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What started as a two person remodeling company 30 years ago has grown into a multi-state construction and home improvement enterprise boasting more than 30 thousand happy customers. Delighting our customers, whether they are building new or remodeling their home with a new gutter system or roofing installation, is easy to do with the great products we offer and our staff of hardworking employees.

Hidden Dangers at Home

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Since 1985, there’s been a group awarding a prize known as the “Darwin Awards.”  The term award is deceiving because the point of an award is to recognize an achievement.  The Darwin Awards are a little bit different because they are awarded to people that caused serious self-inflicted injury or death through stupidity.  A Californian named James Elliot took first prize in 2013.  When his .38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, he peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.  Common sense should have told Mr. Elliot that his tactic would have ended poorly.  Thankfully, most of us have this trait.  However, not every danger is as black and white as the above example.  There are some hazards in your home, for example, that you may not even be aware of.  Allow us to identify them for you.

Mercury: The most common places mercury can be found in the home are compact fluorescent light bulbs, circular thermostats and thermometers.  It’s important to note that mercury containing objects do not pose a threat until they are broken and the mercury escapes.  Inhalation of the vapors emitted by mercury can cause shortness of breath, memory loss, high blood pressure and kidney damage.  Cleanup is best left to professionals because mopping or sweeping mercury up can actually cause the spill to spread.

Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is used in countless products for the purpose of acting as a bonding agent.  It can also be created as other chemicals break down.  The more formaldehyde that is emitted into the air, the more of a health risk it poses.  Side effects of exposure can include: nausea, headaches, coughing & wheezing, rashes and chest tightness.  Minimize your exposure by choosing real wood furniture and cabinets over builder grade materials, skipping wallpaper and maintaining your chimney so that smoke is directed outdoors. 

Flame Retardants: Flame retardants are often found in carpeting, electronics and furniture.  The purpose of these chemicals is to slow the burn process of these items during a house fire.  The downside to these chemicals is that they have been linked to fertility issues and cancer.  In order to minimize your exposure select furniture that is naturally less flammable such as leather, wool and cotton.

Furnace: As furnaces age, they risk developing cracks in the heat exchanger.  This leads to the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking into your home without being noticed.  Symptoms to be mindful of are incessant headaches, nausea, disorientation and burning of the eyes and nose.  Regularly maintain your furnace and keep a carbon monoxide detector close to it so that you are alerted immediately if this is occurring in your home.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

The Real Truth About Ice Dams and How to Get rid of Them Forever!

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We get a lot of calls during the winter from people having issues with ice dams that are in dire need of a remedy. A lot of times people think that their ice dams are caused by their gutters, but the real truth, they are not.  Because of where they form, it’s understandable to why one would assume they are evidence of faulty gutters.  Knowledge is power and understanding the real reason why and how ice dam’s form is the first step to banishing them from your home forever. Ice dams compromise the integrity of your home because they can tear off your gutters, loosen your shingles and worst case scenario, cause water to back up and start pouring into your home. The first thing that you need to know is how ice dams occur and are formed.

The lifecycle of an ice dam:

  • They begin inside your house when the heated air leaks up into your unheated attic
  • When this warm air leaks into your unheated attic, it creates warm areas on your roof
  • These warm areas cause the snow to melt which moves down the slope of your roof
  • Once it reaches your cold overhangs, it refreezes
  • This process continues which causes the ice to build up along your eaves causing the ice dam
  • The ice dam will eventually cause water to back up under your shingles and into your home

Now that you know how an ice dam is really formed, how do you fix this issue? There are many ways to temporarily fix your issue, but there is only one fix that will eradicate the issue for good.

Temporary Fix:

Heat Tape: Many uninformed homeowners believe that “heat tape” or “heat coil” is the be-all-end-all when it comes to getting rid of ice dam problems. WRONG! They are a Band-Aid solution. Heating cables will not clear your entire eave. You will more than likely still see ice buildup and icicle formations when installing this type of product. Heating cables merely melt the snow.

Break it off: Some novices think that getting on a ladder and chipping away at an ice dam will do the trick. Think again! Not only could you wreck your gutters, you can also damage your roof, voiding its manufacturer’s warranty.

Steaming it off: Steaming takes regular tap water and heats it up to 300 degrees. The steam is forced through a delivery hose and wand where it is focused into a thin, low-pressure column used to cut through ice. Just another Band-Aid fix.

Permanent Fix:

The only true solution to fixing your ice dam problem is to have a home performance test done at your home to see where the air leaks are. This will allow you to know where you are lacking insulation in your home. Adding insulation will create a barrier to prevent heat from escaping from your roof which results in ice dams.

Lindus Construction is proud to now offer Home Performance Testing. Our certified technicians will perform a blower door test and infrared FLIR imaging showing you where all of the heat loss is in your home to fix your ice dam problem – FOREVER!


 

 

6 Reasons Your Energy Costs are Killing You

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When you’re a kid, getting mail can seem like the greatest thing in the world.  Whether it’s a letter from a pen pal, a birthday card with money or Sports Illustrated for Kids, a trip to the mailbox and finding something with your name on it, is a real treat.  Flash forward 30 years and a trip to the mailbox brings invites to overpriced home cleaning supply parties, offers to switch cable providers and the dreaded utility bill.  Many of us cringe as we rip the envelope open thinking “it can’t possibly be higher than last month…” only to find out it is!  Why continue to pay outrageous bills month after month, year after year?  Wouldn’t you rather get to the bottom of the situation and do something about it?  We’re here to clue you in on six reasons your energy bills are higher than they should be.

Inadequate Insulation: To have optimal energy efficiency in your home, you need to be properly insulated from your foundation all the way up to your roof. Sometimes, insulation in your home seems to be an overlooked area until you already have an issue with an ice dam or inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. Insulation is the single most important home improvement project to increase your comfort and save money on your energy bills.  (Shameless plug: Lindus Construction now performs home energy audits complete with blower door testing so that you can identify the problem areas in your home!)

You’re Not Using a Programmable Thermostat: In the winter months, what’s the point of heating a home to a warm temperature when there’s no one there to use it?  With a programmable thermostat, you have the ability to control the temp throughout the day and ensure that the home is heated up to your ideal temperature before you arrive home from work or a weekend getaway.  It’s a simple solution that can make a big difference over time.

Outdated Appliances: As appliances reach the end of their lifespan, you can save beaucoup dollars on your energy bills by replacing them with ENERGY STAR rated appliances, which are certified to use significantly less energy than federal mandates require.  The biggest energy guzzler appliance is typically the refrigerator because it runs continuously.  Some homes have a secondary refrigerator.  There’s nothing wrong with having one if it’s being used for overflow items that don’t fit into your primary fridge, but if it is being minimally used, the damage to your utility bill isn’t worth the convenience of having it.

Unreliable Windows & Doors: As the cooler weather sets in, it’s to your benefit to inspect the outside of your windows & doors for cracking and seal them. The use of weather-stripping and caulk around doors & windows will prevent cold air from entering the home, saving on your energy bills. You can also use shrink wrap around your windows if you do not plan on opening them for the winter. If you have older doors and windows, you can install storm doors & windows which can increase your home’s energy efficiency significantly.  If your home has single pane windows, consider upgrading to double or triple pane windows.  Multiple panes of glass trap a layer of air or gas between the panes increasing the insulating factors allowing less heat to pass through the window. If the space between the panes is filled with argon or krypton gas you will have more insulating power than just air.

Your Furnace Filter: Every furnace has a filter which periodically will become clogged with particles floating in your home’s air.  Routinely changing the air filter will not only keep your home’s air cleaner and reduce the strain on your furnace, it will also lower your energy costs.   

Your Chimney Damper is Open: The purpose of a chimney damper is to prevent your home’s heat from filtering out through the chimney when the fireplace is not in use.  Closing the damper after using the fireplace is a must or the temperature of your home can quickly lower and your furnace will need to work double time in order to get your home back to a comfortable temperature.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

 

Trending in 2015

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Don’t hate us for pointing it out, there are only ten weekends left in 2014.  That’s right ten.  And while we consider it in poor taste to make New Year’s resolutions before Thanksgiving (more pie please!) it’s not too soon for us to share what our remodeling team projects to be the biggest home décor trends to watch out for next year.

Color: With the economy looking less fragile than it has in recent memory, homeowners are becoming bolder with the color choices of their walls.  Popular shades include vibrant yellows, greens  and
blues.  Color, as opposed to accessories, is taking center stages in rooms.  Don’t write white off yet; it’s still being sought out for trim and cabinetry in order to play off the bold colors.

Tile: When it comes to bathroom & kitchen tile, bigger is better!  Not only is it more modern, but it also has the ability to make a small space appear larger.

Elaborate Bathrooms: Bathrooms in 2015 will become more embellished.  Bathtubs with shower surrounds will be installed less and less and oversized showers and free standing bathtubs will take over.  High end tile options are also to be expected.

Countertops: Granite countertops are so last season.  We’re noticing an uptick in homeowners opting for high end quartz countertops from companies such as Cambria®.  Cambria® countertops do not need repeated sealing and reconditioning like marble & granite counter tops and can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, making your kitchen a space you’re not afraid to actually cook in.  (PS- Cambria® is a Twin Cities family owned company…even more reason to love them!)

Tech Savvy Homes: A recent survey found that more people would rather lose their wallet than their smartphone.  Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that more and more homeowners are looking to their cell phone to run their homes.  Requests for appliances, garage doors, thermostats, light fixtures, security fixtures and stereo systems that can be operated from a smartphone have become commonplace.

Finishes: We’re obsessed with satin nickel and bronze finishes when it comes to light fixtures and hardware.

3 & 4 Season Porches: These spaces are excellent places to relax and entertain guests.  We’re finding that more and more homeowners are seeking them out.

Clean LinesIn everything from light fixtures to cabinets clean lines are taking over!

 

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Are You a Good Candidate for a Vaulted Ceiling?

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Vaulted ceilings are hardly a new concept.  In fact, they were around a few hundred years before Michelangelo got his hands dirty painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Their popularity continues
today because of their ability to enlarge a room and allow in natural light.  There are always two sides to every story and vaulted ceilings are no different.  Here’s what you need to know before investing in a home with vaulted ceilings.

In Favor Of

Natural Light: In the home, natural light makes everything look better, plain and simple!  It’s also great for enhancing your mood and energy.  Homes with vaulted ceilings have an abundance of
natural light.

Elegance: Since they are typically found in more upscale homes, vaulted ceilings are perceived to provide a space with an upscale vibe.  Additionally, if you’ve got a million dollar view, the extra window space afforded by vaulted ceilings can allow you to showcase that beauty.

Embellishment Potential: With the additional space provided by a vaulted ceiling, you’ve got the ability to spruce up the “fifth wall” of a room with enlarged light fixtures, skylights and exposed beams.

Expansion of Space: Just as wearing vertical stripes can make someone appear taller and leaner, vaulted ceilings can create the illusion of a larger room.

Reasons to Shy Away

Upkeep: Tasks such as dusting, painting, installing a ceiling fan and changing a light bulb require a ladder with a vaulted ceiling.

Energy Efficiency: Due to their design, vaulted ceilings have minimal room left over for insulation.  This makes these types of insulation projects more complicated and expensive.  Failure to install installation can increase energy costs and make the room overly hot in the summer and chilly in the winter.  In colder climates, improper insulation also puts your home at risk for ice dams.

Acoustics: Vaulted ceilings expand the size of the room and are known for causing sound waves to bounce intermittently.  Depending on ceiling height, results can include echoes or difficulty hearing conversations and television or stereo volume.

Expense of Building: Rooms with a vaulted ceiling cost more to build than a room with a lower ceiling with the same square footage because the room requires additional paint and drywall.  A vaulted ceiling does not automatically guarantee a higher appraisal because you do not have more useable square footage than an identical home with lower ceilings.

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Features that Increase Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy

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One of the most disconcerting consequences  of owning a home is having to purchase a homeowner’s insurance policy.  While it’s comforting to know that you are protected in the event of catastrophic damage, it can be disheartening to watch your insurance be deducted from your bank account month after month.  It can be even more frustrating to learn that certain home features can increase your premium.  Want to know which ones lead on the list?  Here’s what you need to know.

Swimming Pools: Why does something so fun need to increase your premiums? Insurance companies cite the risks of drowning and water related injuries as the reason they charge more for homes with pools.  In most jurisdictions, a homeowner is liable for injury or death in their pool, even for people that trespass onto the property.  Many companies require the pool to be fenced in but do not offer discounts for this being done, as it may be a condition for it to be even be insurable.

 Trampolines: Over 100,000 ER visits per year are attributed to trampoline accidents.  For this reason, many insurance companies refuse to insure them or charge additional to include them in their policies.  They may also place restrictions on where they are placed and require that the trampoline’s springs be covered with padding.

Pellet & Wood Stoves: Homes that have pellet and wood stoves are statistically more likely to incur fire damage than those heated through more conventional methods.  Your company will need to be notified prior to the stove being installed and may require inspection afterwards or proof that it was installed by a licensed professional in order to insure it.

Age of Home: The older the home, the more likely that it will fall into disrepair.  Insurance companies take this into account and adjust premiums accordingly.

Size of Home: The larger your home is, the more it costs to replace if it were a total loss.  Expect higher premiums with more square footage.

Garage Size The larger a garage is, the more it holds and the more you’ll be asking your insurance company to replace in the event that the garage is destroyed.  Additionally, larger garages are more likely to be targeted for theft than smaller garages.

Bling: While many home insurance policies provide some provisions for jewelry, it may not be enough to replace them at full value.  Understand what your policy covers and add additional coverage if need be.  Bear in mind that gold & diamonds continuously increase in value so it’s a good idea to update your insurance company with documents from your jeweler that state the actual value of the items, and not what the purchase price was a few years ago.

Pets: Dog breeds associated with aggression (such as Great Danes, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers) typically carry higher insurance premiums.  The reasoning being that the insurance company doesn’t want to be on the hook for a lawsuit in the event that Fido bites a houseguest.

Outdated Roof: Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see asphalt & metal roofing systems with 50 year warranties.  This is due to recent advances in roofing technology.  However, if your current asphalt roof is from the early 1990s, it’s very likely that your insurance company will flag it as a high risk (i.e. high priced) insurance group because it’s unlikely to hold up to high winds and hail.

The Final Word: Trampolines, swimming pools and large garages are not the root of all evil.  Having such items will likely increase your insurance premiums but if you see them as a value, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have them.  Be sure to review your insurance policy annually to make sure you clearly understand what it covers and don’t be afraid to shop around occasionally to ensure you’re being charged appropriately.

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Terms to Know Before a Trip to the Lumberyard

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Imagine stopping by a pet store and simply asking for a dog.  Instead of just sending you on your merry way with the first dog they see, the clerk’s going to likely do some probing to see whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor pet, if you have a preference between shedding & non-shedding breeds and how big of an animal you’re looking to adopt.  Similarly, if you were to go to a lumberyard and request some wood, the specialist you speak with is going to want to know more about your specific needs.  To save yourself time and frustration, here’s some of the basic lingo you’ll want to understand.

Hardwoods vs Softwoods: All wood fall into one of these two categories.  Hardwoods come from trees that lose their leaves in the fall and softwoods come from evergreens.  Common types of hardwoods are cherry, maple, ash and oak.  Popular softwoods are spruce, cedar, fir and pine.

Grading: As you look through the different types of wood, you’ll notice that some have more physical blemishes than others.  Depending on the type of project you need the wood for, this may or may not be of concern.  The National Hardwood Lumber Association uses the below grading systems to allow a consumer to understand the quality of wood they are purchasing.  The rankings are listed best to worst.

Hardwood Grading

Grade Name

Abbreviation

Minimum Board Size

% Usable Material On One Face

First and Seconds

FAS

6-in x 8-in

83

Select

Sel

4-in x 6-in

83

#1 Common

#1 Com

3-in x 4-in

66

#2 Common

#2 Com

3-in x 4-in

50

 

Softwood Grading

Grade

What It Means

C Select

Almost completely clear of defects. Widely used for interior trim and cabinets.

D Select

Fine appearance, similar to C Select. May have dime-sized knots.

1 Common

Best material for high quality pine with a knotty look. Knots will be tight, meaning they won’t fall out, and are generally small.

2 Common

Tight knots, but larger than found in 1 Common. Often used for paneling and shelving. Very suitable for general woodworking projects.

3 Common

Knots larger than in 2 Common. Also used for paneling and shelving, but especially well-suited for fences, boxes and crates.

 Other Terms You’re Bound to Hear around the Lumberyard Include:

Luster: This term relates to the amount of light a wood will reflect.  Luster can improve by applying a glossy finish to the wood, though some species will have higher than natural luster.

Wood Grain: Wood grain is the direction in which the wood cell fibers mature.  Much like your fingerprints, each tree has its own unique wood grain markings.  This means that two pieces of wood from identical species can look entirely different.

 Density: This measures weight per unit volume.  The denser a wood is, the more likely it is to fend off indentations and scratches.

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Wallpaper…Making a Comeback in 2014

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Rumors have been circulating since last week, that after twenty years, Pink Floyd may be teaming up for a new album, which is being cited as one of the biggest come backs of the year.  In the world of interior design, there’s another home feature making a comeback…wallpaper.  Believe it or not, this material that homeowners have a love/hate relationship with is back in the good graces of many interior decorators.  Like all resurging trends, it’s best to know how to work it in the present day so you don’t look like you’re stuck in a time capsule.

Commitment: Bear in mind that wallpaper is more time-consuming to change out than paint.   Be sure you love the design you’re opting for so you don’t experience buyer’s remorse.  If the thought of an entire room of wallpaper doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly acceptable to apply wallpaper to a single accent wall.  This concept works especially well in bedrooms where you can wallpaper the wall behind your headboard and then paint the other walls a calming, complimentary color.

Room Size: Just as in the case with paint, it’s important to consider room size before committing to color and pattern.  In smaller spaces, it’s best to opt for lighter colors in larger prints, which deflect the room’s smallness.  Applying wallpaper to a hallway or inside a closet can add interest that otherwise wouldn’t be there.  Check for remnants for smaller projects which can save you money.  Hanging wallpaper on the ceiling, and painting the rest of the room a similar color, is another trend.

Print Pattern:  Love small prints?  They work well in larger rooms.  Larger prints work better in small spaces because they trick the eye in believing the room is larger than it is.  Another trip to making a small room look larger is wallpaper with a horizontal pattern. A room that has a low ceiling can benefit from wallpaper with a vertical striped pattern because it will elongate the space.  Bold, rigid patterns add zing to a room,while lines with soft patterns evoke a sense of calmness.

Avoid These Rookie Application Mistakes:

  • Not lining up the pattern correctly so it’s easily visible where one roll starts and another ends.
  • Applying wallpaper directly to drywall which will cause damage to the wall when it’s time to remove the wallpaper.
  • Placing a pattern upside down.

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What Women Want-Positioning Your Home to a Female Home Buyer

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In 2004, diamond producer, DeBeers, launched a national campaign encouraging women to splurge on a ring for themselves to be worn on their right hand in order to celebrate their power and independence.  The campaign dismissed the notion that women needed to wait to become engaged in order to acquire such a beautiful and expensive piece of jewelry.  Flash forward ten years to the present day where the National Association of Realtors has recently released a study identifying single women as the second largest segment of home buyers after married couples.  It goes without saying that girl power and buying power go hand-in-hand.  Looking to capitalize on this growing market with the sale of your home?  We’ve got a few pointers for you!

Space to Entertain: Whether it’s having a wine & cheese night, hosting their book club, or throwing a backyard barbecue, female home buyers favor homes that allow them to place hostess.  During showings or open houses, have your real estate agent highlight items such as your home’s multi-room audio system, built in wine rack, or backyard gazebo.

Low Maintenance Living: While single women, with fast paced lifestyles, are certainly capable of household chores, the fewer they have to do, the better!  Suggested maintenance free features include: clog-free gutters, composite decking and vinyl windows.

Closet Space: Shoes, purses, sweaters and leggings…oh my!  Never have we heard a woman complain that her closet was too big.  For this one, bigger is better…PERIOD!

Security: Female home buyers rate this towards the top of their priority list.  After all, if you can’t feel safe in your own home, where can you feel safe?  Amenities you can add to your home in order to attract female home buyers include a home security system, an attached garage, fencing, adequate outdoor lighting and window treatments that prohibit outsiders from being able to see in.

Natural Light: Women appreciate natural light because of its aesthetics and energy efficiency.  In short, the more windows the better!  Don’t fret if you have an older home and the amount of natural light is minimal.  Skylights and sun tunnels are an easy workaround to this issue.  They provide the natural light within a home without sacrificing privacy.  Popular areas to add them include bathrooms and walk-in closets, since natural lighting works best for grooming and makeup application.

Upgraded Bathrooms: Single females looking to buy a home appreciate spa-inspired bathrooms.  Desirable features include a soaking or jetted tub, premium or multiple shower heads, lots of storage and ample outlets.  Bonus points if the home’s largest bathroom is connected to the master bedroom.

Move-In Ready: When given a choice, over a fixer upper with more space or a smaller move-in ready property, today’s single female home buyer will chose move-in ready.  Why?  More space requires significantly more maintenance, something they aren’t interested in doing.

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3 Secrets to Loving Your House Just the Way it Is

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This winter, TMZ featured an article about a domino real estate situation where Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco bought Khloe Kardashian’s home.  In turn Khloe turned around and bought Justin Bieber’s estate.  It’s interesting that even celebrities, who rake in millions each year, still get bored with their homes and put them on the market in order to purchase what they consider to be a better property.  While it’s unlikely that most of us will find ourselves, in this situation, there’s nothing wrong with taking steps to ensure the home you have is one you love.  Here are some tips from us on how to achieve this.

Don’t Live in Someone Else’s Home: When one of our employees bought her first home she was excited at the prospect of not having to stare at the white walls of the apartments she’d rented for the past four years.  After hours of scouring paint samples and home improvement websites, she settled on lime green for the color of her master bedroom.  While her mother questioned the choice as they started applying it to the walls, she ultimately stuck with the color.  There’s a lesson to be learned from this.  While most realtors wouldn’t suggest paint in bold shades when you’re putting a home on the market, if you’re planning on staying in it for a few years, there’s no need to live in a home as if it’ll be put up for sale at any moment.  Make it your own and select colors that speak to you.

Decorate with Purpose: The below painting by famous artist Joan Miro sold at auction for $2.2 million.  We’re willing to bet that most of you could find a lot more fun ways to put that kind of money to use!  The point here is that just because something is valuable doesn’t mean it’s meaningful.  When choosing your home’s décor, regardless of what your budget is, take the time to carefully consider whether or not what you’re adding is truly something you want to be surrounded with on a daily basis or if it’s simply something that the retail world is saying you need.

Banishing Clutter: In addition to collecting dust, clutter also has negative effects on your psyche.  A study by Princeton University found that the more disorganization in your life, the more stressed out you become.  Make an effort to donate, discard or sell items you no longer use and notice instantly your level of stress decrease.  While the prospect of tackling an entire house can seem daunting, break the task into smaller bits to make the feat more achievable.

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