Harold (Buddy) Pope's Blog
Have you ever wondered how rooms in magazines always seem to be pulled together in a way you just can’t seem to replicate? Spoiler alert: the secret sauce is the addition of greenery and fresh cut flowers. But don’t worry you don’t have to run out and buy bouquets of flowers each week to gain the same effect for your home. You can turn your new home into a green paradise all year long with these five easy to care for plants.
Aloe - A plant that’s easy to care for no matter how green your thumb, the aloe is a hearty plant that can survive a little neglect here and there. Note, though, that the aloe does do best in dry areas and while it can go without frequent watering you want to ensure it is in a pot that drains well to avoid root rot. A large aloe plant can add balance to a minimalist room while a row of smaller plants adds whimsical charm to a child’s room.
English ivy - Here’s a plant for the homeowner who wants a plant to add some decorative interest. As a sprawling plant, the English ivy will look beautiful draped along shelves or windows. The ivy is another easy to grow plant that doesn’t require frequent watering and will thrive with lots of light.
Rubber tree - Looking for something to fill a bare corner? Pick up a rubber tree to add life to the room. Its height allows it to make a statement on its own without a corner table to put it at eye level. This tree prefers indirect light and only requires watering about once or twice a month.
Peace lily - Add some beautiful blooms to a room all year with the peace lily. Not only does it boast beautiful white petals, it is also known to greatly improve air quality. This lily is easy to care for and can be coaxed it to bloom all year in a room with low light conditions.
Spider plant - Draw the eye upward in small rooms by hanging the spider plant from the ceiling. With proper care, this plant will eventually offshoot with “babies” that add more visual interest to its foliage with delicate white flowers. Another plant known for its ability for improving air quality the spider plant is easy to care for.
When choosing plants to add to a room don’t be afraid to get creative as you would with decor and take into consideration how well the color and shape of the plant matches the style of your home. Whether you reach for something to sprawl out over a sparsely filled bookshelf with the English ivy or fill an awkward corner with the rubber tree keep the flow of the room in mind. Happy decorating!
Water is a life source that offers a broad range of benefits. There may be no safer, healthier cleaning agent than water. Who hasn't heard a physician proclaim the value of drinking water. It helps to keep the body flushed. Without water, you could feel sluggish, lethargic and tired. You could also invite disease.
Respect the power of water
Yet, water can also cause a lot of damage. And the roof of your house isn't the only place that water can start to chip away at. Check out these 10 reasons why you may want to keep your house water free.
- House roof erosion - Water will damage your house roof over time. Currently, there is no way around this. But, you can slow down the damage by replacing and repairing roof tiles as needed. You can also remove heavy snow, especially if your roof is already showing signs of damage.
- Mildew - Dark stains could be a sign of mildew. Use a safe cleansing agent to keep your home mildew free.
- Mold - Let enough water collect and stay in your home and mold could develop.
- Pests - Certain pests are attracted to water.Depending on the climate that your house is located in, you could see these pests during spring, summer and early fall in areas of your house where water collects.
- Water damage - If your roof leaks and water gets inside your walls, you may see water stains on your ceiling and walls.
- Window sealant - Too much water fall could weaken sealants around your windows.
- Trees and shrubs - Even trees, shrubs and plants can take in too much water. Over time, it could cause the greenery to suffer and die. A dead tree during a storm could collapse against your house.
- Flooring - All it takes is one flood to realize how much damage water can do to a floor,be it your basement, living room or bedroom floor.
- Carpet - If your house gets flooded, you may have to replace your entire carpet. Even if you try drying the carpet, there could be a strong funk that lingers.
- Cabinet discoloration - In addition to discoloring cabinets, water can weaken wood, causing shelving to collapse.
Ways to keep your house water free
It may be impossible to keep your home completely dry. But, try to get into the habit of wiping kitchen and bathroom back splashes dry after each use. Use materials like stainless steel, porcelain and ceramic in rooms that get wet. Avoid lining kitchen and bathroom floors with carpet.
The carpet may feel comfortable against your the soles of your feet. Yet, little stinks worse than wet carpet. If water gets beneath carpet, it can stain hardwood floors. Water can also weaken floor tiles. When you do use water to wash furniture, windows and to clean the exterior of your home, make sure that the water can freely run off your house.
Open windows to help thoroughly dry furniture. Another option is to place furniture covers in the clothes dryer. Simply spraying damp rugs, carpet and furniture coverings will only disguise the fact that the material is wet. These are just a few habits that can help you to respect the power of water. The home care habits can also help your furniture, counter tops, walls, roof and cabinetry to last longer.
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You may have been thinking that you’d like to sell your home. You probably want to sell it at the right time and you want to go about it for the right reasons. There’s so many different that you may want to sell your home that you probably haven’t even thought of.
There’s Not Many Homes To Choose From
If there’s a lack of inventory on the housing market, it’s a great time to put your home up for sale. Certain times of the year have lower inventory than others, so you may want to consider the fall and winter as a prime time to sell. If you know your home is in a great location, or has little work to be done in it, you’re probably going to want to sell sooner rather than later if you have been contemplating the idea in a low inventory market.
Remember That Spring Starts Early
Especially in warmer climates, “spring” is a relative term and can start as early as January. People will start their searches online early in the year and the demand for homes only becomes more crucial as the year goes on. The earlier the listing, the better chance the home has to stand out on the market, even if it doesn’t sell right away. In fast moving real estate markets, it may not matter what time of year you sell your home. If the demand is there, you have a great chance to sell the home.
The lower the price point on a home, the faster it will generally move off the market. First-time homebuyers want homes and they want them fast. when your home is priced lower, it’s probably going to move a bit faster no matter when or where you’re selling it. Buyers are always looking for a good deal.
Interest Rates Affect Home Sales
If there’s rumors that interest rates will rise in the coming months, buyers will be on the hunt for a home. That’s when it’s a good time for you as a buyer to put your home on the market. When buying power for those searching is high, you’re better off selling because you’ll get a lot of interest. Your home will leave the market much faster as well.
The Decisions Is Yours
Selling your home is not a small decision. You’ll need to find another place to relocate to. Your kids may have to switch schools, and your lives can be a bit disrupted in the process of moving. If you think the time is right to move, you can keep the above suggestions in mind in order to make the entire process a bit more seamless for you.
Let's face it – buying a home can be difficult, particularly for those who are exploring the real estate market for the first time.
As a homebuyer, it is your responsibility to learn about the ins and outs of the housing market. By doing so, you can understand what differentiates a high-quality house from a subpar residence and proceed accordingly.
Furthermore, an informed homebuyer will know how to evaluate a home's exterior properly.
What does it take to conduct an in-depth assessment of a house's exterior? Here are three questions that every homebuyer should consider as he or she examines a home's exterior.
1. How do I feel about a home's exterior?
For many homebuyers, finding a house with an awe-inspiring exterior is a top priority. However, it is important to consider how you feel when you see a home's exterior for the first time.
A home's exterior should impress. At the same time, you need to evaluate a house's exterior in conjunction with other home features.
For example, a home may boast a massive kitchen and other dazzling interior features. On the other hand, a home's exterior may leave much to be desired.
Consider the pros and cons of a home's interior and exterior as you determine whether to submit an offer on a house. And if you need extra help along the way, be sure to consult with a real estate agent.
2. Will home exterior repairs be needed in the near future?
Examine a house's driveway, walkways and lawn as you conduct a home exterior evaluation. This will allow you to review the condition of these home exterior areas and determine whether repairs may be needed sooner rather than later.
Home exterior renovations sometimes can be costly and time-intensive. Thus, if you notice home siding that is cracked or other exterior issues, you will want to consider the time and expenses that may be required to fix such problems.
3. How much time will I need to commit to home exterior maintenance projects?
A home may have a beautiful exterior. In order to keep a house's exterior looking great, you'll need to conduct regular maintenance.
Consider what you will need to do to maintain a house's dazzling exterior as you explore all of the options at your disposal.
Will you need to hire a landscaping company to mow the lawn and trim the hedges? Or, are you willing to commit the time and resources necessary to perform assorted home exterior maintenance tasks on your own? These are just a few of the home exterior maintenance questions to consider as you review a property.
Of course, if you need guidance during the homebuying process, real estate agents are available to provide expert assistance.
A real estate agent possesses comprehensive housing market knowledge and can offer real estate insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble examining a house – both inside and out – and making an informed homebuying decision.