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Houseplant How-To

by Terry Sullivan - Lyons-Sullivan Realty

Growing plants indoors can be a challenge, even for outdoor gardening experts. Sometimes the green thumb doesn’t transfer over the threshold of the front door. Following some simple rules when choosing and introducing a new house plant can greatly increase your chances of a successful, thriving houseplant or even an indoor houseplant garden.

We found this great website which helps you choose houseplants based on your available light, your houseplant know-how and even whether or not you have pets. It’s the perfect way to find the right plant for different rooms in your home or to add plants where you already have them.

According to Gardener’s Supply Company, there are a few simple rules to follow when introducing a new plant into your home.

  • First, check the plants before bringing them in. Always treat pests or diseases in plants before introducing them to your home and infecting your other plants.

  • Find a good spot for the plant. Heat and air conditioning ducts as well as televisions and radiators are not friendly places for plants to thrive. Additionally, frosty windows and between curtains can harms plants.

  • Provide adequate lighting. Check the tag that comes with your plant to determine whether it needs full, moderate or little sunlight. Plants that require full sun will thrive in a south-facing window. East-and west-facing windows have moderate sun. North windows have very little sun.

  • Compensate for dryness in winter. Provide extra humidity with a pebble tray and some misting.

  • Pot plants safely. Always plant in sterile soil which will minimize problems with fungus gnats and other soil-borne diseases.

If you’ve ever wondered about feeding plants or repotting them, we have the answer! The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that more often than not, houseplants die from over watering. They warn against too much water in the late fall and suggest limiting fertilizers through the winter months. To increase color in foliage, the Old Farmer’s Almanac says to add a few drops of ammonia to a quart of plant-water.

When it comes to repotting, we turned to the University of Illinois Extension Office experts. They recommend repotting when plants are actively growing, usually spring through summer. They also list reasons for repotting including that the plant is too big for its pot, it needs to be watered constantly, the roots are growing on the surface of the soil, the plant is pushing out or breaking pot, and there are many roots coming out the hole in the pot.

Houseplants can improve the look and feel of your home as well as improve the air quality and humidity levels. Knowing how to properly grow them will save you time, money and frustration, giving you the chance to enjoy your home and your thriving houseplants.

 

Your Aging Parents' Home: Let's Sell

by Terry Sullivan - Lyons-Sullivan Realty

In this series we’ve guided you through the process of deciding whether or not to sell your aging parents’ home. We’ve considered how to bring up the topic and discuss it with your parents. We’ve outlined which professionals to consult during the decision process. In this, our final installment of “Your Aging Parents’ Home” we delve into how selling a home works.

Once you’ve decided that selling is the best option for your parents and yourself, there are a few steps you must take to ensure a successful sale.

1. Make necessary repairs. An out-dated bath is not a necessary repair. An obviously leaky roof is. The home needs to be in working order. It may require a bit of cash output on your part or your parents’, but in reality, the house won’t net you a return if buyers see expensive repairs instead of cozy living.

2. Contact a REALTOR®. Your Lyons-Sullivan Realty professionals are here to help. With extensive knowledge of Livingston County and surrounding areas, you can trust the real estate experts at Lyons-Sullivan Realty to know what your home is worth.

3. Work with your Lyons-Sullivan Realty professional to set a price. Your REALTOR® will provide comparables or “comps”. From these comps, you and your parents will be able to determine the best price for their home.

4. Clean the house. A clean, tidy house is more attractive to prospective buyers than a messy one. Take a day to vacuum, dust, wipe and polish. It’s important to put your home’s best foot forward. Your REALTOR® may want to take pictures of the home, inside and out, giving you another reason to spruce up the place. When your Lyons-Sullivan Realty professional calls with a showing time, give the house the once over, making sure countertops are wiped, laundry is put away and dishes aren’t piling up in the sink.

5. Have patience. Your Lyons-Sullivan REALTOR® can discuss how long they reasonably expect the home to be on the market. Of course, no one can predict the future, so know that sell time could be shorter or longer than they estimate. Throughout the selling process, however, your REALTOR® will help you reevaluate your list price based on season, days on market and recent comps.

Never hesitate to contact your Lyons-Sullivan Realty professionals with questions or concerns about selling a home. We understand it’s a big undertaking, and we are here to help. We are available at 321 W. Madison Street in downtown Pontiac, by phone at (815) 842-1400 or right here at  http://www.lyonssullivanrealty.com/.

 

 

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