Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Dennis Isip
Perhaps most homebuyers wouldn’t care, but you’ll never know. You might come across one such health-conscious buyer, so be sure to point out any health-related upgrades you’ve done. Just like with maintaining our bodies’ well-being, we can control what comes into and what is used within our homes to help our families achieve a healthy lifestyle. And even if you don’t sell your house, the following easy projects will be worth it for your body.
1. Keep Your Kitchen Clean
The kitchen is the soul of our homes because it is a room where families often come together. Therefore, it is important to make it as healthy as possible. Now, I’m not referring to purchasing a juicer and filling up your pantry with healthy snacks. There are many ways to create a more nourishing kitchen.
Start with your tap water. According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council published in 2017, nearly 77 million people in the U.S. were served by community water systems with violations as recently as 2015. With an effective filter for your tap water, you can better prevent your body from disease, improve your skin and boost circulation. Review and compare faucet water filters that reduce pollutants like lead and toxic chemicals and moved toward healthier hydration.
2. Designate a Fitness Area
If you an extra room, or even a corner space, grab some workout equipment and turn it into your personal gym. Whether you're purchasing weights, a yoga mat or an elliptical machine, having a dedicated fitness area in the home can help you carve out time for workouts while offering the convenience of not having to leave your house (and also eliminate a handful of excuses).
3. Clean The Air
Keeping living houseplants is one of the easiest ways to purify air, and the right plants can even control bacteria and germs in your home. Plus, it adds some decoration and color to your home's interior. If you struggle to keep indoor plants alive, alternative options that have become popular over the past few years include essential oils, a humidifier and replacing candles with solely soy candles to guarantee you are breathing in high-quality air.
4. Organic Landscaping
Raised garden beds and garden boxes are perfect complements to your indoor air. Leave a note somewhere in your house what specific product you have been growing organically.
While breathing purified air inside the home is important, make sure the air directly outside your home is as fresh as possible by avoiding pesticides when you're doing yard work. During the summer when we open windows, contaminants like dust, pollen and mold spores can easily make their way into the home from chemicals we use to keep the yard looking nice. As prolonged exposure to these toxins can lead to major health risks down the line – like chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, and lung cancer – keeping outdoor air uncontaminated is one of the most important steps you can take.
Don’t overlook healthy renovations. More importantly, make sure that you point out these home upgrades/features using the listing description, or signs/labels highly visible for your buyers to see when they visit your home.
Dennis Isip | Spokane Realtor
Haven Real Estate Group