How to Make Your Home Design Pet-Friendly

By Susanne Dwyer

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Decorating your home is a fun, creative, and expressive process of putting yourself into your living space—but what about the furry members of your family? When laying out and decorating your home, there are some key elements that you can slightly alter or improve to make your home more pet-friendly, durable, and easy to keep looking and feeling fresh. Not only will you benefit, but your pets will feel more at home, too. Here are some ways to make your home design pet-friendly.

Choose Durable Floors
Skip the wall-to-wall, expensive carpeting. Skip the softwood floors, no matter how beautiful. Both of these floors will quickly show the impacts of life with pets, either when they are covered in hair or are scratched up by little claws. Opt for ceramic tile in your most high traffic areas, like entryways and main rooms, and consider hardwood floors or even sealed terrazzo (kind of like concrete) elsewhere. Just remember that large dogs can still scratch hardwood, so maybe reserve it for bedrooms if your pup will leave a mark or add area rugs to cover a lot of the surface area. Word to the wise on those rugs? Don’t spend too much on them. No matter how diligent you are about cleaning them, once your pet has lived on them, they will never be the same.

Choose Durable Furniture
Whether you allow your pets on the furniture or not, their fur will find a way. Choose furniture with upholstery that is stain-resistant and easy to clean—bonus points for couch cushions with covers that can be removed and washed. Leather or pleather couches won’t get covered in fur, but they will sustain a few scratches from puppy and kitty claws, so don’t get too attached. Many furniture lines now make models with fabrics explicitly designed to be pet-proof…which might be worth the extra money in the long run!

Build a Pet Area Near an Entry
If you are a dog parent or have an outdoor cat, you need to deal with the comings and goings—and the stuff, dirt and debris that comes along with it. Make an area to hang leashes and other accessories for Barky, put a high-impact floor mat down to catch the muddy paws before they hit the clean floors, and consider even half-tiling the walls to prevent stains from the inevitable shake-off. Add some shelving and storage for treats, towels, and other knick-knacks, and your pet area will be well-stocked.

Avoid Attractive Plants or Small Decorations
Set your pet up for success: don’t leave your vintage collection of Beanie Babies at snout level, or decorate with knitted animals or felted things. Your pets will naturally assume you’ve left toys around the house, and you will be sad when they are chewed. Likewise, animals don’t always know which plants are and aren’t safe for nibbling. Have a look at the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants, and keep them out of the house for your pet’s wellbeing. Since you also want to avoid having to wrestle your decorations out of a puppy’s mouth, keep small items in a china closet or other enclosed area.

Choose Toys That Don’t Make a Mess
If you’ve ever had the brilliant idea to give your dog a rope indoors, you know: one messy toy can leave residue for a long time. If you are a fan of marrow bones or other food-like treats, do yourself a favor and leave them for outside time only. Rawhide really isn’t great for your dog anyway, but it will be guaranteed to make a mess of your floors. When giving your cat a catnip ball, choose a contained area so you don’t end up with flakes of catnip everywhere.

Groom and Bathe Your Pets Regularly
Fluffy may not love being groomed, but it will help keep the fur levels down. For dogs, depending on their hair, you may bathe them at home or choose to bring them to the groomers. Either way, prevent your home from getting a film of animal dander and grease by keeping their fur clean. Tip: Use a gentle, natural shampoo to prevent more dandruff!

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Small Is the New Big: Home Size Preference Shrinks

By Susanne Dwyer

First-time homebuyers are shifting housing industry standards when it comes to home design preferences—and, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one of the most significant changes is the end of the era of expansive property and square footage.

Small, simply, is the new big.

“With younger households that are increasingly entering the market looking for more affordable options, home sizes appear to have peaked for this economic cycle,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist of the AIA, in a statement on the survey.

Smaller homes are generally more affordable, which is key for many first-time homebuyers squeezed by high home prices and student debt. Small homes, however, are scarce in most housing markets.

Aside from less living space, the architecture professionals surveyed see the following trends taking shape:

  • In-Home Accessibility
  • Single-Floor Plans
  • Open-Concept Layout
  • Informal Spaces

Source: American Institute of Architects (AIA)

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No Magic Formula for ‘Best Time to Book Airfare’

By Susanne Dwyer

(TNS)—Search on the web for “best time to book airfare” and you’ll find many conflicting answers, all of them completely wrong—and not only are they wrong, but they do a disservice to consumers who fall for this “voodoo” airfare economics.

One site gives a “guide” of 47 days before travel, although it admits that there is “quite a variance” depending on route and destination. Keep in mind that the booking site in question doesn’t offer or track Delta or Southwest, which together control about 35 percent of the domestic market, so its predictions have to be taken in that context.

Another site’s founder has infamously insisted that the best time is Tuesday at 3 p.m., (that site also doesn’t track Southwest or Delta). Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Company claimed earlier this year that the best day is not Tuesday but—wait for it—Sunday.

But wait: Skyscanner says it’s exactly seven weeks in advance of travel.

So who can you believe? Answer: none of the above.

There is no magic formula.

The best idea: sign up for “airfare alerts” by email. Search the term on the web and you’ll find many options from reputable companies that send out email alerts. Before you sign up, however, make sure that they at least include Delta Air Lines (that excludes such popular apps and sites as Hipmunk and Hopper along, with several others). If they also include Southwest, all the better, but few do.

These alerts all work a bit differently. Some only allow you to track specific dates, which is cool, except what if leaving a day or two earlier would have saved you hundreds? Some allow you to specify “to” and “from” specific airports, because a fare from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) might not be as ideal as one from closer-in Washington National DCA. Most alert systems treat “nearby” airports as equal, but tell that to someone who doesn’t want to trek out to Baltimore or Dulles when National is just a Metro ride away.

Another big annoyance is that the lowest fares are often on airlines that people hate to fly (because they charge for carry-on bags and seat assignments), so look for a service that allows you to eliminate alerts from airlines you’d never fly even if they were free (Airfarewatchdog.com does allow specific airline choice).

Another reason for signing up for several alerts: all online travel agencies do not show the same prices. I recently saw a fare from New York to South Africa flown on Delta and KLM for $200 less round trip if bought on Priceline versus the exact same flights, dates and airlines if booked on Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, or on KLM’s or Delta’s own websites. Some online travel agencies offer negotiated rates that are far less than the airlines themselves sell for. It’s worth searching more than one site.

Twitter is another great source for being alerted to short-lived airfare deals. Follow the #airfare hashtag, where over a half-dozen accounts tweet out unadvertised deals. The #flights hashtag is also useful. Follow the accounts you find there.

Once you’re signed up or following, you have to act. An airfare from L.A. to Singapore (this is a recent example) might go down, unadvertised, to $398 round-trip including tax on Singapore Airlines, whereas other airlines were charging $800 for the same travel dates but on less desirable connecting flights. But that fare, even if it’s good over several months of travel, might appear for just three or four hours and then it goes back up to $800. Now that airlines allow you to pay for a fare and cancel within 24 hours without paying a fee, the strategy is to book it, hold it, and then get your friends and family on board and sort out hotels.

George Hobica is founder of the low-airfare listing website Airfarewatchdog.com.
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How to Prepare Your Home Before Going on Vacation

By Susanne Dwyer

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Your summer vacation is finally here! You’ve booked flights, reserved hotel rooms, and scoped out the best places to eat along the way, but have you prepared your home for your absence?

Nothing spoils a vacation like returning to smelly trash, sad houseplants, or an unexpected break-in. Whether you plan to be gone for a week or a month, there are a few simple steps you can take to get your home ready so you can relax and enjoy your time away.

Clean Up

Leave your home exactly as you’d like to find it when you return—like new!

  • Empty your refrigerator of any perishable foods that will pass their enjoy-by dates while you are away, and toss open pantry items that will mold or go stale.
  • Take out the trash and recycling. Don’t forget about smaller trash cans in bathrooms and utility rooms.
  • Finish, fold and put away laundry. You’ll likely have clothes to wash when you return, so get a jumpstart before you go.
  • Wash your sheets and towels, and remake your beds. You’ll thank your past self when you come home to fresh linens in clean bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Wipe down counters, run your garbage disposal, sanitize toilets, and organize clutter.


Close Out

Reduce the possibility of surprise maintenance issues, which can be costly to fix, by keeping up with regular home repairs throughout the year.

  • Perform routine inspections and weatherize. Make sure your heating and cooling systems, gas and water lines, and roof and windows are in good shape. Clean up your yard, mow the grass, and take care of any dead trees or overhanging limbs that could cause damage in severe weather.
  • Unplug all small appliances. This will save power and eliminate the potential for things to short-circuit and cause significant electrical damage.
  • Check your smoke detectors. Batteries die, parts wear out, and dust and other pollutants can impede alarm performance. Make sure your home is prepared in case of fire, and consider integrating your detectors into your home security system so the fire department is notified in an emergency.
  • Turn off your water at the main shut-off valve to prevent damage in the case of a burst pipe or water heater malfunction. Consider installing a water and flood sensor, which detects moisture where it shouldn’t be and notifies your smartphone.
  • Leave your closet doors ajar to prevent mold and musty smells from building up.

Secure

Protect your home and belongings from thieves. The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months, and homes without security or alarm systems are up to 300 percent more likely to be broken into.

  • Set up remote monitoring. You can have a security system professionally installed or start with a wireless security camera that you can view from your smartphone. If you have a security monitoring service, let them know that you are traveling.
  • Collect spare keys. If you have house keys hiding under doormats or flower pots, bring them inside so prowlers don’t find them. Leave an extra set with a trusted neighbor or friend in case there’s an issue that needs to be addressed while you’re away.
  • Hold your mail and newspapers. Nothing signals that you are out of town like an overflowing mailbox or stack of unread papers on your front porch. Placing a hold with USPS is as easy as completing an online form and will prevent identity thieves from targeting sensitive information found in bills and credit card statements.
  • Take advantage of home automation. You can link everything from smart locks that you can triple-check via smartphone app to smart doorbell cameras that sense motion on your front porch and have two-way audio.
  • Close blinds into rooms that contain expensive items, and set up smart light timers that mirror your regular habits when you’re home.
  • Ask for help. Have a neighbor park in your driveway while you’re gone, and enlist a friend to water your plants and check up periodically on your property.

A little bit of preparation will go a long way when it comes to leaving your home clean and secure, and enjoying your vacation stress-free!

Emily Long is a home safety expert for SafeWise.

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Garden Design: Intertwining the Inside and Outside of Your Home

By Susanne Dwyer

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Interior design is something lots of people enjoy. With a specific taste and defined interior, your place can really maximize its true potential. Finding the right solutions to carry that feeling from inside to outside by adapting your garden space can really help emphasize your entire living space.

While only you can decide what you would like to see in your garden, here are some widely used garden styles that are applicable to various interior designs.

Minimalistic Style

Some people think minimalistic styles are plain, boring and uninteresting, but the true secret and idea behind minimalist gardening is to professionally use the space. With a somewhat restricted palette of materials, plants, and lack of aggressive color, this style can be widely applied to different gardens and houses.

What to Keep in Mind – There are a few major things to have in mind when thinking of starting your own minimalistic garden: space, lines, limitations, boundaries, and nature. Setting a simple limestone wall as a boundary is both aesthetically pleasing and can be great summer night fun if you use it as a screen for projection. Plants and gravel work great with wood and stone, and keeping them all aligned with other elements helps make a balanced and visually appealing feel of the space.

Maintenance – Minimalistic gardens are heavily based on wood, stone and plants; you have to address those areas accordingly. Classify your plants. Separate those that need lots of water from those that don’t. Slow-growing plants also help quite a lot when it comes to garden maintenance. Find what finish is used on your stone and wooden surfaces, and get the right agent for those surfaces to make sure they look fresh and as they should.

Naturalistic Style

This type of garden’s decorative style is quite widespread. It is based on the nature surrounding the location, or on the nature life found in the area. Its foundation lies in a natural color palette and its inspiration is found in the nature all around us, in meadows, forests, even deserts.

What to Keep in Mind – Generally, naturalistic gardens aim to keep the human impact to a minimum. All man-made structures should be done in a natural way, covered with recycled wood, stone, gravel or even completely concealed by plants. This garden style uses the general surroundings to better blend in with areas that should be left wild, if possible, without property borders. The main theme behind a naturalistic garden is to break the boundaries people feel between them and the great outdoors.

Maintenance – If you have no property borders, you will have to deal with various critters and similar problems. Also, with a garden based so much around nature, you have to carefully separate the plants, give them the right nutrients and enough water with long retractable hose reels, and regularly trim and maintain them in order to avoid garden infestation, or even some plant diseases that can be quite harmful.

Boho-Chic Style

This specific type of garden’s decorative style is definitely the most colorful and whimsical. Everything goes when it comes to color in a boho garden, but it has to be in the same saturation. Also, this garden style is recognizable for its collection of intricate antique-looking items, like chairs, stools and various gardening tools.

What to Keep in Mind – The best way to approach designing a boho-styled garden is to start with muted basic complementary colors and then build from there. Adding old furniture can really bring up the soul of your new outdoor oasis. In order to emphasize the bohemian spirit of this garden, aim to add interesting and appealing light solutions, like hanging lanterns or jars.

Maintenance – If you include actual antique pieces in your garden, make sure to take care of them properly. Most antique furniture isn’t meant for outside use, so it may be a good idea to get some of the pieces back inside when you are done using your garden. Also keep in mind that moisture can really mess up some of your rags and cloth, so think about keeping them dry.

Choosing the right style that completely intertwines with your interior design isn’t something you should be scared about. The mentioned types of garden decoration style are just some of the mostly used and well-planned ideas that can bring the best out of your garden.

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You Better Know What’s Next

By Susanne Dwyer

If you’re interested in mastering the art of working with buyers, you need to always be able to answer the question, “What’s next?”

Even though logic tells us a homebuyer will work diligently toward buying a home and only take steps toward that end, there are typically more missteps than correct steps throughout the process. Why? Because the buyer isn’t the process expert—you are. Why do we sometimes let our buyer clients get themselves so far off track in the process? The answer is simple: It’s because we don’t keep them focused on what’s next.

As an example, how often have you invested time showing homes to a prospective buyer only to learn later that qualifying for a loan is a problem? It’s only because you weren’t focused specifically on what’s next.

Below are some specific tools that will help you stay totally focused on what’s next during the process of attracting new buyer prospects.

The Magic Script. I know everyone hates scripts—and early in my sales career, I felt exactly the same—but scripts are the key to being able to focus fully on your prospect. Once you’ve mastered what to say next, you can stop worrying about that and focus instead on your buyer and their needs. At Workman Success Systems, we use a script called LPMAMA when a buyer inquires about a specific home. The letters stand for Location, Price, Motivation, Agency, Mortgage and Appointment. We believe these are the key elements to understanding enough about the buyer and their needs to move the process forward. This script works with our buyer information sheet, which is used to collect important buyer information.

A, B & C Buyer Lead Management. You should always know exactly where a buyer is in the process and have them categorized correctly. We use the following categories:

  • “A” buyers need to purchase a home in the next 30 days. These are buyers who you have an appointment scheduled with. Once you’ve finished an appointment with a buyer client in this category, you should schedule the next appointment before parting ways. It’s the only way to keep them an A.
  • “B” buyers need to purchase within 90 days. Follow up with these prospects during the weeks of the 1st and 15th each month.
  • “C” buyers need to buy in more than 90 days. Follow up with this group every single month during the week of the 8th.

These are just a couple simple yet effective tools you can use to make sure you’re always focused on what’s next. Sometimes it’s that little nudge toward the next step that can make the difference in actually closing a sale or not.

Cleve Gaddis of Gaddis Partners, RE/MAX Center learned sales the hard way, selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door, and now his real estate team closes $60 million in sales annually in Atlanta, Ga. He loves to share his sales strategies and to see others succeed. He’s the host of the Call Cleve Atlanta Real Estate Show which can be heard on NewsTalk 1160 WCFO every week. Contact him at Cleve@GoGaddis.com.

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9 Home Gadgets to Save Energy and Entertain

By Susanne Dwyer

So you’re up for making your home truly state-of-the-art? I’ve got a great list for you. Here are nine gadgets to be on the lookout for:

Moen’s U lets you customize the perfect shower before ever stepping in with just a few taps on your smartphone.

Smart and Blue’s Hydrao smart showerheads let you instantly control your water consumption and energy needed to heat it by lighting up the water spray with different colors depending on the amount of water used—and it’s powered by the shower’s natural water-flow.

Luke Roberts Smart Light – This LED pendant lamp, from Austrian startup Luke Roberts, lets you place light in any direction, illuminating only certain areas of a room through simple gestures on your phone.

Kuri – Created by Mayfield Robotics, this app uses a camera to check on pets, kids, or guests when you’re away. It sets reminders, uses Wi-Fi to connect to things like weather reports, and works with IFTTT to control some connected devices, according to CNET.com.

Hello Egg – From RnD64, this works with the Eggspert web and mobile application to fully automate planning weekly meals, supervising the pantry, organizing shopping lists, and even ordering grocery delivery. Hello Egg also projects voice-navigated video recipes and answers cooking-related questions with a connected 24/7 support team of cooking experts.

CUJO creates a guarded firewall gateway between your devices and their connection to the internet by analyzing for malicious intent, whether it’s coming in from the internet, going out to the internet, or making moves across your network.

AirTV is the only major streaming platform that integrates local over-the-air (OTA) programming with your streaming services. Just add an AirTV Adapter and an OTA antenna to get local channels in HD, without a monthly cable bill.

Sony A1E – Unlike most TV speakers, sound comes to you from the entire screen, immersing you in a new entertainment experience—if there can be such a thing!

LG W7 – Capturing Best of the Best recognition at CES 2017, the W7’s picture-on-wall design allows the television to lay virtually flat so it seems blend with the wall and disappear.

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Protect Your Home From an Invisible—and Fatal—Danger: Radon

By Susanne Dwyer

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Roughly 57 lung cancer deaths per day are caused by a radioactive, invisible, odorless and tasteless gas lurking in millions of American homes. Fortunately, the presence of that gas can be detected and minimized.

After cigarette smoking, the radioactive gas—called radon—is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming the lives of about 21,000 people each year. Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

“These deaths are preventable, and as a nation there is an urgent need to take steps to save lives,” said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association.

Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium. The gas seeps into a home from rocks and soil, typically through cracks and other holes in the foundation.

“Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.”

The EPA says radon exposure is a preventable health risk, but testing is the only way to detect how much radon is inside your home.

Testing usually starts with a simple at-home kit that costs about $15, according to Kristina Snyder, an assistant with the radon program at Kansas State University. Radon kits are sold by hardware stores, home improvement warehouses, kit manufacturers, county extension services and local health departments, as well as online at sosradon.org.

Generally, the do-it-yourself kits are placed on the lowest level of your home where you and your family spend a significant amount of time, such as a first-floor living room. A DIY test lasts anywhere from two to 90 days, depending on the type of testing device. The test will measure the level of radon in your home by the number of picocuries per liter (pCi/L). If the pCi/L level is above 4 as determined by lab analysis, the EPA recommends a follow-up test, either a short-term one (two to 90 days) or a long-term one (more than 90 days). The higher the level on the initial short-term test, the more urgent it is that a short-term test should be done as a follow-up, according to the EPA. A test also can be done by a certified radon-testing professional.

The average level for indoor radon is 1.3 pCi/L, the EPA says. While the presence of even a tiny amount of radon can pose a threat, the EPA sets 4 pCi/L as the point where you definitely should take action to reduce in-home radon. One of every 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated levels of radon, according to the EPA.

If dangerous levels of radon are discovered, a homeowner can have a radon mitigation system installed—for about the same price as a big-screen TV—to decrease the risk of exposure, the American Lung Association says.

According to University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, radon exposure also can be reduced in our homes by:

  • Building new homes using radon-resistant construction techniques
  • Performing a radon test every two years
  • Conducting a radon test before or after a remodeling project
  • Doing a radon test after sizable earthquake activity

“Our ultimate goal is to eliminate lung cancer caused by radon, and the best way to do that is to improve the way we protect people indoors,” Wimmer said. “As we work towards implementing national strategies to save lives, we also encourage Americans to take action today to test their own homes.”

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College Grads: Launch Your Career in These Cities

By Susanne Dwyer

Are you a recent college graduate? Congratulations! You’re about to enter the working world, and, with any luck, you’ll score your dream job right out of the gate.

or, you can at least better your chances. A new ranking by Bankrate.com identifies several cities ideal for career-making moves—and, surprisingly, the Big Apple didn’t make the top five.

“Many eager new grads think they have to head to New York or Silicon Valley to make it big,” says Sarah Berger, “The Cashlorette” at Bankrate.com. “There are plenty of cities that offer solid job markets and long-term career growth, without breaking the bank or sacrificing a good quality of life.”

  1. Houston, Texas
    Median Income for Recent College Graduates: $43,500
    Share of Income Needed to Afford Median Rent: 22%
  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
    Share of Employed Recent College Graduates: 88%
    Share of Income Needed to Afford Median Rent: 29%
  1. Washington, D.C.
    Median Income for Recent College Graduates: $45,000
  1. Milwaukee, Wis.
    Median Income for Recent College Graduates: $38,000
    Share of Income Needed to Afford Median Rent: 22.7%
  1. Dallas, Texas
    Share of Employed Recent College Graduates: 81.9%

Source: Bankrate

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More Than Just a Mattress

By Susanne Dwyer

Choosing a mattress is more than a years-long commitment; it’s a choice that will impact how well you sleep for what amounts to a third of your life. With so many options, and baffling price differences, how on earth do you begin?

From the Better Sleep Council, the consumer education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, here’s how to pick the mattress best for you:

Determine your needs. Are you currently sleeping well? Waking up with aches? Do you wish your bed was softer? Firmer? Flexible?

Know the differences:
Innerspring mattresses support you with coil springs. Cost is generally determined by the number of springs, and while it is not absolute that the number of springs determines overall comfort, the cheapest options may not have enough springs to provide adequate support.

Memory foam mattresses are layered with different densities of foam that respond to weight and are known for comfort because they contour to the shape of your body. A memory foam topper added to your mattress might also do the trick—but memory foam products are also heat conductors, so if you have temperature issues while sleeping, they may not be right for you.

Latex mattresses are made of natural or synthetic rubber and are uniformly firm—a boon for people with bad backs. If you prefer a softer bed, latex is not for you.

Air or ‘Sleep Number’ mattresses are high-end air beds that look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils and are topped with a foam layer. They are adjustable in terms of firmness, which makes them ideal for couples with different preferences, but even if you sleep solo, you will need to experiment to find the firmness level best for you.

Adjustable beds are able to bend and elevate at various angles, and since springs don’t bend, they are most commonly made of latex, foam or air. They are especially helpful for people with sleep apnea or acid reflux issues.

Do a thorough test-drive. Wear comfy clothes, remove your shoes and lie down on several mattresses. Spend at least 15 minutes in each, changing positions and trying out adjustments, but focusing on your usual sleep position. Keep in mind some stores allow you to test the mattress at home and/or offer a return policy.

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