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It’s Time to Replace Your Roof When…

Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until leaky ceilings and puddles form inside their home. In which case, you end up spending way more than you planned. Why think about your roof if there isn’t a problem?

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According to Metal Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bill Hippard, “Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or replacing your roof until you have a problem, you may find that the contractor has a waiting list, and your problem will get worse before it can be addressed.”

To avoid costly delays and repairs, we have put together a list of signs that you should look for throughout your home. So let’s get to it!

It’s time to replace your roof when…


1. Your roof has missing shingles.

High winds can remove shingles from your roof, creating an invitation for leaks. You can use binoculars to inspect your roof without a ladder.

2. Shingles are cracked or peeling.

Even if the shingles aren’t missing, there can be damage. If they’re curling or torn, they’re on their way to failing.

3. There are stains or water marks on your ceiling.

You may have a leaking roof even if you don’t see a puddle. It’s important to find the source of the leak and make repairs before the problem grows.

4. Shingles are discolored.

This can be a sign of mold or algae growth on your roof, particularly in warm, wet climates. The elements are hard on a roof, causing it to deteriorate and fail.

5. Your roof is old.

If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof, and it’s more than 10-15 years-old, chances are, you’re going to need to replace it in the near future.

Source: MetalRoofing.com

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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Landscaping Trends that Sell

by Courtney Soinski

No matter what anyone tells you, curb appeal and high-quality landscaping matter when it comes putting your home on the market to sell. The house’s exterior is the first thing a home shopper sees, so make it count.

According to the most recent Landscape Architecture Trend Survey (ASLA), the buzzwords surrounding this year’s landscaping trends are “sustainability” and “low-maintenance”. It was reported that respondents expected the greatest demand for landscaping projects that are geared toward preserving the environment, conserving water, and reducing lawn maintenance.

Based on the information that has been collected from numerous groups of consumers, here are the top 10 landscaping trends that are currently in the highest demand among homebuyers:

1. Native Plants

Using plants in your garden that are native to your local area is a great way to add some character to your home. Home shoppers want them, too!

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2. Native or Adapted Drought-Tolerant Plants

You’ll have less maintenance to worry about with drought-tolerant plants, especially as we enter the heat of summertime.

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3. Fruit and Vegetable Gardens

Creating an attractive display of your fruit or vegetable garden is sure to attract homebuyers and dramatically increases your home’s curb appeal.

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4. Fire Pits and Fireplaces

This is a wonderful addition to your outdoor patio. Homebuyers will be able to easily visualize what life would be like living in the home.

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5. Low-Maintenance Landscapes

With the hectic schedules we have, homebuyers want a yard they do not need spend hours and hours trying to maintain.

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6. Permeable Paving

This method of paving allows rainwater to seep into the ground as it falls rather than running off into the street or drains.

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7. Drip/Water-Efficient Irrigation

Drip irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation or water-efficient irrigation, saves fertilizer and water by allowing water to “drip” slowly into the roots of your plants. The water can be dripped either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone and is done through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. Narrow tubes deliver water directly to the plant.

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8. Rain Gardens

A rain garden is designed to divert gutter water into an attractive planting bed. It then works like a sponge and natural filter to clean the water and let it move slowly into the surrounding soil.

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9. Lighting

You can create a lovely sitting area with the right lighting on your patio, and will give homebuyers a great first impression as they make their way to your front door.

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10. Rainwater and Graywater Harvesting

This simple rainwater harvesting system puts the water where your plants need it most, and makes your garden completely and utterly eco-friendly.

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Consumers also reported that spa features are the most popular type of outdoor recreation amenities. This includes swimming pools, hot tubs, whirlpools, and saunas.

In regards to outdoor design elements, the top three are firepits or fireplaces, grills, and lighting. The most popular outdoor structures are pergolas, decks and fencing. In addition, sustainable features such as compost bins, geothermal heated pools and solar-powered lights are in the highest demand among home shoppers.

So, next time you think about changing the landscaping or working on projects to enhance your home’s curb appeal, keep these tips in mind. Changing your home’s outdoor landscape to match the most demanded home trends can make a world of difference when reeling in that homebuyer.

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Outdoor Curb Appeal to Boost Your Home’s Value

by Courtney Soinski

With all the constant information that is thrown at us on a daily basis through social media networking channels like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, it can be difficult to decipher what’s really trending in real estate and outdoor home design. At the end of the day, you want to choose what is right for your home.

When it comes to selling your home, it’s now more important than ever to focus on ways to add value and design appeal to your home’s exterior. An impressive outdoor living space will resonate with home shoppers.

According to Niki Decker, real estate expert and creator of “National Curb Appeal Month”, potential home buyers make a “street decision” in less than 12 seconds on whether or not to view a home that’s for sale. So, it’s easy to understand the importance of curb appeal on making a good first impression.

After researching these trends, here are top ways to boost your home’s value through outdoor curb appeal.

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Bright flowers will bring more buyers.

When you have a well kept and maintained lawn that creates sharp contrast with colorful flowers, it’s much more likely that the buyer will want to see what’s inside. As you mow the lawn, remember that keeping grass longer will keep it lush and even helps get those pesky patches filled in.

 

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It all starts at the front door. 

Your yard isn’t the only thing you should be paying attention to when boosting curb appeal. It’s time to make a statement with your front door. Consider options with decorative glass access and stunning sidelights to add more natural lights while maintaining a sense of style and privacy.

 

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Think outside the design box.

For impressive curb appeal, don’t feel like you have to stick to the confines of a square, which used to be very common in designing outdoor spaces. Design outside the box by making improvements such as a deck with multiple levels or even curves, pergolas, cantilevers, or anything that will create three-dimensional interest in your yard.

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Bring the indoors out.

In recent years, more and more homeowners are breaking the barriers between the interior and exterior of their home. This includes the addition of new features and trends such as outdoor kitchens, dining nooks and railing with decorative balusters that are similar to what you would find inside the house.

 

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Add pops of color with plants.

A great way to catch the eyes of new home buyers is by using plants to frame the front door or incorporating them on the front patio. Also, don’t be afraid to use all sorts of colors and sizes, as this will add visual interest. You can even go a step further by planting flowerbeds along driveways and walkways, giving buyers a softer, more inviting feel.

Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, everyone wants a house that looks great from the curb. Follow these tips to enhance your home’s appearance for a quick sell!

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