As people begin to travel more after long winters, homeowners often find themselves hosting family and old friends for overnight stays. When guests enter the spare bedroom, you want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and relaxed. Unfortunately, sometimes that room becomes a catch-all for overflow or a home office. Our real estate agents urge you to clear out the clutter and convert the space into a comfortable guest room and would like to offer a few tips to help you.
While searching the many amazing Wichita homes for sale, there's no doubt that you'll find the perfect one for you and your family in no time. Of course, you'll need to furnish that home sooner rather than later. The problem is that many new homeowners aren't sure what kind of stuff they should get right away and what can wait for a couple of weeks or even longer.
New appliances and kitchen renovations are expensive investments and major appliances have long service lives. That makes it particularly important to make sure your upgrades are not already out of style. Our real estate agents want to share a few tips with you about current kitchen trends to keep your home attractive as well as marketable.
After looking at Wichita homes for sale, you finally found the one. Now, you're moving in and planning for the next couple of months, which will include the holiday season. Are you starting to imagine your whole family gathered in your dining room, enjoying a holiday party together? Hosting such a party can be one of the ultimate joys of homeownership. However, if you're like many new homeowners, you could probably benefit from a few helpful tips for holiday hosting.
If you want to revamp your home's style and appearance, a coat or two of paint is a fast, easy way to give any room in your home an upgrade. While most homeowners know that painting a room instantly overhauls the space, you have several options for utilizing paint in your home. Our real estate agents suggest trying one of the following projects.
Have you considered listing your home, but you're not sure if it's the right time? Selling your home and moving to one more suited for your lifestyle or desired location can mean major upheaval, but not taking the opportunity when handed to you could be a mistake. Here are five signs it's time to move on, according to our real estate agents.
There are plenty of ways to renovate your home that don't involve tearing down walls or spending a small fortune. "No-demo" renovations can improve your comfort and update your home via small steps that make a big impact. Our real estate agents can attest that the following smaller projects can significantly transform the home and add considerable value to the property.
The best thing about Halloween is handing out yummy goodies to those little trick-or-treaters dressed up in adorable costumes. Before there's a knock on your front door, our real estate agents suggest you focus on some Halloween home safety tips that will ensure a fun-filled night.
Ghosts, goblins, pirates, and witches are a welcome sight on Halloween Eve, but injuries are not on the welcome list. If you're planning for trick-or-treaters in your Wichita homes for sale, it's important to follow safety measures to prevent unwanted falls, burns, fires, dog bites, and theft.
When selling your home, it's important to make the rooms feel as spacious as possible to maximize the appeal to buyers. Even if you feel like your home is too small, there are ways to make it feel bigger! Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for creating a light, airy, spacious feel inside your home.
Buying your first home can be intimidating, and our real estate agents are happy to help you navigate the process. But some things deserve your attention before you consult with them to ensure your readiness to buy. Here are a few important steps that will help you shop with confidence.
A walk through a thriving sunflower field is the perfect way to mark the end of your summer. Many of our real estate agents make yearly trips to these golden fields all around the Wichita area, enjoying the blossoms and the other activities available at each location. Join them by heading out to one of the spots on the list below.
Getting a home inspection is an important part of buying your home, as it lets you know of any potential problems and allows you to back out or renegotiate the contract if the issues are substantial. With so much riding on this step, however, you shouldn't hire just anyone to inspect your home. Here are seven important questions our real estate agents recommend asking your home inspector.
When you bought your home, you probably had plenty of resources to tell you what to expect at closing, from first-time homebuyer counselors to agents to internet articles. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, you may have a rough time gathering the information you want about the closing process. Our real estate agents want to address all your questions and concerns.
Do you love getting lost in a good book? Are your favorite gifts novels or comic books? If so, we have some good news. National Book Lovers Day is coming up on August 9th. This holiday is dedicated to book lovers of all ages and interests. Whether you love crime novels or biographies, our real estate agents encourage you to visit one of these local Wichita bookstores in celebration.
Wine and cheese pair together so perfectly. There's nothing quite like a creamy blue cheese with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or a slice of cheddar paired with good Merlot. If you love wine and cheese as much as we do, you'll want to celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day on July 25th. Take a break from looking at Wichita homes for sale, and stop by one of these local destinations.
Kansas is well-known for its amazing, locally grown produce and fresh foods. There's such a long list of farmer markets in the state that our real estate agents thought it'd be a good idea to share some of our favorites found in Wichita and the surrounding areas:
You're trying to enjoy a balmy summer evening, but mosquitoes have decided to crash your fun. Don't let these annoying pests ruin your summer activities. Instead, our real estate agents recommend following these tips to keep your patio or deck free of mosquitos.
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.