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Kitchen Fires 101

by Mary Gilbert


Several of the biggest fire hazards in your home all live in your kitchen. The oven, the stovetop, your toaster… when you think of all of the heat sources your kitchen contains, it’s almost a wonder that it doesn’t burst into flames on the regular. Joking aside, the kitchen is usually a pretty safe place so long as you keep an eye on things. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore fire safety rules when in the kitchen, of course – knowing how to handle a kitchen fire can mean the difference between a scare and a tragedy.

 

Kitchen Fire Safety

There are a number of potential causes of kitchen fires. There are the usual fire hazards such as electrical shorts, but you also have kitchen-specific risks such as splashing oil or something falling onto a heating element. Because there are so many potential causes of a kitchen fire, your fire safety measures need to be a bit wider reaching than what you might use for other rooms in your house.
 

A smoke detector is important in the kitchen, as is a fire extinguisher that you can access easily. Make sure you choose the right fire extinguisher, though; opt for an ABC fire extinguisher if possible. These can be used on Class A (trash/wood/paper), Class B (oil and liquids) and Class C (electrical equipment) fires. Establish an area where you can put oven mitts, cookbooks and similar materials far enough away from the stovetop to prevent any of them from falling onto a hot surface. Inspect kitchen appliances regularly for damaged cords or other fire hazards and replace anything that could present a danger.
 

Oven Fires

If a fire breaks out in your oven, your first instinct is likely to open the oven and try to put the fire out. That’s one of the worst things that you can do, though; opening the oven provides much-needed air to the fire and can make it significantly worse. Just opening the oven door can cause the fire to explode outward, potentially burning you and spreading to surrounding surfaces.
 

Instead, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. This will limit the availability of oxygen, causing the fire to die down and eventually go out on its own. Keep an eye on the fire, though, since if it doesn’t start dying out or seems to be getting stronger, you’ll likely need to call the fire department to deal with it.
 

Fires on the Stovetop

Stovetop fires come in several forms. If something falls onto a hot burner, that can cause a fire. If oil or other flammable liquids get too hot or splash out of a pan, that can also cause a fire. Even letting a pan boil dry can cause a fire. Fortunately, the majority of stovetop fires are preventable by keeping an eye on the stove whenever there’s at least one hot burner.
 

If a fire breaks out on the stovetop, there are a few things that you can do. If it’s a very small fire such as a grease fire in a pan, simply putting a metal lid on the pan may be enough to put the fire out. Slightly larger fires can be doused using baking soda, but do NOT use flour… though you may have heard that flour is okay to use, flour is finely ground dried plant material and is actually very flammable. Your fire extinguisher is also an option, as is calling the fire department before things get too far out of control.
 

Keeping Your Kitchen Safe

One key part of fire safety is making sure that your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment stays in good working order in case you need them. HomeKeepr can help you find the pros you need for preventative maintenance, fire extinguisher inspections and more essential fire prevention services.

 

Contact The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

 

By: Homekeepr, Rob Morelli

2232 Circle Dr: Four Bedroom Home Loaded with Updates!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
2232 Circle Drive, Roseburg, OR 97471

Pack your bags and come on over, this recently updated home is move in ready and waiting for YOU! New flooring throughout, an upgraded kitchen, updated HVAC system, brand new roof, deck, fencing and gutters, plus fresh paint inside and out make this Sunnyslope home a great deal! An abundance of oak cabinets with under cabinet lighting, a full complement of white appliances, and a sunny dining area is a chefs delight in this eat in kitchen. Sliding doors lead to the large deck for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining. Steps down to the fenced yard and gazebo make this outdoor space perfect for grillin’ and chillin’! Back inside, the bright and open living room makes everyday function a breeze. Kick back and relax! With four spacious bedrooms, this home is ideal for a growing family. The master suite is privately located on one side with double closets and its own bath, while the 3 secondary bedrooms and a full bath are on the opposite side of the home. Low maintenance landscaping, a detached storage shed and an attached 2 car garage add to the many desirable features offered at 2232 Circle Drive! You simply must come take a look!  

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

Ideas for Shading Your Outdoor Living Areas

by Mary Gilbert


You love your outdoor space, but is the afternoon sun stopping you from using i
t for more than weekend mornings with a cup of coffee?  Closing in the space may not be in the budget, but there are many ways you can shade the area without putting a hole in your wallet! 

 

  • Sail Shades 
    For
     less than $100, purchase a sail shade, a piece of polyethylene fabric, normally cut into rectangles or triangles and grommeted.  Most come with a good length of rope to anchor it to your roof or attach it to a pole.  It’s practically instant shade, and weather-resistant, so it can be left up all Summer.   

     

  • Cabana 
    A
     breezy cabana can be made from a simple wooden structure, or even piping!  Check out these ideas from Home Decoration Magazine. 

     

  • Vining Shade 
    Build
     a vertical trellis wall, making sure it’s facing the direction the sun is shining. Plant fast-growing perennial or evergreen vines and train the plants to grow up the trellis.  The trellis itself will shield your space from the sun, and the plants will help as they grow. 

     

  • Slatted Shade 
    Pergolas
     are beautiful open structures on their own or covered with trailing plants.  The price tag can be big, depending on how it’s done, but wooden pergola kits are available, as well as metal pergola kits for even less. These instructions from The Created Home show you how to build a simple attached pergola for about $200. 

     

  • Temporary Shade 
    Lifeh
    acker has a tutorial for a simple canopy that’s easy to put up, and easy to take down.  

     

  • Living Screen 
    Visit
     a reputable nursery where you can get advice from a grower about good shade trees to plant as a screen around the perimeter of your patio.  Purchasing 6’-10’ trees may be a bit more expensive, but with the right planting and care, the trees will grow and thrive, providing lush, living shade. 

     

  • Container Shade 
    Bamboo
     is a hardy plant, and easy to grow in containers. Using several containers together will provide lush greenery for shade or a privacy screen.  Find the best bamboo for screening, as well as what containers are best here. 

 

If building or planting your outdoor canopy isn’t your thing, then an extra-large outdoor umbrella will do the trick.  Many models are available, and have extending possibilities, and can rotate to follow the sun’s path.  No matter what you decide to use, take advantage of your own shady spot to unwind after a busy week, move family meals outside, or just soak in the outdoors. 

 

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Lavender Festival & Farm Tour

by Mary Gilbert


Friday, July 12, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 14, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Growing Miracles Lavender Garden
508 Lower Garden Valley Road

Join us for the 2nd Annual Lavender Festival & Farm Tour!  There will be vendors, food, and wreath making classes, plus more!

For more information call (541) 817-6111

Event Website

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: visitroseburg.com

What Do I Need to Know About Mold?

by Mary Gilbert


There are few things that homeowners dread more than mold in the house. You’ve likely heard horror stories about people living with mold infestations that made them seriously ill. Is this just hype, or is there a real danger to having mold in your home? More importantly, what can you do if you find mold growing somewhere in the house?

 

What Is Mold?

Mold is a broad group of fungi, with thousands of species and subspecies around the world that typically prefer dark and damp habitats. Often fuzzy in appearance (though occasionally slimy or cottony), molds spread across materials and break them down to get the nutrients the mold needs to survive and thrive. Instead of seeds, molds release single-celled spores that in many cases are too small to see with the naked eye; these spores float through the air to land on a variety of surfaces, beginning growth once they find themselves in a suitable habitat. Though molds are made up of a number of individual stalks fibers, a connected clump of mold is considered to be a single living entity.
 

Types of Mold

There are several common types of mold that you might see around the house. While some of these may not be inherently dangerous, any mold can trigger reactions in anyone with an allergy or sensitivity. The five most common of these molds are:
 

  • Aspergillus: One of the most common indoor molds, it often appears green, blue-green or gray but can also appear white or even yellow.
  • Cladosporium: A black or green mold that has an appearance like ground pepper, it commonly grows on smooth surfaces like toilets and painted walls but can also grow in fabrics and rugs.
  • Ulocladium: A black mold that grows in wet areas, especially in cracks and corners; it is most common in homes with water damage and active leaks.
  • Aureobasidium: Varying in color from pink to brown or black, this mold most commonly grows behind wallpaper, on painted surfaces and on wood.
  • Stachybortrys: The infamous “black mold”, it features a slimy dark green or black color and thrives in areas that are damp and maintain high humidity for weeks.
     

Is Mold Actually Dangerous?

While many molds are allergens, most will not cause severe reactions unless you have a mold sensitivity or have other health problems that make you more prone to infection. However, some molds (such as black mold) actually are toxic and can make you very sick if you’re around them for too long. Symptoms of a mold allergy or toxic mold exposure can include a chronic cough, skin rashes, fatigue, difficulty focusing and even pain or infection in your sinuses, eyes and ears.
 

Mold Testing and Removal

If you suspect that you have mold problems, there are home tests available to help you identify the type of mold in your home. These should only be a first step, however, as they often aren’t enough to definitively show you the scope of your mold problem. Call in an expert to confirm the results of your test or take a scraping of the mold and have it analyzed. Be sure to wear a dust mask or other breathing protection if you aren’t sure what type of mold you’re dealing with until the problem is taken care of.
 

For many mold infestations, getting rid of leaks or other sources of humidity is a great way to slow or even stop mold growth. Mold can cause serious damage over time, however, so you may need professional mold removal and repair services if you can’t get the problem under control early.

 

Contact The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

 

By: Homekeepr, Saro Cutri

713 Sandpiper Court: Gorgeous Knolls Estates Home!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
713 Sandpiper Court, Sutherlin, OR  97479

If a bright and open floor plan is the number one thing on your wish list, this is the home for you! 713 Sandpiper Court in desirable Knolls Estates is an entertainers dream with an open living room and kitchen, plus a formal dining room only separated by a dual sided gas fireplace. Thats not all… enjoy a split bedroom plan for privacy, 30 roof solar panels, a Bose surround sound throughout - even on the patio, cherry cabinets, newer exterior paint, LED lights, a gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite, plus SO much more! Glistening granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, under cabinet lighting, a breakfast bar and a wine fridge make this kitchen a chefs delight. Guests and family can relax in the connecting living space while you prepare a meal. Enjoy a cozy night in front on the fire relaxing on the couch or hosting at the dinner table – the dual sided fireplace is the focal point on this space. A casual breakfast nook overlooks your backyard through a lovely bay window. Step outside to the covered deck for al fresco dining or just grab a good book and soak in the sun! Escape to your private master suite outfitted with an elegant tray ceiling, plush carpeting, its own gas fireplace, deck access, walk in closet and a spa inspired bath featuring granite double sink vanity and a tiled walk in shower. Two generously sized secondary bedrooms on the opposite side of the home share a Jack and Jill bath with tiled shower and tub. The large laundry room with cabinetry and a sink helps you keep things organized. An oversized 2 car garage, plus a 14x43 RV garage with 50 amp hook up is perfect for all your vehicle and equipment storage needs. There are 3 patio areas, two stamped concrete, to enjoy endless outdoor fun, plus low maintenance yard with exterior hot and cold spigot, automatic front and rear sprinkler system, raised garden beds and white rail fencing. There is SO much to love - you simply must come take a look at this beautiful home!  

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.


If you own a rental property, you know how important it is to have the right tenant. Good renters will take care of the property as though it were their own, leaving it as close to how they moved in as possible. Bad renters, on the other hand, make it obvious that they don’t care, since it’s not actually their house; it can take a significant amount of time and money to get your property back to rentable condition after they move out. Wouldn’t it be great if you could only rent to the first group and avoid the second group entirely?

 

While you may still occasionally get a bad tenant, with a bit of smart screening you can greatly increase your chances of finding good renters every time. This goes beyond the standard screening techniques like a credit check; it’s all about the questions you ask before making your decision. Here are a few of the best questions to ask potential renters to see if they’re the ones you really want to rent to.
 

Why Are You Moving?

This is a great question to start with because it gives you an idea of what motivates potential renters. Ideally, you’ll find someone who’s moving for a reason such as work relocation, trying to find a bigger house for their family or trying to find a better neighborhood or school system for their children. Watch out for people who complain about their current landlord or who seem to be trying to escape a negative situation.
 

Would Your Current Landlord Provide a Reference?

Talking to a current landlord gives you two important pieces of information: It lets you find out what sort of a tenant the potential renter is, and also tells you that they have been upfront with their landlord about the fact that they’re moving. Someone who wants to keep you from talking to their landlord may have something to hide.
 

Have You Ever Broken a Lease?

There are legitimate reasons to break a lease. Reasons such as work relocation and having to move because of unexpected family circumstances shouldn’t weigh against a potential tenant, and asking this up front gives them a chance to open up about any broken leases in their past. If they try to cover it up or cite reasons such as landlord conflicts or problems paying rent, though, then this could be a big red flag.
 

How Long Have You Been with Your Employer? How About the One Before That?

This is perhaps even more important than how long they’ve lived in their current home. A long period of employment shows job stability and being a new hire after working for a long period can show ambition and a desire to get ahead. On the flip side, people who have trouble maintaining a job for longer periods could have trouble paying the rent.
 

Who Will Live on the Property? Will There Be Any Pets?

When asking these questions, be sure not to lead the answer by saying things like “This property is intended for two people” beforehand. Give potential tenants a chance to answer to help ensure that they do so honestly. If the answer violates a no-pets policy or sounds excessive for the property, you can reveal this afterward to let them know that they’re not right for your property.
 

Will There Be Any Smokers on the Property?

An increasing number of rental units are going no smoking, in part because of the difficulty associated with getting smoke stains and smells out of curtains and carpet. While it’s up to you to decide on your smoking policy, if you don’t want smoking in the house then make sure that potential renters know that up front.
 

Will You Consent to a Background Check/Credit Check?

Not all landlords use credit and background checks, but it’s always a good idea to ask if potential renters will consent to one. If they have credit history issues or legal problems in their past, it gives them a chance to be upfront about it and provide you with the information you need to make a decision. If they don’t justify why they don’t want the info checked, it may also hint at problems they’re trying to hide.
 

Do You Have Any Questions for Me?

Giving potential renters a chance to ask you questions helps you make sure that they know everything they want to know about your property and your policies. If they don’t ask questions, consider how attentive they were during previous questions when you make your decision. If they were just trying to get through the interview process without paying attention, they may not be the renter for you.
 

Get Rental Screening Guidance from a Pro

If you’re still worried about who you might rent to, consult with one of the professional property managers on HomeKeepr. Our referral system can help you find a trustworthy property manager, vouched for by people you know. They can help you find the right tenant and bring their years of experience to your property as well.

 

Contact The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

 

By: Homekeepr, David Weinstein

1081 Umpqua College Rd: Life on the Umpqua at its Finest!

by Mary Gilbert

Roseburg OR Real Estate For Sale
1081 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg, OR  97470

Rustic charm and luxury meet in this one of a kind estate on 6.41 acres with 334’ of frontage on the North Umpqua River! This is truly “Life on the Umpqua” at its finest!

Envision a seamlessly flowing floor plan, vaulted open beam ceilings, 3 fireplaces and an array of extraordinary features, plus waking to breathtaking water and mountain views, weekends boating with family and friends, and relaxing on the full length patio. This haven was designed for comfort and leisurely fun!

The circular drive and covered parking area lead you to a double wood door entrance setting the scene for whats to come! The entry shines with a modern chandelier, slate tile flooring and the gorgeous vaulted, open beamed ceilings you will find throughout this home. A warm and welcoming living room with a curved brick fireplace, a wall of windows, eating bar from the kitchen, wet bar and slider to patio is the perfect space for entertaining and everyday function.  

A family sized kitchen set to make your meals and memories features tile countertops, a huge center island, double oven, new refrigerator, dishwasher, Jen Air electric cook top, and an abundance of cabinet space. The formal dining room is right next door for easy serving. A bay window and updated chandelier create an elegant space for fancy dinner parties.

The second wet bar connects from the dining room to the family room where you will enjoy hosting game nights and holiday gatherings. The vaulted, open beam ceilings continue into this room, plus patio access and a toasty fireplace.

Pampering you with both luxury and privacy, the master suite offers plush carpeting, built in dressers, a gas fireplace, patio access, double walk in closets and TWO bathrooms! The mens bath is updated with new travertine shower and flooring, granite counters, a bidet and a shoe closet, while her bath features a jetted tub and tiled shower.

Two of the secondary bedrooms are convenient located on the other side of the home offering privacy and room to grow. They share an impressive Jack and Jill bathroom with soaking tub and shower. Working from home will be a delight in the office/den or use this room as a bedroom. Whatever your family’s needs, this home has you covered with spacious rooms and tons of built in storage.  A large laundry room with abundant cabinet and counterspace, plus a sink helps you keep things organized and tidy.

Outdoor living and playing is a vital aspect to the lifestyle on this estate. It has been orchestrated for comfort and fun with extensive private patios, manicure grounds, built in flower beds, plus a private boat ramp conveniently located steps from your back door. The three-car garage makes storing all your vehicles and outdoor toys a breeze.

Is it time to make your dreams a reality? Celebrate the spectacular beauty of this rare gem and enjoy endless possibilities for the individual who has the good fortune to live, work and play here!

Mary Gilbert, Licensed Realtor in Oregon has distinguished herself as a leader in the Roseburg OR real estate market. Mary assists buyers looking for Roseburg OR real estate for sale and aggressively markets Roseburg OR homes for sale. 

Mary, Licensed Realtor in Oregon brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a Roseburg OR home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future –Mary Gilbert of Keller Williams Realty Umpqua Valley will help make the most of your Roseburg OR real estate experience. Give her a call today, 541-371-5500, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

8 Things Homeowners Should Not Be Doing

by Mary Gilbert


Homeowners know that to-do lists are almost always too long, but what about don’t-do lists? Whether you’re a first-time
 homeowner or have been in your home for ten years, here are a few things you shouldn’t be doing: 

 

  • Testing the smoke detectors incorrectly:  sure, the battery needs to be checked, but so does the smoke detection.  Light a match, preferably a kitchen match, and blow it out, holding it next to the detector.  If the alarm sounds, great; if not, replace the battery.  You may need a new smoke alarm. 
     

  • Using incandescent light bulbs:  LED and fluorescent light bulb technology is getting better aesthetically speaking, so the extra cost to replace your incandescent bulb will make up for itself in the end.  You won’t be buying new ones for at least one year, plus your energy costs will decrease. 
     

  • Keeping the old thermostat:  replace it with a programmable, or even better, a smart thermostat.  You will notice a difference in your electric bill! 
     

  • Not checking gutter guards:  gutter guards are great for keeping leaves, larger twigs or pine straw from clogging the gutters, but dirt, seeds, as well as other smaller materials can still get in and cause problems.  Check your gutters at least every six months. 
     

  • Ignoring your roof:  just because you’re not seeing it up close and personal every day, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need inspecting occasionally.  Learn more about how to be kind to your roof here. 
     

  • Setting the mower to the lowest cut:  cutting your grass too far down can cause it to die.  It will not keep you from mowing less!  Cutting the grass 1-3 inches in length will keep it beautifully green. 
     

  • Planting trees close to the house:  small trees that can reach thirty feet in height should be planted ten feet or more away from your house, while taller trees need to be at least thirty feet away. 
     

  • Watering the landscaping in the evening:  your way to relax after a long day may be gardening but giving your plants a drink in the evening can cause mildew and other fungi to grow.   

 

Keeping these don’t-do’s in mind will help you save money, besides keep your home safe and in good living condition!  Also think of it as less to do, thus freeing up your time to enjoy being home with your family. 

 

Contact the experts on The Mary Gilbert Group for all your Real Estate needs! 541.371.5500 or [email protected] 

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Exploring Roseburg Oregon: Graffiti Weekend

by Mary Gilbert


July 10, 2019 - July 14, 2019

The Premier car event in the Pacific Northwest is happening at various locations in Roseburg, Oregon.  There will be cruises, show-n-shines, food, games, and more. Entertainment and fun for the whole family with events happening in Roseburg and throughout the Land of Umpqua!

For locations and a schedule of events visit the Event Website.

Courtesy of The Mary Gilbert Group

Photo Credit: graffitiweekend.com

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