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March
18

Spring is coming. Homeowners are looking for ways to get the house spring cleaned and ready for prospective buyers. Where to start is often the challenge. Depending on how routine maintenance and cleaning have been, this may be an easy or difficult task. A thorough cleaning makes the home stand out more than one that only looks good on the surface. People can usually tell a deep clean from surface clean. Prospective buyers need to envision themselves in the home. 

 

Clean Up and Ship Out

The best rule of thumb when spring cleaning is to get rid of things that don't belong. This may be old clothes that have not been worn or old furniture that won't be going to the new place. Reduce the amount of clutter and donate to a good cause at the same time. It is well worth the investment to stage the house for prospective buyers by taking time to bag up clothes, toys, papers, and documents that can be shredded. It also helps to put things in storage so they are out of the common areas where people might see them (like too many books, DVDs, or personal items).

 

Outside Clutter

Nothing is less appealing to prospective buyers than a home's exterior that has not been maintained. The outside of a home is important as a first impression. Curb appeal is important because house hunters go off first glance to request a showing. Some key tips to consider:

  • Lawn maintenance matters. Keep the lawn free and clear of clutter and long grass in spring or summer. Keep it free of leaves and make sure the hedges are trimmed
  • Clean up gutters and downspouts of debris to make sure it is flowing well
  • Spruce up flower beds, add additional plants, or trim some hedges to clean up landscaping
  • Put out a new mat that welcomes prospective home buyers to the property
  • Add a few touch-ups to paint or exterior siding that will help make it look more presentable

 

Windows

Make sure all the windows are clean. Homes are better with blinds and curtains pointing up. A clean window still gives more light into a room and gives buyers a chance to get a clear picture of the interior of the home. Make sure to clean and get rid of streaks. Check sliding doors, large windows, and outside doors, too.

 

Little Things Matter

Look at all the little pieces of the home from the perspective of a potential buyer. When looking around, think of it as whether someone will think a quirk is just a quirk or if it needs work. Things that are loose and squeaky may need extra love for the moment. If knobs are missing or loose, it is best to replace them.

 

A small amount of cleaning goes a long way. Don't hesitate to speak to a real estate professional about getting your home spring cleaned and ready for sale. It takes a village to get it done right. Be sure to put in the time and effort now. It will pay dividends in the future.

 

Even if cleaning is not your favorite part of the sale process, we can help make the rest easier. Our goal is to support you as you search for that perfect property and sell your current home. We help you navigate the home inspection process, spring cleaning, and everything in-between. Let us know how Choice Properties can help you through the process. 

October
29

If you recently purchased a new home with the intent to sell in the future, it's important to continuously invest and add value to the home. There are a number of small, budget friendly projects that can be completed to add value to your home. Making these small investments will pay off down the road when the time to sell has come. At Choice Properties, our expert real estate agents are eager to help you with both your home buying and selling needs. Consider these cheap upgrades to increase your home's value, preparing your home for the highest profit. 

10 Easy, Budget Friendly Ways to Add Value to Your Home

 

  • Paint Kitchen Cabinets. Having new cabinets installed can easily come with a price tag. Tackle this yourself by giving the cabinets a fresh paint job with a neutral color.   
  • Swap Out Hardware. When is the last time the kitchen and bathroom hardware was updated? Swap out old knobs and pulls for a clean, sleek pair. 
  • Devote Time to Outdoor Patio Space. The outdoor areas of a home are just as important as indoors. Incorporate nice landscaping, perhaps with a clean firepit and outdoor seating on the back patio. 
  • Replace Old Outlets. Wall outlets are often overlooked. Replace the old, washed out white outlets with a fresh face. 
  • Install Crown Molding. Adding crown molding is a great way to add value to a home. Contact your local contractor for an estimate and witness this small change greatly enhance the appearance of your home.
  • Focus on Curb Appeal. The walkways and front of your house is the first thing people will notice upon entering your home. Make sure it's welcoming by adding brick stairs, a safe railing, and a freshly painted front door.
  • Upgrade Landscaping. Does your front lawn look bare? Consider having a couple trees planted for shade and greenery. Bushes and year-long plants are great to add along flower beds.
  • Add Storage Solutions. If your bathroom is smaller than usual, get creative with permanent storage solutions. This could include floating shelves behind the toilet or above the sink.
  • Replace Lighting Fixtures. Don't overlook the power of lighting. Making small adjustments by replacing bulbs or fixtures can greatly enhance the appearance of a room.
  • Check Window Frames. An easy way to make windows appear larger is to add crown molding and new blinds to the window.

 



Choice Properties offers you a chance to find the home of your dreams. We work with your budget and ideas in mind to support your ultimate vision. Call us if you are ready to check out the available inventory or to speak with a reputable agent who can assist you with your home buying needs.

July
17

Buying a home offers the chance to completely make the space unique to you and your family. The blank slate allows those to fill the space with their style, expressing their personality in every room. Whether you're comfortable in a rustic home, modern, or country-chic, it is entirely up to you! If you're looking for something new and fresh, consider trying the design trend on the rise: minimalism. Minimalism means inviting only the essentials into your space, while limiting clutter and miscellaneous items. Here is how you can bring minimalism into your newly purchased home. 

Choose Neutral Colors 

The first step to introduce minimalism to your space is selecting a neutral color scheme. It is suggested to go with soft whites or light gray for a minimalistic-feel, which allows natural light to pour into the space while making the room feel welcoming. If you crave more color, go for a powder pink! 

Furniture and Materials

Similar with colors, you will need to find a balance of materials. Combining different materials, such as natural wooden floors with a metal coffee table creates an industrial, yet warm style. Incorporating organic materials into your custom build will always be on trend. The most important key is still choosing furniture that you find comfortable. Don't settle for a stunning couch that offers zero comfort!

Declutter and Add Storage

Perhaps the biggest aspect of choosing a minimalist design is decluttering. If you don't feel comfortable donating items you are currently not using, consider using a storage unit for the time being. More homeowners are opting for a minimalist design as a way to start fresh and live simply. Decluttering and only keeping the essentials allows you to do this, feeling rejuvenated and stress-free in your personal space. 




Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

June
12

Fixer uppers are a popular choice among the housing market. Purchasing a home to refurbish allows personal creativity to shine through and challenges you in a whole new aspect. Unlike typical residential properties, fixer uppers are usually placed at a lower cost. Although this attracts many, it's important to know what to look for when buying a fixer upper. The main three suggestions to follow when hunting for a house to renovate include hiring specialized inspectors, learning how to evaluate repairs needed, and ensuring you're choosing the right property. When working with a  Choice Properties real estate agent, we will find the ideal house you have in mind. Purchasing property is a large investment, and we believe in helping you find the perfect house.

Evaluate the Current Condition

When house hunting for a fixer upper, don't overlook small details. Take time to evaluate the current condition of the home, separating the cosmetic issues from the structural issues. This includes:

  • Removing wallpaper
  • Patching walls
  • Replacing flooring
  • Adding trims
  • Swapping out lighting fixtures
  • Replacing kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Shoring up foundation
  • Replacing AC and heating systems
  • Roof condition
  • Installing new windows

Inspections to Have for a Fixer Upper

It's extremely important to have a professional home inspector walk through any home you are interested in purchasing. The type of home inspection can vary, but it's better to pay the cost than be surprised with a larger foundation issue down the road.

 

  • Roof certifications. Roof certifications are typically not included in a regular home inspection. If the seller has not shown proof of the condition of the roof, consider obtaining a roof certification at the seller's expense.
  • Pest inspection. Although often overlooked, having a pest inspection for beetles, termites, or ants is never a bad idea. Ignoring pests can cause larger problems in the future.
  • Sewer line inspection. Most fixer uppers are older properties, meaning the sewer lines have aged just as long. Have the septic tank examined to ease the mind.




Choice Properties offers you a chance to find the home of your dreams. We work with your budget and ideas in mind to support your ultimate vision. Call us if you are ready to check out the available inventory or to speak with a reputable agent who can assist you with your home buying needs.

October
30

Renovations That Will Increase Your Home's Value

If you have considered renovating your home with the intention to sell in the near future, or just for your family, there are a few things you may want to consider. If you are looking for a renovation that will increase your home's value, there are two ways to go about the process. Getting one or two major renovations completed, such as finishing a basement or adding an extra living space to the existing home is one tactic. Opting to tackle a handful of small projects and fixes is the second option. Whichever you decide to do, here are some remodeling projects than can add more value to your home.

Kitchen Upgrades

These days, potential buyers typically seek a spacious, updated kitchen. Simple upgrades like replacing old appliances and adding new countertops or cabinets can easily add up in cost. Consider these bigger renovations that are worth the investment:

  • Adding an island
  • Adding a breakfast nook
  • Adding new ceramic flooring
  • Adding accent lighting

Removing Walls

Open floor plans are the first to catch the eye of many. Knocking down unnecessary walls is a great way to open up any space with little hassle. Be sure to use a professional contractor for a safe and completed job!

Room Additions

Contrary to popular belief, adding a new room to your existing home is not as expensive as one may assume and is a great way to increase your home's value. Think about converting your attic to a study area or adding another room addition to your house. This will increase your square footage while pushing up your asking price.   

Outdoor Living Space

People crave an outdoor space for relaxation during the warmer months. This could mean building a back deck or slate patio. Make your outdoor space a mini oasis by adding path lights, plants, shrubs, and trees.




Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

 

October
17

 

Read This Before Buying a Fixer Upper

Whether you're a first time home buyer or experienced with the home buying process, purchasing a house is an exciting time! Taking time to discuss your desires in a home with a trusted realtor will help make your dreams come true. For some, this may be newly built home with extra storage on a limited budget. Others may prefer to purchase a "fixer upper", which requires an open mind and deep conversations. The agents at Choice Properties suggest you read this before buying a fixer upper, preparing you with questions to ask along the way.

Questions to Ask Your Agent

What is the value in this neighborhood?

It's important to keep in mind the area in which you're looking to purchase a fixer upper. Considering your investment in the long run is critical with these projects, as you don't want to get stuck in a house you can't sell down the road.

Is the home located in a historic district?

Purchasing a victorian home to renovate is a dream had by many. Featuring original crown molding, wainscoting, and beautiful stained-glass windows. Your agent should make you aware of this, but homes in historical districts often have to be renovated with an association or to a city standard. This means obtaining approval for projects and updates, which also comes with a price tag.

Questions to Ask Yourself

How is the overall layout of the home?

Although changing the layout is possible, it's also an extra cost along with time added to the project. Considerations for how existing rooms flow and which walls are able to be knocked down to create a larger space should be kept in mind. Make note of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you are seeking versus what the house currently offers. Will you have to add another bedroom or bathroom?

Do you have the time, patience, and energy for a fixer upper?

Choosing to completely renovate a home is a large project that requires many considerations. Are you prepared for unexpected issues or delays? Asking yourself these questions will help you decide if a fixer upper is truly what you are seeking.

Flipping a house is a big project, but can be done with determination!

Fixer uppers can be great investments in the long run, but require a promised commitment. Ask yourself if you are truly ready for a big project and tackle it head on, creating the home of your dreams!  If that answer is yes, it's time to call a Choice Properties agent to discuss the current options on the market!

 

 

Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. Whether you are looking to purchase a fixer upper or move in ready home, our team is ready to help. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you.

Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

 

May
17

Things to Consider about Buying a Fixer Upper

Older homes hold true characteristic in both their interior and exterior, making them great for fixer uppers. Updating an older space allows you to treasure the unique statements, such as discovering hidden shiplap or restoring old hardwood floors and bring out the raw beauty within the home. Not only are historic homes beautiful for fixer uppers, but can also come with a cheaper price. Your Choice Properties real estate agent can help find your dream fixer upper within your price range and desired features. In the meantime, we have created a list of things to consider about buying a fixer upper, ensuring you are fully prepared for the flip.

Talk to an Inspector

When buying an older home, it's common of the home to come with both cosmetic and design updates. It's important to speak with an inspector to fully understand the condition and safety of the home, ranging from plumbing, electrical, to foundation. Having a complete understanding of the home's risks will prepare you for updates needed, allowing you to adjust your budget on the renovation.

Break Down Investments

Upon making a plan based on the inspectors findings, your next step should be to go through investments with your contractor. Sorting through different options for repairs while staying in budget gives you the chance to see where your money can go. Selecting a contractor that cares enough on your project will be patient as you decide your best options.

Ask Yourself How You Feel

When taking on the project of a fixer upper, it definitely comes with a commitment! The investment of time and money comes with patience needed. Several months are required during renovation, leaving you to be completely sure you are ready for this adventure. Don't be afraid to change your preferences in the middle of house hunting! Your Choice Properties real estate agent is here to offer patience as we help find the home of your dreams.

Fixer uppers can be great investments in the long run, but require a promised commitment. Ask yourself if you are truly ready for a big project and tackle it head on, creating the home of your dreams!



Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

March
28

Tips for Opening Those Indian Lake Ohio Rentals After The Long Winter

Tips For Opening Those Indian Lake Ohio Rentals After The Long Winter

Opening your rental property after a long winter is the most exciting part of the year. It can also be the most stressful part. To get the season off to a great start, follow our planning tips for your opening weekend in your Indian Lake Ohio Rentals.

Opening Checklist

It's important that you start by making a detailed checklist of all the things you need to do when you get to your lakefront rental, including everything you need to take care of before you leave home. It may take a bit of time and effort, but it pays to be organized.

  • Call the electricity company, phone company and trash collection to turn your services back on.
  • Check that all insurance documents are up to date on the home, boat, trailer, etc.
  • Organize your keys, tools, cleaning supplies, clothing, batteries, and food.

Systems And Safety

Once you get to your Indian Lake Ohio rental, you'll need to make sure that the home is safe to inhabit again, before turning on the water and other systems. A checklist for the outside of the property should include checking the following:

  • Power lines
  • Phone Lines
  • Trees
  • Roof
  • Chimney Stack
  • Deck
  • Dock
  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Screens

After you have made sure the outside is all clear, there's a different checklist for indoors, including:

  • Checking the furnace filters.
  • Checking pipes for rust or damage before you turn on your plumbing and water heater.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of critters. Check screens and windows for holes and gaps and electrical cords for fraying or bite marks.
  • Inspect your deck and eaves for signs of rotting.
  • Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Food And Necessities

Finally, check the basic necessities. You'll want to make sure the house is stocked with food and other everyday things you'll need, like sunscreen and bug spray. Look through the bathrooms and take inventory of your toiletries and what needs replacing and replenishing. Change the sheets if needed, and air out the place.

All this seems like a lot of work, and it is. However, it is worth it when you've gone through your checklists and there is no element of surprise later. And keep in mind, that closing your Indian Lake Ohio rentals is equally important. The spring opening experience can be a pleasant one when you take the time to close the house properly in the fall, and follow your checklists the next year. Prevention and good planning are the key to opening your rental home quickly and enjoying it for the summer.


Choice Properties is always here to answer any questions, regarding searching for your dream lake house or selling your current house. Give us a call!

November
22

Why You Should Live in a House Before Renovating

Why You Should Live in a House Before Renovating

Many buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. Significant opportunities are available in prime locations with home that linger on the market yet need some work. Some individuals will flock to the homes to customize to personal requirements and built equity along the way. Learn why it is important to live in a space before starting renovations on a property.

 

Minds Can Change

Living in a home can start with grand visions of seeing changes to be made but, based on the condition and priorities, things can shift over time. When a person actually lives in a space, it is easier to see exactly how to use the house, what will work and what will not. The day-to-day experience will inform home improvement decisions of how to use the home every day.

 

Take a Break

Purchasing a home is a massive project in itself. Along with an enormous change, it is a shock to the system. Finances change and buyers jump through so many hoops, spending months looking for a home. It becomes almost a part-time job. A home renovation, likewise, can become a big, stressful project with decisions to make and contractors to deal with. Take a break, enjoy the new home, then start looking into renovations.

 

Time to Plan

Renovations need to be carefully thought out, planned and designed. Multiple architects, contractors or designers must be involved in the process which is time-consuming. Hiring the right people to take on renovations can save time, money and headaches down the road. Some buyers want to start right away to get the home into perfect shape but do not want to pay rent and mortgage at the same time. Buyers need to plan ahead for even the best laid plans can go awry.

 

Buyers who said on day one that a home which requires work was not on the list, that is often what people end up doing to some extent. It is the natural evolution of buying a home in that people don't always want a brand new, pristine building and will go for character first. Rarely someone buys the home which was at the top of one's list or one which the people started off thinking about. While people should remain open to doing some work on a home, it is not worth it to get stressed about doing it all at once. Living in a home as-is for six months gives the home a test drive to see how things run and how the family utilizes space. It may be surprising what can work one perspective shifts, priorities change and everyone gets a chance to see what is happening on a day-to-day basis. A family may just settle in and decide on less renovations once the home feels lived in.