Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Green Tips to Help Prepare Your Home for a Remodel


Remodeling your home will undoubtedly be a complex process. Make it easy on yourself by mindfully preparing your remodel space before the process starts. This will hopefully help the remodel be a much smoother process. In the event that you opt for a green remodel in your home, doing a deep clean and de-clutter in the renovation areas beforehand will grant you less stress and more peace.


De-cluttering the areas that are going to be renovated is priority number one in preparation of the work being done. If you have piles of belongings that haven’t had a purpose in your home for years, it’s going to add a lot of stress when the contractors arrive if you have to then quickly find new space for all that junk or make on the spot decisions about what to keep and what to throw out. Instead, make sure that you mindfully go through all of the storage spaces in your home – containers, shelves, and dressers – and only keep what you need. It will be hard, but you need to be strict with yourself here. You’ll benefit in the long run when your furnishings are easier to move, allowing you to clean hidden spaces and move your furniture back into place easier after the remodel is over.

It will be important to keep the rest of your home that is not being remodeled clean and organized through the remodel process. The remodel will make your home messier than normal, especially in and around the area where work is being done. Keeping the rest of the house clean will help reduce the subconscious stress that can come from a messy, unorganized house.

More often than not, “green minded” people are the ones opting for a green remodel in their home. For some quick motivation heading into this new and exciting remodel journey, here are some simple recipes for DIY, natural and totally green home cleaning supplies.
 





Ingredients:


      Lemons
      Baking soda
      Essential oils (lemon, orange, thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, etc.)
      Castille soap
      White vinegar
      Spray bottles

Window Cleaner: This will be great for all of you vinegar lovers. Fill a spray bottle with three tablespoons of vinegar and two cups of water (for a bigger recipe – use ½ cup of vinegar with a gallon of water) and apply directly to windows. This solution is very effective, but be warned, it does not have the most pleasant smell. If you require something that smells better, a lemon juice and club soda mixture will do the job just as well. Make sure to use a lint free cloth to wipe down your surfaces when using lemon juice. Alternatively, you can add a little bit of no pulp lemon juice to the vinegar mixture to help with the smell.

All Purpose Disinfecting Spray: Another easy recipe. Just mix two cups of water with a few drops of castile soap, then add around 15 drops of your favorite essential oil (e.g. eucalyptus oil). Spray this on almost any surface in your home – wall and countertop fixtures, changing tables, tables, appliances, and more. Using this on glass will cause streaks from soap, so use the vinegar solution instead. Another option here is to use Eurospa Aromatics Eucalyptus Shower Spray. Not only will you make every shower better, using this spray will clean the air in your home.

Mold Prevention: The presence of mold in your home can present real danger to you and your family. It is very hard to eradicate completely once it has made its way into your home. For these reasons, start with mold prevention. Another easy solution – two cups of water and five drops of both tea tree and thyme oil into a spray bottle and you’re good to go. Use this spray on walls, closets, bathrooms, and behind furniture and follow it with a wipe down. Tea tree oil is anti-septic an anti-microbial which will stop mold before it starts.

We hope you found good use in these tips. Let us know how they work! If you’re looking for green home renovation and remodeling in the Dallas, Texas area, give Unique Home Building a call today and tell us how we can make your house a dream home!

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