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Tips for staging your home

by Nancy Heim-berg

Purchasing a house is a very personal decision as you want your home to reflect your personal style and taste. Many families hang pictures of beautiful memories and paint the walls different colors to reflect their personalities. But when it comes to selling your home, you may want to rethink some of these homey, personal touches to ensure the house appeals to a wide variety of buyers. If you are looking to sell your home, staging your home to sell is always a good idea, even in the strongest of markets, and we have a few tips below on how to accomplish this in your home.

When it comes to staging your home, the bedrooms and bathrooms are great rooms to start with as they can be staged without breaking the bank. When it comes to bedrooms, think cozy and serene. You can do things such as painting the walls in soft, neutral tones, clearing away clutter such as shoes, photos and reading materials, professionally steaming and washing the carpets, clearing out your closet so it appears larger and purchasing fresh linens and throw pillows. It is also a good idea to make sure the master bedroom appeals to both sexes and, again, this can be achieved by incorporating a lot of neutral colors throughout. 

When it comes to bathrooms, a little TLC can go a long way. Sellers can do things such as replacing old bathroom fixtures, cleaning away mold and dirt from shower doors and between tiles, hang beautiful decorative towels, and incorporating items such as candles, glass container holders and scented soaps. And when it comes to other rooms in the home, doing things such as removing clutter, rearranging furniture so it's easier to move through each room, taking down personal photos and improving the lighting so the house feels brighter are great ways to make your home appeal to potential buyers. Happy staging! 

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Events in Omaha

by Nancy Heim-berg

Goodbye 2017, thank you for the memories. Hello 2018, we are ready for you! As we say goodbye to another year next weekend, we hope you take the time to look back on the last 12 months and reminisce on all the beautiful times had with family and friends. With the closing of one year comes the promise of growth and new memories for the next. There are many awesome family friendly events held throughout Omaha that are the perfect place to ring in the New Year. We have listed a few below that we hope bring a smile to your face. We wish you a wonderful year ahead and hope 2018 proves to be your best year yet!

 

Noon Year’s Eve at Gretna Public Library 
When: Friday, December 29th from 11:30 until 12pm
Where: Gretna Children’s Library 

Noon Year’s Eve at The Durham Museum
When: Saturday, December 30th from 10am until 2pm 
Where: 801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE

Noon Year’s Eve at Saddlebrook Branch 
When: Saturday, December 30th from 10:30am until 12:30pm
Where: 14850 Laurel Avenue, Omaha 

Noon Year’s Eve at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
When: Sunday, December 31st from 11am until 1pm
Where: 3701 South 10th Street, Omaha

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular 
When: Sunday, December 31st at 7pm
Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam Street 

New Year’s Eve Bash
When: Sunday, December 31st from 6-8pm
Where: The Omaha Children’s Museum 

Holiday Festivities around Omaha

by Nancy Heim-berg

As hard as it is to believe, Christmas week is upon us! Yes, that means 2017 is quickly coming to an end and 2018 is right around the corner. But before you start making your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to soak up all the holiday festivities around Omaha over this next week. There are many events, plays and holiday cheer that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face! 

We have listed a few below that we hope bring lasting holiday memories for you, your family and friends! 

 

A Christmas Carol 
Where: The Omaha Community Playhouse
When: Through December 23rd 

Gingerbread House Display
Where: The Mormon Trail Center
When: Through December 31st 
*Free

Holiday Lights Festival 
Where: Downtown Omaha
When: Through January 1st
*Free 

Santa’s Magic
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum 
When: Through December 23rd 

Holiday Poinsettia Show
Where: Lauritzen Garden
When: Through January 4th 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Where: The Rose Theatre 
When: Through December 23rd

Storytime with Santa 
Where: Village Pointe
When: December 19th
*Free

Angel Guardian’s Santa’s Workshop
Where:  15677 Spaulding Street
When: December 18th-21st 
*Free

Family Nights with Santa 
Where: The Durham Museum 
When: December 19th 

Simple Home Improvements To Help Boost Your Home's Selling Price

by Nancy Heim-berg

If you are looking to sell your home for top dollar, you know you have to put your best foot forward in order to gain interest and have offers coming through the door. One thing sellers should look to do when they are putting their house on the market is to spruce up their home in order to make the home as appealing to buyers as possible. While this sounds like an overwhelming and expensive project, there are ways to make it a little less painful for you and your wallet. In this post we will be covering inexpensive and simple things for you to do to update your home and add a little more appeal for potential buyers.  

The first home improvement task we want to touch on is landscaping. Now this is a great area to spend some time on as even a little bit of improvement goes a long way. Look into doing things such as replacing old bushes with new ones, putting down fresh sod and adding in some color through vibrant potted flowers or flower beds. Potential buyers form their first impressions of your home when they walk up so having updated landscaping can prove to be a relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your home. The next area is your entryway, which can be improved by painting the front door or purchasing a new one if needed. You may also want to look into buying and installing a new house number and mailbox if they are starting to look a little tired.

Changing out items such a light and plumbing fixtures can also go a long way. Updating ceiling fixtures, bathroom faucets and replacing outdated fixtures with more updated versions is great to make your home look more updated and modern, and in turn more appealing to buyers. And if you have popcorn ceilings, you may want to consider removing them as it is a notable characteristic of an older home. Another relatively inexpensive improvement task that can go a long way is painting. While your teenage daughter may love her bright fuchsia room, chances are buyers will not feel the same. Other tasks such as updating window treatments, replacing worn and dirty carpets and deep cleaning can go a long way as well.

Cozy Coffee Shops in Omaha

by Nancy Heim-berg

Happy December! The last month of the year is upon us (crazy, we know) and with it brings colder weather in Omaha, holiday plans and special time spent with family and friends. And what would the holidays be without a warm cup of coffee and crackling fire to cozy up by?! Whether you are shopping for gifts and need a little pick me up or just want something warm to sip on, we have listed below local coffee shops in the area that are sure to have everything you are looking for to get you through the end of the year!

Archetype Coffee | 3926 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68131 (Blackstone, Midtown) 

Howlin’ Hounds Coffee | 712 S 16th St. Omaha, NE 68102 (Downtown) 

Well Grounded Coffee | 707 S 24th St. Omaha, NE 68102 (Downtown)

Muglife Coffee | 2452 ½ Harney St. Omaha, NE 68131 (Midtown) 

Whisk + Measure Specialty Bakery and Coffee | 2505 S 133rd Plz. Omaha, NE 68144 (West Omaha)

Zen Coffee Company | 230 S. 25th St. Omaha, NE 68131 (Midtown) 

Green Beans Coffee | 6831 S. 167th St. Omaha, NE 68135 (Millard, West Omaha) 

Karma Koffee | 587 N 155th Plz. Omaha, NE 68154 (West Omaha)

Dundee Double Shot | 118 N 50th St. Omaha, NE 68132 (Dundee) 

Himalayan Java | 329 S 16th St. Omaha, NE 68102 (Downtown) 

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