Houseplants are a decorator’s best friend, adding pops of color and a vibrant touch to even the blandest home interiors. And studies show that they also improve air quality, lower your stress level, generally make you happier, and just might even make you smarter.
But what if those seemingly innocent buds are doing just the opposite? What if they’re actually trying to kill you? Maybe even your pets?
Be sure to complete the list before winter!
Many factors are involved in creating a strong, healthy lawn. Fall lawn care is extremely important if you want a great lawn in the spring. Follow this checklist as part of a sound lawn maintenance program. Read more
When it comes to having good credit, you already know how important it is to pay your bills on time. But how you pay your bills — not just whether you pay them — is becoming increasingly important.
In the past two to three years, all three major credit bureaus have added a treasure-trove of new data to their credit reports. Analysts are slicing and dicing “trended data” in hundreds of ways, but probably the biggest change is that lenders now know exactly how you pay your bills: whether you’re a high-risk “revolver” who carries a balance, or a low-risk “transactor” who pays your credit cards in full every month.
Being around greenery may help you cope better with the stress of everyday life or even a trauma or illness.
The latest research on the use of gardens and gardening as therapy has been so positive that a new “branch” of therapy has emerged. “Horticultural therapy” involves a trained therapist who works with people on gardening-related activities tied to treatment goals and improved quality of life.
Whether you tend to your own garden or greenhouse, or take advantage of a horticultural therapist, you can reap the benefits of gardening health, which may help:
Turn on any number of TV channels almost anytime during the day or night and you’re bound to find at least a couple of shows about flipping houses.
Enticing, right? If you’re getting ready to plunk down cash for your own flip, here are a few things you need to think about. Read more
Cracks inside the walls and floors of your home can allow radioactive radon gas to creep inside and affect your air quality and health.
Radon – an odorless, colorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas – is inhaled into the lungs, where it can damage the DNA, potentially increasing cancer risk, says Douglas Arenberg, MD, associate professor of medicine in the pulmonary and critical care department at the University of Michigan Health System.
Exposure to radon gas, which can seep through cracks in the walls and floors of your home, increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
Saving money on energy costs and utility
bills is a high priority for homeowners.
Furnaces can suck up electricity and gas, especially if they’re heating more space than needed. In an attempt to lower energy bills, it’s often tempting to close air vents that you aren’t using. But does it really work, or is this energy-saving trick just a myth? Can you save money by closing heating vents?
Economists and real-estate agents are finding out that younger and middle-income buyers getting squeezed out.
Sales of existing homes fell in October after a September surge, as rising home prices and a lack of inventory challenged potential buyers. Meanwhile, more children are living with their parents than during the 2007-09 recession, an indicator that young adults aren’t striking out on their own despite substantial improvement in the economy.
The pace of existing-home sales fell 3.4% in October from September to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.36 million, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. Read more
Winterize your home now before the cold weather is here.
Once the temperatures start dropping, you’ll be glad you performed these quick and easy procedures to help winterize your home. Not only will you save time and money, but your house will feel more comfortable, as well. Read more