Buying a home can be the biggest purchase of your lifetime and most of us spend at least half of our lives inside our homes, without realizing there is a connection between our living conditions and our health. Here are a few household considerations to think about when creating your healthy home.
Air quality. Consider investing in an indoor air purifier or a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters work by trapping harmful particles like pet dander, dust mites and mold spores. Taking these precautions will assist in creating healthier indoor air quality for your family.
Green living. If air purifiers are not up your alley, houseplants like aloe vera and peace lilies can provide a natural air filter for cleaner indoor air while also beautifying your living space. Whichever plants you choose to surround yourself with, make sure that they are not toxic to your furry family members or small children.
Non-toxic paint. If your home was built before 1978, you will have received a document from the previous owners, disclosing their knowledge of any lead based paint or hazards. Use safe work practices when painting or renovating to prevent spreading lead dust and freshen up your walls with low-VOC paint which is water based, non-toxic and has little or no odor.
Inside your walls. Hidden mold and hazardous insulation affects people differently, so even if you’re not planning on selling your home, a professional home inspection could prove to be a smart investment in your family’s health. It can be a big job to remedy these issues but if you’re on top of it, fixing these problems could result in an easier sale when you do put your home on the market.
Detector technology. You’re likely used to the task of changing the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, but you might be interested in new technology on the market. Many detectors, like Nest Protect, now link to an app and can let you know which room in your home is experiencing a potential problem.
If you’re interested in creating a healthier home for sale, continue the discussion with one of our real estate agents.