What to Expect from 2022's Housing Market

The Michigan real estate market is no exception, especially after such an unpredictable year that 2021 was. Of course, no one can predict with 100% accuracy what is to come this year. However, we can make some guesses based-off the information that realtors all over provide. Remember, housing market predictions can only give you an idea of what to expect if you buy or sell a house this year. Don’t let them dictate your housing decisions – only your personal situation and finances should do that.

Housing Market Forecast

Experts are predicting that after 2021 there will be a post-pandemic rebound in 2021. This would involve steady mortgage rates, job recoveries, and the law of supply and demand working together to get home sales rolling. In 2020, there were so many unknowns of the pandemic that caused many home buyers and sellers to feel uneasy about making the big move. However, this time has allowed real estate agents to adapt to the ways they can respect social distancing guidelines when needed.

Due to the low inventory on the market and the excessive number of buyers trying to enter it, experts believe that low mortgage rates and the rise of remote workers with flexible schedules will keep home sales booming in 2021. Home sales and the prices for which they are sold are likely to be higher in 2021 as opposed to last year.

Several Buyers will Enter the Market

Buyer traffic in the market has been consistently stable over the past few months. Often time there are more buyers than sellers which has created a very competitive market to be in. This is a great sign for sellers. Millennials are also reaching the point in their life where they are having to make the decision of continuing to rent or becoming a homeowner. Due to rent prices rising it is becoming increasingly affordable for them to choose taking on a mortgage payment.

Not Enough Homes will be Listed for Sale

Experts predict that low inventory will continue throughout the year, which will make it a great time for sellers. This trend will result in homes selling quicker at a higher price. Therefore, it is more important than ever for buyers to have a real estate agent they can trust to get them the quickest access to homes one they’re on the market. Buyers will have to work a little harder to find their dream home.

What Does This Mean for Home Buyers?

If the experts are right it is going to be a very competitive market this year, so buyers are going to have to bring their A game when they are ready to start looking for a home. In order to make sure that you are prepared for the heavy competition as a buyer make sure that you have a pre-approval ready when you start looking at homes and a real estate agent that you can trust!

What Does This Mean for Home Sellers?

With many motivated buyers on the market and the existing low inventory this will create the perfect opportunity for sellers to get multiple high-priced offers on their homes. Due to this low inventory, there will also be a low number of sellers for you to compete with. We have no doubt that a trusted real estate agent will be able to provide you with the knowledge and experience in your market and will be able to guide you to reach top dollar for your home. As a seller in 2022 you should have no problem selling your home!

Sept. 22, 2022

Chosing The Right Home Loan

 

Chosing a Loan That is Right For You 

Finding the right loan to meet your needs can be one of the hardest parts of buying a new home. There are a number of mortgage options out there, and if you choose one that isn’t really ideal for your situation, then you might end up paying a lot more for it in the long run. With so many options, though, how do you know that you’re getting the best loan to match your situation?

 

 

It might take a little bit of homework, but there are actually a few different ways to sort through potential loans to find the best one for you. A lot of things can affect the loans that are available to you, including where you live, what your credit history looks like, and even the state of the economy. With that said, here are a few things that you should keep in mind when shopping around for loans to help ensure that you get the loan that best meets your needs.

 

Interest Considerations

Getting a good interest rate on a mortgage loan is obviously a big concern for most potential buyers, since even a small difference in interest rates can result in large savings when choosing between two mortgages. This is one of the big reasons that it’s recommended that you shop around for your mortgage, comparing quotes from a few different lenders to find the one that offers you the best interest rate. The rate alone isn’t the only thing that you need to consider when comparing loans, though.

Interest can take multiple forms on mortgage loans. Fixed-rate loans lock in a single rate for the entire repayment period, while variable-rate loans can change over time (usually once per year and with the amount of change capped, but the exact details can differ between loan providers). Some mortgages even act as a hybrid between these two, locking in a low rate for a specific period and then changing it after that period has ended. Understanding the type of interest that a mortgage features and how it will work over the course of the loan can help you avoid unexpected payment changes down the line.

 

Loan Terms and Features

The term of your mortgage is another thing that you should pay careful attention to, since it can affect both your monthly payment and the amount that you pay in interest over time. Longer-term loans may cost you more in the long run, especially if you have a loan that will increase in interest over time. Likewise, shorter-term mortgages can save you money in interest, but might be harder to pay each month due to a higher overall payment. You should also watch out for loans that only have you pay against interest during the first part of the loan’s term; this starts you off with a low monthly payment, but isn’t reducing the amount that you owe at all until the payment increases.

There are other mortgage considerations that you should keep in mind as well. Most mortgages will require you to cover a portion of the property being purchased in a down payment, and the down payment amount can vary significantly between lenders. Different loan programs such as loans secured by the FHA can reduce this and some other costs as well. Just be sure to do your due diligence in exploring your loan options first.

 

Finding the Perfect Loan

The key to finding the mortgage that’s right for you is finding lenders that you can trust. Fortunately, The Sedlarik Group can help you with this!! We have several mortgage companies we work closely with and we would be happy to refer you to one! 

Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 6, 2022

To Sell or Remodel

Should You Sell or Remodel Your Home 

 

Your home, as they say, is where your heart is, and for so many homeowners, it’s a lot more than a saying. Their home is a place where they made so many memories with family and friends, and considering selling it can be extremely painful. But what do you do if your home is no longer meeting your needs? Can you simply remodel your home into the house you need? It’s a hard decision to make, to be sure, but there are some major considerations that can help you decide which is the right choice for you and your family.

 

How Close Is Your Home to Perfect?

Sometimes, the changes you need to make your home right for today are small. For example, if you’re planning on aging in place, but all the bedrooms are upstairs, you might be able to add a small bedroom suite to the back or side of your home on the main floor, depending on the layout. This would allow you to continue to stay in your home, even if trips up the stairs were increasingly infrequent as you aged.

On the other hand, if your remodel is more about a totally whole new look or going from a space that’s largely compartmentalized to entirely open concept, that’s a huge change to a house that will require a considerable amount of time, effort, and money. In those cases, it’s usually better to find the house you want and sell the one you’re in.

 

Is the Neighborhood Thriving or Sliding Down Hill?

If your neighborhood is healthy and thriving, and you love everything about it, it’s definitely worth considering a remodel instead of just moving along. You never really know what you’re going to get with a new neighborhood until you live there a while, and besides, you certainly already know some people nearby. That’s a wonderful way to build community.

However, neighborhoods can also deteriorate, and with them go property values, the quality of schools in the area, and sometimes even a sense of safety and security. If you’re pretty sure your neighborhood used to be a lot better and you’re not always comfortable going outside at night anymore, maybe it’s time to look for a different zip code. There’s no amount of remodeling that can fix that particular concern.

 

Will Your Equity Buy the Home of Your Dreams?

Most importantly, you have to look at the financials. Remodels can take place over years, giving you time to spread out the expense, even if your equity won’t quite cover the costs you think you may incur. So, that dream kitchen might take a little while to become reality, but it’s still possible if the rest of your house makes you happy and you’re willing to wait.

On the other hand, if selling your house could get you closer to the home of your dreams with the equity you’ve secured, you can save yourself a lot of mess and stress by simply moving on to the home you really want. If you’re moving to a different part of your city, or a different area entirely, that equity can easily buy something wholly different and potentially perfect, and maybe even shrink your house payment a little bit.

 

Posted in Home Maintenance
Aug. 23, 2022

Siding Clean Up

Siding Clean Up 

 

Good siding can go a long way toward making your home look beautiful. For a lot of homeowners, they discover only one big drawback to having siding on their homes: it needs to be cleaned to keep it looking its best. Depending on the color of your siding, you may notice dirty streaks, dusty discoloration, and possibly even green tints from algae or mildew that will need to come off in order to restore your siding’s beauty.

 

 

Fortunately, cleaning siding usually isn’t too difficult, provided you have the right tools for the job. In this case, the right tool is typically a pressure washer. This can make short work of cleaning your siding, though it’s important that you understand how a pressure washer works and what you should and shouldn’t use one on. With a little caution, though, you’ll have your siding restored to its original beauty in no time.

 

Pressure Washing 101

Pressure washing isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit of preparation and care. Any loose items or decorations that could be damaged need to be removed from the area being cleaned, and electrical boxes and other items that don’t need to be hit with a high-pressure stream of water should be identified and possibly marked with tape so that you can avoid them. The pressure washer should then be positioned in a convenient area to clean the part of the house you’re focusing on and hooked up to your hose, and any cleaning product that you want to use, such as algae remover, should be added.

Once you’ve got the pressure washer set up, get a firm grasp on the wand and start spraying the siding. Start at the top of the house and work your way from side to side, slowly making your way down, to keep dirt and other unwanted material from flowing down onto areas that you’ve already cleaned. Keep an eye on the pressure and maintain a good grip on the wand as you move it to keep it from getting out of control. After you’ve finished the section you’re working on, move your pressure washing setup to a new area and start the process over.

 

What to Wash (And What to Avoid)

It should seem pretty straightforward what you should spray with a pressure washer and what you shouldn’t. Unfortunately, there are some potentially problematic surfaces that you might not consider which could result in unexpected damage.

Obviously you should avoid spraying anything fragile or loose, but you might not consider the effect that a pressure washer could have on painted siding where the paint has started to chip or flake. It turns out that pressure washers are great at removing old paint, which isn’t a discovery that you want to make while trying to clean your siding! Another thing to watch out for is siding that’s cracked or otherwise damaged. The pressure washer can make this damage significantly worse, both in vinyl siding and wood siding.

This is why it’s important to double-check the area you plan to clean and look for signs of damage before you actually start up the pressure washer. A little bit of inspection beforehand will go a long way to ensuring that you only wash siding that can withstand the pressure and that you won’t end up breaking or stripping something along the way.

 

Send in the Pressure Washing Pros

If you’re worried about the possibility that you might mess something up, you can hire a professional to get the job done. Power washing pros are available who know exactly how to handle the job, and siding installers and painters often offer power washing services as well.

Posted in Home Maintenance
July 12, 2022

Smart Ways To Automate Your Home

Smart Ways To Automate Your Home

 

 

In the early days of home automation, getting your home set up typically required buying a central hub that your devices could connect to and coordinating everything from there. In some cases, you might have even needed multiple hubs, since not all devices worked on the same network. While automation hubs and alternate networks still exist, these days most automation is done using your home’s Wi-Fi network and digital assistants such as Alexa or Google Assistant.

 

 

With smart home automation having come so far in recent years, there may be more options available to automate your home than you realized. While the specific automation that you use depends on how your home is set up and your own personal preferences, it’s worth it to explore a few different options to see if there’s something new that might fit into your home setup.

 

Automation Options

There are a number of ways that you can automate your home. You’ve likely at least heard of some of the more popular options, such as smart lights and smart thermostats. Smart video doorbells and automated garage doors are also increasingly popular and may be automation options that you’ve considered for your own home. These all share the advantage of you being able to control them remotely from smart home apps and can typically be integrated with digital assistants for hands-free use.

These aren’t the only options available to you, of course. Smart door locks allow you to automate access to your home, window sensors can give you alerts if you leave your windows open, and flood sensors can help protect your home from flooding and broken pipes. You can even integrate smart smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors into your home to give you immediate alerts in case there’s danger even when you’re away from home. If that’s not enough options, smart plugs are available which allow you to control existing devices by turning the power on and off remotely at the outlet where the device plugs in.

 

Smart Automation Routines

One of the big advantages of modern home automation is that none of these devices really exist in a bubble anymore. You can set up home automation routines that utilize multiple devices together, and can even use the state of certain devices to control others. Smart motion sensors can automatically turn on lights when they detect movement. Bedtime routines can adjust speaker volume and lighting in bedrooms to create a perfect sleep environment. You can even set routines that kick off before you get up, so that your coffee is brewed and specific lights are on so you can start your day on a positive note.

Depending on how you have them set up, these automation routines can kick off on a schedule, from a voice command, or in response to other actions. This can be really useful if you have certain things that you want to happen at specific times, but other things are only done as needed; you can program multiple routines in different ways to have your home running exactly like you want it to at all times. If you install additional automated devices later, you can even add them to existing routines with minimal effort from your digital assistant’s app.

 

Automating Your Home

Depending on the scope of what you want and your experience with electronics, a lot of home automation can be done as DIY projects. 

Posted in Home Maintenance
June 20, 2022

Ways to Storm Proof Your Home

As spring turns to summer, one thing that unfortunately comes along with that change is summer storms. For some people this means frequent downpours or heavy rains. For others it means lightning or the possibility of severe weather. Even for those who don’t live in areas that commonly experience tornadoes or other severe weather, there is still a possibility of damage from things like flooding and high winds. Whether storms are a common occurrence where you live or only infrequent, keeping your home safe during bad weather should still be a concern.

 

 

You’ve likely already seen suggestions for how to stormproof your home and stay safe during inclement weather. To make sure that you’ve covered all the bases, here are a few additional ways to stormproof your home that you might not have thought of.

 

Stormproofing Your Property

There are a few changes that you can make to your property that may significantly reduce the likelihood of storm-related damage to your home. One big thing that you can do is inspect any trees on your property before storm season, and again in the fall to make sure that there aren’t any dead or damaged limbs that could break under pressure. Getting these removed will not only make your trees look better, but will also help protect against home damage or injury from falling limbs.

If your home is on a downward slope or located in a low area, you might also consider installing French drains to reroute water away from your foundation. This can be very effective in preventing damage from flooded basements and garages, as the drains will keep a lot of that water from actually reaching your home. Depending on how the French drains are set up and where they drain to, this can move a significant amount of water away from your home during a storm.

 

Upgrading Your Defenses

If you’re considering home improvements, there are a few options you might consider. If thunderstorms are common where you live during the summer, installing a lightning rod or other lighting protection components can be a good idea. You also might want to get transient voltage surge suppressors to plug high-value electronics such as computers and televisions into as well, since these help to limit voltage to 1.5 times the normal voltage range. While this is still higher voltage than these devices are used to, they are much more likely to survive without damage compared to the significant amount of voltage they might experience during a lightning strike surge.

Other improvements you can make to better protect you during a storm include installing new windows and a new roof. Advances in window and roof materials make them much more durable than they were even a decade ago, and if your windows and roof have been in place for a long time, then they might already be experiencing some wear and tear. Not only will replacing them before the weather gets bad help to prevent leaks and other storm-related problems, but in the event of a big storm, you may even have an installation warranty on your side.

 

Review Your Policies

One last thing that you might want to do is look over your homeowner’s insurance and any other insurance policies you have for your property to see exactly what is and isn’t covered regarding storm damage. Flood damage commonly isn’t covered by standard policies, and depending on where you live there may be other storm-related exclusions as well. You definitely don’t want to wind up surprised at your coverage level if you have to make a storm-related claim.

Posted in Home Maintenance
May 23, 2022

Do Plants Help Sell a Home

When you’re looking to sell your house, there are a lot of little things that you can do to increase the likelihood that some prospective buyer is going to make an offer. Many of the tips you’ll find to improve your home’s appeal focus on things inside the house, ranging from paint colors to furniture and a variety of other little tweaks. There is something else that you can do to improve the appeal of your home that’s often overlooked, though: add some plants.

 

 

A lot of people don’t put much thought into the plants around their home when prepping for a sale, and this can be a big missed opportunity. From fixing up your lawn and garden to adding splashes of greenery indoors, there are several ways that you can leverage plants to help sell your home when the time comes. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Increase Your Curb Appeal

While interior staging is important, it’s easy to forget that the outside of your home is the first impression that potential buyers are going to get. There are obviously a few external things that you can do, such as slapping a fresh coat of paint on the door and cleaning up the windows a bit. However, one of the biggest boosts to your home’s curb appeal comes in the form of improving your lawn and external plants.

As soon as you start considering selling your home, it’s time to treat brown spots or thin areas on your lawn so that everything is lush and green. Cleaning up flower beds, adding decorative plants on the porch or along the walkway, and otherwise sprucing up the look of the outside will go a long way toward capturing the attention of potential buyers. Just like a shabby exterior can dampen buyer enthusiasm, a well-manicured lawn and decorative flowers or trees can get buyers excited before they even step inside.

 

Bringing in a Touch of Nature

Exterior landscaping isn’t the only way that plants can help you sell your home. Potted plants, vases with fresh flowers, and even small decorative potted trees or other tall plants can add both color and a sense of freshness to your home that are hard to replicate. It’s the same reason that a lot of grocery stores have fresh flowers near the entrance to the store; when people see plants and flowers, their brains immediately focus on the idea of freshness and life. In stores, this makes people assume that the produce is all fresh, and in your home, it helps potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house.

If you choose flowers or other plants with pleasant scents, bringing them in can add to the overall freshness of the air without the need for artificial air fresheners or incense. This can let your plants serve double duty, improving the quality of the air while also adding a splash of color and life to your home. Just make sure to avoid plants that produce a lot of pollen or else you may have some cleanup to take care of before potential buyers come for a tour.

 

Call Some Help if Needed

It’s possible that you won’t really be able to take care of everything you want to do all on your own. Perhaps you have trees on your property that need trimmed or have to have dead limbs removed. Maybe you want to revitalize a flower garden but don’t really have the time. It’s even possible that you’d love to add some floral touches to your home, but aren’t really sure what would go best with your house. It’s okay, we’ve got you covered.

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
May 5, 2022

Resurfacing Counter Tops

Resurfacing Counter Tops

 

A nice countertop can really make your kitchen stand out. Unfortunately, your counters tend to get a lot of use over their lifetime and can really start to show that wear as they age. Conventional wisdom often suggests that when your counters start to stand out because of their stains or damage then it’s likely time to start thinking about new countertops. That can be a really big expense, though… which is why you might be better off considering resurfacing your countertops first.

 

 

As the name suggests, resurfacing your countertops provides a new top surface for the countertop that can provide it with a new lease on life. Depending on your reasoning for redoing your countertops and the condition they’re in, there are a few different ways that you can go about resurfacing them. Let’s take a look at some of the options that are available to you to see if resurfacing is a better option for you than replacing your countertops completely.

 

Improving the Aesthetic

One reason that you might be considering new countertops is that you want to change the look or general aesthetic of your counters. This might be because the countertops don’t really match other decorative aspects of the kitchen, or because various stains, scratches, and blemishes have made them rather unappealing. Regardless of the reason, there are a few options available for this. The most popular of these options are countertop paints and epoxy resurfacing. Bear in mind that this isn’t just a matter of slapping a layer of paint on the countertop and calling it a day; these paints and epoxies fill in small cracks and other damage, seal the countertop, and provide you with a hardened final surface that is resistant to damage and staining.

If that sounds like a little bit more of a project than you’re wanting to take on and you’d just prefer your countertops to have some more protection against future scratches and stains, there are options for that too. The most common treatment of this type comes in the form of countertop films. These functionally work similar to contact paper, but they bond better and provide a better layer of protection than you’d get from using regular contact papers. They also have the advantage of letting you cover only sections of the countertop if you’re trying to establish things like dedicated prep areas or a space by the sink for glassware to air dry.

 

Repairing Surface Damage

If the damage to your countertops is more severe than surface scratches, there are a few different ways that you can fix the issue while resurfacing. Some counter epoxies are designed to fill in larger areas of damage, providing you with a beautiful and uniform surface once all the epoxy has cured. Filler compounds can also be used; you sand the filler once It’s dried and then apply epoxy or countertop paints as part of the final finish.

Another option, especially if you have stone or granite countertops that have cracks in them, is to have a concrete skim coat applied as a resurfacing material. While this won’t provide you the same longevity as installing full concrete counters, it will patch the damage effectively and give you a rock-hard countertop surface to boot. This can be especially effective if you were looking for a way to shake up the look of your kitchen as well.

 

Resurfacing Your Countertops

Think resurfacing your countertops solve will your counter problems? That’s great! We can help you find a countertop pro in your area that can help you find the resurfacing solution that best meets your needs. Do you think that you have bigger problems and need a full replacement? We can help you find an installer to aid with that as well.

Posted in Home Maintenance
April 26, 2022

Do You Need Flood Insurance

 

Insurance is a great thing to have when the unexpected occurs. Unfortunately, it’s very rare to find a policy that covers every possible thing that might happen to your home; some incidents such as natural disasters typically require separate policies that cover the specific damages that can occur when these sorts of things happen. A good example of this is flood insurance, which isn’t included in most homeowners’ policies, but is still a popular coverage option.

 

 

When looking at insurance options, you may find yourself asking whether or not you need flood insurance. It’s one of those policies where if you really do need it then it’s practically a must-have, but if you’re unlikely to ever actually use it then it is somewhat of an unnecessary expense. To help you answer the question of whether you actually need flood insurance, let’s look at the coverage it provides and the circumstances in which it’s all but essential.

 

What Is Flood Insurance?

As the name implies, flood insurance is an insurance policy that provides coverage in the event of a flood. That is a bit of an oversimplification of the coverage that the insurance provides, though, and it can lead some people to not get flood coverage when they actually live in an area that needs it. Flood insurance provides coverage in the event of a flood, yes, but more specifically it provides coverage to help you recover in the event of flood damage.

This may seem like it means pretty much the same thing, but the difference can be significant. While flooding obviously produces flood damage, there are multiple ways that flooding can occur that need to be covered. Prolonged periods of heavy rainfall can produce floods, but flooding can also occur with severe storms, tornadoes, or hurricanes. Flood insurance may also cover some damage caused by events that are related to flooding, even if the flood waters don’t directly cause it, such as flooding resulting in a sewer backing up and similar incidents.

 

Do You Need Flood Coverage?

In areas that are prone to flooding, you’ll likely be required to buy flood insurance as a condition of your mortgage before you can take out a loan to buy a home. This is especially true if you buy your home with an FHA loan or other government-backed mortgage and live in what’s known as a “flood hazard area.” These are parts of the country where there is a significant risk of high flood waters on a regular or semi-regular basis. Even if your mortgage doesn’t specifically require flood insurance, if you live in such an area, you really need to pick up a policy because it’s more than likely that you’ll eventually experience some amount of flooding.

Even if you don’t live in a flood hazard area, though, some parts of the country are more prone to flooding than others. If you’re likely to experience large spring or summer storms, live near a coast where hurricanes or tropical storms might hit, or even just buy a home in an area that’s known to occasionally get heavy rains that are slow to drain due to clay or other deposits in the soil, then you might still have a not-insignificant flood risk. Provided that the coverage is affordable, having flood insurance in any of these areas might make recovery a lot easier if you end up finding yourself on the wrong end of a major weather event that results in significant flooding around your home.

 

Finding Your Policy

If you live in an area where flood insurance is required, or at least highly recommended, you might find yourself wondering where you can get the best deal on flood coverage. The Sedlarik Group can help you with that!

Posted in Home Maintenance
April 14, 2022

Should I skip A Home Inspection

When buying a new home, there’s a lot more that goes into the process than just signing some forms and picking up the keys. One of the big steps that you’ll typically take is getting a home inspection to identify any potential issues with the property. While this is common, most of the time it’s not actually required; while lenders will generally insist on an appraisal of the home, this isn’t a full inspection. So does that mean you can skip getting an actual home inspection as a part of the home-buying process?

 

 

Technically, yes. Unless you live in an area where home inspections are legally required, you don’t have to get a home inspection before purchase. Should you skip a home inspection? Absolutely not. Having your home inspected serves a much greater purpose than just determining its value, and waiving the option to get an inspection done before purchase could set you up for a lot of trouble (and out-of-pocket expense) down the road.

 

What Is a Home Inspection?

Unlike an appraisal, which just examines a home to determine its value, a home inspection digs deeper and actually looks into the condition of the home and its components. While the exact coverage of the inspection can change depending on where you live, the type of home being inspected, and the scope of the inspection you’re having done, the goal of the inspection is to determine the condition of the house. This will ensure that the home is livable, and will also serve to highlight any repairs to the property that might be necessary.

At the end of the inspection, you’ll be presented with an inspection report. Your inspection report will likely include items such as the condition of the roof, the windows, its plumbing and wiring, and other key issues with the property. This report will help you to make decisions about the house and can help you to budget in necessary repairs or upgrades when finalizing the amount of your home loan as well.

 

Why You Need an Inspection

There are a few reasons why you’ll want to be sure to get a home inspection. The biggest is to make sure that the home is actually in the condition that you think it is before buying it, so you avoid getting into the home and then having to sink in a lot of money into repairs after the fact. The home inspection can also help you to prioritize repair and upgrade plans, highlighting the areas that you need to focus on first. By getting a home inspection, you should be able to avoid a lot of the surprises that can sometimes come with a new home.

It’s important to note that some sellers might push for you to waive the home inspection process or at least limit it in scope. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have something to hide; in many cases this occurs when the seller is also looking to buy another property and is waiting on the property that they’re selling to close. Home inspections may take a little time to schedule and complete, which can slow down closing. Still, the importance of a home inspection is great enough that you shouldn’t waive your inspection even if the seller wants you to do so.

 

Posted in Home Maintenance
April 11, 2022

Getting Your Vertical Garden Ready For Spring

When you don’t have a lot of space or open ground around your home, planting a garden might seem impossible. After all, plants need room to grow and soil to grow in, don’t they? While this is true, there is more than one way to get a garden growing. If you have limited outdoor space or don’t have room for a large garden plot, one option is to set up a vertical garden instead.

 

 

While not every garden plant is feasible for a vertical garden, you might be surprised at all of the things that you can grow vertically. Of course, you’ll first have to get your vertical garden set up and ready for spring planting. You have a lot of options with how you do this, so let’s take a moment to cover the essentials of what your vertical garden should have.

 

Choosing a Garden Location

The first thing that you need to take into account is exactly where you’re going to locate your vertical garden. Your options may be limited depending on where you live, but if you choose a suboptimal location, then you’re going to have a hard time getting your garden to grow. At a minimum, you’re likely going to want a location that gets direct sunlight for at least part of the day, and a full 6 to 8 hours of sunlight will probably be required for most plants. If you have specific fruits or vegetables in mind already, do a bit of research into their sun requirements to help determine exactly what you’ll need. A southern-facing view may help you to get the sunlight that your plants need.

Access to water is also important. While you can always water your vertical garden by hand, it can save you a lot of effort if the garden is located in a spot that will get watered when it rains. Having access to the ground soil may be beneficial as well, though it isn’t a hard requirement; if you live in an apartment or otherwise plan on establishing your garden on a balcony or other location that doesn’t have open soil, you can always create your own growing environment with containers.

 

Establishing a Garden Framework

Once you have a location, your garden is going to need a growth framework so that it can actually start growing upward. Trellises, wire cages, tripods, and even fences can all make solid support structures so long as they are sturdy and able to be secured. These can be attached to the exterior of your home or other buildings, connected to balcony railings, or even secured into the ground. The method of securing your framework isn’t that important. What is important is that it’s secured well enough to be able to stand the weight of growing plants and eventual fruits or vegetables.

With the support structures in place, it’s time to prepare your soil. If planting directly into the ground, you’ll need to till the soil and add compost or other nutrients. If setting up containers, choose a soil or potting medium that will encourage root growth to help ensure that your plants are secure as they start to grow up. The weight of the soil and the eventual fruits or vegetables will help to keep the containers in place, so you don’t have to worry as much about securing them as you do your supports.

 

Growing Your Vertical Garden

Once you’ve got your vertical garden set up, you can plant a variety of beans, peas, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and even melons and pumpkins vertically. You’ll likely need to tie down the vines early on and provide support for the fruits and vegetables as they grow, but the work will be worth it. The Sedlarik Group can help you find assistance with this as well. 

 

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