How Iowans Can Get More Out of Their Property

Published On March 5, 2019 | By Clare Louise | Real Estate

Iowa is a great place to live and a wonderful place to buy a home. We know it’s the heart of the heartland, and our state has become a destination for home buyers. We’re blessed with wholesome cities, affordable property, and abundant space to build.

There are always things about our spaces that we wish were better, though, and many of us wish that we could just get more out of our homes. We can. Here are a few ways that Iowans can make their spaces more comfortable and functional:

Finish that basement

Your home’s basement is important, and is truly untapped potential in terms of property value. You need a sturdy and reliable foundation for your home, and you certainly could use the extra space that a basement provides. If your basement is still unfinished, then you’re not getting the most out of that square footage!

Finishing a basement is a great way to improve your home, explain experts in basement remodeling Des Moines. Your basement is the perfect spot for a home theater, a playroom, an exercise room, or any other sort of space that you want but feel that you can’t fit into your other floors.

The basement is an out-of-the-way spot that you can turn into the cozy place of your dreams — there’s a freedom to transforming a basement that can’t be felt anywhere else in the house. So, a basement bar is your thing? Hang up those Cyclones or Hawkeyes pennants and turn your basement into a man cave. How about a playroom for the kids? Bring on the LEGOs. Either way, the basement is the most obvious place to start your home’s transformation.

Transform your outdoor space

Having a great time relaxing outside doesn’t take much more than a lawn chair and a can of beer, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an even better time by taking things to the next level. Have you considered taking your remodeling passions outside? Iowa summers are perfect for cookouts, and Ragbrai is just around the corner.

Adding or extending a deck or a patio could give you more room to host your next cookout or other outdoor event. Outdoor furniture (including built-in options) will create conversation and socializing spaces, and covered areas will help you host your events rain or shine. And have you considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your space? A grill, oven, or even a wet bar could really take your parties to the next level.

Remodel your kitchen


If there’s one area in homes — not just here in Iowa, but everywhere  — that dates very quickly, it’s the kitchen. Kitchen trends move fast and before you’ll know it, everyone is using open-concept shelving all of the sudden; next, it’s all covered cabinets; then, who knows what’ll come next.

New appliances roll off of the assembly lines, and new schools of thought emerge for kitchen layouts, islands, and work spaces. There’s a reason that a kitchen remodel can have such a big impact on your home’s value. It’s because kitchen remodels make your space feel new and fresh, and make your daily tasks easier and more enjoyable. You don’t have to be planning to sell your house anytime soon to enjoy a nice new kitchen, so treat yourself!


Use the power of interior decorating

Remodeling isn’t your only option for transforming your space. If you’re not sure that you want to splurge on a big renovation, then you should consider looking into interior decorating. No, really! You might be surprised to find just how much moving a little bit of furniture could do to your spaces. Improving the conversation spaces and the flow of your rooms could make them more usable and enjoyable, and transforming the decor could make your spaces more relaxing and pleasing.

Regardless of where you start — basement, patio, or kitchen — all of this could help you get more out of your Iowa home. So, the only thing left to do is make sure you have the tools you need to create your dream space and get to work!

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