Why you should sleep on your left side

Research shows that, for many people, sleeping on the left side may be the ticket to better health and better sleep.

It bolsters the lymphatic system.Sleeping on your left side allows your body to better filter lymph fluid and waste via the lymph nodes as the left side of our body is the dominant lymphatic side.

It can improve digestion. This is due to the simple matter of gravity. Lying on the left side allows food waste to easily move from the large intestine into the descending colon. Sleeping on the left side also allows the stomach and pancreas to hang naturally.

It’s good for your heart. Sleeping on the left side may help to take some pressure off the heart, as gravity can facilitate both lymph drainage toward and aortic circulation away from the heart.

It’s ideal for pregnant women. Sleeping on the left side helps to relieve pressure on the back, keep the uterus from squeezing the liver, and increase blood flow to the uterus, kidneys, and fetus.

It can reduce heartburn. A study found that lying on the left side can help reduce acid reflux symptoms. The effects are fairly immediate; if you’re struggling with heartburn after a meal, try taking a 10-minute lie-down on your left side.

It can relieve back pain. Sleeping on your side can relieve pressure on the spine. Feeling more comfortable, in turn, will improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.


Here is what you need to know about home inspections

If you’re about to hire a home inspector here are some important things you should know. First, home inspections are intended to point out adverse conditions, not cosmetic flaws.

An inspector will point out conditions that need repair and/or potential safety-related concerns. They won’t comment on cosmetic items.

A home inspection report is a basic report. The inspector considers hundreds of items during an average inspection on both the inside and outside of the house. But if they see something that demands a more in-depth inspection, they will recommend that you enlist the services of an expert in that area.

Home inspectors work to a strict code of ethics and can lose their license if they do otherwise. A reputable home inspector will not conduct a home inspection if his or her fee is contingent on untruthful conclusions. Once an inspection is rendered, any failure in the systems or integrity of the home must be disclosed to all parties to the transaction.

Inspectors are not responsible for the condition of the home. Inspectors don’t go behind walls or under flooring, so if you buy a home where an expensive problem surfaces after the sale, you won’t be able to make the inspector liable.

As a buyer, you need the home inspection to decide if the home is in condition that you can tolerate. You can use the report to show the seller the need for a certain repair or negotiate a better price. You can also take the report to a contractor and use it to make repairs or to remodel a section of the home.

One thing you should not do when buying a home is skip having the home inspected. A home inspection is relatively cheap and could save you big money in the long run. It’s also required by many lenders, particularly for FHA loans. A home inspection gives you valuable information needed to make a sound buying decision.

I’d be more than happy to discuss this further with you and answer any questions you may have. Just give me a call.

Helpful Household Tips – The Bathroom

  1. Replace expensive glass cleaner with a solution of ammonia and water. It streaks less. Dry with old newspaper.
  2. Remove soap scum off tubs and shower with laundry stain treatment like Spray ‘n’ Wash. Spray on and wipe scum off.
  3. Clean stainless faucets with a little rubbing alcohol on a sponge. They will sparkle.

Another Hint: If you want to know the value of a home you own, or would like to own, call us for a free professional evaluation. We want to work for you!

Online Website Scams

Website scams using familiar company names are becoming more and more common. That means you have to be more and more vigilant. Follow these simple guidelines to protect yourself online and create the best and safest possible shopping experience.

The Domain Name – A lot of fraudulent websites will use a domain name similar to a brand name. If a company has a trademark on their name, their website usually matches the company name.

No Contact Information – Any company offering legitimate products or services will have a place of business (location) as well as a phone number and email to contact them. If none of this information is available, avoid them.

Test the Contact Information – If the website does list contact information, call, write or email the site, using their contact details, to check if it works. If you get an automatic voice messaging system, the number is not in service, or no one answers during business hours, then exercise caution.

Check the Grammar and Spelling – If a fake website is attempting to present itself as an American business, they will usually use English text. However, there will quite often be horrible grammar and spelling mistakes on the website. Excessive use of poor grammar and spelling should be an instant red flag.

Check the WHOIS – Do a domain WHOIS lookup to see who owns the domain. This will tell you the company that the domain was purchased through, when it was created, when it expires as well as contact details. Another thing to look for is how long the domain has existed. If it has been active for less than a year, then it is most likely a scam website.

Check the create account, and payment pages. Legitimate sites have an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. SSL certificates secure the transfer of your data when you submit sensitive information and cost money. A scam site won’t bother with an SSL certificate, as the site will likely be shut down within a couple months. If the website is legitimate and secure, they will have HTTPS on the URL and a lock icon.

Check the shipping and return policy. If the website is selling a product over the internet, they will have a shipping and return policy listed on their site. If it is a real company, they should tell you how and where to return a defective product. If they are shipping a product, they should give you an idea how long it will take to arrive. If they have no return address and a vague shipping policy, do not shop at that website.

Check the Domain Name in Google. Type the domain name into Google, if it is a real site, there should be links to that site from other sites. If only the domain comes up and no other search result appears, then it is very suspicious.

Look at reviews. Type the website’s domain name, followed by “reviews”, into a search engine. You will discover search results for other people’s experiences in dealing with the website. This is a great way to quickly find out whether a site is legit or not.