Category: Real Estate Focus

Enhance your home’s safety with fire extinguishers

You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan—but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers—and knowing how to use them—is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. “In America, a fire starts in a residential home every 86 seconds—and the rapid protection offered by fire extinguishers […]

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Repair or replace your worn-out cooling system?

Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system. To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is […]

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Unruh helps transform campus into a natural work of art

Unruh helps transform campus into a natural work of art

Visitors to Tabor’s gymnasium and student center are greeted with a variety of plants. Yellow flowers, like the rudbeckias pictured, tend to be hardy and grow well in Kansas. The cooler blue colors are usually harder to grow, with the exception of indigo and sweet peas.<p> If Earth is a canvas, landscaping at Tabor College is Tim Unruh’s work of […]

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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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