Allergen-free, antimicrobial synthetic turf – Install it in your backyard, and you can eliminate most of the allergens and truly enjoy the great outdoors… without birds, butterflies, flowers and everything else that makes the Vermont landscape unique and enjoyable.
An allergy is an increased sensitivity to ordinarily harmless substances. The symptoms associated with allergies occur when the body releases a chemical called histamine. It causes tissues, particularly those in the sinuses, and blood vessels to swell.
Did you know that mold spores can travel more than 50 miles in the air? We have had a lot of rain this spring. It is an error to believe that this diminishes the presence of allergens. In fact, when it rains, the pollen count is lower, but molds can be at their worst. When the sun comes out again, the mold problem diminishes, but the pollen comes out with a vengeance.
“The pollen season arrived early this year,” says Dr. John Pauls, an allergist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Group. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. While home buyers are not likely to assume their sniffles are an indication of flaws with your property, there are simple, inexpensive steps you can take to minimize discomfort for your visitors and make their tour more enjoyable during allergy season. Synthetic turf is out of the question.
- Keep your lawn cut short. High grass produces more pollen.
- If there are dogs and cats in your household, brush them often, even if they are not going to be present during showings.
- Avoid hanging your sheets outside to dry during allergy season. While this surely makes them feel fresh and clean, it also turns them into pollen catching sails.
- If possible, ask your Realtor to try to schedule showings early in the day, when pollen count is still relatively low.
- Avoid flowers near entrances.
- Store plush stuffed toys away, in a closet or toy box. If your child owns an entire colony, try to relocate some at a family member’s home while your house is on the market. Incidentally, this may be a good opportunity to teach your child about detachment. Ah! Life is full of lessons.
- Wash bedding weekly, in hot water. This will destroy dust mites.
- Reducing your collection of stuff, such as decorative items on bookshelves. These are dust collectors. Begin packing them away. Also, this is a good step toward effective home staging… and learning to deal with you own attachment issues. Fair is fair!
- Remove stacks of newspapers and magazines. Dust mites love to read too!
- Dust often, with a vacuum, not with the pink, feathery duster. It displaces visible dust more than it gets rid of it.
- If possible, replace deep-pile area rugs with thinner rugs, or do without altogether.
- Running the air conditioner at night will dry the air and allow you to keep the windows shut.
- Molds favor the bathroom and kitchen. Clean surfaces with 1-part bleach and 20-part water.
- Replace air conditioner and furnace filters on a regular basis.
- During allergy season, vacuum weekly, more often if you live with pets. Use a new vacuum bag each time, or empty the canister after each use.
As a home seller, you become a sort of spur-of-the-moment host to people who sometimes travel miles to view your home with high expectations of finding an environment that will feel like their dream come true. Reducing the presence of allergens in and around your home is a simple way to extend a warm welcome.
Allergies are serious business. In fact, The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology employs pollen counters across the United States. They use air sampling equipment to capture air-borne pollens. Curious? Visit: www.aaaai.org.