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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Secure the Nursery
Toss out airborne amusements that have strings longer than 7 inches. Remove even mobiles with shorter strings once Baby can sit up and might be able to reach them.

Changing Table
More than a third of injuries from falls occur when babies tumble from furniture, says a study in Pediatrics. That safety strap is there for a good reason. Buckle up!

"Check that your crib meets current safety standards and has all the right pieces," says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "If the sides go down or you can fit a can of soda between the slats, it's not a safe crib for your baby. Stuffed animals, bumpers, and cute accessories may make a baby's crib seem warm and cozy, but they can do more harm than good. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need to make your baby sleep safe and sound."

About half of all crib deaths occur when infants suffocate on bedding -- such as blankets, pillows, and bumpers -- according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). And skip sleep positioners, too; babies can slide off and suffocate.

Batten Down Your Bathroom
Splashing in the tub: good times! However, this room is safe only with supervision. Keep the door shut so Baby can't wander in without you. Tots can drown in just 1 inchof H2O.
Grooming Products
Even lotions, oils, and soaps that are made for babies can be toxic if consumed, so stash them far from reach. Keep items that pose a cut or burn risk, such as razors, curling irons, and hair dryers, in a cabinet with a childproof latch.
Childproof packaging isn't enough to keep your kid safe -- little fingers can be nimble! "Secure all vitamins and drugs in a locked drawer or cabinet that's out of reach," urges Joel Clingenpeel, M.D., a pediatric emergency room physician in Hampton Roads, Virginia. "And never refer to any pills as 'candy.'"
A cushioned guard on the spout will prevent bumps, and a skid-resistant pad on the bottom of the tub can stop slips. Also, adjust your water heater to 120 degrees F if you haven't yet done so -- any hotter and Baby could get a burn.
"A curious infant could easily fall headfirst into a toilet and drown," Dr. Clingenpeel says. A potty lock might seem more than a little inconvenient (especially when desperate houseguests call out for your assistance lifting the lid!), but it's definitely worth the bother.

Safeguard the Kitchen

Crawlers can give new meaning to "Hell's Kitchen," so consider gating off this room. Never handle any hot foods, beverages, or pots when your baby is nearby; hot spills cause the majority of scaldings in children ages 6 months to 2 years.
Stove and Oven
"Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, use the back burners and turn pot handles away from the edge," says Carr.
Some parents swear by industrial-strength Velcro for securing the door; others rely on a sturdy dishwasher lock. Whichever you choose, point all sharp utensils down in the basket, and fill the detergent dispenser just before you run a load of dishes.
Utensils and Dishes
"Put objects with sharp edges, such as knives, scissors, and dispensers for plastic and foil wrap, out of Baby's reach," Dr. Clingenpeel says. Be sure to use locks or latches on all low drawers and cabinets.
Cleaning Supplies
Injuries related to cleaning products keep pediatric emergency rooms busy. "The simple fix is latches, which are easy to install," Dr. Clingenpeel says. Buy cleaners that have child-resistant packaging, and never store them (even those that are environmentally safe) in food or beverage containers.

Check Other Biggies at Home

Remind family and visitors not to leave unsafe toys, as well as purses and bags, lying around. Wind cords so they're short and keep them out of sight. Also place plants out of reach.
"On upper floors, install guards or stops that prevent windows from opening more than 3 1/2 inches," Dr. Clingenpeel says. Window treatments are also hazardous. The CPSC has recalled millions of Roman and roll-up blinds and recommends cordless ones. Can't replace yours? Learn how you can childproof existing blinds, or order free retrofit repair kits at WindowCoverings.org.
Install security gates at the top and bottom of your stairways. "Make sure the gate you get for the top swings only one way. You want it to go inward, toward the floor," says Dr. Clingenpeel. Screw top gates securely into the wall; you can pressure-mount bottom ones.
Instead of plastic plugs, which babies learn to pull out, get sliding or box outlet covers that fit over the entire plate or power strip.
Furniture and TVs
Thousands of kids wind up in the E.R. each year and some die when furniture or a television topples on them, a study in Clinical Pediatrics reports. Injuries due to fallen TVs in particular have increased by 31 percent over the last decade, says Carr, partly because flat-screens are heavy and have a narrow base. "Securing your TV and furniture is an important step in preparing your home for toddlers," says Carr. "Make sure you mount flat-screen TVs to the wall and place large tube TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture. Use brackets, braces, or wall straps to then secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall." Be sure to keep toys off high shelves to curb a child's urge to climb.
Make sure the doors of your fireplace are heat resistant or block off a large area around the hearth. Store matches, lighters, the gas-jet key, pokers, and sharp tools out of reach, and consider a hearth cushion or adhesive padding for sharp edges. There -- safe and sound. Now go have some worry-free fun with your little one.

Stay on Top of Recalls

Baby products are usually designed with safety in mind, but mistakes happen. Look for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) seal on purchases, new or used. Return registration cards so companies can contact you for recalls.

Prevent Falls

Remember this: Falling is the leading cause of nonfatal injuries among babies younger than a year old -- yes, even before they can walk. Nearly 9,000 infants end up in the E.R. each year when car seats being used as carriers plummet from countertops, beds, and couches, according to a report in Pediatrics. A caregiver tumbling down the stairs while holding an infant is also common. "This usually happens when the parents are rushing to get the phone or carrying something in one arm and their little one in the other," Dr. Joel Clingenpeel says.
Safety steps: When using an infant carrier, swing, or seat, keep your baby strapped in and on a flat, hard floor. If you're carrying a child, have nothing else in your arms. And set up a safe area, such as a play yard, on every level of the house for when you have to rush into another room.

4 Who-Knew Dangers

Because tots explore the world with their mouth, once they're mobile and can grasp small things (usually around 9 months), they're vulnerable to choking on found objects. Look out for the uh-ohs below.
Latex Balloons
More children have suffocated on broken or deflated latex balloons than any other type of toy. "If your baby gets hold of that gift from the store and sucks on it, it can easily slip into the windpipe and cause a complete obstruction," Kate Carr says. That's why the CPSC suggests keeping balloons well out of reach of unsupervised children for a solid eight years.
Buttons, Batteries, and Magnets
Button batteries, used in toys, remotes, and even greeting cards, can get caught in a child's esophagus and cause serious burns and fatal bleeding. Keep devices containing these batteries out of reach; magnets too. Ingesting two or more batteries, or a magnet and another metal object, can perforate the intestines.
Bags can contain choking hazards (coins, gum, mints) and toxins (nail polish, makeup, medications). "We see kids who have discovered prescription pills -- like blood-pressure medicines -- in a visitor's bag," says Dr. Joel Clingenpeel. Put a lock on the closet by the front door so bags can be secure, or install a purse hook high on an entry wall. Bonus: You'll know exactly where you left it!
Remember this: Your car heats up faster than you think, says Kate Carr. "Young children are particularly at risk as their body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's. Whether you are a parent or caregiver, or a concerned bystander, you can protect kids from this preventable tragedy."
Safety steps: Remember to ACT: Avoid deaths by never leaving your child -- even a sleeping one -- alone in a vehicle for any amount of time. Create reminders to ensure that you don't forget to take your baby out of the car when you've arrived. Place something you'll need at the stop (like your purse) on the floor in front of her. If you take your child to day care, set a daily alarm on your phone to confirm you dropped him off. Take action: If you spot an unattended child in a car, dial 911.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Researching Your Neighborhood is as easy as 

"Walking the Dog!"

Buying a new home is a huge life change!  Knowing as much as possible before you take that leap is the key to feeling relaxed about this life change, and the community that you have chosen for your family to grow!

A great neighborhood is extremely important when considering purchasing a new home.  It can foster a community for your family and affect the resale value of your home when you decide to move up or down-size! If you are looking for a home in a safe neighborhood to settle your family in or getting ready to start that family, or even close to dog parks...then schools, safety, amenities, and community are your most important factors when deciding to move!

The tips will help you and your Realtor research the neighborhoods you're considering to buy in...whether you are retired, have a huge family, or single moving to the downtown scene...we can help you along the way!

Finding a Neighborhood For Your Family

1. Research Schools

Begin by looking for the best schools in the are based on performance scores and the school ethos...also look for neighborhoods that are zoned to those particular schools.  If you narrow it down to three, see whether the school has a website where you can take a look at their blogs, posts from teachers, and what the community is focused on in the terms of volunteer work and wider community celebrations.

You could even go so far as to meet the principal of each school and find out what the school morals and focus might be.  Some schools are stronger for math and science, whereas others are more focused on the arts or athletics.  Decide what is best for your children and start there.

2. Tour Family Amenities

What are your families interests?  Are you into biking, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, sports...look for amenities that you enjoy that are close by in the neighborhoods that you may live in one day! How accessible are they and are they expensive? 

Take a day and drive around the neighborhood to take a look at parks, swimming pools, recreational center, shopping....see if this is an area that you can imagine your family enjoying!  If you see a new building going up, ask your Realtor about what is coming into the area and future plans.

Pop into the local grocery store and get a feel for where you may be spending a lot of time very soon!

You could also pack a picnic and take a hike to the trails, parks in the area.  Don't be shy to ask neighbors as well about how they like the area.

Actually spending time in the neighborhood gives you a glimpse of what your weekends may look like and how long of a commute you may drive to work!

You might also look at your future neighborhood and consider what else is within an hour's driving distance, such as national parks or museums!

It's also a good idea to find a neighborhood that includes an emergency clinic and doctor's offices, including a pediatrician.  When life gets busy, it's best to have your doctors close by!

3. Check Crime Rates

Check online records and talk to your Realtor about crimes in the area.  Look at local websites and Trulia for crime statistics and ask the police how often they are called to the area.

Finding a Neighborhood in the City

If you're single or haven't had any children yet....then you might want to settle in a more populated area, close to eating and nightlife.  It's likely you would want different amenities like gyms, shopping, take-out...discuss this with your Realtor so they know what you are really looking for.

See how close your new home is to a cafe you could walk to, or meet up with friends.  Perhaps a biking trail would catch your eye for weekend rides. Are you into outdoor concerts, live music?  Let your Realtor know, then we can search out where we know would work best for you!

Check out what the parking situation is around the neighborhood as well...can you park on the street or does it exist at all?  

Check out where you have narrowed down by doing a drop by at night, see how the feel is when the lights go down.  Is it too busy for you?  Do you need quieter?  Check it out on the weekends as well to see what community events may be happening, like a local Farmer's Market!

Finding a Neighborhood for Retirement

When you are looking for a neighborhood to retire in...everything is completely different!  Are you single? Do you want to live in a community? Or are you just looking to downsize and still want yard work?

A community clubhouse may be appealing, also golf may be a huge plus for you as well! 

Are you into fitness, walking, yoga...are there areas in this neighborhood that are close enough for you to be actively partaking in?  How far is your doctor's office? Would you be driving or prefer transit transportation?

1. Public Transportation

Some people rely solely on public transport, and for other's, it's a nice option to have.  When you use the TRAX or Bus line, you may want to make sure that your new home is not too far away or even too close!

2. Medical Center

Find out how far your new home might be from the hospital that you use and try to keep both within 20 miles of each other.  You can also research where your primary physician is in proximity to your new home is as well. This can make going to the doctor less painful!

3. Future Neighbors

No matter what your age is or what stage of life you are in, talk to the neighbors where you might be choosing to buy.  Their opinions can really help you with your decision into narrowing down what is best for you.  Talk with your Realtor and discuss what is going to best for you not just now, but in the future!! 

Don't do the research on your own!

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

How to Host a "Powerful" Open House

If either you or your agent are holding an open house, there are two main points to remember. First, you want to attract as many people as possible so you get as many offers on your home as possible. Second, potential buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in your home. The goals of all the steps in setting up an open house support one or both of those points.

Let’s get started, shall we? Here are six best ways to set up your open house:

1. Technology is Power

Houses are sold through fliers, signs stuck in the lawn and word of mouth. However, never forget that they are primarily sold through people looking at listings, and listings today are online. They are very picture driven as well. If you’ve looked at listings lately, multiple pictures showing every room, stairs, yards and even the street are fairly common. Many sites also have videos where potential buyers can walk through the house virtually.
These methods create buyer interest. They also make it much more likely the people who show up at your open house have focused interest in your home.
Don’t be left behind. Use the multiple listing method as well (more agents = more potential buyers) and be sure agents are posting information to the max. That means, using Licensed Realtor who is a member of the Wasatch Front Multiple Listing Service will list your home on the MLS, Realtor.com, Social Media, and so much more…it pays to have someone work for you!

2. Neutralize Your Décor
Buyers are thinking of their future comfort and happiness in your home. They need to mentally see themselves watching TV in your living room or playing with their family in the backyard.
You need to facilitate that mental movement. So, every piece of décor that is distinctively yours or unusual has to be made neutral.
Think of it this way: If your son has painted his bedroom walls eggplant, and the ideal prospective buyer hates purple or is passionately against dark walls, that might turn them off. Virtually no one is turned off by off-white. Paint your walls a neutral shade.
That goes for unusual furniture, too, like a hammock hung from the ceiling in your living room. Potential buyers are going to discuss the unusual choice on the way home, not their move-in date.
Less is so much more! Remember, you are moving anyways, so this is a great time to start your packing and have it ready to go when closing day arrives!
3. Keep It Clean
Your house has to be spotlessly clean when it’s being shown. Period. Dirt and grime could lose you a sale. So, scour every inch of your home. Make sure it gleams. This goes for surfaces, but also spaces in closets, under dressers and behind the refrigerator. Believe it or not, anything white shows dirt…therefore, if you have baseboards, blinds, doors, anything that is white…wipe it down with Clorox wipes and keep it clean! All of it.
4. Make Sure Everything in Working Order
Everything in your home has to function well. This is not the time to have a dripping faucet or a closet door that squeaks on its hinges. Many realtors advise potential home buyers to carefully look for just these sorts of issues.

Do a very careful walk-through your home. If anything isn’t working, even if it’s something you’ve lived with for the past year, make sure it’s fixed and fixed well. This includes holes in the wall, screen doors, pealing paint on the front door, anything hat could scream out to a buyer…”I will have to do XYZ in order to even move into this home!”
5. Keep Pets in a Safe Place — Away from Buyers
It doesn’t matter how much you love your fur babies. Potential buyers might not. If they are allergic or find dogs frightening, that’s another sale gone south.
Plus, dogs or other animals might act out in annoying ways if lots of strangers enter their home. Barking or leaping on attendees almost certainly will not be appreciated. Make sure your pets have other homes for the day.
Let’s talk about the Litter box! CLEAN IT OUT!! If you walk through the door and can smell litter box or wet dog, you have a HUGE problem.  Best advice is to place the litter box in the garage for showing, spray the home with a neutral air deodorizer, and remove the cats!

6. Supply Cookies or Other Treats
It’s to your advantage if attendees at your open house feel comfortable, hang around after the tour and feel like talking. You need to be unobtrusive if you are around at all during the open house. But, you mighleave fresh-baked cookies, say, or fresh fruit in a bowl. It’s just welcoming enough to make open house attendees feel they’re buying from nice people. If lingering to chew means they ask more questions about school districts or shopping, so much the better.

If you’re setting up your home for an open house, be sure to attract the maximum number of interested people. In addition, make sure those people can visualize a good life in your home. Your home should be neutral, clean and have everything running smoothly. Good luck!

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