Home for rent or sale in NJ for mild MCS
Millington NJ Private home for rent or sale
Description: MCS–friendly 3 bedroom 2 bath home available for rent in NJ, in professional suburban community with good schools, excellent for commuters. Bus to Manhattan pickup/dropoff at house, direct to NYC NJ Transit train station 1 mile away with available daily and long-term parking. Owner has moderate MCS and works in NYC, she is relocating to closer to Manhattan to be closer to work. House will not be suitable for those with severe MCS but is an excellent safe haven for those who can manage their daily sensitivities and exposures by having a safe home to sleep in.
1930s plaster/wood construction. Original floors, walls. Only updated room is kitchen (2000), has laminate wood flooring and does not give the owner any trouble. Steam radiator heat, no central air. House completely repainted in low and no VOC AFM Safecoat paint. Original floor finishes (older than 30 years) except family room, which was refinished in 2008 with AFM Safecoat low-VOC Polyureseal (the owner considers this a miracle product). House has beautiful 10×20 6 foot-elevated trex-style deck off the back, ideal for occasional “camping out” nights.
39 year old Owner has long-term chemical sensitivities and a full-blown chemical injury 10 years ago with synthetic carpet exposure. She is extremely sensitive to post-1990 construction materials, new drywall, standard paints and floor finishings, MDF and any kind of manufactured wood material. She is able to work in a NYC professional office building because NYC air ventilation requirements are excellent compared to most states.
Square footage: 1743
Lot size (in acres): 1/3 acre
Date available: February 2013 – Negotiable
Rent/purchase price: $2900/month + utilities (water, gas, sewer, electric, cable). Will consider selling. Rent price is not negotiable.
Contact info: Alex (917) 854-5458
Building Materials/Indoor Air Quality
Year built: 1930
Construction: Standard construction for 1930, updated kitchen in 2000 using standard construction but no problem for MCS owner.
Passive solar design features: None.
Moisture barrier installed over the slab: Full basement, no slab.
Exterior building materials: Vinyl (2000).
Roofing materials: Asphault shingles (2008).
Insulation materials: Unknown – probably standard for 1930.
Are the walls foiled?: No.
Wood detailing: Mostly original wood from 1930. Floors appear to be oak. Family room contains newer wood windows (about 2000) and there are some vinyl replacement windows in house. Kitchen has a laminate wood floor (2000). Owner has not had issues with any of these updates as house is old and is not a highly sealed house.
Wood sealants used: In 2008, used AFM Safecoat Polyureseal on family room floor. No smell.
Carpet: No carpet.
HVAC: No ductwork.
Whole house air filter: None.
Whole house vacuum: None.
Dates of past repairs/renovations: Interior painted in 2008 all with AFM Safecoat paint.
Utilities and Major Appliances
Heating system: Gas powered steam heat (boiler and radiators) in basement.
Cooling system: Window and stand-alone A/Cs.
Appliances: All electric.
Did the house ever sit empty for any length of time? No.
***Owner does not have EMF issues and is unsure about some of these questions.
Unshielded electrical wiring: Probably – unknown.
Dimmers and 3-way switches: Dimmer in dining room.
Power lines: House is on main road – above ground power lines not far from house.
Neighbors with WiFi: Yes.
WiMax installed or planned for area in near future: Unknown.
Smart Meter on site or planned in near future: Unknown.
Cell/microwave towers nearby and/or planned for near future: Unknown.
Other wireless technology being used nearby or planned for near future: Unknown.
Located under an airport flight path: Yes – house located 20 miles from Newark Airport.
Have others with electromagnetic sensitivities healed in this house? n/a
Have others with electromagnetic sensitivities done poorly in this house? n/a
Is the property graded, are French drains, swales or other features used to wick away rainwater? Home is not in flood zone, is at top of a hill, and is on a gentle slope.There are French drains and sump pump in the basement. Unfinished cement basement does not flood, mild seepage from large storms disappears quickly with or without dehumidifier and there is no mold problem in basement.
Are there plantings or berms around the perimeter of the home? Some plantings.
On-slab foundation, crawlspace or basement? Full unfinished basement – walkout.
Exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchen, and other high-humidity locations? No. Original plaster bathrooms very naturally mold and mildew resistant.
Whole house dehumidifier? No.
Other mold-reducing features: Basement dehumidifier.
Is there a history of water damage of any kind? No.
Have there ever been roof or plumbing leaks? Leak over garage repaired by roof contractor last year.
Was mold remediation ever completed in your home? No.
To the best of your knowledge, is there currently high levels of mold or existence of allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic molds in the home? No.
Pets that have lived in the house: Dogs. Currently 1 labrador retriever.
Known vermin infestations: No infestation, but occasional evidence of mouse in basement.
Homestead animals: None.
Local flora that might be a problem (e.g., juniper, pine, cedar, etc.) and worst times of year for pollen counts: n/a
Other potential toxic exposures
Were pesticides ever used in the house, or outside the house and around the property, by you or by former owners? Exterior preventative treatment for termites in 2011. No interior treatments since owner moved here 2008.
Has a pet that was treated with Frontline, wore a flea collar, or had other pesticides applied to it ever lived or entered the home? Yes. Labrador is treated with Frontline. No flea baths or collars.
Has the home site been checked for radon and other potentially hazardous elements? Yes. Cleared home inspection 2008.
Is the house currently fragrance free, and has it always been? Minimal fragrance use. Owner uses 7th generation clothes/dish cleaning products. Avoids mass commercial scented cleaning products. Current residents use minimal amounts of perfume/cologne within reason for owner’s MCS.
Is the house currently smoke free, and has it always been? Yes.
Has the house or any neighbors’ homes in a three block radius ever been used as a methamphetamine (“meth”) lab? Unknown.
Has ozone every been used in the home to try to remove odors/chemicals/mold? Yes. Ozone was used to eliminate the odor from a guest’s strong pefume. Treatment was effective. Odor was eliminated.
Garage: Attached. Not used for car – used for storage.
Do you or your MCS partner tolerate the home yourself? I am the owner, and I tolerate the home very well.
How long have you lived in the home? Since 2008.
May I talk to a former tenant to see how they felt about living in the house? Yes, but they weren’t chemically sensitive.
Why are you renting the rooms? I want to move closer to my job in NYC. New Leed Gold/Platinum construction makes this an option for me now.
Who are the closest neighbors and what are their potentially MCS-triggering habits? Most neighbors have property sizes of 1/3 – ½ acre, so they are not far away. You will encounter all the standard MCS-triggering habits that normal people have. House is not optimal for someone with severe MCS. House is also located on 2 lane main road for town. Very quiet at night, but exhaust could be an issue for some prospective tenants.
Are the neighbors MCS aware/compassionate/friendly and will they heed MCS safe requests with minimal resistance? Unknown – have not informed them of my MCS.
Due to the nature of the illness, potential MCS buyers/renters will need to stay in a home overnight, or for an extended period, before committing to a purchase or long-term lease. Doing so puts the homeowner at risk for potential contamination of the space. Are you willing to do this? I am willing to permit a “test run” to potential tenant.