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Help us support Coats of Kindness!

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Eric Wenzel joins us today to talk about Coats of Kindness, a charity in St. Paul. The local nonprofit started six years ago based off a cancer event and pay-it-forward initiative at Eric’s church. His kids were involved from the beginning and it’s been growing ever since. This year, they’re close to giving away 10,000 jackets throughout the Midwest, mostly within the Twin Cities. Donations vary from individual contributions, small businesses, and Cub Scout troops.

The coats go directly to shelters and other locations. It’s not exactly like a food pantry. It’s a discount store that counties subsidize. Additionally, they’re teaming up with a homeless project in Minneapolis with thirteen buildings and 3,000 residents.

If you have a coat you’d like to drop off...

Renovations to Help Your Twin Cities Home Sell

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Is it smart to remodel your home before selling? Often, minor upgrades give you a higher return on investment compared to major renovation projects. Huge construction projects always cost more and take longer to complete than you think.

As part of our services, we help you figure out where to focus your time and energy. Most homeowners have one of three goals when they are considering making renovations to their property.

  • Increase the sales price. Small cosmetic fixes are best. Buying new appliances or replacing countertops will do more to change your sales price compared to redoing the kitchen entirely. It's worthwhile if replacing $5,000 of appliances and countertops takes your sales price from $200,000 to $222,000.
  • Sell quickly. Replacing necessary items don't always increase your home's value, but they may still help with the sale. Replacing the windows or water heater could make the home more attractive to buyers who don't want to handle those repairs on their own. That could mean less...