Just because you have a beautifully landscaped yard does not mean that you’ll have to spend all your time working to keep it that way. With a professionally installed sprinkler system, your lawn, and gardens will be the envy of the neighborhood. Automatic sprinkler systems are more than a convenience, they are a necessity when your daily schedule does not allow time for manual watering.  The following information on how your landscaping will benefit from a sprinkler system may help you decide whether or not to have one installed in your own yard.

Improved Overall Health And Appearance:

One of the obvious benefits of installing a sprinkler system is improving the health of your landscape. When irrigation is done correctly, the lawn and garden plants will respond with healthy growth. Besides the aesthetics, a vibrant, thriving landscape will help increase the value of your property.

Water Conservation:

A properly installed sprinkler system can be helpful in conserving water. The system can be set to supply the lawn and gardens with the smallest amount of water necessary to sustain good health.  Sensors can also be installed that detect natural moisture which stops the sprinklers from turning on when it rains.

Time Saver:

If there is one thing we don’t have an abundance of today, it’s free time.  Regardless of how well we try to plan our days, we never seem to have enough time to accomplish everything we set out to do.  Manually watering the lawn and gardens is tedious and time consuming. Also, this method typically does not provide the same consistent amount of water as an irrigation system.  It is a great relief for many homeowners to leave the watering responsibility to the automatic sprinkler system.

Efficient Irrigation:

There is a variety of different lawn sprinklers, all designed to irrigate specific landscape areas.  The main goal is to install a sprinkler that allows an even distribution of water in the most water efficient manner.  Spray irrigation consists of jets/nozzles placed at strategic locations on the lawn that spray water at regular intervals. Drip irrigation involves underground piping that  drips water, moistens the soil, and hydrates the plant’s root system. Prior to installation, you will consult with a  professional  technician to determine the ideal sprinkler type and orientation in relation to your specific landscape design.

Maybe it time to invest in an irrigation system and take the chore of watering the lawn off your “To Do” list.

 

 

 

 

Nothing makes more of a statement about a home than the front door. The front door is the first thing people see when they go to your home. Since the front door is a key focal point when people go to your house it is important to make a good impression. Remember first impressions may end up being lasting impressions.

According to the latest research, it takes just ten seconds to decide whether or not you will buy a house. Four of those ten seconds will be standing at the front door. According to designer Ceciia Neal, “Your front door reflects what you think about a house. A door can sell a property.” You never get a second chance to make a good impression, so why not get it right the first time?

There are many ways to make a front door and entry way more appealing without breaking the bank. If you have an open porch, spruce it up, add seasonal decorations, a basket of flowers. Use window boxes or hanging baskets. Put down a new door mat, nothing to crazy. Make sure the front door is not in need of any repairs, and give it a good cleaning. Create a welcoming entrance leading to your front door with flower beds and big pots of flowers.

Consider painting your front door to an eye catching color that makes a statement. Change your door knob, maybe try decorative hardware. You will be surprised how these few changes can transform your front door into an inviting entrance

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Garages aren’t just for parking cars and storing all of your stuff. The garage could just be the key to selling your home. Homeowners don’t typically think of putting much effort in the garage when preparing a home for sale. Investing a little time and effort into staging your garage could just be the difference from for sale to sold.

Follow these quick and easy steps to a garage home buyers dream of.

1. Get organized.

Everyone loves storage. Show off your garage and make it a selling point. One of the best ways to showcase your garage is an organized place where buyers can picture their things. Shelves, bins and storage closets are available at any local hardware store. When your garage looks spacious and organized it is more appealing and may even result in the buyer feeling like they are gaining square footage.

2. Light it Up

Lighting can make all the difference. Replace dangling, plain bulbs with fixtures or strip lighting. Adding an eight-foot fluorescent light strip can turn your garage from dark and dreary to open and inviting.

3. Finishing Touches

Garages that have appealing floors and walls go a long way in the buyer’s eyes. Concrete garage floors can be coated with an epoxy resin-based paint or rubber mats and tiles. This hides spills and makes cleaning a lot easier. Don’t forget the walls. Adding sheet rock makes a very clean surface and makes the garage feel more like a finished space. The sheet rock can also be painted to create a warmer atmosphere.

4. Properly working doors

There is nothing worse than a garage door in disrepair. Garage door openers should be quiet and have safety mechanisms in place. Have the garage doors evaluated by the garage door company that installed it or sometimes all it needs is a good oil job to lubricate it.

Did you know that approximately three-quarters of the housing in the United States built before 1978 contain lead-based paint? That is about 64 million homes.  Lead paint can pose little risk, but it can also cause serious risks when it isn’t properly maintained and managed.

There are approximately 1.7 million children that have blood-lead levels above safe limits. Lead poisoning can cause permanent brain damage and damage other organs. It can also cause abnormal fetal development for pregnant women. Lead comes into bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust, soil or paint chips.

The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction ACT of 1992 directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure people receive information needed to protect themselves from lead-based paint hazards.

In 2008, EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA. If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, EPA’s RRP rule does not cover your project. For information on the RRP click here.

For home buyers federal regulations require that home sellers provide lead disclosures to home buyers who are purchasing a home built before 1978. Buyers have 10 days to conduct a lead-based paint inspection or risk assessment at their own expense. The regulation does not require any testing or removal of lead-based paint by sellers.

 

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