Lauren Bicknell's Blog Posts

3 Things To Do To Prepare To Buy Your First Home

3 Things to Do When Preparing to Buy Your First HomeDo you hope to be purchasing a home in the next year or two? It’s important to start preparing for your first home purchase as far in advance as

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Questions To Ask When Buying New Construction

There’s nothing like moving into a home that is truly new, with no smells, smudges or dust left behind by a previous owner. Even better is when you get to make your own custom selections. But

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Check Off These Items Before You List Your Home

Thinking of selling your home this year? Maybe you are ready to upsize or downsize, move to a new neighborhood, or take advantage of a sellers’ market. In any case, there are some smart moves you

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6 Things To Know About Selling Your Home Alone

If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you may be considering selling “By Owner.” The idea of saving the money you might spend on broker’s commissions is attractive. After

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12 Tips For Decorating A Large Wall

12 Tips for Decorating a Large WallHave a large wall space that needs some décor but worried it will cost you hundreds of dollars in art? Not necessarily! Here are some ideas for filling a large

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How To Be Competitive In A Bidding War

One of the most stressful situations in home buying occurs when other buyers are competing for the home you want. To make an offer on the perfect house only to find out you have entered a bidding

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Avoid Emotional Decision Making When Falling In Love With A Home

Every home buyer hopes to find the perfect house. The one that, as soon as you walk through the front door, you know it is the one for you.It happens, and when it does, I am really happy

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7 Things You Can Do To Qualify For A Mortgage

If you are thinking about buying a home this year and aren’t sure if you will qualify for a mortgage, there are several actions you can take to improve your chances of being approved for the

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16 Tips For Relocating To A New Town

Moving is always hard work but moving to a new town can be exceptionally hard, even when you are excited about your next chapter in life. As your real estate agent, I can refer you to an agent in

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SUPPORT SOUTHWEST MISSOURI BLACKOWNED BUSINESSES

One way to amplify the voices of black people and people of color in 417-land is to support their businesses. We’ve gathered a list as a jumping-off point to get you started. Do you know any?

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Exterior Home Trends For 2020

While trends by definition tend to stay relevant for around 10 to 15 years, new trends are introduced each year that can help you make the most out of your home’s staying power. This includes your

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8 Tips For Selling Your Home

If you’re interested in selling your home, there are some steps you can take to get your home showing-ready. We’ve broken them into 8 tips to help keep you on track:1. Declutter, Toss, and

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15 Home Decor Trends Youre About To See Everywhere In 2020

MICHAEL KASKELIf there's one perfect moment to update your home, it's at the start of a new decade. After 10 years of the same old, same old, now is the time to roll on one of the top paint

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FIRST TIME HOME BUYING 101

For a lot of young adults, the process of first-time home buying can be both fun and stressful. Your home is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make. It's also complex - with lots of laws,

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5 TASTY TREATS TO MAKE WITH YOUR FAMILY

                                 

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TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR BEST STAYHOME DATE NIGHT

Dr. Ginger Holczer, local psychologist at Creative Pathways, shares tips for how to make time for date nights in.              

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7 Tips And Tricks On Working From Home

As more and more companies implement work-from-home policies due to the spread of COVID-19, employees are now tasked with trying to be just as productive without their normal resources and

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How To Update Your Home For Spring

There's something utterly renewing and rejuvenating about spring. After months of cold and dreary weather, we all feel an urge to spruce up our homes and embrace the sunlight and energy that comes

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This Is How Color Trends Will Change In 2020 According To Interior Designers

SHERWIN WILLIAMSEvery year Sherwin-Williams enlightens us about the hottest paint color of the year. This year, the paint purveyor picked “the world’s most relaxing hue,” Naval, as

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How To Make A Dark Room Feel Lighter And Brighter

It’s a rite of passage to have a dark (maybe even windowless) room at some point in your life – You aren’t alone and I can solemnly say that a small room with little natural light is one

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15 Tips For Selling Your Home In The Spring

15 Tips for Selling Your Home in the SpringGive these tips for selling your home during springtime a try.1. Wash windows inside and out, and polish all mirrors. Sparkle is free, and it sells

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