Springing into home improvement

Measure twice, cut once

Measure twice, cut once

The old saw – pun intended – that you should measure twice and cut once is a good axiom to live by when you’re doing any kind of home or outdoor improvement. With the weather warming up we’re all thinking of getting out there – meaning the yard or the house – and doing something. What that something will be is sometimes slapdash at best and may not be the ideal “improvement” in the long term. Even if you’re in your home for the foreseeable future, when you make changes take into consideration a future in which you will want to sell the property.

Each of  The 8 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements identified in this post cost under $5,000 to implement, but are sure to add value and curb appeal to your home.

If you are ready to sell, there are affordable fixes you can do now to add value. The ideas shown on the This Old House website are interesting and make a huge difference.

Container Showpiece

Don’t be intimidated by the numbers on this Southern Living website. Going through the 123 photos is worth the effort and time. You get lots of ideas and suggestions about how to create the look you’re striving for with your container garden. You also get a bit of background on the plants.

If you plan to xeriscape, the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico website is a good place to start. They talk about water savvy plants, principles of water conservation and other topics about successful xeriscaping. Landscaping Network is also an excellent source of information.

TomatoesAnd you can’t beat the old Farmer’s Almanac for good gardening advice! The site has several articles about container vegetable and flower gardening, which I plan to check out. I will let you know how many seeds I drown!

Enjoy the beautiful summer. Make sure you check city watering restrictions in the area where you live. Enjoy the fun of watching stuff grow!


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2 Comments on “Springing into home improvement

  1. Sharon, Meredith Britt and I are starting Escuela Fine Arts at 113 Bridge St. for June, July & August and possibly further Into the future. We are meeting with potential teachers of painting, creative writing, poetry, music, art theory, etc., this coming Monday, 4/24, at 2 p.m.

    We invite you to attend, if you are interested. We will be brainstorming with instructors and talking about our goals at the escuela!

    Duffy Peterson

    Sent from my iPhone


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