My house-crazy/kitchen designer friend Marie sent me a link to this amazing Canadian company that specializes in vintage/retro kitchen appliances.
The company is called Elmira Stove Works and it is based out of the small town of Elmira in Ontario – my home province. They ship/sell internationally and have been around for over 30 years. Here’s their back story:
Today’s post is a guest post from an attorney who contacted me hoping I would share this on my website. I am not being compensated in any way for displaying this information; I am just purely doing it as a public service. Since I’m in the process of house-hunting right now, the advice below was very informative and I thought my readers might find something valuable in it as well.
My Home was a Meth Lab and No One Told Me
Illegal production of methamphetamine in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates the economic cost to society of meth use in this country is between $16.2 billion and $48.3 billion annually. The burden of addiction, coupled with the cost of finding and shutting down meth labs, is a drag on local economies and the nation as a whole. There’s also the issue of what to do with homes used for creating meth once the authorities have removed the criminals. Lethal chemicals seep into the walls of these properties, and can leach out over time, sickening anyone living inside. Meth Lab Cleanup, a national training and abatement company, estimates there are currently 2.5 million meth-contaminated homes in the United States. For every 10 homes used for meth production, experts say, authorities uncover just one.
Would you believe realtors are selling these homes at deep discounts to unsuspecting buyers? The signs that properties were former meth labs, particularly residue on walls and flat surfaces, aren’t always apparent. Sadly, the law may exempt realtors from testing a home for the dangerous compounds that can accumulate after meth production.
It happened in Oregon when the Hankins family purchased their dream home for what they thought was a steal at $36,000, according to Yahoo! News. They bought the place “as is,” meaning the home had no safety inspection conducted by a licensed building contractor. Sure, it needed some work, but for a home that cheap who could pass it up?
Well I don’t actually live right next door. The mortuary is one parking lot and one old-house-turned-doctor’s office over from my house.
Usually the mortuary staff are very discreet. But the other day when I was pulling out of the back alley (where I park), I saw them unloading a body from a big truck.
I tried not to look, but my breath caught in my throat and I stopped babbling to my three year old in mid-sentence. They were wheeling “it” in on a gurney and the body appeared to be covered with a clear plastic bag. It also appeared to have clothes on. Perhaps that is my overactive imagination filling in the details . They were very quick about pushing the gurney into the back doors of the mortuary, but I had seen what I had dreaded seeing for the 2.5 years I have lived here: a dead body
Prior to buying our house (years ago in fact) when my seven year old son was but a wee baby, Lupe and I were walking by this house and we were remarking how neat it would be to own that charming old brick house with the gingerbread in the eaves.
Lupe’s only reservation at the time was: “Yeah but it’s so close to a mortuary – wouldn’t that bother you?”
As 2012 careens to a close, and my blog’s one year anniversary fast approaches, I thought it was time for a look back.
In case you missed any of my most excellent posts this past year :) here is a ‘top-ten’ round-up of the most popular and, MY most favorite….
It has been over a month now since Hurricane Sandy pummelled the coastal areas of the north-eastern United States. Damage assessments have been staggering: the hard-hit state of New Jersey experienced $36.8 billion in damage. In New York state there was over $9.7 billion in damage just to the housing stock alone.
The headaches will be long-term and catastrophic for many homeowners who survived the storm.
If you own a house, you know the importance of purchasing basic homeowner’s insurance, but have you ever considered that you might need flood insurance as well?
Flood insurance is optional unless you live in a designated flood zone and your mortgage company requires you to purchase federal flood insurance (I experienced this at my former house). But if you own your home outright, or do not live in a flood zone, you are not required to have flood insurance. It is purely voluntary. And most people don’t think they need it.
Case in point:
Many homeowners who lived high up on the western hillside of Colorado Springs, Colorado never dreamed they would need flood insurance. Why would you if you lived at a high elevation, away from all the low-lying creeks and riverbed areas?
Then last summer the Waldo Canyon Fire struck, burning large swaths of entire neighborhoods to the ground. Over 300 families lost their homes – it was the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history.
But the hardships didn’t end there. The massive burn-scar on the west side of Colorado Springs now looks like a charred moon-scape. There is little to no vegetation left to absorb moisture. In fact, the whole composition of the soil and the landscape has changed, creating new pathways for water to get down the mountainside.