Monday, January 14, 2019

1/12 Radio Show: Michelle Winer

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Michelle Winer to the show.

Michelle Winer is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker from our Williamsville Clarence Branch.

Michelle reviewed the market for the first month of 2019. Due to the mild winter we had so far, more people are out and about and Open Houses are experiencing high traffic than in previous winters.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Did You Know: January is Radon Awareness Month

January is Radon Awareness Month, so we've compiled a few FAQs about Radon.

What is Radon?
Radon is a gas and comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. It is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can only be detected by testing your home.

How does Radon get in your home?
Radon comes through the soil and comes through the foundation slab in your home.

Why is Radon dangerous?
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarette smoke and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter of air, or pCi/L. 1 pCi/L of radon is equal to smoking 2.5 cigarettes per day. The EPA has a recommended Radon Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L, so a professional company should mitigate any reading that is at or above this level.

How can I test my home for Radon?

Companies like S.W.A.T. Environmental can help you test your home’s radon levels and install mitigation systems to help reduce the radon levels in your home. For more information, check out our vendor's list on the HUNT Homeowners Club.

Information Courtesy of S.W.A.T. Environmental

For more information or to contact S.W.A.T., please visit our HUNT Homeowners Club Vendors Page

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

New Year’s resolutions are common in January because everyone wants to start off the new year right. But have you ever considered a new year’s resolution for your home? Here are a few to help kickstart your new year in your home.

RESOLUTION 1: Declutter
One of the easiest resolutions is to declutter and organize your home. The best way to start is to go one room at a time and clear out items you don’t use or wear. Stick to a plan and get decorative baskets to organize items that may take up space, like DVDs, books, and video games.

RESOLUTION 2: Safety first
Your home should always be as safe as possible for your family. Here are a few ways to combat common dangers in your household:

  • Check your home for radon. This can be done through an at-home test or by a professional.
  • Check your carbon dioxide detectors and smoke detector batteries. If you don’t have either of these items, make sure you purchase them.
  • Clean your lint trap vent and/or duct. While you may be cleaning out your lint trap on a regular basis for your dryer, your ductwork may have lint in it if you’ve never cleaned it. It’s important to do this regularly because it’s highly combustible and can catch fire easily.
  • If you’re planning a remodel and your house was built before 1978, have your home tested for lead paint and asbestos.

RESOLUTION 3: Tackle small projects now
Even though the weather isn’t warm yet, you can work on your home projects. Simple tasks like repairing a hole in your drywall, painting, replacing a light fixture, or replacing a faucet do not require good weather.

RESOLUTION 4: Be a friend to the environment
There are simple ways to help the environment that can help you save on your utility bills.

  • Make sure you turn off lights when you aren’t using them.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to help control your heat bill
  • Install LED lights and low-flow shower heads
  • Invest in a drying rack and air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer
  • Turn off power strips and unplug chargers when you are not using them

RESOLUTION 5: Plan ahead
It may seem a little ridiculous, but planning for the next holiday season can help in the long run. Make sure you pack away decorations neatly and label boxes with what is in them. Also, make sure you note any items you may need to purchase for the next holiday season. Did you run out of dishes? Did your lights break? Do you need a folding table for all of your dinner guests? January is a great time to find holiday items on sale.

What are your new year’s resolutions for your home? Let us know! If you need assistance with your plan for the new year, check out the HUNT Homeowners Club! The includes direct access to our portfolio of HUNT-approved vendors engaged in businesses relating to owning and maintaining your home. From contractors and remodelers to roofers and electricians, we can recommend the right vendors for any home-related services you need.

Monday, January 7, 2019

1/5 Radio Show: Stephanie Crockett

Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Stephanie Crockett to the show.

Stephanie Crockett is the Executive Director of The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Stephanie reviewed the many events surrounding the 150th anniversary of the parks in Buffalo last year and retold Frederick Olmsted's process of creation of the nation's first such system of parks, parkways and traffic circles.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What to do in Buffalo this Winter

Winter is here and soon family will be knocking at your door for the holidays. While your cold weather loving relatives will likely embrace the winter wonderland of New York, the west coasters may not be as excited about a visit from Jack Frost. Fortunately there are plenty of things to do in Buffalo that everyone can enjoy.

If there’s snow on the ground, pick up a sled or an inflatable snow tube and head to Chestnut Ridge Park. A local favorite, Chestnut Ridge is the largest park operated by the Erie County Department of Parks and offers year-round entertainment with space for tennis and hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. During the winter, it is the place to be for snow lovers. The sledding hill measures more than 600 feet and features a toboggan chute to really ramp up the speed. And the best part of it all – it’s free!

Throw on a coat and pack up the family for ice skating at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo. The rink is open Tuesdays – Sundays from now until March 15. Check their website for hours. Use of the rink is free.

Chances are your guests have eaten buffalo wings before, but why not treat them to the original – Frank and Teressa’s buffalo wings and Anchor Bar on Main Street. While the origin of the buffalo wing is still debated, Anchor Bar’s story is the most widely known. According to their website, in 1964 Teressa Bellissimo invented the delicious spicy wing for her bartending son, Dominic, and his friends as they arrived at the bar. From that day forward, the wings have remained on the menu and have gained popularity across the world.

Show off your hometown pride by taking your visitors to a Buffalo Sabres game. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Key Bank Arena box office on game days. Before heading into the arena, stop by Canalside Buffalo to do some ice skating or, for those who aren’t great on skates, take an ice bike ride around the rink. It’s only $10 for a 30 minute bike rental.

In addition to the activities at Canalside, the neighboring Harborcenter offers delicious food and drinks at 716 Food & Sport and shopping at the Shops at Harborcenter. If you’re visiting on a game day, make sure you get to 716 early, as it fills up with Sabres fans a few hours prior to the puck drop.

Don’t let the cold temperatures keep you or your visitors inside this winter. Get out and explore all the exciting events and locales that make Buffalo a great place to visit and live!