Category Archives: Home Safety

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Did you know that if you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing…or you know someone that is… the local fire departments will give you, or your friend, free smoke detectors?  There are smoke alarms that use light or vibration to alert the resident.  As people age, they often lose the ability to hear the high pitched sound of a smoke alarm, so there are alarms that emit a mixed, low-pitch sound that is easier to hear.

Here is a link for some local fire departments that provide this service:

Overland Park
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO


Home Inspection Nightmares

Okay, one of the things I love about being a Realtor is hearing horror stories from home inspectors.  Most of them  deliver their stories very humorously, and you often need a good laugh in this business, especially when it comes to home inspections and subsequent negotiations!  I figured we could all use a good laugh on a Friday, and a reminder of WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HIRE A HOME INSPECTOR WHEN PURCHASING A HOME, so check out Home-inspection nightmares by This Old House.  Laugh…and learn why a home inspector is often your best friend when purchasing a home!

To  knowing what you are buying (or walking away from!)~                       Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group                               

Homemade Weed Killers…Save the Environment & Money!

“Tis the season…for weeds!  They invade your lawn, mulched beds, and every little crack in your concrete, stone, brick, and asphalt!  Amazing how resourceful weeds can be!  Of course, that is why they have survived for millenniums!  Are you like me, tired of resorting to toxic, tough-on-the-environment weed killers every week, walking the lawn and your garden beds, stalking those pesky weeds (and feeling a little guilty about what you are unleashing on the environment, including your kids and pets)?

Check out Jeff Yeager’s article for The Daily Green, 10 homemade weed killers, for some innovative ideas on ridding your yard, garden beds, patio, driveway, and walkways of those tiresome weeds without having to resort to commercial weed killers (although you can purchase some environmentally-friendly ones, but at a high price!).  I can attest to  the newspaper-under-the-mulch idea working!  Another benefit of homemade weed killers?  All of Jeff’s suggestions are cheap!    

To winning the weed battle…naturally~                                                                  Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Stay Safe This Summer!

My absolute favorite thing to do during the summer is go to the pool.  However, as you know, the pool can be a dangerous place in the summertime, especially for kids!  The Red Cross has some great tips to keep your kids safe at the pool and around any body of water this year. You can see their recommendations here.

If you own your own pool, you can take a course in pool safety through the Red Cross.  You can check that out here!

Stay safe this summer and enjoy the pool!

~Betsy, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Home Inspectors…Gotta Love ‘Em!

Okay, I harp on this a bit, but you don’t want to become a home buyer horror story!  Do what Betsy and I always insist our home buyers do…spend the money on home inspections, from whole house to radon!  It is the best money you will spend during your home buying adventure!  It will make you chuckle as you read what some sellers will attempt to fool home inspectors, but you don’t want to be a home buyer that becomes  fodder for someone’s article on the probable tribulations of not having a home inspection!  Home inspectors are trained professionals, and they can save you a lot of money in the long run.  Check out Karen Aho’s article for MSN Real Estate, Home Horrors: Lessons from home inspectors, and keep your home buying experience one not fraught with expensive repairs!

To keeping the “scary” out of home purchases~                                               Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Home Inspection: Buyers, Don’t Miss Out!!

Buyers, don’t miss out!  Always have any property that you are considering purchasing inspected!!  You, your agent, your parents…no one can catch what an inspector can discover, no matter how great a home may look to the naked eye.  Home inspections, including full house inspection, radon inspection, termite inspection, mold inspection, pool inspection, structural inspection, drainage inspection…they are infinitely important and can keep you from purchasing a money pit nightmare!  Not every inspection is necessary for every purchasing situation.  Your Realtor can help advise you.  Always have  a Realtor representing you as a buyer because, trust me, home inspection negotiations is where things can get dicey!      

Very often inspections are the buyer’s best negotiating tool regarding requesting repairs and updates and negotiating price!  Paying for home inspections will be the best money you spend when purchasing a home.  And the older the home, the more important a home inspection!

Post-inspection negotiation  is a major component of the home buying process, a component  in which you most need a Realtor to represent YOUR interests.  Select a Realtor that you feel confident can intelligently, boldly negotiate for you, often do battle for you!  Buyers and their Realtor should be at all home inspections.  Read Al Heavens’ RISMedia article, Home Inspections an Essential Tool for Buyers, for all the reasons you should spend some cash on home inspections!  Don’t scrimp in this arena!

To purchasing a financially healthy, safe  home~                                                        Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Johnson County Home & Garden Show at Overland Park Convention Center

You won’t want to miss the Johnson County Home & Garden Show running from February 25-27!  It all takes place at the Overland Park Convention Center located at 6000 College Boulevard in Overland Park.  So much to see!  There will be over 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and servics for making your home everything you dream it can be!  Check out the goings on and details at the official website!

Start your wish list~  Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group