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...
Preparing Your Home For The Summer Market

Preparing Your Home For The Summer Market

Bored in the house during quarantine and thinking of selling this summer? There are several steps you can take before putting your home on the market to increase your chances of receiving a solid offer from a buyer. From cleaning and staging to repainting and depersonalizing, here is a list of things to do before you sell your Lafayette area home. 1. Depersonalize your home When selling a home, you want to strike the perfect balance between depersonalization and creating a warm, welcoming home. This means putting away the majority of framed photos, bulletin boards and personal items (think: photo albums, magazines, toys, equipment, awards, etc) throughout the home. Leave a few nice, framed photos around the house to make the home appear inviting and lived in. They say familiarity breeds contempt. It’s true — especially when it comes to your lived-in home. ⁣Rediscover your home’s charm without major renovations or breaking the bank.⁣ 2. Freshen up with paint Now’s the time to re-paint your home. Paint: Nothing can change the look and feel of a room like a coat of paint. It’ll take a little elbow grease, but it’s totally worth it.⁣ Start by painting over those bright orange and green walls with neutral colors. Stick to whites, light grays, light beiges, and “greige” wall colors. These shades will make your home appear bigger, brighter and more welcoming. Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home will also help cover the wall’s imperfections and convey a blank slate to potential buyers. Give your front door a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and a new wreath and doormat. ...
Declutter Your Home

Declutter Your Home

Quarantine and COVID-19 has us searching for things to do around our Greater Lafayette, IN homes. So, instead of ordering a bunch of new stuff on Amazon, let’s declutter and tackle that closet or spare room that we’ve been putting off. Here are a few ideas from our team on where to begin, but we’re also going to list a few helpful resources for your further investigation or motivation- whatever you need! Start with these few areas of your house and purge these things! Thanks, Clean My Space YouTube Channel for the inspiration! Toss expired products in the kitchen and bathrooms. Donate any other canned items or hair products that you know you won’t use anymore. Check in on the hair tie and headband collection as well. Take out the stretched our and broken ones! Make up, nail polish, cleaners, and the medicine cabinet can be gone through like this too!Old boxes or shoe boxes that you’ve held on to. If you haven’t used them by now, you probably won’t use them!While, we’re at it: Shoes! Donate ones you don’t wear anymore. Candles. We hold on to these, trying to get to that very last drop. You don’t need these! Check out this link to re-purpose those jars!Declutter your email by unsubscribing to unused retailers. Don’t delete ones from us though. 🙂 Delete access items from your phone while you’re at it! Delete excess or duplicate pictures, apps, old contacts.Tupperware! Get rid of ones that don’t have matching lids or bottoms.With all of the current at home school work and art projects, don’t feel pressured to keep it all....