Nothing says summer like the backyard barbecue. Whether you're making a fancy presentation from your sleek backyard kitchen and patio or just firing up the little old charcoal grill for the folks sitting around in lawn chairs, the backyard barbecue is front and center when it comes to summertime entertaining.
Our real estate agents want you to know that there are generally two bright stars in the barbecue firmament, so pay particular attention to the grilled meats and delicious libations. If you've never done a barbecue, or haven't had much practice, or maybe things at your last effort didn't go exactly the way you'd hoped—practice makes perfect. You can also benefit from tips from those who've gone before you. So as you plan your big summertime fete for friends and relatives in your new home from among Wichita homes for sale, let's look at how to make your barbecue the best with these suggestions.
Our real estate agents know there is no one-size-fits-all solution for seniors who wish to downsize their homes. Each homebuyer is unique in both needs and desires. Nonetheless, several elements are common to most shoppers. Here are a few key issues they have identified that may be important to you:
Now that you've moved into the house you found among Wichita homes for sale, you've probably got big plans to improve your home's interior, as well as the landscaping. Since it's almost summer, we're guessing you've started on some outdoor projects, such as getting the lawn shipshape and maybe creating some flowerbeds front and back.
No doubt your mind is full of colorful banks of flowers and a lush expanse of lawn, some artfully trimmed shrubs, and graceful, shading trees. But it doesn't matter where you are; the reality is that you will have to deal with weeds. A beautiful landscape doesn't happen without addressing the presence of weeds and how to get rid of them.
June 18 is National Go Fishing Day, and June is a truly beautiful month to be out on the water in Kansas. Here in the Wichita area, we're lucky to have a wealth of great fishing options close by, including over 20 public lakes within the metro area.
Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local fishing holes for bass, catfish, panfish, and more. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 18, and join us at one of these outstanding Wichita fishing lakes!
Ice cream is a smoothly decadent treat that's tasty year-round, but its creamy coolness is even more appealing in warmer months. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is on June 7, so visit a Wichita ice cream shop on that day and stop by others throughout the month and summer.
Our real estate agents recommend paying a visit to the following ice cream shops to indulge in some chocolate ice cream.
The American family is thinking more and more seriously about living healthy lives, cooking at home, and doing their part to nurture the planet. More cooking means kitchen garbage just keeps growing. Instead of dumping it all into landfills, conscientious homeowners are diverting organic waste to their gardens to return precious nutrients to the soil. For those who have always just bought a bag of fertilizer from a home improvement store, our real estate agents offer a few tips to help you try something new.
May is National Hamburger Month, and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by paying a visit to your local burger joint. And if you happen to live in the Wichita area, you have plenty of options.
Our real estate agents are always excited to highlight local businesses. With that in mind, if you're looking for the best burger in Wichita, look no further than these five amazing restaurants.
National Strawberry Month is observed each May, and that's when they usually ripen in the Wichita area. You'll find plenty of pick-your-own strawberry farms where you can go to pick the juiciest, freshest fruits right off the vines. And when you get home, wash them and eat some plain, use them in shortcakes or on top of a cheesecake, dip them in chocolate, and save some to freeze for later.
Our real estate agents suggest stopping by one or more of the following places to pick your own berries around Wichita.
Originally settled by Swedish farmers and immigrants in 1869, Lindsborg is a truly unique community in Kansas. It's known fondly as Little Sweden USA, thanks to the Swedish and Scandinavian heritage of so many residents. There's so much to see and do close to Lindsborg homes for sale, with many attractions that showcase the community's unique heritage. Our real estate agents are here to help you plan your next visit to Little Sweden USA, with our guide to six local attractions you won't want to miss.
The Fair Housing Act, passed in April 1968, is a landmark national law that prohibits discrimination in the rental, financing, and sale of housing. Every April since the law was passed, we recognize Fair Housing Month as a way to look back upon the discrimination that necessitated the Fair Housing Act and ensure that its principles are being upheld to prevent discrimination in the present day. Join our real estate agents in looking back on the history of Fair Housing Month and working to support a vibrant, diverse, inclusive future for all communities.
Before the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, discrimination in housing was sadly a common practice in many communities around the country. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, "Residential segregation in America didn't happen by accident. Americans of different races live apart because of deliberate actions by public and private actors.
We all know how important it is to eat a nutritious and filling lunch, but it's not always easy to find the time to step away from work. April 13th is Make Lunch Count Day, and our real estate agents welcome you to rise to the challenge. Carve out some time to enjoy a healthy lunch from one of Wichita's best lunch stops from the list below.
The last two years have brought many changes in the housing market, including the need for space. Buyers are prioritizing space for a home office or a home gym when viewing Wichita homes for sale, and they're willing to make a galley-style kitchen work. Our real estate agents can show you how.
Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, but is your home puppy-roof? Some planning is necessary to get the house ready for your fluffy companion. Our real estate agents love puppies too, and they have compiled the guide below to prepare for your new pet.
There's nothing like a quiet stroll to get you some exercise, refresh your mood, and get you into a more peaceful frame of mind.
You don't need a special location for walks either, but the right environment does enhance the experience. Since March 30th is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, let's take a look at some of the best trails near our Wichita homes for sale.
The family room of the 1950s was a place for a pool table or a large table for games and puzzles, and perhaps a television. But our real estate agents are well aware that today's families have very different needs. They know that versatility is the key to creating a pleasant space that offers multiple functions. Here are a few things to consider as you design your own recreation area.
There is something undeniably enjoyable about biting into a good piece of crispy fried chicken. Luckily, there are some great places to get fried chicken in Wichita. In fact, our real estate agents recommend going out for fried chicken at least once while you're here looking at homes for sale. Here are five top spots serving fried chicken that will knock your socks off.
When you experience a home emergency, it's normal to freeze, especially if this is your first time dealing with a specific incident. Our real estate agents encourage homeowners to prepare for a home emergency before it happens. Follow these tips to stop a home emergency in its tracks.
Like other well-known cities, Witchita is filled with all types of food and drinks from one corner of the city to the other. If you're a fan of margaritas, you certainly won't have to go far to find one. While these drinks are common for the area —even a movie theater chain carries them—our real estate agents have put together their favorite stops for Margarita Day.
Owning a home is a great investment that gives you the freedom to make changes to your home and build equity. You can enjoy these advantages by contacting our real estate agents as your first step in owning your home. However, being a homeowner comes with its shares of expenses like remodeling costs. Fortunately, you can handle home renovations within your budget using the following tips.
Is there anything more satisfying than a hot breakfast on a chilly morning? Whether you prefer sweet pancakes or savory egg dishes, a hot breakfast is a well-deserved indulgence. February 2022 is National Hot Breakfast Month, the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a favorite meal. Here are some of the top Wichita breakfast restaurants our real estate agents recommend.
Once you're in the market for a new place to call your own, it won't take long before you realize that Wichita homes for sale have many exciting design elements and convenient amenities. What's even better is that the number of home improvement projects you can undertake is practically endless.
To give you an idea, our real estate agents have compiled some of our favorites that we expect will be trending in 2022 and beyond.
January is National Dog Training Month, which means it's time to work on your dog's behavior and skills. Whether you want to teach your dog something specific or just want to reinforce basic obedience, you don't have to do it alone. Our real estate agents have assembled this list of the best dog training agencies in and around Wichita to help you find the right teacher for your canine companion.
From October through December, the joys of the holidays are abundant. Unfortunately, so is the cleanup afterward. If your storage area is a nightmare full of boxes and bags, it's time to roll up your sleeves and organize so that all of your beautiful decorations are out of your way and ready for next year. But where should you begin? Our real estate agents have a few tips to help you get started.
There's just something about spicy food that's irresistible. January 16th is International Hot and Spicy Food Day, so what better way to celebrate than by going to a restaurant that lets you indulge in that heat you crave?
But when you're moving to a new area, it can be difficult to know which restaurants will fill your needs. There are plenty of Wichita homes for sale, but are there any spicy restaurants nearby? There are. Here are a few of our favorites in the area.
While New Year's Eve is a big night for special parties, dancing, and champagne toasts, many people prefer to celebrate a quieter, more relaxing New Year's Eve at home with family and friends. If that appeals to you, our real estate agents have some great tips for a festive celebration in the comfort of your own home where friends and kids can join in the activities.
If you're looking for Wichita homes for sale, or you just moved into a new home, why not spend a relaxing New Year's Eve at home this year? Whether you spend the evening with your kids or a small group of friends, there are lots of ways to ring in a fun-filled New Year at home.
Congratulations! You've found the perfect house among Wichita homes for sale. While it may be the last thing on your mind as you move into your new home, it's important not to neglect security. In today's world, you never know what can happen. How secure is your new home? Here are a few tips to ensure it's protected.
You spend years making your house a home. As you settle in and the seasons change year after year, you add appliances, landscaping, fixtures, and other features that personalize the home and enhance your comfort. Our real estate agents know how you feel, and we understand that it's natural to want to take some of your old home with you when you go. However, it's important to remember that you can't take everything, and in fact, if you do, you could be creating problems that could land you in hot water. The following are six simple rules you should know when it comes to understanding what you can take and what you should leave behind.
Whether you like them fudgy or cakey, a rich chocolate brownie is an undeniable treat – and with National Brownie Day coming up on December 8th, you've got a great excuse to indulge. Check out these five places serving stellar brownies near our Wichita homes for sale.
The holidays will soon be here, and the Wichita area will come alive with lights. Driving around to see decorative holiday lights is a wonderful pastime. You can sing your favorite holiday songs on the way and maybe even stop for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Here are some of the top spots our real estate agents recommend seeing holiday lights this year.
Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 30, and there's an amazing, diverse collection of non-profits located around Wichita that would value your support this year. These organizations provide so many services for the community, offering help for people in need, medical support for children and families, educational support to help youth thrive, and so much more. Our real estate agents have all of the details on how you can give back to local non-profits around Wichita on Giving Tuesday.
Homeowners are often faced with decisions about which investments they should make in their homes, particularly if they're considering putting them on the market. If you've been watching the prices of Wichita homes for sale, you may be tempted to sell "as is." But what if some relatively inexpensive upgrades can increase the sale price dramatically? Our real estate agents will be happy to consult with you before you make a final decision. Here are a few appliances to consider replacing.
In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to thank all military veterans for their service. Additionally, our real estate agents would like to share some important information about VA loans — or Veterans Affairs loans — for homebuyers. These mortgages are available to qualified U.S. veterans, active-duty military members, and some surviving military spouses. Here is some crucial information to consider when deciding whether a VA loan is right for you.
From unique architectural features to mature landscaping, older Wichita homes for sale offer several positive aspects not available with newer construction. But to have the value their beauty promises, these houses must have a solid foundation. While a foundation inspection by a qualified specialist is necessary to identify all issues related to structural integrity, a homeowner can get a pretty good idea of the shape it's in with a few simple steps. In fact, our real estate agents recommend they be part of an annual maintenance program to help keep the home in great condition, year after year.
The lure of the open road is a major part of America's story, and it doesn't get any better than the highways and byways of Kansas. Hop on the back of a motorcycle and head out to these great routes, attractions, and events around Wichita as recommended by our real estate agents.
Fall is one of our real estate agents' favorite times of the year. With apple cider donuts, spooky themes, and pumpkin spice lattes, we can't help but feel excited about all things fall. And while nature's magic is happening outside, it's time to dress your home with colors and materials that make your space look and feel as cozy and homey as possible. The interior décor trends we're seeing for fall 2021 revolve around comfort, color, and convenience. Here are the biggest fall home décor trends of 2021.
Whether you're visiting the area or call it home, Exploration Place in Wichita is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Kids will love it, and they'll actually be learning about a variety of topics while they're having fun.
Our real estate agents share what you need to know before heading out to Exploration Place.
No one wants to find their Wichita homes for sale has been invaded by pests. They're an inconvenience, can cause damage to your property, and sometimes are even a health hazard. It's definitely one of those things every homeowner wants to prevent. Use these five tips to make sure pests aren't making your home their home too.
Seal off entry points
Autumn often sees increased pest activity in the form of smaller animals looking for warmth and places to nest. Take a look at your home from roof to foundation and seal off any gaps, crevices, or other entry points with caulk or expanding foam. Rodents only need an opening the size of a dime to make their way in, so adding door sweeps and making sure weather stripping and door and window seals are intact can help keep them out. Other larger pests like squirrels, raccoons, birds, and bats can enter via garage doors, gaps in siding, exhaust fan and dryer vents, torn screens, and chimney openings. Make repairs and cover vent and chimney openings with screens. Check attics, basements, and garages from the inside too for potential entry points.
Cool, creamy, and decadent — nothing beats a well-made milkshake. September is Shake Month, and if you're a milkshake lover, you should head on over to Wichita. And while you're in town, check out these Wichita homes for sale and experience the best of Kansas culture and architecture. You might find your dream home in this serene yet exciting city.
Recent surges in property prices make it very tempting for homebuyers to jump at what appears to be a great deal. But is it really? How can potential buyers know whether they are jumping headlong into a money pit or making a great investment? There are some lovely older homes among Wichita homes for sale that may require careful inspection. Our real estate agents have some suggestions to help you decide.
Few things smell more delightful than freshly baked bread. Sourdough bread is a favorite of our real estate agents, and we were surprised to learn that sourdough recipes date all the way back to back to 1500 BC when it was created and enjoyed by the Egyptians.
With Sourdough September upon us, there couldn't be a better opportunity to visit your favorite Wichita bakery and indulge in this delicious treat. Below are some of our favorite local places where you can go for sourdough bread.
If you've been looking at Wichita homes for sale, you may have noticed that a number of them list a water softener as one of the features. But if you've never had one installed, you may wonder just what value they add to the property. Our real estate agents can tell you that it is a very popular upgrade. Here are some details to help you determine whether purchasing a water softener would be a wise decision for you:
Who doesn't love waking up to the smell of waffles in the morning? These delicious, crispy treats are one of our favorite dishes. Waffles are so versatile: They can be enjoyed as a meal or a dessert and topped with syrup, ice cream, fruit, chocolate, or even fried chicken. Everyone has a favorite waffle style.
National Waffle Day is August 24th, so what better time to get out and this amazing creation while also supporting some of Wichita's wonderful local businesses? If you're in search of the best waffles in town, below are some recommendations from our real estate agents.
Once you've sold your home and found a new house among Wichita homes for sale, you don't want to move things you no longer want or need. Before you toss it all or donate it all, hosting a garage sale is a great way to make a fast buck. But, it's not an easy buck, and you'll have to put in some effort to make your garage sale successful. Our real estate agents recommend the following tried and true methods to make that happen.
Art comes in so many forms. While many people keep art in their homes for their own enjoyment, there's also art displayed publicly for the enjoyment of all. Outdoor sculptures fall into this category of public art, and Wichita is home to some lovely ones. Here are some sculptures our real estate agents think you'll enjoy.
When you put your home on the market, our real estate agents may suggest some upgrades to help compete with other Wichita homes for sale. At the top of the list, offering the greatest ROI, is painting. After painting the walls, consider the kitchen. Nothing revives an older kitchen like new cabinets. Why replace when you can simply paint? Here are some important steps to ensure the best results.
The two possible methods have dramatic differences in cost, energy, and result. The choice of professionals is spray painting, while most homeowners choose the brush method. Spraying means a smoother finish, quicker drying times, and more durable results. Lacquers applied with a gun dry quickly, decreasing work time, and stand up to cleaning much longer than brush-on paints. Lacquers require application by spray gun and a compressor. It's necessary to protect everything from overspray. Adequate ventilation is vital. Brush-on paints are generally less expensive and require normal masking and drop cloths without clouds of overspray. Drying time between coats averages 24 hours, and they require more sanding for a smooth finish.
When our real estate agents are busy showing homes all day, they love stopping by a food truck for a quick bite to eat. Luckily, there are plenty of great options in the Wichita area. Next time you're out exploring Wichita homes for sale, plan to visit one of these delicious food trucks for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
After researching and exploring potential options, you've finally closed on your new home. Before you sit back and enjoy your new space, our real estate agents recommend that you do a few things to lower your expenses and protect your property. Here are some tasks to add to your to-do list.