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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Here in Onalaska, we’re expecting temperatures in the balmy 30’s next week.

This Winter’s recent snow storms, polar vortexes, and negative temperatures has us ready for spring. Looking for ways to feel productive and shake off the cabin fever? Get outside and perform your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist.

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  1. Prevent mosquitoes - As the ice melts, your property may be left with reservoirs of standing water. These reservoirs serve as ideal breeding grounds for disease carrying insects. Perform a 360 degree walk around of your land, identify any standing water, and property discard it.

  2. Visually inspect your roof - Heavy snow build up and wind can cause a ruckus for our roofs. When the ice melts, perform a 360 degree walk around and look for any missing shingles or other obvious exposures on the roof. If there’s still snow piled high on your roof, it’s time to use the snow rake!

  3. Clean out the gutters - regular gutter maintenance prevents clogging, prevents rot, and prevents critters from getting into your attic space.

  4. Check for damaged cement - Take a peak at any foundation, driveways, or pathways on your property and look for any obvious cracks or damage.

  5. Give your home’s exterior a face lift - if the outside of your home is looking a little dull after winter.

  6. Clean out the chimney - Perform an exterior visual inspection of your chimney. Look for obvious cracks or damage. Call in a chimney sweep to remove the build up in efforts to reduce any fire hazards.

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All right home owners, we hope this Spring Home Maintenance Checklist has helped! Your home is one of the biggest investments you can make, and regular seasonal maintenance can assist you in protecting that investment. Our homes take quite the beating during winter months here in the Midwest, so it’s time for a little TLC!

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Winter is coming

Whether this will be the first winter in your new home or you’re hoping to save some pennies on your energy bill in your apartment to put towards your down payment, we have a few tips and tricks to show you how to make your home more energy efficient as the temperatures begin to drop.

Imagine home lending energy efficiency tips



Heat the spaces you spend the most time in. Set the thermostat to 62-68 degrees, and use space heaters in rooms that get the most traffic. We simply suggest that you use space heaters with auto shut off safety features when they’re knocked over. You can even go all out and get space heaters that look like fireplaces. Only heating the spaces that you’re most likely to occupy can shave a few dollars and cents of your monthly bill this winter.



Humidity. Warm air can be a little dry during the winter. Adding moisture to the air helps forced heat stick linger a little longer. Buy a humidifier, and set it on a timer.



Check your water heater. Set your water heater to 120 degrees. It’ll keep you from scalding you in the shower if you accidentally turn the dial a little too far, and cut down energy costs.



Check your furnace. Check your furnace filters monthly, and replace as needed.



Sunlight. Winter can bring about a lack of Vitamin D, so opening the curtains when the sun is shining can perk up your mood. Of equal importance, having south facing curtains open during the day will bring natural heat into the home. Just make sure you close them when the sun goes down in order to keep that warm air in.



More on curtains. Insulated curtains are worth the few extra dollars, and they come in an array of colors and patterns that will suit almost any room’s decor.



Check with your local energy co-op. Our local energy cooperative offers efficiency incentives programs. They give clients discounts for buying new energy efficient appliances, recycling old ones, for switching to LED lighting, for high efficiency water heaters, geothermal HVAC, and for having energy audits performed on your home. Most energy companies offer discount programs for sprucing up your home with energy upgrades. Visit your energy provider’s website for more information.  



Do you have any energy saving tips to share?

Find us on social media or email to tell us how you prepare when winter is coming.



White Pickett Fence

Still the American dream?

Source: Creative Commons

Source: Creative Commons

The stigma of being a millennial seems to be a hot topic. This generation has more options, more freedom, and can access almost any information or product with a few button clicks. As a result, they’re doing things a little differently than the generations that came before.

Nicholas Padiak (2017) of the Chicago Tribute quotes Brian McCabe when he shares,"The homeownership rate really starts to climb after the Second World War," McCabe said. "So it's in the 1950s and the 1960s that we go from being a country of 45 percent (homeownership) to a country of well over 60 percent." (2017). He goes on to quote realty broker, Greg Nagel, explaining, "[homeowning] represents probably the most risk-free investment opportunity to build wealth due to the tax advantages," such as the mortgage interest and property tax deductions. "It's very powerful," he said.”

Grandparents and parents of the millennial generation had rhyme and reason behind their white picket fences. The political and cultural climate incentivized homeownership.

So what has changed?

Source: Women's Health Magazine

Source: Women's Health Magazine

Millennials are waiting until later in life to settle down. This graph from Women’s Health Magazine suggests that the average marriage age went from 20 to 27. The reasons behind delayed weddings range from women being more likely to pursue education, couples wanting to pay down student loan debt, having more options in choosing a partner, etc.

It seems as though millennials still value homeownership. According to housing wire (2018), 75% of non-homeowners want to become homeowners. However, the political and cultural climate is less eager to suggest that you aren’t successful or stable until you own a home.

It just seems a little more intimidating when you have outstanding student loans, aren’t yet married, or don’t know much about the process of buying a home.


Imagine Home Lending offers several different loan programs because we want to find a loan that works for your budget. Homeownership is still a pillar of the American dream. “Life, liberty, and property”, right? If you’re apart of the 75% of non-homeowners that want to transition into being a homeowner, call us today!