8 Fascinating Facts You May Not Have Known About Owning a Home

August 27, 2019 | 2 min read | Owning a home

1.) The average U.S. household has 300,000 items inside of it

Regina Lark, a professional organizer, conducted a study and discovered that the average American home as around 300,000 items in it, ranging from paper clips to ironing boards.

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2.) Hardwood floors change color over time

This is due to exposure to light and the oxidation process in all wood species.

3.) 65% of American homeowners own pets

According to the APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet. That’s about 79.7 million people!

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4.) The type of roof you have depends on where you live

The type of roof most homes have depend on the climate of the region you live in! The weather and area can affect the style of the roof and the materials used when building it.

5.) The phrase “housewarming” came before electricity was invented.

Before electricity, it was common for people to gift new homeowners with firewood for their fireplaces. The fire was also supposed to ward off evil spirits.

6.) Thermostat placement can affect your home’s temperature

If the thermostat is near a window and exposed to too much light, it can give a false temperature reading and cause the AC and heat to kick on when it is not supposed to.

7.) Many homeowners paint their door red after they pay off their mortgage

In many cultures and different regions, people paint their front door red when their mortgage is paid off.

8.) Brass doorknobs keep you healthy.

Well, maybe. The copper in brass is said to have an antibacterial property in it, which means that brass doorknobs are less likely to harbor harmful bacteria.