When spring arrives, one thing that comes to mind is cleaning away the cobwebs of winter. Waking up to warmer weather is a sure way to get motivated to clean your entire home. Sometimes though, you only have time for quick cleaning tasks, especially if you're preparing your home for a last-minute showing. Consider these helpful speed cleaning tips to get your home in order faster, easier, and more efficiently.
There is no better way to add personality to a space than by investing in some vintage or antique decor. They just don't make furniture like they used to -- vintage furniture pieces and decor are simply beautiful and can add a classic, nostalgic impression to any room.
If you love vintage furniture and decor, you're in luck there are many places where you can find these treasures!
If you're excited by the latest interior design trends, the leading paint companies released their top color trends for home interiors, as well as the color of the year for 2022. As an anticipated annual event by architects and interior designers, these color choices are often showcased in Cedar Rapids homes for sale, as well as many other homes across the country.
These 2022 color choices are a reflection of a more optimistic color palette. Our real estate agents are excited to see a resurgence in creative imagination and expression in interior design. Take a look at some of the top color choices for 2022 that may be a perfect fit for your home.
Iowa City is a wonderful place to live, but our winters can get pretty snowy and cold. In this sort of weather, it is always important to keep driveway maintenance in mind. Whether you already live in the city or are still looking at Iowa City homes for sale, we recommend putting these winter driveway maintenance tips to good use.
November 23rd is National Espresso Day! Espresso became common in Italian cafes in the late 1800s, and the first successful espresso machine was invented in 1901. Coffee drinkers fell in love and never looked back. If you love a strong cup of the good stuff, then National Espresso Day is the perfect occasion to perfect your at-home espresso-making skills. Our real estate agents have a few tips to guide you.
When you're planning to add your property to the inventory of Iowa City homes for sale, it's important to go through your home and get rid of or replace household items that are past their prime. It's possible to clean some household essentials, but others should be trashed due to odors or the accumulation of germs. Here's what you need to know about the replacement timeframes for these everyday household items.
The hallmark of a truly beautiful home is that it is so clean that it sparkles. Most of us maintain a cabinet of chemicals to make sure our homes are clean but are they really necessary? If you're tired of spreading chemicals throughout your home, you may want to give these homemade cleaners a try.
August 21st marks National Honey Bee Day. Honey bees assist with the creation of approximately 33 percent of the world's food supply, transporting pollen from one flower to another, enabling the plant to survive. We then use these plants for food, in the creation of medicine, and to produce oils and other raw materials.
Our real estate agents know that one way to help these crucial pollinators thrive in the local area is by adding native flowering plants and trees to your landscaping. These plants serve as a natural source of pollen and nectar for bees, ensuring they have the nutrients they need to continue pollinating crops. Here are some Iowa-friendly plants that help pollinators do their jobs.
If you're short on time or already working through a long to-do list, it's possible that some of your home maintenance tasks may fall by the wayside. Our real estate agents know that some maintenance tasks are necessary for the short and long-term wellbeing of your home. Here are some home maintenance tasks that you should prioritize, even when your schedule feels packed.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes, even when a home appears to be clean, it doesn't have that fresh feeling others might? The difference is probably in the little details that are often forgotten. Whether you are moving into a new home, getting one ready for sale, or just want your house to sparkle, you want to be sure to address these often-ignored spots. Our real estate agents will always recommend a deep cleaning before showing or photographing a home going on the market. Make sure to pay attention to these areas in your home.
What avid readers don't yearn to have their own private libraries? If this is a dream of yours, don't hesitate to share that information with our real estate agents as they search through Iowa City homes for sale for your perfect place. Whether you need a modest nook with bookshelves and a comfy chair or a huge room to house a massive collection, with careful planning you can obtain the library you desire. Here are a few thoughts to help you formulate your plan.
A smart home utilizes technology to control many things in your home — including lights and garage doors — remotely. Since these devices can make your life easier and more efficient while also helping you save money, making your home smarter is a great New Year's resolution to make. It can pay dividends for many years to come. If you're setting up this kind of home, however, your options can initially feel overwhelming.
Our real estate agents provide the following guide to setting up a smart home in 2021:
While lots of windows are ideal for allowing large amounts of natural light into your home, they also provide the opportunity for frigid drafts to enter your home. If you think cold air is sneaking in through your windows, consider these remedies from our real estate agents for making your windows less drafty this winter.
With a crisp chill in the air and the soft crunch of leaves underfoot, there can be no doubt: fall has arrived. With it comes a chance to make some improvements to your landscaping before the long, cold months of winter set in.
Our REALTORS® have long recommended landscaping as a way to boost your curb appeal before selling your home in fall. But even if you have no plans to list your among the Cedar Rapids home for sale, this season still offers a perfect opportunity to make some improvements to your landscape.
Spring came and went. Now summer is almost over, and it seems like you didn't get all the clutter out when you took care of the dust bunnies. If you can relate, you are not alone. Homes across America are filled with more clutter than we know what to do with. Our real estate agents can relate and recommend these five ideas for decluttering your home before the leaves start to fall.
Buying a new home is an exciting and rewarding experience! Most new homeowners can't wait to move in. But before you start unpacking, make sure to complete a deep clean of your new home. This involves cleaning your new home from top to bottom.
Start by gathering the necessary cleaning supplies. Your essential cleaning supplies include cleaning products, rubber gloves, sink/tub cleaner, paper towel, floor cleaner, mop, bucket, duster, and if you have carpeting, invest in a good vacuum. Once you've gathered your supplies, work through cleaning these areas in your new home to ensure a fresh start!
As the weather gets warmer, many homeowners think about improving their landscape with plants and flowers. And even if you're not a veggie-lover, there's just something about fresh-from-the-garden vegetables that make your mouth water. As an added benefit, growing your own flowers and vegetables can be an entertaining hobby that can increase your home's curb appeal and beauty.
Gardening recommendations vary from one area of the state and country to another, of course. From rainfall totals to soil conditions to the dates of the first and last frost, it's important to focus on what's recommended for where you live. Our real estate agents are very familiar with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and suggest following these tips when starting a garden.
Moving into a new home can be exciting and overwhelming. From figuring what to unpack first, arranging furniture, and generally getting used to your new space, there are plenty of things to do before you settle down comfortably. But during the moving chaos, even the most organized person can forget something. Our REALTORS® highlight five important things to remember after your move.
Every opinion and decision we make is influenced by several conscious and unconscious factors — including why we choose to purchase a home. Understanding these behaviors and using them to your advantage is a fantastic way to help increase the speed and success of your home sale. Our REALTORS® identified the following useful psychology tricks to encourage potential buyers to make a generous offer as swiftly as possible.
Your home is more than an asset on your balance sheet. It's an income-generating asset that you can leverage to lower the cost of homeownership, pad your retirement account, pay for a child's tuition, or whatever else you desire. It's wise to keep this in mind when you're looking through the list of Iowa City homes for sale. With a little planning, you can turn your home into a cash cow that you can cash in on long before you put it on the market down the road.
Are you contemplating selling your Iowa City home? It's a big decision to put your home on the market, and when you do, you want to make sure that you get the highest price possible when selling your home. First, it's a good idea to understand which exterior home features Iowa homebuyers want when looking for Iowa City homes for sale.
Below are five of today's hottest trends in outdoor home features. You may want to consider adding one or more of them to boost the value of your property.