Jan Kennemer's Blog

Posted on 02/18/2024
Must-know mortgage basic before you purchase your next house
As you step onto the road of homeownership, it may become...
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Posted on 02/11/2024
Is an Open Concept Kitchen Right for You?
Open concept kitchens have been a popular aspect of open floor plans for decades. Open kitchens do not have walls to separate prep, cooking and dining spaces, which can have some key advantages for some homeowners. However, an open concept kitchen might not be right for everyone. Here are some of the major pros and cons to consider:...
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Posted on 02/04/2024
Water: Quick home safety tips
Water in your home or yard can be a drowning risk. It can also cause other hazards, such as slippery floors or burns from scalding temperatures. Practicing water safety tips can help ensure your home is a safe environment. Clean up water spills right away Water spills from the tub or sink can make the floor in the...
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Posted on 01/28/2024
Budget-Friendly DIY Dog Bed Ideas to Try
A comfortable pet is a happy pet. But sometimes, pet furniture is not comfortable for your budget. Instead of overspending on a dog bed, consider the DIY approach. If you're interested in some clever ways to upcycle items into budget-friendly dog beds, here are some ideas to inspire you. Wine Barrel Bed Wine barrels are a favorite among...
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Posted on 01/21/2024
Shed design ideas to enhance your outdoor living space
If you've ever wanted to create extra living space in your...
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Posted on 01/14/2024
Is an Open Concept Home Right for You?
Open concept homes, also called open floor plans, have been a mainstay of home design for decades. There are many reasons this style of architecture is so popular, yet there are also some downsides. If you’re considering an open concept home, here are the major pros and cons to consider: Open Concept Pros Better Flow - With a...
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Posted on 01/07/2024
3 Pieces of Farmhouse Decor You Can DIY
Farmhouse decor celebrates the rustic and comfortable aspects of country life. One of the many advantages of embracing this design style in your home is the opportunity to upcycle old items and give them new purpose. Here are some great ideas for DIY projects to make your own farmhouse decor. Upcycled Pallet Headboard Wooden pallets are essential to...
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Posted on 12/31/2023
All about lock-in mortgage rates
With mortgage rates constantly fluctuating, many lenders...
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Posted on 12/24/2023
How to choose your home security system
Home security systems can give homeowners peace of mind by deterring intruders or alerting them if someone tries to break in. Several kinds of security systems are available, which can make it hard to choose one for your home. The following tips can help you decide which kind of home security system you'll need for your specific home...
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Posted on 12/17/2023
3 Simple Ways to Protect Your Property From Landslides
While landslides vary in size and severity, avoiding them is an important part of protecting your property. Even if you don't live in a landslide-prone area, there are steps you can take to prevent one from happening in your own backyard. Here are three main ways to prevent landslides: Plant Trees & Shrubs to Strengthen the Ground The...
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Posted on 12/10/2023
Insurance on your house: Understanding homeowners insurance policies
Homeowners insurance is more than just insurance on a...
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Posted on 12/03/2023
Property tax deferment: The basics
In some states, qualified homeowners can use a property...
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