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Maximize Your Closet Space

No matter the size of your home, there just never seems to be enough closet space. Make the most out of the space you have with these tips. Downsize your inventory: Get rid of items you don’t need. Haven’t worn it recently? Not sure why you bought it in the first place? Damaged? Out of style? Toss it. Store out-of-season clothing in boxes under the bed or in a guest room closet. Match your hangers: Slim, matching hangers take up a lot less space. Plus, they look nice! Remove empty hangers, or rehang them on either end of the closet rod. Go vertical: Make use of awkward spaces by attaching hooks to walls and adding extra shelves or rods to corners. Hanging and stacking your clothes, shoes, and accessories will open up floor space and make things easier to find. One in, one out: Before you buy a new item, consider where it will go. If your closet is at capacity after decluttering, consider letting something go when you buy a new item.

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Shrink Your Household Expenses

Owning a home is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be expensive.
Fortunately, there are lots of free ways to compensate for the
steadily rising cost of living.
Keep closet doors closed. Doing so will reduce the amount of square footage in
your home that you’re heating and cooling.
Shorten your dryer vent hose. A shorter, unobstructed line helps
your dryer run more efficiently, saving you money on monthly energy costs.
Lower the thermostat on your water heater. Typically, the default temperature is set at 140 degrees, but for most
households, water heated to 120 degrees is plenty hot! Be sure to check the owner’s manual before making any adjustments.
Wash clothes in cold water. This not only saves energy and money, it also saves fabrics from shrinking or fading. Worried about
getting your clothes clean? Cold water detergents use chemical reactions to tackle most stains without the need for scalding water.
Use ceiling fans when it’s cold so you don’t

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What to Make of Plano Listings Featuring Saltwater Pools

Riddle: What do saltwater pools and saltwater aquariums have in common?

Answer: Water.

That’s about all. When some house hunters see “saltwater pool” in Plano listings, the first thing apt to come to mind is that last trip to the ocean seashore or swaying palm trees—or perhaps some NatGeo TV show about endangered species on the Great Barrier reef. Visions of having their own playful pet dolphin in the backyard might flit through their consciousness (training: easy; maintenance: not so easy) before the practical questions begin to intrude— like having to rinse salt off after every dip, worrying about salt spray wrecking the lawn. Ultimately, the question would probably be, who in their right mind wants a saltwater pool instead of freshwater?

 The answer: some practical-minded Plano homeowners might. Saltwater pools aren’t filled with seawater (sorry, Flipper and Shamu: you’d find the accommodations unsuitable). The “saltwater” moniker refers to the way the fresh water is filtered and recirculated. There is a slight amount of saltiness to the water, but nowhere near what’s found in the oceans.

In a way, it’s really a shame that the name is what it is—especially when it causes potential buyers to make the connection with saltwater aquariums. People who’ve dealt with one of those know how difficult they are to maintain. Dedicated fish fanciers go to the effort because most brilliant varieties of fish inhabit the world’s oceans rather than freshwater rivers and lakes. But the price hobbyists pay for having all those bright colors on display is having to keep all sorts of chemical balances in equilibrium—and that takes constant vigilance.

Saltwater pools sidestep that drawback. They use electricity to manufacture the chlorine needed to battle microorganism growth—then continually monitor the result. These systems automatically start the pool pump when needed, resulting in less demand for homeowner monitoring.

That same convenience has a downside, however, because pool pumps have to run longer than they do in manually chlorinated pools. The reason is a complicated technological explanation having to do with the difference between the filtration systems (electrolysis vs. added cyanurates)—the long and short of which is fewer expensive chemicals (traditional) vs. higher energy costs (saltwater systems).

Whenever Plano homeowners consider an improvement, I can help with advice regarding the impact on future resale value—even if that future sale isn’t an immediate prospect. The type of filtration system in a pool (or even the addition of a pool itself) is part of that equation. Whenever you consider major value-building improvements to your Plano home, I hope you will give Hood Realty a call. Let’s chat!

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