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Posted by Realty Vision on 7/11/2019

An indoor swimming pool would be a pretty awesome item to add to your next home improvement to-do list. Indoor pools have a lot of perks and advantages, such as allowing you to swim at any time and replicate the outdoor experience regardless of the weather conditions. 

Advantages of an indoor pool

Apart from bringing the pool indoors to replicate the exterior experience, indoor pools can give you a taste of luxury living also. Some benefits include:

- You get year-round swimming whether in the summer or winter

- Efficient cost of maintenance because you won't have to deal with outdoor debris in your pool.

- More natural water: Since sunlight won't have a menacing effect on the water's chlorine and sanitizers, you don't have to use so much of chemicals to keep your pool clean and fresh.

While there are many benefits to owning an indoor pool, here are some drawbacks to also consider:

- Lack of direct sunlight: Indoor pools don't get enough sunshine like outdoor pools, and this contributes to an increase in the cost of running the pool.

- Increased energy consumption: You have to heat the air space and pool water to prevent unsightly algae growths due to excessive moisture.

How much does an indoor pool cost?

A swimming pool alone typically costs between $40,000 and $60,000 in most parts of the United States and can go as high as $200,000 depending on what features you want to add, your location and many other factors like the dehumidifier system which protects the structure from moisture damage, and it's not optional. Other factors include:

- The size of the pool - the large the pool, the more expensive it will be.

- The heating system used - this also gets costlier depending on the size of the pool and your location too.

- The type of pool - depending on what kind of lining materials you use, poolside accessories and even kind of pool lights and shower area.

- Accessories like automatic pool covers.

These are some of the factors responsible for the large charge. There are ways to bend around them and fit the project into your budget. You can choose fiberglass or vinyl liner pools instead of the costly concrete option. Automatic covers can also help to trap solar energy which warms your air space and pool, and in turn, reduce the amount you have to spend on maintenance.

Before you start on an indoor pool project, be sure to speak with a general contractor in your area to give you a detailed quote for the swimming pool.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 7/4/2019

Home automation or smart-home technology is just one piece of the bigger picture that is known as the “Internet of Things.” What this term basically means is that as technologies evolve they are becoming more ingrained into everyday objects.

 What was once designated just for personal computers and cell phones is now the domain of any number of everyday objects--from our cars to our refrigerators. This means we can control things remotely, monitor our houses and our belongings, and even see if our babies are sleeping soundly from work via the latest baby monitors.

 One of the most recent implementations of these technologies is in our home security systems. Home automation and security are natural companions, give us an ever-increasing number of ways to guarantee our safety within our homes.

 In today’s article, we’re going to talk about the objects in our home that can be connected to the internet and how you can improve security at home.  

Security or security risk?

Critics of the internet of things often bring up one chief concern--data security. The more objects we connect to the internet the more ways we open our data up to being compromised. To make matters worse, many electronics manufacturers aren’t concerned with the security of the devices they make, giving them no safeguards or encryption against being hacked.

In fact, these objects have already been commandeered by hackers, but not in the way you might think.

A common way to attack a website or service is to simply flood it with more traffic than it can handle. Since WiFi enabled refrigerators, webcams, and baby monitors tend to provide little protection, hackers have found ways to install malware on them that allow them to send all of these devices to a given site in an orchestrated incident known as a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service). All the while your refrigerator seems to be working normally, but behind the scenes it’s part of a “zombie” army of devices.

What items can connect to the internet?

The number of objects that come equipped with WiFi capability grows every day. Some are extremely useful. They can let you know when you’re out of paper towels or laundry detergent, they can tell you if you forgot to lock the doors or turn out the lights, or you can ask them to play your favorite playlist.

However, just because an item can connect to your WiFi doesn’t mean you should let it by default. You’ll need to consider the pros and cons.

Which items can I trust?

Unfortunately for consumers, there is no “safe to use” list when it comes to the gadgets you might have around your home. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your research on the items yourself to look for basic security measures.

First, check to see if the items are password-protected or use some form of authentication. You can often find this information on the manufacturer’s website or in the user guide.

Next, think about who makes the product. Reputable companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon all have a lot invested in the security of their customers. As a result, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod are likely to have stronger security measures in place.

Finally, you’ll have to take a look at your own security habits. Changing passwords frequently, creating complicated passwords, and being careful with your information online are all ways you can help prevent your data or identity from being compromised.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 6/27/2019

Are you finally taking up the challenge to clean your fridge after many weeks or months or glossing over it? Kudos to you. Not sure of how to begin? Follow these simple steps. 

First of all, remove the contents of the fridge before starting. An empty fridge makes cleaning it a lot easier for you. You should also take out all the removable pieces like shelves and drawers and soak them in a pan of warm water and dish soap for a few minutes. Wipe, rinse and dry them when you are ready.

Clean up all the surfaces in the fridge with a soft washcloth using warm water and dishwashing liquid. Make sure you sue a particle that won't leave particles in your fridge. If there are particularly strong stains, apply a mixture of baking soda and water to it for about an hour before wiping down. Baking soda will also help get rid of stubborn odors and smells, leave a small bowl with a handful of baking soda in it at the bottom of your fridge and watch it absorb any odors.

When you finish cleaning, then it's time to organize your fridge to make it easy to find whatever you need. Place items that require no cooking such as canned foods or leftovers at the top while everything else is organized downwards based on the cooking temperature. This design is to help prevent cross-contamination from happening. The door is the warmest part of any fridge so only put condiments and things that cannot go bad there. The upper shelves should be used for drinks and ready to eat foods like yogurt and cheese.

Label foods in clear containers so you can see what contains what. You can put similar food items in baskets, so they are easy to reach. Put fruits in the lower drawer, leaving them in a plastic bag. Don't wash them before use as the moisture may promote the growth of bacteria. For more storage space, hang suction baskets on the walls of the fridge and fill them with little items that might otherwise be lost in the refrigerator. You could also buy detachable magnets and glue them to the underside of small plastic containers and attach them to the side walls of your fridge. 

Visit your local supermarket for more options of additional storage bins you can incorporate into your fridge.





Posted by Realty Vision on 6/20/2019

Although a slow, gradual approach to selling a house often proves to be ideal, there may be instances when you need to work quickly to list your home. In fact, some of the primary reasons why an individual may try to accelerate the home selling process include:

1. You are planning to move to a new house right away.

If you recently submitted an offer on a house that is contingent on selling your current residence, you may need to act fast to sell your present home. Otherwise, you may miss out on the opportunity to finalize the purchase of your dream residence.

For home sellers who face a time crunch, there is no need to worry. If you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can get the help that you need to enjoy a quick, seamless home selling experience.

Typically, a real estate agent will learn about your home selling goals. This housing market professional then will craft a strategy to help you sell your house within your designated time frame. That way, you can boost the likelihood of getting the best-possible price for your residence, regardless of how much time is at your disposal.

2. You know exactly what your house is worth.

A diligent home seller likely knows all about the condition of his or her residence. Thus, this seller should have no trouble setting a competitive price for his or her house, increasing the possibility of a fast home sale.

To determine a "fair" value for a home, it generally helps to conduct a house appraisal. During an appraisal, a property expert will examine a residence and provide a valuation. Next, you can use this valuation to establish a competitive price for your house.

Also, it may be beneficial to complete a home inspection prior to listing a residence. An inspection will help you identify any "hidden" home problems and ensure you can address these issues before they escalate.

3. You understand the local housing market.

The real estate market can be complex, particularly for home sellers who face pressure to sell their residences as quickly as possible. Luckily, a home seller who knows the ins and outs of the housing market can improve his or her chances of achieving the best-possible results.

To learn about the housing market, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. In addition to guiding you along the home selling process, a real estate agent can teach you about the local housing market. By doing so, a real estate agent can help you make informed decisions at each stage of the home selling journey.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is available to respond to your home selling concerns and questions. And if you're ever uncertain about whether to accept an offer on your house, a real estate agent is happy to provide expert recommendations.

Want to list your house? Plan ahead as much as you can, and you can quickly navigate the home selling cycle.





Posted by Realty Vision on 6/13/2019

You want to work out, but gym memberships and at home exercise equipment can weigh down on your bank account. Home gyms are costly and take up a lot of space so if you live in a smaller home or in an apartment you might simply not be able to find room. It takes time to travel to and from the gym, adding that to your commute and your family activities you might just not have the time. Luckily there are many workouts you can do at your house, without any equipment or with the use of videos. Below are some easy ideas to help you create your own home workout. 

Cardio

At-home cardio can be tricky without equipment, but there are some things you can do. If you have stairs at home, try doing quick steps—not running—up and then down the stairs for a few minutes to get your heart rate up before you start into muscle building. If you don't have stairs, you can mimic jump-roping in place or do some jumping jacks to burn some extra calories. Of course, there's always stepping a little out of your home and going for a speed walk around the block before the rest of your workout.

Legs 

Body weight squats are one of the best workouts you can do at home. You don’t need to have free weights just practice good form and repetition to build those glutes. For a combination of leg and cardio do mountain climbers in reps of 10-25 to really get your blood moving. Calve raises can easily be performed on stairs or door thresholds. Lunges can be done down a hallway or in place, and a sturdy kitchen chair is all you need for step ups. Finally, wall-sits for a minute or more will give your legs the burn they need. 

Arms

Pushups can be done almost anywhere where you have an open space on your carpet or area rug. You can use leftover milk jugs filled with water for bicep and tricep curls. Use two kitchen chairs for chair dips to further work out your triceps. Finally, try several reps of arm circles to work out all of your arm muscles. It may not appear like much, but this simple exercise hits all the muscles in this group.

Core

You can easily add core building exercises to your home workout. Lay down on a rug and perform reps of crunches, sit-ups and leg lifts. Planking also requires no equipment at all, though it does require some mental agility. 

You don't require a lot of time or money to keep yourself in shape. Look around your home and find the simple tools and space you need to get your workout in on the fly, whenever you can. Make sure you warm up and cool down with enough cardio, make sure to stretch before muscle training and trade off days for each muscle group in your body.







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