Beautiful Listing on Amber Ridge Lane

Beautiful like new, built in 2006. Designer touches include espresso hardwood floors & tile throughout the downstairs. New carpet installed upstairs. Open floor plan, kitchen with large island and spacious family room with fireplace. Master suite with his and hers walk-in closets. Spa like bathroom with view of the hills from the soaking tub. Finished garage has epoxy floor. Private backyard with stamped concrete patio and tropical landscaping.
4 bedroom
2.5 bathroom
2,291 square feet

$370,000

Locally Grown Foods Give Household Gardening a Boost

Gardening is growing as the number one hobby in America, with 5 million more households digging in and planting than in 2010, according to a recent National Gardening Survey. The edible gardening category, which includes vegetable gardening, herb gardening, fruit trees and growing berries, recently hit a six-year high in both participation and spending.

Looking to source locally grown food straight from their backyards, nearly 80 percent of gardeners aged 18-30 purchase vegetables to grow, according to the 2014 Home Garden Panel by Metrolina Greenhouses, the nation’s largest greenhouse.

Growing berries emerges as the most popular trend in edibles, likely due to the reported health benefits of antioxidant-rich foods.

Regardless of age, gardeners grow edibles for the pride of harvesting their own fresh produce, to experience the growing process and to share. Almost two-thirds report plans to share their harvest with family, friends or neighbors, lending to the growing trend of community gardening.

Source: Lowe’s

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Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

You’ve found the perfect neighborhood and the ideal new house for your family. But before you can settle in and begin making your new surroundings feel like home, you have to cross one more dreaded hurdle: moving day.

"Finding a new home is a wonderful and exciting experience, but moving can be overwhelming -juggling packing, moving essential belongings and transforming your new house into a home," said Wendy Froehlich, vice president of marketing at Homes.com.

To help movers avoid unnecessary stress and reduce property damage, keep in mind these expert tips:

Plan ahead: The key to executing a move that is both efficient and stress-free is to plan your move weeks before the actual day. A moving file and calendar are great ways to keep all of your moving information, such as your lease or mortgage contract, utility hook up, power documents and other important information in one place.

Get organized: Organize boxes for their corresponding room in your new home, sealing them with colored duct tape to color code.

Don’t crack under pressure:
Keep your plates in one piece by stacking plastic foam plates in between each one, and protect glasses by putting them inside pairs of clean socks.

Vacuum seal out-of-season clothing: Don’t waste time fumbling through out-of-season clothing. Not only will it take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but it can go directly into storage in the new place.

Think of the little things: Keep sandwich bags handy to hold any small items you have to take apart, such as the screws for a mounted flat-screen television or your bed frame, and tape them to the backside. Label the bags accordingly to make unpacking and reassembling furniture a breeze.

Sweet dreams: Check the mattress tag; if a mattress is more than eight years old, it has accumulated dust, dust mites and sweat that can make it practically double in weight. Avoid the hassle of moving it and arrange to get a new one delivered to your new home. If the mattress is still in its prime, use a mattress protector to transport it safely to the new home.

Green thumb: Transport plants delicately by using a Christmas tree bag to keep all of the appendages safe and prevent snapping.

Survival kit:
Make life easier when arriving at the new home by packing an easily accessible overnight bag with clothes and necessary toiletries. Don’t forget to include first day essentials, such as a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags and power strips.

Source: Homes.com

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Report Highlights Data Trends in Home Improvement

Preparing to buy or sell a home? Porch.com recently released a report that surveys over a half million home improvement projects, sharing the most popular online searches for home improvement professionals.

When asked which home improvement professionals they were most likely to search online before selling a home, 19 percent of homeowners searched for a general contractor in an effort to take care of projects before they list the home on the market.

Seventeen percent were more likely to search for an electrician, and 15 percent would call upon an HVAC professional. Handymen and plumbers rounded out the remaining percentages; 14 and 13 percent, respectively.

When asked which home improvement professionals were most likely searched for after buying a home, 41 percent searched for a painter. This reflects the continuing trend of new homeowners seeking to immediately tackle painting projects, both exterior and interior. Four percent searched for a home inspector, three percent an appliance installer, and two percent a roofer.

Based on survey responses, painting is the number one priority for many homeowners nationwide. In the South, painting was found to be 26 percent higher than the national average of searches, due to a generally warm and dry climate. In contrast, homeowners in the Midwest searched for landscapers. Homeowners in the Northeast were most likely to search for tree contractors.

Source: Porch.com

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Roof Check: Evaluating Your Roof

By John Voket

Think your home is in great shape? How about the part you can't see! I'm talking about one of your home's largest assets – the roof. DaVinci Roofscapes of Lenexa, Kansas recently developed a roster of insightful tips for evaluating one's roof, in partnership with home improvement expert and contractor Mark Clement of MyFixitUpLife.com.

Clement's tips for Evaluating Your Roof include:

1. Using either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be “flapping” in the wind. These are all indications that a new roof may be in your future.

2. If you have a steep sloped roof or a roof with multiple valleys, hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They have the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect your roof and know exactly how to look for rodent and animal damage around chimneys.

3. Check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this area. Also, shallower pitches weather faster than steeper pitches.

4. If you have a real cedar roof, consider your geographic location. Many West Coast homeowners are proactively replacing these wooden roofs with fire- and impact-resistant polymer shake roofs. Along with helping protect the home from potential wildfires, these roofs oftentimes come with a homeowner insurance discount.

"If a new roof is in your future, strongly consider one made of composite products that resist impact-, fire- and even insect infestations," says Clement, who chose a polymer slate roof from DaVinci with a 50-year limited warranty. "When you select a polymer roofing product, you're investing in long-term security for your home."

 

Clement says an added bonus is these roofs are so durable that your homeowner's insurance company may offer discounts if you choose to install them on your home.

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