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Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

01 Jul 2020  by Linda Vorenkamp

Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.

The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So grab your toolbox, then get ready to boost your home’s appeal AND investment potential!


  1. Spruce Up Your Landscaping

Landscaping improvements can increase a home’s value by 10-12%.1 But which outdoor features do buyers care about most?

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 Getting ready to put your house up on the market? Here are the Top 5 remodeling projects to boost your home value!

 Upgrade your Kitchen Cabinets

            This is probably an easily noticeable one. Walking into a kitchen, the cabinets will be one of the first things the future home buyers notice. Here are some refinishing tips to keep in mind if you’re wanting to boost the house value…Add glass door inserts, Install roll-out shelving, Add crown molding, Paint/Spice up the doors

New Garage Door

            This is one most don’t think of, but getting a new garage door will greatly boost your home value. The overall appeal and modest cost make this remodeling project easy and essential. There are several

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This recipe is hands down the Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Ever.

The perfect soft, fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are right at your fingertips.


  • Dough
    • 1 cup warm milk
    • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
    • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
    • 1 large egg
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling
    • ½ cup salted butter, melted
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Glaze
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • ¼ cup salted butter, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons milkInstructions:
  • Combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, and flour in a bowl with mixer at low
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I know that it may be exciting to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel to close on your new home, but don’t forget to go back to the home to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it! Many things might have changed since the last time you looked at the home and you don't want to be surprised when you close on the house and you're ready to move in and the carpet has been stripped or paint has been splashed on the walls. So just to make sure everyone is one the same page just go sweep through the house!

 Things to do in the final walk through:

  • Check items you purchased with the house are still in tact
  • Ensure that requested repairs have been made
  • Check windows and doors
  • Check for mold and
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Setting back enough money is a crucial part of buying a new home. Below is a summation of the costs associated with closing a deal. 

Earnest Money Deposit

Earnest money deposits are used to ensure the seller that the prospective homebuyer is serious about their offer. The deposit amounts vary, but are usually around 1-3% of the home’s purchase price. If the sale goes through, the deposit is added toward your down payment. In the case that you back out unexpectedly, the money is lost to the seller. 

Down Payment

Down payments are the most expensive upfront costs when buying a home. Some lenders will allow you to go as low as 5 or 3.5% on your down payment, but the ideal rate is around 10-20%. The higher your down payment, the lower your

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Soulful Southern Cooking Dinner

 Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Christopher's World Grille

Experience a Multi-Course Menu Featuring Soulful Southern Cooking paired with Alcoholic Beverages.


Cheers to Craft Beer

 Date: July 22nd, 2017

Time: 3-7pm

Location: Downtown Bryan

Downtown Bryan will hold its third annual Cheers to Craft Beer event on July 22, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. The event will feature craft beer tastings inside of our Downtown retail stores and restaurants. Cheers to Craft Beer is a self-paced walking event. Upon check-in at the Palace Theater (Main &

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Orange Tangerine-Greek Yogurt Bites

  • 2 cups plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O SIMPLY GOOD Orange Tangerine Flavor Gelatin
  • 21 drained canned mandarin oranges (about 1/2 cup)


Mix yogurt and dry gelatin mix in medium microwaveable bowl until blended. Microwave on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Microwave 2 to 3 min. or until gelatin is completely dissolved, stirring after each minute.

Spoon into 21 paper-lined mini muffin cups. 
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Remove yogurt bites from liners just before serving; top with oranges.
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The mind boggling decision… Granite? Or Quartz? 

If you are shopping for a new kitchen countertop, you have most likely boiled it down to one of these two for their durability and easy cleaning.

Here are some highlighted differences to assist you in making your future countertop decision. 


Granite is the answer to the initial question of this decision making process, “Which costs less?”. It’s true. In fact, “granite can run from $35 to $55 per square foot installed” which is vastly cheaper than quartz (Ferris). Granite is also known for its longevity and for its availability in wide slabs. If you’re looking for a countertop more than “70 inches wide” that will be a long-term investment, granite is the way to go (Ferris). It’s an

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Buying Secret #10: Keep Your Money Where It Is
It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy a lot of big-ticket items, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan.

Buying Secret #9: Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan
There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-approved

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2017 Starlight Music Series


June 10: Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws, with guest Kidd Reece & Mo’ Live Zydeco

June 24: Cory Morrow, with guest Cameran Nelson

Location: Wolf Pen Creek

Covering the hill with blankets and lawn chairs, music lovers of all walks of life have ventured to Wolf Pen Creek Park since 2002 to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment under the stars during the Starlight Music Series. This year, we’re bringing back six nights of entertainment and the Voters’ Choice contest. 

Click here for more information

Summer Sunset Series

Date: June 1st - June 29

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Bryan 105 S. Main St. Bryan, TX 77803

Concert Line Up:
June 1 - The Nightowls
June 8 -…
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