Dog vs. Yard: How to Keep Your Landscape and Your Pet Happy
Any dog owner has likely watched their beautiful new garden dug up by their four-legged family member, or their beloved new grass become Spot's outdoor toilet. With this in mind, TurfMutt offers their top five tips for ensuring the family yard is a place everyone can enjoy year-round.
Consider your dog's needs Each dog – senior, puppy, small, big, active breed or not-so-much – has different needs. Is your dog a water hound? Maybe you should include a splash pool or water fountain. Got a digger? A sand pit might work well to keep your dog entertained – and the mess contained. Does your dog love to run the perimeter of your yard? Design your yard with his path in mind. Does she have dog friends next door? Maybe an eye-level hole in the fence would keep her from barking. Jot down everything your dog needs from your family yard, then you map out your landscaping accordingly.
We all wish our home was just a little bit cleaner. But between driving the kids to school and soccer practice and getting to work on time, cleaning your home can feel like a drag. But most of us can’t afford to hire a cleaning crew, and so the task of weekly tidying and disinfecting is unavoidable. To help, below are three easy habits to a cleaner home.
Successful money managers share a simple strategy: spend less than you make over a long period of time and invest the difference.
But the author of ESI Money, an online blog written by a reclusive “50-something retiree who has amassed a sizable net worth,” suggests a list of the 10 worst things you can do to sabotage your financial independence:
It’s Electric! How to Keep Yourself Safe During Home Improvement
Electricity is coursing around us every day. From the power lines overhead, to the cables connected to our favorite devices, we live in an electric world. Considering how often we come into contact with electricity, it makes sense that safety should be top of mind -- especially if you’re embarking on a home improvement project.
Since 2014, Dominion Energy has received nearly 100 reports of homeowners, private contractors and individuals accidentally coming into contact with electrical lines at a home or business. Every incident was preventable with proper knowledge about the risk of electric shock.
Rent growth is crawling at its slowest pace in five years, with rents up nationwide just 0.7 percent year-over-year, according to the recently released March Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Notably, rent growth in the West, which has led appreciation, is stalling. The median rent is now $1,408.
Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell attributes the brake on appreciation to a more balanced supply/demand scenario.
"The slowdown in rental appreciating is mainly due to new construction finally meeting demand, and even outpacing demand in some areas," says Gudell.
Floods in your home are often unexpected. Whether from immense rain or a busted pipe, there is often little time to act. With this in mind, it’s important to have a few things prepped in case of a sudden flood.
Here are a few tips from Puzio to help homeowners prepare before a flood occurrence:
From older homeowners to millennials buying more affordable homes that need some work, remodeling is making a comeback. According to the recent “Demographic Change and Remodeling Outlook” report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the residential remodeling market, which includes spending on improvements and repairs by both homeowners and rental property owners, reached an all-time high of $340 billion in 2015 and is expected to increase 2 percent per year on average through 2025 after adjusting for inflation.
You’ve done your research online and narrowed down the neighborhoods and homes you’re most interested in. The next step? Visit your top picks in person. But what should you look for? What real estate information will you be able to determine live that you couldn't find in the photos and details you already looked at online? Here’s a list of what to look for when on a walk-through:
The neighborhood. Sure, you found out all about school quality, crime stats, proximity to transportation and more during your online research, but nothing compares to being there. Take a look at traffic patterns, the condition of surrounding homes, the neighbors, their yards, etc. After you’ve toured the house, take a few minutes for a quick stroll around the block. This will give you a much better sense of the neighborhood you may come to call home.