Did you know that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most store-bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol pollutants. There seems to be some kind of connection between air fresheners and Asthma problems. It is also thought that air fresheners containing these chemicals can accelerate respiratory diseases and reduce lung capacity. The EPA has not advised against purchasing these air fresheners, but suggests using them with care. If you have concerns about the health risks associated with these products, why not try a natural air freshening alternative.

If you have a musty basement or smelly closet, a tray of natural clay cat litter may be helpful. The main ingredient in cat litter is a natural occurring mineral that absorbs odors and moisture from the air. If you prefer an alternative to cat litter, try diatomaceous earth which you can purchase at a garden supply store. Place it in a bowl or other open container in foul smelling areas. Placing fresh or used (dried) coffee grounds in a bowl or stocking will help to cut the odor of winter mustiness.

Fill your home with subtle scents and refresh the air by simmering some sweet smelling ingredients in a little water on your stove. Try to keep your supply list simple and use items found at the grocery store or even in the yard. Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges make very fragrant scented waters. Herbs such as rosemary and thyme are good choices as well. Pine or cedar twigs and needles collected from the yard will give off a fresh, natural fragrance. Almond and vanilla extract and spices like cinnamon and cloves when simmered together add a wonderful fragrance to the air without the dangerous chemicals.

Want to boost your home’s value? Completing home improvement projects enables you to do just that, as you can perform these tasks regularly to maximize the value of your residence.

So which home improvement projects should you prioritize? Here’s a closer look at three important home improvement tasks that every home seller should consider:

1. Painting the walls.

Picking up a can of paint and various paint supplies ensures you can revitalize the walls in any room of your home instantly.

Over an extended period of time, the paint on your home’s walls may start to chip or peel. However, adding a fresh coat or paint (or two) to your residence’s walls serves as an inexpensive way to transform bland, unattractive walls into visually appealing ones.

Devoting even a few hours to paint the walls of your home can help you boost your home’s value. And ultimately, your new paint job may allow you to receive multiple offers at or above your asking price, too.

2. Installing a water filtration system.

Does your kitchen have a water filtration system? If not, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to increase your residence’s value.

A water filtration system offers multiple benefits, as it ensures a homebuyer won’t necessarily have to worry about buying bottled water if he or she purchases your residence. Plus, this system is one of many features that may help differentiate your home from others in a highly competitive real estate market, thus making your residence that much more appealing to homebuyers.

Installing a water filtration usually is fast and easy as well. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about breaking your home improvement budget to complete this project.

3. Cleaning up the front lawn.

High grass and weeds will damage your home’s curb appeal and may significantly reduce your chances of a quick sale. On the other hand, spending some time mowing the lawn, raking leaves and performing other essential front lawn care tasks can deliver long-lasting benefits.

A clean front lawn likely is one of the first things a homebuyer will notice about your home. And home sellers who are committed to maintaining a pristine front lawn can improve their home’s value and their chances of a quick sale.

Also, maintaining your front lawn can be easy if you spend even an hour per day performing yard work. Or for those who want to avoid lawn work altogether, professional landscapers typically are available that can keep your front lawn in great shape until your home sells.

As a home seller, you’ll want to take the necessary steps to up your home’s value before you add your home to the real estate market. And with any of the aforementioned home improvement projects, you’ll be better equipped to boost the value of your home quickly and efficiently.

Stay focused on increasing your home’s value consistently and keeping your residence in excellent shape. By doing so, you’ll be able to keep your eyes on the prize – maximizing your home’s value and selling your residence to the highest bidder.

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