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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.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mililani

Mililani, Oahu, Hawaii.  A two-part pre-planned charming suburb community that is centrally located on Oahu right off the H-2 Freeway.

Located in Central Oahu of the City & County of Honolulu, Oahu, Mililani is a residential area with three shopping centers, a number of restaurants, grocery stores, strip malls, town-operated recreation centers, medical clinics, retirement communities, a movie theater, a 24 Fitness, and schools with proximity to the other parts of the island via Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) or the H-2 Freeway that connects this Central Oahu community to the other parts of Oahu.  Eric T Chu - SC Realty and his fellow realtors at SC Realty have helped investors, sellers, and buyers explore this convenient to Schofield Barracks and family-friendly neighborhood with lots of living options and styles of apartments, townhomes, and single-family residences.

  • A number of single family homes, townhomes, low-rise apartment complexes and commercial spaces comprise both the Mililani Town (west) and Mililani Mauka (east) neighborhoods. Apartment rental units average from $1,500 to $3,800 per month depending on bedrooms/bathrooms/parking and month-to-month leasing is generally available.  Purchase prices for Single Family (SF) homes generally range from $400,000 to $1M Fee Simple homes depending on size and location.  Parking and square footage are generally more generous in this suburb community on Oahu than in other cities.  Comparable real estate can be found in the adjacent Waipio, and other West Oahu cities such as Kapolei.
  • Zip Code: 96789
  • Temperature Range: 60-83 F (Weather)
  • Accessible drive from around the island (H2 and Exit 5A Mililani Mauka and 5B Mililani Town as well as Kamehameha Highway also known as Route 99)
  • Known for its family-friendly community, town association lifestyle, proximity to Schofield Barracks, Wheeler AAF, the North Shore, Dole Pineapple Plantation, Waikele Premium Outlets, Mililani Golf Club (a par-72, public course), Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, Waipio Costco, Post Office, Wal-Mart, and a number of specialty eateries such as Five Guys, Wing Stop, Assagio's, and CPK, Mililani real estate is home to several
    • Neighborhood Communities: 
      • Mililani Town:  Single Family Homes and Townhomes from the late 1960s as part of Castle & Cooke master plan for a satellite city
      • Mililani Mauka: Development beginning in the early 1990's and you'll hear community names such as:  Northpointe, Northpointe Terrace, Crescent Lane, I'i Vistas, 
    • Recreation Centers: 1 to 7 maintained by the Mililani Town Association (MTA)
    • Schools:   Yelp Listing

Mililani Town is a quiet community of low-rise homes with attached garages, yards, and wide-tree-lined streets.  Mililani is generally breezy and very green and lush given the nearly nightly light rainfall.  As pictured, this charming home in Mililani is move-in ready and perfect for a family to come home to for breezy and quiet community relaxation.

 

 

SC Realty's Footprint in Mililani Town and Mililani Mauka Communities

 


 

 

Coming up Next...

Neighborhood Spotlight: Kapolei where we will take a look at Ka Makana Ali'i, the Rail, schools, and the Loft and SF Home options in Oahu's 'second City'.

 

Eric T Chu - SC Realty is a full-service real estate and property management agent.  He has extensive experience on Oahu advising both first-time home buyers/sellers and those looking to invest in property and on the search for a responsive and trustworthy property management partner. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the post above are links to external websites.  This means, if you click on the link and go to another site, we are not responsible for loss or damages incurred.  We only link to or recommend material we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  Note that factual information is sourced from MLS around the time of blog post and considered to be reliable as available but not guaranteed.  Images used in this post are sourced from my personal Eric T Chu - SC Realty Archives or Pixabay (free for commercial use with no attribution required).

Neighborhood Spotlight:  Hawaii Kai

Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii.  An older and close-to-water, but luxurious East Honolulu neighborhood.

In the East-most part of the City & County of Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Kai is a largely residential area with a Costco, a number of restaurants, grocery stores, strip malls, medical clinics, and public and private schools with proximity to Downtown Honolulu via Route 72 Kalanianaole Highway that connects this east-side town to the other parts of Oahu.  Over the past few years, Eric T Chu - SC Realty and his fellow realtors at SC Realty have helped investors and dream home owners explore this convenient and family-friendly neighborhood with lots of living options and styles of condos and townhomes to single-family residences.

  • A number of single family homes, high and low-rise apartment complexes and commercial spaces near the Hawaii Kai Marina and also the Golf Course dot this older East Oahu community. Apartment rental units average from $1,500 to $5,000 per month depending on bedrooms/bathrooms/amenities.  Purchase prices for Single Family (SF) homes ranges from $400,000 Studios to $3.5M Fee Simple homes depending on size and location.  Comparable real estate can be found in the adjacent Waialae, Kahala, Kuliouou-Kalani Iki, Diamond Head-Kapahulu-St. Louis areas. 
  • Zip Code: 96825
  • Temperature Range: 65-81 F (Weather)
  • Accessible drive from around the island (H1 West and East off exits at Kalanianaole Highway also known as Route 72)
  • Known for its Marina, Costco, Foodland Farms and east Honolulu eateries, Hawaii Kai is home to several
    • Condominiums:   Mauna Luan, Heritage House, Mount Terrace, Kalele Kai, Naniwa Gardens, 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive, Commodore Hawaii Kai, Plaza Hawaii Kai
    • Townhomes:  Mawaena Kai, The Esplanade, Kaimala Marina, Gateway Peninsula, Marina Palms, Villa Marina, Kuapa Isle, Koko Isle, Colony Marina
    • Schools:   Yelp Listing

 

The Hawaii Kai Marina is a leisure selling point of the Hawaii Kai community.  Watch sunrises and sunsets from this stop-off point or browse the many shops and restaurants that line the Marina from Costco and City Mill to Zippy's and Assagio as well as Oahu's first Roy's restaurant location.

 

 

SC Realty's Footprint in the Hawaii Kai Community

 


 

 

Coming up next week...

For Sale by Owner (FSBO) vs. Using a Local Listing Agent:  Which is Best for Your Investment?

 

 

Eric T Chu - SC Realty is a full-service real estate and property management agent.  He has extensive experience on Oahu advising both first-time home buyers/sellers and those looking to invest in property and on the search for a responsive and trustworthy property management partner. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the post above are links to external websites.  This means, if you click on the link and go to another site, we are not responsible for loss or damages incurred.  We only link to or recommend material we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  Note that factual information is sourced from MLS around the time of blog post and considered to be reliable as available but not guaranteed.  Images used in this post are sourced from my personal Eric T Chu - SC Realty Archives or Pixabay (free for commercial use with no attribution required).

Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

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Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

Eric T Chu - SC Realty is a full-service real estate and property management agent.  He has extensive experience on Oahu advising both first-time home buyers/sellers and those looking to invest in property and on the search for a responsive and trustworthy property management partner. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  Some of the links in the posts we maintain on this website are links to external websites.  This means, if you click on the link and go to another site, we are not responsible for loss or damages incurred.  We only link to or recommend material we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  Note that factual information is sourced from MLS around the time of our site updates and blog postings and is considered to be reliable as available but not guaranteed.  Images used on this website are sourced from my personal Eric T Chu - SC Realty Archives or Pixabay (free for commercial use with no attribution required).

 

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