Many of us enjoy being surrounded by nature. It has a relaxing effect, making us healthier mentally, spiritually, and physically. However, it’s difficult to appreciate nature if you must live — either by circumstance or preference — in a city. Luckily, there are easy ways to bring nature indoors and allow yourself to enjoy its calming effects every single day.1. Houseplants
The simplest way to bring the outdoors in is to bring your garden indoors! Put plants wherever you can, leaving no room unaddressed. Not even the bathroom; some plants thrive in that humid environment. Houseplants improve your mood by filtering noxious pollutants from the air and they add a [...]
Many people dream of one day owning their own home and escaping the coin-operated laundry machines and shared walls of apartment life. For most people, buying a home is the most significant expense they’ll ever have, thereby requiring a lot of planning and saving.
Preparing for a down payment can seem overwhelming and, at times, impossible when putting 20% down costs two-thirds of the average household income. However, following a few essential tips can make the process more manageable. If you’re dreaming of homeownership, here are the first steps to save for a down payment.Determine How Much You Need to Save
While there are loan options that allow for a [...]
For most of human history, people have lived only in one place or in a small handful of homes their whole life. Frequent moving, driven by job mobility and changing markets, took place in many U.S. households over the last fifty years, but there has been a growing interest in returning to the concept of putting down roots and “aging in place.” This is defined by the CDC as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” When you age in place, you’re able to remain in your home as you get older, and as your needs change and your mobility decreases. Shopping [...]
My mother used to say that a parent can raise five children well, but five children can’t take care of one of their parents and do a good job. But that was years ago, when the nuclear family was the social norm. Since then, things have changed. People are living longer, and homes with more than one generation living together are more common. What’s more, adults are acting as caregivers for each other. A study conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons in 2015 revealed that more than 16 percent of adults are caring for another adult and 7 percent of caregivers are 75 years of age or older.
If you’re living with an aging loved one, you need to [...]
For urban dwellers, the expression “you pay for the view” could be a reason to exchange seeing out for seeing in. How important is a view vs. space and square footage? What should you do if you don’t have a view? These questions are good to figure out ahead of time, especially for couples who may ‘view’ things differently from one another.The Value of a Great View
An appraiser will tell you that the old adage “location, location, location” still rings true and that a view adds value to a property. Per the Appraisal Journal, “residential lots with a view command significantly higher prices.” The exact price of a view may be hard [...]
You’ve all but forgotten that checklist you compiled when searching for your first house. Back then you were so diligent that you could spot possible foundation compromise a mile away. Because the very last thing you wanted in a dream home was sketchy footing, you did your research and followed suit.
Thankfully it all worked out because this house truly is a dream. After living in it for close to two decades now, it’s safe to say that you know its every nuance — which is why, when you first noticed hairline cracks starting to form above the built-in bookshelves, you took cautionary note. Then, when that east-facing window in your bedroom started giving you trouble, [...]
In a perfect world, everything that we own and care about in our home would stay in perfect condition and never need to be repaired or replaced. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Your home’s systems and appliances will experience normal wear and tear, especially when you’ve owned a home for several years.
Repairs and maintenance are an expected part of owning a home, and it is important to budget for such repairs, as costs can quickly add up. Financial experts warn homeowners that they should expect to pay about 1-4% of their home’s purchase price in home repairs each year. Whether you are a first-time homeowner or have purchased a few homes in [...]