2021 BOISE IDAHO REAL ESTATE BLOG
5 Home Upgrades That Will Keep Your Home Clean Main Treasure Valley Life

The COVID-19 Coronavirus had impacted society in many ways. When it comes to real estate, the market is already starting to turn around. If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, there are some home upgrades you can make that will work to keep your home cleaner for you.

While these are by no means a form of sanitation and will not make your home germ-free, these home design options have ways to reduce allergens and germs by being easy to clean and maintain.

High-end vinyl to replace laminate flooring

As an industry, vinyl flooring has grown quickly as a flooring alternative. It is affordable, comes in many styles and colors, and is very durable. High-end vinyl flooring has a waterproof covering and will not easily break down over time. This makes it easy to clean and prevents germs and stains from setting in.

Microbial ceramic tile

Ceramic tile is not a new concept, but it is becoming more popular for the same reasons as vinyl flooring. It is durable and can be tailored to any taste in style and color. In addition, it is a solid, non-porous surface, which already helps reduce the growth and spread of viruses and bacteria. In addition, ceramic will not be damaged by steam cleaners or cleaning solutions. On top of that, there are antimicrobial technologies that can be applied that actively protect against the buildup of viruses and bacteria. One of the most popular is Microban.

Copper fixtures and appliances

While stainless steel is an incredibly popular material for sinks, cookware, appliances, and accents thanks to its resistance to stains and ease of cleaning, it needs to be cleaned more often to reduce the growth of viruses and bacteria. Instead, opt for copper. Multiple studies have shown that viruses and bacteria live far significantly less time on copper than other surfaces. In fact, a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine funded by the National Institute of Health found that the Coronavirus survived for just four hours on a copper surface, as opposed to up to 72 hours on stainless steel. It’s a win-win: Copper looks good and stays clean better and easier.

Touchless, app-controlled, and voice-controlled technology

Upgrades that buyers are looking for that both improve the value of the house and reduce contact are becoming more in-demand. Once seen as luxury, being able to control your fridge and thermostat with an app or smart home device will reduce contact. In addition, more sinks and soap dispensers are becoming touchless for ease of use.

The rise of home offices

Because of the massive number of workers who are working from home due to COVID-19, home offices have become a necessity. Having a space that is ready for working is already an in-demand feature for buyers. Rooms with easy internet access, windows, and spaces for desks, chairs, and shelves not only increase the value of your home, but will be more appealing as people move out of the city centers and into the suburbs to work remotely.

If you are looking to move into a new home in the Boise area, give Build Idaho a call at 208.724.9636. We will listen to your wish list and work to find the perfect home with luxury vinyl floors and a home office in addition to any lifestyle needs.

 

 
Posted by AndrewS at 6/4/2020 2:12:00 AM
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