How To Get The Most Out Of Your Mudroom

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Mudrooms can be a tricky room to work with, finding the right decorations and spots for all of your belongings for the amount of space you have. Here are some tips to help create a mudroom you’ll use and love, without it being unattractive or too cluttered:

1. A main function of a mudroom is to store items that you need easy access to. This includes coats, shoes, bags, etc. The room also prevents the rest of the house from getting dirty when the weather gets messy. Using bins, or deep draws to store all of these items in a confined space will keep you organized and tidy. Labeling the bins will help remind you where you will find what you’re looking for later.

2. Along with bins or draws, a counter top above them gives you a space to fold laundry or sort mail.

3. Highly consider installing a small sink in your mudroom to clean up messes that are too much for your regular kitchen or bathroom sink. Kitchen and bathroom sinks are typically for washing hands or cooking dinner, so a mudroom sink will allow for some heavy duty cleaning or even wash up before you enter your home.

4. Some people like to have a bench in their mudroom to prompt guests to take off their dirty shoes as soon as they walk in. Add a cushion made from outdoor fabric for comfort along with easy clean up.

5. Cleaning up is much simpler with tile floors. With family members, guests or pets walking in and out all the time, tile floors allow you to mop up any dirt they may drag in during the process.

6. A mudroom is a great place to also put your pets food and water bowls, if you have any. It will keep them out of the way of the rest of the house, but also allow for easy clean up if your pets make a mess.

7. Hooks of all different sizes can be extremely helpful with your organization. Hooks can be used for coats, bags and even smaller ones for car keys so you never lose them. All of these items can be grabbed quickly on your way out and hung up as soon as you walk in.

8. When it comes to decorating, using neutral colors such as green will give your mudroom a more natural feel, while still adding some style to it.




Energy Efficient Home Features


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Having the most energy efficient home possible is a top priority to not only have a better living experience, but also to save money. Here are energy efficient home improvements to upgrade your current home or look out for them when searching for your new home:

1. Programmable thermostats are a great energy and money saver. It’s generally a more accurate thermostat and you can set up a schedule to change the temperature on its own from day to night.

2. Tankless water heaters saves users about 20% of their water bill! They never run out of hot water and also last 5 to 10 years longer than tank heaters.

3. When it’s not too hot out, using ceiling fans instead of your air conditioning can end up saving you some money and still keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

4. Insulated homes keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and reduces both costs by 20%.

5. Low flow faucet fixtures save water as well as the money in your wallet. It reduces water consumption by about 50% and can save you up to $145 a year.


What To Look For In A New Home Beyond Inspection

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While looking for a new home, it’s obvious that the most important aspect is making sure it passes inspection. No one wants to have a leaking roof or faulty wiring in their brand new home, but there are items on the home-buying checklist beyond the home’s inspection that will affect the living experience in your home. Make sure that all of these parts meet your standards to ensure that you love not only the functionality of your home, but the feel of it too:

1. The interior layout of your home can make a big difference in your day to day experiences in your new home. You want the layout to have a natural and organized flow to it when walking from one room to the next. Walk through the home and imagine your daily life in it to see if it fits.

2. Window size and placement can also greatly affect someone’s living experience. The right amount of lighting depending on your preferences and also depending on the room can change your opinion on a home as well as simply where they are located in the home. Since changing the windows in a home is not the cheapest renovation, it’s ideal to find a home that has well-placed windows. With that being said, if there are a couple homes you feel strongly about, make arrangements to view them a second time at a different point in the day to get a better idea of what the lighting will be like if you live in it.

3. Laundry rooms can sometimes be in inconvenient locations such as in the corner of a basement. If this is something that is important to you, make the effort to find a home with an easily accessible laundry room since this is a chore that is done quite frequently.

4. Kitchens are a more popular area in homes today than they were in the past. Many people use the kitchen for entertaining, having dinner with family or even just for more cooking. With that in mind, you may want to be more picky about the features in the kitchen of your new home based on your preferences. Some kitchen features that people find more important include the kind of stove, the layout, sinks, natural lighting, storage area and overall size.

5. Choose a home with enough bathrooms to meet your family’s needs to avoid the expense of adding a new one later. Even if you are looking for a home for only one or two people, an extra powder room on the main floor isn’t a bad idea.

6. Lot grade is another aspect to consider when shopping for a new home. Not only do you want to be happy with the size of the yard around your home, but also the steepness. Having a larger yard is nice, but much less enjoyable if it’s too steep to walk down. Also, think about the future of your yard. If adding a deck or patio is a project you would consider adding to your home, make sure it is able to be added to the yard of your home.