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Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Garage Expansion

Brian ScatesWednesday, June 20, 2018

Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Garage Expansion

When planning out a potential garage expansion project, there are quite a few factors to consider while going through the entire process. For example, living in the Greater Minnesota Metro Area, homes are consistently exposed to our infamously frigid winters. Though one would not typically think of the effects of cold weather on their garages, the fact still stands that harsh winter conditions can really do a number on your garage.

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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move with Pets

Brian ScatesFriday, May 11, 2018

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move with Pets

Moving itself is a stressful process. Often times there are goodbyes involved, sentimental feelings about the home itself, a strict timeline...not to mention the high cost of doing it the right way.

 

One thing that can add stress to a move is the added responsibility of caring for a pet. Unfortunately, you were not able to have a conversation with them ahead of time to let them know that everything will be okay and you are not abandoning them, so the stress of change will likely not sit well.

 

A stressful and chaotic move can send your pet directly into sensory overload and give them a dose of unnecessary stress that could have been avoided. In an effort to keep all parties calm, consider these steps.

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Summer is Approaching: Tips for Maintaining Your Deck

Brian ScatesTuesday, April 10, 2018

Summer is Approaching: Tips for Maintaining Your Deck

Picture it now: The entire family out on the deck enjoying a Minnesota weekend with food and fun. This may not be a reality if your deck is out of shape or you let it go after the snow finally clears. (Which could be forever at this point.)

 However, there are easy and affordable ways to update your deck right now and maintain it for future good times outside.

 Painting your house or deck in Minnesota doesn’t have to be a headache. Whether you have the skills and supplies to do it yourself or want to hire a professional, here are several tips to help you maintain your deck all year long.


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Minneapolis Home and Garden Show 2018

Brian ScatesMonday, March 26, 2018

Minneapolis Home and Garden

Beginning March 30, the notorious Home and Garden Show will make its way to the Minneapolis Convention Center for two weekends. Anyone looking to refresh and renew their homes inside and out will be able to find the inspiration needed at this one-stop-shop event.

The Home and Garden Show has endless design options for viewing, including windows, cabinets, flooring, and landscape. Along with the latest designs to inspire attendees, the expo event will feature dozens of experts waiting to help guide your remodeling plans.

 Tickets are available online, with prices ranging from $4 to $12. You can also find discounted prices here for single-day tickets. The discounted offer likely won’t last long, so if you plan on attending, you may want to get your tickets as soon as possible. To avoid expensive parking pains when you arrive, also book a parking space ahead of time with SpotHero.

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WAYZATA MN APRIL 2015 HOUSING SALE'S TRENDS

Brian ScatesThursday, May 28, 2015

In the City of Wayzata the housing trends for April 2015 illustrates some very different results statistically for home owners and potential buyers. It seems the market is still a seller’s market with a limited amount of inventory from the 10 year norm. 


Click on the link below to view the whole breakdown on the city of Wayzata for April 2015: http://www.scatesrealestate.com/wayzata.asp

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April Housing Sales Trends for Plymouth Minnesota

Brian ScatesFriday, May 22, 2015

In the City of Plymouth, the housing trends for April 2015 does illustrate some very interesting statistics for home owners and potential buyers.


Click on the link below to view the whole breakdown on the city of Plymouth for April 2015:

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Home of the Week: 17770 69th Pl N

Brian ScatesThursday, March 19, 2015

Move in ready two story with walk out basement. Low maintenance & Assoc. makes for an easy living. Stainless steel appliances, hardwood & tile floors, granite, four beds upstairs + W/D. Large master suite w/ walk in closet, vaults, separate tub & shower, double sinks. LL awaits finishes. Pond lot.
 

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You Want To Sell Your Home For More Then You Owe

Brian ScatesTuesday, February 17, 2015

Today I share with you how to prepare your home to sell and tell you when to properly list it and consider a figure that will realistically allow you to sell your home at or close to your asking price.

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