TPP Newsletter July 2018

Inside This Issue…
Troy Sponaugle Troy Sponaugle and
Troy Property Pros Team
Phone: 703-408-5560
Email: Troy@TroyPropertyPros.Com
Here’s something surprising: The air inside your home may be more polluted than the outdoor air in an industrialized city! In today’s Service For Life! ® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll learn some interesting sources of pollutants you may not have thought of and actions you can take to address them.

You’ll also learn about the latest vacation trend – wellness travel, the answers to some common questions about smartphone batteries – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.

Troy Sponaugle

Troy Sponaugle, REALTOR®
Troy Property Pros Team

P.S. When you notice people talking about real estate in the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free consumer information we provide?

They may be people who are moving out of town this summer and need to sell their home before they go. Help them out in a big way by getting my easy checklist of inexpensive ways to make buyers instantly attracted to a home. It’s all included in our Free Consumer Report “Make Your Home Show Like a Model Without Breaking the Bank.” To request a copy for a friend, simply call us at 703-408-5560. Or,

Today’s Brain Teaser . . .

What starts with a P and ends with an E and has a thousand letters in it?

(see answer below)

Is Your Indoor Air Polluted?

The air inside your home may be more polluted than the outdoor air in an industrialized city, putting your family at risk for health problems. You know about radon gas, mold, and carbon monoxide, but here are other sources of pollutants and some actions you can take to address them.

Source: New carpeting. That “new carpet smell” actually consists of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene that can cause headaches and respiratory diseases.
Action: Buy carpeting certified “Green Label Plus.” Before new carpet is installed, ask to have it unrolled and aired-out in a space (like a warehouse) for 72 hours. If that’s not possible, try to stay elsewhere for the first 72 hours after installation.

Source: Old carpeting. It’s filled with household dust and particles you track in from outdoors with your body, shoes and clothing.
Action: Invest in a quality HEPA vacuum cleaner. Consider having your home air ducts professionally cleaned.

Source: Cleaning products. Products such as chlorine bleach, rug cleaners, ammonia, paraffin, and even dryer sheets also release VOCs.
Action: Use natural products such as hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and baking soda. Look for candles made of beeswax or vegetable oils. And don’t accept dry-cleaned clothes with a strong chemical odor.

Source: Gas kitchen stoves. They emit nitrogen dioxide and need proper venting.
Action: Make sure the kitchen – and the rest of the house – is well ventilated.

For more information, go to www.epa.gov and search for the interactive “Tour of the Indoor Air Quality Demo House.”

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Save Thousands When Buying A Home…

Did you know there’s a free consumer report revealing ways to save time and money when buying a home? It’s called “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding and Buying Your Next Home,” and it’s great even if you’re not planning to buy soon. Get your free copy by calling us at…703-408-5560 Or,

Wellness Travel For Your Health

Are you ready for a vacation that focuses on your health and well being? First, consider your goals: do you want self-improvement, exercise, or service? There’s something for everyone in these options:

  • A fully planned retreat. Check out a site such as www.pravassa.com, which offers small group tours to exotic destinations.
  • A fitness vacation. Look at www.fitpacking.com for weight-loss or www.mountaintrek.com, named the top resort in Canada in 2017.
  • A destination spa. Plan a week at a spa such as Rancho La Puerta, Baja, CA or Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA.
  • A volunteer opportunity. Visit www.gviusa.com to find a program that interests you and your family too.

You can choose to work wellness activities into an existing vacation. Consider signing up for a new activity, such as a cooking class or a kayaking lesson. You can do as little or as much as you want to make it the best vacation for you.

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Would You Like To Know How Much Your Neighbor’s Home Listed Or Sold For?

Maybe you’re just curious. Or maybe you want to know how much your home is worth. Either way, We can help…with no “sales pitches” or run-arounds. Call us at 703-408-5560 and we’ll give you all the facts.

Fun Facts and Laughs

Test Your Dog’s IQ. . .

A well-known psychologist is selling a video that teaches you how to test your dog’s IQ. Here’s how it works: If you spend $12.99 for the video, your dog is smarter than you.

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Get a (Cellphone) Charge Out of This. . .

You hear a lot of myths about smartphone batteries but what should you believe? Here are some facts to set the record straight:

Q: Should I let my phone charge overnight?
A: PCMag says smartphones are smart enough that they don’t let an overload happen. But energy trickling to the battery when it falls to 99% can heat the phone and eats into its lifespan. Best advice: if you wake up in the night, unplug it.

Q: Should I let the charge go down to zero?
A: Not the best thing to do with lithium-ion batteries. It wears out the battery even faster.

Q: Can just one app use a lot of my phone’s battery?
A: Most people don’t close apps, so they’re still working in the background. Close your apps – and try turning off your wi-fi, Bluetooth and GPS during the day if you aren’t using them. And turn your phone off (yes!) and restart it at least once a week to close all those apps completely.

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Websites to Beat Boredom. . .

If you ever get bored, check out these sites to stimulate your mind:

www.boredpanda.com – Filled with boredom-busting articles on every subject under the sun.

www.designswan.com – Showcases creative articles and images about art, design and photography.

www.cracked.com – Packed with interesting articles and videos guaranteed to get your attention and make you smile.

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Uh Oh- Have One of These?

• Selfie elbow. Caused by holding arms up and bent, which applies pressure to the ulnar nerve. Straighten out those arms!
• Smartphone thumb. Constantly using thumbs to text causes thumb tendons to get inflamed. Give thumbs a rest.
• Tech neck or mouse shoulder. Hunching over devices causes neck and back tightness. Sit up straight with good posture.
• Computer vision syndrome. Staring at the screen too long can cause headaches and blurred vision. Look away!
Best advice? Adjust your habits and avoid repetitive strain.

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Are You My Client Of The Month?

Every month we choose a very special Client Of The Month. It’s our way of acknowledging good friends and saying “thanks” to those who support us and our business with referrals, word of mouth and repeat business.

Michael Gocke bought a beautiful home that would make any Homeowner happy. We are absolutely thrilled for you. We thank you for your wonderful cooperation in your sale and we wish for you the very best .

You might be our next Client Of The Month too! Watch for your name here in an upcoming month.

Trivia Challenge for the Month…
“Who Else Wants To Win $25 StarBucks Gift Card?”Guess who won last month’s Trivia Question? I’m pleased to announce the lucky winner of last month’s quiz. And the winner is, drum roll please: Sully Taurus won the $25 Starbucks Gift Card. Congratulations Sully! Sully  was the first person to correctly answer my quiz question.What Major League baseball player currently holds 5th place on the career home runs record list, behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Alex Rodriguez?

a) Albert Pujols
b) Willie Mays
c) Ken Griffey Jr.
d) Jim Thome

The answer is b) Willie Mays. Let’s move on to this month’s trivia question.

What building was the world’s tallest UNTIL it was upstaged by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai?

a) One World Trade Center
b) Shanghai Tower
c) Taipei 101
d) Trump International Hotel and Tower

You Could Be One Of My Next Winners! Call Me At 703-408-5560 OR

Brain Teaser Answer:

A Post Office!

Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q. Do I have to hire a professional stager or can I stage my home myself in order to sell it?
A. Staging your home creates a great first impression, makes pictures pop on the Internet, and will boost your sales price. First, consult your REALTOR® . You can do the staging yourself if you have the time. Here’s how:

  • Clean the inside and outside from top to bottom.You may just want to hire professional cleaners to do this part.
  • Remove clutter, extra furniture and personal itemsso your potential buyers will “see themselves” living in your home.
  • Paint the walls a neutral color to appeal to a broad base of buyers.

Hiring a professional stager is an excellent alternative. Stagers can bring in furniture/decor that will make your home stand out from others on the market. Ask your REALTOR® for recommendations.

For more staging tips, ask for my Free Consumer Report called “4 Steps To Stage Your Home For A Fast Sale.” We’ll send a copy right to you. Do you have a question related to real estate or home ownership? Please call us at 703-408-5560. Perhaps we’ll feature your question in my next issue!

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