The first speaker we had today was Vera Kiphardt, a broker associate and realtor with The Ridgeway Company in Denver, Colorado. Vera spoke today about the Property Disclosure statement that is required with every property purchase. The seller must complete this disclosure with their current knowledge of the property for sale. This disclosure covers every system in the house from electrical to plumbing to sewer or septic, including all appliances, vents, attic fans, and fire alarms. The seller is to fill this out to the best of their knowledge, these items are very important for a buyer to know about – to help them make the decision on purchasing the house. The disclosure shows the systems that are in the home and those that have been added and permitted, whether or not it is in a flood plain or if there was a death in the home. If the home is in a HOA, the form will include common property questions and knowledge of any upcoming special assessments.
On the disclosure form it asks if it is known to have had lead paint, radon, was a meth house or a marijuana grow house. If a buyer wants to be sure of any of these conditions, there is testing that can be done if the seller doesn’t know. For meth – a simple screening (not a full test) runs around $800 for a typical 3 bed/2 bath home, a full-blown test can run around $2000. Remediation depends on the level of contaminants in the house but can mean removal of all drywall throughout the entire house. The test is the buyer’s responsibility. With radon – the buyer can request a test and it is the seller is responsible for the cost of the test and any remediation that is needed – average remediation cost is around $1000. Lead paint testing is relatively simple and inexpensive and is the seller’s responsibility. Remediation of lead can be very expensive as well depending on the amount of lead found. Generally, it is limited to painted areas around windows and doors. The new kid on the block is the marijuana grow houses, this has been a new issue since the legalizing of marijuana in Colorado. The clean up can be as extensive as a meth house and as expensive. The testing for this is the buyer’s responsibility and is not a bad idea as the amount of moisture used to grow marijuana can cause mold to grow is spaces not usually observed by a home buyer or even a home inspector.
If you are looking for a home and are looking for a realtor that has the experience to help you find that perfect home to call yours, give Vera Kiphardt a call.

Vera Kiphardt  •  The Ridgeway Company  •  303.949.4499  •  •

The second speaker today was Barbara Salage, our massage therapist and essential oils guru in Arvada, Colorado. Barbara took her time today to talk about the Raindrop Technique and detoxing the body. The Raindrop Technique is a 60-minute treatment in which a drop of each of the following undiluted essential oils is placed along the spine: oregano, thyme, basil, aroma size (a blend of basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint and cypress), valor (a blend of frankincense, blue tansy, rosewood and spruce), cypress, wintergreen, marjoram and peppermint. The oils of oregano, thyme and basil are phenol oils that kill and help remove toxins due to the germicidal and antiseptic compounds. The cypress is used to help the lymphatic and circulatory systems of the body. Wintergreen oil is used for inflammation and thins the blood and smells wonderful. The marjoram oil is a natural gentle detox and muscle relaxer along with the aroma siez. The last two oils, peppermint is used for pain relief and the valor is for relaxation.
The Young Living oils that Barbara uses are undiluted and 100 times more powerful than the leaf or plant and can occasionally cause irritation that can be relieved by adding a vegetable oil to dilute it. The Raindrop Technique combines several holistic modalities to bring balance to the body in a non-invasive manner. It also stimulates all of the body systems on a physical and emotional level along with relaxing the mind and body.
If you are looking for a massage therapist that is experienced in using essential oils and the Raindrop Technique give Barbara Salage a call.

Barbara Salage  •  Massage and Essential Oils  •  720.495.6658  •   •  www.BarbaraSalage,com