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No to Chemicals!

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Chemicals in household products used to create artificial smells could worsen allergies for people with high levels of exposure, according to new research. Researchers behind the study, published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, focused on enzymes in household chemicals genetically modified to resemble natural flavors and smells. The process of genetic modification could…

via Why ‘Natural’ Household Cleaners Can Make Allergies Worse — TIME

 

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Clean Your Home in 5 Minutes or Less

So here’s the scenario: Your listing agent phones to say she’s got a hot prospect in her office, and wants to know if she can bring them right now, and your home isn’t like before – everything looks like hell. Of course, you couldn’t refuse but this is hardly the first impression you want to give the prospective buyers, right?

Time is essential here, you may not have time to clean your home from roof to basement. Try some of these easy ways to fake a polished place in record time and whip your home into showing shape by the time the buyers arrive.

 

 

Clear counters

clear countertopsYou should remove everything from the countertops except of course for the appliances and maybe a fruit bowl. Your bare countertops should appear bigger now and potential buyers may imagine baking cookies in your very organized kitchen with their kids. Have a basket handy and swipe everything into it like your bills, catalogs, kids’ art projects, and some pesky permission slips.

 

 

Let in the light

open curtainsDimly lit homes feel small, dirty, and depressing. For just 10 seconds, you can maximize light by opening drapes and shades wide. Not only that the sunshine comes in, but you can also show off your beautiful lawn, trees and/or flowers. If it’s already dark out, you can just turn on every single light in your home. A well-lit home is always a breeze, so if you don’t have natural light, pull out a couple of lamps from the closet and plug them in.

 

 

Stash stuff under the bed

clutter under bedDon’t make the same mistake of stashing things they want to quickly hide in their closet. Potential buyers may want to check out your closets, and the more you store in there, the more cramped they will look. A better way to do it is under your bed. Just a few will stoop so low as to check under this furniture, so feel free to quickly stash clutter here. Under-bed storage is key for a quick cleanup in the bedrooms, especially in children’s rooms.

 

 

 

 

Purge pets

petsTry to eliminate most signs of your pet. You can scrape out stinky wet food from your pet’s bowl, toss toys in a basket or drawer, and stash the pet bed in a closet or under a bed. Grab that handheld vac and suck up dry kibble as well as your pets’ hair on the kitchen floor and couch cushions.

 

 

 

Check the bath

clean bathroomNo time to reglaze the tub or scour grout? You can make a fast pass over the faucet and sink with a sponge and disinfectant and swab the toilet with a squirt of cleaner. Having a dirty bathroom will send a buyer running in the other direction.

 

 

 

Straighten up

polish furnitureCreate the right angles. Push chairs in, stack magazines carefully, and fluff up those throw pillows. Polish any wooden furniture surfaces. Do these through the living and dining rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

Depersonalize

depersonalizePotential home buyers need to see themselves living in the space, but this can’t happen of the home is unkempt or too personalized by the current owner. Take a moment to stash these items in a drawer. Such personal touches make it clear to home buyers that this home is yours, not theirs.

 

 

 

Banish bad smells

open windowsAny bad smell, whether that’s a whiff of dog or the lingering odors of lunch, no matter how great your home looks, it will all be for nothing if your home has some kind of smell. It’s safe to open all the windows, turn on the vents, and light a scented candle. You can also splash some cleaning fluid in the sinks for that just-cleaned smell.

 

 

Get out

last picThe very last thing you need to clear from the premises is yourself. Let your home speak for itself. Sometimes, as much as you think it’s helpful to hang around to answer quick questions and explain the great features of your home, a good look from the potential buyers is all there is to it.

 

 

 

Source: Realtor.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, livingonadime.com

 

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Indoor-Outdoor Living on a Budget

Creating an amazing space on a limited budget is quite hard. But if you’ve got a little time and a little money with minimal DIY skills, you might just pull it off. Here’s where to start.

 

Create a Patio

paverIt’s not necessary to build an expensive deck or spend thousands of dollars creating a patio that serves as the foundation for your outdoor room. Instead, you can have a DIY project done in a weekend using pavers. A paver is a paving stone, tile, brick, or brick-like piece of concrete commonly used as exterior flooring. There are two types: Interlocking Concrete pavers and Stone pavers. Of course, this will depend on your energy level and the size of your space. Ease of installation and low maintenance is a great plus, though the initial cost may be higher than other options, but you’ll save in the long run by not having to stain or seal it continuously. Repairs can be one paver at a time.

 

 

Cover Up

offset umbrellaShelter is key, not only for creating a shady spot where you can escape from the sun without retreating back into the house, but also because it helps to make the space feel complete. If your budget can’t stretch enough to include a custom pergola or patio cover, a large, offset umbrella can be a great answer.

Offset umbrella are designed to serve the same purpose as a patio or market umbrella, but they do so while being positioned with an offset base. This means that the umbrella base will not be right in the middle as it is with most umbrellas. Instead, it will be offset and typically not found underneath the umbrella itself. This is highly convenient for functional purposes and it can add a lot to the stylish appeal of the umbrella as well. They are a bit unique, but the diversity of designs is still relatively the same as compared to patio and market umbrellas. Offset umbrellas are an attractive twist on the normal patio and umbrella setup.

 

Create an Opening

sliding patio doorNot all have sufficient access from inside to out and vice versa. That’s fixable! And the most economical solution for this is to install a vinyl or aluminum sliding patio doors. It’s a type of exterior door that slides open and closed by use of rollers built into the door, which run on a track in the door frame.

There are also some bi-fold or accordion doors available, but expect to make a hefty investment. They are typically used to open up an entire side of a living room, dining room or kitchen to the patio or deck outside.

 

Outdoor-lightingComfy Seating

It’s all about being as comfortable as possible. An ideal outdoor living space today means cushy seating areas that are plush enough to entice you away from the TV. Enhance your outdoor space.

 

Add in the Extras

It’s not just the insides of your home that needs attention to detail, the outside screams out for it too. You can add an outdoor rug, few throw cushions, and some decorative outdoor lighting. You can get a compliment from a simple “OK” to a big “WOW!”

 

Source: RealtyTimes.com, umbrellamaster.com, Wikipedia.com, homewyse.com, decoratingideasx.com

 

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