Taking Care of My Home

I have often heard that Americans take better care of their cars than they do their homes. After I had lived in my Home Creations new home three or four years, I began to learn how to care for a home. Before, when I was married, I just had a “honey do” list and didn’t think much about the upkeep on a home. But, our warranty department had advised me on some items that needed to be done periodically since now it was my responsibility to care for my home. Here are a few things I learned to do to …

A Few Winterizing Tips

Winter seems to be here! While we can’t cover everything you may need to do to your home to prepare it for winter, we can certainly give you a head start!  See below for some basic tips. Check your weather stripping around your doors – it may need to be replaced. Check the outside of your home for any caulk that needs to be replaced – sealing those cracks and gaps can help with energy costs. We don’t always open our blinds on all our windows – be sure to check them to make sure the glass isn’t cracked. Be …

Why are Homeowner Associations important?

If you’ve looked at new home communities, you’ve probably heard about Homeowner Associations (HOA’s), as most cities require new communities to have them.  Why are they required?  Several reasons, and all of them are aimed at protecting property values.  Covenants and restrictions for new home communities generally require approval for any exterior changes so the HOA can make sure the changes are in line with what is customary for the community. They aren’t there to judge your every design whim, just to make sure you don’t put, say, hot pink polka-dot trim on your house or plant venus flytraps on …

Save your back this summer!

Why Mulch? By using proper mowing and watering methods you can save time, money, and your back this mowing season.  The first thing you need to do is mulch(mow) your yard! There are several reasons to mulch your yard when you mow.  First, it will save your back from having to bag, lift, and carry plastic bags filled with grass.  This in turn will save overall time spent on yard work. By removing the grass and leaf clippings from your yard, you are taking away the byproduct that the fertilizers have produced, and are subsequently wasting money if you purchase fertilizers to add them …

More about fertilizing your lawn and landscaping

Here is another way to save money fertilizing your lawn & landscapes.  It would be good to do this about once every three weeks.  If you have pest problems, you can ad a natural pest control to the formula below. This way you can save time by fertilizing and killing insects in one shot.  Please note, after being on an organic program over a period of time you will have less insect problems because you are feeding the soil to make it healthy.  Healthy soil produces healthy plants! Another item that is in liquid form to help speed up the process is one …