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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 7/16/2017

If you're moving homes, odds are you have a lot on your mind. You're trying to keep track of all your boxes, making sure the moving truck arrives at both locations on time, and focusing on getting all of your belongings to your new home in one piece. In all of this chaos, it's easy to overlook basic safety precautions. If you have a moving day coming up, read these important safety tips to make sure you and your belongings arrive safely.

Packing boxes

  • Practice good lifting technique.†It has long been taught that you should "lift with your knees" when picking up heavy objects. However, if you look at the people who lift things for a living, professional weightlifters, you'll notice that they use a combination of muscles.Before lifting, test the weight of the object to see if it's feasible for you to move alone. Then make sure you can get a good grip on the box. When lifting, be sure to keep your chest facing the object and avoid twisting your back. Lift from a squatting position relying mostly on your leg muscles.It's also a good practice to stretch and warm up your back before lifting to avoid injuries.
  • Pack properly.†To ensure the safety of you and your possessions during the move, be sure to use boxes that are the correct size and pack them fully. Empty space in boxes can cause them to crush one another and tip over in the moving truck, harming you or your fragile belongings.Double up on tape on the bottom of your boxes and tape a "plus" sign so that the box is reinforced fully. This will stop heavy objects from falling out of the bottom of the box and breaking, and from hurting your feet.

On the road

  • Stack smart, not higher.†When stacking boxes, always put the heavier boxes on the bottom. Don't stack them too high or too close to the door of the truck. Think of stacking boxes as playing a game of Tetris--an organized stack will have much better stability than a disorganized one.
  • Test drive the route.†Driving in an unfamiliar place is difficult enough without having to do it towing all of your most valued possessions. Travel the route beforehand to get a feel for the roads and for safe places to stop for gas or food.

In your new home

Once you arrive at your new home it's easy to let your guard down and start dreaming about relaxing on the sofa in your empty living room. However, you should ensure the safety of you and your belongings first.
  • Don't leave things unattended.†Even if your neighborhood is a safe place you should still keep track of where your boxes are outside at all times.
  • Unpack the truck safely.†If you can't reach a box, use a step ladder to get it down. If boxes are too heavy to move, use a dolly.
  • Clear the path.†It's easy to lose track of objects and trip over a box in the hallway when carrying your bed frame in. Make sure you and your helpers keep the paths clear while moving.




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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 7/14/2017

This Multi-Family in Burrillville, RI recently sold for $230,000. This style home was sold by Paul W. Cutler - Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge.


48-50 Rock AV, Burrillville RI, 02859

Multi-Family

$230,000
Price
$230,000
Sale Price

25,265.00
Approx Lot Square Foot
2
Number Of Units
Great owner occupied investment! Completely renovated owner unit; spacious sized rooms on both sides. Huge yard. Amazing barn for storage. This one is a MUST SEE!






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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 7/9/2017

Keeping a vegetable or flower garden is one of the most rewarding things you can do during the warm months. Itís an excuse to get outside, grow delicious food, save money on groceries, and learn about the art of gardening.

One of the keys to a healthy garden is to maintain your soil quality. There are a number of ways you can achieve this, from buying fertilizer, to mixing in lime, manure and other additives. One way to improve your garden soil quality while also reducing household waste is to start composting.

In this article, we present a guide to garden composting that will help you grow healthier plants and find a new purpose for the waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

What is composting?

Composting is a lot like recycling. Itís natureís way of reusing minerals and nutrients from organic matter by putting them back into the soil.

Most of us are averse to rotting fruit and vegetables, but theyíre packed with the nutrients that your garden needs to flourish.

Benefits of composting

Aside from increasing the nutrients in your soil, composting can help in a number of other ways. It will help the soil retain moisture, meaning youíll have to water less, it can help you save money on fertilizer, and it will yield healthier plants and fruit that have a higher nutritional value.

Better yet, aside from the cost of buying or building a composting bin, itís a free resource.

Compost bins

Most homeowners who compost their organic waste do so by buying or building a composting bin. These range from simple wooden boxes to barrels built on a spit for rotating.

Generally, compost bins are either wooden (unstained) or plastic. Metal will generally rust, and you donít want to mix rust into your garden.

The key to good composting is being able to move the composting matter around so that it can receive oxygen. However, youíll also want to be able to keep it moist to encourage decomposition.

If you decide to start off with just a simple wooden box for your compost, make sure you have easy access to a shovel to mix the compost around.

In terms of location, you probably donít want your bin to be too close to your home. Decomposition doesnít smell great, and you wonít want the odors floating through your windows on a hot summer day.

What to compost

The number of things you can toss into your compost bin is surprisingly large. However, hereís a short list of some common compostable items:

Fruits and vegetables, coffee grinds, leaves and grass clippings, breads, and cereals.

There are more advanced composting methods that can break down things like newspaper, paper bags, and egg cartons, but itís best to start with organic materials.

Maintaining your compost bin

There are a few key steps to maintaining a healthy compost bin. First, make sure you have a variety of materials in it. Putting only one type of organic matter in your compost bin will make it hard to break down. A mixture of leaves, clippings, and fruits and vegetables will yield better results than just grass clippings.

Next, make sure you keep it moist by watering the compost heap once a week, or whenever it seems like itís drying out.

Finally, rotate or mix the composting material around with a shovel. This will help matter break down faster and more evenly.




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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 7/2/2017

The bathroom isn't the only place where mold develops. Your kitchen is another room that can store mold. Because food is stored in the kitchen, bacteria is almost always a danger in the kitchen. You could have mold in your kitchen and not notice it. Colors that mold come in are black, yellow, brown, green and pink. Mold may also appear in your kitchen in a gray, mushroom looking form.

Harmful Effects Of Kitchen Mold

Least harmful of kitchen mold dangers is the smell. More dangerous mold causes are allergic reactions, skin rashes, breathing complications, coughing and swallowing issues and headaches. Some people may feel fatigued, nauseous or develop diarrhea should they come in contact with mold, especially overextended periods. The human immune system can be attacked by mold, weakening a person's ability to ward off sickness.

If one or more of your relatives has asthma, severe allergies or an immune disorder,ridding your kitchen of mold is not an option. To reduce the mold and bacteria in your kitchen, examine your kitchen. Look behind appliances, at kitchen walls and around water sources for signs of mold. Spot mold that spans across 10 feet or more and it's time to call a specialist.

A specialist can examine mold spores and determine if the mold has extended to the air. A specialist can also rid of mold in your kitchen without causing the mold to spread to other areas of your home. Top mold inspection, removal and remediation specialists are certified. Consider getting references before you hire a mold specialist.

Say Good-Bye To Kitchen Mold

Small mold spots can be reduced and rid of using a blend of water and bleach. Use a sturdy pair of rubber gloves while cleaning mold away from sink splashes, drains,walls and other parts of your kitchen. Scrub mold away with a brush. Clean in intervals, stepping away from the cleaning every several minutes.

Let the areas dry fully. This is important because a primary cause of mold is moisture.

Ammonia is also a good cleaning agent. A mix of baking soda and vinegar are effective at cleaning mold. However, the cleaning must take place at the base of where mold is. For example, if you see mold on your kitchen back splash or other wall tiles, you may need to remove the tiles to ensure that the mold isn't growing beneath the tiles.

Your work isn't over after mold is removed from your kitchen. Open vents, put a humidifier in the kitchen and use overhead oven fans when cooking. Keep clean air circulating in your kitchen.

As comfortable as it might feel, avoid putting carpeting in your kitchen. Use a vinegar and water or bleach substance to keep kitchen floors. Be careful. Don't inhale too much of a cleaning solution.

If your home is designed with an open floor plan, your kitchen may have improved air flow. Even so, get in the habit of opening your kitchen windows to keep moisture to a minimum.




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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 6/25/2017

Selling a house is a major life event. Generate a sizable profit on the sale of your house and you could use the money as a down payment for a new house. You could also use the profits to launch a business, travel or enjoy another life experience that youíve been putting off due to finances. But, first you have to get the word out, announcing that your house is for sale.

Great places to announce that your house is for sale

Incorporate the internet into your house sale announcements. Also, take advantage of offline announcement opportunities. Below are great ideas and places to spread the word that your house is on the market.

  • Put a ďHouse for SaleĒ sign in your front yard. Go for big, bold fonts and colors like red and white or purple and yellow.
  • List your home online. Zillow, Truila and Home Finder are examples of online listing sites. Check out the types of houses listed at the sites before you add your property. By reading through existing home listings, especially for houses that are similar to yours, you can get ideas on how to write a listing that grabs potential buyersí attention.
  • Schedule open houses. Create a monthly schedule of when youíll hold an open house. Space open houses out to give yourself enough time to clean and prep your home. Be open to partnering with a professional stager.
  • Hold a yard sale. Yes, a yard sale. Itís a great way to get rid of items youíre not going to take to your new house. Let everyone who stops by the yard sale know that your house is for sale.
  • Take out an ad in your local newspaper. Local magazines are another great place to announce that your house is for sale. Not only will you be telling people that your house is on the market, youíll be taping into the very people who may be most interested in buying your home.
  • Create a website that highlights your house. As a safety tip, clear furniture out of a room, then take pictures and post them on the internet. Highlight the layout, spaciousness sand functionality of your home. Also, provide details on the front and back yard space. This is a time when great landscaping can really pay off. Pictures of your beautiful yards can easily attract house buyers who appreciate the outdoors.
  • Market your website at social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. Target your marketing to people who live in the area where your home is located. Another demographic to target is military members.
  • Let your family, friends and colleagues know that youíre house is for sale. If you attend a worship center, tell people who attend the worship center that your house is on the market.

Youíve taken great care of your house. Itís the place where you may have started a family.The steps that youíre taking to begin the house sale process will allow someone else, perhaps an entire family, to become first time homeowners or to move into their dream home. By taking advantage of online and offline house sale announcement options, you could alert larger numbers of house shoppers about your real estate offering.







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