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4 Ways You Might be Killing Your Lawn [and Hurting Your Home Value]

A plush green lawn is part of that "white picket fence" ideal often associated with home ownership. Logistically, your yard is an extension of your home. It frames your landscaping as well as provides a great area for activities and enjoyment. A well maintained lawn can also add value to your home. A yellowing lawn can alternatively, hurt your home value. If you're struggling to keep your grass looking lush and healthy - here are 4 questions to consider that might reveal what is standing in your way. 

Do You Know What Type of Grass You Have?
Believe it or not - but there are dozens of lawn grass variations available to for homeowners to use in their yards. Many lawns are also composed of a mixture of grasses that work well together to create year-round enjoyment. Depending on your area, you might have a Bluegrass/Rye/Fescue grass combination or maybe you've chosen a Bermuda grass or a Bent grass. These variations might require different watering levels and maintenance. Knowing which kind of grass you are dealing with is half the battle to keeping your lawn "happy."
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Winter-Proofing Your Home the Smart Way

Midwest Equity Mortgage, LLC tells you how to prepare your home for winter.As the temperatures begin to chill, many regions of the country face snow and rain that can wreck havoc on utility bills and your overall home comfort. We have a few questions you should consider when assessing how prepared your home is for cold weather.

Is your home leaking?

The most obvious way to keep your home cozy in winter is to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

A leak can present itself in many forms but essentially it allows for the outside air into your home. Examples include:
  • Gaps under doors and around windows
  • Poor wall insulation
  • Gaps around plumbing, wiring, light fixtures and flues
  • Un-sealed joints in heating/air conditioning ducts
  • Poor insulation between attics/basements and main areas of the house
  • Chimneys that cannot be closed

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