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Monday, April 8, 2024   /   by Ryan Huemmer

Top 3 Home Renovations For Your Buck

Home renovations can significantly increase the value of your property if done strategically. Here are some Top 3 Home Renovations that typically yield a high return on investment (ROI):

Kitchen Remodeling: The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home. Upgrading countertops, cabinets and fixtures can provide a significant ROI. Focus on update-to-date trends, improving functionality and using high-quality materials.
Bathroom Renovation: Like kitchens, updated bathrooms can greatly increase home value. Consider upgrading fixtures, countertops, flooring and adding amenities like a double sink and/or walk-in shower.
Basement Finishing: Converting an unfinished basement into usable living space can significantly increase your home's square footage and overall value. Consider creating additional bedrooms, bathrooms and a recreational area. A wet bar, home gym or movie theater tends to draw the attention of new buyers the most.
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Monday, April 1, 2024   /   by Ryan Huemmer

April Home Maintenance Checklist

Fill holes in lawn and plant grass seed
Get a bag or two of clean dirt and some lawn seed. You can use a shovel or rake but most of this can be done by hand. Fill any low spots or holes with dirt then sprinkle some seed over the top. Consider adding some dirt over the top to prevent the seed from blowing away and water slightly to dampen the area.
Tune up lawn mower
Typically cost around $100 when done by a professional. New plugs, air filter, oil change and sharpen the blade. Regular mower maintenance ensures a longer life.
Pest Control Prevention
April means that the bugs are back. Spraying plants and trees will prevent invasive insects. 
Change HVAC Filter
Changing your HVAC filter before using your air conditioning is important. Using a dirty filter can cause increased energy cost. Plus a clean filter better filters pollen, pet dander, small particles and dust that you breathe. 
Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts
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Tuesday, March 26, 2024   /   by Ryan Huemmer

Five Landscaping Renovations Known For Providing A Good Return On Investment

Landscaping can significantly impact the curb appeal and overall value of your home. Here are five landscaping renovations known for providing a good return on investment:
Lawn Maintenance and Care: A well-maintained lawn is a fundamental aspect of curb appeal. Regular mowing, fertilizing, aerating, and watering can keep your lawn healthy and vibrant, which enhances the overall appeal of your property.

Outdoor Lighting: Adding outdoor lighting not only enhances the aesthetics of your landscaping but also improves safety and security. Illuminating walkways, trees, and architectural features can create a welcoming atmosphere and increase the value of your home.
Mulching and Edging: Mulching flower beds and around trees not only helps retain moisture and suppress weeds but also gives your landscaping a polished look. Edging flower beds and pathways creates clean lines and defines spaces, improving the overall appearance of your yard.
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Friday, March 1, 2024   /   by Ryan Huemmer

March Home Maintenance Checklist

March home maintenance is about the changing season.
Inspect Roof & Gutter
Once everything has melted, examine gutters to make sure they're free of debris. Once it is warm and dry enough, do the same on your home's roof and examine for possible problem areas.
Bye Snow Blower and Hello Lawnmower
Drain your fuel in your snow blower. Get your lawnmower tuned up before the spring rush.
Inspect Windows and Doors
View windows for cracks and broken seals. Inspect screens for holes and tears. Check hinges and seals on all doors for gaps and air intrusion.

Exterior Walkway and Driveway
Concrete and asphalt walkways and driveways are tested by the weather every winter. Consider resealing asphalt and caulk or replace cracks in concrete.

Clean Your Garage
Empty your garage. Remove dirt, water and salt off your garage floor.  Wipe and rise your garage door’s weather-stripping. Examine storage area for evidence of rodents. Throw away anything you are not using.
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Thursday, February 1, 2024   /   by Ryan Huemmer

February Home Maintenance Checklist

How to clean shower heads and faucet tops. First pour about one cup of distilled white vinegar into a large plastic bag. Place the bag filled with vinegar over your shower head or faucet top so it is submerged in the liquid. Use a zip tie or tape to secure the bag in place. Make sure the entire shower head or faucet top is submerged. Soak for 30-60 minutes and rinse when completed.
Move and clean behind the refrigerator and range. Often neglected and out of sight, right? Dust, mold, food and pests can easily make your kitchen unhealthy. It’s best to use an appliance slider when moving your appliances to prevent scratches, rips or dents on your flooring. Be sure to unplug the appliance when doing your actual cleaning. Sweep the floor, wipe the walls and side of cabinets, clean any dust or grease built-up on the back of the appliance and inspect the area for any damages.
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