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4 Simple Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

4 Simple Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

With real estate markets heating up around the country, many homeowners are looking for ways to maximize the value of their homes in order to receive top dollar. Sometimes, a few simple tweaks and modifications can make a big difference. Give these value-adding activities a try:

1. Remove Non-Structural Walls

Today’s homeowners want space. They care less about partitioned rooms and would much prefer an open floor plan in which one space naturally feeds into the next. If you have non-structural walls or other constricting elements, go ahead and remove them. This includes non-structural columns, kitchen bars, kitchen islands, and interior walls between communal spaces.

2. Install Solar Panels

In 2017, one of the smartest things you can do is invest in solar panels. While you’ll have to pay a considerable amount up front, the long-term value and return on investment is well worth it.

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As Bill Granger, VP of Trinity Solar, points out, “The typical return on investment timeline for a solar energy installation in the U.S. today is approximately 7.5 years for a regular 6-kW system, assuming the typical sunshine conditions of five peak sun-hours per day.” So, if you plan on staying in your home for at least seven or eight years, the investment makes sense.

It should be noted that while you can lease solar panels, buying is the way to go. This prevents home buyers from having to go through the process of working out contracts with a third-party provider.

3. Renovate Money Rooms

Certain rooms add more value to your home than others. Specifically, if you’re looking to enhance your home’s sales price you should pay attention to the master bedroom, master bathroom, and kitchen. These are three rooms that buyers care the most about and a few modern touches in these areas can go a long way.

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In the master bedroom, extra closet space is always one of the first things people look at. If you have an opportunity to create more closet space, go for it. You can also add some trim work, crown molding, and fresh paint.

For the master bathroom, updating the countertop and installing some new hardware can go a long way. Modernizing the shower and tub with stone or tile surroundings can also have a positive aesthetic impact.

When it comes to the kitchen, keep the style and color scheme simple. Anything too crazy and you’ll ostracize a certain segment of the market. “Think neutral for countertops, cabinets, floors, backsplashes and appliances,” says Kristen Hampshire of HGTV. “By neutral, we don’t mean white. Go natural and subdued. Choose surfaces and fixtures that blend with many styles.”

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4. Landscape and Pressure Wash

While the interior deserves a lot of attention, you can’t forget about the exterior. Curb appeal is what draws people in and determines whether buyers have a positive or negative first impression. Swing and miss on the exterior and people may stop before even coming inside.

When it comes time to put your home on the market, some fresh landscaping can go a long way toward making people feel welcome. Simply pulling weeds, planting flowers, and freshening up the lawn can grab a buyer’s attention.

You should also think about pressure washing the siding and walkways. It’s amazing what a difference clean surfaces can make on a potential buyer. (You can easily rent pressure-washing equipment from your local hardware store.)

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All-in-all, there are plenty of simple ways to add value to your home. Don’t automatically assume that you have to build a bonus room or gut the entire interior. With just a few small tweaks, you can add thousands of dollars to your listing price.

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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