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In many cultures, wearing the same shoes in the home that are worn out of doors is frowned upon. Of course, in some places where you both sit and sleep on pillows or mats on the floor, removing shoes seems logical and even mannerly. But in our fast-paced get in and out the door lifestyle is there a good reason to ask family members and guests to remove their shoes?
What science says
It seems that removing shoes upon entering the home is a hygienic practice. University of Houston researchers discovered that the shoes of about forty percent of those tested carried the Clostridium difficile bacterium spores. These spores live on dry surfaces for long periods and are challenging to treat with antibiotics. So, you could traipse around with potentially harmful spores on your shoes for days.
Another study by the University of Arizona showed that an average pair of shoes contained nine different strains of bacterium including the dangerous E. coli that causes intestinal upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additionally, Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause pneumonia and severe lung damage showed up on many shoes. Infections from this bacterium cause death in 50 percent of the general population and a much higher percentage in those suffering from alcoholism.
In addition to the bacterium, shoes tested contained other nasty stuff like bird and animal feces, dead insects, vehicle oil and myriad other gunk that has the potential to cause illness or allergic reactions in many people, especially immune-compromised young children and the elderly.
What to do instead
Set up a shoe station in your home. If you have a mudroom, this is the perfect place. Provide each family member with a place to store their shoes on a rack or in a basket and keep handy a pair of slippers to put on. Keep a shoe rack and guest slippers in various sizes near the front door or in the coat closet so that you can furnish them to visitors to your home.
Some advantages of removing shoes at the door are less cleaning outdoor debris from the carpets and floors, fewer fears of your toddler picking up and placing in their mouth something dragged in from outdoors on someone’s shoe.If you live in a multi-story building, your downstairs neighbors will rejoice at how quiet your slippers are on the floor above their heads.
If you’re showing your home for sale, let your agent know to request that guests remove their shoes and where to find temporary slippers while they view your home.
Adding a new furry friend into your life can be fun and exciting until you notice that your favorite shoes have bite marks in them. If you've recently added a new puppy into your life or getting ready to, it's essential to protect your belongings to enjoy this excellent adventure fully.
Puppy-proof your home.
Objects such as shoes, wires, and pillows can be a puppy's playground. Before committing to this addition to your family, it's essential to prepare your home to protect your things. It may require getting out of the habit of taking off your shoes at the door and start putting them inside a closet where the puppy can't access them. You may also want to consider hiding any exposed wires to reduce the risk of chewed up wires and broken electronics. Another area to be concerned about is curtains and pillows. During the youthful stage of your puppy, make it a point to keep curtains off the ground and pillows off of furniture. They can be expensive to replace, so for the time being consider putting them out of reach.
As soon as your furry friend comes home, start the training process. Start with potty training, crate training, and simple commands. If you plan to enroll your dog to school to get professionally trained, he or she should already know how to sit, stay, and come. If you plan on fully training your pet yourself, then be sure to educate yourself on effective methods and fully commit to the process. It can be a long process, but it is definitely worth the overall investment.
The earlier you start setting boundaries, the sooner your puppy will practice them. If you do not want the puppy in certain parts of the house, put up a fence or start the habit of closing the doors. Be sure to enforce these boundaries as soon as possible and don’t let up on them no matter how adorable those puppy eyes are.
Let your dog be a dog.
Having a new dog in the home can take up a lot of time. In order to give your puppy an appropriate outlet for its energy, take it on regular walks, trips to the dog park, and set aside time to play. When you don't make time for your furry pal, it will find another way to let its energy out, and that usually results in something being chewed up. If you're away from your home for a large portion of the day, hire a dog walker or sitter to play with your puppy while you're gone.
Adding a new pup to your home can be exhausting in the beginning, but with the right tools and commitment, you’ll start enjoying its company. If you’re having problems training your puppy, contact a local dog training school and enroll them as soon as possible.
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If you're ready to sell your home, you may wonder if the time is right. Timing is truly everything when you’re selling a home. If you have some flexibility, it might be a good idea to wait to sell your home. Even with time constraints, there are a few strategies to employ that can help you find the sweet spot in your time frame.
The Month Matters
It’s widely accepted in the real estate community that the best time to sell a home is in the spring. Since people want to get moved in over the summertime, May could be the best month of the year to put your home on the market.
Springtime offers favorable weather conditions in most places. The good weather means that it’s easy for buyers to get to open houses. Homes will also look more attractive with green grass and flowers blooming. Parents also want to get their kids settled into a new home and new neighborhood over the summer months before they start a new school.
The favorable conditions along with the urgency of springtime buyers translate into more competition which equates to a better price tag for your home because buyers are willing to pay more due to the anxiety of wanting to find a place.
The Day Of The Week Matters
Most buyers start looking for homes when they have free time which is generally on the weekend. That means the end of the week- preferably a Thursday- is a good day to pick to list your home. Homes that were listed earlier in the week will be farther down on the search page. Buyers will be more likely to see your listing first the later in the week that it’s listed.
Consider Your Needs
While timing is a good marketing strategy to sell your home, you need to go by your own timeline. If you need to move due to a job change or other life circumstances, you can’t wait to sell. There are pros to selling during many different times of the year; it just may not be as busy or competitive on the buyer’s side of things. Selling your home fast might not be a sure thing. No matter what time of year you decide to sell your home, just make sure it’s inviting to buyers.