File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.
Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.
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While it’s tempting to simply enlist the help of a realtor, grab a folder full of listings, hop in the car and start looking at houses, purchasing a home for the first time is a process that requires a lot of planning, budgeting and number crunching. The fun part will be much more fun – and less risky – when you’ve done your homework.
Without a sound financial strategy in place first, you could set yourself up for disappointment or put yourself in a financial hole that may be difficult to escape. Here are three tips for first-time home buyers that can help prepare you for the biggest purchase of your life and live within your means.
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Budding up behind houses and on rooftops across the country is a blast from the past called the victory garden.
During WWII, victory gardens were promoted by the U.S. government to save fuel and other transportation costs so more supplies were available for the troops. Patriotic citizens were encouraged to live on locally-produced food.
Homeowners planted fruits and vegetables in their ‘victory gardens’ to feed their families and to exchange surpluses with neighbors. The effort was successful and many people remember with nostalgia the camaraderie of sharing in a common goal.
Today, many homeowners feel there is another war to be won – against high cost, lower quality foods — and they’re reviving the victory garden concept with a few modern twists.
So what’s driving the spade for victory gardens today?
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The Victory Garden | Live Green | Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.
With fall just around the corner it is now time to start thinking about getting your home ready for colder weather.
Seal Up Crack and Gaps
Small cracks and gaps can let warm air out and cold air in, increasing your heating bill and decreasing how comfortable you are. Both caulking and weather stripping can be a great help in getting rid of those holes.
Check the following for leaks:
- Window and door frames
- Any exterior opening: electrical outlets, phone lines, outside faucets and anywhere cables my come in
- Around drain pipes in bathrooms and kitchens
- Around heating and cooling units
Inspect Your Roof
Check your roof for minor damage and cracked or broken shingles. Trim back tree limbs that may have grown over the summer and are now rubbing against the roof.
Clean and Repairs Your Gutters
Clean debris and leaves out of your gutters, check downspouts to make sure that water is still running freely out of them especially the ones that are buried. If you don’t like ladders or your roof is too high call someone to come and clean the gutters for you.
Trim Back Bushes and Shrubs
Trim off any dead branches or excessive growth, leaving some space between the bush and your house. This is a good time to look at the soil around your house to make sure it is still sloping away from the house so water does not run down into your foundation.
Heating System Check-up
Now is a great time to get your heating system checked, if you haven’t done so over the summer, a cold winter’s day is not a great time to have your heat go out. If you heat with or burn wood have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep.
The Madison County Fair starts tonight at 6:30pm.
There will be safari animals and timber shows, team Tug-of-War, BLM Bull Riding, FAME Motorsports RC car races, and the carnival rides. the Fair will still include the annual favorites: Home, Farm and Garden exhibits, livestock shows, the demolition derby and lots of delicious food.
For more information visit: http://www.madisoncountyfairva.com/
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday March 11th, temperatures are beginning to get warmer, the grass is starting to get green and the daffodils are starting to bloom. I don’t know about you but I am starting to think about planting things in my vegetable and flower gardens.
When is the right time to plant? When is the last frost? When do you plant what vegetables? Here is a great publication by Virginia Tech that will help you answer all those questions. http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331_pdf.pdf.