Community Living vs. Individual Homes – Which is Right for Your Lifestyle?

So, you’re in your fifties and have planned your finances effectively over your lifetime of working and investing.  You no longer need to be living close to work, your kids have flown the nest, and college is paid for. This may be the time to think about relocating for a final time and finding the perfect home for the way you want to live right now! You’re finally free to relocate to somewhere that suits your lifestyle and where you can really make the most of what every day has to offer.

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Of course, choosing the right location is vital. You want the right weather, the right transport connections, and the blend of city and outdoor leisure opportunities that work for you. But, it’s not only a question of where to move to. The type of property you choose to purchase can have a major impact on how much enjoyment you get out of life.

In this article,we’ll look at whether it’s worth choosing a home in a community over an individual property, and consider some of the pros and cons of each choice to help you decide which would be the perfect choice for your lifestyle. 

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How to Make Your Home a Happier Place

When you’re at home, you want to feel like you’re in your own personal slice of heaven. The best way to do that is to appeal to all five of your senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. If your home isn’t making you happy, here are some simple changes you can make that cater to your senses to make your home a happier and more positive place.

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Sight

When you come in through your front door, you want everything you see to be something that makes you happy. Clear away any clutter and mess (shoes, coats, bags) and replace any junk on your surfaces with family photos and mementos from trips away. 

Decorate your walls with beautiful artwork—this doesn’t have to be expensive; just buy prints and frames separately to save on framing costs. 

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8 Benefits of Home Insulation

If you’ve ever felt the draft of cold air under a door, or hot air surrounding a window, you know that the temperature from outside can enter your home pretty quickly. But, before diving into the benefits of Home Insulation, we should start by talking about what home insulation actually is and why it exists.

Insulation provides a separation from the uncontrolled environment (outside) and the controlled environment (inside). The walls surrounding you and the roof over your head makes up the housing enclosure. Insulation is the fine layer between the outside and the inside.

The primary job of insulation is to slow the flow of heat or cold from room to room in your home. Slowing the movement of the heat and capturing it in one room will help in keeping the temperature about the same throughout. When air is constantly moving in your home, it causes the temperature in your home to be uneven.

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Heat always moves from warm to cold irrespective of the home you are in, and the type of heating unit you have. A good example is when the hot air in your home sinks to the basement, and you keep wondering where the heat has gone to. There has been heat running throughout the day, but some rooms in your home are still cold. Most homes have a problem with air leakage because of their size. During the winter months, there is a lot of room for error when it comes to air leaking out of and in to your home.

Home insulation may seem like a lot of work, and costly work, at that. However, you are going to see many benefits from doing it – especially if you hire a professional insulation contractor. Below are eight benefits you can expect to receive when you insulate your home properly:

1. Saving up to 75% of the heat in your home 

This will be most apparent when you wake up in the morning. You get out of bed and the room is freezing, then you step on the cold floor which goes all the way into your kitchen. The biggest challenge when it comes to overcoming such cold mornings is preventing airflow to the different rooms in your home. To prevent airflow, it boils down to proper “R-values” of insulation.  The “R-values” depends on where you live and the months of winter you have. A home in Arizona is not going to need the same R-value as a home in Minnesota.

2. Lowering Your Heating Bill 

When you keep more heat inside during the winter, you reduce the number of times the heat has to kick on. This leads to lower bills, and you end up saving money.

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The Home Away From Home Experience: How to Be the Best Vacation Rental Host

When most people go on vacation, they want and expect the ultimate treatment, especially when it comes to their accommodations. With hotel accommodations, guests can indulge in room service, in-house restaurants, and exceptional spa facilities… This type of vacation experience allows guests to not have to lift a finger.

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On the other hand, there are vacationers who want the ultimate vacation experience but enjoy it most in vacation rental properties. With this type of vacation experience, there is no room service or spa facilities (typically) like hotels provide, but people still enjoy it more than hotels.

Why?

Because it gives vacationers that “home away from home” experience. Yes, people want the luxury of not lifting a finger while on vacation but being able to stay in a property that’s nice with all the makings of home, without it being their actual home, is still a huge selling point to lots of travelers. That reason alone is why so many people are getting their feet wet in real estate investing.

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10 Areas Most Important Areas of the House to Keep Clean, and Why

When life gets busy, cleaning your house can seem like a challenging task—but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, you don’t have to keep clean your entire house. You can clean specific areas of your house and still maintain high hygiene standards. 

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This article identifies the 10 areas that are the most important to keep clean in the house and why from a professional house cleaning company in Louisville called Super Cleaning.

Sink

Your sink sees a lot of use every day. All the washing up and rinsing off that goes on every day in your sink means that your sink could be the dirtiest spot in your home.  Your sink could be harboring more germs than your toilet. That’s why the sink deserves a thorough clean regularly to keep it free from germs and other bacteria. Keeping your sink in a pristine condition allows you to prevent foodborne diseases, take the hassle out of food preparation, and extend the life of your sink. Fortunately, cleaning your sink doesn’t have to be difficult. All you need is a mild cleanser like baking soda and vinegar and a scrub brush. 

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