If you’re in the process of buying a home (whether it’s your starter home or your dream home), you know how frustrating it can be to fall in love with a house, only to find a non-negotiable that forces to you to move on.
The five things listed here are five of the most overlooked parts of a home. Of course you know how to walk through a house with your realtor. But do you know the most important things to look for? I mean besides the paint colors and besides the size of the rooms.
Now I agree that these things are important. Especially if you want to stay in your house long term. But I want to make sure EVERY homeowner is buying a house that isn’t going to cost a fortune in the long run. And it starts with that initial walk-through. Why waste your time when house-hunting by investing your time and falling in love with an unhealthy money pit.
The excitement of preparing your baby’s nursery can be one of the most memorable times during pregnancy. You will most likely spend countless hours in the nursery you’ve designed, bonding and creating memories with your little one. For me, my babies’ rooms quickly became one of the most treasured spaces in my house.
But nurseries and baby products in general can introduce your newborn to many toxins and chemicals. Babies are born to us with sensitive skin, lungs that are still growing and skulls that are still forming to protect their brain. They need our protection from a world of chemicals and toxins in order to flourish and grow. Your newborn will most likely spend the majority of their time over their first year in their nursery and crib. Creating a non-toxic environment for them to spend their time will create a happier, healthier baby.
When we think of kick-starting our health, we often times think of things like dietary improvements we can make, ways to reduce stress, or exercise programs to begin. Rarely do we consider that our homes are as much a part of our health as these other areas. If you consider your house and count up the number of hours you spend there, most likely, you are spending more time inside your house than anywhere else in the world. More importantly, we are spending our sleeping time inside our homes, which is our bodies’ most vulnerable time as it repairs itself from a day in our toxic world.
Fortunately we are living in an ever-increasingly health conscious society where the whole health of our families is becoming the focus. The air you breathe at home and the toxins you come in contact with inside your house can often times play a bigger role with your health than the outdoor polluted air. This is due to the fact that our modern homes have been created to be air tight, cutting us off from the outdoor air. While this is extremely effective when it comes to energy efficiency, our daily habits and home routines have not caught up with our newer building practices.
The tighter and more efficient your home is, the more important it is to keep toxins out. Without any place for the air to leave a modern house, the chemical and organic toxins circulate throughout the home over and over again, affecting the loved ones who live there.
The good news is there are ways to use this modern, air-tight home to your benefit. Your house can become your safe haven from the world and your body’s resting place from toxins.
I am a Certified Professional Home Inspector and Certified Building Biologist through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and International Institute for Building Biology. I have trained with Internachi as well as the Water Quality Standards Academy and the EPA.