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Simple mistakes can put your house in danger. Mistakes that, at first glance, seem to bear no weight, can also injure you or your children. Some of these mistakes are caused due to the fact that you are fatigued, emotionally charged or unaware. By becoming aware of the mistakes and oversights, you could extend the life of your home.
Avoid these hazardous habits at home
Your children and guests could also enjoy living in safety while they are inside your house. The first habit to avoid may surprise you. There’s probably not a person who hasn’t engaged in the habit at least once, especially if they are passionate about working in the kitchen.
Similar to not drinking and driving, avoid cooking when you are sleepy. Whether you are returning home from a long day of work or have expended yourself caring for and entertaining your children all day, you may be more tired and sleepy than you think. It is very easy to put a pot on the stove or to start sautéing meat, go sit down on the sofa and drift asleep. You might not wake up until you smell smoke or hear your fire alarm blaring. If you don’t have a fire alarm, by the time you wake up, your house could be in flames.
During a storm, turn all heating appliances off. This includes your stove, oven,electric fireplace and floor heaters. If a storm shuts down the power at your house for several hours, sending you to bed in complete darkness, you could believe that your house is safe only to wake up to a burning home once power is restored and your stove, oven, fireplace or a space heater turn back on and over heat. People have been burned out of their entire house because of this. Protect yourself by turning all heating appliances fully off if the power goes out.
These steps lead to greater home safety
Following on the above safety step, ensure that candles are completely out before you leave home or head to bed. A candle may appear to be out, yet still be simmering. Wind blowing into a window or air circulating through a room at your house could reignite a candle. If a piece of curtain, paper or another inflammable object catches the candle’s heat, a fire could start.
Only use approved space heaters. Never leave a space heater unattended. Also, ensure that someone is home while a fireplace, including an electric fireplace, is on. Keep flammable materials away from these heat resources.
Keep sharp objects in a safe place. Also, turn sauce pan and skillet handles inward. Both of these steps help to reduce the chances that someone will accidentally bump a hot pan or skillet or knife and get injured.
Pests, water erosion, and harsh weather storms aren’t the only events that can damage your house. The very habits that you engage in could also put your house at risk. Avoid the above mentioned habits to keep your house safe at the interior and exterior. For added protection, teach your children and guests to avoid the hazardous habits too.
1. Electrical workSo you've got a few faulty outlets in the new home you bought. It doesn't seem worth calling in an electrician just for those few minor issues. However, due to the dangers and complications that can arise from electric work, it's a good idea to hold off and call in the experts. Aside from shocking yourself (which can be deadly), you could also create fire hazards or damage circuitry, resulting in much higher repair costs than you initially had. Another benefit of calling in an electrician, other than having the project done correctly, is that they will be able to diagnose your home circuitry to let you know what other problems might arise in the foreseeable future. So, when it comes to power issues, always call in the pros.
2. Hazardous materialsMany people will tell you not to worry about asbestos or lead paint unless you have children. However, these are both dangerous materials than can create several chronic health problems in adults as well. If you're concerned for the safety of yourself and your family, call in contractors who will remove the lead or asbestos. What can go wrong if you try to do it yourself? Lead chips and dust will fly through the air when attempting to remove lead paint. Breathing in these fumes is dangerous initially and down the road when the dust settles into the corners of your home. Asbestos, especially in blown-in insulation can be particularly dangerous. Aside from ensuring your safety, a contractor will also be able to assess the situation and determine whether your hazardous materials need to be removed or can just be "repaired" or covered up. Simple repair jobs on asbestos or lead-containing objects can save you some serious time and money.
3. Roofing and sidingThere's a reason even building contractors bring in third party companies to install roofs and siding. These are both labor-intensive and time-intensive jobs that require specialized skills and tools that only dedicated companies can accomplish correctly. Roofing and siding are both dangerous jobs that carry the risk of falling off of roofs and ladders, as well as injuring your back lifting heavy shingles. The pros have the tools and experience to avoid these injuries. When you hire the professionals to do your roofing or siding, you can rest assured that the job is done correctly and will last much longer than if you made it a DIY project as well.
As happens in any industry, there are professionals who work in the real estate industry who don't mind cutting corners. Protections against working with inexperienced realtors and mortgage brokers comes through local and state realtor licensing requirements.
You may not be real estate savvy, but you deserve to be heard
The realtor licensing requirements vary from state to state, but generally mandate that realtors complete educational training and pass a state approved licensing examination. Ethical and legal issues may be covered during the training. What training seminars, study guides and tests may not give realtors are strong communication skills.
A study guide may not show realtors how to respect mortgage borrowers and house hunters. This training may fall into your lap. To be effective when dealing with realtors and mortgage brokers, you need to be confident. When you are confident while house hunting, you can increase the likelihood that you will:
- Search for houses that fit within your financial range (confidence can help you to communicate to realtors the importance of not wasting your time and only showing you houses that are below your maximum budget)
- Avoid giving into realtor or mortgage broker requests to buy houses that have amenities that you don't really want or need
- Stick to looking for houses that are located in areas that match your personal tastes
- Get the chance to buy houses that your entire family will appreciate (this means that you won't be talked into buying a house that may be great for adults but injury provoking for children)
- Steer clear of attending open houses where former pet owners lived if you don't want to live in a house that was once home to several dogs or cats
- Receive a thorough explanation of each expense associated with owning a house. For example, if you're confident, you could clearly and respectfully communicate to a realtor that you want all costs associated with a house to be level with or below your budget. In this case, expenses like your mortgage principal and interests, homeowners association fees,closing costs, broker fees, title fees and loan fees and insurances will not exceed your maximum budget.
- Work with a realtor who takes the initiatives to update you on the status of the house shopping process.
House hunter confidence yields its own rewards
Reliable and respectable realtors and mortgage brokers are honest. They value house hunters and borrowers, whether these adults are their clients or not. They research directories, conduct smart marketing for their clients and look for quality houses that match their clients' requests. Sharp realtors and mortgage brokers aren't pushy or demanding. They listen to their clients.
If they exhibit enough respect and self-confidence, smart house hunters could help to sharpen realtors and increase their chances of working with realtors who find them houses that they will afford and appreciate. They could also help realtors gain the very skills that strengthen and lengthen realtor careers, skills like active listening, focused question asking, thorough research and welcomed communication skills.