Home Improvements

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Foggy Window - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonkringen/5082219253

What good does it do to have a view of the winter wonderland outside of your home’s windows if you can’t see it for all the fog on the glass? It’s frustrating, but it’s a fact of life here in Minnesota when the heat goes on inside the home and the air outside is frosty. There is a way, however, to help you see clearly. Read on.

What causes it?

Condensation occurs with the combination of moisture and temperature. The moisture in this case is the humidity inside the home. Air can only hold so much moisture, and the amount is can hold depends on the air temperature. “When air at a certain temperature contains all the vapor it can hold, it's said to be ‘saturated’, which means a relative humidity of 100 percent. When it holds only half the water

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Home Testing

January is National Radon Action Month. Doesn’t sound very exciting, we agree, but it is worth noting. Why? Because radon is dangerous, especially when it’s in your home.

So, what’s radon and why should I care?

Did you know that the local gas company puts that stinky odor in the natural gas supply? Natural gas has no odor so they odorize it so we can be alerted if there’s a leak. Radon gas is odorless as well but nobody’s found a way yet to add a stink to it, which makes it quite dangerous.

Radon is radioactive. Got your attention with that one, didn’t we? The awful fact about radon gas is that it’s the number one cause of lung cancer in folks who don’t smoke cigarettes. So, just as you wouldn’t dream of allowing someone to light one up in

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Puppy at Home - Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/Unsplash-242387/

Bringing a new puppy home can be quite a bit of work. They need attention and plenty of time to play. You will also need to provide adequate space for your new puppy.

Before you bring your puppy home, it's important to puppy proof the home. Some plants are toxic, while other things can be left out and your new friend may get into them. Here are some of the things you can do to puppy proof your home.

Remove Harmful Plants

Some plants, such as azaleas may be beautiful, but they can harm animals. If the animal decides to eat the plant, it can actually kill them. If you own harmful plants, either put them up out of the reach of your new puppy or replace them with nontoxic choices.

Keep Medications Stored Away

Leaving medications out on a

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Did you know you’ll have one more chance to view that Blaine home you’re about to purchase just before closing? Indeed you do, and it’s an important step in the purchase process. Known as “the final walk-through” it allows you to ensure that the home is in the same condition as when you agreed to purchase it, that all seller repairs have been made and that nothing was damaged when the sellers moved out.

Of course a member of the Lindahl Team will be with you on the visit, but we thought we’d give you a heads up on some of the items you should check during this final tour.

 Check Repairs – Have all the agreed-on repairs been made, according to what was promised in the purchase agreement and any addenda? Make sure the seller left you…
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Home

Going green at home is a huge transition. However, you don't have to turn off your electricity, get solar panels and go completely off the grid to go green. You can take baby steps with a few small changes to make your home more environmentally-friendly. Here are a few of the small changes you can implement quickly and easily.

Water Preservation

Something as simple as turning the faucet off when you are brushing your teeth can save more water than you might imagine. If you brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, you could save as much as five gallons of water each time. That adds up to over 1,800 gallons per year.

Another way you can conserve water is through the right faucets and shower heads. An innovative faucet may allow you to save

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Home Planning

When it's time to upgrade the kitchen, bathroom or any other part of your home, you need a budget. This comes before any paint is selected, tile is picked out or anything else. Here are a few tips to help you budget for home renovations properly.

Estimate the Overall Costs

Whether you are buying a new home that isn't fully turnkey or you are updating your existing home, an estimate of costs is the first step. You want to start by using the appraised value of your home and figuring out how much each room is worth. The rule of thumb is to spend no more than the value of the room on renovations.

For example, if your kitchen makes up 15% of the home's value and the home is worth $250K, you don't want to spend more than $37,500 to update the

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Eco-Friendly Home

Updating your home is a fun process. If done properly, you can use the right features to save money on energy bills. Here are a few of the best eco-friendly updates you can make to your home.

Additional Insulation

New or additional insulation can do many things for your home including making it more eco-friendly. With the right energy-efficient insulation, you can save on energy bills during both the summer and the winter. Depending on the current insulation, bringing it up to the current standard can save you 10 to 50% on your cooling and heating bill.

A Programmable Thermostat

An easy change that can save you a ton of green, a programmable thermostat is a great choice for an eco-friendly update to your home. You can save more than $150

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Sure, spring is officially underway, but our weather has been erratic lately so many Blaine gardens sit, waiting. The weather folks say that we’re in for rain or cloudy weather through Friday here in Blaine. This coming weekend, however, looks quite promising if you’ve been longing to get out in the garden. Look for sunshine and a high of 79 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday. Yeah – ideal gardening weather.

Since new growth can be damaged by frost, you don’t want to cut back or prune any frost-sensitive shrubs or other plants until after the first week in May. But there are lots of other things you can get done this weekend.

1. Get out there and clean up your perennials. It may be too early to cut them back, but you can remove old

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Door Lock - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/Hans-2/

Have you considered a smart door lock in your home? It’s a state-of-the-art security feature for new homes which allows you to control the locks from your phone. The day of the lock and key are out; the Smart Door Lock enabled by Nexia Home Intelligence is the way of the future.

You can even look to see what time the door was locked or unlocked and you can give certain people in your life a certain code to access your home. What a great peace of mind to know when family members are arriving and leaving your home. Here is a better look at all the Smart Door Locks can do in your home.

About Smart Door Lock

The Smart Locks are going to someday be the new norm. While hotel keys used to be a card you were handed that never seemed to operate right,

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Organized Home - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/beija/496631023

Having an organized home is a great way to feel less stressed out on a daily basis. Many people make it their New Year’s resolutions to become more organized and clean up their lives. While it can be a daunting chore and overwhelming, it will make your life so much easier and relaxing.

A good place to start is to pick a place for everything and then you can begin to tackle the organizing and labeling. Here are a few rules to having a more organized home.

Place things in useful locations

Rather than storing coupons and advertisements in a drawer, put them by the phone where you’ll remember to use them. Rather than putting towels tucked away in a closet, put them on a shelf in the bathroom where they will be easily accessible.

All of your

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