Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient with These 8 Hacks

When we think of ways to save energy, we don’t often turn to the fridge. It just does its thing, right? Well, not quite. Here are eight ways to make your refrigerator more efficient.

First, it’s important to note that if your refrigerator is 15 or more years old, you may not be able to get the most out of it energy-wise, even if you do everything right. Older models are simply never going to be quite as efficient as newer models, and more sophisticated units are coming out all the time. When you decide to replace your older fridge, opt for an Energy-Star-certified model.

Now, on to the hacks!

1. Get rid of frost if you have it.

This is much more common in older units. If your refrigerator is accumulating frost, the first thing you’ll need to do is defrost it. Otherwise, you’re automatically setting yourself up for a far less efficient fridge. That’s because frost buildup can cause fridge coils to work overtime and make it more difficult for the unit to keep at a consistently cool temperature. It’s a bit of a process, but defrosting is totally worth it—plus, who couldn’t use extra room in the freezer?

2. Open your fridge as little as possible.

One of the easiest ways to save energy is to keep your refrigerator closed. That means not leaving the door hanging open while you’re cooking and making selections quickly when you need something. The less your refrigerator has to readjust its temperature from being introduced to warm air in your home, the less it has to work and the more energy you’ll save.

3. Use your in-door water and ice.

This one goes right along with keeping those refrigerator doors closed. The less you open your fridge or freezer for beverages and ice, the less you’ll need to open your fridge.

4. Avoid putting hot or warm dishes in your fridge.

This is a small one, but it could make a big impact over time. Use Tupperware and plastic wrap whenever possible, and allow any food to cool down completely before placing it in the fridge. This helps keep heat out of your unit.

5. Remove fridge clutter.

Raise your hand if your fridge is packed at all times. If you have a big family or a penchant for cooking, it can be unavoidable. Luckily, it’s almost guaranteed that there’s an item or two in there that’s out of date. So take some time to go through your refrigerator’s contents and weed out the stuff that isn’t going to get eaten. It’s especially important not to store large items, like takeout boxes, casserole dishes and loaves of bread on the top shelf, as they could trap heat in the unit and cause your compressor to work overtime.

6. Use the power-saver switch.

Your unit might not have one of these, but if it does, it’s in your best interest to use it! Power-saver switches are connected to heaters built into the walls of refrigerator units. These heaters are designed to help prevent condensation, but the secret is that they may not even be needed. Try turning on the power-saver switch to disable this feature—you may find that no condensation builds up and you can save a little energy.

7. Keep your refrigerator away from your stove.

The heat from your stove can cause your refrigerator’s compressor to work overtime every time you go to cook. Over time, this can even wear out the unit and shorten the life of your appliance. While you may be stuck with this setup for the time being, keep in mind that ideally, your fridge should be several feet away from your stove when you mock up new design plans.

8. Clean your condenser coils.

Cleaning behind the fridge hardly ever makes the top of the old chore list, but if you’d like to have a more efficient unit, it’s a must. Dust removes heat and causes the coils to work much harder than they need to. Pulling the fridge out and sweeping under it, then using a bristle brush to dust the back will do the trick. And luckily, you shouldn’t need to do this too often.

Call National Property Inspections to have your home questions answered.

Our NPI inspectors can answer the most important questions you have about the condition and maintenance of your home. Call us to sell or buy with confidence.

How to Keep Your Pond from Freezing This Winter

Garden ponds provide a sense of calm in spring and summer. But as the days grow colder, it’s important to know the simple steps to take to keep your pond from freezing over until warmer weather returns.

First, a thorough cleaning of the pond is necessary to remove any dead plants and algae from the water. Any rotting foliage left behind may produce gases underneath the ice’s surface that can kill your fish over the winter. Move hardy plants to deeper water, where they will be safely submerged (at least 18 inches deep) to keep from freezing. If your pond freezes over entirely before you can move plants, be sure to remove and store them inside for the winter in the basement or a heated garage. Tropical lilies and other tender plants must be removed and stored in pots without drainage holes. Plants can be wrapped in damp newspaper and stored in trash bags. Check them every other week or so to make sure they do not dry out.

Clean the Filter and Pond

There are options for storing your pond’s filter between seasons, but a thorough cleaning is always a good idea before the cold sets in. Once it has been cleaned, you can move the filter closer to the water’s surface to keep your pond from freezing over. Or, simply remove the filter and store it until springtime. Next, vacuum the pond to remove any dead plants and left-over debris. Again, these can produce toxic gases when left beneath an icy surface, which can be harmful to your fishy friends.

Fish Care

When the temperature drops, reducing the amount of food you give to your fish can help them acclimate to the cold. As soon as it gets below 50 degrees, stop feeding them altogether to prevent them from creating unnecessary waste products in their environment. The fish will go into semi-hibernation, when they will feed on the nutrients in the water. There are some breeds of fish, however, that are sensitive to cold weather and need to be brought indoors when the weather gets cold. These include fancy goldfish with ornate tails, bubble eyes and lionheads.

Cover The Pond

To keep your pond from freezing over completely, investing in a cover will ensure that falling leaves and branches do not make their way into your aqueous environment. This will also assist during the process of prepping the pond for springtime when the cold thaws. All you need is a shade cloth, netting, or landscape fabric to do the job. If you are in doubt of how best to handle your pond’s care, contact the friendly experts at National Property Inspections.

Pond Safety

Whether you have a large or small pond, chances are you have some sort of pump and filtration system. During the cold months, it is especially important to disconnect these lines before water freezes and breaks the entire device. In fact, it’s best to purchase a de-icer to melt a small hole in the surface of your pond, allowing noxious gases to be purged from the water.

When it comes time to keep your pond from freezing, Call Us to help batten down the hatches. Their expertise will go a long way in keeping your fish, filtration system, and overall outdoor haven a safe and beautiful place year-round.

How to Use a Candle: 6 Common Mistakes to Avoid

How to Use a Candle

No matter what you think of them, you have to admit scented candles are kind of amazing. Nothing’s better at creating ambience and a relaxing atmosphere in your home than a few well-placed candles, but you should know how to use them to get the best effect. It also helps to be aware of the hazards that come with having an open flame in the house. Believe it or not, it’s more than just knowing how to wield a lighter.

1. Lighting and Forgetting About It

We’ll start with one of the worst things you can do—lighting a candle and just walking away. Directions for use on most candles advise only burning under direct supervision, for a number of really good reasons. If you have curious toddlers or pets, for example, a candle can lead to burned fingers or singed whiskers. Candles can also become dangerously hot if they’re left burning for too long, which is why you should only keep them lit for two hours at a time.

2. Not Leaving It Lit Long Enough

Have you ever had to throw a candle out because the wax around the outside didn’t melt? It could be a poorly designed candle, but what’s more common is an effect called “tunneling.” That’s when you see the candle level lowering just around the wick, and it’s caused by not leaving your candle lit long enough. When you light a candle, you want to leave it burning long enough for the entire top layer of wax to melt, forming a pool from one end of the container to the other. This usually takes about an hour of burning. If you blow the candle out too fast, you’ll end up with a hole in the middle of your candle that’s hard to fix.

3. Forgetting What Season You’re In

There aren’t too many things more subtly offputting than a scent that’s at odds with the time of year. Picture pumpkin pie in the height of summer, or pina colada when it’s 20 below. Of course, you may not care about these things when you’re alone, but when you’re entertaining it’s best to keep seasonal scents in mind. For the fall and winter months, lean toward warm, spicy aromas like gingerbread or cinnamon. In spring and summer, light floral scents are best.

4. Going Overboard

When you light a candle, your sense of smell adapts quickly, which can lead you to want to light more and more. Resist this urge. To make the most of a scented candle, you’ll want to mix scents as little as possible, and avoid lighting more than two or three at a time. Walking past a candle shop can be a little headache-inducing, and you don’t want to replicate that experience in your home.

5. Choosing the Wrong Scent for the Room

This is a little like choosing the wrong candle for the season—some scents just don’t work well in certain rooms. Here are the aromas to stick to for every room:

  • Kitchen: It’s always better to be baking real cookies, but in a pinch, a candle scented like baked goods or spices can make your kitchen more homey.
  • Bedroom: This is your sanctuary, so encourage relaxation in this space with scents like lavender that help you drift off to dreamland.
  • Living Room: The living room is a versatile space, but whatever you use it for, it helps to have a scent that inspires conversation, friendliness and warmth. Try sandalwood, vanilla or coffee.
  • Bathroom: A bright citrus like lemon or grapefruit is best for the bathroom, or you can experiment with herbal notes like basil.

6. Using a Candle to Cover Up Odors

Lots of us have been guilty of this one—you might think a candle is your best bet for getting rid of odors, but scented candles aren’t designed for that. Instead of neutralizing bad smells, scented candles mask other odors without eliminating them, so you get the scent you want with an unmistakable undernote of funk. For those times when you need to get rid of a smell, it’s better to open a window or use a product that’s specifically formulated to neutralize odors.

National Property Inspections Can Help You Maintain Your Home

For answers to questions about all your home’s most important systems, call us today. Our inspectors can keep you in the know when it comes to maintaining your most important investment—your home.

Look for These Problems When Buying an Old House: Part 2

Buying an Old House

In our last post, we shared many of the most important problems to look for when buying an old house, but that’s not nearly the whole story! Read on as we continue our rundown of everything you should know about before you buy your older dream home.

Plumbing Problems

As you might imagine, older houses can come with more than their fair share of plumbing problems. Whether pipes are leaky because of house settling, rust from water intrusion or simply have worn-out fittings, these can spell real trouble. The thing is, you may not be able to see evidence of these problems during an initial walkthrough. That’s where a home inspector can be a lifesaver, especially if they’re using an infrared camera that can detect subtle variations in temperature within walls and ceilings. Cooler temperatures can be an indication of moisture collecting where it shouldn’t be!

Foundation Trouble

Some amount of foundation settling is normal in an older house, and in most cases it isn’t a cause for concern. However, certain conditions may be dealbreakers—a significant amount of sinking in a corner of the foundation, for instance, can indicate a sinkhole. Other soil conditions, like freezing and thawing cycles, can cause upheaval along the perimeter of your foundation. Other signs to look for include horizontal cracks bigger than ¼ inch, doors or windows throughout the house that don’t close correctly and uneven floors. Foundation cracks can even lead to other problems, like damp, moldy basements and termite infestations, so it’s important to identify them before you decide to buy.

Roof Damage

Many older homes also have roofs that are approaching the end of their life spans. Unless you’re prepared to climb up on the roof, though, chances are you won’t see the problems that might mean a roof replacement in your near future. Depending on the style of roof on the house you’re considering, an inspector will spot problems with shingles like cupping, cracking or mold. In the case of asphalt shingles, they’ll also note if a lot of shed granules are ending up in the gutters. It’s also fairly common to see multiple layers of shingles on the roof where homeowners opted to save money by not stripping their roof before applying new shingles.

Drafty Windows

It’s a fact of life—old homes tend to have drafty windows. This may not seem like a big deal for some, but it does have a long-term effect on both your comfort and your checkbook. Windows that aren’t airtight let cold air through in the winter and hot air through in the summer, which makes your HVAC system work harder than it should. This leads to higher heating and cooling bills, more costly breakdowns and actually shortens the lifespan of these important appliances.

Failing Appliances

As with any other aspect of an older home, you need to pay careful attention to its built-in appliances. The age and condition of air conditioning units, furnaces, water heaters, dishwashers and more should be documented to get a general idea of how long they’ll still be viable before you’ll have to replace them.

Get an NPI Inspection Today

NPI inspectors are professionally trained to identify the condition of a home’s most important systems, no matter its age. Contact us today to schedule an inspection before you buy.

Look for These Problems When Buying an Old House: Part 1

There are a lot of great things about owning an older home, but it’s not all craftsmanship and charm. If you’re thinking about putting in an offer on an old house, you should know that there are some potential issues to be aware of before you commit. Be on the lookout for these costly problems that come along with buying an old house.

Lead Paint

If you have young children, lead paint should be one of your first concerns when considering an older home. Lead-based paint was widely used in exterior and interior home applications prior to 1978, so if the house you’re looking at was built before this date and hasn’t been updated, it may have lead paint. The good news is that property owners are required to disclose the possible existence of lead paint before you buy, so you can make the decision whether to go through with the purchase and have the lead paint removed. Having lead paint professionally removed generally costs between $8 and $15 per square foot.

Asbestos

It’s commonly known that asbestos exposure is linked to certain types of lung cancer, but what is it and why was it ever used in homes? Asbestos is a natural fibrous mineral that had many useful industrial applications beginning in the mid-19th century. Asbestos was used for its exceptional fire resistance, sound-dampening properties and as electrical insulation. It was mixed with cement and other materials to create siding for homes, roof shingles and “popcorn” (or acoustic) textured ceilings. Asbestos use in residential building materials wasn’t banned until 1989, so chances are that homes built before then will have some asbestos in them.

Inaccessible asbestos in walls or pipe insulation may not pose much of a threat, but if you’re planning any major remodels of your older home once you buy it, you’ll need to have it professionally removed—this service can be costly depending on how much asbestos needs to be removed, but can range from hundreds for a single wall or pipe to tens of thousands for a whole house remediation.

Old Electrical Systems

Technology advances faster and faster every day, and for older houses that haven’t been updated, some of their systems can be very antiquated compared to today’s standards. Take one of the most important features of your home—its electrical system. Not very long ago, people were much less reliant on electronic devices and appliances, so home electrical systems were built to carry a much lighter load than we require today.

Not only are the electrical systems in older homes less able to support 21st century electricity needs, the wiring can sometimes be difficult or impossible to replace when it breaks. For example, replacement fuses for old knob-and-tube wiring aren’t made anymore, so blown fuses are often replaced with ones that aren’t designed for the system. This can overheat old knob-and-tube systems and potentially cause a fire.

Insect Damage

Insects like termites aren’t picky—they’ll go after new homes with just as much zeal as old homes, but old houses are much easier targets. New houses don’t have the same cracks, loose boards and other areas that provide insects the pathways they need to enter your home and do their damage.

What are the signs that you might be dealing with termite damage in an older home? You can look for buckling floors (this might mean that wood-destroying insects have gotten to the floor joists), tiny holes in drywall or other exposed wood structures that sound hollow when you knock on it. Replacing insect-damaged wood in a home can be prohibitively expensive depending on the extent of the infestation, so you should definitely rely on an independent, third-party inspection to determine whether there’s a problem before you buy.

Call National Property Inspections Today

This only scratches the surface on problems you might face when buying an old house. Stay tuned for part two of our blog series, and if you’re in the process of buying or selling an older home, Contact us for a comprehensive home inspection!

Check out Part 2 of this post here!

5 Home Inspection Myths You Shouldn’t Fall For

Ordering a home inspection is the most critical part of the buying process. Because of the crucial role your inspector plays, there are lots of misconceptions out there about his or her exact part in the transaction. We’re here to clear up some common myths and help you learn what to expect from that all-important inspection report.

Myth #1: Your inspector can advise you on whether or not to buy the house.

Truth: Your inspector is considered an impartial observer and should never advise you on whether or not to move forward with the sales process.

An inspector’s role is to tell you about the condition of the home so that you can make your own educated decision. And if you think they can be coaxed into disclosing their opinion, think again. Even if you come right out and ask, “Would you buy this house?” a good inspector will stand firm and reiterate that they can only tell you what’s working and what’s not. This is actually for the best! You’ll want a third party looking at the home with fresh eyes, one whose only job is to educate you, not sway your opinion.

Myth #2: Your home inspector will tear into walls.

Truth: Home inspectors are trained to perform visual, noninvasive inspections.

Inspectors will never move furniture or boxes, tear holes in walls in order to look in them, or otherwise damage or manipulate your property. Save for making a few minor adjustments to your home’s settings (like the thermostat) in order to get accurate readings, you won’t be able to detect your inspector was there. But just because your home inspector can’t literally see into walls, doesn’t mean they won’t be able to let you know what’s going on behind them. With tools like infrared cameras and moisture meters, inspectors can still identify leaks, electrical problems and more.

Also, depending on weather conditions and safety concerns, your inspector could be limited in the scope of their report. For example, if ice is present on a roof, your inspector will likely elect not to walk on it and make a note of this in the report.

Myth #3: New constructions don’t need inspections.

Truth: Every home needs an inspection, whether it’s one month old or 100 years old.

Believe it or not, brand new homes can have just as many issues as old ones, often due to rush and communication breakdown during the building process. Add to that the fact that the home hasn’t been lived in yet, and issues like leaks and HVAC malfunctions won’t have had a chance to show symptoms. Even brand new homes need a full inspection to ensure safety and pinpoint any building mistakes that could cause major repairs down the road.

Myth #4: Inspectors work on a pass/fail system.

Truth: No home is ever evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Each home is inspected based on the universal safety and maintenance standards, but a certain number of RRs (recommend repair) and As (acceptable) won’t earn your home an A or an F. Instead, it’s up to you whether a home “passes,” meaning you’ve decided it’s a wise investment based on information provided to you in the inspection report. This all comes down to needed repairs and how much they’ll potentially cost weighed against the price and value of the home.

Myth #5: Home inspectors can predict future maintenance needs.

Truth: With so many factors at play, it’s simply impossible for a home inspector to predict all of your home’s maintenance needs.

A brand new HVAC system, for example, could malfunction a few months or years down the road with no warning whatsoever. Things like climate and weather, wear and tear and manufacturer error mean that anything can happen. What an inspector can do is paint an accurate portrait of the condition of the home at the time of their inspection so that you can compare it with the average lifespan of appliances and systems and make the best choice for you.

Call National Property Inspections to schedule your inspection today.

Our inspectors can assess your home’s major systems and provide a full digital report on their condition, including high-quality photos. Contact us today!

Do You Really Need a Home Inspection?

As a home inspector, there is no question that I am going to be biased toward people using the services of a competent home inspector, whenever they are in the process of buying or selling a property. However, people don’t have to take the word of a home inspector; all they need to do is ask a REALTOR®, a mortgage broker, a lawyer or even Mike Holmes. All of these professionals will come back with the same clear recommendation: You should always have your home inspected by a qualified home inspector.

If you do a quick search on the Internet for “common mistakes by first-time home buyers,” you will find that not having a home inspection is always near the top of this list. Sadly, it’s not unusual to see first-time home buyers become overwhelmed with all of the various costs associated with purchasing their first home. Some will even look for creative ways to stretch their limited home-purchasing budget and choose not to hire a home inspector to try to save money. But that old saying, “penny wise, pound foolish,” certainly comes to mind.

Another important point to consider as to why home buyers should hire the services of a professional home inspector is the simple fact that people tend to fall in love or have made an emotional connection with the home they are about to purchase. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Unfortunately, when someone makes an emotional purchase, they can easily be blinded to seeing exactly what they are getting themselves into. This reminds me of a line from a movie: “The brain sees what the heart wants it to feel.”

That would definitely apply to buying a home.

Homeownership certainly has its rewards, but it also comes with many risks. That is why it is so important to be an informed buyer and to try to manage some of these risks. Always have a home inspection done and then carefully review the results, so you can objectively decide on how you would then like to proceed with the purchase of this property. Remember, the cost of a home inspection is very small in comparison to the purchase price of the home or the potential risk of some unknown or hidden deficiency.

A properly trained home inspector will view the home in a way that few people do. In an effort to minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected repairs, the home inspection should provide an unbiased and objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the home. The inspector’s judgment is not clouded by emotions; he or she will review your house as a system, looking at how one component of the house might affect the operation or lifespan of another. The inspector evaluates and reports on the condition of the structure, roof, basement, drainage, electrical, plumbing, heating system, visible insulation, walls, windows and doors. Components that are not performing properly will be identified, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. The purpose of the home inspection is to provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection.

It is extremely important to note that not all home inspectors are equally trained and/or qualified, so look for home inspectors who belong to a provincial association such as CAHPI (Canadian Home and Property Inspectors), ASHI (American Society or Home Inspectors) or InterNACHI, as these professionals are typically bound by a strict code of ethics and must adhere to specific standards of practice.

Submitted by Lawrence Englehart, GPI Franchise Owner, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, originally published October 8, 2014

November 2018: Autumn Continued

Ask The Inspector

Do You Really Need a Home Inspection? Yes!

In this special guest post, GPI inspector, Lawrence Englehart, shares why you always need to order an inspection when buying a home. He explains how an inspection report can help you make the best decision, as well as how to hire the best inspector for the job. Learn more

5 Home Inspection Myths You Shouldn’t Fall For

Ordering a home inspection is the most critical part of the buying process, and there are lot of myths floating around out there about your inspector’s role in all of it. We’re here to clear up some common misconceptions and help you know what to expect. Learn more

Look for These Problems When Buying an Old House

There are a lot of great things about owning an older home, but it’s not always all craftsmanship and charm. Be on the lookout for these costly problems that can sometimes come along with buying an older house. Learn more

Expert Advice

How to Use a Candle: 6 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Nothing’s better at creating ambience and a relaxing atmosphere in your home than a few well-placed candles, but you should know how to use them to get the best effect. Believe it or not, it’s more than knowing how to wield a lighter! Learn more

A Pajama Lounge? What It Is and Why the Trend is Taking Over

Have you heard of a pajama lounge? If you haven’t yet, you’ll probably be seeing the concept everywhere soon. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what a pajama lounge is and the different ways you can adapt it to your taste and living space. Learn more

How to Keep Your Pond from Freezing This Winter

Garden ponds provide a sense of calm in spring and summer. But as the days grow colder, it’s important to know the simple steps to take to keep your pond from freezing over until warmer weather returns. Here are the steps you need to take to keep your pond healthy. Learn more

Snapshots From The Field

Our inspectors are always sharing interesting things from the field so that we can all learn from each others’ homeowner wins and mistakes. Here’s one of the latest.

It’s pretty easy to spot what’s off about this picture. That wood definitely looks out of place! But why is it there in the first place?

It turns out that what started as a broken sink turned into an even bigger issue when a homeowner placed heavy dishes in it. The weight of the dishes started causing the sink to collapse. To make matters worse, the sink is installed in a granite countertop, which will likely lead to cracking and early replacement. This very DIY repair is not a lasting solution to the issue, and could cause even more damage in the long-run. With any sink problem, you’ll want to avoid using it or storing any dishes there, and you’ll need to seek a professional’s opinion as soon as possible.

Maintenance Matters

Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient with These 8 Hacks

When we think of ways to save energy, we don’t often turn to the fridge. It just does its thing, right? Well, not quite. Here are eight ways to get the most out of your refrigerator and even save a little money in the process. Learn more

6 Essential Fall Lawn Care Tasks

The air is crisp and the trees are changing colors. That must mean fall is here! Even if your yard isn’t fully blanketed in crunchy leaves just yet, you can still start on these essential fall lawn care tasks to get your yard ready for winter. Learn more

6 Essential Fall Lawn Care Tasks

Fall Lawn Care

The air is crisp and the trees are changing colors. That must mean fall is here! Even if your yard isn’t fully blanketed in crunchy leaves just yet, you can still start on these essential fall lawn care tasks.

1. Rake the leaves.

It turns out that the quintessential fall chore really is the most important one. If you love the look of a blanket of fall leaves, you’ll want to listen up. They may be pretty and fun for kids to play in, but a covering of damp autumn leaves is awful for your grass. Not only do leaves block sunlight, they also trap moisture, leading to a soggy, decaying mess come spring. There’s no need to cut into your fall fun too much, though. You can always rake leaves as you see them, dividing a couple afternoons’ worth of work into more manageable 10- or 15-minute tasks.

2. Don’t winterize the sprinkler just yet.

It’s a myth that cooler weather means your lawn needs less water—it might even need more! It’s true that there’s less evaporation in cooler weather, but dew and rainfall isn’t always sufficient for keeping grass healthy. Just like in summer, you’ll need to pay attention to precipitation and use your sprinklers intermittently until the first frost. Use a rain gauge to make sure your grass is getting at least an inch of water a week, and plan to have your sprinklers running until right around Halloween.

3. Keep mowing.

We’re all eager to put away our mowers for the year after a long summer of cutting grass. But it’s still perfectly appropriate, not to mention necessary, to mow your lawn well into fall. Grass will keep growing until the first hard frost, so you’ll likely need to keep trimming it down to the ideal three-inch height. Leaving grass too long can leave it vulnerable to snow mold, and cutting it too short can weaken it against dry, frigid winter weather. So stick to what you know for now, and keep a lookout for news of the first hard frost.

4. Treat your lawn with fertilizers.

Prepare to have the greenest lawn on the block come April. There are myriad fertilizers available for every need, including winter. Investing in a slow-release granular 24-0-10 variety and spreading it in late fall can help protect grass roots from freezing, allowing your entire lawn to bounce back quickly in spring. Just be sure, as usual, that you’re avoiding contamination by not spreading fertilizer too close to waterways; a five-foot buffer is best.

5. Plant bulbs and spread seed.

Mid to late November is a great time to plant spring bulbs before the ground freezes. Follow the instructions for the bulbs you’ve chosen and be ready to sprout tulips, daffodils and more in spring, with all the hard work done for you. Late fall is also a great time to spread seed, thickening up your grass and keeping it strong and healthy against the elements.

6. Stick to schedule.

It’s a fact: lawn work takes time, and more than that, it takes commitment. You’ll want to stick to a fairly strict schedule to achieve the best results. For more information regarding the best time to perform all the steps above, contact your local lawn care company for a consultation. Or, better yet, hire them to do it for you for a professional quality lawn that turns heads.
To sell or buy with confidence, call National Property Inspections.

National Property Inspections’ highly qualified inspectors have the experience and expertise to give a full report on the condition of your home. Call us to buy or sell with success.