Although it doesn't feel like it, Fall is just around the corner. What better time to start prepping your home for the weather to come? We've gathered the most essential Fall home maintenance tasks to prepare you and your home for this next season.

  1. Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is worth the investment, especially after the weather cools. If you set your thermostat back while you're away during the day, you could save up to 10% on your air conditioning/heating bill each year. Many programmable thermostats can even be accessed from your phone.

  1. Fertilize your Lawn

Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it.

  1. Reverse your Ceiling Fan

Winter air rises to the ceiling fan while cool air stays close to the ground. By flipping a switch and reversing your ceiling fan, cool air is forced up, and warmer air is pushed down.

  1. Clean the Gutters

If rain gutters are blocked, they can overflow, which can cause water damage to your home, including the foundation and basement. Take out your ladder and remove any leaves, branches, or debris from the gutter.

  1. Plant Bulbs for Spring-Blooming Flowers

There are several beautiful Spring-blooming flowers, but they must be planted at just the right time during the Fall. Some popular ones are the tulip, iris, daffodil, hyacinth, and lily.

  1. Clean the Fireplace and Chimney

Before you fire up the fireplace, this WintWinterke is sure it's clean and ready to go. Your fireplace & chimney should be cleaned and inspected every 50 burns to ensure that it's ready to be used.

  1. Check Smoke Detectors

Replace all batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Once you've replaced the batteries, press the test button to ensure they are working correctly.

  1. Remove Warm Clothes from Storage

The seasons will begin to change, and soon, you'll be trading in your tank tops for coats. This is a great time to sort through your warmer clothes and decide if you still want to keep everything you stored away. If you don't think you'll wear it this Fall, donate it to your local thrift store.

  1. Check Windows & Doors for Leaks

As the year comes to a close, the weather will get colder. If your windows are not sealed properly, your home could lose lots of heat, causing gas and heating bills to spike! Check for leaks now and have a worry-free winter.

  1. Organize the Garage

With the hustle and bustle of the summer, the garage most likely could use some tidying up. Install some shelving or add some hooks to keep your garage more organized year-round. Also, why not pull out your Fall decorations while at it?

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JR Stewart

Give a warm welcome to JR! After serving in the US Navy and enjoying a 29-year career in manufacturing, JR entered the world of real estate where he puts people and communication first. He believes in being patient with buyers and sellers, giving them counsel and providing guidance to make a sensible and well-informed decision. His clients have become the benefactors of JR’s fun personality, attention to detail and making commitments a priority.

A resident of Clay Center with an office in Manhattan, JR is your go-to agent for properties located in and around North Central Kansas. When not selling real estate, you’ll find JR at a live concert and cheering on the Jayhawk’s basketball team (as long as they’re not playing KSU!).

Mikaela Vega

Introducing Mikaela, a patient and proactive REALTOR® with a can-do attitude and caring nature. As an educator who spent 18 years working in both public and private elementary school environments, she understands the importance of building lasting relationships and advocating for her clients to ensure their transaction is as low-stress and pleasurable as possible. 

Theresa Curtis

I have a passion for real estate and helping clients achieve their goals. I’ve been a licensed Realtor since 2017 and I obtained my Military Relocation Program certification in 2019. My areas of expertise include helping clients buy and/or sell residential homes, new construction and investment properties. I was born and raised in South Texas; after having had the opportunity to see most of the United States, I moved to Manhattan in 2006 where I raised my 4 children and have since been promoted to Grandmother. My intimate knowledge of this region, and my experiences of having lived here for 16+ years give me enthusiasm and a desire to make my home, your home. In my free time, I like to go exploring, go for walks, spend time with my family and travel. Let me be your go-to expert!

Keaton Klug

Originally from Central Kansas, Keaton moved to Manhattan to attend Kansas State University where he studies Accounting and Financing, and is a member of the student finance association, accounting club and investment club. His coursework is suited perfectly for his detail-oriented personality that thrives on organization. While his primary passion is real estate, his second passion is the outdoors. It's not uncommon to find Keaton kayaking, hiking and enjoying time with his Dalmation and black lab. Contact Keaton with any and all of your real estate needs and he would be happy to work with you!

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors celebrated Christmas & New Years at  The Manhattan Country Club this year, and it proved to be a great time. There were plenty of heavy hors d'oeuvres to choose from, a delicious beef tenderloin, and scrumptious desserts. Agents and staff were able to mingle, enjoy a cash bar, and play games to take home prizes. A big thank you to The Manhattan Country Club for hosting us and serving a delicious meal.

As we spend this month ushering in the New Year, it’s only appropriate that we celebrate the accomplishments of 2021. Our office added three new REALTORS®, 320 clients successfully bought and sold real estate (with a total volume exceeding $68 million) through our office and our agents became experts at navigating a low-inventory housing market coupled with supply-chain challenges.

On the lighter side, we also found time to have a lot of fun! From a parking lot tailgate hosted by PrimeLending, a luncheon served by Nico’s Little Italy and celebrating our new agents’ first closings!  We hosted a cookie bake-off with agents and a Chili cookoff as well.  We ended the year with our annual office door decorating in addition to the Heartland Title Ugly Sweater contest.

2021 was also a year of transition. Long time partners of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors, Kelly and Therese Adams stepped out of the ownership role and handed over management responsibilities to “BT&T” aka Bria, Travis and Tara. Travis took over as Managing Broker on January 1, 2021 so that Kelly and Therese could still assist clients with the buying and selling of real estate on daily basis. With ‘Year One’ as owners under our belts, BT&T hope Kelly & Therese enjoy their well-deserved free time while we work to uphold the company’s legacy of integrity, professionalism and trust.

All of us at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors look forward to helping you in the coming year! Let’s have a great 2022!

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors of Manhattan is the capstone of real estate needs for it’s nearby communities. Our office is located at 2630 Claflin Road in Manhattan, and we are proud to serve the surrounding communities. We serve Manhattan, Junction City, Ogden, St. George, Wamego, and Milford, just to name a few. The surrounding area’s scenery is full of surprises with a vast number of diverse attractions, ranging from historic homes and properties (the “First Neighborhoods”), parks, memorials, walking trails, bikes routes, and much more.

Welcome to Manhattan, the quaint yet modern city of over 50,000 proud residents. ‘Manhappiness’ is a beautiful and friendly town, located where the Big Blue and the Kansas River intersect. Nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan is a thriving city for trade, education, government, health care, and entertainment. Featuring Kansas State University (Home of the Wildcats, ‘EMAW’), historic Aggieville shopping district, Fort Riley Army Installation, and the National Biological Agricultural Facility (NBAF), Manhattan has a wide range of amenities and attractions for all ages.

Tuttle Creek State Park features more than 1,200 acres of outdoor recreational activities, including nature trails, camping sites, scenic picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, archery range, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and a swimming beach. Tuttle Creek offers excellent channel cat and flathead fishing in the lake and the river above and below the lake. Bass and crappie are frequently caught near standing timber and brush piles. The nearly 12,000-acre wildlife area offers excellent hunting and wildlife viewing.

Located in the Flint Hills of Northeastern Kansas, Konza Prairie Biological Station is a native tallgrass prairie preserve. Konza Prairie’s hiking trails wind through lowland forests, cross Kings Creek, and climb over ancient limestone ledges into the largest native tallgrass prairie in North America. At the highest points, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley.

After the events of September 11th, 2001 it became imperative that the nation's food supply be protected from terrorist threat. A hostile virus that would damage or put the United States food supply at risk was no longer a passing thought.

Consequently, when the Department of Homeland Security decided to move the outdated infectious disease facility from Plum Island NY to another location, the competition was fierce for this new billion dollar facility. Eventually, Manhattan Kansas was chosen for the location of this extremely important work. One of the main reasons that the Department of Homeland Security picked Manhattan was the foresight of many local leaders to develop the Pat Roberts Bio-Security Institute at K-State university in 1999.

Kansas State's expertise in animal and plant health made for a natural progression to the mission of the National Biological and Agricultural Facility (NBAF). That coupled with its location, the Animal Health Corridor was formed. Between Manhattan, Kansas and Columbia, Missouri sits the single largest concentration of animal health and nutrition companies in the world.

NBAF has already started to attract other businesses to the area that need to be close to this state of the art, level 4 bio-security facility.

In recent years Manhattan has welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s presence of the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility as ownership of this department has been shifted from Homeland Security.

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Nearby Fort Riley was founded in the mid-1800s and is a permanent military post and important regional community partner. Fort Riley has long been one of the nation's nation's largest U.S. Army military installations. Today the military reservation covers over 100,000 acres.

Derived from the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers’ confluence location, Junction City is influenced by historic Fort Riley. Fort Riley came into existence in 1852 as Camp Center. In 1853 the camp was renamed after Major General Bennett Riley. The cavalry rode In to such famous campaigns as Beecher's Island, Washita River Fight, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn from its gates. Fort Riley stood as the top horse cavalry training school in the country. Camp Funston and Camp Forsyth, two sections of today’s post, were vital training areas during both world wars when modernization changed the country's need for a mechanized cavalry. The First Infantry Division, more commonly known as the Big Red One, or the Fighting First, came to Fort Riley from Germany in 1955 and returned to Germany in 1995. Today, Fort Riley is known as the home of America's Army and is home to the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) – the Victory Division. The Big Red One returned to Fort Riley in the fall of 2006.

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Living in Manhattan and raising a family, you get grade A services with top-of-the-line education through the Unified School district #383. The Manhattan-Ogden school district system (USD 383) serves preschool through 12th Grade to cover over 6,500 students. According to, the 383 school district has ranked a Grade A for overall academics, teachers, diversity, clubs, activities, health, and safety.

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Higher Education and Vocational Training

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan Area Christian College
Bellus Academy
Highland Community College
Barton Community College
Flint Hills Job Corps Center
Middle Schools and High Schools in Manhattan

Manhattan High School, West Campus
Manhattan High School, East Campus
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School
Susan B. Middle School
The Best USD 383 Elementary Schools

Northview Elementary
Bluemont Elementary
Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Frank Bergman Elementary
Lee Elementary
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
Marlatt Elementary
Amanda Arnold Elementary

You won’t find a quiet evening in Manhattan when you come here to stay. There are a plethora of events ranging from your collegiate sports events to the Little Apple drop on New Years’ Eve. In addition to events that can lift the spirit of just about anyone, there are venues serving locations worldwide, including the Wareham, Discovery Center, Hilton, and the Houston Ballroom.

Popular local events in the Little Apple

K-State Sports
Festival of Lights
Parade of Homes
Home Show
Brew at the Zoo
Power Play in the Park
The Nothing Festival
Britts Pumpkin Patch
The Little Apple Drop (New Years’ Eve)
Numerous Parades

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors has been helping people buy and sell homes for over 35 years. In that time, we`ve earned the respect of National and Local Organizations for both our standards and ability to get the job done. We are dedicated to the commitment and professionalism needed to be respected by our clients, customers and peers.
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