How to Achieve Low-Maintenance Living at Home

Free up your weekends with low-maintenance living in a brand new home. Here are some things you can do to live a low-maintenance life, so you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Whether you are a retiree or a busy professional, single or married, downsizing or buying your first home, low-maintenance living is a big attraction.  When searching for your new home, there are specific things you can look for that will help you achieve this goal. Start with a homebuying opportunity that will provide a wide variety of options for making your home a cleaner place that’s easier to maintain.

Though, there’s more to low-maintenance living than the yard, that’s a good place to start. With water-efficient landscaping, you can save time, money and resources, allowing you to break that steady date with your lawn mower. WaterSense labeled homes have yards that are drought-tolerant and low-maintenance, all while maintaining their beauty. There’s no grass to mow and watering is only needed on seldom occasion, so keeping a healthy yard, isn’t hard.

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When we step inside the home, design options are key. When selecting features for your home there are a variety of choices you can make that can support an easier, cleaner lifestyle that require less maintenance. LED lighting for example, lasts so much longer than other bulbs, reducing the amount of time (and money!) you will have to spend changing bulbs. Hardwood floors are much easier to keep clean than carpet, but if you do opt for carpet, make sure its low-VOC for better indoor air quality. Quartz counter tops for the kitchen and bathroom are a good selection for low-maintenance living. A little soap and water is all it takes to keep them clean and no polish is required. Something on my future wishlist is a central vacuum system that does all the work. No more lugging heavy vacuum parts up the stairs or through the house.

Finally, your appliance choices have a big impact when it comes to low-maintenance living, so be “smart” about it. Find out what options are available to you that will help simplify home appliance management with Smart Assistant features like Vacation Assistant, Remote Start/Pause and text messages. For instance,  Whirlpool brand “smart” appliances can enable homeowners to connect their refrigerator, dishwasher and laundry pair to the smart grid, track energy consumption and operate all of them from computers and mobile devices. The appliances also deliver real-time information, such as what cycle the smart dishwasher is on, as well as energy rates and consumption.

Making smart choices like these will help you obtain that low-maintenance lifestyle in your home. The idea is to spend more time on fun and family and less time on house work.