Home Improvement

Home improvement and house value impact, this category on our real estate blog highlights and features topics on what to do, how to do, and what not to do.

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Fireplace Safety - Preparing for use

fireplace safety, home safety fireplaceIt won’t be long before we’re switching the thermostat from AC to heat and getting ready to stoke the fire. But before we break down the kindling and create that cozy setting, there are a few steps to take to ensure safety and efficiency.

While a source of warmth and cheer, improperly maintained fireplaces can be very dangerous for your home and family. 

Here in Ohio, a large percentage of homes have fireplaces, and working with buyers interested in these properties, it should never be neglected during initial home inspections. For homeowners that already have one, have all fireplaces and stoves (wood, gas, or pellet burning) professionally inspected and cleaned every year (no less than every other year).  The

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Five Hot Exterior Home Improvements

gutter guardsSpring isn’t the only time to spruce up your house. This fall, take the opportunity to look around your exterior and make some improvements before you get cooped up inside for the winter. So what exterior improvements should be at the top of your honey-do list this fall? Here are our top 5!

  1. Get gutter protection

We’re not just listing this as number one because we’re the gutter protections experts. You really should check this off your list as early in the fall as possible so that you can enjoy the whole season clog-free.

 

If you want gutter protection perfection, our LeafFilter system is the product you need to be looking in to. LeafFilter it completely enclosed – no holes, no slits, no

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Working Effectively With Contractors

home improvement, home improvement contractors, home improvement contractors ohioVery few people actually enjoy tackling home improvement or renovation projects. While hiring a contractor may be the most efficient, practical, and just simply the right way to go, it still takes some planning and preparation on your part.

First off, hire a professional. The right professional. Research choices using websites like Home Advisor or Angie’s List, and ask friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Narrow down your choices to at least three and discuss the project with each in detail, then get bids. Make sure they’ve worked on a project similar to yours, and then get and check references and licenses. Your selection may be unavailable to start right away, but that could be a good sign. The best

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5 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

be energy efficient at home, energy efficiency, energy efficient homesMore and more, people are caring for and defending the environment. Green Energy like renewable resources of solar and wind are trending up, sellers are making energy efficient upgrades, and buyers are looking for green / environmentally friendly features, appliances and construction materials. 

If you're a home owner, here are some easy things you can do to lower your bills and Go Green for the planet at the same time! It may not seem like a lot month to month but it really adds up overtime, especially is saving energy becomes a habit.

energy efficient appliances, going green, be energy efficient at home1. Keep the heat in and the cold out!

Improve your home’s energy consumption by up to 30% by upgrading your insulation. Insulation saves more than 600 times more energy than

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Save Money, Protect Your House - Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Maintenance, fall water damage, protect house fallIf you live in Ohio, Midwest or upper East Coast you already know that winter can be quite cruel and brutal at times. This can be especially true if you are a home owner that doesn’t properly prepare for the harsh weather ahead.

As a very active Realtor, I have seen the damages that can be brought on a home due to improper or poor winter preparation.

Buyers who have recently purchases, or home owners preparing to sell soon or next spring will do well to double-check Fall maintenance and winterizing is done properly.

You may want to check out more articles for Buyers or Sellers.

13 Fall Maintenance Must-Do's

Some of the tips below may or may not apply to you, but most will: 

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Preparing Your Roof for Winter

winterize roof, preparing a roof for winter, roof maintenanceWinter is coming. Is your home ready? Preparation and basic maintenance is the best prevention for any major home issue. So when gearing up for winter storms, start with an inspection - a task diligent homeowners carry out throughout the year.

Keep in mind, if you're thinking of selling a home, one of the big items for buyers is going to be the condition of the roof. For buyers, you're going to want to make sure your new home's roof is up to snuff and well maintained. A sound, healthy roof is key to protecting the overall health of a home.

Buyer or seller, you may want to take a look at some other home improvement projects from simply DIY projects to those that require professional work.

 Look now, before the

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Quick and Easy Home Improvements for Sellers

easy home improvements, quick home improvements, cheap home improvements, house valueAs we ease out of summer, it’s becoming more of a buyer’s market. But don’t worry, there’s still time for sellers who may have found their homes becoming a bit stagnant on the market. ABC News’ Real Money Team spoke with designer Christiane Lemieux, who shared some inexpensive upgrades for sellers looking to get the most bang for their buck.

The most affective and low risk upgrade? A neutral palette. A freshly painted white room allows buyers to picture themselves in the space, Lemieux said. These are also great tips for Realtors to share with their seller clients, adding perceived value and appeal to the listing. Here are more articles for sellers and Realtor Tips.

Other improvements with impact

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Get Top Dollar From the Sale of Your Home 

selling my home, sell my home, sell my home for moreHere are a few tips to help you get top dollar when you are selling your home. In addition to these seven simple tips, you may want to look at more articles in the sellers category of our company blog. These are also great tips for Realtors to share with their seller clients.

1. Remove half the contents of closets and cabinets. Taking out half of the contents, then organizing what remains, will make the spaces feel larger. On the other hand, a cluttered closet or cabinet will give the impression there isn’t enough storage space, a message you certainly do not want to send to prospective buyers.

2. Brighten up every room. Buy light bulbs with higher wattages, clean your windows, take down room darkening

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House Value - Fall Maintenance

fall maintenance, buying a home, house valueIf you put in the time and effort to keep your lawn healthy over the summer, you’ll want to ensure that the hard work doesn’t go to waste during the cooler months. Below are a few tips for fall lawn maintenance and preparing for cooler weather.

Did you know some simple things now will both make your life easier and save you money in the Spring. This is especially important if you're planning on selling a home next year during the prime buying season, or if you recently bought a home, a chance at increasing both savings and outdoor beauty.

Fertilize – Feeding in fall fuels leaf blade development, which results in more food stored in grass roots.

Aerating – Heavily trafficked lawns can suffer from soil compaction.

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Kitchen Design: Backsplashes add Pop and Personality

kitchen design, kitchen design backsplashDoing a little home improvement around our house lately. Check it out; there are many seemingly small elements in the home that once upgraded or redesigned, give spaces a whole new personality. Backsplashes are one of these elements. Some designers consider them the focal point of the entire room and can easily redefine the look of a kitchen without all the expenses and inconvenience.

While functional and vital to counter spaces, cooking areas, and sinks, backsplashes also offer immense opportunity to mix things up or refresh a room. Tiles, specifically “subway” tiles (rectangular, ceramic) have been the standard for backsplashes. While various colors and layouts of subway tiles can create an

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