Protect you and your family from these common accidents.
While you might think your home is the safest place for you, accidents still occur. According to a study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, more than 30,000 people die from accidents in their home per year. Here are some tips to keep your home safe and accidents avoided:
Alarms & Alerts
- Place phones strategically in your home for easy reach at all times.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms near bedrooms and fire alarms on every floor. Test them monthly.
Keeping Cool in the Hot Spots
- Always keep paper products, curtains and hand towels away from the oven and kitchen burners.
- When cooking, move pot handles turned inwards to avoid bumping. Keep potholders nearby for handling hot dishes.
- Don’t overload your outlets. Plug all kitchen appliances into separate outlets.
- If you have a fireplace, get your chimney cleaned professionally. When in use, put a screen in front of the fireplace to catch sparks.
Trips & Slips
- Keep passageways clear and electric cords out of foot traffic.
- Use rug pads to keep all rugs and rug runners in place.
- Apply a non-skid surface or mat to the bottom of your tub or shower.
Important safety tip for homes with small children: To avoid any chance of poisoning, keep household chemicals and cleaners locked away. Also, be sure to place any medications out of reach.
If you have expansion plans, consider all the variables first.
Have you outgrown your home? If you crave more space but can’t afford to move—or love your neighborhood too much to leave—consider putting on an addition. Carefully think through these points before anyone puts hammer to nail.
Imagine your home with a new, fully remodeled kitchen – or a carpeted recreation room in the basement for the kids. Home improvements and upgrades not only make a space more pleasant to live in, they can also add value to your house.
Here are 10 home improvements, and the estimated return on investment* of each project:
Straighten and stage your home to make a great first impression on prospective buyers.
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. It’s an old saying, but it’s true—especially when it comes to selling your home in a market where lots of houses are available.
Fortunately, getting your house ready to sell is easier and less expensive than you may think. Unless your kitchen or bathroom is in poor condition or at least 40 years old, don’t invest the money to remodel, says Ron Zate, a Realtor® with Keller Williams Realty. In most cases, smaller fixes will do the trick.
Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, property values have been steadily recovering across the country – but some cities are recovering faster than others. According to Kiplinger.com, a few top performers have seen double-digit property value percentage increases from 2011 to 2012. The cities each have populations of more than 500,000, and could be a good place to start looking if you’re in the market for an investment property – but keep in mind that property values can fluctuate quickly, so check real estate appraisal sites like Zillow.com for up-to-date information.
Owning a home is not out of your reach.
When the 2008 mortgage crisis resulted in financial calamity and millions of layoffs from U.S. corporations, many Americans responded by joining the ranks of the self-employed. While that showed impressive determination, self-employed people wanting to buy a house now must deal with another fallout of the crisis: a much tighter mortgage market, especially for those with uncertain or inconsistent income.
If you’re looking for a new home, you need a house you and your family can build a future in. And what better time than now? The housing market is healthy. One important decision you’ll have to make: To buy an existing, pre-owned home or build a new one. Both have pros and cons. We dig into both sides in 5 main categories. Take a look below to help you with your decision:
Be prepared for the most common illnesses and injuries.
It is said that luck favors the prepared. So when it comes to first aid in the home—be prepared with a stocked medicine cabinet. If you do need to treat an illness or injury, you will have all the basics on hand to help yourself or others.
Make your living space safe and comfortable for older adults.
Many older people prefer the comforts of a home over the transition to a senior living facility. But the truth is that most homes are not as well equipped as those facilities when it comes to safety. If you make the decision to invite an older loved one to live with you, it’s important to prepare your home accordingly.
These simple modifications can make any home safe and sound for elderly family members.
When the weather outside is frightful, keeping your house cozy is delightful. Just do it safely.
There’s nothing like coming in from the cold to a nice warm house. And, like many homeowners, you may be turning to alternative heating sources as a way to save money. Space heaters, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves can be good cost-cutting options—but they can also create a fire hazard if they’re not used properly. Here are some tips to keep you both safe and warm.