Home Advisor: Home upgrades to make you feel lucky
With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, you might be wondering how to add a bit of luck to your life. And while leprechauns, shamrocks and pots of gold are good options for the holiday, there are also plenty of home upgrades you can make to create your own luck all year long. From stain-repelling furniture to robot lawn mowers, these improvements will leave you feeling lucky every day!
QUIET CABINETS AND DOORS
Accidentally slamming a cabinet door and waking the whole household can feel like the worst stroke of luck. But if you have old-fashioned cabinets, this situation can be hard to avoid. To help your family sleep more soundly, have a pro install soft-closing cabinet and door hinges in your home. These hinges stop your swinging door right before it smacks the edge of the frame, so they’re virtually noiseless! Another benefit? You’ll never slam your fingers in the door again.
If you’ve had the misfortune of spilling a drink on your furniture, you know how badly it can stain. Avoid this, and watch spills roll right off the fabric, by spraying your furniture with stain repellent. Simply spray couches, upholstered chairs, rugs and any other fabric that might easily stain, and let it dry for about a day. Next time you drop a drink, your furniture should repel the liquid. Sounds lucky to us! Just remember to spot test it first — and check manufacturer recommendations.
TIME-SAVING ROBOT LAWNMOWERS
Wouldn’t it feel amazing to look outside and find that the lawn has magically been cut overnight? Count yourself lucky — robot lawnmowers are on the market. These devices range in price from about $500 to over $3,000. But after the initial investment, robot lawnmowers promise to save you tons of time mowing in the hot sun. Not to mention, driving up to your home and smelling freshly cut grass will put you in a good mood every day.
Getting up on a Monday morning can feel anything but lucky. But investing in helpful appliances can make it a little better. Consider getting a coffee maker with a timer so you can wake up to a fresh cup of Joe instead of having to wait for it to brew. All you need to do is load the coffee and set the timer the night before, and the machine will do the rest. If you’re ever running late for work, having coffee ready for you as you race out the door will feel like kismet.
If you’re the chef at home, you know first-hand how messy cooking can be. And if you frequently cook with raw meat or eggs, you also have to worry about proper sanitation. Avoid contaminating your faucet with germs by installing a touch-sensor kitchen faucet. With this faucet, all you need is a simple bump of the wrist, elbow – or even nose – and it will turn on the tap. For food lovers, this is your lucky break. A plumber or skilled handyman should be able to install this device quickly. Once installed, the faucet should be easy to maintain, only requiring battery changes as needed.
Jenna Schuster is a reporter for HomeAdvisor, an online marketplace connecting homeowners with trusted service professionals to complete home projects. Visit HomeAdvisor.com