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Gardens Grow Home Value

Categories: In The News | Posted: March 14, 2013

The birds are chirping, the temperature is warming up, and as of last weekend the sun is still shining after work! It’s time to get started on that garden you’ve wanted to create all winter! We at Royal Oaks love the values of gardening. It helps with curb appeal, resale value, a decrease in utility costs, deters break-ins, and adds value to your neighborhood and community. One of the best things? It extends the comfort of your home to your patio, back porch or side yard, allowing you to offer more space to socialize with friends and family.

Gardening can help your home!


The eastern part of North Carolina has a hardiness zone of 7b. This has to do with the first and last frost dates, which for us, is around October, 15 and April,15, respectively. You should always check to see which plants will survive in this zone. Also make sure they are compatible with the soil in your yard. Do the flowers you want to plant thrive in sandy soil? How about clay soil? Do the research before you purchase any plants!

Start Planting!


Gardening isn’t only a fun activity that makes your home look nice. It also adds resale value to your home. You can typically get back 100-200% return on your investment with a maintained garden and manicured landscape whereas for an updated bathroom, you only get 75%.  Not only are home buyers interested in a beautiful yard that will keep their home looking beautiful, cool and healthy looking, it will also deter burglars from trying to break in. A few tips to deter burglars: put thorny bushes underneath windows, in front of fences, on top of fences, near pathways to the home and even near the front and back doors.  If you have window boxes, don’t hesitate to fill them with plants of the thornier variety. Click here for a suggestion of plants that will do the job well! 

Receive a high return on your investment


Follow the tips above to make your home safe, add to its value and to make the area surrounding your home beautiful and welcoming. Don’t wait too long, summer will be here soon!



Prepare Your Home For Spring, Part II

Categories: Home Owner Tips | Posted: March 12, 2013

house cleaningUnofficially, the last week of March is National Spring Cleaning Week.  We’re a couple of weeks ahead of the game, but for many of us, we could use every extra moment we can in order to muster up the motivation to clean house.  It can be incredibly daunting and overwhelming when faced with an entire house, and it’s all too easy to skip relatively simple steps in lieu of much bigger, more time consuming tasks.  Here are a few ideas to get started, and maybe it won’t be quite the chore it has been in years past.

Clutter is the biggest culprit, hands down.  More often than not, this will be the deciding factor as to how far you go when you commit to spring cleaning.  House Logic recommends a “Search-and-Destroy” method.  Be cutthroat about what you really will keep, what you’re not using, and what can be donated.  It may not be pretty, and tossing out barely-sentimental stuff may sting just a bit, but it’s certainly effective.  Besides, once this extra layer has been removed, your home has suddenly become a lot easier to clean.

Take advantage of the still-cloudy, chilly days to stay indoors and clean the windows.  Cloudy days ensure that the glass cleaning solution will not dry too quickly which causes streaks when washing on sunny days.  For an especially DIY, non-toxic and environmentally conscious way to clean them, mix up distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Unless you’ve got small children with a penchant for creating art using unconventional canvases, you likely don’t think much about washing your walls.  However, this is something that makes a huge difference and for the most part, can be limited to once or twice a year for that added shine.  Better Homes and Gardens says that dish soap is highly concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way, so use a small squirt in a bucket filled with warm water, and head to town with a gentle sponge.  Other surfaces that may get overlooked but will benefit from a little extra TLC include door frames, baseboards, and window frames.

Perform safety checks throughout your home.  Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them if necessary.  Does your kitchen have a fire extinguisher?  We highly recommend buying one to have on hand should accidents happen.  If you have a fireplace, we think it’s a pretty good idea to have one close by there, too.

Flip your mattresses in your bedrooms.  Actually move the furniture in your living room to vacuum carpets and rugs beneath them.  The books and knick-knacks on your shelves can, in fact, be picked up and the shelving dusted.  Employ your family members to help, and if you need an extra accountability partner, team up with a friend or neighbor and offer to help them with their place for an afternoon if they’ll assist you.  Cleaning with people not only makes the day go by faster, it also lightens your load!

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina.  For further information, please call (888) 677-1502.

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