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4 Ways To Keep Your Home Healthy This Flu Season

We’ve all noticed the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping – October marks the beginning of the cold and flu season for many of our local communities. Add a pandemic, and seasonal allergies to the mix, and you can see why it’s so important to protect the air inside of your living space. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your home — and yourself — healthy until spring. 

1. Filters matter.

Air filters come in all shapes, sizes, and most importantly, strengths. No matter which rating system your filters follow (MERV, MPR, FPR, HEPA, etc.), a higher number means better performance. While low-strength filters may be cheaper, they’re usually only successful at trapping large air particles like loose hair and dust bunnies. The highest-rated filters can trap everything from mold spores to virus-carrying aerosols. If stronger air filters fit your budget, they could be a worthy investment this year.

2. There’s a reason air purifiers are so popular.

Move over, pressure cookers. The hottest home appliance this year is the air purifier. These handy devices are capable of removing allergens, bacteria, viruses, odors, and even toxins directly from your air. There are numerous manufacturers on the market right now, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that fits your decor and budget. The real challenge at the moment is finding one in stock. And, if you can’t, there are tutorials online that show you how to make your own with a box fan and a furnace filter.

3. Go with the airflow.

One of the easiest ways to freshen up the air in your living space is to keep it circulating by running fans or opening windows. This is especially true when preparing a big home-cooked meal. Fumes from kitchen activities like baking and sauteeing can spread harmful toxins throughout your house. Blow them out by turning on your exhaust fan and opening a nearby window. For additional airflow, place a box fan facing outward in your window to send the particles outdoors.

4. Another reason to love houseplants.

In addition to giving any room in your house a natural feel, house plants have also been shown to boost the indoor microbiome of your living space. And while this may not remove virus particles and most allergens, it can help reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria in your home. On top of that, maintaining houseplants has been shown to improve the mental health of plant owners.

What’s your favourite way to protect your indoor airspace? Let us know below, share your tips, or ask us any other real estate questions that may be on your mind. Stay safe, and breathe easy.

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Market Report For Barrie And Simcoe County – September

A look back at September 2020 compared to August 2020 and why it’s a great time to list your Property for Sale.

The housing market in Barrie has continued to rebound during Covid-19 as Barrie saw consistency for both the number of properties sold in September and the Sale Price too. Barrie saw a rise of 3.8% during September 2020 as 329 properties were sold. A small increase on the sale prices too at 0.07% with the average sale coming in $567,916 compared to $567,469 of August.

Simcoe County (Excluding Barrie) saw a small raise for sales prices at $656,752 – that’s a 0.96% increase compared to August. 

Large numbers of properties were sold across Simcoe, with just over 700 homes being sold. Despite the large volume of homes sold, we did see 10.91% decrease compared to the 788 homes sold in August. 

All this points to it being a great time to sell you home, there are clearly motivated buyers out there, home prices are trending upwards and there’s been a small drop in inventory so you’ll face less competition on the market.  

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of October 9, 2020. Data gathered by BDAR based on August 2020 vs September 2020.