin. CO poisoning is actually the result of the head and heart not receiving sufficient oxygen... or asphyxiation.
MYTH: Carbon monoxide detectors are in perfect working order if they beep when the test button is pushed.
FACT: Gas sensors in CO alarms have a limited lifespan, generally less than 6 years. The test button on common CO alarms only tests the battery, not the CO gas sensor.
Installing a CO alarm is a low-cost way of significantly reducing your risk of CO poisoning. Protect yourself and your family today! For more information, visit https://healthybuildingscience.com/2013/02/22/carbon-monoxide-facts/.
Just because an email has the look and feel of a company you're familiar with, it doesn't mean it is legitimate. Here are some things to check before you click:
While debt is a problem facing many Americans, student loan debt is the biggest factor holding millennials up in their ability to purchase a home. Mortgage debt is still the vast majority of overall consumer debt, but it is not growing nearly at the rate that student loan debt is growing at. According to fortune.com, since 2009 mortgage debt increased 3.2% while student loan debt grew 102%. That is an astronomical increase!
Many millennials desire to purchase homes but are delaying home ownership in an effort to pay down, or pay off, student loans. We have many lenders in the area who work with buyers wishing to purchase a home but need to maintain an appropriate debt-to-income ratio. If you or someone you know desires to purchase a home but is struggling with student loan debt, give me a call today and I will help direct you to lenders who might be able to help. In the meantime, we can start looking for the home you desire!
There are other potential advantages as well. If you would like a free comparative market analysis of your home to determine what your home might sell for in today's market, please call me today! I would be happy to help you understand the current market so you can make a decision if now is the right time for you to sell. Call me anytime at 906-236-3750. My licensed assistant, Karen Bruce, and I are happy to help you out!
Wow! We really have a lot of snow this winter! So frequently we hear the advice of having a winter emergency kit in our vehicle and with the weather we have been getting, this is so crucial! Here is a list of recommended items. Hopefully you'll never need them, but if you do, I'm certain you will be glad you were prepared.
The sub zero temps look like they will be breaking soon, and just in time for some awesome winter activities this weekend. On Saturday, February 2, Tahquamenon Falls State Park is hosting guided snowshoe hikes. A guided snowshoe hike from 2:00-3:00 through the forests of the Upper Falls is the perfect Saturday activity for the whole family. You will learn tips and tricks for staying upright in your snowshoes, while also learning about winter ecology during this fun one mile off-trail excursion. No pre-registration is required and there will be snowshoes available to borrow. The fun begins at the Upper Falls Fact Shack near the bonfire. Another option is in the evening from 6:00-8:30 with a lantern lit hike/snowshoe. Kick off Michigan State Park's centennial celebration with a hike/shoe on the one mile lantern-lit trail at the Upper Falls! The trail is illuminated with over 70 kerosene lanterns and loops through the beautiful winter forest. The trail begins and ends near the Upper Falls trail head located at the end of the Upper Falls parking area, there will be a limited number of snowshoes available to borrow and there is no pre-registration required.
While the events will be canceled if the wind chill is -10 or below, it does look like we'll be in the clear by Saturday! You can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TQFalls for more information.
The beauty of Tahquamenon State Park extends way beyond the falls. The hiking trails there are amazing! Having had the opportunity to camp and explore the park for a week this past summer, I know how wonderful it is and there is still so much more I would love to see. The opportunity to see it in the winter would be fantastic! Take your family or a group of friends and take advantage of this opportunity this weekend!