Kristen Auten's Blog Posts

Home Bar Essentials

  Home Bar EssentialsIf you love to entertain when you have guests over, you may be working on building your home bar. While enjoying time inside doesn’t require a bar, sometimes a happy

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5 Home Projects To Outsource

    5 Home Projects To OutsourceWe live in a DIY world. If there is a video online for how to do something, there’s a good chance you can figure out how to do it. While saving money

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Easy Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tips

Easy Garbage Disposal Cleaning TipsIf you have a garbage disposal, you probably use it quite often. The convenience of shredding food waste and washing it down the drain rather than filling a

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9 House Cleaning Hacks (for People Who Hate Cleaning Their House)

9 House Cleaning Hacks (for People Who Hate Cleaning Their House)Everyone hates getting bogged down with life’s little details. And guess what? You don’t have to! Here are house cleaning

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Save Your Home From Dryer Fires

    Save Your Home From Dryer FiresEvery year, more than 2,900 home fires are started by clothes dryers. The leading cause of these fires is the build-up of lint from lack of maintenance.

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Sealing and Insulating Your Ductwork

Sealing and Insulating Your DuctworkWho doesn’t want to save money on utility bills? A good place to start is by insulating your ducts. Insulation isn’t free, but as the old saying goes,

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Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Keeping Your Carpet CleanCarpet tends to ignite a love-hate relationship with homeowners. While carpet can add comfort, design, and even a pop of color to a space, it can also feel overwhelming to

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Keeping Your Stuff Safe While Your Home Is For Sale

Keeping Your Stuff Safe While Your Home Is For SaleWhen preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner,

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Make Moving With Pets Stress-Free

Make Moving With Pets Stress-FreeYou’ve just bought a new home, and Fluffy and Fido are starting to worry about all the moving boxes going into the truck outside. Pets can easily become

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Are Toys Taking Over Your Home? Here’s How To Reclaim Your Space

Are Toys Taking Over Your Home? Here’s How To Reclaim Your SpaceToys are important for many reasons - but that doesn’t mean they don’t drive you crazy when you constantly trip over

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Major Household Dangers for Cats and Dogs

Major Household Dangers for Cats and DogsAll pet parents want to keep their fur babies safe. So they may be shocked to learn their home can be a minefield of potential hazards that can cause severe

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Reducing Closet Clutter

Reducing Closet ClutterThe closet might just be the hardest place to reduce clutter in the home. So often, we find ourselves using closets as the one space in the home that we allow a little chaos.

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3 Sneaky Ways to Make a Small Home Office Look Huge

3 Sneaky Ways to Make a Small Home Office Look HugeThe struggle of the way-too-small home office: a space that needs to be functional often doubling as a guest room and the holding pen for all the

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8 HOUSEHOLD USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

8 HOUSEHOLD USES FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGARYou’ve probably heard about all the benefits of apple cider vinegar in the beauty department - it can be used as a toner, a deodorant, and even a

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Tips on the Real Estate Closing Process Before you sign on the dotted lines, ask yourself t

Tips on the Real Estate Closing ProcessBefore you sign on the dotted lines, ask yourself these six crucial questions.1. WHAT AM I BUYING?Make sure you have done your due diligence and inspected the

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What Small Homes Can Teach You About Living With Less

What Small Homes Can Teach You About Living With LessNeed to declutter?  Anytime is the perfect time for getting rid of all the unnecessary stuff that accumulates in your home. How does it

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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU LIST YOUR HOME

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU LIST YOUR HOMEAfter all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers. While most of the hard work is done, it is

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What To Expect During Inspection

What To Expect During InspectionWhen you are buying a home for the first time, you’re likely to run into many processes that you haven’t been through before. One of the most important

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Spring Cleaning 101

Spring Cleaning 101Whether you are getting ready to list your home or just doing an annual deep clean, now is the best time to get started! When you have a day that is beautiful enough to leave the

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6 Space-Saving Secrets For Your Laundry Room

6 Space-Saving Secrets For Your Laundry RoomLet’s face it—when it comes to laundry rooms, most of us are lucky to have a single shelf to hold detergent and a tiny counter for folding

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5 Mortgage Myths — DEBUNKED!

5 Mortgage Myths — DEBUNKED!MYTH: You must have a 20% down payment to buy a house. TRUTH: Different loans require different down payments—some as low as 0%!MYTH: Pre-qualified means

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What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022?

What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022?If you’re thinking of buying a home in today’s housing market, you may be wondering how strong your investment will be. You

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Should you go to an open house even if you’re not ready to buy?

Should you go to an open house even if you’re not ready to buy?With all of the listing sites available, browsing homes online can become addictive. Even if you’re not in the market to

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6 Tips for Buying in a Competitive Market

6 Tips for Buying in a Competitive MarketThe housing market is hot. On fire, actually—and it doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon. This can be scary because of how tough it is to buy a

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10 Fatal Mistakes That Will Kill the Sale of Your Home

10 Fatal Mistakes That Will Kill the Sale of Your HomeWhile it might seem a little dramatic to call a seller's mistakes fatal, especially over something as innocuous as selling your home, selling a

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HABITS OF A TIDY HOMEOWNER

HABITS OF A TIDY HOMEOWNERWe all have that friend whose home seems to be spotless, no matter the time of day. You could swing by for a morning coffee or stop over for dinner, and it always

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4 Factors Other Than Money To Consider in an Offer

4 Factors Other Than Money To Consider in an OfferAre you selling your home and reviewing several offers? Congratulations! You’re well on your way to getting as much as possible out of what is

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Glam Up Your Home With Crown Molding

Glam Up Your Home With Crown MoldingInstalling crown and other types of molding is an easy upgrade that can give a classy, traditional look to your home and add to its value. A good miter saw, which

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Found a Buyer on Your Own? Here’s Why You Still Need an Agent

Found a Buyer on Your Own? Here’s Why You Still Need an AgentLet’s say you’re selling your house. And before you even get a chance to snap listing photos and put it on the market,

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50 Real Estate Terms Every Home Buyer Should Know

50 Real Estate Terms Every Home Buyer Should KnowWhether you're ready to buy your first home or just need an acronym refresher, keep this glossary handy. You don’t need a real estate license

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