Tracey Fiorelli
Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc | 508-509-8162 | [email protected]


Posted by Tracey Fiorelli on 4/6/2019

Selecting a cat to become the newest member of your family can be very exciting. Sometimes, the decision can be easy as falling in love with the cute little sight. However, if you are in search of a specific breed, it may be pretty complicated as you will need to put a lot of time and research into it. Some cats may be appealing to the eyes, but they lack the temperament to be with little children. Others may be too vicious and active which may be a problem if you love having a quiet time in your apartment. Below is a list of the most popular breeds of cat, to help you make you make an easy decision:

Persian cats

Persians are fluffy, regal and very, very beautiful. Short and round with a pretty large head, Persian cats require frequent grooming; so choosing one will be a bad choice if you are not ready to put in enough time and effort to keep them looking beautiful. Persian cats are quiet so if you have loud kids, don't get one.

Siamese cats

If you want a cat with a bucket-load of fun, you should get a Siamese cat. They have a short, sleek hair, unique dark points on their ears, tail, and feet that make it look exotic and charming blue eyes that will melt the toughest of heart. Although they have a loud yowling that sometimes can become annoying, Siamese cats are affectionate, full of energy and they don't get cranky if there is another pet in the home. Also, they require little attention. 

Ragdoll cats 

Big, affectionate, and very fluffy, the Ragdoll loves cuddling. They are very docile, so while theyíre very playful with children, they donít do well if theyíre in public. If you have stubborn mice doing a lot of havoc while you are asleep, rest assured it will end up going or dead when a Ragdoll gets into your home, because they are excellent hunters. They require moderate training and are very easy to train. 

Bengal cats

A Bengal cat is a cross between an Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. They are sleek, playful, well-muscled and very intelligent. Do you want a cat that stands out from the rest? This is the cat for you. However, they require a large amount of grooming and attention. 

Domestic cats

These cats are often called tabby or moggies because of the color ratio of their coats. Domestic cats arenít a specific breed, but rather an amalgamation of different breeds. With that in mind, their temperament varies, but they make lovely pets and are very cheap.

Cats come in different temperaments, shapes, and sizes. So while the beautiful blue eyes of the Persian may seduce you or you may love the intelligence of a Ragdoll, there are other factors to put into consideration before you choose a pet. The payoff with a cat is it will be a companion you and your family will enjoy for years.

Visit the local shelter or consult with the nearest vet and rescue a furry friend for your family!




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Posted by Tracey Fiorelli on 3/2/2019

Allergies are extremely common in America with millions of Americans suffering from symptoms.

The most common household allergies are seasonal, which run from February to early summer, and animal allergies which can pose a risk at any time.

There are some ways you can limit some of the allergens in your home, whether you want to make your house more allergy-proof for yourself and family or your guests.

Seasonal allergies

There are a number of plant pollen and mold allergies that are common throughout the United States. During pollen season, especially on dry, windy days, these pollens are spread everywhere.

Many people who experience seasonal allergies watch local pollen levels in their area to prepare themselves for peak days when they are most likely to experience symptoms. During these times, itís best to keep doors and windows completely shut. This includes your home, garage, and vehicle.

To clean up after times of high pollen levels, itís a good idea to first vacuum and then use a damp cloth to dust household surfaces. The moisture will trap pollens and prevent them from escaping back into the air.

When it comes to mold, there are a number of preventative measures you can take in your home. The most important thing you can do is avoid excess moisture in your home. You can do this by using a dehumidifier, monitoring water pipes, and cleaning spills and leaks immediately after they happen.

Animal allergies

Pet owners love their pets. But the pet dander that comes with them is a leading cause of allergies. To help mitigate pet allergies in your home, focus on the areas where your pets spend the most time. If your pet sleeps on your bed or has their own bed, wash the bed linens frequently.

Since most pets spend their days inside your home, roaming the floors, itís important to vacuum frequently with a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner. High-efficiency machines that are sealed properly and use effective filters are much better at reducing the amount of dust that escapes during vacuuming and when you empty the vacuum itself.

Air filters

The filter on your vacuum isnít the only one necessary for reducing allergy-causing particles in your home. Heating and ventilation systems also come with air filters that need to be cleaned or replaced.

When replacing your filter, look for one that is HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) certified to remove the most allergens possible.

Donít forget the backyard

Since many allergies are carried in on the wind and shoes entering your home from the outside, itís important to understand which allergens you might be growing in your backyard. Some trees, grasses, and plants cause higher levels of allergies and are more likely to cause symptoms to you and your guests.

Even the most common trees like pine and maple can be problematic for some people, so itís important to know what youíre allergic to and whether you should take steps to landscape away some of those allergens.




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Posted by Tracey Fiorelli on 1/21/2016

Staging your home for potential buyers can be quite the hassle. You may start moving your furniture around spontaneously, or become tense when your children or spouse make messes in a room that you just prepped for show. With all of the planning that one can put into making their home shine, one crucial step in home staging is often overlooked: your family pet. For the sake of simplicity, I will outline a few things that you must keep in mind when cleaning up after your pet in a home for sale. Pet presence - For obvious reasons, some pets can't leave the house. Giant enclosures, aquariums, and disabled pets are hard to relocate sometimes, and a lot of people will be understanding of this. But if your dog or cat is healthy, then you'll want to strongly consider relocating your pets temporarily. Many people aren't pet owners, and don't like being around an excitable golden retriever or a yippy chihuahua when they are trying to imagine their family occupying your home. Remember....You are trying to make the potential buyer as relaxed as possible. Ask a friend if they wouldn't mind looking after your loved one for a bit, and if all else fails, look into a reputable boarding service for your pet. Fur - Fur can get everywhere. Even in places that you, as a resident of your home, don't necessarily notice all of the time. Be sure to give your couches, chairs, and love seats proper attention. That means taking the pillows and cushions off, and using a hand vacuum or brush to remove all of the fur you see. After you are sure that they are thoroughly cleaned, use a fabric freshener to finish it off. Try to do this well in advance of the potential buyer, as some people have sensitivities to fabric fresheners. Litter - No matter what kind of animal you have, odds are you have do deal with some form of waste. It may sound pretty obvious, but make sure your litter beds are clean and well hidden. Even if you own an exotic pet like a reptile of amphibian, this includes you too. Many people don't like snakes, but they'll like a messy snake cage even less. Another important thing to remember as an exotic pet owner is this: even though you may not be able to smell anything offensive coming from your reptile's cage, that doesn't mean that there isn't an odor. Many people who live with reptiles get used to the subtle odors that emit from the cages, and will tend to spot-clean their animal's cage without giving it the proper scrub-down that it needs. Odors - Don't use air fresheners to mask pet odor. It is meant to freshen the air...Not cover pet odors up. Instead, use powdered cleaners on carpets and rugs that your pets frequent. These can be purchased at your local pet store in the cleaning isle. Odds are, if someone has a severe allergy to animals, then they are going to be at risk of having a reaction. The cleaner the house, the less dander will be in the home.




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