Spring Market

The early Spring Market is HOT!
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On average our last 3 listings in Southwest Minneapolis received offers within 3 days!

Spring

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Yes! It’s that time of the year again, Spring in Minnesota. It gives us hope that one day soon we’ll be warm and enjoying this view of Lake Harriet.

 

Moving Checklist

Moving Day

 

 

I personally love to move, but I’m told it doesn’t rate high on most peoples lists of things to do. If you’re not a fan, the best thing to do is make a plan and stick to it. The last thing you want to do is wake up on moving day un-prepared.

Moving Checklist:

a few months before the move….

  • Start calling movers! Moving day will be here before you know it.
  • Create a moving binder to keep track of all the necessary paperwork, include contracts and contact information. Just don’t pack this away, you’ll want to keep this handy so you have it the day of the move.
  • Start sorting and purging. If you’re not going to take it with you, get rid of it. Decide what should be donated and what should be thrown away.
  • Order or start hoarding boxes. You’re going to need a lot of them.

a month before the move…

  • Start packing. Make sure you clearly label each box with what’s inside and where it goes. Example: Blankets/Master Bedroom. Do not wait until the week before to pack. There are a lot of items in your home that you do not use on a daily basis and can be packed this far in advance.
  • Go to the post office or to your online to usps.gov and change your address. Call your bank, credit cards, all the important people and let them know your new address.
  • Arrange to be off work and if necessary child care. It’s good to have the kids involved in the process but trust me they will get tired and bored of this way before you do.
  • Call your insurance agent. Do you need to make any changes to your policy?
  • Call the utilities. Let them know your moving. Set up utilities for your new home. (Electric, Gas, Water, Trash, TV and Internet)

a few weeks before the move…

  • Start planning your meals, the goal here is to use up everything in your freezer and your cupboards so you don’t have to move it.
  • Measure furniture and doorways, you’re going to want to make sure everything will fit.
  • Get rid of all the extra paint cans, etc., that you will not be taking with you or leaving for the new home owners. If you live in Minneapolis, visit this site to find a location near you.
  • Cancel your paper, let the cleaning people know you’re moving.

a few days before the move…

  • Defrost the freezer.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Clean, showers and bath tubs. Dust. This will make it easier for you on moving day.
  • Make sure you have cash to tip the movers and bribe your children.

the day of…

  • Get up early and have a nice breakfast, or better yet, go out for breakfast so you don’t have to clean the kitchen.
  • Help, direct movers and anyone that is assisting you in this process.
  • Clean the home before you leave.
  • Start unpacking the boxes that hold what you will need immediately; kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.

 

 

A great idea about wine!

140205_MEG_Post2Ideas.  Some lose steam while others gain momentum.  Our last idea was to blog about half price bottle of wine nights in Minneapolis. I could do a little research online, call and confirm with restaurants and put together a nice list for all the wine lovers out there. People will love it! What a great idea! Turns out, we were right, they do love it but as I found out it’s already been done.  And I should add that it’s been done really well. So I see no reason to recreate the wheel. I’m just going to share with you what I’ve found.

http://seasonitalready.com/half-priced-wine-nights-in-the-twin-cities/

I hope you’re as excited as I am to have found this list. Carrie, you are amazing. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. You are an inspiration. Thank you for putting this together and for maintaining it.

Cheers!

Please note; The Matt Engen Group does not maintain or update this list and as Carrie states on her website, 1/2 price wine night may change at anytime so always call ahead to confirm.

 

Southwest Minneapolis Houses

The following 9 neighborhoods are part of the overall community of Southwest Minneapolis; Linden Hills, East Harriet, Kingfield, Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Armatage, Kenny, and Windom. Each neighborhood is as vibrant and unique as the people who live there and the houses they live in. In Southwest Minneapolis most of the homes were built between the 1900′s and the 1940′s and can be categorized as; Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, Tudor, English Tudor, Craftsman, Bungalow, Cape Cod, Victorian and Ranch or Rambler depending on where you grew up. Each home has a variety of key features that help identify what type of home it is; year built, roof line, prominent features; center hallway, fireplace, stained glass, porch; stories or levels and materials used. With all the remodeling and new construction done over the years not every home in Southwest Minneapolis is easily identifiable or fits one style but most homes will still for the most part fit one style or another.  Learning about the different styles of the homes in Southwest Minneapolis is a highlight for us and many people who live here. The unique qualities these homes bring to our neighborhood add charm and value and keep the neighborhood a desirable place to live.

 

 

Happy New Year!

Wow, it’s already the 6th of January. It’s amazing how quickly the years and days can pass by. 2014 was a good year for us, full of ups and a few downs, but overall we have a lot to be thankful for. Friends and family top the list but so does home. Matt and I have been home owners for over 17 years. There’s not a day that I look back and regret that decision. Yes it’s not all fun, a new roof or furnace is definitely not fun but inviting friends and family over to celebrate the holidays or just a random Friday night is fun, for us very, very fun.  We love to entertain and gather with our friends and family and because of that our house has become a gathering spot of sorts, where friends and family know that they are always welcome. If entertaining in a new home is on your list for 2015 we would love to help you achieve that dream. Till then, Happy 2015.

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you all the simple pleasures of the season. Happy Holidays!

Staging your Home

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Staging your home for sale is not decorating or interior design. It’s preparing your home for sale by de-cluttering, depersonalizing, cleaning and making your home appeal to as many buyers as possible.

If your Realtor has suggested that you stage the home the first thing you need to do is take yourself out of the picture. Although many elements of staging can be done on your own, making your house appeal to as many buyers as possible may require additional furniture, accessories and paint colors to help potential buyers envision themselves using the space and give your home what we like to call the ‘wow’ factor. If you’re having problems pulling it all together or seeing past the way you live in the home you may need to consider hiring a professional stager.

A professional stager will work with you to put together a plan and decide what you can do and what they can do for you. They have the knowledge and the resources to help you get your home ready for sale in the quickest amount of time and as stress free as possible. Staging should be fun and ultimately sell your house at top dollar in the quickest amount of time.

 

 

 

Decorating for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be a challenge especially if your house is listed for sale.  If you find yourself in this situation it’s a good idea to keep things simple, with a few minor adjustments to your holiday decor, your decorations won’t negate all the work you just did to get your home ready for sale and it will still feel festive.

Create a warm welcome. Place a beautiful evergreen holiday pot next to your front door, be careful not to block the entrance, you don’t want to create a tripping hazard.  Place a wreath on the door.

Decorate your mantle. Fireplaces rate high on the list with many buyers. Use this opportunity to transform your mantle into the focal point, use candles, greenery, pinecones and a mirror to capture the season.

Place the tree in and out of the way corner.  Make sure not to block the flow of the room or add back the clutter you just worked so hard to remove. If the room feels small with the addition of the tree, think about removing a chair or end table to re-open up the space.

If possible try to keep the religious elements to a minimum and keep the decorations to one room of the house. And most importantly please try not to feel guilty if you don’t put out everything you have. You want your house to feel holiday ready but you still want it to appeal to buyers.