Wednesday, October 2, 2019 / by Zach Obrigewitch
The year is 1908...
The first Mother's Day was celebrated, construction of the Titanic begins, and Henry Ford introduced the first Model T. The growth of the nation and the world lead to many breakthroughs that drastically impacted the way of life. Such growth could be felt in the home, when families would peel through the daily newspaper. Advertisements for this, that, and the third fill the pages to entice families to buy.
It was also during this time that a Midwest company, Sears, Roebuck and Company started to create a revolutionary business model. They discovered that if they ship building materials straight from the factory, it drastically cuts costs. This model lead to the first ever catalog issued for houses, Book of Modern Homes and Building Plans. This gave people a one-stop-shop to the materials needed for 22 home designs.
The lumber would arrive via train, and you could begin construction. It included everything down to the varnish. Base mo ...
Friday, July 12, 2019 / by Zach Obrigewitch
5 Tips to Make Packing Easier
“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” -Paulo Coelho
Although moving brings new opportunities and new adventures, it is not always easy to do. Most everyone hates the idea of packing. To make moving and packing less stressful, follow these 5 simple steps.
1. Make A Plan
Without a plan, moving can become far more difficult. To help you stay on top of your game, write down a vision of what you want to accomplish. To make sure your vision gets completed, write down goals and deadlines for each project you are hoping to complete. Doing this will help you know how much time you need to set aside for each task. It will also keep you on track and avoid getting overwhelmed or discouraged. It may even be helpful to divvy up your goals with a checklist that can be crossed off when you are done.
2. Get Rid of Stuff
Moving can be a lo ...
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 / by Troy Krabbenhoft
Living in the Fargo/Moorhead area presents many fantastic opportunities when it comes to houses. There are historical houses that have survived the test of time in this rugged land, with stunning woodwork and stained glass windows. There are newer homes that catch your eye as you pass by with their unique, fresh designs. However, not every home that is already built and standing is the perfect home for you. Be the size, style or layout of the home, we all have that perfect design in mind, so why not build your own? You would be surprised at how many different architectural styles of homes can be built, here are the top 10 architectural designs we would choose for our dream home, number 7 is STUNNING!
#1 Cape Cod
The first style we are going to talk about is Cape Cod, the original Cape Cod homes were built in the 1600 and had been inspired by thatched cottages in Britain. These have larger chimneys to stand the cold in the northern winters. The steep roofs were ...
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 / by Zach Obrigewitch
In few instances, debt may work in your favor.
You know the old adage, "spend money to make money," So if you are planning on obtaining a business loan, or a mortgage, you can use the debt in your favor. With that being said, your credit health needs to suffice the requirements set forth by the financial institution in order to obtain the sum of money. In 2017, FICO (originally Fair, and Isaac Company) stated that 11.7% of Americans had poor standings with their credit score. Increasing your credit score is as much a mindset, as it is a skill set. Here are a few easy steps, that if you buy in, can increase your credit score/history, allowing you to conduct larger financial decisions.
1. Eliminate small credit card debt.
What we like to call "clothing credit" this has to be the first to go. Credit lines through places such as retailers (department stores, electronics, furniture) can be easy to get into, but tricky to get out of. If your monthly bud ...
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 / by Troy Krabbenhoft
No matter what you do for a living, cleaning around the house can get expensive.
There seems to be a chemical cleaner for every mess around the house. Windex for the windows, Pledge for the dust, Simple Green for the counters, etc.. These cleaning solutions really start making a dent in the old pocket book. The "solution" to the problem is to identify the many uses of common household items that most every household will have in their pantry. Here are five cleaning hacks that are safe, cheap, and thoughtful.
1. Stop the squeak in floors...with baby powder.
That's right, just identify the squeaky floor-boards, and sweep talcum powder in the cracks. The powder will compress and keep the floor-boards from grinding and squeaking. College students will love this hack, and so will the people who try sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack.
2. Easily clean your shower, and wash your worries down the drain!
Many pe ...