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Month: July 2023

7 Summer Garden Maintenance Tips

Posted By Andrea Robinson
July 25, 2023 Category: General

Our Summers are only getting warmer, which means everything is prone to getting dehydrated a lot quicker than usual - especially the flowers we plant in our garden.   That being said, here are 7 Summer garden maintenance tips to help your flowers beat the heat, so they look beautiful all season long:   Water deeply and early   Water your garden early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in. This allows the plants to absorb moisture before it evaporates, and it prevents the risk of fungal diseases. Water deeply at the base of the plants, rather than just spraying the foliage, to encourage strong root growth.   Mulch the soil   Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, around your plants. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, reduce weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. It acts as a protective barrier, keeping the roots cooler during hot summer days.   Provide shade   If your plants are particularly sensitive to heat, consider providing them with some shade during the hottest parts of the day. You can use shade cloths, and umbrellas, or even strategically place taller plants to provide relief from the intense sunlight.   Deadhead spent flowers   Regularly remove faded or dead flowers from your plants. Deadheading encourages new blooms and prevents energy from being wasted on seed production. This also helps maintain the overall health and appearance of your

4 Questions You Should Ask While Shopping for Title Insurance

Posted By Andrea Robinson
July 25, 2023 Category: General

Shopping for insurance isn’t something that comes easily for most of us. There are all types of jargon and lingo we don’t understand, different tiers that we don’t quite comprehend, and add that to the time pressure many of us are under when selecting title insurance due to it usually being purchased in the same time as you’re closing on a house - it’s a lot.   That being said, here are four questions you should be asking when shopping for title insurance to make the choice a bit easier for you to make:   What does the title insurance policy cover?    It's crucial to understand the extent of coverage provided by the title insurance policy. Inquire about the specific risks and potential issues that the policy protects against. Typical coverage includes protection against fraud, undisclosed liens, errors in public records, and other title defects.   What are the policy exclusions and limitations?    Title insurance policies often have exclusions and limitations that outline certain situations or risks not covered by the policy. Ask for a clear explanation of these exclusions to understand any potential gaps in coverage. Common exclusions may include environmental hazards, boundary disputes, and certain types of title defects.   How much does the title insurance policy cost?    Title insurance premiums can vary, so it's essential to obtain a detailed breakdown of the

4 Backyard Rearrangements You Can Do This Summer

Posted By Andrea Robinson
July 25, 2023 Category: General

Summer is only a few days away which means most of us will be spending most of our time outdoors instead of indoors.    If you really want to enjoy the sunshine this Summer (or any Summer!) then you may want to look into rearranging and renovating your backyard. Not only will this help increase your home’s resale value, but it will also allow you to make the most out of your Summer.   Here are 4 backyard rearrangements or renovations you can do this Summer:   Create a cozy outdoor lounge area   Transform your backyard into a comfortable and inviting space by adding outdoor furniture, such as a sectional sofa or lounge chairs. Consider adding a gazebo or an umbrella for shade, and enhance the ambiance with string lights or lanterns. Adding some potted plants or a small garden can also bring a refreshing touch to the area.   Build or buy a fire pit   A fire pit can be a fantastic addition to your backyard, providing a focal point for gatherings and creating a cozy atmosphere. You can choose to build a permanent fire pit using bricks or stones or opt for a portable fire pit that can be moved around. Don't forget to add some seating options around the fire pit for everyone to gather around and enjoy the warmth.   Install an outdoor kitchen or BBQ area   If you love to cook and entertain outdoors, consider building an outdoor kitchen or BBQ area. You can start by adding a grill, countertop space fo

6 Budget-Friendly Renovations You Can Do This Summer

Posted By Andrea Robinson
July 25, 2023 Category: General

When summer comes around, it’s normal that you feel like you want a refresh. However, we can’t be gutting our house every summer - we’d be constantly under construction mode! And that’s without even mentioning the cost.   However, there are a few types of renovations you can make to get that fresh summer feeling in your home, without breaking the bank.    That being said, here are some ideas: Paint your home   One of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your home a fresh new look is by painting the walls. A new coat of paint can make a big difference in a room and is a relatively simple DIY project. Swap out your lighting   Updating your lighting fixtures can instantly change the mood of a room. Consider replacing old fixtures with new ones or adding new lamps or accent lighting to improve the ambiance. Replace your hardware   Replacing the hardware on your cabinets and drawers can give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look. You can find affordable options at most home improvement stores. Put in some new flooring   If you have old or worn-out flooring, consider replacing it with something new. While this can be pricey depending on what kind of flooring you like, vinyl plank flooring is a budget-friendly option that looks great and is easy to install.   Update your bathroom    Renovating your bathroom can get pretty pricey pretty quickly if you’re not careful. But sm

5 Things You Need to Know About Title Insurance

Posted By Andrea Robinson
July 25, 2023 Category: General

While most of us know what title insurance is, we don’t all realize its importance. Especially since the law doesn’t make it obligatory for you to get it.    But purchasing a title insurance policy may be what makes the difference between you actually having a home and losing it, despite paying the mortgage!   That being said, here are 5 things you need to know about title insurance:   It provides protection from Title defects   Title insurance provides you with protection against financial loss due to defects in the title of a property. This includes any issues such as outstanding liens, judgments, or other claims against the property that could potentially cause loss or damage.   It gives you peace of mind   Title insurance gives you and your lenders peace of mind by reducing the risks associated with owning or financing real estate. It ensures that any title defects will be identified and resolved before the transaction is finalized.   It is cost-effective in the long-term   Title insurance is a one-time cost and it provides ongoing protection for as long as you own the property. This makes it a cost-effective way to protect your investment in real estate.   You get access to professional assistance   When you purchase a title insurance policy, you get the benefit of professional assistance from an experienced title company. They will conduct a thorough search of public r

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