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Moving to a new home or modeling the one you’re in means finding room for the entire family. When your family includes the furry variety, think about more than just a corner to toss that doggy bed. Make your home truly welcoming for all members of the household by installing a doggy spa or pet room.
We know our pets help keep us happy, grounded, and healthy; but the constant upkeep of cleaning up fur, scrubbing up muddy paw prints, and wiping all that hair out of the tub after giving your furry friend a bath might just wear you out. Savvy designers and renovation experts can add a pet-friendly area to handle some of the mess so that your time together cuddling and playing takes precedence over the cleaning and vacuuming.
Transform a mudroom
Install a pet entry in the wall or door into the mudroom. Keep a mat in front of the entryway to collect the worst of the mud, and debris Fido brings in. For feline friends, install the pet door in a window above a counter top—so long as the outdoor approach is accessible to your pet. Place a warm (but washable) pet bed near the entry so your dog or cat can snuggle while drying from a trip through the mud puddles. Removable pet doors made to install alongside sliding glass doors work best for patio entries.
Since pets might get even muddier than humans, consider turning part of your mudroom into a pet shower. Install a portable pet-wash enclosure—available from pet stores and online retailers—near an existing sink or faucet, or go all the way and create the pet spa of your (and their) dreams with a custom-built shower enclosure. You can create your own custom one with a standard utility shower pan and subway-style tiled walls. If your mudroom finishes are higher-end, opt for decorative tile that matches the theme. Complete your design with removable decorative paw prints or a repeating pet-patterned wallpaper for a stunning look.
Easy care appliances
Combine the dedicated pet space with a laundry room for even easier cleanup. For homes with multiple pets, consider designating a heavy-duty washer/dryer combo just for your pets. That way, pet hair won’t transfer onto the rest of the family laundry. Take care to wipe the washer tub regularly and clean the dryer filter after every load.
If you’re planning to sell soon, removable pet doors and portable tubs let you easily and quickly return the room to its original use. Your real estate professional can help you determine if a permanent doggy spa or pet shower increases the sale value of your home.
As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.
The Candles Are Burning Bright
You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.
Be Your Own Inspector
As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.
The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For
Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.
Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard. An easy way to improve the nutrients in your diet and stay healthy is to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. Here are four healthy vegetables to add to your diet today:
The butternut squash is a seasonable vegetable available in the Fall that is nutritious easily grown. This squash is high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. It also contains both of the minerals selenium and zinc are known to boost fertility and to help to lessen the occurrence of some chronic diseases. It is a versatile vegetable that can work as both a side dish or a main course. Chopped it up and roast it in the oven or boil it for a vegetable casserole. The butternut squash is also popular as a soup.
This striking vegetable with its dark reddish-purple color has many healthful benefits. With cleansing and detoxifying qualities, medical research links it to help lower high blood pressure. Beets are also high in folic acid or vitamin B9 needed to repair the body's DNA. Additionally, its high antioxidants levels help to protect your immune and cardiovascular systems. Add cooked and sliced beetroot into a salad, or its juice as a healthy refreshing and cleansing drink.
The humble watercress was virtually unknown in Western diets until recently. Its recent rediscovery is due to its exceptional nutritional qualities and high antioxidant levels. The watercress has higher concentrations of vitamin C than oranges. Its high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and other essential vitamins and minerals help to maintain healthy skin and vision. Watercress has a deliciously fresh, clean, peppery flavor that makes it a perfect garnish for summer-fresh salads or blended and used as an ingredient for a green smoothie.
Thankfully, green vegetables have seen a recent dietary revival due to medical research highlighting their health benefits. Dark green vegetables like Brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, spinach, and cabbage were considered unpopular, but are now enjoying a comeback because of their nutritional value. These vegetables are not only high in vitamins such as vitamin A, B, and C, but they also contain iron which is essential for maintaining healthy blood. They are also believed to help protect against cancer. When cooking these vegetables ensure you do not overcook them as you reduce their vitamin content. The best way to prepare them is to steam as this is the best way to retain their benefits and flavor.
Visit your local grocery store and make sure to stop by the vegetable aisle.