Category: Real Estate Focus

Youths add muscle, enthusiasm to cabin project

Youths add muscle, enthusiasm to cabin project

Zachary Stuchlik, Jack Schneider, Gerald Wiens and Corbin Wheeler secure a log around the joists for the cabin’s loft. The three Marion High School seniors are helping Wiens build a log cabin in western Chase County. Gerald Wiens is logging countless hours building a cabin in western Chase County. As someone who specializes in home remodeling and repair work, Wiens […]

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5 mistakes to avoid when buying a first home

Buying a home for the first time is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn about how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won’t know the ins and outs until you actually sit down on the bicycle and start riding. Like most beginners, first-time homebuyers will likely […]

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Big-impact ideas for those small patio spaces

Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can’t do much with the space due to its size? There’s probably a lot more potential than you think. From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an […]

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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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