Improve Your Neighborhood Add Value to Your Home
Central Florida is a wonderful place to live with incredible entertainment options, amazing natural settings, and great communities. Whether you have just bought a new home, or have been in the same home for years, you should be proud of where you live, and when people come together to improve their neighborhoods, everyone wins. Here in central Florida, Orange County has some great programs and ideas available for you take advantage of when it comes to neighborhood improvements. Anyone of these ideas can also help add value to your home. Listed below are a few to get you started on the road to an even better neighborhood.
A Neighborhood Clean Up Drive can not only help your street look better, it can also bring you and your neighbors closer together. Studies have found that when people know their neighbors they feel safer and better where they live. A clean up drive can be enhanced through county services which can help organize large and difficult items to be picked up for recycling, planning the event and even providing clean up supplies. There are clean up drives you can sign up for with the county in the spring and fall, you will even get some breakfast treats for your efforts.
Did you know there are funding grants available for neighborhoods? In Orange County neighborhood groups and property owner associations can apply for Neighborhood Pride Grants and Crime Prevention & Safety Grants. There is money available to help your neighborhood with large beautification projects and to help improve safety and reduce crime, but you need to apply.
Orange County is surrounded by water. Our lakes and streams are one of the best natural features we have. There is a great Adopt-A-Lake program for neighborhoods to work together in helping keep our water ecosystems healthy. When a community group signs up for the program, you will get training in how to test water and help provide crucial data to the Environmental Protection Division. This is a unique opportunity to bring families and neighbors together to help support our local environment. In addition to this program, there is a lot of helpful information from the county on best fertilization practices for your yard and garden. One of the top concerns for our water system is the use of too much nitrogen in our gardens which end up in our streams. Find out how you can change this practice and share it with your neighbors.
Seniors in your neighborhood may be able to get assistance toward the cost of needed repairs. Additional funding could be available from the county to add in new street lights, common wall construction and maintenance of common areas. Your neighborhood can help keep highway litter cleaned up as well. All these ideas are mentioned on the Orange County site and include dedicated phone numbers you can call for more information.
For your own home improvements, Orange County offers a program to learn about native plants for landscaping, and you can even get a free tree to plant in your yard through the Adopt-A- Tree program. You can save water and money in your wallet with a water audit. There is even free compost available from the Orange County landfill, all you need is a shovel and container. Now would be a great time to take advantage of this to help mulch your plants for the winter.
There is an almost endless list of different things you can do to help your home and neighborhood be an even better place to live. Being in Orange County we have a variety of resources to help us on our way. Take pride in where you live and enjoy the benefits too. I am proud to be able to make the real estate process move smoothly for my clients, and I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com.