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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Apartment

You don’t want any type of pest in your apartment, but fruit flies are especially annoying, and in the summer, they’re particularly prevalent. We are sharing how to get rid of fruit flies in your apartment and tips that will keep them from coming back.

What Are Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies are small flies, only about 1/8 of an inch long and have brown and black bodies. Their life...

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 |  Home Maintenance, Rental Apartments

10 Tips to Keep Your Apartment Cool This Summer

While Minneapolis is typically known for very long, very cold winters, it gets hot here in the summer, too with temperatures well into the 80s and even 90s. We know you want to keep your apartment comfortable and your electric bill low, and that can be difficult, especially if you live higher floor. To help you, we’re sharing 10 simple, effective ways to keep your apartment cool this summer.

Blocking Heat Around Your Windows

Your windows are a primary source of allowing heat to enter your home, especially if your windows are older or have single-panes. Follow t...

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 |  Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Rental Apartments

5 Ways to Prepare Your Apartment for Spring

The transition from late winter into early spring means new growth and new beginnings, but it can also mean an increase in allergy symptoms. Dust and allergens may have built up in your apartment combining with rapid weather changes and plant growth outside can make this time of year a bit rough on your health. To help you feel your best, we’re sharing some tips on how you can clean and prepare your apartment this spring.

Kick Off Your Shoes

Think about where you walk in a day – city sidewalks, public restrooms, a quick shortcut through the grass – ...

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 |  Financial, Home Maintenance, Real Estate News

Financial Assistance May Be Available to You

The US Small Business Administration has extended their deadline for businesses (of all sizes), private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a physical disaster loan to November 2, 2020. This applies to those in the stated counties in Minnesota with damages incurred by the civil unrest between May 27 – June 8, 2020. Visit their website for further information at

https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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 |  Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Interior Design, Real Estate News, Selling a Home

Home Organization Tips for the New Year

Happy New Year!

Now that 2019 is here and the busyness of the holidays is over, many people are setting New Year’s resolutions — whether personal, professional, or real estate-related. It is the perfect time to set goals and welcome the new year with a fresh start. And what better way to start the new year fresh than by cleaning and organizing your home?

10 Ways to Get Rid of Last Year’s Clutter

“Out with the old, in with the new” as the saying goes. T...

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 |  Home Maintenance, Home Organization, Real Estate News

Unique Ways to Decorate Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about decorating your home this year?

It might seem like all of the options for Halloween decorations are the same year after year: carve a pumpkin, light the luminaries, and set out a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters. But with just a little paint and creativity in the right places, you can really make your Halloween decorations stand out.

3 Easy Twists on Traditional Halloween Decorations

Looking to modify your Halloween decorations this year? Here are a few simple twists on your traditional choices.

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 |  Community Events, Home Maintenance, Horticulture/Environment

Don’t Miss the 2018 Hennepin County Master Gardener Plant Sale!

If you are looking at a new gardening project this year, or just happen to want to purchase new plants then don’t miss the Hennepin County Master Gardener Plant Sale this weekend.  This annual sale is a huge hit in the Twin Cities and plants go quickly.

This year’s sale is on May 19, 2018 from 9:00 – 2:00

New location –

Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted methods of payment. Boxes are available, but it’s a good idea to bring a cart or wagon if you plant ...

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 |  Company News, Financial, Home Maintenance, Purchasing a Home, Selling a Home

Trees Can Increase Your Property Value

You probably don’t think much about the trees on a home’s property unless they pose an immediate threat to the structure. But you may not be aware of how much value trees hold and how they can affect the price of your listing. John Palmer, an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, reveals the true benefits and liabilities of trees, what buyers should look for in home landscaping, and what sellers can do to protect the value of their trees.

Can trees actually affec...

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 |  Company News, Home Maintenance, Purchasing a Home, Real Estate News, Resources to Hire Professionals

Your Final Walk Through

Closing time is hectic, but you should always make time for a final walk-through to make sure
that your home is in the same condition you expected it would be. Here’s a detailed list of
what to check for on your final walk-through.

  • Basement, attic, and every room, closet, and crawl space have been checked.
  • Requested repairs have been made.
  • Copies of paid bills and warranties are in hand.
  • No major, unexpected changes have been made to the property since last viewed.
  • All items included in the sale price—draperies, lighting fixtu...
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