The changing of seasons is always marked with new colors, new temperatures and homeowners writing out new to-do lists. But before you get swept up in the excitement of decorating your home for the holiday season, make sure your home’s structure and mechanicals are in as good of shape as your Thanksgiving table display.
This time of year puts your home at an increased risk for mishaps such as clogged gutters, burst pipes, and carbon monoxide; fortunately, these are all preventable with a little forethought and elbow grease. Autumn is also a terrific opportunity to improve outdoor aesthetics like paint and plant beds. The DIY network has an awesome list of seasonal maintenance tips on their website, and here are a few to get you started:
The size and location of your home may warrant additional to-do’s, but these activities are a suitable place to start for properties of all shapes and sizes. Just imagine how good you’ll feel once these are all crossed off, and you can enjoy your pumpkin spice latte with an equally satisfying sense of achievement.
Kansas City has become a mecca for java junkies and beer buffs alike, and the reasons go far beyond The Roasterie and Boulevard Brewing. While these establishments are well-known and loved, and for good reason, a new generation of craft breweries and coffee roasters is taking over the local scene.
Many factors are likely responsible for this industry uptick, from our growing economy to the rise in millennial entrepreneurs starting their own businesses, but one thing is undeniable: people love lattes and lagers. And just as Kansas City is the heart of the U.S., coffee and beer are at the heart of many social events and gatherings. Business meetings, first dates, girlfriend get-togethers and boys’ nights out take place in bar booths and around café tables every day. Now there are more choices than ever, and with so many different options you can find the one that’s perfectly tailored to your taste.
True to Kansas City tradition, every new place that pops up seems to put its own spin on the experience, making each sip an event to be remembered. Monarch, a new café that just opened this year off 35th and Broadway, is described by its owners as “a marriage of coffee and art.” Founded by husband and wife business partners, the couple paired their respective talents for coffee and design to create a visually stunning space and taste bud-tickling treats. Another artful up-and-comer is Crane Brewing in Raytown, whose origami crane logo and rustic taproom are a nod to the carefully handcrafted brews on the menu. Every beer from the Crane collection has its own unique origami-style label that emotes the specific origin and characteristics of the brew that bears it. If you can’t decide between a fresh-brewed coffee or a cold beer, or perhaps you want to start with one and end with the other without having to change locations, check out Colony in North Kansas City. Colony has everything you need in one place: equal parts café, brewery, and handcrafted cocktail bar with an event space to top it all off. Stop by anytime for your drink of choice, or check out their website for a list of concerts and events.
For additional recommendations, KC Coffee Geek offers a comprehensive list of cafes and roasters that are definitely worth checking out. Perhaps you prefer to get your coffee fix from a dark stout than an actual cup of joe? In that case, check out Visit KC’s website for a list of local breweries to add to your bucket list. If you’re looking for sound advice straight from your peers and open dialogue amongst fellow beer nuts, join the Beer Tasting KC group on Facebook. Cheers!
2017 has been a record-breaking year for Kansas City real estate: record sales, record prices, and record numbers of buyers battling for record low inventory. Many areas are starting to even out or even see a significant lull in market activity, but the real hotspots in northeast Johnson County and northwest Jackson County are continual objects of desire. And if a home in an area like that is in mint condition, it won’t sit for even 12 hours without a contract. So what does all this mean for buyers who are tired of getting outbid, or who have hesitation about venturing into the market at all?
Next to hiring a great agent, prioritizing between look and location is your best friend. Olympic Gold buyers, the ones that want their future home to score a 10 in both categories, should be prepared to go head-to-head with other like-minded competitors who may be willing to pay anywhere from five thousand to fifty thousand dollars over asking price. That’s a nightmare for equity, but perhaps your dream home is worth it to you. However, if you can determine which of those qualities is most important to you, and be willing to make sacrifices regarding the secondary attribute, you have a much better chance of ending up with a home that holds more value for your lifestyle and your wallet.
That may seem like a lot to ask, and you may have no clue which one to choose. This list of important factors that every buyer must consider will help you determine whether look or location is more important to you:
Whatever you decide, communicate it clearly with your agent so you can come up with a game plan together. If you simply can’t bring yourself to compromise on either of these points, talk through your reasons with your agent and what you’re willing to go through to get that gold medal. This will ensure that your expectations are appropriate and eliminate as much pain as possible from the process
Summer in Kansas City means two things: it’s too hot outside to do anything but relax in the shade with a cold cocktail, and before long you’ll be trading that lawn chair and margarita for a fire pit and spiked apple cider. In both cases, an inviting outdoor space is essential.
Whether you’re an amateur design aficionado or your idea of outdoor seating is a stump from an old tree you cut down, there are plenty of budget-friendly, simple ways for anyone to spruce up an outdoor space.
If you’re wanting to do a total outdoor overhaul and don’t have time to implement all of these ideas, be sure to keep an eye out for end-of-summer and Labor Day sales. You can snag great deals on outdoor essentials like furniture and garden décor, and still have time to enjoy the season.
Kansas City and the home renovation industry have a lot in common: both are full of hidden treasures and historical value, both sources of incredible beauty and architecture, and both are getting some well-deserved recognition. So what could be more perfect than a home renovation show based right here in our hometown?
The housing industry has seen a significant and steady rise in “flip” homes over the last few years, and not just on television. If you’ve purchased a home or followed the market recently, you probably noticed that many listings are owned by names ending in “LLC” that never actually occupied the
property. However, it’s pretty easy to spot the difference between a home that was renovated by a true professional and one that appears to be the result of a novice looking to take advantage of a hot market. Since we like to do things right here in Kansas City, whether it’s beer or barbecue or fine art, native interior designer and handywoman Tamara Day is adding home restoration to that list.
Day is the soon-to-be starlet of the new DIY network series “Little Money Mansions.” After creating raving fans with the first two episodes that aired last summer, according to a recent article in Her Life Magazine, Day is working on filming a full season of the show that is set to kick-off later this year. The series will follow Day as she and her crew, which includes her father and a local general contractor, take on the challenge of breathing new life into large, dilapidated homes that the average flipper might see as too much of a risk.
Cathy Knight-Kotzias, a licensed realtor with Keller Williams Key Partners, LLC, is excited to see what the show will do for the area on a personal level. Knight-Kotzias specializes in unique and rural properties in Missouri, and she recently sold her aunt and uncle’s home to Day as a candidate for the show. “We had our Christmas dinners in that home for 30 years; it’s exciting to see our family home get renovated.” Watching such key parts of our childhood transform and move on without us is often difficult, but Knight-Kotzias is looking forward to the positive impact the change will bring. “I think, like a lot of kids, we’d rather see it get renovated than continue to deteriorate.”
“Little Money Mansions” is an exciting milestone for Kansas City as the first major network home renovation series that is entirely based here, but it won’t be the first time a property from the area has been featured on a major network. Kansas City has also guest starred on HGTV’s House Hunters and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. But Kansas City has done her time as the supporting actress, and now it’s time to step into the spotlight as the leading lady.
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