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replace for the coming seasonsundershirts, pajamas, base layers, sockspantrydonate unused, unintended canned itemstoss outdated itemslinen closetsort through extra sheets, towels, blankets, lotions, soaps, etc.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...
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...