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Creating Curb Appeal On A Budget

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

As homeowners, often times we are so busy decorating the inside of our homes that we tend to neglect the outside.  You know, the first thing people see as they walk or drive by! CREATING CURB APPEAL does NOT have to be expensive OR time consuming!  Making improvements to the outside of your home creates the perfect opportunity for potential creativity, DIY, and small changes that make BIG impact!


Here is our list of ideas for creating some serious curb appeal on a not-so-serious budget!


DIY Wood Shutters



Upcycled Planters



Garden Hose Holder



Window boxes



Refresh The Front Door



Garage Door Hardware



Replace Your Mailbox



Create An Inviting Seating Area




Obviously, our list could go on and on!  However, these are several ideas for GREAT places to start.  Now, what are you waiting for?  Get to work on improving your home’s first impression!

Easy Garage Organization In 4 Easy Steps

by Ankeny Real Estate Service


Don’t let your garage become a dumping ground for misplaced objects and miscellaneous outdoor items.  Learn how to ORGANIZE YOUR GARAGE and reclaim that space in these 4 easy steps.


Step 1: Clear Out.

Begin by removing everything from the garage in order to give yourself a blank canvas.  With an empty area, you’ll be able to think more clearly and make better decisions about which items should go where.

Things to consider: Chance are, you’ll need to empty your garage on to a driveway or yard.  Therefore, common sense says -- get to work when the weather is cooperating. 


Step 2:  Clean Out.

Much like the inside of your home, sorting of the garage should begin with designating piles to keep, donate/sell, and toss.  The “keepers” can then, in turn, be designated into categories such as: toys, sports equipment, tools, etc.  An empty garage is the perfect time to sweep and/or power wash the floor and paint the walls.
Things to consider: Some homeowners prefer the look and benefits of an epoxied floor.  This is the time to do it.




Step 3:  Draft a plan.

Whether you plan on investing in a garage-organizing system or developing your own solution, we encourage you to take down the dimensions of the garage, paying particular attention to doors, windows, switches, and even how much space the parking of your cars requires.  Then take some time to think about how you how each area of the garage will be used. 




Things to consider: Keep like items together -- sports equipment stays summoned to one area, tools to another, and so on.  This just makes good, logical sense and you’ll thank yourself later on when you avoid the hassle of searching for stuff.




Step 4: Get to work!


Things to consider:

● Work vertically and get items off the floor.  Even if your garage is lacking in square footage, chances are, there is plenty of wall space.  Use it to your advantage.





● Use overhead space.




● Frequently used items should be put in a convenient location.

● Seasonal items can be stored in the hardest to reach spots.

Father's Day Gift Guide {For The Home}

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

This Sunday is FATHER'S DAY and in case you're still searching for that perfect gift for the great guy in your life, we've put together a little Gift Guide, filled to the brim with a few of our favorites.  From life lessons to golf lessons, dear old dad has done it all and deserves to be celebrated!  



4. Golf
5. Grill
6. Sign
10. Beer

Ankeny Unplugged 2014

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Mark your calendars now!  ANKENY UNPLUGGED starts this Saturday and runs throughout the month of June.  Take it from me, Ankeny area residents; this is an event you DON’T want to miss!




Featuring hot local and regional musical acts, Ankeny Unplugged offers a unique opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together.  This one-of-a-kind music fest has thought of it all -- good music, delicious food vendors, unique arts and crafts, refreshing beverages, sweet confections, a free bicycle valet, and more!


So, what more do you need to know?  Here are a few more details:


●This year’s concert series will take place the first four Saturdays in June at the Bandshell at Wagner Park (410 West First Street).

●Doors open at 4pm and bands take the stage from 5 to 9pm.

●Tickets are $5 at the door OR you can purchase an Early Bird tickets for $15 {here}. 

●Ankeny Unplugged is organized by the Ankeny Jaycees, and sponsored by The City of Ankeny.

●This year’s musical lineup can be found at the event’s website ( and is going to be rocking! 


On a personal note, I recommend dressing in layers, bringing bag chairs and/or blankets, and leaving your own food, drinks, and cigarettes at home!


Now that you know the details, have time to otherwise clear your calendar, AND have been enticed by the promise of awesome entertainment, good food, and a fun time with friends, you have no excuse to miss what is sure to be a great time!

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