Month: February 2018

7 Tips for Starting a Fall or Winter Vegetable Garden

7 Tips for Starting a Fall or Winter Vegetable Garden

Most people think of gardening only in the spring and summer, losing out on precious growing time during the cooler months of the year. The good news is that there are plenty of plants and vegetables that grow exclusively in the fall and winter for you to enjoy. Here are a few winter gardening tips to get started.

 

Start Fresh

One of the most important fall gardening tips is to prep your garden bed as if you were planting in the spring. This means pulling weeds, adding new compost and removing any old plant matter.

 

Start Seeds Indoors

As the weather cools down, it gets harder for seeds to germinate. You can fix this by starting your seeds indoors in seedling pods, or even in egg cartons. Once they’re about three weeks old, you can move them outside.

 

Go Green

Many of the best plants for the fall and winter are leafy greens. If you spent your whole summer laboring over tomatoes, it’s time to switch to broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage for the cooler months. This will usually be reflected in the seeds that are available in your garden supply store.

 

Do Your Math

In order to make this a successful winter gardening venture, you will need to do some math on the harvest. Start with your expected first frost date and work backwards to determine the latest possible planting date for your seedlings.

 

Prepare for the First Frost

The good news is that several plants can survive a frost if you are careful to provide them with protection. A blanket or a plastic tunnel is usually sufficient to help your plants through the final few weeks of growing.

 

Mind Your Water

Proper watering is crucial as things begin to cool down. You are probably getting less rain in the fall as the weather changes, which could leave your plants feeling a drought. Make sure you keep the soil moist by watering it often.

 

Expect Pests

During the summer, you deal with plenty of insects trying to steal your veggies. But in the fall, you’re more likely to deal with bigger problems like deer and rabbits. Learn how to fend them off safely so that you can protect your plants.

Vegetable gardening in Florida is a great way to get fresh vegetables onto your dinner table. These fall gardening tips are designed to help you decide what to grow in Florida and how to grow a garden in Florida during the cold months. For more gardening insights and tips, attend the Home Design & Remodeling Show that happens twice a year in South Florida. At the Home Show, you will be able to learn about and find everything you need to grow a beautiful, prosperous garden.

 

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6 Smart Home Remodeling Ideas Before Selling

6 Smart Home Remodeling Ideas Before Selling

As you prepare to sell your home, you should be working to get your home into the best possible shape for showings. Oftentimes there are simple things that can be updated and remodeled without spending a fortune or delaying the sale of the home. Below are six smart home remodeling ideas to get you started.

 

Fix What’s Broken

There are probably broken fixtures or cracked windows that you’ve learned to live with over the years. A new homeowner will notice them right away and want them repaired before they move in. The next time you have guests over, ask them what flaws they’ve noticed to identify which ones are most critical to fix.

 

Clean Up The Yard

A beautifully landscaped yard can go a long way toward making a sale. Don’t just mow the lawn; make sure you have it edged and get the hedges trimmed. You want your house to be worthy of a magazine cover when your realtor comes to take pictures.

 

Replace Outdated Appliances

The kitchen is a focal point in any home. More and more buyers are looking for homes that have modern, stainless steel appliances already in place. A matching set can do wonders for your sale price, which means investing in new appliances can certainly pay off.

 

Replace Water Fixtures

Don’t leave old shower heads and faucets in place. You can easily replace them with new fixtures for minimal investment. Their glistening appearance will make your kitchen and bathrooms feel more pristine and inviting, allowing your home to make a better first impression on prospective buyers.

 

Check Your Trim

Molding, window frames, shutters and other woodwork around your home can collect dust and dirt over the years. Before you put your home up for sale, put in some elbow grease and get these items as clean as possible. If they have been beaten up by harsh weather conditions, you can also repaint them to give them new life. This effort will surely improve the curb appeal of your home.

 

Consider Flooring

If you really want to know how to increase the value of your home for sale, consider the flooring. Many sellers end up giving huge concessions for new carpet at the closing table. You can avoid this by going for neutral colors and cleaning your tile and hardwood before the first buyer ever sets foot in the house.

These are just a few home renovation ideas that can help boost your home’s selling potential. Our Home Design & Remodeling Show in South Florida can provide you with hundreds of more exciting tips on how to paint, remodel and update your home to get the most out of your selling efforts. To learn more, attend the Home Show in South Florida and speak to some of best designers and vendors in the home renovation industry today.

 

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How to Choose a Roofer in Florida: 5 Quick & Easy Tips

How to Choose a Roofer in Florida: 5 Quick & Easy TipsChoosing a roofer for your home is not a process that should be taken lightly. You need to be sure that the roofer working on your house is trustworthy, does quality work and uses reputable products. To determine which roofer in Florida is most qualified to get the job done, use our tips below.

 

Ask for Recommendations

Personal references from friends and family are always a good place to start. This can narrow down your search for a roofing contractor to a handful of companies that are trusted by people you know. In addition to asking for recommendations, find out if your friends and family have had any negative experiences with Florida roofers. This will help you avoid choosing a roofing company that has done shoddy work.

 

Search Local

There are a handful of national roofing chains that may show up in your searches but, generally speaking, you will have better luck working with a local service provider. The best roofing company is one that can be there when you need them, and many national companies are unable to mobilize their team in the event of local disasters.

 

Go Online

Once you have a short list of companies to consider, it’s time to head online and read some reviews from other customers. Sites like Yelp and Angie’s List have made it easy for consumers to share their experiences. They have also made it possible for you to see how the company handles negative feedback and if they are willing to remedy situations that require attention.

 

Look for Qualifications

To work on your home, qualified roofers need to have workers’ compensation insurance and liability insurance at the very minimum. You should ask to see proof of these insurance policies before you let anyone set foot on your roof. You should also check to see if they are accredited by the BBB while you’re doing your research. This accreditation will give them more credibility.

 

Get Quotes

Quotes are a great way to compare home roofing contractors. Make sure that you are getting quotes in writing with a 30- or 60-day price guarantee. Written quotes will generally tell you what kind of materials they will be using so you can do further research on the quality of the materials. A verbal quote may not stick, so you shouldn’t depend on anyone who throws out a number over the phone.

 

Attend Local Home Shows

Every year, the Home Show in South Florida welcomes trusted roofers from the area to meet with homeowners. All of the roofers at our show are carefully vetted so that we can ensure they are reliable, trustworthy and experienced. By purchasing your tickets and attending the next Home Show, you can meet these highly qualified roofing companies in person and hire the one that impresses you most.

Top South Florida Home Decor Trends in 2018

Top South Florida Home Decor Trends in 2018

Now that we’re into the start of 2018, a number of new home decor trends have started to emerge in South Florida. Most of the latest home decor trends build on previous years and take on new dimensions in the decorating space. Below are a few of our favorites so far.

Deep Colors

For years, Florida home decor was overrun with bright blues and yellows. Now we seem to be seeing a trend toward more indulgent colors like dark purples, lush greens and ruby reds. These darker tones stand out well against light beige or gray walls in keeping with the modern look.

Super Sleek Kitchens

After a short bout of “open” kitchen designs, the hottest trend in kitchen decor brings us integrated, smooth-faced cabinets. In some cases, cabinet doors are even being used to conceal appliances, giving the room a completely clean face with minimalist handles.

Adding to this trend, many Florida homeowners are choosing to paint their cabinets white and replacing their old countertops with recycled materials like bottles, concrete and more.

Vacation-Style Living

Perhaps we are seeing a shift in the way new homeowners are viewing their homes. Instead of waiting all year to take a vacation, more people are decorating their homes as if it was their ideal vacation place. Hammocks, minibars and other trappings of any ultra chic beach vacation are making their way into Florida residents’ day-to-day lives.

Added Functionality

One of the newest home decorating trends in Florida is the desire to turn every room in the house into livable space. Even laundry rooms and mud rooms are getting a face-lift as homeowners add customized storage space to these areas, rather than plain old shelves. They’re even painting these rooms to match the rest of the home’s decor after years of leaving those parts of the house untouched.

To discover more of the latest Florida home trends, we invite you to attend the next Home Show in South Florida. You will find dozens of vendors and designers who have just what you need to decorate your home with the latest trends in mind. There will also be plenty of presentations on how to choose colors and products that fit the look you’re hoping for. As a result, you will be a few steps closer to making your dream house a reality.