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There are many different advantages to adding more nature to your home inside and out. For one, it makes you happy to be around more natural things. We spend so much time in front of screens and using technology, that it’s nice to be brought back to nature right in your own home.
All this being said, it’s a great idea to consider building a fish pond on your property. There’s many different advantages to these bodies of water around your home including:
A Pond Will Build Up The Look Of Your Property
If there’s a part of your property that you just can’t get past, perhaps building a fish pond will be a good use of that area. Some people take the idea further, creating a water garden complete with streams. However you decide to build your fish pond; simple or elaborate, you’ll appreciate how it will improve the look of your property.
It Will Spark Your Creativity
Planning where and how a fish pond will go in your yard can really spark your creativity. You and your partner can think about what you want and find the best ways to execute your project. From the way you’ll establish the surrounding landscapes to how you plan to dig the pond to what kind of fish you’ll put in the pond, there’s a lot to think about. The best part is that you will create how you want your property to be more exciting and pleasant to spend time on.
You Make A Good Use Of Your Space
Maybe you feel that you have a lot of “wasted space” on your property. Installing a fish pond is a great way to make use of the space that you do have in your yard. If you feel that you could be doing something incredible with the space that you do have, building your own pond is a great way to do that.
Connect With Nature
A fish pond allows for you to enjoy more than just fish. It will attract other types of wildlife including unique insects, birds and more. Watching fish has also been proven to be an activity that reduces stress and increases your level of health. According to studies done by the National Marine Aquarium, the mere act of watching fish has been shown to reduce blood pressure and decrease heart rate. Being in a natural environment is much more soothing to both your physical and mental states.
While building a fish pond can seem like a huge project, you can see that the benefits are many. You’ll truly feel that you have maximized your land space and can enjoy the many benefits of having your own small wildlife sanctuary right on your property.
Buying a home is a very detail-oriented process, and there's a lot of important things you can overlook if you're not organized.
Home buyers generally have the opportunity to do a last-minute inspection of the premises to make sure everything's up to standards prior to closing on the property.
A real estate buyer's agent can accompany you on the final inspection or provide you with advice on what to look for.
If you've already visited the home a couple times and had the house professionally inspected, you're probably well-acquainted with any major malfunctions, flaws, or repair issues. In many cases, home buyers may reach an agreement with the seller to fix, replace, or make allowances for mechanical or cosmetic problems. While real estate negotiations and sales agreements are as varied as the people and properties involved, there are typically dozens of things buyers need to check on before they sign the final documents and accept ownership of the property.
Final Walkthrough Tips
As you're doing the final walk-through of the house, it's necessary to remember or have notes on the condition of the home when you last looked at it. You'll also want to have a clear idea of what appliances, fixtures, and window treatments are supposed to be remain in the house after it's been vacated by the seller. Depending on how close your final walk-through is to the actual closing, that has probably already happened.
If there's anything missing that the seller agreed to include in the sale, then that's an issue you'll want to discuss with your real estate agent or attorney. Any property damage that may have resulted from moving furniture and other belongings should also be discussed before final papers are signed. The same thing would apply to landscaping changes that appear to be inconsistent with the sales agreement. Your buyer's agent and/or lawyer can serve as intermediary in getting these issues clarified and ironed out.
To make sure your final inspection is thorough, it's a good idea to have a "final walk-through checklist" to help keep you organized and focused. You'll want to take a last-minute inventory of items that are supposed to be included with the property sale, such as appliances, lighting fixtures, furnishings, window treatments, children's play structures, hot tubs, and anything else that was agreed to in the sales contract.
Other items you'll need access to may include garage door openers, manuals for appliances and mechanical systems, warranties, invoices for repairs made, and remote control devices for things like ceiling fans, alarms, and other systems.
Your checklist and final walkthrough should focus on a variety of items, including the working condition of appliances, the electrical system, plumbing fixtures, and the condition of walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and landscaping features. For a complete checklist, look online or consult your real estate agent.
Whether you're environmentally conscious or just want to save a few dollars on your utility bills, there are simple ways to do both. One of the first steps to conserving electricity and water is to become more aware of when and how you're using it.
A major challenge for many parents is to get their kids to turn off lights, appliances, and water faucets when they're not using them. With persistence, you can hopefully get them to understand the importance of saving money, controlling costs, and conserving resources.
Dependable Old Appliances Are a Mixed Blessing
Toilets and household appliances can last much longer than their expected life span, but after a certain point, you're getting diminishing returns. If your toilets are more than 25 years old, for example, you're wasting gallons of water with every flush. Inefficient toilets from just a couple generations ago use as much as six gallons of water every time they're flushed. According the Environmental Protection Agency, recent advances in toilet design are now enabling families to use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush while still getting superior performance. In dollars and cents, families that replace old, obsolete toilets with Watersense-certified models can save more than $110 a year (and nearly 13,000 gallons of water). The EPA says utilities may even offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled toilet. (As a side note, toilet use in homes accounts for nearly 30 percent of an average family's indoor water consumption.)
If your washing machine was manufactured before 2003, it's another source of wasted water and energy. The newer Energy Star-certified clothes washers can save about $45 a year in utility bills, based on typical usage patterns. They use about 25% less energy and 45% less water than the old, standard models. The EPA also says that if you have a dishwasher made before 1994, it wastes approximately 10 gallons of water per cycle. By switching to an energy-efficient model, an annual savings of $35 a year can be realized by the average family.
There's actually a wide range of Energy Star-certified products available that can save you money on utility costs and help conserve water and electricity. In addition to washers, dryers, and dishwashers, other energy-efficient appliances include dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers, water heaters, heating and cooling equipment, computers, televisions, pool pumps, and much more. Energy efficiency -- or a lack, thereof -- is one factor to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace old appliances, HVAC systems, or plumbing fixtures in your home.
Not only will you save money when your home is operating efficiently, but you'll enjoy the satisfaction that comes with minimizing waste and making the most of natural resources.
Rising global populations are fueling opportunities to create innovative ways to reduce energy consumption. Growing populations are also pushing thought leaders to develop products that save time, lower stress and make homes safer. Technology is at the center of these developments. The trendy term for these new products is smart home technology.
Cool home product redesigns
New smart home technologies are being developed at a speed that can, at times, feel alarming. Other times, new product developments don't seem to happen fast enough. Some smart home devices are merely redesigns on traditional equipment.
Examples of these products are computer keyboards, flash drives and kitchen bottle openers. Redesigned computer keyboards wipe away worry that you're keyboard will become permanently damaged should it get wet. In fact, redesigned keyboards can withstand a washing.
Flash drives that are redesigned display the name of files stored on them. You can click arrows on redesigned flash drives until you find the file you're looking for. Thanks to redesigned bottle openers, you won't have to waste time searching for a bottle top. The cap stays in the opener until you discard the cap permanently.
Emerging smart home devices
As cool as those smart home devices are, they aren't innovative from the bottom up. Totally new smart home devices offer optimum advantages. Check out these smart home devices that may soon become top trends.
Amazon Echo - If you've ever felt frustrated as you raced through your house in search of a smart home device, you might love the Amazon Echo. With the Echo, you simply speak commands and the device will go to work for you. It works as a central point of control for your other smart home devices.
Wireless lighting - Years ago, it was hand clapping lights. Now, it's wireless lighting.Smart home wireless devices let you brighten or dim light levels at your house by pressing a control panel. Link smart light bulbs to the device so you can adjust light levels throughout your house.
Window Treatments - Similar to a television remote control, window treatment remotes lower and raise shades and blinds. Protections offered with window treatment remote controls are physical safety, particularly for children. Because you don't need to open and close window treatments with a cord, you can install cordless blinds,shades and other window treatments throughout your home.
Trash receptacles - You can truly live clutter free with a smart trash can. The can rest on wheels. Intelligence built into trash receptacles leads the can toward trash that you're tossing in the can's direction. Get this receptacle and you could easily watch the number of times that trash lands on the floor decrease.
Smart home devices that don't operate on electricity can become true energy savers. Other smart home devices reduce frustration and stress, removing the need to hunt for products. These devices also help homeowners to shorten the time that it takes to go from bed to a vehicle and work.
The one challenge that developing products could create is an appetite for continual learning. People who use new home technologies will have to keep up with steps on how to operate and connect cyber and hand-held tools. The outcome could be inspiring. After all, it's through ongoing learning that homeowners discover how they can redesign, upgrade and structure their houses to meet their personal changing needs and wants.
As soon as someone walks through the door of your home they get a sense of how you have created the space. Making sure that your home feels inviting is important for when guests come over or people enter your home.
It’s also handy to understand how to make your home feel welcoming when it’s ready to be sold. The task of making your home feel welcoming, comfortable and stylish can seem daunting, especially if you’re in the process of moving or starting over somewhere new. Even entertaining guests during busy times of the year can overshadow seeing the overall welcoming picture of your home. We have some tips for you to help you make sure that every person who walks through the doors of your home feels welcome and cozy inside its walls.
Start with the Entryway
The absolute first impression of your home that people get other than the outside appearance is that of the entryway. The minute people walk through the front door, they’re getting a sense of your home and property. There’s certain accessories that you can add for a simple touch that can make a big difference in the way your home is portrayed. Depending on how your entryway is set up, there are small pieces that you can use to give the entryway of your home an instant feeling of being inviting.
An example of an effective accessory would be a grandfather clock, which is stately and has a charming touch. A rug or succession of rugs also gives a sense of warmth and can add a lot to an entryway. This is particularly useful for homes in colder climates. It’s also important to make practical use of mirrors and lighting in your home’s entryway. If the entryway is a porch, a classic bench is a great piece to make visitors feel like they’re right at home.
Entice the Senses
Once visitors get inside your home, there are several small ways that make an impact on how guests feel inside of your home. Candles are a small touch that work quite well. Since our senses help us make associations, candles with the scent of flowers, cookies, or even cinnamon are a great way to help visitors feel welcome. These scents are very much associated with the feeling of “home.” Many times, it’s effective to burn these types of candles while an open house is going on. The small touch helps to further entice interested buyers.
Keep Delicate Items To A Minimum
When you’re in a museum or a china store, you often feel like you can’t walk around because you’re afraid of breaking something. While it’s certainly acceptable to have nice things in your home, you don’t want anyone walking around it to feel as if they’re in a museum. Part of developing a welcoming feeling in your home is making sure people actually feel comfortable there. These are some thoughts on how to give your home an inviting touch. Now, over to you- what makes you feel welcome in a home?