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Tips for Selling in January

Posted by Anna Jotham on December 12, 2016 in  Buying and Selling  Decorating and Staging  Financing
A job transfer requires us to put our home on the market in January. How can we make that work? If you’re moving away for work, odds are that someone else is moving here for work. January is actually a fairly typical time for businesses to make personnel decisions involving transfers. The most important step you can take is finding yourself a solid real estate agent. These three tips will also help you sell a property in the middle of a Minnesota or Wisconsin winter. Keep up with the snow. Make sure you ha... read more
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With the gift-giving season come the shopping lists—usually topped by newer, shinier and faster versions of last year’s smart phones. Now, however, it’s time for those smart phones to move aside. There’s a new tech in town that’s not only changing the way we live but the very homes in which we reside.   Smart home technologies are quickly becoming the tech to have. It’s a trend, sure, but it’s one that’s here to stay, and it’s one that can save you money,... read more
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During the busy holiday season, finding time to decorate can be tough, but there’s a happy medium between Grinch and Griswold when it comes to decorating with lights. A few clever focal points will add warmth to your indoor and outdoor scenes.   Outside: Focus on the entrance. Weave string lights through an evergreen garland around your front door for a bright opening to your home. Place an illuminated snowman or two nearby, and the cuteness factor is amplified. Hang some stars. Deciduous trees can s... read more
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Creative Man Cave Solutions

Creative Man Cave Solutions
Posted by Anna Jotham on September 12, 2016 in  Decorating and Staging
Weekend parties and weeknight retreats are so much more fun in a well-assembled man cave. You don’t need a whole basement: A guest room or a storage shed can be converted into a cool man cave with some creativity. Whatever your space, fill it with decor that speaks to you. Collector? Built-in shelves are the key for your trophies, model cars or vintage beer bottles. Line the backs of your shelves with rope lights for an interesting effect. Remember the dust factor: with every cool collection come cobwebs and... read more
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Home Wine Cellars No Longer Bottom Dwellers

Posted by Anna Jotham on August 29, 2016 in  Decorating and Staging
Contrary to some beliefs, not all wine gets better with age. If you find yourself unable to resist that lovely bottle of chardonnay to go with the Riesling … and the pinot noir … and the Malbec that you already have at home, you may want to consider creating a space to store your wine so it stays happy and delicious, ready for a party. Many new homes are adding wine cellars to their original design, but with a little knowledge and creativity, you can add a wine cellar to any house.The first question i... read more
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