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Home Repairs and Modifications That Can Improve Your Health and Well-being


For millions of Americans, “home” means a place where they can feel comfortable, spend time with family, and know that they’re safe and well taken care of.  Many Americans may not realize that there are several changes they can make to their home that will benefit their health and well-being, and some of these are simple DIY projects that can be done over a weekend. Whether it’s a matter of installing smoke alarms to ensure that your family is safe or simply creating an area where you can relax and spend some time working on self-care, updating your home will help you focus on what really matters.


Here are a few tips on how to make some home modifications that will keep your family both physically and mentally healthy.


Where there’s smoke…


Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are absolutely necessary in any home. If you have a gas stove or gas heat, a carbon monoxide detector will ensure that your family stays safe if something goes wrong. In many cases, carbon monoxide is difficult or impossible to detect without an alarm. Fortunately, carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased at any home improvement store for under $50. If you’ve only recently moved into your home, it’s a good idea to have the heating and air systems inspected to make sure they’re in good working order. For more information on making sure your new home is safe, check out this article from Angie’s List.


Make sure you have the right tools


Every homeowner needs a great set of tools to be prepared for anything that might arise, so make sure you have the right items in your toolbox for anything from a simple home repair to a major renovation. If you’re unsure of what you need, Tool Review Lab offers some informative tool reviews.


Pull up your carpet


If you suffer from allergies or if you have pets, you might want to consider pulling up the carpet in your home and replacing it with hardwood or laminate flooring. Carpeting can take a toll on your health by trapping pet dander and other allergens, which means you’ll need to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter in order to get it clean. Removing it will not only help improve your family’s health, it will be much easier to take care of your floor.


Create a reading room


Reading can help you relax, learn something new, or get away from the real world for a much-needed break. Having a room in your home that you can retreat to will help reduce stress and allow you to focus on the things you love. Consider turning your office or a spare room into a library, complete with a comfy chair by the window for daydreaming. Read on here for tips on how to get started.


Go green


Making green changes to your home can help you reduce your family’s carbon footprint and possibly increase your home’s resale value, and there are several simple ways to go about it. From changing out all your light bulbs to energy-efficient ones to installing solar panels on the roof, going green is an environmentally responsible thing to do.


Making changes to your home that will benefit your health and well-being can help you and your family feel better physically and mentally, which can in turn help you get through even the roughest days with ease. Talk to your loved ones about the best ways you can make improvements around the house and how best to utilize them.

How To Tackle Those DIY Projects At Home


With the influx of television programs centered around DIY home projects, fixer-uppers, and renovations, it’s no wonder more and more homeowners are choosing to do things themselves when it comes time to spruce up their living quarters. With a plethora of information and technology at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to tackle a home project yourself. The key is to do some research beforehand and figure out the best ways to be prepared before you begin.


Some of the most common DIY projects are based in the kitchen and bathroom. This may be because those rooms usually include the most items that can become outdated, such as cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances. Even a home that’s just ten years old may have a retro-in-a-bad-way look to it, depending on where you live. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for many of those items that won’t require a pro.


Keep reading to find out more.


Start small

It may be tempting to go all in and start planning for a major renovation, but it’s best to start small if you don’t have much DIY experience. There are plenty of upgrades you can complete around your home that won’t break the bank, and they’ll give you a ton of valuable lessons in how these projects will go. Once you feel comfortable with the little things, work your way up to replacing the kitchen countertops. In the meantime, check out this list of 100 DIY projects you can do quickly and easily.


Work out a budget

Any home project should begin with a well-planned budget. Don’t just make a guess at what you’ll need; do some research on the cost of materials and leave a little wiggle room in case you end up needing more than you originally thought you would.


Measure twice

For bigger projects--such as installing hardwood or laminate flooring or putting in new kitchen cabinets--it’s important to be as precise as possible the first time so you won’t end up with any nasty surprises later on. Measure twice, double check your work, and ask a friend or family member for help when you need it. Do your homework before you begin so you’ll have a good idea of what you’ll be looking at. Remember, you’ll need to plan ahead for these projects and make sure the entire family is on the same page when it comes to how they will be handled. Read on here for more helpful tips.


Get creative

Home upgrades and renovations don’t have to fit a certain standard; you’re free to get creative with your projects and turn them into designs that will work for you and your family. This might mean making eco-friendly changes--such as installing solar panels or simply upcycling old items for a new purpose--or simply making a better use of the space you have.


See your home with new eyes

Sometimes it can be difficult to see all the benefits of your home because you’re used to seeing it one way. Make an effort to view each room with fresh eyes and think of its potential. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint, a couple of pieces of new furniture, and some new accessories can work wonders.


Tackling home improvement projects doesn’t have to be costly or stressful; with a little research and some thoughtful planning, you can feel comfortable making changes big or small to your home without breaking the bank.

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