I remember hearing "Look for the Union Label" sung by women who made sewing clothes their livelihood. It's a song that makes a person feel patriotic and good about buying goods that are "Made in the USA." It seems strange that in my lifetime people have turned from buying a few quality clothing items for themselves, their children and family members at Christmas---items that can actually be handed down because the wool and cotton are of such high quality--to buying masses of clothing year round that is cheaply made and loses color and shape in but a few washings. The resurgence of all things vintage is proof that a certain sector of Americans want something better, and it starts with a focus on quality not bargain basement/"blowout" pricing. Let's pray that the worthy concept of taking the time to become skilled in a craft never die out. That's the true spirit of this country. --Rose
The state of Connecticut is very clear that certain disclosures must be made when selling a home. These are set forth in the following documents: Residential Property Condition and Disclosure Report and the Mold and Mold-Forming Condition Disclosure Form, along with the "Fact Sheet Mold in the Home: Health Concerns" sheet provided by the CT Department of Public Health. Given that mold is a constant problem in CT, as is radon, it is imperative that a buyer carefully look at the disclosures related to both prior to making an offer to purchase. These comprehensive reports cover seepage issues, drainage issues, structural problems, pest problems, heating and electrical problems--essentially proving the future homeowner with all of the information necessary to make an INFORMED decision. Waiving your right to know and buying a home "as is" will lead to the purchase of an endless MONEY PIT.
Radon is not something those with an HIC license are qualified to handle, which is why we rely upon First Alert for all research into a home's radon level. You can easily pick one up at Home Depot for under $15. All others besides First Alert charge a lab fee of $40. First Alert has the one shown with a FREE lab fee and test results are emailed to you promptly.
Formed from the natural decay of uranium, radon is found in rock, soil and water. While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, when it enters the home it presents a clear health hazard. You can’t see or smell radon which is why it is called the silent killer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 2.0 pCi/L be fixed. Above 4.0, you risk getting lung disease. Radon problems can be corrected by qualified radon contractors, with costs typically ranging between $1,200 and $1,500.
The Connecticut Craftsman makes custom children's robots for Christmas. This one was made for our grandson, Dorian. "Albert" teaches hand-eye coordination and can be made with painted dials or items you bring for us to attach.
Paint used is child-safe, low VOC, in the three colors shown below. Price: $425. Can be hung on wall or put at an angle on the floor. Holes made in different shapes or magnets placed near the hole to teach new words: " Which is the correct spelling of....?" with the child indicating with a toss of the bean bag which is correct. Think out of the box with this one!
A home is an investment and must not be allowed to deteriorate to be repaired hurriedly with quick patches. There are many homes throughout CT that have been "let go"; only partial blame can be put on storm damage. A home must be maintained to have ROI [return on investment]. By the time you are ready to sell, your home should have very little to do in terms of a punch list. Your home inspector should be congratulating you on being in the rare 1% of those who can put their home up for market immediately. Consider two homes of identical age; let's say for the purpose of discussion both were built in the same year. The first one has had annual maintenance with documentation to prove it...the second has been owned, rented and given tons of upgrades in the past 3 months. Which would you feel most confident purchasing? And, might you not even pay more than the asking price for the one well maintained annually with no hidden defects that might surface once the home sale is closed?
ARTICLE well worth reading by Asset Based Managers, LLC: https://www.abl1.net/the-connecticut-fix-and-flip-report/
We just discovered Monger's Market in Bridgeport, CT. If you are looking for vintage, industrial, salvaged, repurposed or reclaimed objects...it has them in abundance. We can custom make tables, shelves, room dividers, wall coverings, and more using items you find in their showroom. So next Sunday, when you are out shopping, be sure to stop by Monger's Market between 10 am- 4 pm, where you will be inspired: 1155 Railroad Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604 Then give us a call to take that piece and make it into a one-of-a-kind creation!
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