Archive for March, 2012

$500 Fix to Make Your Backyard Presentable

$500 Fix to Make Your Backyard Presentable

Here’s the break down of expenses for my backyard project last weekend:

  • $250 per pallet of stone
    • These pieces of stone are pretty large. If you bang them against each other you can break them into more manageable pieces
    • (optional) Roughly $100 to have the stone delivered
  • $1.20 per bag of top soil
    • If you build up a wall like I did you will need to fill in the space with soil
  • $X for plants, flowers, and bushes
    • What you plant and how much you plant is entirely up to you and the size of your yard.

Helpful tips for planting in your yard:

  1. Perennials are always a safe choice
    • Virginia’s climate is zoned as 7a-7b
    • We planted weather/freeze resistant palms that will grow to their full height of 4-6 feet
  1. For yards with half to full sun try Knock Out Roses
    • This is a newer breed of rose that is extremely difficult to kill
    • They come in climbers and bushes (bushes being the more resilient)
    • These are relatively maintenance free as the dead heads fall off themselves
    • Tips: they prefer to be watered at the base rather than being showered; as of right now the yellow roses are the only ones that have a scent
    • This is the season to plant them, so get to it!
  1. More shaded yards should try planting hostas
    • Our landscape specialist says with a more shaded yard you are limited by color to blues and purples
    • She suggests that you try adding texture to your yard with different leaf types and sizes

Home Ownership Matters

Home Ownership Matters

“Home ownership has a significant impact on net worth, educational achievement, civic participation, health, and overall quality of life. And, home ownership helps create jobs—lots of them—right here at home.”

Home Ownership matters…to people, to communities, and to America. Why?

  • For every two homes sold, one job is created in the U.S.
  • Each purchase generates as much as $60,000 in economic activity over time.
  • Owning a home saves you money!

Source: HouseLogic

An analysis done by Deutsche Bank AG reported that falling home prices and rising rents have contributed to the biggest cost savings for homeowners relative to renters in at least two decades.
Rents averaged 14.9 percent more than home-loan payments during the last three months of 2011… The gap widened from the third quarter by 8.1 points, and rentals were more costly for the fifth consecutive quarter. 

Read more about this: Rising rents could signal housing market strength –