Considering Solar? Now might be the time…

Have you considered adding solar to your home but haven’t quite been able to pull the trigger? 2019 might be the year to do it. According to energysage.com, photovoltaic (PV) solar installation costs have dropped 60% in the last 10 years, with costs predicted to continue falling. This has put solar in reach for an even larger group of consumers. In addition, 2019 is the final year of the full federal solar tax credit, which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. It will begin to sunset in 2020. And locally, Focus on Energy offers a 12% rebate on the cost of installation, up to $2000 ($4000 in some rural areas). And you can combine those to really cut back the costs of installing solar on your home!


Not sure where to start? Madison has a great program called Madisun Solar Energy Program that will analyze whether your home is right for solar, and get you set up with a solar installation contractor. They also offer group buy and grant programs that help lower income Madisonians add solar to their homes. Check them out!

Home Goods: Shopping Second Hand

Home Goods: Shopping Second Hand

Like many Madisonians, I love buying second hand. Luckily, Madison has no shortage of great spots for picking up vintage or lightly used home decor, furnishings & building materials.

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What Does The Outside Of Your Home Say About You?

What Does The Outside Of Your Home Say About You?

The front of your house is the first thing you see when you get home; it’s your home’s public face to the rest of the world & communicates something about the personality & style of your house & its occupants.

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How To Turn A “Con” Into A “Pro”

How To Turn A “Con” Into A “Pro”

Does your home have a unique, quirky, or less than desirable feature? If so, think about how you could turn a potential “con” into a “pro”. This tip is for homeowners & sellers alike.

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How To Style A Vintage Bathroom

How To Style A Vintage Bathroom

Before you write off a home for its outdated bathrooms (or start planning its demolition), try seeing it in a new light. There are so many ways to give a modern edge to retro bathroom. Plus, what better place than your bathroom to try out a daring, fun or bold decor?

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Lessons Learned From Frank Lloyd Wright

Lessons Learned From Frank Lloyd Wright

You may be surprised to know that some of the iconic FLW features have lost their significance in today’s real estate market & are actually considered “dated” by many buyers & homeowners. I wanted to shed a little light on these material choices in hopes that others would re-recognize them for what they signified to Wisconsin’s beloved architect.

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Tricks To Creating A Cohesive Home

Tricks To Creating A Cohesive Home

By neglecting to work with your home’s features, you may actually make it feel outdated, awkward, small or uninviting. If you want to sell your home quicker, for more money, OR you simply want to revamp your space, focus on creating cohesion.

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Dispose + Rehome Your Stuff (And Avoid The Landfill!)

Dispose + Rehome Your Stuff (And Avoid The Landfill!)

One of our favorite things about Madison is the shared passion for recycling, upcycling, donating & buying second hand that is so prevalent throughout our community. In an effort to help simplify your downsizing, decluttering or moving process, we’ve compiled a list of places that you can donate, sell & recycle various items at.

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How To Deal With Old Wiring

How To Deal With Old Wiring

Knob and tube is a form of wiring used in homes built prior to the '30s. It’s still common to find active K&T in homes of this era. Here are the top 3 reasons why deals fall apart due to K&T, as well as solutions to overcome them for both buyers & sellers.

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Lessons Learned: Working With Service Providers

Lessons Learned: Working With Service Providers

While being 100% honest can be awkward at times, it’s the only way we operate. One thing that we can promise, though, is that our interactions will always be kind, respectful, and, when necessary, peppered with solutions to overcome whatever obstacle stands in the way.

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Where & How to Buy Good Vintage Pieces

Where & How to Buy Good Vintage Pieces

Do you love thrifting, cruising Craigslist or going to antique stores and markets? Krizia, owner of Oak+Olive spills the beans on where to shop, how repurpose the pieces you love, how to assess vintage pieces & how to blend various styles. This post is overflowing with expert tips.

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Anticipating What A Buyer Wants

Anticipating What A Buyer Wants

Does your home have a feature that’s outdated, or specific to your tastes/needs, but not the general buyer’s? Is there an obvious quirk that buyers might not love? If so, get creative to help buyers envision themselves in your home.

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Should I Repair Defects Prior To Listing?

Should I Repair Defects Prior To Listing?

Are you getting ready to sell? Depending upon your house, repairs or improvements can sometimes increase your selling price and/or buyer pool. Likewise, if your home is in need of one of these large (or time sensitive) repairs, you may be best off doing it prior to putting the home on the market.

 

 

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Simplify Your Space

Simplify Your Space

Selling soon? Do yourself a favor & begin to par down your belongings. Not only will this simplify your move & give you a fresh start in your new space, your home will show better.  Staying put? Eliminating excess stuff cuts down on time spent cleaning & organizing. Simplifying your space is even said to provide a new sense of clarity & ease.

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A Deep Clean Makes Your Home Show Better

A Deep Clean Makes Your Home Show Better

A clean, staged home not only looks, smells, & shows better, it just feels more move in ready. A spotless home often gives buyers a piece of mind that it was well cared for & needs “less work” than a comparable home. It can even feel more solid & of better quality than a home that hasn’t had that same attention to detail.

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Home Projects You Shouldn’t DIY

Home Projects You Shouldn’t DIY

If you’re preparing to sell your home, you’ve probably got a few projects to wrap up before listing. When chipping away at your list, know your limits. There’s nothing more frustrating to a seller than spending time & money to repair or improve something, only for a buyer to say, “But you shouldn’t have!”

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