THROW A FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN PARTY

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It’s October, and you know what that means. Many of us create an October bucket list: go to a pumpkin patch, watch some spooky movies, visit a haunted house or two, and maybe even throw a Halloween party. With some planning, you can host an amazing family-friendly party. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can do just that.

Fun Invitations

Catch the eye of your friends and family with some fun and clever invitations. From spooky to silly, you can easily make these at home. Since this is kid/family-friendly, get the kids involved and let them help create the party invites. They can also help by hand-delivering them to family and friends while wearing their Halloween costumes!

Spooky Decorations

Decorations set the scene for the party. Set aside some time to get the whole family involved and create some decorations together. You could craft some toilet paper roll bats, paper plate ghosts, or some Q-tip skeletons. If you are looking for ready-made you can always head to the local craft store. Since this is family-friendly, remember your decorations should be spooky but not too scary. No tricks only treats!

Monstrous munchies and Snacks

Halloween and “candy” pretty much go hand in hand. Have fun with your munchies and snacks. You can make them ahead of time or this can be a fun activity for kids to do at the party. A fun and simple one are popcorn hands! All you need are some disposable gloves, candy corn, popcorn, spider rings, and ribbon or twine. Yummy Easy Healthy has some great ideas!

Snap Happy

If there is anything that is a must at your party to preserve the fun, it’s a photo booth! Grab a Halloween-themed backdrop and some spooky/fun photo props for kids and adults. You can designate a friend to be the photographer or let guests use their phones and snap away! Just don’t forget to take some candid shots during the party.

ESSENTIALS OF A MAN CAVE

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Remodeling your home? Have an extra room in the basement and you’re not sure what to do with it?  It’s time to create the mother of all man caves!  Whether you want a place for peace and quiet or to watch your favorite team.  A man cave is the perfect place to sit back and relax and just chill out.  Check out these 6 essentials for creating a dream room.

Beverage Bar

Have you ever been in a man cave?  You know that most of them will have a built-in beverage bar on one of the walls. This bar is important for keeping you and your friends happy and hydrated throughout the time you are there. Stock up on your favorite beverage to either display or taste on a special occasion. Having a beverage bar with a fridge allows you to have soda and water on hand so you don’t have to run back and forth all night long. Plus, the counter also acts as a snack bar.

Electronics

The number one thing a man cave needs is a top of the line home theater.   This is the best opportunity to perfect your viewing experience and make your cave the spot to watch the big game or the latest movies. An entertainment system is not cheap, so watch for seasonal deals at local electronics stores or online to save some cash.

When you select a television and sound system, we recommend talking to a professional. They will be able to provide suggestions for televisions and audio systems that will work best in the size of your man cave.  You want all your friends to be able to see and hear all the entertainment.

Recline & Relax

If your not comfy it’s no fun binge watching your shows, listening to music, or chilling out.  For sure  finding a great couch and a great recliner is so important to your man cave setup. We recommend selecting a couch for guests that you invite to your cave but reserve the one spot that is just for you as your spot to relax and unwind after a long day.

You can find  furniture online, but it can be hard to tell how comfortable the fabric and cushions are from a picture. Try checking  out your local furniture store to see which brands you like best. You can always look for better deals, but keep in mind that many stores will price match!

Simple Decor

Most guys don’t pay too much attention to the stuff on the walls, but you should still try to make your space look put together and fun. You can make your man cave look like a amazing just by adding some cool photos to the walls or items to the tables. Old photos of your baseball team, framed concert tickets, or even some photos of you and your buddies back in college are good ideas to help you decorate. This space is will represent you and your hobbies, so your decorations should reflect that.

Game Time

You don’t have to be a sports freak or fan to have a man cave, and there’s not always a game to watch, so a big consideration is entertainment space. This could be a card table, pool table, video game machine, arcade game, foosball, or whatever you choose.  Having an area dedicated to having some competitive fun with buddies and family will allow you to have people over throughout the seasons and give you a chance to catch up with each other.

Jams

Last, it’s not a man cave without your Music Jams. If you like music, your cave is the perfect spot for guitars, drum kits, and louder music. If your not a musician maybe consider investing in speakers throughout the cave. We suggest maybe Bluetooth speakers that can easily be moved throughout the room. This can even allow your friends to contribute to your playlist, depending on the app you use or if you feel like sharing  In the end, your man cave is all about YOU. It needs to be a vision of your favorite things to do and a private get away for when you need to just have some space. Take the time for yourself and have some fun with it and happy man caving!

Why You Should Work With A REALTOR®

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Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest deals many people will make. There are so many steps to the process of buying and selling a home that many people don’t know exist. Not only are there many steps to the process, but the wide array of emotions we don’t expect to have and all the tiny details that we might not have thought about come into play during the process. Choosing to work with a trusted REALTOR® will help you maneuver through the steps of buying or selling a home, and they will also walk you through and explain all the tiny details. Read more reasons on why to choose to work with a REALTOR® below:

1.) You Need an Expert. When it comes to buying a home, there are normally many forms, disclosures, and other documents that are required for the process. Using a REALTOR® can help you avoid costly mistakes and delays in the process. Plus, REALTORS® understand the jargon and language that comes along with a real estate transaction.

2.) REALTORS® Know the Local Market.  A REALTOR® knows past sales, what is currently on the market, and what price you should be able to buy or sell for.  They have access to the MLS to be able to provide you with the most up to date Comparables and Listing competition.

3.) REALTORS® Know the Area. A REALTOR® can inform you about local information like utilities, schools, restaurants, and even major city projects occurring in the future. Your REALTOR® knows what you are searching for, and they know the area and neighborhoods. Using that information, they can find you your dream home!

4.) REALTORS® Know Where to Search. There are instances where a property is available but is not being advertised. REALTORS® may know about these properties, and they can help you steer clear of out-of-date listings that look like they are available but actually aren’t.

5.) They Know How to Negotiate. There are many aspects that need to be discussed in a real estate deal. A REALTOR® will examine every part of the deal from your perspective

If you want more information on this topic, visit 6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent from Realtor.com.

 

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in January, 2018 and has been updated.

 

END-OF-SUMMER (KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL) COCKTAIL AND MOCKTAIL RECIPES

Nothing says summer like the perfect drink. Don’t settle for boring seltzers or the old beer when you can really impress your friends by serving them with a fun cocktail or mocktail? Get your end-of-summer (kids are back in school) celebrations started with these easy to make recipes!

Before you get started make sure you have a few supplies on hand. Start by making sure you have a cocktail shaker and a muddle. These might seem a little over-the-top, but they allow you to make cocktails faster, easier, and the taste will be better. 

You should also try to keep simple ingredients around like lemons, limes, and simple syrup. 

The Classic Mojito

Classic mojito

6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup

2 ounces (4 tablespoons) white rum

2 to 4 ounces (½ cup) soda water

 

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves.

Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.

Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.

Make it a mocktail: Turn this into a “nojito” by using extra lime juice or grapefruit juice instead of rum.

 

Watermelon Martinis

Watermelon martini

½ cup chopped watermelon (or ¼ cup watermelon juice)

2 large mint leaves

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) vodka

½ ounce (1 tablespoon) Cointreau

½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice

1 teaspoon simple syrup

For the garnish: small watermelon wedge

 

Chop the watermelon. Add the melon and mint to a cocktail shaker. Muddle (gently mash) them with a cocktail muddler or wooden spoon to release the juices. (If you’re using watermelon juice, simply muddle the mint first.)

Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake until cold.

Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a small watermelon wedge, if desired.

Make it a mocktail: Use lemon-lime soda and a splash of grenadine instead of vodka and schnapps.

 

Gin Basil Smash

Gin Basil smash

8 to 10 large basil leaves, plus more for garnish

2 ½ ounces* gin

¾ ounce lemon juice

¾ ounce simple syrup

Ice, for serving

 

Place the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle them (gently mash).

Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls of ice and shake until cold.

Strain the drink into an ice-filled lowball glass. If desired, top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with additional basil leaves.

Make it a mocktail: Use lemonade instead of gin.

 

Lavender Gin Cocktail

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2 ounces (4 tablespoons) dry gin

3/4 to 1 ounce (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons) lavender simple syrup

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice

½ cup soda water

Ice 

For the garnish: lemon slice, lavender or rosemary sprig

 

Add the gin, syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes. Shake well until chilled.

Strain the liquid into an ice filled glass, and top off the glass with soda water.

Garnish with a lemon wheel and cocktail cherry.

Make it a mocktail: Again, use lemonade instead of gin.

 

Classic Whiskey Sour

classic whiskey sour

2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice

¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) simple syrup or pure maple syrup

Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail cherry

Ice, for serving

 

Add the bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.

Strain the drink into a lowball or Old Fashioned glass. Serve with ice, an orange peel and a cocktail cherry. 

Make it a mocktail: Try using an alcohol free whiskey alternative Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey alternative is a popular brand.

 

As always, be sure to always drink responsibly and enjoy the remainder of your summer safely!

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!!

 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

 

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

 

501 1st St SE Hartley (1)

501 1st St SE, Hartley, IA  51346

Price: $92,000

3 Bed / 1 Bath

Charming 3 bed 1 bath home with an enclosed porch, beautiful woodwork, hardwood floors, and an updated bathroom. New boiler in 2020,newer water heater and electrical panel, new ceiling fans, and brand new kitchen sink and cabinets.

View more information on this property at: 501 1st St SE, Hartley, IA  51346

 

31 Edgewater Lane

31 Edgewater Lane, Dakota Dunes, SD  57049

Price: $408,000

4 Bed / 2 Bath

Looking for a 4 bedroom ranch home in a quiet area PLUS on a canal to get out in the Missouri River? River Land Estates is just minutes from town. There have been numerous upgrades to this home in the past 10 years. The basement was redone in 2021 & has a nice 2nd kitchen area. There was a family room addition put on the back of a home to enjoy sitting and looking out into the spacious back yard. The septic is located in the front yard with the lines running the leach field in the back yard. There is a propane tank buried in the back yard that supplies only the grill and fireplace. Buyer and buyers agent to verify room sizes.

View more information on this property at: 31 Edgewater Lane, Dakota Dunes, SD  57049

 

3403 Orleans Ave

3403 Orleans Ave., Sioux City, IA  51106

Price: $164,500

4 Bed / 1.5 Bath

Corner lot close to Morningside college. Natural wood throughout the downstairs and some upstairs. It is a rental at this time. Rents currently $1300 per month. Rental rates around the area are estimated $1200 – $1500. The white 1/2 of the home will be painted in less than a week. Rear of property has parking & looks like footings are all ready there to put up a garage. Room sizes may vary.

View more information on this property at: 3403 Orleans Ave., Sioux City, IA  51106

 

408 Colon St

408 Colon St., Sioux City, IA  51103

Price: $119,000

4 Bed / 2.5 Bath

4 bedroom just off of W 4th by Goodwill. Minutes to downtown and Fareway. School is just down the road. Room sizes may vary.

View more information on this property at: 408 Colon St., Sioux City, IA  51103

 

309 Brookside Dr.

309 Brookside Dr., Kingsley, IA  51028

Price: $369,000

5 Bed / 4 Bath

This beautiful 5 bed, 3.5 bath home close to the golf course and Kingsley school is calling your name. The 1906 square foot main level offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, half bath with laundry, walk in pantry, dining room, kitchen with granite counter tops and bar seating, and a huge living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. Relax on the 20′ x 12′ composite deck with aluminum railings and wired post lights overlooking the big back yard with irrigation system. The lower level has a huge family room with wet bar, 2 more bedrooms and another full bath. There is also a ton of storage in the basement and a safe room under the front stoop. This home is very energy efficient, with the geothermal heating system, the electric bill averages $150/month. It also has insulated interior walls for extra soundproofing, a sump pump, and radon mitigation system. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this great home! Seller is related to listing agent.

View more information on this property at: 309 Brookside Dr., Kingsley, IA  51028

 

3901 Floyd Blvd

3901 Floyd Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51108

Price: $99,000

2 Bed / 2 Bath

Seller is a licensed real estate agent. Building was the American Legion converted into single family home. Put in an extra bathroom upstairs and a shower downstairs. Property was getting $1000 rent. Needs TLC & selling as-is. Room sizes may vary.

View more information on this property at: 3901 Floyd Blvd., Sioux City, IA  51108

 

207 5th Ave

207 S 5th Ave., Anthon, IA  51004

Price: $275,000

3 Bed / 3 Bath

Honey stop the car!!! Here is the home I’ve been searching for! Ranch style home in a small community! Yes that’s exactly what you find here. Anthon is the home of the Infamous Fireside Steakhouse. Lots of Main street updating being done. This ranch style home is deceiving from the street. There are over 3500 sq ft. of living space that will delight anyone wanting spacious rooms with lots of natural light. This home has a double lot, .34 acre parcel. Open floor plan and main floor laundry. You will be delighted to see the huge game/family room with bar in the basement plus 2 den’s and a 3/4 bath. A perfect place to watch all those sporting events and cheer on your favorite teams. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main floor, plus living room, Formal dining room, family room, kitchen has an island plus large dining area. You will kick your self if you miss this one.

View more information on this property at: 207 S 5th Ave., Anthon, IA  51004

 

218 N 2nd St Moville

218 N 2nd St., Moville, IA  51039

Price: $90,000

3 Bed / 2 Bath

Modular home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. There are 2 parcels here and plenty of room to build a garage or sell the other parcel. New roof in 2015 and new water heater 2019. Includes parcel 894429354012

View more information on this property at: 218 N 2nd St., Moville, IA  51039

 

302 Jones St #610

302 Jones St. #610, Sioux City, IA  51101

Price: $163,000

1 Bed / 1 Bath

This amazing penthouse condominium is a one owner unit! This condominium is on the top floor of the United Center. The views of the city are phenomenal! This home has a lot of space (1021 square feet). The kitchen is upgraded with beautiful birch cabinets. There’s a beautiful raised eating bar and granite on the countertops. You will find one and a half baths in this condo. The master bath was recently remodeled. The brick wall and large windows are exceptionally beautiful. Looking for storage? There is plenty in this home. The wood floors are easy to maintain, and give the space a homey atmosphere. A great update in this unit is there’s a separate washer and dryer, along with a water softener that stays! The window coverings also amazing! There is a work out room, and rooftop deck you can use anytime! (Some of the personal items in the home may be Sold by Bill of Sale).

View more information on this property at: 302 Jones St. #610, Sioux City, IA  51101

 

5011 Glenn Ave.

5011 Glenn Ave., Sioux City, IA  51106

Price: $145,900

2 Bed / 1 Bath

Move in Ready!!! Fresh Paint on outside of House!!! Great Location in the heart of Morningside. Nice Bungalow with Charming Craftsman features. Front porch has a nice swing great for relaxing with a book. Upon entering living room you’ll find original natural woodwork with freshly painted walls, new carpet and newer light fixtures. Spacious dining area with craftsman windows that allow lots of natural light. Down the hall are two bedrooms and a full updated bath. New Flooring /paint throughout. Kitchen has oak cabinets with tile back splash and modern counter-tops. Nice eat-in area and small entry way in from side door to make getting in and out of detached single car garage easy. Super clean basement. New Gutters with leaf guard installed when they bought it. Buyer agent to very all measurements.

View more information on this property at: 5011 Glenn Ave., Sioux City, IA  51106

 

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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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.

Install ceiling fan

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

Power wash (1)

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!