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Are you looking for something to do this weekend in Morrow County?
A sure sign of spring arriving is the 40th Annual Maple Syrup Festival hosted by the Lutheran Memorial Camp. The Festival is from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 9th at the Lutheran Memorial Camp located at 2790 State Route 61 just south of Fulton.
You will enjoy the traditional pancake and sausage meal which is $7 for adults and $5 for youths ages 5-12 (kids ages 4 and under eat for free). The dinner includes real maple syrup served on the pancakes. There will be Sugar Bush tours, live entertainment, tractor and horse drawn wagon rides, fresh sassafras tea and homemade maple doughnuts, maple syrup, maple candy and fresh home made baked goods.
Get out and support your local community!
Spring Is Right Around The Corner In Morrow County!
Each year, as the winter weather turns into beautiful springtime, some people use that time to give their homes a deep clean. However, many people become more busy as the weather gets warmer and cleaning your home can take time that you just don’t have. Even the smallest tasks can leave your home in Morrow County looking ten times better. Here are some spring cleaning tips for every homeowner to keep in mind:
Make A List
Create a list of everything that needs to be cleaned, and place them in order of importance. This will help you prioritize between the things that need to be cleaned right away, and bigger projects that can wait until you have more time and help to complete them.
Get Help From Your Family
Make a game of your cleaning priorities. If the kids’ bedrooms are on your list of priorities, include them in your quest for a clean home. Offer up a prize to the child whose room is the cleanest in the end. Or, you can offer a reward after all of the cleaning is done, like a trip to get ice cream.
The kitchen is the easiest place where you can multitask. While you are waiting for your coffee to brew in the morning, clean out a few kitchen drawers. Additionally, while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking, you can organize the pantry and throw out expired items as you go.
De-cluttering your home before you give it a deep clean will help you in the long run. There is nothing worse than trying to clean around a bunch of junk that you really don’t need. Separate those things you don’t need into piles, one for donations and one for trash.
Have The Right Tools
Make sure you have the correct cleaning supplies that will help you along the way. If you try to dust the shelves in your living room without a duster or dusting spray, the results wont be as good as they would if you had those things.
Cleaning your home doesn’t have to take you days, in most cases it should only take a few hours. The smallest tasks can make your home look like new and give you a huge sense of accomplishment for keeping everything tidy on your busy schedule.
It’s That Time Again!
It is time once again for Daylight Savings. Days have already started getting longer as we look forward to spring here in Mt. Gilead, despite the snow still on the ground. Hopefully after tomorrow the snow will be all melted! The temperatures are supposed to warm up this weekend and I don’t know about you but I am ready for warmer weather!
This Saturday night, March 8th before you go to bed, roll your clocks forward one hour as we spring forward. Technically this happens on Sunday March 9th at 2am, but you get the idea right?And while you are thinking about Spring, don’t forget to go ahead and change the batteries in your clocks as well as your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It could save your life!
Thinking about moving or just curious about the value of your home in Morrow County? Contact me today at 419-947-4004!
Are You Ready For Spring?
YAY…It’s almost here! The first day of spring is officially 20 days away on March 20th! Time to shake off the winter blues and get ready for spring here in Morrow County. There is lots to do to prepare your Morrow County home for spring! Here are some tips to be sure to add to your spring cleaning checklist.
Inside The Home
* Flip and rotate your mattress.
* Swap out heavier quilts and blankets for lighter-weight bedding.
* Air out throw rugs on a clothesline to freshen. Steam clean and/or shampoo wall-to-wall carpeting in your home.
* Wash pillows and curtains to help reduce allergens and dust mites.
* Clean your dryer vent.
* Clean or replace your HVAC Filters
* Change batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
* Organize and thoroughly clean out the kitchen cupboards and the fridge, discarding canned goods and other items that are past their expiration dates.
* Organize the basement and inspect for any mold. Open doors and windows to ventilate the area.
* Organize and clean out the closets. Box up your winter attire and swap it with the spring wardrobe.
Outside The Home
* Check your gas and battery powered lawn equipment to make sure they are ready for use.
* Clean out the gutters and remove all debris.
* Check roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged from winter.
* Check outside hoses and faucets for freeze damage.
* Check and change outside light bulbs.
* Check walkways and driveways for cracks and repair needs.
* Lay down fresh, irrigated soil and plant Perennials.
How To Properly Stage Your Laundry Room
Are you preparing your Morrow County home for sale? If so, don’t forget your laundry room. By using these ten easy tips, your laundry room will stand out among the rest!
Clean It: This is the best thing you can do for any area of your house. Scrub neglected areas, including the floor and baseboards. If you have a window, don’t forget to make it sparkle.
Paint It: If the walls have been neglected, consider a fresh coat of paint. Keep it simple, though. Wait until you move into your new home to experiment with fuchsia or bright pink.
Edit: You’ll be doing this soon, so get started by throwing out unused or outdated cleaning supplies (recycle). Do the same for anything else you have in the room that doesn’t need to be there.
Light it up: Fluorescent lighting flatters no one, even your laundry room. Help break it up with under cabinet lighting or a small lamp.
Dress Up Your Cabinets with new door pulls: We all like our bling no matter where we find it.
Add Color: What I usually see in utility rooms-all white walls, fluorescent lights, white appliances, and white cabinets. Boring! Add a touch of color, just as you would in any other area of your home.
For example: A large colorful glass jar filled with your laundry detergent.
Add life: You can add a healthy plant, or if your thumb isn’t very green, add a (not plastic) single orchid.
Baskets: Baskets hide a multitude of sins, and they’re inexpensive and reusable. It’s much nicer, when your buyers poke their heads in to see neatly placed woven baskets, rather than the ubiquitous plastic laundry baskets.
Add ART: Who says art belongs in certain rooms. Cheer up a room with some art on a wall, or if you have an empty shelf, place a favorite piece of art there.
No airing of your laundry in public: Be diligent about folding and putting away your laundry and avoid having your dirty laundry piled on your washer and dryer for showings!
Tips To Survive A DIY Home Renovation
Dealing with a home renovation can be a very daunting task to some. Yes remodeling does sometimes involve ripping out walls and windows, but you don’t have to rip out your hair! With some preparation, it is possible to survive your Morrow County home renovation. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when taking on a renovation:
Make A Plan Whenever you decide to renovate, start by creating a realistic plan that includes a schedule of every task you plan to undertake. Keep in mind the comfort of your family comes first; so if you are remodeling the kitchen make sure you keep in mind either you will be ordering a lot of pizza or dining out because you might not be able to cook!
Make Your Decisions Before Renovating Choose all the right equipment and fittings you need BEFORE you start the renovation! Everything from wall colors to the style of cabinets. After you have everything you need and have a definite plan to execute, avoid making any changes during the renovation.
Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Professional Help Although you have decided to do the renovation by yourself, you can consult a professional if necessary for tips. If you end up doing more than necessary, you might actually spend more.
Let Your Neighbors Know Whenever you decide on renovating your home, make sure the neighbors know. You wouldn’t want to take on any brawls with the neighbors over noise issues. You can always invite them over for a party after the renovation. They’ll surely be co-operative if you take on a positive and friendly attitude.
Time IS Of The Essence Avoid making any major renovations if you’re planning to start a new job or have a holiday away during remodeling or renovations. If you’ve got a big renovation project in hand, consider rescheduling your plan.
Limit The Disruption It’s almost impossible to control noise and inconvenience while renovating. You can send the family on vacation or send the kids to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to avoid them undergoing any inconvenience. It is best to keep the kids away from the dust and rubble anyways, not to mention out of your hair!
Keeping Warm In Morrow County
What if my furnace goes out?
What if my pipes freeze??
If a furnace goes out, how long will a home sustain the heat to stay safely warm? It all depends on the age of your home. Here are some safety tips to help keep your home warm and to get you through these frigid temperatures here in Morrow County, Ohio:
- Layer up! Even if you are sitting around the house, it is best to layer up in loose clothing. Be sure to bundle up when you go outside as well!
- Never, never leave a fire unattended.
- Store a multipurpose, dry chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
- Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
- Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
- Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use — don’t substitute.
- If your heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, don’t use it.
- Check extension cords for wear. Do not overload extension cords. If you are using a portable electric heater, it should be plugged in directly to an appropriate household outlet. Do not use an extension cord.
- Good preventative maintenance in central heating units is recommended before cold weather hits. Have central heating units checked periodically by a professional during the winter months.
- Use fireplaces, wood stoves, and other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
- Do not place a space heater near things that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture or bedding.
- Make sure you have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your house.
I hope you find someway to keep warm in these frigid temperatures in your Morrow County Home. Keep in mind…THERE ARE ONLY 51 DAYS UNTIL SPRING!!
Seven Tips To Sell Your Home In Morrow County, Ohio
1. Start repairs and improvements as soon as possible. If you’re unsure about the soundness of your home, have your own professional home inspection. This can keep a deal from falling through and save more than it costs. Keep a copy of the inspection to reassure prospective buyers and note any repairs you’ve made. If you’re doing repairs yourself, get them done before the property goes on the market. It’s nearly impossible to work on a home when it’s being shown.
2. Avoid over-improving. You may hate your kitchen counters, but buyers may prefer a lower price to new ones. Ask your real estate agent for advice before undertaking any major upgrades. Beware of spending a fortune on improvements without a corresponding increase in selling price.
3. When in doubt about inexpensive improvements, do them. It may be a hassle to fix that sticky closet door or re-grout that tub, but you’ll be kicking yourself for skipping it when buyers notice and complain.
4. Consider a consultation with a stager. If you’re going to use a stager, don’t paint or buy decor without talking to the stager first. You may find that you were about to do all the wrong things. Remove and sell or store anything the stager says must go. If your furniture is shabby or dated, consider renting furniture from the stager.
5. Know the difference between staging and decoration. If you’re planning to spruce up your home yourself, be sure you don’t make things worse. Decorating is all about personalizing your home; staging is the opposite. Staging is very clean, almost minimalist, while decorating can be much busier. The point is to give the buyers a starting point for their own imaginations of what your property could be.
6. Remove pets from the premises. When you are in a hurry to show your home, you don’t want to be cleaning up after your pets accidents. If you can’t remove your pets, think about confining them to a tiled or concreted-covered area, which will at least minimize the problem.
7. Don’t assume. Just because the market is hot doesn’t mean your home will be, especially if it’s badly located or has unusual features that aren’t popular with buyers. If money is an issue, keep yourself on a tight budget until the deal actually closes.
Selling your home is no fun, but a little forethoughts and effort will keep the experience as pleasant as possible and get you a higher price.
I want to sell your home in Mount Gilead, Cardington, or Marengo
Well, OK … maybe not YOUR home, but maybe you have a friend, family member, or co-worker who has been thinking about selling. Maybe you’ve talked with them about whether or not this is the right time. Maybe they’re just not sure that they will get the “right price” for their home if they do try to sell.
I understand that not many people want to pick up the phone and call a real estate agent. The agent might get their name and number and then “pester” them. But YOU are their friend, their co-worker, their family. You can share this info with them in a non-threatening way and give them some of the information they need to make the right decision for them.
Here’s just some of the questions that your friend might be thinking about;
- How’s the market right now? 2013 was the best year for the Morrow County real estate market since 2005 when the market was “hot .. hot .. hot”. For me personally, 2013 was my best year in my fifteen years in the business (56 transactions). Homes ARE selling in Morrow County. Follow this link to see data and pictures of ALL HOMES SOLD in MORROW COUNTY in 2013
- What are the rates like? In 2013, mortgage interest rates ran anywhere from 3.25 to 4.5% for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. Rates are still very competitive and buyers CAN get mortgage loans.
- Is there a lot of competition out there? Is now the right time to put my house on the market? Right now there are only 96 homes on the market in Mount Gilead, Cardington, Marengo and other areas of Morrow County. Now IS the time to put your home on the market. There are buyers out there and the inventory is very low right now. WE NEED LISTINGS!
So tell your friend that you saw a post online that talked about how good the real estate market is in Morrow County and that we (Realtors) are looking for another banner year in 2014, but we need listings now. There are plenty of buyers out there that are pre-approved with a lender and want to find that “Just Right Home” in Mount Gilead, Cardington, or Marengonow before the rates climb even higher.
Tell your friend that if they have any questions or want to see any more statistics or want to talk, I’m here and available. I’ll be glad to answer their questions and promise not to “pester” them – no obligation.
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Four Eco-Friendly Flooring Options For Your Morrow County Home
Environmentally friendly cork, bamboo, and linoleum may cost a bit more than the box of laminate flooring at the big box store, but these green options are beneficial to both you and the environment. Here are four green flooring options for your Morrow County Home.
Hardwood is the perennial flooring choice.
Just ask any real estate agent in Morrow County, Ohio - hardwood floors are a selling feature. Hardwood comes in a range of colors and finishes; no matter your decor, you’ll find a flooring that suits your home. Hardwood floors are also a great option for anyone with allergies. Since dust can’t live on hard surfaces, you’ll breathe in fewer allergens.
Bamboo is a type of fast-growing grass.
A crop of bamboo can replenish itself in just three to five years. A forest, meanwhile, takes decades – even centuries – to replenish itself. Bamboo is clearly the green choice. It’s also a smart design decision. Since bamboo plank flooring is harder than most hardwoods, it holds up well in high-traffic areas. It is also more resistant to moisture than traditional hardwood floors, making it the perfect fit for bathrooms and kitchens. Bamboo is quickly becoming the affordable option; bamboo floors are much less expensive today than they were years ago.
Cork is a hardworking material.
This natural material makes for a great floor. Cork holds up well in damp rooms. It is hypoallergenic and mildew-resistant. A cork floor dampens sounds and vibrations, making it the perfect flooring choice for apartments and townhouses. Suberin, a natural substance in cork, acts as a fire retardant and a bug repellent, it is a hard-working floor – and floors that work overtime are typically expensive. Cork is one of the priciest flooring materials. If you love the look of cork, contain it to the rooms in your home where you’ll be on your feet for a while, like your kitchen, since standing on cork won’t cause lower back pain.
Linoleum is not just for grandmothers’ kitchens.
This natural material comes in a wide range of colors and styles; if you want a one-of-a-kind floor with intricate patterns, linoleum might be the floor for you. Linoleum is made from flax and natural resins. Since linoleum is a natural product, it won’t emit dangerous chemicals. It’s also biodegradable, eliminating the environmental impact of recycling it or throwing it away at the end of its life.