Certified home stager Jan Barnes knows how to change a person's perspective. When she meets with a client preparing to sell a house, one of the first things she does is ask them to step into the shoes of someone investing in a home. Then a walk through of the interior and exterior brings out the important questions that will make the most difference: What furniture would a buyer want to see? Which color palette? How should it all be arranged? Asking those questions is what helps her achieve results for the client: in her experience, her company's designs have seen homes sell for up to 10% more money and in half the time as comparable non-staged homes.
When bringing a staging design to life, Jan's team often rents furniture and decor accents, making things easier for current owners who may have already moved or whose furniture doesn't match the new layout. Beyond staging, Jan and her team are also interior designers, helping families make their own homes more livable and rekindling the way they felt when they first moved in or microwaved their first burrito there.
Boasting the longest tube rides on the Apple River, Float Rite Park sets the scene for a three-hour vacation through the winding river's gentle rapids. Friends can tether their tubes together and pass around canned drinks and sunscreen without the hassle of training a pigeon to carry them. At the end of their trip, everyone climbs out onto the riverside campground, where they're welcome to extend their respite from reality at an open-air patio bar.
At the campground, visitors can take showers and pitch their tents or reserve one- and two-bedroom rustic log cabins. The campground keeps things lively with mechanical-bull rides, volleyball games on sand courts, and nightly activities such as themed costume dances and outdoor film screenings.