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Your home is your space. It's the place where you spend the better part of each day and night and where you go to relax, recharge, and play with your children and pets. With that in mind, Lake Homes Realty is here to help you make – and maintain – the perfect, stress-free home where you can relax and feel rejuvenated.

Add a Herb Garden

Earthy, natural scents can help you relax and unwind. In a home without fresh flowers to cut and arrange, homegrown herbs are a simple alternative. Herbatorium notes that you can grow them easily in window boxes or on sunny kitchen counters indoors.

Declutter to Open Up Your Space

Packing away your summer gear opens up your closet space for winter wear. It also helps clean up areas used less frequently, such as the attic or basement. By clearing out space, you make room for things you need and use. You can improve organization with plastic bins, shelving units, and hooks. You can also reduce paper clutter with a scanner to store items you don't need physically.

Depending on the size of your remodeling project, it might be easier to just empty out certain rooms to give you more space to work. If so, use this label maker to keep your boxes clearly marked so that you can stay organized, saving you lots of headaches down the road.

Update Your HVAC System

HGTV points out that air quality is essential, and during allergy season, keeping the air in your home clean and fresh is even more crucial. If your HVAC system is old, drafty, or otherwise inefficient, it can make your home a breeding ground for germs and viruses. Always hire a professional to service and update your heating and cooling system.

Install a Water Filtration System

Tap water is fine to drink without treatment, but you can improve its quality by adding a water filtration system. Filters remove harmful chemicals and odors, improving the taste. They also remove the minerals and sediment that cause hard water.

Clean Up the Yard

Trim away any dead plant life before it spreads spores and seeds across your yard. Clearing the outside environment cuts down on any potential contaminants entering your home through open windows. Consider bringing in a professional landscaper to give your yard a makeover.

Remodeling your outdoor space can also increase your property's value. If you don't have a budget for upgrades, consider a lawn company that offers fertilization services to boost your grass's appearance and health. You can do a quick search online for a pro to review different companies, compare rates, and find the best deal for your financial situation. Take before and after pictures and save receipts to defray capital gains taxes after the sale.

Create a Healthy, Natural Bedroom

A natural bedroom is free of harsh chemicals and contains items that promote relaxation. If your mattress isn't looking or smelling great, invest in a new mattress topper or futon. Swap out your pillows for organic materials like cotton, wool, or even silk. For a calming atmosphere, add some scented candles or incense to your nightstand.

Basement Renovation Ideas

If your basement is underutilized consider renovating it to suit your needs. One idea is a home office. Allow in as much natural light as possible, and outfit the space with all the appropriate office furniture. Keep ergonomics in mind, especially when it comes to a comfortable, supportive chair, and the right desk – even look into standing desks so you’re not sitting all day. Then personalize the area with art and photography that inspires you, and incorporate a few houseplants, which help to purify the air.

And if you’ve wanted to build out your own home gym, the basement is an ideal location. It's important to stay active and maintain your fitness, and many people choose to work out at home rather than the gym. Redesigning your basement for an active lifestyle is not a simple process. To keep the basement mold-free, you may need to install sub-flooring before putting down carpeting.

Update Your Home and Live Healthier

Changes like adding a herb garden and updating your yard, bedroom, and basement can make a significant difference in your quality of life. For structural updates, be sure to keep track of all the improvements to the property, which can increase your home’s appraisal value, a big plus when it comes time to list with the team at Lake Homes Realty.

Lake Homes Realty can help you examine every aspect of your financial life! Buying a home is more than a search and purchase. It is one of your biggest and best investments. All home buying and financial planning information are interrelated in that each component has shared values. Reach out today to get started