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Why I Am Who I Am, Nadya Tatsch (Health Letter – August, 2012)

 

It is my health story. How I recovered from being sick every month to a healthy, fit and vacuous woman.

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I was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I graduated with Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Psychology. While working on my graduate degree, I started working with children with special needs. In 2000 I met a wonderful man. In 2003 I moved to the United States. After my second daughter was born (in 2007), I totally went into focusing my time and energy on my family and children. Meanwhile I was not taking care of my own wellbeing. I was not sleeping enough, not eating properly, under stress, ect. It may sound familiar to moms. Within first four months (after having a baby), I shrunk from size 8 to size 00. I was sick (with a fever) about a week out of a month, every month. My health was in total mess. It was devastating!

I started looking for natural ways to get healthy.
I was raised on garlic and honey. I knew there should be something out there better than just medication or synthetic vitamins (btw, the ones bought in general stores). My sister-in-law brought me a box of vitamins. She said they were natural and asked to try them for 30 days and if I didn’t feel a difference, the company would give my money back (guaranteed). By the way, I didn’t even know that she had been in the company for 20 years. * A few months later I was a totally NEW person! I was not getting sick any more. I also had so much energy!!! I felt so great, and my next natural step was to start working out. So I did! I build my health with Prescription for Health! And I was building my body with Shaklee Cinch.

shaklee 100% guaranteeLater on, I opened the product guide and found Shaklee milestones since 1915 and over 55 years of environmental leadership and scientific innovation. For example, 1915 – doctor Shaklee creates one of the first Vitalized Minerals; Shaklee was the very company in the world First Climate Neutral Certified, 1987 – Shaklee powers the first human-powered flight (72 miles across the sea), 1993 – Shaklee creates the product for NASA, ect. How didn’t I know about Shaklee before?!
total green non-toxic house

I started using more Shaklee products. My kids were taking vitamins. My 5-y.o. stopped having frequent ear infections. I totally greenalized our household. The house didn’t smell chemicals any more. The last but not the least was nutritional therapy skin care Enfuselle. From top to bottom our family was going green. If you are committed to become healthy/green, you have to go all the way. You should be healthy inside, out and around. Shaklee offers it all. Shaklee is The-Best-of-Nature-with-the-Best-of-Science products for healthy nutrition, healthy weight, healthy personal care, healthy children, healthy sport nutrition, non-toxic homes, ect. It just makes sense to use Shaklee.

By going healthy and green all the way, one can experience a Shaklee lifestyle by earning Shaklee income. How? By using products for yourself (just like it did), Shaklee rewards you. When you share this gift of health with friends, Shaklee rewards you even more, and you can have your products paid for. By being ALL IN Shaklee business, Shaklee rewards with four trips a year and a car payment. **

shaklee 2013 carribean tripDear friends, I am in Shaklee business because Shaklee has changed my life. I feel so great! I have never felt so healthy before (not even 20 years ago)! I am in Shaklee because I love people, I love seeing committed people and seeing the improvement in their health and happiness. The last but not the least, I am in Shaklee business because I want to stay home with my family and use every valuable minute of our lives to celebrate love. But, I can’t do it alone…

 


I am turning to you and asking for your help.
I am looking for 3 team members
• Who want to go on the Caribbean cruise (5 islands) (I want to go on the cruise with them. I have never been on the cruise.);
• Who want a car;
• Who are motivated;
• Who love people;
• Who are motivated by money –making activities;
• Who love to work when they want to work.
Who do you know? Please call 972-489-7449 or email TheNaturalPower@gmail.com with your referrals.

This was my story of why I am who I am. I appreciate your time and looking forward your comments.

 

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*The average customer retention rate is 20 years.
** *The average annual income in 2009 for the Business Leader ranks ranged from $10,629 for Directors to $598,037 for Presidential Master Coordinators. Average annual income for each rank is calculated monthly based on information reported on Form 1099-MISC.

HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS. FACTS. HEALTH ISSUES. (Health Letter – April 2012)

HAZARDOUS household products
HOUSEHOLDS. Health Issues. ASTHMA Statistics.
1. Approximately 20 million Americans have asthma.
2. The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994.

CHILDREN
1. Nine million U.S. children under 18 have been diagnosed with asthma.
2. Asthma is the most common serious chronic disease of childhood.
3. An average of one out of every 13 school-aged children has asthma.
4. Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.

AFRICAN AMERICANS
1. Asthma prevalence is 39% higher in African Americans than in Caucasians.
2. African Americans have highest asthma rates of any racial/ethnic group. Compared to Caucasians.

WOMEN
1. The prevalence of asthma in adult females was 42% greater than the rate in adult males according to a 2004 survey by the Center for Disease Control.

HOUSEHOLDS. Vulnerability of CHILDREN.ASTHMA and household cleaning
1. Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound of body weight children drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air than adults.
2. Carcinogenic and toxic exposures sustained early in life including prenatal exposures appear more likely to lead to disease than similar exposures encountered later.
3. Faster metabolisms in children speed up their absorption of contaminants.
4. Babies don’t excrete contaminants or store them away in fat in the same ways that adults do, making the poisons more available to affect rapidly growing bodies.
5. Children exposed in the womb are at greatest risk of all.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS and ASTHMA.
1. Common household cleaners and appliances give off fumes, which can potentially increase the risk of developing asthma in children.
2. Environmental exposures early in life, including the womb, may influence the development of wheezing and asthma.
3. Strong links have been found between the use of domestic and industrial cleaning products and the risk of asthma.
4. Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults.
asthma and toxic cleaning

ALL PURPOSE CLEANERS

Many all-purpose cleaners contain neurotoxins and nasal irritants that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Synthetic solvents may cause hormone disruption. Maternal exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy can disrupt development or even cause the death of the fetus. Effects can include birth defects, low birth weight, biological dysfunctions, or psychological or behavioral deficits that become manifest as the child grows.

Sources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1998). Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1999); Scorecard (2007).

Butyl Cellosolve

(2-butoxyethanol, 2-butoxyethanol acetate or Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether)
Butyl cellosolve is a high volume chemical with production exceeding 1 million pounds annually.
  • The general population is exposed to 2-butoxyethanol and 2-butoxyethanol acetate mainly by breathing air or having skin contact with liquids, particularly household cleaners, which contain these compounds.
  • Butyl cellosolve is a toxic glycol ether chemical used in cleaning solutions. Material Safety Data Sheet reports potential irritation and tissue damage from inhalation, ingestion, cutaneous, and/or ocular exposure.
  • People who swallowed large amounts of cleaning agents containing Butyl cellosolve experienced breathing problems, low blood pressure, low levels of hemoglobin, acidic blood, and blood in the urine.
Butyl Cellosolve may be also contained in jewelry and electronics cleansers, all purpose cleaners, carpet stain removers.

 

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a preservative found in many household products.
Formaldehyde is an anticipated carcinogen.
  • Low levels of formaldehyde cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
  • People with asthma may be more sensitive to the effects of inhaled formaldehyde.
  • Drinking large amounts of formaldehyde can cause severe pain, vomiting, coma, and possible death.
  • In animal studies, rats developed nose cancer from formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde may be also contained in body washes, hand soaps, and baby products.

LAUNDRY DETERGENTS
toxic laundry detergents and health effect

 

Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • Very hazardous irritants to eyes characterized by redness, watering, itchiness and inflammation.
  • Inhalation may produce severe irritation and tissue damage to eyes, mouth and respiratory tract.
  • Linked to ASTHMA.
  • Ingestion may cause chemical burns or mouth and esophagus, dizziness, vomiting & COMA.
  • Leads to kidney and liver damage.
  • Skin contact may produce pain, swelling and burns.
Monoethanolamine (MEA) may be also contained in all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners.

 

Sulfuric Acid
  • Low concentrations can cause dermatitis with repeated exposure.
  • High concentrations may cause redness, irritation and burns with prolonged skin contact.
  • Can cause severe irritation and burns, which may result in scarring to skin and eyes.
  • Can cause permanent blindness.
  • Extensive acid burns may result in DEATH.

 

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENTSAUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENTS hazardous Chlorine

 

Chlorine

Some products contain dry chlorine that is activated when it encounters water in the dish dishwasher. Chlorine fumes are released in the steam that leaks out of the dishwasher, and can cause eye irritation.

CARPET CLEANERS

Can be extremely toxic to children; who tend to play and crawl around on carpets. The fumes given off by carpet cleaners can cause cancer and liver damage.

Naphthalene

  • Possible human carcinogen found in moth balls and metal polishes.
  • Exposure to large amounts of napthalene may lead to hemolytic anemia.
  • Napthalene may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, and a yellow color to skin.
  • Mice that breathed naphthalene vapors daily for a lifetime developed lung tumors and some developed nose tumors.
Sources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2005).

 

Bleach

The chemical known as hypochlorite in bleach causes more poisoning exposures than any other household cleaning substance.
  • May cause reproductive, endocrine, and immune system disorders.
Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poisoning and Exposure Database (2005).

 

DEGREASERS

Many degreasers contain petroleum distillates and butyl cellosolve.
  • Can damage lung tissues and dissolve fatty tissue surrounding nerve cells.
DRAIN CLEANERS
Often contain lye or sodium hydroxide
  • Strong caustic substances that cause severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin, mouth and stomach, and can be fatal if swallowed.
Also may be contained in vegetable rinses, baby products, hair sprays, skin creams.

 

GLASS CLEANERS
Ammonia
  • Exposure to high levels of ammonia in air may be irritating to your skin, eyes, throat, and lungs and cause coughing and burns.
  • Asthma sufferers may be more sensitive to breathing ammonia than others.
  • Swallowing concentrated solutions of ammonia can cause burns in your  mouth, throat, and stomach. Getting ammonia into the eyes can cause burns and even blindness.

 

OVEN CLEANERS

One of the most dangerous cleaning products, oven cleaners can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth and throat.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

 

Sodium hydroxide
  • Very corrosive and can cause severe burns in all tissues that come in contact with it.

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    Corrosive impact of a tooth paste

  • Odorless; thus, odor provides no warning of hazardous concentrations.
  • Inhalation of sodium hydroxide is immediately irritating to the respiratory tract.
  • Swelling or spasms of the larynx leading to upper-airway obstruction and asphyxia can occur after high-dose inhalation. Inflammation of the lungs and an accumulation of fluid in the lungs may also occur.
  • Cancer of the esophagus has been reported 15 to 40 years after the formation of corrosion-induced strictures.
  • Ingestion of solid or liquid forms of sodium hydroxide can cause spontaneous vomiting, chest and abdominal pain, and difficulty swallowing.
  • Corrosive injury to the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach is very rapid and may result in perforation, hemorrhage, and narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Skin contact with sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns with deep ulcerations.
  • Sodium hydroxide contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.
  • Long-term exposure to sodium hydroxide in the air may lead to ulceration of the nasal passages and chronic skin irritation.
Sodium hydroxide may be also contained in all-purpose cleaners, stain removers, tooth pastes, disinfectants, water softeners, baby lotions, body soaps, teeth whiteners.

 

SCOURING CLEANERS

Some cleaners may contain sodium hydroxide (see above) or bleach that can irritate mucous membranes and cause LIVER AND KIDNEY DAMAGE.

 

SCALE OR LIME REMOVERS

These are products designed to remove mineral buildup like lime, scale and soap scum.
Source: ScienceLab.com.

Sulfamic Acid
  • Toxic to lungs and mucous membranes.
  • Direct skin contact with sulfamic acid is corrosive and causes irritation, dryness or burning.
  • Eye contact can result in corneal damage or blindness.
  • Inhalation of sulfamic acid will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract with burning, sneezing or coughing.
  • Severe over exposure of sulfamic acid can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.
Sulfamic acid may be also contained in dishwasher powders, coffee maker cleaners, scrubbing bubbles.

 

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS

Can contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid. Harmful to health simply by breathing during use.

Hydrochloride / Hydrochloric Acid (HCI)

  • Can cause severe damage to skin and eyes.
  • Brief exposure to low levels of HCI vapor causes throat irritation.
  • Exposure to higher levels of HCI can result in rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchioles, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, and even death.
  • Exposure to even higher levels of HCI can cause swelling, spasm of the throat and suffocation.
  • Some people exposed to HCI may develop an inflammatory reaction called reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), a type of asthma caused by some irritating or corrosive substances.
  • Swallowing HCI causes severe corrosive injury to the lips, mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach.
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NON-TOXIC CHOICES: SHAKLEE GET CLEAN
Non toxic cleaning products by Get Celan ShakleeAlways Safe
Nontoxic cleaning choices
Does not contain the following chemicals:
  • Phthalates 1,4-Dioxane
  • Volatile organic cleaning compounds
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Butyl cellosolve
  • Formaldehyde
  • Harmful fumes
  • and More
Always Works
  • Outperforms or rivals 15 national brands
  • 100% money-back guarantee
  • Dish Wash Liquid Concentrate is twice as effective on grease as Method® Dish Soap and Seventh Generation® Dishwashing Liquid*
  • Fresh Laundry Concentrate HE Compatible is 30% better at removing dirt and stains than All® Small & Mighty Liquid® Laundry Detergent in HE machines**
  • Nature Bright Laundry Booster is 60% more effective on grass stains than OxiClean® ***
Always Green
  • Natural and naturally derived ingredients from sustainable sources
  • Packaging is free of bisphenol-A, phthalates, and toxic inks
  • Biodegradable surfactants
  • Recyclable packaging, wipes, and dryer sheets
  • No chlorine bleach, phosphates, nitrates, or borates
  • Concentrated products save energy, eliminate excess packaging

 

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Laws in 17 States Limit Phosphates in Automatic Dishwasher Cleaning Agents

Laws in 17 States Limit Phosphates in Automatic Dishwasher Cleaning Agents

Shaklee Difference™

When Shaklee first launched our patented, phosphate-free Basic-D® in 1991, we were way ahead of trend in making available a high performing phosphate-free automatic dishwash concentrate. It wasn’t until 1994 that phosphates in laundry detergents were restricted nationwide, but until recently, automatic dishwasher detergent manufacturers could include phosphates without concern for environmental regulations prohibiting or limiting the use of phosphates. There simply weren’t any.

Well, that time appears to be coming to an end. As of this year, 17 states have enacted laws regarding phosphates in automatic dishwasher cleaners, 15 of them in 2010 alone.

Why the concern about phosphates?

Phosphates in bodies of fresh water like lakes, streams, rivers, and creeks, act as a nutrient to organisms like algae, encouraging their growth to an extent that they can harm or threaten plant and fish life.

Shaklee Dish washNow is a great time to assure your consumers and prospects that Shaklee Get Clean® products do not contain phosphates, and never will. And for those who are concerned about performance, Shaklee Get Clean Automatic Dish Wash Concentrate is a patented, highly concentrated, phosphate-free automatic dishwash cleanser, backed by the 100% Shaklee Satisfaction Guarantee, and selected as a 2008 recipient of the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) seal of approval. Its enzyme-activated formula removes tough stains without
prerinsing, dissolving quickly and completely, without residue.

Here are the 17 states in which phosphates in dishwash detergents are now regulated. Is your state one of them?

Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Vermont, Virginia

And even if your state isn’t among these, shouldn’t everyone you know be using a phosphate-free dishwash concentrate?

http://www.thenaturalpower.com/shaklee-get-clean-fest-get-clean-testimony/

Phthalates in Every-Day-Life Products: Safe or Not

I have known the fact of how dangerous phthalates are for quite a while. Watching it on the news today shook my peace, and I felt urgent to share facts about phthalates with you.” Nadya Tatsch

Phthalates are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity.

phthalates in products

Phthalates are found in
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Jacob’s Reward Farm – Parker, TX (Healthy Environment)

The other day I had the most unique and profound experience: the visit of Jacob’s Reward Farm, which happened to be, to my happy surprise, my neighbor!! I have always believed: if you open your eyes and mind wide/big enough, you will find miracles more often, and those miracles will be  the profound positive transformation of the path of your life.

Jacob's Reward farm

“Come for a visit, and touch the farm.

Just minutes from Dallas, Plano, and Allen, Texas, Jacob’s Reward Farm is a sanctuary from the hectic pace of corporate and suburban life. Visit for a while and set your worries aside. Enjoy the fresh air, the open space, and the gentle creatures of the farm.

If you spin, knit, crochet or weave, or would like to, we offer not only quality wool and alpaca fiber, but a meaningful relationship with the people and animals who bring it to you. Through our fiber CSA and our pasture-fresh eggs, you can enjoy healthy farm life, even if you live in the city.”

Jacob’s Reward Farm host spinning/knitting get-together classes as well as informal workshops. My 7-year old will love their August Camp!!! Here is on line camp registration.

See Jacob’s Reward Farm Calendar >

Shaklee LogoJacob’s Reward Farm is also using non-toxic biodegradable all-purpose cleaner by Shaklee. Get Clean Basic H Classic allows to clean “green”, to grow truly organic, to wash nontoxic, and more ways of multipurpose cleaning .
Read Cindy Telisak’s (the owner of Jacob’s Reward Farm) experience meeting Nadya Tatsch (The Natural Power)

www.jacobsreward.com
Podcast: www.jacobsrewardfiberfarm.libsyn.com
Twitter: JacobsReward

Plano Area Mothers of Multiples – Raising Healthy Kids Today (June 14th, 2011)

Pregnant or already have twins, triplets or quads?

Visit Plano Area Mothers of Multiples organization (PAMOM)

On June 14th, 2011, I had a privilege to be a part of the PAMOM evening and share my passion on creating non-toxic houses and healthier children.

Raising Healthy Kids Today (June 14th, 2011)

What do you use at home?

Fantastik, 409, Ajax, Comet, Windex, Tide, Cascade, Sun Light, Johnson and Johnson, Aveno, Colgate, Nature’s Source, and more

What’s now?

  • Baby care products: possible sources of infant phthalate exposure
  • 287 industrial chemicals found in a test of the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns
  • Mercury contamination moves beyond fish
  • Bisphenol-A can build up in babies and infants
  • Carcinogen 1,4-dioxane found in leading ‘organic’ brand personal care products

Hazardous chemicals in the home are connected to your children’s health and future.

  • Asthma
  • Weak immune system
  • Poor physical development
  • Indoor poisoning
  • Autism

What to do? Take action.

Get educated.

Search for  non-toxic alternatives

Join us for Healthy Children, Healthy World:

http://www.thenaturalpower.com/healthy-children-healthy-world-june-17th-2011/

Downloadable docs:

Healthy Child’s Experts & Autism

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World
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“..Guess how many chemicals have been restricted since TSCA was passed in 1976? Five. Yes, you read that right. Five…
..In a nutshell: Autism is America’s fastest growing developmental disability. An estimated 1.5 million children are currently affected by autism spectrum disorder in the United States. Autism rates have risen nearly 400% in 20 years, to the point that now one out of every 100 children—or one out of every 70 boys—is statistically destined for diagnosis..
.. the unregulated chemicals that infuse our children’s lives to the point that today babies are born pre-polluted with more than 200 chemicals in their blood, just from pre-natal exposure..
“We live, breathe and start our families in the presence of toxic chemical mixtures and constant low-level toxic exposures, in stark contrast to the way chemicals are tested for safety,” said Donna Ferullo, Director of Program Research at The Autism Society. “Lead, mercury, and other neurotoxic chemicals have a profound effect on the developing brain at levels that were once thought to be safe.”
Just to be clear: There is no clear data on why autism occurs. Most scientists agree that there are many factors—from genetic to environmental—which may increase risk for ASD. Hundreds of genes have been associated with autism, some of which are inherited and some of which are found in people with autism but not in their parents. Large numbers of environmental factors are being looked at as well. These include chemicals, infectious agents, and various health problems in the parents. Autism may result from a combination of risk factors.”

Download “Perspectives on Autism” (.pdf)

Topics covered: What is autism? What is autism? What causes autism? What creates the behaviors associated with autism? Why should we be concerned about autism? Is there a connection between the immune system and autism? Is there a connection between mercury and autism? Is there a connection between gut irritation and autism? Is there a connection between immunizations and autism?

 

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World
Read a complete article: http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/healthy_childs_experts_on_autism/

Join us for the  “Healthy Children, Healthy World” event:

http://www.thenaturalpower.com/healthy-children-healthy-world-june-17th-2011/

“Shaklee Get Clean Fest” (Get Clean Testimony)

Shaklee Get CLean Starter Kit

Shaklee Get CLean Starter Kit

“We are in super cleaning mode this weekend and just had ourselves a Shaklee Get Clean fest! Lots of fun mixing together the items in our kit and getting our house clean with non-toxic safe products!! (It also doesn’t hurt that the packaging is pretty – I’m a sucker for that stuff!) Thank you Nadya Nemova Tatsch for supplying us with Get Clean!

Jennifer Jurek, 
Professional photographer

The Story of Bottled Water

EWG’s Bottled Water Research & Advocacy

Americans drink twice as much bottled water today as they did ten years ago. One would think that purity would be included at a price, that, at a typical cost of $3.79 per gallon, is 1,900 times the cost of public tap water. But EWG’s ground-breaking studies have documented how, when it comes to bottled water, consumers don’t know what they are getting.

To the contrary, our tests strongly indicate that the purity of bottled water cannot be trusted. Given the industry’s refusal to make available data to support their claims of superiority, consumer confidence in the purity of bottled water is simply not justified.

Is your bottled water worth it? EWG looks under the labels.

Until the federal Food and Drug Administration cracks down on water bottlers, use EWG’s What’s in My Bottled Water guide to find brands with high scores for disclosing full water source, treatment and quality and that use advanced treatment methods to remove a broad range of pollutants.

Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants

The bottled water industry promotes an image of purity, but EWG’s comprehensive testing reveals a surprising array of chemical contaminants in every bottled water brand analyzed, including two brands that exceeded legal limits.

Featured partners: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group

Read more at http://www.ewg.org/ourwater/bottled-water

One of the Solutions: the Shaklee Get Clean water pitcher filtration system

  • certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead
  • filters 80 gallons of water
  • the cartridge is refillable

CLEAN WELL FOR A QUICK SALE!

to to sell healthy houseIf you want the highest price for your house in the shortest amount of time, there are numerous things you should do before putting it on the market.  Here are the top three:

1.       De-clutter – Clutter makes a house look crowded and small.  Remove excess knick-knacks and furniture so the rooms feel open and spacious.

2.       Clean – Invest in a professional cleaning that includes baseboards, window sills, and ceiling fans.  Buyers pay attention to the details and love to see fresh vacuum tracks on the carpet.  Clean scents are important, but you don’t want a heavy artificial odor like some Plug-in products have.  I recommend using environmentally safe, non-toxic products that clean well and leave a fresh scent.

3.       Groom the Lawn – Attractive curb appeal is an absolute must.  I have pulled up to a house with buyers who wouldn’t even go inside because the lawn was in such bad shape.  The lawn is the first impression buyers have of your house.  If the lawn is not well-maintained, their perception is that the house has not been well-maintained either.

Taking care of these three items will get you off to a good start as you prepare to put your house on the market.  At that point, you need to get it “show ready” to have the biggest impact on potential buyers.

For details on “show readiness” and other helpful real estate hints, please visit the blog at:  www.thebranchteam.com/blog.