Making your Fireplace Safe for Kids

Jennifer Fields Real Estate

Making your Fireplace Safe for Kids

Winter nights ware always cozier when you can snuggle up by the fire. As enjoyable as it is to have a fireplace in your home, however, curious little hands can make it a dangerous feature. If you have kids, it is important to put proper safety measures into place to ensure that you can still enjoy the comfort of a warm home without anyone getting hurt.

There are a lot of different ways you can make your fireplace child-proof. Here are a few examples:

  • Install a safety gate. Create a barricade between your kids and your fireplace, so even if they do come near, they are kept at a safe distance. Make sure that your safety gate fits perfectly on your fireplace, so that there is no risk of it falling down.
  • Keep your fire tools safely away from your kids. This includes matches, gas, lighters, and ignition tools. Create…

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Envirotech Heating and Cooling Blog

Well it sure is getting cold and wet outside which means that heating season is here to stay for a while. One item that we do not like to hear about during our winter months is “Carbon Monoxide Poisoning”, yikes!

 

Did you know that carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States? This odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is known as the “Silent Killer.” The Centers for Disease Control estimates that carbon monoxide poisoning claims nearly 500 lives annually. Unfortunately here in Kansas City we will hear about a few cases of CO poisoning via our local news channels. In my opinion the news should be covering how to prevent CO poisoning from happening rather than wait for the big “Crisis Moment” to report on it. Many of the deaths can be eliminated by knowing what to look for in the early stages…

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Don’t Break the Bank this Winter!

Airwest Air Conditioning and Heating Inc.

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The holiday season is almost here, and if you’re not prepared, higher energy bills are on their way with it.

EIA is predicting a likely 9-13 percent increase in heating costs for most homes this winter.  Combine that with the desire to have a Griswald-like holiday display and many Americans are facing big energy bills this season. But don’t lose your holiday spirit yet!

If you’re smart and take our advice, your energy bills will drop faster than the LED ball in Times Square!

1. Deck the Halls with LEDs

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Americans lighting up the neighborhood with the brightest and most colorful displays possible. But 40 consecutive nights of illuminating your front lawn adds up.

LED holiday lights use up to 90 percent less energy and can last up to 40 holiday seasons. And the costs to operate make traditional bulbs look like energy…

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4 Ways A Real Estate Agent Helps During Your New Construction Process

Cupboard & Cabin

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You’ve found the perfect new development and think your children would love swimming in the community pool and riding bikes on the wide streets. The new construction’s sales agent gave you a price and made a strong pitch urging you to buy immediately. The question is, should you sign on the dotted line or bring in a real estate agent to handle the contract and negotiations?

The first thing you need to realize is that the new construction sales agent represents the developer and has their investment in mind. In fact, a sales agent working for a developer in Ontario need not be trained or licensed. A real estate agent is someone who will be on your side. They’ll represent your interests and can help you…

Go Through The Process
If you’re looking at a specific development, the sales agent might offer you a discount if you sign without using…

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Real Estate Q+A: How to Make Mistakes When Buying Your First Home

Place In The City

First time buyerHouse hunting is fun! Actually making the decision about which house you should buy can often be overwhelming, especially for a first-time buyer. After all, you’ve been saving up for years and maybe even skipped out on vacations for this. It’s natural to be nervous and make a few mistakes along the way. But with some research and a team of real estate professionals, you can avoid the more costly mistakes and find the right home for you. So what are those costly mistakes, you ask? Keep these in mind when you’re on the hunt.

House perfectThe “Perfect” Home

We all have a picture of the perfect home in our head. No one actually revels in the idea of ripping out carpet and painting over weird wall colours. It’s always the finished look that sticks in our heads. Unless you’re a DIY-addict and watch HGTV OnDemand, why wouldn’t you want a…

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Can I Get A Mortgage Loan?

Michelle Clemons

Can I Get A Mortgage Loan?

Tale a look at this to see if you would qualify for a mortgage. Regardless of where you are, our mortgage broker can help. If you are in the green, great! We can get you in to pre-qualify and get started looking for your new home. If you have a lot of “yellows” or did not qualify, we can still help. Contact me and we can begin your journey to home ownership.

Michelle Clemons, Charles Burt Realtors
417 438-5018
mclemons@cableone.net

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7 Reasons to Sell During the Holiday Season

Brenna Weatherby

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I recently wrote about the fact that the fall and winter months are a great time to sell your home.  Buyers are out there looking, and they’re serious about purchasing.

Today I’ll take it one step further.  Here are 7 reasons why the holiday season is a great time to sell:

1. People who look for homes during the holidays are serious buyers!

2. Buyers have fewer homes to choose from during the holidays since many people are waiting until the new year before they list their home.  There’s less competition for you!

3. Homes show well when beautifully decorated for the holidays.

4. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.

5. Buyers have more time to look during the holiday season as many people take time off from work.

6. Many people start the new year with a brand new job.  Those transferring…

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