How To Avoid Homebuyer's Remorse in a Hot Real Eastate Market
Get to know the neighborhood
Don't let your enthusiasm for a home run away with you. Before making an offer, plan on touring the neighborhood several times. If you see folks outside, stop and chat with them. We've found that neighbors love to talk about the neighborhood and will share both the good and the bad. Do some reasearch on local schools. Even if you don't have school-age children and plan to, buying in the best school district you can afford is a smart move. Homes there hold their value better and are easier to resell. Consider other factors like crime rate, commute times and distance to other things that are important to you like parks or restaurants. These things will have a big effect on how you feel about your new home once you're actually living in it.
Conserve Water on Your Spring/Summer Landscaping
Now is the time of year when lawns come out of dormancy. A time many gardeners eagerly await. This is also the time off year where we trade large heating bills for sometime equally large water bills. As you consider your gardening plan this spring, why not resolve to use less water?
We use a lot of water
The US Environmental Protection Agency claims that, acorss the country, watering our landscapoing accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totalling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. In additional, some experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of water used for irrigation is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or run off caused by inefficient irrigationo methods and systems.
Start with the lawn
Sure, a lush, green lawn can increase a home's curb appeal, but if you plan to stay put for a while, you can considering reducing your lawn's size by replacing some areas with mulch or hardscaping. To maintain size, but reduce water usage, you can replant with less thirsty variety of turffgrass and/or not cut your grass so short. Longer grass promotes deeper root growth, resulting in a more drought resistent lawn, reduced evaporation and fewere weeds.
Water more effeicently
Water your lawn before 10:00am for max efficiency. It's recommended watering between 4:00am - 6:00am. The temps are cooler at this time leading to less evaporation so your soil can absorb more water at the roots.
Planting new plants in spring vs. summer gives them numerous advantages. Milder conditions are less harsh on the young leaves and buds and lower temperatures require less water for the plants to get established.
Choosing plants native to your area is another way to save effort and water. Native drought resistant plants require less maintenance and less water once established. They also have added benefits of providing habitates to beneficial pollinators and soil organisms.
Conserving water doesn't mean you have to convert your yard into a rock quarry. Making some minor changes can reduce landscaping water use bus still leaves your property looking beautiful and alive.