Archive for March, 2012
If you are one of the unfortunate people that suffer from allergies, you know how hard it can be to manage your symptoms and your condition. Here are some things that you can do to make your home a little bit more livable for those in your family that suffer from allergies. They will also help you create a more aesthetic living experience.
Get rid of your carpeting and replace it with hard wood floors or expose the hard wood floors that are underneath the carpeting that is there now. If you need to you can strategically place throw rugs about your home in the areas in which you need them. Hard wood floors are easy to take care of and they do not trap allergens such as pet dander, pollen, and dust that might be causing you to have worse allergies than you would have if you had easy to maintain hard wood floors.
Seal your windows and doorways where you may be having a pest invasion. This can also be true of pollen entering your home. Any pollen in your home is not good for your allergies. It does not cost a lot to seal off your doorways and windows to keep pollen out, it is a great do it yourself project!
When you are out buying furnace filters pay the extra few dollars and buy the ones that are better quality. They will trap more dirt, dust, pollen, pet dander, etc. that comes through your heating and cooling system before it is distributed throughout your home!
When storing bed linens make sure you do so in a cedar chest or at least in a place in which they are protected from outside elements. This will ensure they will not grab dust and allergens that you will be affected by when using them on your beds!
Get rid of those old heavy drapes and replace them with lighter and more stylish blinds. The heavy drapes can cause you to have an allergic reaction because the attract dust and other allergens that will be disturbed and distributed any time you touch your drapes. Blinds can be wiped down, they are far easier to take care of!
If you do not have a vent in your bathroom you should think about adding one. This removes any of the mold spores or allergens from beauty products you are using by simply turning it on when you are in the bathroom and for a bit of time afterward.
If you find any mold growing in your home you should immediately get rid of it. This can be costly to do if it is out of control but it will be well worth it to someone that is suffering from incessant allergy symptoms on a daily basis.
Put in a gas fireplace instead of burning wood in your home that can distribute extra pollen throughout the house. Trees often carry extra pollen from outside. People are sometimes allergic to wood smoke as well.
Adding a central vacuuming system in your home can help by making it much easier to eliminate the dust and dirt using a vent system.
Get rid of any water leaks you might have in your home, this creates mold in your home and like we previously said, can be a huge project to take care of. This is very important in making your home more allergy friendly.
If you make it harder for allergens to be in your home you can make it easier for people that suffer from them to live in the home. Use these tips to start out and go one by one to see which ones will work best for you!
Many people do home improvement projects to make their home more comfortable; however, any home improvement project should also be viewed as a way to add profit to the home’s re-sale value. The tips found in this article will show you how to add maximum value to your home.
One of the best ways to add value to your home is by updating your counter tops. Although solid surface counter tops such as granite or sandstone will add the most value, new laminate counter tops will improve re-sale value especially if your current counter tops are dated.
Adding a room on to your house not only makes the house more roomy and enjoyable, but it also add a lot of bang for your buck. For example, a game room or a study is shown to increase home value and a buyer’s interest. Another addition that can greatly increase sales price is a master suite. A master suite normally includes a large bedroom, a dressing room and a luxurious bathroom.
Curb appeal is king when marketing your home to prospective home buyers. One easy way to increase curb appeal is to landscape your yard. Adding a few flowering trees, ornamental grasses or perennial flowers and bushes. A water feature such as a pond, fountain or swimming pool will beckon buyers with thoughts of relaxation and tranquility.
Utility bills are normally asked about when a buyer is seriously considering purchasing your home. Therefore, it is advisable to have today’s insulated windows and doors. Although window and door replacement can be quite expensive, the benefits and cuts in utility bills will make this investment worthwhile whether you plan to remain in your home or you decide to sell it.
Heating and cooling units or whole house fans add value to your home as well as comfort. In more cooler climates a central heating and cooling is the optimum choice, but in more temperate climates where heating is normally unnecessary a whole house fan or a central air conditioning unit is the best choice.
To update your home easily, change out your light fixtures. Replace out-dated fixtures with lighting that matches your interior design. Most lighting fixtures can be changed out inexpensively.
One of the leading home improvement projects that add capital to your sales price or home’s value is replacing out-dated flooring. Flooring options include hardwood flooring, Berber carpeting or ceramic tiles. Each type of floors have benefits and well as cons. For example, hardwood floors are expensive, but they are very durable. They are an investment that will last a lifetime. Carpeting softens areas, but will also need replaced as the carpet wears or becomes stained.
Most of the home improvement tips and techniques listed in this article are expensive. They can boost not only the marketability of your home, but they can also increase the comfort of your home. Take these tips and incorporate them into your home maintenance plans to increase your home’s market price as well as your home’s comfort level.