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Tuesday, April 16, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

What You Need to Know About DIY and Professional Home Repairs

What You Need to Know About DIY and Professional Home Repairs


Whether you just bought a new home or are looking for ways to save on repairs that have been on your to-do list for years, DIY home repairs can seem like perfect budget solutions. Doing your own maintenance and repairs can potentially lead to savings, but you also need to know which projects are best left to professional contractors. To help you avoid serious mishaps, here are some tips to know about common home repairs.


They Take Some Budgeting


Whether you hire pros or DIY, it’s important to make sure you have the funds to pay for your repairs. You know the cost of major renovations done by specialists can set you back a pretty penny, but many homeowners don’t properly plan for DIY jobs. Remember, even small home projects that you take on yourself have the habit of going awry, so always be sure to make a solid plan for how you’ll pay for everything. If you don’t have the cash set a ...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Rochester Real Estate Talk Show: 4/6/19

??? Rochester Real Estate Talk Show ???Saturday’s from 8:30-9am on KROC-AM 1340??? 4/6/19Robin introduces herself & the Gwaltney Group & talks about the current Rochester housing market, different financing options, what it means for a Realtor to represent you, & more.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019   /   by Brian Ness

Which Home Repairs You Should Avoid Doing DIY — and Why

Which Home Repairs You Should Avoid Doing DIY — and Why

With all the DIY shows on tv these days, people are taking on more home repair projects than ever. While that can sometimes save you a bundle, there are other times it can lead to bigger problems and added expense. Here is important information on common jobs better left to the pros.



Bathroom remodeling
While bathrooms typically are not big rooms, the skill and knowledge involved with a proper bathroom remodel is huge. Sure, most people can replace a toilet themselves with some decent step-by-step instructions, but as This Old House points out, the plumbing alone for a full remodel requires specialized expertise. There is building code and residential design concepts involved, and on top of that, the workers need to be able to accomplish their tasks in a finished house without causing damage. To hire professionals for a bathroom remodel in Rochester, MN, expect to pay between $4,875 and $8,466.


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Monday, December 3, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

Winter Homebuying 101: Cool Reasons Why It’s the Perfect Season to Buy

Winter Homebuying 101: Cool Reasons Why It’s the Perfect Season to Buy
Don’t pass up that ‘for sale’ sign stuck in the snow-it might just be your ticket to finding your new home at a steal! Real estate sales naturally slow as the seasons change and most home seekers put their search on hold until spring, but not you. You see an advantage in an overcrowded marketplace. You’ve been searching for a home since spring or summer and watched as houses were snatched off the market at record speed! More people means more possibility of a bidding war-ugh! You’ve had enough! Don’t give up now, RE/MAX shares the perks of pursuing that potential palace as the temperatures drop.

Motivated to MoveWhen home sellers list their place in the winter, it usually means their life has experienced a change in plans and now is the time for them to move on. Maybe they just accepted a new job offer in a different city or they already moved out to a ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

Factors to Consider When Cleaning Your New Home

Factors to Consider When Cleaning Your New Home

You’ve done the homework, picked the right home in the right neighborhood, and have gone through everything else in the home-buying process. However, your work is not done. Before you move into your perfect new home, you need to make sure it’s as clean as possible. There is no better time to deep clean and make your home a relaxing place than before you move in. It is a lot to think about, and it takes a lot of work, but taking it step by step and looking forward to the reward of a clean home will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Here are some factors to consider during the process.


Air Quality


Indoor air quality is often neglected by homeowners, but it is an essential part of a healthy home. There are several possible culprits of poor air quality, such as tobacco smoke, outdoor pollution, volatile compounds in manufactured furniture, and fumes from cleaning and pest control products—just to name ...

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