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November
21

Unique Painting Projects - Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

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October
31

No-Demo Reno Tips for Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

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April
4

Galley Kitchen Tips - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

  • Option One: Maximize Available Space
    First and foremost, use as much available space as possible. It's an easy concept but one that takes work. While ensuring you have floor-to-ceiling cabinets and the like might make sense, this can exacerbate the general claustrophobic feeling of a galley-style kitchen.

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March
14

Family Room Remodel - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

  • Maximize Storage
    The last thing you want to do is turn your beautiful new space into a junk room, so it's important to incorporate plenty of storage space into your design. Consider shelf space in the form of built-in shelving or movable bookcases. Cabinets with solid doors will hide a world of unsightly items to maintain the comfortable atmosphere of the room. Coffee tables with drawers let you stow away chargers and those elusive remote controls. Cuddly blankets and throws can be tucked away in an ottoman that matches the couch.

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February
14

Staying on Budget - Home Renovations - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

  • Get Specific About Your Renovation Needs
    Why does your house need renovation, and which part of the house? There are different reasons you would like to renovate your home. It could be that the current house doesn't meet your preferred living condition needs, or it could be you desire a modern look or need more space.

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January
31

Home Improvement Trends for 2022 - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

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December
20

Home Security - New Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

  • Locks. The house is yours now, but the previous owner could still have copies of the keys. Likewise, who knows how many of their family and friends were given spare keys over the years? Any of them could enter your home freely at any time. That's why one of the first things to do when you buy a home is to replace all the locks, to make sure no one has access but you.

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October
25

Foundation Inspection - Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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. 

  • Peruse the exterior of the house
    A visual inspection can tell you whether the walls are straight and perpendicular to the ground. A level will yield better results. If you see bulging walls or signs of leaning, call a professional inspector right away to verify your concerns and offer recommendations for solutions. Survey the grade of the ground surrounding the house. It should slope slightly away from the building so that rainwater drains away from the foundation.

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October
11

Fall Home Decor Ideas - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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.

  • Heirloom Furniture and Décor
    Bespoke furnishings and vintage décor are all the rage for fall 2021. This trend centers on taking accessories and furniture often seen in grandma's house and pairing them with modern ones to create a mashup style. This, for instance, could mean displaying an heirloom vase on a simple, modern dining table or dusting off old picture frames. This fall is the perfect time to display your flea market finds, grannie's heirloom pieces, and travel mementos.

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August
30

Adding a Water Softener - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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:

  • What is hard water?
    When water is saturated with dissolved calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals, it's considered "hard." When calcium carbonate exceeds 60 milligrams per liter, it is defined as hard. More than 180 milligrams per liter is extremely hard. Wichita has a water hardness level of 131 mg/L and Kansas City, 330 mg/L! To reduce these dissolved minerals, homeowners turn to water softeners for help.

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July
26

Painting Kitchen Cabinets - Sell a Home - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

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. 

  1. Plan Carefully 
    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.

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June
28

Mulching Tips - Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

If you're a homeowner, you understand the importance of a healthy, well-maintained landscape to property value. A beautiful landscape can boost your home's value by thousands of dollars and attract well-qualified buyers if you decide to sell. At J.P Weigand & Sons, our real estate agents know that taking care of your landscape can put big profits in your pocket.

Buyers looking for Wichita homes for sale are drawn to homes with features that add value and welcoming ambiance. A beautiful landscape is one of those features at the top of the list. By using mulch, you can quickly create a healthy, well-kept landscape that makes quite an impression.

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May
24

Remodeling ROI - Kitchens and Baths - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

If you want a guaranteed ROI on your home, consider updating your kitchen and bathroom. At J.P. Weigand & Sons, our real estate agents consistently hear from buyers that upgraded kitchens and bathrooms are at the top of their priority list when looking for a new home.

Kitchen and bathroom renovations and upgrades provide strong incentives for buyers and increased profits for sellers. Since these utilitarian spaces serve a special purpose for essential daily living, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms in the home.

Kitchens

Like most homeowners, you likely spend a lot of time in your kitchen, especially if you love to cook or have a large family. The kitchen serves as the heart of your home where you spend a lot of time chopping, blending, cooking, and cleaning. Anything that makes these daily kitchen tasks and chores easier, faster, and more convenient is a welcome relief.

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May
10

Closet Turned Office - Wichita, KS - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Have you found yourself working from home a little more frequently this past year? You're not alone if you have, and you're not likely to return to the office anytime soon. Most Americans have indicated they would prefer to work from home rather than return to the cubicle. However, many Americans have discovered that working from home daily requires finding creative ways to transform areas into ad hoc offices. If you're looking for a fast and easy way to find space and close up the office at the end of the day, our real estate agents recommend taking a closer look at your cluttered closets. 

Clutter Can Go

Closets are catch-alls for clutter. They are filled with old sporting equipment, packing materials, shopping bags, old shoes, items for Goodwill, and more. While that little voice in the back of your head says, "You'll use this someday," that little voice is blowing smoke. You'll never need it. You'll never use it. And, you'll never miss it. So, clear it out and toss or donate it. With spring cleaning in high gear, now is the perfect time to motivate yourself to create a cloffice you will use week after week, year after year.

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April
12

Wallpaper Trends - Sell a Home - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Wallpaper is a 2021 trend that's not likely to disappear any time soon. Homeowners are updating style with traditional florals, contemporary geometrics, and bold, colorful animal prints and tropical patterns. At J.P. Weigand and Sons, our real estate agents are seeing homes filled with beautiful wallpapers that create show-stopping appeal.

Wallpaper adds visual interest to any room, but it may also add colors and patterns that do not appeal to everyone. While some buyers may appreciate your sense of style, others may lose interest in the house. Before putting your home on the market, it's a good idea to consider the pros and cons of wallpaper in your rooms and how it may impact your sale.

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April
1


Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters' annual For Kids' Sake Campaign has been a tradition for over thirty years and accounts for about one-third of the KSBBBS overall revenue budget. Weigand became directly involved as an organization in 2019, forming fundraising teams and raising $8,200 in its first year to support the youth served by KSBBBS. When the pandemic hit, it was apparent that the 2020 fundraising efforts and bowling parties would have to be canceled, resulting in a significant loss of funds for the organization.

 

As a result, Johnathan Weigand and Josh Turner stepped into action with other ways to help. Weigand employees came together and collected food items for the grocery care packages that were distributed to the KSBBS youth and their families. Then, the idea was formed to host a golf tournament in the fall to provide additional financial support.

 

On Friday, October 9, 2020, the 1st Annual J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. Charity Golf Classic was held at Terradyne Country Club. Twenty-one sponsors and teams raised more than $15k to support the nearly 800 Big/Little matches in Sedgwick County.


"Weigand is proud to partner with Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters to support our local youth," said Johnathan Weigand, BBBS Community Leadership Council member. We were pleased to be able to provide assistance to their well-deserving program when it was much needed, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future."

 

 

Recruiting volunteers for youth waiting for a Big Brother or Sister is an ever-present need. And, during these times, our youth need us more than ever. You are encouraged to join the thousands of mentors across Kansas who are making a difference, including Weigand's very own Big Sister, Kelly Watkins. Inquire today by clicking this link to learn more at no obligation.

 

 2019 Weigand For Kids' Sake celebration party

March
22

Trending Luxury Kitchen Ideas - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

While often treated as an afterthought in the past, kitchens are emerging as one of the principal rooms of the well-appointed home of 2021. Our real estate agents are excited to show you some of the most exciting new trends in Wichita homes for sale. Here are just a few things you're going to see: 

  • Generous Storage Space 
    With clutter being the enemy of comfort, ample storage is important to house all of the latest gadgets and small appliances. Modern cooks have come to appreciate their air fryers, mixers, food processors, and more. But they don't want them filling up their counter space. Further, they want supplies readily available. Pantries, larders, and extensive cabinetry allow for a well-stocked kitchen without sacrificing work surfaces.

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March
8

Landscaping Trends for 2021 - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

As Americans are spending more time at home, they're focusing on the outside of their houses as well as indoors. Traditional landscaping is stepping aside for more creative ideas ranging from bold geometric displays to quiet, personal spaces. Wichita homes for sale offer plenty of opportunities to create your own fabulous exterior. Here a just a few options to consider.

  • Choose Local
    There are several reasons homeowners are electing to embrace local fauna rather than imported plants. Native plants are far more likely to thrive in our Kansas climate than non-native species. You'll find that they require less fertilizer and pesticides as well. Plants previously thought to be safe in some areas are proving to be invasive over time. Sensible gardeners are coming to recognize the positive impact pollinating insects and local birds can have. While ordering almost anything has become a fact of life for most of us, we need to exercise caution when ordering plants, consulting with local experts first. Buying from local garden centers (many of whom also deliver) can help avoid such issues.

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February
15

Wintertime Decluttering Tips for Homeowners - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

January is the best time of year to clear out the clutter from closets, coatrooms, and under the beds. From old skis to dusty collectibles, there are plenty of ways to get yourself organized and divest yourself of long-forgotten items you no longer need. Our real estate agents highly recommend the following suggestions as you gear up to get rid of your unwanted items. 

  • Start with Clothes
    Old shoes, pants that are too tight (and beyond salvation by a New Year's resolution), shirts that are out of style, and winter gear that has worn out its welcome are ready for a trip to the local thrift store. 

  • If It's Broke, Don't Fix It
    Old electronics, damaged appliances, and anything that's missing pieces needed for safe and reliable operation should make their way into the recycling bin at your local hardware store.

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