Top Home Trends of 2021

Top Home Trends of 2021

After spending an entire year inside, experts really have a new take on home trends in 2021. With top recommendations featuring ideas such as home office focal points, indoor plants, and lots of earthy colors and textures to make things cool and collected, we can see how quarantine shaped general views of what’s needed in homes. We’re about it! We love the idea of making your Greater Lafayette, IN space YOURS and a place you want to be with your immediate circle. Bring on all the comfy, cozy home vibes, 2021! Work from Home Space Whether your “work from home” time was brief, or the kids are still taking some E-Learning days, one thing’s for sure, the home office space needs an upgrade. From functional, aestheticly pleasing lighting to organizational, functional accessories and gadgets, there are many ways to spruce up your work area. Try a bright rug to tie the whole room together! It’ll feel good on your bare feet too while you work from home! Tile Textures Boho styles pull in this fun additive to renovations, and we are so thankful! Fun tile can change a kitchen as a backsplash or it can change an entire room if you make it your flooring! There are tons of options out there. Have fun pattern building too! Indoor Plants Another trend we can thank those boho lovers for- indoor plants! Not only do they look beautiful, but they can naturally purify the air quality inside your home. Here are a few suggestions of where to begin: Add a snake plant for air purification or a pathos if you have...
Preparing Your Home For The Spring Market

Preparing Your Home For The Spring Market

As the winter days get a little longer, we’re reminded that Spring is just around the corner. Year after year, the Spring real estate market excels in a beautiful directions that challenge the rest of the year- in a good way. Is this the year to sell your home? With the current housing market in Greater Lafayette, IN, you’ll want to jump right in and sell to get the most equity out of your home. This is the time! Trust us. As we wait for the extra roar of the Spring market to roll around, here are a few things you can do to prepare for that time. Start with small updates and renovations. Light fixtures, an updated sink or faucet, repainting of cabinets and fresh hardware. These are all a few simple things that’ll go a long way, giving your buyers something trendy to catch their eye at first glance!Update curb appeal! An article from Forbes magazine suggests this, “If you’re going to spend serious money on anything, focus on the exterior of your home, since this is the very first impression buyers get of your home and it counts.” A new garage door or seal for the doorRoof updateLandscaping overhaulInviting front doorUpdate with fresh, neutral paint! Neutral is always best when it comes to a potential buyer coming in to your home. They need to be able to see themselves living in there! So, allow for that with basic whites, grays, and some other colors that could be considered neutral. Declutter. Clutter in your home will detour a potential buyer quickly. Remove items and put them into...
Winter Home Energy Saving Tips

Winter Home Energy Saving Tips

It really is an amazing thing to have a warm, cozy home to welcome you and yours over the holidays and throughout Greater Lafayette, IN winter months. We take pride in our job of helping you find your match-made-in-Heaven of a home, and we never want to take that essential part of our life for granted! Our job’s not complete at the closing, though. We want to help you get the best out of your home in every way! Since there are so many aspects to maintaining a home, we’re right here to help keep you focused through the seasons on what you need. Plus, there are many 2020 circumstances that have us in our homes for long periods of time. So, why not enjoy and use it to the fullest? Here are some tips and tricks to help you conserve energy through the up and coming winter months. We found some of these tips from the informational website of energy.gov and from an article by justenergy.com. Check them both out for more ideas to save! Winter Energy Savers Close interior doors and vents to unused rooms and eliminate drafts from exterior doors and windows. Here are some helpful tips from an article from justenergy.com: “External DoorsDoors are a major trouble spot for drafts. If you have a drafty door, check the weather stripping and seals around the door frame. Replace any damaged or missing weather stripping and apply new caulk to any broken seals. WindowsWindows, especially in older homes, are a major source of drafts and heat loss. Insulate your windows in winter by sealing the frame with clear...
Indiana Property Tax Exemption Deadline

Indiana Property Tax Exemption Deadline

Are You Entitled to a Property Tax Exemption? If you purchased a house, changed the deed, or refinanced on your mortgage, you should make sure the correct exemptions are filed on your home. The Romanski Group of Keller Williams Realty wants to remind you to file your property tax exemptions by the end of the year!  If exemptions aren’t filed or confirmed by December 31 your taxes could go up substantially.  Below is a summary of common exemptions along with contact information for each county below. Homestead Deduction – If you own a home or are buying on a recorded contract, and use it as your primary place of residence, your home could qualify for a homeowner’s deduction. A taxpayer cannot receive the Homestead Deduction in multiple states as the homestead is considered the “principle place of residence”. The deduction is either 60% of your assessed valuation or a maximum of $45,000. Mortgage Deduction – If you are buying property on a recorded mortgage or a recorded contract, and you are a resident of the State of Indiana, you could qualify for a mortgage deduction. The value of the deduction may not exceed the amount of the indebtedness. The deduction is either one half of your assessed valuation or $3,000, whichever is less. A person owning more than one property may not receive mortgage deductions totaling more than $3,000. There are several other property tax exemptions that may be available to you as well which you may want to inquire about. Please find your county below and file your homestead and mortgage exemptions or verify and get proof in...
Fall Decor Refresh

Fall Decor Refresh

With dropping Greater Lafayette, IN temperatures, we’re longing for all things cozy and warm. What makes a space cozy to you? Do the dark jewel or earth tone colors bring you in? How about the candles and low, warm lighting? Or blankets and throw pillows that speak to the specific season? Or the fragrances of candles and baked goods cooking in the oven? Soup on the stove? Maybe it’s just a frame of mind? Regardless, there are certain things around your home that can and will spice up your life for all things Fall. We’re here to help inspire you and your home’s ambiance for the holiday months to come. Thankful-themed dining room Your Thanksgiving table will be stunning dressed in our fall centerpieces, linens and fall table decorations. Pumpkin and leaf statements are perfect to enjoy during a meal or while gathering with company. Autumn leaves in the living room Cozy your couch and furniture in fall home décor pillows that are themed for the season. A coffee table, mantel or your TV stand will look darling featuring fall table decorations of forest critters, pretty pumpkins and more. Floral in fall Colored in the warm hues of the season, our fall flower arrangements invite a nature-inspired look to any living space. Decorate with a wreath, garland, LED fall centerpieces or create your own fall flower arrangements with the many artificial bushes we offer. Lighting: Bring the lighting down to lamp or eye level. Replace the LED lights for the season and put in a warm toned light. Texture and layers: layers are a part of all things Fall, but especially in...
Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

It’s been said: “It’s better to repair the fence than to hunt for lost cattle.” Translation in this context: “Maintaining a home is much cheaper than repairing a home.” And it’s so true! As a home owner, sometimes certain aspects of maintenance can slip through the cracks of the to-do list. Here’s a little help to get started on that list! Weather elements in the Greater Lafayette, IN area can be extreme, so be sure to check out a comprehensive checklist, with detailed explanation of each task, from an article at Forbes magazine named, “Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.” This blog post is inspired by that article. Pruning of trees and bushes. Why? Prevention for winter storms and good for the tree’s overall health.Harvest and store all you can from your garden or fruit trees before a frostLeaves leaves leaves. Clear all the leaves from your yard so that next Spring your yard will be grass growing ready!Clean gutters- after all the leaves fall.Chimney cleaning and repair for fires in the coming cool months.Seal up any damages or spaces where animals or insects can scurry inStock up on winter supplies- firewood, pet safe ice melt, snow shovels or a snow blower.Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Also examine your home for faucets on exterior walls to know which ones to watch during freezing temps.Winterize pools or other summer outdoor equipment.Check safety devices. “-Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.-Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.-If you haven’t checked your home for radon, fall is a good time to do...