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No matter what’s going on in the world, you want your home to provide the safety and security you need to take a breath and relax from the chaos around you. One way to achieve wellness is to create an environment that promotes good health. There are simple changes that you can make in your home that make a huge impact on your mental and physical health, not to mention the value of your property and your overall quality of life. Tooth Soap shows you how.
1. Use Color
Colour is one of your strongest tools when decorating a room. Think beyond paint — you can use color in so many different ways, such as by adding carpets, art pieces, curtains, and rugs. Have several focal points in each room of your home that help guide you around the space.
2. Make Your Home a Space of Wellness
Many indoor pollutants, like tobacco smoke, pet dander, and mold, can make you sick. Take a few simple steps to reduce these irritants. Be sure there are no areas where air can recirculate indoors, and avoid smoking in your home. If you have pets, have them groomed regularly, and check for mold under sink cabinets.
If allergies are a problem, use allergen-blocking covers on mattresses and pillows and invest in a good HEPA air filter.You should also vacuum frequently, but be sure to dust first so that you don’t add new allergens to the floor to get kicked back up into the air.
Let plenty of light in, too. If your windows are in need of a good cleaning, it’s time to make them shine! Then you’ll get the full benefits of natural lighting and great views from inside your living space.
3. Create a Gym or Yoga Space
You might not think about your unfinished basement often, but it could hold a ton of value for your daily use and for your resale value. One popular DIY project for homeowners who have finished their basements is turning them into an in-home gym or yoga studio. Adding in new lighting, ceiling fans, mirrors, and maybe even some decorations can add a lot of value to your home. If you add a carpet, be sure to install subfloor insulation first as basement carpeting can get moldy. When making upgrades, take before-and-after photos, and file receipts of your expenditures to quantify your home’s value increase.
4. Make Outdoor Improvements
Outdoor improvements like gardens, decks, patios, and other amenities add value to your home. If you have time on your hands, it may be worth creating a new backyard space for entertaining friends and family. A few years of healthy lawn care can help boost your property value. If you want to get things done properly, read online reviews to find a good lawn company.
Consider starting a greenhouse or a garden. Both are beautiful and, as Psychology Today points out, gardening also comes with great mental health benefits. Not sure that you have a green thumb? Then start with some easy-to-grow options and find out what garden pests are common in your area. It’s imperative that you learn how to control destructive pests like Japanese Beetles, as they are voracious eaters and can ruin whatever you’ve planted.
5. Design a Home Office
Are you thinking about converting your garage or building an addition to create the ideal home office? When designing your office, House & Garden says to look for a space that is isolated from the rest of your home so you can stay focused and productive. And invest in a good desk that will help you to stay organized and productive throughout your day.
If you plan to run your own business out of the home, you’ll need to decide under which business structure you’re going to operate. Many entrepreneurs choose to structure their business as an LLC, as personal assets are protected against losses the business may take. There are various types of business structures, and choosing the right one takes a little research. Formation requirements vary by state, so what it takes to form an LLC in Oregon before moving ahead.
Whether you’re trying to sell, or just trying to make your own space a little more aesthetically pleasing, you might even want to consider renting your home. Whether as a long-term rental or vacation rental, it's a great way to boost your income. Compare with what's on the market by using an online real estate portal; this is a great way to gauge how much you can charge for rent.
Your Home Is an Investment
Your home is an investment that requires TLC. By refreshing your living areas with new paint colors and a beautiful garden space, you’ll be able to increase its value in no time. But don't forget to take the time to enjoy your upgraded landscaping, sparkling clean windows, and newly converted basement. Your house is for living in, and when you’re ready to sell, you’ll see your investments pay off in new ways.