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Oct. 21, 2017

10 Reasons to Volunteer

Volunteer Pictureby: iGo Realty

Have you ever thought of volunteering or have volunteered? Here are 10 reason why to volunteer or to continue to volunteer.

1) It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. It makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

2) It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spend on local improvements. According to the Non Profit Times, the estimated value of a volunteer’s time nationally is $23.07 per hour.

3)Volunteers gain professional experience. You can test out a career to see if it is a fit for you now or in the future.

4) It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal, building camaraderie and teamwork.

5) It promotes personal growth and self esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.

6) Volunteering strengthens your community. As a volunteer you can help: support families (daycare and eldercare. Improve schools (tutoring, literacy). Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs) Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

7) You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like: Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth. Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government. Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

8) You get a chance to give back. People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

9) Volunteering encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

10) You make a difference. Every person counts to make a difference in our communities, schools and our government.

In 2015, according to nationalservice.gov Colorado ranked 18th among the 50 states and Washington, DC and Colorado had over 1,200,713 volunteers which provided 143.55 million hours worth of service. iGo Realty believes in giving back to our community and have had the privilege to help our local schools and create local community events.  Remember during this Thanksgiving: “One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time”. 

If you are thinking of volunteering, Volunteer Match makes it easy to match you up with an organization in your local community. Go to volunteermatch.org where they bring good people and causes together. 

*resource UC San Diego ucsandiego

Posted in Community
Sept. 18, 2017

7 Ways to Make Your Home Greener

Green Ideas For the Colorado Homeowner

By iGo Realty

From Buying to maintaining a home here are 7 ways to make it greener.

1)  Consider buying a home closer to where you work. Although the gas mileage cars offer today is better than in the past, think of energy saved in a shorter commute.

2)  Invest in a home energy audit to make your home as energy efficient as possible.

3)  When comparing homes, consider the impact of trees. Large deciduous (leafy) trees are great natural climate controllers. In the summer, their leafy branches block the sun and help keep your home cooler (reducing cooling costs). In the winter, the bare branches let more natural light and heat through to your home (reducing heating costs). 

4)  If the property lacks trees, talk to a local landscape professional to determine the best kind to purchase, and the proper placement.

5)  Whether its your current home or one your considering, if the home has a large (and thirsty) lawn to water, consider replacing some of that lawn with xeric (dry) landscape design. If you have a HOA check with them first. For more information on this subject go to: Colorado Homeowner Xeric Landscape Design Information then click on yard and garden.

6)  Consider Energy Star homes. Energy Star is an energy efficiency certification program run by the EPA. Most new home builders in North East Colorado and Commerce City build Energy Star homes. Typical energy savings are estimated between $200 and $400 a year. 

7)  Even if a home isn't Energy Star rated, most commonly purchased home appliances (refrigerators, lighting, computers, televisions, clothes washers, dishwashers and air conditioning units) carry the Energy Star rating. Be sure your next replacement is Energy Star rated. For more information visit: www.energystar.gov 

If you want to find an Energy Star home in North East Denver contact iGo Realty, your go to experts for new home construction in Colorado at (303) 857-5056.

Posted in Green Living
Aug. 14, 2017

10 Ways to Make the Switch From Summer to School

Offered by iGo Realty

1. Kick Start Routines. Kids need time to adjust, so provide a head start. About two weeks before school starts, make bedtime earlier and dust off the alarm clock. Aim to serve meals at approximately the same times your child will be eating throughout the school year.

2. Set Up Ground Rules. Decide when and where she'll do homework. Be sure to cover tricky topics: Can she watch TV after she finishes her work? How late can friends visit on school nights? When's the caffeine cutoff? What about chores? Establishing guidelines and going over them together will make sure you're on the same page once school's in session.

3. Stressless Dressing. Let your child choose special first day clothes, To avoid arguing over school appropriate clothes, bring the fall wardrobe front and center. Replace sandals and swimsuits with socks, sneakers, and weather appropriate school attire.

4. Create a Game Plan Together. Discuss goals for the upcoming year, triumphs from the year  before, and some skills he would like to improve. Goals might include:

10 Ways to Make the Switch From Summer to School

Making three new friends or sitting at a different lunch table every week

Get involved in sports or a club

Making the honor roll

5. Liven Passions. If your child became a weaving whiz at summer camp or a diving champ at the local pool, keep it going. Integrate new summer hobbies into the school year by finding after school clubs or groups that will let them continue to do the cool new things they tried this summer.

6. Create the Learning Spirit. Assign creative "homework" as summer wanes: Ask him to identify a paw print in the park or photograph something that changes colors. Make family flashcards and quiz each other: What was the farthest you went from home this summer? What plans were rained out?

7. Take a Field Trip. Plan one last fact-packed trip to top off months of water parks and baseball games. You don't have to go far: Visit a nature sanctuary to learn about different plants and trees, or examine an old ship down at the docks.

8. Set Up a Homework Area. Create a quiet, well-lit space for study. Prevent first day freak-outs by hauling out the necessities: backpack, dictionary, atlas, calculator, art supplies, paper, and pencils. Make it personal and fun, but free from distractions.

9. Enhance Skills. Add more factual brain-bending activities into the everyday mix. Sudoku games, crossword puzzles, word searches, and trivia all encourage your child to sit still, focus, and complete a task from start to finish.

10. Go for a Test Run. Take a trip to school, and get familiar with the new classroom. Make sure to find the cafeteria, gym, theater, and library. Don't forget about bathrooms! It's also a good time to size up cubbies, try out lockers, and locate a pay phone.

We hope these ideas help make it an easier transition for you and your family!

If your looking to switch homes this back to school season contact iGo Realty, your local North East Denver real estate experts at (303) 862-5457.

* Source: Scholastic.com

Posted in Family
July 17, 2017

Stay Cool at Home Tips

Tips to help Coloradans stay cool at home

Offered by iGo Realty

Saving energy is on everyone’s mind these days. But with the Dog Days of Summer upon us, keeping  our homes comfortable cool can really hike up those energy bills. Fortunately, there’s a lot we can all do to stay cool and keep those bills as low as possible. Here are some ideas:

Ceiling Fans - These fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both summer and winter.

Close the Draperies - Our strong Colorado sun is beautiful, but can quickly heat up a room. Do what you can to keep the sun out of a room by closing shades and draperies. Depending on the window location, you may want to consider installing an outside awning.

Limit Oven Duty - Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave, and won't warm the room like an oven. It also uses two-thirds less energy than your stove. The summer is perfect for enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors…so why not cook more meals on the grill?

Solar Control Window Films - Applied to existing glass on windows and doors, these window films do much to reduce the level of heat coming in through the glass.

Insulate - If the existing insulation is R-19 or less, consider taking it to a level of R-30.

Air-Conditioning tips - Clean or or replace filters at least once a month. Install a smart thermostat to help with setting times for cooling. 

No A/C try this - Keep windows and doors closed during the hottest hours of the day. Consider installing a whole house ventilating fan in the attic or in an upstairs window. With the window  open it will pull cool air through the home.

Hopefully these tips will make your home a cooler place!

 

If your looking for a realtor who is an expert in the Commerce City Real Estate market contact iGo Realty at (303) 862-5457

 

JULY 4TH FUN FACTS 

~ The average age of signers of theDeclaration of Independence was 45.

~ The lead author of the Declaration of Independence was, Thomas Jefferson (33)

~ The youngest signer was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin (70)

~ The only two signers that later became President of the United States were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Both    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day July 4th, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

~ Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies. 

~ There were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation in 1776. The estimated U.S. population in 2013 was 315 million.

 

 

Posted in Green Living
June 21, 2017

Garage Sale Tips

Great Tips to Help Make Your Garage Sale Easy and Profitable

Offered by: iGo Realty 

 

Holding a yard sale is an ideal way to rid your house of clutter and get it ready to sell—plus pick up some cash for things you’re not using anyway.  And although a yard sale can be held just about any time in Colorado, you’ll find that May, June and July are the most popular times of the year for such an event. To help you make more money, have more fun—and make your garage sale highly successful, here are some tips and resources:

 

Don’t Procrastinate – Unless you have had several sales before, you’ll find it to your advantage to plan well in advance. In some neighborhoods this is a must, as some towns require homeowners to secure a permit. Regardless, by picking a date soon and working toward sorting through all of your stuff, coming up with prices, tagging everything, going to the bank for extra bills and change, etc., you won’t feel rushed come “yard sale” day.

You can’t always count on the weather forecast, but check the 10-day forecast before advertising your sale.  If a major storm looks like a possibility, it might be wise to postpone your event until the weather looks better.

 

Consider Joining Forces -  Perhaps you don’t have a ton of stuff to sell, but you still want to get rid of some things. Consider pooling your goods with friends or holding a neighborhood sale. iGo Realty will be happy to sponsor your next neighborhood garage sale event. Contact iGo Realty for details at (303) 862-5457.

 

Promote Like a Pro - Don't wait until the last minute to throw up some cardboard signs stuck to a lawn chair by the side of the road.  The week before the sale weekend put an ad in your local paper.  List the information on local, free posting sites.  And don’t forget to let family and friends know about your event. Create signs to post on street corners with directional arrows and hours to set out the night before. 

 

Getting Organized -  Go through those boxes in the attic, basement or garage and select items you can sell.  Then walk from room to room in your home, identifying things you no longer need.  Most of us have trouble parting with things, even if we never use them.  If you haven't used something for over a year, it's a good sign you won't miss it. Have your children go through their items they don't use or need.

 

Pricing to Sell - Most shoppers would rather know what you're asking for an item--thus, price tags are a necessity. Only about one-third of those will try to talk you down on the price.  Price every single item, one-by-one.  Blue painter’s tape and a black Sharpie marker work really well.

 

Displaying the Merchandise - Display your merchandise on folding tables (or plywood and sawhorses) to keep it off the ground. And organize your goods.  Don't make buyers dig through piles of junk to find the gems. Here’s one of the best web sites offering comprehensive set-up ideas:

http://www.bestgaragesaletips.com/best-garage-sale-layout-tips.html

https://toughnickel.com/frugal-living/How-To-Sell-Everything-At-Your-Garage-Sale

 

Keeping the Money and Goods Safe - Don’t keep a cash box in full sight. Use a fanny pack around your tummy and keep it zipped up and in front of you--keeping a sharp eye and feel on it at all times. Set up your cash table near the entrance. Have plenty of small bills, change, a cash box, a calculator, pencil and pen. In this day and age, watch children who walk out with things in their hands.  Watch adults who wear jackets/hats, and groups where one tries to keep you engaged in questions while the others steal.

 

After the Sale -  After the sale, if higher priced items remain, call an auctioneer, local used furniture store or try listing them yourself online if you have experience. Another option is to take a tax write-off and have a local charity organization stop by to pick up the leftovers.  Be sure and find out what kind of items the organization will and will not collect. 

 

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Hopefully these tips will make your Garage Sale a fun and successful event! Best of Luck!

 

If your looking for a realtor who is an expert in the Commerce City Real Estate market contact iGo Realty at (303) 862-5457

 

 

 

Posted in Recycle
May 9, 2017

Reasons Why You Should Recycle

The Top 5 Reasons To Recycle ~  

Offered by iGo Realty

Recycling is a big part of what we do in America. It’s a way of life. Recycling contributes to a better society. Most of the reasons we recycle are justified by the positive results that can be seen immediately, like when we pick up a plastic bottle or can off the ground and toss it in a recycle bin.

#1 ~ Recycling Reduces Landfill Space

The general public didn’t put much thought into where trash went in the 60’s. Landfills are a relatively new idea in the 20th Century and up until 1976 when Congress passed the Resource Conservation Recovery Act trash was simply tossed in a big hole. We called these places dumps, and they were typically located within the city limits. As a nation, we are generating more and more trash that by some accounts are in the neighborhood of 3 to 4 pounds a day, per person. Recycling has the potential to reduce these numbers.

#2 ~ Recycling Reduces GHG Emissions

We’ve eliminated dumps, holes in the ground and our Grandparents backyard trash heaps with sophisticated and high tech Landfills; but these landfills are expensive to operate, and in order to be sustainable, they must turn a profit and be established in areas where they can expand. Unfortunately, remote areas are far from these trash generating sources. Some locations have to truck hundreds of miles, while other areas in the Eastern U.S. are transporting their garbage to other states. This causes a larger carbon footprint to the equation that doesn’t seem to offset the tons of methane gas (a major GHG) that those old dump sites were emitting, and what landfills where supposed to eliminate. 

#3 ~ Recycling Reduces Pollution

In theory, the belief was that recycling would help reduce pollution. Our trash would now become worth something, and we would think twice before littering. The roadsides, parks, oceans and mountain trails would be free from paper, glass and plastic bottles. If we are conscience in our efforts, trash generation can be replaced with recyclables, and thus the concept zero waste will be realized, but until the manufacturing process embraces this idealism that everything can be recycled, or reused, recycling will never eliminate pollution. We also, as consumers, can start by reducing our demand for “stuff”.

#4 ~ Recycling Reduces Use of Natural Resources and Provides Material for Goods

Recycling reduces the need to extract virgin natural resources that are needed to produce goods. Trees are needed, for example, to manufacture paper goods. Petroleum is required to manufacture plastic. By utilizing recycled materials in the manufacturing process, the need for natural resources are reduced. Buying recycled goods is a good way to help reduce wast products. This can be as easy as shopping at thrift stores and purchasing gently worn clothes, or asking a tree pruning company for their wood chip waste and use it as mulch. We call this a Circular Economy.

#5 ~ Recycling Reduces Groundwater Contamination

Recycling is causing an environmental benefit that few realize. Through the awareness of how our garbage impacts our planet, and learning to be more responsible about how we discard our “stuff”, groundwater is being better protected. Chemicals such as Beryllium, Arsenic and Phthalates (suspected carcinogens) are being eliminated in the production of some goods.

iGo Realty recently had a recycling event along with other North Forest businesses. We recycled 8,100 pounds of paper with the help of our local communities participation. For every 2,000 pounds 17 trees are saved. Stop by iGo Realty at 104th & Potomac and pick up a FREE tote bag you can use for your next shopping trip. If we all do our part when it comes to recycling then we can all make a difference. 

Posted in Recycle
April 4, 2017

Radon Gas

Could Your Home Have a Serious Radon Gas Problem?

Offered by iGo Realty

The problem of radon in our homes has not been as prevalent a news topic as it has been in the past. However, radon is still a very real problem that all home owners should be aware of, especially since the EPA estimates that Colorado has one of the highest concentrations of radon gas in the nation, with nearly 73% of homes in our state having high levels. It can’t be seen or smelled, but it can cause serious health issues. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. How does radon get into our homes and what can we do to protect ourselves?

Radon comes from the ground and is the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a house through cracks and other holes in the foundation. 

When this happens, radon gets trapped inside the walls of our well insulated homes. The only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon in your home is to have your home tested. Fortunately, testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Better still, if you and that you have problem, fixing the problem isn’t as expensive as you might guess. Nationally, the average cost for radon mitigation system is $1,200.

You can test one of two way: purchase a canister kit available online or at most hardware stores, or hire a professional radon testing company to run a test. Hiring a company will be the most accurate.

Analog radon testing is the old standard of the industry and involves a charcoal test kit that can easily set up in a low-lying area of the house, ideally a basement or crawl space. This kit acts like classic photographic lm. As radioactivity from radon bombards the test kit, it makes and impression that can later be analyzed.

Digital radon tests and detectors are part of the new age of radon testing. A digital radon monitor, like a smoke detector, constantly analyses the air. Unlike a smoke detector, these devices display the readings of radon levels on a device itself.

Radon testing is not required when selling in Colorado. However, many prospective buyers may conduct a radon test. If the radon results come back above the recommended 4.0 EPA guidelines then it is possible the buyer will request a mitigation system. Be assured that radon does not need to derail a sale. We are quite familiar with these issues, so call us if you would like to know more.

 

On a Lighter Note ~ Tips From the Easter Bunny ~

 

  1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  2. There is no thing as too much candy.
  3. Some body parts are supposed to be floppy
  4. An Easter bonnet can tame the wildest of hare.
  5. The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket
  6. Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. 
Posted in Radon Gas
March 1, 2017

Achieve Cleaner Air At Home

Green Ideas for the Colorado Homeowner 

Offered by iGo Realty 

Quick Tips to Achieve Cleaner Indoor Air at Home

One of the great things about living in Colorado is that despite the fact that it is March, there will be days when we can open our doors and windows and let a little fresh air into our homes. Fresh air is a great idea because Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have shown that levels of air pollutants indoors may be anywhere from 2 to 5 times greater than outdoors, and in some cases more than 100 times greater. With more time spent indoors these days, here are simple suggestions to make your home a healthier place to be: 

 

Get fresh air circulating as often as possible by opening windows and doors, even for just a few minutes.

Shoes track in pesticides and other contaminates, so wipe them off, or better yet, take them off when entering the house..

Replace or clean furnace and air filters at least every two months. Use a “high efficiency particulate filter” also know as HEPA. 

Use ventilating fans over the stove and in the bathrooms. 

If you must smoke, don't smoke indoors.

Keep ventilating fans clean. 

Look for safe cleaning products: those without the signal words of danger, warning or caution.

Frequently vacuum carpets and upholstery, wash linens  weekly, and dust regularly to keep “dust mites” to a minimum.

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

Posted in Green Living