1. Roof IssuesThe roof is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of a home. A compromised roof can cause serious damage to the house and to your pockets. Roof repairs can be quite costly, and should be factored into the price of the home. Keep in mind that most sellers won’t replace a roof if there are still a few years of expected life in it.
2. Storm DamageExtreme weather can cause significant damage to the exterior of the house, both on to the roof and to the siding, or even foundations, in case of flooding and freezing. Hail damage can be quite destructive and easy to miss as it’s often not visible to the naked eye. A good home inspector should be able to spot hail damage by using special gear and can also assess the integrity of the roof and foundation.
3. Old AppliancesIt’s highly unlikely that the property you’re buying is equipped with brand new appliances. Be sure you take into consideration the cost of repairing or even replacing them should they stop functioning. Do some research on the brand, model and especially the year of the property’s major appliances to know exactly what to expect.
4. HandrailsYou might not think of them as a big deal, but functional handrails are mandatory on staircases and along balconies. A wobbly handrail can be a serious safety issue, so be sure to test all of them.
5. Rotten WoodRotten wood may be found anywhere that moisture, mold, or humidity are issues. Check the base of the home, along the roof and especially on the window sills. Finger-jointed materials, used heavily in the 80’s and 90’s, usually rot more quickly due to water penetration. If the home has a wood deck, be sure to check if it was properly maintained and prepared for the cold season.
6. Cooling or Heating SystemsReplacing an HVAC system can be an extensive and costly project. Be sure to check the age and maintenance schedule of any temperature control system already in the home. Regular servicing is crucial for this kind of item, and while a well-maintained boiler can last thirty years or more, the cost and time involved in replacing a boiler or furnace risks turning a profitable investment into a loss.
7. Environmental IssuesDoing a thorough check for any environmental concerns should be on every potential buyer’s to-do list. The last thing you want to discover in your new home is mold or asbestos. These, alongside materials such as radon or lead-based paint, are serious health concerns.
8. Electrical Safety ConcernsThe older the home, the most likely it is to have faulty wiring. Current codes require ground fault breaker outlets in bathrooms and kitchens, but you should also consider today’s increased electrical load. People are using more appliances and electronics than ever, so be sure the wiring is up to date and can handle the electrical load in order to avoid frying that new plasma screen TV.
9. Poor Drainage/Roof Water ControlAs we’ve established already, water damage along a foundation can kill a sale in a split-second. Poor roof and gutter drainage is another cause for water damage, one that many buyers overlook when making a purchase. Check that the drainage paths direct water away from your foundation on any property you purchase. This should include checking the gutters as well. Clogged or poorly maintained gutters can be a sign that the upkeep of the property hasn’t really been a priority.
10. Pest ControlPest infestations can be quite a hassle. They are hard to resolve and usually reoccur. Look for signs of previous pest issues both inside and outside the home and be sure that the area was properly sprayed during routine pest control visits.
11. Poor VentilationIn a lot of homes mold develops because there is not enough airflow in a specific room. Proper ventilation in all areas of the house, including the attic, is a must if you want to avoid mold problems.
12. Plumbing ProblemsThe plumbing system is another hidden part of the home that is crucial in making the space comfortable and livable. Just as in the case of electrical equipment, homes with older pipes and fixtures may present problems. Unexpected factors, such as tree root growth can also cause serious damage to a plumbing system. Be sure the house has plumbing that works by checking for all the common bathroom problems.
13. Poor CaulkingCheck around the windows and doors for proper caulking and weather stripping. These items wear out in time, but they are relatively easy to repair or replace. This will ensure that water or air doesn’t come in around the doors and windows.
14. Bad InsulationGood insulation is vital everywhere, but especially north of the 49th. If you’re viewing a home in summer, it may not be until winter that you fully appreciate the cost of poor insulation. Get a specialist to verify that the home has good quality insulation in the walls and attic.
Learn from Someone Who Knows How
While this list can be overwhelming, an experienced real estate agent knows how to check for these issues. In case you’re going through the entire process yourself, print out a home viewing checklist to be sure you don’t miss anything.
A qualified home inspector usually discovers these items during the home inspection. However, it’s good practice to be prepared for these types of issues when purchasing real estate. This way, you’ll be less stressed with your transaction in case problems pop up. If an issue occurs, do some research and get in touch with a contractor to get an estimate for the repair.
ART AND MUSIC CAMPS
BLACKBOX MUSIC & ARTS
1401 Dezarae #6, San Antonio, TX 78253 Contact: Deneatra Terry
Phone: (210) 748-5599
Email: email@example.com Website: BlackBoxMusicArts.com
Description: Acting, Art Classes, Singing & Music Classes, Music Arts Adventure, Songwriting, Intro to piano, Vocal Performance & Recording, and more! Ages 6-17, All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.
MAGIK THEATRE SUMMER CAMPS 420 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205 Contact: Shelley Weber
Phone: (210) 227-2751
Email: education@MagikTheatre.org Website: www.MagikTheatre.org
Description: Premiere theatre arts summer program. With a focus on fun, learning, and creativity, Camp Showbiz offers age-targeted theatre classes in a day camp structure of 1, 2 and 4-week sessions.
MUSICAL THEATRE CAMPS OF SAN ANTONIO
12915 Jones Maltsberger Rd., Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78247 Contact: Scott M. Conway
Phone: (210) 495-2787
Description: Camp combines fun and knowledge of the performing art skills necessary to be in a professional production, including acting, dancing, singing, writing a biography and choreography.
THEDOSEUM SUMMER CAMPS
305 E Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 Contact: Iliana Rubio
Phone: (210) 212-4453 ext. 1307
Description: Keep your child's brain active! We'll spark their curiosity as we explore intersections between science, art, creativity & discovery. 4-6 & 7-10 year old sessions.
SASSY SOUTHERN SEWING SUMMER CAMP 8369 Almeda Rd., Suite- P, Houston, TX 77054 Phone: (713) 470-9775
Email: SassySouthernSewing@gmail.com Website: www.SassySouthernSewing.com
Description: 4 days of sewing fun in San Marcos, TX. Overnight or day camp with kid and adult classes. Come sew with us!
THE ROSE THEATRE SUMMER CAMPS Contact: Jessie Rose
Phone: (210) 360-0004
Email: Jessie@therosetheatreco.com Website: www.TheRoseTheatreCo.com
WALDEN POND INTERARTS LEARNING When: June 5 – August 11, 2023
Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Description: A unique program that combines outdoor exploration with art and design. The camp is designed to help campers develop their creative skills while also connecting with nature. Campers get the chance to engage in activities such as art projects, pottery, and painting, as well as exploring the surrounding forest and learning about nature and conservation. The camp also encourages teamwork and collaboration, helping campers build confidence, develop self-expression, and create lasting memories.
CARVER COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER
When: June 5 – 23, 2023, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: 226 N Hackberry Street, San Antonio, TX 78202
Description: The Carver’s spring break and summer arts camps in theatre, dance, and music production are the season’s hottest tickets, popular with both kids and parents. Taught by professional instructors, each experience is designed to encourage creativity, build self-confidence, and promote positivity and personal growth.
ARTWORKS ART STUDIO
Where: 1840 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
How Much: $195.00 / Week Half Day Camp | $250.00 / Week – Full
Description: At Artworks, they believe in letting children explore the world of ART! Their open-ended projects allow children to work at their own pace, creating artwork that is specific to their individual skill levels and goals. They focus on the process and the exploration of different materials, not always on the end result.
UTSA SOUTHWEST CAMPUS
Where: 300 Augusta St, San Antonio, TX 78205 How Much: $175 per week
Description: Summer Art Studios is the most comprehensive and largest summer arts experience for students in San Antonio, offering seven weeks of classes for students ages 5–18. Their artist- teachers focus on fundamentals such as drawing and painting, as well as experimental design and classes that explore world cultures. UTSA Southwest is unique in offering media such as wheel throwing, metalsmithing, photography, and sculpture. Summer Art Studios allows young artists to work with like-minded peers and culminates in a public celebration of their work each week.
PERFORMING ARTS SAN ANTONIO SUMMER CAMPS 15705 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78232
Contact: Paul Tinder
Phone: (210) 557-1187
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.performingartssa.org
THE BALLET CONSERVATORY OF SOUTH TEXAS When: June 19 – June 23, 2023
Where: 5200 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
Description: The Ballet Conservatory offers a one-week themed dance camp from Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23, 2023. Campers will have an active day of ballet, arts and crafts, costume-play, movie time, and other fun activities. Kids Camp will conclude with a small in-studio performance for camp parents.
ALL-STAR SPORTS CAMP SoccerZone Live Oak (Pat Booker Rd) Phone: (210) 598-0131
Email: info@SoccerZoneLiveOak.com Website: SoccerZoneLiveOak.com
Description: We promote teamwork and sportsmanship through healthy competition via active sports games. Teaching children basic skills allows kids the chance to discover new talents and push themselves to refine their natural abilities.
OLYMPIAN FENCING CAMPS
3200 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212 Phone: (210) 872-2004
Email: info@OlympianFencingClub.com Website: www.OlympianFencing.com
Description: 12 one week SUMMER CAMPS starting June 8th. Fencers will learn cool swordsman's hip moves from Zorro & Star Wars PLUS develop agility, balance & endurance. Experienced Olympian & World Class Coaches.
ALAMO GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMP 16665 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78248 Contact: Abdul Husain
Phone: (210) 479-8282
Email: info@AlamoGymnastics.com Website: www.AlamoGymnastics.com
Description: The daily schedule includes gymnastics, arts and crafts, games and also includes outdoor activities and swimming. Camp runs Mon-Fri from 8:30-3:30pm.
ALAMO VOLLEYBALL SUMMER CAMPS 8227 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 Contact: Mike Carter
Phone: (210) 573-4827
Description: Alamo Volleyball has been the city's largest and most successful volleyball club for 30 years. It offers year round camps, clinics, youth leagues, club teams and lessons for girls ages 9-18.
OLYMPIA GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING SUMMER CAMPS 6925 East Sunbelt Drive, San Antonio, TX 78218
Contact: Brad & Jamie Speed
Phone: (210) 826-4296
Email: email@example.com Website: www.OlympiaKids.com
Description: Olympia provides a fun and positive environment for each and every student. We utilize the most current teaching techniques and emphasize the fundamentals of gymnastics and cheerleading with safe, accurate skill progressions.
SONTERRA SUMMER CAMP
901 Sonterra Boulevard, San Antonio. TX 78258 Contact: Kathya Alvarez
Phone: (210) 496-1560 ext. 145
CONTACT FOOTBALL CAMPS, TEXAS 1010 B Street Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901 Contact: Renee Chapman
Phone: (800) 645-3226
Email: Football@USSportsCamps.com Website: www.USSportsCamps.com
NIKE SOFTBALL CAMPS, TEXAS
1010 B Street Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901 Contact: Renee Chapman
Phone: (800) 645-3226
Email: Softball@USSportsCamps.com Website: www.USSportsCamps.com
CHEER-RIFFIC SUMMER FUN
5405 Bandera Rd. Suite 124, San Antonio, TX 78238 Contact: Michael Martinez
Phone: (210) 521-5897
TEXAS TANG SOO DO SAN ANTONIO
999 De Zavala Road #132, San Antonio, TX 78249 Phone: (210) 690-1310
Description: Texas Tang Soo Do is San Antonio's premiere location for Family Martial Arts which has highly trained and certified professional staff. Traditional Martial Arts teach Respect, Discipline, Focus and Self Control; all while having fun in a safe environment.
ALAMO CITY ALL-STARS SPORTSPLEX – BASKETBALL CAMP & VOLLEYBALL CAMPS IN SAN ANTONIO When: May 30 – July 21, 2023
Where: 11471 E Loop 1604 N, Universal City, TX 78148
How Much: $725 per child per month or $215 per child per week Description: Full-day camps for Basketball, Volleyball, and Fitness
focused, including field trips, swimming, games, and more!
TENNIS CAMP SAN ANTONIO – GREEN TREE TENNIS CLUB When: June 5 – August 18, 2023
Where: 4721 Callaghan Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228
How Much: $285.00 members | $295.00 non-member
Description: Fun, friends, tennis, swimming, and more! Their beautiful eight-acre facility becomes an all-day playground for the kids. For moms and dads, their camps are designed to give you options with times, costs and activities offered.
VOLLEYBALL CAMPS IN SAN ANTONIO AT THE SAN ANTONIO MAGIC VOLLEYBALL CLUB
When: June 5 – August 12, 2023
Where: 13775 Higgins Rd, San Antonio, TX 78217
How Much: The price Starts at $275
Description: Offering players 14 and Under the opportunity to train and play volleyball at the club level without the normal cost. Their Training is energetic and fast-paced. They consist of agility, court strategy, and volleyball drills that are game-like and encourage player confidence, team competitiveness, and a Winning Attitude.
SUNBURST GYMNASTICS ACADEMY
When: June 5 – August 25, 2023
Where: 7903 Mainland Dr, San Antonio, TX 78250
How Much: $190 Single Week Full Day | $125 Single Week 1⁄2 Day
Description: Enjoy a summer full of fun, friends, and fitness with SGA’s Summer Camp Program. SGA offers 10 weeks of full-day or 1⁄2 day camp for children 5 years old and up.
SPURS AND SILVER STARS SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS One AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX 78219
Contact: Spurs Sports Programs
Phone: (210) 444-5021
COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER SUMMER CAMPS Phone: (210) 687-1002
Description: Join us for an exceptional summer camp program! Kinder - 13 years. Child approved special events! Exciting weekly field trips! Kids' special interest clubs! And so much more!
CAMP PUMP IT UP
7723 Guilbeau Road #102, San Antonio, TX 78250 Contact: Jackie M.
Phone: (210) 523-8883
TOTAL HARMONY YOGA SUMMER CAMPS
555 W. Bitters Rd. #105 @ The Alley on Bitters
San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: (210) 748-8247, Contact: Sharon Doran-Ballenger Email: TotalHarmonyYoga@gmail.com
YMCA OF GREATER SAN ANTONIO SUMMER CAMP 16103 Henderson Pass, San Antonio , TX 78232
Website: ymcasatx.org/programs/camps/summer-day-camps. How Much: $125/girl per week
Description: Summer camp at the Y invites youth to be inspired through creative play, field trips, sports, and more. It is an opportunity for young people to stay engaged socially and academically. The Y's door is open to all, regardless of age, ability, faith, gender, or income, who will have the opportunity to experience camp. The Y offers financial assistance to families who may otherwise not be able to afford to send their child to camp.
OAK VALLEY STABLES
When: Camps are held on weekday mornings – 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Where: 234 Holbrook Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218
How Much: $275/child for one week of camp (per session)
Description: Their summer camp offers horse camps. Children from the ages of 6-18 (youngest children must be in at least first grade) are welcome to join horse camps.
CAMP RIO VISTA & CAMP SIERRA VISTA Where: 175 Rio Vista Rd S, Ingram, TX 78025 How Much: The price starts at $ 2000
Description: Wide range of activities and programs designed to help campers build self-confidence, develop new skills, and make lifelong friends. The camp’s facilities include spacious cabins with bunk beds and air conditioning, a dining hall, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, athletic fields, and waterfront activities. The camp offers a variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding, archery, riflery, zip-lining, rock climbing, and hiking.
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHWEST TEXAS When: June 11 – August 4, 2023
Where: 811 N Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216
Description: This is a place where a girl can make new friends, explore the world around her, and discover something she can’t wait to do again. It’s a place where transformation happens. In an environment created just for her, she can learn real-life skills and develops self- esteem while gaining a sense of independence and community.
SUMMER AT SAINT MARY'S HALL
When: Camp dates: Sessions from May 31 to July 28
Where: The campus of Saint Mary’s Hall on Starcrest just N. of 410 Who: Age range of campers: 3 – 18 years old
Summer at Saint Mary’s Hall is a premier destination for a safe, fun, educational and enriching day camp experience. With more than 150 unique academic, arts, athletics, and enrichment camps, every camper is sure to find something to discover or enhance his or her talents and creative abilities. Saint Mary’s Hall has classes like Tennis, Hip Hop, Archery, Chess, Reading Roundup and Sew Fun. We have several new camps this year including Puppets and Picture Books, Imagination Station, Mindcraft Mania, Fabulous Fashion Design, Dragon’s Den, Football Camp and more!
COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER
Camp dates: Running weekly from June 5 through August 25 Age range of campers: Summer Campers must have completed kindergarten through 13 years of age.
Description: Country Home includes our Kids’ Choice Special Interest Clubs, regularly scheduled field trips to swim, skate, bowl, and see movies, as well as exciting local destinations. Our reward-based Reading Program encourages academic exercises throughout the summer. Each area encompasses unique opportunities and equipment for hands-on learning and fun exploration into the world of science, math, computers, language development, dramatic and creative arts. Our children spend fun-filled days on the move participating in activities that stimulate their creativity and spur their imagination!
WITTE MUSEUM CAMP
3801 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
Description: Every day is an adventure at Witte Museum Camp! Children ages 6-12 are invited to join our team of educators as we discover all that the Witte Museum has to offer.
ACADEMIC AND TECHNOLOGY CAMPS
BRICKS 4 KIDZ NW SAN ANTONIO SUMMER CAMPS Where: University Bowl, 12332 IH-10 W. at DeZavala, San Antonio Contact: Sol Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 900-2351
Description: Tap into your child's potential by encouraging their curiosity and creativity with Bricks 4 Kidz®. Let them learn and grow through the summer months with our fun-filled model plans!
SUMMER AT THE ACADEMY
Where: 117 E French Place, San Antonio, TX 78212 Contact: Yulanee McKnight
Phone: (210) 736-5876
COUNTRY HOME LEARNING CENTER Contact: Millie Reinhart
Phone: (210) 687-1002
Email: forms@CountryHomeLearningCenter.com Website: www.CountryHomeLearningCenter.com
BITS, BYTES & BOTS-MINECRAFT, ROBOTICS, CODING & VIDEO GAMES
Two locations: Fortress Church and Hope Church
Contact: Chris Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 745-8123
Email: SA@BitsBytesBots.com Website: www.BBBofSA.com
SPECIAL REACH SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Where: 19291 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78269 Phone: (210) 784-7478
Where: 1056 East Borgfeld Dr. Suite 1 & 2, San Antonio, TX 78260 Phone: (210) 951-9357
Description: Campers explore, build and code all types of robots such as Vehicles, Dinosaurs, Animals and Humanoids to name a few. Students will: explore visual programming with the award winning JimuTM and LEGO® software, build robots that use servo motors, program and utilize different sensors, as well as develop structural design skills all while having fun. Code4Bots a Robotics and Coding learning center, was founded with a very specific purpose in mind; to enable and empower our future generations to have the skills necessary to succeed. We accomplish this by cultivating a genuine interest in STEM and guiding our students thru the challenging maze of programming languages and robotics modules.
SAN ANTONIO ACADEMY
When: June 5 – July 28, 2023 | 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Where: 117 E French Place, San Antonio, TX 78212
Description: A diverse array of more than 250 courses are offered and taught by the area’s top teachers, artisans, and coaches. Class options include sports, academics, artistic exploration, gaming and coding, outdoor discovery, and more!
CAMP INVENTION - SAN ANTONIO website: invent.org/cam
Description: Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their ideas.
MAD SCIENCE SAN ANTONIO Phone: (210) 651-1143
Description: We make it our mission to spark imaginative learning! Mad science is the leading science enrichment provider for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 5. We deliver unique, hands-on science experiences to children. During after-school programs, children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more!
ID TECH CAMPS & ACADEMIES - SAN ANTONIO Phone: 1-888-709-TECH
Description: Ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI, and more. Your child can make friends as they master new tech skills, and join a community of 350,000 iD Tech alumni.
CADENCE ACADEMY PRESCHOOL
Where: 10014 Wildhorse Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78254
Description: Each year, our schools offer a summer program with an exciting new theme — designed to help your child learn while having fun. The theme for 2023 is Secret Agent: An International Spy Adventure. They will be offering a sneak peek of the summer adventure during spring break.
When: May 28 – August 19, 2023
Where: 18384 I-35 N Ste. 121, Schertz, TX 78154 How Much: Priced at $399
Description: Campers will learn how to think like creative entrepreneurs and compete in a crowded marketplace with unique solutions to tomorrow’s problems. Working with professional tools like Adobe XD will give campers a competitive edge and help them learn what it takes to take an idea to market. These entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to build a startup with their friends, create sophisticated websites, develop marketing plans, and 3D print prototypes.
WHAT TO PACK FOR SUMMER CAMP
Iron Horse Country Motorcycle Overnight Summer Camp Where: 9100 E. FM 243, Bertram, TX 78605
Phone: (512) 917-5733
Description: We are an Overnight Motocross Summer Camp for first-time beginners to experienced riders, Girls and Boys, 8-13 years of age. All sessions are weekly, beginning on Mondays and ending on Fridays with our parent show. We provide everything - motorcycles, safety gear, Motorcycle Safety Foundation training, meals, pool, and air-conditioned facilities. We blend the excitement of learning to ride with traditional summer camp activities - 100 acres of tracks and trail riding, fun and games, camp fires and s'mores and so much more!
Squad STX Boys Camping
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043 Phone: (903) 883-6398
Description: quad STX is an overnight primitive camping, hiking, orienteering, and lasertag course for boys designed by U.S. Army infantry officers as an alternative to Boy Scouts and traditional summer camp. We develop strong leadership skills through squad competitions, time-tested military training methodologies and situational training exercises (STX).
T BAR M CAMPS & RETREATS OVERNIGHT CAMP
When: May 28 – June 2, 2023
Where: 2549 TX-46, New Braunfels, TX 78132
How Much: Adults (13+): $525/adult | Children (2-12): $475/child | Infants (0-1): $50/infant
Description: Summer family camp offers activities for all ages, and your experience can be as busy or as relaxed as you like. Swim in one of our pools, tackle the high ropes course, get crafty, play games, or take naps.
HEART O’ THE HILLS SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS When: June 3 – August 4, 2023, | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Where: 2430 TX-39, Hunt, TX 78024
How Much: The price starts at $3,950
Description: Their 2- and 4-week overnight camp sessions offer more than 50 instruction-oriented activities–traditional, plus unusual– including English and western horseback riding, Red Cross swimming instruction, team and individual sports, archery, riflery, tennis, cooking, fencing, climbing, video, and wilderness survival. “The Heart” has friendly, competitive Sisterhoods and a tradition of etiquette.
SHERWOOD FOREST SUMMER CAMP OVERNIGHT CAMP When: June 25 – July 22, 2023
Where: 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade, TX 78650
How Much: $1,099 per camper/apprentice per session
Description: Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. No modern entertainment devices are available. Their class selection focuses on the artisans of Sherwood Forest Faire. Typical classes include Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Horse riding, Swordplay, Archery, Theater, Chainmail art, Glass Painting, Axe Throwing, Chivalry, Herb Lore, Pottery, Candle Making, and more. Each class endeavors to teach the Camper a usable skill and/or to take home an object of their own creation.
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Peach season in the Hill Country
Load the family up for a quick trip down I-10 to pick peaches and enjoy fresh peach treats! It’s peach season all summer long in Fredericksburg, Texas.
It’s grilling season
Gather in the backyard with friends and have a good old Texas summer grill out! Check out these yummy recipes to try on the grill! texasmonthly.com/category/bbq/recipes
Blanco Lavender Festival
If you love lavender, head on into Blanco, Texas, for the Blanco Lavender Festival June 10th-12th. blancolavenderfest.com
Time to float
Texas heat is no joke. Cool off in the brisk waters on New Braunfels. playinnewbraunfels.com/tube-in-new-braunfels
June 18th is Father’s Day. Make that special father figure in your life feel appreciated this year. There are plenty of fun things to do with Dad.parade.com/1032345/marynliles/best-fathers-day-ideas
Walk among the sunflowers
Traders Village will be opening a 10-acre sunflower field on weekends for photos and cutting fresh flowers. Always check to make sure the field is open as times change depending on weather and flower maturity. tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events/sunflower-field-2023
Summer home chore checklist
Here are a few things you can do to improve or maintain your home over the summer months: clean out the pantry, wash/clean all the windows, do an exterior wash, touch up paint on trim and exterior areas.
Watch a baseball game
Support the San Antonio Missions and see one of their many home games in June.
Theme park season is here
Get out of the house and enjoy some of the fun-packed theme parks the San Antonio area has to offer. sixflags.com/fiestatexas
Make homemade ice cream
Gather the kids for a homemade sweet treat! Teach them the old-fashioned way of creating ice cream. Create memories they’ll talk about for the rest of their lives.barefeetinthekitchen.com/homemade-ice-cream-recipe
Find a couple of good books and start reading your way through them this summer. Books provide the perfect entertainment for road trips, poolside or even curled up on the couch hiding from the 100 degree Texas weather!
Two-step around central Texas
Make a few road trips this summer to some of the best dance halls in Texas. This list is full of historic
dance halls and fun Central Texas destinations. wideopencountry.com
Shake things up a little and try out a new cocktail recipe from this list of yummy options. goodhousekeeping.com
Hardwood flooring is getting lighter as darker tones are being pushed aside for warmer color palettes. Haywoods, a flooring and wall paneling firm, recently forecasted trends for wood flooring. Check out the three styles they say are gaining popularity.
Subtle Cool: Light White OakThe shade is light but has versatile undertones that vary depending on the type of lighting.
Au Naturel: Neutral WoodThis wood floor tone invokes a feeling of nature. Its character grade allows for some knotting, making it as unique as the tree it's sourced from.
Quintessential: Warm BrownFor those who prefer a slightly deeper color foundation, a warm brown can help create a cozy, traditional aesthetic. This flooring also can be spiced up with eclectic accent colors.
Many homeowners have turned their attention to enhancing their outdoor space since the pandemic began—and that may pay off at resale, according to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Ninety-two percent of REALTORS® say they recommend that sellers improve their curb appeal prior to listing, finds the 2023 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features. REALTORS® most often recommend general landscaping maintenance, standard lawn care service and tree trimming.
“It’s no surprise that nearly all REALTORS® and most homeowners place a high value on the curb appeal of a well-maintained yard,” says NALP CEO Britt Wood. “Healthy outdoor living and green spaces help the environment, increase home values, make communities more desirable and improve people’s mental and physical health.”
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Americans use their homes for daily living, relaxation and entertainment, adds Jessica Lautz, NAR’s deputy chief economist and vice president of research. “Homeowners have embraced their outdoor spaces, transforming them into oases with pools, patios, plants and greenery,” Lautz says. “These outdoor features … can also attract buyers if the owner wants to sell.”
Prioritizing Outdoor Projects for Resale
Most homeowners indicate a desire for an in-ground pool or an outdoor fire feature, but the ROI on these items may not be as high as simple lawn care and landscape maintenance, the report finds. The survey defines “standard lawn care service” as six seasonal applications of fertilizer and/or weed control on a 5,000-square-foot lawn and “landscape maintenance” as mulch application, regular lawn mowing, pruning shrubs and planting about 60 perennials or annuals.
NAR 2023 Remodeling Impact Report
The features that make homeowners happiest, however, aren’t necessarily the ones that earn the most at resale. The least expensive projects, such as standard lawn care service, have the highest cost recovery but one of the lowest “joy” rankings from homeowners, according to the survey. Instead, the report found that the following outdoor projects received the highest satisfaction marks among homeowners:
New wood deck
On the other hand, the items that ranked the lowest on homeowners’ “joy” scale were:
Standard lawn care service
Installing a yard irrigation system
The majority of landscape professionals surveyed say the size and scope of outdoor home improvement projects have increased since the pandemic began. REALTORS® surveyed say the landscape projects they’ve seen most often since the pandemic began are the addition of an in-ground pool, landscape maintenance and a new patio.
10 States With The Most Valuable Housing Markets
California remains the clear leader, and Florida surpassed New York as the state with the second most valuable real estate market in the country
• MAR 14 2023
California remains the nation’s most valuable housing market, despite a housing slowdown that shaved nearly $1 trillion off the value of the state’s residential real estate. Roughly one-fifth of the nation’s total housing value is in California.
Florida surpassed New York state to become the country’s second most valuable residential real estate market. Florida metros account for eight of the 10 fastest growing housing markets in the country.
The combination of record-fast home value growth to start the year and a record number of newly built homes increased the total market value of residential real estate in the U.S. in 2022, despite price drops to end the year. California remains untouchable on its perch as the most valuable housing market in the country, but Florida was the big winner of 2022, jumping over New York into second place.
California’s housing market remains the nation’s most valuable, reaching $9.5 trillion last December and representing roughly one-fifth — 19.5% — of the national total. Florida ($3.6 Tr), New York ($3.3 Tr), Texas ($3.2 Tr) and Washington ($1.6 Tr) round out the top five.
Top 10 states with the most valuable residential real estate
State Market value (as of December 2022) Market value (as of July 2022) Market value (as of December 2021)
California $9.52 Tr $10.48 Tr $9.37 Tr
Florida $3.62 Tr $3.67 Tr $3.01 Tr
New York $3.32 Tr $3.33 Tr $3.10 Tr
Texas $3.16 Tr $3.31 Tr $2.83 Tr
Washington $1.63 Tr $1.78 Tr $1.57 Tr
New Jersey $1.63 Tr $1.63 Tr $1.46 Tr
Massachusetts $1.58 Tr $1.66 Tr $1.48 Tr
Pennsylvania $1.48 Tr $1.50 Tr $1.35 Tr
North Carolina $1.34 Tr $1.39 Tr $1.19 Tr
Virginia $1.28 Tr $1.31 Tr $1.17 Tr
Population growth is the key to Florida’s big year in real estate
The increase in the total value of residential real estate can be attributed to both higher home values compared to the start of the year and a significant increase in the number of housing units from new construction. As always, the bulk of the increase came from higher valuations of existing homes, but last year’s increase in the housing stock plays a bigger role than usual as builders have raced to meet demand.
The secret to Florida’s rise up the total housing market value ranks lies in its population increase, which influences both home values and new construction. Florida saw the biggest population increase of any state last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, followed by Texas.
More residents mean more competition for homes, which puts upward pressure on prices. Likely as a response to this population growth, Florida and Texas also topped the list for the biggest increase in new housing units added in 2022, both in terms of the raw number of new units and the percentage increase those units represent.
It should be no surprise, then, that Florida (+$616 billion, or 20%) and Texas (+$328 billion, or 12%) saw the biggest gains in the total value of their housing markets last year.
Last year, eight of the 10 fastest growing metro areas were in Florida. Although the New York City metro area is the largest metro in the country, and thus still has the highest total real estate market value, Florida markets saw the biggest gains.
Top 10 MSAs for highest percentage increase in the value of residential real estate assets
Metro Area % increase in the market value of real estate y/y Market value (as of December 2022) Market value (as of December 2021)
Lakeland, FL 25.3% $ 82B $65B
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL 23.9% $1.2 Tr $942B
Fort Myers, FL 22.8% $ 167B $136B
Orlando, FL 21.9% $ 368B $302B
Melbourne, FL 21.5% $ 103B $85B
Charleston, SC 21.2% $ 167B $138B
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 21.0% $219B $181B
Jacksonville, FL 20.3% $249B $207B
Syracuse, NY 20.2% $59B $49B
Daytona Beach, FL 20.1% $ 110B $91B
Early 2022 housing market gains were partially erased in the late 2022 cool down
While the total market value of residential real estate increased in every state last year, the decrease in home values during the second half of the year eroded some of the gains made at the start of the year.
During the second half of 2022, home values fell across many U.S. markets as higher mortgage rates limited what many home shoppers could afford and chilled buyer demand.
California’s housing market had the most room to fall, and saw by far the biggest decrease in total value from July 2022 on — California’s housing market lost nearly $1 trillion during that time. Even Texas and Florida, the two big winners over the course of the year, saw significant dips late in 2022.
California was also one of only two states — Idaho was the other — for which more than half of the increase in total value last year came from new construction. In California, 62.4% of the increase in total market value over the past year was due to an increase in the number of housing units. This is compared to just 18.9% for the country as a whole. That’s a reflection of how deep the home value cuts were across much of the state. As home value appreciation looks likely to stagnate in 2023, new construction is likely to play a larger role in total market value gains.
Top 10 states for largest declines in the value of residential real estate in the second half of 2022
State Change in total market value since July 2022
California -$958.1 B
Washington -$149.9 B
Texas -$147.8 B
Arizona -$101.3 B
Colorado -$92.4 B
Massachusetts -$76.7 B
Florida -$51.1 B
Michigan -$49.5 B
Oregon -$48.4 B
North Carolina -$48.2 B
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MAR 9Pros & Cons of Adding A Fence To Your PropertyHave you been considering adding a fence to your property? Maybe you are wanting to increase your home value, or you just want a little more privacy. If you’re wondering about some of the advantages and disadvantages of adding a fence to your home, we’ve got the top contenders on both sides for you below!
Pros of Fences
1. Value + Appeal
If you’re looking to define your property line and keep your little ones enclosed a little better, waist-high picket fencing could be perfect for you. If you are looking to enclose your back yard, ask an appraiser or a local real estate agent how much value a new fence will add to your home.
A fence can keep both your family and others from danger. Adding a fence can ward off people who may consider entering your property for the wrong reasons, because any additional obstacle is more work for them. A fence can also prevent trespassers from putting themselves in danger if you have a pool or playground equipment.
It can be hard to enjoy family time on your patio or in your pool if everyone on the street has a clear view of your yard. A privacy fence can help create a private sanctuary in any neighborhood!
Concerned about letting your children and/or pets outside without having to keep an eye on their every move? A fence can help provide a safe play environment for your loved ones, keeping them inside and preventing others keeping from entering.
Cons of Fences
Fences can only add value to your home if they are well-maintained. Wood fences especially require cleaning, staining, sealing or painting - and they can warp and rot over time. Consider if you would be willing to take on those tasks or the cost to hire someone to do so!
2. Boundary Issues
If you want one and your neighbor doesn’t, you may run into some boundary issues. You may both have legitimate reasons for your views but you should not make the investment until an agreement is made. When considering costs, you may need to add the cost of an attorney to help negotiate a compromise.
The cost of installing a fence can vary greatly depending on the materials you want to use, the height and length of the fence, the number of gates, and the market in which you live. Labor and materials can vary greatly from area to area. Start your research now to get an idea of what type of fence you would want and if you could fit it in your budget.
Mowing or trimming along a fence can be time consuming and can do damage to the fence if you aren’t careful – especially a wooden fence. While this may not seem like a major con, it can become one if you are expecting only the pros of adding a fence!
By Audrey Ference | Apr 13, 2021
This year your taxes are due on May 17, unlike last year when the coronavirus pandemic prompted the Internal Revenue Service to extend the deadline to July 15. (And let's remember that tax day is usually April 15, so this is good news.) The deadline might seem like plenty of time with six weeks to go, but that filing window seems to come up fast every year.
We get it. Maybe you're a procrastinator. Or maybe you're a homeowner who, rather than taking the easy-peasy standard deduction, generally tries to save a bundle by itemizing your deductions instead.
Here are three last-minute tax tips for homeowners that could save you plenty of money, headaches, and more.
Tip No. 1: Grab Form 1098Form 1098, or the Mortgage Interest Statement, is sort of like your home's W-2: a one-stop shop for your possibly two biggest tax breaks.
Just remember to make it worth your while. These numbers need to add up to more than the current standard deduction, which jumped in tax year 2020 to $12,400 for individuals, $18,650 for heads of household, and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly.
Tip No. 2: File an extensionIf you still need more time to get your taxes together, it’s totally simple and penalty-free to file for an extension until Oct. 15. But don’t get too excited; the IRS still requires you to pay your estimated tax bill by May 17, or else you’ll pay interest on what you owe down the road.
The IRS makes it easy to file for an extension, either online or by mail. On the form, just estimate how much tax you owe. If you're filing an extension because you need more time to figure out your itemized deductions, one easy shortcut is to just take the standard deduction now—or the same amount you claimed last year.
All in all, it's better to overestimate what you owe, because then you won't pay any interest. Once you file for real, anything you've overpaid will come back to you.
But what if you need an extension because you can't pay your tax bill? It's still better to file for an extension with fuzzy numbers than to not file at all.
The IRS has payment plans that can help if you are short on cash. Just file something--blowing the deadline entirely will open you up to penalties as well as interest on your bill. And maybe an audit, too.
Tip No. 3: Hire some helpIf you make less than $69,000 a year, you qualify to use free tax prep software from the IRS. Even if you make more than that, there are lots of free or low-cost online tax prep options that should work for anyone with relatively straightforward taxes.
Of course, another option is to find yourself a good accountant.
If paying for a tax preparer sounds extravagant, keep in mind that, according to the U.S. Tax Center, the average cost of getting your taxes done is only $225. This, generally speaking, is money well-spent.
A good accountant can actually save you money by spotting deductions you might not have found on your own, and helping you plan to minimize the next year's taxes. All in all, that may add up to the best few hundred bucks you've ever spent!
Another timesaver: Rather than snail-mailing your accountant your tax forms, snap pictures of them on your smartphone; some apps like CamScanner can do so with scanner-style quality. Accountants don't need the originals to file.
For next year, remember to prepareOK, so this year you waited too long and stressed yourself out. If you don't want a repeat ordeal next year, now is also the time to mend your ways and start tax prep early. Nobody wants to be thinking about taxes all year, of course. But as a homeowner, you can do some things to be better prepared.
So before you do any home maintenance, upgrades, or renovations, research whether there are any tax deductions you could be eligible for.
Start now, and you'll be sitting pretty to collect on all the various tax perks that come with owning a home rather than pulling out your hair at the last minute.
For more smart financial news and advice, head over to MarketWatch.
Audrey Ference has written for The Billfold, The Hairpin, The Toast, Slate, Salon, and others. She lives in Austin, TX.
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