Home Improvement

June 15, 2020

Save Money by Increasing Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Adapting your home to be more environmentally responsible can be easier than you think, and deliver cost savings to your bottom line

The state of Minnesota has been a leader in evolving residential building codes that integrate environmental concerns with safety requirements. This has led to more efficient, better built ...

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Jan. 31, 2020

Interior Design Trends for 2020

Three macro trends are driving home design into 2020. Understanding them has implications for buyers and remodelers alike.

The New Year brings with it a fresh batch of “what’s hot” lists for homeowners looking to upgrade. While considering individual products can be helpful, a focus on the trends behind changes ...

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April 16, 2019

Home Seller Basics: Prepping Your Home for Sale

Preparing your home for sale can go well beyond fresh paint and carpet. To wow a buyer in a competitive market requires attention to detail. A few tips can help.


Buyer perception is the key component to putting your home on the bullet train from listed to sold. While ...

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Nov. 21, 2016

Remodel or Move? Four Steps to a Definitive Answer

  • Do your family members outnumber your bedrooms?
  • Is your kitchen so dated it’s now considered retro?
  • Is your master suite anything but?

The reasons may vary but the result is the same. You and your home have reached the tipping point in your relationship. Your space no longer matches your needs ...

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June 21, 2016

Your Next Chapter: Crucial Updates When Listing the Family Home

When downsizing and listing the family home there is no shortage of emotion. Your home has served as more than just your residence, it is full of memories and history.

Successfully transitioning to your next chapter requires you to shift gears from remembering the good times in your home to ...

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April 18, 2016

Tips and Tricks for Efficient Spring Cleaning

The warmer weather of spring brings with it some familiar rituals for Minnesotans. Tax return deadlines, the return of the baseball and outdoor activities.  But before the planting and yard work can begin, families typically devote a weekend or two to de-winterizing their homes. 

That’s right it is spring ...

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March 14, 2016

Spring Planting: Plan ahead to avoid three common landscaping mistakes

Landscaping is the quintessential driver of curb appeal in suburbia.  This time of year most yards need work.  Luckily the increased daylight hours offer an opportunity to address your property’s issues and ensure usability and aesthetics all summer long. 

Although the inclination to dig in and and get started ...

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Dec. 1, 2015

Prepping for the Thaw: Act now for a successful spring sale

Cooler weather and waning daylight can combine to make winter a challenge for many.  This can be compounded if you are stuck in a home short term, dreaming of exploring alternatives in the spring.

By transforming that angst into action, you can ensure you not only get top dollar in ...

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Aug. 5, 2015

Three home improvements for late summer that can dramatically increase your home’s value– even if you plan to stay

August is here and with it comes the beginning of the end of the home improvement season. It is time to figure out what will get done this year and what can wait. Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, but which other late summer/early fall projects can ...

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