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Buying House Plans Online…the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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From cars to jewelry to pets, it seems like there’s nothing that can’t be bought or sold on the internet.  It shouldn’t be that surprising to hear that house plans are easily accessible online for purchase.  There are plenty of things that can but shouldn’t got to together (carpets and bathrooms, anyone?) so we decided to dive deeper into the subject to weigh the pros & cons.

The Good:

One of the biggest arguments for purchasing online plans is cost.  Hiring an architect can significantly add to an already tight budget.  Online plans allow you to save on this expense since the home you’re building isn’t being custom tailored to you.

When buying plans online, it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to see both the blueprints and shots of a home’s interior and exterior.  This can be a huge benefit to those that need to see something in order to visualize it.

You aren’t the first person building this home so inaccuracies in design are unlikely.

The Bad:

If it’s a custom home that you seek, online plans are very unlikely to give you what you want.  After all, your house is the exact replica of hundreds of others.

A local architect can draw up plans that ensure building codes are met.  There is no guarantee with this online because building codes vary state to state and modifications to plans may need to be introduced to the design in order for it to pass inspection.  Additionally, online plans come with proposed placement of electrical and plumbing fixtures, but an electrician and plumber will still need to approve these suggestions in order to ensure that code is met.

The Ugly:

As we mentioned, hiring an architect isn’t cheap.  However, having an architect ensures that you’ve got someone working hand in hand with the contractor to make sure that the plans get built exactly as intended.  Without a supervising architect, if your builder has questions on your plans or takes liberties with design, it’s unlikely the home owner will notice in time to correct the mistake and it still may cost thousands of dollars to fix.

While online plans are cheaper than hiring an architect, if you purchase plans that don’t fit the plot of land you purchased, you can be forced to scrap them and start over.

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Ramifications of Remodeling Without a Permit

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Contrary to what you may have heard, the “p” in the word permit does not stand for “pain”.  While it may seem like one more thing on a seemingly endless laundry list of tasks when it comes to a home construction project, it’s vital that a permit be secured when required by your local jurisdiction.  Failure to do so can have some ugly consequences which can vary greatly, depending on local ordinances.  Here are just a few:

Cease & Desist Order: If you’re caught red-handed in the middle of a project that requires a permit and you failed to secure one, you may be issued with a cease & desist order.  This means that all work must be stopped until a permit is acquired and the work already completed is inspected.  If the project is found to not comply with building codes, you will be forced to spend extra money and time to bring it up to code.  Quite likely, you’ll be forced to undergo re-inspections and pay a stiff fine.

Forced Removal: In some cases, a homeowner who completes a project without the proper permits can be forced to remove it at their own expense, pay fines and be required to redo the work with a permit.  This can include projects as substantial as a deck or addition.

Rewinding Portions of the Project: Let’s say you have electrical work completed but close off the wall before an inspector is able to check out the work.  Some municipalities may force you to open the walls up, at your expense, so that the inspection may occur.

Obstacles Selling Your Home: Let’s say that you add onto your home without getting a permit.  When it comes time to sell your home, an appraiser may not have to add in the new square footage in their appraisal, which means the home very likely will appraise for less than others of the same size.  This means a lowered asking price and can cause trouble for those trying to secure financing to buy the property.

Insurance Issues: If a permit is not pulled, your insurance company may not legally have to pay for any damage that occurs.  (And yes, this could include a house fire that occurs as a result of your “creative” electrical wiring.)

The Bottom Line: Local municipalities vary in the type of project and pricing for permits.  Before commencing a home improvement project, do your homework and find out if a permit is needed and how the inspection process works.   Because at the end of the day, regardless of who you hire to complete the work, the ultimate responsibility of ensuring the correct permits are pulled falls on the homeowner (though a reputable contractor should assist you in completing the process).  Claiming ignorance will not get you out of any of the above situations.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Why Is There Always Mold Growing In My Bathroom?

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What is usually a windowless, warm, moist space in your home that tends to have mold or mildew growing in it? That’s right, it’s your bathroom. We want you to know that you are not alone on having a recurring issue with mold and mildew in your bathrooms. What you really need to know is how to clean it properly and how to get it from coming back! The number one reason that mold is found most commonly in your bathroom is that it is the perfect environment for it to grow. The amount of water used in your bathroom from showering and washing your hands, creates wet surfaces that if not completely dried properly will inhibit the growth of mold. Below, we are going to discuss where mold likes to hang out in your bathroom and how to get rid of it.

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Mold in the shower

You often find the most mold in your bathroom in your shower and bathtub area. Did you know that the grime from your body oils and soap scum are a favorite treat for mold to feed on? If you want a non-toxic mold remover product for your shower, combine ½ cups of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of warm water in spray bottle. Spray it generously on all of your shower surfaces and let it sit for an hour to penetrate. Then scrub it with a stiff bristled brush and hot water. You should only make this concoction when you are ready to use it because hydrogen peroxide loses its potency over time. If you feel the need to use bleach, mix equal parts of bleach and water and do the same process of spraying on the surfaces. Make sure to keep it away from any linen to avoid discoloration and also, turn on the fan to avoid breathing in toxic fumes.

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Mold on objects in your bathroom

Are you one of those shower junkies that has every single body wash, facial cleaner and loofa that comes out at Target? If so, you should know that one of molds favorite places to hang out are on bottles and items that are frequently getting wet in your shower. The more items that you have in your shower just increase the chances of water being trapped in undesired areas creating a mold paradise. Store your items higher up in your shower to avoid being soaked by the water and possibly only bring them in when you shower and remove them after.

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Reduce the humidity

To prevent mold from growing in your bathroom the humidity levels in there should be below 55%. Many households do not have adequate ventilation in their bathrooms with under-performing fans causing the growth of mold. You need to make sure that you turn the bathroom fan on before you get in the shower and keep it on for roughly 10 minutes after to ensure the steam is removed from the air. Best tips to avoid mold coming back in your bathroom

  • Spray your shower area a few times a week with homemade cleaner
  • Run your bathroom fans regularly
  • Shake your curtain when you are done showering to remove access water
  • Hang up your towels to dry evenly

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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Features That Make it More Difficult to Sell Your Home

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In the late ‘90s the Dodge Neon came in a variety of colors.  One of the more, shall we say, noticeable, colors was magenta (a combination of pink & purple).  It was one of those trends you loved or hated.  One of my extended family members, a self-proclaimed “girly girl” couldn’t get the keys to one fast enough.  Flash forward a few years to marriage and three beautiful kids.  She opted to trade the vehicle for something more “family friendly”.  Imagine her (not ours, but her) shock when the dealer docked a significant amount off the trade-in value because of the color, something that she had paid extra to have. Simply put, while the color was something she loved, the general population would see it as way to talk the vehicle’s price down.  The same can hold true for a home.  If the thought of selling your home anytime in the future has ever crossed your mind, even slightly it’s a good idea to make choices that increase, not decrease, the value of your home.  Not sure what we mean?  Here are a few examples.

Cedar Shake Roof: A cedar shake roof definitely sets your home apart from the crowd and not necessarily in a good way.  Cedar shakes require significantly more maintenance than metal or asphalt roofing which can scare off potential buyers.  It’s not uncommon to see an insurance company require a 2% dwelling cost deductible.  (For those who loathed math in school, this means that your deductible for a new roof could be $5,000 on a $250,000 home.)  Insurance companies can command this premium because cedar shake roofs have minimal fire resistance capabilities.

Garage Space: Homes built before dual income homes were the norm oftentimes only having a one car garage or none at all.  Particularly in the Midwest, where snow can fall anywhere between October & May, a garage is seen as a necessity.  Buyers typically want a garage that can house both homeowners’ vehicles.  A property with less than a two car garage may cause a home to sit on the market longer.  Garages located under the house can also be viewed as undesirable.  (Think about the additional work it would take to transport a carload of groceries up a flight of stairs.)  It’s also a common complaint that rooms above the garage are drafty and take more energy to heat.

Flat Roof: While flat roofs are cheaper than pitched ones to install, they are notorious for leaking.  In order to prevent this, they are covered with a waterproof seal that must be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  These additional steps and the likelihood of water damage may deter perspective homebuyers.

Stucco Siding: Statistically speaking, a stucco home will sit on the market longer than one with a different type of siding.  Because water is stucco’s primary adversary, Midwestern buyers can be more hesitant to purchase this type of home.  Stucco’s lifespan depends on it being installed correctly, something that can be difficult to determine by appearance alone.

Plumbing: Fixtures such as dishwashers, washing machines and showers were once thought to be luxury items.  However, in the 21st century, they’re considered to be staples.  Homes without these items are likely to sit on the market longer and sell for a lower price.

Basement Access: In older homes, basement access may require going through the garage or through a hatch in the floor.  Changing this to more conventional access will appeal to a wider audience.

Wood Siding: Properly maintained wood siding can be a point of pride for a homeowner.  Keeping the siding maintained means intermittent power washing, sealing and staining or painting.  Wood siding can also be harmed by insects and other pests.  All of these things make wood siding something that can be viewed as a liability to future homeowners.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Why Bamboo?

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Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet and is becoming increasingly popular for flooring and cabinetry in homes. Unlike trees, bamboo is a grass that grows to maturity for harvesting in roughly seven years. Therefore, it is more readily available than hardwood which can take decades to reach its harvesting peak.  Bamboo is known for its durability and sturdiness making, it an ideal medium to use for cabinets and flooring.  Bamboo possesses a natural hue that will warm any area. Its grain is also distinctly linear so it can be installed either vertical or horizontal. Many homeowners are drawn to bamboo for their home improvement projects because it is such a renewable, green, product that will bring quality and beauty to your home. We recently installed bamboo cabinets in our main floor bathroom and to say that we are happy with the look and outcome would be an understatement. Here are some of the features and benefits of using bamboo for your next home improvement project.

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The Finish

Bamboo offers beautiful markings that would be covered up if you applied a darker stain. The natural color of bamboo is so appealing that most people would not even consider staining it. The use of a clear coat will still allow the grain of the distinctively linear markings to show through. Bamboo will vary slightly in color, which some homeowners feel is aesthetically appealing because of its uniqueness.

 

Custom or Ready-to-Assemble?

Bamboo cabinets are available in RTA (ready-to-assemble) units as well as custom-built. If you are a seasoned DIY’er type of homeowner, tackling the RTA option might be right up your alley, but if you want to leave it up to the professionals contact your local contractor to have them custom made for your home.

 

Stability

Bamboo is a great medium to use in a kitchen area because it is dimensionally stable, meaning it doesn’t swell and contract as much as its wood counterpart which can be seen as an advantage where moisture levels are present, such as in your kitchen area from cooking.

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Cost

Many people think bamboo cabinets are outrageously expensive, but they are relatively similar in price to their solid wood counterparts. The price will obviously vary on the options that you select, as well as the manufacturer of the product and if you DIY or have in done for you. You must keep in mind that the quality you are receiving by installing bamboo cabinets is much higher than standard cabinets.

Lindus Construction / Midwest Leafguard are ready to help with your next cabinet makeover in your home. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 to set up a free no-obligation estimate or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday morning for our home improvement show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies

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Ha, ha!  You’re reading an article “for dummies”.  (Did we mention that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem?)  Surely we jest… all kidding aside, unless you work in the construction industry or watch HGTV 24/7, you’re not supposed to be an expert on this topic, as you may only do this a couple times in your entire life.  Since we do it a little more often than that, allow us to offer some helpful advice so that when the time comes for you to update a bathroom, you’ve got some of the basics down.

Plumbing is Expensive to Move: Yes, there are times when it makes sense to change the layout of the plumbing in a bathroom.  However, if given the option not to, don’t.  Doing so can add to both the duration and costs of your project. This is one area where change doesn’t need to be made for the sake of making change.

You are on the Supplier’s Timeframe, Not the Other Way Around: When ordering custom items such as tiles, vanities, light fixtures, bathtubs, etc., the supplier, not the homeowner,  dictates the time frame the items will be available.  To keep your project moving as quickly as possible, select these items at the very start of the project and do not start the demo process until the arrival date (or thereafter) in order to not have a bathroom that’s a construction zone for several weeks.

Now is the Time to Amplify Natural Light: Many bathrooms are in areas of the home that do not have windows which means poor lighting and air circulation.  Remedy this situation by adding a sun tunnel or skylights to your bathroom.  (Ps.- The federal government is currently offering tax credits of up to 30% on skylights. Companies such as VELUX even offer battery powered skylights that have rain sensors that automatically close the unit upon detection of rain.)

Consider a Walk-In Shower: If you’re looking to replace your current shower, a walk-in shower may be worth considering.  Eliminating the step up can make the room appear larger.  It’s also worth considering for homeowners who plan to retire in their current home.

It’s Okay to Wave the White Flag: If any part of the project makes you uncomfortable, there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional.  Yes, it can be an added expense, but then again, so can having your home flood because a water supply line was severed during a project you attempted to do yourself.

Beware of Trends: Ever been in a bathroom that still has an avocado green toilet?  Looks out of place, doesn’t it?  Opt for trendy items that can be swapped out easily such as rugs, shower curtains, toothbrush holders, etc. and keep your toilet and bathtub in traditional hues.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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Top Things to Do Before You Move Into Your New Home

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Moving into a new house is an exciting adventure!  After you’ve perfected your signature on stacks and stacks of paper and the keys are handed over to you, it’s time to get busy.  Here’s our top list of to do’s before settling in your new digs.

Change the Locks-You never know how many copies of your new keys are floating around the neighborhood from the previous owners’ friends, neighbors or vendors.  Provide yourself with peace of mind and protection.

Painting-It is much easier to paint the interior of a house sans furniture.  A house that you have not yet moved into provides a rare opportunity for the easiest painting you’ll ever have.  Even if you’re okay with wall colors, this can be a great time to repaint the ceilings & closets (which likely have not been touched since the house was built).

Insulation-Brand new homes today are extremely energy efficient.  If the home you are purchasing is not up to date on insulation, utility bills may come in significantly higher than they need to.

Flooring- Such as is the case with painting, new floor installation is much less of a hassle in an empty home than shuffling furniture in between rooms.

Gutters- In most cases, especially here in the Midwest, where precipitation is frequent and generous, not having gutters can damage your home’s siding, landscaping and cause water to drain directly into your basement.  Prevent this by installing them if they do not currently exist.

Swap Outlet Covers-Most homes have their original outlet covers which are oftentimes either stained or mismatched.  Swap these out to give rooms a clean, uniform look.  If you seek a higher end look, go with metal outlet covers.

New Toilet Seat-No explanation needed.  Just do it.

Change HVAC Filters- It’s very unlikely this has been done any time in recent history, so go ahead and replace them so that your furnace and AC have less strain on them.

Verify Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work-Just because smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are present, doesn’t mean they actually work.  Take the two seconds to test them so they’re in working order, should they ever be needed.

Bring in Lighting-It’s extremely frustrating to come to yournew home at night to work on some projects prior to moving in and realize that some rooms cannot be worked on because they were only lit up with lamps in the past.  Save yourself this frustration by having portable work lights available for such occasions.

Lindus Construction is a full-service remodeling company specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Decking, Home Remodeling & New Construction. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 for a free no obligation estimate or check us out on our new website at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10a with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show.

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4 Causes of Overflowing Gutters

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It doesn’t take an expert to know that overflowing rain gutters spell trouble.  However, there are numerous ways that gutters can become clogged and identifying these reasons can allow you to prevent this occurrence in the future, as clogged gutters can damage both the interior and exterior of your home, costing you thousands of dollars.

Culprit: An overabundance of rain

Remedy: While you can’t control the amount of rain you receive, you can prepare yourself for the next time this happens by investing in rain gutters that are built to handle substantial rainfall.  (Shameless plug: The LeafGuard Gutter System has been independently tested to withstand 33 inches of rainfall in an hour, something that hasn’t been seen since Noah built the ark!)

Culprit: Too few of gutters and/or downspouts on your home

Remedy: In some cases, not having gutters on all sides of your home, can overwork the existing portions of your gutters, making the water overflow because it has nowhere else to go.  Adding additional gutters when your current ones cannot handle the rain they receive or adding gutters able to handle a higher capacity of rainfall can help resolve the situation.  The same goes for downspouts, having too few of downspouts for the amount of gutter you have can cause gutters to overflow.

Culprit: Clogged gutters

Remedy: When your gutters clog from leaves and other organic debris and it rains, the water needs to go somewhere but instead of flowing through the gutters and out the downspouts, the water overflows.  This can compromise your home’s foundation, fascia and siding.  In some cases, mold can begin to grow which is a serious health hazard.  To ensure that your gutters do not clog, you have two choices.  Either invest in clog-free gutters or be sure to clean your gutters several times a year.

Culprit: Clogged downspouts

Remedy: Just like clogged gutters, clogged downspouts are a hazard to the exterior of your home.  Water needs to go somewhere and if downspouts are clogged, water can back up in your gutters and eventually cause your gutters to overflow.  To keep downspouts clog-free, you can opt for oversized downspouts which allow water to filter away from your home at a faster pace, protecting your foundation.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a proud dealer of LeafGuard brand gutter systems and would like to come out to your home and give you a free no-obligation estimate on the best seamless gutter system on the market. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web atwww.lindusconstruction.com. Make sure to tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

 

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Door Knocking Contractors-Buyer Beware

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We’ve all heard phrases such as “seize the moment” and “the early bird gets the worm”.  Recent situations that these terms apply to are the hail storms that swept through a large portion of the Twin Cities on Tuesday, August 6th.  Naturally, when an occurrence like this happens, it’s one’s first instinct to restore their property as quickly as possible.  Taking advantage of this mentality are contractors from all over the country who packed up their pickup trucks and set their GPS coordinates for Minneapolis/St. Paul, banking on the fact that homeowners are in a stressful situation and may take less precautions than they normally would when screening a potential contractor if the work was something that they’d been saving and planning on for years.  One of the tactics that these storm chasing contractors are using is going door to door in affected neighborhoods promising homeowners everything under the sun to get them to sign on the dotted line.  Now, we’re not saying that someone knocking on your door, offering storm restoration assistance is always a predator.  Not at all, in fact, when our estimators have been out on bids, they’ve oftentimes stopped at a neighbor’s property to check to see if they are in need of a bid as well.  What we are saying is that, storm damage already places stress on a homeowner and it can certainly seem like it’s taking the path of least resistance by signing with the first company that shows up at your door to give you an estimate, but we caution you to use the below screening tools when encountering a contractor knocking on your door soliciting business.

Ask “What City Were You Last In”? Scary but true, many storm chasers go from city to city ripping off home owners.  While they may not admit that they were recently in Omaha for their hailstorms earlier this summer and have pending lawsuits, when you ask them for local references for work performed within the last 6 months, they will be unable to produce them.  Asking for identification and being shown a driver’s license from a non-adjoining state should also be a red flag that you are not dealing with someone local.

Insurance Endorsed Contractors: As a homeowner, you have the right to choose the contractor that performs your insurance restoration work.  Some insurance companies have preferred service providers that they strongly recommend and in some cases, even guarantee to back their work, if performed incorrectly.  Sounds great on paper, until you realize that it is to the contractor’s benefit to perform minimal work as cheaply as possible so that the insurance company continues to send them work.  Protect yourself by doing your own homework and going with the first person that knocks on your door.

Contractors Who Pay Your Deductible, Offer Discounts and/or Rebates on Insurance Restoration Work: In the state of Minnesota, it is illegal for a contractor to pay your insurance deductible.  Additionally, the MN Department of Labor prohibits the discounting of any insurance restoration work on your home.  Kickbacks or rebates from a contractor are also not permissible.  Anyone
who offers to do any of this should be reported to the Better Business Bureau or MN Department of Labor.

Every Reputable Contractor Should Be Able to Readily Provide:

  • Local references (Don’t forget to verify reputation on sites such as Angie’s List & the Better Business Bureau)
  • Proof of insurance (without this, if one of their workers is injured on the jobsite, you may be held liable for their injuries.)
  • A local address (not a PO Box)

The Bottom Line:

There are 3 components of every construction job: the time it takes to do, the cost and the quality of workmanship.  It is highly improbable that you will ever get the best of all three (if you’re being offered this, go through the bid with a fine toothed comb to make sure you’re not being duped.)  Good things happen to those who wait, especially when it comes to insurance claims.  Take a deep breath, do some research and allow yourself to make a well-informed and not emotional decision.

At Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard all of our estimators go through extensive training and possess the knowledge to identify storm damage to your home. We are able to help you work with your insurance company to get you home restored as soon as possible. We are a full service construction companies ready to help you with your storm damage needs. Call us to set up a free no-obligation estimate at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into 830 WCCO radio every Saturday from 9am-10am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.

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Home Improvements That Attract Generation X Homebuyers

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Every generation has its own set of unique characteristics and values.  Understanding this information can give you a leg up against the competition in a housing market that still favors the buyer.  In a recent blog, we discussed how to position your home to the millennial buyer and this week, we’ll take a look at home improvements that can attract buyers from Generation X.

Who is Generation X? Those born between 1965 & 1977 (currently 48 to 36).

Generation X Key Features:

  • 75% have children and most of those children are currently living at home
  • Most work full-time and are part of a dual income household
  • 82% are currently homeowners

Attracting Generation X Home Buyers:

Move in Ready: Generation X is drawn to something that’s move-in ready, preferring to allocate their precious time to their families and their careers, rather than fixing up a home.

Modern Kitchens: If there’s one improvement you can make for this generation, it’s a high end kitchen with stainless steel and energy efficient appliances, generous counter space and high end countertops.  Generation X sees the kitchen as the nucleus of the home and considers a high end kitchen a point of pride.

Size Matters: This group, in particular, is prone to buying the largest home their money will buy.  Make your home appear larger, and more functional, by staging rooms that can serve multiple purposes (think of a current playroom that can later be converted into a fitness room).  Eat-in kitchens, rather than formal dining rooms appeal to this demographic for this reason.

Fireplaces: In a recent survey performed by marketing company, GFK Roper, Generation X listed fireplaces rounded out the top 3 home amenities that they seek out in a home.  Fireplaces provide warmth and aesthetic appeal.  A fireplace can evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort and for a generation that cherishes family, a room with a fireplace promotes congregating.

Decking: Decking provides a place for a family to enjoy the outdoors together.  Score extra points with Generation X by having a deck that is compromised with low maintenance materials that are surrounded by a pool (another major must for this demographic).

Storage: Having come to age in the days of Madonna & “Materials Girl”, this generation values their possessions.  Whether it’s usable attic space in the home or garage, built-in closet shelving, walk-in closets, not having enough storage can be a factor that allows other homes to get chosen ahead of yours.

Maintenance Free Living: Generation X places a premium on their free time, preferring to spend it with their family, rather than on household chores.  Feeling content with the amount of time they spent on them as a child, they’re attracted to household features such as: composite decking, durable siding and clog-free gutters.

Lindus Construction is a full service construction and remodeling company boasting LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation & decking just to name a few. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at www.lindusconstruction.com to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10am with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show!

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