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January
25

 

 

Kids will go through different phases as children progress from toddler to child, tween to teen. A bedroom becomes more than a place to sleep and play, it morphs into a space where homework is done, music is listened to (or created) and many other things happen with family and friends. It can be fun to create a space that serves all the necessary functions but is comfortable and inviting. Learn a few tips to minimize work on redecorating a kid's bedroom yet create a space any kid will love.

 

Consult Experts

The ultimate experts on what kids like are the kids themselves. Get kids involved in the design process and let them pick out certain elements such as colors and themes to make it fun. Some other tips include:

  • Including personal hobbies and interests

  • Focus on decorating based on child's tastes

  • Make sure the room fits both the child's needs and parent's desires

  • Basic color palettes that work well in any room can include black and white, pastels, neutral backdrops with accent colors and small doses of bright colors

 

Little Ones

Babies and toddlers do best with softer, more muted colors. Little ones enjoy soothing shades to fall asleep quickly and enjoy a peaceful slumber. Darker furniture can be a nice added element like chocolate-colored cribs or recliners. Colors help kids create and explore. Try some soft shades or deep blue and green depending on the youngster.

 

Tweens and Teens

Muted color palettes go over really well with older kids that incorporate a favorite color. Most color combinations include gray, lavender and deep purple for a more stylish approach, navy and white for preppy and muted colors for trying different looks with accent pieces in the room or on the walls.

 

Durability and Safety

It is easy to overlook durability and safety where younger kids are involved. The more durable and easy furniture and surfaces are to clean, the better. This includes durable paints where color-safe markers and crayons wash off easily. A safe environment begins by reviewing literature, safety recommendations on products and getting up to date on product recalls before making a huge purchase.

Overall, the look of a room will depend on the parents, kids and budget. A room does not need a lot of time and money put into it in order for it to look good. Try to find a compromise that works for everyone and, most of all, have fun with it.

 

Choice Properties works hard to focus on your specific needs in the real estate market and help you find the property of your dreams. Whether you're a seasoned buyer or coming into the market for the first time, we are here to help you. Call us to get started.

 

January
18

 

Commercials, renovation shows and other commercialization of real estate can give people a false impression of what to expect out of home ownership. A quaint historic house, cabin by the lake or beautiful home in the suburbs are all great aspirations. The idealized version is often different than the realistic concept of finding (and purchasing) the home of a person's dreams. Learn some tips to feel at home no matter where you may live.

 

Meaning of Home

Home can be best understood as a place to live, reside and put stuff. However, a home is more than that. It embodies a sense of comfortable, familiarity which many desire but it seems few achieve. Some people travel for work, are in military families who move frequently or spend less time at home than expected. Being between homes when things are tight can change the meaning of home when changing spaces with some frequency. Finding a creative way to cultivate a sense of home can be important to feeling that home is a place that resides within, rather than in a particular place.

 

Downsize

Many people live with materialistic goods and carry it from place to place. The rule of the day seems to be 'less is more,' focused on the idea people should curate what is really important and pare down all the belongings to only what brings true joy and happiness. Throwing out items or donating them can free up space and make a person feel more at home. Selling or giving away old books and furniture can feel good as well.

 

Keep Photos

A creative way to make a house feel like a home is to print photos. Visual histories are not kept online mostly through social media accounts or on phones. Some photo frames with conceptual feel and a little organization can really brighten up any space, no matter where a person resides.

 

Making Scents

Nothing smells sweeter than a mild fragrance that adds a pleasant aroma to a space. Scents play an important role for people socially and emotionally. It is one of the senses people rely on to determine how appetizing food might be (or not be) and even to assess danger. Any smell that brings up a sense of home can be done with candles, flowers or even special cleaners to keep a space neat and tidy.

 

Finding "Home"

When an individual moves spaces alot whether for work or because home ownership is not in the cards at the present moment, it can feel as if people live in other's spaces. The familiar sights may not be present but it should not shy a person away from exploring neighborhoods and trying new things to make a place feel like home. Check out local places, engage neighbors and find a way to connect with the area. Whether indoors or outdoors, being in and outside a space can elevate ideas for how to build a sense of belonging and home.

 

Choice Properties is locally owned and operated, focusing on serving the communities in and around Indian Lake in Logan County. Our award-winning agents will focus on meeting your needs to help get you the results you need. Call us to get started.



January
11

ohio home buyers looking for a home

 

Once a seller accepts an offer, the time comes to sign paperwork which seals the deal. What most Ohio home buyers don't realize is that a real estate process is complex with lots of nuances to the transaction. Learn some important things to keep in mind on the road to home ownership.

 

Expiring Mortgage

Mortgage interest rates may fluctuate daily. Rather than have the stress of the interest dial moving up and down, a bank will 'lock in' an interest rate for 45, 60 or another number of days. Once this expires, a higher rate kicks in. Some issues that may come up as a result may include:

  • Open permits

  • Illegal renovations

  • Roadblocks which require stop to loan process until resolution

A previous homeowner may have done renovations that do not meet today's standards and require updating prior to selling. This can require hiring an architect and documenting the issue before a bank will approve the loan. Be cautious when using a rate-lock expiration as it may throw plans out the window in the closing process.

 

The Mortgage Process Doesn't End

Just because an application is completed and submitted does not mean a loan is approved. Lenders need to verify income, assets and credit all the way until closing. Any last minute changes or fluctuations could result in some unforeseen challenges if not discussed previously with a mortgage professional.

 

See the House

A walk-through is usually provided up to 24 hours prior to closing. Take advantage of the opportunity to see the property in case any systems are not working, the seller did not finish repairs or has not completed move out yet. It is possible to postpone closing until things are completed.

 

Do Your Homework

Once the home closes, in most states, the law resides on the side of a buyer and requires the seller to disclose issues and confirm resolution. The purchaser should make sure the seller closes outstanding permits, releases liens on the title and resolves issues with local authorities.

 

Low-Key Closing

Most of the time, closings finish up without any issues. Buyers sign the loan documents and the seller goes to the title company to sign off. It is seamless and happens without issue. Buyers and sellers along with other folks may sit around for a time processing, calculating and negotiating. If the transaction was less than smooth, the closing table may get tense but it may end up being low-key.

 

A smooth closing can be had with some research up front and awareness of any red flags. Make sure to have a solid real estate team who is knowledgeable and will refer you to the right parties to resolve any issues prior to closing. Get as much information in the beginning as possible for a great resolution and closing.



Choice Properties is the premier realty company serving communities in and around Logan County. Award-winning agents provide assistance on residential to commercial, agricultural to waterfront properties and more to best serve your needs.

Call us to find out how we can best serve you.

January
4

 

 

January feels like a cold, bleak month but it can also be the best time to start fresh. Get started with some tips for how best to winterize a home by clearing space, boosting warmth and setting goals for the year ahead.

 

Protect the Pipes

Frozen pipes can burst and cost a lot of money in repairs. Be sure to insulate outdoor pipes. While away from home, have a friend or neighbor check for any issues and make sure the shut-off valve is easily accessible in the event of a burst pipe.

 

Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams are areas of built-up ice which may accumulate around the roof line, causing leaks when snow begins to melt. Rake the snow off after each storm or break up existing dams to prevent further damage.

 

Trees

Heavy coatings of snow on tree limbs can cause breakage which may be dangerous, particularly if branches are located above a home. A broom or rake can gently knock snow off branches following a storm.

 

Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors

When heaters and wood fires kick in, it helps to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Use a test button to determine functionality and change batteries as needed.

 

Clean Out

Food can go bad when it sits in the pantry too long. Wipe out shelves, clean up and go through the fridge and freezer to make sure it is all fresh and clean. Refreshing spaces will be helpful for health resolutions.

 

Clear Closets

Closets accumulate alot of excess clothes and items which get forgotten about. Start fresh by clearing out anything that no longer fits and donate other items no longer in use.

 

Play Spaces

Get refreshed play spaces by adding a few new items to set the stage for little ones to play and enjoy time indoors when it is too cold to play outside.

 

Plan Home Improvements

It can be a great time of year to think ahead to remodeling the kitchen, bath, adding or taking away paint and furniture. Think about some favorite places to get inspired either online or on television. Start contacting professionals who can provide free consultations to make the projects a reality.

 

This may also be the time to consider whether the existing space is a good fit or if another space would be better and start the search for a home (or vacation property) which can become a home away from home.



Choice Properties has award-winning real estate agents ready to assist you with your needs when it comes to searching for that perfect property. Call us to find out how to get started on finding that vacation or permanent home of your dreams.

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