Spring means it’s time for everyone to get ready to spend more time outside doing what they love. For some, that means going to the pool every day. For others, it might mean hiking more often. If you would enjoy nothing more than to spend a warm spring afternoon in your garden, then this might be the most exciting time of the year for you.
You’re ready to start picking out new seeds to grow, and you’ve spent a while dreaming about how you’re going to design your garden this year. Maybe you’re using the old layout from the past year in a new way, or perhaps this is your first garden altogether. Whether you’ve had a long history with gardening [...]
If you want a vibrant lawn to view from your patio or walkway this summer, you need to start taking care of your lawn in spring. Winter can be very hard on lawns. Ice and snow can injure or even kill the turf roots. The cold temperatures and packing of snow and ice can compress the soil and result in less than healthy lawns. You may need to revive soil, plants and grass — as well as ensure that the lawn stays healthy through the spring and summer. Here’s how.Clean the Lawn
At the end of winter, lawns can have debris of various sorts on them. It can be leaves that escaped the rake, weeds, nests of small animals, tree branches that dropped due to heavy snow or ice, [...]
You may currently be staring out the window, seeing snow on the ground and reading an extra-low temperature on your thermometer. It’s the middle of winter, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring patio projects — even in the midst of the big chill. To make that task a little bit easier, we’ve put together a guide to help you plant and cultivate your patio garden.When to Plant
Waking up to frost on the ground may lead you to believe that it’s way too early to start planning, but that’s not true. The frost is actually a great indicator of when to start your spring planning.
Many green thumbs wait for the last frost as [...]
You started batting renovation ideas around the moment you realized your current living space wouldn’t satisfy the growing needs of your family. After a lot of research and internal debate, you’ve finally settled on a plan. What you have in mind requires a big financial commitment, and an even bigger emotional one if you take into account timing and relative inconvenience — but in the end, you’re convinced it’ll ease both cost of living and spatial flow issues.
First, you need to hire a contractor. Ideally, you’d like someone with marked experience who displays both innovation and hard-line completion skills. How can qualities such as these be [...]
When it comes to building a new home, everyone has an opinion on what should be done and how. And there’s always the person who chimes in with the cliché: “You need to spend money to make money.” While the advice does apply to new home upgrades, some home improvements offer a more attractive ROI than others.Always Look for Upgrades That Boost Your ROI
Depending on the size of your budget, it’s smart to make upgrades with a higher ROI a priority. When looking at your list of to-dos, tackle the projects that will attract future buyers, so you can attain the top price for your listing when it comes time to sell your home.
One study compared the [...]
If you’re in a relationship and cohabiting, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re part of a growing trend where it’s increasingly common to live together without marriage as a goal. However, just over half of cohabiting couples get married. Fifty-four percent of first marriages as of the early 1990s began as cohabitation first. It’s increasingly common to live together before marriage in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, the number of cohabiting couples has risen 132 percent since 1996.
But is cohabitation right for you and for the relationship? Some statistics show that cohabiting couples have a greater divorce [...]
You’ve all but forgotten that checklist you compiled when searching for your first house. Back then you were so diligent that you could spot possible foundation compromise a mile away. Because the very last thing you wanted in a dream home was sketchy footing, you did your research and followed suit.
Thankfully it all worked out because this house truly is a dream. After living in it for close to two decades now, it’s safe to say that you know its every nuance — which is why, when you first noticed hairline cracks starting to form above the built-in bookshelves, you took cautionary note. Then, when that east-facing window in your bedroom started giving you trouble, [...]
It’s 2018 and we’re collectively entering into a brand new space — a clean slate, if you will. It’s the perfect opportunity for setting new intentions for the 365 days in front of us. Traditionally, these New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on self-improvement practices such as reading more books, losing weight or being more patient.
However, where we live and improving the environment around us doesn’t seem to feature as much as it should in New Year’s goals. For the majority of us, our homes are part of our self-definition and have a significant impact on our quality of life. Therefore, part of our New Year’s intentions should be [...]
If you have a winter cabin, you may want to rent it out. There are many advantages. Many people rent their vacation property for additional income. Renting your cabin can also ensure that it doesn’t go uninhabited for months.
There are, however, many considerations to keep in mind as you prepare to rent out and market a winter cabin. Here are eight to think about.Renting It Out Decide Who Will Clean and Maintain
A vacation rental needs to be spotlessly clean and kept in tip-top shape. You need to decide who will do the cleaning and maintenance. If you live close, will you or family members do it? If not, you’ll need to engage cleaning and [...]
With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably starting to scramble to find gifts for everyone on your list. If anyone on that list has recently purchased a new home, your job just got a lot easier. New homeowners — especially if they’re first-time homeowners — need a whole new set of stuff. Read on to find fun items to help spruce up your friend’s new abode.Kitchen Wares
Cheese boards, cocktail shakers, serving bowls — they may not sound super glamorous, but with the right eye, you can find cute pieces for a new homeowner’s kitchen. They might actually get excited about slicing up some cheese for a holiday bash. More importantly, these [...]
Many gardeners and homeowners shrink from winter just because they can no longer have the pleasures of a garden. No more daffodils, no more tomatoes, no more rustling of the branches of deciduous trees. Winter yards are grey, brown and cold, right?
Well, not necessarily! They might be cold, but some trees look beautiful in a yard during winter. You can have the same pleasures of looking outside at a muted palette, dotted by the vibrant green of trees and enjoying the architecture of tree branches as birds hop on them.
Many trees are hardy enough to withstand winter. Just make sure you check out the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map [...]
As your mother may have told you, how you look on the outside tells a story about how you feel on the inside. It’s a similar association for houses. Your home’s overall curb appeal is an insight to how well it’s maintained and shows others it’s cherished. Curb appeal sets a precedent for any onlookers or potential buyers that this extra grooming effort is what the home deserves and is worth.
Your house is rarely going to have as many eyes on it as it does during the holiday season. Family, friends, and general passersby will be checking out your home and hopefully admiring it. Take a look at the tips below to help your home shine above the rest with [...]