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Looking for an apartment? – Part II

I’m sure everyone likes to live pest-free. I know I do! Therefore be on the look-out for signs (droppings, for example) of pests. Did you know that landlords and property managers of pre-1978 housing are required by Title X to disclose the presence of lead-based paint to their tenants prior to move in? One should always be comfortable and confident in his/her decision on a living place.

Looking for an Apartment ? - Part I

Let’s face it, we don’t always remember to watch for healthy home indicators (or lack thereof) when searching for an apartment. Looking for the “right” apartment can be a very stressful, time-consuming, and a daunting task - especially if you are without the services of a realtor. Stress and all, it helps to be mindful of a few things while in search of an apartment.

Ugh! – Fleas in the House

Oscar the cat has brought some unwelcomed guests into our home—fleas. With a new baby, I’m especially concerned about what type of treatment I should use to get rid of them, without leaving a sea of pesticides behind because our newborn spends a lot of time on the floor.

Home Not So Safe Home - Part II

Last week, I casually mentioned radon testing at the end of my blog post, but it is a very serious issue that everyone should really consider. Radon is a gas that is produced when natural uranium (yes, the stuff that fuels nuclear power) decays. Radon can seep up from the ground and become trapped in buildings, including our homes.

Orange Alert – CDC Lead Program Elimination

Are you receiving daily email pleas for your help in saving important federal programs? The proposed budget cuts are so broad and deep that it could be a full-time job to communicate with elected officials about the importance of maintaining these programs. The public health and affordable housing communities are in a constant state of high alert to protect vital programs for their clients. So what distinguishes our orange alert—the obliteration of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) lead and healthy homes program by Senate appropriators—from all of the others?

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