Want to Run a Property Background Check on a House? Here’s How!

Hunting for a new house can be thrilling, yet it is also stressful now and again. If you are in the market for a new home, then naturally you understand there’s a good deal to keep in mind. Sadly, it’s not just as easy as picking out a home and giving over a cheque. One of the simplest ways to ensure you buy the house you’ve always wanted and get the best price is to utilize a property records check.

Determining how much to spend on a house is ordinarily the first step. You must figure out a location that you are happy to live in. Do you desire a big kitchen. The list goes on!

When you have decided on all the elements you’re looking for, you can go out and start exploring! And eventually, you’re going to discover a couple homes that interest you. This is when it becomes fun, however you can’t just make the purchase. Here it’s important that you do your investigating and look more into the place you are considering.

This is where it’s important to use a property background search to get full information on the property you’re looking at. Making use of this type of property check is one of the greatest ways to get find additional information on any home you’re interested in.

A property records search will teach you plenty of important info including current and prior owernship info, prior sale prices, property tax information, mortgage records, house purchase and current assessment info, neighbor details – it’s a long list!

If there is a lien on the house, you can have the home snatched away from you, even if you weren’t aware of it when you bought it. Naturally it’s the very last thing you want to have happen, and simply by using a property background check gives you the security you need to not stress over it.

The information you gain from a property records check will also give you a big edge when the final price. This alone could potentially save you thousands of dollars.

Running a property records check is a snap thanks to the internet. There are now websites that offer records searches online. When you utilize a background check website, you just punch in the home address and you are then given access to the info. The cost for using a check does not cost much – usually you can even pay a one-time fee for unlimited searches to help you if you are considering more than one place.

If you’re anticipating being hunting for a house anytime soon, make sure that you take the right measures to get the best price and your dream house! A property background check will give you the piece of mind of learning all the important details about the house you decide to purchase.…

Homemade Cockroach Killers

Using homemade roach killers in your home is an effective way to get rid of an infestation while ensuring the safety of those living in the home. These mixtures are made of items that are more than likely already at your home in your kitchen or pantry. This remedy can be used as often as needed and will only cost just a fraction of what store-bought roach killers cost.

Carefully clean up any food messes promptly after you’ve made them, to ensure that roaches don’t come looking for the crumbs. Dirty dishes can also coax roaches into the kitchen. Once you have determined that there is no mess for them to feed on, use any one (or several) of these methods and recipes to kill roaches naturally.

Boric Acid

This is one of the most commonly used homemade roach killers. Then the roaches eat the boric acid, they become dehydrated, and this eventually kills them. Those that eat it generally bring it back to their nest via the feet and the body and introduce it to the rest of the ménage. To make this mixture, combine 2 to 3 teaspoons of boric acid and equal parts sugar and water, to make a paste. Put this in the areas of your home where roaches normally live and spread it around in the infested areas of your home. Using this method usually eliminates roaches within 2 weeks.

Baking Soda and Sugar

Baking soda is one of the things that is useful in so many ways, so it is always good to have on hand. Commonly, it is used as a nontoxic roach repellent, working similar to the boric acid. Mix equal parts of the baking soda, water, and sugar. Use this mixture as bait in areas that typically house roaches- under cupboards, along the refrigerator, and around the kitchen sink. The baking soda kills the roaches that eat it, and it sticks to their feet so that they carry it back to the nest for others to eat it and die.

Soap and Water

Another simple yet effective method-1 cup of water should be mixed with 1 teaspoon of soap. Pour this solution into a spray bottle. Spray it on roaches whenever you see them. The mixture will suffocate the roaches, as the suds from the soap block their pores and prevent breathing. This mixture can be used as often as needed. You may also leave a jar of the solution in any corners that they frequent. When they crawl into the jar, they won’t be able to escape.

DIY Roach Hotel

Using an old margarine tub, cut a hole at the rim, but do not cut the lid. In a bowl, mix together 1 cup borax, ½ cup bacon grease, and ½ cup sugar. You may add honey or more grease to make the mixture moist enough to make into balls. Form into large balls and place on the margarine tub lid. Snap the bowl down onto the lid, and place …

Tips For Hanging Pictures So They Remain Straight and Level

Hanging pictures in my home is complicated by two issues: children in the house who like to tear around and bang into walls, and an Air Force bombing range only a few miles away. It seems one or the other is always rattling the windows and shaking the house! It’s no wonder that crooked pictures were a fact of life. Not any more! I’ve developed aggressive means of tackling the problem.

I want to share two tricks, one absolutely cheap and simple, one more difficult but guarantees straight and level!

The first solution is so ridiculously cheap and simple I don’t know why I’ve never seen or heard of it. All it takes is some foam weatherproofing tape you can get anywhere for about $3 for a roll of 10 feet. That’s probably enough to fix every picture in your house! The problem with picture frames is the mounting system. Essentially, there’s not enough friction from the small portion of frame touching the wall to counteract the forces nudging the frame. Even worse, if the frame uses a notched hanger, and the manufacturer didn’t get a V groove precisely centered, there’s no hope – gravity will pull one corner down. Frames that use a wire from one side to the other are even worse! Now there’s another problem. If the wire is not anchored on both sides exactly level, there will be a difference in the angle between the two halves forcing the frame to move up the wire along the shallower angle. The more it moves, the more it wants to move! Even if it’s perfect, the wire is slippery and wants to slide over the nail or hook.

The simple solution to both these problems is to increase the friction, both on the mid-span of the wire, and the perimeter of the frame. It may take a little experimenting, but in my home I’ve found that 1/4″ foam weatherproofing tape works for small frames, but 1/2″ works much better for larger pictures. The tape usually comes in 3/4″ widths and for small frames, cutting pads 3/4′ long and placing them inside all four corners is sufficient. On larger pictures, go with the 1/2″ and it may take a couple of inches on each corner oriented so the long axis goes up-and down (this lets the longer edges bite into the stippling increasing friction). If there’s a wire, wrap friction tape around the mid-point. Friction tape is similar to electrical tape except instead of a glossy finished vinyl top, it uses a tacky cloth surface. You can find friction tape at most home improvement centers.

What I’ve just described costs almost nothing, yet solves the vast majority of problems with crooked pictures.

Other pictures require different solutions – ones that costs a little more, or a lot more, and ones that take a little, or lot more effort.

I just recently tore down and rebuilt my hallway family portrait gallery. This is a section that had developed over time …

Aliens, Adolf Hitler and the Mystery Villa in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands

Aliens and Adolf Hitler might not seem to have much in common. But lying in isolated mountainside in one of the most secluded areas of the Canary Islands lies an spacious villa that has given birth to mysterious legends about both

This spacious villa lies hidden from the world nestling between the mountains and the wild Atlantic ocean on Fuerteventura. It can only be reached after a hair raising drive along a dirt track in the mountain borders. The sheer isolation of Villa Gustav Winter holds a mystery which has yet to be explained.

This mystery starts with the appearance and position of the villa itself. It is surrounded by land which has exactly the same shape and proportions of the island of Fuerteventura itself. And the villa’s location within this enclosed replica corresponds geographically to its true position…

Was this location and shape the result of exact mathematical positioning, a signal to some alien life form or just sheer fluke? The truth will probably never come to light but theories abound.

German-born Gustav Winter arrived on Fuerteventura in the 1930s. He worked for a large company that had just acquired a great expanse of land in the south of the island – the peninsula of Jandia.

Winter became known for his mysterious dark glasses and accompanying black dog and was responsible for building the first port at Morro Jable. However, it is not for these reasons that he is best remembered. His name will always be connected to the small isolated hamlet of Cofete where he built the villa that later gave birth to countless myths.

Originally, the villa was said to have been built to establish agriculture in the region. It was modelled on a villa built in the Black Forest in 1893. But rumours began spreading after the appearance of armed guards accompanied by large dogs started guarding the walls of what was becoming more of a fortress than a villa.

Anyone trying to get to the villa had to first identify themselves to the guards who would then call Winter. If they were granted permission to enter, they then had to travel along a dirt track road which, according to urban legend, was built by political prisoners held captive at a concentration camp at Tefia. An airport runway was also built there and put at Gustav’s disposal.

Rumours were flamed after accounts from people allowed into the villa described the five rooms in the attic as being completely tiled over, of a large kitchen and of vast dark cellars and caves stretching under the villa and into the mountainside. Were the tiles to stop any radio signals being picked up by eavesdroppers?

And why would such an important engineer as Gustav, who held the rank of Colonel and who was at the forefront of an important shipyard in Bordeaux, hide himself in the middle of nowhere to practice farming while his country was at war? He was a man of considerable importance – at a time …

Organic Gardening – A Speech for Teachers

Organic gardening has increasingly become an important part of the curriculum in schools around the world. Teachers at every grade level find themselves teaching it to students, and sometimes being called on to give a speech to a group of parents. As a career educator and principal, I know the difficulty of opening up time for speech preparation, and offer this organic gardening speech for your use. Feel free to edit it to fit your needs.

Organic Gardening Speech

How selfish are you? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how selfish would you rate yourself? If you are the least bit selfish, you might be interested in organic gardening.

An organic gardening speech might seem more appropriate coming from a Home Economics teacher, but I am just selfish enough that I love organic gardening. I want to share that love with you and with your children.

Imagine

I want you to come with me, in imagination, to a time and place before the Industrial Revolution. The year is 1707. It is late summer. We find ourselves walking the streets of a small town. Houses are spaced well apart for privacy. Land stretches out behind each house. As we look, we notice that much of that land is taken up by gardens. Here and there, we see both adults and children actively engaged in gardening. The plants are beautiful.

You call to one of the adults and ask what they use to make the garden so lush. A broad smile breaks, and through the smile come the words, “Feed the soil, and the soil will feed the plants.”

You shake your head. Poor people. Too bad they don’t know about that miracle combination of chemicals you saw advertised on TV last week. That’s the easy way to grow spectacular plants!

Dinner

The organic gardener invites us to join them for the evening meal, and we accept. At dinner, we join in the prayer of thanks, and then watch in amazement as the children, one after another, begin eating fresh vegetables.

You yourself are not that fond of vegetables, but you politely take a small serving of each. You bite into a leaf of steamed cabbage, and your eyes open wide in amazement. It is sweet – twice as sweet as the cabbage you buy at your local market! You watch a small child fill his mouth with dark green kale, and shudder. There’s a small spoonful of the nasty vegetable on your own plate, and you pick at it, putting a single small leaf in your mouth. Amazing! It, too, is twice as sweet as any kale you ever ate. The same seems true of every vegetable on the table. You decide that if your supermarket vegetables were this good, you would eat a lot more of them.

Our imaginary trip ends at that dinner table, and we return to the present.

Organic Gardening’s Benefits

Organic gardening has many benefits. If you are completely selfish, you …

Are You Superstitious?

Do your throw salt over your shoulder, avoid walking under ladders or leave something behind for good luck when you move house? Do you ever wish upon a star? Superstitions have been handed down from generation to generation from time immemorial. Here are some you may recognise and some which may be new to you. Some you’ll believe, some you’ll reject others you can have fun with.

Apples: You’ve heard: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Or, that if you peel an apple in one long strip and recite the letters of the alphabet as you do so, the letter you have reached when the peel breaks is the first initial of a future lover! Or, if you slice an apple in two, without cutting a seed your wish for love will come true.

Bats: If a bat comes near you, someone is trying to bewitch or betray you. If one hits you or enters your house it is a sign of a death or bad luck to someone you love.

Bees: Bees bring news and must be told of any death. If bees buzz before the first of spring it means more cold weather to come. If they stay in their hive it means rain.

Bridges: If you make a wish whilst crossing a bridge your wish will be granted within a year. It’s also considered good luck if you happen to be walking under a bridge when a train passes overhead, more so if the whistle blows.

Brooms: If you sweep a broom under someone’s feet that person will have bad luck for a year. Keep a broom behind the door to sweep witches away. If a child starts to sweep you can expect visitors and never step over a fallen broom – pick it up.

Birds: If a bird flies into your home it usually means good luck or good news to come. If the bird is black then bad news is on its way. To rob a bird’s nest is to bring sorrow. If you hear an owl, expect news of a death. Shooting a bird means you’ll have bad luck for the rest of the year.

Candles: Many superstitions have been forgotten since the arrival of electricity, but we still put candles on a cake and make a wish when we blow them out. Did you know that a strong straight flame means the arrival of a stranger?

Cats: If a cat washes its face and paws more than three times you can expect company. Black cats bring luck, grey cats even more luck but white cats bring sickness. Some people believe that if a cat follows you, you can expect some money soon. If a black cat crosses your path it is said to bring bad luck – yet there are ways to counteract this, one is to go home and start out again; another is to take 12 steps backwards!

Christmas: A child born on Christmas day is supposed to be …

Understand the Causes of Termites to Prevent Termite Attacks

Termites are a bigger worry for homeowners than even fire or food. That alone should be sufficient for anyone to understand the capacity of these termites to wreck havoc in any house. They can destroy the wood in the house completely unless they are stopped at the right time. The best time to fight the termites is even before they attack your house.

Surprisingly most of the termite attack is caused by the actions of the home owners themselves. That is why it is important to understand things that encourage termites to attack your house, so that you can avoid them completely.

The most common reason for termite attack is the plants kept near the sides of house especially ones that have grown out of control. That is why you should always try to keep the plants away from the sides of the house. If you or your neighbour must keep plants, take care to ensure that no part of the plants including the root is touching your house.

The second most common reason of termite infestation is the use of wood, the choicest food of termites, to build shed or deck in the backyard. If you still decide to go ahead with the plan, then at least make use of wood that is less attractive to the termites. Cedar and juniper are few wood types that are less loved by the termites. Please try to for such wood items even though they tend to be a little more expensive than other wood items.

All the above reasons of termite attack had to do with availability of wood as a bait for the termites to attack your house. Moisture is another item that is equally attractive for the termites. Look out for any source of moisture near your home and try to solve the issue. If it is the rain water falling down from the roof then put gutters on the roof to catch the water and then divert it to a spot away from the side of your home. Leaking pipe lines is another cause of moisture around the home. Look for any such source of water in your yard and get them repaired as soon as you can.

I find it really stupid to expose your home to the attack of termites by ignoring such small details. Try to follow all the above advices to reduce the risk of termite attack on your home and furniture.…

Islam: The Elephant in America’s Kitchen

There is an elephant in America’s kitchen, and it’s growing every day. It’s hard to understand why people keep feeding it. Our government leader’s feed it, our church leaders feed it and the news media, well, they force feed it. The elephant even has a name. Islam.

Islam’s actions are obvious and often, and very destructive to America’s ability to move around its kitchen. In Dearborn, Michigan, known these days as Dearbornastan, a Muslim man has filed suit against Little Caesar’s Pizza. A $100 million dollar suit by the way. Little Caesar’s sin? They delivered a pizza with pepperoni allegedly containing pork, a no-no for Sharia Law adherents. Sharia Law? Yep, this Muslim man is offended. The elephant eats.

Moving from Dearborn, we go east to New York City where a 21-year-old Queens College student, a Pakistani Muslim, called police with a harrowing tale of abduction and a hate crime; they were calling him a racist name and all while branding guns. A terrible experience for anyone. Except, when the NYPD started investigating they discovered it was all a hoax. The student made it all up. The elephant has a snack.

One borough over in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Tech High School, has a prom coming up. And again, the elephant is hungry. The Muslim students demand concessions. Prom is going to fall during Ramadan, and the Muslims will be fasting. We should note here that there are no concessions for Jewish or Christian students. But, after a meeting the Muslim Student Association, yes, there is one, the Principal agreed they would never again have Prom during Ramadan, and they will not serve food to anyone at the Prom until after 9 PM when the Muslim Fast is over. The elephant scraps up another few bites of America’s freedoms.

Let’s move south to Jacksonville, Florida as many New Yorkers do. Daniel Pipes, writing in the National Review, he cites a plaque he saw in the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. He said he rubbed his eyes in disbelief as he read a plaque on an Islamic exhibit, celebrating the culture of the Ottoman Empire when it took over a renowned church in Istanbul. It read, “In addition to their renowned patronage of architecture, which yielded the conversion of the Church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a congregational mosque… ” It struck Pipes as obscene. Was it the truth?

The Museum’s statement is far from the truth. The elephant was hungry again. As the Ottomans approached Pipes wrote the church was still thronged. The Holy Liturgy was ended, and the service of matins was being sung. At the sound of the tumult outside the huge bronze gates of the building were closed. Inside the congregation prayed for the miracle that alone could save them. They prayed in vain. It was not long before the doors were battered down. The worshippers were trapped. A few of the ancient and infirm were killed on the spot, but most of them were tied …

The Family – The People of the Astrological Houses

The most important thing that we do in our experience is to relate with one another. To not be able to relate successfully makes life very difficult for many. I have done thousands and thousands of sky maps for thousands of people over my long years of being a professional astrologer. Probably the single thing that was most important to the person being read was relationships of all varieties. At the end of life, relationships or the lack of them were what was valued most, regretted most and controlled the end of life circumstance the most. At the core of relationship issues are the initial and primary relationships we form with our early family. Here is where our values are established and developed to become the basis for the relationships we build for ourselves in our future. As we mature, we form our own individual family circles plus a myriad of other relationships into which we enter. Family is where we begin our journey to understand and develop all relationships.

In previous articles I have written about the parental axis, the 4th/10th houses of any sky map, as well as the individual maternal and paternal roles. However, the family is not just our parents or lack of them. Each of us has a long, rich history within our family, good guys and bad guys. There is a genetic heritage. Yes we can see the physical characteristics that are handed down through the gene pool. But there is far more than what we inherit from our families on other levels. I am exploring this family astrological heritage step by step through a series of articles.

Any sky map is constructed with the earth (on which we all exist) in the center and the cosmic energy pattern existing around that central core. If we were on the Moon, sky maps would be constructed with the Moon in the center. On Mars, Mars would be in the center, etc. The wheel shape is called “the chart” and the divisions are called “houses.” There are 12 divisions of the houses just as there are 12 sign divisions for the zodiac. The signs show mannerisms, expressions and are descriptive in nature. The houses illustrate 12 compartments or arenas of physical experience. Each of those twelve houses therefore must contain numerous issues and also the people in your life. The whole of the wheel maps the whole of your life, every single thing. The trick is to learn to read that sky map successfully, which can be more involved than it seems. Our focus for this article will be on the people represented by the houses, particularly the members of your family.

Houses General house information will help us reach the point where we can see the validity of the people representations. Remember that the 12 houses begin with the ascendant and are listed counter-clockwise from that point around the wheel. Psychologist Carl Jung divided human expression into four categories: intuition, emotion, sensation, and thought. In …

Buying a Character Home

Buying a character home is like buying an antique car, it will be more beautiful than all the others on the block, but you will have to spend every Sunday polishing it!

To the converted, however, the charm of the older character home makes all that polishing worthwhile. If you would love a character home, but cannot quite run to the expense or the staying power of renovating and maintenance, think of adding some characteristics that can give your home the appearance of an older style house.

Initially the exterior is where your changes will be the most noticeable.

If your modern home has a stucco finish – one of the easiest ways to add interest to it is to finish it with Tudor wooden beam paneling. In Tudor times, the stucco was traditionally painted cream or white with either dark brown or black wooden beams crisscrossing the stucco.

However, lately the medieval look has been successfully re-created with pale silver gray stucco and a darker gun-metal gray wood trim. Cream or white stucco with gray trim also looks classy.

If Tudor style beams will not complement the design of your home, how about gingerbread trim – another ‘character classic’. This scallop-edged trim is usually attached to the eaves and the porch of the home; many homes have matching shutters too.

Bay windows, which jut out from the exterior wall of the house will ‘age’ both the inside and outside of your home. In Victorian times, a shelf that lined up flush with the wall was built across the indented bay of the window; cushions were built on top to make it a padded ‘window seat’. Usually the seat was boxed in beneath for storage purposes.

Circular windows that ‘bulge’ out from the home like a tower are a key feature that can also be incorporated into the walls of a modern home. The most effective type of tower is added onto the corner of a home, with a circular spiral roof atop. If you plan on this you may need to consult a structural engineer on how to reinforce the corner of your home.

Another feature that can age your home is to replace your windows with oldie English ‘leaded light’ effect windows. These can be imitated by buying the pencil-thin, diamond crisscross patterned sections to attach to the inside of your window panes.

Perhaps easier to build is a porch or a verandah. If you use spindle railings and old fashioned stair railings, this will add to the character look of your home. Alternatively you can use a gingerbread trim and match it to the eaves.

Front yards and driveways can also enhance the character look of a home. For instance if you pour a concrete driveway, it will look modern. For a character effect, try laying down a driveway of the dull, dark red Italian cobblestones. These will have to be laid on a level bed of soft sand that is shuttered with trim on both sides..…