Autumn Adjustments To Your Home

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WAXHAW, NC – The seasons are changing.  Fall is definitely in the air, and there are a few housekeeping items that should be crossed off every homeowner’s list.  These include landscaping, interior and exterior cleaning of your house, evaluating your home’s real estate value, and installing additional lighting and other electrical updates around your property.  Below, several experts in their fields explain these adjustments for Autumn and how to be better prepared this season.

Phil Carter of Metrolina Mulch recommends that if you are not a fan of the type of grass growing on your property, the first thing to do is kill it with herbicide.  If you are transitioning from Bermuda grass to another kind, it’s advised that you need to begin the process now.  Phil says, “Although you have up until December to plant new grass seed, deaden the grass early enough to give your ground time to rid itself of the herbicide.”  Most yards will need a good, solid layer of top soil so that new seed has a rich bed in which to grow.  After planting new seed, spread straw over the ground to allow the new grass to grow.  This allows the area to hold moisture upon watering and not dry out as easily. Whether you are aerating or laying down sod, make sure you plant new grass seed by the end of the November at the latest.  Luckily, we live in a fairly humid area where it can still be warm in December, but homeowners should be cautious and mindful that, although those December days might feel like autumn, the night frost will be present.

Hydrangaes


If you are looking for perennials (flowers that return each year and do not require replanting), Limelight Hydrangeas are a good idea.  You can find a list of NC perennials to gauge color preference and gather ideas to mix and match according to your property’s outside aesthetic.  Should you need professionals to help you upgrade your landscaping, contact Phil at (919) 201-3152 or phil@metrolinamulch.com.

Real estate agent Erin Furgeson says that fall tends to have a slower housing market, especially since school has started. “There are more sellers on the market, and it is a good time for buyers.  There are more options and less competition.” However, if you are selling your house, you can utilize the year’s last holidays to decorate your house.  This will help in your property appealing to potential buyers, and it will give you a more festive way of presenting your house.”  For further real estate advice, feel free to reach out to Erin at (704) 281-5080.

Linda Hill, owner of Move Pack Clean, agrees that cleanings during the fall and winter months are more common.  “Our services are customized to fit our client’s home and budget,” she said.  :Some customers might only want touch-ups in certain rooms of the house, while others might opt for a one-time deep clean of the entire house.  A unique service that’s more commonly used during the winter months is our party cleaning services,” Linda pointed out.  With this, Move Pack Clean will send one or more technicians to “help keep the home clean, collect the dishes, and replenish the food so the hostess can spend more time with her guests.”

Moving takes a little planning

During the colder winter months, Linda sees an increase in deliveries to homes, including television mounting, new furniture, toy assemblies, and art installation.

Linda gives the below advice to ensure a safe move and easy transition in the event someone is selling or buying a house.

  1. Ensure that you have switched over your utilities.
  2. Clear the walkways of any debris such as snow or ice.
  3. Your movers should certainly have floor runners.
  4. Have a plan for your pets.
  5. Pack a bag with extra clothes and medicines that you may need for your entire family.

Move Pack Clean can be contacted at (704) 907-1777 or movepackclean@gmail.com.

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Brodie was awarded the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Fellowship in Fiction. He was a finalist of The Broad River Review's Ron Rash Award in Fiction and Still: The Journal's Literary Contest in Fiction. His stories have appeared in The Broad River Review, Mystery Tribune, The Bark Magazine, Eastern Iowa Review, The Mark Literary Review, The Windhover, and elsewhere.