Blog :: 12-2013

The Silent Killer - Winter Storm Warning!

They say it's a silent killer. Odorless, colorless, toxic fumes with symptoms similar to those of having the flu. It can kill you and your loved ones without you even knowing its there. Are you safeguarding your home against this deadly threat?

Step one is knowing where the threat comes from. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states carbon monoxide can come from "unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke." (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/co.html)

With winter upon us, and the possibility of power outages during large winter storms a reality, many homes have generators to help in these situations. But improper installation can cause carbon monoxide levels to rise, putting your family at risk. Ensure that generators are installed outside, away from your home, to ensure fumes aren't entering your home. Never install generators in your home, including your garage or basement.

The Mass. state website has a great information pamphlet that may be downloaded explaining Carbon Monoxide and how winter can be the worst.  Click here for the Phamplet.

Another winter threat is fireplaces, wood or gas, and wood stoves. As you are snuggling up during a long winter night, you need to ensure that ventilation is sufficient. It's always best to have a trained professional inspect and clean your fireplaces and wood stoves on a yearly basis.

So what else can you do? Buying a carbon monoxide detector is a cheap and easy way to ensure you are safe. For as little as $20, you can purchase detectors that will alert you if carbon monoxide levels get too high. And if they do, you can quickly evacuate the house and call the fire department for inspection of your home. Most states now require that when you sell your home, these detectors are already installed, just like fire and smoke alarms have been required for years.

So be safe this winter season and take precautions as needed. It really could save your life!

Keep Your Home on the Market During the Holiday?

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Coldwell Banker Blue Matter -Blog offers 5 good reasons to continue to market your home through the holiday season.

1.  Less competition

2.  More motivation

3.  Buyers never stop looking online

4.  Networking opportunities

5.  Home already on the market or not selling?

For a complete read of the article click HERE!  Your Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamotn REALTORS are ready to assist you with buying or selling.  We are available to you over the holiday season, just give us a call.

Tips to Solve Everyday Problems

Why didn't I think of that?! There are simple and easy ways to make everyday tasks easier. Here are just a few ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems ... some you never knew you had!

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a straw
Via: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches
Via: apartmenttherapy.com

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screens
Via: unplggd.com

Overhaul your linen cupboard - store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcases
Via: marthastewart.com

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl - the concave shape amplifies the music.

Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifier
Via: realsimple.com

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storage
Via: savvyhousekeeping.com

Stop cut apples browning in your child's lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brown
Via: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com

Will There Be Snow For Christmas?

shelburne snowIt is beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go.  Shelburne Falls received about an inch of lake effect show today prompting us to clear off the walks in front of the office.

According to WWLP weather - LOOK OUT - Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning the Pioneer Valley will receive up to 12 inches.

SO, do you think we will have a White Holiday Season?  Looking that way to me!

As we look at the season of snow, cold weather and possible downed power lines we need to check and maintain our Disaster Kits.

If you have not built a Disaster Kit, this is a great time of year to build one.  FEMA has a great list to build your kit.

 

Habitat Gingerbread Build Contest

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Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont    2013 Gingerbread House

Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS joined Habitat for Humanity's 2013 Gingerbread Build Contest yesterday.   The contest was held in at the Eastworks building in Easthampton on Dec. 7th, 2013.  This was our first Gingerbread Contest so we put our best team together and raised pledges totaling almost $500!

gingerbrread house 2013.Chris Karen

REALTORS-Karen Chevalier & Christine Aubrey at work building a house! Linda Webster, behind camera, added her special touches.

We would like to thank our team, Linda Webster, Karen Chevalier and Christine Aubrey for their work at making our first Gingerbread Contest such a success.

We also wish to extend out thanks to the many that participated through their financial contribution, your generosity helped us exceed our goal!  Thank You, we truly appreciate you!

As Christine said, "We may not of won any awards but thoroughly enjoyed building our gingerbread house and raising almost $500 to help Habitat for Humaity build homes in the Pioneer Valley".  Be sure to check out the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity website to see how you can join in the cause of building affordable homes for working low-income families in the Pioneer Valley.

 

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