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Gardening Tips to Create Curb Appeal

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Gardening Tips to Create Curb Appeal

Gardening Tips to Create Curb Appeal

Dressing up your lawn with little flowerbeds and a good trim is something quick and easy most homeowners can do, but why stop there? Looking for some easy and efficient ways to maximize the curb appeal of your home using a garden, then follow these tips and the neighbors will take notice.

The Mailbox

  • Replacing your mailbox is a simple tried and true way to increase curb appeal, but since you’ll be in the trenches with a shovel in hand, there is no better time to plant a welcoming mailbox garden.
  • When designing a mailbox garden, you want to choose plants that will not become overgrown or require too much upkeep. Dwarf, compact shrubs are good choices because they stay smaller and require less pruning. Groundcovers such as Liriope, daylilies and Agapanthus are useful because they don’t get too tall and quickly fill in. Place taller plants towards the back and plant some seasonally appropriate annuals at the front.

Beauty at the Doorstep

  • Placing a container garden at your doorstep is a quick and affordable way to liven things up, be bold and set the tone! Place multiple stately glazed ceramic pots to each side of the door, each filled with spectacular foliage plants – these plants will exude confidence and grace. Make sure to choose pots and plants that complement the colors of the house.

Make the Emotional Connection Between House and Plants

  • Often overlooked, incorporating plants that create a connection to the best features of your property is guaranteed to increase the aesthetic appeal of your home! If it is a waterfront property in the South, use palm trees to frame the view and create a sense of paradise. If the property offers a nice view of a prairie, plant a groundcover of ornamental grasses to connect the yard to the beauty beyond. Don’t skimp on the price either, because the bigger and nicer the plants, the bigger the impact!

Information courtesy of Miracle-Gro.

Introducing B KC – Kansas City’s New Info Center

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Introducing B KC – Kansas City’s New Info Center

Boveri Realty Group will be opening a new Kansas City Info Center called BKC in the space directly below our offices at 1819 Wyandotte. BKC will be an information center, for all things Kansas City related. We will be providing information for Dining, Arts, Entertainment, Shopping and of course Places. Information will include flyers, brochures, and information packets to provide to people stopping in and wanting more information about all that KC has to offer.  The official grand opening for the BKC Info Center will be during the April First Friday in the Crossroads on April 7th!

Spring Cleaning Check-list

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning Check-list

Spring Cleaning Check-list

The warm breezes we’ve been enjoying lately are a sign that Spring is here. Which means it’s that time of the year again….time for Spring Cleaning. We’ve put together a check-list to make sure your home gets a thorough cleaning courtesy of



  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.


  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need.
  4.  Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up.
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.


  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.  Click here for instructions on cleaning mini blinds.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry.  Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  15. Clean and descale kettle.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Clean Dishwasher.
  20. Dust light fixtures.
  21. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  22. Wash switch plates.
  23. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  24. Wash doors and door knobs.
  25. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  26. Sweep and wash floor.
  27. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors.
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.


  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.


  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.


  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.


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8 smart projects to increase the value of your home in 2015

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Boveri News | Comments Off on 8 smart projects to increase the value of your home in 2015

8 smart projects to increase the value of your home in 2015

If you’re smart and dedicated, homeownership can be a lifelong, extremely valuable investment. And while repairs, updates and renovations can help to improve this investment, how do you know which ones will yield the biggest return? Remodeling Magazine recently released its annual Cost vs. Value Report, a useful resource that examines 36 of the most popular remodel projects across 102 U.S. markets, and compares how each stack up in terms of retained value. Based on this data, here are eight of the most valuable, yet practical home improvement projects you should consider investing in this year.

1. Replace Your Front Door

Your front door is probably the most utilized and therefore, weathered part of your home. For a quick and relatively inexpensive improvement project, consider swapping out your wood door for a steel one, which will provide you with a 101.8% return on investment. At an average cost of $1,230, a steel door is sturdier and will last longer than a wood one, will require much fewer repairs, and can be customized according to your color and finish preferences. If steel is not your thing, you may also consider a fiberglass door, which while almost double the price, will provide you with many of the same benefits, and a 72% return on investment.

2. Incorporate Stone Veneer Into Your Home’s Façade

Natural stone veneer siding is a beautiful way to enhance the look and feel of your home. With this alternative to traditional masonry work, you’ll get the same authentic beauty and color variation that you would with the more expensive marble or slate. At an average cost of $7,150, you’ll see a 92.2% return on investment by adding stone veneer siding to your home’s facade. While you’ll probably need to hire a pro, an added bonus with stone veneer is that it’s quick and relatively easy to install.

3. Install a New Garage Door

With an average cost of $1,595, you’ll see an 88.4% return on investment with a new garage door. Depending on your style, you can choose from a wide range of materials that include steel, fiberglass, glass and wood. No matter your choice, a new garage door is the perfect and affordable way to immediately improve the curb appeal of your home.

4. Install New Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most practical updates you can make to your home. A relatively new innovation on the home-building front, vinyl siding installation averages $12,013 and sees an 80.7% return on investment. Not only can it withstand extreme hot or cold weather, it is virtually resistant to rot and decay. Vinyl siding comes in a wide range of colors, does not fade, and if insulated, can be extremely energy efficient.

5. Build a Wooden Deck

Whether you are looking to enhance the front of your house with a wraparound style or your backyard with a freestanding variety, a new deck is well worth the investment. On average, decks cost $10,048 and provide an 80.5% return on investment, depending on style, and wood species. Remember that whatever material you choose for your deck, in order to preserve its color and longevity, you’ll want to make sure you actively apply a finish for extended protection.

6. Do a Kitchen Facelift

If you were to make any one improvement to your house, it should be to your kitchen. And while this may sound like a big and expensive endeavor, there are plenty of ways you can make meaningful updates without too much pain and suffering. At an average cost of $19,226 with a 79.3% return on investment, a kitchen “facelift” that includes one or two new appliances, refaced cabinetry, and new countertops, will make a world of a difference, without completely breaking the bank.

7. Replace Your Windows

Whether it’s for function or aesthetic reasons, after years of use, your windows will need to be replaced. With an average cost of $11,341 and a 78.8% return on investment, you should consider upgrading to wood window frames. In addition to their visual appeal, including the ability to customize color and design, wood windows provide great insulation and are energy efficient. The one drawback to wood window frames is that they do require ongoing maintenance. At an average of $11,198 with a 72.9% return on investment, you could alternately consider vinyl window frames.

8. Renew Your Roof

If you inspect your roof regularly, you will have a good sense of when it needs to be replaced. And although it may seem like a hefty expense with an average price of $19,528, you will see a 71.6% return on investment if you add a new roof to your list of projects this year. While there are a number of materials you can choose from for your new roof including wood, clay and metal, the best and most affordable bet is asphalt shingles.


Original source: is a website founded in 2013 by service industry entrepreneurs and former Amazon executives to simplify home services — especially research on contractor fees and qualifications.

Google Fiber Install dates- Condo List!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Boveri News, Kansas City Real Estate | Comments Off on Google Fiber Install dates- Condo List!

Google Fiber Install dates- Condo List!

As you’re seeking out your new home, you may have taken into consideration whether or not a building will be receiving Google Fiber. Here’s our list of those Condos that have signed an agreement with Google Fiber and have or will receive Google Fiber in the coming months!

One Park Place

 Santa Fe Place

San Fran Tower

433 Ward Parkway

Alameda Tower

Kirkwood Condo’s

Marlborough Court Townhomes

Wyandotte Apartments

1819 Baltimore Lofts

Freighthouse Flats Condos

Hemingway Condos

Western Auto Lofts

Plaza Pavillion Condos

333 West Meyer

Riverbend Lofts

Conover Lofts

Bridgeworks Lofts

City Homes Lofts

First & Main Lofts

5 Delaware Condos

2900 Walnut

Atriums at SoHo West

Greenlease Cadillac Lofts

Coffee Lofts

The Stones

910 Park Manor Apartments

Parkway Towers

Madison Condos

46 Washington Condos-

 46 Jefferson

Summit at Sixteenth

**Though these are the planned dates of installation, dates are subject to change**



Did you see a condo on this list that you’d love to view? Looking to lease, purchase, or list? Contact Boveri Realty Group to assist you today!

Exciting Growth in Kansas City!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Exciting Growth in Kansas City!

It’s no secret that Boveri Realty Group is passionate about the KC Real Estate Market, but why? Here’s our list of recent, or planned growth being anticipated in the City!



• Cost of living is 20% lower than US average

• Cost of housing is 20% lower than US average


• Real Estate in the area appreciated by 0.95% last quarter, which equates to 3.8% annually.

• Money Magazine ranked 3 of the metro area’s cities in the top 30 places to live.

• Historically, KC offers real estate stability and predictability and hasn’t suffered greatly from

property value depreciation or appreciation. KC is not likely to suffer from “big growth” that happens coastally, but has a proven track record of steady 5% growth year on year.


• Major auto assembly plant (Ford & GM)

• Major data processing firm (DST)

• Companies with headquarters locally; Sprint Nextel, Hallmark, H&R Block, AMC theatres, Hallmark, Levi, Applebees, Russel Stovers, etc.

• Huge healthcare software company (Cerner)

• Garmin

New and Upcoming Growth and Developments:

• KC Power & Light District-$850 million entertainment district opened 2005

• Sprint Center- arena in the heart of the center opened 2007

• Google selected KC as its first location for Google Fiber 2013

• KC Streetcar (transit system) set to open in 2015 $100 million development

• KC already known as the “Paris of the Plains” additionally became the “Silicone Prairie” due to the surge of startups moving to the city

Mortgage Rates on the rise… now is the time to buy!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Mortgage Rates on the rise… now is the time to buy!

Mortgage Rates on the rise… now is the time to buy!

With rising interest rates, specifically on mortgages, now may be the time to hop off that fence! With a spike of 0.53 percentage points- the largest weekly increase in more than 26 years, things don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

An extra percentage point will cost home-buyers with 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages $56 more a month for every $100,000 they borrow.  The good news; rates are still low for historic norms. The moral, if everything else is in line, and you have been debating whether or not to take the plunge, let this encourage you to consider acting sooner than later. Procrastinating could cause your previously planned housing budget to decrease significantly!


Have questions about what the rising rates mean for you? Contact Boveri Realty Group to discuss today!

Ready to lease? Use this guide to make sure you’re prepared!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Ready to lease? Use this guide to make sure you’re prepared!

Ready to lease? Use this guide to make sure you’re prepared!

What are Landlords/Property Managers looking for?

When you begin search for a property to purchase, the common first step is to meet with a Mortgage Company to find out what you will need to qualify for a mortgage. This is a necessary first step as you start your process into home-buying.

While visiting a Mortgage Company may seem like an obvious place to start for home-buying, where should you begin with leasing? Below is a standard list of what most Landlords/Property Managers are looking for in a potential tenant. Use this list as a go to guide as you begin your search!

  • Be aware of your credit score. There are several different online venues that offer safe and secure credit checks- when it comes to credit, you don’t want to drive blind. Knowing your credit score BEFORE you begin your search will help you know if there are any unresolved debts or issues that need to be addressed. Even the smallest unpaid debt can linger on a credit report leaving adverse affects. Be prepared for what your Landlord/PM will see when they run your credit, and resolve any issues prior to your screening that can be resolved.
  • Establish a savings to cover the costs of securing a space. Here are the standard fees you can expect to pay up front:
    • The cost of a credit/background check per tenant
    • Security deposit
    • 1st Month’s rent (pro-rated for days prior to the 1st of the Month)
    • Pet fee or deposit
    • Verify your income: rent ratio. This specific amount will vary per Landlord/Property Manager, but a good rule of thumb is 3X net income to rent. For example, if you net $1500/mo, you should be looking for rents around $500/mo.
    • Make a general list of what you are looking for. Knowing what you’re looking for before you start your search will save you time and frustration. With the existing highly competitive rental market, you’ll want to know what you’re looking for ahead of time so you can act when you see it.  Defining a list of “must-haves” and “bonuses” will ensure you’ve made the right decision when you secure your space.
    • Contact Boveri Realty Group 30-45 days prior to your desired move-in date to begin your search! Once you have addressed the list above, you’re ready to secure your space! If possible, limit your search to a time frame of MAX 30-45 days prior to your desired lease start date.  Most Landlords/Property Managers will not hold a space longer than 30 days with a security deposit.


Boveri Realty Group

1819 Wyandotte Suite 200

KC, MO 64108

(816) 333-4545

Newhouse Charity

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Newhouse Charity

Newhouse Charity

This quarter, Boveri Realty Group has elected to support the Charity, Newhouse. Newhouse’s mission is “to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools which allow women to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives.” We are honored to be hands-on supporters and contributors to a Charity who’s mission we are passionate about.

Christina, along with the Boveri Agents, are currently holding a drive for items most needed by the Charity through the month of June. For more information on how you can help support or donate to their mission, please contact

Spring Downtown to find a space you love!

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Boveri News | Comments Off on Spring Downtown to find a space you love!

Spring Downtown to find a space you love!

The warm weather is here, and the Downtown market is heating up! We have seen a huge rise in demand for both our leasing and sales departments, with properties going under contract within days of being listed.

What does this mean for you as a buyer or prospective tenant? If you find a deal you love, take action! Long gone are the days of properties sitting for months on the market with Seller’s desperate to find an interested party.  The market has shifted, and inventory is lower than ever. Be clear on what you are searching for, so you’ll know when you have found it! Make sure you have taken all of the necessary steps prior to beginning your search so that you are able to act when you find your dream space. Not sure what these necessary steps are? Contact a Boveri Agent to assist you today!

What does this mean for you as a seller? If you’ve been on the fence about selling or leasing your place, now is the time! Make sure you work side by side with an Agent who has a plan, custom fit to your property.  If you’re not currently working with an Agent, contact Boveri Realty Group to find out more! Whether you’re ready to list today, or need to gather some more information, we’d love to help!

Looking to lease, purchase, or list? Contact Boveri Realty Group to assist you today!

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