Now, you may have went over this when you bought a house, but it is super important even now. It is important to modify your budget now and have it easier to modify in the future. Why? You may have heard that homeowners have more expenses. This is so true, especially if you are used to a land lord or renting a house.
What kind of expenses? Well, to answer your question, let me ask you something. Did, as an apartment tenant or home renter, you have to pay for pest control? What about maintenance filters or services such as plumbers? No? Well, you don’t get them for free anymore since you are a home owner. The guy that used to mow your lawn so you didn’t have to? Yeah, he’s not there anymore.
Since this is Arizona, some of your expenditures might be on landscaping your lawn. Of course, there are many different ways to do this. What may be helpful is looking to see how other neighbors have landscaped their lawns. What’s awesome about having your own home is designing it the way you want! Definitely check out your home improvement stores for ideas and maybe some magazines too. You can even go online and look up landscaping ideas. The possibilities are endless!
Just make sure you have money for the supplies you’ll need, and plan for it accordingly with the right tools. A wheelbarrow, if you don’t already have one, and other things your hardware store will have. Make sure also that you have the right paperwork for the job in as well, especially if you have a Homeowner’s association. You’ll need a short form, an explanation of what you want to do, and maybe a permit, depending on local laws.
There are lots of options for this. You can have your landscape almost completely of rocks or other material, or you can plant succulents that don’t need much water. This is a great way to deal with some of the water restrictions and how very hot the ground can get in Arizona.
So check around, talk to others that have yards similar to what you want, and find out how they did it. Maybe you want to change something or maybe you don’t. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you do something to make your lawn look nice as well.