Morrow County, OH – Fair Time Is Coming Soon!

Are you looking for something to do in Morrow County?  Mark your calendars because it’s that time again…Morrow County Fair Time!  Come to the fair and visit with old friends and make some new.  It’s always a good time at the Morrow County Fair with lots of fun for everyone!  Come out and enjoy some time with your family, eat some fair food, ride some rides and support your local community.  Come be a kid again at the Morrow County Fair!
Monday, August 25, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014
Grandstand and Special Events For The Week
Monday, August 25, 2014
6:00 pm Harness Racing at the Grandstands
8:00 pm Elvis’ Lost Brother at the Grandstands
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6:00 pm Harness Racing at the Grandstands
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
7:00 pm Figure 8 School Bus & Truck Races & Lawn Mower Derby at the Grandstands
Bear Hallow Woodcarving – 4 shows today at West end of Building 10.
*Carvings will be auctioned off at the end of the fair.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
8:00 pm Rough Truck Contest at the Grandstands
Bear Hallow Woodcarving – 4 shows today at West end of Building 10.
*Carvings will be auctioned off at the end of the fair.
Friday, August 29, 2014
7:00 pm Truck Pull at the Grandstands
Magician Bobby Maverick – 3 shows today near Youth Building (3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm)
Saturday, August 30, 2014
7:00 pm OSTPA Tractor and Truck Pull at the Grandstands
Magician Bobby Maverick – 3 shows today near Youth Building (3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm)
Sunday, August 31, 2014
7:00 pm Draft Horse Pull at the Grandstands
Magician Bobby Maverick – 3 shows today near Youth Building (3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm)
Monday, September 1, 2014
5:00 pm Open Demolition Derby at the Grandstands
Daily Admission (age 6+) $6
Season Pass (age 16+) $25
Youth Pass (ages 7-15) $15
Pit Pass (Tues-Sun) $6 (Mon) $10
Midway Rides (all day wristband) $10
*Ages 6 and under are FREE
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Events In Morrow County

Are you looking for something fun to do in Morrow County?

Friends of Cardington invite you to the Cardington Street Fair (aka Heritage Street Festival) Saturday, June 28th, 2014 from 11am – 11pm.  It’s patterned after one of the largest street fairs in Cardington history and this street fair promises to offer many of those same events you are used to and more!
The Cardington Street Fair – Bringing History Back into Cardington…
Skate Park:
Skate Board Competition – 10am Sign Up
Competition Starts at 12pm

Community Building:
Pancake Breakfast – (Rotary) 7am-11am
Hot Dogs/Slacks Brats Luncheon – (Nazarene Church and Key Ministries) 11am-3pm
Chicken and Noodles Dinner – (Band Boosters) 3pm – 8pm

Main Park Stage:
Doug Brown Professional Skateboarder and
Motivational Speaker – 11am-11:45am
The Columbus Zoo – 12pm – 1pm
Jugglers – 2 acts 1pm and 3pm
Steven Knight, Magician – 2 acts 2pm and 4pm
The Oolong Guru’s 5pm – 7pm
Parental Guidance 7pm -9:30pm

South Park Stage:
Sack Races
Corn Hole Tourney (First Federal) 2pm – 5pm
3 on 3 Basketball Tourney

Legion Hall Area:
Veteran Services – All Day
Bloodmobile – 11am-7pm
Car Show – 4pm – 9:00pm
Rising Stars Performances – Dance, Singing

2nd Street Stage:
Spangler Sisters – 5pm-7pm
Pie Auction (FFA Alumni) – 7pm
Square Dance and Mad River Band, Caller Roger Cole 7:30 – 9:30pm

Log Cabin:
Morrow County Historical Society

Bouncy Houses / COSI Science Spots
5K Run – Start 6:30pm
Kids Fun Run – 6pm
Bloodmobile – 1pm-6pm
FIREWORKS – at Dusk or 10pm
and much more…..DON’T MISS OUT!
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Buyer Tips From Herb

HERB’S TIP OF THE WEEK 

Mistake #2: Not Researching Ahead of Time

Most Buyers are so excited and anxious to get started on their home search that they forget to do their research!  Don’t forget to ask yourself these important questions before buying a home:

  • Which area do you want to live in?  ​
  • How long of a commute can you tolerate?
  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • How many bathrooms do you need?​
  • Do you need a basement?
  • Do you want a one-story home or a two-story home?

Once you know the answers, it is best then to do your research.  Check out the neighborhood’s crime statistics, schools and any other information that may be important to you.  Your local Real Estate Agent can be a good resoure when you are doing your research.

Contact me today at 419-947-4004 for more information to get you started in the right direction to purchasing your Morrow County Home!

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8 Tips For Great Spring Curb Appeal

8 Tips For Great Spring Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is important if you want to sell your home quickly in Morrow County, in fact, improving your home’s curb appeal is one of the best ways you can help your home stand apart from the competition.
1.  Take a photo  The best way to look at your Morrow County home through they eyes of a potential buyer is to take pictures of it.  Take one from directly across the street and others from angles on both sides of the home.  Honestly compare your pictures online.  Make a list of what could be improved.
2.  Pressure wash  Wash the front of the home along with the garage doors, driveway, and sidewalk.  You may find that pressure washing eliminates the need for new paint.  Or you may find that painting the trim will be all the touch-ups you need.  Nothing says, “I care about my property,” more than cleanliness.  And pressure washing works wonders.  You can rent a pressure washer from a big-box home improvement store.
3.  Wash the windows  Sparkling clean windows invite visitors to look inside your home and they offer those already inside the home a view of your beautiful landscaping.
4.  Make the front door shine  Give it a fresh coat of paint to make it look truly inviting.  In addition, polish or replace all metal pieces, such as a door knocker or kick plate.  New house numbers are another easy way to make your porch look polished.  Think about adding blooming flowers for spring and summer, and a wreath on the front door to add a welcoming look.  Finally, if the front porch lighting looks dated, upgrade to a new fixture.
5.  Clean your gutters  Gutters that are overflowing with leaves and debris not only look dirty, but they also pose a problem for drainage.  And drainage problems can hurt trim and windowsills, as well as harm a home’s foundation.
6.  Trim branches  Many Morrow County homeowners become accustomed to overgrown shrubs and ornamental trees.  But overgrown vegetation effectively hides your home from view.  It never hurts to remove too-big plants and replace them with trendy bedding options.
7.  Plant some annuals  Impatiens, petunias, begonias, and vinca thrive in the summertime.  Add these plants to flower beds, pots and hanging baskets.  Blooming foliage is a welcoming natural addition to any entryway of your Morrow County home.
8.  Add mulch  Even if your flower beds have mulch, add more and don’t be stingy.  New, thick mulch makes a so-so planted area look like a professionally maintained one.  For an even more clean look, add some edging material.
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Renovation’s That Pay Off!

Renovation’s That Pay Off!

Chances are if you are about to undertake a home renovation project in your Morrow County Home, you are doing so with your own needs in mind.  With some careful planning, you can enhance your home’s design to your liking and increase it’s value at the same time!  By choosing the right remodeling project, you can boost your chances of recouping what you put into it.  Here are some remodeling ideas that will cost you about what a top-of-the-line kitchen remodel would cost and could possibly help you get more bang for your buck:
New Front Door
First impressions are HUGE when it comes to selling your Morrow County Home and there is nothing better than a nice new front door!  Can’t afford to buy a new door?  Consider painting your existing door!
Paint
Now that you have impressed a potential buyer with the new door they may walk through, make sure the rest of the home is clean.  If you haven’t painted since you bought the place, this would be a good time.  No worries if you cannot afford the entire inside, focus on everything except the bedrooms.
Floor
If you have old, worn wood floors be sure to strip them and refinish instead of tearing out and replacing.  It will save you tons of money!  If your carpet is dirty and you cannot afford to replace it, consider having it professionally cleaned.
Windows
New vinyl double-paned windows will really make your home stand out but it can also be very pricey.  Swapping those crummy single-pane windows for energy efficient wood or vinyl frame double-paned windows will add curb appeal and value to your home.  If you don’t want to spend the money on the entire house, consider just doing the windows that face the road.
Kitchen
A kitchen remodel goes a long way toward catching a buyers’ eyes and can be costly.  To really make the area pop for less, consider replacing cabinets, countertops and lighting.  If you cannot afford to replace the cabinets you can refurnish them for a new look.  Give your cabinets a good cleaning, inside and out.  Make sure the rest of the kitchen is spotless, especially the floor and appliances.
Bathrooms
You don’t have to do an entire bathroom remodel.  Consider simply changing the lighting and adding granite to your bathroom.  Both are a good addition and can be done for a reasonable price.  Make sure the rest of the bathroom is spotless, especially the floor, tile in the shower and shower doors.
Remember, DON’T GO OVERBOARD!  You have a much better chance of getting a good return on your dollar if you keep your Morrow County Home’s original design intact.  Remember, CURB APPEAL!  When undertaking any home renovation project, always keep in mind the impact it is going to have on your home’s exterior.  Curb appeal will count for a lot down the road when you put your home on the market.  Remember, CONSIDER YOUR TIME LINE!  It’s important to take into consideration how long you plan to live in your home.  It’s usually wise to only take on a major home renovation when you plan to stay in your home for several years.  If you are planning to move in the near future, you are probably safer only making some minor improvements.
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Are You Looking For Something To Do This Weekend?

Are You Looking For Something To Do This Weekend?
The Mt. Gilead State Park will be hosting it’s annual Spring Festival this weekend, May 2, 3, and 4th.
There will be food, entertainment, and games starting Friday, May 2nd, with hot dogs and marshmallows being served starting around 7:30 pm.
On Saturday, May 3rd, there will be a fundraising breakfast served from 7:30 to 10:00 am at Shelter House #1.  From 11:00 am to 6:00 pm the Nature Center will be open and in observance of the state’s annual Free Fishing Day, there will be free fishing poles for fishing all day.  From noon to 2:00 pm you can enjoy a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers.  The cooking of the vegetable soup in the big kettle will start at 1:00 pm and will be ready to serve from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  A movie with popcorn will start at 7:00 pm.
On Sunday, May 4th, a breakfast will be served  from 7:30 to 10:00 am.  You can enjoy a wildflower walk and tasting party as well as visit the Nature Center from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday.
All events are on a donation basis and all donations stay at your local Mount Gilead State Park and are used for park improvements, play ground equipment and the festivals hosted by the Volunteer’s of the Park and the park staff.  What a way to kick off spring and enjoy the beauty of nature that is offered right here in Morrow County at your local Mount Gilead State Park!
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Reasons You Should Hire A Real Estate Agent

Reasons You Should Hire A Real Estate Agent
Have you been thinking of selling or buying a home in Morrow County?  There are a lot of factors to consider when buying or selling a home.  Some people consider doing it all alone without choosing the right real estate professional for help.  Here are some reasons you should hire a real estate agent:
Education and Experience
You don’t need to know everything there is to know about buying or selling real estate if you hire a local Morrow County real estate professional who does!
Agents Are Buffers
Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits by making sure you have qualified buyers who are ready to buy a new home.
Neighborhood Knowledge
Your local Morrow County real estate expert has the intimate knowledge needed to help you with your buying or selling needs.
Market Conditions Information
Real estate agents can disclose market conditions which will help determine how you should proceed.
Professional Networking
Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell.
Negotiation Skills And Confidentiality
Top producing agents negotiate well because they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled.  It’s part of their job description.
Handling Volumes Of Paperwork
Today’s purchase agreement runs ten pages or more!  Why not let your local Morrow County real estate expert handle that for you?
Answer Questions After Closing
Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in all the excitement leading up to closing.  A good real estate agent will be ready to assist you with any of those questions.
Develop Relationships For Future Business
The basis for agents success and continued career in the real estate business is referrals.
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Local Event In Morrow County!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend in Morrow County?
hospice
The 21st Annual Hearts For Hospice Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, April 12th, at the Cardington Lincoln High School.  Tickets for the dinner will be sold at the door if you choose to enjoy the dinner provided by Special Occasions at 5 pm.  If you choose to take part in just the auctions, the silent auction begins at 4 pm and the live auction will start at 7 pm in the Drouhard auditorium.
There will be a variety of merchandise at both the silent and live auctions and all the proceeds benefit the patients of Hospice of Morrow County.  Some of the items that have been donated for the auction include: autographed sports pictures, all types of baskets filled with goodies, DVD’s, gift cards, and baked goodies.  There will be something for everyone!  Come and support your local community!
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Spring is FINALLY here in Morrow County

Spring is FINALLY here in Morrow County 
flowers
For most Morrow County home owners it’s an exciting time to get your home ready, especially if you are going to sell!  In the winter time, many portions of your home are neglected or are not used as often.  From the interiors of your home to the exterior, getting your Morrow County home ready for spring will ensure you’ll be ready to enjoy the warmer weather once it arrives for good!
Start On Your Exterior: The outside of your home has taken more wear and tear from the harsh winter, than the interior so start here.  Walk around your home and examine caulking around windows and doors, as well as open windows and doors and look at weather stripping.  Replace old or cracking caulk and replace weather stripping.  Inspect the roof for broken or missing shingles, or tiles, and clean out gutters and downspouts at the same time.
Landscaping Tips:  While it may not be time for you to start planting flowers and watering your lawn just yet, it isn’t too early to ensure you will have ready your garden hoses, walkways, and adjacent areas to your landscaping.  Replace old or cracked garden hoses, and rake away leaves, tree limbs and debris from sidewalks, plant beds and surrounding areas.  Once you no longer have snow in the forecast you can start planning out your spring landscaping ideas and lawn care maintenance.  Pressure wash concrete areas that have become dirty and power wash vinyl siding, brick walls and vertical surfaces on your home if needed.
Check Your Interior Systems:  Fall and Spring are the two most important times to review your home’s HVAC – heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems.  Ensure air filters have been replaced or cleaned and stock up on new air filters if you use disposable one.  Check your air conditioner before the summer to ensure it is in good working order. If you need to have a service person look at it now, it will be a lot less expensive than 3 months from now.
Interior Spring Cleaning:  By now your windows, both inside and out, could use a cleaning.  You will be surprised how much you can see out your windows once they are cleaning.  Clean off ceiling fans and clean out fireplaces from use over the winter.  Test your emergency systems in your home:  home alarm, smoke fire alarm, fire extinguisher, and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working properly.  Most homeowners forget to test these regularly.
Your Morrow County Home goes through a lot changes as it ages, and climatic conditions change.  Spring maintenance is a good idea for everyone, and even more important if you’re considering putting your home on the market soon.  Home buyers want to ensure that all systems have been well attended and taken care of before buying a home.  So what are you waiting for?  Get started now before the warm weather arrives to stay!
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Curb Appeal Tips For Your Morrow County Home For Sale

Curb Appeal Tips For Your Morrow County Home For Sale
Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem like a time consuming and long process, and you might be tempted to sell it as is.  By adding a little curb appeal to your Morrow County Home, your home may sell faster and for more money.  Here are some improvements that add that visible first impression value without taking weeks of labor, or breaking the bank:
The Front Door
A bright and fresh painted front door will give a sense of welcome and vitality to your Morrow County Home.  Make sure your front door is clean of grime and clutter, and give it a fresh coat of a deeply hued paint that blends or contrasts with the rest of the exterior.  Also think of refreshing the paint on the shutters as well.
Exterior Lighting
Properly placed exterior lighting can add dramatic interest to your Morrow County Home.  Clean up or replace an old porch light.  Make sure the bulbs in the fixture will cast an attractive glow over your entryway.  Enhance your evening curb appeal with easy to set up solar LED landscape lighting along the walkway or driveway, or to highlight a particularly beautiful plant or garden statue.
House Numbers
Buyers often drive through neighborhoods looking for the perfect Morrow County Home for them.  Brighten up that brass, repaint the numbers, or replace them with decorative ones to make your home more appealing to those buyers who are scoping out your neighborhood.
Clean Up Your Landscaping
Spend the weekend removing dead plants and shrubbery, trimming bushes and trees, mowing and trimming the lawn and removing weeds.  Buyers love to see a cared-for lawn.  It gives them the impression that your home is well cared-for and well loved. It might make them want to love it too.
Planters and Flowers
Seasonal flowers in window boxes, pots, container gardens or hanging baskets make an eye-catching addition to any house.  Make sure the pots, planters and baskets are in keeping with the house’s architectural elements and flow well with your Morrow County Home.  Keep an eye on the blooms, and remove any that are past their prime.
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