Home Experts

Q: We’re moving into our dream home in August. Do you have any tips for moving during the hottest (and muggiest) days of the year?

Filed in Home Experts by on August 19, 2014
Q: We’re moving into our dream home in August. Do you have any tips for moving during the hottest (and muggiest) days of the year?

A: First off, be thankful that you’re not moving on a subzero January day! “All kidding aside…”

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Q: Can I keep using my lake place while it’s on the market?

Filed in Home Experts by on June 24, 2014
Q: Can I keep using my lake place while it’s on the market?

A: Absolutely, says Jon Drews of Keller Williams. In fact, he encourages it. “When you enjoy your property, that markets your property…”

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Q: How can I choose a window that will hold up to the Upper Midwest’s extremes?

Filed in Home Experts by on June 18, 2014
Q: How can I choose a window that will hold up to the Upper Midwest’s extremes?

A: Kermit Nelson at Ottertail Home Center gets asked to recommend the “best window” a lot.

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Q: Are there any appliance finishes that rival stainless steel?

Filed in Home Experts by on June 5, 2014
Q: Are there any appliance finishes that rival stainless steel?

A: “Stainless steel is still kind of tried and true,” says Dan Zierden of Cullens Home Center. “However, one of the more popular colors today is slate.”

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Q: Do people still want formal dining rooms?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on May 8, 2014
Q: Do people still want formal dining rooms?

A: Experts Tom Hanson and Kent Hintermeister say no, not in new homes or remodels. “Formal dining rooms are a thing of the past,” Tom says…

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Q: For many people, mudrooms are must-haves. What components make them functional?

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on April 30, 2014
Q: For many people, mudrooms are must-haves. What components make them functional?

A: Interior Designer Betty Ravnik suggests three key things every mudroom should have…

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Q: How can I be sure I stay on budget during a project?

Filed in Construction, Home Experts by on April 20, 2014
Q: How can I be sure I stay on budget during a project?

A: “The biggest thing is do your planning up front,” says Tom Hanson of Wes Hanson Builders. Take your time, do your homework…

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Ask the Home Experts

Filed in Home Experts by on April 11, 2014

For a limited time, we’re offering a free one-year subscription to the submitter of any question we publish in an upcoming issue. The topic is up to you, Design, Construction, Insurance, Real Estate, Energy, Home Improvement…you name it. We’d love to hear from you (and so would our panel of experts).

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Q: Now is the time that many of us are re-opening our lake homes. What should we be looking for in terms of checking for signs of damage or trouble over winter?

Filed in Home Experts, Maintenance by on April 11, 2014
Q: Now is the time that many of us are re-opening our lake homes. What should we be looking for in terms of checking for signs of damage or trouble over winter?

A: You’ll want to give the house a careful…

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Q: What can I do to give a new home the vintage character that older homes have?

Filed in Design and Decor, Home Experts by on April 11, 2014
Q: What can I do to give a new home the vintage character that older homes have?

A: Betty Ravik of Ravnik Interior Design/The Interior Shoppe offers the following advice: “What comes to mind first is the millwork.”

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