Temple Project- Before & After Reveal

April 16, 2021


The final reveal of Chelsea’s kitchen remodel is ready!  Click here to take a virtual tour of Chelsea’s finished kitchen.

Are you considering remodeling?  Let us know how we can help.  We have a list of referrals we can provide to you and we can help you make decisions on where to add value to your home.

Chelsea Knutson


Owner- Team Lead & Lead Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Spring Clean Up Time!

March 24, 2021


With Minnesota having pretty great weather these past couple of weeks, my mind has been racing on all of the spring cleanup that I have to do and I’m excited to start on.

When you are prepping your home for the market, making sure it is presentable and all areas of your home are accessible, is key. When preparing, cleaning out all spaces to ensure maximum visibility with the least amount of clutter and exposed items is pertinent. People want to be able to walk through each room of your home without stumbling upon something either in their way or even something personal.

Begin with your bedrooms and your closets, downsize and pack away everything that you are not going to be needing due to the weather change. Switching out by season can really help in keeping your space functional and not to full. In addition, you can utilize that same strategy in your bathroom and your cabinets. Minimize, minimize, minimize.

Lastly, SPRING CLEANING! Utilize this beautiful weather to work on the outside of your home. With the ground not being totally thawed you certainly cannot do everything but there is a lot that you can still do. Cleaning up your yard can include any excess leaves from the previous year, cleaning up your kids sandbox and all the toys, getting all of your flowerpots ready and any additional cleanup that would help make your yard much more presentable in a season where we see a lot of brown. Start putting out your lawn furniture as well to make all spaces usable.

And lastly, get in that garage! I know that in my home my garage seems to stack up with stuff throughout the winter season. How much easier it is to put stuff in there then find another space when the weather is so cold. Focusing energy on getting that garage clean and organized is huge. In no way does it need to be completely cleared out, however, being able to walk through the garage and see the space is huge. Organize, get good sturdy shelving so you can utilize the space higher off the ground and include tubs if you need to separate all items.

If you have any questions on prepping your home for the spring market, we are always here and would love to chat! There are so many things that you can do to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home in this beautiful weather and WILL benefit you in the sale of your home.

Georgie Christian

Realtor, Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Homeowner Hiccups: Leaky Water Pipes

February 24, 2021

What to Do When You Have Leaky Pipes

It was a Friday. I was working from home, as many of us are these days, and I see a text from my husband telling me I need to come downstairs. He says he hears what he believes to be a “dripping” sound. Dripping sound?!? As much as I wanted to believe it was his imagination, there it was, the little bubble in the ceiling that told me everything we needed to know. I pushed ever so slightly on that bubble and as suspected, we have a water leak!!

We looked at each other and knew this was going to be another one of those “homeowner” days. We began with grabbing a bucket and towels. Then started to carefully cut away the sheetrock around where the bubble was located. When we could see all of the existing plumbing, it was time to find where the leak was coming from. After separately running each of the faucets and fixtures in the bathrooms above, we found the culprit. It was an older water pipe that was telling us it was retiring, today, no longer to be of service. Next crucial steps, shut off the water valve to that location and call a plumber.

Thankfully, the leak was coming from only one source and shutting off the water to it was manageable. We also heard and saw the leak before any major damage could occur. With that, water leaks can become a much worse and damaging problem. To try and help homeowners offset the severity of damage that water intrusion has the potential for, here are my top two tips.

First, listen to how your home works. Every home has its own sounds, its own unique way of telling you when it needs something. Whether you notice the sound of dripping water or that your toilet is running longer than it used to, do something about it right then and there. If you aren’t sure, call a trusted professional and ask for their opinion.

Second, know how to turn on and shut off the water supplies in your home. There are lots of sources to gain this information, from general how-to video tutorials to speaking with a licensed and trusted plumber. Knowing this will not only help when a water issue arises, but is also a good way to prevent issues, especially when you plan to leave your home for extended periods of time.

All in all, water issues are a common part of homeownership and don’t always turn out to be catastrophic. Other than replacing some plumbing and minor sheetrock repair, I am grateful we were able to keep this episode of homeowner hiccups to a minimum.

Chelsea Knutson

Realtor, Team Lead, Lead Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Inexpensive Upgrades to Bring You More For Your Home

January 25, 2021

Whether you currently own a home or are looking to purchase a new home, keep in mind that updates and upgrades are possible without draining your bank accounts.
If you currently own a home there are many things that you can do to bring you more bang for your buck when you go to sell your property. If your bathroom or kitchen could use some love, keep in mind that you can update those rooms with some of the following tips.
First, cabinetry. If your cabinets are in good shape but may not be the color you like, or a popular color at the time, there is always the option to paint/stain. With painting comes new knobs as well. Paint and knobs will give your cabinets a whole new feel and make the space feel much more open and airier. Same for your bathrooms, paint and new knobs can go a long way for refreshing a space and bringing an out-of-date space up to date.

Next is paint and flooring. If you currently own a home with wood paneling, please know that if you do not have the means to replace it, that you can always paint it. I have painted the wood paneling in my home until my husband and I decide what we would like to do further with the space. Painting wood paneling is easy, and it looks fantastic, it also gives a little bit of dimension to the room. While you are painting, painting trim may not be the most fun, but it will certainly save you some money and is a great option if your trim is still in very good condition.

When you are contemplating replacing flooring please know that you do not need to go with solid hardwood floors, bamboo or anything at a higher price unless you wish to do so and have the means to do so. You can make a room exactly what you want without spending too much. For example, vinyl flooring is always available and looks wonderful, it also wears really well for long periods of time.

I recently updated my office. My office does have wood paneling, and I do like the look, I just did not like the color. Therefore, I elected to paint the wood paneling along with the trim. I went with a deep emerald green on the walls and white trim. We also replaced the flooring with a vinyl grey/white. The deep color with the exceptionally light floor has a wonderful contrast and really opens up the space. It is absolutely wonderful how much a room can change with easy repairs or replacements. My office is cozier than it ever has been and is exactly what I envisioned. Other than the some decorating/organizing, the room is complete. (Before & After Photos Below)

If there is a space in your home you just do not know what to do with, reach out to us. We would love to assist anyway that we can in making decisions that may best benefit you in the sale of your home. Or, if you are not looking to sell your home but need an opinion, we would be happy to chat!


BEFORE:                                                                           AFTER:

Before    After

Georgie Christian

Realtor, Lead Buyer Specialist & Listing Specialist




Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Temple Lane: Putting the Pieces Together

December 10, 2020

Remodeling feels a lot like a giant, one-thousand-piece puzzle – you see the beautifully finished masterpiece on the cover of the box, then you open the box and dump out all the pieces, and its then that you wonder, will all these little pieces really become my masterpiece?

Now I wouldn’t dare tell you that when you run into those few pieces that are missing or refuse to find their place, you’re not going to feel like maybe you should’ve gone with the smaller puzzle, because you probably will. You will also find that when you persevere and the puzzle begins to come together, no matter what piece you struggled with, you will be so much happier you stayed the course.

We are nearing the end of our new kitchen puzzle, the pieces we have left are small and yet ones that hold a big impact on our final masterpiece. While we look forward to the finish line, we feel incredibly accomplished in having completed so much thus far. From the first thoughts of tearing down a wall for a new kitchen to the first day we were able to wash our hands in our new kitchen sink, the ups and downs were worth it all.

Please enjoy the newest pictures of our project and I will be sure to update you all again when the final masterpiece is complete. And for those of you in the midst of your own remodel, please never give up because all of sudden, BAM, you will find your missing piece!!






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

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Kura Home Maintenance

June 11, 2020


Daniel, from Kura Home Maintenance, has an important message for anyone that has recently purchased a home.  There are two important tasks you should do as soon as you move-in.  Click here to listen to Daniel’s message.  Interested in learning more about Kura Home Maintenance? Check out their website at www.kurahome.com.


Chelsea Knutson, Georgie Christian & Darcy Warcken





the Better Living Group/Avenue Realty

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Tips to Prepare for Winter

October 24, 2019


With winter approaching it is very important to not only prepare your family for the season change but to also prepare your home. Ensuring your home is ready for every season is something that should never be surpassed or forgotten.

Getting your furnace ready for the cold Minnesota winter is, and always will be, my number one tip. Hire an HVAC contractor to come to your home and inspect and service your furnace to ensure it is working properly and not putting off CO in to your home. The amount of CO will be tested by your contractor of hire. You and your family will need a furnace that will not only keep your home warm but also safe.

Do you have a fireplace? Wood burning, electric or gas? If you plan to use this during the winter months you want to make sure it is cleaned out and again, working as it should. This is a great opportunity to utilize as a secondary heat source on those days where you want to cozy up in your living room or just enjoy a little extra warmth. There are contractors available that can assist with cleaning out and looking over your fireplace to make sure it is safe to use.

If you have older windows, seal with plastic wrap. Sealing with plastic wrap will help hold the heat in your home without letting it seep through the cracks and crevices in those older windows. Older widows are not sealed as well as newer windows but can certainly be covered to ensure you are getting the most out of your heating bill and will save you money in the long run. It may be a job to put the plastic on all windows but it is worth it in the end.

Do not forget to always clean out your gutters after all the leaves have fallen and prep the exterior of your home also, remove items away from your foundation walls.

Making sure your home is ready for all seasons is so important. It will lessen the chance of issues arising during months where contractors may be very busy. Start now to make it easier on you and your family!

Georgie Christian, Realtor
the Better Living Group, Avenue Realty

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Tips to Keep Your Basement Dry this Spring

March 7, 2019

This is a great article for those of us in Minnesota that have experienced the massive amount of snow this season and more in the forecast for this weekend!  Check out this article to see how to keep your basement dry!

Preparing for the ‘big melt’: Three tips to keep your home from flooding

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 612-710-1378

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW


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Update: Current Mortgage Rates

May 13, 2014

When purchasing a home there are many factors to consider. One major factor, is mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are constantly in a state of ups and downs with weekly, if not daily changes. This is something to keep in mind and consider when you are thinking about purchasing a home and/or selling your current home.

In a recent Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey, mortgage rates, for the week of April 17th on a 30 – year fixed mortgage were at 4.27% compared to 4.34% the week prior – still up from 3.42% in 2013. For a 15 – year fixed mortgage, rates fell from 3.38% to 3.33% – still up from 2.64% in 2013.

Speaking with a mortgage lender prior to looking for a home is very important. They are able to give you all of the information needed to make an informed decision on the current interest rates and how they will effect your monthly mortgage payment. They are also available to answer any questions you have regarding the lending side of purchasing a home.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.


Chelsea Knutson and the Better Living Group

Realtor- GRI, ABR, CDPE

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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