The temperatures have been quite cool lately so most of us aren’t thinking about our yards, but when the sun peaks out and we have those warmer days there are a few things you can do to get your yard ready for performing its best.
1. Clean out gutters and clean out drainage/runoff areas – get ready for those April Showers
2. Trim dead limbs on trees and shrubs
3. Trim to the ground all dead perennial foliage
4. Cut back at least by a third all perennials with foliage (ie. Sage, Salvia)
5. Repair edging around beds and trellises
6. Feel free to pull any young weeds that are growing – if you see bare spots in beds, cover with 3-4 inches of mulch to help prevent upcoming weed growth
7. Rake the yard and mix grass seed with soil and spread in bare spots
8. Apply pre-emergent herbicides like corn gluten meal or generic brands with these chemicals – Bensulide, pendimethalin, oxadiazon and DCPA.
9. Transplant shrubs you want to move before they leaf out
10. Plant bulbs that are sprouting (daffodils, tulips, etc)
So, take advantage of those warmer Texas days that are woven in with the 20 degree ones and get out there and get your Vitamin D. Enjoy!
I have always wondered why one of my favorite stores, The Container Store has their Annual Elfa (shelving organization) sale in January each year. I think it’s because when we put all the Christmas decorations back in the attic and our homes seem a little less sparkly, the “Get Organized, Get Tidy” bug sets in. For a home owner, that often means it’s time to start working on the home maintenance and repair list.
As you begin to prioritize your home maintenance and repair items, keep in mind that we have a long list of amazing contractors and service companies that we can recommend to you. Our contractors have been tested over and over by our clients in the homes they buy and sell and by ourselves in our personal homes. This year I have personally tested out three different paint companies, two carpet cleaning companies, two plumbers, and two electricians. Only the good ones make the cut and we are happy to recommend them to you as well.
If you are prioritizing your repairs as you get your home ready to sell, that’s easy. You will want the “high dollar” functional repair items completed first. That includes plumbing, electrical, HVAC (air/heat), roof, water heaters, and of course foundation. If you have cracks in your foundation, we have two wonderful structural engineers that we use regularly to assess if repairs are needed. An evaluation and report costs about $400 and is well worth the cost if you are planning to sell your home.
We work with many buyers who are very willing to buy a home that needs some cosmetic repairs, but they won’t bother with a home that needs functional/basic system repairs. Also, some functional repairs will prevent a buyer from being able to get an FHA loan on the home they are buying, which decreases your “buyer pool” (the number of people that may be interested in your home) if you are selling. So, let us know if you need some good recommendations for contractors. Homeowners, start your to do lists! Happy fixing!