Energy costs can put a significant dent in your monthly budget, but by making a few upgrades, you can make your home much more energy-efficient. This not only helps reduce your energy bill but also makes your home more comfortable. At the same time, you'll make your home more appealing to prospective buyers, most of whom put a high priority on energy-efficient features.
Our real estate agents suggest making the following energy-efficient upgrades to your home:
Painting with a new hue is one of the easiest makeovers you can give your home that will have a huge impact on its appearance. Whether you're staying in your current home for a while or are looking to sell and want to appeal to potential buyers, paint has the power to transform any room. Choosing the right color, however, can be daunting. Don't be afraid to experiment by starting with a wall and seeing the transformative effect color can have in your home. Chances are good that you'll love it and will want to keep going, but if not, you can always choose a new shade.
Our real estate agents share some of this year's popular colors to consider for your home:
What's for breakfast? Experts say it's the most important meal of the day and advise you not to skip it. Maybe you don't feel like cooking that early; if that's the case, there are plenty of local eateries that can serve you an appetizing breakfast. Expecting company in that home you bought recently from Sioux Falls homes for sale? Take 'em out for breakfast. Even if you're on your own, take yourself out. We promise mornings will look better to you when you do.
Here are some suggestions from our real estate agents on where to go.
We're thrilled you chose to make your home in one of our Sioux Falls homes for sale. You probably need a bit of time to get moved in, but then, we're pretty sure you're going to want to get to know your town and your community better. Fortunately, our real estate agents are not just experts at selling homes; they also know their town and what makes it unique. We're sure you'll discover plenty of things to love about Sioux Falls. But to get you started, here's a sampling of five venues you'll want to pay attention to.
First steps to buying a house from Sioux Falls homes for sale? Bet you hoped we'd say you need to start looking at pretty pictures on the Internet, then finding a real estate agent to show you around, and then moving in. Alas, the first steps are not nearly that much fun.
Whether you're new to the chilly north or you've been at this latitude for a while, it's important to get out and about and see what there is to do in winter. After all, winters in Sioux Falls are our longest season, and we need to make the most of it. The good news is, now that you've settled into one of our Sioux Falls homes for sale, there are myriad things to do, indoors and outside.
Our real estate agents invite you to get suited up appropriately and join us for these fun activities.
While it's less of a red hot market for sellers than it was a few months ago, you can still figure on getting a good price when listing your home among Sioux Falls homes for sale. One way to ensure a better price for your home is to do a few strategic renovations. And when we say strategic, we mean don't break the bank. It's important to choose renovations prudently, focusing on sprucing up and updating the home, so it has a modern look rather than tearing out walls and other major projects.
If you've recently moved into a house listed in Sioux Falls homes for sale, you're likely getting to know Sioux Falls in depth. One of the best ways to become acquainted with your new environs is to go shopping. Where to go? Good news! Our real estate agents are ready to share their knowledge of the best places to do holiday shopping locally.
Kitchens are a hugely important room to most home buyers, so if you're selling your home, you'll want to look at your kitchen with a critical eye. An outdated kitchen can turn buyers away, but an updated one can become a major selling point.
Our real estate agents suggest the following kitchen upgrades that can help you sell your home and can also offer specific advice for your home:
One of the best parts of fall is the increased number of festive things to do, including festivals, holiday light displays, and more. If you live in or near Sioux Falls, you'll find plenty of events to go to this time of year, so why not start checking them out and planning some fun?
Our real estate agents share the following don't-miss autumn activities in Sioux Falls:
If you're selling your home, you'll need to have it professionally appraised to determine its value in the market. You'll want your home's appraisal to be as high as possible, which may help you command a better asking price and will allow a potential buyer to have an easier time obtaining financing. An appraisal that's lower than a potential buyer's offer for your home means they may have trouble getting a large enough mortgage loan from the bank. If that's the case, the deal may fall through, or you may need to lower your asking price.
Our real estate agents share the following ways to prep your home to get the highest possible appraisal:
Fried rice is one of the most popular dishes at Chinese and other Asian restaurants, either as a side to an entree or standing on its own. Originally designed as a way to use leftovers, the dish is usually made with cold rice that's a day or two old and then customized with additions like sauces, veggies, eggs, and proteins.
Since September 20 is recognized as National Fried Rice Day, head to one of the following Sioux Falls restaurants recommended by our real estate agents to enjoy your favorite version of this savory dish:
Photography lets us capture a moment in time, and with most mobile phones having the capability of taking excellent photos, it's easy and convenient to do. You'll find plenty of places in Sioux Falls where you'll find plenty of worthy photo ops.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following Sioux Falls locales to snap some stunning photos:
If you're a new homeowner, you have many decisions to make when it comes to packing, moving, and decorating your new home. With everything to keep track of, it's easy to forget something important or to fail to consider everything you should before making decisions about your new home.
Our real estate agents point out the following common mistakes new homeowners should avoid after buying one of our listed Sioux Falls homes for sale:
Sioux Falls, SD, is a growing area that has attracted around 20,000 new residents in the past several years. The city and its surrounding area have many positives that are attracting newcomers and making current residents happy that they call the area home.
Our real estate agents share some of the best reasons to move to Sioux Falls:
Even homeowners committed to an organic lifestyle may balk at the challenges of creating an organic lawn. The good news for you, now settling in the house you chose from Sioux Falls homes for sale, is that going organic with your lawn has become more doable in recent years. Knowledge of organic practices is spreading, and you can now find organic or native grasses that will prosper without synthetic chemicals.
Our real estate agents have some advice for those homeowners aiming for a nice-looking lawn but doing it without earth-damaging chemicals. Here are some tips for breaking your lawn's addiction to synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers.
Sioux Falls is a fascinating city: arts and cultural attractions, activities for the family, and of course, the famous falls. You may have been busy settling in the house you chose from among Sioux Falls homes for sale, but now that it's summer and you've got some time, you likely want to do some exploring.
Our real estate agents have lots of recommendations about what to see and do, but among the most interesting and photo-worthy are those that recall the history of the city.
Buying a home for the first time can be exciting but also somewhat daunting. It's a multistep process, and it's easy to make some costly mistakes along the way.
Our real estate agents have the experience to guide you through the process and help you avoid these common mistakes - as well as any others — that first-time homebuyers often make:
Sioux Falls is ideal for anyone who loves Midwest living but still enjoys the finer things in life. Enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or simply go out with friends to celebrate a milestone. Our real estate agents know what it's like to enjoy a night away from the stress you face during the week. The following wine bars and restaurants can provide you with just the type of atmosphere you are looking for.
R Wine Bar & Kitchen – Located in downtown Sioux Falls, R Wine Bar & Kitchen offers both flavorful wine and delicious food. Whether you want a full meal or to sample the latest wine offerings, this is the place to be.
Are you ready to sell your home? If so, your goal is to sell it quickly at the highest possible price. In order to accomplish this, you'll need to take some specific steps as you get it ready to put it on the market.
Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to get your home ready to sell:
Whether you're an artist or are someone who simply loves supporting the arts, you'll find plenty of places to visit in Sioux Falls to help foster your interest and passion. Various venues let you meet artists and talk about their creative process, attend a musical performance, buy some creative items such as handmade jewelry, and more.
Our real estate agents know the community well and suggest the following destinations to help you get inspired by Sioux Falls local arts:
Whether you're planning on staying in your home for a while or are ready to sell, projects that increase their value can pay off in several different ways. They can add to your enjoyment of it now and help you sell your home more quickly — and for a higher price — in the future.
Our real estate agents share the following ways to boost your home's value:
Waffles are worthy of their own celebratory day, which is observed on March 25. It's easy to see why they're so popular since they're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with square pockets that are perfect for holding butter, powdered sugar, syrup, or other tasty toppings. Sioux Falls restaurants offer different takes on the waffle and different toppings, so you're sure to find a favorite.
Our real estate agents recommend visiting these Sioux Falls staples for International Waffle Day:
National Tortilla Chip Day was on Feb. 24, but there's always time to celebrate! If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine in Sioux Falls, you'll have your choice of some excellent restaurants where you can order your favorites and perhaps try a new dish.
Our real estate agents enjoy dining at the following Sioux Falls Mexican restaurants and suggest giving them a try:
Few home improvements can have as big an impact as you'll get from new flooring. Whether you're having the flooring in one room or your entire house redone, the project can transform the space, making it look fresher and tied together.
If you're looking at new flooring, our real estate agents share what you need to know:
To decide what type of flooring you'd like, consider its appearance, durability, and cost. The following are some of the most popular types of flooring:
Veganuary Month (also known as January) is a month-long celebration that was created to encourage non-vegans to try the lifestyle. Vegans don't eat any animal products, including meat, dairy, or eggs, and also refrain from buying leather goods, honey, and other animal products.
Sioux Falls has several restaurants where you can try delicious vegan dishes, whether you've been a vegan for years or are simply curious to try this type of cuisine. Our real estate agents suggest stopping by the following Sioux Falls restaurants to try vegan dishes:
Contact us if you'd like to look at Sioux Falls homes for sale. As South Dakota's most experienced real estate company, we have unmatched insight into local markets and would love to help you find the home of your dreams.
Looking for some delicious American-style food to help you stay cozy this winter in Sioux Falls? The area has plenty of great restaurants to visit and dishes to choose from, with each putting their own unique spin on American favorites.
Our real estate agents suggest paying a visit to the following eateries:
When you think of your mantle during winter, stockings and other holiday decor probably comes to mind. If you have a holiday nutcracker collection you're waiting to unbox, consider putting them on a table or counter instead and taking your mantle in a different direction. Decorating this area for winter rather than a specific holiday can give it a stylish, fresh look that you won't have to change when the holidays are over.
Our real estate agents pass along the following best mantle decorating tips for winter:
There's nothing quite like a bowl of hot soup when you're faced with cold temperatures. It feels as though it warms you from the inside out as you're also enjoying a delicious dish. Whether you like it mild or spicy, soup comes in so many varieties that you're sure to find some you love.
Our real estate agents suggest warming up with a bowl of steamy soup at one of the following Sioux Falls restaurants:
November is here, and that means the holidays are just around the corner. If you're settling into the home you chose from Sioux Falls homes for sale, you're probably prepping to show friends and family you're new home. Spending time with loved ones over home-cooked meals is certainly rewarding, but it also means you may not have the same free time you had earlier in the year. Before inviting guests over this holiday season, our real estate agents recommend you finish these projects.
Whether you're designing a living room in your new home or are replacing and rearranging items in your existing living room, it's easy to make some common mistakes that negatively affect its appearance and function. Real estate agents and designers tend to see the same problems with living rooms in home after home, but once you realize what these issues are, it's easy to avoid them. Our real estate agents point out the following mistakes to avoid when you're rearranging or redesigning your living room:
From a refreshing glass of iced tea to a soothing cup of hot tea, Sioux Falls has just what you're looking for. Our local cafes have appealing atmospheres that are great for meeting friends or for settling down to work or study as you enjoy your tea.
Our real estate agents enjoy the following places to sip the perfect cup of tea in Sioux Falls and suggest giving them a try:
Now that we're closing out summer and fall is approaching fast, it's not too early to wrap up home improvement projects and start preparing our homes for the cold weather that lies ahead. Our real estate agents often recommend checking this work off your list in September and early October because temperatures are still warm. If you're a first-time homeowner, remembering to take care of everything can be a challenge, which is why we put together this list of projects you should try to tackle soon!
Many gardeners love to attract hummingbirds to their gardens, and it's easy to see why. These tiny, colorful creatures are fun to watch as they rapidly flap their wings and dart around before taking a drink of nectar from a flower. They can also hover, which gives you the chance to hear the distinct sound of their wings as you get a good look at these amazing birds.
If you'd like to see hummingbirds in your garden, design it to attract them to your yard while meeting their needs. Our real estate agents share the following tips to help make your garden hummingbird-friendly:
Summer is a time filled with warm weather and long stretches of daylight that make it the perfect time to go out and have fun in Sioux Falls. The area has plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities that will keep you and your family or friends having fun for hours.
Our real estate agents suggest having some summer fun at the following Sioux Falls venues:
One of the summer's pleasures is dining outside at a local restaurant, taking in the sights and sounds. Relax and people-watch as you enjoy a beverage or meal, or choose a Sioux Falls restaurant with amazing water views and take in our area's natural beauty.
Our real estate agents suggest taking a break and enjoying outdoor dining at the following Sioux Falls restaurants:
Minimalist home decor, which is very popular at the moment, is all about simplicity and restraint. You might think that this translates into a boring home, but minimalism is anything but. It's bold yet soothing, and its well-chosen elements make a large impact. Our real estate agents suggest the following tips for creating a minimalist home design:
May is Photo Month, so why not snap a photo of some of the many amazing Sioux Falls locations? From the wild natural beauty of Falls Park's waterfalls to the vibrant landscaping and lanterns at The Japanese Gardens and Terrace Park, you'll find plenty of spots that showcase the beauty of Sioux Falls.
Our real estate agents suggest taking photos at these scenic Sioux Falls locations:
Springtime is the right time to upgrade the exterior of your home, so it looks as good as Sioux Falls homes for sale. And now, whether you just want to dress things up or you're aiming to boost your curb appeal as you get ready to list your home for sale, you'll find the exterior projects listed below will do the trick without breaking the bank.
How green is your thumb? Now that you're settling into one of the special Sioux Falls homes for sale, you're probably thinking about spring planting and how to make your home stand out.
There are so many ways you can make your property a show stopper. Local garden centers abound with a wide range of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The challenge is narrowing your focus and deciding which way to go.
Have cleaning projects been stacking up on your to-do list? Whether you've just bought a new home, are selling your current home, or simply want to bring out the best in your property, spring is the perfect time to invest some elbow grease into cleaning projects around the house. With the right tips, tricks, and cleaning ideas, you can have your home looking better than ever in record time. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 cleaning projects that you can tackle to celebrate the start of spring.
Refresh Your Most Frequently Used Appliances
Take some time this spring to refresh your dishwasher, oven, and washing machine. Clear out any stuck-on food inside of your dishwasher, then run a cycle with a cleaning solution. Run your oven on the cleaning setting, then clear out any remaining debris built up since your last cleaning. For the washing machine, you can use distilled white vinegar to clean and disinfect, or pick up a cleaning solution from your favorite grocery store.
Bring Out the Best in Your Patio Furniture
Keeping your outdoor areas looking great is key to standing out from other Sioux Falls homes for sale, and clean, sparkling patio furniture can add to the look of any home. Start by scrubbing your outdoor furniture with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Once you've given each piece of furniture a good scrub, spray it down with a hose and start enjoying patio furniture that looks like new.
Clean Your Windows Both Inside and Outside
While it's easy to keep up with cleaning the indoor side of your windows during the winter, the outdoor side may need a good cleaning after the cold weather months. You can use the same solutions on the outdoor side as you would indoors, so the key is simply picking a nice spring day to tackle the outdoor side of those windows.
Organize Closets and Clear Clutter
Has clutter been building up in your closets during the winter? Spring presents a great opportunity to clear clutter, organize your closets, and lighten your load. You can pick up closet organizers at your favorite home goods store, or install some shelving to make more efficient use of space. While you're organizing, take the opportunity to get rid of unneeded clutter by donating or selling.
Get Your Yard Ready for Spring
Curb appeal is a must when selling your home, and it will help you enjoy your outdoor spaces more even if you're not putting your home on the market. The start of spring is a good time to prune many types of plants, pull weeds from your garden, and plant some fresh flowers for the new season. If your driveway or patio have seen better days, renting a power washer for the day can get them looking like new.
Show Some Love to Your Wood Floors
Cleaning wood floors is crucial to helping them look their best, but it's easy to cause damage if you don't use the right cleaning products. The good news is that there are plenty of cleaning solutions designed to clean wood floors without causing damage. Learn what type of wood your floor is made of, pick up the right cleaning solution for your floor, and invest some elbow grease to get those floors shining.
Still searching for a home that you'll love to call your own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Sioux Falls, SD area.
Before you start exploring Sioux Falls homes for sale, take a couple of hours to explore one of the city's top breakfast spots. Sioux Falls is home to numerous restaurants with a variety of delectable dishes. Here are some of the top spots sure to get your day off to a tasty start.
Can you ever really have enough storage space in your home? In many homes, the attic is a rarely visited space with limited utility, but turning your attic into a useful storage space is easier than you might think. Most attics will need some work to become ideal storage, and with spring around the corner now is the perfect time to get started. Our real estate agents are here to provide some inspiration, with home improvement tips to help you optimize your attic for storage.
Searching for a home with plenty of storage space in the attic and beyond? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Sioux Falls, SD area.
February 18th marks National Drink Wine Day — wine aficionados everywhere will take a few moments to enjoy their favorite wine and remember the benefits associated with drinking wine. Our real estate agents know that there are some fantastic wines in and around Sioux Falls. Check out some of the top spots to shop for a wine worthy of your attention on National Drink Wine Day.
Our real estate agents have been trying out some new hobbies since the pandemic forced us to spend more time at home. We've tried yoga. We've taken up watercolors.
We've also learned a thing or two about baking, and we're excited to impart our hard-earned knowledge. Be sure to keep these tips and tricks in mind for all your home bread making adventures!
There are dozens of different kinds of bread you could make at home. But start out by making something simple and forgiving, like focaccia. It has just four ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast.
Use Good Flour
Different types of flour have varying protein content and gluten properties, but don't worry about that for now. Once you've gained a little experience, feel free to start experimenting. But as a beginner, just buy a few high-quality bags that say "bread flour" on the label.
Sioux Falls has long been a center of trade, industry, culture, and government for the entire state of South Dakota. The city has grown much in its more than 150 years of existence, and Sioux Falls has done an excellent job of preserving its history. There are four distinct historic districts in Sioux Falls, each showcasing a different part of the city's development. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect when you explore the historic districts of Sioux Falls.
Winter is here, and it's time to check your DIY list twice. While winter feels like the perfect time to curl up on the sofa with a thrilling novel or heartwarming movie, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your home for the extreme temperatures.
Not only will these tasks keep your property protected from the chilly winter weather, but they'll help your home look its best with the other Sioux Falls homes for sale. Even if you don't plan to put your home on the market, you'll know that you've kept up with your home maintenance, just in case. Here is your ultimate winter to-do list.
Is Sioux Falls a city for the millennium? Since 2020, the population has grown more than 22 percent. What is it about our corner of South Dakota that entices new residents from all around the country? Our real estate agents share seven compelling reasons why you should be checking out Sioux Falls homes for sale in 2021.
The holidays are here, and getting creative with decorations is one way to let off some steam as 2020 ends. Whether you prefer a classic or modern look, there are tons of ways to show your holiday cheer. When our real estate agents show Sioux Falls homes for sale during this special time of year, homebuyers can't get enough of eye-catching decorations. These tips for taking your holiday home decorating up a notch will help you create an inviting ambiance everyone will enjoy throughout the season.
Whether you're on the go exploring local neighborhoods or you're planning an early-morning get-together with a friend, it's always a great idea to know where you can get your next caffeine fix.
National Espresso Day is coming up on November 23rd, so now is a great time to try a few of the area's best coffee shops. Lucky for you, our real estate agents have already visited almost all of the local coffee hot spots. Here's a round-up of their favorites.
If the great coffee shops aren't enough to convince you that Sioux Falls is the right place for you, the beautiful homes and a variety of dining and entertainment options will seal the deal. Our real estate agents are here to help you explore the area's best neighborhoods and find your dream home! Contact us today to get started!
If you're preparing your home to list with other Sioux Falls homes for sale, completing a few repairs and DIY projects can increase your home's appeal. Don't feel as if you need to invest a small fortune in tools; instead, focus on adding versatile pieces to your collection that you can use for various home improvement plans. Here are some tools homeowners should have on hand for all their DIY projects.
Does anybody really need an excuse to eat an extra cookie? Probably not. But just in case you're looking for one, we thought we'd let you know that National Cookie Month is celebrated every October. Our REALTORS® are pretty excited about it.
We know what you're thinking. "Where has this holiday been all my life?" In any event, we're glad it's here, and we're looking forward to spoiling our appetite at some of these amazing bakeries in Sioux Falls, SD: