Everyone had something ugly in their yard that they want to hide. For many, it’s the oversized trash bins that don’t really fit in the garage but are big and distracting when left out. Others may have utility boxes that mar your lovely landscaping. In some cases, it’s lawn equipment or gardening tools that don’t have a place you can tuck them away.

Here are some ideas of ways to hide your ugly stuff and beautify your home.

Trash Bins

If your oversized cans must be outdoors, create a trellis enclosure to surround them. Place pots with climbing plants such as ivy and trumpet vine along the sides so that they grow up and over the trash cans. However, remember to leave enough space for you to open the lids conveniently.

Another option for trash bins is to make a raised planter box that rises above the cans. Plant bright annuals, vegetables, or succulents in the box.

Utility boxes

To cover a utility box, vent pipe, or other smaller eyesore, purchase a faux stone or cluster of rocks to set on the street-side of it. Surround it with flowering plants or small bushes to give it a more pleasing look.

Disguise utility boxes with raised beds and fill them with taller perennials such as Iris or Agapanthus. The beautiful blooms distract from the ugly utility boxes and hide them in plain sight.

Tools

When a full toolshed is not an option, hide your tools in a patio chest. These chests double as extra seating for entertaining and can even hold a small lawnmower if necessary.Or, create a hideaway cabinet under the deck landing. Just wrap the area with siding to match the deck, add access doors and voila, your tools are hidden in an area that looks like it was meant to be there.

Fireplace Logs

When you have a wood-burning fireplace but don’t know where to store the logs, build a bench seat similar to a crate and stack the wood under it. Use the bench for extra seating or as a display shelf for your favorite potted plants.

Use two pillars of your patio cover to stack the logs between, but place lattice on the patio side to hide the wood. Hang planters from the trellis to create a walled garden to bring cheery greenery to your patio area while hiding the logs.

Hoses

Hide your hose in a lovely pot situated near to the faucet. Most garden centers and DIY hardware stores offer choices specially designed to keep unruly hoses in check.

Whatever the problem area, you can find a way to keep it hidden from view with a little ingenuity and effort. Doing so improves your home’s curb appeal and increases your enjoyment of your outdoor living space.

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A good credit score is essential for anyone who intends to buy a house. It is difficult and almost impossible to buy a home if your credit score is far from good. Future home buyers should note that the majority of lenders won’t grant you a loan if your credit score is not up to 620. Some lenders may only consider applicants whose credit score is above 700 while others may peg their credit score requirement at 720 or 740. 

When it comes to real estate investing, there is flexibility. You can get a traditional loan even if your credit score is below the requirement. There are lots of other real estate investment options that you can consider if your credit score is sub-par. Here are some ways to invest in real estate with bad credit:

Go for a hard money loan 

 One of the options you can consider if you have a low credit score is to get a loan from a hard money lender. Hard money lenders are private individuals that issue out short term loan. You must be aware that the primary interest of this lender is to invest. So, they are not going to fund an individual who wants to buy a home to stay. 

Consider a private lender 

Another funding source to consider when you have bad credit is a private money lender. Anyone that is looking for a return on their investment can decide to give out a loan to people. Private money can come from anybody – business partner, relatives, friends, and acquaintances.

Get a partner You can decide to strike a partnership deal with someone that has a good credit score. The partnership should be mutual, and your partner could be a colleague at work, neighbor, friend, or relative.

Consider seller financing 

This strategy is ideal for properties that are wholly owned and paid off. Seller financing could be an excellent option if there is no problem with cash flow and the seller does ‘quick money’ from the sale of their property.The seller becomes the bank when they finance a deal. Meaning that you have a mortgage with the person selling the house. Based on your agreement, the seller permits you to pay monthly until you clear off your debt

Look into wholesaling 

Wholesaling is another excellent way of investing in real estate when your credit score is low. The steps involved in wholesaling are:

  1. Finding a seller
  2. Look for another buyer to stand in your place 
  3. The buyer assumes all the terms and condition stated in your purchase agreement
  4. You earn an ‘assignment fee’ for your role

Talk to a local real estate agent to know what options you have in your real estate market to take advantage of regardless of your bad credit.

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