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We’re halfway through the first month of 2014. Are you still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions?

Home Maintenance Schedule

If being more organized was among your goals for the year, check out this calendar to help you care for your home. It provides guidance for how frequently home maintenance tasks need to be performed. Since your home is likely your largest investment, it’s smart to take steps to keep it in good order!

Use an app like BrightNest to help you remember these home management needs. This link also shows other handy apps for those DIY projects, like iHandyLevel, a free digital level, or Handy Man DIY, an app that allows you to enter room measurements to calculate how much paint, flooring or trim you need for your project.

Need more help? Consider registering with a free service like Home Spot to manage your home information. A service like this that can provide email alert maintenance and project reminders might be especially useful if you have multiple properties to keep track of. In addition to maintenance scheduling, it can store facts like parts, colors, services used and where you purchased materials to help you keep an ongoing record.

Here’s to a more organized 2014!

paint-can-brushHave your eye on a DIY project or two to improve your home, but intimidated to take on the task yourself? If a little training would make you more confident, look into one of the free home improvement classes offered at Home Depot. You’ll see a variety of workshops scheduled – from tile installation to cabinet updating – and you can register online!

If you want more general home improvement training or extended workshops on a particular topic, check out K2Workshops in Overland Park. These workshops can help homeowners learn skills to handle their own home improvement or repair challenges. Course costs vary, but a menu of classes and pricing is available online.

And for those of you with little ones in your lives, working together on building and home projects can be a great way to make memories while teaching useful skills! Lowe’s Build and Grow program offers free kids clinics across the metro. Kids build a wooden project, and get a free apron, goggles and patch. The current projects are based on Toy Story and seem to fill up fast, so sign up soon if you’re interested!

Happy home-improving!

For so many people the kitchen truly serves as the “heart” of the home. It’s the room where friends and family gather, share meals and catch up among the bustle of everyday life. With that in mind, it’s also a room that takes a lot of wear and likely could use a little freshening up. And if you’re on the market or getting ready to list your home soon, pay attention, as the kitchen weighs heavily on minds of many buyers.

Photo:  The Home Depot

Photo: The Home Depot

Even a few, fast changes can make a major impact. And there are many ways to update your look without spending a lot of money – like changing out your old cabinet knobs and pulls, like Home Depot suggests in the image above. Check out some of these 2013 trends to see if you get any ideas to apply to the heart of your home. Happy Valentine’s Day!

paint-canA fresh coat of paint is a great way to spruce up your home. In comparison to other home improvement projects, painting is relatively easy, fast and inexpensive. Check out this list of hot hues in painting trends. The forecast from the pros at Pantone reveals new colors to renew, soothe and surprise. Browse the slideshow for ideas on how to incorporate these palettes into your home!

The real estate market in Kansas City has picked up pace, and with spring around the corner, we’ll soon be in what is traditionally one of the busiest seasons for buying and selling. If you’re shopping for a home in the Fairway area, add this 2-bedroom home to your list. And if you’re free on Sunday (Jan. 20), swing by! We’re hosting an open house at 5860 Granada Lane from 1 to 3 p.m. (Reece & Nichol’s website is currently down for maintenance, but you can view more details with MLS#1809738 on my mobile app)

Fairway Front

For those of you planning to list this spring, now is the time to start getting your home ready. From projects around the house, to adding to your curb appeal, this recent post will help you get your list started. Taking time to get your house in the best condition possible can really help you stand out from the competition!

Questions about how to approach your sale, or want to schedule another time to see the home in Fairway? Give me a call anytime at (913) 980-2434.

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