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The first known use of stairs was in ancient Egypt during the building of the
pyramids. Chances are, some workers back then tripped and fell on them.
Some 3,000 years later, injuries on stairs are still a big problem.
According to the Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, the insurance
cost of injuries from falls on stairs is second only to automobile accidents!
Clearly, it's a bigger problem than most people imagine.
So how do you prevent trips, falls and other mishaps on stairs?
The most common way is to use handrails. In fact, most trips and falls occur
when people aren't able to regain their balance because they are not
holding a handrail.
Another source of accidents are items, such as toys, left on stairs. Some
people have the bad habit of using stairs as a temporary shelf for books,
magazines, mail and other items. That’s not a good idea!
Always be careful when carrying heavy items on stairs. Even an overloaded
laundry basket can be a hazard. If it's too heavy or you can’t see over the
top, it’s too full.
A lot of this is common sense. However, because injuries on stairs are so
prevalent, we need to use our common sense more often.

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Imagine you're viewing a potential new home. You walk in the front door
and are instantly impressed. You explore the property room by room and
like what you see.
Then there's something you notice that's not quite right. An odour. You
realize that it's likely cat dander and, now that you've identified it, you smell
it everywhere. Suddenly the home doesn't seem as attractive as it did just
moments earlier.
The owner of the property is probably so used to the smell that he doesn't
even notice it. Neither does anyone else in the household.
So, when marketing your home for sale, be scent sensitive. Think about the
odours that you may have become used to but others are likely to notice.
Even odours you think are pleasant, like the strong scent given off by some
house plants, may not be pleasing to everyone.
An odour can easily distract a buyer from appreciating the good qualities of
your property. Pay particular attention to garbage bins (which can smell
even when empty), pets, kitty litter (even when fresh and unused), the
kitchen (especially after cooking), perfumes, and closets.
The smell of cigarette smoke is particularly unpleasant to many people. Its
odour can linger even on an outside deck or patio.
Bottom line? Don't assume buyers won't notice certain smells. They will.
Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price?
Call today.

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