Archive for March, 2009

Taking Care of Your Lawn

Friday, March 27th, 2009

This is the time of year that you begin to think about how much care the lawn is going take throughout the year. Mowing is probably one of the most dreaded chores around homes across the world. During the spring it may not be so bad, but the hot summer months can really make it difficult. There are some things that you can do to your lawn that will help reduce the amount of times that you have to mow this year.

Weeds can really make a lawn look bad. They can also make it look like you have not mowed in weeks, even though you mowed just a few days before. It may seem like you are fighting a never ending battle to have a nice yard. There are some things that you can do to get rid of this problem. A weed killer used at this time of year will really help reduce the amount of weeds that will grow this summer. Spray your yard thoroughly, especially in the concentrated weed areas of your lawn. This will also help prevent the growth of any new weeds.

Once summer gets here you are sure to notice a difference how often you have to mow. A weed killer should be used twice per year. You should use the weed killer in the early spring and late in fall. It may take a few years to actually get your lawn looking the way you want, but in the end it will be worth it. You will have a lawn that will be green grass and not just weeds.

Cleaning Rain Gutters

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Cleaning out your rain gutters is a task that should be done a couple times a year. This will help prevent any major clogs from occurring. A clog in your gutters can cause a lot of problems. One problem that can be caused by clogged gutters is damage to your roof. The wood can become rotted due to setting water. Clogged gutters are also a fire hazard. Dried leaves that accumulate over time can become ignited very easily.

Rain gutters are fairly easy to clean. It is recommended that you use gloves while cleaning because gutters often have sharp metal pieces. You will only need a few tools to clean out your gutters. A small trowel, a water hose, and a ladder should get the job done. If you have a clog in your gutter system, you will need a snake to remove it. Cleaning your gutters often will help reduce the chances of developing any clogs.

The process of cleaning out your rain gutters will take you a while. You will want to allow at least a full day to complete this job. The amount of time that this job takes really does depend on the size of your home and how large your gutter system is. Make sure that while you are cleaning out your gutters that you do not reach too far while standing on the ladder. Many home injuries happen when people fall off ladders.

Your Home’s Foundation

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Your home is your greatest investment. That is why it is important to make sure that your foundation is secure. Many homes as they grow older will settle. This is not necessarily bad, but you do want to watch for signs of a weak or compromised foundation.

Some signs that your home is settling are cracks in the sheetrock, doors that do not close right, and windows that seem jammed. These are only a few signs, but they are some of the most common ones that people will notice. Paying attention to these signs can really benefit the homeowner. Catching a foundation problem early on will help save the structure of your home.

When the foundation of a home begins to weaken, it compromises the entire structure. It is common on a home that has a foundation that has settled for the roof to begin to leak in spots. This is due to pressure points that are being caused by an unlevel foundation. If you notice that your roof is leaking, but you can not seem to find the problem. It could be that you need to check the foundation.

There are many different companies that offer foundation repairs. It is important that you find a reputable company to fix any foundation problems that you might have. This generally is not a do it yourself project. It takes a lot of experience and expertise to fix a foundation correctly. Research contractors before you hire anyone to fix your home’s foundation.

Outdoor Living Space

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy every aspect of your home. Taking advantage of the space you have available outdoors is a great opportunity to add value to your home. It is also nice to have a place that you can retreat to when the weather is nice.

A patio or deck is a nice addition to any home. This is almost like adding another room to it. There are so many different options available for you to choose. Many different styles of furniture or décor will give you a unique quality to your new addition.

Many people are adding outdoor kitchens to go along with the space that they have outdoors. Built in grills and bars are great ways to enjoy the outdoors without having to leave your home.

It is important to remember to keep your outdoor living space in proportion to the rest of your home. For many years people were building structures such as decks that were just too big for the space they had available. This can actually take away some of the value that this space can add to your home. You still want to have some of your yard available after adding a deck or patio to your home.

Curb Appeal

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

One of the best things a homeowner can do for the value of their home is to create curb appeal. This terms refers to how well people would respond to the outside of your home. It is important for the front of your home to be clean and refreshing. You want people to see your home think about how beautiful it is. If you have a lot of brush or build up in your front lawn you are not going to have much curb appeal.

A great way to add curb appeal to your home is to clean up any unneeded material from your lawn. This will help free up space to add new and colorful arrangements. If you have shrubs or bushes you will want to trim these back and shape them correctly. A great way to add curb appeal to your home is to create a clean walk way to and from your front door. A nice touch is to line the walk way with seasonal flowers.

Removing any trees that might block the front of the house is also an important step in adding curb appeal. It can be difficult to sale a home if you can not even see it from the road. This is also important if you are looking to have an appraisal done at any time. Your home should also have fresh paint on it as well. Peeling or faded paint can really take away from the beauty of any home. Following these few tips will help create a new, fresh look for your home.