Wednesday, August 4, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
Contributed by James Witts
Edited by Jenny Carroll
It’s easy being green in Austin. The city is set among the lush trees, the limestone, and lakes of the Texas Hill Country. The city government also offers incentives for people to be eco-friendly — from the paint on your walls, the temperature of your home, to the trash you throw out. Here are some tips to make your home more environmentally friendly, thanks to popular programs that are already in place.
The city is happy to pay you to stop throwing out scraps of food and coffee grounds. No, you’re not stuck with rotting garbage. Austin's Home Composting Rebate Program will reimburse you $75 on the cost of a composting system. To take advantage of this program, you will have to take a class and buy from an approved local retailer. The benefit? You create a fabulous fertilizer for your garden — and cut down on the amount of trash in the landfill. It's a win-win!
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 / by Jenny Carroll
As summer begins to settle in and temperatures rise, it’s the perfect time to schedule your annual check up for your home. A check up for my home, you ask? Yes! The health of your home needs to be assessed annually to nip any potential issues in the bud as well as identifying problems before they become failures. Here are some things you can do to maintain your home and keep your systems running smoothly all year long.
What kinds of things should we be looking for?
Good question. Your A/C system, your home’s main support system in our hot summer climate, should be checked by a professional at least once a year. As it gets hotter outside our usage goes up and that’s when issues can take us unawares. Don’t find yourself sitting in a hot house this summer because you didn’t clean off your condenser unit, pour vinegar in your drainline, or you didn’t check coolant levels. Having a professional A/C company service your syste. ...
Monday, November 9, 2020 / by Jenny Carroll
Guest Blog By Desiree Miller
There's more to selling a house than putting a sign in the yard. Curb appeal and well-maintained landscaping draw buyers in for a closer look. Planting a garden adds color, aroma, and a sense of style to your property – something would-be buyers want.
While the real estate market in Austin tends to change with the times, a low maintenance garden can increase your property’s value.
The climate in Austin allows for easy planting of spring gardens and flower beds, and you can keep them up through summer and fall.
Photo courtesy of LawnStarter
Garden selections are a personal choice – what you want to see and eat is up to you. But when you’re staging the outside of your home to put on the sales market, you want to present a certain style of living to your would-be buyer.
Setting up a garden involves soil testing. You also want to choose a location where the soil drains well, and outdoor plants will receive at least. ...
Friday, May 29, 2020 / by Jenny Carroll
By Bryce Thompson
Staying at home has become the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean you need to sit idly by and wait for the country to reopen. With time on your hands, consider making some simple home improvements. There are even phone apps to help you!
You don't have to start with a multi-day project. Tackle the smaller upgrades first. You can use this as an opportunity for your kids to help out.
Routine maintenance often gets pushed aside during our busy schedules. Use this time to do a maintenance check around the house and make sure everything’s in order. Change your air filters, clean the vents, clear out the gutters. This is the perfect time to flush the water heater and check for leaky faucets. Your home will look great, and you'll feel good about doing something productive!
You don't need a lot of tools to make important upgrades. Caulking is a great way to seal around windows, doors, and floorboards. With temperatures . ...