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Make your home cozy this fall.

Crisp mornings, leaves changing color, and shorter days are upon us. All signs that the beloved fall season is upon us. Here are some ways to make your home cozy this fall.
  • Let nature inspire your decor. Fresh apples, pomegranates, mums, and colorful leaves make lovely decorations.
  • Bring out soft blankets and quilts. Blankets can add wonderful texture to a room and handmade quilts full of colors and patterns can warm up a room.
  • Change or add a rug. Put a soft rug at your bedside or under a chair to give chilly feet a place to land.
  • Create some order. Set up a shoe and boot storage area to keep wet footwear off the floor.

For more ideas about making your home cozy for fall, visit our friends at Houzz.com

 
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United Way: Live United

Giving back to our communities with our time and dollars.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business. From sponsorship of little league teams, to the various high school After-Prom activities, the REALTORS and staff believe in giving back in time and money.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is a proud supporter of United Way. Our REALTORS and staff contribute to the local United Way chapter by volunteering time and donating money.

United Way of Story County's LIVE UNITED Campaign is a way for businesses and individuals to invest in our county by meeting the basic human service needs of people who live or work here. Money raised will impact more than 90 core programs in the areas of education, income and health. These programs touch one in three people in Story County. Of the money raised, 99% stays local unless designated elsewhere.

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To learn more about the United Way or to donate please visit United Way of Story County or United Way of Central Iowa.
 

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Beautiful, brisk fall is here which means winter is right around the corner. Autumn is the perfect time to get your home and yard prepped for the colder months ahead. Take advantage of the mild weather this season and use these maintenance tasks to ensure you and your household are ready before the snow falls.

De-gunk your gutters. Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren't sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.

Seal air leaks. Sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive and most important - of your fall maintenance jobs. You'll also seal air leaks that waste energy.

Drain the water. Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and in the plumbing pipes just inside your exterior walls. If freezing temps hit, that water could freeze, expand, and crack the faucet or pipes. Make this an early fall priority so a sudden cold snap doesn't sneak up and cause damage. Time to drain your irrigation system. Even buried irrigation lines can freeze, leading to busted pipes and broken sprinkler heads. Turn off any water supply lines that lead to exterior faucets.

Schedule the furnace check-up. Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling pro to get your heating system checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. An annual maintenance contract ensures you're at the top of the list for checks and shaves 20% off the cost of a single visit. Change your furnace filter too.

Check fireplaces for build-up and/or hire a chimney sweep to do an inspection. To make sure your fireplace is safe, grab a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Open the damper and look up into the flue to make sure it's free of birds' nests, branches and leaves, or other obstructions. You should see daylight at the top of the chimney. Have your fireplace flue cleaned by a professional to remove creosote buildup.

Prune plants. Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees - when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won't drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.

Click here for a full checklist you can printFall Maintenance Checklist.
For more fall maintenance suggestions follow these links for Houselogic and HomeAdvisor.
 

October 2017 Area Events

Family Storytime
Friday October 6 at 10:30 am
Friday October 13 at 10:30 am
Friday October 20 at 10:30 am
Friday October 27 at 10:30 am
Ames Public Library

Friday Night Live
Friday October 6 at 5:00-10:00 pm
Forte Studios 927 6th St, Boone

Pumpkin Express Train
Saturday October 7 at 10:00-am
Saturday October 14 at 10:00 am
Saturday October 21 at 10:00 am
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Ames Area CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday October 8 at 1:30-3:30 pm
Brookside Park, Ames

31st Annual Run for the Roses
Sunday October 8 at 9:00 am
Ames Middle School

Youth Matinee Series: The Wright Stuff
Monday October 9 at 10:00 am & 12:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive Ames

Halloween Zoo Brew
Friday October 13 at 5:30-8:00 pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Choices
October 13-14 7:30 pm
Sunday October 15 at 2:00 pm
October 19-21 7:30 pm
Sunday October 22 at 2:00 pm
October 25-28 7:30 pm
Sunday October 29 at 2:00 pm
Des Moines Community Playhouse

Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches
Friday October 13 at 7:30-9:30 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Wynonna & The Big Noise "Roots & Revival Tour"
Friday October 13 at 8:00 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Harvest Wagon Ride
Saturday October 14 at 5:00-6:30 pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Saturday October 14 at 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday October 15 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Madison County Iowa

Nocturnal Raptors
Tuesday October 17 at 6:30-7:30 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Pumpkin Carving
Thursday October 19 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Night Eyes at the Zoo
October 20-22
October 26-29
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Spirits in the Garden
October 21-22 4:00-9:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Ar"boo"ween
Saturday October 21 at 6:00-8:30 pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Comedy Magitian Ben Ulin
Saturday October 21 at 7:00 pm
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

Dirty Dancing
Saturday October 21 at 7:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive Ames

Bob Dylan
Saturday October 21 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Grandparents Weekend
October 21-22 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge

ISU Homecoming Parade
Sunday October 22 at 2:00-4:00 pm
Main Street, Ames

Nevada Downtown Trick or Treating
Thursday October 26 at 5:00-6:30 pm
Downtown Nevada

One Night in Memphis
Thursday October 26 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Trick or Treating Downtown Ames
Friday October 27 at 10:00 am
Main Street Cultural District, Ames

Bumper Jacksons
Friday October 27 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Last Saturday Stoll
Saturday October 28 at 10:00-11:30 am
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

The Black Jacket Symphony
Tuesday October 31 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Rebirth Brass Band
Thursday November 2 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

The Spell of Sleeping Beauty
Friday November 3 at 7:00 pm
November 4-5 2:00 pm
Friday November 10 at 7:00 pm
November 11-12 2:00 pm
Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark Ave