5 Ways to Design and Create the Best Neighbourhood Garden That Will be The Envy of All

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To make your home the eye catcher of your neighbourhood, you will need a few fresh ideas for your garden. Your garden surrounds your home and should create the background for the whole picture. Your garden will need different actions and planning for each of the four seasons. For every season a different array of plants and trees flourish. Taking that in account, you can start planning your lush garden and turn it in a different kind of fairytale for each season. Each garden has evergreen plants. Make these plants your focus points and start your garden creation around them.
5 Tips to make your garden the neighbourhoods’ envy
1. Decide where your focus point for each season should be centred. Then decide on a way to connect these centre points through each season. That will ensure that the rest of the garden is still part of each centre point during every season. Rejuvenate older flowerbeds t. Cut out all overgrown and dead plants and trees.

2. Decide on the size and placements of new flowerbeds. Work in compost to enrich the soil. Lay down some mulch. It will enhance the gardens’ appearance and will save a lot of time and effort.
3. Do some research to decide which flowers and brush grows best in each season. Then decide on flowers for each season. Decide on the colours to fit in with the rest of your fairytale picture. In winter, where there might be just snow at times, you can still form or place new brush, to enhance your snowy garden portrait.
4. Prepare for pest control during the full bloom seasons. As soon as spring flowers starts to flourish, the pests will come to play. Even small animals can cause a great deal of damage to a garden. Remove all snails, slugs and worms you can see, and then spray the areas with non-toxic pesticides. If needed, install barriers to keep out small animals.
5. Gardens love rainwater. During the rainy season there will be plenty rainwater. Collect rainwater in water features throughout your garden. Use this water to refresh flowers and shrubbery.
Keep your garden in tip top condition throughout the year. Spring, summer and autumn you can enjoy your outdoor oasis. In winter you might not feel like being outside, but your garden can still be a fairy tale to the eye.

A Few Pieces of Advice That Will Help you Make The Moving to a New Home, Less Stressful.

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Research showed that moving to a new home, even just a few blocks from where you are, can be as stressful as death in the family. On the other hand, there is a saying; a change is as good as a holiday. Well… this holiday will be a working holiday.

There is a lot you can do beforehand to limitthe unexpected on the day the big move is to happen. Firstly consider what is most important to get organized. Take in account how far you are going to move, are you doing everything yourselves, or do you have a company coming to pack and move your house. If you’re moving out of the area, it might be best to appoint a moving company to do everything.
Animals making the move with you should best be placed in kennels before packing and ensuing chaos starts. It will be less traumatic for them and they can start afresh in their new home.
This is also an excellent time to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff hoarded over the years. While packing, you can sort out what to keep and what you do not need. Fewer things to pack and unpack will save you time and probably money, too.
Organize your belongings in categories, everyday use, and, can get along without. If you have books, you can start packing those. Everything not used every day can also be packed. Start this about two weeks before the day of the move. This will give you time to sort things and pack it up safe and neat. Only leave the necessary for the last day or two to pack up.

Include all family members to do some of their own packing, to make them a part of the new venture. Ensure to keep aside the most important boxes that contain the items you will need on your first night in your new home. Mark all boxes or bags clearly. This will make unpacking, easier. Also make sure that all boxes and bags, etc. are taped firmly and are of a strong material. When in your new home, start unpacking the most important first. Also unpack the items that make your home, homey. If it is books, do books.
When you are settled a bit and chaos is calming down, you can introduce your pets to their new environment. And very soon, all will be organised again.

Buying your First home? 7 Red Flags When House-Hunting.

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Buying your first home, or any new home, for that matter, comes with huge financial commitment. It is therefore of extreme importance to make sure you know what all the implications are. To make a rash decision can result in a lot of time and money later on. To save you from unexpected trouble in the future, you need to be on the lookout for disasters in the making.
7 problem areas you should be aware of:
1 Moisture rots wood over time. Inspect wood in the kitchen, for example the cupboards and flooring. In the bathroom, make sure all surfaces that come in contact with water is still damp proof. Also check the outside woodwork on the house for signs of rutting, including the eaves, all the trims, and the deck.

2. Inadequate ventilation causes moisture to build up, which can cause big problems. Interior walls and structural elements can be damaged without proper ventilation through the attic. Make sure that the attic is properly equipped to allow the heat of the sun to escape and promote evaporation of moisture.
3. Poor drainage around the exterior of the home could lead to water intrusion in garages, basements and crawl spaces. The damp can create mould problems. It can also compromise the structure and foundation of a home.
4. Controlling water from outside sources, as in rainstorms. Check for well-maintained gutters and downpipes. Also check the grading around the home’s foundation to make sure the water will flow away from the home. Water intrusion, in any way, can be one of the most destructive and costly problems, that can occur.
5. Roof problems can be caused by old or damaged shingles or flashing. Roof concerns should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent costly damage.

6. Electrical safety issues can include, outdated or insufficient electrical systems, that can cause breaker tripping and, at the worst, fire. Watch out for ungrounded outlets, and faulty wiring. Electrical safety should always be taken very seriously.
7. Failing heating and cooling systems in older homes can cause costly repairs. Older systems are less efficient and have higher costs in heating and cooling.
Find a reliable, trained and certified inspector to help you inspect your possible new home. This will enable you to make the best decision about buying a home.