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For many Americans, spring equals allergies. Itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, congestion—it’s enough to make you want to skip the season altogether. But with these 5 steps from DIY Network, you can help reduce allergens in your home and find a brief respite.

  • Remove clutter: Less stuff means fewer places for allergens to linger.
  • Clean the air: A well-ventilated house is your first line of defense. Use HEPA filters in your air conditioning system, maintain the humidity at about 50 percent and keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest in the early morning and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Clean the bathroom: Mold tends to gather there.
  • Reduce dust-generators: Fabrics and carpeting create dust by breaking down fibers. Swap carpets out for washable throw rugs.
  • Make smart landscaping decisions: Avoid planting trees such as maple, birch and ash, which have allergenic particles that can trigger discomfort.


Demand has pushed the spring selling season earlier, as buyers hope to beat the competition and secure a house early on. According to, the median age of property listings over the winter was four days fewer than last year. Despite the typical seasonal slowdown, inventory is picking up speed for this time of year.

Median list price typically reaches its lowest point mid-winter as well, but it remained level at $250,000, indicating that buyers are remaining persistent.

Buyers may also be reacting to mortgage rates, which rapidly climbed higher following the election, pushing buyers to secure a loan as soon as possible.

This is also a sign of continuing low inventory, which is creating higher home prices and shorter turnarounds for sales. All signs point to this season shaping up to be a seller’s market.


Spring is a great time to do a quick tune up of your home. Before things get busy for the summer, take a moment to make sure your home is humming along. Here’s a quick checklist of fixes to make now to save you time and money later:


Check seals around windows, doors and bathtubs
Drain your water heater
Check and fix leaky faucets
Replace your HVAC filters
Clean out your dryer vent
Replace batteries in smoke detectors
Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher
Check basement walls for moisture or mold
Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils


Inspect the roof
Clean the gutters
Wash window exteriors and check screens for repairs
Check driveway and walks for repairs
Inspect deck and patio for warped, molded or splintered boards
Trim bushes and trees, or any vegetation near an air conditioning unit in particular
Remove leaves and other debris from lawn
Patch up your home’s paint job
Look for cracks or weak spots along the lower section of the exterior

HOME SEARCH Did you know you could search for homes on our website? Simply click on the “Home Search” button at the top of the page, or use the “Property Search” window along the left-hand side panel. You can search by zip code, price range, area, MLS #, etc. 

REMEMBER, if you are considering buying a home, either new construction or resale, we can help you as your Buyers Agent. As your agents, we will protect and defend your interest and advise you throughout the entire process. The agents that sit in the model homes represent the builder/seller, they do not represent you. And, the builder pays the commission! There’s no cost to you! Give us a call to find out how we can work for you!

If I can be of help to you in either buying or selling real estate in the Charlotte Metropolitan area, please contact me, Debbie Arriero. In the meantime, please check out these resources:

Have a GREAT day!


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