Category: Real Estate Focus

Arbor Day tips for landscaping with new trees

Arbor Day, an April holiday that celebrates the planting and caring for trees, is a popular time for homeowners to add new trees to their landscapes. Before doing this, however, homeowners should consider advice from expert arborists to ensure the trees’ longevity. “Too often, consumers waste hundreds of dollars on trees that will die because they were planted too deep,” […]

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Seven home improvements to tackle before you move in

You found the perfect home, so it’ s not surprising that you want to move in as quickly as possible. However, there are some projects that are best done when the house is still empty. So, consider completing the following seven items before the moving trucks arrive. • Painting. A fresh coat of paint can instantly update a room, and […]

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Four tips to keep your house warm and efficient

With winter comes the holiday season, a time that’s supposed to be associated with “comfort and joy.” But how joyful will it be if pests invade your house, or if your home is cold and drafty? Help stay warm all winter long by addressing factors like air leaks from gaps and cracks that can make your home feel uncomfortable. “Drafts […]

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The rise of the basement: Top tips for better space

With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements. Basements are coming out of hiding these days. And they’re doing it in style, with before-and-after transformations featured everywhere from HGTV to Pinterest and YouTube. What’s driving this trend? A tight housing market, for one thing. With […]

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Before the leaves fall, check for trimming trees

by Dale Dalke Special to The Free Press Have you noticed how full and lush the trees have looked this year? Hillsboro is home to many wonderful trees, and as fall approaches, the leaves are turning pretty colors. As you drive or walk around town I want you to take special notice of the location of the limbs, trees and […]

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Stop drafts, save money and improve your home

Can you imagine keeping your windows open all winter long? The heat loss, cold drafts and all that money spent on wasted energy would be staggering. But if your home has folding pull-down attic stairs, a whole-house fan, a fireplace or clothes dryer, you may be doing the equivalent of leaving the windows open every day. Drafts from these often […]

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Planning a move? Six tips for a stress-free time

Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether you’re moving by yourself or uprooting your entire family, moving presents a number of stress-causing challenges. Staying organized and planning ahead […]

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Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Kyle and Danae Schmidt live in their customized tiny house located on a farmstead near Marion Reservoir. “One of the plusses for us is—and we’ve heard this before as we were building and we’ve found it to be true—that our house draws us outside and invites us inside,” Danae said. Kyle and Danae Schmidt have found that living in the […]

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Flint Hills project aims to draw people to the region

Flint Hills project aims to draw people to the region

Map of Flint Hills by Ron Wilson K-State Research & Extension “You are here.” Those three simple words are helpful when a person is trying to learn a location or is seeking direction. Today we will learn about an innovative project which is seeking to educate youth and others about the value of their location in the Flint Hills region […]

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Make it last: seven secrets to a longer life for exterior paint

When it comes to exterior paint, there’s no fountain of youth, but there are ways to add years of life to a new paint job, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. Here are the secrets: 1. Carefully prepare the surface. Before starting to paint, it’s important to make sure surfaces are clean and sound, […]

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