Melissa Harbaugh's Blog

Posted on 04/16/2021
NEW to the market - 1440 Heritage #106, St Charles, MO 63303
Turn key condo ready for it's new family! Adorable condo features an open floor plan, engineered wood floors, large master bath, laundry hookups in the unit, patio off the living room and another off the master bedroom, along with an assigned covered parking spot. Convenient storage area down the hall at the bottom of the stairs. Refrigerator stays! Conveniently located near the intersection of MO-364 and MO-94 making it easy to get to where you need to go as well as lots shopping, restaurants and parks nearby. Plenty unassigned parking in front of building as well as reserved parking for the guest of the unit at the end of the...
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Posted on 03/29/2021
Build a Rolling Plant Caddy
Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels Plants and flower pots can be heavy items to move around. The good news is you can eliminate the trouble with a rolling plant caddy. You can build one yourself using rustic wood or precut pieces from your local home store. Stability is the key here. Plan to build the caddy large...
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Posted on 03/15/2021
How New Green Homes Come Together
Photo by ready made from Pexels With all the talk of sustainability and environmental concerns, it's easy to think of these vague ideas as little more than a pie-in-the-sky dream. The nitty-gritty of green homes is often lost on those outside the industry, largely because the concepts are unique to each location and build. We'll look at just...
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Posted on 03/08/2021
Why You Should Get a Home Inspection as a Buyer or a Seller
Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered). In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on...
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Posted on 03/01/2021
Tips for Buying Raw Land
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Some of the best real estate investments are raw land purchases. The idea is to buy raw land in an up-and-coming neighborhood, sit on it, and then sell it to a developer who will do anything to get their hands on it. But while this sounds great, there are a few caveats that...
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Posted on 02/22/2021
Garden DIY: Creating a Beautiful Potting Bench
Photo by Andy via Pixabay A potting bench can provide you with a place to work on your garden, from starting seeds to grafting and transplanting. Ideally, your bench should be at a comfortable height for you to work at, be sturdy enough to support plants and tools and enhance the look of your yard. You have several...
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Posted on 02/15/2021
Choose the Right Smart Home Devices
Not all smart home devices are created equal. If you wind up paying a high price for a smart home gadget you do not need, you risk wasting precious time and resources. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to make informed smart home device purchases, such as: 1. Consider Your Smart Home Device Needs The needs...
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Posted on 02/05/2021
Simplify Your Meal Prep with Kitchen Tools
Photo by Creatv Eight on Unsplash Time spent in the kitchen is almost always well worth the results at mealtime. But why spend more time in the apron than necessary when you could be spending time with the family or just relaxing. These five culinary accessories are designed to streamline the chef’s experience and help minimize food preparation...
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Posted on 02/05/2021
Down Payments 101: Saving for a Home Loan
If you’re hoping to buy a house in the near future, you’ll want to focus on saving for a down payment. Down payments are a way to let a lender know that you are a low-risk investment, and a way to save money on interest over the term of your loan. If you have your other finances in order--a...
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Posted on 02/05/2021
How to Prepare Your Credit Before Your Home Search
Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels Shopping for a new home should be an exciting experience, but if you are unsure of where you stand with your credit, it can be a little nerve-wracking. Having good credit will not only help you to secure more favorable interest rates for your mortgage, but it can also help you to...
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Posted on 02/01/2021
Eliminating House Clutter Will Help Sell Your Home
Two of the most important ingredients in a successful house-marketing campaign are competitive pricing and making a great first impression on prospective buyers. Although your real estate agent can assist in achieving both of those goals, keeping your home in "show ready" condition will be up to you and your family. When your home is actively being shown,...
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Posted on 01/25/2021
Native Gardening: Why the Trend Is Flourishing
Photo by Larisa Koshkina via PixabayRestoring native habitat to our surroundings is like pressing the "refresh" button on biodiversity. Homeowners who embrace native gardening are making big contributions to healthy landscapes, which is great for maintaining the native ecosystems. Making a Difference—Beautifully Native plants are the greenery that would grow in certain areas with or without human intervention....
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