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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Easy Improvements to Increase Your Home Value

With summer in full swing, we have seen a significant uptick in potential buyers. Many are visiting the lakes area on vacations but spend some time looking at the local real estate. This means potential buyers are at your doorstep. If you’re getting ready to sell, inexpensive and relatively easy improvements can pay off for your asking price.  

Increase your home value with these simple improvements:

1. Declutter
    Create a welcoming space and consider staging your home

2. Lighting
    Make your home light and bright to showcase its best features

3. Paint
    One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements you can do

4. Emphasize Storage
    This always tops homeowners' wish lists. Make your home look organized and spacious

5. High Quality Pictures
    90% of buyers start by looking online. Better pictures equal more interested buyers

Monday, July 20, 2015

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Deck this Summer (and Fall!)

The possibilities are endless with an outdoor living space so we have rounded up some simple, budget-friendly ways to dress up your deck so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

1. Go for the green

Add greenery like these arborvitae to create a living privacy screen and add interest to your space.


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2. Pillows, pillows, everywhere

Pillows bring the indoors out, making your space feel comfy and cozy. They can tie in color too.


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3. Light it up

Outdoor lighting comes in many options. Solar path lights, hanging lanterns or globe string lights. The opportunities are endless to light up your evenings on the deck.


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4. Portable fireplaces

A portable fireplace, chimnea or fire table can extend the use of your deck well into the fall months. Store it inside over the winter months to keep it looking great.


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5. Punch up the color

Focus on one or two colors, either in cushions, rugs or pillows. This helps create an inviting, fun space.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kayak Care

Treat your others as you would like to be treated. The golden rule applies to kayaks too! We have shared a list of friendly reminders when caring for your kayak during paddling season.

  1. Your Kayak doesn’t appreciate being dragged on the ground. If you don’t have someone who can help carry it to the water, you have a couple options. Invest in a kayak cart or learn how to correctly lift a kayak alone. Here are some basic instructions from REI.

  2. Keep it dry and cover it. Always remember to dry your kayak after use. If it’s being stored outside, turn it upside down and keep it off the ground to allow air flow. A cover or tarp will help keep away UV rays, moisture and unwanted critters and animals.

  3. The sun can damage your kayak too. Begin and end the season by applying a spray on UV protector. This will keep the color from fading and ensure that your kayak looks its best even several years down the road. This can be found at your sporting goods store or certainly online.

  4. When caring for your kayak, don’t forget about your life jacket. Each year, check for damage before use. Never store in an enclosed plastic bag or container, this will trap moisture and can create a breeding ground for mold.

 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

What's Happening This Month in the Lakes Area

Below is a list of upcoming events for Brainerd Lakes and the surrounding area through July 4th weekend. Many of these events are family friendly and free to the public. We have included links below each event if you need more information on date, time and details. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 18

Market in the Park
Pequot Lakes 9:00am-4:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/about-brainerd-lakes/communities/pequot-lakes-breezy-point-jenkins/

Outdoor Movies at Crosslake Campground Outdoor Movies at Crosslake Campground
8:30-11:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.recreation.gov/camping/crosslake-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73141

 

Friday, June 19

Pine River Duck Races
1:30-2:30pm
More Information: 
http://www.pinerivermn.com/Activities_Duck_Races.htm

 

Friday, June 19 - Saturday, June 20

Hackensack Hot Jazz Festival
Hackensack Community Center, 7:30-10:30pm
More Information: 
http://www.northwoodsartscouncil.org

 

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21

Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds
Brainerd International Raceway
More Information: 
http://brainerdraceway.com

 

Saturday, June 20

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015
Crosslake Town Square, 7:00pm

Music Series Schedule: http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1/File/2015OutdoorMusic001.jpg

Bands in the Park 2015
Pequot Lakes
More Information: 
http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=31A7E5AE-D3ED-4758-8AE2-845377B2B52F&Type=B_BASIC

The Johnny Holm Band
Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 7:30-Midnight
More Information: 
http://www.johnnyholm.com

Annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous
More Information: 
http://www.whitefishchainboatshow.com

 

Saturday, June 20 - Sunday, June 21

Ernie’s on Gull Lake Concert Series
More Information: http://www.ernieongull.com

 

Tuesday, June 23

8th Annual Chamber Sporting Clays Summer Fling
Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls, 12:00-4:30pm

Registration: http://www.explorebrainerdlakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2015-Sporting-Clays-Registration.pdf

Big Fun Tuesdays
Crosslake Town Square, 1:00-3:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.lakesareagallery.com

 

Thursday, June 25

Music in the Park - Crosby
Crosby Memorial Park, 6:00-9:00pm
More Information: 
http://cuyunalakes.com

 

Thursday, June 25 - Saturday, June 27

Lakes Jam
Brainerd International Raceway
More Information: 
http://www.lakesjam.com/

 

Saturday, June 27

Bands in the Park 2015
Pequot Lakes
More Information: 
http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=31A7E5AE-D3ED-4758-8AE2-845377B2B52F&Type=B_BASIC

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015
Crosslake Town Square, 7:00pm

Music Series Schedule: http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1/File/2015OutdoorMusic001.jpg

 

Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28

Ernie’s on Gull Lake Concert Series
More Information: http://www.ernieongull.com

 

Tuesday, June 30

Big Fun Tuesdays
Crosslake Town Square, 1:00-3:00pm
More Information: 
http://www.lakesareagallery.com

 

Friday, July 3

Freedom Days Celebration and Parade
Nisswa, 10:00am-midnight
More Information: 
http://www.nisswa.com

Celebrate America - Crosslake’s 45th Annual Fireworks Display
10:00pm
Details: 
View the fireworks from the water and shores of Cross Lake. Fireworks launch from Sand Island on the south end of the lake. 
More Information: 
http://www.crosslake.com

The American Celebration
Brainerd High School, Noon-11pm

Noon- Corn on the cob feed - Brainerd Eagles Club           
4 pm- American Celebration Parade  
6:30 pm- Entertainment Pop Rocks - Brainerd High School South 5th St. parking lot
10 pm- Presentation of Fla and singing of The National Anthem - Brainerd High School South  5th St. parking lot

10:15 pm- World Class Fireworks - Brainerd High School South 5th St. parking lot
More Information: 
http://brainerdcommunityaction.org/4th_of_july.html

Grandpa’s Run for the Walleye 2015
Crosslake Community Center, 7:30-10:30am
More Information: 
http://minnesotawaters.org/whitefishareapropertyowners/run-walleye

Nisswa Firecracker 5k & 10k
Downtown Nisswa, 8:00-10:00am
More Information: 
http://www.runnisswa.com

Garrison Bay Fireworks
At Dusk
More Information: 
http://garrisonmncom.fatcow.com/?page_id=14

 

Friday, July 3 - Saturday, July 4

Stars & Stripes DaysStars & Stripes Days, Pequot Lakes
Pequot Lakes, Trailside Park and East of Downtown

July 3
5 p.m.- 11 p.m. Beer Garden sponsored by Community Action
5 p.m. Food Vendors
7 p.m.- 10 p.m. DJ & Karaoke by Teddy Bear Sound
8 p.m. - Glow Trot along the Paul Bunyan Trail
After Dusk Fireworks by Zambelli Fireworks at the International- High School Ball Fields

July 4
9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Flea Market, Craft Fair & Food Vendors - Trailside Park
10:00 a.m.- Money in the Haystack- Trailside Park
10:30 a.m. - Kiddie Parade Registration-Chamber Building Parking Lot
11 a.m. - Kiddie Parade-Chamber Building Parking Lot
12 p.m. - Stars & Stripes Parade

For more information email: Jenna@pequotlakes.com

 

Saturday, July 4

Bands in the Park 2015
Pequot Lakes
More Information: 
http://www.pequotlakes-mn.gov/index.asp?SEC=31A7E5AE-D3ED-4758-8AE2-845377B2B52F&Type=B_BASIC

Crosslake Outdoor Music Series 2015
Crosslake Town Square, 7:00pm

Music Series Schedule: http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/1/File/2015OutdoorMusic001.jpg

 

Saturday, July 4 - Sunday, July 5

Ernie’s on Gull Lake Concert Series
For more information: http://www.ernieongull.com

 

Sunday, July 5

Arts in the Park
Gregory Park, 10am-4pm
More Information: 
http://brainerdcommunityaction.org/arts_in_the_park.html

 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

What It Truly Costs To Own A Pool in Crow Wing County

For many Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. With the thought of the warmer weather ahead you may be contemplating installing a pool, or buying a home in Crow Wing County with a pool.  Before you take that dive here are the financial implications you should know about owning your own swimming pool.

If you will be installing a pool there are upfront costs involved. The average in-ground residential pool is $39,084 according to the latest PK Data report.  If you plan to sell your home in the future the ROI of a pool is not always that high.  After the upfront costs of a pool comes the maintenance cost of a pool. If you are buying a home with a pool already have a local pool company come inspect so you are aware of any issues. On average you can expect to pay $80 or more a month in electrical costs, $20 a month on average in chemicals, and $20 a month on repair and maintenance.  To avoid costly repairs maintain your pool on a monthly basis. If you do not have time to maintain it yourself hire a local pool company to do so for you.

I would love to help you buy or sell a home in Crow Wing County this spring, contact me, Bill Grunewald. My team and I enjoy helping folks like you find just the right spot to live your northern Minnesota Lake Country dream.

Bill Grunewald/ Edina Realty.

Licensed in Minnesota/ Lic # 20204156

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