Home Ownership Tips

If you are a new home owner or a long time home owner; Welcome! Here you will find helpful information.  Somethings I learned as a certified home inspector in the Twin Cities and some from being a homeowner myself. Covering topics from energy saving tips to information about mulch. 


The 10 best cities for Minnesota move-up buyers

Many Minnesota homeowners are looking for move-up properties that feature extra livable space. From additional guest bedrooms to open gathering areas to flexible setups for work-from-home offices, today’s homeowners are on the search for beautiful and spacious homes.

To help potential move-up buyers determine the Minnesota cities where they might want to move next, Edina Realty’s data team ran an in-depth query for cities that, within the last year, had more than 50 listings with the following criteria:

Single-family homes with 3 bed, 3 bath or more
2500+ finished square feet
Attached garage
The results were fresh, interesting and — dare we say — a little bit exciting? Here, we’re detailing the top 10 cities for move-up buyers in Minnesota, and giving the inside scoop on what these towns have to offer homeowners in the area.

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How do I legally get rid of Leaves in Minnesota

Fall is here and I need to do something with all the leaves piling up in my yard. Can I burn them? Or push them into the street for the street sweeper?

Burning leaves used to be quite common, but many municipalities now ban or discourage leaf burning for a variety of reasons, including safety, air pollution and health impacts. In fact, most cities have adopted regulations regarding leaf disposal and leaf burning.

Let’s explore how to legally dispose of all those leaves overtaking your front and back yards.

Minnesota state law on leaf burning
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requires open burning permits for any fire that is more than three feet high and three feet in diameter, unless the ground is covered in three inches of snow or the fire is contained in an approved burner or similar device.

A permit will allow you to burn vegetative materials including grass, leaves and other brush. So if you do want to burn your fall leaf piles, you can obtain a permit from

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20 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

You don’t have to call a handyman every time something goes haywire in your house. Get tips for tackling 20 basic home repairs and projects, from fixing a running toilet to cleaning the gutters.
If your toilet is running water nonstop, it’s a must-fix situation or else your water bill will wash you away. So it’s a good idea to get acquainted with what you see when you lift the top of the toilet tank (it’s called the flush valve assembly, by the way). Sometimes the fix is as simple as repositioning a part of the assembly, but if that doesn’t solve your problem, you may need to replace it.

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33 Smart Ways to Slash Your Home Energy Bills

Feel like the household demands on your hard-earned cash are higher than ever? You're not alone. Luckily, there are steps you can take that add up to noticeable savings.
With news of gas and grocery costs continuing to skyrocket, it’s natural to want to cut spending however you can. Focusing on how to save energy and reduce home energy costs is a smart move, given that the typical U.S. household spends more than $2,000 per year on heating, cooling, powering electronics, lighting, and hot water.

In many ways, practicing sustainable living, water conservation, and other eco-conscious practices like how to save gas not only helps you to be a friend to the environment and reduce your carbon emissions—it also helps your bottom line.

What is energy conservation?
According to experts at Constellation, the largest producer of carbon-free energy in the U.S., energy conservation means deciding to use less energy, then doing whatever it takes to make good on that decision. Turning off lights in

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What happens if a home seller dies?

While it’s not a common occurrence, a home seller may pass away after accepting an offer but before the closing date. Buyers, who are understandably shaken by this, may wonder what steps they should take next — or how it may impact their purchase.

Here are insights you can use if you’re ever in the unfortunate situation of having a seller pass away before you have closed on the property. Please keep in mind that the process will vary by state.

What if the seller was married or partnered?
If the deceased seller owned the property with a co-seller as “joint tenants,” then the sale — from a legal perspective — can still be executed as planned. The closing agent will have to record the death certificate of the deceased partner and the surviving partner will sign all the documents at closing.

The REALTOR® of the surviving seller and the buyer’s agent should work together to plan for a closing that is both sensitive and effective. As a buyer, you should expect that your Realtor will keep

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Adding a bathroom? Consider the ROI first

Key insights:
A new bathroom addition can be a costly investment. Be sure that this project aligns with your homeownership or selling goals before beginning.
If personal enjoyment and ease of living outweigh a monetary return on investment, a bathroom addition could be the right choice for you.
It might be the right time to add a new bathroom to your space if you plan on making this your long-term home or hosting guests who prefer private space.
It’s fairly common for homeowners to wish they had more bathrooms. However, two new studies show that home sellers may not see the monetary or personal return on investment that they were hoping for when they add a bathroom to their existing residence.

When asking whether a new bathroom addition is right for you, be clear about your goals. Homeowners who will sell in the next few years may want to hold off, while those who plan to stay put may be more satisfied with this renovation – as their return will be the time they spend in the space.

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Status Definitions

For sale: Properties which are available for showings and purchase

Active contingent: Properties which are available for showing but are under contract with another buyer

Pending: Properties which are under contract with a buyer and are no longer available for showings

Sold: Properties on which the sale has closed.

Coming soon: Properties which will be on the market soon and are not available for showings.

Contingent and Pending statuses may not be available for all listings