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Your indoor air quality can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. Allergens, air pollutants, and other particles can accumulate in your home and lead to certain health issues, such as respiratory symptoms. Maintaining good indoor air quality is an important part of making sure that your luxury home provides you with a healthy living environment. The following options can help you improve the air quality in your home.
Whole-House Air Purifier
Air purifiers are designed to remove harmful particles from the air inside homes and other buildings. While portable models are available for cleaning the air in smaller spaces, consider a whole-house air purifier for your spacious home. This type of air purifier connects to your HVAC ventilation system. When your heating or cooling system runs, filters that are part of the purifier trap harmful particles inside your ductwork. This prevents these particles from entering rooms and other areas of your home. Having a whole-house air purifier installed helps ensure that your entire home has good indoor air quality.
The air filters inside your HVAC system play a crucial role in catching pollutants, allergens, and other particles. These filters prevent particles from going through your ducts and out your vents into living spaces. If you’ve been using standard air filters, such as disposable fiberglass ones, they might be trapping some of these particles while letting others through. Switching to an air filter that is designed to catch smaller particles, such as a HEPA filter, means fewer harmful particles are able to get into the air inside your home. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to change your air filters every month or every few months, since dust and debris build up on them over time.
High amounts of moisture in your home, especially on a regular basis, can lower your indoor air quality. Too much humidity makes it easier for mold and mildew to grow. High humidity levels can also make your home feel less comfortable overall. Portable and central dehumidifiers can help you gain better control over the humidity level in your home. A central dehumidifier is set up to maintain healthy humidity levels in all areas of your home. However, if you only have humidity or moisture problems in one area, you can opt for a portable dehumidifier instead.
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It’s not uncommon for homebuyers to discover that the land they purchased may not be entirely their own. Another party may have gained a legal right to use or traverse your property. Easements and right-of-ways can be established by a number of mechanisms and go unnoticed, particularly in undeveloped parcels or when the previous owners were absent.
When homeowners discover someone else holds sway over part of your property, the first-blush reaction is often about loss of value. You paid for full ownership and the easement will likely diminish your resale value. But homebuyers would be wise to proceed with caution because the cost of defending against a claim or creating hostilities with a neighbor could prove emotionally taxing.
What is an Easement or Right-of-Way?
The common law practice of easements has its roots in the free flow of water and the ability to cross a community member’s land in olden times. This practice accounted for the lack of roadways and the need to traverse tracts of land. Although this is a somewhat outdated concept, long-standing easements exist. If you are considering purchasing a property that involves an easement, it’s important to understand that you still own the pathway to the other parcel. But you may never be able to utilize it actively.
For all practical purposes, a right-of-way is a type of easement that has been formalized. Landowners generally agree to record the easement in a deed or other legally-binding agreement. Thoroughly researched land records are likely to uncover these easements. This is why having a property deed vetted before purchasing a property remains standard practice. But a worrisome mechanism known as “adverse possession” may put new homeowners in a legal bind because the existence of an easement may go unknown.
What Homebuyers Need to Know About Adverse Possession
Adverse possession is often associated with the term “squatters rights.” That colloquial term came out of people living on unused land and gaining ownership by establishing their presence over time. Today, people more often gain adverse possession rights by using part of a property for access or travel.
If, for instance, a neighbor routinely drives over an undeveloped part of your property to get to theirs, they could be gaining a right to that portion. On undeveloped land, hunters, hikers, and other outdoors enthusiasts may walk a path across your land. Over time, they can establish a right that prevents you from enclosing the land or developing that section. While defending against an adverse possession lawsuit can be emotionally draining, there may be a silver lining. The courts usually apply a rigorous four-part standard that few squatters meet. These include the following.
- Hostile: This involves issues such as the user not knowing the land was owned by another or using it due to a mistake about where the property lines were located.
- Actual Possession: The claimant must have been physically present on the land.
- Open and Notorious: This standard looks at whether the trespasser used the land in a fashion that was obvious to the owner.
- Exclusive and Continuous: This tends to be the standard that upends claims. The trespasser must have physically used the land without interruption.
Hiring an attorney and mounting a defense of your property can be an exhausting ordeal. It’s one of the last things any homeowner wants to go through. That’s why conducting your due diligence about easements and right-of-ways remains as crucial as taking out title insurance when you buy a home.
When you move to a new home, your pets will need some time to get used to their new surroundings. Some pets adjust easily, while others might be more stressed about being in a different environment. Whether you have easygoing or anxious pets, you can help them adjust to your new home with the following tips.
Set Up a Safe, Familiar Area
Dogs and cats like to have their own place where they can go to relax and feel secure. Choose an area in your new home for your pets that is safe and quiet, and put their old beds, toys, blankets and other items in it rather than filling it with brand new ones. Having a comfortable area to go to filled with their usual toys and other familiar items can help them feel more at home in this new environment.
Stick to the Usual Schedule
Your pets have enough to cope with in terms of getting used to living in a new home. You can make this adjustment easier on them by sticking to their usual schedule for feeding or going out for walks. This limits the number of changes they need to deal with overall and gives them a sense of familiarity in your new home.
Give Them a Chance to Explore on Their Own
Your pets might hide or avoid roaming around your new house at first, which is fine. When they’re feeling more comfortable, they’ll explore your new home at their own pace. This gives you a chance to go around and make sure that your house is as pet-proof as possible, so that your pets can safely explore different areas.
Create a Fun Environment
Making your new home a fun place for your pets can help them adjust to it more easily. This might include scattering old and new toys in various rooms for them to play with or hiding favorite treats in different areas. Setting up these fun activities can help your pets form a positive association with your new home.
Spend Quality Time with Your Pets
If your pets are feeling stressed, spending quality time with them is important. Although you’ll be busy unpacking and getting your new home set up, set aside some time each day to focus on your pets. Playing with your pets, taking dogs for longer walks than usual or simply sitting and petting them for awhile can help ease this stress and make your pets feel calmer. Keeping them active with walks or playtime also helps wear them out, so they won’t get bored or frustrated in your new home.
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Let's face it – no condo seller wants to deal with a high-pressure negotiation. Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline the process of selling your condo so you can avoid stressful negotiations with property buyers.
What does it take to remain calm, cool and collected during a negotiation with a condo buyer? Here are three tips that every condo seller needs to know.
1. Consider the Condo Buyer's Perspective
As an informed condo seller, it is important to consider both sides of a negotiation. By doing so, you can evaluate a condo buyer's perspective and plan your next move accordingly.
For condo sellers, the goal is to get the best price for a property. As such, a condo seller who performs extensive housing market research probably understands the true value of his or her residence.
On the other hand, a condo buyer is likely to conduct real estate market research on his or her own. This property buyer also will assess the current condition of a condo in relation to his or her budget and submit an offer that accounts for these factors.
Ultimately, a condo seller and buyer should try to find common ground. That way, both parties can work together to get the best results out of a negotiation.
2. Review All of Your Options
After a condo seller accepts a buyer's proposal, the next step likely involves a property inspection. At this point, a condo acquisition may move forward, or a condo seller might need to rethink his or her plan.
If a condo inspector discovers myriad problems with a property, a condo buyer may ask the seller to complete repairs or lower the price of the property. Meanwhile, a condo seller will need to review all of his or her options quickly.
Following a condo inspection, it is important to consider the results of the evaluation.
If a condo seller discovers major repairs are required, he or she should consider completing the repairs or lowering the price on a property.
Or, if a condo buyer asks for a major price reduction even though only minimal repairs are needed, a seller should be unafraid to say "No" to the buyer's requests.
It is important for a condo seller to feel comfortable with any decision that is made throughout the property selling cycle. Thus, if a condo seller is uncomfortable with completing property repairs or reducing the price of a residence after a property inspection, he or she should be ready to decline a buyer's demands.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent will handle negotiations between a condo seller and buyer. Therefore, this housing market professional can play a pivotal role in a seller's ability to get the best price for a condo.
Consulting with a real estate agent who possesses condo experience is key. This real estate agent can keep you up to date during negotiations with condo buyers and ensure you are fully satisfied with the final results.
Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can move one step closer to maximizing the value of your condo.