Today's Buyers Want More Value
According to the latest housing trends, the days of the McMansions have passed. Rather than acres of sprawl to care for, today's savvy buyers are far more interested in a little patch of heaven to call home.
And they want it in pristine condition. These buyers aren't interested in fixer-uppers. They want well-maintained smaller properties, to avoid potential big ticket expenses in the future. Smaller properties also require less heating and cooling, and their smaller yards require less maintenance. These are all factors today's buyers are weighing as they shop for a home.
The purchase price is very important, too. The current housing market puts buyers... Read More
Grow a Gorgeous Green Lawn
Curb appeal increases the value of your home, so maintaining a beautiful lawn is a wise investment. Here's how to keep your front lawn green and healthy.
Soil: If you can't drive a garden stake into your lawn when the soil is dry, you have a problem with soil compaction. Compacted soil restricts root growth and prevents water and oxygen from reaching the lawn's roots. Solve your lawn's compaction problem by having your lawn aerated. An aerator removes plugs of soil from your turf, allowing roots to spread out and water to seep into the ground. Clay soils benefit from aeration twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, while sandy soils... Read More
How to Avoid Five Common Landscaping and Patio Mistakes
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Building your own outdoor paradise can be a daunting, yet rewarding project. Before you invest your time and money, it's a good idea to consider the components of a successful landscape or patio project.
A great place to start is to look for professional landscaping design ideas on the Web. Websites like www.landscapingnetwork.com offer design tips from professionals to help you get your project off the ground.
"Building a poorly designed landscape can cost just as much as building a well designed one," says landscape design expert Maureen Gilmer... Read More
What's New in Kitchen Design?
Kitchen renovations are costly. If you're undertaking a kitchen remodel, make sure you spend your money wisely. The National Kitchen & Bath Association surveyed 100 designers to discover the top kitchen design trends of 2011. Here's a guideline of where to splurge and where to save.
Chill: French door fridges are more popular now than ever before; NKBA designers installed them in 78 percent of their kitchen renovations. Freezer-top fridges are all but extinct; if French door fridges don't work in your space, freezer-bottom and side-by-side... Read More
Keep Your Home Safe While You're on Summer Vacation
Since summer time is popular for family vacations, many burglars take advantage of this time to scope out and break into homes that are unoccupied. Here are a few things you can do to protect your home while you are on vacation.
House Sitter: A house sitter is one of the best protections against break-ins. This person should be a trusted neighbor, relative or friend of the family who can call the police if something happens.
To help your house sitter or the person checking on your home, make a list of things about your home... Read More