Feng Shui Ideas

The ancient art of Feng Shui views clutter as “unfinished business” and hinders forward moving progress in your life. Less is more, is a great motto. Storing too many items will also stop the flow of positive energy. With this said, remove the clutter from under your bed and keep the items on your bedside table to a minimum to allow your chi to flow. The idea is to allow energy to flow, not stop the energy in its tracks with clutter. Try to redecorate that side table. A vase of flowers, a photo that makes you smile, a lamp, and a book. Shutting your closet door will change the flow of energy as well.

Remove items that you may cause negative memories; coffee table, bedside table, framed art, etc. Removing negativity is step one for the flow of energy and the rebirth of your spiritual sanctuary. If you are in the market to buy something new, replace or refurbish something, look for furniture that has smooth lines. Square corners are considered to have “pointed energy” and Feng Shui believes the negative vibes will be “pointed” at you. Softening your side table will help with the balance of energy. Add a piece of linen as a runner that reminds you of the trip you took, re-pot a favorite plant and savor the energy you create.

Home Improvements That Make Cents

What will boost your home’s value? You want to add a sunroom but will that bring in the biggest bang for your buck? How about a new bathroom? It’s a common question that many homeowners ask. What will we get back when we sell? This can be a hard question to answer but luckily Bankrate.com and Remodeling Magazine has come up with a list of the worst home fixes for the money.

Here are the six improvements that ranked dead last nationally when it comes to getting those renovation dollars back at resale.

1. A Home Office-The standard home office renovation is this year’s biggest loser in the resale value sweepstakes. Nationally, homeowners spent an average of $28,888 and can expect to recoup about 45.8 percent at resale, according to the report. If you want to enjoy a home office opt for something that is easily converted back into a bedroom or den.

2. Backup Generators-This only usually brings about negative thoughts like does this home loose power often? On average, when homeowners have a heavy-duty backup power generator installed, they spend about $14,718, according to the report. The average amount of the price recovered at resale time: 48.5 percent.

3. A Sunroom-While the thought is sitting and enjoying a sunroom may sound lovely to you but the addition of a sunroom is often more than you can recoup. The national average for a sunroom addition is $75,224, according to the report. Homeowners can expect to recoup about 48.6 percent when they sell.

4. A Master Suite-It is the price tag of this addition that can also leave sellers in the red. For a super-deluxe master suite addition — which adds square footage and uses only top-dollar materials — the average cost is about $232,062, according to the report. Sellers can expect to recover about 52.7 percent at resale.

5. An Extra Bathroom-Wait kitchens and bathrooms sells houses or that’s what people say. Bathroom additions are very expensive. For a moderately outfitted addition with synthetic stone or plastic laminate surfaces, plan on the cost about $21,695, according to the Remodeling report. Go upscale, with finishes like premium marble or fine tile, and you can easily spend in the neighborhood of $40,710. You can plan on a return of about 53 cents on the dollar.
Look for less-expensive way to get the same results. Try reconfiguring your existing space to add a bathroom for less.

6. A Dream Garage-The price tag for a top-of-the-line detached two-car with all the trimmings is about $90,053, according to the report. This is a garage that is completely top-of-the-line. You can expect to recover about 53.6 percent of that when you sell. Instead go for function over form and stick the basic garage if you plan on a garage project.
 

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How Healthy Is Your Roof?

Good home roof self-inspection habits could yield short and long term financial rewards, including keeping the value of your home strong. But, what should you look for while inspecting your house’s roof? Of all the signs that your roof is healthy absence of leaks is consistently an indicator of good roof structure. Additional signs that your house roof is in good shape include:

  • Healthy shingles. Roof shingles should not be missing, darkly stained or eroding. Roof shingles should also not be cracked, curled or cupped.
  • Dry and clean exterior walls are other potential signs that your house roof is healthy. Wet or stained walls could be a sign that your roof is leaking.
  • Ceilings that are free of water spots may be evidence that your roof does not have cracks or leaks. If you spot stains or spots in a room, consider inspecting your roof. See no damage, but the problem persists? It may be time to call a roofing contractor.
  • When it rains, even during hard rains, if all rooms in your home, including your basement, remain dry, your roof could be in good condition.
  • Age is another indicator that your roof may be healthy. Depending on the type of material your roof is made of, your roof could remain healthy for 15 to 25 years.
  • Caulk is solid and not cracking.
  • Moss and rust are not seen on the top or bottom of your roof.
  • Vent pipes are free of rust.
  • There are no dents or misshaped portions of the roof. Hailstorms and heavy snowfalls could cause a roof to dent or become misshaped. Consider inspecting your roof following a hard storm, as high winds, hail damage could lead to more troubling issues. To keep your roof healthy during winter, it’s advisable to leave a light layer of snow on the roof. But, you don’t want to leave several inches of snow on the roof for a prolonged period.

A fire retardant roof system could protect your entire home. The National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends a Class A fire rated roof system. If you are in the process of buying a house, ask the inspector to tell you the roof system class for the house you are thinking about purchasing. Pay attention to water stains on walls. You could also ask your realtor if the house has flooded before.

If you’re a current homeowner, inspect your house roof at least once a year (and following a hard storm). Similar to an annual physical checkout with your physician, regular roof inspections can help you to spot erosion and damage early, potentially saving you from costly roof repairs or roof replacement.