Did you know that colors can change your mood? Are you feeling like your home could use a little pick-me-up? Or maybe you want to calm down. If you need a change you could try a little color therapy.

First determine if you would like your room to have a calming energy or perk you up. Then pick a color that fits your mood. Here is a list of colors and how they play into the feelings people have:

Red- If you want to feel passionate or creative go with red. Do you want the kids to eat dinner every night? If so, paint the kitchen red. Red makes us feel hungry (think of all those restaurant chains). If red is too bold for the walls, use it in accents like lamps, pots and wall art to inspire.

Yellow-Just like the sun, yellow makes people smile. If you go with a bold, bright yellow use it sparingly. Add an artistic flare through the use of yellow flowers or fun frames.

Blue-Blue has a calming effect on a room. Looking for a place to chill-out? Use a baby-blue hue or an indigo.  Accent a room with a blue throw, rug or lamp shade. You could even try blue lights.

No matter what color you choose remember to use it wisely. You never want too much of a good thing.

 

If you have a water well in your home or you are considering buying a home with a well there are some things you need to know. When purchasing a home with a well the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends an initial water quality test. The test should include coliform, bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, and pH. Additional recommendations for well testing include arsenic, lead, copper, radon, a gross alpha screen, and volatile organic compounds. While living in the home the well should be tested annually.

If the home has a water treatment system, a test should be done on both the raw water coming into the house before the treatment system and after the water has passed through the treatment system. This will identify contaminants in the water and ensure the treatment system is functioning properly.

If the home is being financed with an FHA or VA loan, the lender will most likely require a well test. The FHA Scan tests for coliform, lead, nitrates and nitrites. Prospective buyers should also hire an independent professional to have the water tested at a state certified lab. For more information on drinking water quality standards, visit EPA’s website: www.epa.gov/safewater.

In addition to a well quality water test, the mechanical workings of the water system should also be inspected also known as a quantity test. The pump, pressure tank, water treatment system, condition of the area around the well, and the well’s proximity to potential contamination sources will all be examined.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.