How To Save Money On Landscaping Your New Yard

Over this past summer my wife and I had to landscape our entire yard, all 20,000 square feet of it. This was our first time doing anything like this because we purchased a brand new house and none of the yard was landscaped. Most builders of new houses will leave the entire yard for the new home owners. In some locations the builder is required to at least landscape the front yard, but in our location nothing was required. This became a huge project and we knew it going into it.

Landscaping an entire yard can be expensive. The bids from different landscapers will also come at a shock. We called many landscaping companies and while some actually took the time to come to our house, others gave us a ‘free’ quote over the phone. Those phone quotes, guess how much more they came in at? I wonder how they ever get business! Our first two quotes came in at $12,500 and $13,900 respectively. That is without them come to our house. I am glad they stayed away. That puts us at a price of about $0.625 cents per square foot. The landscaping companies said that the price paid for everything, all of the dirt, seed and labor.

We also called two other companies who actually came out to our house. Their bids came in at $6,500 and $8,000 each. Why such a huge difference? Especially with the landscaping companies who didn’t even come out to the location?

Through this experience I have learned that you ALWAYS have a landscaping company come out to you to give you the bid. Nothing should be done over the phone.

We obviously went with the lower bid of $6,500 which included grading the entire yard, laying down top soil as well as laying beauty rock down our driveway and in the ditch out by the street. It took one full day to grade, lay the dirt and rocks and then a few hours the next day to spray the entire yard with grass seed.

The cost don’t stop there! Why? Because when you have a new yard put in you have to keep the grass seed moist. Therefore, we had to purchase hoses and more hoses and sprinkler heads. We bought everything needed to keep our half acre lot moist with water. This allowed the grass seed to start growing within 7 days.

Even after the added cost of the sprinklers and sprinkler heads the costs do not stop there. Now we needed to buy fertilizer and buy enough for our half acre yard. We were told to put a fertilizer called Triple 16, it actually says 16 16 16 on the bag which is a specific blend of fertilizer we needed for the new grass. Those bags can get expensive, so its no wonder why landscaping companies charge so much. Its hard to imagine that they make much money on their fertilizing jobs.

After it was all said and done, our new landscaped yard probably cost us close to $8,000. I don’t even want to think how much more we would have spent had we gone with the first landscaping company we called.

Always call around before setting your mind on one company. I know Jesse with Spokane Landscaping will actually take the time to drive out to your house and give you a true ‘free’ bid. Its always good to talk to someone who comes out and looks at your property. You can also give them ideas of what you want and find out what the different cost of doing the project would be. Spokane Landscaping is a great company located right in Spokane, WA. They will save you money on your large landscape jobs. I know they also service commercial buildings, but they are not too busy to help the ‘smaller residential client’.

Another way of determining if a landscaping company is good is by looking up their reviews online (here is Spokane Landscaping’s reviews). If they don’t have any, then find another company. You don’t want to be their ‘test subject’ and you don’t want to ‘hope’ they will work out for you.

If you are looking to save money on your next landscaping job then I highly recommend you call or at least contact this company:

Spokane Landscaping

2504 W Smythe Rd
Spokane, WA 99224
(509) 977-4841
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Perhaps These 2 Girls Can Run the Next Stimulus

Here is a video of 2 little girls answering questions about money.

Perhaps they can run the next stimulus system. Their knowledge of money would probably qualify them to do so.

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Appliance Repair In Spokane Saved Us Money

appliance repair spokane waAppliances whether they are new or old tend to break down at the most inconvenient time. Recently my wife and I purchased a house in the Spokane Washington area and with the house came a new dishwasher, stove, microwave and we even lucked out with having new front loader washer and dryer for our laundry room. Saving money while at the same time getting the best deal we could possibly get was our goal. Having new appliances gave us the peace of mind that they would last for years to come. Then one day as we were watching TV, the dishwasher was turned on and started making a loud noise as if something was stopping a gear from moving. The sound was horrible and so I opened the dishwasher, looked inside and couldn’t find anything wrong. The jets were spinning freely and nothing was blocking the normal movements of the dishwasher.

After closing the dishwasher the sound eventually went away and the same noise we heard didn’t happen on a regular basis. This was a new appliance and so my wife and I thought there was nothing to worry about. It shouldn’t already be breaking, right?

A few weeks later and multiple washes done, the noise came back and wouldn’t go away no matter what I did. Luckily our appliances were new so we had a 1 year warranty on all parts and labor. We called a local appliance repair company in Spokane and asked them if they serviced our brand of washer. They didn’t but gave us a phone number of another company they knew would service our brand. I called up the company and told them what was happening and they sent a technician out the next day.

Once the appliance repair tech came, he took apart our entire dishwasher within seconds and knew exactly what the problem was. The motor of our specific washer tends to get jammed up and they burn out easily. If we had an older model of the dishwasher he said he would replace the motor right away if the problem continued, but with further examination of the dishwasher he found a plastic part had in fact gotten into the motor and was probably causing the noises we heard. Since the dishwasher was brand new and he couldn’t find where that part came from, he chalked it up as an extra part and a problem caused by the manufacturer of the dishwasher. This allowed us to fall under the warranty and the cost of the appliance repair tech was paid for by the dishwasher’s warranty.

Its important to get those warranty card mailed in because the warranty is free for the first year and you never know what might happen, just like what my wife and I experienced. Calling a qualified appliance repair technician is extremely important because they know exactly what to look for and will know of ‘known’ issues with the brand of appliance you have. Even if you are outside of your warranty, a simple fix to your broken appliance might be the difference of a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars in savings. A simple fix might cost $75, while a new appliance can cost between $300-$2000.

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Barack Obama’s Stimulas Package Strategy

President-elect Barack Obama’s strategy for any swift, record-setting economic stimulus is encountering its initial resistance, with congressional leaders declaring it could take a although to pass.

For that first time, Republicans started proposing alternatives to Obama’s broad framework for producing or saving three million jobs over two many years.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) advised host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that perhaps the cash for states should be a loan rather than a grant because it would “make them spend it much more correctly.”

But Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) advised Stephanopoulos that an aggressive stimulus is nonetheless important: “[T]o do nothing and also to hold back again and also to be meek in our method could possess the reverse impact. We may possibly spend somewhat funds and not really turn this economy around. And that could be a catastrophe.”

Home leaders had hoped for a vote the week of Jan. twelve on the stimulus bill that’s most likely to complete $800 billion or so.

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That way, the Home could deliver the bill over towards the Senate – or perhaps get it towards the new president’s desk – in time for your Inauguration on Jan. twenty. But House Democratic resources now tell Politico a vote the week of Jan. 19, or perhaps later on, is a lot more probably.

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