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Nov 13th, 2019

Getting your Home Ready for Guests

Getting Ready for Guests During the Holidays     In North Central West Virginia we had our first snow of the season. You know what that means....the HOLIDAY SEASON is NEAR! And as the holidays approach, many will be hosting guests. Here are some quick tips to get your home ready for the holiday season!   1.      Make a meal plan and go grocery shopping. 2.      Clean your guest room or blow up the air mattress.  3.      Buy fresh flowers.  4.      Add night lights so guests can navigate your home in the middle of the night if they need something.  5.      Wash some extra towels.  6.      Make bathroom supplies easy to find.  7.      Get extra blankets.  8.      Have a designated place for coats and shoes.  9.      Buy  extra candles. Just enjoy the season and your guests!   10.  Have fun and enjoy your holidays!   Sources: https://www.closetbox.com/blog/tips-to-get-your-home-guest-ready-for-the-holidays/   https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/tips-how-prepare-your-home-holiday-guests/   https://www.winchesterhomes.com/news-trends-7-ways-prepare-holiday-guests/    

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Nov 7th, 2019

5 Energy Saving Tips for a Cozy Winter

5 Energy Saving Tips to Survive the Winter    It's cold and rainy here in Morgantown, West Virginia and we are heading into the Holiday Season! Our goal this month, is to help you make the season as carefree as possible! As winter is approaching, here are a few tips on how to save energy and money during the coldest months of the year!   1.      Switch your ceiling fan’s blade rotation. The blades rotation can actually help you save on your winter heating bill! Hot air rises so reversing your fan’s blade to a clockwise rotation will push the warm air back to you.   2.      Invest in a smart thermostat. An easy home upgrade can save you up to 12% on your heating bill!   3.      Make sure to check your home for drafts. The cold winter chills can seep in under doors, around windows and even through electrical outlets. Drafts will make it more difficult to warm up your home and will eat away at your heating budget. Install weather stripping and proper installation will save you money!   4.      Use LED string lights when decorating for the holidays. LED lights are much more energy efficient than regular string lights with incandescent bulbs. By using LED lights, you will be cutting down your electric bill! LED lights will cost $0.41 to run during the holiday season while incandescent bulbs will cost $3.53 to run during the holiday season.   5.      Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting of 120 degrees. It will save energy and help you avoid scalding your hands.     Sources: https://www.chooseenergy.com/blog/energy-efficiency/10-energy-saving-tips-survive-winter/   https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips    

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Oct 28th, 2019

Celebrating Halloween in Morgantown

Celebrating Halloween in Morgantown   Morgantown is not your typical trick-or-treating destination. Check out a few unique ways to celebrate Halloween in the area!       October 29: Trunk or Treat This is a community event where local parents can bring their children to the WVU Coliseum from 5pm-7pm to trick-or-treat in a safe location. Student organizations from WVU will be handing out candy at stations. Students from every grade in the Morgantown area flock the Coliseum for a day of trick-or-treating.   October 29: Howl-O-Ween Doggie Trick or Treat Bring yourself and your dogs to the West Virginia Botanic Garden from 4pm-6:30pm and enjoy trick-or-treating with your favorite furry friends! Vendors will be set up along the Reserve Loop Trail and will be handing out dog treats. There will even be a costume contest for the best dressed pooch! This event is free but donations are appreciated!  To sign up, visit: http://bit.ly/2mtAVlV   October 31: Halloween Bash WVU Collegiate Recovery is hosting its 4th annual Halloween Bash! There will be a costume contest with a chance to win many prizes! The event is free to WVU students.  

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Oct 18th, 2019

The "History" of Bonnie's Bus

Bonnie’s Bus   In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, KLM Properties wants to shine a light on services in our state that keep women healthy. One organization that is very important is Bonnie’s Bus through the WVU Cancer Institute. Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that travels across West Virginia, offering breast cancer screenings in a comfortable, convenient environment. Bonnie’s Bus began in 2009 created in honor of Bonnie Wells Wilson the mother of Jo Statler, who succumbed to breast cancer in a remote area of the state with no access to screening mammography. Bonnie’s Bus has a mission to provide breast cancer screenings to women in West Virginia, especially to those in remote areas of the state with little to no access to screening mammography. Since Bonnie’s Bus journey began, it has provided over 17,900 mammograms and detected at least 100 cases of breast cancer. The bus serves women who qualify for West Virginia and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Grant funds and donations are available to pay for women without coverage so no women over the age of 40 is never turned away.  Source: http://www.wvucancer.org/cancer-prevention-control/bonnies-bus/    

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Oct 8th, 2019

Tasty Foods that Can Reduce your Risk of Breast Cancer

5 Tasty Foods That Could Lower Your Risk of Cancer   October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although these foods are not 100% preventative, they could lower your risk for several types of cancer!   #1 - Broccoli Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a compound that has been shown to cause tumor cell death and reduce tumor size in some studies. A high intake of cruciferous vegetables may also be associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer.   Some other vegetables that contain sulforaphane include cauliflower, kale, cabbage, bok choy and watercress.   #2 – Cinnamon Studies have found that cinnamon extract may have anti cancer properties and may help decrease the growth and spread of tumors.   #3 – Berries Some studies have found that the compounds in berries may decrease the growth and spread of certain types of cancer.   #4 –  Beans Beans are high in fiber, which may be protective against colorectal cancer. Studies have found that a higher intake of beans could reduce your risk of cancer.   #5 – Nuts Studies have found that an increased intake of nuts may decrease the risk of cancer. Research shows that some specific types of Brazil nuts and walnuts may also be linked to a lower risk of cancer.   Following a healthful diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugar and trans fats may reduce the risk of breast cancer.    Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cancer-fighting-foods#section14  

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Oct 4th, 2019

KLM Properties Goes "PINK" for the Month of October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month     October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease that affects so many women and men. This year alone, an estimated 268,6000 women in the United States have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 62,930 women have been diagnosed with noninvasive breast cancer. Here are a few ways to get involved and show your support!   #1 – Wear Pink The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons and the color pink in general is a great way to show support!   #2 –  Support Local Families Get involved with your local community! If you know of anyone who currently is fighting breast cancer, offer to drive them to and from treatments. Make their family a meal. Be a supportive community member and help their family through their fight.   #3 – Give There are many ways that you can give to support breast cancer awareness. You can give to a research foundation. You can give by participating in a walk. You can give by supporting a great cause.         Source: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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Sep 24th, 2019

FOOD FESTIVALS! So close to Morgantown and surrounding areas..... it would be a SHAME not to check them out!

Upcoming Food Festivals in Pittsburgh Who doesn’t love a food festival? Check out these exciting events happening in Pittsburgh and see if you would be interested in attending! Saturday, September 21: Pittsburgh Mac N Cheese Festival There will be over 30 kinds of Mac N Cheese samples from top chefs and vendors on top of live entertainment throughout the day! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2m1n0mW Sunday, September 22: Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival is back at Kennywood Park on September 22nd from 1pm-6pm. There will be live music, beer garden for guest 21+ and select Kennywood games and favorite food vendors at the event. Tickets will be available at the door! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2krQHx4 Saturday, September 28: Pittsburgh Pizza + Bar Crawl This bar crawl highlights the best South Side Pittsburgh bars and great pizzerias! Join many pizza and beer lovers for a great experience. Must be 21+ to attend. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2kv77Vy Saturday, October 5: Pittsburgh Hard Cider & Donuts This festival features 8 bars, many Pittsburgh restaurants, premium hard ciders and 2000 donuts. Bring in fall with this festive celebration!  Must be 21+ to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2kv5Gq8      

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Sep 23rd, 2019

Our Agents are your people.

We all want to live in the home of our dreams, but finding it is not as easy as you might think. On average it takes most people around 12 weeks to find the home they’re looking for. Who has time for that? The answer, we do! KLM Properties real estate agents are fully committed, experienced, and motivated to find the home your looking to buy in a timely fashion. So remember, when it comes to real estate in Morgantown, Bridgeport, Clarksburg, and Fairmont areas, KLM Properties agents are your people to get it done! Learn more about how we can help you buy your home by visiting us at klmproperties.com/buy

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Sep 15th, 2019

This is Realtor Safety Month...Tips to Stay Safe!

September is Realtors Safety Month! Here are 10 tips to insure you’re safe while showing houses!   As a real estate agent, you will be meeting many strangers in unfamiliar surroundings. Here are 10 easy tips will keep you safe in many situations –  even when you don’t know who’s going to be on the other side of the door.   Tip #1: Touch Base Let someone know where you are, who you are meeting with and when you are expected to be back. Ask this person to check-in on you if you’re gone longer than expected. Tip #2: Have an Excuse Ready If you ever find yourself in an unsafe situation, have an excuse ready so you can leave. An example could be, “I have a meeting at the office with my boss in 10 minutes, I need to leave.” This excuse shows that someone is waiting for you and will be concerned if you’re not there. It also gives you a reason to leave immediately. Tip #3: Use Your Car Given the option, try to use your car while showing multiple houses. This ensures that you are in control and will not be taken somewhere you don’t want to go. Tip #4: Be Aware of Your Surroundings  When you get to your listing, take a few seconds to ensure there is no potential danger. Ask yourself the following questions… Is there any questionable activity in the area? Are you parked in a well-lit, visible location? While showing the house be aware of your surroundings and if something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut. Tip #5: Keep it Light Schedule your showings during the day. If you have to show a house after daylight, be sure to turn on all lights and do not cover any windows. Tip #6: Lock Doors Make sure that when you are leaving a property, that you scan the property to ensure no one is there. Then lock the doors as you leave.   Tip #7: Don’t Text and Drive While being a real estate agent means a lot of driving, make sure to never text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road.    Tip #8: Talk to Neighbors If you see neighbors, inform them of what you’re doing. Ask if he or she will keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Tip #9: Don’t Use the “V” Word When posting a listing, never use the word vacant. This might make it attractive to criminals.   Tip #10: Learn Self-Defense Skills In the worst case scenario, you’re going to need to learn how to defend yourself. Take a self-defense class or even watch a YouTube tutorial in case you ever have to defend yourself in a situation.   For more information and safety tips, visit: www.nar.realtor/safety/56-safety-tips-for-realtors

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