Indoor Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

Home Care Tips
By Stephanie James Bamboo Palm Having pollutants in your home can have detrimental effects on the well-being of your family. Poor air quality can lead to everything from allergies to migraines to cancer and more. Thankfully there is a natural solution that is backed up by scientists at NASA. They recently conducted a study looking at the best plants to purify the air in houses. They tested for the most harmful chemicals and compounds, and found that certain plants can get rid of impurities in your home. Below are three of the highest ranking plants that they concluded can help improve your air quality. This easy growing plant is an expert at eliminating harmful elements like benzene and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is one of the most common indoor air pollutants, and…
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Getting Ready to Move? This Checklist Should Help!

Buying, Home Care Tips, Real Estate News, Selling
Moving Checklist The best way to organize your move is to set your move-in date then use this guide to keep you on track from two months right up until you move. If you wait until the last minute, you might find yourself stuck renting a U-Haul and begging friends to tote your boxes for pizza and beer. There’s a better way. First, determine your move date, then get busy with this checklist. 60 days before move date: Sort, purge and donate – Make sure you only move things you want, need, and use. Start by tossing out anything damaged, donate what can be, give away items, and purge the unusable. Find a mover – The process is more intense for a long-distance move, and it pays to start early.…
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Tax Appraisals vs. Lender Appraisals

Home Care Tips, Real Estate News
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HePrCZNW2YU[/embed]   This time of year, there is a lot of discussion (or complaining, in our region) about APPRAISALS.  There are two types of appraisals that we generally talk about when we are focused on home ownership: Tax appraisals and Lender appraisals. Because property tax bills tend to arrive in our mailboxes in the spring, the question ‘Why is my house value so high?’ or ‘Why is my house value so low?’ is common come April. Then, when going through the process of buying a house, the Lender Appraisal comes into question. So which is which, and do we want either of them to be higher or lower than what we think our house is valued at?   What is a tax appraisal? In Texas, each county has a tax…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 4

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4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a DIYer Who’s Made Them All DIY gone wrong is your worst nightmare. Sleep better with these tips to master DIY know-how. New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between “I got this” and “I’m calling the pros”? How can you know if a project is really DIYable for you? For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 3

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7 Simple Home Remodeling Strategies for the Easily Overwhelmed A remodel should be joyful — not stressful. Which stresses you out more? The mere thought of adding a bathroom (so many contractors, so many unknowns, and you’re too busy already!) or fighting for Monday-morning mirror time for all eternity? If it feels like a toss-up, you’re not alone. Remodeling can be overwhelming. With so much going on in your life already, it just feels easier to deal with a home that’s not quite right than to get swamped with one more gargantuan thing, right? Wrong! A remodel doesn’t have to be so all-consuming. With a few stress-sparing strategies, it’s totally doable — and totally worth it. Use these tips, and you’ll never have to step on your toddler’s rubber duckies while showering again. Start By…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 2

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What Was I Thinking? DIYers Talk About Their Worst Decisions Sometimes what seems like a good idea just isn’t. Get tips from DIY projects that didn’t go so well. Finishing a DIY project feels amazing: Not only can you impress your friends, but you can spend every day walking by your masterpiece, gleaming with pride. Unless DIY becomes DI-why?, that is. Even the most practiced do-it-yourselfers sometimes find themselves in the middle of projects that aren’t going according to plan. Don’t feel badly about the organizational system that fell over in your garage or the crooked tiling in the basement. It happens to everyone. Here’s proof. Allowing a Renovation to Snowball When a small project grows bigger and bolder, it can be painful to your budget and your schedule. Blogger Tanya of “Dans…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 1

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Home Maintenance for People with Better Things to Do Owning your own home shouldn’t mean an endless list of chores. Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too. So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home? It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP: Your Dryer Seems Hotter Than Usual If…
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8 Dirty Secrets in Your Home

8 Dirty Secrets in Your Home

Home Care Tips
Steel yourself: We help you expose — and purge — your home’s dirtiest little secrets. In denial about the crud that’s festering in the nooks and crannies of your home? The maintenance and cleaning pros we talked to say these eight jobs are among the grossest — and among the most important. One job could even save your life. Deep breath … Cruddy Undersides of Rugs Look under your area rugs for a nasty surprise — a sea of grit and dust — despite regular vacuuming. What to do: Move furniture, fold over the rug, and vacuum dirt and dust from its underside. Sweep and mop the floor, too. While you’re under the hood, check the rug’s condition. If there’s no staining or discoloration, a good floor cleaning and vacuuming of the rug’s…
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