Feeling cramped at home? These tips can help open upa room without knocking down a wall. Accentuate the vertical. Draw the eye upward so a roomlooks more spacious. Add a bookshelf that reaches to the ceiling.Install vertical shiplap or wallpaper with vertical stripes.Hang a pendant light fixture. Consider “see-through” furniture. Choose chairs andsofas with visible…

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The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. – Henry Ward Beecher September is usually the time for children everywhere to head back to school. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend various areas of life, countless schools are opting to resume classes via…

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 We hope all is well for you in these crazy times! Because of these tumultuous times, many people are thinking more about their finances and the planning they have in place.  To help provide a resource to his clients, Reg Aldrich, with COUNTRY Financial®,  will be hosting a Virtual Event featuring Tom Hegna that will hit…

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After being cooped up indoors due to shelter-in-place orders, buyers are reemerging and making outdoor space a priority in order to flex their green thumb. The pandemic is shaping people’s lives in new ways and causing some to reevaluate what features they want in a home. Now more than ever, potential home buyers are prioritizing…

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When your home is for sale, you might wonder which upgrades would maximize your price and attract a buyer more quickly. Home improvements don’t always pay off—before embarking on a project, it’s important to consider the likelihood that it will actually increase your home’s value enough to leave you with a profit margin that renders…

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Whenever a buyer is purchasing a home using a mortgage loan, the appraisal is an integral part of the transaction. However, as with many steps in the home buying process, appraisals can be mystifying—particularly for first-time buyers. Here are answers to a few common questions to help clear up any confusion surrounding home appraisals. What…

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“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” – Epictetus As people across the U.S. head to the beach or backyard barbecues to celebrate Fourth of July, we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and other pivotal events in the country’s early history.…

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The 4th of July may look different this year, but if the last few months have taught us anything, it’s to appreciate the little things. As we celebrate our independence, my mind shifts to those little things. So, I wanted to share a list of ways you can commemorate the holiday. Maybe one of these…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shutters offices, countless employees are suddenly working from home. For many, this transition represents a major lifestyle shift—but the trend towards remote work is nothing new. In fact, it has increased by over 150 percent in the last twelve years and is expected to continue growing in the future. Therefore,…

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Sheets should be washed once a week at a high temperature followed by a hot dryer cycle. Pillows should be washed every 3 to 6 months on gentle cycle, 2 at a time. 1 wash cycle, 2 rinse cycles and then into the dryer. Carpets should be cleaned once a year. Vacuum followed by a…

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