The Best Plants for Your Bedroom

When picking the right plant, or plants, for your bedroom it’s important to keep beauty and functionality in mind. You want a plant that looks good, but you should also want a plant that’s going to keep your space clean and airy. That will make it easier for you to catch a good night’s sleep.

Lavender

Lavender’s tantalizing aroma has been known to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, hopefully relaxing you enough to help you fall and stay asleep. This plant needs direct sunlight for a few hours every day. It also needs to be watered when the soil has become slightly dry. Be careful not to overwater or the plant will rot.

Areca Palm

This gorgeous palm has been known to grow upwards of ten feet! So, make sure it has plenty of room. This plant produces oxygen and absorbs pollutants like toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde. To keep this plant happy, it requires bright, indoor light and constant, light moisture in the spring and summer. Be careful not to let the plant become too soggy.

English Ivy

This hardy plant thrives in pots or in pots mixed with taller houseplants. It needs moderate light in the spring and summer but requires bright light (or additional fluorescent lighting) in the fall and winter. Let the soil dry just a bit in between watering, but don’t let the plant dry out completely. The English ivy is great for seasonal allergies, as research shows that it can reduce airborne mold and feces. While this plant is great for alleviating allergies and symptoms of asthma, be careful. It is slightly toxic to ingest. So, keep it away from children and pets.

Chinese Evergreen

This easy-to-grow plant is great for the bedroom. It tolerates low, indoor light, and still emits high levels of oxygen and removes chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene. Make sure to always keep its soil moist and to keep it away from cold air. It despised cold air!

Snake Plant

If you’re a bit of a brown thumb, this plant is great for you! It’s tough as nails and only needs to be watered when the soil is practically dry. The only thing you need to remember is that this plant requires bright, indirect sunlight. With the right care this plant can live for decades, which is great, because it’s been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene. Unlike most plants, the snake plant also converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. The better air quality will help you sleep, especially if you have allergies.

Golden Pothos

This plant is a great air purifier, easy to care for, and doesn’t require too much light. A good choice if you want some hanging plants, golden pothos has been shown to remove pollutants like benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde. It also increases air humidity, which is great when you’re sleeping in spaces with dry air.

Spider Plant

Like some of the other plants on this list, the spider plant can also help remove formaldehyde, cigarette smoke, ammonia, benzene, and other pollutants from the air. This is a great house plant, because it’s nontoxic, can live in bright or less sunny parts of the house, and it creates ‘pups’, or smaller versions of the plant that can be obtained by pruning an overgrown plant.

Peace Lily

This low maintenance plant grows best in bright, direct sunlight. While it is mildly toxic to ingest, it’s graceful beauty and ability to reduce the microbe count in the air, makes it well worth keeping around.

Gerbera Daisies

This cheerfully, colored plant provides a pop of color during the day and at night they emit oxygen and absorb toxins like carbon dioxide from the air. This plant has long been recommended to people who suffer from allergies and sleep apnea.

Bamboo Palm

This low maintenance plant filters toxins out of the air like xylene, chloroform, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. It prefers indirect sunlight and is non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Gardenia

One study showed that the intense aroma of the gardenia had similar anti-anxiety effects as some barbiturates, suggesting that this plant may help you sleep better and boost your mood. If you’re set on a gardenia, be sure you can give it six to eight hours of sunlight a day.

The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

Here at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, we know what it takes to make a house a home. When it comes to picking the right house plants, there’s a science that most people don’t think about, but that’s why we’re here for you. From picking the right house plant, to picking the right house, we’re here for all your home needs. To get in contact with a member of our team call one of these two numbers: (618)791-5024 & (618)791-9298. To check out our current listings follow the link here.

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Why You Should Use a REALTOR® to Sell Your Home

As the real estate market in 2021 is heating up, many homeowners are wondering if they should capitalize on the moment and sell their home. With homes seemingly flying off the shelves, you may be tempted to sell your home yourself. While it’s not required by law to sell your home with a Realtor, it certainly has its benefits! According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 89% of people selling their homes worked alongside a real estate agent.  Here are seven reasons why you should consider hiring a Realtor when selling your home:

Handling Real Estate is a Full-Time Job

Most homeowners lead busy lives and selling a property is certainly a full-time job. Do you truly have time to deal with home showings, open houses, and marketing your home (not to mention fielding phone calls and emails of nosey neighbors and passers-by) while you are busy managing work schedules, meetings, family obligations? If not, trust this full-time job to a real estate agent who will be able to handle these tasks and more.

Realtors Have Access to a Large Network of Contacts

Real estate agents are able to list homes on the multiple listing service (MLS) database, which is strictly accessed by licensed real estate professionals. The MLS is available to all Realtors and is the #1 tool they utilize in listing and selling homes. FSBO (for sale by owner) listings are not permitted on the MLS, which leaves homeowners resorting to yard signs, flyers, and old-school advertising to list their homes and get the word out to potential buyers. Plus, real estate agents utilize their contacts with clients, agents, and other agencies to quickly spread the word about a property.

Realtors Keep Emotion Out of the Sales Process

Selling a home is an emotional process, and a real estate agent doesn’t let emotions get in the way. Aside from the emotion tied to living there, a homeowner can have a difficult time listening to negative or upsetting comments. Agents use feedback to plan next steps or address issues if a home isn’t selling, and don’t let their emotions take over. Realtors are trained to look at listings objectively to help a homeowner sell as quickly as possible for the highest price – all without emotion.

Agents Don’t Ignore Flaws in Your Property

While your home may be your castle and is perfect through your rose-colored lenses, there may be things that you don’t see that might be off-putting to a buyer. Realtors are trained to see what potential buyers might notice as flaws. Whether it’s the interior design, pet odors, dated paint colors, or just a matter or “less is more,” agents can work with you on these issues and drastically improve the chances of getting your home sold.

For example, perhaps upgrading your kitchen would yield huge returns in your sale price. Even small upgrades can make a big difference! Old appliances, outdated countertops, water damage, and bad lighting can make it a struggle to sell a home. The saying “the kitchen is the heart of the home” rings true, and the kitchen is a big selling feature! Read here to learn more about upgrading your kitchen to capture the hearts of future homeowners.

Agents List Your Home at the Right Price

Did you know that FSBOs typically sell for $24,000 less than agent-assisted homed? While you might be thinking you can save on commission, you’d actually be losing money by underselling your home! The NAR added that, of the FSBO homes that sell quickly, 77% do so because they were sold to someone the seller knows. Agents help determine the listing price through detailed competitive market analysis and expertly handle negotiations. Agents also understand the current market conditions and what’s in demand, and can use this to your advantage. In addition, they are well-versed in what is typical in a real estate transaction, such as whether the buyer or seller should negotiate for fees like closing costs or repairs. Your agent will have the best resources to get you the best price for your home.

Agents Are Able to Negotiate Like a Boss

Selling your home may seem like a slam-dunk, but finding a buyer willing to pay your listing price is the least of your worries. After you negotiate that “perfect selling price” comes inspections, possible contract amendments, and so much more.  A Realtor is equipped with info and possesses those hard-core negotiation skills – all while keeping everyone calm and on the same page. In the end, agents oftentimes yield a larger profit at the time of closing based on the additional items they negotiate on your behalf once the contract is signed.

Trust the Experts in Real Estate

With this process comes a lot of legal paperwork. It would be nice if selling a home were as simple as signing over a title! However, that is definitely not the case. Your agent will know what paperwork is required to sell your home and will keep you out of legal hot water.

For instance, does your house have any structural issues with the foundation that need to be disclosed? Is mold present or is there termite damage in your home? Has your home passed radon tests? Is your home located in a flood zone? All of these things can lead to potential pitfalls in the contract process. A real estate agent can help you navigate and resolve these issues while staying within the confines of the law. By trusting experts to handle important items, buyers can protect themselves from being sued.

Ready to sell your home? Trust the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties to help you sell your home. Learn more by calling either (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or view our latest listings here!