5 Effective Winter Home Staging Tips

5 Effective Winter Home Staging Tips

Winter months in real estate traditionally slow some. The opportunities to sell you home still exist, but it is essential to stage your home in a way that might make it stand out above the crowd. Here are a few key points to make sure you check off when you go to list your Greater Lafayette, IN home during the winter months! What is Home Staging? Let’s start with the basics. Home staging is actually a marketing technique! It is the process of creating an environment within the home for sale that a buyer can see themselves living. A properly staged home provides a good balance between having empty rooms that seem uninviting and overly personalized touches that detour potential buyers from creating a home in it themselves. It’s essential to the home selling process, and we are here to walk you through it! Maximize Light To begin with, lights are inviting, and quality lighting in the interior of the home is essential during short, winter days. Draw blinds to allow as much natural light in as possible, and make sure those windows are clean as well to insure as much natural light as possible makes its way into your home. Artificial lighting can be a huge help to illuminate dark corners or pockets, so don’t be afraid of it! Just start with as much natural light as possible, and supplement artificial light wherever needed. Curb Appeal Making your home stand out from the get-go can be tough in winter. Now, more than ever, it’s imperative to repair any cosmetic errors such as fresh paint or broken doors. Buyers...
3 Mortgage Tips to Fight the Impact of Inflation

3 Mortgage Tips to Fight the Impact of Inflation

Inflation: Economics- a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. Inflation effects everyone in one way or another. The Romanski Group is here to help lessen that impact in any way we can. Fortunately, there are steps you can take toward lightening the overall load, and a great place to begin is paying off your mortgage faster. Payments toward your loan’s principal can drastically cut months and even years off the tail end of your loan. Check out these long-run-minded ways to reduce your monthly expenses by taking seemingly small steps now! Learn more about your Mortgage Before jumping in, let’s just take some time to simply dissect the different pieces of your mortgage. Experian gives great insight breaking down the details of your home loan by stating: “Principal on a loan is the original amount you agreed to pay back. Over time, the principal balance goes down as you make payments. But because of the interest you also pay on a loan, only a portion of your recurring payments goes toward paying down the principal. The principal balance helps determine how much interest you owe with each of your monthly payments, so paying down your principal can help you save money on interest charges.” 3 Mortgage Tips to Fight Inflation Make an extra mortgage payment each year. Just one extra mortgage payment toward the principal amount can shave years off the tail end of your loan! Such a small step that makes a huge impact on your life! Apply any extra or unexpected income toward the principal of your loan. Do you have an unexpected...

To-Do’s – Your January Home Checklist

Many people allow January to spark fresh ideas and new beginnings. It’s a time of refection on things past and vision for things to come. In Greater Lafayette, IN, January days are short and chilly, but your home could easily be a beneficiary of this winter-seeded zeal. These days are a great time to refresh your home’s existing spaces and project goals for 2022. Here’s a short checklist for a jump start! Research and Plan this Year’s Projects Let’s start with a plan! If this is the year to make moves toward an updated kitchen or bathroom, plan our your steps during these winter months! Guage pricing, formulate details for creative spaces, pick colors, etc. Organize and Restock the House These, “catch all” type spots in your home can seem daunting to tackle, but YOU GOT THIS! Game closettoss games or puzzles with missing piecesdonate games you don’t frequently play!sock and warm layer drawerstoss all garments with holes and replace for the coming seasonsundershirts, pajamas, base layers, sockspantrydonate unused, unintended canned itemstoss outdated itemslinen closetsort through extra sheets, towels, blankets, lotions, soaps, etc. and donate to alleviate clutterrestock necessities such as toilet paper, Kleenex, toothbrushes, etc. Refresh Toy Room After so many new toys added to the mix for Christmas, the toy rooms probably need some love! Try rearranging, adding a fort, or storing some groups of toys in totes and occasionally swapping them out. Pull out broken toys or ones with missing pieces to get rid of clutter. Then encourage the kiddos to play in their new space during their winter, indoor woes! Deep Clean Kitchen After the...
Real Christmas Tree Care Tips

Real Christmas Tree Care Tips

Fraser Fir, Caanan Fir, Scotch Pine, White/Concolor Fir… we love them all! Many Greater Lafayette, IN Tree farms produce of all types of pine tree varieties. We know you probably have a favorite kind, but honestly, it doesn’t matter what type of real Christmas tree you select for your home… The true goal is always to keep it from drying out as long as possible. With proper care, your tree can last weeks after being cut! Here are a few tips for keeping your real tree fresh and fragrant! This list is inspired by an article by Good Housekeeping! Click here to read it! Select a tree that looks healthy! It’s worth the time spent on the farm scoping out the best tree available. Get one that’s full looking. Maybe even gently run your finger over a branch or 2 to make sure that it’s not already drying out before you get it home. Cut and shake the tree. Most local farms will help you prepare the your tree for your home by shaking it for you with a fancy machine they have available. Trim the tree trunk slightly (about 1 inch) to place it into the stand. This ensures no resin build up on the cut to keep water from absorbing into the trunk.Place the tree in your home away from heat sources! It keeps the tree from drying out. Lowering the temperature in your home or keeping a humidifier running might help keep it too.Water, water, water! Once the tree is up, make sure to place water immediately into the stand. Then, proceed check it daily. Water...

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Greater Lafayette, IN beautifully displays all seasons, and it’s one reason we think it’s absolutely an amazing place to build a home. For some, the chill of those winter months are intense! We think the secret is to be prepared. We want you to be able to prepare WELL, and we’re here to help you take care of you home to the best of your ability. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming! You’re not alone in this. Here are some small, helpful tips for your winter home prep to keep you and your home in tip-top shape! Furnace maintenance. Needs very depending on what type of furnace you have, but generally, your furnace needs cleaning and/or checked annually. Need HVAC recommendations? Try Blue Fox, JL Anderson or CamFlo.Pipes. Clear (and maybe even turn off the water to) exterior pipes. Drain and store hoses. If pipes are on exterior walls of your home, consider insulating those pipes. If temperatures throughout the winter drop drastically below freezing, be sure to run a drip of hot water through the nights. just a tiny bit of moving water can prevent bursted, frozen pipes! If you need to contact a plumber, we recommend Brenneco Plumbing. Schedule a chimney cleaning. Our friends at Certified Sweeps would love to help you, and they will do an amazing job!Reverse ceiling fans. Set all ceiling fans to the clockwise setting to rotate all the warm air to the floor and to keep your home working efficiently.Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating is the cause of 27 percent of┬ástructure fires┬áduring...
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Home maintenance is something that a lot of people enjoy. It’s a task that helps to preserve one of the biggest investments most will make in their lifetime. However, it can easily fall by the wayside if you allow it to. Life just gets going, and the tedious aspects to home maintenance tend to land in the section of the brain that says, “out of sight, out of mind.” Well, our hope here is to help make sure that doesn’t happen this Fall. There are many things you can and need to do around your home before the winter rolls around. Here are a few ideas to get you started. #1 Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. Clean porch and deck furniture, and look for any needed repairs. Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecues in a protected area. #2 Trim and prune trees. This prevents home damage from loose limbs during storms, but it is also great for the overall health of the tree! #3 Clean gutters. After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. #4 Clear leaves from lawn, reseed patchy areas, and plant spring flowering bulbs before the first front. If deer are a problem, start deer-proofing by covering plants with netting and chicken wire. #5 Check for interior drafts. This will save your home’s efficiency, and it’ll save you money. While you’re at it, check for interior holes where...