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When we buy a new home, there are many ways we go about making it our own once we move in. Some homeowners love to paint each room a signature color that speaks to their soul, other’s take a particular room and make it their own space, a man cave, she shed, or library office. And then there are the folks who love dirt under their nails and flowers in their yards; these happy gardeners won’t be happy until the landscape of their dreams is a reality. This guide to the best things to plant in the spring will help all gardeners make their new Smith Mountain Lake property their homes.

Plant Smart

Native shrubs and flowers do well in the environment, as should be expected, so plant smart and keep it native. The Great Rhododendron is a beautiful native bush that offers a dramatic impact to any landscape. Offering deep green leaves and pretty pink or white flowers, spring is also when it begins to bloom, with the blooms lasting long into the summer. The Virginia Sweetspire is another popular bush, offering up tiny white flowers that grow together in an arch, similar in look to the ear of a wheat stalk. One thing we love about this native plant is the dramatic turn it takes in the fall; the leaves turn a deep and rich red adding to the autumn beauty of your garden. Summersweet, is a beautiful flowering bush featuring white and pink flowers that grow in clusters and filling your yard with an aroma that is sweet, alluring, and springlike in its scent.

Vegetable Gardens

One of life’s greatest luxuries is the ability to go out to your own yard and pick veggies to prepare for the evening meal and spring is a great time to start planting. This first list of veggies can do well in cool weather plantings and include lettuce, cabbage, onions, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. This next list does better when there is no chance of frost occurring and as such it is best to wait until April or even May, a list that includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, and melons.

 Your Garden Makes Your Home

You can’t plant a garden if you don’t have a yard in which to do so, and Smith Mountain Lake Properties is here to help you to find the Smith Mountain Lake home of your dreams! Give us a call today!

As you begin the search for your new home, seeing some of the “issues” in the properties you are looking at may be the instigation of promises that you will never let your place look that bad, and when you first move in, chances are likely you will hold to that promise! As life moves by at a rapid pace, however, some tasks will be overlooked. Out of sight is out of mind, and many common maintenance activities are easily forgotten. Our guide to the

HVAC Filters

that are most overlooked will help keep homeowners on task; print it out and hang it somewhere you will see it most often for best results!

Change the HVAC Filters

Changing your HVAC filters is the easiest but most overlooked of all maintenance tasks, and to be honest, it’s the most understandable! Most of our filters are located in closets that are dark or on ceilings that we rarely look up at, and as we said earlier, out of sight is out of mind! But changing the filter is important to both your health and finances, as it helps clear the air of allergens and keeps your utility bills lowered when kept clean. Changing your air filter every 3 months (at the start of each new season) is recommended.

Water Heater Maintenance

This task is not one that is well known to homeowners. We tend to install the water heater and forget about it until we find ourselves wading in ankle deep waters and realizing its time to buy another one! Extending the lifespan of the water heater is easy, however, if you follow a few simple tips: Drain and refill the tank once a year; replace the anode rod every few years; and open and close the pressure relief valve every few months.

Clean Dryer Vents

Have you noticed that it’s taking longer to dry each load of clothes? You might think it’s the warmer weather causing this issue, but more likely it is the vent that leads to the outside that is the culprit! We’ve all been trained to clean the lint trap after every load, but how many of us think to check the main vent? Not many, we’re sure, and the overlooking of this seemingly minor task can lead to dire consequences—the chance of fire! Remove the vent cover from the wall and use your vacuum to suck out the contents or buy a tool specifically designed for the task at your local homeowners’ store and save money as you invest in the safety of your family and house!

Give Us a Call Today

Homeownership can be tough, but it’s totally worth all the effort involved. Give us a call today and let our knowledgeable and helpful agents lead you to your new neighborhood!