Demo Daze in a Remodeling Haze

September 25, 2020

So here we are, weeks later and A LOT has happened. Some good, some bad and all of it to be expected…mostly.

What have we been doing thus far? Demo, demo, demo. We have removed all of the old plaster, insulation and flooring, removed a wall and added a microlam beam with additional support, framed a new pantry closet and doorways, installed new electrical wiring and breakers, installed new plumbing, hired contractors including a structural engineer….and so much more.

Has this all gone smoothly with zero setbacks? Of course, not! We have had successes and failures, and with those failures we have learned so much. Here are our top three tips so far;

1.  Do your best to plan and budget for what could be, and you will be OK if/when everything turns out to be something completely different. There is no way to plan for everything.
2.  Surround yourself with trusted people who have proven skills in the area you need the expertise. This will save you SO much time and money when you do hit a remodeling roadblock, and you will.
3.  Take a day off! Try not give your project every waking moment of your time and mind. It is important to give yourself breaks from the grind of it all, for you and for those around you.
Overall, remodeling has a tendency to follow the general “expect the unexpected” rule. You will have good days and you will have bad days. Either way, hold on to the knowledge that this too shall pass, and it will all work out in the end.

We will have a variety of remodel appointments, inspections and installs in the coming weeks and I look forward to updating you all soon. In the meantime, check out the newest progress pics, from then to now!

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Best, Chelsea K
Chelsea Knutson
Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Happy Fall

September 8, 2020


Hello September! There are so many changes happening in our world.  As fall approaches it’s always important to stop and enjoy the crisp air the next few months will give us. We are moving on to a new season in life and some things may look different this year such as school plans or attending fall sports. I decided to compile a few fall features that you should be sure to put on your calendar.

Create a Fall Bucket List

Fun ideas may include apple picking or bobbing, having a bonfire, visiting a corn maze, creating a leaf craft, burning fall candles, baking a pumpkin treat, or jumping in the leaves. The list can go on and on of fun things to do in the crisp air.

While you are enjoying all the fun things fall has to offer, there are some important fall maintenance items that I want to remind you to take care of with your home.

Here are some items for you to prepare your home for fall:


Remove any dead or dying limbs from the trees, cut back your landscaping, fertilize and reseed your lawn, and winterize in-ground sprinklers/irrigation systems.

Inside the House

Clean out gutters and downspouts, check weather stripping around doors and windows, check your weather seal at the bottom of the garage door, take a trip on the top of your roof while weather allows, turn off outdoor plumbing, store your hose inside, fix any exterior paint that is peeling before the weather makes it worse, and since you will be spending more time indoors in the future, clean your windows for a nice view.

Outside the House

Have your HVAC serviced, check all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, make a dedicated space for fall coats, reverse your fans, break out the humidifier, and change your air filters.

Hope you cross off a few items off this fall checklist. Questions?  Our team is always just a phone call away.  Let’s get together and enjoy a pumpkin spice coffee.


Darcy Warcken

Realtor, Buyer & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

August 2020 ~ Real Estate Market Update

September 3, 2020

As we are entering into fall, August real estate numbers show slight growth across the Twin Cities area.  Results for the area are listed below.  Looking for information on a city you don’t see?  Let us know, we’d be happy to put together a customized report for you.

Remember, Fall is a GREAT time to buy, sell or invest in real estate.  We are here to work with you through the process.  Contact us today to schedule a time to meet.



















Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken

Realtors~ Better Living Group/Avenue Realty