Grass Roots Grooming
Owning a home with a luscious lawn is a dream for many. But once you have it, how do you care for it? At first, it may seem like a lot of work, but it’s actually not difficult if you take the time to learn. Here are some tips on how to maintain a pristine lawn.
Mow the right way. Know your type of grass and the maintenance guidelines. Don’t cut your lawn too short, as it may damage the grass and not allow roots to take hold. A general rule is never trim more than one-third of the blade of grass at a time. Also, the blade of your mower should be sharpened or replaced at least once a mowing season. A dull blade results in a jagged cut, leaving your grass looking malnourished and unsightly.
Watch out for weeds. Proper weed care is twofold: preventing them from sprouting and removing them when they do grow. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop weeds from taking hold in your lawn. If a few grow, you can pick them out by hand. Or if there are a few patches of weeds, use a granular weed control product to wilt them away without harming your grass.
Provide nutrients. Watering and feeding your lawn in the right way will result in increased and consistent lawn health. When watering, make sure to do so in the early morning, as it gives the sun time to help evaporate the water sitting on the grass blades. Moisture that sits on your lawn may cause disease. When feeding, use a mixture of fast- and slow-release nitrogen-enriched fertilizers to keep your lawn healthy. But make sure not to apply fertilizer to any dormant grass, as it can’t absorb nutrients when in this state.
Going green at home can not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also save you money in the future. Here are a few ideas you can implement to make your home more energy-efficient.
Keep your thermostat low
Start a compost heap
Use cool water for washing clothes
Limit space heater use
Switch to low-flow shower heads
Seal all windows to prevent air escaping
Don’t waste water
Unplug unused chargers
Buy Energy Star products
Replace your desktop computer
Install solar panels
Perform an energy audit
Tighten connections on your
Add a storm door
Install attic insulation
boost YOUR VALUE
Homeowners are always looking for ways to increase the value of their property. However, some improvement projects are costly and may not result in the increased value that’s desired. Which projects should you focus on and which ones will result in the highest ROI for your home?
Add a bathroom — Converting unused space, extra bedrooms or closets into another bathroom for your home can really add value to your property. HGTV estimates 80%–130% of those costs can be recouped when selling the home later. For a half-bath, you should have 18 square feet of space to work with; for a full bath, 30–35 square feet is ideal.
Energy-efficient windows and insulation — Going green is always a smart move. For new energy-efficient windows, you can recoup about 60%–90% of your investment, along with applying a 10% federal tax credit for installing green windows. Adding these together, it’s a net positive to upgrade. Your home may have dated doors and insulation that let heat or cold air escape. For as little as $200, you can add updated insulation to save hundreds of dollars per year on your energy bills.
Kitchen updates — The kitchen is considered the heart and centerpiece of a house. Kitchen remodels can range in price from $5,000–$75,000, but you don’t have to overspend when improving your space. Brightening the room with a fresh coat of paint or investing in energy-efficient appliances (which will save you or buyers money down the line) can help you recoup an estimated 60%–120% of your original investment, according to HGTV.
Build a deck — Having a robust outdoor living setting has become very important for homeowners and buyers alike. Adding a deck to spruce up your backyard can increase the value of your home and attract more offers when you’re ready to sell. Costs can range between $1,200–$10,000, depending on materials used and the size of the structure, but you can get back 60–90% of the costs when selling the home.
Oh, and remember, if planning on doing any updates to your home, make sure to check and see if a building permit is needed for the work. Over the years I have seen too many sellers that needed to tear down a deck, have footers put in after the fact, etc. that should have been permitted prior to having the work done. With today's Sellers' Disclosures when selling, there is a specific question in regards to any updates made to a property without permits.
REMEMBER, buying or selling a home can seem like an overwhelming task. But the right REАLTOR® can make the process easier — and more profitable. If you are considering buying (either new construction or resale) or selling a home, we can help you as your Buyers Agent or Sellers/Listing Agent. As your agents, we will protect and defend your interest and advise you throughout the entire process. Give us a call to find out how we can work for you!
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