Ideas To Help Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Is your air conditioner just not quite cutting it? Here are some suggestions on how to help keep you home cool then the temperature rises.

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Install Ceiling Fans

By installing ceiling fans, you create air movement that helps cool down a room. This will help you avoid dropping the temperature on the thermostat and the costs associated with it. Also, in the summer months, make sure to have your ceiling fan going counterclockwise.

Close those Blinds

If you have windows that receive direct sunlight, you will benefit from closing those blinds and curtains during those times. Try turning your blinds upwards to help prevent the sun’s rays from sneaking through.

A Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can really help keep your home cool and save money on energy costs too! If you plan on being out of the house all day, you can program your thermostat to reduce the temperature a few degrees before you come home. This way when you arrive it’s nice and cool without wasting energy all day.

Grill More

This is definitely one tip I can get behind. When the temperatures go up, step outside and grill your meals. This can cut the heat in your kitchen by not using the oven or stove.

Current Listings

Current Listings!

For this week’s blog, we have decided to showcase a few of our current listings. Below are a few of our current listings with pictures and descriptions. If you see a property you are interested in or have any questions, give us a call at 712-224-6398!!

 

3720 Martins Yard

3720 Martins Yard, Sioux City, IA  51104

Price: $425,000

3 Bed  / 3.5 Bath

This one owner home was built by Buster Miller of Miller Homes. Beautiful ranch style home in the Country club Area of Sioux City. This home has spacious rooms and ample natural light. The fully fenced back yard has a rainbird sprinkler system and is easy to maintain. The heated 3 car attached garage is oversized for all those extra toys. The home has dual heating and air conditioning systems. The air conditioners are less than 2 years old. You will love the main floor laundry which has storage galore. The main floor of the home has hardwood floors and all the main floor carpet was just installed this week as well as some new window treatments. An open floor plan with kitchen, breakfast nook and sunken living room are full of natural light. A corner brick gas fireplace graces the living room for years of warmth and a great place to have family and friends gather. Granite kitchen countertops, and eating bar with walk in pantry and new dishwasher. This is just a small list of the things you will love about this corner lot retreat. Living room is virtually staged in pictures.

View more information on this property at: 3720 Martins Yard, Sioux City, IA  51104

 

4720 S Lewis Blvd

4720 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

Price: $590,000

Commercial Property

Truck wash just off the Industrial Exit on I-29, Hwy 75 south next to Coca-Cola (Chesterman Co.) & Baseball fields.

View more information on this property at: 4720 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

 

31937 477 Ave

31937 477 Ave., Elk Point, SD  57025

Price: $499,995

2 Bed  / 2 Bath

Acreage with 2,186 sq foot home and with 2,048 cooled and heated attached garage with optional paint booth. Additional 84×64 building built in 2012 with bathroom and 3 overhead doors right on Hwy 50 near Richland. SD and is 7 miles either from Elk Point, SD or Akron, IA. Amenities include a front room, kitchen and living room which hosts a see-through wood fireplace for coziness. Kitchen offers newer stainless steel appliances with laminate flooring installed in 2009. This home also offers a beautiful 3 season room added in 2012 including a propane fireplace. The huge master bedroom and bath on the second level has skylights for a warm feel. The room has the possibility of dividing for an additional sleeping area. 2nd bedroom is on the main level. The home offers 3 types of heating – propane, electric, & wood burning. New AC unit 2017. Newer siding on the house. Metal Roof was installed in 2006. Hot water heater was new in 2019.

View more information on this property at: 31937 477 Ave., Elk Point, SD  57025

 

1705 Rebecca FOH

1705 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA  51103

Price: $175,000

6 Bed / 2 Bath

Queen Anne Victorian Style home, beautiful woodwork including crown molding, French doors, pocket doors, hardwood floors, stained glass windows, newer furnace 2017, newer roof, updated plumbing water lines, reverse osmosis, custom kitchen cabinets, composite granite countertops & sink, electric updated 200 amp service, drywalling updates in some areas, could be 7 bedroom home! Front porch and 2 covered porches in back! 2 storage sheds, ample parking in back. Seller offering As-Is, AHS Home Warranty for 1 year.

View more information on this property at: 1705 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA  51103

 

 502 Jefferson

502 Jefferson Dr., Alcester, SD  57001

Price: $189,900

2 Bed / 2 Bath

Looking for small town South Dakota!!!There are always those homes that pack a punch! This adorable ranch style, two bedroom, two bathroom home situated in the heart of Alcester will do just that! The exterior of this home boasts a huge fenced in yard, storage shed, perennials, apple trees, strawberries, and room to add your own personal touches! Enjoy the brand new front covered and back decks! Updated roof and new gutters as well. The inside will shock you the moment you walk in. Recently updated top to bottom with an open concept and soaring 13 ft. vaulted ceilings! Two large bedrooms, including the primary bedroom featuring a large walk in closet and its own jacuzzi en suite. The second guest /family bathroom features a double vanity and shower. Main floor laundry, over-sized attached garage are just a few of the extras! Full unfinished basement with workshop area and oodles of storage. Homes of this caliber do not come for sale often in town. Act soon, and take a look! Fabulous location and a great town! Close to the school, park and swimming pool. Home Warranty included for 1 year. Buyer agent to verify all measurements.

View more information on this property at: 502 Jefferson Dr., Alcester, SD  57001

 

NextHome TriState Realty

522 4th St, Suite 310

Sioux City, IA 51101

Office Phone: 712-224-6398

All above information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Safety

Around this time every year my boys get overly excited about lighting fireworks. And I, as their mother, worry about their safety. They always act like mom is overprotective and worries too much, but do you know how many people are injured every year by fireworks? 

Per the Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved with an estimated 10,000 injuries in the U.S. hospital emergency departments during the calendar year 2019. That year, between June 21 and July 21, an estimated 7,300 fireworks related injuries were treated in emergency rooms and 36% of them were to children younger than 15. My two younger boys are 14 and 18… now do you see why I worry! 

It’s not just the big fireworks that are causing the injuries. The CPSC says an estimated 900 emergency department treated injuries were associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets. Now, I can see the bottle rockets… remember, I have boys! But the sparkler injury numbers shocked me.

The safest way to enjoy the fireworks is to leave it to the professionals. But, if your home is anything like mine, that is NOT going to happen. So, please follow the tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use them only under close adult supervision.
  • Never use fireworks while using alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear protective eyewear if you’re handling or standing nearby fireworks.
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands.
  • Don’t light fireworks indoors. They should be lit away from people, houses and flammable material.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Only light one firework at a time, and maintain a safe distance after lighting it.
  • Never light fireworks in a container.
  • Don’t try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire.
  • Never use illegal fireworks.

Summer Maintenance Tasks To Tackle

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Now that summer is here and we are trying to get back to our “normal” lives and enjoy all that summer has to offer, there are a few maintenance tasks from realtor.com you should check off your list. I know, WHO wants to do that? However, these will help you in the long run and possibly help with costly repairs.

1. Power-wash your house

Power washing your house doesn’t mean just the home itself. You can hit the driveway, patio, deck, and pool area. Just make sure you do your research before power washing. You don’t want to accidentally damage your property by using the wrong pressure on the wrong materials. 

If you are thinking about selling your home, power washing is a great way to freshen it up for potential buyers.

 

2. Give your air conditioner a checkup

Your air conditioner will be working overtime this summer. Be proactive and regularly switch out the filters and clean the condenser unit. You can tackle this yourself, or if you don’t feel comfortable you can call in a technician to do this for you. 

 

3. Spruce up your home’s exterior

Summer is a good time to inspect your siding and landscaping. Check your siding for previous storm damage, sap, wear and tear, and clean (See #1 above) and repair. Trim the shrubs and trees, especially if there is anything hanging over the home or rubbing the siding. Don’t forget the yard too. You can fertilize and dethatch your lawn to help promote circulation of air, water, and nutrients to the soil. 

 

4. Replace or fix up exterior doors

A little bit of wear and tear over time is expected, but if they are old, worn out, or you can’t clean them, it may be time to replace them. Check the weatherstripping to make sure it will be keeping the cool air in and the hot summer air out.

 

5. Check on ceiling fans and windows

Clean ceiling fans and change them to a counterclockwise rotation. This will help drive cool air toward the floor and cool your room’s temperature. As far as windows go, check to make sure there are no leaks where you might be letting your cool air escape. If your window needs to be resealed, you could do this yourself or call a professional to have this done.

 

6. Keep an eye on the roof and gutters after storms

Lastly, check the roof and gutters. Make sure there are no cracked, curled, or missing shingles. Replace if necessary. Then, while checking out the roof, inspect those gutters. Debris can quickly fill them up and possibly cause damage. Don’t forget to check out both the roof and gutters after storms as well.

Pool Safety

Pool Safety

The hot days have arrived and one of the best feelings is enjoying a nice pool. But the pleasure of swimming also comes with risks, especially for children. Below are some tips from HealthyChildren.org to help make sure you are practicing pool safety.

Pool Fences

Fences are good for above-ground (portable or permanent), inground pools, and even hot tubs.

Here are some different pool fence recommendations:

  • 4 feet, 4 sides. The pool fence should be at least 4 feet high and completely surround the pool, separating it from the house and the rest of the yard.
  • Climb-proof. The fence shouldn’t have any footholds, handholds, or objects such as lawn furniture or play equipment the child could use to climb over the fence. Chain-link fences are very easy to climb and are not recommended as pool fences. (If they are used, make sure openings are 1¾ inches or smaller in size).
  • Slat space. To ensure a small child can’t squeeze through the fence, make sure vertical slats have no more than 4 inches of space between them. This will also help keep small pets safe, too.
  • Latch height. The fence should have a self-closing and self-latching gate that only opens out, away from the pool area. The latch should be out of a child’s reach—at least 54 inches from the ground.
  • Gate locked, toy-free. When the pool is not in use, make sure the gate is locked. Keep toys out of the pool area when it is not in use.

Pool Alarm – A drowning child is rarely heard

Besides a fence, you can add additional protection such as a pool alarm or gate and door alarms.

  • Pool alarms. Children can drown within seconds, with barely a splash. Swimming pool alarms can detect waves on the water’s surface and sound off to attract attention when someone has fallen into the pool.
  • Consider alarms on the pool fence gate and house doors. Door and gate alarms can be equipped with touchpads to let adults pass through without setting them off. House doors should be locked if a child could get to the pool through them.
  • Window guards. These can be especially helpful for windows on the house that face the pool.

What Else Can You Do

Even with fences and alarms, you should take some additional precautions.

Here are some that may help:

  • Assign a water watcher. His or her job is to watch all children swimming or playing in or NEAR water―such as on a backyard swing set―even if they know how to swim. This person should:
    • not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • put down his or her cell phone
    • avoid other activities
    • supervise even if there are lifeguards
    • switch off with another adult for breaks
  • Life jackets: Put your child in a properly fitted US Coast Guard approved life jacket when around or near water, such as when visiting a home with a pool.
  • Swim lessons. The AAP recommends swim lessons as a layer of protection against drowning that can begin for many children starting at age 1. Learn more here.
  • CPR training. Parents, caregivers, and pool owners should know CPR and how to get emergency help. Keep equipment approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, such as life preservers and life jackets at poolside.
  • Check the water first. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first. This is especially important if your child is prone to wandering.

Have Fun!

Even though this list does not include the thousands of possible recommendations for pool safety, we hope it will remind you to stay vigilant around the pool. Knowing you have done everything you can do to keep everyone safe, remember to enjoy and have fun!

Current Listings

Current Listings!

For this week’s blog, we have decided to showcase a few of our current listings. Below are a few of our current listings with pictures and descriptions. If you see a property you are interested in or have any questions, give us a call at 712-224-6398!!

 

 

3720 Martins Yard

3720 Martins Yard, Sioux City, IA  51104

Price: $425,000

3 Bed  / 3.5 Bath

This one owner home was built by Buster Miller of Miller Homes. Beautiful ranch style home in the Country club Area of Sioux City. This home has spacious rooms and ample natural light. The fully fenced back yard has a rainbird sprinkler system and is easy to maintain. The heated 3 car attached garage is oversized for all those extra toys. The home has dual heating and air conditioning systems. The air conditioners are less than 2 years old. You will love the main floor laundry which has storage galore. The main floor of the home has hardwood floors and all the main floor carpet was just installed this week as well as some new window treatments. An open floor plan with kitchen, breakfast nook and sunken living room are full of natural light. A corner brick gas fireplace graces the living room for years of warmth and a great place to have family and friends gather. Granite kitchen countertops, and eating bar with walk in pantry and new dishwasher. This is just a small list of the things you will love about this corner lot retreat. Living room is virtually staged in pictures.

View more information on this property at: 3720 Martins Yard, Sioux City, IA  51104

 

 

4720 S Lewis Blvd

4720 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

Price: $590,000

Commercial Property

Truck wash just off the Industrial Exit on I-29, Hwy 75 south next to Coca-Cola (Chesterman Co.) & Baseball fields.

View more information on this property at: 4720 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

 

 

31937 477 Ave

31937 477 Ave., Elk Point, SD  57025

Price: $499,995

2 Bed  / 2 Bath

Acreage with 2,186 sq foot home and with 2,048 cooled and heated attached garage with optional paint booth. Additional 84×64 building built in 2012 with bathroom and 3 overhead doors right on Hwy 50 near Richland. SD and is 7 miles either from Elk Point, SD or Akron, IA. Amenities include a front room, kitchen and living room which hosts a see-through wood fireplace for coziness. Kitchen offers newer stainless steel appliances with laminate flooring installed in 2009. This home also offers a beautiful 3 season room added in 2012 including a propane fireplace. The huge master bedroom and bath on the second level has skylights for a warm feel. The room has the possibility of dividing for an additional sleeping area. 2nd bedroom is on the main level. The home offers 3 types of heating – propane, electric, & wood burning. New AC unit 2017. Newer siding on the house. Metal Roof was installed in 2006. Hot water heater was new in 2019.

View more information on this property at: 31937 477 Ave., Elk Point, SD  57025

 

 

1705 Rebecca FOH

1705 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA  51103

Price: $175,000

6 Bed / 2 Bath

Queen Anne Victorian Style home, beautiful woodwork including crown molding, French doors, pocket doors, hardwood floors, stained glass windows, newer furnace 2017, newer roof, updated plumbing water lines, reverse osmosis, custom kitchen cabinets, composite granite countertops & sink, electric updated 200 amp service, drywalling updates in some areas, could be 7 bedroom home! Front porch and 2 covered porches in back! 2 storage sheds, ample parking in back. Seller offering As-Is, AHS Home Warranty for 1 year.

View more information on this property at: 1705 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA  51103

 

 

506 6th St. Cville

506 6th St., Correctionville, IA  51016

Price: $94,000

2 Bed / 1 Bath

Cute 2+ bedroom in Correctionville, IA. Enjoy the small town living while not being too far from Sioux City. Home has main floor laundry and sliders to a nice large fenced in yard. Property includes three parcels. Propane tank and propane not included. Buyer and buyers agent to verify room sizes.

View more information on this property at: 506 6th St., Correctionville, IA  51016

 

NextHome TriState Realty

522 4th St, Suite 310

Sioux City, IA 51101

Office Phone: 712-224-6398

All above information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Tips for Moving Long Distance

Moving across country

Moving long distance can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There is so much preparation that needs to be done. Read some of the tips below from MyMovingReviews to help make your move a little more stress free.

 

  1. Take full control of your preparation time

CREATE a personal moving checklist to guide you throughout the preparation stage.

POPULATE that moving calendar with personalized tasks – to-do things that relate to your specific relocation circumstances.

SORT OUT those move-related tasks in order of importance – that is, write first the jobs you must finish no matter what.

GET good ideas about what your moving timeline should contain by accessing the greatest moving checklist ever created, offered for free.

 

  1. Get in-home long distance moving estimates

REQUEST multiple in-home moving estimates from top-rated long distance movers in your town or city.

SAY NO! to moving companies that try to give you quotes over the phone.

SHOW the moving experts the items you have for moving and have them calculate the moving price precisely. Ask the moving experts for accurate binding estimates in writing.

 

  1. Hire the best long distance movers

COMPARE the received cost estimates in terms of pricing, additional moving services, and general conditions.

READ moving companies reviews to check how reputable those movers are in the eyes of their former customers.

CHECK their active membership and standing with the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and their proper accreditation by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

PICK the long distance mover that best fits your budget and fulfills your expectations.

 

  1. Inventory your home and sort your items

INVENTORY your entire home by going from room to room and writing down all the household items found in each one.

USE modern technology to your aid. Save precious inventorying time with MoveAdvisor – a powerful moving app that features a state-of-the-art home inventory checklist tool.

SORT OUT your possessions into four categories: MOVE, SELL, DONATE, RECYCLE.

 

  1. Decide what to with your furniture

ASSESS the furniture pieces you have in your home. Do you REALLY have to move them all the way to another part of the country?

BEAR in mind that most pieces of furniture are heavy, and the long distance moving cost is calculated based on the total shipment weight.

DO the math – unless you own antique furniture or priceless sets, it’ll be cheaper to leave the majority of your furniture behind and buy new after the move.

 

  1. Get rid of all unwanted items

CUT your moving costs drastically by taking only the things you will need in the future. More stuff to move means more money out of your own pocket.

DECIDE whether to take or leave something by following the 1-year rule: if you haven’t used an item for more than 12 months, then you don’t really need it.

SELL the things that still have any commercial value, either online or at a garage sale before the move.

GIFT to friends or DONATE to charity the lightly-used items you’re not taking with you.

 

  1. Get hold of packing supplies, including free moving boxes

BE mindful that you can’t pack up your things safely without the proper packing supplies: cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, stretch wrap, packing paper, and tape.

GET hold of the packing materials in advance to prevent time-wasting interruptions when packing for a move.

SAVE money by getting your hands on free moving boxes – cardboard boxes of various sizes obtained for free from friends, local businesses, recycling centers, or online.

 

  1. Use a good packing timeline

ORGANIZE the packing job perfectly by following a detailed packing timeline – the only way to use your packing time effectively.

BREAK the home packing process into more manageable and meaningful mini-tasks so that you can keep your packing motivation fairly high.

ASSIGN deadlines to each packing job so that you can monitor your packing process more accurately.

GET good ideas for your own packing calendar from our super-detailed PACKING TIMELINE.

 

  1. Start packing without delay

START packing your things as soon your move to another part of the country becomes just a matter of time.

FOLLOW your packing timeline closely because each completed mini-task will reduce the buildup of additional stress as Moving day approaches.

INITIATE the packing job from the rooms and areas that are the hardest ones to sort and pack. In most cases, those will be the storage areas in your home – garage, basement, attic, closet.

 

  1. Get professional or non-professional packing help

REACH OUT to your friends and ask them to help you pack, especially if you know you’ve fallen behind your packing schedule.

CALL OUT for friendly packing backup as early as possible to minimize the disruption of your pals’ previous plans.

HIRE professional packers if time is running dangerously short and you’re unable to gather up your loyal friends to help you out.

 

  1. Prepare essentials boxes

PACK a few boxes with absolute essentials – useful things to have with you while you’re separated from the rest of your belongings.

HAVE each family member pack their own Survival Kit with their set of essential items inside.

KEEP all essentials boxes with you – make sure they don’t get loaded into the movers’ truck by mistake.

 

  1. Do not pack items forbidden for transport

DO NOT pack any household items that are hazardous in nature – flammable (combustible), corrosive, or explosive. Also, interstate moving companies are not allowed to transport perishable foods, plants, pets, and irreplaceable items.

REQUEST the list of non-allowed items from your chosen long distance mover before you start packing up.

CONSULT with the complete list of things movers won’t move so that you know what not to pack when moving across the country.

 

  1. Observe safety when packing

CHECK carefully your cardboard boxes for any signs of damage. All your moving boxes should be strong, clean, dry and infestation-free.

TAPE the bottom and sides of each cardboard box before filling it up, even if the box looks sturdy enough.

STAY below the maximum weight capacity for each cardboard box. As a rule of thumb, you should not make your boxes heavier than 50 pounds.

 

  1. Label all your moving boxes

DO NOT underestimate the importance of labeling your boxes. If you do, you will lose precious time locating and identifying all unmarked boxes after the move.

LABEL each box on at least two of its sides as soon as you’re done packing it. Write down its contents, destination room, and special handling instructions, if any.

DESIGNATE a different color for each destination room, either through the use of color markers or multicolor labels.

 

  1. Save money on your long distance move

FIND affordable cross-country movers by requesting free long distance moving quotes and comparing their moving rates and services.

REDUCE the number of items you’re moving to a minimum – no need to pay for the transportation of things you’ll never use again.

PACK UP your things on your own to save from not having to pay professional packers. Ask friends to help you pack if you’re running short on time.

 

  1. Prepare your pets for a long distance move

TAKE your pet to the veterinary office for a thorough checkup. You need to know that your pet is ready for the long journey ahead.

MOVE your cat, dog, bird or another pet animal you may have in your own car – that’s the best transportation method for your animal friend. If that’s not a viable option, then take your pet on a flight with you or hire specialized pet movers for the job.

 

  1. Change your home utilities

THINK about whether you’ll need all of the utilities you’re enjoying at the moment – electricity, water and sewage, gas, Internet, cable TV, telephone, waste removal, etc.

CONTACT your utility companies to arrange for the disconnection of your current utilities. Do it roughly 3 weeks prior to your move-out date.

GET IN TOUCH with the new utility providers in the destination town or city and schedule the timely activation of your new-home utilities.

 

  1. Change your postal address

CHANGE your address with the United States Postal Service (USPS) so that you can continue to receive your mail.

START the Change of Address (COA) procedure approximately 2 weeks prior to Moving day. You can also change your address after the move.

CHOOSE the change of address method that’s most convenient for you: online, in person, by phone, or by mail.

 

  1. Obtain medical and school records

VISIT your family doctor and request all the necessary medical records (incl. vaccination records) and documents that you will need to register yourself and the other members of your family with a new primary care physician in the new town or city.

CONTACT the school that your school-age child attends and ask for the school records of your son or daughter. Alternatively, you can arrange for the direct transfer of those records between the two schools.

 

  1. Keep your valuables with you

PACK your high-value items such as jewelry pieces, important documents, portable electronic devices, collector’s items, etc. separately from the rest of your belongings.

KEEP such valuables by your side throughout the move and never let them out of your sight.

PURCHASE additional insurance for the valuable items you can’t move on your own due to their large size and weight – your brand-new 50-inch flat screen TV, for example.

 

  1. Guarantee moving day safety

LET professional movers do all the heavy lifting – that’s why you’re paying them, right? If you do need to lift and carry a heavy object, then use the proper lifting techniques to avoid injuries.

KEEP children and pets away from the whirlwind of dangerous activities on Moving day.

KEEP all exit paths clear of obstacles and free from excessive dust, mud, water, snow or ice.

WEAR comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the occasion and closed shoes with good ankle support and anti-slip soles.

 

  1. Hire a long distance car shipping company

REQUEST car shipping estimates from several reputable auto shippers with years of experience in the vehicle transportation business.

PICK one of the best long distance car shipping companies in your area. Base your decision on the cost estimates and the moving reviews of those long distance car shipping companies.

USE this car shipping checklist to prepare your car for shipping across the country.

 

  1. Be ready for your long distance movers

BE present in your home at the prearranged time and date to welcome your interstate movers.

SHOW the moving experts around your home and give them any specific instructions you may have. Otherwise, just let them do their job.

PROVIDE your hired workers with refreshments (non-alcoholic beverages), snacks and access to a bathroom.

PREPARE tips for your movers in case you’re satisfied with their work. How much to tip movers for a long distance move?

 

  1. Say goodbye to your friends

INFORM your friends of your long distance move as soon as possible to give them enough time to process the news. Do this in person, whenever possible.

ORGANIZE a goodbye party for your closest friends – don’t miss the chance to spend some quality time with the people you care about one last time before you move out.

PROMISE to keep in touch with your best friends after the move, and then make sure that you keep that promise.

 

  1. Prepare mentally for your long distance move

FOCUS on the positive aspects of your cross-country move rather than its negatives. Think about all the great things awaiting you at your destination.

GET familiar with the top 10 emotions when moving house so that you can be ready for those emotional stages when they come around.

STAY optimistic throughout the tough transitional period and never lose hope, even when things get really tough.

Remember that A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Fun Ideas To Add Color to Your Space (Without Painting Your Walls)

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No Paint, No Problem!

It’s amazing how painting a room a certain color can spruce up a room or create a distinct feeling you want to feel while you are in there. But it is a pretty big commitment. After you paint, you have a couple of choices… either live with it or, go through the time and expense of repainting it. But what if you could do the same thing without painting? There are lots of ways to add color without the paint (or commitment)! 

 A recent article from realtor.com outlines some ideas to add color to a room or space without the commitment of painting. Here are a few of the ideas:

 

Lighting

Change your lighting

Something as simple as changing to a different light bulb can change things. Bulbs 2,000K to 3,000K light bulbs will cast a warmer glow making your color scheme feel cozier and inviting. Bulbs from 6,000K to 100,000K will cast a cool glow and can make a space read a little more on the blue side.

 

rug

Put down a colorful rug

Adding color and patterns to a space using an area rug is a great way to incorporate new colors into an existing palette. This can have a huge impact on your room.

 

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Textiles

This is a simple yet great and cost-effective way to switch up the feel and color of your room. New or different throw pillows or blankets with bold colors can reinvigorate the space. Or try using soft florals or colors to make it feel more serene and relaxing.

 

sofa

Grab a bold piece of furniture

Don’t be afraid to go bold with a chair or sofa. Even if you have a vintage-looking piece with a more modern bold fabric, the mix can be eye-catching and beautiful.

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If you have any questions about the home buying or selling process, reach out to any of our knowledgeable NextHome TriState Realty agents. 712-224-NEXT (712-224-6398)

Current Listings

Current Listings!

For this week’s blog, we have decided to showcase a few of our current listings. Below are a few of our current listings with pictures and descriptions. If you see a property you are interested in or have any questions, give us a call at 712-224-6398!!

 

House front

3923 Orchard St., Sioux City, IA  51104

Price: $495,000

3 Bed (Possible 5) / 4.5 Bath

Beautifully appointed Country Club area home with 20 by 40 in-ground covered heated pool, which rests on almost 1 acre of land. The fenced back yard is a perfect retreat for anyone. Fruit trees, pool, patio, and private setting with abundant wildlife. Grab your favorite beverage and lawn chair to relax under the Pergola and watch the fun in the pool. The main floor addition with hardwood floors, lots of large windows and fireplace is a great gathering space. The home has possible 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, main floor laundry, huge dining room, updated kitchen with concrete counters, spacious pantry, formal living room, family room and 3 dens. Main floor master with tile heated floors and master bath. You will enjoy the wine room in the basement. There are two double car garages and plenty of off street parking. The yard has a sprinkler system for easy maintenance. 

View more information on this property at: 3923 Orchard St., Sioux City, IA  51104

 

 

3720 Martins Yard

3720 Martins Yard, Sioux City, IA  51104

Price: $450,000

3 Bed  / 3.5 Bath

This one owner home was built by Buster Miller of Miller Homes. Beautiful ranch style home in the Country club Area of Sioux City. This home has spacious rooms and ample natural light. The fully fenced back yard has a rainbird sprinkler system and is easy to maintain. The heated 3 car attached garage is oversized for all those extra toys. The home has dual heating and air conditioning systems. The air conditioners are less than 2 years old. You will love the main floor laundry which has storage galore. The main floor of the home has hardwood floors and all the main floor carpet was just installed this week as well as some new window treatments. An open floor plan with kitchen, breakfast nook and sunken living room are full of natural light. A corner brick gas fireplace graces the living room for years of warmth and a great place to have family and friends gather. Granite kitchen countertops, and eating bar with walk in pantry and new dishwasher. This is just a small list of the things you will love about this corner lot retreat. Living room is virtually staged in pictures.

View more information on this property at: 3720 Martins Yard, Sioux City, IA  51104

 

 

4720 S Lewis Blvd

4720 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

Price: $590,000

Commercial Property

Truck wash just off the Industrial Exit on I-29, Hwy 75 south next to Coca-Cola (Chesterman Co.) & Baseball fields.

View more information on this property at: 4720 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

 

 

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4800 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

Price: $300,000

Land

Land 8.24 acres just off I-29 and busy Hwy 75, next to Green Light Truck Wash.

View more information on this property at: 4800 S Lewis Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51106

 

 

31937 477 Ave

31937 477 Ave., Elk Point, SD  57025

Price: $499,995

2 Bed  / 2 Bath

Acreage with 2,186 sq foot home and with 2,048 cooled and heated attached garage with optional paint booth. Additional 84×64 building built in 2012 with bathroom and 3 overhead doors right on Hwy 50 near Richland. SD and is 7 miles either from Elk Point, SD or Akron, IA. Amenities include a front room, kitchen and living room which hosts a see-through wood fireplace for coziness. Kitchen offers newer stainless steel appliances with laminate flooring installed in 2009. This home also offers a beautiful 3 season room added in 2012 including a propane fireplace. The huge master bedroom and bath on the second level has skylights for a warm feel. The room has the possibility of dividing for an additional sleeping area. 2nd bedroom is on the main level. The home offers 3 types of heating – propane, electric, & wood burning. New AC unit 2017. Newer siding on the house. Metal Roof was installed in 2006. Hot water heater was new in 2019.

View more information on this property at: 31937 477 Ave., Elk Point, SD  57025

 

 

1705 Rebecca FOH

1705 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA  51103

Price: $175,000

6 Bed / 2 Bath

Queen Anne Victorian Style home, beautiful woodwork including crown molding, French doors, pocket doors, hardwood floors, stained glass windows, newer furnace 2017, newer roof, updated plumbing water lines, reverse osmosis, custom kitchen cabinets, composite granite countertops & sink, electric updated 200 amp service, drywalling updates in some areas, could be 7 bedroom home! Front porch and 2 covered porches in back! 2 storage sheds, ample parking in back. Seller offering As-Is, AHS Home Warranty for 1 year.

View more information on this property at: 1705 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA  51103

 

NextHome TriState Realty

522 4th St, Suite 310

Sioux City, IA 51101

Office Phone: 712-224-6398

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How to Improve Your Credit for a Home Loan

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Improving Your Credit Score

To get the best mortgage interest rate, you will need to have good credit. If your credit is not so good, cleaning up your credit report and increasing your credit score will greatly improve your chances of getting a good rate for a home loan. If your credit score is already good, you will need to maintain it.

 

Check Your Credit Report

There are three things a mortgage lender will look for when you apply for a home loan.

  1. You (and your spouse) have steady income.
  2. How much are you able to put down.
  3. Do you have a good solid credit history

You can check your credit report by requesting a report from one the three credit reporting bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Federal law allows you to request one free credit report each year from each agency. You can do this by visiting annualcreditreport.com

 

Check Your FICO Score

Your FICO score can affect the interest rate on your loan. The lower the score, the higher your rate which can possibly cost you tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

In addition to your credit report, you can order your FICO scores from myFICO.com to get an idea of where your credit stands. You can also be able to see your scores from other sources such as credit card companies.

 

Dispute Inaccurate Information

Once you have your credit report, search it for any errors. Any errors or incorrect information can hurt your credit score and may cause your home loan to be denied. If any errors or incorrect information is found you can dispute it with the credit bureau. Providing documentation to support your claim of the error or incorrect information will help ensure it is removed from your report.

 

Pay Off Delinquent Accounts

Delinquent accounts are any late accounts, bills in collection, charge-offs, or judgments. If any of these accounts show up on your credit report, this will severely harm your chances of getting a mortgage. These accounts affect the payment history section of your credit score, which is the largest component of your score. You will need to start paying off and repairing these accounts.

 

Timely Payments Help Bury Delinquencies

Did you know that late payments can stay on your credit history for a whopping seven years? The damage to your credit is the worst when they first occur. If you have made a late payment, or just paid off your delinquencies, wait at least six months before applying for a mortgage. Six months of on-time payments can help your credit score start to build back up again.

 

Reducing Your Debt-To-Income Ratio

Your bank will look at your debt relative to your income. This is known as your debt-to-income ratio. This will compare the amount of money you have going out for debt to the money you have coming in (your income). Your bank and lender will want to see this ratio as low as possible. You will need to speak to your bank and lender to see what ratios they require to qualify for a mortgage.

There are a couple different ways to reduce your debt-to-income ratio. You can either increase your income, or the easier way is to pay down any outstanding debt you currently have. 

 

Don’t Incur Any New Debt

Don’t take on any new debt even if your debt-to-income ratio stays low. This includes applying for anything that can affect your credit score like credit cards, auto loans, or personal loans. You will also need to make sure you are not making any large purchases that can increase your debt. If you have any questions, always contact your mortgage lender first.

 

If you have any questions about the home buying or selling process, reach out to any of our knowledgeable NextHome TriState Realty agents. 712-224-6398