The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, and the leaves are changing colors—all familiar cues that winter is around the corner. It also means that the heating season is nearly upon us, and with more Minnesotans staying home and concerned about finances than ever before, energy bills could have a major impact. This makes looking into energy-saving […]
Octobar 4 – 10 is Fire Prevention Week, and Country Financial is reminding homeowners of the common mistakes that can lead to devastating home fires, especially during the colder months. Putting a space heater next to your bed Space heaters make for a nice addition to a chilly room, but they can be dangerous. In fact, they account for nearly […]
Halloween in 2020 figures to be unlike any other. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 that began in the winter of 2019- 20 forced governments across the globe to issue social distancing mandates designed to stop the spread of the virus. Such mandates included restrictions on the size of gatherings, and those restrictions remain in place in many places […]
Removing leaves from the yard is a task that homeowners must perform each fall. Thousands upon thousands of leaves can drop from a single tree. Multiply that by the number of trees on a property, and it’s no surprise the task of leaf cleanup can seem so daunting. Furthermore, not all leaves are shed at the same time, so several […]
According to Realtor.com, spring is the busiest and best season to sell a home. While a good home can find a buyer any time of year, homeowners might find the buyers’ pool is strongest in spring and into summer. The reasons for that are many, ranging from parents wanting to move when their children are not in school to buyers […]
For many homeowners, the arrival of fall and winter marks an end to time spent lounging and dining al fresco on the patio. But cold air does not necessarily mean patio furniture must be packed up until flowers bloom anew in spring. In its 2017 Home Design Trends Survey, the American Institute of Architects found that consumers continue to emphasize […]
A fireplace is a cozy and warm spot around which a family can gather. The home and real estate resource HomeGuides.com indicates that 60 percent of new homes have a fireplace, which is up from 36 percent in the 1970s. Naturally, fueling a fireplace for the season may require homeowners with wood-burning units to keep an ample supply of wood […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has made home buying an even more challenging experience.Homeowners know that the process of buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. The anxiety associated with buying a home has hit new heights during the outbrea… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me […]
The Rehabilitation Loan Program (RLP) helps low-income homeowners finance home repair projects that directly affect the home’s safety, livability, energy efficiency and accessibility. Examples of projects may include: • Electrical wiring• Furna… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.
Hosting a backyard barbeque is just one way of getting to know your new neighbors.A lot goes into building safe, strong communities. While no single factor can be highlighted as more important than another in regard to building strong communities, a … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.